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2/24/18 5:13 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Claremont Swainson's Hawks
2/24/18 11:23 am <dotandruss...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Orchard Oriole at LMU in Westchester
2/24/18 10:47 am <richardfisher6309...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Lucy’s still present Saturday am North Weddington RC
2/24/18 8:47 am Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
2/23/18 1:57 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 23 February 2018
2/23/18 10:27 am Chris Dean <chrisanndean...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Eurasian Wigeon
2/22/18 10:18 pm <longcore...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Request for podcast interview on birds of Los Angeles
2/21/18 11:30 am Chris Dean <chrisanndean...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Ancient Murrelet
2/20/18 9:47 pm <streatham2003...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] PAS Monthly Meeting - The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project - Wednesday, February 21
2/20/18 8:04 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] adult male Baltimore again at VA in W.L.A.
2/19/18 4:33 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Virginia's Warbler at Sepulveda Basin 2/19
2/19/18 9:44 am <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] adult male Baltimore again at VA in W.L.A.
2/19/18 2:44 am Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Pasadena Audubon Pelagic 11 Feb
2/17/18 8:15 pm Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Franklin's Gull
2/17/18 7:52 am Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
2/16/18 2:18 pm <kevin_lapp...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Clay-colored Sparrow, Westchester Park
2/15/18 11:19 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Bald Eagle photos, recordings of other bird sounds
2/15/18 8:54 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 15 February 2018
2/15/18 2:04 pm Andrew Birch <andyrbirch...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
2/15/18 1:37 pm Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
2/15/18 10:21 am Andrew Birch <andyrbirch...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Continuing Rarities at North Weddington Park
2/15/18 10:01 am Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Bonelli Bald Eagle
2/14/18 8:48 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] White-winged and Black Scoters
2/14/18 5:39 pm <lisafimiani...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Pipits at Loyola Marymount University
2/14/18 4:32 pm Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Continuing Neotropic Cormorant at Bonelli Park
2/13/18 10:31 am Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Summer Tanager - LA River in Los Feliz
2/11/18 10:00 am Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Lucy's Warbler at North Weddington Recreation Center, Toluca Lake
2/11/18 9:37 am Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Bonelli Neotropic Cormorant
2/10/18 4:52 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Some continuing S. F. Valley rarities
2/10/18 1:34 pm Larry Schmahl <larschmahl...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Lewis's Woodpeckers Rose Hills Whittier
2/10/18 11:40 am <mcfadden...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] continuing Claremont rarities
2/8/18 4:53 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 8 February 2018
2/8/18 12:36 pm Michael Zarky <mzarky...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Painted Redstart location details
2/8/18 10:17 am Ryan Terrill <enicurus...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher -- Forest Lawn Glendale
2/7/18 1:18 am Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Hermit Warbler at Harbor Park in Harbor City
2/6/18 9:42 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] scoter notes - Dockweiler Hyperion Bluff to Grand Ave
2/6/18 7:36 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] scoter notes - Dockweiler Hyperion Bluff to Grand Ave
2/5/18 2:08 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Rusty Blackbird update
2/4/18 12:28 pm Trish G <trishrg62...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Things I saw today.
2/4/18 9:38 am Ryan Terrill <enicurus...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Lucy’s Warbler — Leon Washington Park
2/3/18 7:25 pm Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Chilao Lewis Woodpeckers 2/2/18
2/3/18 12:39 pm Manuel Duran <mhduran...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Summer Tanager at DeForest Park
2/2/18 8:33 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Pine Warbler at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park
2/2/18 6:33 pm <merryledel...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker at DeForest Park Continued Today
2/2/18 5:44 pm Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Last word on Tropical Kingbird in El Segundo
2/2/18 1:10 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] RFI Legg Lake sapsuckers
2/2/18 6:59 am Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Re: [Tropical Kingbird at El Segundo - NOT chaseable
2/1/18 3:55 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 1 February 2018
2/1/18 2:40 pm <merryledel...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at DeForest Park
1/31/18 10:44 pm Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] Tropical Kingbird at El Segundo Rec Park 1/31/2018
1/31/18 7:35 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Montane and desert crows
1/31/18 1:16 pm Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Tropical Kingbird at El Segundo Rec Park 1/31/2018
1/31/18 12:10 am Gabriel Gartner <gartner.gabe...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Brown creeper redux
1/30/18 9:55 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Antelope Valley Western Gull challenge
1/29/18 2:40 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] the Gray Flycatcher at Valhalla Memorial Park
1/28/18 5:47 pm Don Sterba <donsterba...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Continuing Painted Redstart at Culver City Park (& Summer Tanagers)
1/28/18 1:17 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] 1/28 Dusky-capped Flycatcher @ North Weddington Rec Center/Park
1/28/18 9:34 am Tom Benson <Thomasabenson...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Black and White-winged Scoters at Dockweiler SB
1/27/18 3:59 pm Alex Coffey <coughster...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher
1/27/18 11:47 am Mark Scheel <scheel314...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, VA Japanese garden
1/27/18 10:27 am Lance Benner <lbenner...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher at Bonelli Park
1/27/18 12:01 am Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] No Greater Pewee
1/26/18 1:43 pm Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] in praise of FRS radios
1/26/18 12:31 pm <jmn1992...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Sage thrasher at abalone cove shoreline preserve.
1/26/18 11:28 am Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 26 January 2018
1/26/18 10:07 am Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> RE: [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher
1/26/18 9:14 am Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher at Woodlawn Cemetery 1/24/18
1/26/18 1:58 am Alex Coffey <coughster...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher
1/25/18 10:38 pm Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Cabrillo Beach White-throated Sparrow
1/25/18 4:49 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Baltimore @ VA Japanese Garden (W.L.A.)
1/25/18 4:49 pm <jseawaterman...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher continues at Woodlawn Cemetery 1/25/18
1/25/18 4:47 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] in praise of FRS radios
1/25/18 2:02 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> Re: [LACoBirds] RFI: FRS radios
1/25/18 11:52 am Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] RFI: FRS radios
 
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Date: 2/24/18 5:13 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Claremont Swainson's Hawks
2/24/2018
17:10
There is a flock of 50 to 100 Swinson's Hawks flying from east to west over downtown Claremont right now.

Thomas Geza Miko
653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
Claremont, CA 91711
cell one: 909.241.3300
cell two: 213.471.6001
home: 909.445.1456
office: 213.351.7382
office main 213.351.7897

www.tgmiko.com<http://<br/>www.tgmiko.com>


 

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Date: 2/24/18 11:23 am
From: <dotandruss...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Orchard Oriole at LMU in Westchester
At 9:35 this morning I saw a male Orchard Oriole at Loyola Marymount Univ. in Westchester. It had an entirely black head, throat, and back; brick red underparts; white wing bars, and on oriole-type bill. I couldn't get a photo, but it was unmistakable. It flew from an oak to a eucalyptus near the southeast corner of the dorms in the northeast corner of campus. The flock of about 30 American Pipits continues in the center of campus near the flag pole.


Russell Stone
Westchester



 

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Date: 2/24/18 10:47 am
From: <richardfisher6309...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lucy’s still present Saturday am North Weddington RC
In the tomato bushes in nw vegetable garden. Ducky capped FC not found.

Rick Fisher
Glendora CA

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Date: 2/24/18 8:47 am
From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
Good morning,

If anyone is still interested, the vireo is still hanging around the golf course. I had it in the previously reported location this morning (815 AM).

Cuyler
Los Feliz

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 17, 2018, at 7:46 AM, Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> wrote:
>
> The vireo is present this morning. It’s being vocal today.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 15, 2018, at 2:03 PM, Andrew Birch <andyrbirch...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> I saw Cuyler's Vireo fairly well around noon today. After waiting around for 40mins, I was about to give up when I played a Blue-headed Vireo song on my phone and it immediately flew in (for whatever that is worth). I managed to get a couple of record shots that are in my ebird checklist below. Cuyler has more in his original checklist. Would be good if others could document with photos or offer feedback:
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42821809
>>
>> The hotspot is Los Angeles River--Los Feliz golf course area
>>
>> Best, Andy Birch
>> Los Feliz
>>
>>
>> On Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:02:05 PM PST, Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.
>>
>> Cuyler
>> Los Feliz
>>

 

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Date: 2/23/18 1:57 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 23 February 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* February 23, 2018

* CALA1802.23





-Birds mentioned



Tundra Swan

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Red-necked Grebe

Inca Dove

Pacific Golden-Plover

Ancient Murrelet

Franklins Gull

Neotropic Cormorant

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

BLUE-HEADED VIREO

Pacific Wren

Clay-colored Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harriss Sparrow

Dark-eyed Pink-sided Junco

Yellow-headed Blackbird

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Baltimore Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Lucys Warbler

Virginias Warbler

American Redstart

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Painted Redstart

Black-headed Grosbeak







California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/





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Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert

E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at <JonF60...>

Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted





-Transcript



This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 23.





The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (usually on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through February 21. A letter of permission is required for entry.



Male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River in Glendale, adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area through February 19.



An INCA DOVE continues at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles, being seen through February 16 near the corner of 90th and Maie.



The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through February 19.



A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through February 22, generally in the area north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.



An ANCIENT MURRELET was in the channel at the Ballona Creek Mouth in Playa Del Rey on February 21-22. Access is from the end of Pacific Ave., adjacent to Del Rey Lagoon.



A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through February 21. It has been around the north side of the lake. A FRANKLINS GULL was on the north side of the lake from February 15-17. East of the northeast corner of the lake (along the jungle trail) a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued through February 20.



A adult male NORTHERN YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER continued at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles through February 21.



The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through February 22 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued through February 17 and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through February 20. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours..



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake was seen through February 20. It moves around but has been along the path behind the Recreation Center building and at the north end garden. The LUCYS WARBLER continued through February 20 as well, usually in the northeast part of the park near the community garden.



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights was reported through February 17, it is often near the north end restrooms, but does move around.



A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through February 17 around the pond.



The presumed BLUE-HEADED VIREO continued near Atwater Village through February 17. It has been along the LA River near Atwater Village just above the Los Feliz crossing on the border of the Los Feliz Golf Course and close to the first electrical tower along the river berm.



A PACIFIC WREN was along the upper West Fork of the San Gabriel River (below Red Box- between Cedar Canyon and Camp Hi Hill) on February 16.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the south end of Westchester Recreation Center in Westchester on February 19. It was last seen near the middle of the park.



Continuing through February 21 at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake.



WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at the South Coast Botanic Gardens through February 18, in Porter Ranch also through February 18, on the east side of Tallac Knoll at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia through February 19 and at Montrose Community Park through February 19.



The HARRISS SPARROW at a residence in Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was still present as of February 16.



A DARK-EYED PINK-SIDED JUNCO continued at St. Andrews Priory near Valyermo through February 18.



A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at the southeast corner of Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on February 17.



The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through February 22.



An immature male HOODED ORIOLE was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on February 19.



The OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through February 18. It has been north of the Indian Hill area, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.



An AMERICAN REDSTART was reported in Arcadia on February 16 at 311 E. Huntington Drive.



