hooded merganser california quail mountain bluebird mew gull inca dove palm warbler summer tanager bald eagle black-and-white warbler vermilion flycatcher wilson's snipe common goldeneye clay-colored sparrow white-throated sparrow plumbeous vireo
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Lanca & Wanda: Sorry but I won't be able to participate this year.I will be birding in Spain as of April 28th. Irwin Woldman
Hi Everyone, Here's additional information about the "America's Birdiest County" event that will happen in Los Angeles County on April 28-30. 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. This year I will be out of town on Saturday and Sunday, so I will not act as the compiler. Intead, Wanda Dameron has kindly stepped forward and volunteered to compile this year's count. Please send emails with reports to her and/or post them on the LA County listserve. Wanda's email address is: wandadameron2@... HISTORY 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. This year 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 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 birds sightings are permanently archived, so in addition to having fun, we're also making a scientifically useful contribution. ###################################### LOGISTICS Please email reports to Wanda at wandadameron2@... 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 Wanda. Wanda 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 early 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. ###################################### NON-NATIVE SPECIES: Kimball Garrett asks us to please report established non-native species even if they're not the list that's accepted by 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. ###################################### RARE OR UNCOMMON 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. 3/22 *Tundra Swan Pierce College, Woodland Hills 2/26 *Eurasian Wigeon Oxford Basin, Marina del Rey 3/20 *Eurasian Wigeon Madrona Marsh 3/06 Canvasback Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds 3/27 Greater Scaup Quail Lake 3/12 Greater Scaup Aqueduct/255th St. West 4/05 Black Scoter Dockweiler Beach 4/05 White-winged Scoter Dockweiler Beach 3/06 Common Goldeneye Rio Hondo 3/07 Common Goldeneye Cabrillo beach 3/11 Common Goldeneye Peck R. Water Conservation Area 3/11 Common Goldeneye Una Lake, just east of Lake Palmdale 3/12 Common Goldeneye Quail Lake 3/21 Common Goldeneye Piute Ponds 3/25 Hooded Merganser Bette Davis Park & Glendale Narrows 3/23 Hooded Merganser Apollo Park 3/08 Hooded Merganser Piute Ponds 3/21 Hooded Merganser Sepulveda Basin 3/21 Hooded Merganser Ballona Fresh Water Marsh 3/14 Hooded Merganser Descanso Gardens 3/20 Hooded Merganser Malibu Creek State Park 3/30 Hooded Merganser Hahamongna Watershed Park 3/25 Hooded Merganser Hansen Dam 3/25 Hooded Merganser Big Tujunga Wash north of 210 4/10 *Brown Booby Cabrillo Beach Park/San Pedro Fishing Pier 4/20 Neotropic Cormorant Bonelli Park 4/15 American Bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh 3/08 Cattle Egret Piute Ponds 3/26 Cattle Egret Santa Fe Dam 4/13 Cattle Egret Malibu Lagoon 4/20 *Yellow-crowned NightHeron El Dorado Park, main pond, along the edge 3/14 *California Condor Pyramid Lake, north end near Emigrant Landing 3/07 Ferruginous Hawk Petersen Ranch, just east of Lake Elizabeth Rd/Johnson Rd. junction 3/12 Ferruginous Hawk Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve 3/20 Bald Eagle San Gabriel Dam, Highway 39 3/25 Bald Eagle Bonelli Park 3/25 Virginia Rail Piute Ponds 3/25 Virginia Rail Ballona Freshwater Marsh 3/25 Long-billed Curlew Piute Ponds 4/19 Long-billed Curlew Lancaster Sewer Ponds 4/19 Long-billed Curlew Ballona Creek Jetties 4/19 Long-billed Curlew Del Rey Lagoon 3/22 Red Knot Playa del Rey end of jetties 3/21 Red Knot Ballona Creek, Pacific Ave. bridge 4/13 Wilson's Snipe Madrona Marsh 3/11 Wilson's Snipe Bonelli Park 3/14 Wilson's Snipe Ballona Freshwater Marsh 3/20 Wilson's Snipe Cal State Dominguez Hills 4/19 Wilson's Snipe Piute Ponds 4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Madrona Marsh 4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Piute Ponds 4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Sepulveda Basin 4/19 Common Murre Zuma Beach. Bird was oiled and rescued. 