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· Re: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap (Apr 22, 2018)
· Spring migration, other recent notes (Apr 22, 2018)
· Yellow-breasted Chat At Ballona Freshwater Marsh (Apr 21, 2018)
· RE: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap (Apr 21, 2018)
· America's Birdiest County April 27, 28, and 29: More information (Apr 20, 2018)
  1. Re: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2018 @ 4:28pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Thanks Lance, Jim and Donna etc. for your reports.
    To add: I have now spent 2 hours+ on two different mornings looking for the Gray Vireo found by Lance Benner’s group along Holcomb Ridge Road (off of Bob's Gap Rd). Both times there were numerous other birders present and no one saw or heard the bird (as far as I know). So … it appears that it is a bit hit-or-miss. Just so you know if you plan to give it a shot.
    Overall the best time for bird activity seems to be around 7:45 – 9:00.
    David Bell La Cańada, CA
     From: LACoBirding on behalf of "donnabray@... [LACoBirds]"
    Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:53 PM
    To: 'Jim Moore' , LACoBirding
    Subject: RE: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap
     With apologies for the late report: Searching along Holcomb Ridge Road (off of Bob's Gap Rd) late in the afternoon yesterday was not successful for the Gray Vireo. The Townsend's Solitaire was seen at St. Andrew's Abbey around the Duck Pond area. Donna Bray Norwalk
    ----------------------------------------- From: "Jim Moore' moorebirder@... [LACoBirds]"
    Sent: Friday April 20 2018 3:30:34PM
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap
     It was first heard south of Holcomb Ridge Road beginning around 8:00 today, April 20. Once spotted by Steve Turley it was seen frequently, foraging widely usually in sage close to the ground, often close to the road. It was still in view and singing when we left around 9:30.
    If today’s experience is typical, the bird is easy to find. Listen for its distinctive song and be patient, it will pop up.
    Jim Moore
    Agua Dulce 
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  3. Spring migration, other recent notes LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2018 @ 1:58pm, 1 day(s) ago
    This morning (22 April) in the western San Gabriel mountains produced one of the more impressive flights of migrants I can recall seeing in Los Angeles County--the scale was reminiscent of a good day at Butterbredt Spring. For example, in just eight minutes, soon after sunrise near May Canyon Saddle (at the intersection of the Santa Clara Truck Trail and May Canyon TKTR) standing in one place I counted:
    Orange-crowned Warbler: 18
    Nashville Warbler: 1
    MacGillivray's Warbler: 6
    Audubon's Warbler: 2
    Black-throated Gray Warbler: 15
    Townsend's Warbler: 2
    Hermit Warbler: 4
    Wilson's Warbler: 13
    warbler sp: 40+
    Lazuli Bunting: 6
    All of these migrants were passing very low over the ridge, going roughly northeast, and not stopping. I was conducting point counts and had to continue down the trail, but conditions were similar, with many of the same species in roughly similar proportions streaming up the hillside, as well as some numbers of Ash-throated Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, hummingbirds, and Warbling Vireos. Wind was very light on the saddle, a little bit stronger in parts going downhill; skies were lightly covered in high clouds.
    And just a few other recent notes from the last week or so (some of which is possibly of use for the ABC):
    -at least one white-eye (presumably a Japanese White-eye as everyone calls them) was at Bixby Park in Long Beach, where I saw at least four of them a year ago.
    -Huntington Park Civic Park on 19 April held the usual flock of White-winged Parakeets, a pair of Spotted Doves (now nesting), and a Plumbeous Vireo.
    -a male Vermilion Flycatcher, first found by Jonathan Rowley, continued at La Mirada Park on 19 April, and was often singing.
    -a sort-of late-ish Common Goldeneye was at Lake Palmdale 17 April. Others have posted about the continuing Gray Vireo at Bob's Gap. At least one Gray Flycatcher had arrived at Ball Flat Rd as well.
    -there were several late-ish Ferruginous Hawks in the western Antelope Valley on 14 April: two at Quail Lake and one just west of Neenach, where the 138 meets 270th St. W.
    John Garrett
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  5. Yellow-breasted Chat At Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 3:12pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    Earlier this morning I had a very vocal Yellow-breasted Chat at the south
    end of
    the Freshwater Marsh. The bird was close to the south gate along the dirt
    Barbara Johnson
    Los Angeles
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  7. RE: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2018 @ 9:35am, 2 day(s) ago
    With apologies for the late report: Searching along Holcomb Ridge Road (off of Bob's Gap Rd) late in the afternoon yesterday was not successful for the Gray Vireo. The Townsend's Solitaire was seen at St. Andrew's Abbey around the Duck Pond area. Donna Bray Norwalk
    ----------------------------------------- From: "Jim Moore' moorebirder@... [LACoBirds]"
    Sent: Friday April 20 2018 3:30:34PM
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap
    It was first heard south of Holcomb Ridge Road beginning around 8:00 today, April 20. Once spotted by Steve Turley it was seen frequently, foraging widely usually in sage close to the ground, often close to the road. It was still in view and singing when we left around 9:30.