The female AMERICAN REDSTART at El Dorado Park in Long Beach was seen through February 20. Entering from Studebaker (north of Willow), park in the lot behind the softball fields. The bird has been in eucalyptus trees and shrubs around the west side maintenance yard next to the golf course.



A VIRGINIAS WARBLER was along Encino Creek by the Hjelte Sports Center on February 19. It was in the riparian just west of the access road to the ballfields on the south side of Burbank Blvd., west of Woodley.



The CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Wheeler Park in Claremont continued through February 15. It is usually south of the intersection of Geneva and Doane.



At DeForest Park in Long Beach, the PALM WARBLER continued near the tennis courts through February 15.



The PINE WARBLER at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park in Van Nuys continued through February 19. It has been along the pathway on the east edge of the Little League fields, south of Magnolia.



The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through February 19. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field, mostly in the palms and eucalyptus above the four dumpsters.



A male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continued at the Veterans Administration Japanese Garden in West Los Angeles through February 18 and an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued in eucalyptus along the south fence also through February 18.





- end transcript



Jon L Fisher

Glendale, CA

<JonF60...>





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Date: 2/23/18 10:27 am
From: Chris Dean <chrisanndean...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Eurasian Wigeon
Hi,

There is a male Eurasian Wigeon (with American Wigeons) on the LA River, south of Alondra Blvd. bridge (just south of Home Depot).

Chris Dean
Silver Lake
10:24am, 2/23/18

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Date: 2/22/18 10:18 pm
From: <longcore...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Request for podcast interview on birds of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Audubon Society received the following inquiry through the Facebook page.


"Hi, I live in the U.K. but will be visiting LA for a week in June https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon/inbox/#. I host a podcast on birdwatching (The Casual Birder Podcast) and I would love to go on a birdwalk with a local birdwatcher while I am there. I would be grateful if you could let me know if there is anyone I could contact for this.

In addition, as about 50% of my listeners are from the US, I would love to interview a local Birder before I come out there, to share what the local birds are that might be seen.

Is there anyone you know of that would be willing to take part in a 30-40 Minute Skype call to discuss the birds of Los Angeles which I will then feature on my show?"



If anyone has interest, please contact me at <travislongcore...> and I will put you in touch.


Travis Longcore
Los Angeles, CA
 

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Date: 2/21/18 11:30 am
From: Chris Dean <chrisanndean...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Ancient Murrelet
Hi,

There is an Ancient Murrelet in Ballona Creek channel, visible from south and middle jetties.

Chris Dean
Silver Lake
11:12, 2/21/18

Sent from my iPhone


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Date: 2/20/18 9:47 pm
From: <streatham2003...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] PAS Monthly Meeting - The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project - Wednesday, February 21


Hi All,


PAS are excited to be continuing our series of monthly talks in 2018 with a program about some of California's/North America's most stunning and enigmatic breeding birds: Rosy-Finches. Join recent transplant to Los Angeles Michael Hilchey for a talk that delves into the lives of these incredible mountaintop dwelling birds.


Social time kicks off at 7:00pm and the program runs from 7:30pm until 9:00pm.



The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Michael Hilchey



The three Rosy-Finches must rate as some of the the most beautiful and enigmatic bird species to be found in the United States. The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project is a long-term winter ecology study of the Rosy-Finches at Sandia Crest just outside of Albuquerque, NM. Over the years, this site has become a premier location for birders all across the world hoping to find all three of North America’s Rosy-Finch species as well as host to the most extensive winter study of these elusive birds. As one of the primary investigators of the project for over 10 years, Michael will present an overview of the project including the origin of the work, what they have learned about these birds, and what they hope to learn in the future. He will discuss identification, aging and sexing techniques, molt limits, migration dynamics, population dynamics, and conservation status of these high altitude specialists.

A native New Mexican, Michael has recently relocated to LA. He has been a avid birder and researcher since a young age, having worked on projects from Mexico to Alaska and everywhere in between! Currently he spends most of his time running BRANT Nature Tours, an international birding and wildlife travel company.





 

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Date: 2/20/18 8:04 pm
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] adult male Baltimore again at VA in W.L.A.
Birders,

Sun 18 Feb

This morning the ad. male Baltimore Oriole showed up again at the VA Japanese Garden, having been seen initially on 25 Jan (and not reported since, although an imm. male has been reported). Approx 0830 today it was playing hide and seek in a white-flowering eucalyptus along the south fence, not far from the covered picnic area. My photos are not great:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304598952
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304572652
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/38540094710

Also seen at the garden this morning was a continuing ad. male Black-headed Grosbeak.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304490932
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26478634218
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40349585711
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304425412

Richard Barth
West hollywood




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Date: 2/19/18 4:33 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Virginia's Warbler at Sepulveda Basin 2/19
Hi all,

This morning I stopped at Encino Creek near the Hjelte baseball fields in
the Sepulveda Basin and found a Virginia's Warbler in the dense brush
around the creek. The bird was actually right off of the road, on the west
side of the driveway that leads in from Burbank Blvd. There are some poor
photos in my eBird list (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42988868) but I
did get good looks in person - a mostly gray warbler with bright yellow
undertail coverts, a yellow patch on the throat and a full (and strong)
white eyering. I didn't get good views of the back, but it appeared pure
gray - not olive - and the breast and belly were also a lighter creamy
gray. It was bathing in the creek and then drying off and preening in the
brush, so stayed put for a while before flying into the trees.

The location should be relatively easy to find - there is a sign announcing
Hjelte Sports Center that (I think) you can see from both directions of
traffic on Burbank Boulevard - but it's just west of the LA River, sort of
across Burbank from the eastern edge of the golf course.

As an aside, I can't recommend birding underbirded local parks enough! It
has definitely been very productive for me during 2018 so far!

Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village

 

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Date: 2/19/18 9:44 am
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] adult male Baltimore again at VA in W.L.A.
Birders,

I'm re-sending this report which did not get through to the list yesterday (Sunday).

Sun 18 Feb

This morning the ad. male Baltimore Oriole showed up again at the VA Japanese Garden, having been seen initially on 25 Jan (and not reported since, although an imm. male has been reported). Approx 0830 today the bird was playing hide and seek in a white-flowering eucalyptus along the south fence, not far from the covered picnic area. My photos are not great:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304598952
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304572652
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/38540094710

Also seen at the garden today was a continuing adult male Black-headed Grosbeak.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304490932
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26478634218
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40349585711
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40304425412

Richard Barth
West Hollywood






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Date: 2/19/18 2:44 am
From: Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Pasadena Audubon Pelagic 11 Feb
Hi all.

Pasadena Audubon Society had a very successful pelagic birding trip on
Sunday, February 11, aboard Marina Del Rey Sportfishing's New Del Mar, a
large, very stable and comfortable fishing boat. We left from Dock 52 along
Fiji Way, made our way to the harbor entrance, explored the inside of the
breakwater north to south, checked out a flock of feeding birds about a
mile and a half offshore, returned to the beach at Dockweiler to check out
the scoter flock, then headed straight west to the escarpment about 9 miles
from shore, turned south, crossed the mouth of the Redondo Canyon and
explored the southern edge of the canyon off Rocky Point. From there we
returned in a straight line to Marina Del Rey.

On the breakwater we had five Black Oystercatchers and two Wandering
Tattlers, a few observers also saw a Black Turnstone. The feeding
aggregation offshore was composed mainly of Brandt's Cormorants (most of
which were resting on the breakwater upon our return) and several gulls.
While we had good views of the scoter flock off Dockweiler Beach, we didn't
manage to pick out any Black of White-winged Scoters. We did find a single
Red-breasted Merganser and one Clark's Grebe among the huge grebe flock
that was foraging a little offshore from the scoters. We did have better
views of another Calrk's Grebe in the marina channel upon our return.

Conditions were just magnificent, and we had Beaufort 0, glassy calm water
with a slight groundswell for most of the trip. Ideal alcid spotting
conditions, and we did see hundreds of Cassin's Auklets. We also had good
looks at a pair of Scripps's Murrelets and a single Rhinoceros Auklet.

The tubenoses were represented by a couple of hundred Black-vented
Shearwaters (fewer than expected) and two sightings of what might have been
the same Northern Fulmar. We had decent looks at a Parasitic Jaeger.
California and Bonaparte's were the most numerous gulls, followed by
Western. Heermann's Gull numbers seem to be down this year. There were a
few Mew Gulls and at least one Herring Gull.

We had great mammal sightings, with a pod of coastal Bottlenose Dolphins by
the scoter flock, scattered groups of Long-beaked Common Dolphins
throughout the trip, a close pair of northbound gray whales in the middle
of the bay, and a really good looks at a fin whale south of the canyon.

Thank you to the crew of the New Del Mar that took great care of us, to Kym
Buzdygon for organizing the trip and to all participants who spotted,
identified and shared the birds.

Take care,

Bernardo

--
Bernardo Alps
Wildlife Biologist
California Whales & Wildlife
www.photocetus.com
<bernardo.alps...>
310.597.0449 <(310)%20597-0449>
P.O. Box 1667
San Pedro, CA 90733

The Magician has a couple of eight-hour pelagic birding trips scheduled for
this year; on Sunday, April 15; and Saturday, November 3, from 22nd Street
Landing in San Pedro. Usually, we visit the four oil rigs to check for
boobies, spend time at the mouth of the Redondo Canyon and follow the
escarpment around the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Cost is $130 per person and
includes hot breakfast and lunch. For more information and to book go to
http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm ; click on calendar.

NOTE: I have not yet shared the eBird lists from the April 29, 2017,
Magician trip with all participants. Please send me a note if you were on
that trip and would like the checklists shared.

 

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Date: 2/17/18 8:15 pm
From: Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Franklin's Gull
A winter adult Franklin's Gull first observed on 2/15 was observed and photographed today 2/17, about 9 am on a mudflat at the NE corner of the lake. Later it was observed by other birders on the north side of the lake. The best time to look for the gull is before the power boats start running at 10 am. Photos will be posted on eBird.

Rod Higbie
San Dimas

 

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Date: 2/17/18 7:52 am
From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
The vireo is present this morning. It’s being vocal today.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 15, 2018, at 2:03 PM, Andrew Birch <andyrbirch...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I saw Cuyler's Vireo fairly well around noon today. After waiting around for 40mins, I was about to give up when I played a Blue-headed Vireo song on my phone and it immediately flew in (for whatever that is worth). I managed to get a couple of record shots that are in my ebird checklist below. Cuyler has more in his original checklist. Would be good if others could document with photos or offer feedback:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42821809
>
> The hotspot is Los Angeles River--Los Feliz golf course area
>
> Best, Andy Birch
> Los Feliz
>
>
> On Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:02:05 PM PST, Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.
>
> Cuyler
> Los Feliz
>

 

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Date: 2/16/18 2:18 pm
From: <kevin_lapp...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Clay-colored Sparrow, Westchester Park
Everyone:


This morning, I refound a clay-colored sparrow that Dan Cooper first reported last Friday. It was in the middle of the park, feeding in grass, associating with a dozen savannah sparrows, southwest of the tennis courts (that is, not in the grassy outfield of the baseball fields). The little flock moved around quite a bit, with people walking the park, and dogs here and there, and a guy flying a model airplane, so I imagine it could be found anywhere.