2/26 Mew Gull Junipero Beach, Long Beach 3/02 Mew Gull Ballona Creek, Lincoln to Highway 90 3/25 Mew Gull Ballona Creek Mouth/Jetties & breakwater 3/25 Mew Gull Cabrillo Beach Park 3/04 Mew Gull Dockweiler State Beach 3/22 Mew Gull LA River, Willow Street 2/20 *Yellow-footed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds 3/12 *Yellow-footed Gull LA River between Atlantic and Alondra 3/18 *Lesser Black-backed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds 3/04 *Iceland Gull Rio Hondo spreading grounds 4/16 Common Tern Bonelli Park 4/15 Inca Dove Lake Los Angeles 4/10 Inca Dove Colonel Leon Washington Park 4/20 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, Trabuco St. (Bellflower) 4/17 Common Ground-dove San Gabriel River Trail, north of Cerritos golf course 4/21 White-winged Dove Crystalaire, Antelope Valley 3/18 Long-eared Owl Apollo Park, NW corner in tamarisks 3/04 *Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Bixby Marshland in Carson 2/21 Red-naped Sapsucker El Dorado Regional Park, Area 3 2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Hansen Dam 2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Lower Arroyo Seco, South Pasadena 2/28 Red-naped Sapsucker Ponderosa Lane, Palos Verdes 4/19 Prairie Falcon Piute Ponds 4/15 *Least Flycatcher Whitter Narrows 3/14 *Eastern Phoebe Madrona Marsh 3/15 *Eastern Phoebe Bonelli Park north, picnic area 4 2/25 Vermilion Flycatcher West Antelope Valley: 138/286th west 2/26 Vermilion Flycatcher Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 4/02 Vermilion Flycatcher Oakdale Memorial Park (cemetery), Glendora 3/10 Vermilion Flycatcher LA National Cemetery 3/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Columbia Park in Torrance 3/18 Vermilion Flycatcher El Dorado Regional Park, area 2 3/19 Vermilion Flycatcher La Mirada Park 4/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Santa Fe Dam 4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Madrona Marsh 4/18 Vermilion Flycatcher Crystalaire Country Club, Antelope Valley 4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Apollo Park 3/22 Dusky-capped Flycatcher La Mirada Creek Park, La Mirada 3/15 Dusky-capped Flycatcher John Anson Ford Park, Bell Gardens 3/06 Thick-billed Kingbird Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas 2/27 Tropical Kingbird Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 3/20 Tropical Kingbird El Dorado Park, area 3 3/30 Tropical Kingbird Lake Balboa 4/17 Tropical Kingbird Peck Pits 4/23 *Yellow throated Vireo Rocky Oaks Park, Mulholland Dr, West of Kanan-Dume Road 2/26 Plumbeous Vireo Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 3/25 Plumbeous Vireo Hansen Dam 3/26 Plumbeous vireo Santa Fe Dam 3/26 Plumbeous Vireo Valley Plaza Park, North Hollywood 4/08 Plumbeous Vireo Wardlow Park in Long Beach 4/10 Plumbeous Vireo Arcadia County Park 4/21 Plumbeous Vireo Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita (34.4366,-118.6099) 3/23 *Black-tailed gnatcatcher Edwards AFB Mequite Forest (off limits to the public) 3/04 American Dipper mile 4.75, West Fork, San Gabriel River 3/12 American Dipper East Fork, San Gabriel River, near Bridge to Nowhere 3/19 American Dipper Barrett-Stoddard Road, near Baldy Village 3/03 Golden-crowned Kinglet 9800 East G10, Antelope Valley (N of 100th East/East Ave H) 3/23 Golden-crowned Kinglet Peck Park, San Pedro 2/25 Mountain Bluebird Gorman Post Road pond 2/26 Mountain Bluebird San Clemente Island 3/11 Mountain Bluebird Nebeker Ranch 3/07 Mountain Bluebird Petersen Ranch, E of Lake Elizabeth 4/22 *Gray Catbird West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail (Monte Verde Park) 4/19 Le Conte's Thrasher Piute Ponds 4/22 Northern Parula Peck Pits, far north end 3/07 Palm Warbler Entradero park (Dave Moody) 4/09 Palm Warbler Hahamongna Watershed Park 4/22 Palm Warbler Banning Park in Wilmington 4/15 Palm Warbler Madrona Marsh 4/16 Palm Warbler Sand Dune Park 4/16 Palm Warbler South Gate Park behind the large Sports Center Building, working trees 3/12 *Yellow-throated Warbler Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 2/20 Black-and-white Warbler La Mirada Park 2/25 Black-and-white Warbler LA County Arboretum 3/02 Black-and-white Warbler El Segundo Library Park 4/19 Black-and-white Warbler Madrona Marsh 3/20 Black-and-white Warbler Legg Lake, near restroom 7 4/08 Black and white Warbler LA River/Oros Street, 200 m upstream from lower end of riparian 4/20 Black and white Warbler Ralph Dills Park 4/02 Pine Warbler Santa Fe Dam 2/21 Painted Redstart Palos Verdes, just north of South Coast Botanic Garden 3/04 Green-tailed Towhee West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, Lakewood 2/28 Swamp Sparrow Playa Vista riparian corridor 3/09 Clay-colored Sparrow Exposition Park 4/17 Clay-colored Sparrow Santa Fe Dam 4/08 Clay-colored Sparrow West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, South of Del Amo 4/09 Harris' Sparrow Thompson Creek Trail/Pomello, Claremont 3/12 White throated Sparrow Cobb Estate, Altadena 2/27 White-throated Sparrow LA County Arboretum 2/24 White-throated Sparrow Holmby Hills 3/01 White-throated Sparrow Wilmington Drain above PCH 2/25 White-throated Sparrow Alta Vicente Preserve 4/09 White-throated Sparrow South Coast Botanic Garden 