Although I think playback is a great way to see birds in many circumstances, this Gray Vireo represents a circumstance under which there should be ABSOLUTELY no playbacks of recordings to attract/see the bird. This species was thought to have disappeared from the county as a breeding bird (last at Bob's Gap in the early 1990s, and last found in breeding habitat in the mid-1990s). What's more, it is a state species of special concern. Tape playback is illegal, and potential dangerous to a single breeding pair (should there be a pair). Anybody caught playing tapes at/to this bird will be publicly shamed on this list serve, in Trumpian tweets, and in various other ways..
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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Subject: [LACoBirds] Grey Vireo at Bobís Gap
Seen in the first 100 meters on Holcomb Ridge Road at the south end of the gap. Many photos and audio recordings obtained during a Pasadena Audubon trip. The bird was calling naturally when we got there.