Kevin Lapp
Culver City
 

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Date: 2/15/18 11:19 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bald Eagle photos, recordings of other bird sounds
!Hola!

I read a posting/review on SD Birds about a directional microphone you can attach to your smart phone, and it pushed me over the line into buying it (I had read about this microphone, earlier, but was afraid to take the leap).. I don't want to give any free endorsements (I am not benefitting from writing this email), but dang, am I glad I bought this thing. For under $65 (tax included) and another $5.99 for the same company's official iOS (iPhone) app, I now possess technology (a directional microphone with a digital audio recorder) that cost a lot of money 10 to 20 years ago. I also downloaded a free Android app written by 2 German undergrads to do the same thing on my other cell phone (a Google Pixel). Today I used the Pixel.

The Norwegian company only mentions iOS on their website, which led me to incorrectly believe that I can only use this "cell phone microphone" (which is made in Owstray-lee-yuh) to record bird sounds on my iPhone. Not true, at all. One thing that I learned while researching all of this is that the default recording mode that comes with your smart phone records sound in the .mp3 format, which apparently is terrible for bird sounds, and you need to use .wav format apps (software).

If you'd like a taste of what modern technology has placed within your budget, you can listen to the recordings, below.

Some of the reasons that I want to make my own bird sound recordings are that:

1. Sibley app et cie. only have warblers and some sparrows singing in the spring, when some guy with a parabola went out into the Canadian forest, and recorded them on their nesting grounds. I need to know what these various songbirds sound like when they winter in California, when they don't sing. The original LP records and CDs (had) have the same deficiency.
2. PARROTS, and other non-natives: the various bird apps do not have sound recordings of the non-natives. I want to record, and learn to identify the various parrot species when they fly overhead. Some of those flocks of Red-crowned Amazons flying overhead are most likely Lilac-crowned, but unless they land, and let me see their heads, I wind up calling them "Red-crowned."
3. Yes, I am aware of, and frequently peruse the bird sounds at https://www.xeno-canto.org/ but I believe that the physical act of making my own recordings will help me learn bird sounds better than passively listening to other peoples' recordings.


Bonelli Bald Eagle, California Gnatcatcher: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42811556


Chestnut-sided Warbler sound recording: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115


feral Peacocks on the mean streets of Pomona: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115 (according to a resident, these Peacocks have lived here for 35 years)


Tom Miko

Claremont

909.241.3300

 

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Date: 2/15/18 8:54 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 15 February 2018
- RBA

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 15, 2018
* CALA1802.15


-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Pacific Golden-Plover
Neotropic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Lewis's Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Cassin's Vireo
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Lucy's Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Painted Redstart
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak


California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/



Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird



Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at <JonF60...>
Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


-Transcript

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 15.


The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (usually on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through February 11. A letter of permission is required for entry.

Male "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River in Glendale, adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area through February 14. Another was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through February 10.

Among the many scoters off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo, six BLACK SCOTERS and three WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were present on February 14 (between Hyperion Bluff and Imperial Highway).

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through February 10.

A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through February11, generally in the area north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.

A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas from February 11-14. It has been around the north side of the lake. An adult BALD EAGLE was at the lake on February 15.

Two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS were at Rose Hills in Whittier on February 10 by Gate 17 off Workman Mill Road.

The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at DeForest Park in Long Beach continued through February 10 just south of the tennis courts and administration buildings.. Also continuing here was a PALM WARBLER on February 13 (by the northwest tennis court) and a female type SUMMER TANAGER near the soccer field restrooms on February 13. There were two BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS here the same day, one north and one south of the admin buildings.

A NORTHERN "YELLOW-SHAFTED" FLICKER continued at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles through February 10.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through February 13 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported through February 13 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continued here through February 10. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights was reported through February 9 near the north end restrooms.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake was seen through February 14. It moves around but has been along the path behind the Recreation Center building and at the north end garden.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (near the north entrance to the wildlife area) on February 8. Another was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa Vista on February 13 (across from the Bluff Creek Drive traffic signal).

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through February 15 around the pond. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was here from February 8-10.

The CASSIN'S VIREO continued near the middle of Mountain View Park in Burbank through February 14. Another CASSIN'S VIREO was at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through February 10 north of the west edge of the central lawn area.

A bird that looked very good for a BLUE-HEADED VIREO was along the LA River near Atwater Village just above the Los Feliz crossing on February 14. This bird was along the border of the Los Feliz Golf Course close to the first electrical tower along the river berm.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the south end of Westchester Recreation Center in Westchester on February 9. It was by the weedy lot and maintenance area.

Continuing through February 11 at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia (at the east edge of Tallac Knoll) through February 8. Another was at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates on February 11 and one was at Veteran's Park in Sylmar on February 14.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through February 12.

The OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through February 11. It has been north of the Indian Hill area, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.

A LUCY'S WARBLER was at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake from February 10-13, mainly along the north fence line on the west side of the park.

The female AMERICAN REDSTART at Wilderness Park in Downey was reported through February 8, last seen in the row of vegetation between the park and the San Gabriel River.

The female AMERICAN REDSTART at El Dorado Park in Long Beach was seen through February 13. Entering from Studebaker (north of Willow), park in the lot behind the softball fields. The bird has been in eucalyptus trees and shrubs around the west side maintenance yard next to the golf course.

A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Wheeler Park in Claremont continued through February 10. It is usually south of the intersection of Geneva and Doane, and was last reported at 645 Geneva.

The PINE WARBLER at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park in Van Nuys continued through February 14. It has been on the east edge of the Little League fields, south of Magnolia.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through February 11. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field, mostly in the palms and eucalyptus above the four dumpsters.

A female SUMMER TANAGER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through February 11 near the west edge of the central lawn area. Another was found by the Los Feliz Golf Course along the LA River in Glendale on February 13.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continued at the Veteran's Administration garden in West Los Angeles through February 10.


- end transcript

Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
<JonF60...>


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Date: 2/15/18 2:04 pm
From: Andrew Birch <andyrbirch...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
I saw Cuyler's Vireo fairly well around noon today. After waiting around for 40mins, I was about to give up when I played a Blue-headed Vireo song on my phone and it immediately flew in (for whatever that is worth). I managed to get a couple of record shots that are in my ebird checklist below. Cuyler has more in his original checklist. Would be good if others could document with photos or offer feedback:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42821809

The hotspot is Los Angeles River--Los Feliz golf course area
Best, Andy BirchLos Feliz

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:02:05 PM PST, Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Hi all,
There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.
CuylerLos Feliz
 

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Date: 2/15/18 1:37 pm
From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz
Hi all,

There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River
immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course
since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems
to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first
steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the
fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large
green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated
the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has
been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.

Cuyler
Los Feliz

 

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Date: 2/15/18 10:21 am
From: Andrew Birch <andyrbirch...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Continuing Rarities at North Weddington Park
At 8:30 am this morning, I enjoyed nice views of the LUCY'S WARBLER and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER in the Eucalyptus trees along the NW fence line. The Lucy's remained in the trees and didn't drop down to feed in the weeds with the Goldfinches. Interestingly, the flycatcher had a close affinity to the Lucy's and stayed close by moving around the Eucalyptus with it. When the Lucy's moved north in to the bare trees adjacent to the elementary school, the flycatcher followed it and I enjoyed nice views of both perched literally next to each other. The flycatcher then chased the Lucy's around those trees and it appeared to go north towards the school and I lost it. Perhaps, useful info for would-be Lucy's searchers is to look out for the flycatcher and any accompanying warblers.
I had a quick 5 min look for the Plumbeous but no joy there.
Best, Andy BirchLos Feliz
 

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Date: 2/15/18 10:01 am
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Bald Eagle
Right now Thursday morning at 09:08 a.m. there is a full adult bald eagle actively hunting at Treetop level at the southeast corner of Puddingstone Reservoir.
The Ravens are not happy.

Thomas Geza Miko
653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
Claremont, CA 91711
cell one: 909.241.3300
cell two: 213.471.6001
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office main 213.351.7897

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Date: 2/14/18 8:48 pm
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] White-winged and Black Scoters
Birders,

Wed Feb 14

Early this morning off Dockweiler Beach two very large Surf Scoter flocks merged opposite Hyperion Bluff and another big flock was at Imperial Hwy. I did my best to check through the birds and came up with three White-wingeds and six Blacks. Some of my photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26402681078
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25403910147
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25403866487
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39563769944
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25403783817
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40230175012
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26402540898
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40274723001

Richard Barth
West Hollywood


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Date: 2/14/18 5:39 pm
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Subject: [LACoBirds] Pipits at Loyola Marymount University
While conducting a bird survey with students on the Loyola Marymount University campus yesterday afternoon we came across 20 American Pipits who apparently had just flown in. They were located on patches of grass in a long courtyard area that extends north from the Loyola Boulevard circle on campus.

A few were foraging in the grass (and dipping their tail) but most were completely stationary in small groups. They didn’t even move as students walked by - they looked exhausted.

It was a fitting experience for the students who were learning about why this is the Year of the Bird: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/year-of-the-bird/.

Lisa Fimiani
Westchester, CA

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Date: 2/14/18 4:32 pm
From: Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Continuing Neotropic Cormorant at Bonelli Park

Today 2/14/18 a Neotropic Cormorant was with a feeding group of Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans in the cove at the NE corner of the lake at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. Also in the area was a Peregrine Falcon.

Rod Higbie
San Dimas

 

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Date: 2/13/18 10:31 am
From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Summer Tanager - LA River in Los Feliz
Hi,

This morning (845 on 2/13/18) there was a summer tanager along the LA River
in Los Feliz. The bird was in the area immediately north of Los Feliz
Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course. I originally had it in an
elderberry along the fence line of the golf course, near the mid-point of
the golf course as measured along the bike path. Then it flew into a willow
within the river channel, where I left it.

Cuyler
Los Feliz

 

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Date: 2/11/18 10:00 am
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lucy's Warbler at North Weddington Recreation Center, Toluca Lake
This morning around 8:15am I re-found the Lucy's Warbler discovered by
Sarah Ngo yesterday at North Weddington Rec Center Park. It was in the
same general location as reported on eBird - on the NW side of the park, in
a weedy area just on the other side of the chain link fence between the
park and the river channel. The bird was with a flock of Lesser
Goldfinches feeding quite loudly; there was also a bunch of Bushtits, 2
Orange-crowned Warblers and some Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows feeding
on the same plants. If spooked, most of the birds (Lucy's included) will
fly across the river channel to the trees around the homeless encampment or
up into the trees on the park side of the fence - but they will return to
their dandelion patch eventually.

