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· 59 W Pelicans Bonelli (TODAY)
· LA Lesser Black-backed Gull (TODAY)
· Eastern Phoebe at Madrona Marsh (TODAY)
· Malibu Lagoon today (Dec 7, 2016)
· new e mail (Dec 6, 2016)
  1. 59 W Pelicans Bonelli LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 4:56pm
    Hi
    It is getting dark, here at Bonelli Regional Park, and I stopped for a quickie. There are at least 59 American White Pelicans, 14 Common Mergansers, 100 Ring billed Gulls,2,000 California Gulls, and a mixedbag of 200 Western and Clark's Grebes.
    I was at the Getty Museum in Malibu, during the day, and had 4 Black hooded Nandays (Parakeets) calling and soaring overhead. Despite all of the evergreens, oaks, and eucalypti,the museum grounds, itself, was remarkably birdless, just like the parks
    and gardens in Italia,on which this scenic location is based.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "The plural of 'anecdote' is not 'data'."
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  3. LA Lesser Black-backed Gull LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:38pm
    Hi Birders,
    
    Yesterday, Dec 7,I saw an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in the San Gabriel Coastal Spreading Grounds.I arrived about 11:30 AM and saw this bird at about 12:15.There were about 400 gulls present at that time.When I left at about 1:30 I estimated that about 2000 gulls were present.Most were on the water, but often small flocks would fly to the levee on the east side of the water.I assume that this is the same bird reported here on Dec 4 on ebird by Andrew Lee as it looked like the photo that he provided on ebird.I suggest parking at the east end of Mines Road as there is a gate there and the gulls are just north of that gate.Being the novice LA birder that I am I parked at the south end of Pico Vista Road and walked north along the dry areas to the water and gulls.Good exercise which I always need, but much easier to park at the end of Mines Road.
    
    John Luther
    Oakland in the rain now that I am sure LA would love to have.
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  5. Eastern Phoebe at Madrona Marsh LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:20pm
    The bird was seen by Hilary, Mark and me. The bird was seen between the sump and the sheds. (3:20pm)
    
    Good birding!
    
    Dinuk Magammana
    
    Torrance CA.
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  7. Malibu Lagoon today LINK
    DATE: Dec 7, 2016 @ 6:40pm, 1 day(s) ago
    After a super good day on Monday, I returned to Malibu this morning with the Wayne Hyland family (3). We did not find the Forster's or possible Common Tern. The lagoon is now open to the ocean resulting in shallow water, numerous mudflats and exposed rocky edges for the shorebirds, et al. The breach between the lagoon and the ocean is now more than 100 yards wide. except where is opens. The male Redhead Duck was still cavorting with the female Ring-necked Duck. Eight duck species were represented including Pintail and Shoveler. About 15 Snowy Plovers were on the sand and we had a close look of a Common Loon about 20 feet off the beach. Apparently about one week ago, the lagoon opened to the ocean. This resulted in a tidal flush excellent for shorebirds, puddle ducks and herons/egrets, all in abundance. This is the first time in about a year that the lagoon has been open to the ocean, a healthy situation. Of course there were a couple of hundred gulls, but only the usual 4 species were found. I would encourage more birders check the lagoon area as it is ideal for more species and more numbers of the present ones.
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  9. new e mail LINK
    DATE: Dec 6, 2016 @ 7:30pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    
    Sorry for the inconvenience. I now have a new e mail because I was recently hacked. Thanks,
    
    Lynn Bossone
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  11. Visiting Birder from the East Coast LINK
    DATE: Dec 6, 2016 @ 9:10am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    
    My first post and I am seeking information. I will be visiting Manhattan Beach Jan 16 thru 22 to be with my grandchildren. I am very excited about the prospect of birding in this area and finding a variety not common here.
    
    I would greatly appreciate information on any bird walks that would occur during that time that I may join. I am no expert but I am a polite birder.
    
    I would also appreciate recommendation on areas I can visit from MB. I will have a car and time when the children will be in school. I am doing my homework on eBird but looking for more personal suggestions - good places, direction, parking, and tips on finding the birds.
    