4/17 White-throated Sparrow Sand Dune Park 4/13 White-throated Sparrow Los Liones Park, near the Getty Villa 3/28 White-throated Sparrow Beverly Hills 2 SG neighborhood 3/24 White-throated Sparrow Neff Park, La Mirada 3/30 White-throated Sparrow David Bell's house in La Canada-Flintridge 4/17 White-throated Sparrow 14 Crest Road, LA (private residence) 4/19 White-throated Sparrow Ed Thomas' yard 3/03 Vesper Sparrow Santa Fe Dam 4/13 Vesper Sparrow Poppy Preserve 3/11 Vesper Sparrow Nebeker Ranch 2/26 Summer Tanager Mentor Ave/Arden Road, Pasadena 4/08 Summer Tanager Wardlow Park, SE quadrant and near parking lot (Long Beach) 3/27 Baltimore Oriole La Mirada Park 4/05 Baltimore Oriole Elysian Park, Chavez Ravine. NW of Grace E. Simons Lodge in silk oaks. 2/27 Orchard Oriole LA Arboretum 4/07 Orchard Oriole 4823 Ben Ave., Los Angeles. * = new to the count if we find it 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. ######################################### SPECIES PREVIOUSLY RECORDED 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, and golden eagle. 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. N SPECIES 12 Greater White-fronted Goose 09 Snow Goose 13 Ross's Goose 12 Brant 13 Cackling Goose 13 Canada Goose 13 Wood Duck 13 Gadwall 13 American Wigeon 13 Mallard 13 Blue-winged Teal 13 Cinnamon Teal 13 Northern Shoveler 12 Northern Pintail 13 Green-winged Teal 03 Canvasback 13 Redhead 13 Ring-necked Duck 01 Greater Scaup 13 Lesser Scaup 01 White-winged Scoter 13 Surf Scoter 03 Black Scoter 01 Long-tailed Duck 12 Bufflehead 03 Common Goldeneye 07 Hooded Merganser 10 Common Merganser 12 Red-breasted Merganser 13 Ruddy Duck 13 Mountain Quail 13 California Quail 09 Gambel's Quail 09 Chukar 13 Red-throated Loon 13 Pacific Loon 13 Common Loon 01 Yellow-billed Loon 13 Pied-billed Grebe 09 Horned Grebe 13 Eared Grebe 13 Western Grebe 13 Clark's Grebe 01 Black-footed albatross 03 Northern Fulmar 10 Pink-footed Shearwater 13 Sooty Shearwater 05 Black-vented Shearwater 13 Brandt's Cormorant 01 Neotropic Cormorant 13 Double-crested Cormorant 13 Pelagic Cormorant 12 American White Pelican 13 Brown Pelican 04 American Bittern 13 Least Bittern 13 Great Blue Heron 13 Great Egret 13 Snowy Egret 12 Cattle Egret 13 Green Heron 13 Black-crowned Night-Heron 13 White-faced Ibis 13 Turkey Vulture 13 Osprey 13 White-tailed Kite 11 Golden Eagle 01 Bald Eagle 12 Northern Harrier 12 Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 Cooper's Hawk 13 Red-shouldered Hawk 12 Swainson's Hawk 13 Red-tailed Hawk 04 Ferruginous Hawk 01 Sandhill Crane 12 Virginia Rail 13 Sora 01 Ridgeway's Rail 13 Common Gallinule 13 American Coot 13 Black-bellied Plover 02 Pacific Golden-Plover 13 Snowy Plover 13 Semipalmated Plover 13 Killdeer 13 Black Oystercatcher 13 Black-necked Stilt 13 American Avocet 13 Spotted Sandpiper 12 Solitary Sandpiper 13 Wandering Tattler 13 Greater Yellowlegs 13 Willet 12 Lesser Yellowlegs 13 Whimbrel 12 Long-billed Curlew 13 Marbled Godwit 13 Ruddy Turnstone 13 Black Turnstone 13 Surfbird 02 Red Knot 13 Sanderling 02 Semipalmated Sandpiper 13 Western Sandpiper 13 Least Sandpiper 03 Baird's Sandpiper 13 Dunlin 01 Ruff 01 Stilt Sandpiper 10 Short-billed Dowitcher 13 Long-billed Dowitcher 08 Wilson's Snipe 10 Wilson's Phalarope 13 Red-necked Phalarope 01 Red Phalarope 01 Sabine's Gull 13 Bonaparte's Gull 01 Laughing Gull 06 Franklin's Gull 13 Heermann's Gull 02 Mew Gull 13 Ring-billed Gull 13 Western Gull 13 California Gull 12 Herring Gull 02 Thayer's Gull 13 Glaucous-winged Gull 01 Glaucous Gull 12 Least Tern 13 Caspian Tern 05 Black Tern 01 Common Tern 13 Forster's Tern 13 Royal Tern 13 Elegant Tern 13 Black Skimmer 07 Pomarine Jaeger 07 Parasitic Jaeger 04 Common Murre 02 Scripps' Murrelet 02 Cassin's Auklet 03 Rhinoceros Auklet 13 Rock Pigeon 13 Band-tailed Pigeon 12 Eurasian Collared-Dove 13 Spotted Dove 02 White-winged Dove 13 Mourning Dove 09 Inca Dove 11 Common Ground-Dove 13 Greater Roadrunner 13 Barn Owl 08 Flammulated Owl 13 Western Screech-Owl 13 Great Horned Owl 12 Northern Pygmy-Owl 13 Burrowing Owl 13 Spotted Owl 04 Long-eared Owl 11 Northern Saw-whet Owl 13 Lesser Nighthawk 13 Common Poorwill 13 Vaux's Swift 13 White-throated Swift 13 Black-chinned Hummingbird 13 Anna's Hummingbird 13 Costa's Hummingbird 13 Rufous Hummingbird 13 Allen's Hummingbird 09 Calliope Hummingbird 13 Belted Kingfisher 10 Lewis's Woodpecker 13 Acorn Woodpecker 11 Williamson's Sapsucker 13 Red-breasted Sapsucker 01 Red-naped Sapsucker 11 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 13 Nuttall's Woodpecker 13 Downy Woodpecker 13 Hairy Woodpecker 13 White-headed Woodpecker 13 Northern Flicker 13 American Kestrel 10 Merlin 13 Peregrine Falcon 11 Prairie Falcon 01 Crested Caracara 13 Red-crowned Parrot 13 Olive-sided Flycatcher 13 Western Wood-Pewee 