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8/21/18 8:59 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
8/21/18 7:17 am Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Northern Fulmar at Newport Pier
8/20/18 5:46 pm Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Lucy's Warbler - 8/20/18
8/20/18 5:37 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Adult Nazca Booby - 9-10 Miles off Laguna - 20 AUG
8/20/18 1:39 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff Today at Santa Ana River + White-breasted Nuthatches at Huntington Central Park
8/20/18 8:53 am trailgirl888 via Groups.Io <trailgirl888=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Lucy’s Warbler at Mile Square RP
8/19/18 8:34 pm Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica Nighthawk
8/19/18 2:30 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby seen in Newport Harbor this morning
8/19/18 2:29 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby seen in Newport Harbor this morning
8/19/18 2:26 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby seen in Newport Harbor this morning
8/19/18 11:22 am Tim Ryan <janemarie19...> [OrangeCountyBirding] White-winged Dove in Capo Beach
8/18/18 10:50 pm Doug Lithgow via Groups.Io <dmlithgow=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron @ Bolsa Chica 8.18.2018
8/18/18 3:00 pm Doug Lithgow via Groups.Io <dmlithgow=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron @ Bolsa Chica 8.18.2018
8/18/18 8:37 am Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Lucy Warbler(s) at Mile Sq Park 18 Aug 2018
8/17/18 10:38 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
8/17/18 10:10 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed and Brown Boobies off shore of Newport today - 17 AUG
8/17/18 12:15 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of August 17 Harriett Wieder Park Monthly Count
8/16/18 4:53 pm Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Tern
8/16/18 4:50 pm Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Santa Ana River birds
8/16/18 5:51 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 16, 2018
8/15/18 10:19 am calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow Headed Blackbird at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
8/14/18 6:10 pm Mike Sanders via Groups.Io <msanders414=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper at SJWS
8/14/18 8:07 am <etchisond...> <detchison22...> [OrangeCountyBirding] fire-related bird activity
8/14/18 7:41 am Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
8/14/18 7:30 am Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
8/14/18 5:52 am bugbob via Groups.Io <bugbob=<mac.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
8/13/18 7:19 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff being seen again on the SAR - 13 AUG
8/13/18 5:39 pm Doug Lithgow via Groups.Io <dmlithgow=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpipers at SJWS on Pond C
8/13/18 4:21 pm Trish G <trishrg62...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow headed bla kbird s a river
8/13/18 12:31 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
8/13/18 11:15 am Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
8/12/18 10:23 pm Mark Girardeau via Groups.Io <markgphotos=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed booby offshore
8/12/18 6:21 pm Becky & Steve Turley <turlslb...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Tern
8/12/18 2:55 pm Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
8/12/18 11:38 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of the monthly San Joaquin Bird Walk - 12 AUG
8/12/18 11:37 am Clark Snodgrass via Groups.Io <ccsnodgrass=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pair of White-Breasted Nuthatches - Huntington Central Park
8/12/18 11:35 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of the monthly San Joaquin Bird Walk - 12 AUG
8/12/18 11:32 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Posting etiquette
8/12/18 10:15 am Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Tern
8/12/18 9:58 am Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
8/11/18 11:28 pm Doug Willick <doug.willick...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff/reeve picture today 8/11/18 to compare with 13, 16, 17 for observations
8/11/18 9:21 pm condor262001 via Groups.Io <condor262001=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff/reeve picture today 8/11/18 to compare with 13, 16, 17 for observations
8/11/18 2:27 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Reddish Egret in Wintersburg Channel
8/11/18 11:17 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff on Santa Ana River - 11 AUG
8/11/18 10:24 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff on Santa Ana River - 11 AUG
8/11/18 9:43 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff on Santa Ana River - 11 AUG
8/11/18 9:37 am Clark Snodgrass via Groups.Io <ccsnodgrass=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] White-breasted Nuthatch continues at HCP (pict)
8/10/18 2:52 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of August 10 Bolsa Chica Survey
8/9/18 8:32 am Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
8/9/18 8:27 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 9, 2018
8/8/18 8:41 am calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica YCNHs continue on 8/8/18
8/7/18 3:18 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Correction to Earlier Bolsa Chica Post (8/7/18) Re YCNH
8/7/18 10:22 am Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Bolsa Chica this Morning
8/7/18 10:19 am chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Wilson’s and Red-necked phalaropes
8/6/18 5:44 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica Bridge Repairs this Fall
8/6/18 3:10 pm Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Peeps , phalaropes and yellowlegs
8/6/18 1:12 pm Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
8/6/18 10:57 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh
8/6/18 10:51 am John Haney via Groups.Io <jmhaney123=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned night heron at bolsa chica interpretative center
8/5/18 1:55 pm Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor/Northern Fulmar
8/5/18 11:38 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh
8/5/18 10:26 am David Campbell via Groups.Io <nbangler=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Northern Fulmar
8/5/18 10:06 am Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
8/5/18 9:29 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh
8/5/18 8:58 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh
8/4/18 12:13 pm Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper - San Joaquin
8/4/18 12:08 pm Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Bolsa Chica 8/4/18
8/4/18 10:19 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bank Swallow at San Joaquin Marsh
8/4/18 7:48 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Possible Semipalmated Sandpiper - San Joaquin Marsh
8/3/18 5:59 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Correction to Earlier SJWS Post
8/3/18 1:39 pm Terry Hill <terrynjohn...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of August 3 SJWS Monthly Survey
8/2/18 4:43 pm Karl Fairchild <kfairchild1985...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Swainson's Hawk no, White-tailed Kite yes
8/2/18 1:18 pm dave_telford via Groups.Io <dave_telford=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
8/2/18 6:54 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 2, 2018
8/1/18 10:05 pm Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] dam in Talbert Lake at HCP
8/1/18 8:25 pm vicleipzig via Groups.Io <vicleipzig=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] dam in Talbert Lake at HCP
8/1/18 11:15 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Request for information - Summer NAB
7/31/18 5:28 pm Stan Walens <stan.walens...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed booby off Dana Point, July 23, 2018
7/30/18 1:42 pm Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Talbert Lake in Huntington Beach Central Park-East
7/29/18 11:57 am Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron 7/29/18
7/29/18 7:41 am Trish G <trishrg62...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Indigo Bunting yorba regional park
7/29/18 3:21 am Doug Willick <doug.willick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Update on the Swainson's Hawks
7/28/18 8:29 pm Linette Davenport <littlewing250...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica
7/28/18 7:49 am Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Indigo Bunting yorba regional park
7/28/18 7:15 am bugbob via Groups.Io <bugbob=<mac.com...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continuing today July 24
7/27/18 9:24 am Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOOTY TERN
7/26/18 8:22 pm Rick Shearer <tiorick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sanpiper continued
7/26/18 5:20 pm <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOOTY TERN
7/26/18 4:43 pm dave_telford via Groups.Io <dave_telford=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] SOOTY TERN
7/26/18 9:37 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA - July 26, 2018
7/25/18 9:12 pm Dave Telford <dave_telford...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Tricolored Heron
7/25/18 8:55 am trailgirl888 via Groups.Io <trailgirl888=<yahoo.com...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh
7/24/18 2:52 pm Dave Telford <dave_telford...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo
7/24/18 1:47 pm Rick Shearer <tiorick...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continuing today July 24
7/24/18 8:33 am Donna Bray <donnabray...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Join me Birding for YBCU this AM
7/24/18 6:38 am J. Wilson <jdi4otherstuff...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Join me Birding for YBCU this AM
7/23/18 6:36 pm <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-throated Vireo at Mason Regional Park - 27 JUNE
7/23/18 3:38 pm Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-throated Vireo at Mason Regional Park - 27 JUNE
7/23/18 3:33 pm <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-throated Vireo at Mason Regional Park - 27 JUNE
7/23/18 7:58 am <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...> Monday YES Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continues 22 JUL
7/22/18 10:55 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continues 22 JUL
7/22/18 8:15 am Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continues 22 JUL
 
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Date: 8/21/18 8:59 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
Last night Robin Lowe emailed me photos of now four Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons inside the Dana Point Harbor. This included a photo of all
four standing together, including one Second Year (SY) bird and three Hatch
Year (HY) birds. From comparing photographs, I determined that the SY bird
that has been at Bolsa Chica is a different individual than the one that is
currently in Dana Point Harbor. However, I haven't been able to make the
same determination between the Dana Point Harbor bird and the bird that was
at Salt Creek in June. Those ones may be the same bird, particularly
because of the distance between the two locations. I will need to analyze
them more. I'm not sure that it would even be possible to determine that
the Dana Point HY birds are different from the Bolsa HY birds. Since it
seems as if the Bolsa birds have dwindled just prior to these Dana Point
birds popping up, it's possible they've just moved south down the coastline.