    Thank you so much
    
    Champa Bilwakesh
    
    Andover MA
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  13. Trop. Kingbird continues @ Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area (Willowbrook) LINK
    DATE: Dec 3, 2016 @ 2:41pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Sat 3 Dec
    
    Mid morning I saw the Tropical Kingbird again at EMJRA, this time on the island in the south lake. I did not see the Vermilion Flycatcher.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31284426661
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31284395661
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31029878160
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  15. Files from Mathew Tekulsky LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 2:12pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi there,
    
    Mathew Tekulsky( tekulsky@... ) invited you to view the file " Gallery12/5/2016.pdf " on Dropbox.
    
    View file
    
    Enjoy!
    
    The Dropbox team
    
    © 2016 Dropbox
    
    Mathew Tekulsky
    tekulsky@...
    310-962-5653
    mathewtekulsky.com
    
    Mathew Tekulsky is the author of Backyard Bird Photography ; The Art of Hummingbird Gardening;
    
    The Art of Butterfly Gardening; and Making Your Own Gourmet Coffee Drinks , among other books.
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  17. Wilson's Snipe at Dominguez Hills LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 1:53pm, 3 day(s) ago
    One lone Wilson's Snipe at CSU Dominguez Hills this morning.I wonder if this is the same individual from this time last year, returning to a place where there used to be water.It was in the ironically named Wetland Preserve, where it appeared to be flushed by a Red-tail and took off for points west.
    
    John
    
    
    John Thomlinson San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
    "It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.
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  19. Dusky-capped Flycatcher addendum LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 9:30pm, 4 day(s) ago
    My cell phone, Marvin the Paranoid Android, refuses to let me respond to Larry's email about the La Mirada Dusky-capped Flycatcher. I think that the universe is flat-out trying to keep me away from Larry, in general; considering that we were in the same
    location this morning, and never saw each other. Probably a goodthing. He would have busted a gut when I stepped onto the slick layer of dead, wet Bougainvillea leaves, and wiped out. I noted in my eBird report that the bird called on several occasions from
    the residential neighborhood directly east of, and contiguous with the previously described eastern section ofpark (which, in turn, is east of the concrete bike/horse tunnel, and is also north of Imperial Highway). I suspect that the Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    spends time in those eucalyptus trees uphill and south of those houses on the park's eastern end. There is also a Mockingbird that incorporates Dusky-capped Flycatcher calls in its repertoire, a Pacific Slope Flycatcher, and quite a flock of Scaly breasted
    Munias visiting bird feeders across the street from the park.
    If you want to actually see the Dusky-capped Flycatcher, leave your camera at home. Any time I bring my camera, the bird stays out of sight.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "Planes are, of course,designed for wind; but people aren't. "-Chuck Henry
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  21. Re: CAGN in Basin LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 9:00pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Kris -
    
    Saw your ebird list (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32859380). Great work documenting these birds and for bringing up under-appreciated ID issues involved in separating these two species in the non-breeding season. Doing lots of gnatcatcher surveys over the years, and having just submitted a manuscript on Calif. Gnatcatcher records in northern L.A. and Ventura County, I'm convinced that a) the species is very easily confused w/ Blue-gray, and b) can occur just about anywhere in the county away from the high mountains and desert. So keep looking!!
    
    Of the marks you mentioned, the mewing calls of each are difficult to describe, and I've been fooled by whiny/atypical Blue-grays just giving the first "neeeehhh" note of their call. [California's also do a pishing call that you might hear in the non-breeding season, though I usually just hear it in the nesting season. Sounds like someone pishing (Blue-grays don't give this).]
    
    Wing color is important - the wings shouldn't necessarily be darker, but will be browner here and on the mantle (esp. so if a female) and will have tan or black edges to the tertials (all plumages) in Calif.
    
    The tail *can* look dark below on a blue-gray (several central tail feathers are always all-black in both species), particularly in Oct.-Nov. when molting in (as the outer white feathers are growing in, all you'll see is a lot of black in the undertail).
    