13 Hammond's Flycatcher 13 Gray Flycatcher 13 Dusky Flycatcher 13 Pacific-slope Flycatcher 13 Black Phoebe 13 Say's Phoebe 04 Vermilion Flycatcher 03 Dusky-capped Flycatcher 13 Ash-throated Flycatcher 04 Tropical Kingbird 13 Cassin's Kingbird 02 Thick-billed Kingbird 13 Western Kingbird 13 Loggerhead Shrike 13 Bell's Vireo 07 Plumbeous Vireo 13 Cassin's Vireo 13 Hutton's Vireo 13 Warbling Vireo 13 Steller's Jay 13 Western Scrub-Jay 12 Clark's Nutcracker 13 American Crow 13 Common Raven 13 Horned Lark 13 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 05 Purple Martin 13 Tree Swallow 13 Violet-green Swallow 11 Bank Swallow 13 Barn Swallow 13 Cliff Swallow 13 Mountain Chickadee 13 Oak Titmouse 12 Verdin 13 Bushtit 13 Red-breasted Nuthatch 13 White-breasted Nuthatch 13 Pygmy Nuthatch 13 Brown Creeper 13 Rock Wren 13 Canyon Wren 13 House Wren 13 Marsh Wren 13 Bewick's Wren 13 Cactus Wren 13 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13 California Gnatcatcher 09 American Dipper 04 Golden-crowned Kinglet 13 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 13 Wrentit 13 Western Bluebird 01 Mountain Bluebird 10 Townsend's Solitaire 13 Swainson's Thrush 13 Hermit Thrush 13 American Robin 01 Varied Thrush 13 Northern Mockingbird 13 California Thrasher 09 Le Conte's Thrasher 13 European Starling 01 Red-throated Pipit 13 American Pipit 13 Cedar Waxwing 13 Phainopepla 01 Northern Waterthrush 05 Black-and-white Warbler 01 Tennessee Warbler 13 Orange-crowned Warbler 13 Nashville Warbler 13 MacGillivray's Warbler 13 Common Yellowthroat 01 Hooded Warbler 02 American Redstart 01 Northern Parula 13 Yellow Warbler 01 Chestnut-sided Warbler 07 Palm Warbler 13 Yellow-rumped Warbler 13 Black-throated Gray Warbler 13 Townsend's Warbler 13 Hermit Warbler 13 Wilson's Warbler 01 Painted Redstart 13 Yellow-breasted Chat 13 Green-tailed Towhee 13 Spotted Towhee 13 Rufous-crowned Sparrow 13 California Towhee 13 Chipping Sparrow 02 Clay-colored Sparrow 11 Brewer's Sparrow 01 Field Sparrow 13 Black-chinned Sparrow 01 Vesper Sparrow 12 Lark Sparrow 13 Black-throated Sparrow 13 Bell's Sparrow 13 Savannah Sparrow 04 Grasshopper Sparrow 13 Fox Sparrow 13 Song Sparrow 12 Lincoln's Sparrow 01 Swamp Sparrow 09 White-throated Sparrow 02 Harris' Sparrow 13 White-crowned Sparrow 13 Golden-crowned Sparrow 13 Dark-eyed Junco 06 Summer Tanager 13 Western Tanager 13 Black-headed Grosbeak 13 Blue Grosbeak 01 Indigo Bunting 13 Lazuli Bunting 13 Red-winged Blackbird 13 Tricolored Blackbird 13 Western Meadowlark 13 Yellow-headed Blackbird 13 Brewer's Blackbird 13 Great-tailed Grackle 13 Brown-headed Cowbird 03 Orchard Oriole 13 Hooded Oriole 13 Bullock's Oriole 01 Baltimore Oriole 13 Scott's Oriole 13 Purple Finch 13 Cassin's Finch 13 House Finch 10 Red Crossbill 12 Pine Siskin 13 Lesser Goldfinch 13 Lawrence's Goldfinch 13 American Goldfinch 01 Evening Grosbeak 13 House Sparrow 03 Nutmeg Mannikin 2014 was the first year we could count it Total: 332 species Removed: black swift and willow flycatcher because we think those reports were in error. Added in 2016: Neotropic Cormorant Ridgeway's Rail Bald Eagle Red-throated Pipit Varied Thrush Please start thinking of where you might be able to contribute, and we look forward to hearing from you this coming weekend! Best wishes, Lance Benner and Wanda Dameron Lance Benner Altadena, CA
After searching and listening all morning, several birders present saw the yellow throated vireo as it came to life and started calling and feeding actively around 9:30 am after being apparently still and silent since sunrise. Seen in same general area as yesterday in oaks east and northeast of parking lot.
Hi everyone, We just refound the Yellow-throated Vireo, which is now mostly silent, in oaks on the Glade Trail near a collection of 6 picnic tables. Janet Scheel Mark Scheel Dessi Seiburth Beatrix Schwartz On Apr 22, 2017 13:38, "Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds]" < LACoBirdsfirstname.lastname@example.org > wrote: Birders, I was marching for science in spirit, but it seemed more fruitful to bird for science so I headed out to Pt. Dume this morning (22 April), where seawatching highlights included about 4,250 Pacific Loons passing by (in about 1 hr 45 min), 120 Black-vented Shearwaters along with a handful of distant Sooties and one Pink-footed, and an alternate plumage Franklin's Gull heading up the coast. Alcids were limited to 11 Common Murres and 3 Rhinoceros Auklets. I stopped at Rocky Oaks Park (on Mulholland Drive just west of Kanan-Dume Dr.), arriving at 1120 hr, and immediately heard a "solitary vireo-type" song which proved to be coming from a Yellow-throated Vireo. It was in the oaks along the east edge of the parking lot, eventually moving into the oaks just beyond the parking lot. I'll post photos soon in eBird. The pond at Rocky Oaks has lots of water, finally, and the highlight here was a Common Whitetail among the many other odes. Lots of traffic heading to the coast over Kanan-Dume as I headed home after noon. Don't know why they're not marching instead. Kimball Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/ research-collections/ ornithology