For those interested, a conservative count says that we have had six
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in Orange County this summer: two SY birds and
four HY birds (three at Bolsa Chica and one that was concurrently at Dana
Point Harbor). There may be several more, but our definite minimum is six
birds. This species was first found in Orange County in 1977, an adult bird
at the San Joaquin Marsh by Don Hoechlin. We didn't get our second county
record until 2012, 25 years later! Since then this species has been a sort
of expected annual visitor primarily to Bolsa Chica, with typically one or
two birds showing up each year. With that in mind, even a conservative
count of six birds this summer is still unprecedented for Orange County and
is a clear record high for us.

Any information regarding simultaneous counts of birds in both Dana Point
and Bolsa Chica *at the same time* would be much appreciated.

On Aug 17, 2018 10:38 PM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman...> wrote:

Robin Lowe, who has documented many of our more interesting pelagic birds
the last couple weeks, sent me photos tonight of two Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons inside the Dana Point Harbor. In addition to the continuing
Hatch Year bird, a Second Year bird is now present as well.

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Date: 8/21/18 7:17 am
From: Edana Salisbury via Groups.Io <edanasal=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Northern Fulmar at Newport Pier
Shirley and I saw a Northern Fulmar swimming to and around the pier starting at about 0700.

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: 8/20/18 5:46 pm
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Lucy's Warbler - 8/20/18
An adult LUCY'S WARBLER was in the "Island" slough at Huntington Central Park this afternoon. Nice bright maroon rump but only a tiny maroon spot on the crown.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/20/18 5:37 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Adult Nazca Booby - 9-10 Miles off Laguna - 20 AUG
Serving as messenger: An adult NAZCA BOOBY was photographed this afternoon
by Kristin Campbell on board the Shearwater with Newport Coastal
Adventures. It was seen about 9-10 miles offshore of Laguna near
GPS: 33.4168961, -117.883566.

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Date: 8/20/18 1:39 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff Today at Santa Ana River + White-breasted Nuthatches at Huntington Central Park
Jan Wilson and I first birded the Santa Ana River this morning (8/20) and re-found the Ruff from the trail on the north side just west of Lakeview about 7:20.  After watching it for 10 minutes or so and taking pictures, we diverted our attention and when we looked back, it had disappeared.  We saw two adult Bald Eagles further west on telephone poles, plus a Sora just below the spillway.  We then walked east of Lakeview and re-found the female Lazuli Bunting and the male Northern Red Bishop.  

We then went to Huntington Central Park and promptly re-found the first White-breasted Nuthatch (about 9:30) just outside the restroom on the south end of the park above the amphitheater.  After landing in a tree next to us, it flew on the other side of the restroom into another tree with a hole full of water and bathed.  Later, we re-found the 2nd WBNU at Loren’s Ditch.  I will posting our lists on eBird shortly.
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/20/18 8:53 am
From: trailgirl888 via Groups.Io <trailgirl888=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Lucy’s Warbler at Mile Square RP
I re-found the Lucy’s Warbler at 7:45 am and seen again at 8:30. This was also seen by Edana Salisbury. 33.726930, -117.942842 accuracy 16 feet. This is in SW quadrant of the nature center. (It is open.) Prefers the mesquite and Palo Verde. We (including Jack Lindahl) are trying for a photo. “Spinking!”
Shirley Reynolds
Laguna Niguel

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Date: 8/19/18 8:34 pm
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica Nighthawk
On Wednesday (Aug 15) while walking around Bolsa Chica at sundown I saw quite well a LESSER NIGHTHAWK flying low over the oil fields off the end of Graham Street and between the homes on Gainsford.

I've gone back each evening since. I glimpsed a distant falcon-like silhouette on Thursday evening low over the same area but the view was fleeting, in deep dusk, and inconclusive.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/19/18 2:30 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby seen in Newport Harbor this morning
Nobody object!

On Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 2:29 PM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> Disregard. This was out of Long Beach. I’m an idiot.
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> Jeff Bray
> Irvine, CA
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Date: 8/19/18 2:29 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby seen in Newport Harbor this morning



Disregard. This was out of Long Beach. I’m an idiot.







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Date: 8/19/18 2:26 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby seen in Newport Harbor this morning







Post below from Harbor Breeze Cruises this morning on their return 9am trip. Masked Booby sitting on the Jetty of Newport Harbor.





https://www.facebook.com/379177132095284/posts/2131941373485509/














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Date: 8/19/18 11:22 am
From: Tim Ryan <janemarie19...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] White-winged Dove in Capo Beach
In what has become an annual late summer/early fall event,a White-winged Dove visited our backyard on Saturday,8/19...Tim Ryan Capistrano Beach

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Date: 8/18/18 10:50 pm
From: Doug Lithgow via Groups.Io <dmlithgow=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron @ Bolsa Chica 8.18.2018
[Edited Message Follows]

2nd Year Yellow-crowned Night Heron observed at Bolsa Chica inner bay on 8.17.2018 at 1:15 PM and 8.18.2018 at 7:30 AM. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/107246855@N07/43400163344/in/dateposted-public/

Doug Lithgow
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/18/18 3:00 pm
From: Doug Lithgow via Groups.Io <dmlithgow=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron @ Bolsa Chica 8.18.2018
Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron observed at Bolsa Chica inner bay on 8.17.2018 at 1:15 PM and 8.18.2018 at 7:30 AM. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/107246855@N07/43400163344/in/dateposted-public/

Doug Lithgow
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/18/18 8:37 am
From: Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Lucy Warbler(s) at Mile Sq Park 18 Aug 2018
One, possibly two ragged Lucy's Warblers are in the SW corner of the Nature Area at MSRP in Fountain Valley. Difficult viewing thru the fence because the Nature Area is always locked on weekends - go figure.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
Garden Grove

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Date: 8/17/18 10:38 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
Robin Lowe, who has documented many of our more interesting pelagic birds
the last couple weeks, sent me photos tonight of two Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons inside the Dana Point Harbor. In addition to the continuing
Hatch Year bird, a Second Year bird is now present as well.

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Date: 8/17/18 10:10 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed and Brown Boobies off shore of Newport today - 17 AUG
Serving as messenger, I received photos today of a RED-FOOTED BOOBY and a
BROWN BOOBY that were seen off shore aboard the whale watching boat
"Shearwater" with Newport Coastal Adventures. I don't have many details as
to the exact location or time, just that they were both seen today in OC
waters.

Seems like a good time to go on a whale watching boat...

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Date: 8/17/18 12:15 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of August 17 Harriett Wieder Park Monthly Count
Highlights of today’s (August 17) monthly count at Harriett Wieder Park included 6 Wilson’s Phalaropes and 67 Red-necked Phalaropes (both species in the Bolsa Chica cell at the west end of the park), and 1 Willow Flycatcher in that area of the park.   Overall, there weren’t many birds today--the shorebirds due to a lack of water in the Bolsa Chica cells.  We were hindered in the playground area by the park maintenance workers still running a leaf blower in one end when we started, so we left and checked it out at the end; and at Fisher’s Gulch, a    juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was chasing an adult Cooper’s Hawk and vice versa, so the birds were very quiet.  It normally takes  us 2 hours (winter months), but today all teams finished in 90 minutes.  The bright spot was the fact that the native plants that the BC Conservancy planted, especially in the fields between the playground and Fisher’s Gulch, are doing very well; and attracting many Lesser Goldfinches and Mourning Doves to the seeds.
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/16/18 4:53 pm
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Tern
Don Hoechlin shared 8 photos with you from the Flickr app!
Black Tern at SAR. Check them out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128470460@N05/shares/aTpJ54. Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 8/16/18 4:50 pm
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Santa Ana River birds
Don Hoechlin shared 11 photos with you from the Flickr app! Check them out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128470460@N05/shares/3vYZy9. Ruff and Solitary Sandpiper.

Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 8/16/18 5:51 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 16, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* August 16, 2018
* CAOC18.08.16

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
Ruff
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Red Phalarope
Sabine’s Gull
Black Tern
Northern Fulmar
Red-footed Booby
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Bank Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Yellow-headed Blackbird


A CACKLING GOOSE was photographed at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley on August 13. This bird has apparently become a year-round resident
in Orange County, but it certainly doesn't get reported very often from
what is otherwise a popular birding location. It is occasionally reported
at Mile Square during the offseason, so it likely moves around to other
surrounding parks as well. It would be interesting to know where else it
hangs out...

A RUFF was found by Mike "Mile" Huang on the upper Santa Ana River on
August 11 and continued through August 15. The bird has been hanging around
generally in the stretch of river from just west of Imperial Highway to
just east of Lakeview. This bird has been returning to this area each year
since 2013 (except 2015). As has been discussed to death on this listserv,
the bird is a female, also known as a Reeve.

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine through August 10. It moved around between Ponds C, D, and E and
mixed in with the flocks of peeps (Western and Least Sandpipers).

Two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were reported at Pond C at San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary in Irvine on August 13, with one bird presumably living up to its
name and continuing in the same location on August 14.

A RED PHALAROPE was photographed offshore of Dana Point on August 12.

