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1/15/19 2:35 pm Vargas, Norman <normvargas2011...> [LACoBirds] Yes on Red-flanked Bluetail on January 15
1/15/19 1:08 pm Jonathan Feenstra <feenstra...> Re: [LACoBirds] Zone-tailed Hawk in Monrovia
1/15/19 12:54 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] the Jesse Owens Rusty Blackbird
1/15/19 10:16 am Ron Cyger <ron...> [LACoBirds] Zone-tailed Hawk in Monrovia
1/14/19 8:14 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> Re: [LACoBirds] Rain? Yes. Zone-tail? No.
1/14/19 7:40 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] Rain? Yes. Zone-tail? No.
1/14/19 12:47 pm Merryl Edelstein via Groups.Io <merryledel=<yahoo.com...> Re: [LACoBirds] Negative Report: Red-flanked Bluetail 1/13 3 - 4 PM
1/14/19 10:31 am <walteralamb...> [LACoBirds] Negative Report: Red-flanked Bluetail 1/13 3 - 4 PM
1/13/19 2:10 pm Larry Schmahl via Groups.Io <larschmahl=<aol.com...> [LACoBirds] Burrowing Owl Pico Rivera Rio Hondo Spreading Basins
1/13/19 1:15 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> Re: [LACoBirds] Zone tailed hawk, monrovia
1/13/19 12:42 pm Mark Scheel <scheel314...> [LACoBirds] Zone tailed hawk, monrovia
1/13/19 12:29 pm Tom Benson via Groups.Io <thomasabenson=<aol.com...> [LACoBirds] Red-flanked Bluetail continues Jan 13
1/13/19 11:24 am Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...> Re: [LACoBirds] American oystercatcher Topanga beach
1/13/19 11:20 am Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...> [LACoBirds] American oystercatcher Topanga beach
1/13/19 11:08 am Lu Plauzoles via Groups.Io <plauzoles=<me.com...> [LACoBirds] Meanwhile, away from the Library
1/13/19 11:05 am Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> Re: [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant @ MacArthur Park
1/13/19 10:10 am Andrew Birch via Groups.Io <andyrbirch=<yahoo.com...> Re: [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant @ MacArthur Park
1/13/19 7:45 am Andrew Birch via Groups.Io <andyrbirch=<yahoo.com...> [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant @ MacArthur Park
1/12/19 6:35 pm condor262001 via Groups.Io <condor262001=<yahoo.com...> [LACoBirds] A few thoughts about LAs hottest ticket: RFB at the Clark
1/12/19 1:38 pm Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> [LACoBirds] Bluetail - Saturday comments
1/12/19 10:12 am Michael Zarky <mzarky...> [LACoBirds] Hot off the presses! Bluetail makes the front page.
1/12/19 9:51 am Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> Re: [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail - access this Sunday 1/13
1/12/19 8:27 am Michael Zarky <mzarky...> [LACoBirds] Bluetail also seen Friday afternoon
1/12/19 8:19 am Merryl Edelstein via Groups.Io <merryledel=<yahoo.com...> [LACoBirds] Notes RE: Finding the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Willow Street Long Beach)
1/11/19 6:26 pm James Bailey <rivierastarsong...> Re: [LACoBirds] Parakeets and bluetails
1/11/19 4:06 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] Parakeets and bluetails
1/11/19 12:17 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 11 January 2019
1/11/19 11:37 am Christopher Taylor <ctaylor...> [LACoBirds] Red-flanked Bluetail - Friday, Jan 11
1/10/19 8:42 pm Tom Benson via Groups.Io <thomasabenson=<aol.com...> [LACoBirds] Red-flanked Bluetail update, Jan 10
1/10/19 6:49 pm James Bailey <rivierastarsong...> Re: [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail - access this Sunday 1/13
1/10/19 2:57 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail - access this Sunday 1/13
1/10/19 1:22 pm Christopher Taylor <ctaylor...> [LACoBirds] Fw: [CALBIRDS] Red-Flanked Bluebird
1/9/19 6:13 pm Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...> Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
1/9/19 5:25 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
1/9/19 5:22 pm James Bailey <rivierastarsong...> Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
1/9/19 5:20 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
1/9/19 5:07 pm <kims.sight...> [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
1/9/19 5:06 pm <kims.sight...> [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
1/9/19 3:44 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> Re: [LACoBirds] [CALBIRDS] Red-flanked Bluetail — library grounds closed at 3pm?
1/9/19 10:14 am Christopher Taylor <ctaylor...> [LACoBirds] Fw: [CALBIRDS] red-flanked bluetail
1/9/19 8:31 am Jeanette Repp <jzlrepp...> [LACoBirds] Pedro meadowlarks
1/8/19 3:06 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] Recent CBRC decisions on L. A. County records
1/8/19 11:54 am Andrew Birch via Groups.Io <andyrbirch=<yahoo.com...> Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
1/8/19 10:50 am <Bren.galvin...> [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail Continues
1/7/19 8:32 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
1/7/19 8:30 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
1/7/19 8:12 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] Rusty Blackbird plus Tricoloreds in South L.A.
1/7/19 7:27 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] Some additional Red-flanked Bluetail notes
1/7/19 6:29 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
1/7/19 6:08 pm Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
1/7/19 2:25 pm Martin Meyers <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Pac Golden-Plover present at Ballona Creek
1/6/19 12:27 pm Wanda <wandadameron2...> Re: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
1/5/19 8:18 pm Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...> Re: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
1/5/19 6:31 pm Larry Schmahl via Groups.Io <larschmahl=<aol.com...> [LACoBirds] Antelope Valley Mountain plover and owls
1/5/19 3:50 pm Chuck & Lillian <misclists...> Re: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
1/5/19 2:53 pm austin sipes <austin.sipes...> [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
1/5/19 10:28 am Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] Lake Palmdale Lewis
1/4/19 12:47 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 4 January 2019
1/4/19 11:36 am <lathrotriccus...> [LACoBirds] L.A. CBC write up
1/2/19 6:59 pm <kims.sight...> [LACoBirds] Verdin in Long Beach
1/2/19 9:34 am Chris Dean via Groups.Io <chrisanndean=<yahoo.com...> [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant-Echo Park
1/2/19 6:57 am <lathrotriccus...> [LACoBirds] Reminder: Los Angeles CBC is TODAY (Jan. 2)
1/1/19 4:20 pm Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...> [LACoBirds] Eastern phoebe at Apollo park
12/31/18 8:48 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] El Segundo American Redstart; Dockweiler scoters
12/31/18 2:09 pm Mark Scheel <scheel314...> Re: [LACoBirds] Rough legged continues at piute ponds.
12/31/18 8:47 am Mark Scheel <scheel314...> [LACoBirds] Rough legged continues at piute ponds.
12/30/18 8:02 pm Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrows at Bonelli Park
12/29/18 9:21 pm Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...> [LACoBirds] LAAS trip to Piute Ponds
12/29/18 9:52 am Mark Scheel <scheel314...> [LACoBirds] Rough legged hawk, piute ponds
12/28/18 7:44 pm 'Martin Meyers' <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird at Kenneth Hahn Park
12/28/18 1:43 pm Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 28 December 2018
12/27/18 1:58 pm <mcfadden...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] TWO Swamp Sparrows at Bonelli
12/27/18 10:48 am champa bilwakesh via Groups.Io <champa_b=<yahoo.com...> [LACoBirds] Birding Hermosa Beach
12/26/18 7:35 pm Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...> [LACoBirds] world's biggest Cal Gull or smallest Western Gull?
12/26/18 2:23 pm Martin Meyers <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Orchard Oriole continues at Loyola Marymount
12/25/18 6:15 pm Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrow Continues at Bonelli Park
12/25/18 1:32 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] continuing Amer. Redstart in Carson
12/24/18 5:48 pm 'Martin Meyers' <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Orchard Oriole at Loyola Marymount University
12/24/18 12:56 pm Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Continuing Swamp Sparrow at Bonelli Park
12/23/18 5:08 pm James Pike <jimpike444...> [LACoBirds] palos verdes
12/23/18 4:11 pm Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrow Continues at Bonelli Park in San Dimas
12/22/18 4:44 pm <busyday...> [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrow @ L.A. Valley College
12/22/18 1:23 pm <mcfadden...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Bonelli Swamp Sparrow
12/21/18 10:46 am Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 21 December 2018
12/21/18 10:43 am Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 21 December 2018
12/19/18 4:56 pm canislist <canislist...> Re: [LACoBirds] where to report white pelican with wing tag
12/19/18 6:57 am Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...> Re: [LACoBirds] where to report white pelican with wing tag
12/18/18 10:24 pm canislist <canislist...> [LACoBirds] where to report white pelican with wing tag
12/18/18 2:30 pm Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...> [LACoBirds] Additional note on the Malibu CBC on 16 December
12/17/18 2:12 pm Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] Lancaster 2018 CBC highlights
12/17/18 1:34 pm Josh Chapman <joshuahchapman...> [LACoBirds] Slack workspace for LA County birders
12/17/18 1:03 pm 'Richard J. Norton' <richardjnorton...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...> [LACoBirds] 2018 Malibu Christmas Bird Count - Sunday - December 16
12/16/18 11:31 pm Richard J. Norton <richardjnorton...> [LACoBirds] 2018 Malibu Christmas Bird Count - Sunday - December 16
12/16/18 9:20 pm Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...> [LACoBirds] Lancaster CBC Saturday 12/15/18
 
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Date: 1/15/19 2:35 pm
From: Vargas, Norman <normvargas2011...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Yes on Red-flanked Bluetail on January 15
It was spotted before I arrived at 9:30 am between the east and west
aligned hedges at the east end of the property. The next view was
around 10:45 am in the row of trees north of the south east lawn
(U-shaped lawn) by the electrical shed. It ranged from the southern
wall to the northernmost Ficus tree in a series of short flights from
around 10:55 to 11:10. It was not seen again when I left at noon.
The attached image shows where it was seen, sometimes very briefly as
it moved quickly.

Norm Vargas
San Gabriel

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Date: 1/15/19 1:08 pm
From: Jonathan Feenstra <feenstra...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Zone-tailed Hawk in Monrovia

At 11:50 it was circling over Hillcrest and Canyon, moving north and being bombed by a couple of American Crows.

Jon Feenstra
Altadena


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Subject: [LACoBirds] Zone-tailed Hawk in Monrovia

The Zone-tailed Hawk was just soaring east over the hills at Myrtle and Scenic.

Ron Cyger
Monrovia




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Date: 1/15/19 12:54 pm
From: <busyday...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] the Jesse Owens Rusty Blackbird
Birders,

Tues 15 Jan

This morning at Jesse Owens Park the Rusty Blackbird was moving all around the property with the loose, skittish blackbird-cowbird-starling flock. Apparently on some days only part of the big flock is present and the Rusty is missing. Today 0800-0915 there were easily 100 birds on hand. Approx fifteen Tricolored Blackbirds were in the flock.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45840960855
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39790815103
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39790809143
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46703367452

Richard Barth
West Hollywood

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Date: 1/15/19 10:16 am
From: Ron Cyger <ron...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Zone-tailed Hawk in Monrovia
The Zone-tailed Hawk was just soaring east over the hills at Myrtle and
Scenic.

Ron Cyger
Monrovia

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Date: 1/14/19 8:14 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Rain? Yes. Zone-tail? No.
Correction. Spell check changed what I was trying to say. Those who were there at the park this morning before me, early in the morning, when it was still very dark, saw the bird. Those of us who arrived at or after the official time of sunrise did not see the bird this morning.

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

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Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 3:40:26 AM
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Subject: [LACoBirds] Rain? Yes. Zone-tail? No.

This morning, before going to work I went to Grand Avenue Park in Monrovia. according to the NOAA weather webpage it was not going to rain until 10 am. Wrong. I arrive in pouring rain and walked around for a while and left without seeing the bird. Then, during the day I read eBird reports from others who were there 45 minutes before the sun came up i.e. before the official sunrise of 6:58 am. No Hawk. Very late in the day I returned to the park Mason is sumption that the bird is going to return here for another night in the same pine tree. Others were already there before me. I was the last one to stay, only leaving once it was very dark I.e. night time. I never saw the bird arrived from any direction.
I have a funny feeling that this bird it's doing what the Riverside Louisiana Waterthrush does. When it rains it goes elsewhere. I'm going to wait until the weather is nice and somebody else does to work of finding this hawk, before I return. Besides, it's been in this general area since October.
Tom
PS: maybe we will get lucky and this bird will do like the Santa Barbara Zone-tailed Hawk that came back every winter, for what, thirteen years?

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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Date: 1/14/19 7:40 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Rain? Yes. Zone-tail? No.
This morning, before going to work I went to Grand Avenue Park in Monrovia. according to the NOAA weather webpage it was not going to rain until 10 am. Wrong. I arrive in pouring rain and walked around for a while and left without seeing the bird. Then, during the day I read eBird reports from others who were there 45 minutes before the sun came up i.e. before the official sunrise of 6:58 am. No Hawk. Very late in the day I returned to the park Mason is sumption that the bird is going to return here for another night in the same pine tree. Others were already there before me. I was the last one to stay, only leaving once it was very dark I.e. night time. I never saw the bird arrived from any direction.
I have a funny feeling that this bird it's doing what the Riverside Louisiana Waterthrush does. When it rains it goes elsewhere. I'm going to wait until the weather is nice and somebody else does to work of finding this hawk, before I return. Besides, it's been in this general area since October.
Tom
PS: maybe we will get lucky and this bird will do like the Santa Barbara Zone-tailed Hawk that came back every winter, for what, thirteen years?

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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Date: 1/14/19 12:47 pm
From: Merryl Edelstein via Groups.Io <merryledel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Negative Report: Red-flanked Bluetail 1/13 3 - 4 PM
It's also been fun seeing ebird reports from new eyes @  local hotspots (and great photos) from out-of-town birders. Seems like people are still catching the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the LA River and the Orchard Oriole at Loyola.  
Merryl Edelstein, Long Beach 

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Date: 1/14/19 10:31 am
From: <walteralamb...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Negative Report: Red-flanked Bluetail 1/13 3 - 4 PM
I was at the William Andrews Clark Library from about 3 to 4 PM with about 30 others seeking to observe the Red-flanked Bluetail. My understanding (consistent with eBird) is that it was seen up until about 1 PM. I assume it was not seen after I left due to the lack of any reports here or on eBird after 1 PM. I've always thought that occassional reports of non-sightings can be useful useful in providing context. It will be interesting to see how four days of rain affects this birds movement.