    I've never seen much of a difference in the eyering between the two species; Californias are typically never clean white below. And behavior is - to me - an under-appreciated mark; Blue-grays go high to the treetops and make these long looping flights after insects, esp. in the outer foliage of trees. Californias forage mainly from eye-level and below, and often directly on the ground, and sort of creep through very dense vegetation, sort of like House Wrens in winter. A gnatcatcher up in a tree is virtually never a California (almost - I've had several do this, incl. one this fall calling from atop an oak).
    
    So thanks for getting the word out and studying these birds, and I can almost guarantee a California will show up at Sepulveda one of these days.
    
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
    Moderator, LACoBirds
    
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  23. CAGN in Basin LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 7:15pm, 4 day(s) ago
    After reviewing all of the photos that I have received from others, I am withdrawing my report of CAGN and calling it a BGGN. 7 of the 10 photos I received (that are conclusive) are definitely BG while only 3 are definitely CA and they are all photos of the same bird !
    The behavior and call were also more representative of CA. 3 of each class (which I apparently failed) can be viewed on my ebird report.
    
    Kris Ohlenkamp
    Fillmore
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  25. CaGn in Sepulveda Basin LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 2:20pm, 4 day(s) ago
    We had 2 very cooperative California Gnatcatchers this morning on the monthly walk through the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. From the main entrance on the north side (near the restrooms at the end of the access road {Wildlife Way}) follow the trail past the first bridge and boatramp to the lake to the trail for the island viewing area. The first bird was at that intersection. The second bird was at the outflow from the lake near Burbank Blvd.in the Cottonwood trees.
    The first bird was heard first and then seen for 15+ minutes by all. Many photos were taken that display the mostly dark undertail. The second bird was in the top of the trees fanning out its tail foreven betterviews. As far as I know, this is the first ever sighting in the Sepulveda Basin.
    Kris Ohlenkamp Fillmore
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  27. Dusky-capped Flycatcher Imperial Highway and Las Flores La Mirada LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 12:19pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I went out this morning to look for the Dusky-capped Flycatcher in La
    Mirada.
    
    I heard it calling a few times, mostly from Eucalyptus Trees but was unable
    to get a visual.
    This has often been the case during the other years it or another was
    present.
    
    The area is an unkept area at the northeasterly corner of Las Flores and
    Imperial in La Mirada. The area has a creek flowing through it and has
    eucalyptus, pepper, oak and sycamore trees to name a few.
    
    Larry Schmahl
    Whittier
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  29. Re: [LACoBirds] Yellow-throated warbler at Earvin Magic Johnson LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 10:35am, 4 day(s) ago
    I just refound the bird in the location below. It was actively moving around in the pines being harassed by a yellow-rump. Posed for great photos. About 8 of us here got on it.
    
    33.922021, -118.256376
    
    https://maps.google.com/q=33.92202,-118.25637
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 3:02 PM -0800, "Chris Dean chrisanndean@... [LACoBirds]" < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Hi,
    
    On the east side of Earvin Magic Johnson park, I found what I believe is a yellow-throated warbler. It was found in a pine tree, just north of fenced area (4th pine east of corner of fence). Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:30pm.
    
    Chris Dean
    
    Silver Lake
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  31. 2016 Malibu CBC Announcement LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 6:38am, 5 day(s) ago
    The 2016 Malibu Christmas Bird Count takes place on Sunday, December 18th. The 15-mile diameter count circle, centered in Malibu, is broken into 45 sub-areas. 
    
    If you are interested in participating, please contact me. Please tell me if your birding skills and solo/team preferences are suitable to cover a sub-area alone with directions and a map, or if you wish to be part of a team. 
    
    We assign people to areas ahead of time, but you are welcome to ask to join up until early the morning of the count.
    
    If you live in Malibu, Topanga, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Agoura, or Westlake Village, and have feeders in your yard or neighborhood that you can report on, please advise me.
    
    If you or someone you know has a boat that would be willing to cover offshore from Topanga to Point Dume, and allow one or two experienced counters aboard, please also advise me.
    
    Thank you.
    
    Dick Norton
    Topanga, CA
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  33. Yellow-throated warbler at Earvin Magic Johnson LINK
    DATE: Dec 3, 2016 @ 2:59pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    On the east side of Earvin Magic Johnson park, I found what I believe is a yellow-throated warbler. It was found in a pine tree, just north of fenced area (4th pine east of corner of fence). Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:30pm.
    
