Date: 10/26/17 8:18 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: October 26, 2017

* California
* Orange County
* October 26, 2017
* CAOC17.10.26

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at


Zone-tailed Hawk
Pectoral Sandpiper
Bell’s Vireo
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Summer Tanager

A *TRICOLORED HERON* continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through October 23. The bird has been moving around to
different areas including the footbridge by the PCH lot, the channel going
along “Rabbit Island,” and the “Pocket Pond.” *** Because Tricolored Heron
is a CBRC Review Species, please send documentation to the CBRC Secretary
Tom Benson at <secretary...>

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK was found at San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine on October 19.
It was photographed flying around with a small flock of Turkey Vultures.

A RUFF that was found on the Santa Ana River on August 16 continued through
October 20, just downstream of the Imperial Highway Bridge.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER found on October 14 continued through October 22 at
Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach. The bird was in the
ponds below the bluffs at Wieder.

A BELL'S VIREO was reported at John Baca Park in Huntington Beach on
October 22. This bird has been wintering at this location since 2011,
though historically it has moved around a lot and has often been missed by

Two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were reported from Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through October 23. One was reported from "the island" and
the other was at the pond behind the library.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER found on October 12 continued through October 22
at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach. The bird was seen around
the south end of Talbert Lake.

An AMERICAN REDSTART was reported from Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach on October 21 and continued through October 22. The bird
was seen around the south end of Talbert Lake.

A SUMMER TANAGER was reported from Santiago Park in Santa Ana on October



The Monthly bird walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on October 29
from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot


The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will take place on November 15
from 8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to sign


The Birds of Southern California Introductory Birding Skills Workshop began
on October 4 and will continue through December 14. The weekly classes will
be held at Sylvia Gallagher's home in Huntington Beach and will emphasize
visual identification for beginning birders. Refer to the following link
for enrollment information and contact Sylvia immediately if interested in
signing up for the class:


The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird ( Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Doug
Willick at <doug.willick...>

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website ( Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for

Sent: 7:50am - 26 October 2017

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