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 <secretary...>
Black Scoter Common Goldeneye Little Blue Heron *TRICOLORED 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.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS* 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.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS* 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.
*BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES* 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 ( 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 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 (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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