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· Bonelli Park Franklin's Gull (Feb 17, 2018)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz (Feb 17, 2018)
· Clay-colored Sparrow, Westchester Park (Feb 16, 2018)
· Bald Eagle photos, recordings of other bird sounds (Feb 15, 2018)
· Los Angeles RBA- 15 February 2018 (Feb 15, 2018)
  1. Bonelli Park Franklin's Gull LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2018 @ 8:15pm, 1 day(s) ago
    A winter adultFranklin's Gull first observed on 2/15 was observed and photographed today 2/17, about 9 am on a mudflat at the NE corner of the lake. Later it was observed by other birders on the north side of the lake. The best time to look for the gull is before the power boats start running at 10 am.Photos will be posted on eBird.
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
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  3. Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2018 @ 7:46am, 2 day(s) ago
    The vireo is present this morning. Itís being vocal today.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 15, 2018, at 2:03 PM, Andrew Birch andyrbirch@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    
    I saw Cuyler's Vireo fairly well around noon today. After waiting around for 40mins, I was about to give up when I played a Blue-headed Vireo song on my phone and it immediately flew in (for whatever that is worth). I managed to get a couple of record shots that are in my ebird checklist below. Cuyler has more in his original checklist. Would be good if others could document with photos or offer feedback:
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42821809
    
    The hotspot is Los Angeles River--Los Feliz golf course area
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:02:05 PM PST, Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Hi all,
    
    There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
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  5. Clay-colored Sparrow, Westchester Park LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2018 @ 2:15pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Everyone:
    This morning, I refound a clay-colored sparrow that Dan Cooper first reported last Friday. It was in the middle of the park, feeding in grass, associating with a dozen savannah sparrows, southwest of the tennis courts (that is, not in the grassy outfield of the baseball fields). The little flock moved around quite a bit, with people walking the park, and dogs here and there, and a guy flying a model airplane, so I imagine it could be found anywhere.
    Kevin Lapp Culver City
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  7. Bald Eagle photos, recordings of other bird sounds LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 11:12pm, 3 day(s) ago
    !Hola! I read a posting/review on SD Birds about a directional microphone you can attach to your smart phone, and it pushed me over the line into buying it (I had read about this microphone, earlier, but was afraid to take the
    leap). I don't want to give any free endorsements (I am not benefitting from writing this email), but dang, am I glad I bought this thing. For under $65 (tax included) and another $5.99 for the same company's official iOS (iPhone) app, I now possess technology
    (a directional microphone with a digital audio recorder) that cost a lot of money 10 to 20 yearsago. I also downloaded a free Android app written by 2 German undergrads to do the same thingon my other cell phone (a Google Pixel). Today I used the Pixel. The Norwegian company only mentions iOS on their website, which led me to incorrectly believe that I can only use this "cell phone microphone" (which is made in Owstray-lee-yuh)to record bird sounds on my iPhone. Not
    true, atall. One thing that I learned while researching all of this is that the default recording mode that comes with your smart phone records sound in the .mp3 format, which apparently is terrible for bird sounds, and you needto use .wav format apps (software). If you'd like a taste of whatmodern technology has placed within your budget, you can listen to the recordings, below. Someof the reasons that I want to make my own bird soundrecordings are that: Sibley app et cie. only have warblers and some sparrows singing in the spring, when some guy with a parabola went out into the Canadian forest, and recorded them on their nesting grounds. I need to know what these various songbirds sound like when they
    winter in California, when they don't sing. The original LP records and CDs (had) have the same deficiency. PARROTS, and other non-natives: the various bird apps do not have sound recordings of the non-natives. I want to record, and learn to identify the various parrot species when they fly overhead. Some of those flocks of Red-crowned Amazons flying overhead
    are most likely Lilac-crowned, but unless they land, and let me see their heads, I wind up calling them "Red-crowned." Yes, I am aware of, and frequently peruse the bird sounds
    at
    
    https://www.xeno-canto.org/
    but I believe that the physical act of making myown recordings will help me learn bird sounds better than passively listening to other peoples' recordings.
    
    Bonelli Bald Eagle, California Gnatcatcher: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42811556
    Chestnut-sided Warbler sound recording: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115
    feral Peacocks on the mean streets of Pomona: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115(according to
    a resident, these Peacocks have lived here for 35 years)
    Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
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  9. Los Angeles RBA- 15 February 2018 LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 8:54pm, 3 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    
    * Los Angeles RBA
    
    *February 15, 2018
    
    * CALA1802.15
    
    
    
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Tundra Swan
    
    "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal
    
    White-winged Scoter
    
    Black Scoter
    
    Red-necked Grebe
    
    Pacific Golden-Plover
    
    Neotropic Cormorant
    
    Bald Eagle
    
    Lewis's Woodpecker
    
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    
    Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker
    
    Eastern Phoebe
    
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    
    Tropical Kingbird
    
    Western Kingbird
    
    Cassin's Vireo
    BLUE-HEADED VIREO
    
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    
    Swamp Sparrow
    
    White-throated Sparrow
    
    RUSTY BLACKBIRD
    
    Ovenbird
    
    Black-and-white Warbler
    
    Lucy's Warbler
    
    American Redstart
    
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    
    Palm Warbler
    
    Pine Warbler
    
    Painted Redstart
    
    Summer Tanager
    
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    
    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 February 15.
    