Also, the attention attracted by these rare bird sightings creates a great opportunity to recruit new people into the local bird watching community. Most of the millions of Los Angeles residents have never noticed the beautiful coloration of a Yellow-rumped Warbler or even the habits of their neighborhood Black Phoebe. The more of these folks that take an interest in our local birds, even an introductory one, the more influence we have in conserving critical habitat. I was able to chat with three library concert-goers and hopefully convinced them to attend the first Saturday of the month walk in the Ballona Wetlands run by LA Audubon.

Walter Lamb
Culver City

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Date: 1/13/19 2:10 pm
From: Larry Schmahl via Groups.Io <larschmahl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Burrowing Owl Pico Rivera Rio Hondo Spreading Basins

A Burrowing Owl was found within the most southeast spreading basin in the Rio Hondo Spreading Basins.The bird was standing in the rip rap rocks that slow the water at the concrete inlet structure along the west side of the basin. Birding this area requires a lot of walking. I use a bicycle.Enter at the legal entry where Mines Blvd deadends into Paramount Blvd. Walk south with Paramount Blvd on your left and a basin on your right to the intersection of 4 paved roadways and a picnic structure. The bird was within the rocks on the west side of the most left or east basin. An owl was here last winter as well.
Water levels were very good for waterfowl and gulls in just two basins. The rest were dry. That may change by the end of the week.
Happy birding,
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Date: 1/13/19 1:15 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Zone tailed hawk, monrovia
I went onto eBird under "maps" and do not see yesterday's Zone-tailed Hawk or my 10/21/2018 entry with one horrible photo and a lengthy description.

Thomas Geza Miko
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Subject: [LACoBirds] Zone tailed hawk, monrovia

Hi,

A zone-tailed hawk flew over me at myrtle and scenic, Monrovia. Probably the same as reported in ebird yesterday.
Trying to relocate.

Mark Scheel
Pasadena


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Date: 1/13/19 12:42 pm
From: Mark Scheel <scheel314...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Zone tailed hawk, monrovia
Hi,

A zone-tailed hawk flew over me at myrtle and scenic, Monrovia. Probably
the same as reported in ebird yesterday.
Trying to relocate.

Mark Scheel
Pasadena

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Date: 1/13/19 12:29 pm
From: Tom Benson via Groups.Io <thomasabenson=<aol.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Red-flanked Bluetail continues Jan 13
Posting for Andrew Howe:
The RFBL continues at Clark Library this morning (Jan 13) first appearing around 11:45 am. Andrew said that he saw it fly into the library grounds from over the eastern wall, so it apparently also spends spends some time in the dense shrubberies to the east.
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Date: 1/13/19 11:24 am
From: Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] American oystercatcher Topanga beach
Correction: Topanga county beach

Naresh

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> 11:35 am I'm looking at a ridiculously cooperative American oystercatcher
> foraging on the beach at the Topanga state beach. The bird lets me get to
> within 3 feet of it, and I have to wait for a ring billed gull to come and
> try to steal its food in order to see the underwings. There is a lot of
> white everywhere on the bird and I'm comfortable calling it an American
> oystercatcher rather than a hybrid. Details later today on ebird.
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> Naresh
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Date: 1/13/19 11:20 am
From: Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] American oystercatcher Topanga beach
11:35 am I'm looking at a ridiculously cooperative American oystercatcher
foraging on the beach at the Topanga state beach. The bird lets me get to
within 3 feet of it, and I have to wait for a ring billed gull to come and
try to steal its food in order to see the underwings. There is a lot of
white everywhere on the bird and I'm comfortable calling it an American
oystercatcher rather than a hybrid. Details later today on ebird.

Naresh

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Date: 1/13/19 11:08 am
From: Lu Plauzoles via Groups.Io <plauzoles=<me.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Meanwhile, away from the Library
In Santa Monica north-of-Montana residential neighborhood, spotted two exceptional after-rain transients: Gray Catbird (1) and Red-lored Parrot (3). We've had a succession of parrot species in this area over the past eight years. Yellow-chevroned Parakeets with occasional Nandays for many years. Then this year, almost all sightings were of Mitred Parakeets. This morning was a noisy surprise.

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Santa Monica

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Date: 1/13/19 11:05 am
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant @ MacArthur Park
We have had multiple neotropic cormorants at Bonelli in the past, and we currently have multiple tropical kingbirds so there is no reason why we could not have multiple neotropic cormorants in LA right now.
Tom
PS: I think that's what you are subtly hinting at.

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Now back at Echo Park. Oddly, I checked it was still on the pontoon at MacArthur, I got in my car, hopped on 101 freeway, drove at 60mph directly to Echo Park, got out my car and it was literally in front of me diving for food. I can't find any differences in the photos between the 2 birds. We must have had identical agendas this morning.

Best, Andy Birch
Los Feliz

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Another spot to check for our bird is MacArthur Park. Its currently on the pontoons with the Double-cresteds.
Best, Andy Birch
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Date: 1/13/19 10:10 am
From: Andrew Birch via Groups.Io <andyrbirch=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant @ MacArthur Park
Now back at Echo Park. Oddly, I checked it was still on the pontoon at MacArthur, I got in my car, hopped on 101 freeway, drove at 60mph directly to Echo Park, got out my car and it was literally in front of me diving for food. I can't find any differences in the photos between the 2 birds. We must have had identical agendas this morning.
Best, Andy BirchLos Feliz

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Another spot to check for our bird is MacArthur Park. It’s currently on the pontoons with the Double-cresteds.
Best, Andy Birch
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Date: 1/13/19 7:45 am
From: Andrew Birch via Groups.Io <andyrbirch=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant @ MacArthur Park
Another spot to check for our bird is MacArthur Park. It’s currently on the pontoons with the Double-cresteds.
Best, Andy Birch
Los Feliz

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Date: 1/12/19 6:35 pm
From: condor262001 via Groups.Io <condor262001=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] A few thoughts about LAs hottest ticket: RFB at the Clark
1. As noted now by many the hospitality of Rebecca and the Clark library staff is fantastic. The birding community is quite lucky that RFB (also known as the Red-flanked bluetail) chose such a hospitable location. I have actually used the library, and it is a great resource. Rebecca posted some links  about the Clark in her email last Thursday.

2. Furthermore, without Rebecca’s tenacity and knowledge the bird would have been missed. (An analogous story about a rare ant, I believe, being discovered just because a naturalist put his sleeping bag in a random location is told by Bill Bryson in his great Australian travelogue, In A Sunburned Country). Maybe the 5MR challenge will reveal more interesting birds that would normally be overlooked in our community.

3. This bird is far more difficult to photograph and see than the other recent North American observations in ebird (Vancouver, ID, WA, OR). I believe that is because the dense foliage of the Clark was absent in those other winter observation sites.

 

For those trying to see RFB my experience over 4 days was that 9 to noon may offer a somewhat better chance and lighting than early afternoon where the bird seems to be less active. After 4PM is good but the lighting is bad. Although Chuck and Lillian earlier described a 10-minute observing period that seems to be an extreme.  Here are my 4 days.

1. 1/8-1230 to 230 – One 2 second look as it flew from hedge to hedge. Yellow flank caught my eye, probably due to direct sun illumination. Stayed by narrow alley between the hedges where many birders congregate

2. 1/9 915 to 1130. It was seen briefly in the narrow alley (around 915/930) but the angle was so narrow I never did see it on the vertical stick. (interestingly one of the ebird pictures from up North shows it on a vertical stick.) I did see it later back lit in a hedge opening for 30 s where the tail wag was obvious- no color at all. Also saw it dart from tree to tree but no good ID views.

3. 1/10-230 to 5. No good views during this period by anyone until about 415/430 when it was seen in the trees by the wall. It then hopped over the hedge onto the path (by the U-shaped hedge). It stayed there for up to a minute. The path was so narrow that only a few could take photos.

4. 1/11-915 to 1130. The LA Times article day.  I changed my strategy and hung out by the bottom of the U-shaped hedge where both concrete paths were easily accessible. It was spotted on one of the paths but only for a brief period. Then later (1030 or so), it was spotted along the same path where it stayed for almost two minutes. It was almost stationary on the side of the path for the first minute or so, then it hopped onto the middle of the path and stayed for another 30 to 45 s. My best picture was from that time.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/46657980392/in/dateposted-public/

 

5. I never did see the blue tail which I suspect needs some sun. Also, Chris Taylors picture in the LA Times article suggests that the blue may not be uniform from side to side. I think the white throat, partial white eye ring, and yellow/buffy flanks are more diagnostic for this bird.

 

Jim Hecht

Hermosa Beach CA

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Date: 1/12/19 1:38 pm
From: Chuck & Lillian <misclists...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bluetail - Saturday comments
To all:

Many thanks to Rebecca Fenning Marschall for her
expertise, effort and passion in discovering,
researching and ID'ing this bird, and especially
for her continuing effort to make and keep the
Clark Library grounds open to birders as much as rationally possible.

Thanks, as always, to Kimball Garrett, for his
expertise and diligence in confirming the
identification, and simply for "being there." He
is truly a natural resource to our community.

Many thanks to the other birders present last
Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 1-3 pm, who were polite,
considerate, helpful, quiet, didn't crash through
the bushes or wave their arms wildly or go to the
bathroom surreptitiously, whispered location
information to later arrivers until they too got
onto the bird, didn't push or shove or block
others, and generally behaved like civilized
human beings. Because of all that, our group of
15-20 birders got to observe the bird for about
ten minutes straight, in decent light at a
reasonable distance, unblocked by vegetation,
seeing all aspects of the plumage and watched the
tail drop (a bit, not a lot) many times.

Congratulations to Chris Taylor whose photo made
it into the L.A. Times. It captured all the
details, although the L.A. Times reproduction is
pixilated by newspaper photo dots.

Finally, and not least, many thanks to the Clark
Library, of which Lillian and I were totally
unaware previously. They don't have to do
anything for us, we aren't doing research there,
yet they bend over backwards to make our lives
happier. I hope everyone who sees the bird, or
who looks for but misses it, sends them a donation as a "Thank You."

Your Saturday Factoid:
"Mitre" is pronounced as "miter", or "my-ter."
Same thing for mitred & mitered (as in "Mitred
Parakeet". It comes from Greek (for belt or
turban) through Latin through Old French and
finally into English. The Brits, as you know,
often end words with -re which we Americans end
in -er. Think of "theater" and "theatre." It
refers to that "headdress worn by bishops and
senior abbots as a symbol of office, tapering to
a point at front and back with a deep cleft between."

Also:
1. A joint made between two pieces of wood or
other material at an angle of 90, such that the
line of junction bisects this angle. A "mitre
saw" or "miter saw" makes this cut.
2. A diagonal seam between two pieces of fabric
that are sewn together at a corner.
3. And most importantly: A mollusc of warm seas
which has a sharply pointed shell with a narrow
aperture, supposedly resembling a bishop's mitre.
All definitions above from: http://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mitre

There was some discussion of the pronunciation at
the library, as the parakeets continually swirled around the property.

And here, again, is the link to the L.A. Times
article by Louis Sahagun, courtesy of Michael Zarky.
https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-rare-bird-downtown-20190112-story.html

Chuck Almdale & Lillian Johnson
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Date: 1/12/19 10:12 am
From: Michael Zarky <mzarky...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Hot off the presses! Bluetail makes the front page.
Friends,For those of you who don't see the LA Times you can find this
story here, I think you get a few free views per month.

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-rare-bird-downtown-20190112-story.html
Starring Kimball, Rebecca, and a large supporting cast.

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Date: 1/12/19 9:51 am
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail - access this Sunday 1/13
It has been pointed out that there was a typo in my original email
regarding weekend hours, which made it appear that the Clark Library would
be open today 1/12 at 9am. I am sorry to say that I meant to type 1/11 and
the library is indeed closed all day today. It will open at 11am tomorrow,
Sunday, 1/13. We will also be open M-F next week, from 9-5 (I am often
able to open the gate at 8:30, but that is on a day-by-day basis).

I apologize to anyone who is onsite at the library now or who is on their
way there now! I feel terrible about this - obviously this busy week has
been more discombobulating than I even realized. Unfortunately, I do not
live nearby and am unable to open up & make an exception today for those
who are onsite today because of my error.

