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  1. America's Birdiest County April 27, 28, and 29: More information LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 5:34pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    Here's additional information about the "America's Birdiest County" event that will happen in Los Angeles County on April 27-29, 2018.
    
    The count starts at midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning and ends at midnight on Sunday night/Monday morning.
    
    The objective is to find as many species in Los Angeles County over this three day interval as possible. We've been doing this since 2003 and regularly find more than 260 species.
    
    Birds can be identified by sight or sound, and as usual, rare species require documentation. All birds must be counted from land, so we can't accept anything seen on a whale watch, or from a boat on a lake, but we'd be glad to count any birds seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands or from seawatches at places such as Point Vicente and Point Dume.
    
    I will act as compiler again this year. Thank you again to Wanda Dameron for helping out as compiler in 2017.
    
    HISTORY
    
    America's Birdiest County started in 2003 in San Diego as a friendly competition among counties across the country to see how many species people could find in a single 24-hour period.
    
    After the first three years, the organizers changed the protocol to make it a three-day event. There were also various categories across the country to try to level the playing field so that counties in very different areas wouldn't be competing against those in other areas that have vastly more birds. Thus, counties in, say, Maine weren't competing against counties in California. Los Angeles was in the "Coastal West" category and our chief competition, at least initially, was with San Diego and Monterey. After the format changed to a three-day event, Monterey stopped competing in order to continue their traditional one-day county-wide birdathon. After 2011, the organizers discontinued the nationwide event, but selected counties continued due to strong local interest. Los Angeles and Kern Counties, which usually did very well, have both continued, and recently Orange and Ventura Counties have started similar events around the same time. In 2017 San Bernardino County started a count and had reported more than 230 species as of Sunday night.
    
    Here are the number of species found in Los Angeles County since 2003:
    Year Total
    2017 264
    2016 270
    2015 275
    2014 272
    2013 265
    2012 262
    2011 277
    2010 271
    2009 264
    2008 255
    2007 272
    2006 265
    2005 246
    2004 240
    2003 239
    
    Our total jumped in 2006 due to better organization and increased interest.
    
    This event has turned into an intensive sweep of the whole county each spring, and has provided a useful snapshot of the species that are present in late April. Many people who participate also record their observations in eBird, and as a result, tens of thousands of bird sightings are permanently archived, so in addition to having fun, we're also making a scientifically useful contribution.
    
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    LOGISTICS
    
    Please email reports to me at lbenner@... and/or to the LA County listserve.
    
    We welcome forwarding eBird checklists--they make checking for new species really easy. The easiest way to do this is to email the eBird list to yourself and then forward it to me.
    
    I will provide updates two to four times each day to track our progress and to help guide searches for species we're missing. The first update will probably happen by mid afternoon on Friday. We will also provide updates each night so that we everyone can see what we still need first thing in the morning.
    
    Please note that we can't count birds seen from boats, but birds seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Island count. Also, the Gambel's quail and chukars on San Clemente Island are self-sustaining so we can count them. Also, to continue the protocol we adopted last year, we are now glad to count bald eagles seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands.
    
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    NON-NATIVE SPECIES:
    
    Kimball Garrett asks us to please report established non-native species even if they're not the list that's accepted by the AOS (formerly known as the AOU) or the CBRC.
    
    This means that we want to hear about introduced species such as parakeets and parrots, pin-tailed whydahs, orange bishops, red-whiskered bulbuls, Mandarin ducks, and so forth. Monitoring those populations is becoming increasingly important so please report them, and, of course, enter your sightings into eBird.
    
    We'll keep them in a supplemental list separate from the "regular" species.
    
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    RARE OR UNCOMMON SPECIES
    
    We've been keeping track of some notable species that have been in the area recently. Some are truly rare but others are regular winter visitors that become scarce and challenging to find in late April. Below is a partial list; we're sure there are some things that we missed. Please note that some of these species have not been found during previous ABC weekends, and for some birds it's been a few weeks since we've seen reports in eBird, on the listserve, or in various rare bird alerts.
    
    The list below includes species reported since about the middle of March, and we realize that some have probably left the area by now.
    