Birders, I was marching for science in spirit, but it seemed more fruitful to bird for science so I headed out to Pt. Dume this morning (22 April), where seawatching highlights included about 4,250 Pacific Loons passing by (in about 1 hr 45 min), 120 Black-vented Shearwaters along with a handful of distant Sooties and one Pink-footed, and an alternate plumage Franklin's Gull heading up the coast. Alcids were limited to 11 Common Murres and 3 Rhinoceros Auklets. I stopped at Rocky Oaks Park (on Mulholland Drive just west of Kanan-Dume Dr.), arriving at 1120 hr,and immediately heard a "solitary vireo-type" song which proved to be coming from a Yellow-throated Vireo. It was in the oaks along the east edge of the parking lot, eventually moving into the oaks just beyond the parking lot. I'll post photos soon in eBird. The pond at Rocky Oaks has lots of water, finally, and the highlight here was a Common Whitetail among the many other odes. Lots of traffic heading to the coast over Kanan-Dume as I headed home after noon. Don't know why they're not marching instead. Kimball Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
22 April, 2017 There is a female Northern Parula at the far north end of Peck. If you walk north from the parking lot, it's in the last eucalyptus before you reach the fence and Peck Road. Right by the bottom of the spillway. Jon Fisher Glendale, CA
- RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *April 21, 2017 * CALA1704.21 -Birds mentioned Common Ground-Dove Neotropic Cormorant American Bittern Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Least Flycatcher Vermilion Flycatcher Gray Catbird Black-and-white Warbler Palm Warbler Clay-colored Sparrow White-throated Sparrow 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 April 21. COMMON GROUND-DOVE reports included at least two in Cerritos on April 16 (along the San Gabriel River Trail north of the Cerritos Golf Course) and two along the San Gabriel River in Bellflower about 250 yards south of Trabuco Street from April 17-20. A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was reported again around the lake at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on April 20. An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh on March 15. An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was by the duck pond at El Dorado Park West (southeast of Willow and Studebaker) on April 19. The LEAST FLYCATCHER behind the Whittier Narrows Dam in Montebello continued through April 15. From San Gabriel Blvd., take Lincoln Ave. south to the parking area on your left at the top of the dam. The bird has been quite vocal in and around a large eucalyptus below and just east of the parking area. The GRAY CATBIRD continues at Monte Verde Park (private) in Lakewood, being last reported on April 16. The park is at the north end of the San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail. The bird can often be seen through the fence or in adjacent areas just outside the small park. A PALM WARBLER was at Madrona Marsh west of the north end of the berm in Torrance on April 15. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued there through April 19 at the east end of the interior willows. A VERMILION FLYCACHER also continues, last reported on April 15 near the far north pond (walk up the berm past the nursery and look from here). Official preserve hours are 10-5, Tuesday through Saturday. Another PALM WARBLER was at South Gate Park behind the Sports Center (between Tweedy Blvd. and Southern Ave., west of Atlantic) on April 16. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale through April 17 near the boat launch area. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, being reported through April 17. - end transcript Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA JonF60@... EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website at http://www.laaudubon.org
Hi Folks, This is a heads-up that we're going to do America's Birdiest County in Los Angeles again this year on April 28-30. We'll provide more information in the next couple of days about how this works, how we've done in previous years, and will include a summary of rare and uncommon birds that have been in the area recently that we hope to find. More coming soon! Regards, Lance Benner Altadena
