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· Sabine's Gull (I think) - Ballona Creek, Saturday 10:30am (TODAY)
· Los Angeles RBA- 30 September 2016 (Sep 30, 2016)
· Re: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach (Sep 30, 2016)
· RE: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach (Sep 30, 2016)
· Re: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach (Sep 30, 2016)
  1. Sabine's Gull (I think) - Ballona Creek, Saturday 10:30am LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 11:06am
    I just saw what I believe to be a Sabine's Gull feeding in Ballona Creek east of Inglewood Blvd bridge. The small, delicate looking gull had an a ll gray back (the feathers showed white edging), gray back of neck and top of head, white forehead, black small bill, pink webbed legs. When it flew, it showed a dramatic M pattern, tail was white, tipped in black that was thicker in the middle than the edges.
    Bird was still there when I left at 10:45am.
    Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34061022@N07/29420433733/in/datetaken/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/34061022@N07/29753280420/in/datetaken/
    
    Kevin Lapp Culver City
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  3. Los Angeles RBA- 30 September 2016 LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2016, 2 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *September 30, 2016 * CALA1609.30
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Sabine’s Gull
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Least Flycatcher
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Horned Lark
    SMITH’S LONGSPUR
    Ovenbird
    Northern Waterthrush
    Prothonotary Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
    Virginia’s Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Summer Tanager
    Indigo Bunting
    Bobolink
    Baltimore Oriole
    
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    
    http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 30.
    
    A SABINE’S GULL was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) on the north side of Duckbill Lake on September 25.
    
    Another SABINE’S GULL was at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on September 25.
    
    A BROWN PELICAN was at Lake Palmdale on September 29. There is no public access to the area, but the lake can be scoped from the overlook on the northbound side of Highway 14.
    
    The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh through September 28.
    
    A LEAST FLYCATCHER was found on Edwards AFB on September 23.
    
    Four VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, being reported through September 25.
    
    The continuing VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) was reported through September 24. It is being seen near the southeast corner of Duckbill Lake.
    
    Another VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at La Mirada Park on September 28.
    
    A probable TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at the north end of Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on September 29. Two BOBOLINKS were here through September 25. The latter birds have been in the weeds and grasses
    at the north end of the north lake. Walk north from the parking area then down the slope at the north end, walking around the perimeter of the lake to the northwest corner. Remember to avoid trampling vegetation when looking for birds here. Also be aware
    that a number of homeless people live in the area and occasional aggressive behavior has been reported.
    
    A HORNED LARK was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh on September 28.
    
    A SMITH’S LONGSPUR was found on San Clemente Island on September 23. A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (September 28-29), a PALM WARBLER (September 28) and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a TENNESEE WARBLER (both on September
    29) were at Wilson Cove on the island this past week.
    
    An OVENBIRD was at Rancho Sierra Golf Course in the east Antelope Valley on September 23. It was near the southwest corner of the course. Remember to ask permission to bird (perimeter only) at the clubhouse.
    The location is 60 th Street East, just north of East Ave F.
    
    A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood from September 24-25. The location was close to the south end just above Carson Street, between the last two electrical
    towers and southwest of the pathway.
    
    A VIRGINIA’S WARBLER was at the Piute Ponds (in the tamarisks northwest of Duckbill Lake) on September 23.
    
    Peck Park in San Pedro had a NORTHERN PARULA at on September 23. It was south of the baseball field and bordering the dirt trail. An adult male SUMMER TANAGER was in trees around the parking lot and baseball field.
    
    A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was at Zuma Creek mouth/lagoon on September 26.
    
    Legg Lake in South El Monte produced a BLACKPOLL WARBLER on September 24. It was west of restroom #7 and east of the playground area. Park on the west side of Santa Anita Ave, just south of the 60 Freeway and
    walk west.
    
    A PALM WARBLER was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale (entry fee required) on September 28. It was at the far west end of the picnic area.
    
    A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Highridge Park in Rolling Hills Estates on September 29.
    
    Two INDIGO BUNTINGS were at the Pepperdine University Ponds in Malibu on September 23.
    
