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11/15/18 4:29 pm chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Video of Mountain bluebirds at Moulton Meadows Park
11/15/18 4:26 pm Taxel, Nathan <nathan.taxel...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Golden eagle upper Newport bay
11/15/18 10:30 am Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren
11/15/18 9:19 am Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren , Enviromental Nature Center
11/15/18 8:55 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 15, 2018
11/14/18 4:21 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren continues at ENC - 14 NOV
11/13/18 4:31 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Starr Ranch Bird Banding Workshops
11/13/18 2:55 pm chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountian Bluebirds (including males!) at Moulton Meadows Park
11/13/18 10:36 am Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] LT Duck
11/13/18 7:16 am calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Lakeview Bridge Nov 13
11/12/18 11:47 am wahoo92677 <wahooking...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebird (male) San Juan Capistrano. 11.12.2018
11/12/18 11:46 am wahoo92677 <wahooking...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebird (male) San Juan Capistrano. 11.12.2018
11/12/18 9:34 am Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
11/12/18 8:29 am Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
11/12/18 1:34 am Doug Willick <doug.willick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren (at ENC)
11/12/18 1:27 am Doug Willick <doug.willick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren at Environmental Nature Center
11/11/18 5:45 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
11/11/18 4:27 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
11/11/18 3:11 pm borodayko <adboro...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
11/11/18 12:58 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] HIghlights of the monthly San Joaquin Bird Walk - 11 NOV
11/11/18 7:33 am Trish G <trishrg62...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebirds, Laguna Beach Sat. 11.10.2018
11/10/18 6:14 pm Karl Fairchild <kfairchild1985...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk continues 09 Nov
11/10/18 5:14 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebirds, Laguna Beach Sat. 11.10.2018
11/10/18 1:29 pm Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain bluebird
11/10/18 11:27 am wahoo92677 <wahooking...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebirds, Laguna Beach Sat. 11.10.2018
11/9/18 8:22 pm Moro Rogers <mororogers...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Weird Western Gull at Baby Beach in DP
11/9/18 12:32 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of Today’s Bolsa Chica Monthly Survey
11/9/18 12:09 pm Moro Rogers <mororogers...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Weird Western Gull at Baby Beach in DP
11/9/18 7:39 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed Booby - Huntington Beach
11/8/18 3:52 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Tree Trimming at Carr Park
11/8/18 7:55 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 8, 2018
11/8/18 7:37 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pine Siskins
11/7/18 10:47 pm Mark Singer via Groups.Io <mark_a_singer=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk
11/7/18 1:54 pm James Pike <jimpike444...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mile Square vireos
11/5/18 4:52 pm chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk at Lakeview (Santa Ana River)
11/5/18 4:25 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Update on Walkbridge at PCH parking lot at Bolsa Chica
11/4/18 4:01 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk seen again today at SA River
11/4/18 11:28 am Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Rufous-crowned Sparrow
11/3/18 7:23 pm Tsuru <tsuru88...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilion Flycatcher (male) 11/03/2018 - Irvine (PHOTO)
11/3/18 5:24 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk continues 3 Nov
11/3/18 3:13 pm Tsuru <tsuru88...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilion Flycatcher (male) now 2:00 PM 11/03/2018 - Irvine
11/3/18 1:50 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Four Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Sunset Aquatic Marina Now
11/2/18 11:11 am Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile dark morph)
11/1/18 10:05 pm Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile dark morph)
11/1/18 9:34 pm James Pike <jimpike444...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Zone-tailed Hawk (immature)
11/1/18 8:49 pm Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Zone-tailed Hawk (immature)
11/1/18 7:07 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 1, 2018
10/31/18 4:06 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Eurasian Wigeon at Bolsa Chica
10/30/18 5:18 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk Update
10/28/18 5:04 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] The Common Nighthawk continues 27 OCT
10/28/18 12:47 pm AOL via Groups.Io <mfee=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Sage Thrashers at Bolsa Chica
10/27/18 5:24 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] The Common Nighthawk continues 27 OCT
10/27/18 10:45 am Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Cattle Egret at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
10/26/18 10:56 pm condor262001 via Groups.Io <condor262001=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk 10/26/18
10/26/18 8:26 pm Chezy Yusuf via Groups.Io <tiggertaylor2=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
10/26/18 11:56 am Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk
10/26/18 11:44 am Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Is Southern California the Booby Capital of the World?
10/25/18 7:10 pm Trish G <trishrg62...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
10/25/18 10:53 am chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] video of Common Nighthawk in OC
10/25/18 8:32 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: October 25, 2018
10/24/18 7:10 pm James McNamara via Groups.Io <jpmtcc=<yahoo.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
10/24/18 6:04 pm calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common nighthawk at lakeview bridge usar
10/24/18 6:02 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
10/24/18 12:34 pm wagtail1997 <orcorba...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
10/24/18 9:58 am Tom Benson via Groups.Io <thomasabenson=<aol.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
10/24/18 9:07 am wagtail1997 <orcorba...> [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
10/24/18 12:31 am Doug Willick <doug.willick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] More on the (not so) Common Nighthawk in east Anaheim
10/23/18 8:03 pm Rick Shearer <tiorick...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica birds
10/23/18 5:13 pm James Pike <jimpike444...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Blackpoll Island
10/23/18 5:07 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
10/23/18 6:49 am thomasf_h <thomas.fordhut...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk Continues
10/22/18 5:10 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
10/22/18 8:50 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
10/21/18 3:43 pm Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] HBCP highlights 21 Oct 2018
10/21/18 2:01 pm Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica birds
10/20/18 6:03 pm Ryan Seppala <rjseppala...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Carbon Canyon RP: Golden-crowned Kinglet, possible Dusky Flycatcher
10/20/18 1:12 pm Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Mile Square Park low end stuff 20 Oct 2018
10/20/18 11:40 am Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Correction to Earlier YCNH Report
10/20/18 10:00 am Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Sunset Aquatic Park
10/20/18 7:28 am Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Varied thrush
10/19/18 8:37 pm Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] HYBRID Eurasian Wigeon at Carr Park
10/19/18 1:14 pm Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Varied Thrush at Irvine Regional Park
10/19/18 12:12 pm Devon Bradley via Groups.Io <feathersandflora=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Varied Thrush at Irvine Regional Park
10/19/18 12:12 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of Today’s Harriett Wieder Monthly Survey
10/19/18 9:37 am Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Plumbeous Vireo
10/19/18 7:52 am Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Eurasian Wigeon at Carr Park
10/18/18 12:37 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA - October 18, 2018
10/18/18 6:54 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA - October 18, 2018
10/17/18 7:56 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Documentation of local rarities
10/17/18 4:51 am Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Acorn Woodpecker at Wieder Park on Tuesday 10/16/2018
 
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Date: 11/15/18 4:29 pm
From: chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Video of Mountain bluebirds at Moulton Meadows Park
Hello Fellow Birders,

I created a compilation of clips from several videos I took today of the beautiful mountain bluebirds at Moulton Meadows Park. The video shows both the male and female perching, the male with a worm, and the male bounding around on the ground in typical thrush behavior. Here's the link:

https://youtu.be/BmoIJi_Oy3w

Happy birding!
Chuck Schussman
Tustin



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Date: 11/15/18 4:26 pm
From: Taxel, Nathan <nathan.taxel...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Golden eagle upper Newport bay
I spotted what I believe to be a golden eagle in upper newport bay. It was North East of the vista point parking area perched on a dead limb just on the west side of the channel.

Nathan Taxel
Resource specialist
OC Parks
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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Date: 11/15/18 10:30 am
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren
If you look close you will multiple views of the Pacific Wren at ENC. At the beginning it is in the top third of the frame.



Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 11/15/18 9:19 am
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren , Enviromental Nature Center
I re-found the wren this morning around 0800 here 33.621662,-117.908208. It was near a tree with stumps beside it. I followed it around the same area for about 40 minutes. This is the same general area where others have seen it.

Edana Salisbury
Buena Park

Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....


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Buena Park

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Date: 11/15/18 8:55 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 15, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* November 15, 2018
* CAOC18.11.15

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
<secretary...>

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Nighthawk
Red-footed Booby
Short-eared Owl
Western Kingbird
Cassin’s Vireo
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Green-tailed Towhee
Yellow-breasted Chat
Palm Warbler

A male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen off the Huntington Beach Pier on
November 9. It was heading north with a small flock of Surf Scoter.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was found at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach on
November 11 and continued through November 13. It’s been seen in the
“Pocket Pond”.

A COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen on the restricted Naval Weapons Station at Seal
Beach on November 12.

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK originally found on the Santa Ana River on October 21
continued through November 10. It has not been since. This was apparently
the longest- and latest-staying transient Common Nighthawk ever recorded in
the western United States. Anyone who may have delayed in seeing this bird
and didn't make it out, you may never get another chance at seeing a Common
Nighthawk in Orange County.

A RED-FOOTED BOOBY was photographed sitting on the Huntington Beach Pier on
November 9.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the restricted Naval Weapons Station at Seal
Beach on November 9. Since this is not an open access area, your best bet
to finding this species in the county is to be in areas with open foraging
habitat like Harriett Wieder Regional Park and Bolsa Chica Ecological
Reserve in Huntington Beach, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, or
Upper Newport Bay at dawn or at dusk.

A lingering WESTERN KINGBIRD was photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary in Irvine on November 10.

A CASSIN’S VIREO was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
November 10. It was seen north of Parking Lot 10, across the street from
the golf course.

Up to 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through November 11.

A PACIFIC WREN was found at Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach on
November 11 and continued through November 14. It’s been moving around the
property quite a bit. Seen in the “Redwoods” area, then SW from there along
the southern fence line. It was also seen on the northern edge of the
property around a small marshy area that surrounds a large bench/deck. It’s
often calling (chattering) so once you get close, it’s pretty easy to track
down.

As many as 9 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS continued at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna
Beach through November 14 in the open area north of the landscaped park.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued at Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park in
Huntington Beach on November 10. A second bird was seen on the restricted
Naval Weapons Station at Seal Beach on November 12.

