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8/12/22 11:59 am Joshua Joun <Jounjoshua...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden Plover Continues
8/11/22 1:09 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 11, 2022
8/11/22 8:20 am Thomas Wurster <wurster...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden Plovers at Bolsa Chica
8/10/22 11:29 am Thomas Wurster <wurster...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh pond c
8/5/22 5:53 pm Jill Dale <passthemayo2...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellowlegs at sj marsh
8/5/22 5:49 pm Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
8/5/22 5:18 pm Martin Fee via groups.io <mfee...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
8/5/22 4:35 pm Jeff Bray <jbray3928...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 5, 2022
8/5/22 10:55 am Nicholas Earnhart <naearnhart...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
8/5/22 7:44 am Jill Dale <passthemayo2...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary sandpiper
7/30/22 6:22 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOLITARY SANDPIPER
7/30/22 6:03 pm Joshua Joun <Jounjoshua...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOLITARY SANDPIPER
7/30/22 5:32 pm Pema Zonglo <Pemazonglo...> [OrangeCountyBirding] SOLITARY SANDPIPER
7/30/22 8:50 am Dawn Garcia <avifan59...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Reddish egret at San Juan Creek mouth YCNH@Jetty
7/29/22 12:35 pm Roger Schoedl via groups.io <rogerschoedl...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Surfbird
7/28/22 5:03 pm Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: July 28, 2022
7/27/22 12:32 pm Sandy Smith via groups.io <yetanothersmith...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Brood parasitism
7/27/22 12:10 pm Sandrine Biziaux via groups.io <sbiziaux...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Brood parasitism
7/26/22 4:25 pm Suzanne Chappell via groups.io <suz.chap...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Least Tern
7/24/22 10:46 pm Lam-Son Vinh via groups.io <lamson.vinh...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron in HB Central Park-East
7/24/22 4:36 pm Jeannette Bush <jeannette...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
7/24/22 12:41 pm Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
7/24/22 11:45 am Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
7/24/22 9:00 am Trish G <trishrg62...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff not found Sunday
7/21/22 2:15 pm Jeff Bray <jbray3928...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: July 21, 2022
7/20/22 10:04 am Beverly Hargrove via groups.io <bgrove004...> [OrangeCountyBirding] possible yellow rail SJWS
7/18/22 1:13 pm Ben Azar <bennyazar...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/17/22 1:04 pm Martin Fee via groups.io <mfee...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/17/22 9:24 am Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/17/22 8:26 am Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/16/22 11:19 pm condor262001 via groups.io <condor262001...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Some Ruff Notes
7/16/22 2:47 pm wagtail1997 <orcorba...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/16/22 2:05 pm Trish G <trishrg62...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/16/22 12:50 pm Edana Salisbury via groups.io <edanasal...> Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/16/22 8:31 am Trish G <trishrg62...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
7/14/22 1:02 pm Nicholas Earnhart <naearnhart...> [OrangeCountyBirding] Bairds Sandpiper at san joaquin
 
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Date: 8/12/22 11:59 am
From: Joshua Joun <Jounjoshua...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden Plover Continues
Pema relocated at least 1 (possibly 2) Pacific Golden Plover at Bolsa Chica
in the fenced tern nesting area. Best viewing with a scope is from the
South Overlook.

Photo conditions are horrid.

Hanging out with Black-bellied Plovers, peeps, and a large group of Red
Knots.

Josh and Pema
(Mission Viejo)
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-Joshua Joun


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Date: 8/11/22 1:09 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 11, 2022
RBA



* California

* Orange County

* August 11, 2022

* CAOC22.08.11



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



Pacific Golden-Plover

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Red Phalarope

Long-tailed Jaeger

Townsend’s Storm-Petrel

Ashy Storm-Petrel

Neotropic Cormorant

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron



A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was photographed at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
on August 10, with two birds present the morning of August 11 in the fenced
nesting area.



A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was briefly at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine on August 11. Note that this species is frequently misidentified
with Western Sandpipers with stubbier, shorter bills. Look for a bird with
a short, straight bill; prominent supercilium; and lacking any of the
rufous tones on the upperparts.



A RED PHALAROPE continued at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on August 6,
with another at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on August 10.



At least two LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were photographed on an offshore pelagic
trip on August 5.



Two TOWNSEND’S STORM-PETRELS were reported offshore on August 5.
Photographs are under review by a panel of experts. If either bird is
accepted, this would be a first county record for Orange County.



