Date: 11/14/19 7:48 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 14, 2019

* California
* Orange County
* November 14, 2019
* CAOC19.11.14

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


Black Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Zone-tailed Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Vermilion Flycatcher
Black-chinned Sparrow

A female BLACK SCOTER was seen off Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington
Beach on November 9 and continued through November 11.

A COMMON GOLDENEYE continued in the Wintersburg Channel at Bolsa Chica
Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach through November 13. A second bird
was found at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on November 11 and
continued through November 12. This bird has been seen in Pond C. A third
bird was found at The Great Park in Irvine on November 11 and continued
through November 13. Seen in the reflecting ponds.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON almost entirely in its white plumage except
for dark primary tips continued in the Santa Ana River in the vicinity of
LeBard Park through November 11.

A TRICOLORED HERON was photographed in Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach on
November 10. It was seen in the vicinity of Back Bay Beach and the Newport
Aquatic Center. This is a CBRC review species, meaning documentation of any
sightings should be forwarded to Tom Benson at <secretary...>

A long staying CATTLE EGRET continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine through November 10. The bird favors Ponds C through E, but it or a
second bird(?) is occasionally seen on Pond 1 as well.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
in Huntington Beach through November 12. A SY bird was at San Joaquin
Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine through November 13 on Pond B.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continued in Rancho Santa Margarita through November 13
flying over and near the Ford dealership. As in previous years, its favored
time-frame for flight in this area was midday.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported from Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
Beach on November 10.

A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa on November
11, a slightly more coastal area than this species is typically found in.

A BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW was found along the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa
Margarita on November 12.


The monthly Upper Newport Bay bird walk will take place on November 24 from
8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will be held on November 20
from 8:15am to 11:00am. It is currently full but you can email Nancy Kenyon
at <nancykenyon...> to see if there is a wait list.

None currently scheduled.


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 or
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 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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