A late-staying YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT has been hanging out in a residential
yard in Lake Forest since November 2, last being seen on November 14.

A PALM WARBLER continued at the base of Gothard Hill at Huntington Central
Park in Huntington Beach through November 11.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

**** CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2018 ****

The CBC is right around the corner and we need volunteers. For more info on
the Orange County CBC, please check the link below.
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/BirdInfo/BirdCounts/CBC/CBCbirdcounts.htm

If you’re new to the count and want to help, please contact the area
compilers listed below for each count circle.

*Inland count is on December 16* – Doug Lithgow - <DMLithgow...>
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/BirdInfo/BirdCounts/CBC/CBCnortheastern/birdcountsCBCne2.htm

*South County count is on December 22* – Darrell Wilson -
<darrellwilson...>
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/BirdInfo/BirdCounts/CBC/CBCsjc/birdcountsCBCsjc1.htm

*Coastal Count is on December 30* – Bettina Eastman - <bettinae24...>
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/BirdInfo/BirdCounts/CBC/CBCcoastal/birdcountsCBCco3.htm


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The monthly bird walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on November 25
from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon Parking Lot.


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The next tour of Upper Newport Bay via pontoon boat will be on November 28.
The trip is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to
be put on the wait list.


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

Sylvia Gallagher will be starting the class "Western Mountains and Their
Birds" in January of 2019. You can see more information about the class
here: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/MountainBirdsClass.pdf.
Registration is not allowed before December 3.

*****************************************************

The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately.

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for
inclusion. #RBA

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Date: 11/14/18 4:21 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren continues at ENC - 14 NOV
The Pacific Wren that Doug Willick found on Sunday continued this afternoon
at Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. I spent a lot of time
around the Redwoods and Ferns, but could not find it. I ventured off to the
west and eventually came across the bird on the north side of the Nature
Center (Near GPS: 33.621645,-117.909951) where there is a large, round
deck/bench area surrounded by a small marshy area. It was chattering most
the time I had it in view. It later flew off to the south and I wasn't able
to relocate it before I left.

Checklist here with a few pics. It was quote cooperative.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49940566

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Date: 11/13/18 4:31 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Starr Ranch Bird Banding Workshops
On behalf of Sandy DeSimone of Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary, please see
below.

*Bird Banding Workshops at Starr Ranch Spring 2019*

*Beginning & Advanced Banding Workshops March 9-10 and March 16-17*



Audubon California’s 4000-acre Starr Ranch Sanctuary in southeast Orange
County invites you to our spring bird banding workshops for adults. Starr
Ranch Bird Observatory runs two long-term bird monitoring programs, one in
winter and one during breeding season in spring and summer. We operate mist
nets throughout the winter in order to examine the over-winter survivorship
of migrant and resident bird populations on the Ranch. The MAPS (Monitoring
Avian Productivity and Survivorship) breeding season bird banding station
is part of an international network of over 500 stations examining breeding
bird populations. Because of the specialized nature of these workshops, we
are asking that only serious students and potential Starr Ranch bird
banding volunteers attend. The workshops will be taught by Starr Ranch
ornithologist Robert Snowden, an experienced bander who has worked at
multiple stations and is certified by the North American Banding Council.
Space is limited.



*Beginning Bird Banding Workshop* – This workshop is for those with little
or no bird banding experience. Participants will learn how to safely
capture and release birds. They will learn how to hold, band, and take
measurements on birds in the hand. Afternoon discussions will focus on bird
identification, banding safety and ethics.



*Dates and Times*: March 9-10, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM daily

*Cost:* $300 or $325 if camping (BYO lunch, morning coffee & bagels
provided)



*Advanced Bird Banding Workshop* – This workshop is for more experienced
banders (banded at least 50 birds) or have taken the beginning workshop who
want to take their skills to the next level. Participants will focus mainly
on advanced ageing and sexing of birds in the hand. Afternoon discussions
will focus on detailed analysis and understanding of the molt cycle and
bird plumage characteristics, as well as advanced use of the Pyle guide.



*Dates and Times*: March 16-17, 7:30 AM- 3:30 PM daily

*Cost:* $300 or $325 if camping (BYO lunch, morning coffee & bagels
provided)



Reservations and Questions: Robert at 949-858-0309 or <rsnowden...>

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Date: 11/13/18 2:55 pm
From: chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountian Bluebirds (including males!) at Moulton Meadows Park
Hello,

At 12:30 today, a friend and I went to Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach to see the female Mountain Bluebirds. Imagine our happiness to find 5 males(!) as well as at least 4 females. Details and photos are in my ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49919104

Happy birding!
Chuck Schussman
Tustin

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Date: 11/13/18 10:36 am
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] LT Duck
Long-tailed Duck again in last pocket pond from PCH at Bolsa Chica. Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 11/13/18 7:16 am
From: calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Lakeview Bridge Nov 13
i got up early to drive 10 miles out of my way in rush hour traffic on the 91 to check out the happenings around the Lakeview Bridge at the Santa Ana River. Downside: no common nighthawk or morning hawk. Upside:  one maybe two Swainson hawks perched on poles, two snow geese, and a northern harrier scaring the coots. Upside wins. 

Much of the vegetation observed two weeks ago has been stripped from the river bed in this area. Consistent with other areas in the county. 
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Calvin Hardcastle - Irvine

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Date: 11/12/18 11:47 am
From: wahoo92677 <wahooking...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebird (male) San Juan Capistrano. 11.12.2018
[Edited Message Follows]

There is a single male MOBL in the dry field across from the San Juan Community Gardens on VIA POSITIVA Rd. A beautiful powder blue bird. Can be tough to see in this large field, but it did come close enough to the edge for decent photos about 1030a., Monday 11.12.2018. It was alone.

Robert McNab 
Laguna Niguel,  CA

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Date: 11/12/18 11:46 am
From: wahoo92677 <wahooking...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebird (male) San Juan Capistrano. 11.12.2018
There is a single male MOCH in the dry field across from the San Juan Community Gardens on VIA POSITIVA Rd. A beautiful powder blue bird. Can be tough to see in this large field, but it did come close enough to the edge for decent photos about 1030a., Monday 11.12.2018. It was alone.

Robert McNab 
Laguna Niguel,  CA

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Date: 11/12/18 9:34 am
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
We re-found the duck north of the tidal gates, actively feeding.

Edana

Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....

> On Nov 12, 2018, at 8:29 AM, Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> wrote:
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> Shirley, Ella and I re-found the duck in the pocket ponds around 0820. It flew in the direction of the tidal gates, so no photos yet. We are going to continue looking.
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> Edana Salisbury
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Date: 11/12/18 8:29 am
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
Shirley, Ella and I re-found the duck in the pocket ponds around 0820. It flew in the direction of the tidal gates, so no photos yet. We are going to continue looking.

Edana Salisbury
Buena Park

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Buena Park

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Date: 11/12/18 1:34 am
From: Doug Willick <doug.willick...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren (at ENC)
I failed to provide a link to the eBird checklist (with mediocre-at-best photos of the Pacific Wren), as I had planned to include in the post that was just sent: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49877369

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Orange, CA

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Date: 11/12/18 1:27 am
From: Doug Willick <doug.willick...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Wren at Environmental Nature Center
During the late afternoon on Sunday (11 November), I dropped by the Environmental Nature Center, in Newport Beach.  Overall, things seemed fairly quiet, and the diversity of birds was low.  However, a Pacific Wren made the visit interesting.  This bird was, appropriately enough, in the redwood grove, which has a nice understory of thick ferns (which in some areas are as much as 4 or 5 feet tall).  The redwood grove
is about 150 yards in along the lower trails (i.e., along the stream) of this relatively narrow, linear nature center. The bird calls fairly often, giving both the doubled "chimp-chimp" as well as a rapid, chattering like call (especially if it's agitated).  At one point there was a group of visitors coming by on the trail where I'd been trying to get views of the bird, and the bird was apparently pushed further down the trail, about 75-100 feet further west along the lower-most trail.  The call note given by the bird sounded to me more like that of a Pacific Wren, as opposed to the very similar looking Winter Wren, and "most" of the features of the bird seemed better for the more expected Pacific Wren as well. (As the field guides point out, Pacific Wrens sound more like the chip note of a Wilson's Warbler, while Winter Wren sounds more like the call note of a Song Sparrow).  However, if anyone happens to go looking for this bird--at this date I would think there's a good chance the bird could be wintering--it might be helpful to get a sound recording of the call notes. 

Doug Willick
Orange, CA

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Date: 11/11/18 5:45 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck



Sorry Becky. Autocorrect has the holiday spirit apparently!



Becky TURLEY found the duck again.



Cheers!



Jeff Bray

Irvine, CA







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> On Nov 11, 2018 at 4:26 PM, <Jeff Bray (mailto:<jbray4913...>)> wrote:
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> Becky Turkey reports the Duck is still there in the same described location.
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> > On Nov 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM, <borodayko (mailto:<adboro...>)> wrote:
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> > Greetings,
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> > I went to Bolsa Chica this morning, approx. 9:00 AM, and ran into some friends who were watching a female type Long-tailed Duck in the pocket pond area just west of the sunken road that used to slice through the pond. It was with some scaup although sometimes went off on it's own.
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> > Regards, Al Borodayko
> > Cypress, CA
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Date: 11/11/18 4:27 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck



Becky Turkey reports the Duck is still there in the same described location.



Jeff Bray

Irvine, CA







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> On Nov 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM, <borodayko (mailto:<adboro...>)> wrote:
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> Greetings,
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> I went to Bolsa Chica this morning, approx. 9:00 AM, and ran into some friends who were watching a female type Long-tailed Duck in the pocket pond area just west of the sunken road that used to slice through the pond. It was with some scaup although sometimes went off on it's own.
>
> Regards, Al Borodayko
> Cypress, CA
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Date: 11/11/18 3:11 pm
From: borodayko <adboro...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck
Greetings,

I went to Bolsa Chica this morning, approx. 9:00 AM, and ran into some friends who were watching a female type Long-tailed Duck in the pocket pond area just west of the sunken road that used to slice through the pond. It was with some scaup although sometimes went off on it's own.