    n = new to the count if we find it
    
    Apr 04 n Eurasian wigeon Hansen Dam
    Mar 18 n Eurasian wigeon King Gillette Ranch
    Apr 01 canvasback Alondra Park Reservoir
    Mar 25 canvasback Lancaster Sewage Ponds
    Mar 17 canvasback Hansen Spreading Grounds
    Mar 11 canvasback Crystalaire Country Club
    Apr 04 greater scaup Castaic Lagoon
    Mar 29 greater scaup Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Mar 14 greater scaup Westlake Lake
    Mar 28 white-winged scoter Dockweiler Beach
    Apr 04 black scoter Topanga Beach/Lagoon
    Apr 03 black scoter Playa del Rey Beach
    Mar 27 black scoter Dockweiler Beach
    Apr 17 common goldeneye Lake Palmdale
    Apr 18 hooded merganser Apollo Park
    Apr 07 hooded merganser Malibu Creek State Park
    Apr 06 hooded merganser LA River/Los Feliz Golf Course area
    Apr 01 hooded merganser Orcas Park
    Mar 29 hooded merganser Big Tujunga Wash N of 210
    Mar 27 hooded merganser LA River/Sunnynook Bridge
    Mar 26 hooded merganser Hansen Dam
    Mar 25 hooded merganser Franklin Canyon Park
    Apr 15 hooded merganser Hollywood Reservoir
    Mar 24 hooded merganser Hahamongna Park
    Apr 12 hooded merganser Piute Ponds
    Mar 31 hooded merganser Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Mar 26 hooded merganser Del Rey Lagoon
    Mar 23 hooded merganser Bette Davis picnic area
    Mar 20 hooded merganser Atwater Village
    Mar 18 hooded merganser Sepulveda Basin
    Mar 18 hooded merganser LA River/Oros St.
    Mar 18 hooded merganser LA River/Glendale Narrows
    Mar 16 hooded merganser Barranca east side of hole #8
    Mar 28 n red-necked grebe Castaic Lagoon
    Apr 16 northern fulmar King Harbor, Redondo Beach
    Mar 31 neotropic cormorant Bonelli Park north side
    Apr 07 American bittern Piute Ponds
    Mar 24 American bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Mar 19 American bittern Harbor Regional Park
    Apr 12 yellow-crowned night heron MacArthur Park
    Apr 15 yellow-crowned night heron Ballona Creek
    Apr 18 yellow-crowned night heron Ballona Freshawater Marsh
    Apr 04 yellow-crowned night heron Topanga Beach/Lagoon
    Apr 04 bald eagle Pyramid Lake visitor center
    Apr 09 bald eagle Six Flags Magic Mountain vicinity
    Mar 28 bald eagle Highway 39, San Gabriel Dam
    Mar 28 bald eagle Covina Hills
    Mar 26 bald eagle Little Harbor Road, Santa Catalina Island
    Apr 06 bald eagle San Clemente Island, Lemon Tank
    Apr 17 ferruginous hawk Quail Lake
    Apr 17 ferruginous hawk 270th St West, Neenach
    Apr 03 ferruginous hawk Six Flags Magic Mountain area
    Apr 02 ferruginous hawk Hansen Dam
    Apr 01 ferruginous hawk E Ave. E/65th St. E, Antelope Valley
    Mar 29 ferruginous hawk Ave. A at 90th W, Antelope Valley (county line)
    Mar 25 ferruginous hawk Aqueduct/300th St. West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 25 ferruginous hawk Highway 138 between 269th and 265th West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 19 ferruginous hawk Ave. B/47th St. West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 16 ferruginous hawk Nebeker Ranch
    Apr 12 Ridgeway's rail Ballona Fresh Water Marsh
    Apr 07 stilt sandpiper Piute Ponds
    Apr 14 Wilson's snipe Crystalaire Country Club (private)
    Apr 19 Wilson's snipe Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Apr 18 Wilson's snipe Entradero Park
    Apr 19 Wilson's snipe Madrona Marsh
    Apr 12 Wilson's snipe Piute Ponds
    Mar 29 Wilson's snipe Playa Vista Riparian Corridor
    Mar 29 Wilson's snipe Hansen Dam
    Mar 27 Wilson's snipe Harbor Regional Park
    Mar 25 Wilson's snipe Aqueduct/300th St. West, Antelope Valley
    Mar 20 Wilson's snipe Six Flags Magic Mountain park vicinity
    Apr 12 Wilson's snipe Newhall Ranch site
    Apr 19 solitary sandpiper Madrona Marsh
    Apr 14 solitary sandpiper Hansen Dam
    Apr 10 solitary sandpiper Piute Ponds
    Apr 02 solitary sandpiper San Clemente Island
    Apr 17 lesser yellowlegs Piute Ponds
    Mar 26 common murre Point Vicente
    Apr 01 Cassin's auklet Zuma Beach
    Mar 24 Sabine's gull Piute Ponds
    Apr 15 Franklin's gull Piute Ponds
    Apr 04 Franklin's gull Aqueduct: 165th East, Antelope Valley
    Mar 12 Franklin's gull Ballona Creek/Pacific Ave Bridge
    Apr 16 mew gull Polliwog Park
    Mar 19 mew gull Bonnelli Park east
    Mar 18 mew gull Golden Shore Reserve
    Apr 04 Iceland (Thayer's) gull Lake Balboa, Sepulveda Basin
    Mar 15 n lesser black backed gull Pico Rivera Spreading ponds (dry)
    Apr 01 long-eared owl Piute Ponds
    Apr 14 Lewis's woodpecker Sycamore Canyon, Whittier
    Apr 15 Lewis's woodpecker Chilao Campground
    Mar 31 Lewis's woodpecker Rose Hills, Whittier
    Mar 25 red-naped sapsucker St. Andrew's Priory
    Mar 28 red-naped sapsucker O'Melveny Park
    Apr 14 prairie falcon Pinon Hills
    Apr 18 prairie falcon Piute Ponds
    Apr 01 prairie falcon Castaic sports complex
    Apr 16 prairie falcon CA aqueduct 300th St. West
    Mar 23 prairie falcon Nebeker Ranch
    Apr 17 purple martin Piute Ponds
    Apr 17 purple martin LA River, North Atwater Park
    Apr 06 purple martin Charlton Flat
    Apr 19 vermilion flycatcher La Mirada Park
    Apr 13 vermilion flycatcher Griffith Park in Claremont
    Apr 05 vermilion flycatcher Castaic sports complex
    Apr 04 vermilion flycatcher Glen Haven Memorial Park
    Apr 14 vermilion flycatcher Crystalaire Country Club
    Apr 14 vermilion flycatcher Rancho Sierra Golf Club
    Apr 01 vermilion flycatcher Santa Anita Golf Course
    Apr 09 vermilion flycatcher Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora
    Mar 23 vermilion flycatcher Malibu Creek State Park
    Apr 03 dusky-capped flycatcher Ladera Park
    Mar 16 dusky-capped flycatcher Runnymede Recreation Center
    Mar 19 dusky-capped flycatcher North Weddington Recreation Center
    Apr 18 tropical kingbird Entradero Park
    Mar 19 tropical kingbird Harbor Regional park
    Apr 20 n gray vireo Bob's Gap, dirt road at south end
    Apr 11 plumbeous vireo Wheeler Park, Claremont
    Apr 05 plumbeous vireo Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery
    Apr 05 plumbeous vireo Garvey Ranch Park
    Apr 02 plumbeous vireo Farnsworth Park
    Mar 31 plumbeous vireo Los Nietos Park
    Mar 30 plumbeous vireo Wardlow Park
    Mar 27 plumbeous vireo Linden H. Chandler Preserve
    Mar 25 plumbeous vireo Bell Gardens Veterans Park
    Mar 24 purple martin El Dorado Regional Park
    Apr 17 purple martin Piute Ponds
    Apr 17 purple martin LA River, North Atwater Park
    Apr 06 purple martin Charlton Flat
    Apr 03 bank swallow Piute Ponds
    Mar 29 black-tailed gnatcatcher Edwards AFB
    Apr 07 golden-crowned kinglet Placerita Canyon Nature Center
    Mar 30 golden-crowned kinglet Buckhorn CG
    Mar 25 golden-crowned kinglet Chilao Visitor Center
    Mar 24 golden-crowned kinglet Descanso Gardens
    Mar 18 golden-crowned kinglet Table Mountain
    Mar 22 mountain bluebird CA aqueduct at 120th west
    Mar 19 mountain bluebird Brackett Airport
    Apr 14 n sage thrasher Piute Ponds
    Apr 18 sage thrasher Crystalaire Country Club (private)
    Apr 02 sage thrasher Nebeker Ranch area
    Mar 30 sage thrasher San Clemente Island, Airfield
    Mar 30 sage thrasher San Clemente Island, Lemon Tank
    Mar 28 sage thrasher 180th St. West/route 138, Antelope Valley
    Mar 26 sage thrasher 60th St. West/Ave C10, Antelope Valley
    Mar 24 sage thrasher Ave. E, 80th-90th St. East, Antelope Valley
    Apr 09 n ovenbird Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    Apr 12 black and white warbler American Gold Star Manor/Long Beach
    Apr 14 black and white warbler Madrona Marsh
    Apr 11 black and white warbler LA County Arboretum
    Mar 27 black and white warbler Library Park
    Apr 07 black and white warbler DeForest Park
    Apr 07 palm warbler Entradero Park
    Apr 01 n Lucy's warbler North Weddington Recreation Park
    Apr 11 American redstart El Dorado Park near softball fields
    Mar 18 n pine warbler Runnymede Recreation Area
    Apr 08 n Grace's warbler Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    Mar 24 painted redstart Culver City Park
    Apr 14 n lark bunting Agua Amarga Canyon
    Apr 05 lark bunting Garvey Ranch Park
    Apr 05 vesper sparrow Piute Ponds
    Apr 02 vesper sparrow Six Flags Magic Mountain area
    Apr 01 vesper sparrow California Poppy Preserve
    Mar 25 vesper sparrow 265th St. West/Ave. A, Antelope Valley
    Mar 19 clay-colored sparrow Westchester Park
    Apr 19 Harris's sparrow Hansen Dam
    Apr 16 white-throated sparrow Crystalaire neighborhood (private residence)
    Apr 16 white-throated sparrow Palos Verdes private residence
    Apr 10 white-throated sparrow Agua Amarga/Lunada Canyon Trail
    Apr 09 white-throated sparrow Ed Thomas' yard
    Mar 11 white-throated sparrow LA Arboretum
    Mar 18 white-throated sparrow Descanso Gardens
    Apr 18 white-throated sparrow Montrose Community Park
    Mar 25 white-throated sparrow Hopkins Wilderness Park
    Apr 14 summer tanager Village Green
    Mar 28 summer tanager Veteran's Park, Sylmar
    Mar 18 summer tanager LA Arboretum
    Apr 05 Baltimore oriole San Clemente Island, China Canyon
    Mar 24 n rusty blackbird Almansor Park
    
    As always, anything flagged as "rare" in eBird is going to require documentation, so please take photos, jot down notes, obtain recordings and videos, or make sketches.
    
    #########################################
    
    SPECIES PREVIOUSLY RECORDED
    
    Below is the master list of every species we've found during previous ABC weekends.
    
