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  1. Some continuing S. F. Valley rarities LINK
    DATE: Feb 10, 2018 @ 4:52pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Following in Rebecca Marschall's mighty footsteps this morning (10 Feb), I saw the Dusky-capped Flycatcher at North Weddington recreation Center in Toluca Lake. It was initially seen within the "Rio Vista Hidden Garden" along the recreation center's northern
    boundary (and adjacent to the flood control channel), but then moved eastward along the north boundary of the recreation center. As usual for this species, it was quite vocal. See: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42658841
    
    The bright male Pine Warbler continued at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park. I saw it along the pathway that leads south from Magnolia through the park between the apartment buildings to the east and the small baseball fields (for small kids with
    passionately loud and forceful coaches) on the west. Near the south end of this path, where the park opens up into larger athletic fields, there are two tall pines (one on either side oft he path); the warbler was foraging on the ground here -- though not
    with the Chipping and Lark Sparrow flock nearby. See:
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42659139
    
    Prior to this I stopped at Bette Davis Picnic Area in Burbank, adjacent to the L. A. River. The male Eurasian Green-winged Teal was with the large wigeon and teal flock in the river, and nearby was an apparent Blue-winged X Cinnamon Teal hybrid. A large
    group of Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds moved back and forth from the park trees to the river bottom, but they were very skittish when on the ground and I was not able to pick out the Rusty Blackbird among them, if indeed it is still around. I was intrigued
    by the lone ibis in the river channel, reflective of my ignorance about the identification of ibis which are not in alternate plumage. I couldn't make out any pink in the facial skin or red in the eye, and the grayish bare facial skin was bordered above and
    below by fairly strong pale lines. Opinions are welcome -- I believe this "in-between" ibis has been here for a while, but I could be wrong. Photos in my eBird list at:
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42658251
    
    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
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