Apologies again,
Rebecca Marschall
Clark Library

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 2:57 PM Rebecca Fenning Marschall <
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> Hello all,
>
> Just a few notes about the continuing Red-Flanked Bluetail here at the
> Clark Library in Los Angeles.
>
> 1. WEEKEND ACCESS 1/13
> Though we are normally closed on weekends, the library grounds WILL be
> open this Sunday, 1/13 for a chamber music concert in the library's drawing
> room. Birders will have access to the grounds from 11am-5pm and the concert
> itself will be taking place from 2-4. There are a few additional
> restrictions for this Sunday:
> ** PLEASE park on the street so we can insure parking for as many
> concert-goers as possible!
> ** PLEASE avoid walking on the brick patio & walkways behind the library
> between 2 and 4pm, as the concert will be going on in the room just inside!
> During the concert, please try to stay behind the hedges near the east and
> south walls (which are usually the best spots for viewing the bird anyway).
> We do not want the musicians or the audience to be unduly distracted by
> people standing just outside. There will be an extra security guard posted
> in this area to help direct people and we will also have signage to clarify
> which areas are off limits.
>
> 2. FUTURE WEEKEND ACCESS
> Should the Bluetail continue wintering at the library, there will likely
> be birder access to the library grounds during future weekend events that
> are listed on our website (https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu/), but it is
> unlikely I will be able to open the library on other additional weekend
> days. However, I will announce to the list if this changes!
>
> 3. ACCESS TOMORROW 1/12
> Many people have been arriving earlier than our posted hours and I have
> been opening the gates around 8:30 this week, but will not be able to do so
> tomorrow. So if you arrive early, just sit tight until 9.
>
> 4. THANK YOU!
> To those of you who have already visited, my non-birding colleagues and I
> have loved having you at the Clark to share in the excitement with us, and
> we apologize [again] for the misunderstanding about our closing time (which
> really is 5pm!). We were particularly touched by the offer of generosity
> suggested yesterday by Wim van Dam. We’re not part of the main UCLA
> Library, so we would not receive any donations made through the link Wim
> provided (though we are always happy when libraries anywhere receive
> support!). If you do feel so moved to give to the Clark, this link will
> take you to the giving page for the library & our parent department, the
> Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies :
> https://giving.ucla.edu/Campaign/Donate.aspx?SiteNum=2467 (More
> information is here: http://www.1718.ucla.edu/giving/)
>
> Best wishes and good birding!
> Rebecca Marschall
> Clark Library
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Date: 1/12/19 8:27 am
From: Michael Zarky <mzarky...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bluetail also seen Friday afternoon
Since I see there were no reports so far from yesterday afternoon I will
report that I was fortunate, having declared a 3:15 quitting time,
that the Red-flanked Bluetail finally reappeared to the afternoon
watchers around 3:05, in the area immediately NE of the horseshoe
path, also on the path itself briefly, and then moved north to a row
of shrubs just E of the towering Ficus trees. It flew up into the
southern tree and was not seen again for that appearance.
Thanks very much to Luke Tiller, not only for tracking it and helping
me get on it, but also for taking command by firmly cautioning others
to move around gently. The bird rested on an eye-level horizontal
branch in one of the Eugenia trees (not the shrubs) for perhaps a full
minute, which is probably a better viewing chance than many that have
been reported.
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Date: 1/12/19 8:19 am
From: Merryl Edelstein via Groups.Io <merryledel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Notes RE: Finding the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Willow Street Long Beach)
For out of town birders wanting to add Scissor-tailed Flycatcher while visiting the area..we have been using the following hotspot (rather than "Willow Street). There are a set of stairs at the end of Hill Street at DeForest Avenue (2200 De Forest Avenue) with some street parking on Hill as well as along DeForest. Generally, the bird is found either on the snags south of Hill Street and north of PCH, in the trees in Avila Park on the left, or on the wires that run through the backyards between Hill and 20th (yesterday I had it just north of 20th).  It is often in the company of the Cassin's Kingbirds, which call and can be helpful in locating it in the neighborhood. There have been a few other rarities in the area..Vermillion Flycatcher, White-winged Dove, and Tropical Kingbird (although never all on the same day).  There is a homeless encampment in the drain that is just north of Hill, but I haven't had any issues going out alone... Good luck.

Merryl Edelstein
Long Beach

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Date: 1/11/19 6:26 pm
From: James Bailey <rivierastarsong...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Parakeets and bluetails
Hi all,

The birds today were all mitred parakeets with exception of one red-masked that was mixed in the flock. Some of the mitred had tiny red wing patches but nothing abnormal. I'm also seeing reports from today of yellow-chevroned parakeet and red-crowned parrot. I was at the site from 9:30 until 2pm and I don't believe either of these two species were present. All the parakeets calling around the Library, as well as those flying overhead, were "mitred type".

Cheers,
James Bailey
Foothill Ranch (Orange Co.)

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Date: 1/11/19 4:06 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Parakeets and bluetails
Birders,

Those looking at (or for) the Red-flanked Bluetail at the Clark Library this week might have noticed flocks of Mitred Parakeets on or near the library grounds. This species is quite common in the L. A. Basin, and the library is certainly a good area for seeing it. In looking through checklists for the Clark Library hotspot I notice several which have listed Red-masked Parakeet instead of Mitred Parakeet; these lists include anywhere from a few individuals to more than a hundred. Not surprisingly, there are even checklists from simultaneous visits that list flocks of Mitred Parakeets (and no Red-masked) on one list and similar-sized flocks of Red-masked Parakeets (and no Mitreds) on another list. Clearly something is amiss.

Those of us trying to keep tabs on the numbers and geographic spread of non-native species in the region rely a great deal on eBird for tracking them. So having accurate IDs and careful counts is very important. In the case of these parakeets, I suspect that most or all entries of Red-maskeds at the Clark Library are actually misidentified Mitred Parakeets. Red-masked Parakeets may be numerous in parts of the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona/Claremont area, and some coastal areas (as well as San Diego and San Francisco), but they are very scarce in the L. A. basin. I would ask those who reported Red-masked Parakeets this week at the Clark library to consider whether there birds might instead have been Mitreds and adjust their checklists accordingly. If observers are certain they had Red-masked Parakeets, then I would urge them to append photos or detailed descriptions. Tellingly, all of the eBird checklists with photos reported the parakeets (correctly) as Mitreds; all of the Red-masked reports lack details on how the birds were identified. In general, Red-masked and Mitred Parakeets in the region tend to occur in single-species flocks, but I have sometimes seen one or a few Red-maskeds in with flocks of Mitreds.

Bear in mind that many adult Mitred Parakeets show a variable, albeit small, amount of red along the leading edge of the wing. Red wing linings are a key field mark of Red-masked Parakeets, but that red is much more extensive on the underwing coverts.

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
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Date: 1/11/19 12:17 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 11 January 2019
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* January 11, 2019

* CALA1901.11





-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Red-necked Grebe

White-winged Dove

American Oystercatcher

Pacific Golden-Plover

Mountain Plover

Lesser Black-Backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Neotropic Cormorant

Rough-legged Hawk

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Prairie Merlin

Tropical Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Hammonds Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL

Clay-colored Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Gray-headed Junco

Orchard Oriole

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Black-and-white Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

American Redstart

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

Summer Tanager

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

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Coverage: Los Angeles County





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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 11.


Three TUNDRA SWANS continued at the Piute Ponds through January 8. A letter of permission is required for entry. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continued nearby through January 10. It has been at the Rosamond Dry Lake area (no access), but can be viewed from outside that area.


A "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued through January 8 at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera. Enter from the east end of Mines Avenue, east of Passons Blvd.


Another "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk through January 9.


The RED-NECKED GREBE on Lake Palmdale was seen through January 6. There is no public access, but the lake can be viewed from Barrel Springs Road (just north of Lago Lindo Road).


A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was along the lower LA River in Long Beach on January 10. It was in the area between Willow Street and PCH.


The continuing AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro through January 10.


Another AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was at the Ballona Creek mouth south jetty on January 5.


The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along Ballona Creek was seen through January 10. It is often by the UCLA boat ramp, north of Pacific Ave. but does move up and the channel as far as the Lincoln and Culver crossings.


Up to 23 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS were in the east Antelope Valley from January 1-3. They were in the field north of Ave. I and east of 110th Street East.


More MOUNTAIN PLOVERS (up to a high of 26) were in the field northwest of 90th Street East and Avenue H from January 5-8. As always, bird from the road only as much of this land is private property.


A second cycle LESSER BBLACK-BACKED GULL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 8.


A GLAUCOUS GULL was observed flying by Santa Monica State Beach on January 6.


A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was at Echo Park in Los Angeles through January 10.


The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through January 7. It has been in the trees around the amphitheater and also along Haskell Creek just north of the wildlife area's north entrance.


A PRAIRIE MERLIN (ssp richardsonii) was at South Gate Park on January 8.


The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance was seen through January 10 (with two birds present on January 6). A PALM WARBLER also continued here through January 10.


Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City through January 6. It was last reported north of the workout station.


Other TROPICAL KINGBIRDS continued through Janaury 8 at El Dorado Park in Long Beach and through January 9 at Colorado Lagoon, also in Long Beach.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued along the LA River south of Willow Street in Long Beach through January 10. Check the east side of the river between Hill Street and 20th Street on the east side of the river, just north of PCH.


A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through January 8 by the "Chevron corner" (the part of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner of Madrona and Sepulveda). A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was here through January 9 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER through January 5.


A HAMMONDS FLYCATCHER was on the north side of Gwinn Park in Pasadena from January 5-6.


An EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Apollo Park near Lancaster through January 7. It has been near the north shore, east of the small bridge south of the playground area.


A RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL has been at Clark Library in the West Adams district of Los Angles from January 7-11. The library grounds are open to the public from 9-5 on weekdays only. The area near the southeast U-shaped hedge may be the most reliable, but the birds moves around and can be quite secretive.


Two SWAMP SPARROWS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through January 7, with one reported through January 10. Look for them by the southwest corner of the large square parking lot. This spot is just northwest of the lake by the small dry pond.


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued near the playground at Ralph Dills Park in Paramount through January 7. Others continued at residences in Torrance and Porter Ranch.


DARK-EYED GRAY-HEADED JUNCOS were at Hartwell Park in Long Beach on January 6 and in Sunland from January 5-6. Another continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through January 10 by the north shore picnic area.


The adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester through January 10. It has most often been observed behind the chapel and in a coral tree on the bluff west of there.


A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles from January 7-8. Check the area by the ball fields and playground.


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City on January 3 at the north end by the drain.


A female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Hemingway Park in Carson on January 6.


A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at a residence in Pasadena from January 4-6.


The PAINTED REDSTART at Brookside Park in Pasadena was present through January 10. It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace and seems to favor the large dead pine tree.


The SUMMER TANAGER at Veterans Park in Sylmar was reported through January 9 near the park entrance.



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Jon L Fisher

Glendale, CA

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Date: 1/11/19 11:37 am
From: Christopher Taylor <ctaylor...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Red-flanked Bluetail - Friday, Jan 11
The Bluetail continues on Friday, popping in out of the hedges most of
morning from when gates opened at 9am until I left at 11am.

To echo Tom Benson's sentiments, it is best to just plant yourself in
one location. The bird seemed to favour the NE portion of the hedge,
landing on the vertical branch near the brush pile - where the bird has
been photographed on multiple occasions (see my attached eBird photos).

The less noise and shuffling, the longer the bird will stay in place.
It gave us an amazing looks for 30 seconds before someone spooked it
from the opposite side of the hedge.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51558883


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Marina del Rey, CA
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Date: 1/10/19 8:42 pm
From: Tom Benson via Groups.Io <thomasabenson=<aol.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Red-flanked Bluetail update, Jan 10
Birders,
An update on the bluetail for those who may be searching for it in the near future. It was seen three times today, January 10. The first time was around 9 AM (before my arrival at 10:30). The second time it was seen several times over the course of 20 minutes from 1:55-2:15, first in the southeast U-shaped hedge and then into the hedge and ficus in the northeast corner before it was lost. The final time (about 4:30) it was seen coming into the southeast U-shaped hedge from the north, and then spent the next 15 minutes disappearing and reappearing in different parts of the southeast U-shaped hedge, before finally coming out in the open on the brick pathway that is the southern arm of the U-shaped hedge, and actually staying there long enough for everyone present to get satisfying views.
While the bird obviously spends a lot of time in the hedges, if you want to obtain good views of this bird (with a crowd of people present), your best strategy would be to sit/stand still and quietly at the end of one of the long arms of the southeast U-shaped hedge and wait for the bird to pop out onto the pathway, where the best views were had today. An alternate strategy is to sit/stand under the deodar cedar just northeast of the U-shaped hedge and look west into the open, leaf-litter covered area between the U-shaped hedge and the taller hedge to the north. It didn't spend a lot of time there today, but my understanding is that it spent a fair amount of time there yesterday and was well-seen by many in that area. The point is, you probably won't get very good looks at it while it is inside the hedges, and once people start moving around to get better views of the bird it is likely to flush.
Tom BensonSan Bernardino, CA
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51541154


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Date: 1/10/19 6:49 pm
From: James Bailey <rivierastarsong...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail - access this Sunday 1/13
Hi all,

In Europe it is common for birders to "tip" organizations or people that helped facilitate a twitch. Since we don't get so many large twitches here, I would imagine some birders here might not be aware of that or even think about that courtesy. I would echo Wim's sentiments. Rebecca and co. have been very benevolent and confiding with birders over access for this bird. Although it was public access to begin with, it isn't uncommon for organizations or institutions to block birders from areas in fear of too much foot traffic, or crowding parking areas for visitors to the actual facilities. 

Sometimes "twitchers" are blocked just because of reputation. In England there was a white-throated robin one year and birders were climbing ladders onto the walls and standing on vehicles to try and get a look at the bird in private property. The property owners were not impressed. About 800+ birders on one day I'm told with a few thousand in total that went for the bird. That was an extreme case but sometimes people see birders as a nuisance -- if you can at least tip them for their help on a twitch it can help distill the mood.

See Rebecca's message this morning if you don't mind sparing some change to the Clark Library.

Cheers,
James Bailey
Foothill Ranch (Orange Co.)

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Date: 1/10/19 2:57 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail - access this Sunday 1/13
Hello all,

Just a few notes about the continuing Red-Flanked Bluetail here at the
Clark Library in Los Angeles.

1. WEEKEND ACCESS 1/13
Though we are normally closed on weekends, the library grounds WILL be open
this Sunday, 1/13 for a chamber music concert in the library's drawing
room. Birders will have access to the grounds from 11am-5pm and the concert
itself will be taking place from 2-4. There are a few additional
restrictions for this Sunday:
** PLEASE park on the street so we can insure parking for as many
concert-goers as possible!
** PLEASE avoid walking on the brick patio & walkways behind the library
between 2 and 4pm, as the concert will be going on in the room just inside!
During the concert, please try to stay behind the hedges near the east and
south walls (which are usually the best spots for viewing the bird anyway).
We do not want the musicians or the audience to be unduly distracted by
people standing just outside. There will be an extra security guard posted
in this area to help direct people and we will also have signage to clarify
which areas are off limits.

2. FUTURE WEEKEND ACCESS
Should the Bluetail continue wintering at the library, there will likely be
birder access to the library grounds during future weekend events that are
listed on our website (https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu/), but it is unlikely
I will be able to open the library on other additional weekend days.
However, I will announce to the list if this changes!

3. ACCESS TOMORROW 1/12
Many people have been arriving earlier than our posted hours and I have
been opening the gates around 8:30 this week, but will not be able to do so
tomorrow. So if you arrive early, just sit tight until 9.