    At Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, the adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued in the eucalyptus trees near Group Picnic Area #1 in the northeast part of the park through September 27.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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  5. Re: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2016, 2 day(s) ago
    The Jehl's scale can also be found in the fileschecklists section of the LACOBIRDS website. My scoring based on the photos is: Upper tail coverts 0
    
    Tail. 1
    
    Chest 2
    
    Belly. 5
    
    Undertail coverts 2-3
    
    Thighs 4
    
    Greater secondary coverts. 3
    
    Wing stripe 2
    
    Underwing coverts. 3
    
    Axillary. 1-2 Total 23 - 25 I also have a video of 2 AMOY from 2010 at http://www.optics4birding.com/blog/digiscoped-video-american-oystercatcher / where you can see the differences between Dave's bird and a pretty clean AMOY. Good birding,
    
    Steve Sosensky On Sep 29, 2016, at 11:35 PM, "David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]" < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote: Bob Beckler found a possible American Oystercatcher yesterday morning
    (Sep 28) at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, and told me about it over the
    phone. This afternoon (Sep 29) I went there, arriving at 4:18pm, and
    found it almost immediately, at 4:25pm, southeast of the bottom of the
    road that leads down to the beach. It was in the area around
    33.71502°N,118.31926°W, and at 4:41pm flew to approximately
    33.71426°N,118.31791°W.
    
    I've estimate this bird to be 30.5 on the Jehl Scale, which I guess makes
    it a real American Oystercatcher (just barely), but would appreciate the
    opinion of someone more experienced (and an accounting of which values
    were added up to get your result would be quite helpful). I used
    fractional numbers for some values, but I don't know if you're allowed to
    do that, and if not, what direction you're supposed to round in.
    
    Photos:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157674474899436
    
    Also at Royal Palms were at least 3 Rock Wrens (two of which were
    sticking together), as well as Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelican(s),
    Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Spotted Sandpipers, Willets,
    Whimbrels, Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, Heermann's Gulls, Western
    Gulls, Royal Terns, Common Ravens, Black Phoebes, and a Say's Phoebe.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
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  7. RE: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2016, 2 day(s) ago
    David, here's my take on scoring this bird: somewhere between 27-30.
    
    Upper tail coverts: 0-1
    Tail: 1
    Chest: 2
    Belly: 5 (I'm unclear on how, exactly, to evaluate this character. I think it means the overall % of white vs black mottling on the belly rather than the extent of the black breast onto the belly)
    Under Tail coverts: 3
    Thighs: 4
    Greater secondary wing coverts: 3-4 (tough to judge from the photos)
    Extent of wing stripe: 3
    Underwing coverts: 3
    Axillars: 3-4 (hard to see for sure, could be 4)
    
    For those of you mystified by all this talk of the "Jehl scale" here's a link : https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/jehl.txt
    which comes from
    
    Jehl, Jr., J. R. 1985a. "Hybridization and evolution of oystercatchers on the Pacific coast of Baja California." In Ornithological Monographs, No. 36, 484-504. Washington, D.C.: American Ornithological Union.
    
    -------- Original Message --------
    
    Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal
    
    Palms Beach
    
    From: "monte knobby6@... [LACoBirds]"
    
    < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Date: Fri, September 30, 2016 7:21 am
    
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Hi David,
    
    These were taken on sept 22, also at royal psalms. I thought the dark
    
    part of the neck/chest came down kind of low to qualify as an american
    
    oystercatcher, but it certainly could be.
    
    Monte
    
    On 9/29/2016 11:33 PM, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
    >
    
    > Bob Beckler found a possible American Oystercatcher yesterday morning
    
    > (Sep 28) at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, and told me about it over
    
    > the phone. This afternoon (Sep 29) I went there, arriving at 4:18pm,
    
    > and found it almost immediately, at 4:25pm, southeast of the bottom of
    
    > the road that leads down to the beach. It was in the area around
    
    > 33.71502°N,118.31926°W, and at 4:41pm flew to approximately
    
    > 33.71426°N,118.31791°W.
    
    >
    
    > I've estimate this bird to be 30.5 on the Jehl Scale, which I guess
    
    > makes it a real American Oystercatcher (just barely), but would
    
    > appreciate the opinion of someone more experienced (and an accounting
    
    > of which values were added up to get your result would be quite
    
    > helpful). I used fractional numbers for some values, but I don't know
    
    > if you're allowed to do that, and if not, what direction you're
    
    > supposed to round in.
    