The park is super busy on the weekends between 9:30-4ish, as Kimball
reported in his email yesterday, so be warned! It's also pretty busy after
school gets out during the week (but if you are birding with kids in tow,
they will at least be entertained!)

Some not-very-good photos are in my eBird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42673402

Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village

 

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Date: 2/11/18 9:37 am
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Neotropic Cormorant
Sunday 2/11/2018 0935
Hi
There is an adult Neotropic Cormorant sitting on the 3rd buoy from the left if you stand on the North Shore and look south. Photos taken. I am standing at the east end of the sandy swim Beach that is on the North Shore halfway between the metal boat launch Fishing Pier and the red, yellow, and blue plastic jungle gym.
Equally surprising, we parked at the Brackett Field Airport and walked in from that direction and immediately ran into multiple calling, displaying, very cooperative California Gnatcatchers on both sides of the paved road that is the South border of the airport.
Tom

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Claremont, CA 91711
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cell two: 213.471.6001
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Date: 2/10/18 4:52 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Some continuing S. F. Valley rarities
Birders,



Following in Rebecca Marschall's mighty footsteps this morning (10 Feb), I saw the Dusky-capped Flycatcher at North Weddington recreation Center in Toluca Lake. It was initially seen within the "Rio Vista Hidden Garden" along the recreation center's northern boundary (and adjacent to the flood control channel), but then moved eastward along the north boundary of the recreation center. As usual for this species, it was quite vocal.

See: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42658841



The bright male Pine Warbler continued at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park. I saw it along the pathway that leads south from Magnolia through the park between the apartment buildings to the east and the small baseball fields (for small kids with passionately loud and forceful coaches) on the west. Near the south end of this path, where the park opens up into larger athletic fields, there are two tall pines (one on either side oft he path); the warbler was foraging on the ground here -- though not with the Chipping and Lark Sparrow flock nearby. See: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42659139



Prior to this I stopped at Bette Davis Picnic Area in Burbank, adjacent to the L. A. River. The male Eurasian Green-winged Teal was with the large wigeon and teal flock in the river, and nearby was an apparent Blue-winged X Cinnamon Teal hybrid. A large group of Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds moved back and forth from the park trees to the river bottom, but they were very skittish when on the ground and I was not able to pick out the Rusty Blackbird among them, if indeed it is still around. I was intrigued by the lone ibis in the river channel, reflective of my ignorance about the identification of ibis which are not in alternate plumage. I couldn't make out any pink in the facial skin or red in the eye, and the grayish bare facial skin was bordered above and below by fairly strong pale lines. Opinions are welcome -- I believe this "in-between" ibis has been here for a while, but I could be wrong. Photos in my eBird list at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42658251



Kimball


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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368
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Date: 2/10/18 1:34 pm
From: Larry Schmahl <larschmahl...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lewis's Woodpeckers Rose Hills Whittier

Hello all,
 
This afternoon 10 February, 2018, there was a pair of Lewis's Woodpeckers at Gate 17 to Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Gate 17 is off of Workman Mill Road at the south end of the Memorial Park. They were observed from the side of the road.
 
Larry Schmahl
Whittier
 

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Date: 2/10/18 11:40 am
From: <mcfadden...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] continuing Claremont rarities
Both continuing rarities in Claremont were very cooperative this morning. The OVENBIRD at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden was walking around in the open at a location just west of the coordinates that have been posted previously. This is in the "Communities" section of the gardens north of Indian Hill Mesa, along a small unpaved path that has interpretive signs for "California's Rarest Plants". The CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER is still in the neighborhood a block west of Wheeler Park. We first found it in the oak tree adjacent to 645 Geneva (described earlier in the week by Tom Miko), and then followed it as it moved a few houses south, where it stopped to spend some time foraging close to the ground in a short bamboo hedge. It's easy to locate by its sharp chip call.

Good birding,
Cathy McFadden & Paul Clarke
Claremont


 

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Date: 2/8/18 4:53 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 8 February 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* February 8, 2018

* CALA1802.08





-Birds mentioned


Tundra Swan

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Red-necked Grebe

Inca Dove

White-winged Dove

Pacific Golden-Plover

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

California Condor

Lewiss Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassins Vireo

Pacific Wren

Sage Thrasher

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Gray-headed Junco

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Lucys Warbler

Nashville Warbler

American Redstart

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Painted Redstart

Summer Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak







California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/





Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird





Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert

E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at <JonF60...><mailto:<JonF60...>

Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted





-Transcript



This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 8.





The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (usually on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through February 6. A letter of permission is required for entry.



Male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River in Glendale, adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area (through February 7) and at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera (last reported on February 2).



Among the many scoters off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo, four BLACK SCOTERS and a single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were found on February 6 (all between Hyperion Bluff and Grand Ave.).



The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through February 5.



A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles on February 2. An INCA DOVE continues at the park, being last reported along Maie Avenue on February 6. A LUCYS WARBLER was found here on February 4 north of the pool.



A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through February 4, generally in the area north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.



The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Topanga Beach Lagoon continued through February 1.



A CALIFORNIA CONDOR was along Interstate 5 at Smokey Bear Road on February 4 and two were at Quail Lake southeast of Gorman on February 3.



A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at De Forest Park in Long Beach from February 1-2 in eucalyptus south of the tennis courts.



A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at OMelveny in Granada Hills on January 31.



The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through February 6 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported through February 4 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continued here through February 4. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights was reported through February 4 around the picnic area at the north end of the park.



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake was seen through February 4. It has been along the path behind the Recreation Center building.



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka continued through February 6 (in the pines and sycamores around the blue fountain).



A CASSINS VIREO continued at Mountain View Park in Burbank through February 2. Another CASSINS VIREO was at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles on February 4 on the west edge of the central lawn area.



A PACIFIC WREN was along the San Gabriel River West Fork off Highway 39 north of Azusa on February 3. It was opposite mile marker 1.8 (west of Highway 39).



A SAGE THRASHER and a continuing BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK were at Malaga Dunes in Palos Verdes Estates on February 7.



Another SAGE THRASHER was at Forest Lawn in Glendale on February 8 below the museum.



Continuing through February 7 at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake..



A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia (at the east edge of Tallac Knoll) through February 4. Another continued at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area west of the Japanese Garden also through February 4.



A DARK-EYED GRAY-HEADED JUNCO was at Chilao Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on February 3. At least a half dozen LEWISS WOODPECKERS continue at Chilao, near the start of the Manzanita Loop Campground turnoff.



The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through February 5.



The OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through February 6. It has been north of the Indian Hill area, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.



A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at DeForest Park in Long Beach through February 6 north of the administration buildings and restrooms. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was at DeForest on February 2 and a female SUMMER TANAGER was near the soccer field restrooms on February 3.



The female AMERICAN REDSTART at El Dorado Park in Long Beach was seen through February 6. Entering from Studebaker (north of Willow), park in the lot behind the softball fields. The bird has been in eucalyptus trees and shrubs around the west side maintenance yard next to the golf course.



A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Wheeler Park in Claremont continued through February 7. It is usually south of the intersection of Geneva and Doane, and was last reported at 645 Geneva.



The PALM WARBLER at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through February 1 around the pond. On February 7, a TROPICAL KINGBIRD was found around the pond area.



A PINE WARBLER was at Sherman Oaks Park in Van Nuys on February 2. It was on the east side of the Little League fields, south of Magnolia.



The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through February 5. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.







- end transcript



Jon L Fisher

Glendale, CA

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Date: 2/8/18 12:36 pm
From: Michael Zarky <mzarky...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Painted Redstart location details
Friends, I spent some time with the Painted Redstart in Culver City
Park last Saturday afternoon, Feb 3. (but I hate afterwards working
on the hundreds of photos on the computer). I want to add some
details about where I saw it in case it can help others.

As has been described, a target tree is the shaggy-looking palm in
back of the group of dumpsters; however when it was in the palm it
was usually on the back side, and hidden in the dead foliage. It did
however range widely along the trees south from there, all the way to
the south end of the parking lot. It rarely stopped long enough for
good photos; and even did acrobatics high above the parking lot,
almost hanging in the air.

However, there were a few long periods, up to 10 minutes, when it
stayed in one spot preening, and it was mostly in heavy shade there.
This was the closest I could get my camera to the bird. In this
full-frame photo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/94434086@N05/39444983274/in/dateposted-public/
we see the trunk of the large tree to the right of the palm tree,
with the Redstart preening in the twiggy area belonging to a branch
coming across from the right from a different tree [fairly low down,
? 10 feet up?. While the bird is clearly visible, the exposure
compensates for the shade; it was not that easy to see by eye. So if
you don't see the bird flitting about, you might check this
particular spot. [I'd give a much wider angle view but I don't use a
zoom lens].
Here's the cropped 'close-up' from that frame.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/94434086@N05/39444979604/in/dateposted-public/

I'll sort through the rest eventually but wanted to put these up in
case it helps anyone locate this handsome bird.



Michael Zarky
10963 Citrus Drive
Moorpark, CA 93021 USA



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Date: 2/8/18 10:17 am
From: Ryan Terrill <enicurus...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher -- Forest Lawn Glendale
Hi everyone:
This morning, I birded around a small portion of the forest lawn cemetery in Glendale. The best bird was a SAGE THRASHER that James found in a small hedge row right below the museum. Photos are in this checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42593173
Ryan TerrillEagle Rock
 

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Date: 2/7/18 1:18 am
From: Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Hermit Warbler at Harbor Park in Harbor City
Hi all.

On Tuesday afternoon I found a first-year Hermit Warbler in the North End
Willows at Ken Mally Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City. The bird was
roughly halfway between the Wilmington Drain and the condos to the east of
the park, about 50 meters south of Pacific Coast Highway, 33.790529,
-118.286779.

The area is not for the faint of heart. I tend to have a cordial
relationship with homeless people on birding excursions, but this area is
more like a post-apocalyptic nightmare out of a Mad Max movie.