    There are some species that we get regularly that are actually quite local and require special effort to find and/or that are just leaving or arriving at this time of year . Among them, in no particular order, are prairie falcon, American dipper, common ground-dove, Inca dove, spotted owl, northern saw-whet owl, northern pygmy owl, flammulated owl, burrowing owl, golden-crowned kinglet, Le Conte's thrasher, Williamson's sapsucker, red crossbill, Swainson's hawk, common merganser, hooded merganser, summer tanager, golden eagle, and wandering tattler.
    
    We often struggle to find pelagic species; alcids are particularly difficult.
    
    The table below lists every species we've recorded during the ABC weekend since 2004 and the number of years in which we've found it.
    
    N = number of years we've found a species from 2004-present.
    
    N SPECIES
    13 Greater White-fronted Goose
    10 Snow Goose
    14 Ross's Goose
    13 Brant
    13 Cackling Goose
    14 Canada Goose
    14 Wood Duck
    14 Gadwall
    14 American Wigeon
    14 Mallard
    14 Blue-winged Teal
    14 Cinnamon Teal
    14 Northern Shoveler
    13 Northern Pintail
    14 Green-winged Teal
    03 Canvasback
    14 Redhead
    14 Ring-necked Duck
    01 Greater Scaup
    14 Lesser Scaup
    01 White-winged Scoter
    14 Surf Scoter
    03 Black Scoter
    01 Long-tailed Duck
    14 Bufflehead
    03 Common Goldeneye
    07 Hooded Merganser
    11 Common Merganser
    13 Red-breasted Merganser
    14 Ruddy Duck
    14 Mountain Quail
    14 California Quail
    10 Gambel's Quail
    10 Chukar
    14 Red-throated Loon
    14 Pacific Loon
    14 Common Loon
    01 Yellow-billed Loon
    14 Pied-billed Grebe
    10 Horned Grebe
    14 Eared Grebe
    14 Western Grebe
    14 Clark's Grebe
    01 Black-footed albatross
    03 Northern Fulmar
    11 Pink-footed Shearwater
    14 Sooty Shearwater
    06 Black-vented Shearwater
    14 Brandt's Cormorant
    01 Neotropic Cormorant
    14 Double-crested Cormorant
    14 Pelagic Cormorant
    13 American White Pelican
    14 Brown Pelican
    04 American Bittern
    14 Least Bittern
    14 Great Blue Heron
    14 Great Egret
    14 Snowy Egret
    12 Cattle Egret
    14 Green Heron
    14 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    01 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    14 White-faced Ibis
    14 Turkey Vulture
    14 Osprey
    14 White-tailed Kite
    12 Golden Eagle
    02 Bald Eagle
    13 Northern Harrier
    13 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    14 Cooper's Hawk
    14 Red-shouldered Hawk
    13 Swainson's Hawk
    14 Red-tailed Hawk
    04 Ferruginous Hawk
    01 Sandhill Crane
    13 Virginia Rail
    14 Sora
    01 Ridgeway's Rail
    14 Common Gallinule
    14 American Coot
    14 Black-bellied Plover
    02 Pacific Golden-Plover
    14 Snowy Plover
    14 Semipalmated Plover
    14 Killdeer
    14 Black Oystercatcher
    14 Black-necked Stilt
    14 American Avocet
    14 Spotted Sandpiper
    12 Solitary Sandpiper
    14 Wandering Tattler
    14 Greater Yellowlegs
    14 Willet
    13 Lesser Yellowlegs
    14 Whimbrel
    12 Long-billed Curlew
    14 Marbled Godwit
    14 Ruddy Turnstone
    14 Black Turnstone
    14 Surfbird
    02 Red Knot
    14 Sanderling
    02 Semipalmated Sandpiper
    14 Western Sandpiper
    14 Least Sandpiper
    03 Baird's Sandpiper
    14 Dunlin
    01 Ruff
    01 Stilt Sandpiper
    11 Short-billed Dowitcher
    14 Long-billed Dowitcher
    09 Wilson's Snipe
    11 Wilson's Phalarope
    14 Red-necked Phalarope
    01 Red Phalarope
    01 Sabine's Gull
    14 Bonaparte's Gull
    01 Laughing Gull
    07 Franklin's Gull
    13 Heermann's Gull
    02 Mew Gull
    14 Ring-billed Gull
    14 Western Gull
    13 California Gull
    12 Herring Gull
    02 Thayer's Gull (Iceland Gull)
    14 Glaucous-winged Gull
    01 Glaucous Gull
    13 Least Tern
    14 Caspian Tern
    04 Black Tern
    01 Common Tern
    14 Forster's Tern
    14 Royal Tern
    14 Elegant Tern
    14 Black Skimmer
    07 Pomarine Jaeger
    08 Parasitic Jaeger
    05 Common Murre
    02 Scripps' Murrelet
    02 Cassin's Auklet
    03 Rhinoceros Auklet
    14 Rock Pigeon
    14 Band-tailed Pigeon
    13 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    14 Spotted Dove
    02 White-winged Dove
    14 Mourning Dove
    10 Inca Dove
    12 Common Ground-Dove
    14 Greater Roadrunner
    14 Barn Owl
    09 Flammulated Owl
    14 Western Screech-Owl
    14 Great Horned Owl
    13 Northern Pygmy-Owl
    14 Burrowing Owl
    14 Spotted Owl
    05 Long-eared Owl
    12 Northern Saw-whet Owl
    14 Lesser Nighthawk
    14 Common Poorwill
    14 Vaux's Swift
    14 White-throated Swift
    14 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    14 Anna's Hummingbird
    14 Costa's Hummingbird
    14 Rufous Hummingbird
    14 Allen's Hummingbird
    10 Calliope Hummingbird
    14 Belted Kingfisher
    10 Lewis's Woodpecker
    14 Acorn Woodpecker
    12 Williamson's Sapsucker
    14 Red-breasted Sapsucker
    01 Red-naped Sapsucker
    11 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    14 Nuttall's Woodpecker
    14 Downy Woodpecker
    14 Hairy Woodpecker
    14 White-headed Woodpecker
    14 Northern Flicker
    14 American Kestrel
    11 Merlin
    14 Peregrine Falcon
    12 Prairie Falcon
    01 Crested Caracara
    14 Red-crowned Parrot
    14 Olive-sided Flycatcher
    14 Western Wood-Pewee
    14 Hammond's Flycatcher
    14 Gray Flycatcher
    14 Dusky Flycatcher
    14 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    14 Black Phoebe
    14 Say's Phoebe
    05 Vermilion Flycatcher
    03 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    14 Ash-throated Flycatcher
    04 Tropical Kingbird
    14 Cassin's Kingbird
    02 Thick-billed Kingbird
    14 Western Kingbird
    14 Loggerhead Shrike
    14 Bell's Vireo
    08 Plumbeous Vireo
    14 Cassin's Vireo
    14 Hutton's Vireo
    14 Warbling Vireo
    14 Steller's Jay
    14 Western Scrub-Jay
    13 Clark's Nutcracker
    14 American Crow
    14 Common Raven
    14 Horned Lark
    14 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    06 Purple Martin
    14 Tree Swallow
    14 Violet-green Swallow
    12 Bank Swallow
    14 Barn Swallow
    14 Cliff Swallow
    14 Mountain Chickadee
    14 Oak Titmouse
    13 Verdin
    14 Bushtit
    14 Red-breasted Nuthatch
    14 White-breasted Nuthatch
    14 Pygmy Nuthatch
    14 Brown Creeper
    14 Rock Wren
    14 Canyon Wren
    14 House Wren
    14 Marsh Wren
    14 Bewick's Wren
    14 Cactus Wren
    14 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    14 California Gnatcatcher
    10 American Dipper
    05 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    14 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    14 Wrentit
    14 Western Bluebird
    01 Mountain Bluebird
    11 Townsend's Solitaire
    14 Swainson's Thrush
    14 Hermit Thrush
    14 American Robin
    01 Varied Thrush
    14 Northern Mockingbird
    14 California Thrasher
    10 Le Conte's Thrasher
    14 European Starling
    01 Red-throated Pipit
    14 American Pipit
    14 Cedar Waxwing
    14 Phainopepla
    02 Northern Waterthrush
    05 Black-and-white Warbler
    01 Tennessee Warbler
    14 Orange-crowned Warbler
    14 Nashville Warbler
    14 MacGillivray's Warbler
    14 Common Yellowthroat
    01 Hooded Warbler
    02 American Redstart
    01 Northern Parula
    14 Yellow Warbler
    01 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    07 Palm Warbler
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 Black-throated Gray Warbler
    14 Townsend's Warbler
    14 Hermit Warbler
    14 Wilson's Warbler
    01 Painted Redstart
    14 Yellow-breasted Chat
    14 Green-tailed Towhee
    14 Spotted Towhee
    14 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    14 California Towhee
    14 Chipping Sparrow
    02 Clay-colored Sparrow
    11 Brewer's Sparrow
    01 Field Sparrow
    14 Black-chinned Sparrow
    01 Vesper Sparrow
    13 Lark Sparrow
    14 Black-throated Sparrow
    14 Bell's Sparrow
    14 Savannah Sparrow
    04 Grasshopper Sparrow
    14 Fox Sparrow
    14 Song Sparrow
    13 Lincoln's Sparrow
    01 Swamp Sparrow
    10 White-throated Sparrow
    03 Harris' Sparrow
    14 White-crowned Sparrow
    14 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    14 Dark-eyed Junco
    06 Summer Tanager
    14 Western Tanager
    14 Black-headed Grosbeak
    14 Blue Grosbeak
    01 Indigo Bunting
    14 Lazuli Bunting
    14 Red-winged Blackbird
    14 Tricolored Blackbird
    14 Western Meadowlark
    14 Yellow-headed Blackbird
    14 Brewer's Blackbird
    14 Great-tailed Grackle
    14 Brown-headed Cowbird
    03 Orchard Oriole
    14 Hooded Oriole
    14 Bullock's Oriole
    01 Baltimore Oriole
    14 Scott's Oriole
    14 Purple Finch
    14 Cassin's Finch
    14 House Finch
    11 Red Crossbill
    12 Pine Siskin
    14 Lesser Goldfinch
    14 Lawrence's Goldfinch
    14 American Goldfinch
    01 Evening Grosbeak
    14 House Sparrow
    04 Scaly-Breasted Munia 2014 was the first year we could count it
    
