Date: 7/11/19 9:56 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: July 11, 2019

* California
* Orange County
* July 11, 2019
* CAOC19.07.11

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


American Wigeon
Common Murre
American Bittern
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Vermilion Flycatcher
Wilson’s Warbler

An AMERICAN WIGEON was photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on July 9. Likely a bird that has been summering locally.

Two COMMON MURRE were seen from Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach
on July 10.

An AMERICAN BITTERN that was photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine on June 21 was seen flying across Pond 1 on July 5. It’s unusual
to have this species around this time of year.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued in Dana Point Harbor through July 6.
This second year (SY) bird has been around throughout spring and summer.

Two VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were reported from Arbor Park on the north side
of Seal Beach on July 8. Assuming this to be a new nesting location, as
there was an adult male bird tending to a recently fledged bird.

A WILSON’S WARBLER continued to be seen at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine on July 6.


The monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will
take place on July 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.

The monthly Bird Walk at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington beach will take
place on July 18 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at Harriet Wieder Park.


The Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on July 12 is full, but you can
email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> if you want to be on the
waitlist. The August 23 trip is also full.

The summer pelagic trip will take place on July 20. Please e-mail Nancy
Kenyon (<nancykenyon...>) if you’re interested in going. Details here:


None taking place.


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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