Small flocks of SABINE’S GULLS were seen off the coast of Dana Point on
August 12 and 13. These are just more in a series of sightings of this
species in Orange County waters over the last two weeks (several dozen
birds reported so far among various pelagic trips, which is more than we
usually see in OC).

A BLACK TERN put in a short appearance on the upper Santa Ana River in the
vicinity of Riverdale Park in Anaheim on August 12.

NORTHERN FULMARS were photographed outside of Dana Point Harbor on August
13. This species, which is normally unexpected in summer and would not be
expected back in our area until October, has been showing up in small
numbers over the last couple weeks.

An immature RED-FOOTED BOOBY was photographed offshore on August 12.

At least 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued in the county this week. A
Second Year (SY) bird continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through August 10, and at least one Hatch Year (HY) bird
continued at the same location through August 12. The SY bird seems to like
the pocket pond and areas around the bridge that crosses the Wintersburg
channel while the HY bird(s) tend to hang out closer to the flood control
gates and areas near the PCH. Another HY bird continued at the Dana Point
Harbor in Dana Point on August 14.

A BANK SWALLOW was reported at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on
August 12, where true to his name, Jeff Bray had a Jeff Bray Moment as the
bird flew over Pond C and only he and a few others saw it fast enough.

Up to two WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through August 12, in the eucalyptus trees around "the
island." At least one continued through August 14. Another nuthatch was
photographed at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on August 13,
just inside the golf course off the Edinger entrance. This species is a
rare visitor to areas outside of the mountains and northernmost foothills
of the county.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found on the upper Santa Ana River on August
13 in the vicinity of Riverdale Park in Anaheim. A second bird was found at
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on Pond 1 on August 15 when Calvin
Hardcastle also had a Jeff Bray Moment (but unlike that loser Jeff actually
got a photo of his bird!).


*LOCAL EVENTS *

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The next monthly Bird Walk at Upper Newport Bay on August 26 from 8:00am to
11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS *

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon trip will take place on August 24 from
8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to reserve a
spot.

The next Pelagic trip out of Dana Point will take place on October 6. Email
Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to reserve a spot. More info here:
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

Sylvia Gallagher will be starting her Introductory Birding Skills workshop
on behalf of Sea and Sage Audubon Society this fall. Classes will be held
weekly in Huntington Beach from early October to mid-December. Registration
begins September 5. The workshop page with all details is here:
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/2018IntroBirdSkills.pdf


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

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 at <doug.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: 8/15/18 10:19 am
From: calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow Headed Blackbird at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
An adult male yellow headed blackbird made a cameo appearance on the Pond 1 island at about 7:15 this morning.  After posing for a few pictures, the bird continued on its way toward San Diego Creek.  Probably not chaseable, but the bird gave me a "Jeff Bray" moment when I looked up and saw the bird as it flew away.
--
Calvin Hardcastle - Irvine

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Date: 8/14/18 6:10 pm
From: Mike Sanders via Groups.Io <msanders414=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper at SJWS
A Solitary Sandpiper is now at the N end of Pond C, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon


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Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon

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Date: 8/14/18 8:07 am
From: <etchisond...> <detchison22...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] fire-related bird activity
Just to add to the fire-related bird observations:  At Starr Ranch yesterday we noted a large number of California Scrub Jays flying away from the fire area.  We also saw a scooper helicopter taking water from the Coto de Caza reservoir, so they're using every source of water they can get to.

Diane Etchison
San Clemente

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Date: 8/14/18 7:41 am
From: Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
Here's the ops map from 3am 8/14.

https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps/ops_ansi_e_land_20180814_Holy_CACNF2664.pdf

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Date: 8/14/18 7:30 am
From: Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
New map is up this morning. I have not seen the thermal imaging map yet or today's ops report/map. 

Regarding upper Bell Canyon (where National Audubon is), they remained concerned about it yesterday. I can tell you for fact they worked that area and the Los Pinos ridge from 8am to 7:30pm yesterday and worked it hard. Constant plane coverage, some belly dumps, constant helos. There are ground crews in there. They can't get apparatus in because there are no roads. I hear helos coming/going from Irvine Lake, and watched it on Flight Tracker (https://www.flightradar24.com/33.63,-117.47/11). There's no USFS/CalFire aircraft up above the fire now but should be in a while. The belly dumpers come out of San Bernardino airport, the scouting aircraft from Hemet. I'm not certain where the helos originate. They remained concerned about Bell in part because of it's remoteness. It's a VERY long hike to where the ground crews were working. I see two new helo pads were built on Los Pinos Ridge.

Looks like both Blue Jay Campground AND Falcon were spared (see map, below) but everything directly N. of Falcon is gone, which, as Ryan indicated above, includes the pine groves near Los Pinos Trailhead. Tragic.

As Bob pointed out, they update these maps regularly. When I find a newer map or the ops or thermal map, I will post them. I hope the weather holds as they seem to be making good headway.

  22,986 acres
59% contained
31 Handcrews
141 Engines
10 Dozers
11 Water tenders
10 Helicopters
1340 Total Personnel

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6106/0/84262 (map)

Sherry Meddick
Silverado

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Date: 8/14/18 5:52 am
From: bugbob via Groups.Io <bugbob=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
Friends,

Looks like they updated the maps and removed the one referred to by Sherry. The update(s) appear to be posted in the parent folder. Get to it here, then click on a map file.
https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps <https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps>

Since they delete the previous maps, be sure to save the day’s map(s) if you want a record of the fire’s progress.

This fire sure has hit a lot of my favorite nature-watching locations. In fact, Holy Jim Trail is my favorite trail in the Santa Ana Mtns. It travels through many habitat types. Lots of cool plants and critters up there. I hiked it a lot right after its last fire in the 1970s, first as a high school student and later as a teacher, watching the post-fire progression. Here’s to plentiful winter-spring rains to get the regeneration process started.

This weekend, I was photographing the fire atop Vista del Lago at Canaveras, Mission Viejo, with lots of other people including DeeDee Gollwitzer. We had a California thrasher fly in from the direction of the fire (albeit the location is many miles SW of the fire). It alighted on a fence to rest a minute, acted alarmed, then continued flying southward through neighborhoods. I don’t see that species in Mission Viejo, possibly never have. It would be interesting to hear from others about sightings of wildlife presumably fleeing.

-Bob Allen
<bugbob...> <mailto:<bugbob...>
Mission Viejo, CA


> On Aug 13, 2018, at 11:15 AM, Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>
> I have to say, I'm relieved to see upper Silverado/Modjeska spared, particularly the pine canyons below/at Maple Springs given how many of us visit this location to bird. It appears Blue Jay Campground was spared, I can't tell about Falcon. But it would appear there are burned slopes near Los Pinos Trail head (lots of pines there) and I have no idea what remains given that it appears the road up to there from Falcon and the trailhead itself is all inside the fire perimeter.
>
> The loss of so much of Holy Jim is devastating.
>
> Here is a link to the map which you can move around on: https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps/HOLY_OPS_8_13_2018.pdf <https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps/HOLY_OPS_8_13_2018.pdf>
>
> There are "only" 10 fires now burning in CA, down from 20 on Sat, so let's hope this is the end of it for this year.
>
> Sherry Meddick
> Silverado
>


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Date: 8/13/18 7:19 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff being seen again on the SAR - 13 AUG



Serving as messenger, Becky Turley reports that the Ruff (Reeve) is back at her old stomping grounds, 100 yards west of Imperial Hwy along the Santa Ana River.












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Date: 8/13/18 5:39 pm
From: Doug Lithgow via Groups.Io <dmlithgow=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpipers at SJWS on Pond C
I had a pair of Solitary Sandpipers on Pond C at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary around 7:30 AM on 8/13/18. The pair seemed to be staying together and they were vocalizing. 

Doug Lithgow 
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/13/18 4:21 pm
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow headed bla kbird s a river
There is currently a yellow-headed blackbird right outside the entrance
from Riverdale Park on the Santa Ana River about 30 yards Upstream from the
water drop Trish gussler Anaheim

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Date: 8/13/18 12:31 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
Jeff also found this interactive map on the Riverside County GIS
Department's website:
http://countyofriverside.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d6e40142cdc84173b29a29f27ac15df9.
You can turn layers on and off with the "stacked" icon in the top right,
although this doesn't provide the contained/active information that
Sherry's map has. From what is shown on these maps, yes, it looks like the
Los Pinos trailhead and the coulter pine grove were consumed in the fire,
unfortunately. I'm surprised to see Bell Canyon still listed as an active
fire, as I saw no smoke at all from there yesterday watching from my
house...



On Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=
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> I have to say, I'm relieved to see upper Silverado/Modjeska spared,
> particularly the pine canyons below/at Maple Springs given how many of us
> visit this location to bird. It appears Blue Jay Campground was spared, I
> can't tell about Falcon. But it would appear there are burned slopes near
> Los Pinos Trail head (lots of pines there) and I have no idea what remains
> given that it appears the road up to there from Falcon and the trailhead
> itself is all inside the fire perimeter.
>
> The loss of so much of Holy Jim is devastating.
>
> Here is a link to the map which you can move around on:
> https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps/HOLY_OPS_8_13_2018.pdf
>
> There are "only" 10 fires now burning in CA, down from 20 on Sat, so let's
> hope this is the end of it for this year.
>
> Sherry Meddick
> Silverado
>
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Date: 8/13/18 11:15 am
From: Sherry Meddick via Groups.Io <canyon53ss=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Fire map for those interested
I have to say, I'm relieved to see upper Silverado/Modjeska spared, particularly the pine canyons below/at Maple Springs given how many of us visit this location to bird. It appears Blue Jay Campground was spared, I can't tell about Falcon. But it would appear there are burned slopes near Los Pinos Trail head (lots of pines there) and I have no idea what remains given that it appears the road up to there from Falcon and the trailhead itself is all inside the fire perimeter. 

The loss of so much of Holy Jim is devastating. 

Here is a link to the map which you can move around on: https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2018_Incidents/CA-CNF-002664_Holy/QR_Maps/HOLY_OPS_8_13_2018.pdf

There are "only" 10 fires now burning in CA, down from 20 on Sat, so let's hope this is the end of it for this year.

Sherry Meddick
Silverado

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Date: 8/12/18 10:23 pm
From: Mark Girardeau via Groups.Io <markgphotos=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed booby offshore
Today while aboard Newport Coastal Adventure whale watching, we spotted a red-footed booby soaring with black vented shearwaters a few miles out from Huntington Beach. (GPS coordinates - 33° 34' 40.11" N, 118° 3' 46.30" W).

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47817405

Mark Girardeau
Mission Viejo, CA

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Date: 8/12/18 6:21 pm
From: Becky & Steve Turley <turlslb...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Tern
The Black Tern that Don H. found this am, 8/12/18, is resting in the river at same spot, 50 yds. west of Lakeview now.

Becky and Steve Turley
Long Beach

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On Sunday, August 12, 2018 Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd...> wrote:
A black tern was seeing feeding in the pond just outside the gate to Riverdale Park, just now. The bird then circled up over the pond and disappeared from sight. Photos attached to eBird list.




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Date: 8/12/18 2:55 pm
From: Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
What I saw floating about a mile west of Dana Point Harbor were sheerwaters, not murrelets. I saw Pink-footed and Black-vented Sheerwaters in groups with occasional Sabine Gulls. There were over 100 birds! I posted the pictures. I guess I better start learning my pelagics!
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San Clemente

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Date: 8/12/18 11:38 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of the monthly San Joaquin Bird Walk - 12 AUG
If only I could post an HTML link correctly...

The CORRECT eBird link here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47805300


On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 11:34 AM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> Our walk today was pretty typical of a late summer walk at the Marsh.
> Nothing terribly exciting. Noteable birds were a Bank Swallow that flew
> over Pond C and a Black-throated Gray Warbler in a eucalyptus on the east
> corner of Pond 1. Many Bell's Vireo were heard as well as one
> Yellow-breasted Chat. One male Mandarin Duck on Pond 2 in eclipse plumage
> for the exotic list.
>
> eBird checklist below with the species:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47805300
>
> If anyone wants to be copied on the list, please respond to me directly
> with your eBird username or e-mail address.
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Date: 8/12/18 11:37 am
From: Clark Snodgrass via Groups.Io <ccsnodgrass=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pair of White-Breasted Nuthatches - Huntington Central Park
Now a Pair of White-Breasted Nuthatches at Huntington Central Park
 
Male and Female hanging together
 
They are in the same area as the male has been seen, on the south side of the "island" in the lower parts of the northern most Eucs just before the trench
 
pIcts of each are here
 
male.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/43999707231/in/dateposted-public/
 
female https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/42190578850/in/dateposted-public/
 
 
Clark Snodgrass
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/12/18 11:35 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of the monthly San Joaquin Bird Walk - 12 AUG
Our walk today was pretty typical of a late summer walk at the Marsh.
Nothing terribly exciting. Noteable birds were a Bank Swallow that flew
over Pond C and a Black-throated Gray Warbler in a eucalyptus on the east
corner of Pond 1. Many Bell's Vireo were heard as well as one
Yellow-breasted Chat. One male Mandarin Duck on Pond 2 in eclipse plumage
for the exotic list.

eBird checklist below with the species:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47805300

If anyone wants to be copied on the list, please respond to me directly
with your eBird username or e-mail address.

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Date: 8/12/18 11:32 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Posting etiquette
Birders,

A decent number of posts to this listserv do not include a name, a city of
residence, or both. For moderated posts, we've been correcting these
ourselves before they go out to the public, but everybody should be
including your name and city of residence in each post. If you don't want
to manually type them out each time, you can have an automated signature.
There are instructions in this post:
https://groups.io/g/OrangeCountyBirding/topic/welcome_to_the_new/15691642?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,0,15691642,
and every new approved member also receives instructions on how to set up a
signature. This post is also pinned at the top of the Messages page where
it is ruffly the easiest post to find.

In addition, please remember that not everybody uses eBird, and even those
who do use it may not receive eBird Rare Bird Alerts or know how to search
for individual records on eBird. If you're going to refer to an eBird
checklist, please include the link to it, preferably in the same message.

Thanks for your help in making this a fun and useful listserv for sharing
information about our local birds!

(Tom Benson, Jeff Bray, and Ryan Winkleman
San Bernardino, Irvine, and slightly smoky Rancho Santa Margarita)

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Date: 8/12/18 10:15 am
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Tern
A black tern was seeing feeding in the pond just outside the gate to Riverdale Park, just now. The bird then circled up over the pond and disappeared from sight. Photos attached to eBird list.

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Date: 8/12/18 9:58 am
From: Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
We went past the flag buoy and floating in the ocean were about 50 murrelets. These were larger than the one I saw previously.
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San Clemente

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Date: 8/11/18 11:28 pm
From: Doug Willick <doug.willick...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff/reeve picture today 8/11/18 to compare with 13, 16, 17 for observations
Hi Jim,

I'm assuming this is the same Ruff that has been showing up at this general location in July or August each year, for several years now; I haven't seen the bird in person yet, but still have to assume it's the same.  So assuming it's the same bird, I feel pretty confident in saying this is a female Ruff (or, of course, a Reeve as they are sometimes called).  There had been discussions in past years among several birders with a reasonable amount of experience with this species, and based on the bird's size (relative to other shorebirds it was typically near, such as Long-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, etc.), it was definitely more in the range of female Ruff.  And also, based on the plumage it's shown when it first appears (prior to molting into basic plumage), it has shown an alternate plumage typical of a female Ruff.  In alternate plumage a male is quite unique (and variable), but very different from the females in alternate.  I do remember someone bringing up, and then later reading about, the interesting situation where a very small percentage of male Ruffs (like about 1%) are smaller--more intermediate in size between an average male and average female--and more female-like in their plumage characteristics.  But from what I've read, it'd be very difficult to distinguish one of these "female-mimic" males in the field (measurements would be needed, apparently, to separate these).  However, being that only 1% ("ruffly") of males are said to be this "female-mimic" in size and plumage, we've just assumed that this female appearing bird (based on size and alternate plumage) is just that, a female. 
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Doug Willick
Orange, CA
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Doug Willick
Orange, CA

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Date: 8/11/18 9:21 pm
From: condor262001 via Groups.Io <condor262001=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff/reeve picture today 8/11/18 to compare with 13, 16, 17 for observations
I have taken pictures of possible the same bird in 2013 (Sept 1), 2016 (mid August) and 2017 (mid August) all of which
are on my Flickr page. Whether this is a Ruff (probably) or a Reeve (possibly) is still an open question.
Good photos next month might help.

The link to todays photo is

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/30120254138/in/dateposted-public/

The others can be found in the photo stream.

Jim Hecht
Hermosa Beach CA

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Date: 8/11/18 2:27 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Reddish Egret in Wintersburg Channel
This afternoon (Aug. 11) at 1:25, I was driving south on Springdale.  As I passed over the Wintersburg Channel just before Warner Ave., I took a quick glance to my right and spotted at least one Reddish Egret, plus a probable second one a little beyond that one.   It looked like a lot of birds present, but I was running errands.  I’ve always thought they must come up that far in the channel at times and always take a quick look when I pass over.
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/11/18 11:17 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff on Santa Ana River - 11 AUG



I’m leaving the spot now. 11:15a. Others are still here. Bird is being seen frequently moving in and out of the vegetation on the river. The best location ID for this area is a red brick building on the north side of the river.







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> On Aug 11, 2018 at 10:24 AM, <Jeff Bray (mailto:<jbray4913...>)> wrote:
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> Location of the bird. Seen from south side of the river.
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> Dropped Pin
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> near Santa Ana River Trail, Anaheim, CA 92807
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> Here with Mike now trying to relocate.
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> > Serving as messenger: Mike Huang just messaged me that he has found a Ruff (Female / Reeve) I presume a returning bird of the past 6 years? It's on the the Santa Ana River. He has it to the EAST of Lakeview Ave. Not sure about parking, I believe the closest place to get on the trail is Riverdale Park, to the west. That's all I have for now. Nice find Mike!
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Date: 8/11/18 10:24 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff on Santa Ana River - 11 AUG



Location of the bird. Seen from south side of the river.




