Date: 11/28/19 6:42 am From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 28, 2019
🦃 *RBA *- Thanksgiving Edition 🦃
* Orange County
* November 28, 2019
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
A EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
through November 23, 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 Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach
through November 26. It’s been seen in the Wintersburg Channel.
A FRANKLIN’S GULL was at Carl Thornton Park in Santa Ana on November 26 and
was refound in nearby Centennial Park on November 27.
A *RED-FOOTED BOOBY* continued on the jetty at Corona del Mar through
November 27. This is a CBRC review species, meaning documentation of any
sightings should be forwarded to Tom Benson at <secretary...>
A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was in Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach on
November 24 and continued through November 27. November 24-26 it was seen
near the Big Canyon parking lot, but on November 27, it was seen near the
Muth Center. This is likely the same bird that was seen recently along the
Santa Ana River just a few miles away.
A *TRICOLORED HERON* continued in Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach
through November 25. 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 23 on Pond B. A HY bird was at Dana Point Harbor on
November 23. Seen in the Magnolia Tree next to the Nordhavn building.
A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continued in Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo
through November 25, where it is usually seen flying over and near the Ford
dealership. Another (new) juvenile bird was photographed over Irvine
Regional Park in Orange on November 25. This makes at least 3 different
individuals that have been photographed in the county this fall.
An immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Irvine Regional Park in
Orange through November 24 between Lots A and B and around “Sycamore Hill”.
A DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was photographed at Mile Square Regional Park in
Fountain Valley on November 22. Seen in the NE quadrant of the park between
Palm Island and Edinger Ave.
A *GREATER PEWEE* was found at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
on November 26. It was photographed in the northeast corner of the Baker
Driving Range around 33.728383, -117.942941. This is a CBRC review species,
meaning documentation of any sightings should be forwarded to Tom Benson at
<secretary...> If accepted, this would be only the fifth
record for Orange County and the first in 28 years.
A GRAY FLYCATCHER was at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on November 23 and
continued on November 24. Seen between lots C and D.
A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim on November 26. It
was seen in sycamores and pines along the southern edge of the park,
towards the eastern half (roughly near Parking Lot P).
A SAGE THRASHER continued at Richard T. Steed Memorial Park in San Clemente
on November 22, near the entrance to the baseball fields.
A VESPER SPARROW was at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on November 23. Seen
near Lot E with Lark Sparrows.
A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington
Beach on November 21 and continued through November 26. Another bird was at
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach on November 25.
A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on
November 24 on the eastern side of Sycamore Hill.
A NORTHERN PARULA was at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point on November
23 and continued through November 26. It was seen in the eucalyptus trees
next to the golf practice cage.
A PALM WARBLER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
November 24 and continued through November 26. It was seen near the
northeast side of the north lake, near the corner of Euclid and Edinger.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The monthly Nature Walk at San Joaquin Marsh will take place on December 7
from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.
The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Marsh will take place on December 8
from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.
*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
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.
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
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