Multiple ASHY STORM-PETRELS were reported on a pelagic trip on August 5.



NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS continued to be reported at San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary. Please continue to try and document these sightings with
photographs when possible, I don’t think we’re quite at the point yet where
we can inherently trust text-only descriptions of this species given the
often less-than-ideal viewing conditions.



YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at many locations this past week
including Dana Point Harbor, Mason Regional Park in Irvine, and the Bolsa
Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach.





LOCAL EVENTS



For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the
webpage on Sea and Sage’s website:
https://wp.seaandsageaudubon.org/home-sas/field-trip-2/#FTSchedule



** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in
advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email <nancykenyon...>
to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.



The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13, and is full.



The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take
place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.



The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21
from 8:00am to 12:00pm.



The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently
full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.



The next Upper Newport Bay bird walk will be on August 28 from 8:00am to
11:00am.





BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES



None at this time.



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



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 (<jbray3928...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately for consideration to be mentioned in the current
quarterly report for North American Birds.



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, may or
may not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species
occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be
included. We don't include hybrids, subspecies, introduced or exotic birds,
or in most cases and for no real reason, geese. 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: 8/11/22 8:20 am
From: Thomas Wurster <wurster...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden Plovers at Bolsa Chica
At least two Pacific Golden Plovers are resting in the Least Tern nesting enclosure at the end of the boardwalk at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Molting, partial alternate plumage.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
Garden Grove


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Date: 8/10/22 11:29 am
From: Thomas Wurster <wurster...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Semipalmated Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh pond c
Juv plumage Semi Sandpiper w/ peep flock in pond C. Water is being added as I write this and already flooding formerly exposed mudflats.

Tom Wurster
Garden Grove


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Date: 8/5/22 5:53 pm
From: Jill Dale <passthemayo2...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yellowlegs at sj marsh
I need to make a correction
I believe all the yellowlegs I saw this morning w the solitary sandpiper and phalarope were greater yellowlegs and not lesser yellowlegs. One did I look much smaller but the bill though maybe shorter than the other greater yellowlegs was longer than the head and the legs seemed too big, the knees knobby and the bill looks sl upsloped on my pics-just not delicate enough to be a lesser yellowlegs sorry if I sent anyone on a goose chase for it!😳


--
Jill Dale
Newport Beach, CA


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Date: 8/5/22 5:49 pm
From: Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
If, like me, you couldn’t get over to the San Joaquin Marsh this morning, there might still be a chance to see the Solitary Sandpiper. Last seen north end of Pond C by the drainpipe. But flushed by the dreaded Peregrine Falcon. Could come back! Thanks, Martin Fee, for the location!
Cynthia Case
Tustin


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Date: 8/5/22 5:18 pm
From: Martin Fee via groups.io <mfee...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
It’s back to Pond C this evening, at the far northeast corner. Just redound it there.
Martin FeeNorth Tustin


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On Friday, August 5, 2022, 10:55 AM, Nicholas Earnhart <naearnhart...> wrote:

The Solitary Sandpiper has been refound in the south corner of pond E by the bench at San Joaquin.
--
Good Birding,
Nicholas Earnhart
Costa Mesa, CA




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Date: 8/5/22 4:35 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray3928...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: August 5, 2022
*RBA*

* California
* Orange County
* August 5, 2022
* CAOC22.08.05

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*

Surfbird
Red Phalarope
Solitary Sandpiper
Long-tailed Jaeger
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Neotropic Cormorant
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Summer Tanager

A SURFBIRD was an unexpected surprise at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington
Beach on July 31.

A RED PHALAROPE was on land at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on August
1.

Two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on
July 30, with another (same?) reported on August 5.

A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was photographed on an offshore pelagic trip that took
place on July 31.

A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was reported from an offshore pelagic trip that took
place on July 31.

An ASHY STORM-PETREL was photographed from an offshore pelagic trip that
took place on July 31.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS continued to be seen at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine through August 5. Two were photographed together in the San Diego
Creek, adjacent to Pond 2. Please continue to try and document these
sightings with photographs when possible.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at many locations this past week.
Dana Point Harbor, Mason Regional Park in Irvine and in Newport Back Bay.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported from Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center
in Huntington Beach on August 4.

An adult male SUMMER TANAGER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain
Valley on July 31 and continued through August 2.


*LOCAL EVENTS*

For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the
webpage on Sea and Sage’s website:
https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm

** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in
advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email <nancykenyon...>
to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.

The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13.

The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take
place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21
from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently
full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.


*BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES*

None at this time.

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

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 (<jbray3928...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately for consideration to be mentioned in the current
quarterly report for North American Birds.

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, may or
may not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species
occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be
included. We don't include hybrids, subspecies, introduced or exotic birds,
or in most cases and for no real reason, geese. 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: 8/5/22 10:55 am
From: Nicholas Earnhart <naearnhart...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary Sandpiper
The Solitary Sandpiper has been refound in the south corner of pond E by the bench at San Joaquin.
--
Good Birding,
Nicholas Earnhart
Costa Mesa, CA


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Date: 8/5/22 7:44 am
From: Jill Dale <passthemayo2...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Solitary sandpiper
Pond E
Solitary sandpiper, red necked phalarope, Wilson’s phalaropes and lesser yellowlegs San Joaquin 0743
Jill Dale


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Jill Dale
Newport Beach, CA


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Date: 7/30/22 6:22 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOLITARY SANDPIPER
You may want to double-check your field guides to ensure that social
sandpipers can be excluded.

On Sat, Jul 30, 2022, 6:03 PM Joshua Joun <Jounjoshua...> wrote:

> There are actually TWO SOLITARY SANDPIPERS together at Pond C. Photos
> obtained.
>
> On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 5:32 PM Pema Zonglo <Pemazonglo...> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh, pond at C as of 5:32pm: first
>> spotted by Joshua Joun.
>>
>>
>> happy trails
>> --
>> Joshua Joun & Pema Zonglo
>> Mission Viejo
>>
>> --
> -Joshua Joun
>
>
>


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Date: 7/30/22 6:03 pm
From: Joshua Joun <Jounjoshua...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOLITARY SANDPIPER
There are actually TWO SOLITARY SANDPIPERS together at Pond C. Photos
obtained.

On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 5:32 PM Pema Zonglo <Pemazonglo...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh, pond at C as of 5:32pm: first
> spotted by Joshua Joun.
>
>
> happy trails
> --
> Joshua Joun & Pema Zonglo
> Mission Viejo
>
>
> --
-Joshua Joun


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Date: 7/30/22 5:32 pm
From: Pema Zonglo <Pemazonglo...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] SOLITARY SANDPIPER
Hi all,

Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh, pond at C as of 5:32pm: first spotted by Joshua Joun.

happy trails
--
Joshua Joun & Pema Zonglo
Mission Viejo


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Date: 7/30/22 8:50 am
From: Dawn Garcia <avifan59...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Reddish egret at San Juan Creek mouth YCNH@Jetty
For the Dana Point birders, I was surprised to see an adult reddish egret at the San Juan Creek mouth which is still here at 8:50 a.m. Saturday July 30. It's foraging with a snowy egret.
Also as recently noted by others and adult yellow- crowned night heron is hanging out on the inside jetty adjacent to the Nordvan yacht club, and foraging with a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron.
Dawn Garcia
Dana Point


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Date: 7/29/22 12:35 pm
From: Roger Schoedl via groups.io <rogerschoedl...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Surfbird
A SURFBIRD was an unexpected surprise at Bolsa Chica during this morning's low tide. It was on the southeast corner of Rabbit Island as viewed looking north from the tidal basin overlook. It was associating with a group of Willets.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach


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Date: 7/28/22 5:03 pm
From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: July 28, 2022
*RBA*

* California

* Orange County

* July 28, 2022

* CAOC22.07.28

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

*BIRDS MENTIONED*

Common Murre

Neotropic Cormorant

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Summer Tanager

A COMMON MURRE seen from the Newport Pier on July 23 was unseasonal and
unexpected in July.


A potential NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was photographed again at San Joaquin
Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on July 26.

A near-adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued in the San Diego Creek in
Irvine on July 22, and a hatch-year bird was in Talbert Lake south of the
Park Bench Cafe at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on July 24.


An immature male SUMMER TANAGER photographed at Crystal Cove State Park
near the beach was unexpected, but not unprecedented, for this time of year.


LOCAL EVENTS

For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the
webpage on Sea and Sage’s website:
https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm

** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in
advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email <nancykenyon...>
to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.

The next bird walk at Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach will take place on
July 31 from 8:00am to 11:00am.

The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13.

The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take
place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21
from 8:00am to 12:00pm.


The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently
full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.


BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

None at this time.

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

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 (<jbray3928...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately for consideration to be mentioned in the current
quarterly report for North American Birds.