Photos in my eBird checklist, https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42550498

Take care,

Bernardo


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Date: 2/6/18 9:42 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] scoter notes - Dockweiler Hyperion Bluff to Grand Ave
I, on the other hand, decided that I would find my own scoter flocks between Zuma and Santa Monica, today. Quite possibly one of the dumbest ideas I've had in a while. I did find one small flock of surf scoters.
There were numbers of red-throated loons near-shore, a breeding plumage Pelagic Cormorant, and a few Black-headed Shearwaters between Malibu Lagoon and Topanga Lagoon.
Nanday Parakeets flew back and forth between Pepperdine Ponds and the beaches. It's amazing how common they are all over the entire Malibu area, even 5 or more miles in from the ocean e.g. King Gillette Ranch (male Eurasian Wigeon) and Malibu Creek State Park.
BTW the Claremont Chestnut-sided Warbler may have jumped bail, along with the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at DeForest Park in Long Beach.
Tom

Thomas Geza Miko
653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
Claremont, CA 91711
cell one: 909.241.3300
cell two: 213.471.6001
home: 909.445.1456
office: 213.351.7382
office main 213.351.7897

www.tgmiko.com<http://<br/>www.tgmiko.com>

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Subject: [LACoBirds] scoter notes - Dockweiler Hyperion Bluff to Grand Ave



Birders,

Tues 6 Feb

Early this morning in the haze off Dockweiler Beach there were over two thousand scoters scattered from the Hyperion outlook building down to Grand Ave. I did my best to look through all the flocks but I'm sure I missed some stuff. I did find at least four Black Scoters and a White-winged. The White-winged was well off shore---I had good scope looks at it but got no usable photos. Black Scoter photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25255095067
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40127137241
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40094094322
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25255053467
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40127098531

Richard Barth
West Hollywood



 

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Date: 2/6/18 7:36 pm
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] scoter notes - Dockweiler Hyperion Bluff to Grand Ave
Birders,

Tues 6 Feb

Early this morning in the haze off Dockweiler Beach there were over two thousand scoters scattered from the Hyperion outlook building down to Grand Ave. I did my best to look through all the flocks but I'm sure I missed some stuff. I did find at least four Black Scoters and a White-winged. The White-winged was well off shore---I had good scope looks at it but got no usable photos. Black Scoter photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25255095067
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40127137241
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40094094322
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25255053467
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40127098531

Richard Barth
West Hollywood


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Date: 2/5/18 2:08 pm
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Rusty Blackbird update
Birders,

Mon 5 Feb

Today 0800-0830 the Rusty Blackbird at Almansor Park (Alhambra) was with a very skittish flock of Brewer's Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds moving around the area of the lower pond, the picnic shelter, the adjacent parking lot and along the chain link fences enclosing the nearby ballfield areas.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40105728341
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39206158945

Richard Barth
West Hollywood




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Date: 2/4/18 12:28 pm
From: Trish G <trishrg62...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Things I saw today.
This morning on Superbowl Sunday I went to Dockweiler State beach and
parked near lifeguard Tower 53 period within about 5 minutes the entire
shkoder flock got up and headed south and I was able to pull one single
white-winged scoter out of the bunch. Looking South before the pier and
there was a huge raft of probably at least a thousand scoters. I left.

From there I did some birding at Madrona Marsh. The continuing Eastern
Phoebe was seen in the Willows about 50 yards east of the SW Chevron
corner. A female black and white warbler was working along the west side in
some Willows.

Trish Gussler, Anaheim

 

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Date: 2/4/18 9:38 am
From: Ryan Terrill <enicurus...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lucy’s Warbler — Leon Washington Park
All-
Adam Searcy, James Maley and I swing by to look for the Inca Dove and had an FCF LUCY’S WARBLER with a large warbler flock just north of the pool. We’ll post photos to eBird tonight. 
Good birding
Ryan Terrill


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Date: 2/3/18 7:25 pm
From: Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Chilao Lewis Woodpeckers 2/2/18
Hi Birders

On Friday February 2, 20218 I guided a birder to the Angeles Crest Highway and highlights were six LEWIS WOODPECKER at Chilao Campground on the Manzanita Loop. The woodpeckers were flying around before the gate and at the first restrooms on they right hand side. Compared to when saw them in November, the woodpeckers were silent. LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH, PURPLE FINCH, PHAINOPEPLA were at the same location. I was surprised to see a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD across campground #5 in the area. It was chasing the Phainopeplas away from the mistletoe. We also came across a single NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. The Chilao Visitor’s Center has a pan filled with water and many local woodpeckers, jays, and PINE SISKIN were around the water and seed scattered about. The mountains were dry and warm for a winter day. Some piled snow was at Cloudburst Summit which I was surprised to still find.

Good Birding!

Mary Freeman
Glendale, CA

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Date: 2/3/18 12:39 pm
From: Manuel Duran <mhduran...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Summer Tanager at DeForest Park
This morning around 10 am, we saw a Summer Tanager at DeForest Park on a Sycamore near the soccer field bathroom.  We could not find the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Below are pictures:
https://flic.kr/p/K6vxGV

https://flic.kr/p/22XBPHY

Manuel Duran
Lomita, CA
 

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Date: 2/2/18 8:33 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Pine Warbler at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park
This afternoon I found a Pine Warbler near the Little League fields at Van
Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park, which is located between Hazeltine & Van Nuys,
bordered by Magnolia Blvd on the north side and Huston St. on the south. I
found it at about 34.1638861,-118.4422795, in the bleachers area of one of
the smaller fields, under a large pine tree and close to the northeast
border of the park (where it backs up to houses).

It was a brightly colored male and was not easily spooked by people using
the jogging trail nearby, or by the kids practicing on the field. I found
it on the ground at first, but it also really liked perching on the chain
link fence. After a few minutes of posing, it took off into the trees.
This is a particularly warbler-y part of the park -- lots of yellow-rumps
in the eucalyptus trees nearby.

Pictures are in my eBird list -- https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42445268


Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village

 

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Date: 2/2/18 6:33 pm
From: <merryledel...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker at DeForest Park Continued Today
There is now a red Solo cup at the base of the favorite tree of the YBSA. It was seen again today between 9:30 and 10 am in several of the eucalyptus trees located as described in the checklist. However it was not refound this afternoon by others.


We recommend hitting DeForest between 9 am and 11 am, after noon the activity can die down quickly. It was again very birdy in the morning.. including a lot of warbler action (Nashville and Yellow), but no Palm or B&W. There are also a few other woodpeckers around as well as a Fox Sparrow.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42439404 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42439404











 

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Date: 2/2/18 5:44 pm
From: Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Last word on Tropical Kingbird in El Segundo
Hi All,
   At the risk of really annoying everyone, I want to be perfectly clear about two things:
1) The Tropical Kingbird I saw is (still) in the Raytheon Employees Recreation Park NOT the El Segundo Recreation Park.   These are totally different parks. 
2) Although the Raytheon Park is not publicly accessible, the El Segundo Recreation Park is totally accessible to all. Dick Barth often reports from there and has had many rare sightings in that park over the years. Please keep birding there. 
Hope that clears it up,
Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA
 

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Date: 2/2/18 1:10 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] RFI Legg Lake sapsuckers
Hi,
There is a Snow Goose among the Canada Geese near the Santa Anita parking lot. I don't know if I have ever seen a Snow Goose here, before.
I am here on my third or fourth visit to Legg Lake in the last number of weeks looking for these two different sapsuckers and not finding them. I have read the various directions given in eBird, and yet according to one friend I am going to the wrong Pine Tree near bathroom number 7. The pine tree that I have been searching is the very tall Italian Stone Pine that is tall and straight and then blossoms outwards into a very wide crown. My friend told me that I should find the pine tree that is straight but has branches already at 10 or 15 feet off the ground and that I should be able to find the sapsucker wells. No such luck. The tree that I am referring to is west and north of bathroom 7 near the shore of the middle lake.
I have also had no luck finding the yellow-bellied sapsucker that allegedly hangs out in the tipu tree west of bath remember 8.
Yes, I realize that if I'm not finding these two birds I should walk around and stare at all the other trees. I have been doing that a lot. Any help?
Chris Dean if you are reading this, please call my 909 cell phone.

Thomas Geza Miko
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Claremont, CA 91711
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Date: 2/2/18 6:59 am
From: Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Re: [Tropical Kingbird at El Segundo - NOT chaseable
Hi All,
     In my original post on this bird I stated that I was unsure if there was public access. I am now sure that there is NO public access.     I apologize for all the confusion including calling the park by the wrong name. The lat-lon coordinates in my second post are accurate. 

Sorry,
Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 10:43 PM, Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
Hi All,

   My lat-long coordinates for the Tropical Kingbird in El Segundo Rec Park were a couple of hundred feet off to the north west.  These are better (at least in Google Earth):

33 54 51.37N 118 23 38.11W

    The bird is inside the fence in the south-southwest corner of the park. 

Hope it helps,Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1:09 PM, Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
Hi All,

  I just refound a Tropical Kingbird first sighted by Mike McLaughlin this morning. Here are my notes:
Much paler gray head then nearby Cassin’s Kingbird. Dark mask subtle but apparent. Strikingly long bill. Slender forked tail also apparent. Bright yellow belly and chest up to the throat. Heard calling, obviously not a Cassin’s call. Flycatching and moving in bare trees near 33°54′60″ N  118°23′41″ W.    I am unsure if this is chaseable by non-employees. Maybe someone else knows. 

Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA


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Date: 2/1/18 3:55 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 1 February 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* February 1, 2018

* CALA1802.01





-Birds mentioned


Tundra Swan

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Pacific Golden-Plover

Glaucous Gull

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Gray Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassins Vireo

Pacific Wren

Sage Thrasher

Swamp Sparrow

Baltimore Oriole

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

Summer Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak







California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/





Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird





Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 1.



The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (usually on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through January 30. A letter of permission is required for entry.



The male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River in Glendale, adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area. It was last seen where the channel bottom transitions from smooth to rocky (below the confluence of the LA River and Burbank Channel).



An INCA DOVE continued at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles through January 27.



A COMMON GROUND-DOVE continued on the west side of the San Gabriel River at Trabuco Street on January 27, just south of the horse exercise area.



A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 28, generally in the area north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.



The first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL continued in Pico Rivera through January 27. It has been seen at both the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds (between Whittier and Washington- easy access is at the east end of Mines Ave. east of Passons Blvd.) and at the Rio Hondo basins at the opposite (west) end of Mines, visible from Canford St.. Late morning or afternoon generally seems to be better for good numbers of gulls here.


The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Topanga Beach Lagoon continued through January 26.



A NORTHERN YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER continued at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles through January 30.



GRAY FLYCATCHERS were in the southeast area of Valhalla Memorial Park in Burbank from January 26-29 and continuing at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia (in the peninsula area west of the parking lot) on January 28.



The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 30 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported through January 30 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continued here through January 28. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka continued through January 28 (in pines around the blue fountain).



Another DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake from January 27-29. It was along the path behind the Rec. Center building..



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights was reported through January 31.



A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was found at El Segundo Recreation Park on January 31. It was seen inside the fence near the southwest corner.



A CASSINS VIREO was at Mountain View Park in Burbank on January 30 in the north part of the park.



A PACIFIC WREN continued in El Prieto Canyon above Altadena through January 27. Another continued in Big Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia on January 31, below cabin 49.



Coastal slope SAGE THRASHERS included one continuing in the upper part of Abalone Cove Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula through January 29 and one at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on January 27 (Kikos Trail southeast of restroom 11).



Continuing at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake through January 30. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake.. Not far away, an AMERICAN REDSTART continued through January 30 along the Jungle Trail at the extreme northeast part of the lake. A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was in this same area through January 27.



The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 28.



An OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through January 27. It has been north of the Indian Hill area, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.



A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at the Arboretum in Arcadia through January 26 (at the top of Tallac Knoll).



A female AMERICAN REDSTART was at El Dorado Park East in Long Beach on January 28.



A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Wheeler Park in Claremont continued through January 29. It was most recently reported south of the intersection of Geneve and Doane.



The PALM WARBLER at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through January 28 around the pond.



