Date: 8/5/22 4:35 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray3928...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 5, 2022

* California
* Orange County
* August 5, 2022
* CAOC22.08.05

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


Red Phalarope
Solitary Sandpiper
Long-tailed Jaeger
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Neotropic Cormorant
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Summer Tanager

A SURFBIRD was an unexpected surprise at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
Beach on July 31.

A RED PHALAROPE was on land at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on August

Two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on
July 30, with another (same?) reported on August 5.

A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was photographed on an offshore pelagic trip that took
place on July 31.

A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was reported from an offshore pelagic trip that took
place on July 31.

An ASHY STORM-PETREL was photographed from an offshore pelagic trip that
took place on July 31.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS continued to be seen at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine through August 5. Two were photographed together in the San Diego
Creek, adjacent to Pond 2. Please continue to try and document these
sightings with photographs when possible.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at many locations this past week.
Dana Point Harbor, Mason Regional Park in Irvine and in Newport Back Bay.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported from Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center
in Huntington Beach on August 4.

An adult male SUMMER TANAGER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley on July 31 and continued through August 2.


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 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.

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently
full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.


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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