Tom: Your post points out how much we don’t know about Selasphorus hummingbirds in our local mountains because of field identification difficulties. My take on the overall situation is as follows, but this will surely need refining from detailed studies of specimens or birds carefully identified in the hand. First, migratory Allen’s Hummingbirds ( Selasphorus sasin sasin ) have largely passed through our area by the end of March (with females coming through, on average, later than males). These birds probably make use of the coastal-slope foothills as they move through (mainly from the end of January to early March), but with the explosion of resident Allen’s Hummingbirds ( S. s. sedentarius ) throughout the coastal slope of Los Angeles County it’s very hard to tease apart the status of the two subspecies. Just based on date, your female Selasphorus in Evey Canyon were not likely to have been nominate (migratory) Allen’s. Second, Rufous Hummingbirds are fairly common to common spring migrants through the area (including both the coastal and desert foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains). We seem to see fewer than we used to, but I attribute this in part to the sheer numbers of Allen’s, which make it harder to pick out Rufous, and which may keep migrant Rufous away from feeders and other food sources. If you go out to the desert foothills in March and April, where there are few or no Allen’s to speak of, you’ll see lots of Selasphorus streaming by heading west/northwest – and the adult males always turn out to be Rufous. In spring, the largest numbers of Rufous Hummingbirds move through in late March and early April, but since females average later than males, they can routinely be seen through April and even into early May. So Evey Canyon in mid-April would be a typical time to see migrant Rufous. Third, resident Allen’s have fledged lots of young by March and April, and these birds may well wander up into coastal slope canyons such as Evey Canyon. Although the mantra is that resident Allen’s (away from their “natural” coastal sage scrub and riparian haunts near the immediate coast and on the islands) need human-modified habitats such as parks and gardens with lots of exotic flowering shrubs, it wouldn’t be too surprising if some of them wandered into foothill or perhaps even montane habitats in spring, summer and early fall. We simply don’t know because we’re not catching and measuring lots of birds. Finally, there is, of course, a third Selasphorus in the San Gabriels. Calliopes (formerly Stellula ) have a somewhat protracted spring migration (mainly mid-March to early May, with a peak in late March and early April), but they are certainly always scarce. Female Calliopes can be told from immature or adult female Rufous/Allen’s only with care (emphasizing smaller size, shorter bill, shorter tail, lack of strong white collar effect, pale cinnamon-buff rather than rufous tones in the plumage, a tiny white mark at the base of the bill, and distinctive very high-pitched vocalizations). I think Calliopes may be vastly over-reported in our mountains in spring and summer (late April through June) because many birders may assume this is the “default” Selasphorus hummer in such habitats before the hordes of fall migrant Rufous/Allen’s come through. The long drought seems to have virtually eliminated Calliope Hummingbirds as a breeding species in the San Gabriels in recent years (though we can certainly hope for a rebound this year), and even before the drought they were always quite localized to a handful of springs and riparian areas above about 6,000 feet. For these reasons, and because Calliope is always scarce as a lowland spring migrant, we’ve set the eBird filters at “0” and request that documentation be included for all sightings in L. A. County. There are many reports in the last couple of years in the mountains that have no useful documentation (despite being flagged as unusual). Kimball Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology From: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 6:28 PM To: LA Co Birds Subject: [LACoBirds] Status of hummingbirds in San Gabriels Hello, Last Monday I had two "female" Selasphorus hummingbirds well up Evey Canyon. This area is at 2600 feet, and very far from the nearest suburbs that would have non-native plants, hummingbird feeders, and other things that would enable Allen's Hummingbirds to live and breed. The habitat is a mix of chaparral, oaks, and streamside riparian. My assumption was that these two birds were female-type Rufous, but I never got a look at/or photographs of their tails. This area is over 50 miles from the coast, so I assume that the migratory subspecies of Allen's does not migrate through here, while the non-migratory Allen's snub their noses at native habitat at this elevation. I would like to elicit public comments on this topic, as there are eBird entries for Allen's Hummingbird up here in previous years, and I don't know how I feel about these entries. Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