The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through January 29. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field. An immature male SUMMER TANAGER was at the park in this same area on January 28.



The female SUMMER TANAGER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through January 30. It has been around units 5353 and 5263. This is private property, but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents.



At the Japanese Garden at the Veterans Administration in West Los Angeles, a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was found on January 27, two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS were present from January 28-29 and an immature male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen from January 27-29.





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Jon L Fisher

Glendale, CA

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Date: 2/1/18 2:40 pm
From: <merryledel...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at DeForest Park
Seen between 11 am and 11:30 am in eucalyptus trees along the west (river) side of the park. From west of the ball field bathroom in one of the big eucalyptus trees at 11 am, it then moved to another tree to the north and finally flew toward the tennis courts. We left a blue shirt at the base of the tree where it was last seen drumming, maybe it will go back there. Approx (very) GPS 33.865744, -118.193803 . Photos in checklist. Comments welcome as it would be a lifer but we'd still be happy with any confirmation of the ID one way or the other.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42418439 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42418439



Merryl Edelstein
Long Beach


 

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Date: 1/31/18 10:44 pm
From: Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Tropical Kingbird at El Segundo Rec Park 1/31/2018
Hi All,

   My lat-long coordinates for the Tropical Kingbird in El Segundo Rec Park were a couple of hundred feet off to the north west.  These are better (at least in Google Earth):

33 54 51.37N 118 23 38.11W
    The bird is inside the fence in the south-southwest corner of the park. 

Hope it helps,Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1:09 PM, Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> wrote:

 
Hi All,

  I just refound a Tropical Kingbird first sighted by Mike McLaughlin this morning. Here are my notes:
Much paler gray head then nearby Cassin’s Kingbird. Dark mask subtle but apparent. Strikingly long bill. Slender forked tail also apparent. Bright yellow belly and chest up to the throat. Heard calling, obviously not a Cassin’s call. Flycatching and moving in bare trees near 33°54′60″ N  118°23′41″ W.    I am unsure if this is chaseable by non-employees. Maybe someone else knows. 

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Date: 1/31/18 7:35 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Montane and desert crows
Birders,

Having vented about what seem to be far too many eBird reports of Western Gulls from the Antelope Valley, I've turned my attention (thank you Lance Benner for uncovering these) to an inordinate number of eBird entries of American Crows from above about 5,000 elevation in the higher San Gabriel Mtns. As you all surely know, Common Ravens are common and widespread throughout the montane portions of the county, but American Crows are essentially absent from montane coniferous forests. [There are certainly some exceptions outside of L. A. County, where there are park-like stands of conifers mixed with open areas, or residential areas within open montane forest - crows can occur in such situations.]

I'm sure that American Crows must occasionally move into or pass through lower elevation montane habitats, but the numerous eBird reports from places like Charlton Flat, Chilao, and up through Cloudburst Summit, Buckhorn Flat, Grassy Hollow, etc. are cause (caws?) for concern. I'm certainly not saying that all such reports are incorrect, but rather that none of them include documentation (in part because eBird doesn't flag them as rare), and it seems highly likely that observers not conversant in status and distribution just assume that crows are everywhere. So if you have personal reports of American Crows from montane localities in L. A. County, please add documentation to your eBird lists if available, or consider removing crows from your lists if you're uncertain of the basis for their inclusion.

Then there's the Antelope Valley.... Common Ravens are, of course, probably more abundant in the Antelope Valley than almost any other area in North America. Crows, on the other hand, are relatively recent colonists in the Antelope Valley and largely restricted to urban areas with lots of trees (e.g. Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz Hill). Yet eBird contains reports of American Crows, sometimes in double figures or even dozens, at localities scattered throughout the Antelope Valley, well away from towns. A few of these have some brief notes, suggesting the observers were aware that the record was unusual; but the vast majority have no details at all. So, again, please reconsider your personal eBird entries of American Crows from the non-urban portions of the Antelope Valley and provide documentation if available or purging uncertain reports.

So the new challenge is to document any future American Crows from the San Gabriel Mtns. and desert areas of the Antelope Valley with identifiable photos and/or recordings!

And another reminder: the arbiter of status and distribution is NOT whether eBird filters flag an entry - L. A. County is simply too complex for fine-scale filters that accurately reflect distributional quirks. Basic references will tell you that crows are generally absent from the deserts and mountains, so birders in those areas should be aware that sightings need documentation.

And one last lament. A Venn diagram would show that the sets of all eBird users in L. A. County and all subscribers to LACoBirds are overlapping, but far from congruent. Though you might disagree after reading my rants, I think the local list serves are a great resource for educating eBird users. But the problem is a large number of eBird users do not read list serve postings (in fact, it seems a large number of them aren't even birders). So the challenges of getting information out there to eBird users remain daunting.

Kimball

Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368
<kgarrett...>
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology


 

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Date: 1/31/18 1:16 pm
From: Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Tropical Kingbird at El Segundo Rec Park 1/31/2018
Hi All,
  I just refound a Tropical Kingbird first sighted by Mike McLaughlin this morning. Here are my notes:
Much paler gray head then nearby Cassin’s Kingbird. Dark mask subtle but apparent. Strikingly long bill. Slender forked tail also apparent. Bright yellow belly and chest up to the throat. Heard calling, obviously not a Cassin’s call. Flycatching and moving in bare trees near 33°54′60″ N  118°23′41″ W.    I am unsure if this is chaseable by non-employees. Maybe someone else knows. 

Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA
 

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Date: 1/31/18 12:10 am
From: Gabriel Gartner <gartner.gabe...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Brown creeper redux
1/28/18

Birders,

This was sent yesterday but seems to have been lost in the ether... I must
have been missing something in the original.

We were surprised to find a Brown Creeper at Roosevelt Cemetery in Gardena
this afternoon. The bird was heard first and then spotted on the second oak
tree north of the mausoleum, on the west side of the cemetery. It flew and
foraged among two oaks for several minutes before we lost track of it
around 5 pm. Hopefully it's still on the area and hasn't moved on.

Flickr photo link attached:

https://flic.kr/p/FKa9iU

Cheers,

Gabe Gartner & Brooke Keeney
Alondra Park

 

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Date: 1/30/18 9:55 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Antelope Valley Western Gull challenge
OK, so my winter Rufous Hummingbird challenge (see message #19797) has not resulted in any photo-documented winter reports, so I'll set that aside for another year (spring migrant Rufous should start showing up in the next week or two). I'm now switching gears to another pet peeve - the several dozen (!) eBird entries for Western Gull in the Antelope Valley. Some of the reports include 10-15 individuals, and the reports span a large area from Quail Lake to Apollo Park to Piute Ponds, and south to Lake Palmdale. And, yet, written details are provided for only TWO of these reports, and in only one case do the details approach being adequate to document the occurrence. It appears that nobody has ever photographed a Western Gull in the Antelope Valley (or at least no photo has ended up in eBird).

So what is the status of Western Gull in the Antelope Valley? I suppose I'm influenced by the fact that I've birded the Antelope Valley and its various lakes multiple times a year for about 40 years, and I've never seen a Western Gull there. This is actually surprising, since the species can be numerous as close as Castaic Lake/Lagoon (only about 15 miles SW of the southern flank of the Antelope Valley), and it has obviously spread well into coastal slope valleys (San Fernando, San Gabriel). But it is clearly a real phenomenon that this primarily coastal species does not make it with any regularity to the deserts (away from the Salton Sea). While it's highly likely that some of the Antelope Valley reports are valid (there are some well-known birder names attached to some of the eBird entries), I will wager that the vast majority of the reports stem from a failure to be aware of status and distribution, leading to the misidentification of a big, dark young Herring Gull or a seemingly dark gray-backed adult California Gull as a Western Gull. If Western Gulls reach the Antelope Valley as often as eBird says it does, then I am confident that one of you will actually get an identifiable photograph one of these days. In the meantime, please review your own Western Gull reports from the Antelope Valley (if this applies to you) and see if you have some kind of documentation that can be added to your eBird entry; alternatively, consider deleting your Western Gull entries if you're not certain, in retrospect, that you were correct.

I fear that this is a case where eBirders see a proliferation of Western Gull eBird reports from the Antelope Valley and assume the species is not unusual there. But these reports have not been vetted. More finely-tuned eBird filters would help greatly with this problem (such filters are in the works, and the filter limit for Western Gull on the deserts will certainly be set at zero), but in the meantime please don't take apparent status and distribution in eBird as gospel!

Other species common on the coastal slope but rare and local in (or largely absent from) the Antelope Valley include American Crow (though increasing in Lancaster/Palmdale urban areas), Cassin's Kingbird, Allen's Hummingbird, Hutton's Vireo, Western Bluebird and Purple Finch. There are plenty of eBird reports of those species as well, and many are likely not valid.

And I could go on and on (and will, one of these days) about the opposite problem of coastal slope entries for desert species such as LeConte's Thrasher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and Verdin. Many thanks to those who spend time with the eBird database to ferret out such questionable entries, and I would single out Lance Benner for his exceptional work in this regard.

Now go photograph that desert Western Gull!

Kimball

Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368
<kgarrett...>
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology


 

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Date: 1/29/18 2:40 pm
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] the Gray Flycatcher at Valhalla Memorial Park
Birders,

Mon 29 Jan

This is the bird found by Alex Coffey last week. Today around 0830 and again at 1000 it was working from trees along the southernmost roadway that crosses the eastern section of the property, and specifically was favoring the T-intersection 200 yds directly south of the small fountain.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39943014092
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39942999012
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39263914284
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39974255701
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/28194664399

Richard Barth
West Hollywood


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Date: 1/28/18 5:47 pm
From: Don Sterba <donsterba...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Continuing Painted Redstart at Culver City Park (& Summer Tanagers)
Sun 28 Jan

At 8:10 this morning the redstart was steadily calling from a location
about 50 yds south of the usual palm tree & dumpsters.
Photo & audio: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42325098

At The Village Green, a wintering Summer Tanager is still in the same area:
Location: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42285325

At West LA College this morning I had another female Summer Tanager,
possibly the same one that was at nearby Lakeside Village (private area) on
Jan 2 for the LA CBC.
Location: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42325286

Don Sterba
Culver City

 

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Date: 1/28/18 1:17 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] 1/28 Dusky-capped Flycatcher @ North Weddington Rec Center/Park
I sent a message to the list last night about a likely Dusky-capped
Flycatcher at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake, which did not go
through and is appended below.

But the good news is that I was able to re-locate this bird today (11/28)
around 11:45am and got definitive views and pictures. The bird was located
just to the north side of the rec center building today, moving around
quite a lot in the Chinese elms & liquidambars along the fence (near the
very large eucalyptus in the center of the downhill lawn). It was also
quite low for an extended period, in the oleander shrubs. Since I saw it
downhill along the NE path (across from the picnic tables near the
sycamores/plane trees) yesterday, I would tell anyone going to look for it
to check the whole NE side of the park.