    Chris Dean
    
    Silver Lake
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  35. Bonelli Park Eastern Phoebe Continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 4:52pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Today 12/2 the continuing Eastern Phoebe was observed on the north side of Bonelli Park. It was found farther south of group picnic area # 4 than previously reported, but does return to the picnic area. A first year Peregrine Falcon was observed low over the north side of the lake.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
    
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  37. No Cave swallow LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 4:31pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I was at the boat ramp from 3:50 to 4:30 and had many swallows and swifts but no Cave Swallow. Keers Kerry Ross
    
    San Diego
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  39. No (?) Cave Swallow Friday 12/2/16 LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 3:40pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    There were 10 birders in and out of the western half of Santa Fe Dam's lake shore, today Friday 12/2/2016. One Barn Swallow, lots of Tree and a few Violet-green Swallows, a dark Merlin, Sharp-shinned & Cooper's Hawks (one, each), two Ospreys, but no Cave
    Swallow that I am aware of.
    The wind storm brought in an angry dust cloud that pelted and stung our eyes, making it less and less pleasant as the morning wore on.
    No interesting or rare sparrows.
    I heard a Red breasted Nuthatch up in a pine.
    I may go back Saturday, out of spite.
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "Planes are, of course,designed for wind; but people aren't. "-Chuck Henry
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  41. Los Angeles RBA- 2 December 2016 LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 1:45pm, 6 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *December 2, 2016 * CALA1612.02
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Black Scoter
    White-winged Dove
    Burrowing Owl
    Prairie Falcon
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Plumbeous Vireo
    CAVE SWALLOW
    Verdin
    Mountain Bluebird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Brewer’s Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    “Red” Fox Sparrow
    Swamp Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Hooded Oriole
    
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    
    http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 2.
    
    Four female BLACK SCOTERS continued off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through November 26. They have been seen near lifeguard station #47.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been near Cabrillo Beach on the north side of Oliver Vickery Circle Way. It was seen there from November 27-30. Another was reported in Mission Hills on November 28.
    
    A BURROWING OWL was at Esperanza Middle School in Los Angeles on November 29.
    
    A late or wintering PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at William Andrews Clark Library in Los Angeles on November 30 (and likely present since November 22).
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through November 30 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
    
    Returning for another winter was a DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada. It was first detected on December 1. Check the eucalyptus grove north of Imperial Highway by Las Flores.
    
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was present through November 29. It was last reported west of the south parking lot.
    
    A CAVE SWALLOW was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale from November 30-December 1. There have been numbers of Tree Swallows and White-throated Swifts over the lake and these flocks should be checked for the Cave Swallow.
    Cliff Swallows of course should be absent at this time.
    
    A LARK BUNTING was at Santa Fe Dam from November 25-27. It was near parking lot 2 and northwest of parking lot 1. A SWAMP SPARROW was south of restroom #1 on November 26. A PRAIRIE FALCON was also observed here
    on November 26. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was in the dirt area between parking lot 4 and 5 on November 28 and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO was near restroom #4 on November 30.
    
    The VERDIN continued at White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro through November 25. It has been around the garden and parking lot.
    
    Five MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were along the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera on November 25. They were adjacent to the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds (between Whittier and Washington Blvd.).
    
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through November 30. It has been by the large cottonwood at the southwest corner of the preserve (closest to the Chevron station across the street).
    A female HOODED ORIOLE was at Madrona on November 26.
    
    Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at La Mirada Regional Park (on the south side of the lake) near Alicante Road on November 30.
    
    The CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through November 26. It is usually seen between unit #5317 and garage #557. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW also continued here, being
    last reported southwest of unit #5160 on December 1.
    
    A PALM WARBLER was at the far west side of Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on November 29.
    
    A PAINTED REDSTART was at the Estates Condominiums on the Palos Verdes Peninsula from November 25-29 (and apparently discovered there as early as November 18). It was in the courtyard area off W. Hidden Lane. Google
    Earth coordinates for the exact spot are 33.785378,
    -118.342176.
    