    If today’s experience is typical, the bird is easy to find. Listen for its distinctive song and be patient, it will pop up.
    Jim Moore
    Agua Dulce
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  9. America's Birdiest County April 27, 28, and 29: More information LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 5:34pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    Here's additional information about the "America's Birdiest County" event that will happen in Los Angeles County on April 27-29, 2018.
    The count starts at midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning and ends at midnight on Sunday night/Monday morning.
    The objective is to find as many species in Los Angeles County over this three day interval as possible. We've been doing this since 2003 and regularly find more than 260 species.
    Birds can be identified by sight or sound, and as usual, rare species require documentation. All birds must be counted from land, so we can't accept anything seen on a whale watch, or from a boat on a lake, but we'd be glad to count any birds seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands or from seawatches at places such as Point Vicente and Point Dume.
    I will act as compiler again this year. Thank you again to Wanda Dameron for helping out as compiler in 2017.
    America's Birdiest County started in 2003 in San Diego as a friendly competition among counties across the country to see how many species people could find in a single 24-hour period.
    After the first three years, the organizers changed the protocol to make it a three-day event. There were also various categories across the country to try to level the playing field so that counties in very different areas wouldn't be competing against those in other areas that have vastly more birds. Thus, counties in, say, Maine weren't competing against counties in California. Los Angeles was in the "Coastal West" category and our chief competition, at least initially, was with San Diego and Monterey. After the format changed to a three-day event, Monterey stopped competing in order to continue their traditional one-day county-wide birdathon. After 2011, the organizers discontinued the nationwide event, but selected counties continued due to strong local interest. Los Angeles and Kern Counties, which usually did very well, have both continued, and recently Orange and Ventura Counties have started similar events around the same time. In 2017 San Bernardino County started a count and had reported more than 230 species as of Sunday night.
    Here are the number of species found in Los Angeles County since 2003:
    Year Total
    2017 264
    2016 270
    2015 275
    2014 272
    2013 265
    2012 262
    2011 277
    2010 271
    2009 264
    2008 255
    2007 272
    2006 265
    2005 246
    2004 240
    2003 239
    Our total jumped in 2006 due to better organization and increased interest.
    This event has turned into an intensive sweep of the whole county each spring, and has provided a useful snapshot of the species that are present in late April. Many people who participate also record their observations in eBird, and as a result, tens of thousands of bird sightings are permanently archived, so in addition to having fun, we're also making a scientifically useful contribution.
    Please email reports to me at lbenner@... and/or to the LA County listserve.
    We welcome forwarding eBird checklists--they make checking for new species really easy. The easiest way to do this is to email the eBird list to yourself and then forward it to me.
    I will provide updates two to four times each day to track our progress and to help guide searches for species we're missing. The first update will probably happen by mid afternoon on Friday. We will also provide updates each night so that we everyone can see what we still need first thing in the morning.
    Please note that we can't count birds seen from boats, but birds seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Island count. Also, the Gambel's quail and chukars on San Clemente Island are self-sustaining so we can count them. Also, to continue the protocol we adopted last year, we are now glad to count bald eagles seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands.
    Kimball Garrett asks us to please report established non-native species even if they're not the list that's accepted by the AOS (formerly known as the AOU) or the CBRC.
    This means that we want to hear about introduced species such as parakeets and parrots, pin-tailed whydahs, orange bishops, red-whiskered bulbuls, Mandarin ducks, and so forth. Monitoring those populations is becoming increasingly important so please report them, and, of course, enter your sightings into eBird.
    We'll keep them in a supplemental list separate from the "regular" species.
    We've been keeping track of some notable species that have been in the area recently. Some are truly rare but others are regular winter visitors that become scarce and challenging to find in late April. Below is a partial list; we're sure there are some things that we missed. Please note that some of these species have not been found during previous ABC weekends, and for some birds it's been a few weeks since we've seen reports in eBird, on the listserve, or in various rare bird alerts.
    The list below includes species reported since about the middle of March, and we realize that some have probably left the area by now.