Dropped Pin

near Santa Ana River Trail, Anaheim, CA 92807

https://goo.gl/maps/ws7tUn2yr8q



Here with Mike now trying to relocate.








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> Serving as messenger: Mike Huang just messaged me that he has found a Ruff (Female / Reeve) I presume a returning bird of the past 6 years? It's on the the Santa Ana River. He has it to the EAST of Lakeview Ave. Not sure about parking, I believe the closest place to get on the trail is Riverdale Park, to the west. That's all I have for now. Nice find Mike!
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Date: 8/11/18 9:43 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff on Santa Ana River - 11 AUG
Serving as messenger: Mike Huang just messaged me that he has found a Ruff
(Female / Reeve) I presume a returning bird of the past 6 years? It's on
the the Santa Ana River. He has it to the EAST of Lakeview Ave. Not sure
about parking, I believe the closest place to get on the trail is Riverdale
Park, to the west. That's all I have for now. Nice find Mike!

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Date: 8/11/18 9:37 am
From: Clark Snodgrass via Groups.Io <ccsnodgrass=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] White-breasted Nuthatch continues at HCP (pict)
The White-breasted Nuthatch continued yesterday at Huntington Central Park.
 
The bird was on the lower parts of the closest Eucalyptus trees on the south side of the island trench (northeast of the wooden amphitheater  and just south of the trench).
 
Pict here:
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/29031788047/in/dateposted-public/
 
 
Clark Snodgrass
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/10/18 2:52 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of August 10 Bolsa Chica Survey
Highlights of today’s (August 10) Bolsa Chica survey included: 
6 Wilson’s Phalaropes and 20 phalarope species (too far away to determine)
2 Reddish Egrets
2 Yellow-crowned Night-herons (1 juvenile and the 2nd year “almost adult”)
4 Ospreys (3 seen at once and one elsewhere at the same time)
2 Belted Kingfishers 
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Loggerhead Shrike (in trees on lower mesa near tide gates)
15 Horned Larks
2 Blue Grosbeaks (male & female) from Brightwater Trail
We also saw and heard one young Great Blue Heron in a nest with an adult in attendance.  This is very late in the season for nesting.
Misses were Ridgway’s Rail, the Lesser Scaup, and any Common Terns.

In addition, some of our volunteers talked to Ross Griswold, who volunteers with Fish & Wildlife and helps Peter Knapp.  Ross reports seeing a Barn Owl in the nonpublic area.

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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/9/18 8:32 am
From: Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
The juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron is still roosting at the docks of Pure Watersports.
--
Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

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Date: 8/9/18 8:27 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 9, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* August 9, 2018
* CAOC18.08.09

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*

Lesser Scaup
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Sabine’s Gull
Northern Fulmar
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson's Hawk
Bank Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch


A long-staying LESSER SCAUP continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through August 7. This bird has been sporadically reported
from this location since mid-May after other scaup had already departed.

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was found at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on August 4. A second bird was confirmed on August 5 and 6. At least
one bird continued through August 8. They have been seen on Ponds C, D and
E mixed in with the flocks of peeps (Western and Least Sandpipers).

SABINE’S GULLS were seen off the coast on different whale watching trips
over the past week. Two encounters off Dana Point on August 5 and 6 and
another encounter off Newport on August 5.

A NORTHERN FULMAR was photographed sitting on the water just outside of
Dana Point Harbor on August 5, and two more were photographed sitting along
the Newport Pier on the same day.

As many as 5 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in the county this week.
A sub-adult continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach
through August 8 along with 3 new arrivals which were all juvenile birds.
The sub-adult seems to like the pocket pond and areas around the bridge
that crosses the Wintersburg channel while the 3 juvenile birds tend to
hang out closer to the flood control gates and areas near the PCH. Another
juvenile bird was photographed in Dana Point on August 6.

A pair of SWAINSON'S HAWKS that was found on the border of Seal Beach and
Los Alamitos around June 13 continued through August 8. They are utilizing
the area generally encompassing the Old Ranch Country Club, the Joint
Forces Training Center, and sort of the residential neighborhood south of
Lampson. They are generally reliable and easy to find in the open fields or
in the trees or telephone poles in the vicinity of the maintenance building
on the eastern end of the country club.

A BANK SWALLOW was found at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on
August 4. It was seen flying over Ponds C and D.

An out-of-place WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through August 8, in the eucalyptus trees around "the
island." This species is a rare visitor to areas outside of the mountains
and northernmost foothills of the county.


*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 August 12 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.

The next monthly Bird Walk at Upper Newport Bay on August 26 from 8:00am to
11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS *

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon trip will take place on August 24 from
8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to reserve a
spot.

The next Pelagic trip out of Dana Point will take place on October 6. Email
Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to reserve a spot. More info here:
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html


*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 at <doug.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: 8/8/18 8:41 am
From: calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica YCNHs continue on 8/8/18
Three juv yellow crowned might herons refound this morning. Two were found in the pickle weed between the flood gates and PCH. Later these two posed on the fence above the flood gates. The third was found in the shrubs along PCH just south of the flood gates. All three in view at same time. A 2Y night heron was also in the shrub but I need to check photo to confirm species. Could be a black crowned. ( yes Ryan I learned my lesson). Bonus was a female belted kingfisher in same bush. 
Calvin Hardcastle - Irvine

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Date: 8/7/18 3:18 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Correction to Earlier Bolsa Chica Post (8/7/18) Re YCNH
After I reviewed my pictures of the 3 juvenile night-herons in the bush, I started thinking they might be Yellow-crowned as opposed to Black-crowned and sent them to Ryan, who confirmed they were Yellow-crowned.  So we had 3 juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-herons in the bush along PCH, plus the older Yellow-crowned in the pocket pond.
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/7/18 10:22 am
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Bolsa Chica this Morning
I started early (6:30) at Bolsa Chica this morning (Aug. 7) and was joined by Jan Wilson and Tim Maas at 7:00 a.m.  At first there were no herons at all in the bush along PCH, but they started flying in as Jan and Tim got there.  The juveniles all appeared to be BCNH, though, with an adult.  We walked over to the west end of the Pocket Pond, where there more BCNH’s and finally the Yellow-crowned Night-heron (the 2nd year transitioning into adult one) in the pickleweed.  This was probably about 7:20 or so.  No other rarities, but a dense ground fog rolled in a little after that, precluding our seeing very far.
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/7/18 10:19 am
From: chuck schussman via Groups.Io <cschussman=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Wilson’s and Red-necked phalaropes
Hello All,

There are seven Wilson’s and three Red-necked phalaropes at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary this morning. For a short time all of them were on pond C. Right now the Red-necked are on C and the Wilson’s are on E.

I also saw the Least Bittern close to shore on pond 1.

I saw many sandpipers but could not pick out the semipalmated. That is likely due to my difficulties with identifying peeps, and does not necessarily mean that the bird(s) is not here.

Happy birding!
Chuck Schussman
Tustin

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Date: 8/6/18 5:44 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica Bridge Repairs this Fall
I just received this notice from Amigos de Bolsa Chica, firming up the bridge repair work that will be done this fall and winter at Bolsa Chica.  This will obviously cause some problems with our counts, including the Christmas Count, but hopefully we can work around it.

BCER Bridge Repairs, Closures This Fall 

 
Starting Monday, September 17, repairs to the steel bridge that crosses the Outer Bolsa Bay from the north parking lot will begin. The bridge will be to closed to everyone but the construction crew up through the first week in November, or later if there are weather delays. There will also be a temporary loss of six parking stalls on the end of the lot next to the interpretive panels and bridge ramp. Sanding and painting of the steel bridge is expected to take two months.
 
Once repairs of the steel bridge are completed in November, the bridge will be reopened to the public and the contractor will move to the south lot for repairs to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve’s other pedestrian bridge. 
 
The wood footbridge crossing Inner Bolsa Bay from the south parking lot is estimated to be closed to the public sometime in November and may not reopen until sometime in January. This is an estimate at this time and subject to change. As soon as the bridge is repaired, the south lot will be repainted and handicapped stalls repaired. These projects must be completed before March 15, 2019.

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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/6/18 3:10 pm
From: Don Hoechlin via Groups.Io <Quixdimnd=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Peeps , phalaropes and yellowlegs
The Semipalmated Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs are still present along with Red-neck and Wilson’s Phalaropes at San Joaquin WS today. Don Hoechlin. RMV

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Date: 8/6/18 1:12 pm
From: Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
When we came back from kayaking today, there was a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on the dock of Pure Watersports on Puerto in Dana Point Harbor. I will post the picture.
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Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

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Date: 8/6/18 10:57 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh
Both Semipalmated Sandpipers continued along the southern end of Pond C at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary this morning. Scope recommended but if you're lucky, not necessary.
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Rancho Santa Margarita

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Date: 8/6/18 10:51 am
From: John Haney via Groups.Io <jmhaney123=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned night heron at bolsa chica interpretative center
A juvenile yellow-crowned night heron is present under bridge adjacent bolsa chica interpretative center.