Tom, The L. A. birding community does not want you to be bothered, so I offer some modest input to try to alleviate your botheredness. With the planet in imminent jeopardy, I would not be concerned about the shape of the brown patch on the bellies of male California Quail. This patch represents an area where feathers of the scaly belly have brown (chestnut) centers with black fringes, rather than creamy (“yellow”) centers with black fringes. It is clear in looking at a series of specimens that the shape and extent of this brown patch is variable – certainly varying by exactly how the specimen was prepared but also individually. In the field the shape of the patch will vary with the angle of view, and with the posture and attitude of the bird. These feathers can be sleeked down, puffed out, and variably covered by the creamy-centered feathers surrounding them. A chocolate Mickey Mouse head is just one arrangement option, and only in some individuals. There is a little red book called “Birds of Southern California” with a stunning Brian Small photo of a male California Quail whose brown patch wouldn’t even suggest Mickey Mouse’s head to somebody tripping on acid-laced cheese; instead it looks oval (as in the NGS guide’s depiction). In the case of the Sibley guide, his painting is a profile view, such that the brown patch would barely be visible. I agree with you that even at that side view some of the brown patch should have been depicted (as is the black path of the Gambel’s in a similar pose). Sibley’s painting does stress two much better features: the scaly upper belly of California (plain creamy in Gambel’s) and the California’s white-streaked gray-brown flanks (chestnut with white streaks in Gambel’s). Finally, bear in mind that Inyo County has a different subspecies of California Quail than the nominate subspecies you are used to seeing in the rest of southern California. That subspecies (Callipepla californica canfieldae) should have the same sort of belly patterning as nominate californica, but the gray areas of the plumage are a bit paler. With landscape changes on the northern deserts and muddling by game agency introductions, I can’t speak to the exact range boundaries and degree of intergradation between canfieldae and californica. So I hope you are less bothered, or at least resigned to be bothered about more important things (like Selasphorus hummingbirds). Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology From: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 6:41 PM To: LA Co Birds Subject: [LACoBirds] Quail error in field guides Something has been bothering me, and I need others' input: When I stare carefully at California Quails in LA County, they clearly have a large brown spot on their lower belly, behind i.e. beneath the yellow abdomen with black scalloping. This brown area is heart-shaped, but the "bottom" pointy end of the heard is rounded off. Another way to describe this large brown spot is that it looks like a chocolate Mickey Mouse head after Mickey got depressed, and gained weight. This brown area is depicted in Sibley as being all yellow, with no "chocolate Mickey Mouse head" anywhere. Instead, the yellow abdomen has black scalloping all the way to the vent. The National Geographic Field Guide shows a brown area (they even got the color right) but the shape is wrong (they show it as a fairly round oval), and show the scalloping as being visible through i.e. underneath the brown area. As far as I can tell, this is not true in real life. Why am I whining about this Well, the first time I noticed this was on the eastern slope of the Sierras in Inyo County, and I attributed this appearance i.e. what they actually look like to the Inyo County birds' being hybrid Gambel's/California Quails. Having seen this same brown area on local California Quail, I threw that idea out the window. So, what's going on, here Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
Hi Tom When Nick and I have visited the Angeles Crest, we have seen Anna’s Hummingbirds in the few areas with running water.Numerous times we have seen female selasphorus hummingbirds but we’ve not put a species name to them. We see these females mainly during the summer foraging on the flowers along the springs. Our guess is Calliope Hummingbird but we’ve yet to observe males. Do Allen’s make it upslope to 5K+ elevation is the question. This hasbeen our observations over the years. Cheers! Mary Freeman Glendale, CA On Apr 17, 2017, at 6:28 PM, Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirdsemail@example.com > wrote: Hello, LastMonday I had two "female" Selasphorus hummingbirds well up Evey Canyon. This area is