Date: 3/18/23 8:42 pm
From: <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Scott's Oriole arrival, Juniper Hills
Hi Kimball,
I just got home from Crystalaire, after looking for Inca Dove (yes) in Lake
Los Angeles, on the way home from the Lancaster Water Treatment Plant/Piute
Pond field trip. I stopped at Crystalaire tonight exactly because I wanted
to get Scott's Oriole. I did not see her male bird that hangs out at her
house (the neighbors are probably wondering who this creepy guy is who
parks in front of her house randomly) so I walked around the neighborhood
counting Robins (at least 46) and Townsend's Solitaires (I think there were
three, but I only put one into eBird). While I was searching in vain for
the Scott's Oriole I heard a weird bird singing in somebody else's front
yard so I started recording it and it turned out to be a Red Crossbill
singing this long, strange song:
I am only used to hearing Red Crossbills give their stereotypical loud,
twonote "Tick! Tick!...Tick Tick Tick!" calls, with maybe a little bit of a
vaguely House Finchish sounds noise thrown in.
Before I arrived at the Lancaster Sewage Ponds my day started at
Pearblossom Park, where the Red Crossbills there were much more cooperative
than the ones at Apollo Park which have been reported as being on a nest.
Interestingly, neither Pearblossom Park nor Crystalaire had Verdin today,
and I'm assuming that had to do with the cold weather.

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County
"With a sufficiently large sample size a correlation can at once be both
very significant and too small worth discussing."--Daniel Kahneman

On Sat, Mar 18, 2023, 2:22 PM Kimball Garrett <cyanolyca818...>

> Birders,
> [Sorry, no Swainson's Hawks to report out here yet today...]
> A singing Scott's Oriole in our Juniper Hills neighborhood today was the
> first for the year. However, this arrival date is a bit later than
> average. For the past five springs here, arrivals have been:
> 2019 -- 22 March
> 2020 -- 14 March
> 2021 -- 6 March
> 2022 -- 2 March
> 2023 -- 18 March
> [mean arrival, about 12 March]
> I'm sure Ruth Gravance in Crystalaire also has good data on arrival dates,
> but her situation is complicated by regular wintering of at least one male
> in her neighborhood. No Scott's have wintered in our Juniper Hills
> neighborhood.
> Coincidentally, the first Hooded Oriole in our neighborhood also
> arrived today.
> Kimball
> Kimball Garrett
> Juniper Hills, CA

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