    > Photos:
    
    > https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157674474899436
    
    >
    
    > Also at Royal Palms were at least 3 Rock Wrens (two of which were
    
    > sticking together), as well as Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelican(s),
    
    > Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Spotted Sandpipers, Willets,
    
    > Whimbrels, Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, Heermann's Gulls, Western
    
    > Gulls, Royal Terns, Common Ravens, Black Phoebes, and a Say's Phoebe./
    
    >
    
    > /David Ellsworth
    
    > San Pedro, CA
    
    >
    
    >
    
    
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  9. Re: [LACoBirds] American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2016, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi David,
    
    These were taken on sept 22, also at royal psalms. I thought the dark
    
    part of the neck/chest came down kind of low to qualify as an american
    
    oystercatcher, but it certainly could be.
    
    Monte
    
    On 9/29/2016 11:33 PM, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
    >
    
    > Bob Beckler found a possible American Oystercatcher yesterday morning
    
    > (Sep 28) at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, and told me about it over
    
    > the phone. This afternoon (Sep 29) I went there, arriving at 4:18pm,
    
    > and found it almost immediately, at 4:25pm, southeast of the bottom of
    
    > the road that leads down to the beach. It was in the area around
    
    > 33.71502N,118.31926W, and at 4:41pm flew to approximately
    
    > 33.71426N,118.31791W.
    
    >
    
    > I've estimate this bird to be 30.5 on the Jehl Scale, which I guess
    
    > makes it a real American Oystercatcher (just barely), but would
    
    > appreciate the opinion of someone more experienced (and an accounting
    
    > of which values were added up to get your result would be quite
    
    > helpful). I used fractional numbers for some values, but I don't know
    
    > if you're allowed to do that, and if not, what direction you're
    
    > supposed to round in.
    
    > Photos:
    
    > https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157674474899436
    
    >
    
    > Also at Royal Palms were at least 3 Rock Wrens (two of which were
    
    > sticking together), as well as Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelican(s),
    
    > Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Spotted Sandpipers, Willets,
    
    > Whimbrels, Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, Heermann's Gulls, Western
    
    > Gulls, Royal Terns, Common Ravens, Black Phoebes, and a Say's Phoebe./
    
    >
    
    > /David Ellsworth
    
    > San Pedro, CA
    
    >
    
    >
    
    
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  11. American Oystercatcher (Jehl 30ish) at Royal Palms Beach LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 3 day(s) ago
    Bob Beckler found a possible American Oystercatcher yesterday morning
    (Sep 28) at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro, and told me about it over the
    phone. This afternoon (Sep 29) I went there, arriving at 4:18pm, and
    found it almost immediately, at 4:25pm, southeast of the bottom of the
    road that leads down to the beach. It was in the area around
    33.71502°N,118.31926°W, and at 4:41pm flew to approximately
    33.71426°N,118.31791°W.
    
    I've estimate this bird to be 30.5 on the Jehl Scale, which I guess makes
    it a real American Oystercatcher (just barely), but would appreciate the
    opinion of someone more experienced (and an accounting of which values
    were added up to get your result would be quite helpful). I used
    fractional numbers for some values, but I don't know if you're allowed to
    do that, and if not, what direction you're supposed to round in.
    
    Photos:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157674474899436
    
    Also at Royal Palms were at least 3 Rock Wrens (two of which were
    sticking together), as well as Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelican(s),
    Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Spotted Sandpipers, Willets,
    Whimbrels, Snowy Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, Heermann's Gulls, Western
    Gulls, Royal Terns, Common Ravens, Black Phoebes, and a Say's Phoebe.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
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  13. LAR - another Dunlin; Pectoral push continues LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016 @ 4:54pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Thurs 29 Sep
    
    This morning at the L.A.River in Long Beach there was a Dunlin just south of the freight RR bridge south of Del Amo Blvd. The river should get some Dunlin action in October and into the winter.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/29928466071
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/29977718516
    