    n = new to the count if we find it
    Apr 04 n Eurasian wigeon Hansen Dam
    Mar 18 n Eurasian wigeon King Gillette Ranch
    Apr 01 canvasback Alondra Park Reservoir
    Mar 25 canvasback Lancaster Sewage Ponds
    Mar 17 canvasback Hansen Spreading Grounds
    Mar 11 canvasback Crystalaire Country Club
    Apr 04 greater scaup Castaic Lagoon
    Mar 29 greater scaup Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Mar 14 greater scaup Westlake Lake
    Mar 28 white-winged scoter Dockweiler Beach
    Apr 04 black scoter Topanga Beach/Lagoon
    Apr 03 black scoter Playa del Rey Beach
    Mar 27 black scoter Dockweiler Beach
    Apr 17 common goldeneye Lake Palmdale
    Apr 18 hooded merganser Apollo Park
    Apr 07 hooded merganser Malibu Creek State Park
    Apr 06 hooded merganser LA River/Los Feliz Golf Course area
    Apr 01 hooded merganser Orcas Park
    Mar 29 hooded merganser Big Tujunga Wash N of 210
    Mar 27 hooded merganser LA River/Sunnynook Bridge
    Mar 26 hooded merganser Hansen Dam
    Mar 25 hooded merganser Franklin Canyon Park
    Apr 15 hooded merganser Hollywood Reservoir
    Mar 24 hooded merganser Hahamongna Park
    Apr 12 hooded merganser Piute Ponds
    Mar 31 hooded merganser Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Mar 26 hooded merganser Del Rey Lagoon
    Mar 23 hooded merganser Bette Davis picnic area
    Mar 20 hooded merganser Atwater Village
    Mar 18 hooded merganser Sepulveda Basin
    Mar 18 hooded merganser LA River/Oros St.
    Mar 18 hooded merganser LA River/Glendale Narrows
    Mar 16 hooded merganser Barranca east side of hole #8
    Mar 28 n red-necked grebe Castaic Lagoon
    Apr 16 northern fulmar King Harbor, Redondo Beach
    Mar 31 neotropic cormorant Bonelli Park north side
    Apr 07 American bittern Piute Ponds
    Mar 24 American bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Mar 19 American bittern Harbor Regional Park
    Apr 12 yellow-crowned night heron MacArthur Park
    Apr 15 yellow-crowned night heron Ballona Creek
    Apr 18 yellow-crowned night heron Ballona Freshawater Marsh
    Apr 04 yellow-crowned night heron Topanga Beach/Lagoon
    Apr 04 bald eagle Pyramid Lake visitor center
    Apr 09 bald eagle Six Flags Magic Mountain vicinity
    Mar 28 bald eagle Highway 39, San Gabriel Dam
    Mar 28 bald eagle Covina Hills
    Mar 26 bald eagle Little Harbor Road, Santa Catalina Island
    Apr 06 bald eagle San Clemente Island, Lemon Tank
    Apr 17 ferruginous hawk Quail Lake
    Apr 17 ferruginous hawk 270th St West, Neenach
    Apr 03 ferruginous hawk Six Flags Magic Mountain area
    Apr 02 ferruginous hawk Hansen Dam
    Apr 01 ferruginous hawk E Ave. E/65th St. E, Antelope Valley
    Mar 29 ferruginous hawk Ave. A at 90th W, Antelope Valley (county line)
    Mar 25 ferruginous hawk Aqueduct/300th St. West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 25 ferruginous hawk Highway 138 between 269th and 265th West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 19 ferruginous hawk Ave. B/47th St. West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 16 ferruginous hawk Nebeker Ranch
    Apr 12 Ridgeway's rail Ballona Fresh Water Marsh
    Apr 07 stilt sandpiper Piute Ponds
    Apr 14 Wilson's snipe Crystalaire Country Club (private)
    Apr 19 Wilson's snipe Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Apr 18 Wilson's snipe Entradero Park
    Apr 19 Wilson's snipe Madrona Marsh
    Apr 12 Wilson's snipe Piute Ponds
    Mar 29 Wilson's snipe Playa Vista Riparian Corridor
    Mar 29 Wilson's snipe Hansen Dam
    Mar 27 Wilson's snipe Harbor Regional Park
    Mar 25 Wilson's snipe Aqueduct/300th St. West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 20 Wilson's snipe Six Flags Magic Mountain park vicinity
    Apr 12 Wilson's snipe Newhall Ranch site
    Apr 19 solitary sandpiper Madrona Marsh
    Apr 14 solitary sandpiper Hansen Dam
    Apr 10 solitary sandpiper Piute Ponds
    Apr 02 solitary sandpiper San Clemente Island
    Apr 17 lesser yellowlegs Piute Ponds
    Mar 26 common murre Point Vicente
    Apr 01 Cassin's auklet Zuma Beach
    Mar 24 Sabine's gull Piute Ponds
    Apr 15 Franklin's gull Piute Ponds
    Apr 04 Franklin's gull Aqueduct: 165th East, Antelope Valley
    Mar 12 Franklin's gull Ballona Creek/Pacific Ave Bridge
    Apr 16 mew gull Polliwog Park
    Mar 19 mew gull Bonnelli Park east
    Mar 18 mew gull Golden Shore Reserve
    Apr 04 Iceland (Thayer's) gull Lake Balboa, Sepulveda Basin
    Mar 15 n lesser black backed gull Pico Rivera Spreading ponds (dry)
    Apr 01 long-eared owl Piute Ponds
    Apr 14 Lewis's woodpecker Sycamore Canyon, Whittier
    Apr 15 Lewis's woodpecker Chilao Campground
    Mar 31 Lewis's woodpecker Rose Hills, Whittier