Pics in my eBird list: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42314713

Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rebecca.fenning...>
Date: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 7:29 PM
Subject: Dusky-capped Flycatcher @ North Weddington Rec Center/Park
To: <LACoBirds...>


I briefly spotted what I am fairly certain was a Dusky-capped Flycatcher
this afternoon at the North Weddington Rec Center & Park in Toluca Lake. I
only got a few quick glimpses from farther away than I would have liked
before the bird flew into trees in a neighboring backyard and didn't
reappear.

It very clearly had rufous edging along the wings and tail and a clear
yellow belly. It seemed quite small to me - I spotted it from the other
side of the park and at first thought it was a Pac Slope Flycatcher based
on size and flycatcher behavior... It was in the section of the park
behind the rec center building (not near the Little League fields) at
approximately 34.146449, -118.367510. At first I saw it in the tall &
skinny eucalyptus along the path on the NE boundary of the park. After
bouncing around in that tree, it took off into someone's yard and I
couldn't re-find it.

I have a couple of photos of its back in my eBird list (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42293058).

Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village

 

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Date: 1/28/18 9:34 am
From: Tom Benson <Thomasabenson...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Black and White-winged Scoters at Dockweiler SB
This morning (Jan 28) a male Black Scoter and an immature male White-winged Scoter were seen opposite lifeguard station 53. The flock seemed to be drifting slowly south. Two female Black Scoters were in the large scoter flock opposite the entrance station.
Tom BensonSan Bernardino, CA
 

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Date: 1/27/18 3:59 pm
From: Alex Coffey <coughster...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher
Thank you Kimball for your kind notes - and resolution about the bird's ID
as a Gray Flycatcher.

Good birding,
--Alex Coffey
Eagle Rock

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 9:59 AM, Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> wrote:

> Alex,
>
>
>
> The “whit” call should make this boil down to Dusky or Gray (the two sound
> basically identical to my ear, so I’m surprised to read your considered the
> call different from that of Gray). As you know, Gray is a regular
> wintering bird in the area (probably 5-10 each winter in L. A. County),
> whereas Dusky is casual in winter, with no records most years. So clearly
> good documentation is essential.
>
>
>
> You mention the “bobbing tail” but fail to indicate how the tail was
> bobbed, which is utterly different between Gray and Dusky. That would be
> an important piece of information to have in assessing the record. My gut
> feeling from the photos is that the bird looks like a Gray (fairly subdued
> grayish olive tones, fairly long looking bill), but I acknowledge that
> empid photos can be very misleading. Duskies, having molted after reaching
> the wintering grounds, should be fairly fresh with a strong olive cast
> above and yellow on the belly. Both species share a short primary
> projection.
>
>
>
> I agree with you that it is important that this bird can be followed up on
> to confirm and amplify your details.
>
>
>
> Kimball
>
>
>
> Kimball L. Garrett
>
> Ornithology Collections Manager
>
> Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
>
> 900 Exposition Blvd.
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=900+Exposition+Blvd.%0D+Los+Angeles,+CA+90007+USA&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=900+Exposition+Blvd.%0D+Los+Angeles,+CA+90007+USA&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> (213) 763-3368
>
> <kgarrett...>
>
> http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
>
>
>
> *From:* <LACoBirds...> [mailto:<LACoBirds...>] *On
> Behalf Of *Alex Coffey <coughster...> [LACoBirds]
> *Sent:* Friday, January 26, 2018 1:58 AM
> *To:* <LACoBirds...>
> *Subject:* [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky
> Flycatcher
>
>
>
> Hi birders,
>
>
>
> Thursday morning I stopped by Valhalla Memorial Park in Burbank by the
> airport, to come upon an interesting empid which I believe is likely a
> Dusky Flycatcher.
>
>
>
> Seen in southeast of cemetery, along path parallel to Pacific Ave, around
> path 3-way "intersection." Olive-gray empid bobbing tail incessantly with
> pale wingbars, minimal white eye-ring, short thin bill appearing dark, gray
> breast with "vested" look and dull yellow belly, rounded head, conspicuous
> short primary projection, and called repeatedly call note a light "whit"
> consistent with Dusky calls - call was different than Hammond's or Gray
> which I also considered by comparison.
>
>
>
> The bird kept moving pretty actively through the trees not settling. I got
> a few obscured / not-great photos that do not display the primary
> projection or the breast pattern, but I did get good looks at these field
> marks.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42243512
>
>
>
> Hoping it might get seen again to confirm further details.
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> --Alex Coffey
>
> Eagle Rock
>

 

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Date: 1/27/18 11:47 am
From: Mark Scheel <scheel314...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, VA Japanese garden
Hi all,

There's a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at VA Japanese Garden high in a tall
flowering eucalyptus, foraging with the Baltimore Oriole found a few days
ago by Dick Barth (and with an imm. male Bullocks Oriole). 1135am, Jan 27.

None of these birds are easy to find since they bury themselves deep in the
eucalyptus.

Mark and Janet Scheel
Pasadena

 

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Date: 1/27/18 10:27 am
From: Lance Benner <lbenner...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher at Bonelli Park
Seen and photographed on the Kikos Trail in an area of extensive prickly pear cactus. Less than 100 meters from and southeast of restroom 11. At about 10 am.

Lance Benner
Altadena, CA


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Date: 1/27/18 12:01 am
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] No Greater Pewee
Today Friday 1/26/2018 I took the day off from work and held an informal Big Day that was an attempt to get all of the coastal wintering vagrants on one day. I almost made it. If you are on The eBird, stop reading this email (you won't learn anything new). For the record, I had my FRS radio with me. I stared at every tree and telephone pole from Culver City to Malibu for Lewis' Woodpeckers (nope).


1. 0700-0800 I was at Culver City Park. The Painted Redstart was at the baseball field above the baseball field. When I figured out that there is an upper, second baseball field, I found the previously described tall palm tree next to a eucalyptus. The Painted Redstart was in those trees, but moved all over this upper parking lot. Being there in the early morning had me staring into the rising sun.
2. 0830-0930 Woodlawn Cemetery Joyce's Sage Thrasher was east of the corner of 14th and Pico, as mentioned this morning.
3. 1000-1130 I slowly, methodically wandered the entire area where the Greater Pewee was this past fall. Nope. I won't be surprised if someone finds it in March or April. After I didn't find it on foot for 90 minutes, I drove around that area in a wider circle, including Rustic Canyon Park, holding my hand out the window and playing Greater Pewee calls while driving around. Nanday Parakeets called and flew around here, and also at...
4. King Gillette Ranch, where I quickly found the male Eurasian Wigeon in the small pond under the small white concrete bridge; which was good, because parking there is $7 cash, and I didn't have any cash.
5. The Starbucks in the restaurant shopping village in Malibu had the third pair of courting/displaying Red-shouldered Hawks in as many hours.
6. Topanga Lagoon (the size of my swimming pool, believe me, believe me): the almost-adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron sat motionless on a rock that you cannot see when you walk up to the lagoon, from the parking lot. Walk counter-clockwise around the lagoonette, and look back towards the parking lot. There was a very young Heerman's Gull (I'm thinking of you, Alvaro Jaramillo).
7. Dockweiler State Beach: I made two amateur mistakes. First I should have taken PCH all the way to the Marina/Ballona area, instead of going on the 10 to the 405 to the 90. The second was that I wanted to scan all of the scoters from the Hyperion overwatch parking lot to the Snowy Plover enclosure. I saw hundreds of Surf Scoters, one (probably two) female Black Scoter(s), no White-winged Scoters, lots of Snowy Plovers Mew Gulls, Sanderlings (surprise) Marbled Godwits, etc. but then ran out of sunlight, and missed the large Pluvialis plovers.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92222297@N07/?


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[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/26048887438_89df9dc595_b.jpg]




Tom Miko

Claremont

PS: I will check for the Chestnut-sided Warbler tomorrow (Saturday) morning


 

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Date: 1/26/18 1:43 pm
From: Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] in praise of FRS radios
Tom, et.al.:
FRS radios essential for group birding where either you're in cars
driving around, probably in a long line, or when people are not
sticking together and wandering around in various directions. You
can't alert a whole group of people simultaneously with a phone call,
unless you're the Emergency Notification System warning of a flash
flood coming down the hill at 3am. And even then....

PLUS: when you arrive at a popular birding area or staked-out rarity
in an inexact location - McGee Marsh in northern Ohio, for example -
you can get on your FRS and ask to anyone who might be able to hear -
"What's around, I just got here?" or "where's that Blue-caped Wigulet?"

Chuck Almdale
North Hills, CA

At 04:47 PM 1/25/2018, Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] wrote:
>
>
>Hi,
>
>I would like to see a renaissance of the FRS radio. They really went
>out of style with the advent of the cell phone. There are many
>different circumstances when they could help you see a bird that you
>might otherwise miss. In the last 2 months I have had incidents
>where I found or could see a bird, and another birder was far off in
>the distance. In one instance I literally ran across bumpy, grassy
>fields to get to the other birder. In another, I yelled "H E Y !" at
>the top of my lungs, and the lady turned around, and figured out
>that I was a fellow birder.
>
>What about cell phones? Haven't they rendered FRS radios obsolete?
>
>Nope.
> * Some times you are out in the middle of Erehwon, and cell
> phone reception is spotty, or non-existant.
> * Sometimes you don't know that other person, or
> * even if you know them, you don't have their cell phone number
> * I was on an all-day Antelope Valley field trip, and they
> handed out FRS radios so that the caravan of cars would know why
> the leader was pulling over (Ladder-backed vs. Nuttall's Woodpecker
> on a wooden pole on the side of the road).
> * Sometimes they use them on pelagic trips.
>
>I am going to practice what I preach, and start carrying one,
>starting tomorrow.
>Tom Miko

 

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Date: 1/26/18 12:31 pm
From: <jmn1992...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Sage thrasher at abalone cove shoreline preserve.
Hi all,

This morning at 8:30, I had a sage thrasher running around in the sage plants by the picnic tables on the upper part of the preserve. This was very exciting for me since this is a lifer for me.

Happy birding!

Jonathan Nakai

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Date: 1/26/18 11:28 am
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 26 January 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* January 26, 2018

* CALA1801.26





-Birds mentioned


Tundra Swan

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Red-necked Grebe

Inca Dove

Pacific Golden-Plover

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Neotropic Cormorant

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassins Vireo

Sage Thrasher

Evening Grosbeak

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Gray-headed Junco

Dark-eyed Pink-sided Junco

Hooded Oriole

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Painted Redstart

Blue Grosbeak





California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/





Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird





Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert

E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at <JonF60...><mailto:<JonF60...>

Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted





-Transcript



This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 26.





The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through January 22. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.



The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through January 23.



An INCA DOVE remained at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles through January 21.



A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 24, generally north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.



A first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL continues in Pico Rivera. It has been seen at both the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds (between Whittier and Washington- easy access is at the east end of Mines Ave. east of Passons Blvd.) and at the Rio Hondo basins at the opposite (west) end of Mines, visible from Canford St.. Late morning or afternoon generally seems to be better for gulls here.