    Total: 333 species
    
    Removed: black swift and willow flycatcher because we think those reports were in error.
    
    Added in 2017:
    Yellow-crowned night-heron
    
    Please start thinking of where you might be able to contribute, and we look forward to hearing from you on April 27, 28, and 29!
    
    Best wishes,
    
    Lance Benner
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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  3. Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2018 @ 9:48am, 9 day(s) ago
    Harris's Sparrow continued 8AM this morning.Kimball Garrett's description was very helpful.".... on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots."
    
    Clearly visible for two minutes sitting up atop pyracantha bush and singing partial song with two clear notes then tailing off.Large sparrow.Associated White-crowned Sparrows did not appear.
    
    Chris Johnson
    Yorba Linda
    
    On Friday, April 13, 2018 1:29 PM, "Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [LACoBirds]" wrote:
    
    
    It continues this afternoon at 130 pm. See the eBird checklist for exact location.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44533184
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    
    Birders,
    
    The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots. It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.
    
    For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake..
    
    Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet. The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.
    
    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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  5. Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2018 @ 1:54pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Uh oh! I did the same exact thing this morning, creating a unique hot spot right there in the parking lot, so that people arriving after me can find the bird. All of us collectively will probably want to eventually merge all of these hotspots into the regular
    Hansen Dam hotspot.
    
    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: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [LACoBirds]
    
    Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 1:28:56 PM
    
    To: Kimball Garrett
    
    Cc: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam
    
     It continues this afternoon at 130 pm. See the eBird checklist for exact location.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44533184
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Birders,
    
    The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots. It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.
    
    For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake..
    
    Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet. The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.
    
    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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  7. Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2018 @ 1:28pm, 10 day(s) ago
    It continues this afternoon at 130 pm. See the eBird checklist for exact location.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44533184
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Birders,
    
    The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots. It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.
    
    For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake.
    
    Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet. The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.
    
    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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  9. Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2018 @ 10:55am, 10 day(s) ago
    Birders,   The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots.  It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.   For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake.   Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet.  The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.   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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  11. eBird and continuing wintering rarities, spring arrivals LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2018 @ 11:11am, 33 day(s) ago
    Birders,   As wintering birds depart, it is important to have good documentation of the length of stay of wintering rarities in the area (e.g. Pine Warblers, Dusky-capped Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebes, Rusty Blackbirds, etc.).  We are aware of too
    many cases where a rarity is listed in eBird with only the comment “continuing” after the bird had actually departed.  Therefore, we encourage observers to provide good documentation (photos, written descriptions) for each sighting of these birds from now
    until their departure.  We’d really like to know final dates as accurately as possible for these wintering birds, and since we can’t predict which date will be the “last,” we need documentation each time.   In a similar vein, arrival dates for spring migrants and summering birds should be documented as well.  Obviously many species have already arrived in good numbers (most swallows, Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles, Warbling Vireos, Western Kingbirds,
    etc.).  But we need good documentation for first arrivals from here on out – Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Willow Flycatchers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Western Wood-Pewees, Flammulated Owls, Swainson’s Thrushes, Black-chinned Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, etc. 
    Please make the effort to enter as much documentation as possible in eBird with your fist spring sightings of these species, even if the sightings haven’t tripped the filters to require documentation.
    
    Thanks,   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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  13. Los Angeles RBA- 26 January 2018 LINK
    DATE: Jan 26, 2018 @ 11:26am, 3 month(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *January 26, 2018 * CALA1801.26
    
     -Birds mentioned
    
    Tundra Swan “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal Red-necked Grebe Inca Dove Pacific Golden-Plover Lesser Black-backed Gull Glaucous Gull Neotropic Cormorant Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Pacific-slope Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Dusky-capped Flycatcher Ash-throated Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Cassin’s Vireo Sage Thrasher Evening Grosbeak Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco Hooded Oriole RUSTY BLACKBIRD Ovenbird Black-and-white Warbler American Redstart Chestnut-sided Warbler Palm Warbler Pine Warbler Painted Redstart Blue 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 at
    
    JonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
     -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 26.
    
     The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through January 22. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.
    
    The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through January 23.
    
    An INCA DOVE remained at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles through January 21.
    
    A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 24, generally north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.
    
    A first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL continues in Pico Rivera. It has been seen at both the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds (between Whittier and Washington- easy access is at the east
    end of Mines Ave. east of Passons Blvd.) and at the Rio Hondo basins at the opposite (west) end of Mines, visible from Canford St.. Late morning or afternoon generally seems to be better for gulls here.
    
    A first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds from January 20-21. A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was still here on January 22 (usually on or near
    one of the islands in the south basin).
    
    An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Cabrillo Beach (on the inner beach) on January 22.
    
    The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia. It was reported through January 21 on the island in the south lake (though it has also frequented the island
    at the north end of the north lake).
    
    The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Topanga Beach Lagoon continued through January 23.
    
    A male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Sylmar through January 18 in pines below the road lined with olive trees near the center of the park.
    
    A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles on January 20. Another one continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through January 21.
    
