Date: 1/10/19 8:01 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: January 10, 2019
*RBA*



* California

* Orange County

* January 10, 2019

* CAOC19.01.10



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*



Long-tailed Duck

Common Goldeneye

Mew Gull

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Zone-tailed Hawk

Tropical Kingbird

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher

Cassin’s Vireo

Pacific Wren

Purple Finch

Green-tailed Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Ovenbird

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Palm Warbler

Hepatic Tanager





A LONG-TAILED DUCK that was found at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach on November 11 continued through January 9, where it’s
usually seen along the trail that parallels the PCH, a few hundred yards
north of the PCH parking lot.



Three COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen this week. One seen at Bolsa Chica
Wetlands in Huntington Beach on January 3. Another seen near the mouth of
the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach on January 3 at the end of Highland
St. And one more seen along the San Diego Creek bike path in Newport Beach
on January 7, under the 73 Toll Road.



A juvenile MEW GULL at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
continued through January 9, seen near the lake around Palm Island.



At least three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at the Sunset Aquatic
Marina in Seal Beach through January 7.



An adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK was seen over Irvine Regional Park in Orange on
January 3. A second Juvenile bird was photographed in the Trabuco Canyon
area on January 9, soaring over Cook’s Corner with a few Turkey Vultures.



Two TROPICAL KINGBIRDS were seen in the county this week. First was a
continuing bird along the Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach near Adams
Ave. on January 7. A second bird was found at Harriett Wieder Park in
Huntington Beach on January 6, last seen on January 9. It’s been seen
behind the park into the oil fields.



A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was found at Acacia Park in Fullerton on January 9.
It was seen along the creek, just south and east of the playground area.



A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through
January 6 near Parking Lot 2, and at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley through January 7 near the northern entrance off Edinger along the
golf course fence line. Both are returning for their second winters at
these spots.



A CASSIN’S VIREO was photographed at Riverdale Park in Anaheim on January
6. It was seen in the area with some picnic tables behind the fire
station.



A PACIFIC WREN continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
through January 5. It’s seen along the trail that goes along the north side
(inside) the Shipley Nature Center before the trail gets impassible due to
flooding. Look for a post marked with a “10”.



At least one female-type PURPLE FINCH continued at Huntington Central Park
in Huntington Beach on January 3 in the area surrounding the building of
the Shipley Nature Center.



A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued at Harriett Wieder Park in Huntington Beach
through January 7.



A RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW continued at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
Beach on January 4. It was seen along the Brightwater Trail near the
entrance from Fordham



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana on
January 8. It was mixed in with a flock of Chipping Sparrows.



A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on January 5 in the area along the Slater Channel fence in the
Shipley Nature Center.



A wintering OVENBIRD continued at Golden West College in Huntington Beach
through January 6 in the amphitheater area.



A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
through January 5. It’s seen along the trail that goes along the north side
(inside) the Shipley Nature Center before the trail gets impassible due to
flooding.



A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach on January 7.



A long-staying AMERICAN REDSTART continued at San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary in Irvine through January 8 in the Treehill area.



A PALM WARBLER continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on
January 5 (Gothard Hill).



A HEPATIC TANAGER found at McCallen Park in Huntington Beach on December 16
continued through January 7. All sightings since the initial one have been
roughly in the same location in the sycamore (and surrounding) trees at the
corner of Wichita and Alabama, approximately 500 feet to the west. Both
locations should be checked if the bird does not appear to be present upon
arrival, although the Wichita/Alabama corner does seem to be its favorite
spot.





*LOCAL EVENTS*



*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*


The monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place
on January 13 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.



The Bolsa Chica bird walk will take place at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
on January 17 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the playground at Harriett
Wieder Regional Park.



*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*



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



The next Upper Newport Bay via pontoon boat will be on January 16. The trip
is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to be put on
the wait list.



The Salton Sea Weekend Trip will take place January 26-27. The trip is
full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to be put on
the wait list. More info here:
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/SaltonSea.html



*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*



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...>



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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 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 (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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