at 2600 feet, and very far from the nearest suburbs that would have non-native plants, hummingbird feeders, and other things that would enable Allen's Hummingbirds to live and breed. The habitat is a mix of chaparral, oaks, and streamside riparian. My assumption was that these two birds were female-type Rufous, but I never got a look at/or photographs of their tails. This area is over 50 miles from the coast, so I assume that the migratory subspecies of Allen's does not migrate through here, while the non-migratory Allen's snub their noses at native habitat at this elevation. I would like to elicit public comments on this topic, as there are eBird entries for Allen's Hummingbird up here in previous years, and I don't know how I feel about these entries. Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
Something has been bothering me, and I need others' input: When I stare carefully at California Quails in LA County, they clearly have a large brown spot on their lower belly, behind i.e. beneath the yellow abdomen with black scalloping. This brown area is heart-shaped, but the "bottom" pointy end of the heard is rounded off. Another way to describe this large brown spot is that it looks like a chocolate Mickey Mouse head after Mickey got depressed, and gained weight. This brown area is depicted in Sibley as being all yellow, with no "chocolate Mickey Mouse head" anywhere. Instead, the yellow abdomen has black scalloping all the way to the vent. The National Geographic Field Guide shows a brown area (they even got the color right) but the shape is wrong (they show it as a fairly round oval), and show the scalloping as being visible through i.e. underneath the brown area. As far as I can tell, this is not true in real life. Why am I whining about this Well, the first time I noticed this was on the eastern slope of the Sierras in Inyo County, and I attributed this appearance i.e. what they actually look like to the Inyo County birds' being hybrid Gambel's/California Quails. Having seen this same brown area on local California Quail, I threw that idea out the window. So, what's going on, here Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
Hello, LastMonday I had two "female" Selasphorus hummingbirds well up Evey Canyon. This area is at 2600 feet, and very far from the nearest suburbs that would have non-native plants, hummingbird feeders, and other things that would enable Allen's Hummingbirds to live and breed. The habitat is a mix of chaparral, oaks, and streamside riparian. My assumption was that these two birds were female-type Rufous, but I never got a look at/or photographs of their tails. This area is over 50 miles from the coast, so I assume that the migratory subspecies of Allen's does not migrate through here, while the non-migratory Allen's snub their noses at native habitat at this elevation. I would like to elicit public comments on this topic, as there are eBird entries for Allen's Hummingbird up here in previous years, and I don't know how I feel about these entries. Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
Hello all, Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for "Birds, Butterflies, and Landscapes: Spring on the Road" presented by Dr. John Thomlinson. John Thomlinson received a sabbatical for Spring 2016 to write a textbook for a class that he teaches at California State University/Dominguez Hills onLandscape Ecology. John decided to write it on the road, traveling through four states and immersing himself in different kinds of landscape to gain different viewpoints. Along the way, he took a little time to observe nature as well. He also took a few photographs. John will present a sampler of the results. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome! Come and enjoy the program, socialize with friends, and fill out a ticket for the door prize drawing. Prizes are donated by Wild Birds Unlimited in Torrance, courtesy of Bob Shanman. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA, 90503: www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com David Quadhamer San Pedro
Birders, Sun 16 Apr Early this morning there was a Palm Warbler at South Gate Park (between Tweedy Blvd and Southern Ave, west of Atlantic Ave). It was behind the large Sports Center Building, working trees beyond the Skate Board enclosure and also on the ground along the fence bordering the second ballfield. There was briefly a Cassin's Vireo in the lone pine tree between the Sports Center and the Skate Board enclosure. Photos of the warbler: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/33697959280 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/34041899106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/33270830873 Richard Barth West Hollywood
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