    A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued in the northeast corner of Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on January 22.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh inTorrance was reported through January 24 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 January 21 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER alsocontinued here through January 24. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD also in the southwest portion of the preserve was reported through January 21. A male HOODED
    ORIOLE was seen at Madrona on January 21 along the north fence line east of the entrance gate. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka continued through January 23 (between the tennis courts and playground). Also continuing here was a PINE WARBLER north of the playground
    and around the blue water fountain also through January 24.
    
    A CASSIN’S VIREO continued at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood through January 19 in cottonwoods near tower 35.
    
    Coastal slope SAGE THRASHERS were at Abalone Cove Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on January 22 and at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica on January 24.
    
    An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen flying over the Angeles Crest Highway just past Big Tujunga Road on January 22.
    
    Continuing Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake through January 21. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far
    northeast corner of the lake.
    
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at Montrose Community Park (along the fence line above the ball fields) through January 20, at Descanso Gardens in La Canada (in the Rose Garden) through
    January 24. Others were found at Agua Amarga Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on January 23 and at The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills (at the north edge of the Lotus Pond area) on January 23.
    
    A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 20.
    
    A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO was at the Chilao Visitor’s Center in the San Gabriel Mountains on January 24.
    
    The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 24.
     A HOODED ORIOLE was around the parking lot at Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey on January 21.
    
    An OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through January 22. It has been north of Indian Hill, Google Earth coordinates
    34.115614,-117.715920.
    
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at El Segundo Library Park was seen through January 23 near the parking lot entrance.
    
    The female AMERICAN REDSTART was at Wilderness Park in Downey from January 19. It was originally found in a Brazilian Pepper tree northwest of the park building.
    
    A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was found by Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 21 and reported through January 24. It has been feeding on lawns near Doane and Gilford and to the west of there.
    
    The PALM WARBLER at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through January 21 by the edge of the pond. A female BLUE GROSBEAK was found near the southeast corner of the park on January 24.
     Another PALM WARBLER was at a residence in Long Beach from January 21-24.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued throughJanuary 22. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.
    
     - 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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  15. Los Angeles RBA- 1 December 2017 LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2017 @ 2:01pm, 5 month(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *December 1, 2017
    * CALA1712.01
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
    Red-necked Grebe
    Pacific Golden-Plover
    Ancient Murrelet
    Lesser Black-backed Gull
    Glaucous Gull
    Red-throated Loon
    Little Blue Heron
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
    Prairie Falcon
    Pacific-slop Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    “Red” Fox Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Summer Tanager
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    Blue 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 at
    
    JonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 1.
    
    The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera continued through November 27. The LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued here through November 24 and a GLAUCOUS GULL
    was found here on December 1 on the south side of the north basin.
    
    Another “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL remained along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale through November 28.
    
    A RED-NECKED GREBE continued at Castaic Lagoon through November 29 and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen there on November 25.
    
    The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo was seen through November 26. It has been near the Snowy Plover enclosure.
    
     The ANCIENT MURRELET at the Cabrillo Marina was reported through November 26. Viewing spots include from the end of Whaler's Walk and at the
    22nd Street Landing.
    San Clemente Island produced a LITTLE BLUE HERON present from November 24-26.
    
    A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at the LA County Natural History Museum Nature Gardens on November 29.
    
    An apparent NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was seen at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on November 26.
    
    A late PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on November 27.
    
    An EASTERN PHOEBE was found at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on November 26 near Group Picnic Area 2. A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen nearby on the north side of Brackett Field.
    
    At least two VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at the Castaic Sports Complex through November 29. Another continued at Hollydale Park in South Gate through November 28.
    
    A TROPICAL KINGBIRD (last seen near the Ranger Station) and a PALM WARBLER (by the east end of the dam) continued at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City through November 25 and November 29 respectively.
    
    On November 24, Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale had a continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW north of the restrooms by parking area 5.
    
    A “RED” FOX SPARROW and a continuing DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO were at Rancho Sierra Golf Course in the Antelope Valley on November 26. At this locale, always ask permission to bird (perimeter only) at the club
    house.
    
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Montrose Community Park on November 29 and at the Mineral Wells Picnic Area in Griffith Park on November 30.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through November 25 in the willows in the meadow area at Madrona Marsh in Torrance and an EASTERN PHOEBE remained through November 25 under the large cottonwoods on reserve’s
    south side.
     A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER continued through November 30at a residence in Studio City.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through November 26. It was last seen on the hill between Botts Field and the Culver Little
    League Field.
    
    A female SUMMER TANAGER continued at the Village Green Condominiums (south of Rodeo Road and west of La Brea Ave.) in Los Angeles. It was last seen behind units 5343 and 5349 on November 25. This is private property
    but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents.
    
    Another female type SUMMER TANAGER was at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar on November 29.
    
    Late was a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in Sierra Madre through November 29 and a BLUE GROSBEAK at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach through November 25.
    
    
    - 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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  17. Summer Tanager at Peck Pond 20 Oct 2017 LINK
    DATE: Oct 20, 2017 @ 2:24pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    A female Summer Tanager was at Peck Rd Water Conservation Park this morning. I initially saw and heard it calling from the willows immediately west of the grassy swale on the south side of the peninsula. I saw it again in the trees on the main picnic lawn as I was leaving.
    
    The female Blue Grosbeak continues and two Merlins repeatedly perched on the dead snags near the swale.
    
    Tom Wurster
    
    Garden Grove
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  19. Pyrrhuloxia? in San Pedro (2nd-hand report) LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2017 @ 10:39pm, 6 month(s) ago
    A friend (non-birder, but nature enthusiast) texted me (via voice
    transcription) at 1:59pm today (Oct 19) that while walking her dog, she
    saw a singing bird at the eastern end of W 40th St (near Bluff Pl), with
    the following description:
    
    "proud small bird, grey chest, red crown, calling out on top of a
    bush"
    
    Ordinarily I would have immediately gone up there to look, but I'm
    getting over an unusual "cold" that may threaten the hearing in
    one of my ears so have been limiting my excursions, and furthermore I
    didn't know how much time had passed between her observation and texting
    me about it. But after asking for further clarification, later in the
    afternoon I did go to the location and did not find the bird. From her
    description, the exact location would have been
    33.70783°N,118.28597°W.
    
    At this point I came up with 8 possibilities, including Green-tailed
    Towhee and Pyrrhuloxia.
    
    She later gave me more details:
    
    "My memory serves that the most extraordinary sight was the red
    crown, yellow beak, gray breast, and brown back inside
    feathers."
    
    "The call it was making this afternoon was: long and short staccato
    and then long and short staccato"
    
    "The side and back wings could have been gray now that I think about
    it. It was darker than the chest color."
    
    This narrowed it down to 3 possibilities, the most likely of which was
    Pyrrhuloxia due to the song description and the beak being all-yellow
    rather than bicolored. She went on to say:
    
    "I know what it reminded me of
    
    my grandmother used to love the red
    Cardinals. It looks like a cardinal but the only part that was red was
    its head, just the crown. And it was multicolored everywhere else, and
    had long back feathers like a cardinal. The tail feathers were
    long."
    
    I then linked her this photo of a male Pyrrhuloxia:
    
    http://cdn.audubon.org/cdn/farfuture/2gHLYJQgsK4Cc_jsBGUfpidNHj0-yPOZFwvKqUzw8j4/mtime:1422549825/sites/default/files/Pyrrhuloxia_b13-47-127_l_1.jpg
    
    and asked if it was a match for what she saw, her response was:
    
    "Not exactly. The side wings were definitely a darker color than the
    breast feathers. And I believed it had more white. But I'm just going on
    my memory. There were two tones from the side feathers and the
    breast/chest feathers. This picture shows everything is grey. But
    definitely they had looks the same. And the tail feathers."
    