    Pectoral Sandpipers are steadily moving through. Today in the 1.8 miles from 34th St (just south of the Wardlow Rd bridge) to Del Amo Blvd, I had eight birds: five south of Wardlow Rd, one north of the 405 Fwy, one north of the Metro Line, and one near the mouth of Compton Creek s. of Del Amo.
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  15. Peck water conservation park Tropical Kingbird LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016 @ 12:39pm, 2 day(s) ago
    ¡Hola!
    It is12:15 p.m. noon, on a very hot and someone humid Thursday and I'm standing at the north end of Peck water conservation park. I parked at 8th and Daine streets and walked in from there, crossing the concrete channel that empties into the lake. I was
    looking for Bobolinks, and listening for them, scouting out a potential return after work today to stay until sunset to see or hear them. A kingbird flew in from north of the park and landed out in the open on a tree right in front of me. I started to photograph
    it, but it soared down closer to the water's edge, disappearing from my view. Since I'm on my lunch break, I had to leave. I probably will go back this afternoon and stay there until the sun goes down, looking for Bobolinks.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "Planes are, of course,designed for wind; but people aren't. "-Chuck Henry
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  17. Swainson's Hawk Claremont LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016 @ 9:04am, 3 day(s) ago
    There is a beautiful adult light morph Swainson's Hawk circling low, overhead in the Claremont Village.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "Planes are, of course,designed for wind; but people aren't. "-Chuck Henry
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  19. Baltimore Oriole, continues LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2016 @ 9:56am, 4 day(s) ago
    Good day,
    
    The male Baltimore Oriole continues at Bonelli Park, in San Dimas. It was actively feeding in the eucalyptus trees near group picnic area 1.
    
    Good Luck,
    
    Michael J. San Miguel
    La Verne, CA
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  21. FOS Yard- White crowned Sparrows LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2016 @ 9:36am, 4 day(s) ago
    Two around 9:30 - adult and immature....... Wanda Dameron West San Fernando Valley
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  23. Pelagic Trip Report: last Saturday, 9/24/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 3:16pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Birders:
    
    Last Saturday, aboard the Magician, we spent most of the 8 hour trip birding Los Angeles County waters between the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. The route included transit from the harbor along the PV Peninsula to Point Vincente, then veering off across the channel to the west point of Catalina. We then paralleled the coast of Catalina until Long Point, took a turn toward the oil rigs (Orange County), then went on home.
    
    Though recent SoCal pelagic birding has been pretty slow, we managed some good diversity, and (perhaps most importantly) good looks at just about everything we encountered. Highlights included a few each of both Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, a very cooperative immature Sabine’s Gull, a few each of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, and lots of Black-vented Shearwaters. We also saw four adult (or nearly adult) female Brown Boobies perched on the oil rig just inside of Orange County, and another two back in LA County as we motored back to the harbor.
    
    The Magician will have more trips coming up, though they have not yet been scheduled. Keep an eye on their webpage : http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm
    and any noticed will also be posted the the list serve.
    
    Until next time,
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
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  25. No Sabine's Peck Water Conservation Park Monday LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 11:25am, 5 day(s) ago
    Traffic was horrible on the 210 Freeway this morning, so I detoured to Horsethief Canyon Park, and San Dimas Canyon. Not only was there not even one single Thick billed Kingbird at Horsethief Canyon, but both parks were totally devoid of birds, whatsoever,
    except for the flock of Lark sparrows on the grass at San Dimas Canyon Park. Peck Road Water Conservation Park had a flock of 37 American White Pelicans, and not much else. I did not try for the Bobolink(s)
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "Planes are, of course,designed for wind; but people aren't. "-Chuck Henry
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  27. Sabine's Gull at Peck LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 11:46am, 6 day(s) ago
    There is a juvenile Sabine's Gull in north end of the south pond at Peck Rd. Water Conservation Park.
    
    Also saw Bobolink.
    
    Chris Dean, Morgan Edel, Jes Burton
    
    Silver Lake
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Re: Sabine's Gull, Piute Ponds LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 11:08am, 6 day(s) ago
    Now on north side of Duckbill.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    > On Sep 25, 2016, at 10:48 AM, Cuyler Stapelmann < cuylerstapelmann@... > wrote:
    
    >
    
    > Seen on Big Piute at 1045 Sunday.
    
