Date: 12/6/18 8:27 am
From: Thomas Benson <tbenson...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Southeastern CA RBA: December 6, 2018
* California
* Southeastern
* December 6, 2018
* CASE18.12.06

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
Sandhill Crane
Western Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Brown Pelican
Steller's Jay
American Redstart


Up to two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Zzyzx Desert Studies Center Nov 23-28 (Bill Deppe).

Two STELLER'S JAYS continued at Glen Helen Regional Park through Nov 27 (Dave Goodward).

Two SURF SCOTERS were seen at Harper Dry Lake on Dec 1 (Sean Rowe).


Three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at the Salton Sea SRA on Nov 28 (Chet McGaugh).

Up to two SURF SCOTERS were seen at North Shore Nov 28-Dec 1 (Chet McGaugh)..

Up to two BLACK SCOTERS continued at North Shore through Dec 3 (William Rideout).

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued at Salt Creek (NESS) through Dec 1 (Julie Szabo).

A SURF SCOTER was seen at 84th Avenue (NESS) on Dec 1 (Julie Szabo).

An AMERICAN REDSTART and a BROWN PELICAN continued at Lake Perris though Dec 1 (David Rankin).

A WESTERN GULL and four PACIFIC LOONS were at Lake Perris on Dec 1 (David Rankin).


A SURF SCOTER was seen at the north end of Lack Road on Nov 28 (Guy McCaskie).

A RED-THROATED LOON was at Brock Reservoir along I-8 on Dec 3 (Curtis Marantz).


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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