Regards, Al Borodayko
Cypress, CA

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Date: 11/11/18 12:58 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] HIghlights of the monthly San Joaquin Bird Walk - 11 NOV
We had a huge turn out today with close to 30 people. I'm very thankful
that Garrett Lepper showed up to help me with getting people on the birds.
We had close to 80 species and I'm pretty sure most everyone saw nearly all
of them. Some highlights, the continuing pair of Hooded Mergansers along
the creek by the foot bridge. Wilson's Snipe on Pond C out in the open.
Greater Roadrunner in the middle of the trail between Pond 1 and 3.
White-throated Swifts were abundant, giving great views to all, most of the
morning. There was a Great Blue Heron that appears to have a piece of reed
stuck around its neck somehow (photos in the checklist) It didn't seem to
be impaled and was able to fly without issue, just an oddity. Hope it can
get it dislodged.

List below for those interested.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49863731

See you next month!

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Date: 11/11/18 7:33 am
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebirds, Laguna Beach Sat. 11.10.2018
McNab's Moulton Meadows Mountain Bluebirds continue this morning.


On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 5:14 PM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> This afternoon there were at least 3 Mountain Bluebirds in the same area
> Robert had them in the morning.
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> A few pics on my checklist:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49842235
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> Jeff Bray
> Irvine, CA
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> On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:27 AM wahoo92677 <wahooking...> wrote:
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>> A small flock of three female- type Mountain Bluebirds are along the
>> ridge just north of Moulton Meadows park in Laguna Beach, 11a. There were
>> also at least seven Western Bluebirds nearby in the landscaped park, but
>> they are not associating with each other.
>>
>> Robert McNab
>> Laguna Niguel
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> Jeff Bray
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Date: 11/10/18 6:14 pm
From: Karl Fairchild <kfairchild1985...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk continues 09 Nov
I observed the COMMON NIGHTHAWK foraging over the river just south of the
Lakeview Bridge yesterday, from approximately 4:55 PM to 5:00 PM, after
which it disappeared near the northwest corner of the bridge.

Karl Fairchild
Fullerton

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Date: 11/10/18 5:14 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebirds, Laguna Beach Sat. 11.10.2018
This afternoon there were at least 3 Mountain Bluebirds in the same area
Robert had them in the morning.

A few pics on my checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49842235

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:27 AM wahoo92677 <wahooking...> wrote:

> A small flock of three female- type Mountain Bluebirds are along the ridge
> just north of Moulton Meadows park in Laguna Beach, 11a. There were also at
> least seven Western Bluebirds nearby in the landscaped park, but they are
> not associating with each other.
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> Robert McNab
> Laguna Niguel
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Date: 11/10/18 1:29 pm
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain bluebird
At least two of the mountain bluebird females are still present just north of Moulton Meadows Park just passed the first dead tree in the open field. Don Hoechlin. Rancho Mission Viejo

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Date: 11/10/18 11:27 am
From: wahoo92677 <wahooking...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mountain Bluebirds, Laguna Beach Sat. 11.10.2018
A small flock of three female- type Mountain Bluebirds are along the ridge just north of Moulton Meadows park in Laguna Beach, 11a. There were also at least seven Western Bluebirds nearby in the landscaped park, but they are not associating with each other.

Robert McNab 
Laguna Niguel

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Date: 11/9/18 8:22 pm
From: Moro Rogers <mororogers...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Weird Western Gull at Baby Beach in DP
Thanks everyone...Not-quite adult Western seems to be the consensus.

Moro Rogers
Dana Point

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Date: 11/9/18 12:32 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of Today’s Bolsa Chica Monthly Survey
Despite a very high tide and strong Santa Ana winds today (Nov. 9), we still managed to get some decent birds.  Highlights included 40 Brants (first of the season?), 641 American Wigeons, 53 Redheads, 50 Lesser Scaups, 1 Common Loon (Outer Bolsa Bay--Warner Ave. to tide gates), 54 White Pelicans, 2 Reddish Egrets, 1 Merlin, and 1 Loggerhead Shrike (Brightwater Trail).  
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 11/9/18 12:09 pm
From: Moro Rogers <mororogers...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Weird Western Gull at Baby Beach in DP
At Baby Beach today there was a gull that looked like an adult Western Gull (big, dark back, pink feet, etc) but it had a white tail with a "necklace" of small black spots. I enclosed a drawing. Maybe this is a normal color variation, but I don't remember seeing one like this? 
Here's a link to the drawing- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nUKHFOBg1hSgo7g6NHfagRtNs1UsogU2/view?usp=sharing
Also a couple weeks ago there was a Common Poorwill in my backyard in Capo Beach. Not chaseable but pretty cool...

Moro Rogers
Dana Point

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Date: 11/9/18 7:39 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed Booby - Huntington Beach
Brian Daniels reports a Red-footed Booby hanging out with Brown Pelicans
and gulls about 300 meters down the coast from the Huntington Beach Pier,
about equal in distance in the water with the far end of the pier.

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Date: 11/8/18 3:52 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Tree Trimming at Carr Park
This afternoon while running errands I drove by Carr Park in Huntington Beach and noticed that the trees on the island had gotten a major trimming--thinned out, trimmed back and up from the bottom, and all the undergrowth cleared out.  This might have an effect on the Yellow-crowned Night-herons; we’ll see.  I’ve never seen such an overhaul of the island before.
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 11/8/18 7:55 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 8, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* November 8, 2018
* CAOC18.11.08

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
<secretary...>

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

Common Nighthawk
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson's Hawk
Short-eared Owl
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin's Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Solitary Vireo
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Bluebird
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Yellow-breasted Chat
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK originally found on the Santa Ana River on October 21
continued through November 7. The bird has reliably been seen each evening
from about 4 pm (with the time change) until darkness in the vicinity of
the Lakeview Bridge. This is the second record for Orange County and the
first since 1983. It is one of very few records of transient birds in
southern California away from this species' very limited breeding grounds,
and from what I can tell from preliminary record searches and personal
inquiries is likely the longest- and latest-staying transient Common
Nighthawk in the western United States (ever). For anyone still on the
fence, it cannot be stressed hard enough how freaking easy this bird is to
get, and how unlikely it is that southern California will ever experience a
phenomenon like this ever again with such an accessible individual in a
major metropolitan area.

At least four YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued in the county, with up
to two seen at Carr Park in Huntington Beach through November 6 and four
seen at the nearby Sunset Aquatic Marina on November 6. Because of the
proximity of these two locations there is a decent chance that they're the
same birds, just like the same birds are presumed to move between Carr Park
and nearby Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, but without a completely
coordinated search effort at the various locations, it's hard to be sure.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was photographed flying over San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary in Irvine on November 6. Hopefully everybody got their fill this
past summer when we had the most easily chaseable Swainson's Hawks in
Orange County's history, otherwise...

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the restricted Naval Weapons Station at Seal
Beach on November 7. Orange County typically gets 1-2 of these birds each
winter, although for whatever reason they have a tendency to show up dead
each winter as well. Based on the last few years, your best bet to finding
this species in the county is to be in areas with open foraging habitat
like Harriett Wieder Regional Park and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, or Upper
Newport Bay at dawn or at dusk, and to pray that I don't show up, because
then you're guaranteed to not find the bird...

A late-staying HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER was photographed at Santiago Park in
Orange on November 6. Presumably a returning bird, the bird was found in
the southeast corner of the lawn bowling area, just outside of the fence.

A late PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was found at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna
Beach on November 4 and continued through November 6 along Balboa Avenue.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued along the Santa Ana River at Lakeview
in Orange on November 2, and presumably a different bird (possibly a
returning bird that wintered last year) was photographed between Lincoln
and Glassell.

A CASSIN'S VIREO was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
November 7, in the trees separating the golf course from the baseball
fields.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
November 7, in the trees separating the golf course from the baseball
fields.

A SOLITARY VIREO was found at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim on November 3
near parking lot 4.

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through November 5, where it is typically found in the eucalyptus
trees between the amphitheater and "the island."

Up to 4 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through November 4.

A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was photographed at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna
Beach on November 4 in the open area north of the landscaped park.

A SAGE THRASHER was photographed at Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach on
November 6 at the northern edge of the landscaped park.

A presumed returning GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was found along the Brightwater
Trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach on November 4.

A RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, only the second record for Huntington Beach, was
photographed along the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
in Huntington Beach on November 4. It was about three houses down from the
Fordham entrance.

A late-staying YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT has been hanging out in a residential
yard in Lake Forest since November 2, last being seen on November 7.

A PALM WARBLER continued at the base of Gothard Hill at Huntington Central
Park in Huntington Beach through November 4. A second bird was found along
the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach
on November 4.

A PAINTED REDSTART was found dead near Bonita Creek in Irvine on November
3. It's probably not chaseable anymore.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The monthly bird walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on November 11 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The next tour of Upper Newport Bay via pontoon boat will be on November 28.
The trip is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to
be put on the wait list.


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

None starting anytime soon.

*****************************************************

The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately.

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for
inclusion. #RBA

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Date: 11/8/18 7:37 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pine Siskins
A small flock of Pine Siskins flew over my house a little earlier this
morning, and a little afterward while walking by one of the windows I
thought I saw one at one of my feeders mixed in with House Finches. When I
stopped in my tracks and leaned back to look again, the bird had already
taken off.

For whatever reason, this species is one of several that on average, tends
to show up at my house early before the rest of the county.

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Date: 11/7/18 10:47 pm
From: Mark Singer via Groups.Io <mark_a_singer=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk
The Common Nighthawk was observed this evening at the Lakeview bridge from 4:35 PM till 4:55 PM.  The bird was flying quite high back and forth over the bridge.  See attached photo.



