Date: 1/4/18 7:56 am From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: January 4, 2018
* Orange County
* January 4, 2017
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
A EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Pearson Park in Anaheim through January 3.
It was seen in the pond and stream on the north side of the park. Another
was reported on December 31 in Huntington Beach. It was seen in the
Westminster Channel along Springdale Street between W. McFadden and Edinger
Ave with a large group of American Wigeon
Two COMMON GOLDENEYES were found along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim on
January 1. The two female birds were seen to the west of the bridge at
Two COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRDS (male and female) continued together from Ryan's
house in Rancho Santa Margarita on January 1.
A GLAUCOUS GULL continued at Dana Point Harbor through December 29. The
bird has most often been seen hanging on and around the bait barge off of
A *TRICOLORED HERON* continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through December 28. The bird has not been reported in
over 6 days, so there is a chance it might have moved on. Please update the
Yahoo group if you see the bird and note the location. ***Because
Tricolored Heron is a CBRC Review Species, please send documentation to the
CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at <secretary...>
An immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological
Reserve in Huntington Beach through January 3, where it continued to be
reported from the "Pocket Pond" and is now molting out of its juvenile
A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported from Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach on
December 31. It was seen near the “salt dikes” at dawn.
A LEWIS’S WOODPECKER was reported from Caspers Wilderness Park of Hwy 74 on
December 28 and continued through December 30. The bird flies back and
forth across the dry creek bed, often landing in an oak tree just south of
the Nature Center and viewed clearly from a location just off the parking.
A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley on January 3. It was being harassed by the Gray Flycatcher mentioned
below. Seen along the fence on the right side of the road as you enter the
park from Edinger.
Two GRAY FLYCATCHERS continued in the county this week. The first was at
Irvine Regional Park in Orange through January 1, between parking lots 2
and 3. The other Gray Flycatcher at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley continued through January 3 in the vicinity of the entry at Ward and
A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at The Great Park in Irvine through January
3, where it has been most often seen and heard around the reflecting ponds
in the western corner of the park. A second bird was found across the
street from Mason Regional Park in Irvine on December 31 and continued
through January 1. It’s been seen and heard across the street from the
entrance to the park out over the golf course.
A CASSIN'S VIREO continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
on December 29. It’s been seen at the end of the row of pine trees that
leads away from the SW corner of the nature center. GPS is roughly
A PLUMBEOUS VIREO continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
on January 3. It was seen just to the NW of the nature center area in the
trees near the 7th tee on the golf course.
A SAGE THRASHER was photographed at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach on December 30. It was seen in the fenced off (non-public)
area but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out for it when you’re there, they
do have wings…
A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued from the FDA Building in Irvine through
January 3. This bird is on private property and is not chaseable.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on December 29 and continued through December 31. It’s been seen with
a small flock of Chipping Sparrows in the NE corner of Talbert Lake near
GPS: 33.705846, -118.003444.
A SWAMP SPARROW continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
through December 30, where it was last reported in the southeast corner of
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo
through December 29, where it is frequently found foraging around the slope
below the entrance path into the park. A second bird was reported at Mile
Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on December 30. It was seen in the
NW corner of the nature center area.
A female HOODED ORIOLE was found near Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa on
December 31. It was seen across the street from the park high up in some
An OVENBIRD was present at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
through January 2, where it has most frequently been found skulking around
the northeast corner of the maintenance yard bordering the golf course
(approximately 33.717413, -117.943443).
A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on January 1 along "the island.”
A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through January 1, generally in the vicinity of "the
island." A second bird was found on December 31 in Irvine. It was reported
in a residential area across the street from Mason Regional Park near the
Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course.
A NASHVILLE WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on December 31, in the vicinity of the maintenance yard and the
Gothard eucalyptus trees in the northeast corner of the park.
A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through January 3. The bird has been found at the south end of the
eucalyptus trees that run along the west side of Huntington Lake.
A PALM WARBLER was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach through
January 2, where it was foraging on the lawn south of "the island."
A PINE WARBLER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
through January 1, where it was last reported off the entrance off Ward and
Edinger in the vicinity of the white wall that runs along the golf course.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The annual CBC Specialties Trip will take place on January 6 and will visit
areas where rare birds were reported during the three CBC dates. The trip
will meet at 7:00am and the meeting location will be at Huntington Central
Park at the Slater Lot.
The Wildlife Walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary on
January 6 from 9:00 to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.
The Monthly Bird Walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary on
January 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The winter pelagic trip scheduled for January 13 has already filled up.
However, please email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> if you would like
to be on the wait list.
The annual trip to Seal Beach NWR scheduled for January 20 has already
filled up and has a substantial wait list. However, email Nancy Kenyon at
<nancykenyon...> if you would like to be placed on it.
The Salton Sea weekend trip will taking place on February 3 and 4, but has
already filled up. Please email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> if you
would like to be on the wait list.
"Learning California Bird Sounds" with Sylvia Gallagher starts this month.
This 10-week class will familiarize you with the vocalizations of a wide
variety of common bird species in Orange County and is highly recommended
by Ryan for those who need help with aural birding. To enroll, send in the
registration form: http://seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/LCBS_2018.pdf.
Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary will be holding two bird banding workshops.
The beginner's workshop will take place on March 10 and 11, and the
advanced workshop will take place on March 17 and 18. Email Starr Ranch's
seasonal ornithologist Kim Geissler at <kgeissler...> to reserve
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 (
http://ebird.org/content/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 (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). 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
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. 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