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, may or
may not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species
occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be
included. We don't include hybrids, subspecies, introduced or exotic birds,
or in most cases and for no real reason, geese. 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: 7/27/22 12:32 pm
From: Sandy Smith via groups.io <yetanothersmith...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Brood parasitism
Yes, we saw that as well while doing a survey at Pond 1. I’d heard these birds were in the area, and they proved very easy to find because the BHCO chick was begging so loudly. I definitely saw the female COYE being pursued by the BHCO chick, and *thought* I saw a second COYE following her around (never got a good view), so I wonder if the nest produced chicks of each species?

Sandy Smith, Newport Beach

> On Jul 27, 2022, at 12:09 PM, Sandrine Biziaux via groups.io <sbiziaux...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> We witnessed a case of brood parasitism this week at SJWS Pond 1, a female COYE feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird chick that was at least twice as big as her (pic attached).
>
> Shirley Reynolds told me she also saw a male COYE feeding a BHCO chick recently along the San Diego Creek.
>
> -----------
> Sandrine Biziaux-Scherson - Irvine
> Find me here:
> https://www.facebook.com/Sandrine-Biziaux-Scherson-Photography-164661373642891/ <https://www.facebook.com/Sandrine-Biziaux-Scherson-Photography-164661373642891/timeline/>
>
> http://www.scherson.com <https://www.facebook.com/Sandrine-Biziaux-Scherson-Photography-164661373642891/timeline/>
>
>
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Date: 7/27/22 12:10 pm
From: Sandrine Biziaux via groups.io <sbiziaux...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Brood parasitism
Good morning,
We witnessed a case of brood parasitism this week at SJWS Pond 1, a female COYE feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird chick that was at least twice as big as her (pic attached).
Shirley Reynolds told me she also saw a male COYE feeding a BHCO chick recently along the San Diego Creek.
-----------Sandrine Biziaux-Scherson - IrvineFind me here:https://www.facebook.com/Sandrine-Biziaux-Scherson-Photography-164661373642891/

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Date: 7/26/22 4:25 pm
From: Suzanne Chappell via groups.io <suz.chap...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Least Tern
While looking for the Ruff today on the Santa Ana River between Lakeview and Imperial Hwy my friend spotted a Least Tern on one of the concrete baffles near the water pump building that is midway between the 2 streets..
No Ruff was observed.

Suzanne Chappell
Redlands, CA


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Date: 7/24/22 10:46 pm
From: Lam-Son Vinh via groups.io <lamson.vinh...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron in HB Central Park-East
This evening (7/24) from 7:30-8pm, I observed a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron foraging alongside a
juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron in HCP-East. They were in the swampy area just South of the Parkbench Cafe.
Got a bunch of photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5RevYKaZwqBz6MHt7
--
Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA


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Date: 7/24/22 4:36 pm
From: Jeannette Bush <jeannette...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
I am just guessing, so I wouldn't say it's an "answer" per se just a
thought! I don't know the details. I just know sometimes fake dead birds
are used to keep crows out of areas like that.


*Jeannette Bush (she/her)*

Program Coordinator

Working hours: Thurs-Mon 9am -4pm

*Bolsa Chica Conservancy*

3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92649

https://www.bolsachica.org/ • (714) 846-1114


On Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 12:41 PM Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...>
wrote:

> Thanks for the answers. Even though it's not nice to see dead birds, it is
> comforting to know they are (hopefully) serving a good purpose. Glad it is
> not a deadly virus or a senseless action of humans.
>
> Have a great Sunday!
>
> Gisele Schoene
> Costa Mesa
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> *From:* Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
> *Sent:* Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:58:18 AM
> *To:* Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...>
> *Subject:* Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
>
> I was told by CDFW several years ago that the carcasses are left as
> (hopeful) deterrents against more birds coming in and preying on the tern
> nests.
>
> On Sun, Jul 24, 2022, 11:45 AM Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...>
> wrote:
>
> There are 5 dead black birds, I am assuming crows, inside the least tern
> nesting area in Huntington Beach. All within 25 SQ ft area, close to the
> gate.
> Does anyone know what is going on?
>
> Thanks,
> Gisele
> Costa Mesa
>
>
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Date: 7/24/22 12:41 pm
From: Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
Thanks for the answers. Even though it's not nice to see dead birds, it is comforting to know they are (hopefully) serving a good purpose. Glad it is not a deadly virus or a senseless action of humans.

Have a great Sunday!