Mark SingerHuntington Beach, CA

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Date: 11/7/18 1:54 pm
From: James Pike <jimpike444...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mile Square vireos
I walked the N/S row of casuarina trees that separate the golf course from
the eastern edge of the ballfields at Mile Square today. I didn't detect
the Pine Warbler back for year 3, but the Cassin's and Plumbeous Vireos
that were present might be returning birds. The Cassin's is relatively
bright and did eventually sing, while also spending some of its time
fluffing out its feathers and chasing the Plumbeous about. A distant
cackler on the golf course might be the continuing B. h. leucopareia, but I
need much better looks to rule out B. h. taverneri.

Jim Pike
HB

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Date: 11/5/18 4:52 pm
From: chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk at Lakeview (Santa Ana River)
The common nighthawk made another appearance tonight in the usual location, arriving at approximately 4:10 PM. He was seen and photograph by many birders, and was still flying around catching dinner when I left at 4:45.

Happy birding,
Chuck Schussman
Tustin

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Date: 11/5/18 4:25 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Update on Walkbridge at PCH parking lot at Bolsa Chica
Some of you may have noticed that although the fence was still there this weekend at the PCH lot at Bolsa Chica, there was a gate open to allow people to go across the walkbridge.  I have found out that because of a delay in starting the scheduled work by the contractor, it was opened by Fish & Wildlife to allow public access this past weekend.  It was closed again in anticipation of work starting today (Nov. 5) on the walkbridge.  I stopped by mid-afternoon today, and the access was closed.  I didn’t notice anything going on, but hopefully they have started or will start very shortly so that they get it done before our annual Christmas count and the holidays.  
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 11/4/18 4:01 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk seen again today at SA River
I just received a text from Dave Telford (at 3:54 p.m. 11/4) that he and Sharon saw the Common Nighthawk at the usual location on the Santa Ana River by Lakeview.  
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 11/4/18 11:28 am
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Rufous-crowned Sparrow
I found a very out of place RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW this morning along the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica. It was on the mesa about 3 houses south of the Fordham Lane entrance to the trail. It appeared along the edge of a low bluff about 25 feet beyond the trail fencing. The bird seems to spend most of its time buried in the dead scrub on that slope but unfortunately the downslope of the bluff is not visible from the trail. You have to wait for it to pop up along the upper edge.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 11/3/18 7:23 pm
From: Tsuru <tsuru88...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilion Flycatcher (male) 11/03/2018 - Irvine (PHOTO)
This male Vermilion Flycatcher spent moments in our yard prior to going over our back fence and in to the area described, off Jeffrey Blvd and The Meadows and found foraging along Poplar and area around the clubhouse at Poplar and Birch.

GPS:  33.687560, -117.773083

Photo here:

http://www.tsuru-bird.net/a_species/flycatcher_vermilion

--
Monte Taylor (蒙特·泰勒)
http://www.tsuru-bird.net/
Tustin Ranch & Irvine, CA
900+ Species of Birds Photographed in the ABA (American Birding Association)

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Date: 11/3/18 5:24 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk continues 3 Nov



The bird showed up at the Lakeview Bridge on the Santa Ana River right at 5pm.








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Date: 11/3/18 3:13 pm
From: Tsuru <tsuru88...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilion Flycatcher (male) now 2:00 PM 11/03/2018 - Irvine
Just photographed, for a yard bird at my #2 home (other in Tustin Ranch), a male Vermilion Flycatcher at

GPS:  33.687560, -117.773083
 
This if off Jeffrey Road turn into The Meadows and along the entrance street (Poplar) intersecting with Birch, and treed area around the clubhouse.
 
Monte Taylor
Tustin Ranch, CA
 
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Tustin Ranch & Irvine, CA
900+ Species of Birds Photographed in the ABA (American Birding Association)

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Date: 11/3/18 1:50 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Four Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Sunset Aquatic Marina Now
Claire Grozinger just sent me a text message (at 1:36 p.m. Nov. 3) that there are 4 separate Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Sunset Aquatic Marina (at the end of Edinger) right now Dock D.  She didn’t have her bins, but thought they all looked like YC and sent me pictures, which look like YC.  
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 11/2/18 11:11 am
From: Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile dark morph)
Good morning,

This will be my last posting on the bird I reported yesterday that visited our backyard in Foothill Ranch. It is a Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile dark morph).

Thanks to everyone who provided input to get me to the right identification.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA
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From: Peter Gordon <peterandmiko...>
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:05 PM
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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile dark morph)

All

I am going to change my posting to a dark morph juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. I am still seeking more information on this bird as I have been unable to find any pictures of a Red-tailed Hawk that looks like the one I had earlier today.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA
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From: Peter Gordon <peterandmiko...>
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 8:49 PM
To: <OrangeCountyBirding...>
Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk (immature)

Good evening,

We had a Zone-tailed Hawk (immature) land in our backyard persimmon tree in Foothill Ranch about noon today. The bird had captured a lizard and was having a tough time finding a perch in the persimmon branches, and ended up on our neighbor's roof for about 10 minutes. He finished the lizard and then flew off to the east over the Whiting Ranch Wilderness area.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49613083

https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0094009/photos/backyard_birding/44760833585/



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Date: 11/1/18 10:05 pm
From: Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile dark morph)
All

I am going to change my posting to a dark morph juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. I am still seeking more information on this bird as I have been unable to find any pictures of a Red-tailed Hawk that looks like the one I had earlier today.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA
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From: Peter Gordon <peterandmiko...>
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 8:49 PM
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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk (immature)

Good evening,

We had a Zone-tailed Hawk (immature) land in our backyard persimmon tree in Foothill Ranch about noon today. The bird had captured a lizard and was having a tough time finding a perch in the persimmon branches, and ended up on our neighbor's roof for about 10 minutes. He finished the lizard and then flew off to the east over the Whiting Ranch Wilderness area.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49613083

https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0094009/photos/backyard_birding/44760833585/



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Date: 11/1/18 9:34 pm
From: James Pike <jimpike444...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Zone-tailed Hawk (immature)
Hi Peter,

This is a juvenile dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk. Note the pale iris and dark
brown plumage, whereas all ages of Zone-tailed Hawk have dark brown irides
and black plumage.

Jim Pike
HB

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 8:49 PM Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...> wrote:

> Good evening,
>
> We had a Zone-tailed Hawk (immature) land in our backyard persimmon tree
> in Foothill Ranch about noon today. The bird had captured a lizard and was
> having a tough time finding a perch in the persimmon branches, and ended up
> on our neighbor's roof for about 10 minutes. He finished the lizard and
> then flew off to the east over the Whiting Ranch Wilderness area.
>
> Pete Gordon
> Foothill Ranch, CA
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49613083
>
> https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0094009/photos/backyard_birding/44760833585/
>
>
>
> --
>
>
> *Pete GordonFoothill Ranch, CA*
>
>
>
>

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Date: 11/1/18 8:49 pm
From: Pete Gordon <peterandmiko...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Zone-tailed Hawk (immature)
Good evening,

We had a Zone-tailed Hawk (immature) land in our backyard persimmon tree in Foothill Ranch about noon today. The bird had captured a lizard and was having a tough time finding a perch in the persimmon branches, and ended up on our neighbor's roof for about 10 minutes. He finished the lizard and then flew off to the east over the Whiting Ranch Wilderness area.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49613083

https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0094009/photos/backyard_birding/44760833585/



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Date: 11/1/18 7:07 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: November 1, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* November 1, 2018
* CAOC18.11.01

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
<secretary...>

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

Common Nighthawk
Cattle Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Plumbeous Vireo
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Lucy's Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was found on the Santa Ana River on October 21 and
continued through October 31. The bird has reliably been seen each evening
from about 5 pm until darkness in the vicinity of the Lakeview Bridge. This
is the second record for Orange County and the first since 1983. It is one
of very few records of transient birds in southern California away from
this species' very limited breeding grounds, and one of even fewer records
of birds that have stayed more than one night.

A CATTLE EGRET continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine
through October 27. It’s been seen on Ponds C-E.

Up to two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at Carr Park in Huntington
Beach through October 25. Three others continued in Dana Point Harbor on
October 27.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued along the Santa Ana River at Lakeview
in Orange on October 25.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was found at Yosemite Park in Laguna Niguel on October 27
and continued through October 28. Two more birds were found at Eisenhower
Park in Orange on October 31

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through October 28, where it is typically found in the eucalyptus
trees between the amphitheater and "the island."

Up to 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through October 29. These have typically been found in the
eucalyptus trees around "the island," as well as around "Loren's Bench,"
located just northeast of the Park Bench Cafe. Two additional birds were
seen at Eisenhower Park in Orange on October 31.

Two SAGE THRASHERS were at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach on
October 26 and October 28. The first one was seen along the Brightwater
Trail and the second was seen along the PCH near the lower lot.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in
Huntington Beach on October 27.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on October 26. It was seen near “Loren’s Ditch” with a small flock of
Chipping Sparrows.

A LUCY'S WARBLER continued at the bridge near the Slater parking lot at
Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on October 28.

A BLACKPOLL WARBLER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley on October 26, where it was seen on Palm Island (proposed to be
renamed to Blackpoll Island).

A PALM WARBLER continued at the base of Gothard Hill at Huntington Central
Park in Huntington Beach through October 29. A second bird continued at
Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on October 28. It was reported
in the SW corner of the Nature Area.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The monthly wildlife walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine on November 3 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.

The monthly bird walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on November 11 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The Sea and Sage Audubon Morro Bay field trip will take place from November
2-4. The trip is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...>
to be put on the wait list.


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

None starting anytime soon.

*****************************************************

The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately.

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for
inclusion. #RBA

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Date: 10/31/18 4:06 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Eurasian Wigeon at Bolsa Chica
Dave Telford called me this afternoon to say that a male Eurasian Wigeon was in the middle of the Pocket Pond with the American Wigeons, so I went right down and saw it also (I got there about 2:15, and it was still there when I left about 3:10).  
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 10/30/18 5:18 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk Update
Rita Phillips reports to me that the Common Nighthawk continues on the
Santa Ana River at Lakeview this evening, along with two Bald Eagles.