    When I further asked for clarification that the shape of the beak and
    crest were the same, she replied, "Yes I believe so. The crown was
    very impressive." And then communication had to halt because she was
    driving.
    
    From all this, I believe the chances are very high that she saw a
    singing male Pyrrhuloxia .
    
    In other news:
    
    A Blue Grosbeak perched on the chain-link fence adjacent to Stephen M
    White Dr and Cabrillo Beach on Oct 17 at 11:00am. It flew to a pine tree,
    then another, finally flying out of view at 11:03am.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157688245587293
    
    A Canada Goose has been at Cabrillo Beach every day since Oct 17 at
    12:19pm. It has been eating lots of grass, and has a slight limp in its
    left leg. I've heard CANGs fly by here a few times before, and a neighbor
    once showed me a photo of a CANG on the beach, but I've never known one
    to stay here for more than a fraction of a day. Is it most likely to be
    offspring from one of the resident pairs at Harbor Park
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
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  21. America's Birdiest County Results: 264 Species LINK
    DATE: May 11, 2017 @ 3:05pm, 12 month(s) ago
    Greetings Everyone,
    
    This is the final summary for America's Birdiest County in Los Angeles in 2017.
    
    First, I want to extend a huge thank you to Wanda Dameron, who graciously stepped forward to compile the count this year. She put in a lot of hard work but had fun and learned a lot.
    
    The final total in 2017 was 264 species. After the last update, we subtracted some species due to lack of documentation, added American Goldfinch that I had somehow missed, added Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron from El Dorado Park that was reported on April 30 (with a photo) in eBird, and added a northern watherthrush seen at Malibu Creek on April 29.
    
    How does our total compare with results from previous years
    
    America's Birdiest County totals for Los Angeles County since 2003:
    Year Total
    2017 264
    2016 270
    2015 275
    2014 272
    2013 265
    2012 262
    2011 277
    2010 271
    2009 264
    2008 255
    2007 271
    2006 263 Format changed from one day to three days; more organization
    2005 246
    2004 239
    2003 239
    
    Average from 2003-present: 262.2 +- 12.2 Updated to include 2017
    
    Our total in 2017 was two species above our long-term average of 262.
    
    Finding 264 species takes a lot of effort, and we got that many because a lot of very dedicated and knowledgeable people went into the field on April 28-30 and covered the vast majority of the most important locations for birds across the county. This resulted in excellent coverage at the Piute Ponds, Bonelli Park, the Ballona/Playa de Rey area, Hansen Dam, Quail Lake, for seawatches from Point Vicente and San Clemente Islan, and in the San Gabriel Mountains. There were also three Pasadena Audubon Birdathon teams in the field on Saturday and Sunday who tallied 200+ species.
    
    Nevertheless, we struggled to find some rarities that had apparently left within a few days of the count, and we struggled with some wintering birds that are often still in the area (examples include Hooded Merganser and Lewis' Woodpecker). Some birds we usually get relatively easily simply aren't here right now such as Heermann's Gull and Pine Siskin.
    
    We had to contend with a Santa Ana wind storm on Friday and Saturday. This is the fourth consecutive year that wind has been a factor, although in 2014, 2015, and 2016 it also rained.
    
    Previous America's Birdiest County winners:
    ...discontinued after 2011...
    2011 277 Los Angeles
    2010 271 Los Angeles
    2009 264 Los Angeles
    2008 255 Los Angeles
    2007 271 Los Angeles
    2006 263 Los Angeles
    2005 250 Monterey and San Diego (tie)
    2004 266 San Diego
    2003 248 Monterey
    
    America's Birdiest County was a one-day event during its first three years. Starting in 2006, the format changed to three days. 2006 is also the first year that we really got organized in Los Angeles County and that accounts for the distinct uptick in the number of species that year relative to the first three years.
    
    We added one new species this year:
    Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
    
    How does one new species in 2017 compare with results from previous years Here are the number of new species that we've added since 2010:
    2017 1
    2016 5
    2015 4
    2014 5
    2013 3
    2012 5
    2011 7
    2010 5
    Our recent history of adding a few species annually suggests there are still new species to find in future years. Given the near misses we have every year, it may be several more years before we run out of new ones.
    