    Mar 25 red-naped sapsucker St. Andrew's Priory
    Mar 28 red-naped sapsucker O'Melveny Park
    Apr 14 prairie falcon Pinon Hills
    Apr 18 prairie falcon Piute Ponds
    Apr 01 prairie falcon Castaic sports complex
    Apr 16 prairie falcon CA aqueduct 300th St. West
    Mar 23 prairie falcon Nebeker Ranch
    Apr 17 purple martin Piute Ponds
    Apr 17 purple martin LA River, North Atwater Park
    Apr 06 purple martin Charlton Flat
    Apr 19 vermilion flycatcher La Mirada Park
    Apr 13 vermilion flycatcher Griffith Park in Claremont
    Apr 05 vermilion flycatcher Castaic sports complex
    Apr 04 vermilion flycatcher Glen Haven Memorial Park
    Apr 14 vermilion flycatcher Crystalaire Country Club
    Apr 14 vermilion flycatcher Rancho Sierra Golf Club
    Apr 01 vermilion flycatcher Santa Anita Golf Course
    Apr 09 vermilion flycatcher Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora
    Mar 23 vermilion flycatcher Malibu Creek State Park
    Apr 03 dusky-capped flycatcher Ladera Park
    Mar 16 dusky-capped flycatcher Runnymede Recreation Center
    Mar 19 dusky-capped flycatcher North Weddington Recreation Center
    Apr 18 tropical kingbird Entradero Park
    Mar 19 tropical kingbird Harbor Regional park
    Apr 20 n gray vireo Bob's Gap, dirt road at south end
    Apr 11 plumbeous vireo Wheeler Park, Claremont
    Apr 05 plumbeous vireo Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery
    Apr 05 plumbeous vireo Garvey Ranch Park
    Apr 02 plumbeous vireo Farnsworth Park
    Mar 31 plumbeous vireo Los Nietos Park
    Mar 30 plumbeous vireo Wardlow Park
    Mar 27 plumbeous vireo Linden H. Chandler Preserve
    Mar 25 plumbeous vireo Bell Gardens Veterans Park
    Mar 24 purple martin El Dorado Regional Park
    Apr 17 purple martin Piute Ponds
    Apr 17 purple martin LA River, North Atwater Park
    Apr 06 purple martin Charlton Flat
    Apr 03 bank swallow Piute Ponds
    Mar 29 black-tailed gnatcatcher Edwards AFB
    Apr 07 golden-crowned kinglet Placerita Canyon Nature Center
    Mar 30 golden-crowned kinglet Buckhorn CG
    Mar 25 golden-crowned kinglet Chilao Visitor Center
    Mar 24 golden-crowned kinglet Descanso Gardens
    Mar 18 golden-crowned kinglet Table Mountain
    Mar 22 mountain bluebird CA aqueduct at 120th west
    Mar 19 mountain bluebird Brackett Airport
    Apr 14 n sage thrasher Piute Ponds
    Apr 18 sage thrasher Crystalaire Country Club (private)
    Apr 02 sage thrasher Nebeker Ranch area
    Mar 30 sage thrasher San Clemente Island, Airfield
    Mar 30 sage thrasher San Clemente Island, Lemon Tank
    Mar 28 sage thrasher 180th St. West/route 138, Antelope Valley
    Mar 26 sage thrasher 60th St. West/Ave C10, Antelope Valley
    Mar 24 sage thrasher Ave. E, 80th-90th St. East, Antelope Valley
    Apr 09 n ovenbird Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    Apr 12 black and white warbler American Gold Star Manor/Long Beach
    Apr 14 black and white warbler Madrona Marsh
    Apr 11 black and white warbler LA County Arboretum
    Mar 27 black and white warbler Library Park
    Apr 07 black and white warbler DeForest Park
    Apr 07 palm warbler Entradero Park
    Apr 01 n Lucy's warbler North Weddington Recreation Park
    Apr 11 American redstart El Dorado Park near softball fields
    Mar 18 n pine warbler Runnymede Recreation Area
    Apr 08 n Grace's warbler Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    Mar 24 painted redstart Culver City Park
    Apr 14 n lark bunting Agua Amarga Canyon
    Apr 05 lark bunting Garvey Ranch Park
    Apr 05 vesper sparrow Piute Ponds
    Apr 02 vesper sparrow Six Flags Magic Mountain area
    Apr 01 vesper sparrow California Poppy Preserve
    Mar 25 vesper sparrow 265th St. West/Ave. A, Antelope Valley
    Mar 19 clay-colored sparrow Westchester Park
    Apr 19 Harris's sparrow Hansen Dam
    Apr 16 white-throated sparrow Crystalaire neighborhood (private residence)
    Apr 16 white-throated sparrow Palos Verdes private residence
    Apr 10 white-throated sparrow Agua Amarga/Lunada Canyon Trail
    Apr 09 white-throated sparrow Ed Thomas' yard
    Mar 11 white-throated sparrow LA Arboretum
    Mar 18 white-throated sparrow Descanso Gardens
    Apr 18 white-throated sparrow Montrose Community Park
    Mar 25 white-throated sparrow Hopkins Wilderness Park
    Apr 14 summer tanager Village Green
    Mar 28 summer tanager Veteran's Park, Sylmar
    Mar 18 summer tanager LA Arboretum
    Apr 05 Baltimore oriole San Clemente Island, China Canyon
    Mar 24 n rusty blackbird Almansor Park
    As always, anything flagged as "rare" in eBird is going to require documentation, so please take photos, jot down notes, obtain recordings and videos, or make sketches.
