Date: 12/6/18 7:32 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: December 6, 2018

* California
* Orange County
* December 6, 2018
* CAOC18.12.06

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


Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red Phalarope
Reddish Egret
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Varied Thrush
Purple Finch
White-throated Sparrow
Palm Warbler

A LONG-TAILED DUCK that was found at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
Beach on November 11 continued through December 4, where it’s been seen in
the “pocket pond" and around the tide gates and inner bay.

A COMMON GOLDENEYE was reported from the Santa Ana River at the Glassell
bridge on December 3.

A RED PHALAROPE found in the ponds below Harriett Wieder Regional Park in
Huntington Beach on November 30 continued through December 4. The bird was
presumably blown inland by the storm last week, so if you need this on your
county list and don't want to go on a pelagic trip to look for them, this
may be your best bet for now.

A REDDISH EGRET photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on
December 1 was only the second record ever for this location.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was photographed at Bart Spendlove Memorial Park
in Mission Viejo on December 2.

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through December 3.

At least three WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continued at Huntington Central
Park in Huntington Beach through December 3, where they're being seen on
both sides of Goldenwest.

A PACIFIC WREN found in the Shipley Nature Center on the western side of
Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on November 17 continued
through December 3. The bird has been found in the northeast corner near
the closed trail sign.

Two VARIED THRUSHES were photographed at the Shipley Nature Center on the
western side of Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on November 29.
They were in the redwood trees along the fenceline east of the main

Up to four PURPLE FINCHES were found around the main building of the
Shipley Nature Center on the western side of Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach on November 30 and continued through December 3.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW found at the Shipley Nature Center on the western
side of Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on November 4 continued
through December 1.

At least one PALM WARBLER was present at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine through December 4, in the vicinity of the Pond C/Pond D border.



The CBC is right around the corner and we need volunteers. For more info on
the Orange County CBC, please check the link below.

If you’re new to the count and want to help, please contact the area
compilers listed below for each count circle.

*Inland count is on December 16* – Doug Lithgow - <DMLithgow...>

*South County count is on December 22* – Darrell Wilson -

*Coastal Count is on December 30* – Bettina Eastman - <bettinae24...>


The monthly bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take
place on December 9 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Audubon House.


The next Upper Newport Bay via pontoon boat will be on December 19. The
trip is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to be
put on the wait list.

The next Orange County pelagic trip will be on January 12 from 6:30am to
3:00pm. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> if you want to attend the


Sylvia Gallagher will be starting the class "Western Mountains and Their
Birds" in January of 2019. You can see more information about the class
Registration is now open.

Two bird banding workshops will be held at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in
Trabuco Canyon in March 2019. The beginning workshop will be held on March
9 and 10 from 7:30am to 3:30pm, and the advanced workshop will be held
during the same hours on March 16 and 17. For more details or to enroll,
email seasonal ornithologist Robert Snowden at <rsnowden...>


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 ( 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 for consideration to be mentioned in the current
quarterly report for North American Birds.

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, may not
be 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 ( 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 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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