John Haney
Irvine

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Date: 8/5/18 1:55 pm
From: Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor/Northern Fulmar
Around 10:00 am, about 1/2 mile outside of Dana Point Harbor was a Northern Fulmar, dark morph. It was about 12 inches with a dark body and short tubular bill. It was unusually docile as we surrounding it, taking close pictures with my phone. I posted pictures in the petrel section. I will post more.
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Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

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Date: 8/5/18 11:38 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh
Photos of the second bird and some flight shots of one of them on my eBird
checklist linked below:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47668710

Many people were there and got to see the bird(s) in great light at the
corner of Pond C near the intersection of A, B, C and D.

Now we wait for the Baird's and Pectoral to show up. Keep your eyes open
out there!

On Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 9:29 AM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> There is a second Semipalmated Sandpiper in the mix now.
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> On Aug 5, 2018 at 8:58 AM, <Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>> wrote:
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> Bring seen well on Pond C.
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Date: 8/5/18 10:26 am
From: David Campbell via Groups.Io <nbangler=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Northern Fulmar
At 10:15 AM there were 2 Northern Fulmar at the east end of the Newport Pier beneath the fish cleaning area.

David Campbell
Newport Beach

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Date: 8/5/18 10:06 am
From: Sachi Fukuman via Groups.Io <sachiko25=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
1/2 out of the entrance we spotted a pelagic floating. I think he's hurt. I will try to post pictures. We got really close without him taking flight. We initially saw a phalorope flying by.
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Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

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Date: 8/5/18 9:29 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh



There is a second Semipalmated Sandpiper in the mix now.







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> On Aug 5, 2018 at 8:58 AM, <Jeff Bray (mailto:<jbray4913...>)> wrote:
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Date: 8/5/18 8:58 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper continues at San Joaquin Marsh



Bring seen well on Pond C.








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Date: 8/4/18 12:13 pm
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper - San Joaquin
Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper still present as of 11am. Seen well by a number of birders in Pond C where it gave good views in the south corner before flying to Pond D.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/4/18 12:08 pm
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Bolsa Chica 8/4/18
A total of 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were at Bolsa Chica this morning. 

Two (2) first-year birds were roosting in the shrub along PCH south of the tidal gates. Both are new arrivals - neither was present when I last passed by on Wednesday evening (8/1) though the subadult was still there.

Jeff Bray and Bruce Aird later saw the subadult in the back ponds by the oil pump nearest the Winterburg channel.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/4/18 10:19 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bank Swallow at San Joaquin Marsh



Forgot to mention in my previous post about the sandpiper, Tom Wurster pointed out a Bank Swallow flying around over Pond C and D this morning as well. He mentioned a bit ago via text that the Solitary Sandpiper has returned to Pond C as well.








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Date: 8/4/18 7:48 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Possible Semipalmated Sandpiper - San Joaquin Marsh



On Pond D just now, 7:30am, there is a really good candidate for a Semipalmated Sandpiper here. Somewhat ok photos to disect later. Here with Tom Wurster, Steve Sosensky and Bruce Aird. Bird is very distant.








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Date: 8/3/18 5:59 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Correction to Earlier SJWS Post
Sorry, my earlier post should have said some of the Phalaropes were on Pond “E”, not “F”!  
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/3/18 1:39 pm
From: Terry Hill <terrynjohn...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Highlights of August 3 SJWS Monthly Survey
Highlights of today’s (August 3) monthly survey at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary include 2 Wood Ducks on Pond 2, 1 Least Bittern on Pond 2, 1 Red-necked Phalarope on Pond C, 10 Wilson’s Phalaropes (6 on Pond C, 4 on Pond F), and 18 Least Terns on Pond 1.  
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Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/2/18 4:43 pm
From: Karl Fairchild <kfairchild1985...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Swainson's Hawk no, White-tailed Kite yes
I stopped by the Swainson's Hawk spot between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM
yesterday. I didn't see either Swainson's Hawk, but did find a WHITE-TAILED
KITE flying low over the eucs on the golf course. I later saw it high above
the Joint Forces base, aggressively diving with another raptor that looked
better for a red-tail than a Swainson's.

Karl Fairchild
Fullerton

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Date: 8/2/18 1:18 pm
From: dave_telford via Groups.Io <dave_telford=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
This morning (8-2) took some photo's of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron at Bolsa Chica. It was at the S/W end of Wintersburg's Channel very near the yellow boom. 
Photo on my Flicker page https://www.flickr.com/photos/107921944@N04/28873602397/in/dateposted-public/

Dave Telford
Huntington Beach

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Date: 8/2/18 6:54 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 2, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* August 2, 2018
* CAOC18.08.02

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*

Lesser Scaup
Solitary Sandpiper
Black Tern
* TRICOLORED HERON*
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson's Hawk
White-breasted Nuthatch
Indigo Bunting

A long-staying LESSER SCAUP continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through July 28. This bird has been sporadically reported
from this location since mid-May after other scaup had already departed.

A single SOLITARY SANDPIPER continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine through July 28, where it continued to be seen on Pond C.

A BLACK TERN was at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach on
the morning of July 27, where it was photographed on the yellow boom out
from the walkbridge.

The TRICOLORED HERON continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through July 28, where it has been seen fairly
consistently since March 18. It has been seen well all over the “pocket
pond” and surrounding areas including the Wintersburg Channel and muted
tidal area. ***Because Tricolored Heron is a CBRC Review Species, please
send documentation to the CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at
<secretary...>

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON has been present at Bolsa Chica Ecological
Reserve in Huntington Beach since July 28. The bird has been reported from
the "pocket pond" and surrounding areas and was last reported on August 1.

A pair of SWAINSON'S HAWKS that was found on the border of Seal Beach and
Los Alamitos around June 13 continued through August 1, although the dark
morph bird has not been reported since July 28. They are utilizing the area
generally encompassing the Old Ranch Country Club, the Joint Forces
Training Center, and sort of the residential neighborhood south of Lampson.
They are generally reliable and easy to find in the open fields or in the
trees or telephone poles in the vicinity of the maintenance building on the
eastern end of the country club.

An out-of-place WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was at Huntington Central Park in
Huntington Beach through August 1, in the eucalyptus trees around "the
island." This species is a rare visitor to areas outside of the mountains
and northernmost foothills of the county.

An INDIGO BUNTING found on July 28 continued through July 29 at Yorba
Regional Park in Anaheim. The bird was seen typically early in the morning
(7 o'clock hour) in the weedy portion of the Santa Ana River just out from
Parking Lot 10 on the park's Eastern side.


*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 August 4 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 August 12 from 8:00am to 12:00pm, where birders will look for
Mandarin Ducks and softshell turtles. Meet at the Audubon House.

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS *

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon trip will take place on August 24 from
8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to reserve a
spot.


*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 at <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: 8/1/18 10:05 pm
From: Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] dam in Talbert Lake at HCP
Thank you for clarifying the situation.
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Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

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Date: 8/1/18 8:25 pm
From: vicleipzig via Groups.Io <vicleipzig=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] dam in Talbert Lake at HCP
I spoke today with the Director of Public Works for the city of Huntington Beach about the earthen dam recently installed across a neck of Talbert Lake. This small, temporary, dam is to prevent surface water from passing from the southern end of Talbert Lake (near the library) to the north (toward the Park Bench Cafe). In order to control mosquitoes, the city needs to clear vegetation (bullrushes, cattails, some willows, etc.) from the part of the lake just south of the cafe. That area is quite soggy and needs to dry out before men and equipment can be brought in for the work. The dam will be removed when the work is done. In fact, the dam may be removed without the work getting done if the hydrologist is wrong and the dam fails to lead to drying of the soil at the work site. The dam looks as though it was intended as a footpath, but that is not the case, and the city hopes that people will stay off of it.
Vic


G. Victor Leipzig, Ph.D.
17461 Skyline Lane
Huntington Beach CA 92647
(714) 848-5394


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Date: 8/1/18 11:15 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Request for information - Summer NAB
Birders,

The summer reporting period for *North American Birds* has ended and I'll
be wrapping up my quarterly summary report for submittal to Guy McCaskie
and Kimball Garrett over the next couple weeks. Please send me any records
or notes you have of notable sightings, trends, or unusual numbers in the
county between June 1 and July 31.

In addition, I want to include in my report any well-documented breeding
records of species which have restricted breeding ranges in Orange County,
which have only bred on rare occasions in the past, or which are no longer
known to breed in the county but for which evidence exists that they could
be breeding again. To help give an idea of what I'm looking, I am including
a list below of species for which I would be particularly interested in
documented breeding efforts. If you have solid evidence of breeding or
attempts at breeding from these species below (copulation, nest-building,
carrying food, feeding chicks, etc.), please send it to me by August 10 or
so.