4. THANK YOU!
To those of you who have already visited, my non-birding colleagues and I
have loved having you at the Clark to share in the excitement with us, and
we apologize [again] for the misunderstanding about our closing time (which
really is 5pm!). We were particularly touched by the offer of generosity
suggested yesterday by Wim van Dam. We’re not part of the main UCLA
Library, so we would not receive any donations made through the link Wim
provided (though we are always happy when libraries anywhere receive
support!). If you do feel so moved to give to the Clark, this link will
take you to the giving page for the library & our parent department, the
Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies :
https://giving.ucla.edu/Campaign/Donate.aspx?SiteNum=2467 (More information
is here: http://www.1718.ucla.edu/giving/)

Best wishes and good birding!
Rebecca Marschall
Clark Library

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Date: 1/10/19 1:22 pm
From: Christopher Taylor <ctaylor...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Fw: [CALBIRDS] Red-Flanked Bluebird
Seen today Jan 10

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Marina del Rey, CA
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Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:16:03 -0800
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Subject: [CALBIRDS] Red-Flanked Bluebird
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Red-Flanked Bluebird continues at Williams Clark Memorial Library.
Had bird at 8:50am . bird moved around a bit and seen by several
others a little later.
Gary File
Bakersfield




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Date: 1/9/19 6:13 pm
From: Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
If you haven't already done so, you could report the tagged pelican to the Bird Banding Lab.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/

In the event that the Department of Interior is ever funded again, I'm sure they'd love to record that re-sighting. It appears that the webpage is still functioning.

Be prepared to give the alphanumeric code (65J) and the color (white text on black background).

I encourage everyone to report their re-sightings.

Happy trails.

-Gjon


On Jan 9, 2019, at 5:06 PM, "<kims.sight...><mailto:<kims.sight...>" <kims.sight...><mailto:<kims.sight...>> wrote:

I have not seen chickadees in Long Beach before, so this was a nice treat for me. I only heard and saw it briefly and have had to stare at the back of my camera and now on the computer for a while. I assume it is a Mountain Chickadee, and I am always trying to make things more exotic. The thing that had me wondering was a slightly different call/song (but I'm not fully fluent in chickadee), and I see no white supercilium (although that could be that it is worn), the black goes way down the front (also I assume because it is worn), and I thought i saw (and think I see in the photos), a white wing bar.

I would love someone to set me straight.



Thank you,

Kim Moore


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Date: 1/9/19 5:25 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
Sorry, I had the wrong scientific name
James is correct, either Parus minor or Parus cinnereus

Stan Walens, San Diego


On Jan 9, 2019, at 5:22 PM, James Bailey <rivierastarsong...> wrote:

This is either a Japanese (=oriental) tit or cinereous tit. The former has a greenish back, the latter a greyish one. Both are east/southeast Asian species. I don't know what the chances of them reaching here naturally are, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were cage birds somewhere.

James Bailey
Foothill Ranch (Orange)
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Date: 1/9/19 5:22 pm
From: James Bailey <rivierastarsong...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
This is either a Japanese (=oriental) tit or cinereous tit. The former has a greenish back, the latter a greyish one. Both are east/southeast Asian species. I don't know what the chances of them reaching here naturally are, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were cage birds somewhere.

James Bailey
Foothill Ranch (Orange)

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Date: 1/9/19 5:20 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
Looks to me like it might be a great tit (Parus major).


Stan Walens, San Diego
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Date: 1/9/19 5:07 pm
From: <kims.sight...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
[Edited Message Follows]

I have not seen chickadees in Long Beach before, so this was a nice treat for me. I only heard and saw it briefly and have had to stare at the back of my camera and now on the computer for a while. I assume it is a Mountain Chickadee, and I am always trying to make things more exotic. The thing that had me wondering was a slightly different call/song (but I'm not fully fluent in chickadee), and I see no white supercilium (although that could be that it is worn), the black goes way down the front (also I assume because it is worn), and I thought i saw (and think I see in the photos), a white wing bar.  

I would love someone to set me straight.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51506012

Thank you,

Kim Moore

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Date: 1/9/19 5:06 pm
From: <kims.sight...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] My little chickadee - comments?
I have not seen chickadees in Long Beach before, so this was a nice treat for me. I only heard and saw it briefly and have had to stare at the back of my camera and now on the computer for a while. I assume it is a Mountain Chickadee, and I am always trying to make things more exotic. The thing that had me wondering was a slightly different call/song (but I'm not fully fluent in chickadee), and I see no white supercilium (although that could be that it is worn), the black goes way down the front (also I assume because it is worn), and I thought i saw (and think I see in the photos), a white wing bar.  

I would love someone to set me straight.

Thank you,

Kim Moore

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Date: 1/9/19 3:44 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] [CALBIRDS] Red-flanked Bluetail — library grounds closed at 3pm?
I'm sorry that this happened to birders this afternoon and hopefully this
won't happen again! The sign on the gate should have been replaced months
ago and the security guards should have been told that people can stay
until 5pm!

FYI, if this does happen to anyone in the future, please feel free to drop
my name and ask the guard to check in with the head librarian -- even my
non-birding colleagues want people to have access until the library closes.

Best,
Rebecca Marschall
Clark Library

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 3:33 PM Sharon Forsyth <sharonf1727...> wrote:

> Fyi, we were told to leave at 3pm by a security guard who said that the
> library grounds are close to the public after 3. This is consistent with
> sign on gate. Subsequently, the guard was persuaded to let birders remain
> later, but be warned.
> Sharon Forsyth
> Washington, DC
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Date: 1/9/19 10:14 am
From: Christopher Taylor <ctaylor...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Fw: [CALBIRDS] red-flanked bluetail
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Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2019 17:13:27 +0000
From: Jim Holmes <jfholmes...>
To: "<CALBIRDS...>" <CALBIRDS...>
Subject: [CALBIRDS] red-flanked bluetail
Message-ID: <DM6PR08MB5324F56D902FD66A41226AE6C38B0...>

Still present this morning at the Williams Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Thanks

Jim Holmes
Sacramento




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Date: 1/9/19 8:31 am
From: Jeanette Repp <jzlrepp...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Pedro meadowlarks
White Point Nature Center, along Paseo Del Mar, what seems to be a mixed
flock including Western meadowlarks, white crowned Sparrows, and Starlings.
It could just be they happened to be in the same area at the same time
though. I've never seen meadowlarks here before.

Jeanette Repp
San Pedro

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Date: 1/8/19 3:06 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Recent CBRC decisions on L. A. County records
Birders:

FYI, the CBRC has accepted the following significant recent records for Los Angeles County. Note that many other records from the same general time frame are still in CBRC circulation, with no decisions yet reached.

Fulvous Whistling-Duck
2018-075 (Ballona Freshwater Marsh LA, 11-20 Jul 2018; not same bird as 2018-031 [Goleta SBA]); endorsed by eight (8-1) with one member rejecting due to questionable natural occurrence, so the record is ACCEPTED.

Masked Booby
2018-108 (approx. 9.5 km W of San Clemente Island LA, 25 Aug 2018)

Nazca Booby
2018-084 (approx. 4 km SE of Pt. Fermin LA, 19 Jul 2018)
2018-088 (County Line Beach VEN & Leo Carrillo State Beach LA, 6-7 Aug 2018; specimen = LACM #121174)
2018-132 (Los Angeles Harbor LA, 8 Sep 2018)

Masked/Nazca Booby
2018-065A (approx. 5-8 km off Long Beach LA, 15 Jun 2018)
2018-106 (approx. 4 km S of Pt. Fermin LA, 22 Aug 2018)
2018-117 (Santa Monica Bay LA, 31 Aug 2018)

Rusty Blackbird
2018-217 (San Clemente Island, LA 4 Nov 18)

Cape May Warbler
2018-152 (San Clemente Island, LA 19 Sep 18 - 27 Sep 18)

Grace's Warbler
2018-078 (Chilao Visitor Center, LA 15 Jul 18 - 28 Jul 18)

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
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Date: 1/8/19 11:54 am
From: Andrew Birch via Groups.Io <andyrbirch=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
Still present this am but very difficult bird spending its time deep in hedges and trees. Congrats Rebecca. I suspect I could have birded there for a month before bumping in to it.

Best, Andy Birch
Los Feliz

> On Jan 7, 2019, at 8:32 PM, Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...> wrote:
>
> I realized a little late that my attached photos didn't send with the original message, but they are now embedded in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51454336
>
> If you plan on trying for the bird tomorrow, please be respectful and wait until the gate is opened for the day at 9am -- my coworkers and I will all be entering the library before 9 through that one and only functioning gate, and no one likes to be followed in by strangers early in the morning... I know 9 is late in the morning for birders (especially birders with day jobs), but it is not necessarily so for librarians!
>
> Thanks!
> Rebecca Marschall
> Valley Village/Clark Library
>
>> On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 6:08 PM Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rebecca.fenning...> wrote:
>> Today I found a Red-Flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the Clark Library in West Adams (2520 Cimarron Street, 90018). I believe this bird (an immature/female type) has actually been at the Clark since December 21, when I only got brief looks and didn't see the bird's tail, so wrote it off as an aberrant Hermit Thrush with a weird white throat. We were then closed 12/22-1/2 and I haven't birded extensively at work until today...
>>
>> Though the bird is VERY skittish and skulky, I did get good looks today as well as several photos (pics from the back of my camera below). This is such a mega that I wanted to corroborate with Kimball before putting the word out - and since the Clark is just a few miles from LA NHM, he was also able to re-find the bird later this afternoon.
>>
>> This is a small thrush-like bird - Hermit Thrush-like (and with similar skulky habits), but with a blue tail instead of a rufous one, a distinct white throat and with an orange-y brown wash on the flanks. It constantly dips its tail when still, which helps to spot it at a distance. It stays relatively low within the hedges and on the pathways, but I did also see it perched about 3 feet off the ground in the white sapote tree in the far southeast corner of the property. The bird seems to favor the southeastern quadrant of the grounds, where there are a lot of fruiting hedges (and a lot of places to hide). You can check both the semicircular brick walkway (the upper path between the two hedges -- though the sight lines there are quite poor) as well as the u-shaped privet hedge at the eastern end of the large central lawn (behind the largest Moreton Bay Fig Tree).
>>
>> The Clark Library is a special collections library that is part of UCLA and we are located on 5 gated acres near the corner of Adams and Western (https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu). Our grounds are open to the public whenever the library is open -- Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.
>>
>> Since it has been around since late December, I'm hoping it will stick around for a while!
>>
>> Good birding!
>> Rebecca Marschall
>> Valley Village/Clark Library
>
>

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Date: 1/8/19 10:50 am
From: <Bren.galvin...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Red-Flanked Bluetail Continues
The bird continues this morning first seen around 910 , very flighty but shows itself about every few minutes or so, in the same hedges as described yesterday, many people here on it.

Brendan Galvin
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Date: 1/7/19 8:32 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
I realized a little late that my attached photos didn't send with the
original message, but they are now embedded in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51454336

If you plan on trying for the bird tomorrow, please be respectful and wait
until the gate is opened for the day at 9am -- my coworkers and I will all
be entering the library before 9 through that one and only functioning
gate, and no one likes to be followed in by strangers early in the
morning... I know 9 is late in the morning for birders (especially birders
with day jobs), but it is not necessarily so for librarians!

Thanks!
Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village/Clark Library

On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 6:08 PM Rebecca Fenning Marschall <
<rebecca.fenning...> wrote:

> Today I found a Red-Flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the Clark Library
> in West Adams (2520 Cimarron Street, 90018). I believe this bird (an
> immature/female type) has actually been at the Clark since December 21,
> when I only got brief looks and didn't see the bird's tail, so wrote it off
> as an aberrant Hermit Thrush with a weird white throat. We were then closed
> 12/22-1/2 and I haven't birded extensively at work until today...
>
> Though the bird is VERY skittish and skulky, I did get good looks today as
> well as several photos (pics from the back of my camera below). This is
> such a mega that I wanted to corroborate with Kimball before putting the
> word out - and since the Clark is just a few miles from LA NHM, he was also
> able to re-find the bird later this afternoon.
>
> This is a small thrush-like bird - Hermit Thrush-like (and with similar
> skulky habits), but with a blue tail instead of a rufous one, a distinct
> white throat and with an orange-y brown wash on the flanks. It constantly
> dips its tail when still, which helps to spot it at a distance. It stays
> relatively low within the hedges and on the pathways, but I did also see it
> perched about 3 feet off the ground in the white sapote tree in the far
> southeast corner of the property. The bird seems to favor the southeastern
> quadrant of the grounds, where there are a lot of fruiting hedges (and a
> lot of places to hide). You can check both the semicircular brick walkway
> (the upper path between the two hedges -- though the sight lines there are
> quite poor) as well as the u-shaped privet hedge at the eastern end of the
> large central lawn (behind the largest Moreton Bay Fig Tree).
>
> The Clark Library is a special collections library that is part of UCLA
> and we are located on 5 gated acres near the corner of Adams and Western (
> https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu). Our grounds are open to the public
> whenever the library is open -- Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.
>
> Since it has been around since late December, I'm hoping it will stick
> around for a while!
>
> Good birding!
> Rebecca Marschall
> Valley Village/Clark Library
>

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Date: 1/7/19 8:30 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
I realized a little late that my attached photos didn't send with the
original message, but they are now embedded in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51454336

If you plan on trying for the bird tomorrow, please be respectful and wait
until the gate is opened for the day at 9am -- my coworkers and I will all
be entering the library before 9 through that one and only functioning
gate, and no one likes to be followed in by strangers early in the
morning... I know 9 is late in the morning for birders (especially birders
with day jobs), but it is not necessarily so for librarians!

