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· Los Angeles RBA- 25 May 2018 (TODAY)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Cactus Wren nest (May 23, 2018)
· Chimney Swift, LA River, Atwater Village (May 23, 2018)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Cactus Wren nest (May 23, 2018)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Chimney Swift at LA River, Atwater Village (May 23, 2018)
  1. Los Angeles RBA- 25 May 2018 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:42am
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *May 25, 2018 * CALA1805.25
    
     -Birds mentioned
    
    Chimney Swift Neotropic Cormorant Brown Pelican Yellow-crowned Night-Heron California Condor Dusky-capped Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Purple Martin Bank Swallow Baltimore Oriole Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Black-and-white Warbler Summer Tanager
    
     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 atJonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
     -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for May 25.
    
    At least one CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen along the LA River just above the Los Feliz crossing in Glendale/Atwater Village from May 21-23.
    Park in the golf course parking lot off Los Feliz, or at North Atwater Park and walk down to Los Feliz.
    
    Continuing at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through May 19 was a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT.
    It has usually been near the north shore of the reservoir, sometimes across from the RV Park.
    A PURPLE MARTIN was at the northeast corner of the lake on May 20.
    
    The BROWN PELICAN at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley was observed through May 22.
     A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at Sim's Pond Bio Reserve in Long Beach through May 20.
    
    Eight CALIFORNIA CONDORS were seen near Castaic along the Old Ridge Route on May 19.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER that wintered at Ladera Park was reported through May 20.
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance continued around the pond through May 21.
     A SCISSOR-TAILED FYCATCHER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from May 19-20 on the north side of Duckbill Lake.
    A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at the south Ducks Unlimited Pond on May 20.
    A letter of permission is required for entry.
    
    A BANK SWALLOW was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) near Playa Vista on May 21.
    
    A male SUMMER TANAGER was seen briefly at the LA County Natural History Museum Nature Gardens on May 23.
    
    San Clemente Island reported an OVENBIRD, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 23.
    
     - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA JonF60@...
    
     EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website athttp://www.laaudubon.org
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  3. Re: [LACoBirds] Cactus Wren nest LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 9:09pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Jeanette,
    
    The cactus (and other plants) on the PV peninsula are in very bad shape mainly due to the prolonged drought, and the resident bird community there is feeling the effect. I'm in the middle of spring monitoring for Cactus Wren and Calif. Gnatcatcher and we've seen two main patterns - delayed breeding and very low numbers, particularly of Cactus Wren. There may be 
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  5. Chimney Swift, LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 2:25pm, 2 day(s) ago
    For would-be Chimney Swift viewers who don't relish the challenge of sifting through a hundred swirling swifts and swallows, the best time is early in the mornings when there are very few or no White-throated Swifts at this location (usually just the chaetura and fewer swallows). This morning, there were 3 Vaux's in view almost constantly and the Chimney would cruise in on bowed wings every 10 mins or so. It was an ideal time to try and get some comparison shots between the 2 species (although not easy with a point and shoot). I have posted a couple of comparison shots of both species photographed within minutes of each other this morning on the checklist below. The bottom of the 2 comparisons is relatively in focus and may be helpful to others here, conveying the general shape and impression. What's not conveyed is scale. In real life, the Chimney is noticeably larger than the Vaux's:
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45958120 .
    
    The Chimney is considerably larger and darker with a slower, cruising flight pattern compared to the more frantic bat-like flapping of the Vaux's. Once you've been there long enough to get neck-ache and get familiar with both species, the Chimney can easily be picked out with the naked eye among the Vaux's.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course (big EATS sign by side of road) on the east side of the river (and north side of Los Feliz Blvd). You can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot. I've personally found best viewing on the bike path immediately north of the bridge (east side of the river).
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  7. Re: [LACoBirds] Cactus Wren nest LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 2:13pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Jeanette,
    Much of the white looking "fungus" on various cactus plants is really not a fungus at all, but the nest pods of scale insects. While the cactus can tolerate a lot of this without much ill effect, it has no interaction with the life of the Cactus Wrens success in nesting and raising young. While this is all off the top of my head just now to reassure you, there is probably a lot more to this story than I know.Chime in bug or bird people who know more, please.
    