    A BREWER’S SPARROW was at Maywood Riverfront Park on from November 28-29.
    
    A “RED” FOX SPARROW was at the Altadena Drain in Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on November 27.
    
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Liones Canyon near Pacific Palisades on November 27 (near the restrooms by the first picnic table), at Highridge Park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on November 29 and in Porter Ranch
    on November 28.
    
    A HOODED ORIOLE was in La Verne on December 1.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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  43. LA County Breeding Bird Atlas - Recommendation LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 1:21pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I most sincerely recommend that anyone that ever birds LA County
    or wanting more information on California birds, purchase this
    absolutely fabulous book that contains an  incredible amount of
    information!   
    There is such a wealth of details in over 600 pages that is well
    laid out, extremely helpful and elucidating with subheadings to
    quickly find various types of info.    It is certainly
    mind-boggling to have this completeness!    
    Historical information is included i.e. w/notes of skeletons from
    the La Brea Tar Pits.   Dates and abundance have been updated.   
    There is extensive info on localities, desired food at different
    times of year, and more information on habitat, subspecies and
    behavior, along w/detailed maps.  Much I have never seen elsewhere
    is just phenominal and blows my mind about the
    comprehensiveness!!!   Plus much more, all compiled into an easily
    referenced tome w/species index on the inside front cover.
    Credit is given to all those that helped in the surveys, or any
    other way, sponsoring individual birds, etc.
    It also has considerable info, insights & recommendations in
    setting up other county or future  surveys.  
    Do order thru LAAS@... ,  leave message at 323-876-0202
    or www.laasaudubon.com .    It will cost a bit more than the
    initial bulk mailing, but very much worth it! Primary authors Larry Allen, Kimball Garrett, Mark Wimer plus all
    those that started and contributed so extensively are to be highly
    commended!
    Wanda Dameron LAAS Field Trip Chair of early '80's Interesting Note:   Former Co-leader Jim Hardesty kept ebird
    records of our Monday Birding Group (Southwest Bird Study Club)
    for many years.    He notes we are seeing only 50% of the
    quantities we saw 10 years ago, then mainly birding in L.A. Co.  
    We now  see approximately the same number of species per year,
    (around 300) by traveling greater distances--to Santa Barbara,
    Salton Sea & Galileo!!!    A shame we don't have quantity
    records since inception in 1919!
    
     
    
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  45. New file uploaded to LACoBirds LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 10:07pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    
    This email message is a notification to let you know that
    
    a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the LACoBirds
    
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    Description : Osprey at Bonelli Park
    
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    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LACoBirds/files/Osprey_3.jpg
    
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  47. Cave Swallow continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 2:22pm, 7 day(s) ago
    The Cave Swallow continues at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. It is probably best viewed from the west end of the lake near the playground. It is being seen intermittently mostly over the island but disappears for periods of time. Still present when I left at 2:10 p.m.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  49. Cave Swallow, Santa Fe Dam, LA LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 9:35am, 7 day(s) ago
    After yesterday's tantalizing glimpses, I returned this morning and was able to get more satisfying looks at what I'm upgrading from Petrochelidon species to a Cave Swallow.
    
    It was flying around with a few other swallows (Trees mostly but with two Barns and a Violet-green) and White-throated Swifts over the island and surrounding waters near the boat ramp of the recreation area. Best bet is to watch from somewhere on the south shore west of the boat ramp. It seems to make the occasional low pass, but largely feeds up high.
    
    It was significantly easier to observe this morning (8am-now, 9:30am) accompanied by mere dozens of birds in comparison with the swirling hundreds of yesterday late morning and afternoon.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    
    Altadena
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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v1.12 - 11/22/11 - Added multiple input boxes for additional refinement, negative search criteria (eg. -keyword).
v1.11 - 11/22/11 - Added banding code, species look-up. Also direct link to recent eBird observations.
 v1.1 - 11/22/11 - Added 'date' functionality. Shows top 'month/year' combinations for a query. Restrict results to that 'month/year'.
 v1.0 - 11/21/11 - Initial version coded. Currently archiving 'lacobirds' and 'calbirds'.