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Date: 10/28/18 5:04 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] The Common Nighthawk continues 27 OCT
Trish Gussler reports the Common Nighthawk just appeared again at Lakeview
Avenue on the Santa Ana River. This is now its 8th night at this location.
If anybody is left who still wants this as a county bird, you'd best get
down there already! Who knows when or if another one will ever occur here
again...

On Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 5:24 PM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> The bird is here again this evening at the Lakeview Bridge. Showed up at
> 5:12p
>
>
>
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> Jeff Bray
> Irvine, CA
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Date: 10/28/18 12:47 pm
From: AOL via Groups.Io <mfee=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Sage Thrashers at Bolsa Chica
This morning Dennis and I saw a Sage Thrasher in the scrub about 50 yards south of the foot bridge parking lot. Assume this is a different individual than the one(s) seen two days ago by Edana Salisbury and Brian Daniels, which were in other areas of BC. Interesting that this Orange County rarity seems to be showing up more frequently.

Martin Fee
North Tustin, CA

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Date: 10/27/18 5:24 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] The Common Nighthawk continues 27 OCT



The bird is here again this evening at the Lakeview Bridge. Showed up at 5:12p












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Date: 10/27/18 10:45 am
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Cattle Egret at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Rick Shearer found it in pond c at south side. We have been watching 15 minutes.

Edana Salisbury
Buena Park

Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....


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Edana Salisbury
Buena Park

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Date: 10/26/18 10:56 pm
From: condor262001 via Groups.Io <condor262001=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk 10/26/18
As noted by Chezy the Common Nighthawk showed up at curtain time just after 505PM.
It was quite a spectacular entrance coming right down the river.
It was still there flying around when I left around 6PM.
There were many photographers snapping images (as I suppose there were on previous days).
A few of mine can be found at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/? ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/ )

Jim Hecht
Hermosa Beach CA

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Date: 10/26/18 8:26 pm
From: Chezy Yusuf via Groups.Io <tiggertaylor2=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
Hi,

The Common Nighthawk continued today, 10/26/18, by the Lakeview Ave. bridge. It appeared at approximately 5:07pm. 

Chezy Yusuf
Torrance, CA.

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Date: 10/26/18 11:56 am
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk
Some shots of the Common Nighthawk from Wed at Santa Ana River. On Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/128470460@N05/shares/8i1H8C.
Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 10/26/18 11:44 am
From: Bernardo Alps <whalephoto...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Is Southern California the Booby Capital of the World?
Hi all.

The crew at Catalina Sea Ranch had a Red-footed Booby land on one of their
vessels at the ranch on Wednesday. It appears to be an adult, brown-morph
bird, different from the one I saw in the Port of Los Angeles a couple of
weeks ago. CSR is about three miles north of the four oil platforms off
Huntington Beach.

I will take this opportunity to send out a reminder that there are still
spaces available on the Saturday, November 3, 8-hour pelagic birding trip
aboard the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. The plan is to
head west around the Palos Verdes Peninsula and spend some time at the
mouth of the Redondo Canyon and then return east along the escarpment all
the way to the offshore oil rigs. Part of that itinerary is in Orange
County waters. The trip leaves at 7:30 a.m. and is scheduled to return at 4
p.m. Cost is $130 per person and includes Breakfast, lunch and a bottomless
soda cup.

This is an exciting time to be out on the water.

Take care,

Bernardo

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

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Date: 10/25/18 7:10 pm
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
The Nighthawk continued tonight, same place, same thing.




On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:02 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
wrote:

> Rick Shearer and Tom Benson report that the Common Nighthawk continues for
> its fourth night on the Santa Ana River at Lakeview.
>
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 5:07 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
> wrote:
>
>> Trish Gussler reports that the Common Nighthawk continues again this
>> evening on the Santa Ana River at Lakeview.
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 5:10 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> The Common Nighthawk is still here right now at 5:10. Lakeview.
>>>
>>> On Oct 22, 2018 8:49 AM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Yesterday evening Mike Huang photographed a juvenile Common Nighthawk on
>>> the Santa Ana River. The bird was seen foraging at length above the
>>> Lakeview Avenue bridge from about 5:40 on. This is the second county record
>>> for Orange County and the first in 35 years. It is possible the bird could
>>> make an appearance again this evening.
>>>
>>> Photos of his bird are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49360347
>>>
>>>
>>>
> --
> Ryan Winkleman
> Rancho Santa Margarita
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Date: 10/25/18 10:53 am
From: chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] video of Common Nighthawk in OC
Hello Birders,

For those interested, I have posted a video on my YouTube channel of the Common Nighthawk that has been seen in Orange County recently. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/--aTq-YdBv0

Happy birding!
Chuck Schussman
Tustin



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Date: 10/25/18 8:32 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: October 25, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* October 25, 2018
* CAOC18.10.25

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
<secretary...>

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

Cackling Goose
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Pectoral Sandpiper
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson's Hawk
Hammond's Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Plumbeous Vireo
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Lucy's Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler

A CACKLING GOOSE continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
on October 21.

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was found on the Santa Ana River on October 21 and
continued through October 24. The bird has reliably been seen each evening
from about 5 pm until darkness in the vicinity of the Lakeview Bridge, and
was also seen pre-dawn on October 23. This is the second record for Orange
County and the first since 1983. It is one of very few records of transient
birds in southern California away from this species' very limited breeding
grounds, and one of even fewer records of birds that have stayed more than
one night.

A COMMON POORWILL, rare away from the mountains, was seen at Huntington
Central Park in Huntington Beach on October 21, inside "the island."

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine
through October 21. Another continued at Harriet M. Wieder Regional Park in
Huntington Beach on October 20 in the wetland below the playground..

Up to four YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at Carr Park in Huntington
Beach through October 23. Two more were reported from the Sunset Aquatic
Marina on October 20.

A dark morph SWAINSON'S HAWK was photographed at Mile Square Regional Park
in Fountain Valley on October 21.

A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, typically scarce in fall migration, was at Mile
Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on October 20 on the fenceline of
the Nature Center.

A probable DUSKY FLYCATCHER was seen in the pines to the west of the tennis
courts at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea on October 20.

Late ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were found at San Diego Creek at Irvine
Center Drive in Irvine (October 18), Harriett Wieder Regional Park in
Huntington Beach (October 20), and the Santa Ana River at Lakeview in
Orange (October 21).

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
through October 21, and a new Plumbeous Vireo was in the vicinity of the
Nature Center in Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley from October
19-22. A second Plumbeous Vireo was found on the south end of Mile Square
Regional Park on October 20.

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through October 21, where it is typically found in the eucalyptus
trees between the amphitheater and "the island."

Up to 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through October 22. These have typically been found in the
eucalyptus trees around "the island," as well as around "Loren's Bench,"
located just northeast of the Park Bench Cafe.

A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was found at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea
on October 20 in the pines west of the tennis courts.

A VARIED THRUSH was in the grass between parking lots 10 and 17 at Irvine
Regional Park in Orange from October 19-21.

A SAGE THRASHER continued at Huntington Central Park – West in Huntington
Beach on October 18. It was seen on the hillside to the south/southwest of
Huntington Lake near GPS: 33.694998, -118.013679.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington
Beach on October 20.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on October 21. It was seen near “Loren’s Ditch” with a small flock of
Chipping Sparrows. Another was at O'Neill Regional Park in Rancho Santa
Margarita on October 20, near Shelter 2.

A VESPER SPARROW was photographed in a restricted detention basin in the
Orchard Hills part of Irvine on October 18. Two more birds were found at
Irvine Regional Park in Orange on October 22, on the east side of the Puma
Ridge Trail before it drops down again.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was on the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica
Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach from October 21-23. The bird was
consistently seen in the vicinity of the fourth house down from Tidalview
Lane. This is the period of time when this species should be pretty much
gone from the county, so this is likely a migrant bird that decided to hang
around on the coast for a few days on its way south to Mexico.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen in mixed flocks at Harriett Wieder
Regional Park in Huntington Beach on October 21 and on the Santa Ana River
at Lakeview on October 22.

A LUCY'S WARBLER continued at the bridge near the Slater parking lot at
Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on October 22.

A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on
October 23, where it was seen on Palm Island (proposed to be renamed to
Blackpoll Island).

A PALM WARBLER was at the base of Gothard Hill at Huntington Central Park
in Huntington Beach from October 21-23.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The monthly walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on October 28 from
8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon Parking Lot.

The monthly wildlife walk will take place at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine on November 3 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The annual Sea and Sage Audubon Pancake Breakfast will take place on
October 27 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Reservations are required and
can be made here: https://tinyurl.com/ybhxoy5h

The Sea and Sage Audubon Morro Bay field trip will take place from November
2-4. The trip is full, but you can email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to
be put on the wait list.


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*
None starting anytime soon.

*****************************************************

The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings *that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird* should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately.

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for
inclusion. #RBA

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Date: 10/24/18 7:10 pm
From: James McNamara via Groups.Io <jpmtcc=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
Hi Joel,
Home to 200 bird species may refer to resident / nesting birds, not including the migrants that fly through.  When you begin an ebird checklist on the ebird cell phone app, ebird will make a blank checklist with most of the possible birds that have been seen at your location.  If I remember correctly, some places I go have an initial bird list of more than 900.
Best regards,James McNamaraStanton
On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 9:07 AM, wagtail1997<orcorba...> wrote: Hiexpert eBird users.   The Newport Bay Conservancy website http://newportbay.org/wildlife/birds/states “Upper Newport Bay is home to nearly 200 species of birds...”.  Idoubt that is accurate and that well over 200 species have been recorded fromthe area.  What I want to do is to look at the eBird “hotspots” for UpperNewport Bay, and there are several, and figure out collectively how many speciesthey **all** have recorded since eBird has started.  I can do it for eachindividual hotspot, but can’t figure out how to come up with a species tallyusing eBird for the several UNB hotspots at once.  Any help would beappreciated. JoelWeintraubDanaPoint, CA

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Date: 10/24/18 6:04 pm
From: calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common nighthawk at lakeview bridge usar
the Common Nighthawk reappeared at about 505 pm  at the previous reported area upstream and downstream of the lakeview bridge over the upper Santa river. The bird stayed relatively high above the power lines but stayed in view for over one hour. Seen by about 25. 
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Date: 10/24/18 6:02 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
Rick Shearer and Tom Benson report that the Common Nighthawk continues for
its fourth night on the Santa Ana River at Lakeview.