Gisele Schoene
Costa Mesa

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From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...>
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:58:18 AM
To: Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds

I was told by CDFW several years ago that the carcasses are left as (hopeful) deterrents against more birds coming in and preying on the tern nests.

On Sun, Jul 24, 2022, 11:45 AM Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...><mailto:<giseleschoene...>> wrote:
There are 5 dead black birds, I am assuming crows, inside the least tern nesting area in Huntington Beach. All within 25 SQ ft area, close to the gate.
Does anyone know what is going on?

Thanks,
Gisele
Costa Mesa


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Date: 7/24/22 11:45 am
From: Gisele Schoene <giseleschoene...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dead birds
There are 5 dead black birds, I am assuming crows, inside the least tern nesting area in Huntington Beach. All within 25 SQ ft area, close to the gate.
Does anyone know what is going on?

Thanks,
Gisele
Costa Mesa


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Date: 7/24/22 9:00 am
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff not found Sunday
This morning I birded from Riverdale Park up to Imperial highway and back
along the south biketrail of Santa Ana river in beautiful Anaheim. There
were only a couple of very small loose groups of dowitchers found and I was
not able to locate the Ruff among or near.
Saw a couple of other birders, negative from them as well.
Just FYI


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Date: 7/21/22 2:15 pm
From: Jeff Bray <jbray3928...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Orange County RBA: July 21, 2022
*RBA*

* California

* Orange County

* July 21, 2022

* CAOC22.07.21

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*

Ruff

Laysan Albatross

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Our beloved OC RUFF has returned along the Upper Santa Ana River in Anaheim
generally between Lakeview and the Imperial Highway. This year, it arrived
on July 16 and has continued to be seen through at least July 19 (last
eBird report). This is a bird that returns to this location every year in
mid- to late summer. It likes to hang out with the dowitchers. This is the
earliest it has returned by 5 days. See the list below for the past dates
of this returning bird each year, with the expectation of 2015 when it
decided to stay in San Bernardino Co.

Previous years sightings of this bird from eBird:

-

2013/08/29 - 2013/09/19
-

2014/07/24 - 2014/09/26
-

2015 - No reports in OC, but bird was likely in San Bernardino this year
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2016/08/13 - 2016/09/23
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2017/08/16 - 2017/10/20
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2018/08/11 - 2018/09/20
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2019/08/03 - 2019/09/29
-

2020/07/21 - 2020/09/22
-

2021/08/13 - 2021/09/20
-

2022/07/16 - 2022/??/??


A LAYSAN ALBATROSS was photographed from a whale watching boat about 6
miles off Newport Beach on July 21. Oddly enough, the last documented
report of a Laysan Albatross was 5 years ago to the day, near the oil rigs.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued in Upper Newport Bay in Newport
Beach, where they are presumably breeding somewhere. Two adults were also
seen in the San Diego Creek in Irvine on July 15, adjacent to Pond 2 at San
Joaquin Marsh. A Juvenile bird was seen on the jetties of Newport Harbor on
July 21.


LOCAL EVENTS

For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the
webpage on Sea and Sage’s website:
https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm

** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in
advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email <nancykenyon...>
to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.

The next bird walk at Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach will take place on
July 31 from 8:00am to 11:00am.

The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13.

The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take
place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21
from 8:00am to 12:00pm.


BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

None at this time.

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

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 (<jbray3928...>) and/or Ryan Winkleman (
<rswinkleman...>), and/or submitted to eBird (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird). Any supporting details (descriptions,
photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already
disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan
Winkleman separately for consideration to be mentioned in the current
quarterly report for North American Birds.

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, may or
may not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species
occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be
included. We don't include hybrids, subspecies, introduced or exotic birds,
or in most cases and for no real reason, geese. 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: 7/20/22 10:04 am
From: Beverly Hargrove via groups.io <bgrove004...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] possible yellow rail SJWS
Yesterday on the southwest corner of pond 2 I briefly saw a small yellowish caramel colored bird with black streaks on its back crouched on flattened bulrush on the right side of a boat access ramp. It was about the size of a MODO. When it took off there were white splotches on the trailing edge of the short rounded wings. I'm reporting it as a Yellow Rail. Only an Audubon summer camp attendee was with me and I do not know what field marks he may have seen.Maybe my memory is faulty but I remember YERA rarely at the marsh in years past. I thought they even nested a few times. Perhaps I have conflated it with a different rail.Whatever, perhaps someone can verify that they have been seen at the marsh in the past or that I am full of beans.Not likely to be easily seen to verify in those dense reeds on backside of pond 2.Beverly HargroveCosta Mesa CA


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Date: 7/18/22 1:13 pm
From: Ben Azar <bennyazar...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
I searched for the ruff on my lunch break and found it in the midst of a dowitcher flock slightly towards the bike bath side of the bank just west of the pump station. It was hard to find at first as it mostly had it's bull tucked in for the 30 minutes I was out there. Some landing dowitchers got it to reveal it's bicolored bill and orange legs briefly. I was able to get some poor photos and will post them on ebird.