    Below is the master list of every species we've found during previous ABC weekends.
    There are some species that we get regularly that are actually quite local and require special effort to find and/or that are just leaving or arriving at this time of year . Among them, in no particular order, are prairie falcon, American dipper, common ground-dove, Inca dove, spotted owl, northern saw-whet owl, northern pygmy owl, flammulated owl, burrowing owl, golden-crowned kinglet, Le Conte's thrasher, Williamson's sapsucker, red crossbill, Swainson's hawk, common merganser, hooded merganser, summer tanager, golden eagle, and wandering tattler.
    We often struggle to find pelagic species; alcids are particularly difficult.
    The table below lists every species we've recorded during the ABC weekend since 2004 and the number of years in which we've found it.
    N = number of years we've found a species from 2004-present.
    13 Greater White-fronted Goose
    10 Snow Goose
    14 Ross's Goose
    13 Brant
    13 Cackling Goose
    14 Canada Goose
    14 Wood Duck
    14 Gadwall
    14 American Wigeon
    14 Mallard
    14 Blue-winged Teal
    14 Cinnamon Teal
    14 Northern Shoveler
    13 Northern Pintail
    14 Green-winged Teal
    03 Canvasback
    14 Redhead
    14 Ring-necked Duck
    01 Greater Scaup
    14 Lesser Scaup
    01 White-winged Scoter
    14 Surf Scoter
    03 Black Scoter
    01 Long-tailed Duck
    14 Bufflehead
    03 Common Goldeneye
    07 Hooded Merganser
    11 Common Merganser
    13 Red-breasted Merganser
    14 Ruddy Duck
    14 Mountain Quail
    14 California Quail
    10 Gambel's Quail
    10 Chukar
    14 Red-throated Loon
    14 Pacific Loon
    14 Common Loon
    01 Yellow-billed Loon
    14 Pied-billed Grebe
    10 Horned Grebe
    14 Eared Grebe
    14 Western Grebe
    14 Clark's Grebe
    01 Black-footed albatross
    03 Northern Fulmar
    11 Pink-footed Shearwater
    14 Sooty Shearwater
    06 Black-vented Shearwater
    14 Brandt's Cormorant
    01 Neotropic Cormorant
    14 Double-crested Cormorant
    14 Pelagic Cormorant
    13 American White Pelican
    14 Brown Pelican
    04 American Bittern
    14 Least Bittern
    14 Great Blue Heron
    14 Great Egret
    14 Snowy Egret
    12 Cattle Egret
    14 Green Heron
    14 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    01 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    14 White-faced Ibis
    14 Turkey Vulture
    14 Osprey
    14 White-tailed Kite
    12 Golden Eagle
    02 Bald Eagle
    13 Northern Harrier
    13 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    14 Cooper's Hawk
    14 Red-shouldered Hawk
    13 Swainson's Hawk
    14 Red-tailed Hawk
    04 Ferruginous Hawk
    01 Sandhill Crane
    13 Virginia Rail
    14 Sora
    01 Ridgeway's Rail
    14 Common Gallinule
    14 American Coot
    14 Black-bellied Plover
    02 Pacific Golden-Plover
    14 Snowy Plover
    14 Semipalmated Plover
    14 Killdeer
    14 Black Oystercatcher
    14 Black-necked Stilt
    14 American Avocet
    14 Spotted Sandpiper
    12 Solitary Sandpiper
    14 Wandering Tattler
    14 Greater Yellowlegs
    14 Willet
    13 Lesser Yellowlegs
    14 Whimbrel
    12 Long-billed Curlew
    14 Marbled Godwit
    14 Ruddy Turnstone
    14 Black Turnstone
    14 Surfbird
    02 Red Knot
    14 Sanderling
    02 Semipalmated Sandpiper
    14 Western Sandpiper
    14 Least Sandpiper
    03 Baird's Sandpiper
    14 Dunlin
    01 Ruff
    01 Stilt Sandpiper
    11 Short-billed Dowitcher
    14 Long-billed Dowitcher
    09 Wilson's Snipe
    11 Wilson's Phalarope
    14 Red-necked Phalarope
    01 Red Phalarope
    01 Sabine's Gull
    14 Bonaparte's Gull
    01 Laughing Gull
    07 Franklin's Gull
    13 Heermann's Gull
    02 Mew Gull
    14 Ring-billed Gull
    14 Western Gull
    13 California Gull
    12 Herring Gull
    02 Thayer's Gull (Iceland Gull)
    14 Glaucous-winged Gull
    01 Glaucous Gull
    13 Least Tern
    14 Caspian Tern
    04 Black Tern
    01 Common Tern
    14 Forster's Tern
    14 Royal Tern
    14 Elegant Tern
    14 Black Skimmer
    07 Pomarine Jaeger
    08 Parasitic Jaeger
    05 Common Murre
    02 Scripps' Murrelet
    02 Cassin's Auklet
    03 Rhinoceros Auklet
    14 Rock Pigeon
    14 Band-tailed Pigeon
    13 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    14 Spotted Dove
    02 White-winged Dove
    14 Mourning Dove
    10 Inca Dove
    12 Common Ground-Dove
    14 Greater Roadrunner
    14 Barn Owl
    09 Flammulated Owl
    14 Western Screech-Owl
    14 Great Horned Owl
    13 Northern Pygmy-Owl
    14 Burrowing Owl
    14 Spotted Owl
    05 Long-eared Owl
    12 Northern Saw-whet Owl
    14 Lesser Nighthawk
    14 Common Poorwill
    14 Vaux's Swift
    14 White-throated Swift
    14 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    14 Anna's Hummingbird