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 5:07 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> wrote:

> Trish Gussler reports that the Common Nighthawk continues again this
> evening on the Santa Ana River at Lakeview.
>
> On Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 5:10 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
> wrote:
>
>> The Common Nighthawk is still here right now at 5:10. Lakeview.
>>
>> On Oct 22, 2018 8:49 AM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman...> wrote:
>>
>> Yesterday evening Mike Huang photographed a juvenile Common Nighthawk on
>> the Santa Ana River. The bird was seen foraging at length above the
>> Lakeview Avenue bridge from about 5:40 on. This is the second county record
>> for Orange County and the first in 35 years. It is possible the bird could
>> make an appearance again this evening.
>>
>> Photos of his bird are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49360347
>>
>>
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Date: 10/24/18 12:34 pm
From: wagtail1997 <orcorba...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
Thanks for the replies about consolidating hotspots to come up with a cumulative species number count for an area.

I followed Tom Benson’s directions. Luckily, there are only two hotspots (Back Bay Science Center and Newport Back Bay) that don’t start with “Upper Newport Bay—“ which made it easier to check the 12 hotspots to get the Bar Charts for my area of interest.

The total for Jan-Dec, 1900 to 2018 including the 12 UNB hotspots was “284 species (+54 other taxa)”

Joel

Joel Weintraub
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Date: 10/24/18 9:58 am
From: Tom Benson via Groups.Io <thomasabenson=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
Hi Joel,
It can be done, though there is not an easy way to do it. Here are the steps you can take to achieve this from the Explore Data page.
1. Click on Explore Hotspots, zoom into the Upper Newport Bay area. Click on each of the individual hotspots that you want to include, then record their names.2. Go back to the Explore Data page and click on Bar Charts. Select California, then hotspots in California, then "Continue".3. Select all the hotspots from step 1. Then click "Continue".
This should provide a list of all the species that have been recorded at hotspots around Upper Newport Bay. I believe it lists a total somewhere near the top.
Tom BensonSan Bernardino, CA


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Hiexpert eBird users.   The Newport Bay Conservancy website http://newportbay.org/wildlife/birds/states “Upper Newport Bay is home to nearly 200 species of birds...”.  Idoubt that is accurate and that well over 200 species have been recorded fromthe area.  What I want to do is to look at the eBird “hotspots” for UpperNewport Bay, and there are several, and figure out collectively how many speciesthey **all** have recorded since eBird has started.  I can do it for eachindividual hotspot, but can’t figure out how to come up with a species tallyusing eBird for the several UNB hotspots at once.  Any help would beappreciated. JoelWeintraubDanaPoint, CA

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Date: 10/24/18 9:07 am
From: wagtail1997 <orcorba...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] eBird Question for Upper Newport Bay
Hi expert eBird users. The Newport Bay Conservancy website http://newportbay.org/wildlife/birds/ states “Upper Newport Bay is home to nearly 200 species of birds...”. I doubt that is accurate and that well over 200 species have been recorded from the area. What I want to do is to look at the eBird “hotspots” for Upper Newport Bay, and there are several, and figure out collectively how many species they **all** have recorded since eBird has started. I can do it for each individual hotspot, but can’t figure out how to come up with a species tally using eBird for the several UNB hotspots at once. Any help would be appreciated.
Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA


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Date: 10/24/18 12:31 am
From: Doug Willick <doug.willick...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] More on the (not so) Common Nighthawk in east Anaheim
As reported by Trish (through Ryan) a bit earlier this evening (10/23/18), the Common Nighthawk continued in its usual area along the Santa Ana River, foraging up and downstream of the Lakeview Avenue bridge. I thought I'd just add that it first appeared at about 4:50pm this evening (or late afternoon), and was seen still flying around the area until at least sundown.  The bird occasionally ranges out of sight, up or downstream along the river, for up to 5 minutes or more, but always returns sooner or later to its usual location. Since there is very little precedence for migrant Common Nighthawks in Southern California (especially for those that have been documented adequately [such as with this Anaheim bird] to eliminate the more expected Lesser Nighthawk), it is anyone's guess how long this bird will stick around.  Fall migrant Common Nighthawks, in areas of the U.S. where they are ARE actually common, begin their long journey to South American wintering grounds as early as July, reach their peak in late August and September, with only stragglers still passing through into mid to late October.  So this Anaheim bird is clearly towards the later extreme to expect one to be moving through the region.

As Ryan mentioned in his post on Monday (10/22/18), this is only the second record of well-documented Common Nighthawk in Orange County.  The first record involved a rather odd setting for any nighthawk to occur, in Southern California at least. On a July 5th, way back in 1983, I had received a call from someone who lived in the downtown Orange area (this when I was working at the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim Hills), and was told they'd seen a "strange bird" on the roof of their home on the previous day, when I believe it was seen occasionally flying about at dusk. The next day someone went up on the roof and saw what they assumed was the same bird, which they felt was not in good shape.  They were able to get ahold of it, put it in a small cage, and bring it up to the nature center (where I was planning to then transport the bird to one of licensed bird rehabbers we had contacts with).  However, before they got it up to the nature center, the bird had unfortunately expired. Oddly enough, they had told me over the phone they thought the bird was a Common Nighthawk, and from their description of the bird it did sound like a nighthawk.  When I questioned how they were able to ID the bird as a Common Nighthawk, they explained they looked it up in the Encyclopedia Britannica (this of course being before the internet), which ONLY showed an illustration of a Common Nighthawk. At that point I explained to them that there were two nighthawk species that occur in California, which were quite similar in appearance, but that virtually the only nighthawk species we see in So Cal is the Lesser Nighthawk (or something to that effect).  So when I saw the now deceased nighthawk, I was quite surprised, needless to say, to see what did appear to look like a Common Nighthawk!  I called Kimball Garrett, Avian Collections Manager with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), and had the bird sent over to the museum, where Kimball confirmed that the bird was indeed a Common Nighthawk.  What a Common Nighthawk was doing in Orange County, in early July, is anybody's guess.  Even during migration (spring or fall) migrants are virtually unknown from the lowlands of So Cal, but this was right in the middle of summer. The specimen, as mentioned in "The Birds of Orange County, California", was prepared and deposited at the NHM as specimen #LACM 101221.  Anyway, sorry for the long story here, but thought some might find it of interest. 
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Doug Willick
Orange, CA

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Date: 10/23/18 8:03 pm
From: Rick Shearer <tiorick...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica birds

I believe I found Rogers Grasshopper Sparrow exactly where he found it, 4th house west of Tidal View entrance sitting on the fence, not hiding. Photo in my ebird report
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49400427
Rick
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Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica birds

I spent a lot of time birding around Bolsa Chica this weekend.

Yesterday, 10/20 the PECTORAL SANDPIPER continued in the pond below the playground at Harriet Wieder Park.
I encountered a very late ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER along the oil property fence in the area below Garfield .

Today, 10/21 a blackbird flock flying over Harriet contained a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.
Later I encountered two ROCK WRENS along the Wintersburg Channel. One was on riprap in the new basins being constructed toward Graham Street, the second was on the old gas pipeline nearby. These may be the same birds the Bolsa count had along the Brightwater Trail two weeks ago.
And the big surprise of the morning was a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW along the Brightwater Trail. It was foraging along and inside the trail at the fourth house west of the Tidalview Lane entrance. Considering the skulky nature of this species this bird was remarkably tame and spent a lot of time in the open and was unfazed by numerous passersby and their dogs. It spent a lot of time in the weeds between the trail and glass panels of the backyards but did occasionally flush over the fence only to stay in the weeds at the base of the fence.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach


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Date: 10/23/18 5:13 pm
From: James Pike <jimpike444...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Blackpoll Island
A Blackpoll Warbler was on Palm Island at Mile Square Park today. As I've
seen multiple Blackpolls over the years and zero Palms on this island, I
think a name change is in order. As for this season, I've seen Blackpolls
in this general area on the north side of the lake on 23 Sept, 4 Oct, and,
now, 23 Oct (so, 2-3 birds?).

Jim Pike
HB

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Date: 10/23/18 5:07 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
Trish Gussler reports that the Common Nighthawk continues again this
evening on the Santa Ana River at Lakeview.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 5:10 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> wrote:

> The Common Nighthawk is still here right now at 5:10. Lakeview.
>
> On Oct 22, 2018 8:49 AM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday evening Mike Huang photographed a juvenile Common Nighthawk on
> the Santa Ana River. The bird was seen foraging at length above the
> Lakeview Avenue bridge from about 5:40 on. This is the second county record
> for Orange County and the first in 35 years. It is possible the bird could
> make an appearance again this evening.
>
> Photos of his bird are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49360347
>
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Date: 10/23/18 6:49 am
From: thomasf_h <thomas.fordhut...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk Continues
The Common Nighthawk continues this morning over the Lakeview Dr bridge along the Santa Ana River. Presumably it will also be here again tonight.

-Tom F-H
San Diego, CA
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Date: 10/22/18 5:10 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
The Common Nighthawk is still here right now at 5:10. Lakeview.

On Oct 22, 2018 8:49 AM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman...> wrote:

Yesterday evening Mike Huang photographed a juvenile Common Nighthawk on
the Santa Ana River. The bird was seen foraging at length above the
Lakeview Avenue bridge from about 5:40 on. This is the second county record
for Orange County and the first in 35 years. It is possible the bird could
make an appearance again this evening.