    Here are the species that we FOUND in 2017:
    * Greater White-fronted Goose
    * Snow Goose
    * Ross's Goose
    * Brant
    * Cackling Goose
    * Canada Goose
    * Wood Duck
    * Gadwall
    * American Wigeon
    * Mallard
    * Blue-winged Teal
    * Cinnamon Teal
    * Northern Shoveler
    * Northern Pintail
    * Green-winged Teal
    * Redhead
    * Ring-necked Duck
    * Lesser Scaup
    * Surf Scoter
    * Bufflehead
    * Common Merganser
    * Red-breasted Merganser
    * Ruddy Duck
    * Chukar
    * Mountain Quail
    * California Quail
    * Gambel's Quail
    * Red-throated Loon
    * Pacific Loon
    * Common Loon
    * Pied-billed Grebe
    * Horned Grebe
    * Eared Grebe
    * Western Grebe
    * Clark's Grebe
    * Pink-footed Shearwater
    * Sooty Shearwater
    * Black-vented Shearwater
    * American White Pelican
    * Brown Pelican
    * Brandt's Cormorant
    * Double-crested Cormorant
    * Pelagic Cormorant
    * Least Bittern
    * Great Blue Heron
    * Great Egret
    * Snowy Egret
    * Green Heron
    * Black-crowned Night-Heron
    * Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    * White-faced Ibis
    * Turkey Vulture
    * Osprey
    * White-tailed Kite
    * Northern Harrier
    * Sharp-shinned Hawk
    * Cooper's Hawk
    * Red-shouldered Hawk
    * Swainson's Hawk
    * Red-tailed Hawk
    * Golden Eagle
    * Bald Eagle
    * American Kestrel
    * Peregrine Falcon
    * Prairie Falcon
    * Virginia Rail
    * Sora
    * Common Gallinule
    * American Coot
    * Black-bellied Plover
    * Snowy Plover
    * Semipalmated Plover
    * Killdeer
    * Black Oystercatcher
    * Black-necked Stilt
    * American Avocet
    * Spotted Sandpiper
    * Solitary Sandpiper
    * Wandering Tattler
    * Greater Yellowlegs
    * Willet
    * Lesser Yellowlegs
    * Whimbrel
    * Marbled Godwit
    * Ruddy Turnstone
    * Black Turnstone
    * Surfbird
    * Sanderling
    * Western Sandpiper
    * Least Sandpiper
    * Dunlin
    * Short-billed Dowitcher
    * Long-billed Dowitcher
    * Wilson's Snipe
    * Wilson's Phalarope
    * Red-necked Phalarope
    * Franklin's Gull
    * Bonaparte's Gull
    * Ring-billed Gull
    * California Gull
    * Western Gull
    * Glaucous-winged Gull
    * Least Tern
    * Caspian Tern
    * Forster's Tern
    * Royal Tern
    * Elegant Tern
    * Black Skimmer
    * Parasitic Jaeger
    * Common Murre
    * Rock Pigeon
    * Band-tailed Pigeon
    * Eurasian Collared-Dove
    * Spotted Dove
    * Mourning Dove
    * Inca Dove
    * Common Ground-Dove
    * Red-crowned Parrot
    * Greater Roadrunner
    * Barn Owl
    * Flammulated Owl
    * Western Screech-Owl
    * Great Horned Owl
    * Northern Pygmy-Owl
    * Burrowing Owl
    * Spotted Owl
    * Long-eared Owl
    * Northern Saw-whet Owl
    * Lesser Nighthawk
    * Common Poorwill
    * Vaux's Swift
    * White-throated Swift
    * Black-chinned Hummingbird
    * Anna's Hummingbird
    * Costa's Hummingbird
    * Calliope Hummingbird
    * Rufous Hummingbird
    * Allen's Hummingbird
    * Belted Kingfisher
    * Acorn Woodpecker
    * Williamson's Sapsucker
    * Red-breasted Sapsucker
    * Nuttall's Woodpecker
    * Downy Woodpecker
    * Hairy Woodpecker
    * White-headed Woodpecker
    * Northern Flicker
    * Olive-sided Flycatcher
    * Western Wood-Pewee
    * Hammond's Flycatcher
    * Gray Flycatcher
    * Dusky Flycatcher
    * Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    * Black Phoebe
    * Say's Phoebe
    * Vermilion Flycatcher
    * Ash-throated Flycatcher
    * Cassin's Kingbird
    * Western Kingbird
    * Loggerhead Shrike
    * Bell's Vireo
    * Plumbeous Vireo
    * Cassin's Vireo
    * Hutton's Vireo
    * Warbling Vireo
    * Steller's Jay
    * California Scrub-Jay
    * Clark's Nutcracker
    * American Crow
    * Common Raven
    * Horned Lark
    * Purple Martin
    * Tree Swallow
    * Violet-green Swallow
    * Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    * Bank Swallow
    * Cliff Swallow
    * Barn Swallow
    * Mountain Chickadee
    * Oak Titmouse
    * Verdin
    * Bushtit
    * Red-breasted Nuthatch
    * White-breasted Nuthatch
    * Pygmy Nuthatch
    * Brown Creeper
    * Cactus Wren
    * Rock Wren
    * Canyon Wren
    * Bewick's Wren
    * House Wren
    * Marsh Wren
    * American Dipper
    * Golden-crowned Kinglet
    * Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    * Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    * California Gnatcatcher
    * Western Bluebird
    * Townsend's Solitaire
    * Swainson's Thrush
    * Hermit Thrush
    * American Robin
    * Wrentit
    * Northern Mockingbird
    * California Thrasher
    * LeConte's Thrasher
    * European Starling
    * American Pipit
    * Cedar Waxwing
    * Phainopepla
    * Northern Waterthrush
    * Orange-crowned Warbler
    * Nashville Warbler
    * Yellow Warbler
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler
    * Black-throated Gray Warbler
    * Townsend's Warbler
    * Hermit Warbler
    * MacGillivray's Warbler
    * Common Yellowthroat
    * Wilson's Warbler
    * Yellow-breasted Chat
    * Western Tanager
    * Green-tailed Towhee
    * Spotted Towhee
    * California Towhee
    * Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    * Chipping Sparrow
    * Brewer's Sparrow
    * Black-chinned Sparrow
    * Lark Sparrow
    * Black-throated Sparrow
    * Bell's Sparrow
    * Savannah Sparrow
    * Fox Sparrow
    * Song Sparrow
    * Lincoln's Sparrow
    * White-throated Sparrow
    * Harris' Sparrow
    * White-crowned Sparrow
    * Golden-crowned Sparrow
    * Dark-eyed Junco
    * Black-headed Grosbeak
    * Blue Grosbeak
    * Lazuli Bunting
    * Red-winged Blackbird
    * Tricolored Blackbird
    * Western Meadowlark
    * Yellow-headed Blackbird
    * Brewer's Blackbird
    * Great-tailed Grackle
    * Brown-headed Cowbird
    * Hooded Oriole
    * Bullock's Oriole
    * Scott's Oriole
    * Purple Finch
    * Cassin's Finch
    * House Finch
    * Red Crossbill
    * Lesser Goldfinch
    * Lawrence's Goldfinch
    * American Goldfinch
    * House Sparrow
    * Scaly-breasted Munia
    
    The table below lists every species we've recorded during the ABC weekend since 2004 and the number of years in which we've found each one. "11" indicates that we found a species in a given year and "00" indicates that we didn't. In an attempt to make the columns align, this year I added an extra "1" or "0" in each column.
    