Thanks!
Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village/Clark Library


On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 6:08 PM Rebecca Fenning Marschall <
<rebecca.fenning...> wrote:

> Today I found a Red-Flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the Clark Library
> in West Adams (2520 Cimarron Street, 90018). I believe this bird (an
> immature/female type) has actually been at the Clark since December 21,
> when I only got brief looks and didn't see the bird's tail, so wrote it off
> as an aberrant Hermit Thrush with a weird white throat. We were then closed
> 12/22-1/2 and I haven't birded extensively at work until today...
>
> Though the bird is VERY skittish and skulky, I did get good looks today as
> well as several photos (pics from the back of my camera below). This is
> such a mega that I wanted to corroborate with Kimball before putting the
> word out - and since the Clark is just a few miles from LA NHM, he was also
> able to re-find the bird later this afternoon.
>
> This is a small thrush-like bird - Hermit Thrush-like (and with similar
> skulky habits), but with a blue tail instead of a rufous one, a distinct
> white throat and with an orange-y brown wash on the flanks. It constantly
> dips its tail when still, which helps to spot it at a distance. It stays
> relatively low within the hedges and on the pathways, but I did also see it
> perched about 3 feet off the ground in the white sapote tree in the far
> southeast corner of the property. The bird seems to favor the southeastern
> quadrant of the grounds, where there are a lot of fruiting hedges (and a
> lot of places to hide). You can check both the semicircular brick walkway
> (the upper path between the two hedges -- though the sight lines there are
> quite poor) as well as the u-shaped privet hedge at the eastern end of the
> large central lawn (behind the largest Moreton Bay Fig Tree).
>
> The Clark Library is a special collections library that is part of UCLA
> and we are located on 5 gated acres near the corner of Adams and Western (
> https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu). Our grounds are open to the public
> whenever the library is open -- Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.
>
> Since it has been around since late December, I'm hoping it will stick
> around for a while!
>
> Good birding!
> Rebecca Marschall
> Valley Village/Clark Library
>

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Date: 1/7/19 8:12 pm
From: <busyday...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Rusty Blackbird plus Tricoloreds in South L.A.
Birders,

Mon 7 Jan

Today I had a Rusty Blackbird and at least seven Tricolored Blackbirds at Jesse Owens Park (Western Ave and Century Blvd). Look for the blackbird and starling flock around the ballfields or near the playground area.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31715777977
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45932507994
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31715770387
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45932496134
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39692267543

Richard Barth
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Date: 1/7/19 7:27 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Some additional Red-flanked Bluetail notes
Birders,



A few comments and clarifications on the bluetail are in order, since these seems destined to be a mega-twitch.



1. First, kudos to Rebecca Marschall, who stuck with this bird and finally today got decent photos and came up with the correct identification. Rebecca has found a number of great birds in the L. A. area in the last couple of years (Yellow-throated Warbler at this same location, a couple of Pine Warblers, etc.).



2. To Calbirds readers, it may not be clear that "West Adams" is in Los Angeles, a short distance southwest of downtown. The entrance is off Cimarron Street, which is about three blocks west of Western Ave., and just north of Adams Blvd. This is just south of the Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway.



3. I got onto the bird by hearing its call, in response to a brief playback from Xeno Canto (I used the second recording here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Tarsiger-cyanurus ). The call is an upslurred "sweet" repeated at frequent intervals. [It also gives a scratchy, gravelly call that sounds like a bunch of small rocks being rubbed together.] The bird skulks in the U-shaped hedges east of the library building, and especially in the U-shaped hedge under the Ficus trees just north of the more formal garden east of the library. As Rebecca said, watch for the constant downward flicking of the tail as it sits/skulks in the hedges. Some additional notes about the bird are in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51448882



4. Finally, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE respect the grounds and the staff. This is a working library for scholars, and the hundreds of birders likely to descend on the grounds could cause a lot of disruption. Rebecca inquired with the staff and they were please to have visitors, but they may not comprehend the potential magnitude of the twitch. My suggestion for tomorrow morning is to have the group of birders assemble near the eastern wall of the property and listen for the call notes. At the discretion of birders present, it might make sense to play a recording of the call briefly to get it to call so the group can localize the bird. But of course this playback-mediated search technique will diminish in efficacy over time, so must be used sparingly.



Good luck to those searching for the bird, and again I emphasize the need to respectful behavior. Consider parking on the street so as not to fill up the parking lot on the library grounds. And remember that the grounds are only open M-F 9-5.



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
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Date: 1/7/19 6:29 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
Rebecca
awesome bird. Your photos are not visible. I am extremely worried about 9 billion people showing up and behaving in a manner that will cause her to leave. I'm already stressed out and angry because I've had bad experiences in the past. The only difference is tomorrow morning I'll be able to be there before your library opens at 9 a.m., other times in the past by the time I arrived somewhere somebody has chased the bird away and it never returns. Some of the people that have done this and cause the bird to leave because they needed to get super close with their big camera or people that I like, but I'm still mad at them for what they have done. Some of these people are no longer with us so I won't speak ill of people who are no longer here to defend themselves. Others are still among us.
Tom

Thomas Geza Miko
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From: <LACoBirds...> <LACoBirds...> on behalf of Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 6:08:09 PM
To: <lacobirds...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams

Today I found a Red-Flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the Clark Library in West Adams (2520 Cimarron Street, 90018). I believe this bird (an immature/female type) has actually been at the Clark since December 21, when I only got brief looks and didn't see the bird's tail, so wrote it off as an aberrant Hermit Thrush with a weird white throat. We were then closed 12/22-1/2 and I haven't birded extensively at work until today...

Though the bird is VERY skittish and skulky, I did get good looks today as well as several photos (pics from the back of my camera below). This is such a mega that I wanted to corroborate with Kimball before putting the word out - and since the Clark is just a few miles from LA NHM, he was also able to re-find the bird later this afternoon.

This is a small thrush-like bird - Hermit Thrush-like (and with similar skulky habits), but with a blue tail instead of a rufous one, a distinct white throat and with an orange-y brown wash on the flanks. It constantly dips its tail when still, which helps to spot it at a distance. It stays relatively low within the hedges and on the pathways, but I did also see it perched about 3 feet off the ground in the white sapote tree in the far southeast corner of the property. The bird seems to favor the southeastern quadrant of the grounds, where there are a lot of fruiting hedges (and a lot of places to hide). You can check both the semicircular brick walkway (the upper path between the two hedges -- though the sight lines there are quite poor) as well as the u-shaped privet hedge at the eastern end of the large central lawn (behind the largest Moreton Bay Fig Tree).

The Clark Library is a special collections library that is part of UCLA and we are located on 5 gated acres near the corner of Adams and Western (https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu). Our grounds are open to the public whenever the library is open -- Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Since it has been around since late December, I'm hoping it will stick around for a while!

Good birding!
Rebecca Marschall
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Date: 1/7/19 6:08 pm
From: Rebecca Fenning Marschall <rutabegabunny...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, Clark Library, West Adams
Today I found a Red-Flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the Clark Library in
West Adams (2520 Cimarron Street, 90018). I believe this bird (an
immature/female type) has actually been at the Clark since December 21,
when I only got brief looks and didn't see the bird's tail, so wrote it off
as an aberrant Hermit Thrush with a weird white throat. We were then closed
12/22-1/2 and I haven't birded extensively at work until today...

Though the bird is VERY skittish and skulky, I did get good looks today as
well as several photos (pics from the back of my camera below). This is
such a mega that I wanted to corroborate with Kimball before putting the
word out - and since the Clark is just a few miles from LA NHM, he was also
able to re-find the bird later this afternoon.

This is a small thrush-like bird - Hermit Thrush-like (and with similar
skulky habits), but with a blue tail instead of a rufous one, a distinct
white throat and with an orange-y brown wash on the flanks. It constantly
dips its tail when still, which helps to spot it at a distance. It stays
relatively low within the hedges and on the pathways, but I did also see it
perched about 3 feet off the ground in the white sapote tree in the far
southeast corner of the property. The bird seems to favor the southeastern
quadrant of the grounds, where there are a lot of fruiting hedges (and a
lot of places to hide). You can check both the semicircular brick walkway
(the upper path between the two hedges -- though the sight lines there are
quite poor) as well as the u-shaped privet hedge at the eastern end of the
large central lawn (behind the largest Moreton Bay Fig Tree).

The Clark Library is a special collections library that is part of UCLA and
we are located on 5 gated acres near the corner of Adams and Western (
https://clarklibrary.ucla.edu). Our grounds are open to the public whenever
the library is open -- Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Since it has been around since late December, I'm hoping it will stick
around for a while!

Good birding!
Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village/Clark Library

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Date: 1/7/19 2:25 pm
From: Martin Meyers <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Pac Golden-Plover present at Ballona Creek


About 1/3 of the way from the condos to the Culver bridge on north side of creek.  First spotted today by Chris Dean.2:25 p.m.
Martin
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Date: 1/6/19 12:27 pm
From: Wanda <wandadameron2...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
For whatever it is worth, LA Animal Shelters do release healthy wild
animals back into nature.....
Wanda Dameron
West San Fernando Valley

On 1/5/2019 8:18 PM, Gjon Hazard wrote:
> Another resource, statewide by county:
>
> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/laboratories/wildlife-investigations/rehab/facilities
>
> As the page notes, most of these facilities will care for
> critters-in-need that are brought to them. About the only
> organization that actually does pick-up is county (or city)
> animal/wildlife control services, and that is only under certain
> circumstances. I don't know what happens to /wildlife/ after pick up.
>
> And another option is to let "nature take its course," which might
> not be as palatable (although you can take a big-picture view: the
> bird's loss might be the coyote's gain). In other words
> "palatability" is in the eye of the beholder. To state it yet
> another way I quoteth The Bard, "for there is nothing either good or
> bad, but thinking makes it so."
>
> Lastly, if you suspect foul play (ack! Shakespeare again), then you
> can contact the state:
>
> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Enforcement/CalTIP
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> -Gjon
>
>
> On Jan 5, 2019, at 3:50 PM, Chuck & Lillian <misclists...>
> <mailto:<misclists...>> wrote:
>
> This info is permanently on our Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society
> Website.
> https://smbasblog.com/bird-rescue/
>
> Chuck Almdale
> SMBAS
>
> At 01:12 PM 1/5/2019, austin sipes wrote:
>> Does anyone have experience with reporting injured wildlife on the
>> Westside? I imagine that a lot of folks on this list would
>> appreciate some well-organized advice/info on who to call about
>> injured/sick wildlife throughout LA at-large if anyone has
>> thoughts. I was on the Ballona Creek bike path this morning and
>> came across a bird in some distress, but didn't immediately know
>> what organization to call for that particular area.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Austin Sipes
>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/5/19 8:18 pm
From: Gjon Hazard <gjon_hazard...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
Another resource, statewide by county:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/laboratories/wildlife-investigations/rehab/facilities

As the page notes, most of these facilities will care for critters-in-need that are brought to them. About the only organization that actually does pick-up is county (or city) animal/wildlife control services, and that is only under certain circumstances. I don't know what happens to wildlife after pick up.

And another option is to let "nature take its course," which might not be as palatable (although you can take a big-picture view: the bird's loss might be the coyote's gain). In other words "palatability" is in the eye of the beholder. To state it yet another way I quoteth The Bard, "for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

Lastly, if you suspect foul play (ack! Shakespeare again), then you can contact the state:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Enforcement/CalTIP

Hope this helps.

-Gjon


On Jan 5, 2019, at 3:50 PM, Chuck & Lillian <misclists...><mailto:<misclists...>> wrote:

This info is permanently on our Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society Website.
https://smbasblog.com/bird-rescue/

Chuck Almdale
SMBAS

At 01:12 PM 1/5/2019, austin sipes wrote:
Does anyone have experience with reporting injured wildlife on the Westside? I imagine that a lot of folks on this list would appreciate some well-organized advice/info on who to call about injured/sick wildlife throughout LA at-large if anyone has thoughts. I was on the Ballona Creek bike path this morning and came across a bird in some distress, but didn't immediately know what organization to call for that particular area.

Regards,
Austin Sipes





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Date: 1/5/19 6:31 pm
From: Larry Schmahl via Groups.Io <larschmahl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Antelope Valley Mountain plover and owls

Today, 5 January, Whittier Audubon held its annual Antelope Valley field trip.
Highlights included two Long-eared Owls at the NW corner of Apollo Park and 4 Hooded Mergansers at the east end of the north lake. Approximately 300 Snow Geese, including 3 "blue" geese were at at 60th W and Ave. B.    A Le Conte's Thrasher at the edge of the desert at the SW corner of Rancho Sierra golf course ( 50th E and Ave F-8.)      26 Mountain Plover, about 30 Mountain Bluebirds and a Prairie Falcon were in a closely cut field at the NW corner of 90th E and Ave. H.At the LA Aqueduct at 97th E and Pearblossom Highway we had 2 Common Goldeneyes and a surprise of a Common Loon.
Weather ranged from 34 to 50 degrees with no wind. Overcast skies.Sparrows were VERY sparse!
Happy New Year!
Larry SchmahlWhittier

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Date: 1/5/19 3:50 pm
From: Chuck & Lillian <misclists...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
This info is permanently on our Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society Website.
https://smbasblog.com/bird-rescue/

Chuck Almdale
SMBAS

At 01:12 PM 1/5/2019, austin sipes wrote:
>Does anyone have experience with reporting injured wildlife on the
>Westside? I imagine that a lot of folks on this list would
>appreciate some well-organized advice/info on who to call about
>injured/sick wildlife throughout LA at-large if anyone has thoughts.
>I was on the Ballona Creek bike path this morning and came across a
>bird in some distress, but didn't immediately know what organization
>to call for that particular area.
>
>Regards,
>Austin Sipes


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Date: 1/5/19 2:53 pm
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Subject: [LACoBirds] Looking for LA Wildlife Rehab/Rescue info
Does anyone have experience with reporting injured wildlife on the Westside? I imagine that a lot of folks on this list would appreciate some well-organized advice/info on who to call about injured/sick wildlife throughout LA at-large if anyone has thoughts. I was on the Ballona Creek bike path this morning and came across a bird in some distress, but didn't immediately know what organization to call for that particular area.

Regards,
Austin Sipes

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Date: 1/5/19 10:28 am
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lake Palmdale Lewis
I am looking for various birds in the Antelope Valley this morning. Note that on the drive from Claremont to Palmdale I saw three different people getting speeding tickets, and two other locations where the highway patrol was using radar to try to catch people who are speeding. At Lake Palmdale it took me over half an hour to find the red and neck grebe. It stays underwater a lot. While I was walking back to my car, a Lewis's woodpecker flew 20 ft in front of me, before continuing towards the direction of the 14 freeway.

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Date: 1/4/19 12:47 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 4 January 2019
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* January 4, 2019

* CALA1901.04





-Birds mentioned


Tundra Swan

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Vauxs Swift

American Oystercatcher

Pacific Golden-Plover

Mountain Plover

Neotropic Cormorant

Rough-legged Hawk

Short-eared Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Prairie Merlin

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Hammonds Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Verdin

Clay-colored Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Dark-eyed Gray-headed Junco

Hooded Oriole

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

American Redstart

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

Summer Tanager



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





-Transcript




This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 4.


A "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued through December 31 at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera. Enter from the east end of Mines Avenue, east of Passons Blvd.