Blue-winged Teal
Ridgway's Rail
Common Gallinule (particularly in unusual locations, for patch birders)
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper (outside of the Santa Ana River or Peters Canyon Wash)
Western Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Reddish Egret
Northern Harrier
Belted Kingfisher
Peregrine Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Mountain Chickadee (in the coastal region)
Swainson's Thrush
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Chipping Sparrow (outside of the mountains, Craig Regional Park, or Orchard
Hills)
Tricolored Blackbird
Redhead
Virginia Rail
Warbling Vireo
Wilson's Warbler
Purple Finch (outside of the mountains)
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Kingbird
Horned Lark
Rock Wren
Bell's Sparrow

Thanks for your help!

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Date: 7/31/18 5:28 pm
From: Stan Walens <stan.walens...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Red-footed booby off Dana Point, July 23, 2018
Acting as messenger from the boat owners mentioned below:

Yesterday I received 3 photos of a juvenile red-footed booby that landed on a small boat on July 23, 2018, when the boat was about 5 miles off from Dana Point. The boat was approaching Dana Point on a course of 75 degrees magnetic at that time, if you want to chart out exactly where it was seen.

The booby rode on the boat for a short while until the owners shooed it away, at which point it flew off in the direction of Catalina Island.

FYI: A juvenile red-footed booby was reported from San Diego waters on July 6. 

I’m sending the photos to the CBRC, but rather than upload them, also can forward them to whoever might want to see them.

Stan Walens, San Diego
July 31, 2018; 5:20 p.m.

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Date: 7/30/18 1:42 pm
From: Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Talbert Lake in Huntington Beach Central Park-East
Today I saw that Talbert Lake in Huntington Central Park was dammed, essentially cut in two.  I think this is relevant to birding and wildlife in general.
If the administrators deem this an inappropriate post, I apologize and please remove.  I'm hoping to raise awareness with this post so that political savvy
members can ask the right HB city officials if studies and environment impact to wildlife were performed before such a drastic construction.

I talked to the construction worker and, as expected, he was only following order.  I think this dam will destroy the lake and wildlife at the park.
See photo at this link: https://flic.kr/p/29zsKS3
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Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

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Date: 7/29/18 11:57 am
From: Roger Schoedl via Groups.Io <rogerschoedl=<aol.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron 7/29/18
A second year YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON with two Black-crowned Night Herons, one hatch year and the other a subadult, flew over me while I was looking through shorebirds from the tidal gates at Bolsa Chica this morning. The three continued north and out of sight over Warner Ave.

A brief stop a little later at Huntington Central Park turned up a White-breasted Nuthatch in the "Island" area. A good bird for the park. Some years it is one of the first species to show up in fall.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

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Date: 7/29/18 7:41 am
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Indigo Bunting yorba regional park
The indigo bunting was seen by a small group of people this morning in
roughly the same area. Trish gussler Anaheim

On Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 7:49 AM Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=
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> Birders,
>
> A male Indigo Bunting was observed in the River channel in Castro bean and
> tall grass just west of the white Commercia buildings opposite the park
> near the east end.
> More eyes needed for Cuckoo search.
>
> Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
> Garden Grove
>
>
>
>

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Date: 7/29/18 3:21 am
From: Doug Willick <doug.willick...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Update on the Swainson's Hawks
Just thought I'd provide an update to Orange County Birding on the current status of the pair of Swainson's Hawks that have been in Los Alamitos/Seal Beach (for those that don't use eBird, or at least not that regularly-like me:)). On Friday (July 27) I finally made a visit to where the hawks have been hanging out, on the border of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach. First reported by Ben Newhouse, these birds have apparently been present at this location since at least June 13. They often are seen circling over the southern edge of the Joint Forces Training Base-Los Alamitos (JFTB), just north of Lampson, or over the eastern portion of the adjacent Old Ranch Country Club (ORCC), as well to the south of Lampson, over the residential area. The birds have also been seen perching in Eucalyptus trees on the ORCC, especially along the far eastern corner of the golf course; this area is roughly 3/4 to one mile east of Seal Beach Blvd. [By the way, as there is no parking along Lampson, one must park in the residential area immediately south of Lampson (such as on Candleberry or Heather)]. On Friday, between about 1:20 and 3:00, both birds were seen off and on over Lampson and the southern edge of the JFTB, and the eastern end of the ORCC. At one point they were seen dropping rapidly into the Eucs along the far east edge of the country club, where one of the birds was then seen perched in the open. One of the hawks is a light morph individual, and the other is a dark-morph bird. Both are showing heavy molt in the wings and tail feathers.

In "modern times" Swainson's Hawks have not been known to breed, or even to have summered, in Orange County (with possibly only one historic breeding record for the county, from the late 1800s). So the fact these birds have apparently been summering here is exceptional. Although they definitely are behaving like a mated pair, so far no one seems to know what these birds are currently up to. No active nest has been found so far. Most Swainson's Hawks that breed in California's Central Valley are close to fledging their young by now, if they haven't already done so. So it will be interesting to see if we can learn anything more about the status of this pair. I've attached a few mediocre at best images of the hawks to the following eBird list (soaring fairly high overhead, a bit too high for my equipment): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47490169

Doug Willick
Orange, CA


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Date: 7/28/18 8:29 pm
From: Linette Davenport <littlewing250...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica
We spent the morning at Yorba Regional Park and struck out on the
Yellow-billed Cuckoo AND the Indigo Bunting, and moved on to spend the
afternoon at Bolsa Chica where it was blessedly cooler. We found the 9
Common Terns that Jeff Bray counted yesterday at the first observation
area past the boardwalk, on shore in line with the yellow trash boom. We
also saw the continuing Tricolored Heron, first back in the oil fields,
then in Wintersberg Channel near the pocket pond, and then it flew on to
the pocket pond. We saw 2 or 3 Reddish Egrets at the boardwalk area as well.

Linette and Art Davenport
Orange and Barstow, CA
Saturday 7/28/18



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Linette Davenport
Orange, CA

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Date: 7/28/18 7:49 am
From: Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Indigo Bunting yorba regional park
Birders,

A male Indigo Bunting was observed in the River channel in Castro bean and tall grass just west of the white Commercia buildings opposite the park near the east end.
More eyes needed for Cuckoo search.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
Garden Grove

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Date: 7/28/18 7:15 am
From: bugbob via Groups.Io <bugbob=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continuing today July 24
Has anyone seen the Yellow-billed Cuckoo lately?

-Bob Allen
<bugbob...> <mailto:<bugbob...>
Adjunct Professor of Biology, Santiago Canyon College & Orange Coast College
Research Associate in Entomology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Research Associate, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
occnps.org/wildflower-book.html <http://occnps.org/wildflower-book.html>

> On Jul 24, 2018, at 1:47 PM, Rick Shearer <tiorick...> wrote:
>
> At 11:05 detected a bird flying into one of the watched cottonwood trees. Searched the tree and in the middle of the crown saw a dark backed, white breasted bird with what looked like an orange beak. I thought, "what is a tern doing here" then I realized it was our Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Light brown back, white breast, spots on the tail, curved yellow beak. We followed it as it tree hopped from the cottonwoods to sycamores and poplars on the way to the restroom, then over the road into sycamores in front of Shelter 3 and finally into a large poplar tree where we finally called it quits. It was 11:41, so we we on it for 36 minutes.
>
> See my checklist for 2 pictures. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47428158
>
>
> --
> Rick Shearer
> HB
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Date: 7/27/18 9:24 am
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOOTY TERN
Dave sent me his photos, the bird he saw at Bolsa Chica yesterday was a
Black Tern. From what I hear it hasn't been seen this morning.

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Date: 7/26/18 8:22 pm
From: Rick Shearer <tiorick...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sanpiper continued
Steve Morris, Rose and I followed Steve's lead and re-found the Solitary Sandpiper this afternoon.  The time stamp on my first picture is 12:46 PM on 07/26.  See my checklist here  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47463627
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Date: 7/26/18 5:20 pm
From: <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOOTY TERN
Hi Dave
Photographs that you attach and send to the general list membership will
not be forwarded by the server. In other words, none of us will ever
receive the photographs. However, if you would like to send me a copy, I
would love to look at it. Buy a random coincidence, I finally entered the
one that I saw many years ago at Bolsa Chica into eBird just a couple of
days ago.
Tom

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> This morning (7/26) I had at Sooty Tern at Bolsa Chca. It was across the
> wooden foot bridge on the yellow boom.
>
> Photo attached
>
> Dave Telford
> Huntington Beach
>
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Date: 7/26/18 4:43 pm
From: dave_telford via Groups.Io <dave_telford=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOOTY TERN
This morning (7/26) I had at Sooty Tern at Bolsa Chca. It was across the wooden foot bridge on the yellow boom.
Photo attached
Dave TelfordHuntington Beach

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Date: 7/26/18 9:37 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA - July 26, 2018
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* July 26, 2018
* CAOC18.07.26

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*

Lesser Scaup
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Pectoral Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Brown Booby
* TRICOLORED HERON*
Swainson's Hawk
Wilson’s Warbler

A long-staying LESSER SCAUP continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through July 22. This bird has been sporadically reported
from this location since mid-May after other scaup had already departed.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was found at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim on July
21 and continued through July 24. It was seen along the Santa Ana River and
more frequently hanging out in the trees just inside the park along the
river trail near parking lot 10. The bird has been silent from all reports
that have come in, so it’s quite difficult to track down. If you do look
for this bird, please refrain from playing vocalizations to find it, as
this species is protected under both the California and federal Endangered
Species Acts and use of playback is illegal without appropriate permits.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was found at San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine on July 19.
It was only seen for a few hours in the morning on Pond C and later on the
island of Pond 1 before deciding it had enough of the marsh and moved on
elsewhere. How rude…

Two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were found at San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine on July
24 and continued through July 26. They were seen on Pond C.