Ben Azar
Lake Forest


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Date: 7/17/22 1:04 pm
From: Martin Fee via groups.io <mfee...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
It was still in the same location with the dowitchers, around 11am this morning. Head tucked most of the time, but occasionally got up, walked around, and gave decent looks.
Martin FeeNorth Tustin


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From: Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...>
To: <case.cynthiak...>
Cc: wagtail1997 <orcorba...>; Trish G <trishrg62...>; Orangecountybirding <OrangeCountyBirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jul 17, 2022 9:24 am
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned

Sorry; directionally challenged! The Ruff is a mile east of Riverdale Park.Cynthia CaseTustin



On Jul 17, 2022, at 8:26 AM, Cynthia Case via groups.io <case.cynthiak...> wrote:



 Ruff is currently on south side of Santa Ana River Trail, just west of pump station, about a mile north of Riverdale Park.Cynthia CaseTustin



On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:47 PM, wagtail1997 <orcorba...> wrote:



 Congrats Trish 
Last year I put a YouTube video on the Ruff starting the virtual trip at Riverdale Park. See https://youtu.be/zhgUKJbyXjA
Joel WeintraubDana Point Ca

Joel Weintraub

On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:05 PM, Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:



A little more on the returning Ruff this morning, now that I'm home and not pecking at my phone screen in bad glare.
It's the annual "Who's gonna find it first" bird and I got it this year. YAY ME! 
This is presumably the same returning bird that has graced this stretch of river for several years now. 
The Ruff kept its head tucked almost the entire time I was there, but it moved enough I was able to see the short bicolored bill with white at the base.
Field marks to look for. Find the small flock of Dowitchers. There were maybe 20-25 this morning. The Ruff has orange legs. The Dowitchers have yellow-green legs. Find the bird with orange legs that probably has its head tucked in and is really boring. If the birds are foraging, look for the bird with orange legs and (compared to Dowitchers) has a fairly short bill that's 2 toned and white at the face. 
I've had a couple of messages asking about the location. I made a map.https://photos.app.goo.gl/374LUgUCG8dLGpA88
Behind In n Out at Imperial HWY and La Palma is where I sometimes park to ride my bike along the river. You can also park at Riverdale Park and walk (or bike) in thru the gate at the far side of the field and walk east on the south side of the river trail.The bird could be easily seen from either side of the river this morning. Pick a side. GO.The only other thing going on right now are imaginary birds conjured up by Merlin so you have nothing to lose. This bird is real, I swear.
There were also quite a few really spiffy looking peeps, mainly looking like Least Sandpipers, though admittedly, I did not scan very thoroughly after I found the Ruff, so who knows what else is here or might show up tonight?
Trish Gussler, Anaheim


On Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:

Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a small group of dowitchers.Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible from either side currently 