    14 Costa's Hummingbird
    14 Rufous Hummingbird
    14 Allen's Hummingbird
    10 Calliope Hummingbird
    14 Belted Kingfisher
    10 Lewis's Woodpecker
    14 Acorn Woodpecker
    12 Williamson's Sapsucker
    14 Red-breasted Sapsucker
    01 Red-naped Sapsucker
    11 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    14 Nuttall's Woodpecker
    14 Downy Woodpecker
    14 Hairy Woodpecker
    14 White-headed Woodpecker
    14 Northern Flicker
    14 American Kestrel
    11 Merlin
    14 Peregrine Falcon
    12 Prairie Falcon
    01 Crested Caracara
    14 Red-crowned Parrot
    14 Olive-sided Flycatcher
    14 Western Wood-Pewee
    14 Hammond's Flycatcher
    14 Gray Flycatcher
    14 Dusky Flycatcher
    14 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    14 Black Phoebe
    14 Say's Phoebe
    05 Vermilion Flycatcher
    03 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    14 Ash-throated Flycatcher
    04 Tropical Kingbird
    14 Cassin's Kingbird
    02 Thick-billed Kingbird
    14 Western Kingbird
    14 Loggerhead Shrike
    14 Bell's Vireo
    08 Plumbeous Vireo
    14 Cassin's Vireo
    14 Hutton's Vireo
    14 Warbling Vireo
    14 Steller's Jay
    14 Western Scrub-Jay
    13 Clark's Nutcracker
    14 American Crow
    14 Common Raven
    14 Horned Lark
    14 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    06 Purple Martin
    14 Tree Swallow
    14 Violet-green Swallow
    12 Bank Swallow
    14 Barn Swallow
    14 Cliff Swallow
    14 Mountain Chickadee
    14 Oak Titmouse
    13 Verdin
    14 Bushtit
    14 Red-breasted Nuthatch
    14 White-breasted Nuthatch
    14 Pygmy Nuthatch
    14 Brown Creeper
    14 Rock Wren
    14 Canyon Wren
    14 House Wren
    14 Marsh Wren
    14 Bewick's Wren
    14 Cactus Wren
    14 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    14 California Gnatcatcher
    10 American Dipper
    05 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    14 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    14 Wrentit
    14 Western Bluebird
    01 Mountain Bluebird
    11 Townsend's Solitaire
    14 Swainson's Thrush
    14 Hermit Thrush
    14 American Robin
    01 Varied Thrush
    14 Northern Mockingbird
    14 California Thrasher
    10 Le Conte's Thrasher
    14 European Starling
    01 Red-throated Pipit
    14 American Pipit
    14 Cedar Waxwing
    14 Phainopepla
    02 Northern Waterthrush
    05 Black-and-white Warbler
    01 Tennessee Warbler
    14 Orange-crowned Warbler
    14 Nashville Warbler
    14 MacGillivray's Warbler
    14 Common Yellowthroat
    01 Hooded Warbler
    02 American Redstart
    01 Northern Parula
    14 Yellow Warbler
    01 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    07 Palm Warbler
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 Black-throated Gray Warbler
    14 Townsend's Warbler
    14 Hermit Warbler
    14 Wilson's Warbler
    01 Painted Redstart
    14 Yellow-breasted Chat
    14 Green-tailed Towhee
    14 Spotted Towhee
    14 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    14 California Towhee
    14 Chipping Sparrow
    02 Clay-colored Sparrow
    11 Brewer's Sparrow
    01 Field Sparrow
    14 Black-chinned Sparrow
    01 Vesper Sparrow
    13 Lark Sparrow
    14 Black-throated Sparrow
    14 Bell's Sparrow
    14 Savannah Sparrow
    04 Grasshopper Sparrow
    14 Fox Sparrow
    14 Song Sparrow
    13 Lincoln's Sparrow
    01 Swamp Sparrow
    10 White-throated Sparrow
    03 Harris' Sparrow
    14 White-crowned Sparrow
    14 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    14 Dark-eyed Junco
    06 Summer Tanager
    14 Western Tanager
    14 Black-headed Grosbeak
    14 Blue Grosbeak
    01 Indigo Bunting
    14 Lazuli Bunting
    14 Red-winged Blackbird
    14 Tricolored Blackbird
    14 Western Meadowlark
    14 Yellow-headed Blackbird
    14 Brewer's Blackbird
    14 Great-tailed Grackle
    14 Brown-headed Cowbird
    03 Orchard Oriole
    14 Hooded Oriole
    14 Bullock's Oriole
    01 Baltimore Oriole
    14 Scott's Oriole
    14 Purple Finch
    14 Cassin's Finch
    14 House Finch
    11 Red Crossbill
    12 Pine Siskin
    14 Lesser Goldfinch
    14 Lawrence's Goldfinch
    14 American Goldfinch
    01 Evening Grosbeak
    14 House Sparrow
    04 Scaly-Breasted Munia 2014 was the first year we could count it
    Total: 333 species
    Removed: black swift and willow flycatcher because we think those reports were in error.
    Added in 2017:
    Yellow-crowned night-heron
    Please start thinking of where you might be able to contribute, and we look forward to hearing from you on April 27, 28, and 29!
    Best wishes,
    Lance Benner
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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  11. Gray Vireo continues at Bob's Gap LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 2:30pm, 3 day(s) ago