    The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (usually on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through February 11. A letter of permission is required for entry.
    
    Male "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River in Glendale, adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area through February 14. Another was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through February 10.
    
    Among the many scoters off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo, six BLACK SCOTERS and three WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were present on February 14 (between Hyperion Bluff and Imperial Highway).
    
    The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through February 10.
    
    A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through February11, generally in the area north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.
    
    A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas from February 11-14. It has been around the north side of the lake. An adult BALD EAGLE was at the lake on February 15.
    
    Two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS were at Rose Hills in Whittier on February 10 by Gate 17 off Workman Mill Road.
    
    The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at DeForest Park in Long Beach continued through February 10 just south of the tennis courts and administration buildings. Also continuing here was a PALM WARBLER on February 13 (by the northwest tennis court) and a female type
    SUMMER TANAGER near the soccer field restrooms on February 13. There were two BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS here the same day, one north and one south of the admin buildings.
    
    A NORTHERN "YELLOW-SHAFTED" FLICKER continued at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles through February 10.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh inTorrance was reported through February 13 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevrongas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported through February
    13 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER alsocontinued here through February 10. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights was reported through February 9 near the north end restrooms.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake was seen through February 14. It moves around but has been along the path behind the Recreation Center building and at the north end garden.
    
    An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (near the north entrance to the wildlife area) on February 8. Another was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa Vista on February 13 (across from the Bluff Creek Drive traffic signal).
    
    A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through February 15 around the pond. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was here from February 8-10.
    
    The CASSIN'S VIREO continued near the middle of Mountain View Park in Burbank through February 14. Another CASSIN'S VIREO was at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through February 10 north of the west edge of the central lawn area.
    
    A bird that looked very good for a BLUE-HEADED VIREO wasalong the LA River near Atwater Village just above the Los Feliz crossing on February 14. This bird was along the border of theLos Feliz Golf Course close to the first electrical
    tower along the river berm.
    
    A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the south end of Westchester Recreation Center in Westchester on February 9. It was by the weedy lot and maintenance area.
    
    Continuing through February 11 at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake.
    
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia (at the east edge of Tallac Knoll) through February 8. Another was at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates on February 11 and one was at Veteran's Park in Sylmar on
    February 14.
    
    The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through February 12.
    
    The OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through February 11. It has been north of the Indian Hill area, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.
    
    A LUCY'S WARBLER was at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake from February 10-13, mainly along the north fence line on the west side of the park.
    
    The female AMERICAN REDSTART at Wilderness Park in Downey was reported through February 8, last seen in the row of vegetation between the park and the San Gabriel River.
    
    The female AMERICAN REDSTART at El Dorado Park in Long Beach was seen through February 13. Entering from Studebaker (north of Willow), park in the lot behind the softball fields. The bird has been in eucalyptus trees and shrubs around the west side maintenance
    yard next to the golf course.
    
    A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Wheeler Park in Claremont continued through February 10. It is usually south of the intersection of Geneva and Doane, and was last reported at 645 Geneva.
    
    The PINE WARBLER at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park in Van Nuys continued through February 14. It has been on the east edge of the Little League fields, south of Magnolia.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through February 11. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field, mostly in the palms and eucalyptus above the four dumpsters.
    
    A female SUMMER TANAGER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through February 11 near the west edge of the central lawn area. Another was found by the Los Feliz Golf Course along the LA River in Glendale on February 13.
    
    A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continued at the Veteran's Administration garden in West Los Angeles through February 10.
    
    - 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
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  11. Re: [LACoBirds] Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 2:03pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I saw Cuyler's Vireo fairly well around noon today. After waiting around for 40mins, I was about to give up when I played a Blue-headed Vireo song on my phone and it immediately flew in (for whatever that is worth). I managed to get a couple of record shots that are in my ebird checklist below. Cuyler has more in his original checklist. Would be good if others could document with photos or offer feedback:
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42821809
    
    The hotspot is Los Angeles River--Los Feliz golf course area
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:02:05 PM PST, Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
     Hi all,
    
