Date: 11/21/19 11:10 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 21, 2019

* California

* Orange County

* November 21, 2019

* CAOC19.11.21

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


Eurasian Wigeon

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser



Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Zone-tailed Hawk

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pacific Wren

Sage Thrasher

Yellow-headed Blackbird


Black-and-white Warbler

Painted Redstart

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach from
November 15-19, where it was last seen in the pond by the library. Note
that this is an apparent immature male (i.e., is more female like) and does
NOT look like an easily identifiable adult male. Look for the more
rufous-colored head compared to American Wigeons.

A COMMON GOLDENEYE continued at The Great Park in Irvine through November
15 at the reflecting ponds.

A presumably continuing out-of-place RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was on the
Upper Santa Ana River between Tustin and Lakeview on November 17.

A *RED-FOOTED BOOBY* was found on the jetty at Corona del Mar on November
16 and continued through November 20. This is a CBRC review species,
meaning documentation of any sightings should be forwarded to Tom Benson at

A *TRICOLORED HERON* was last reported in Upper Newport Bay in Newport
Beach on November 18. It was seen on multiple occasions this last week in
the vicinity of the Back Bay Science Center. This is a CBRC review species,
meaning documentation of any sightings should be forwarded to Tom Benson at

A SY YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine through November 20 on Pond B.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continued in Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo
through November 20, where it is usually seen flying over and near the Ford
dealership. On November 20 it was seen flying in the vicinity of Lake
Mission Viejo.

An immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed at Irvine Regional
Park in Orange on November 16 between Lots A and B and apparently continued
through November 21.

A PACIFIC WREN was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach from
November 15-16, generally along the north side of "the island."

A SAGE THRASHER was at Richard T. Steed Memorial Park in San Clemente on
November 19, near the entrance to the baseball fields.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at South Junior High School in Anaheim on
November 14.

An OVENBIRD returned for its second winter at Golden West College in
Huntington Beach, where it was found on November 17 in the trees northwest
of the amphitheatre.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa on November 17
in the grassy picnic area on the western side of the park. Another bird was
at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on November 18 on the eastern side of
Sycamore Hill.

A PAINTED REDSTART was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley from
November 14-18, where many people saw it in the trees along the fence line
between the soccer field and golf course.



The Bolsa Chica bird walk will take place on November 21 from 8:00am to
12:00pm. Meet at the playground at nearby Harriett Wieder Regional Park.

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 Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trips are held on the third Wednesday of
every month but are full until January. You can email Nancy Kenyon at
<nancykenyon...> to sign up for the January trip or later.

The Winter 2020 pelagic trip will take place on January 11 from 6:30am to
3:00pm. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to sign up.


Sylvia Gallagher’s “Learning California Bird Sounds” class will run for 10
weeks beginning in early January. Enrollment opens on December 2. Highly
recommended if you have difficulty with bird sounds, this class helped me
immensely when I was a beginning birder. The course flyer is here:


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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