    It was first heard south of Holcomb Ridge Road beginning around 8:00 today,
    April 20. Once spotted by Steve Turley it was seen frequently, foraging
    widely usually in sage close to the ground, often close to the road. It
    was still in view and singing when we left around 9:30.
    If today’s experience is typical, the bird is easy to find. Listen
    for its distinctive song and be patient, it will pop up.
    Jim Moore
    Agua Dulce
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  13. Los Angeles RBA- 20 April 2018 LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 1:59pm, 3 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *April 20, 2018 * CALA1804.20
     -Birds mentioned
    Common Goldeneye Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Vermilion Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Purple Martin Lark Bunting Harris’s Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Black-and-white Warbler Summer Tanager
     California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
     Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
     Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for April 20.
    A somewhat late COMMON GOLDENEYE was on Lake Palmdale (private property, but visible from outside the fence) on April 17.
    Both an adult and an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa Vista from April 15-18.
    The marsh is at the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson.
    A VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at Griffith Park in Claremont on April 13.
    Another (male) continued in the central and western part of La Mirada Park on April 19.
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance continued around the pond through April 18.
     Three PURPLE MARTINS were along the LA River by North Atwater Park on April 16 with one still present the following day.
    Two more were at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on April 17 (a letter of permission is required for entry).
    The LARK BUNTING at Agua Amarga Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and was seen through April 14 near the north rim (on the south side of the ravine).
     The HARRIS’S SPARROW at Hansen Dam was present through April 18.
    The location can be reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn turning left.
    Then go right at the end into the fishing lake and swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the northeast corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left.
    Look for the large beige fenced tank- the bird has usually been on the slope to the west of the tank.
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Montrose Community Park through April 18 on the slope south of the ballfields.
    Another was at a residence at the Crystalaire Country Club in Llano on April 14.
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through April 14.
    A female SUMMER TANAGER was at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles on April 14.
    It was seen northeast of the central lawn area.
     - end transcript
    Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA JonF60@...
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website at
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  15. Vauxapalooza Peck Road Water Conservation Park LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2018 @ 7:20am, 5 day(s) ago
    Thursday 4/19/2018 0715
    There is quite a flock of Vaux's Swifts here at Peck Road Water Conservation Park this morning. And if you stand out on the peninsula close to the water the swifts will fly right by your head at chest level and you can actually hear the flapping of their wings
    as they whoosh by.
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont, CA 91711
    cell one: 909.241.3300
    cell two: 213.471.6001
    home: 909.445.1456
    office: 213.351.7382
    office main 213.351.7897
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  17. Spring in Millard canyon LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2018 @ 11:15am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    It was a very birdy morning for a small group of us at Millard canyon in Altadena today. In addition to the usual residents, there was a good variety of migrants including Pacific-slope flycatchers, Warbling vireos, Hermit (3-4), Townsend's, Black-throated gray, Orange-crowned, Wilson's and Yellow warblers, a Western kingbird, and a stream of 10 Turkey vultures overhead. Almost every bird was calling or singing - House wrens seemed to be singing from every bush and tree. We ended up with about 40 species over a one-mile stretch of the canyon and I'm sure we missed quite a few small birds in the tall trees. We did not see anything unexpected, but it was the most fun birding I've had at this spot.