    >
    
    > Cuyler
    
    > Los Feliz
    
    >
    
    > Sent from my iPhone 
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  31. Sabine's Gull, Piute Ponds LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 10:48am, 6 day(s) ago
    Seen on Big Piute at 1045 Sunday.
    
    Cuyler
    
    Los Feliz
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  33. Pectoral Sandpipers Willow and LA River Bobolinks Peck Road Park LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 8:24am, 6 day(s) ago
    Hello All,
    
    Yesterday afternoon, there were 11 Pectoral Sandpipers in the LA River on
    the upstream side of the Willow Street bridge. 9 were in a group together and
    the other two were by themselves.
    
    I did not see a post from yesterdayregarding Peck Road Water
    Conservation Park.
    While my son and I were there from about 8:30 to 9 AM, there were at least
    15 people viewing two different Bobolinks.
    The birds are in a large weed patch along the north shore a short walk west
    along the shore from the NE corner of the park. The patch is a short way west of
    the spit of land that juts out into the lake.
    
    Happy birding
    
    Larry Schmahl
    Whittier
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  35. Blackpoll Warbler, Legg Lake LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 6:19pm, 7 day(s) ago
    My son Matt and I found a Blackpoll Warbler at Legg Lake, The bird was west
    of Restroom 7 and just east of the playground. We originally found it in the
    large Maple but it was also in thelarge Cottonwood immediately west of the
    Maple.
    This area is between the very large south lake and the middle lake.
    The bird appeared to be a female. Slight yellowish cast to the head and
    breast, the flanks and belly were streaked, two bold white wingbars, dark
    streaked back, the long white undertail coverts gave it a very short tailed
    look. It did not pump its tail and it did not have a yellow rump.
    I am aware that these birds can bedifficult to identify in the fall
    and winter. No photo
    
    Happy birding,
    
    Larry Schmahl
    Whittier
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  37. Northern Waterthrush at West San Gabriel River Trail LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 6:07pm, 7 day(s) ago
    My son Matt and I found the Northern Waterthrush about30
    minutes after Tracy told us where to look.
    The bird was working the shadows along the edge of a mulch covered
    landscape area between the second and third towers from the south (or the Carson
    Blvd. side) This particular landscaped area is on the west side of the trail,is
    closer to the second tower and is landscaped with Toyon, not Elderberry.
    
    Happy Birding,
    
    Larry schmahl
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  39. Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 1:07pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Sat 24 Sep
    
    This morning our bird survey group saw a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (found by Bill Figueroa) at the "elbow" of the marsh near the intersection of Jefferson Blvd and Lincoln Blvd.  This bird is new to the area and does not show any adult plumage marks.  Lat, Lon = 33.970396, -118.431449
    
    Photos are not yet in eBird, but here is a "random" Flickr photo that is similar to today's bird that had even smaller pale spots on the wing coverts:
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/ 8434/7808873124_3e863564e5_b. jpg
    Today's bird also shows a long neck & long legs along with obvious thin, pale edges to the greater coverts.  The beak is mainly black but does show some paleness at the base.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  41. Correction on WATERTHRUSH location LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 10:34am, 7 day(s) ago
    It was west of the second to last tower when entering from Monte Verde Park.
    
    Tracy Drake
    
    Madrona Marsh Preserve
    
    Torrance
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  43. Northern Waterthrush at West San Gabriel river Trail LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 10:24am, 7 day(s) ago
    Good morning birders!
    
    There is a very cooperative NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH along the shrubs along the south west side of the trail just wet of the last tower. Beautiful!!! It's calling and is with WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN SPARROWS.
    
    Happy birding!
    
    Tracy Drake
    
    Madrona Marsh Preserve
    
    Torrance
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  45. Smith's Longspur, San Clemente Island, 23 September LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2016 @ 6:04pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Not to frustrate any of you on the mainland, but today I found and photographed a Smith's Longspur on San Clemente Island. This is (pending CBRC acceptance) the first record for Los Angeles County.
    
    Photos embedded in eBird checklist:
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31722108
    
    Otherwise, a rather unremarkable fall so far. One Virginia's Warbler and a Blackpoll Warbler are the only things worth writing home about.
    
