Date: 11/8/18 12:44 pm
From: Thomas Benson <tbenson...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Southeastern CA RBA: November 8, 2018
* California
* Southeastern
* November 8, 2018
* CASE18.11.08

This is the Southeastern CA weekly RBA summary. We cover Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. California Bird Records Committee review species are denoted by asterisks. To report a bird POST TO INLANDCOUNTYBIRDS ( If there is some reason that you cannot post there, please e-mail or call Tom Benson at <tbenson...> or (909) 648-0899.

Birds mentioned:

Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Franklin's Gull
Mew Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Pacific Loon
Williamson's Sapsucker
Steller's Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
American Tree Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
American Redstart
Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler


Up to seven STELLER'S JAYS were at Wildwood Canyon SP through Nov 6 (Gary McLarty).

A *RUSTY BLACKBIRD* continued at the Baker sewage ponds through Nov 1 (Jim Pike).

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen at Zzyzx Desert Studies Center Nov 1-7 (Bill Deppe).

A BLACK SCOTER and a SURF SCOTER were seen below Parker Dam Nov 4-7 (David Vander Pluym).

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and was seen at Knott Sky Park on Nov 4 (Adam Jackson).

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Knott Sky Park Nov 4-7 (Adam Jackson).

An OVENBIRD was seen at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve on Nov 4 (Matt Grube).

A WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER was at Bellevue Memorial Park on Nov 4 (Tom Benson).

Three STELLER'S JAYS and a CLARK'S NUTCRACKER continued at Glen Helen Regional Park on Nov 7 (Dave Goodward).

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and a PALM WARBLER were seen at the Baker sewage ponds on Nov 7 (Dave Goodward).


A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Lake Perris on Nov 2 (Chet McGaugh).

Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at North Shore (NESS) Nov 3-4 (Brendan Galvin).


Two FRANKLIN'S GULLS were seen near the intersection of Davis and Schrimpf Roads Nov 1-7 (Guy McCaskie).

A FRANKLIN'S GULL was at the north end of Lack Road on Nov 7 (Guy McCaskie)..

A MEW GULL was seen near Young Reservoir on Nov 1 (Guy McCaskie).

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Sheldon Reservoir on Nov 1 (Guy McCaskie)..

An AMERICAN REDSTART continued at the IID Wetlands in Niland through Nov 1 (Guy McCaskie).

Two BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Young Reservoir on Nov 3 (Jeremiah Stock).

A FOX SPARROW was seen near the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads on Nov 3 (Jeremiah Stock).

A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at the Salton Sea NWR headquarters on Nov 4 (Andy Kleinhesselink).


In general, birds that are on this weekly summary are those that are classified as at least rare in "Birds of Southern California" by Garrett and Dunn, "Birds of the Salton Sea" by Patten, McCaskie, and Unitt, or in "Birds of the Lower Colorado River Valley" by Rosenberg, Ohmart, Hunter, and Anderson. Rarity can be regional or seasonal. For example, a nuthatch reported at the Salton Sea, where it is rare, may be on the summary. That same bird reported from the San Bernardino Mountains, where it is common, would not be. A sparrow reported as a rarity in Riverside in July may be common there in December.

Please submit your documentation of all California Bird Records Committee review species (denoted by asterisks) to CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at <secretary...>

Additionally, CBRC review species and birds of local or seasonal rarity should be reported to the "North American Birds" County Coordinators. They are:
IMPERIAL COUNTY: Guy McCaskie, 954 Grove Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932, <guymcc...>
INYO COUNTY: Tom & Jo Heindel, P.O. Box 400, Big Pine CA 93513, <tjheindel...>
KERN COUNTY: Kelli Heindel-Levinson, 1819 Locust Ravine, Bakersfield CA 93306, <kkheindel...>
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Chet McGaugh, 194 W. Broadbent Dr., Riverside, CA 92507, <chetmcgaugh...>
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Alexander E. Koonce, 1357 Paige Lane, Redlands, CA 92373, <sandy_koonce...>


Other birding listservs that include reports of birds in southern California are:

Inyo County:!forum/easternsierrabirds
Kern County:
Los Angeles County:
Pasadena area:
Orange County:
San Diego County:
San Luis Obispo County:
Santa Barbara County:
Ventura County:
California (statewide):


A schedule of San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society field trips is available on the SBVAS website at

Maps/directions to local birding sites are available on the SBVAS website at

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