    Elaine MacPherson
    Sierra Madre
    
    In a message dated 5/23/2018 8:38:08 AM Pacific Standard Time, LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com writes:
    
    
    
    I reported on this Nest in Palos Verdes last month. It's now gone because the cactus it was in is crippled by a fungus. Looks to be damaging a lot of them around here. Anyone know anything about it Anyone know if there's a group that works and preservation in this area
    
    
    
    Jeanette Repp
    
    
    
    San Pedro
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  9. Re: [LACoBirds] Chimney Swift at LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 1:33pm, 2 day(s) ago
    For would-be Chimney Swift viewers who don't relish the challenge of sifting through a hundred swirling swifts and swallows, the best time is early in the mornings when there are very few or no White-throated Swifts at this location (usually just the chaetura and fewer swallows). This morning, there were 3 Vaux's in view almost constantly and the Chimney would cruise in on bowed wings every 10 mins or so. It was an ideal time to try and get some comparison shots between the 2 species (although not easy with a point and shoot). I have posted a couple of comparison shots of both species photographed within minutes of each other this morning on the checklist below. The bottom of the 2 comparisons is relatively in focus and may be helpful to others here, conveying the general shape and impression. What's not conveyed is scale. In real life, the Chimney is noticeably larger than the Vaux's:
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45958120 .
    
    The Chimney is considerably larger and darker with a slower, cruising flight pattern compared to the more frantic bat-like flapping of the Vaux's. Once you've been there long enough to get neck-ache and get familiar with both species, the Chimney can easily be picked out with the naked eye among the Vaux's.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course on the east side of the river (and north of Los Feliz Blvd) and you can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot. I've personally found best viewing on the bike path immediately north of the bridge (east side of the river).
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:56:47 PM PDT, Andrew Birch wrote:
    
    A Chimney Swift was still present this evening at the LA River by the Los Feliz Blvd bridge. We were able to get excellent views in direct comparison with Vaux's and White-throateds often at eye level and below us as it fed along the river. In comparison with Vaux's (often with the naked eye), it is a noticeably larger, longer-winged, longer-tailed, all dark swift. Heard to give a sweet chatter at one point.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course on the east side of the river and you can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:05:42 AM PDT, Andrew Birch andyrbirch@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
     Hi all, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was in the
    area and wanted to check them out. I believe there might possibly be 2 Chimney Swifts
    with at least 1 Vaux’s feeding over the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz
    Blvd. For anyone who tried for the Cassin’s/Blue-headed Vireo earlier in the
    year, it’s the same place. You can park at the golf course parking lot (there’s
    a café there with a big EAT sign) and enter the river bike path. Birds were
    fairly low feeding both over the river and also over Los Feliz bridge. The birds
    in question appear slightly larger, bulkier, darker and had a slower flight
    with more gliding and appeared less frantic than the Vaux’s. Have some poor pics, which
    I will look through tonight - one of which straight off the camera is posted
    with my eBird report here that appears to show bulging primaries (although not sure if that's an iron-clad feature...). Obviously, in the overcast conditions all the swifts look dark and maybe larger too. But these birds looked sufficiently different from the Vaux's that I thought it was worth posting in case anyone wants to look: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45896730
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  11. RE: RFI Condors and Blue Grosbeaks LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 10:10am, 2 day(s) ago
    Tom,   Regarding Blue Grosbeaks at Hansen Dam…..   They avoid the interior of the tall willow forest, sticking to the edges (e.g., to the mulefat and elderberry shrubs
    bordering the willows), and to the edges of the open park areas.  One consistent territory this year has been around the lower ball fields in the sports complex area – the male often sings from the edge of the mesa at the east end of these ball fields or from
    the east end of the pepper tree row, but will fly almost all the way west to the shrubs just east of the upper swimming pool/fishing lake.  In other words, territories are quite large.  In the last week or two there has been a noticeable reduction in territorial
    singing – probably related to the phase of the nesting cycle.  Within a couple of weeks there will probably be fledged young and the grosbeaks will become more conspicuous again.   Sorry, no condors at Hansen Dam.   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: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7:13 PM
    
    To: LA Co Birds
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] RFI Condors and Blue Grosbeaks  
    
    2. I stopped at Hansen Dam today and I saw (and heard) all kinds of expected neotropical migrants that are now on their breeding grounds, except for Blue Grosbeaks.
    I checked the lower section below Dronfield, starting from the lower parking lot and walking towards the willow forest, including the area formerly known as Garbagehenge or Dumspterhenge. Do they like tall dense mature willow forest, or do they prefer open,
    we be habitat that is no taller than 1 or 2 feet high Do they prefer to be very near the water, or just vaguely somewhere near a body of water
    Thanks
    Tom
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  13. Cactus Wren nest LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 8:35am, 2 day(s) ago
    I reported on this Nest in Palos Verdes last month. It's now gone because the cactus it was in  is crippled by a fungus. Looks to be damaging a lot of them around here. Anyone know anything about it Anyone know if there's a group that works and preservation in this area
    
