A Painted Redstart was in the NW quadrant of Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley today. Going north on Brookhurst, turn right (E) at Heil and pull into the first parking lot on the right. Walk 50-yards east along the fence-line of the golf course, past the tall golf-ball screen to a green picnic table situated before a stretch of pine trees. The bird pished in from the eucalyptus trees on the golf course side of the fence. It appears to be an immature bird, with frayed rectrices, brown tones to the primaries, and a reddish orange belly. I don't recall seeing a Painted Redstart with such an orangey belly before, so it is interesting to consider that females average "slightly more orange-tinged bellies than males" (Pyle 1997). So if this bird winters as I expect it will, it might not be singing in the spring.
Other recent birds of lesser note include two Aleutian Cackling Geese (adult and juvenile) at Carr Park (4 Nov), a Yellow Warbler on the south side of David Baker golf course (5 Nov), and another Yellow Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler at Centennial Park (7 Nov).
Jim Pike HB
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