Date: 3/14/19 7:28 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: March 14, 2019

* California

* Orange County

* March 14, 2019

* CAOC19.03.14

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


Laughing Gull

Mew Gull

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Bald Eagle

Gray Flycatcher

California Scrub-Jay

Bewick's Wren

Orchard Oriole

Palm Warbler

A first-cycle LAUGHING GULL that was found on January 23 at North Lake in
Irvine continued through March 9. The bird is typically found in the
southern half of the lake, often close to Barranca, where it basically just
sits around all day eating food that people throw to it. Easy parking is in
the lot off of Barranca and Lake.

A first-cycle MEW GULL continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley through March 8.

A single second-year YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued to Linger at Dana
Point Harbor in Dana Point on March 10 behind the Nordhavn building. My
Dreams of Orange County getting its first ever Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
nesting record in 2019 are slowly fading...

An immature BALD EAGLE was photographed at Upper Newport Bay in Newport
Beach on March 10. This bird is not quite as old as Jeff, whose birthday
was yesterday.

The two wintering GRAY FLYCATCHERS continued at Mile Square Regional Park
in Fountain Valley and at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, both through
March 12. The Fountain Valley bird is typically seen near the northern
entrance off Edinger along the golf course fence line, whereas the Orange
bird is typically around Parking Lot 2.

A CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY was an unusual find at Bolsa Chica Ecological
Reserve in Huntington Beach on March 8. Like Bewick's Wren (see rant
below), this species is rare in Huntington Beach and should always be
well-documented. You can consider future documentation an ongoing gift to
Jeff, whose birthday was yesterday. The bird was in the palms by the tide

A BEWICK'S WREN was out of place at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach on March 8. Even though this species does not get flagged
in the north coastal area in eBird (because it can be commonly found in the
southern, *cooler* half of the county), Bewick's Wren should always be
well-documented anywhere in Huntington Beach, where it is actually quite
rare, and is actually almost never supported with any documentation in
eBird. Birders in Huntington Beach should make an extra effort to obtain
confirmation if they think they see or hear a Bewick's Wren, or they may
risk getting a dreaded email from me asking for more information or even
going on Brian Daniels' blacklist for birds reported at Huntington Central
Park with no documentation. Plus since Jeff's birthday was yesterday it can
be a great gift to him!

An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was photographed in a residential yard in
Anaheim on March 10.

Up to two PALM WARBLERS continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine through March 11. They are typically seen in Pond D. Jeff did not
see them during his field trip on March 10, despite it being his birthday
week (birds don't care about your birthday).



The Bolsa Chica Bird Walk at Bolsa Chica Wetlands will take place on March
21 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Harriet Wieder Regional Park
playground area.


The Big Morongo Preserve field trip will take place on April 27. More
details can be found here:


Two bird banding workshops will be held at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in
Trabuco Canyon in March 2019. The beginning workshop was held already and
the advanced workshop will be held on March 16 and 17. For more details or
to enroll, email seasonal ornithologist Robert Snowden at


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. We don't
include hybrids, subspecies, introduced or exotic birds, or in most cases
and for no real reason, geese. 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

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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