    Cheers,
    Justyn Stahl
    SCI
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  47. Ovenbird and more Rancho Sierra Golf Course Lancaster LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2016 @ 5:37pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    After a seeing a promising overnight forecast, and wanting to scout a few spots for my local fall walks (details on my website), I had a really fantastic morning birding out in Lancaster. I started at Rancho Sierra Golf Course ( 47205 60th St E, Lancaster, CA 93535). W hen birding the course I always stop in at the club shop to grab a coffee, some snacks and ask permission to do some birding to be polite. You also need to make sure to just walk the perimeter, not on the course itself, and be respectful of golfers who are taking shots.
    
    The course today was incredibly birdy with ridiculous numbers of Common Yellowthroats. Among the seasonally uncommon/rare birds I had, the Ovenbird, Yellow-breasted Chat and Golden-crowned Sparrow were all found right down in the southwest corner of the course as were a bunch of Fox Sparrows in a variety of flavors. Unfortunately the course was busy and about two minutes after finding the Ovenbird someone came to tee off and then after that someone started mowing the exact section it was in! There are some pictures on my ebird checklist and flickr page from the day including my two best Ovenbird shots:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31718305
    
    Other stops while definitely busy with migrants no where else produced quite as well, with Brewer's Sparrow probably my best bird at Apollo and Virginia's Warbler and Sage Thrasher bonus species at Piute Ponds (with Jon Feenstra and David Bell)..
    
    Luke Tiller, Altadena
    www.underclearskies.com
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  49. Los Angeles RBA- 23 September 2016 LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2016 @ 1:39pm, 8 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *September 23, 2016 * CALA1609.23
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    
    Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Common Ground-Dove
    Ridgway’s Rail
    Dunlin
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Solitary Sandpiper
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Pacific Wren
    Northern Waterthrush
    American Redstart
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Bobolink
    Baltimore Oriole
    
    
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    
    http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 23.
    
    A COMMON MERGANSER continued to be seen at Rowena Reservoir in Silverlake through September 19.
    
    Quail Lake near Gorman held a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on September 17.
    
    A COMMON GROUND-DOVE was seen at Santa Fe Dam on September 18.
    
    The continuing RIDGWAY’S RAIL was still at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (along the Lincoln arm of the marsh) through September 21.
    
    
    A few PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS have been reported along the lower LA River this past week and a DUNLIN was below the Wardlow crossing in Long Beach on September 20.
    
    A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was observed flying over Big Tujunga Wash on September 17.
    
    The continuing VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) was reported through September 20. It is being seen near the southeast corner of Duckbill Lake.
    
    A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was west of the parking area at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on September 22.
    
    A PACIFIC WREN was at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Park in West Hills on September 22.
    
    Continuing was a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the southwest part of Madrona Marsh in Torrance through September 18. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was present at the marsh from September 15-19.
    
    In the east Antelope Valley an AMERICAN REDSTART was northeast of 120 th Street East and Avenue B on September 22.
    
    A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was found along the LA River in Glendale on September 17. It was just north of the Los Feliz crossing in trees on the west side of the river.
    
    Wilson Cove on San Clemente Island produced a BLACKPOLL WARBLER on September 20.
    
    A CANADA WARBLER was at the north end of the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood on September 17 and 18. It was in the sycamores between Monte Verde Park (fenced with no access) and several hundred
    feet down the paved pathway. Easiest access is from the parking area by the north end of Shadeway Road. Note however that it has not been reported in the last five days.
    
    Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach produced a PAINTED REDSTART on September 22. The bird was in the sycamores and elms near the entrance.
    
    A BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was just north of the Haines Creek Channel on September 17. Haines Creek is in Big Tujunga Wash at the end of Tujunga Valley Street in Sunland.
    
    Two BOBOLINKS were at the Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia from September 17-19. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was here on September 17. These birds were in the weeds and grasses at the north end of the north
    lake. Walk north from the parking area then down the slope at the north end, walking around the perimeter of the lake to the northwest corner. Remember to avoid trampling vegetation when looking for birds here. Also be aware that a number of homeless people
    live in the area and occasional aggressive behavior has been reported.
    
    At Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was in the eucalyptus trees near Group Picnic Area #1 in the northeast part of the park on September 19.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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