         Jeanette Repp 
         San Pedro
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  15. RFI Condors and Blue Grosbeaks LINK
    DATE: May 22, 2018 @ 7:12pm, 3 day(s) ago
    1. I have noticed over the past several months multiple sightings of California Condors along a stretch of highway 5. I would like to ask parties involved if you guys just randomly saw these condors and pulled over and took pictures of them or if all of you
    collectively were actively searching for Condors If you were actively searching for condors, please share some suggestions or tips.
    
    2. I stopped at Hansen Dam today and I saw (and heard) all kinds of expected neotropical migrants that are now on their breeding grounds, except for Blue Grosbeaks. I checked the lower section below Dronfield, starting from the lower parking lot and walking
    towards the willow forest, including the area formerly known as Garbagehenge or Dumspterhenge. Do they like tall dense mature willow forest, or do they prefer open, we be habitat that is no taller than 1 or 2 feet high Do they prefer to be very near the water,
    or just vaguely somewhere near a body of water
    
    Thanks
    
    Tom
    
    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
    
    www.tgmiko.com
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  17. Re: [LACoBirds] Eastern Kingbird LINK
    DATE: May 22, 2018 @ 3:49pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi
    
    I can only look at this bird on my cell phone and I am up in Sunshine Canyon, working outdoors for another hour. I wasn't convinced that it was an Eastern Kingbird but if it turned out that I was wrong, I had the option of driving down there after work today.
    
    Thanks for the help, and I hope I did not make Charlie feel bad. I have done things like this myself, more than once.
    
    Tom
    
    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
    
    www.tgmiko.com
    
    From: Naresh Satyan
    
    Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:03:47 PM
    
    To: Thomas Miko
    
    Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Eastern Kingbird
    
    Olive sided flycatcher
    
    On Tue, May 22, 2018, 2:26 PM Thomas Miko
    thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    
    Hi
    
    I can't see white on the tip of the tail, and wish there was a photo of this bird in profile. Has anybody else seen the subject bird
    
    See:
    
    Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
    
    - Reported May 22, 2018 08:40 by Charlie Keller
    
    - Entradero Park, Los Angeles, California
    
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.8536309,-118.3720636&ll=33.8536309,-118.3720636
    
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45933021
    
    - Media: 1 Photo
    
    - Comments: "Seen in the trees that line the ditch that feeds the pond."
    
    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
    
    www.tgmiko.com
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  19. Re: [LACoBirds] Eastern Kingbird LINK
    DATE: May 22, 2018 @ 3:04pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    The bird in the checklist linked below to my eye is not an Eastern
    
    Kingbird.
    
    The dark along the sides below the wing, seems like part of a vest. The
    
    underparts below breast would be snow white on an Eastern Kingbird.
    
    Also
    
    the bold extensive white edges to tertials are far beyond what I see on
    
    Eastern Kingbirds, which typically has very narrow pale edges on terts.
    
    I'm sure some other more knowledgeable will chime in... but I do not
    
    think this is an Eastern Kingbird.
    
    good birding!
    
    Mitch Heindel
    
    Utopia
    
    On 2018-05-22 14:26, Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds]
    
    wrote:
    > Hi
    
    >
    
    > I can't see white on the tip of the tail, and wish there was a photo
    
    > of this bird in profile. Has anybody else seen the subject bird
    
    >
    
    > See:
    
    >
    
    > Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
    
    >
    
    > - Reported May 22, 2018 08:40 by Charlie Keller
    
    >
    
    > - Entradero Park, Los Angeles, California
    
    >
    
    > - Map:
    
    > http://maps.google.com/ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.8536309,-118.3720636&ll=33.8536309,-118.3720636
    
    >
    
    > - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45933021 
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  21. Re: [LACoBirds] Eastern Kingbird LINK
    DATE: May 22, 2018 @ 3:01pm, 3 day(s) ago
    It's an Olive-sided Flycatcher.
    
