Date: 7/21/22 2:15 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray3928...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: July 21, 2022

* California

* Orange County

* July 21, 2022

* CAOC22.07.21

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



Laysan Albatross

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Our beloved OC RUFF has returned along the Upper Santa Ana River in Anaheim
generally between Lakeview and the Imperial Highway. This year, it arrived
on July 16 and has continued to be seen through at least July 19 (last
eBird report). This is a bird that returns to this location every year in
mid- to late summer. It likes to hang out with the dowitchers. This is the
earliest it has returned by 5 days. See the list below for the past dates
of this returning bird each year, with the expectation of 2015 when it
decided to stay in San Bernardino Co.

Previous years sightings of this bird from eBird:


2013/08/29 - 2013/09/19

2014/07/24 - 2014/09/26

2015 - No reports in OC, but bird was likely in San Bernardino this year

2016/08/13 - 2016/09/23

2017/08/16 - 2017/10/20

2018/08/11 - 2018/09/20

2019/08/03 - 2019/09/29

2020/07/21 - 2020/09/22

2021/08/13 - 2021/09/20

2022/07/16 - 2022/??/??

A LAYSAN ALBATROSS was photographed from a whale watching boat about 6
miles off Newport Beach on July 21. Oddly enough, the last documented
report of a Laysan Albatross was 5 years ago to the day, near the oil rigs.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued in Upper Newport Bay in Newport
Beach, where they are presumably breeding somewhere. Two adults were also
seen in the San Diego Creek in Irvine on July 15, adjacent to Pond 2 at San
Joaquin Marsh. A Juvenile bird was seen on the jetties of Newport Harbor on
July 21.


For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the
webpage on Sea and Sage’s website:

** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in
advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email <nancykenyon...>
to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.

The next bird walk at Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach will take place on
July 31 from 8:00am to 11:00am.

The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13.

The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take
place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21
from 8:00am to 12:00pm.


None at this time.


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 (<jbray3928...>) 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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