Another "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk through January 2.


A VAUXS SWIFT was over the LA River near the Los Feliz Golf Course on January 1.


The continuing AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro through January 2.


A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along Ballona Creek was seen through January 2. It is usually by the UCLA boat ramp, north of Pacific Ave. but does move up and the channel.


Three MOUNTAIN PLOVERS were in the east Antelope Valley from January 1-3. They were in the field north of Ave. I and east of 110th Street East. A PRAIRIE MERLIN was also seen in this area on January 1.


A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was at Echo Park in Los Angeles from January 2-3. The proximity of recent reports from the LA River in Glendale and Lincoln Park may indicate that a single bird is involved.


A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from December 29-January 3. It has been at the Rosamond Dry Lake area (no access), but can be viewed from outside that area. As always, a letter of permission is required to enter the Piute Ponds. Three TUNDRA SWANS were at the ponds from December 29-January 3. A SHORT-EARED OWL was present on December 29.


The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through January 3. It has been in the trees around the amphitheater and also along Haskell Creek just north of the wildlife area's north entrance.


A NORTHERN YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER was at North Weddington Recreation Center in North Hollywood on January 2.


A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at Kenneth Hahn SRA in Baldwin Hills on December 28 in the Olympic Forest area.


The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through January 2 around the pond. Also continuing here through January 1 was a PALM WARBLER between the pond and batting cages.


Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City through January 1. It was last reported near the playground area.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued along the LA River south of Willow Street in Long Beach through January 3. Check the east side of the river between Hill Street and 20th Street on the east side of the river, just above PCH.


A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued at Monte Verde Park at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood through December 29.


An EASTERN PHOEBE was at Apollo Park near Lancaster from January 1-3. It was near the north shore, east of the small bridge south of the playground area.


A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through January 1 by the "Chevron corner" (the part of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner of Madrona and Sepulveda). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was present through January 3, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW through January 3 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER through January 1.


A VERDIN- very rare coastally- was in Long Beach at Willow Springs Park on January 2.


Two SWAMP SPARROWS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through January 2. Look for them by the southwest corner of the large square parking lot. This spot is just northwest of the lake by the small dry pond.


A SWAMP SPARROW was along the LA River in Glendale on December 30 about half way between North Atwater Park and Colorado Blvd.


Another SWAMP SPARROW was at the Dominguez Gap Wetlands (along the LA River, south of the Del Amo crossing) in Long Beach on January 2.


A DARK-EYED "GRAY-HEADED" JUNCO continued on the north shore of the lake at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through December 29. Another was in Monrovia on December 30 and one continued around the sports field at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through January 3.


A HOODED ORIOLE was at North Hollywood Park (in the section south of Magnolia) on January 3.


The RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley was still present on December 31. It has been often been hanging around the playground area on the south side of the lake.


Continuing through January 1 at Banning Park in Wilmington was a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. It has been in a large ficus tree by three green dumpsters.


The AMERICAN REDSTART (adult male) continued at Hemingway Park in Carson through January 1. It has been in the trees that are in line with the nursery inside the power line right of way.


An immature male AMERICAN REDSTART was at El Segundo Library Park on December 31 in the pepper trees west of the bandstand.


An AMERICAN REDSTART (south side of the north end picnic area) and a NASHVILLE WARBLER (east edge south of the restrooms) were at Holmby Park near Westwood on January 2.


Another NASHVILLE WARBLER was at the Penmar Recreation Center in Venice on January 2.


The PAINTED REDSTART at Brookside Park in Pasadena was seen through January 3. It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace and favors the large dead pine tree.


A SUMMER TANAGER was at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia near the northwest part of Baldwin Lake on December 31. Another (an adult male) continued at Veterans Park in Sylmar through December 30 south of restroom 5.



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Date: 1/4/19 11:36 am
From: <lathrotriccus...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] L.A. CBC write up
Hi all,

Thanks to everyone who participated on the Los Angeles Christmas Bird Count held Wed., Jan. 2, 2019. Count week lasts through tomorrow at midnight (Jan. 5), so submit any rare sightings to eBird within the circle, and they may well be new for the count.

Summary below.

Summary of 119thCBC, Los Angeles circle

170 species incl. exotics (preliminary)

BFM = Ballona Freshwater Marsh

 

Ross’ Goose – 1 at MacArthur Park (Brad Rumble; continuing)

Greater White-fronted Goose – 1 at Inglewood Cemetery (Bob Packard)

Egyptian Goose – 18 at BFM and MacArthur Park (m. ob.; newly-invading species)

Common Goldeneye – 1 along lower Ballona Cr. (Darrin/David Dowell)

Eur. Collared-dove – 43 in various spots (m. ob.)

Pac. Golden-plover – 1 along lower Ballona Cr. (Dowells; continuing)

Snowy Plover – 3, Venice Beach and Marina del Rey (Packard/Dowells)

Long-billed Curlew – 1 Del Rey Lagoon (m. ob.)

Neotropic Cormorant – 1 Echo Park Lake (Chris Dean et al. – New for count!)

Am. White Pelican – 6 at Inglewood Cem. (Packard)

American Bittern – 1 at BFM (continuing)

Least Bittern – 3, BFM and Franklin Canyon (m. ob.)

White-tailed Kite – 1 BFM

“Yellow-shafted” Flicker – Weddington Park (David Barton)

Hairy Woodpecker – 1 Inglewood Cemetery (Bob Packard; awaiting details)

Probable Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Tracy Drake, upper Ballona Creek; photo/description)

Plumbeous Vireo – 1 MacArthur Park (Rumble et al. – found by an elementary student and his dad!)

Brown Creeper – 1 L.A. County Club (Kimball Garrett)

Orchard Oriole – 1 LMU (Kristen Covino et al. – adult male w/ photos; continuing; 2ndfor count)

Hooded Oriole – 1 at Del Rey Lagoon (Lisa Fimiani et al.)

Nashville Warbler – 1 each at Penmar Park (Packard) and Holmby Park (Garrett)

American Redstart – 1 at Holmby Park (Garrett)

Yellow Warbler – 1 at Playa Vista (Dowells)

Wilson’s Warbler – 3, Del Rey Lagoon, Playa Vista, and Cheviot Hills (missed the one along Lower Ballona Creek)

 

Notable notes: 

Just 1 Turkey Vulture (Gerry Hans/John McCoy et al., Fern Dell)

Just 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks (vs. c. 17 Cooper’s)

Five Merlin, 13 American Kestrels

Just 2 Hutton’s Vireos

Three swallow species, including Violet-green Swallow (Drake, upper Ballona Creek)

Two Mountain Chickadees, Inglewood and Griffith Park, but otherwise no montane invaders (e.g., Red-br. Nuthatch)

Just 3 California Thrashers

All Fox Sparrows identified to subspecies were Sooty (expected), except for 2 Thick-billeds at Hollywood Reservoir (Ed Stonick/John Oliver), which occur in mature chaparral.

Four Bullock’s Orioles, all in the West L.A. area

All 32 Brown-headed Cowbird were found at a single site (Echo Park)

All but 1 of the 16 Red-winged Blackbirds were at BFM

5 Black-throated Gray Warblers (we’ve come close to missing these)

Countweek: Wandering Tattler (Playa del Rey), Japanese White-eye (Westchester Park, Russ Stone)…others?

 

Misses: Pacific Loon, Dunlin, California Quail(!), Burrowing Owl

 

We had just a single quail two years ago, and a handful last year (zero this year). They’re hanging on at Griffith Park, and presumably at Franklin Canyon(?) and parts west, which were very lightly covered this year. But, we’re keeping the effort roughly similar to prior years for the best comparison year-to-year, and so don’t want to “over-saturate” our effort looking for them. 

Dan Cooper
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Date: 1/2/19 6:59 pm
From: <kims.sight...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Verdin in Long Beach
It doesn't show up in Rare Bird Alerts, but I was pretty stoked to see a Verdin in Long Beach in Willow Springs Park. It was originally found by Jan Wilson on the El Dorado Audubon CBC. I went back to the bottle brush near the farm the next day, but didn't find it. Becky Turley and I went back today and found it just north of the parking lot. I have suggested Willow Springs as a hotspot. I think it is vastly under explored but has great potential.

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Date: 1/2/19 9:34 am
From: Chris Dean via Groups.Io <chrisanndean=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Neotropic Cormorant-Echo Park
Hi,
There is a Neotropic Cormorant at Echo Park, south end (though first found on north end).

Chris Dean
Silver Lake

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Date: 1/2/19 6:57 am
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Subject: [LACoBirds] Reminder: Los Angeles CBC is TODAY (Jan. 2)
Hi all,

Count circle boundaries for the L.A. CBC (Christmas Bird Count) are here: https://tinyurl.com/y73a5syb

If you aren't "officially" participating, and happen to bird the circle today, please share your eBird list(s) with: LosAngelesCBC

And if you live w/in the boundaries and can check your neighborhood/feeder, you can also share your list. Lots of tough birds within the circle tend to turn up at feeders (White-throated Sparrow, Hooded Oriole).

This includes neighborhoods of Brentwood, Westwood, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Westchester, Ladera Hts, Mid-city, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Silverlake, Echo Park, Hancock Park, Koreatown, Westlake, Downtown, and maybe a couple more I'm forgetting.

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Date: 1/1/19 4:20 pm
From: Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Eastern phoebe at Apollo park
Hi all

I just had an Eastern phoebe at Apollo park, on the north shore of the lake
between the small bridge and the playground. More details and photos to be
added to my ebird checklist when I get home.

It was a cold and uncomfortable day in the Antelope valley today, but
anything to get away from the vuvuzelas in Pasadena.

Happy New Year!

Naresh

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Date: 12/31/18 8:48 pm
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Subject: [LACoBirds] El Segundo American Redstart; Dockweiler scoters
Birders,

Mon 31 Dec

An American Redstart is again at El Segundo Library Park (Main and Mariposa). A female type was here on 1 Nov, and today's bird is showing virtually the same plumage but now has some black feathers on the breast---apparently indicating a first-year male. The bird favors the same trees as before, the Brazilian peppers west of the bandstand, and today also foraged in the bushes along the north side of the library building.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45636327925
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45636285035
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46497857192
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31609254287
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46497846232

The Surf Scoter numbers are increasing off Dockweiler Beach. Over the past week a couple of flocks have been ranging widely from the RV Park south of Imperial Hwy up to lifeguard station #44 almost in Playa del Rey. My recent visits have yielded three White-wingeds and at least two Blacks in the flocks.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46549666381
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/44732097610
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46497815762
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45636208855
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46549626591
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Date: 12/31/18 2:09 pm
From: Mark Scheel <scheel314...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Rough legged continues at piute ponds.
Hello,

I have had several inquiries about access, so I thought I would post.

Please note that Piute Ponds is closed to birding because of duck hunting
on Jan 1 (federal holiday) and also on Jan 2 (a Wednesday during hunting
season).

On non-hunting days you need a permit to bird Piute Ponds.

Mark Scheel
Pasadena

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 08:47 Mark Scheel <scheel314...> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> The Rough legged hawk is still at piute ponds 12/31 845am. Same place as 2
> days ago. It's in Rosamond Dry lake, viewed scoping north from San Miguel
> Lagoon. More cooperative than 2 days ago, but distant; scope is required.
>
> Mark and Janet Scheel
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Date: 12/31/18 8:47 am
From: Mark Scheel <scheel314...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Rough legged continues at piute ponds.
Hi,

The Rough legged hawk is still at piute ponds 12/31 845am. Same place as 2
days ago. It's in Rosamond Dry lake, viewed scoping north from San Miguel
Lagoon. More cooperative than 2 days ago, but distant; scope is required.

Mark and Janet Scheel
Pasadena

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Date: 12/30/18 8:02 pm
From: Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrows at Bonelli Park
Today 12/30 there were 2 Swamp Sparrows near the palm tree on the west side of the large rectangular parking lot on the north side of the park.  Look for the handicapped parking spaces on the west side of the lot.  One bird was an adult and the other an immature.Rod Higbie San Dimas


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Date: 12/29/18 9:21 pm
From: Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] LAAS trip to Piute Ponds
Hi Birders

Today, Nick and I led an LAAS trip to the Piute Ponds in the Antelope Valley. (Permit letter to enter is required.) Highlights were at least two CACTUS WRENS, many NORTHERN HARRIERS, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, RUDDY DUCKS, two AMERICAN AVOCET, lots of the expected waterfowl, a single WILSON’S SNIPE, VIRGINIA and SORA RAIL, at least two peeps which calls seemed to me to be Western Sandpiper, and always a good encounter of at least three LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. A perky LECONTE’S THRASHER put on a show for our group. We tried in vain to re-find Mark Scheel’s Rough-legged Hawk with negative results. Mark also guided us to three TUNDRA SWAN (one adult and two year birds). The highlight for our group which consensus came after reviewing photos (taken by Joe Lepisto), a single SHORT-EARED OWL flying high overhead. Nick thought the owl was rather aggressive toward the ravens, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a White-tailed Kite (we saw four of these beauties). We then searched the previous sites where Mountain Plover were reported and found none - too bad. The day started at 24 degrees! Many of the ponds were covered with ice. The sky was crystal clear, the snowy peaks of the high country of the San Gabriel mountains where sparkly, it was a beautiful day in the high desert.

Happy New Year Birding!

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Date: 12/29/18 9:52 am
From: Mark Scheel <scheel314...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Rough legged hawk, piute ponds
Hi,

About 730am we had a Rough-legged Hawk at piute ponds (need permit for
entry). We have been trying to relocate it with no luck. The bird was in
the Rosamond Dry Lake area (where you cannot enter); we were scoping
north/northeast from San Miguel Lagoon.

Good birding,

Mark and Janet Scheel
Pasadena

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Date: 12/28/18 7:44 pm
From: 'Martin Meyers' <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird at Kenneth Hahn Park
Late this afternoon (about 3:30, 12/28/18), there was what looked to me
like a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird at the top of a tall tree just
northeast of the entrance to the first parking lot on the left (which
has a sign at the entrance saying "Olympic Forest".) The tree (with the
bird) was right along the main walking path there. The bird was silent,
of course. I got a few distant photos that show the breast color and
tail color but do not provide enough details for me to even make a guess
as to which species. This was much easier before Couch's proved they
could get to California!