    There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
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  13. Cassin's/Blue-headed Vireo - LA River in Los Feliz LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 12:03pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    There has been a bright Cassin's/blue-headed vireo along the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course since at least yesterday. More details are available in eBird, but it seems to be favoring the area between the golf course parking lot and the first steel electrical transmission tower. I saw it in pepper trees along the fence line in this area yesterday, and this morning it was in the large green trees in the golf course just beyond the fence. I haven't relocated the summer tanager I found in this area earlier this week, but there has been a bright male Bullock's oriole in this area as well.
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
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  15. Continuing Rarities at North Weddington Park LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 9:52am, 3 day(s) ago
    At 8:30 am this morning, I enjoyed nice views of the LUCY'S WARBLER and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER in the Eucalyptus trees along the NW fence line. The Lucy's remained in the trees and didn't drop down to feed in the weeds with the Goldfinches. Interestingly, the flycatcher had a close affinity to the Lucy's and stayed close by moving around the Eucalyptus with it. When the Lucy's moved north in to the bare trees adjacent to the elementary school, the flycatcher followed it and I enjoyed nice views of both perched literally next to each other. The flycatcher then chased the Lucy's around those trees and it appeared to go north towards the school and I lost it. Perhaps, useful info for would-be Lucy's searchers is to look out for the flycatcher and any accompanying warblers.
    
    I had a quick 5 min look for the Plumbeous but no joy there.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  17. Bonelli Bald Eagle LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2018 @ 9:11am, 3 day(s) ago
    Right now Thursday morning at 09:08 a.m. there is a full adult bald eagle actively hunting at Treetop level at the southeast corner of Puddingstone Reservoir.
    
    The Ravens are not happy.
    
    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. White-winged and Black Scoters LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2018 @ 8:48pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Wed Feb 14
    
    Early this morning off Dockweiler Beach two very large Surf Scoter flocks merged opposite Hyperion Bluff and another big flock was at Imperial Hwy. I did my best to check through the birds and came up with three White-wingeds and six Blacks. Some of my photos:
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26402681078
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25403910147
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25403866487
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/39563769944
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/25403783817
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40230175012
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/26402540898
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/40274723001
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  21. Pipits at Loyola Marymount University LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2018 @ 5:37pm, 4 day(s) ago
    While conducting a bird survey with students on the Loyola Marymount University campus yesterday afternoon we came across 20 American Pipits who apparently had just flown in. They were located on patches of grass in a long courtyard area that extends north from the Loyola Boulevard circle on campus.
    
    A few were foraging in the grass (and dipping their tail)but most were completely stationary in small groups. They didnít even move as students walked by- they looked exhausted.
    
    It was a fitting experience for the students who were learning about why this is the Year of the Bird: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/year-of-the-bird/ .
    
    Lisa Fimiani
    Westchester, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  23. Continuing Neotropic Cormorant at Bonelli Park LINK
    DATE: Feb 14, 2018 @ 4:29pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Today 2/14/18 a Neotropic Cormorant was with a feeding group of Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans in the cove at the NE corner of the lake at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. Also in the area was a Peregrine Falcon.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
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  25. Summer Tanager - LA River in Los Feliz LINK
    DATE: Feb 13, 2018 @ 10:31am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    This morning (845 on 2/13/18) there was a summer tanager along the LA River in Los Feliz. The bird was in the area immediately north of Los Feliz Boulevard near the Los Feliz golf course. I originally had it in an elderberry along the fence line of the golf course, near the mid-point of the golf course as measured along the bike path. Then it flew into a willow within the river channel, where I left it.
    
    Cuyler†
    Los Feliz
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  27. Lucy's Warbler at North Weddington Recreation Center, Toluca Lake LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2018 @ 9:59am, 7 day(s) ago
    This morning around 8:15am I re-found the Lucy's Warbler discovered by Sarah Ngo yesterday at North Weddington Rec Center Park.† It was in the same general location as reported on eBird - on the NW side of the park, in a weedy area just on the other side of the chain link fence between the park and the river channel.† The bird was with a flock of Lesser Goldfinches feeding quite loudly; there was also a bunch of Bushtits, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers and some Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows feeding on the same plants.† If spooked, most of the birds (Lucy's included) will fly across the river channel to the trees around the homeless encampment or up into the trees on the park side of the fence - but they will return to their dandelion patch eventually.
    
    The park is super busy on the weekends between 9:30-4ish, as Kimball reported in his email yesterday, so be warned! It's also pretty busy after school gets out during the week (but if you are birding with kids in tow, they will at least be entertained!)
    
    Some not-very-good photos are in my eBird list:
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42673402
    
    Rebecca Marschall
    Valley Village
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  29. Bonelli Neotropic Cormorant LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2018 @ 9:37am, 7 day(s) ago
    Sunday 2/11/2018 0935
    
    Hi
    
    There is an adult Neotropic Cormorant sitting on the 3rd buoy from the left if you stand on the North Shore and look south. Photos taken. I am standing at the east end of the sandy swim Beach that is on the North Shore halfway between the metal boat launch
    Fishing Pier and the red, yellow, and blue plastic jungle gym.
    
    Equally surprising, we parked at the Brackett Field Airport and walked in from that direction and immediately ran into multiple calling, displaying, very cooperative California Gnatcatchers on both sides of the paved road that is the South border of the airport.
    
    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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