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Date: 7/17/22 9:24 am
From: Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
Sorry; directionally challenged! The Ruff is a mile east of Riverdale Park.
Cynthia Case
Tustin
> On Jul 17, 2022, at 8:26 AM, Cynthia Case via groups.io <case.cynthiak...> wrote:
>
> Ruff is currently on south side of Santa Ana River Trail, just west of pump station, about a mile north of Riverdale Park.
> Cynthia Case
> Tustin
>
>
>>> On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:47 PM, wagtail1997 <orcorba...> wrote:
>>>
>> Congrats Trish
>>
>> Last year I put a YouTube video on the Ruff starting the virtual trip at Riverdale Park. See https://youtu.be/zhgUKJbyXjA
>>
>> Joel Weintraub
>> Dana Point Ca
>>
>> Joel Weintraub
>>
>>>> On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:05 PM, Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
>>>>
>>> 
>>> A little more on the returning Ruff this morning, now that I'm home and not pecking at my phone screen in bad glare.
>>>
>>> It's the annual "Who's gonna find it first" bird and I got it this year. YAY ME!
>>> This is presumably the same returning bird that has graced this stretch of river for several years now.
>>>
>>> The Ruff kept its head tucked almost the entire time I was there, but it moved enough I was able to see the short bicolored bill with white at the base.
>>>
>>> Field marks to look for.
>>> Find the small flock of Dowitchers. There were maybe 20-25 this morning. The Ruff has orange legs. The Dowitchers have yellow-green legs. Find the bird with orange legs that probably has its head tucked in and is really boring. If the birds are foraging, look for the bird with orange legs and (compared to Dowitchers) has a fairly short bill that's 2 toned and white at the face.
>>>
>>> I've had a couple of messages asking about the location. I made a map.
>>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/374LUgUCG8dLGpA88
>>> Behind In n Out at Imperial HWY and La Palma is where I sometimes park to ride my bike along the river. You can also park at Riverdale Park and walk (or bike) in thru the gate at the far side of the field and walk east on the south side of the river trail.
>>> The bird could be easily seen from either side of the river this morning. Pick a side. GO.
>>> The only other thing going on right now are imaginary birds conjured up by Merlin so you have nothing to lose. This bird is real, I swear.
>>>
>>> There were also quite a few really spiffy looking peeps, mainly looking like Least Sandpipers, though admittedly, I did not scan very thoroughly after I found the Ruff, so who knows what else is here or might show up tonight?
>>>
>>> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
>>>> Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a small group of dowitchers.
>>>> Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible from either side currently
>>>
>>> --
>>> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>>>
>>>
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Date: 7/17/22 8:26 am
From: Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
Ruff is currently on south side of Santa Ana River Trail, just west of pump station, about a mile north of Riverdale Park.
Cynthia Case
Tustin
> On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:47 PM, wagtail1997 <orcorba...> wrote:
>
> Congrats Trish
>
> Last year I put a YouTube video on the Ruff starting the virtual trip at Riverdale Park. See https://youtu.be/zhgUKJbyXjA
>
> Joel Weintraub
> Dana Point Ca
>
> Joel Weintraub
>
>>> On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:05 PM, Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> A little more on the returning Ruff this morning, now that I'm home and not pecking at my phone screen in bad glare.
>>
>> It's the annual "Who's gonna find it first" bird and I got it this year. YAY ME!
>> This is presumably the same returning bird that has graced this stretch of river for several years now.
>>
>> The Ruff kept its head tucked almost the entire time I was there, but it moved enough I was able to see the short bicolored bill with white at the base.
>>
>> Field marks to look for.
>> Find the small flock of Dowitchers. There were maybe 20-25 this morning. The Ruff has orange legs. The Dowitchers have yellow-green legs. Find the bird with orange legs that probably has its head tucked in and is really boring. If the birds are foraging, look for the bird with orange legs and (compared to Dowitchers) has a fairly short bill that's 2 toned and white at the face.
>>
>> I've had a couple of messages asking about the location. I made a map.
>> https://photos.app.goo.gl/374LUgUCG8dLGpA88
>> Behind In n Out at Imperial HWY and La Palma is where I sometimes park to ride my bike along the river. You can also park at Riverdale Park and walk (or bike) in thru the gate at the far side of the field and walk east on the south side of the river trail.
>> The bird could be easily seen from either side of the river this morning. Pick a side. GO.
>> The only other thing going on right now are imaginary birds conjured up by Merlin so you have nothing to lose. This bird is real, I swear.
>>
>> There were also quite a few really spiffy looking peeps, mainly looking like Least Sandpipers, though admittedly, I did not scan very thoroughly after I found the Ruff, so who knows what else is here or might show up tonight?
>>
>> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
>>> Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a small group of dowitchers.
>>> Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible from either side currently
>>
>> --
>> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>>
>>
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Date: 7/16/22 11:19 pm
From: condor262001 via groups.io <condor262001...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Some Ruff Notes
A note on todays Ruff. It was better seen from the bike path side where it approached quite close to shore. As in previous years it is loosely associated with a  small group (less than 10) of  Dowitchers.