If anyone would like to have a look and see if you can do a better job
of identification, take a look at:

Sierrabirdbum.com/Tropical-Couch's/

Let me know what you think.

Martin


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Date: 12/28/18 1:43 pm
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 28 December 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* December 28, 2018

* CALA1812.28





-Birds mentioned


"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal

Red-necked Grebe

American Oystercatcher

Pacific Golden-Plover

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker

"Black" Merlin

Hammond's Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassin's Vireo

Clay-colored Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed "Gray-headed" Junco

Dark-eyed "Pink-sided" Junco

Orchard Oriole

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Painted Redstart

Rose-breasted 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





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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 28.


A "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued through December 24 at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera. Enter from the east end of Mines Avenue, east of Passons Blvd.


The RED-NECKED GREBE continued at Lake Palmdale (no public access) through December 23.


A continuing AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen both at Royal Palms Beach and at White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro through December 19.

The continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along Ballona Creek was seen through December 27. It is usually by the UCLA boat ramp, north of Pacific Ave.

The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through December 27. It has been in the trees around the amphitheater and also along Haskell Creek just north of the wildlife area's north entrance.

A NORTHERN "YELLOW-SHAFTED" FLICKER was at Veteran's Park in Sylmar on December 22.

The "BLACK" MERLIN (ssp. suckleyi) continued at the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale through December 24.

A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through December 26 by the "Chevron corner" (the part of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner of Madrona and Sepulveda). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was present through December 26 and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was also reported through December 23.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was near the Dam at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City on December 23. A CASSIN'S VIREO was in the northeast part of the park near Vermont on December 23 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was southeast of Vermont and the Pacific Coast Highway the same day.


The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance through December 23 around the pond.


Other TROPICAL KINGBIRDS continued at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach (near the northwest inlet by the golf course) through December 23 and at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park near the playground through December 27.

The SWAMP SPARROW continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through December 27, with two birds present on that date. Look for them by the southwest corner of the large square parking lot. This spot is just northwest of the lake.

Another SWAMP SPARROW was at LA Valley College in Van Nuys from December 19-22. It has been hanging around the patches of vegetation in the middle of the campus.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen below the Griffith Observatory on December 25.

A DARK-EYED "GRAY-HEADED" JUNCO continued on the north shore of the lake at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through December 27.

A DARK-EYED "PINK-SIDED" JUNCO was at St. Andrew's Priory near Valyermo on December 22.

An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester through December 26. It was observed behind the chapel and in a coral tree on the bluff west of there.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Banning Park in Wilmington on December 23. It was in a large ficus tree by the green dumpster.

The AMERICAN REDSTART (adult male) continued at Hemingway Park in Carson through December 26.

A PAINTED REDSTART was present through December 27 in Brookside Park in Pasadena. It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace and seems to favor the lone large dead pine tree.


A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at a residence in Long Beach on December 24.




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Date: 12/27/18 1:58 pm
From: <mcfadden...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] TWO Swamp Sparrows at Bonelli
Today two Swamp Sparrows were present at the previously reported location in Bonelli Regional Park (SW edge of big square parking lot on north side of park). One individual is much more cleanly marked than the other, which may be a young bird. We had both birds together in a single field of view. Some very poor photos are included in our eBird report.

Good birding,
Cathy McFadden & Paul Clarke


 

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Date: 12/27/18 10:48 am
From: champa bilwakesh via Groups.Io <champa_b=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Birding Hermosa Beach
Hello, visiting from freezing New England!
I am visiting family in the area and hoping to bird around the pier and vicinity on my early morning walks. Would love some ideas on the best places to view. I found plovers and sandpipers on the shore viewing from the pier. But I would like to get closer and really appreciate the opportunity to see these birds up close, which is not easy back east. I am also thrilled to know I may spot parakeets.
What are favorite nooks and corners to bird in the area?
I am also hoping to get to Penguin Park and Sand dune park. Are there particular favorite places to bird there?
Thank you so much for your response and this list.
Champa




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Date: 12/26/18 7:35 pm
From: Thomas Miko <thomas_miko...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] world's biggest Cal Gull or smallest Western Gull?
!Hola!


Today I stopped at McArthur Park to not see the Cackling Goose. I succeeded. At not seeing it.

As usual.

Two gulls left me scratching my head. I did not take photos (sorry, eh).

Gull # 1: adult, winter plumaged California Gull. Light gray mantle/flight feathers, greenish/yellow legs, dark eyes. Yellow bill with some red and some black on the tip. Not a Herring Gull.

Gull # 2: adult winter Western Gull. Dark mantle/wings, pink legs, yellow bill with some red on the tip of the lower mandible.


Here's what left me puzzled: The California Gull was c l e a r l y larger and heavier than the Western Gull. It was quite noticeable, despite their being 6 feet (2 meters, eh) apart.


There's always sexual dimorphism, and I know the rule that female Sharp-shinned Hawks can be bigger than male Cooper's Hawks, but this size difference paradox was amazing. The field guides are not helping.


Any input/comments/thoughts?


Tom Miko (on the train, rolling home in the dark)

Claremont (an hour from now)

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Date: 12/26/18 2:23 pm
From: Martin Meyers <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Orchard Oriole continues at Loyola Marymount


The Orchard Oriole that I reported two days ago at Loyola Marymount was present again today at 2:15 p.m.  It flew down into the Coral Tree that is on the bluff west of the chapel, and I was able to photograph it this time. (It flew down from the adjacent large Palm Tree  and it looked like it flew back up there after a short stop in the Coral Tree.)
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Date: 12/25/18 6:15 pm
From: Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrow Continues at Bonelli Park
Today 12/25 a Swamp Sparrow was observed in the same location as previously reported.  In the same area was a large flock of Dark-eyed Juncos that included gray-headed and slate-colored sub-species.Rod Higbie San Dimas


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Date: 12/25/18 1:32 pm
From: <busyday...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] continuing Amer. Redstart in Carson
Birders,

Tues 25 Dec

Mid-morning at Vernon Hemingway Park the wintering adult male American Redstart was in it's usual spot just past the last picnic table in the patch of trees along the northeast side of the park.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31523142707
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31523140977
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45550251605

Richard Barth
West Hollywood


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Date: 12/24/18 5:48 pm
From: 'Martin Meyers' <martin...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Orchard Oriole at Loyola Marymount University
This afternoon, I observed very briefly an adult male Orchard Oriole at
Loyola Marymount University. The bird was behind the chapel (on the west
side). I first saw it for only a couple of seconds in a bush just over
the edge (i.e., the hillside toward Playa Vista.) It then flew to a
flowering tree (my wife said it was a Coral Tree -- I'll take her word
for it) a bit further to the west where I had a slightly longer view.
Unfortunately, I was unable to get a photo through the branches. In
total, I saw the bird for less than 30 seconds, but the adult male is a
pretty hard bird to misidentify, so I'd say I'm confident of the ID.

It then flew further toward the west and I was never able to find it
again despite another hour of trying.

Other birds of some interest there were one Bullock's Oriole (male)
(same general area as the Orchard), several American Pipits, an
extremely cooperative young Red-shouldered Hawk, and about 20 Cedar
Waxwings.

Martin
p.s. Students are gone for the holidays, so the campus is very quiet and
makes for a really nice walk.

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Date: 12/24/18 12:56 pm
From: Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Continuing Swamp Sparrow at Bonelli Park

Today 12/24 the Swamp Sparrow was observed near where previously reported.  To reach this area go to the large rectangular parking and look for the handicapped parking spaces on west side.  The sparrow has been favoring the area around the. palm tree and cane to the left of the tree.Rod Higbie San Dimas

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Date: 12/23/18 5:08 pm
From: James Pike <jimpike444...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] palos verdes
Sparrows were surprisingly scarce on or around the Palos Verdes golf course
today. Highlights were two White-breasted Nuthatches, two Bullock's
Orioles, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, a Purple Finch, a Hermit Warbler, and,
last but certainly least, a Japanese White-eye.

Jim Pike
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Date: 12/23/18 4:11 pm
From: Rod Higbie <warblerod...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrow Continues at Bonelli Park in San Dimas
Today 12/23 the Swamp Sparrow was in the same location on the north side of the park where it was found and reported by Cathy McFadden on 12/22.  It was observed well by the Bonelli Park bird walk group.  Also on the north side of the park was an early nesting Great Horned Owl.  The nest is located in the large leafless eucalyptus tree south of Group Picnic Area # 1 (the last picnic area before you leave the park) at the east end of the park.  It's mate was above and to the right of the nest. Rod HigbieSan Dimas
 

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Date: 12/22/18 4:44 pm
From: <busyday...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Swamp Sparrow @ L.A. Valley College
Birders,

Sat 22 Dec

There is a Swamp Sparrow on the Valley College campus. I first glimpsed it on Wednesday, and since then have made several attempts to get definitive looks and some photos. Today I saw it well. My photos are poor....all from today. The bird is in the middle of the campus, using some large patches of habitat heavily planted with native vegetation. The patches stretch from near the Campus Center Building and the Student Union Building to the parking structure along the east side. The bird appears to roam the full length of this area, popping out of the vegetation only infrequently and giving momentary looks---usually not staying in view long enough for photos.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/46374215842
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/44608095390
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/45512111415

(On Wednesday there was a Plumbeous Vireo in this general area, foraging in trees around the little picnic area west of the Student Union.)

Richard Barth
West Hollywood




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Date: 12/22/18 1:23 pm
From: <mcfadden...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Swamp Sparrow
A Swamp Sparrow is back at Bonelli Regional Park, presumably the same individual that has been present for the last couple of winters. It was in the usual spot, along the edge of the big square parking lot on the north side of the park. Look for a big pile of dead cane between the parking lot and adjacent swampy area. Unlike past years when it has been very skulky, today it repeatedly spent time foraging out in the open in the company of a flock of White-crowned, Lincoln and Song Sparrows. There was also a nice diversity of junco types among a flock working the lawns around the picnic area to the west of that area - one Gray-headed and at least two Slate-colored among the Oregon Juncos.

Good birding,
Cathy McFadden & Paul Clarke
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Date: 12/21/18 10:46 am
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 21 December 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* December 21, 2018

* CALA1812.21





-Birds mentioned

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Vauxs Swift

American Oystercatcher

Pacific Golden-Plover

Mountain Plover

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Neotropic Cormorant

Swainsons Hawk

Long-eared Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Hammonds Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Cassins Vireo

Pacific Wren

Clay-colored Sparrow

Red Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Gray-headed Junco

Hooded Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Black-and-white Warbler

Painted Redstart

Summer Tanager

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 21.



A VAUXS SWIFT and a continuing WESTERN KINGBIRD were in Bel Air on December 15. Another 15 VAUXS SWIFTS were over Silver Lake Reservoir on December 18.


AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were at the Ballona Creek mouth in Playa del Rey on December 11 and at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro through December 19.


The continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along Ballona Creek was seen through December 20. The last report placed it east of the Lincoln crossing, though it moves up and down the waterway.


Up to seventy MOUNTAIN PLOVERS continued to be seen in the east Antelope Valley through December 19. They have been at the northwest corner of East Ave. K and 70th Street East. Remember to bird from the road only as this is private property.


One second cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 17. A GLAUCOUS GULL was here from December 15-19 and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen on December 15. Easiest access is to enter at the east end of Mines Avenue, east of Passons. There is another entrance at the southwest corner of the basins, just above Washington.


The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights was seen through December 15.


A SWAINSONS HAWK was in Cheseboro Canyon in Agoura Hills on December 16 along with a NORTHERN YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER.


A LONG-EARED OWL was at Peck Road Park in Arcadia on December 18.


The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through December 18. It has been in the trees around the amphitheater and also along Haskell Creek just north of the wildlife area's north entrance. Also along Haskell Creek just west of the restrooms was a female HOODED ORIOLE on December 18.


A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through December 20 by the "Chevron corner" (the part of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner of Madrona and Sepulveda). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW both continued through December 20. Also continuing is a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, present through December 15 in the willows at the west end of the bridge by the Chevron corner. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at the marsh on December 20.


A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino (just north of the parking area, east of the entrance kiosk) on December 15. A male HOODED ORIOLE continued at the gardens (at the northwest corner of the desert garden) through December 15.


VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Arcadia County Park on December 14, at Castaic Lagoon (south of the CSUN building) on December 15, at the Compton Golf Course (2 birds) on December 15, in Area 2 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on December 15, at Hollydale Park on December 15, at Legg Lake in South El Monte on December 15 and continuing along the LA River south of Willow Street through December 19.


The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance through December 20 around the pond.


Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach (near the northwest inlet by the golf course) through December 15. Also at Colorado Lagoon on December 15 was a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE.


Yet another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park through December 16.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued along the LA River south of Willow Street in Long Beach through December 19. Check the east side of the river between Hill Street and 20th Street on the east side of the river, just above PCH.


CASSINS VIREOS were along San Jose Creek in Whittier, at the West San Gabriel Whittier Parkway Nature Trail (just south of Monte Verde Park) in Lakewood on December 15, in Long Beach on December 16 and December 20 and at the Natural History Museum Nature Gardens in Los Angeles on December 19.


A PACIFIC WREN was north of Arcadia along the Winter Creek trail on December 15.


A RED FOX SPARROW was at Loma Alta Park in Altadena on December 15.


The DARK-EYED GRAY-HEADED JUNCO continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (in the oaks north of the lower parking lot) through December 15. Another was at St. Andrews Priory near Valyermo on December 16.


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was by the lake at La Mirada Park on December 15.


A PAINTED RESTART was present through December 18 in Brookside Park in Pasadena. It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace.


A SUMMER TANAGER was at a residence in Altadena on December 15. Others continued at Veterans Park in Sylmar (southeast of restroom 5) through December 19 and at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles (usually around the central lawn area) through December 17. Another was at Pt. Dume on December 16.


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Date: 12/21/18 10:43 am
From: Jon Fisher <JonF60...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Los Angeles RBA- 21 December 2018
- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles RBA

* December 21, 2018

* CALA1812.21





-Birds mentioned

Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Vauxs Swift

American Oystercatcher

Pacific Golden-Plover

Mountain Plover

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Neotropic Cormorant

Swainsons Hawk

Long-eared Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Hammonds Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Cassins Vireo

Pacific Wren

Clay-colored Sparrow

Red Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Gray-headed Junco

Hooded Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Black-and-white Warbler

Painted Redstart

Summer Tanager

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 21.



