Date: 2/13/20 7:59 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: February 13, 2020
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* California

* Orange County

* February 13, 2020

* CAOC20.02.13

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

White-winged Dove

Pacific Golden-Plover

Mountain Plover

Black-legged Kittiwake


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Lewis's Woodpecker

Gray Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Plumbeous Vireo

Brown Thrasher

Clay-colored Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee


Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

A male EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Pearson Park in Anaheim through
February 8, while a second male was at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through February 11.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was photographed at a private residence in Huntington
Beach on February 11.

Three PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVERS continued at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach
in Seal Beach on February 12.

A MOUNTAIN PLOVER continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington
Beach through February 9 inside the Least Tern nesting area at the end of
the walkbridge coming from the PCH parking lot. If you maintain an Orange
County bird list at all and haven’t seen this bird, you need to get over may never have another chance at such an easily chaseable
Mountain Plover in this county.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen at the San Juan Creek Mouth at Doheny
State Beach in Dana Point on February 9.

A *TRICOLORED HERON* continued at Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach,
across from the Newport Aquatic Center, on February 11. This is a CBRC
review species and all documentation should be forwarded to Tom Benson at

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at Dana Point Harbor through
February 10 in the usual location around the Nordhavn building.

A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER continued at Caspers Wilderness Park off Ortega
Highway, just past the entrance, through February 11.

A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at the Sycamore Hill area of Irvine Regional
Park in Orange on February 8, and a bird at the Quail Hill Trailhead
parking lot in Irvine continued through February 12.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER found at Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest on
February 11 continued on February 12 downstream of the playground.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS, rare near the coast, continued near the entrance to
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in Seal Beach through February 11, with
another found in the playing field at RH Dana Point Elementary School in
Dana Point on February 9.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO continued at Eucalyptus Park in Anaheim through February

A BROWN THRASHER continued at Aurora Park in Mission Viejo through February
12 in the southeast section of the park where the large Brazilian pepper
tree is growing near the top of the windy trail down to the lower section.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at the Fairhaven Memorial Park/Santa Ana
Cemetery complex in northeast Santa Ana on February 10, associating with
Chipping Sparrows in the southeastern section of the Santa Ana Cemetery
half (which is the eastern half) of this cemetery complex. The bird
continued through February 12 on lawns northwest of the administration

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was photographed at a private office building in
San Clemente on February 12.

A wintering VESPER SPARROW continued at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in
Seal Beach through February 6.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued at Bart Spendlove Memorial Park in Mission Viejo
through February 9. It is still in the same spot that it was in in early
December, the southern end of the small drainage ditch between the park and
railroad tracks. It's typically seen around the large tree tobacco shortly
before the cement apron.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued at Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park in
Huntington Beach through February 8 in the vicinity of the playground.

An OVENBIRD continued at Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach on February
11. The bird was refound in the same general area, around the amphitheater
off of Gothard and Center, west of the parking lot.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Aurora Park in Mission Viejo through
February 11.

An AMERICAN REDSTART continued at Gilman Park in Fullerton through February



Raptor expert Pete Bloom will be hosting a raptor banding trip on February
22 from noon until the evening at O'Neill Regional Park in Rancho Santa
Margarita (the jewel of Orange County). The group will meet at the first
picnic tables closest to the gate into the Arroyo Trabuco (around Shelters
2 and 3). Pete is expected to bring in diurnal raptors during the day and
potentially some owls at night. If you are exceptionally lucky, you may
also get to see the rarest birder in Orange County, me, because I live very
close by!

The Upper Newport Bay bird walk will take place on February 23 from 8:00am
until 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 April. You can email Nancy Kenyon at
<nancykenyon...> to sign up for the February waitlist or later.

The Owl Prowls at Starr Ranch Sanctuary will start up on March 6.
Reservations required. More info here:


Sylvia Gallagher will be teaching the course “Learning Mountain Bird
Sounds” from March through May. Find out more information and how to enroll


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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