A first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds from January 20-21. A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was still here on January 22 (usually on or near one of the islands in the south basin).



An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Cabrillo Beach (on the inner beach) on January 22.



The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia. It was reported through January 21 on the island in the south lake (though it has also frequented the island at the north end of the north lake).


The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Topanga Beach Lagoon continued through January 23.



A male WILLIAMSONS SAPSUCKER continued at Veterans Memorial Park in Sylmar through January 18 in pines below the road lined with olive trees near the center of the park.



A NORTHERN YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER was at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles on January 20. Another one continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through January 21.



A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued in the northeast corner of Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on January 22.



The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 24 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported through January 21 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continued here through January 24. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD also in the southwest portion of the preserve was reported through January 21. A male HOODED ORIOLE was seen at Madrona on January 21 along the north fence line east of the entrance gate. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.



The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka continued through January 23 (between the tennis courts and playground). Also continuing here was a PINE WARBLER north of the playground and around the blue water fountain also through January 24.



A CASSINS VIREO continued at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood through January 19 in cottonwoods near tower 35.



Coastal slope SAGE THRASHERS were at Abalone Cove Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on January 22 and at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica on January 24.



An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen flying over the Angeles Crest Highway just past Big Tujunga Road on January 22.



Continuing Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake through January 21. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake.



WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at Montrose Community Park (along the fence line above the ball fields) through January 20, at Descanso Gardens in La Canada (in the Rose Garden) through January 24. Others were found at Agua Amarga Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on January 23 and at The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills (at the north edge of the Lotus Pond area) on January 23.



A DARK-EYED GRAY-HEADED JUNCO was at Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 20.



A DARK-EYED PINK-SIDED JUNCO was at the Chilao Visitors Center in the San Gabriel Mountains on January 24.



The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 24.



A HOODED ORIOLE was around the parking lot at Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey on January 21.



An OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through January 22. It has been north of Indian Hill, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.



The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at El Segundo Library Park was seen through January 23 near the parking lot entrance.



The female AMERICAN REDSTART was at Wilderness Park in Downey from January 19. It was originally found in a Brazilian Pepper tree northwest of the park building.



A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was found by Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 21 and reported through January 24. It has been feeding on lawns near Doane and Gilford and to the west of there.



The PALM WARBLER at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through January 21 by the edge of the pond. A female BLUE GROSBEAK was found near the southeast corner of the park on January 24.



Another PALM WARBLER was at a residence in Long Beach from January 21-24.



The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through January 22. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.





- end transcript



Jon L Fisher

Glendale, CA

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Date: 1/26/18 10:07 am
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher
Alex,

The “whit” call should make this boil down to Dusky or Gray (the two sound basically identical to my ear, so I’m surprised to read your considered the call different from that of Gray). As you know, Gray is a regular wintering bird in the area (probably 5-10 each winter in L. A. County), whereas Dusky is casual in winter, with no records most years. So clearly good documentation is essential.

You mention the “bobbing tail” but fail to indicate how the tail was bobbed, which is utterly different between Gray and Dusky. That would be an important piece of information to have in assessing the record. My gut feeling from the photos is that the bird looks like a Gray (fairly subdued grayish olive tones, fairly long looking bill), but I acknowledge that empid photos can be very misleading. Duskies, having molted after reaching the wintering grounds, should be fairly fresh with a strong olive cast above and yellow on the belly. Both species share a short primary projection.

I agree with you that it is important that this bird can be followed up on to confirm and amplify your details.

Kimball

Kimball L. Garrett
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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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From: <LACoBirds...> [mailto:<LACoBirds...>] On Behalf Of Alex Coffey <coughster...> [LACoBirds]
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2018 1:58 AM
To: <LACoBirds...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher

Hi birders,

Thursday morning I stopped by Valhalla Memorial Park in Burbank by the airport, to come upon an interesting empid which I believe is likely a Dusky Flycatcher.

Seen in southeast of cemetery, along path parallel to Pacific Ave, around path 3-way "intersection." Olive-gray empid bobbing tail incessantly with pale wingbars, minimal white eye-ring, short thin bill appearing dark, gray breast with "vested" look and dull yellow belly, rounded head, conspicuous short primary projection, and called repeatedly call note a light "whit" consistent with Dusky calls - call was different than Hammond's or Gray which I also considered by comparison.

The bird kept moving pretty actively through the trees not settling. I got a few obscured / not-great photos that do not display the primary projection or the breast pattern, but I did get good looks at these field marks.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42243512

Hoping it might get seen again to confirm further details.

Good birding,
--Alex Coffey
Eagle Rock
 

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Date: 1/26/18 9:14 am
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher at Woodlawn Cemetery 1/24/18
Friday morning, January 26, 2018: The Sage Thrasher is wisely foraging on the lawn north of the intersection of 14th St. and Pico, despite the best efforts of the gardeners to frighten it away in there Friday morning power tool noise contest.
Tom

Thomas Geza Miko
Radiation Management
Los Angeles County Public Health
3530 Wilshire Blvd
9th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Cell 213.471.6001
Office 213.351.7382
Other cell 909.241.3300
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Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:58:39 PM
To: <LACoBirds...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher at Woodlawn Cemetery 1/24/18



Birders ~ This morning a Sage Thrasher was foraging on the lawn located between the two entrances off of 14th Street. Also a Red-breasted Sapsucker is continuing here this month. Usually found in the tall trees behind the mausoleum.

file:///Users/joyce/Documents/sage%20thrasher.jpg

Joyce Waterman
Santa Monica



 

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Date: 1/26/18 1:58 am
From: Alex Coffey <coughster...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Empid @ Valhalla Mem. Park - possible Dusky Flycatcher
Hi birders,

Thursday morning I stopped by Valhalla Memorial Park in Burbank by the
airport, to come upon an interesting empid which I believe is likely a
Dusky Flycatcher.

Seen in southeast of cemetery, along path parallel to Pacific Ave, around
path 3-way "intersection." Olive-gray empid bobbing tail incessantly with
pale wingbars, minimal white eye-ring, short thin bill appearing dark, gray
breast with "vested" look and dull yellow belly, rounded head, conspicuous
short primary projection, and called repeatedly call note a light "whit"
consistent with Dusky calls - call was different than Hammond's or Gray
which I also considered by comparison.

The bird kept moving pretty actively through the trees not settling. I got
a few obscured / not-great photos that do not display the primary
projection or the breast pattern, but I did get good looks at these field
marks.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42243512

Hoping it might get seen again to confirm further details.

Good birding,
--Alex Coffey
Eagle Rock

 

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Date: 1/25/18 10:38 pm
From: Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Cabrillo Beach White-throated Sparrow
Hi all.

Today, 25 January, 2018, at approximately 9:30 a.m., I found a
White-throated Sparrow in the Native Garden along Shoshonean Rd. in the
Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park. The bird was along a small dirt trail opposite
the Salinas de San Pedro salt marsh, roughly halfway between the Cabrillo
Beach Youth Watersports Center driveway and the stop sign at the beginning
of the Cabrillo Beach parking lot. Coordinates are 33.714589, -118.285890;
it is the exact location where I found a WTSP on 13 December 2016.

Photos in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42242744

No sign of a Lesser Black-backed Gull for the third day in a row.

Take care,

Bernardo


--
Bernardo Alps
Wildlife Biologist
California Whales & Wildlife
www.photocetus.com
<bernardo.alps...>
310.597.0449
P.O. Box 1667
San Pedro, CA 90733

 

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Date: 1/25/18 4:49 pm
From: <busyday...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Baltimore @ VA Japanese Garden (W.L.A.)
Birders,

Thurs 25 Jan

Mid morning today there was an adult male Baltimore Oriole at the Japanese Garden on the Veterans Administration north campus in West L.A. The garden is next to the Heroes Golf Course in the northwest corner of the campus. The bird was with two female-type Bullock's Orioles foraging mostly in the sycamores above the small ponds to the right as you enter the garden.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25028639737
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39001313285
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39867638692
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26027186908

Richard Barth
West Hollywood






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Date: 1/25/18 4:49 pm
From: <jseawaterman...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Sage Thrasher continues at Woodlawn Cemetery 1/25/18
Birders ~ at around 2:30 today, the Sage Thrasher was foraging on the front lawn bordered by 14th St and Pico Blvd. very cooperative bird. Good looks.


Joyce Waterman
Santa Monica
 

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Date: 1/25/18 4:47 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] in praise of FRS radios
Hi,

I would like to see a renaissance of the FRS radio. They really went out of style with the advent of the cell phone. There are many different circumstances when they could help you see a bird that you might otherwise miss. In the last 2 months I have had incidents where I found or could see a bird, and another birder was far off in the distance. In one instance I literally ran across bumpy, grassy fields to get to the other birder. In another, I yelled "H E Y !" at the top of my lungs, and the lady turned around, and figured out that I was a fellow birder.

What about cell phones? Haven't they rendered FRS radios obsolete?

Nope.

1.
Some times you are out in the middle of Erehwon, and cell phone reception is spotty, or non-existant.
2.
Sometimes you don't know that other person, or
3.
even if you know them, you don't have their cell phone number
4.
I was on an all-day Antelope Valley field trip, and they handed out FRS radios so that the caravan of cars would know why the leader was pulling over (Ladder-backed vs. Nuttall's Woodpecker on a wooden pole on the side of the road).
5.
Sometimes they use them on pelagic trips.

I am going to practice what I preach, and start carrying one, starting tomorrow.


Tom Miko

Claremont, City of Trees [I am allergic to trees: my mother had me tested]

909.241.3300

 

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Date: 1/25/18 2:02 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] RFI: FRS radios
The new ones work the same. They continue to make "cheap ones" and ones with sub-channels. The employees at Best Buy/Target/etc. typically cannot answer your questions along this vein correctly.

Thomas Geza Miko
653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
Claremont, CA 91711
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cell two: 213.471.6001
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www.tgmiko.com<http://<br/>www.tgmiko.com>

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From: <LACoBirds...> <LACoBirds...> on behalf of Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:04:40 AM
To: <LACoBirds...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] RFI: FRS radios



Birders:

Slightly off topic.
My FRS radio, tuned to channel 11, privacy code 22 (the birders- agreed channel for use in the USA) is about 10 years old.

Question: Do newer FRS radios (if such exist) have any problems communicating with these older models? I know that older and cheaper models lacking privacy codes can listen but cannot talk to models with privacy codes. Are there any other similar communication problems?

Chuck Almdale
North Hills, CA.



 

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Date: 1/25/18 11:52 am
From: Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] RFI: FRS radios
Birders:

Slightly off topic.
My FRS radio, tuned to channel 11, privacy code 22 (the birders-
agreed channel for use in the USA) is about 10 years old.

Question: Do newer FRS radios (if such exist) have any problems
communicating with these older models? I know that older and cheaper
models lacking privacy codes can listen but cannot talk to models
with privacy codes. Are there any other similar communication problems?

Chuck Almdale
North Hills, CA.

 

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