A VAUXS SWIFT and a continuing WESTERN KINGBIRD were in Bel Air on December 15. Another 15 VAUXS SWIFTS were over Silver Lake Reservoir on December 18.


AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were at the Ballona Creek mouth in Playa del Rey on December 11 and at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro through December 19.


The continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along Ballona Creek was seen through December 20. The last report placed it east of the Lincoln crossing, though it moves up and down the waterway.


Up to seventy MOUNTAIN PLOVERS continued to be seen in the east Antelope Valley through December 19. They have been at the northwest corner of East Ave. K and 70th Street East. Remember to bird from the road only as this is private property.


One second cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 17. A GLAUCOUS GULL was here from December 15-19 and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen on December 15. Easiest access is to enter at the east end of Mines Avenue, east of Passons. There is another entrance at the southwest corner of the basins, just above Washington.


The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights was seen through December 15.


A SWAINSONS HAWK was in Cheseboro Canyon in Agoura Hills on December 16 along with a NORTHERN YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER.


A LONG-EARED OWL was at Peck Road Park in Arcadia on December 18.


The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through December 18. It has been in the trees around the amphitheater and also along Haskell Creek just north of the wildlife area's north entrance. Also along Haskell Creek just west of the restrooms was a female HOODED ORIOLE on December 18.


A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through December 20 by the "Chevron corner" (the part of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner of Madrona and Sepulveda). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW both continued through December 20. Also continuing is a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, present through December 15 in the willows at the west end of the bridge by the Chevron corner. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at the marsh on December 20.


A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino (just north of the parking area, east of the entrance kiosk) on December 15. A male HOODED ORIOLE continued at the gardens (at the northwest corner of the desert garden) through December 15.


VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Arcadia County Park on December 14, at Castaic Lagoon (south of the CSUN building) on December 15, at the Compton Golf Course (2 birds) on December 15, in Area 2 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on December 15, at Hollydale Park on December 15, at Legg Lake in South El Monte on December 15 and continuing along the LA River south of Willow Street through December 19.


The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance through December 20 around the pond.


Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach (near the northwest inlet by the golf course) through December 15. Also at Colorado Lagoon on December 15 was a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE.


Yet another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park through December 16.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued along the LA River south of Willow Street in Long Beach through December 19. Check the east side of the river between Hill Street and 20th Street on the east side of the river, just above PCH.


CASSINS VIREOS were along San Jose Creek in Whittier, at the West San Gabriel Whittier Parkway Nature Trail (just south of Monte Verde Park) in Lakewood on December 15, in Long Beach on December 16 and December 20 and at the Natural History Museum Nature Gardens in Los Angeles on December 19.


A PACIFIC WREN was north of Arcadia along the Winter Creek trail on December 15.


A RED FOX SPARROW was at Loma Alta Park in Altadena on December 15.


The DARK-EYED GRAY-HEADED JUNCO continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (in the oaks north of the lower parking lot) through December 15. Another was at St. Andrews Priory near Valyermo on December 16.


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was by the lake at La Mirada Park on December 15.


A PAINTED RESTART was present through December 18 in Brookside Park in Pasadena. It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace.


A SUMMER TANAGER was at a residence in Altadena on December 15. Others continued at Veterans Park in Sylmar (southeast of restroom 5) through December 19 and at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles (usually around the central lawn area) through December 17. Another was at Pt. Dume on December 16.


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Date: 12/19/18 4:56 pm
From: canislist <canislist...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] where to report white pelican with wing tag
Thanks to everyone who replied to my question about reporting a wing tag
on an American White Pelican I was able to file the report.
Cynthia Schotte
Malibu, CA

On 12/18/2018 10:25 PM, canislist wrote:
> I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can tell me where to report
> the sighting of an American White Pelican with a wing tag. In
> searching the internet I have only found sites that collect banding
> information.
>
> Thanks,
> Cynthia Schotte
> Malibu, CA
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Date: 12/19/18 6:57 am
From: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] where to report white pelican with wing tag
All bands, leg flags, neck collars, wings tags, and other types of
auxiliary markers can be reported at

www.reportband.gov

There are multiple options for the type of marker, and always make note of
color of background and text (e.g., white letters on red tag).

Best,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island




On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 10:24 PM canislist <canislist...> wrote:

> I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can tell me where to report
> the sighting of an American White Pelican with a wing tag. In searching
> the internet I have only found sites that collect banding information.
>
> Thanks,
> Cynthia Schotte
> Malibu, CA
>
>
>
>

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Date: 12/18/18 10:24 pm
From: canislist <canislist...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] where to report white pelican with wing tag
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can tell me where to report
the sighting of an American White Pelican with a wing tag. In searching
the internet I have only found sites that collect banding information.

Thanks,
Cynthia Schotte
Malibu, CA

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Date: 12/18/18 2:30 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Additional note on the Malibu CBC on 16 December
Dick Norton has already summarized the results of Sunday's Malibu Christmas Bird Count, but I wanted to add a couple of minor comments.

First, I did get a new species for the Malibu count, though it was understandable that Dick didn't mention it because it is "non-countable." There were two Japanese White-eyes on Point Dume, on the grounds of the school and community park at the intersection of Grayfox and Fernhill.
They were in pines and other trees near the fenceline along Grayfox. Along with the Scheels' documentation of at least 3 birds at Avalon, Santa Catalina I. last month we have striking evidence of the rapid expansion of this species in the area. Point Dume is some 33 miles NW of the previous northernmost coastal report for L. A. County, and Avalon is, well... 26 miles across the sea. I think we can expect lots of these white-eyes in well-planted residential areas and parks throughout the coastal regions of the county over the next few years - this is already one of the commonest birds in parks and residential areas of urban Orange County, and clearly on the march.

Second, I was struck by the abundance of Wrentits in the portions of Point Dume that I covered. I've been doing this coverage for the Malibu CBC for some 3 decades now, and my average Wrentit count in the areas I cover (mainly residential with a mix of mostly exotic and some native trees, shrubs and hedges) is about 8 birds. This year I counted 43. Clearly most of these birds must have been Woolsey fire refugees -- birds able to outfly the flames and take refuge near the immediate coast. Of course we don't know how many untold others perished in the fire. It will be interesting to see how many of the hundreds of Wrentits that Walt Sakai et al. have banded in Zuma Canyon are recaptured in the coming months and years. Their banding site was thoroughly burned, but most native shrubs will resprout soon and form significant cover over the next couple of years. As of now their banding site is off-limits, but I hope they're able to get it going again soon.

Finally, the Summer Tanager (heard only) I had on the Point was at the intersection of Cliffside Dr. and Dume Dr. (very close to the small parking area on the outer point).

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: 12/17/18 2:12 pm
From: Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lancaster 2018 CBC highlights


It was a beautiful, calm, balmy day for a Lancaster CBC (27-55°F). The group as a whole probably saw 115 species, which is decent as 113 is average. The group as a whole was a fairly large whole, consisting of 34 participants (avg. 24, max. 38). Allen’s Hummingbird, Sage Thrasher, California Thrasher away from our gimme spot at the Joshua Tree Forest Preserve, Phainopepla, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a couple of Orange-crowned Warblers were all birds worthy of special note, although none were firsts for the Count. A good bird for the count circle, Mountain Plover, has been seen regularly inside the circle this year, but the flock of 70 birds appears to have consolidated/moved to Ave. F8 & 80thE. Notable misses included Peregrine Falcon, Burrowing Owl, Common Raven (just kidding!), Cinnamon Teal, Chipping and Brewer’s Sparrows, and Tricolored Blackbird. Most importantly, a rollicking good time was had by all in the worthy name of citizen science. Not to mention Nick’s fabulous and famous CBC brownies enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to all the participants who helped this year.

Good CBCing!

Nick & Mary Freeman
Lancaster CBC Co-compilers
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Date: 12/17/18 1:34 pm
From: Josh Chapman <joshuahchapman...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Slack workspace for LA County birders
Hi folks,

 

Sorry if this is a bit off-topic; I thought some might be interested. As an amusing exercise for myself, I created a Slack workspace, and a bot that posts LA County bird sightings to it. Anytime a new "notable" sighting for LA County gets entered into eBird, a message gets posted to Slack within minutes.

 

I find it handy as is, but it would also be fun to chat with other birders in the area; I’m not really connected to any so far. If you’re interested, you can join here:

 

https://bit.ly/2P87vCz

 

Either way, please feel free to email me with any thoughts about this. (Terrible idea? Already exists somewhere else? Sorta cool? All feedback is welcome.)

 

Thanks!

 

Josh Chapman

Los Angeles, CA

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Date: 12/17/18 1:03 pm
From: 'Richard J. Norton' <richardjnorton...> [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] 2018 Malibu Christmas Bird Count - Sunday - December 16
Approximately 41 participants braved 70 degree weather with no rain, to
conduct the 2018 Malibu Christmas Bird Count. Unfortunately, the vegetation
also had the no rain experience, and had it for the last several years.
Much of the vegetation is dry and dying. Food appears to be scarce, and
bird numbers were way down.

Close to half of the count area was badly burned in the recent Woolsey
fire. To view before and after pictures from above, see

https://maps.geointel.org/app/gic-public/?fbclid=IwAR2r3POKBOFONELQoTf4PreYaF3SVKPBDMeckA5arqyVg4brDSVF7QYDR6o

Move the center bar left & right

A large amount of the Malibu count area is, or was, chaparral and oak
woodland, much of it good distances from roads or trails. With 41
participants in 24 teams, not every nook of the 177 square miles of the
count area (the same for every count) is thoroughly covered. As it turns
out, most of the classically productive sub-areas that we actually census
were not obliterated. However, Malibu Creek State Park, one of the count's
most productive birding spots, was essentially destroyed.

At present, the count total is 143 species, three more than last year.

Notable finds include:

Swainson's Hawk - Cheeseboro - Cooper
Golden Eagle - Cheeseboro - Freemans
Western Sandpiper - Malibu Lagoon - Allen
Red-naped Sapsucker - Piuma Road - Jacobs team
Least Bittern - Westlake - Scheels
Black Oystercatcher - Topanga Beach - Lamb
Ferruginous Hawk - Point Dume - K. Garrett
Summer Tanager - Point Dume - K. Garrett
Eurasian Wigeon - King Gillette Ranch - Fisher (returning bird)

Bird numbers were down significantly, even in unburned areas. For example,
in the north Topanga sub-area, which was miles from any burned area:

Yellow-rumped Warbler - high record in last 23 years 855 - this year 11
White-crowned Sparrow - high record in last 23 years 283 - this year 1

Thanks to the participants. Only 8 or 9 of us live in the count circle. The
great majority were from outside, as far away as Pasadena, Long Beach, and
Santa Clarita.

Dick Norton
Topanga, CA

 

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Date: 12/16/18 11:31 pm
From: Richard J. Norton <richardjnorton...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] 2018 Malibu Christmas Bird Count - Sunday - December 16
Approximately 41 participants braved 70 degree weather with no rain, to
conduct the 2018 Malibu Christmas Bird Count. Unfortunately, the vegetation
also had the no rain experience, and had it for the last several years.
Much of the vegetation is dry and dying. Food appears to be scarce, and
bird numbers were way down.

Close to half of the count area was badly burned in the recent Woolsey
fire. To view before and after pictures from above, see

https://maps.geointel.org/app/gic-public/?fbclid=IwAR2r3POKBOFONELQoTf4PreYaF3SVKPBDMeckA5arqyVg4brDSVF7QYDR6o

Move the center bar left & right

A large amount of the Malibu count area is, or was, chaparral and oak
woodland, much of it good distances from roads or trails. With 41
participants in 24 teams, not every nook of the 177 square miles of the
count area (the same for every count) is thoroughly covered. As it turns
out, most of the classically productive sub-areas that we actually census
were not obliterated. However, Malibu Creek State Park, one of the count's
most productive birding spots, was essentially destroyed.

At present, the count total is 143 species, three more than last year.

Notable finds include:

Swainson's Hawk - Cheeseboro - Cooper
Golden Eagle - Cheeseboro - Freemans
Western Sandpiper - Malibu Lagoon - Allen
Red-naped Sapsucker - Piuma Road - Jacobs team
Least Bittern - Westlake - Scheels
Black Oystercatcher - Topanga Beach - Lamb
Ferruginous Hawk - Point Dume - K. Garrett
Summer Tanager - Point Dume - K. Garrett
Eurasian Wigeon - King Gillette Ranch - Fisher (returning bird)

Bird numbers were down significantly, even in unburned areas. For example,
in the north Topanga sub-area, which was miles from any burned area:

Yellow-rumped Warbler - high record in last 23 years 855 - this year 11
White-crowned Sparrow - high record in last 23 years 283 - this year 1

Thanks to the participants. Only 8 or 9 of us live in the count circle. The
great majority were from outside, as far away as Pasadena, Long Beach, and
Santa Clarita.

Dick Norton
Topanga, CA

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Date: 12/16/18 9:20 pm
From: Mary & Nick Freeman <mnfreeman...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lancaster CBC Saturday 12/15/18


It was a beautiful, calm, balmy day for a Lancaster CBC (27-55°F). The group as a whole probably saw 115 species, which is decent as 113 is average. The group as a whole was a fairly large whole, consisting of 34 participants (avg. 24, max. 38). Allen’s Hummingbird, Sage Thrasher, California Thrasher away from our gimme spot at the Joshua Tree Forest Preserve, Phainopepla, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Sage Thrasher, and a couple of Orange-crowned Warblers were all birds worthy of special note, although none were firsts for the Count. A good bird for the count circle, Mountain Plover, has been seen regularly inside the circle this year, but the flock of 70 birds appears to have consolidated/moved to Ave. F8 & 80thE. Notable misses included Peregrine Falcon, Burrowing Owl, Common Raven (just kidding!), Cinnamon Teal, Chipping and Brewer’s Sparrows, and Tricolored Blackbird. Most importantly, a rollicking good time was had by all in the worthy name of citizen science. Not to mention Nick’s fabulous and famous CBC brownies enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to all the participants who helped this year.

Good CBCing!

Nick & Mary Freeman
Lancaster CBC Co-compilers
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