Date: 11/8/18 7:55 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 8, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* November 8, 2018
* CAOC18.11.08

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
<secretary...>

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

Common Nighthawk
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson's Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin's Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Solitary Vireo
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Bluebird
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Yellow-breasted Chat
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK originally found on the Santa Ana River on October 21
continued through November 7. The bird has reliably been seen each evening
from about 4 pm (with the time change) until darkness in the vicinity of
the Lakeview Bridge. This is the second record for Orange County and the
first since 1983. It is one of very few records of transient birds in
southern California away from this species' very limited breeding grounds,
and from what I can tell from preliminary record searches and personal
inquiries is likely the longest- and latest-staying transient Common
Nighthawk in the western United States (ever). For anyone still on the
fence, it cannot be stressed hard enough how freaking easy this bird is to
get, and how unlikely it is that southern California will ever experience a
phenomenon like this ever again with such an accessible individual in a
major metropolitan area.

At least four YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued in the county, with up
to two seen at Carr Park in Huntington Beach through November 6 and four
seen at the nearby Sunset Aquatic Marina on November 6. Because of the
proximity of these two locations there is a decent chance that they're the
same birds, just like the same birds are presumed to move between Carr Park
and nearby Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, but without a completely
coordinated search effort at the various locations, it's hard to be sure.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was photographed flying over San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary in Irvine on November 6. Hopefully everybody got their fill this
past summer when we had the most easily chaseable Swainson's Hawks in
Orange County's history, otherwise...

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the restricted Naval Weapons Station at Seal
Beach on November 7. Orange County typically gets 1-2 of these birds each
winter, although for whatever reason they have a tendency to show up dead
each winter as well. Based on the last few years, your best bet to finding
this species in the county is to be in areas with open foraging habitat
like Harriett Wieder Regional Park and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, or Upper
Newport Bay at dawn or at dusk, and to pray that I don't show up, because
then you're guaranteed to not find the bird...

A late-staying HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER was photographed at Santiago Park in
Orange on November 6. Presumably a returning bird, the bird was found in
the southeast corner of the lawn bowling area, just outside of the fence.

A late PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was found at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna
Beach on November 4 and continued through November 6 along Balboa Avenue.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued along the Santa Ana River at Lakeview
in Orange on November 2, and presumably a different bird (possibly a
returning bird that wintered last year) was photographed between Lincoln
and Glassell.

A CASSIN'S VIREO was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
November 7, in the trees separating the golf course from the baseball
fields.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
November 7, in the trees separating the golf course from the baseball
fields.

A SOLITARY VIREO was found at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim on November 3
near parking lot 4.

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through November 5, where it is typically found in the eucalyptus
trees between the amphitheater and "the island."

Up to 4 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through November 4.

A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was photographed at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna
Beach on November 4 in the open area north of the landscaped park.

A SAGE THRASHER was photographed at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach on
November 6 at the northern edge of the landscaped park.

A presumed returning GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was found along the Brightwater
Trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach on November 4.

A RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, only the second record for Huntington Beach, was
photographed along the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
in Huntington Beach on November 4. It was about three houses down from the
Fordham entrance.

A late-staying YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT has been hanging out in a residential
yard in Lake Forest since November 2, last being seen on November 7.

A PALM WARBLER continued at the base of Gothard Hill at Huntington Central
Park in Huntington Beach through November 4. A second bird was found along
the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach
on November 4.

A PAINTED REDSTART was found dead near Bonita Creek in Irvine on November
3. It's probably not chaseable anymore.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The monthly bird walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on November 11 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The next tour of Upper Newport Bay via pontoon boat will be on November 28.
The trip is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to
be put on the wait list.


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

None starting anytime soon.

*****************************************************

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 Ryan
Winkleman separately.

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
inclusion. #RBA

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