Date: 1/11/18 9:59 am From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: January 11, 2018
Orange County RBA: January 11, 2018
* Orange County
* January 11, 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 4.
It was seen in the pond and stream on the north side of the park.
A COMMON GOLDENEYE was found on the lake at Huntington Central Park (west)
in Huntington Beach on January 7. It flew off shortly after being seen.
Two COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRDS (male and female) continued together from Ryan's
house in Rancho Santa Margarita on January 6.
An immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological
Reserve in Huntington Beach through January 7, where it continued to be
reported from the "Pocket Pond" and is now molting out of its juvenile
A BALD EAGLE continued in Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach on January 6.
This adult was first photographed on January 3 and has a blue wing tag with
black letters with 96 on it.
A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continued in the Mission Viejo area, photographed flying
over Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park on January 5.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on January 4 and presumably the same bird reported on January 9.
Seen flying at dusk near the Audubon House, Pond E and along the San Diego
Creek that parallels Riparian Way.
A LEWIS’S WOODPECKER continued at Caspers Wilderness Park off Hwy 74
through January 11. The bird flies back and forth across the dry creek bed,
often landing in an oak tree just south of the Nature Center.
A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
continued through January 9 along the fence line to the right as you’re
entering the park from the Edinger entrance at Ward.
A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at The Great Park in Irvine through January
10, where it has been most often seen and heard around the reflecting ponds
in the western corner of the park.
A CASSIN'S VIREO continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
on January 7. 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 GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued at Harriet Wieder Park in Huntington Beach
through January 7. This bird has been seen at the upper end of Fisher's
Gulch. Observed scratching around in litter with a flock of White-crowned
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on December 29 and continued through January 7. It’s been seen with a
small flock of Chipping Sparrows in the NE corner of Talbert Lake near GPS:
A SWAMP SPARROW continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
through January 6, where it was last reported in the southeast corner of
Three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen this week in the county. One
continued at Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo through January 6, where it is
frequently found foraging around the slope below the entrance path into the
park. The second bird continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley through January 9. It was seen in the NW corner of the nature center
area. The third bird was found at Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton on
January 6 and continued through January 7. It was seen at the east of the
children's garden, at the edge of desert plantings, where it moved around a
bit with a White-crowned Sparrow flock
An OVENBIRD was present at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
through January 10, 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 7 along "the island.”
A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through January 7, generally in the vicinity of "the
island." A second bird was found on January 6 at Yorba Regional Park in
Anaheim. It was reported between Shelter #3 and the river.
**A TROPICAL PARULA was found on private property in Huntington Beach on
January 5. Access to the bird has been provided on a limited basis for
prearranged, organized groups only and with an understanding that it will
be arranged one weekend at a time and could be ended at any time at the
property's discretion. Trips for this weekend have already filled up and
are no longer available. If you are going on a trip or have seen the bird
already, please forward all documentation to Tom Benson at
<secretary...> for CRBC record keeping. If you use eBird,
please report the bird to the EBIRD HOTSPOT only, located at the
intersection of Goldenwest and Yorktown in Huntington Beach, and do not use
a personal location of your own. If you upload photos to social media,
please remove all location-based metadata so that the photograph location
is not visible. Submissions to eBird are the exception and do not need to
have any data changed beforehand. Upon approval by the CBRC, this new
California bird will be the 489th countable species for Orange County.
A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through January 10. The bird has been found at the south end of the
eucalyptus trees that run along the west side of Huntington Lake.
A PINE WARBLER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
through January 7, 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 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