It is often foraging away from this group. It is best picked out by its short bicolored bill and feathers that stick out giving it a rumpled look. I have pictures on my Flickr site of a Ruff every year from 2016 that is clearly the same bird (bicolored bill) and also some shots from 2013 that I think is a young version of this individual. Assuming the river isn’t flooded or drained it will probably stay in this spot (about halfway between Imperial and Lakeview where the river drops off). But if not seen  at that location look at the downstream side of the bridges over Lakeview or Imperial and  especially Lincoln where it was seen often last year. I put some new  images and a movie on my Flickr site

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/

Jim Hecht

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Date: 7/16/22 2:47 pm
From: wagtail1997 <orcorba...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
Congrats Trish

Last year I put a YouTube video on the Ruff starting the virtual trip at Riverdale Park. See https://youtu.be/zhgUKJbyXjA

Joel Weintraub
Dana Point Ca
Joel Weintraub

> On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:05 PM, Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
>
> 
> A little more on the returning Ruff this morning, now that I'm home and not pecking at my phone screen in bad glare.
>
> It's the annual "Who's gonna find it first" bird and I got it this year. YAY ME!
> This is presumably the same returning bird that has graced this stretch of river for several years now.
>
> The Ruff kept its head tucked almost the entire time I was there, but it moved enough I was able to see the short bicolored bill with white at the base.
>
> Field marks to look for.
> Find the small flock of Dowitchers. There were maybe 20-25 this morning. The Ruff has orange legs. The Dowitchers have yellow-green legs. Find the bird with orange legs that probably has its head tucked in and is really boring. If the birds are foraging, look for the bird with orange legs and (compared to Dowitchers) has a fairly short bill that's 2 toned and white at the face.
>
> I've had a couple of messages asking about the location. I made a map.
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/374LUgUCG8dLGpA88
> Behind In n Out at Imperial HWY and La Palma is where I sometimes park to ride my bike along the river. You can also park at Riverdale Park and walk (or bike) in thru the gate at the far side of the field and walk east on the south side of the river trail.
> The bird could be easily seen from either side of the river this morning. Pick a side. GO.
> The only other thing going on right now are imaginary birds conjured up by Merlin so you have nothing to lose. This bird is real, I swear.
>
> There were also quite a few really spiffy looking peeps, mainly looking like Least Sandpipers, though admittedly, I did not scan very thoroughly after I found the Ruff, so who knows what else is here or might show up tonight?
>
> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
>> Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a small group of dowitchers.
>> Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible from either side currently
>
> --
> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>
>
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Date: 7/16/22 2:05 pm
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
A little more on the returning Ruff this morning, now that I'm home and not
pecking at my phone screen in bad glare.

It's the annual "Who's gonna find it first" bird and I got it this year.
YAY ME!
This is presumably the same returning bird that has graced this stretch of
river for several years now.

The Ruff kept its head tucked almost the entire time I was there, but it
moved enough I was able to see the short bicolored bill with white at the
base.

Field marks to look for.
Find the small flock of Dowitchers. There were maybe 20-25 this morning.
The Ruff has orange legs. The Dowitchers have yellow-green legs. Find the
bird with orange legs that probably has its head tucked in and is really
boring. If the birds are foraging, look for the bird with orange legs and
(compared to Dowitchers) has a fairly short bill that's 2 toned and white
at the face.

I've had a couple of messages asking about the location. I made a map.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/374LUgUCG8dLGpA88
Behind In n Out at Imperial HWY and La Palma is where I sometimes park to
ride my bike along the river. You can also park at Riverdale Park and walk
(or bike) in thru the gate at the far side of the field and walk east on
the south side of the river trail.
The bird could be easily seen from either side of the river this morning.
Pick a side. GO.
The only other thing going on right now are imaginary birds conjured up by
Merlin so you have nothing to lose. This bird is real, I swear.

There were also quite a few really spiffy looking peeps, mainly looking
like Least Sandpipers, though admittedly, I did not scan very thoroughly
after I found the Ruff, so who knows what else is here or might show up
tonight?

Trish Gussler, Anaheim


On Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:

> Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the
> halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a
> small group of dowitchers.
> Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible
> from either side currently
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Date: 7/16/22 12:50 pm
From: Edana Salisbury via groups.io <edanasal...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
Thanks, Trish! The bird is still present in the same location. It has remained tucked at least half the time.

Edana Salisbury
Buena Park
Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....

> On Jul 16, 2022, at 8:31 AM, Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:
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> 
> Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a small group of dowitchers.
> Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible from either side currently
>
> --
> Trish Gussler, Anaheim
>
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Date: 7/16/22 8:31 am
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the
halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a
small group of dowitchers.
Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible
from either side currently


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Date: 7/14/22 1:02 pm
From: Nicholas Earnhart <naearnhart...>
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bairds Sandpiper at san joaquin
I found a juv. Bairds sandpiper this morning around 10 at the San joaquin marsh in pond c with a flock of westerns. I was just able to look at my photos to verify. I am not sure if it Is still here but I will post any updates.
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Costa Mesa, CA


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