Photos of his bird are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49360347

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Date: 10/22/18 8:50 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Common Nighthawk - Santa Ana River
Yesterday evening Mike Huang photographed a juvenile Common Nighthawk on
the Santa Ana River. The bird was seen foraging at length above the
Lakeview Avenue bridge from about 5:40 on. This is the second county record
for Orange County and the first in 35 years. It is possible the bird could
make an appearance again this evening.

Photos of his bird are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49360347

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Date: 10/21/18 3:43 pm
From: Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] HBCP highlights 21 Oct 2018
Birders,

Liga and I birded HB Central Park this morning 21 Oct 2018, starting from the Gothard St parking lot. Liga found a Palm Warbler with Yellow-rumps beneath pepper trees near the base of the slope on the south end of Gothard Hill. Continuing birds there included a Mountain Chickadee, White-Breasted Nuthatch, and Plumbeous Vireo - all more often observed in eucs near the amplitheater/island slough area. We also observed the presumably continuing Clay-colored Sparrow with Chippies on the lawn immediately south of Loren’s Ditch/Pond. Later, Liga spotted the presumably continuing Lucy’s Warbler in a sycamore at the west end of the Tipu tree-lined walk near the Slater parking lot. Soon after, Brian Daniels and then Roger Schoedl joined us, and we all headed for the island slough to search for a Common Poorwill that Brian flushed from the ground earlier in the morning. After some effort we refound it, but saw it only in flight when it flushed.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
Garden Grove, CA
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Date: 10/21/18 2:01 pm
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica birds
I spent a lot of time birding around Bolsa Chica this weekend.

Yesterday, 10/20 the PECTORAL SANDPIPER continued in the pond below the playground at Harriet Wieder Park.
I encountered a very late ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER along the oil property fence in the area below Garfield .

Today, 10/21 a blackbird flock flying over Harriet contained a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.
Later I encountered two ROCK WRENS along the Wintersburg Channel. One was on riprap in the new basins being constructed toward Graham Street, the second was on the old gas pipeline nearby. These may be the same birds the Bolsa count had along the Brightwater Trail two weeks ago.
And the big surprise of the morning was a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW along the Brightwater Trail. It was foraging along and inside the trail at the fourth house west of the Tidalview Lane entrance. Considering the skulky nature of this species this bird was remarkably tame and spent a lot of time in the open and was unfazed by numerous passersby and their dogs. It spent a lot of time in the weeds between the trail and glass panels of the backyards but did occasionally flush over the fence only to stay in the weeds at the base of the fence.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 10/20/18 6:03 pm
From: Ryan Seppala <rjseppala...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Carbon Canyon RP: Golden-crowned Kinglet, possible Dusky Flycatcher
At Carbon Canyon Regional Park this afternoon, I found a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET on the south side of the row of pines west of the tennis courts. Shortly afterwards, a suspicious empid flew in that now appears to be a potential DUSKY FLYCATCHER. Photos show a somewhat mid-length primary projection, a long/broad tail, a long bill with black on the tip of the lower mandible, etc. etc... Many more details are on the checklist below. Any new tips/suggestions on this ID are welcome, and of course new photos would be a huge help.

Other notable species include a single RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER near the tennis courts and three ROCK WRENS by the dam.

Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49326406

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Ryan Seppala
Orange

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Date: 10/20/18 1:12 pm
From: Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mile Square Park low end stuff 20 Oct 2018
Birders,

Low end migrants in Mile Square Regional Park this morning included 1 Hammond's Flycatcher by the main entrance to the Nature Area, a continuing Plumbeous Vireo in the same area, a second Plumbeous Vireo near the nearly complete group picnic shelters at the south end of the park near Warner Ave, and a late Western Kingbird at the NW corner of the north lake. Generally slow birding with a sparse sprinkling of birds throughout, but few mixed flocks.

Tom Wurster
Garden Grove, CA

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Date: 10/20/18 11:40 am
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Correction to Earlier YCNH Report
Claire sent me an e-mail, correcting the earlier report.  There were two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (not one) at the Sunset Aquatic Marina.  One was immature and the other sub-adult, with both being visible in one of the photos.
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 10/20/18 10:00 am
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Sunset Aquatic Park
I received an e-mail from Claire Grozinger sent about 9:30 this morning (10/20) that she saw a subadult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Sunset Aquatic Marina (Huntington Beach), standing on top of a boat on Dock B at 9 a.m. and included pictures.  The boat has since moved, as did Claire (they were going out to watch the airshow from the water).
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 10/20/18 7:28 am
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Varied thrush
The varied thrush is still in the area by parking lot 10 at IRP. It is foraging by a blue tent with benches and chairs around it. Don Hoechlin. RMV.

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Date: 10/19/18 8:37 pm
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] HYBRID Eurasian Wigeon at Carr Park
There seemed to be two - one hybrid, one not, but Ryan has reviewed the photos and believes they are the same bird.  Photos on my checklist:
eBird Checklist – Carr Park, Orange County, California, US – Fri Oct 19, 2018 – 15 species (+1 other taxa)
Edana
In a message dated 10/19/2018 7:52:32 AM Pacific Standard Time, edanasal=<aol.com...> writes:

He’s in the circular lake with at least 25 other wigeons.
Edana SalisburyBuena Park
Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....

-- Edana SalisburyBuena Park


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Date: 10/19/18 1:14 pm
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Varied Thrush at Irvine Regional Park
Thrush still here in same location. 1:08 pm
Edana Salisbury
Buena Park


Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....

> On Oct 19, 2018, at 12:10 PM, Devon Bradley via Groups.Io <feathersandflora=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> I have been watching a Varied Thrush at Irvine Regional Park for the last 20 minutes (19 Oct, 12:08 PM), foraging on the ground beneath an oak.
>
> He is located at: 33.79420°N, 117.74855°W
> This is ~200 feet from bathroom 7 (heading north and slightly east), adjacent to Parking Lot 10, in a small grove of oaks surrounded by 3 picnic tables.
>
> I am walking my dog and so don’t have my camera, but I will upload my blurry (yet identifiable) photos to eBird. He has flown away a couple times, but keeps returning to this area.
>
> -Devon Bradley
> Costa Mesa
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Date: 10/19/18 12:12 pm
From: Devon Bradley via Groups.Io <feathersandflora=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Varied Thrush at Irvine Regional Park
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } I have been watching a Varied Thrush at Irvine Regional Park for the last 20 minutes (19 Oct, 12:08 PM), foraging on the ground beneath an oak. 
He is located at: 33.79420°N, 117.74855°WThis is ~200 feet from bathroom 7 (heading north and slightly east), adjacent to Parking Lot 10, in a small grove of oaks surrounded by 3 picnic tables.
I am walking my dog and so don’t have my camera, but I will upload my blurry (yet identifiable) photos to eBird. He has flown away a couple times, but keeps returning to this area.
-Devon BradleyCosta Mesa




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Date: 10/19/18 12:12 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of Today’s Harriett Wieder Monthly Survey
We finally had water in the Bolsa Chica cell going out from the playground area at Harriett Wieder Park this morning (Oct. 19), along with more migrating birds arriving, so we had a lot of ducks and shorebirds to count.  Highlights include:  1 female Bufflehead, 1 Horned Grebe, 1 Wilson’s Phalarope, 10 Red-necked Phalaropes, 1 Bonaparte’s Gull, 1 Merlin, 1 Cassin’s Vireo (at the west end of the playground where we were sitting during our tally after 10 a.m.), 1 Golden-crowned Sparrow (heard singing at the top end of Fisher’s Gulch), and the continuing California Thrasher.
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 10/19/18 9:37 am
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Plumbeous Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo found at MSP in the Nature Center in the corner nearest state archery range. Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 10/19/18 7:52 am
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Eurasian Wigeon at Carr Park
He’s in the circular lake with at least 25 other wigeons.

Edana Salisbury
Buena Park

Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....


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Date: 10/18/18 12:37 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA - October 18, 2018
Correction to a field trip:

The monthly walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on October 28 (not
the 20th) from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon Parking Lot.