    Naresh Satyan
    Pasadena, CA
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  19. DATE: Apr 18, 2018 @ 7:30am, 6 day(s) ago
    I’m at North Atwater Park where I just observed a light morph Swainson’s Hawk fly over the LA River toward Griffith Park. Two of the three flight photos I took seem to be identifiable. It landed in a tree on a hillside in GP where I lost it, then I saw it flying again momentarily before it disappeared behind the hill.
    Last observation was at about 0725 over GP.
    No sign yet of the swallows reported the last two days.
    Sent from my iPhone
    Marcus C. England
    Biologist | Scientific Illustrator
    Chiquibul Bird Program Coordinator @Friends for Conservation andDevelopment
    Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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  21. Plumbeous in Santa Monica LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2018 @ 5:23pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Tues 17 Apr
    Early this morning I had a Plumbeous Vireo at Santa Monica Airport Park, on Airport Ave west of Bundy Dr. It was with a flock of Audubon's Warblers, a Myrtle and a Warbling Vireo in the shady picnic area north of the playground.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  23. Re: [LACoBirds] Purple Martins and a mega swallow and swift flock around LA River in Los Feliz and Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2018 @ 1:36pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Tuesday 4/17/18 1335
    There is at least one female Purple Martin, one Vaux's Swift, and one bank swallow among the many species of Swifts and swallows that are here. Any stroke of Genius I did not have my camera with me because I am driving from one work location to another for
    my job. Stopping at this location from point A to point B constitutes my lunch break.
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont, CA 91711
    cell one: 909.241.3300
    cell two: 213.471.6001
    home: 909.445.1456
    office: 213.351.7382
    office main 213.351.7897
    From: on behalf of Andrew Birch andyrbirch@... [LACoBirds]
    Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 9:18:33 PM
    To: LA Co Birds
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Purple Martins and a mega swallow and swift flock around LA River in Los Feliz and Atwater Village
     During the day and this evening, along the LA River, stretching from the 134 in Glendale down to Los Feliz Blvd, there were several large flocks of swallows and swifts. Occasionally, a couple of these groups would join together in a mega flock. At North
    Atwater Park this evening, there was one such flock right over the car park that included 3 PURPLE MARTINS (2m and 1f affording lovely close views often at low tree height), 10-20 VAUX'S SWIFTS, VIOLET-GREEN, TREE, BARN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and about 200+
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  25. Breeding Peacocks LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:54pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Pam and Charles Folgert of SFVAS report that a good # of these
    introduced birds may be seen w/young at this time of year in
    Exit 118 fwy south at Topanga Cyn Blvd.   Around a 1 1/2 miles
    south, turn west on Lassen Street.    They're found either in the
    cemetery at the end of Lassen or more commonly on just previous
    streets of Andora and/or Cactus Avenues off Lassen to the south
    --often prolifically perching on homes, in gardens, etc. Cheers, Wanda Dameron West San Fernando Valley
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  27. DATE: Apr 17, 2018 @ 10:58am, 6 day(s) ago
     Hi All,
    Come discover
    one of the worlds more incredible feats of migration, that of the Amur Falcon,
    through the photos and artwork ofworld renowned artist Catherine Hamilton. These
    American Kestrel sized birds migrate from Southern Africa to Siberia and back
    again each year. Recently this species has become imperiled on that migration
    thanks to the pressure of hunting. Come find out how a small group of
    conservationists and the will of the local people to protect this incredible “resource”
    has started to turn the tide in this story.
    Social hour starts at 7:00pm. I look forward to seeing you there.
    Luke Tiller, PAS Program Chair
    Amur Falcons:
    Living on the Edge
    April 18, 2018
    7:30 pm-9:00
    Hamilton was born in Altadena with a pencil in hand. She began birding at an
    early age with her father, developing a keen interest in both natural history
    and art, and started her first ornithological notebook at seven. Her talk will
    present her recent adventures in Nagaland, a far­flung corner of India that has
    only recently been opened to western visitors. There, in just the last few
    years, a conservation crisis and conservation miracle seems to have unfolded.
    Come discover the world of the amazing Amur Falcon. This species migrates from
    Southern Africa to Siberia and back again every year, including long voyages
    across the Arabian Sea.
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  29. Purple Martin at Piute LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2018 @ 10:20am, 6 day(s) ago
    There is a male Purple Martin at Piute, east of Duckbill. Possible female as well.
    Chris Dean
    Silver Lake
    Sent from my iPhone
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