A BROWN BOOBY was photographed sitting on a kelp patty off the coast of
Dana Point on July 23.

The TRICOLORED HERON continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in
Huntington Beach through July 23, where it has been seen fairly
consistently since March 18. It has been seen well all over the “pocket
pond” and surrounding areas including the Wintersburg Channel and muted
tidal area. ***Because Tricolored Heron is a CBRC Review Species, please
send documentation to the CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at
<secretary...>

A pair of SWAINSON'S HAWKS that was found on the border of Seal Beach and
Los Alamitos around June 13 continued through July 23. They are utilizing
the area generally encompassing the Old Ranch Country Club, the Joint
Forces Training Center, and sort of the residential neighborhood south of
Lampson. They are generally reliable and easy to find in the open fields or
in the trees or telephone poles in the vicinity of the maintenance building
on the eastern end of the country club.

Two WILSON’S WARBLERS continued at San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine on July 21.
Unusual to have in the county in summer.


*LOCAL EVENTS *

*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS*

The Upper Newport Bay bird walk will take place on July 29 from 8:00am to
11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.


*UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS *

The Sea and Sage Audubon Society Summer BBQ will take place on July 28 from
5:00pm to 10:00pm. Visit this page for more details and to find out how to
purchase tickets:
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/SpecialEvents/BBQ/SummerBBQ.html.

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon trip will take place on August 24 from
8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at <nancykenyon...> to reserve a
spot.


*WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

None starting anytime soon.


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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
athttp://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
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Date: 7/25/18 9:12 pm
From: Dave Telford <dave_telford...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Tricolored Heron
Today (7/25) 6:15 pm we saw the Tricolored  Heron at Bolsa Chica. We saw it from the Wintersburg Channel Trail just north of the large pipe line.  See photo below.
Dave and Sharon TelfordHuntington Beach

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Date: 7/25/18 8:55 am
From: trailgirl888 via Groups.Io <trailgirl888=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh
I re-found Solitary Sandpiper at Pond C this morning at @ 6:10 am. Still there at 8:30 am. Hanging with 2 Lesser Yellowlegs. Photos on eBird site. Be patient, likes to hide in vegetation at times.

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Date: 7/24/18 2:52 pm
From: Dave Telford <dave_telford...> [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Today (7/24) at Yorba Linda Regional Park 11:05 am we had the Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the same location as previously Seen. Rick Shearer spotted it fly in. We watched it for about 35 minutes also present was Rose and my wife.
Posted a photo on my Flickr Page dave_telford
Dave TelfordHuntington Beach
 

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Date: 7/24/18 1:47 pm
From: Rick Shearer <tiorick...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continuing today July 24
At 11:05 detected a bird flying into one of the watched cottonwood trees. Searched the tree and in the middle of the crown saw a dark backed, white breasted bird with what looked like an orange beak. I thought, "what is a tern doing here" then I realized it was our Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Light brown back, white breast, spots on the tail, curved yellow beak. We followed it as it tree hopped from the cottonwoods to sycamores and poplars on the way to the restroom, then over the road into sycamores in front of Shelter 3 and finally into a large poplar tree where we finally called it quits. It was 11:41, so we we on it for 36 minutes.

See my checklist for 2 pictures.  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47428158

--
Rick Shearer
HB

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Date: 7/24/18 8:33 am
From: Donna Bray <donnabray...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Join me Birding for YBCU this AM
Jan and anybody else walking around the area, I was there yesterday and lost a Fitbit on a gray band.
If your eyes aren’t always up and you spot it please let me know!

Thanks,
Donna

To keep this bird focused, I’ll just report I didn’t see the cuckoo.

> On Jul 24, 2018, at 6:28 AM, J. Wilson <jdi4otherstuff...> wrote:
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> Hi, Jan Wilson here, inviting individuals to bird with me for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Yorba Regional Park. I’m presently here probably till about nine. The more eyes the better.
> Jan Wilson
> Seal Beach
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Date: 7/24/18 6:38 am
From: J. Wilson <jdi4otherstuff...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Join me Birding for YBCU this AM
Hi, Jan Wilson here, inviting individuals to bird with me for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Yorba Regional Park. I’m presently here probably till about nine. The more eyes the better.
Jan Wilson
Seal Beach

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Date: 7/23/18 6:36 pm
From: <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-throated Vireo at Mason Regional Park - 27 JUNE
Thanks, Jeff!
Tom

On Mon, Jul 23, 2018, 3:38 PM Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> Tom, the last reports were on July 8th and 9th. No reports since then.
>
>
>
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> On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 3:32 PM T.G. Miko <tgmiko...> wrote:
>
>> Can anybody confirm or deny if this bird is still around, or is long gone?
>> Tom Miko
>> Claremont
>> 909.241.3300
>>
>> Thomas Geza Miko
>> http://www.tgmiko.com/
>> Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
>> 909.241.3300
>>
>> On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:
>>
>>> Serving as messenger, Rick Shearer reports the Yellow-throated Vireo
>>> continues this morning in the same general area it was seen yesterday
>>> afternoon.
>>>
>>> Google Maps location:
>>> https://goo.gl/maps/5njf7suh7Yq
>>>
>>> ​
>>>
>>> --
>>> Jeff Bray
>>> Irvine, CA
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Date: 7/23/18 3:38 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-throated Vireo at Mason Regional Park - 27 JUNE
Tom, the last reports were on July 8th and 9th. No reports since then.




On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 3:32 PM T.G. Miko <tgmiko...> wrote:

> Can anybody confirm or deny if this bird is still around, or is long gone?
> Tom Miko
> Claremont
> 909.241.3300
>
> Thomas Geza Miko
> http://www.tgmiko.com/
> Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
> 909.241.3300
>
> On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:
>
>> Serving as messenger, Rick Shearer reports the Yellow-throated Vireo
>> continues this morning in the same general area it was seen yesterday
>> afternoon.
>>
>> Google Maps location:
>> https://goo.gl/maps/5njf7suh7Yq
>>
>> ​
>>
>> --
>> Jeff Bray
>> Irvine, CA
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 7/23/18 3:33 pm
From: <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-throated Vireo at Mason Regional Park - 27 JUNE
Can anybody confirm or deny if this bird is still around, or is long gone?
Tom Miko
Claremont
909.241.3300

Thomas Geza Miko
http://www.tgmiko.com/
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
909.241.3300

On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913...> wrote:

> Serving as messenger, Rick Shearer reports the Yellow-throated Vireo
> continues this morning in the same general area it was seen yesterday
> afternoon.
>
> Google Maps location:
> https://goo.gl/maps/5njf7suh7Yq
>
> ​
>
> --
> Jeff Bray
> Irvine, CA
>
>
>

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Date: 7/23/18 7:58 am
From: <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...>
Subject: Monday YES Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continues 22 JUL
The bird flew in and landed at the top of a cottonwood at 7: 55 a. m.
Tom Miko (boo, hiss)
Claremont

On Jul 22, 2018 8:15 AM, "Jeff Bray" <jbray4913...> wrote:

I refound the bird in the same general area as Ryan had it yesterday. I
think everyone here got to see it perched out in the open. I’m sure we’ll
have many photos to admire later. Great lifer for a lot of people.

Location :
Dropped Pin
near Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, CA 92807
https://goo.gl/maps/u3RZmQjexV72

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Jeff Bray
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Date: 7/22/18 10:55 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continues 22 JUL
Link below to the eBird list with a few photos of the bird and a photo of
the crowd of people that were there to see it. Thanks again to Bob Packard
for getting in touch with us yesterday and alerting us of the bird.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47349950

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Date: 7/22/18 8:15 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray4913...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckoo continues 22 JUL



I refound the bird in the same general area as Ryan had it yesterday. I think everyone here got to see it perched out in the open. I’m sure we’ll have many photos to admire later. Great lifer for a lot of people.



Location :

Dropped Pin

near Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, CA 92807

https://goo.gl/maps/u3RZmQjexV72








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