    Justyn Stahl
    San Clemente Island
    
    On Tue, May 22, 2018 at 2:26 PM, Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     
    Hi
    
    I can't see white on the tip of the tail, and wish there was a photo of this bird in profile. Has anybody else seen the subject bird
    
    See:
    
    Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
    
    - Reported May 22, 2018 08:40 by Charlie Keller
    
    - Entradero Park, Los Angeles, California
    
    - Map:  http://maps.google.com/ ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.8536309, -118.3720636&ll=33.8536309,- 118.3720636
    
    - Checklist:  https://ebird.org/ view/checklist/S45933021
    
    - Media: 1 Photo
    
    - Comments: "Seen in the trees that line the ditch that feeds the pond."
    
    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
    
    www.tgmiko.com
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  23. Eastern Kingbird LINK
    DATE: May 22, 2018 @ 2:26pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi
    
    I can't see white on the tip of the tail, and wish there was a photo of this bird in profile. Has anybody else seen the subject bird
    
    See:
    
    Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
    
    - Reported May 22, 2018 08:40 by Charlie Keller
    
    - Entradero Park, Los Angeles, California
    
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.8536309,-118.3720636&ll=33.8536309,-118.3720636
    
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45933021
    
    - Media: 1 Photo
    
    - Comments: "Seen in the trees that line the ditch that feeds the pond."
    
    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
    
    www.tgmiko.com
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  25. Re: [LACoBirds] Chimney Swift at LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2018 @ 10:56pm, 4 day(s) ago
    A Chimney Swift was still present this evening at the LA River by the Los Feliz Blvd bridge. We were able to get excellent views in direct comparison with Vaux's and White-throateds often at eye level and below us as it fed along the river. In comparison with Vaux's (often with the naked eye), it is a noticeably larger, longer-winged, longer-tailed, all dark swift. Heard to give a sweet chatter at one point.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course on the east side of the river and you can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:05:42 AM PDT, Andrew Birch andyrbirch@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
     Hi all, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was in the
    area and wanted to check them out. I believe there might possibly be 2 Chimney Swifts
    with at least 1 Vaux’s feeding over the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz
    Blvd. For anyone who tried for the Cassin’s/Blue-headed Vireo earlier in the
    year, it’s the same place. You can park at the golf course parking lot (there’s
    a café there with a big EAT sign) and enter the river bike path. Birds were
    fairly low feeding both over the river and also over Los Feliz bridge. The birds
    in question appear slightly larger, bulkier, darker and had a slower flight
    with more gliding and appeared less frantic than the Vaux’s. Have some poor pics, which
    I will look through tonight - one of which straight off the camera is posted
    with my eBird report here that appears to show bulging primaries (although not sure if that's an iron-clad feature...). Obviously, in the overcast conditions all the swifts look dark and maybe larger too. But these birds looked sufficiently different from the Vaux's that I thought it was worth posting in case anyone wants to look: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45896730
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  27. Bank Swallow (I think) at Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2018 @ 11:00am, 4 day(s) ago
    While Andy Birch is finding Chimney Swifts in his 5MR, I was in my 5MR this morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in a slight mist, and believe I saw at least one Bank Swallow. Amongst the Barn, Tree, Cliff, and Rough-winged swallows working the water from the west end to the elbow, I spotted a brown swallow with a distinct brown chest band, and white curving up back behind the eye and before the wing, that distinguished it from the female tree swallows. Fuzzy photos in the following checklist.
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45898439
    
    Kevin Lapp Culver City
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  29. Interesting chaetura swifts at LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2018 @ 10:05am, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi all, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was in the
    area and wanted to check them out. I believe there might possibly be 2 Chimney Swifts
    with at least 1 Vaux’s feeding over the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz
    Blvd. For anyone who tried for the Cassin’s/Blue-headed Vireo earlier in the
    year, it’s the same place. You can park at the golf course parking lot (there’s
    a café there with a big EAT sign) and enter the river bike path. Birds were
    fairly low feeding both over the river and also over Los Feliz bridge. The birds
    in question appear slightly larger, bulkier, darker and had a slower flight
    with more gliding and appeared less frantic than the Vaux’s. Have some poor pics, which
    I will look through tonight - one of which straight off the camera is posted
    with my eBird report here that appears to show bulging primaries (although not sure if that's an iron-clad feature...). Obviously, in the overcast conditions all the swifts look dark and maybe larger too. But these birds looked sufficiently different from the Vaux's that I thought it was worth posting in case anyone wants to look: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45896730
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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