On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 6:54 AM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> *RBA*
>
> * California
> * Orange County
> * October 18, 2018
> * CAOC18.10.18
>
> This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local
> events summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
> capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
> species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
> <secretary...>
>
> *BIRDS MENTIONED*
>
> Pectoral Sandpiper
> Little Blue Heron
> *TRICOLORED HERON*
> Cattle Egret
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
> Broad-winged Hawk
> Cassin's Vireo
> Plumbeous Vireo
> Mountain Chickadee
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> Golden-crowned Kinglet
> Sage Thrasher
> Green-tailed Towhee
> Clay-colored Sparrow
> Vesper Sparrow
> Yellow-headed Blackbird
> Northern Waterthrush
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Palm Warbler
>
> Up to three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS continued at San Joaquin Wildlife
> Sanctuary in Irvine through October 17. This species is usually found on
> Pond C but this year they have often been seen on Ponds C, D, or E. Another
> two were reported at Harriet M. Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on
> October 12.
>
> A LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to hang around in Dana Point since October 6
> and was last documented on October 14. This is a very young bird that is
> still nearly entirely in its white plumage, but has dark tips to its
> primary feathers when viewed closely enough. The bird has been seen
> alternately at Salt Creek/Monarch Beach and Dana Point Harbor.
>
> A TRICOLORED HERON was photographed at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
> Beach on October 14. It was seen near the footbridge of the PCH lot.
> ***Because Tricolored Heron is a CBRC Review Species, please send
> documentation to the CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at
> <secretary...>
>
> A CATTLE EGRET was photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
> Irvine on October 14 and continued through October 16. Seen on Ponds D and
> E.
>
> Six YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued in the county in the last week,
> with up to two continuing at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington
> Beach through October 16 and up to two continuing at Dana Point Harbor
> through October 14. There was also documentation of 4 individuals at Carr
> Park in Huntington Beach on October 13, one being a full adult and the
> others being juveniles. We feel that the population at Carr Park are also
> some of the same birds seen at Bolsa Chica. The Bolsa birds are generally
> found in the "pocket pond," while the Dana Point birds are typically found
> around the Nordhavn building (check the koi pond, the eucalyptus trees, the
> docks in back, and the nearby jetty).
>
> A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was observed over the Boeing Property Green Spaces in
> Huntington Beach on October 14. It was seen soaring with two Red-tailed
> Hawks and a Turkey Vulture. Would have been nice to see some photos of them
> all together for some comparisons…
>
> A CASSIN'S VIREO was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
> on October 14. The bird was in the area south of the Park Bench Cafe.
>
> A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was photographed at Wimbledon Park in Costa Mesa on
> October 12.
>
> A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
> Beach through October 14, where it is typically found in the eucalyptus
> trees between the amphitheater and "the island."
>
> Up to 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
> Huntington Beach through October 14. These have typically been found in the
> eucalyptus trees around "the island," as well as around "Loren's Bench,"
> located just northeast of the Park Bench Cafe.
>
> A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was found at Mile Square Regional Park in
> Fountain Valley on October 14. It was seen near shelter 17.
>
> A SAGE THRASHER was photographed at Huntington Central Park – West in
> Huntington Beach on October 17. It was seen on the hillside to the
> South-Southwest of Lake Huntington near GPS: 33.694998, -118.013679.
>
> A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was photographed at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in
> Brea on October 11. No details were given about the location.
>
> A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported at Huntington Central Park in
> Huntington Beach on October 14. It was seen near “Loren’s Ditch” with a
> small flock of Chipping Sparrows.
>
> A VESPER SPARROW was photographed at Irvine Regional Park on October 11.
> The bird was seen on the rocks between the two lakes.
>
> A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
> in Irvine on October 17. A second bird was reported from a private
> residence in Huntington Beach on October 11.
>
> A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
> Beach through October 14, where it was heard from the vegetated interior of
> Talbert Lake.
>
> A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was reported from Huntington Central Park in
> Huntington Beach on October 11. No details given about the location.
>
> A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was reported at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
> Beach on October 12 and continued through October 14. It was seen around
> the Gothard Hill area.
>
> Two PALM WARBLERS were photographed at Mile Square Regional Park in
> Fountain Valley on October 14. Seen near parking lot G.
>
>
> *LOCAL EVENTS*
>
> *UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
> The monthly walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on October 20 from
> 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon Parking Lot.
>
> The South San Diego and Tijuana River Valley Area field trip will take
> place on October 20 from 8:00am to 12:00pm (or later)
> ** Information on this trip can be found here:
> http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm#SanDiego
>
>
> *UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
> The annual Sea and Sage Audubon Pancake Breakfast will take place on
> October 27 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Reservations are required and
> can be made here: https://tinyurl.com/ybhxoy5h
>
>
> *WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*
> None starting anytime soon.
>
> *****************************************************
>
> The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
> Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
> rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
> directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
> <rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
> http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
> photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
> disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Doug
> Willick <atdoug.willick...>
>
> Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
> that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
> on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
> Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
> contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
> that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
> annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
> included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
> other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
> reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
> the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
> cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
> those who choose to chase after them.
>
> Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and
> Sage Audubon website (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). Sea and Sage
> Audubon is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife
> Sanctuary in Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special
> birding events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the
> year. Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered
> accurate at the time of this posting. However, for the most current
> information please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon
> website at
> http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. It is
> also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
> engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
> you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
> Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for
> inclusion. #RBA
>
>
> --
> Jeff Bray
> Irvine, CA
>
>

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Date: 10/18/18 6:54 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA - October 18, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* October 18, 2018
* CAOC18.10.18

This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events
summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are
capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review
species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at
<secretary...>

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

Pectoral Sandpiper
Little Blue Heron
*TRICOLORED HERON*
Cattle Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Broad-winged Hawk
Cassin's Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Northern Waterthrush
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler

Up to three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine through October 17. This species is usually found on Pond C but
this year they have often been seen on Ponds C, D, or E. Another two were
reported at Harriet M. Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on October
12.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to hang around in Dana Point since October 6
and was last documented on October 14. This is a very young bird that is
still nearly entirely in its white plumage, but has dark tips to its
primary feathers when viewed closely enough. The bird has been seen
alternately at Salt Creek/Monarch Beach and Dana Point Harbor.

A TRICOLORED HERON was photographed at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
Beach on October 14. It was seen near the footbridge of the PCH lot.
***Because Tricolored Heron is a CBRC Review Species, please send
documentation to the CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at
<secretary...>

A CATTLE EGRET was photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine
on October 14 and continued through October 16. Seen on Ponds D and E.

Six YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued in the county in the last week,
with up to two continuing at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington
Beach through October 16 and up to two continuing at Dana Point Harbor
through October 14. There was also documentation of 4 individuals at Carr
Park in Huntington Beach on October 13, one being a full adult and the
others being juveniles. We feel that the population at Carr Park are also
some of the same birds seen at Bolsa Chica. The Bolsa birds are generally
found in the "pocket pond," while the Dana Point birds are typically found
around the Nordhavn building (check the koi pond, the eucalyptus trees, the
docks in back, and the nearby jetty).

A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was observed over the Boeing Property Green Spaces in
Huntington Beach on October 14. It was seen soaring with two Red-tailed
Hawks and a Turkey Vulture. Would have been nice to see some photos of them
all together for some comparisons…

A CASSIN'S VIREO was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach
on October 14. The bird was in the area south of the Park Bench Cafe.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was photographed at Wimbledon Park in Costa Mesa on
October 12.

A MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through October 14, where it is typically found in the eucalyptus
trees between the amphitheater and "the island."

Up to 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through October 14. These have typically been found in the
eucalyptus trees around "the island," as well as around "Loren's Bench,"
located just northeast of the Park Bench Cafe.

A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was found at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley on October 14. It was seen near shelter 17.

A SAGE THRASHER was photographed at Huntington Central Park – West in
Huntington Beach on October 17. It was seen on the hillside to the
South-Southwest of Lake Huntington near GPS: 33.694998, -118.013679.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was photographed at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in
Brea on October 11. No details were given about the location.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach on October 14. It was seen near “Loren’s Ditch” with a
small flock of Chipping Sparrows.

A VESPER SPARROW was photographed at Irvine Regional Park on October 11.
The bird was seen on the rocks between the two lakes.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on October 17. A second bird was reported from a private residence
in Huntington Beach on October 11.

A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH continued at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach through October 14, where it was heard from the vegetated interior of
Talbert Lake.

A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was reported from Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach on October 11. No details given about the location.

A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was reported at Huntington Central Park in Huntington
Beach on October 12 and continued through October 14. It was seen around
the Gothard Hill area.

Two PALM WARBLERS were photographed at Mile Square Regional Park in
Fountain Valley on October 14. Seen near parking lot G.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The monthly walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on October 20 from
8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon Parking Lot.

The South San Diego and Tijuana River Valley Area field trip will take
place on October 20 from 8:00am to 12:00pm (or later)
** Information on this trip can be found here:
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm#SanDiego


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*
The annual Sea and Sage Audubon Pancake Breakfast will take place on
October 27 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Reservations are required and
can be made here: https://tinyurl.com/ybhxoy5h


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*
None starting anytime soon.

*****************************************************

The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan
Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of
rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed
directly to Jeff Bray (<jbray4913...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Doug
Willick <atdoug.willick...>

Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those
that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based
on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and
Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more
contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities
that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as
annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not
included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at
other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird
reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in
the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report
cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for
those who choose to chase after them.

Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage
Audubon website (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). Sea and Sage Audubon
is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding
events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate
at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information
please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. It is
also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to
engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If
you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by
Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for
inclusion. #RBA

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Date: 10/17/18 7:56 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Documentation of local rarities
Just a note that it's important to understand the status and distribution
of our Orange County birds so that unusual occurrences can be properly
documented. A perfect example of this is the Acorn Woodpecker that Lam-Son
photographed at Harriett Wieder Regional Park yesterday. This species would
not be expected in this part of the county and should always be
well-documented at the very least with a description. Because of the way
our filters work in eBird, this species will not be flagged as rare for the
north coastal region of OC because it is common in the south coastal region
and our coastal filter for OC runs up the entire county coast. Other
species like Bewick's Wrens and California Scrub-Jays, which are both
commonly reported in this area in eBird (especially at Huntington Central
Park (HCP)), are actually rare for that part of the county and should
always be well-documented despite not being flagged (for the same reason,
they're common down here). If you are in HCP and think you hear a Bewick's
Wren...try to track it down and make sure it's not a House Wren. Oak
Titmouse is rare outside of the foothills/South County, even in the San
Joaquin Hills (where there is a small isolated population). These are just
a few examples, but those who bird our county frequently should know what
is rare for what areas so that it can be backed up. For those of you who
use the eBird app while birding, a good measure of when you should attempt
to get documentation is if a species shows up in the app with either a
half-dark circle or an all-dark circle next to it, indicating that a
species is either infrequently reported for this area at this date based on
other eBird checklists or is unreported for this area at this date
(respectively). While these don't always work perfectly, they are good
prompts for when you should add notes or attempt to get documentation
(photos, audio, video). This also helps those birders out who keep local
patch lists and who would like to get new birds on their lists for
particular locations (by that measure, I for one would appreciate being
emailed about any unusual birds at Bommer Canyon).

Finally, one book that every Orange County birder should own is the
world-famous *The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution*, by Robb
Hamilton and Doug Willick. It can be purchased in the bookstore at the
Audubon House at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.

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Date: 10/17/18 4:51 am
From: Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Acorn Woodpecker at Wieder Park on Tuesday 10/16/2018
I took some photos of an Acorn Woodpecker flying from the North end of Fisher's Gulch toward the Southwest at around 11am.
Didn't know what it was until going through the photos later: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GpfRuf4167fW3GZJA
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Huntington Beach, CA

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