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