    NN 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 SPECIES
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Greater White-fronted Goose
    10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 00 00 00 11 Snow Goose
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ross's Goose
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Brant
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Cackling Goose
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Canada Goose
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Wood Duck
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Gadwall
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Wigeon
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Mallard
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Blue-winged Teal
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cinnamon Teal
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Northern Shoveler
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 Northern Pintail
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Green-winged Teal
    03 00 00 11 11 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 Canvasback
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Redhead
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ring-necked Duck
    01 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Greater Scaup
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Lesser Scaup
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Surf Scoter
    03 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 00 00 11 00 Black Scoter
    01 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 White-winged Scoter
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 Long-tailed Duck
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bufflehead
    03 00 00 11 11 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 Common Goldeneye
    07 00 11 00 11 00 11 00 11 00 00 11 11 00 11 Hooded Merganser
    11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 11 11 11 00 11 Common Merganser
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Red-breasted Merganser
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ruddy Duck
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Mountain Quail
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 California Quail
    10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 00 00 00 Gambel's Quail
    10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 00 00 00 Chukar
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-throated Loon
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Pacific Loon
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Common Loon
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 Yellow-billed Loon
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Pied-billed Grebe
    10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 00 00 Horned Grebe
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Eared Grebe
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Grebe
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Clark's Grebe
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Black-footed albatross
    03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 11 11 Northern Fulmar
    11 11 11 11 11 00 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Pink-footed Shearwater
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Sooty Shearwater
    06 11 00 11 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 11 11 Black-vented Shearwater
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Brandt's Cormorant
    01 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Neotropic Cormorant
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Double-crested Cormorant
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Pelagic Cormorant
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 American White Pelican
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Brown Pelican
    04 00 11 00 00 00 11 11 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 American Bittern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Least Bittern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Great Blue Heron
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Great Egret
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Snowy Egret
    12 00 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cattle Egret
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Green Heron
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    01 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 White-faced Ibis
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Turkey Vulture
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Osprey
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 White-tailed Kite
    12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 00 Golden Eagle
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Northern Harrier
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cooper's Hawk
    02 11 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Bald Eagle
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-shouldered Hawk
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 Swainson's Hawk
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-tailed Hawk
    04 00 11 00 00 11 00 11 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 Ferruginous Hawk
    01 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Sandhill Crane
    01 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Ridgway's Rail
    12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 Virginia Rail
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Sora
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Common Gallinule
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Coot
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-bellied Plover
    02 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 Pacific Golden-Plover
    14 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Snowy Plover
    14 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Semipalmated Plover
    14 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Killdeer
    14 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black Oystercatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-necked Stilt
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Avocet
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Spotted Sandpiper
    12 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Solitary Sandpiper
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Wandering Tattler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Greater Yellowlegs
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Willet
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Lesser Yellowlegs
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Whimbrel
    13 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Long-billed Curlew
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Marbled Godwit
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ruddy Turnstone
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black Turnstone
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Surfbird
    02 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 Red Knot
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Sanderling
    02 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 Semipalmated Sandpiper
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Sandpiper
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Least Sandpiper
    03 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 11 00 00 00 00 00 Baird's Sandpiper
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Dunlin
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 Stilt Sandpiper
    01 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Ruff
    11 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 Short-billed Dowitcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Long-billed Dowitcher
    09 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 00 11 00 11 11 00 Wilson's Snipe
    11 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 Wilson's Phalarope
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-necked Phalarope
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 Red Phalarope
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 Sabine's Gull
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bonaparte's Gull
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 Laughing Gull
    07 11 11 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 11 11 Franklin's Gull
    13 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Heermann's Gull
    02 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 Mew Gull
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ring-billed Gull
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Gull
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 California Gull
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Herring Gull
    02 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 Thayer's Gull
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Glaucous-winged Gull
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 Glaucous Gull
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 Least Tern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Caspian Tern
    04 00 00 11 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 Black Tern
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 Common Tern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Forster's Tern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Royal Tern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Elegant Tern
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black Skimmer
    07 00 00 00 11 00 00 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 00 Pomarine Jaeger
    08 11 00 00 00 11 00 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 00 Parasitic Jaeger
    05 11 00 11 11 11 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Common Murre
    02 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 Scripps's Murrelet
    02 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 Cassin's Auklet
    03 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 Rhinoceros Auklet
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Rock Pigeon
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Band-tailed Pigeon
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Spotted Dove
    02 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 White-winged Dove
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Mourning Dove
    10 11 11 11 11 00 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 00 Inca Dove
    12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 Common Ground-Dove
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Greater Roadrunner
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Barn Owl
    09 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 00 11 00 11 00 Flammulated Owl
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Screech-Owl
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Great Horned Owl
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Northern Pygmy-Owl
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Burrowing Owl
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Spotted Owl
    05 11 11 00 00 00 11 11 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 Long-eared Owl
    12 11 11 00 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Northern Saw-whet Owl
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Lesser Nighthawk
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Common Poorwill
    02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 11 Black Swift ** SUSPECT **
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Vaux's Swift
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 White-throated Swift
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Anna's Hummingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Costa's Hummingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Rufous Hummingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Allen's Hummingbird
    10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 11 00 00 Calliope Hummingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Belted Kingfisher
    10 00 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 11 Lewis's Woodpecker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Acorn Woodpecker
    12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 Williamson's Sapsucker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-breasted Sapsucker
    01 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Red-naped Sapsucker
    11 00 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Nuttall's Woodpecker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Downy Woodpecker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Hairy Woodpecker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 White-headed Woodpecker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Northern Flicker
    01 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Crested Caracara
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Kestrel
    11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 Merlin
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Peregrine Falcon
    12 11 00 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Prairie Falcon
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-crowned Parrot
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Olive-sided Flycatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Wood-Pewee
    02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 Willow Flycatcher ** SUSPECT **
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Hammond's Flycatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Gray Flycatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Dusky Flycatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black Phoebe
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Say's Phoebe
    05 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Vermilion Flycatcher
    03 00 00 00 11 00 11 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ash-throated Flycatcher
    04 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 11 00 11 00 Tropical Kingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cassin's Kingbird
    02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 11 00 00 Thick-billed Kingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Kingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Loggerhead Shrike
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bell's Vireo
    08 11 00 00 00 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 00 Plumbeous Vireo
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cassin's Vireo
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Hutton's Vireo
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Warbling Vireo
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Steller's Jay
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Scrub-Jay
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 Clark's Nutcracker
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Crow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Common Raven
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Horned Lark
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    06 11 00 00 11 00 11 00 11 11 00 11 00 00 00 Purple Martin
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Tree Swallow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Violet-green Swallow
    12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 11 Bank Swallow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Barn Swallow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cliff Swallow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Mountain Chickadee
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Oak Titmouse
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Verdin
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bushtit
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-breasted Nuthatch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 White-breasted Nuthatch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Pygmy Nuthatch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Brown Creeper
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Rock Wren
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Canyon Wren
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 House Wren
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Marsh Wren
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bewick's Wren
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cactus Wren
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 California Gnatcatcher
    10 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 00 00 American Dipper
    05 11 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 11 11 00 11 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Wrentit
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Bluebird
    01 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Mountain Bluebird
    11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 00 00 Townsend's Solitaire
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Swainson's Thrush
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Hermit Thrush
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Robin
    01 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Varied Thrush
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Northern Mockingbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 California Thrasher
    10 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 00 Le Conte's Thrasher
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 European Starling
    01 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Red-throated Pipit
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Pipit
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cedar Waxwing
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Phainopepla
    02 11 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Northern Waterthrush
    05 00 11 11 11 00 00 00 11 00 00 11 00 00 00 Black-and-white Warbler
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 Tennessee Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Orange-crowned Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Nashville Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 MacGillivray's Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Common Yellowthroat
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 Hooded Warbler
    02 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 American Redstart
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Northern Parula
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Yellow Warbler
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    07 00 00 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 00 00 11 00 11 Palm Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-throated Gray Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Townsend's Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Hermit Warbler
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Wilson's Warbler
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 Painted Redstart
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Yellow-breasted Chat
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Green-tailed Towhee
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Spotted Towhee
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 California Towhee
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Chipping Sparrow
    02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 Clay-colored Sparrow
    11 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 00 11 Brewer's Sparrow
    01 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Field Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-chinned Sparrow
    01 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Vesper Sparrow
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 Lark Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-throated Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bell's Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Savannah Sparrow
    04 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 00 11 00 00 Grasshopper Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Fox Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Song Sparrow
    13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Lincoln's Sparrow
    01 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Swamp Sparrow
    10 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 11 11 00 11 11 00 00 White-throated Sparrow
    03 11 00 11 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Harris' Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 White-crowned Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Dark-eyed Junco
    06 00 00 00 00 11 11 00 11 00 11 11 00 00 11 Summer Tanager
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Tanager
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Black-headed Grosbeak
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Blue Grosbeak
    01 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Indigo Bunting
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Lazuli Bunting
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Red-winged Blackbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Tricolored Blackbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Western Meadowlark
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Yellow-headed Blackbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Brewer's Blackbird
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Great-tailed Grackle
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Brown-headed Cowbird
    03 00 00 11 11 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Orchard Oriole
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Hooded Oriole
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Bullock's Oriole
    01 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Baltimore Oriole
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Scott's Oriole
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Purple Finch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Cassin's Finch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 House Finch
    11 11 11 11 11 11 00 11 00 11 11 11 11 11 00 Red Crossbill
    12 00 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 00 Pine Siskin
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Lesser Goldfinch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Lawrence's Goldfinch
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 American Goldfinch
    01 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Evening Grosbeak
    14 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 House Sparrow
    04 11 11 11 11 ........not countable........ Scaly-breasted Munia
    
    Total: 333 species
    
    If you look closely you'll see that we flagged willow flycatcher and black swift as "suspect." We no longer believe earlier records of Willow Flycatcher and Black Swift because those species don't usually occur before the end of the first week of May and because we neglected to request documentation when they were reported in 2004-2007.
    
    Of the 333 species we've found to date, we have found the same 208 during every year, accounting for about 80% of our annual total. We have also found 34 species only once, indicating that about 10% are "one-hit wonders." Examples from previous years include yellow-billed loon, field sparrow, ruff, and red-throated pipit. There are also numerous species that we find about 1/2 of the time, probably a consequence of the fact that we schedule the event in late April when wintering birds are leaving and when many spring migrants are just arriving.
    
    This year we did pretty well with ocean birds. This was one of the only the fifth time in 15 years that we've gotten three shearwater species. We also got one alcid, which usually give us trouble. Seawatches from San Clemente Island and Point Vicente were fruitful despite the strong winds on Friday and Saturday around the county.
    
    We also did better than usual in the Antelope Valley, foothills, and in the San Gabriel Mountains.
    
    In more detail, if you scan through the table above, you'll see that we swept up a number of species this year that we find less than 1/2 of the time. Here are species we found that were particularly notable:
    06 Black-Vented Shearwater
    01 Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron NEW
    02 Bald Eagle
    07 Franklin's Gull
    05 Common Murre
    04 Long-Eared Owl
    05 Vermilion Flycatcher
    06 Purple Martin
    05 Golden-Crowned Kinglet
    02 Northern Waterthrush
    03 Harris' sparrow
    
    Once again, the number in the first two columns gives the number of years when we have found this species since 2004. These are species reported during seven or fewer counts except for Scaly-Breasted Munia, which was recently added to the offical count list. Bald eagle is a species we didn't count previously due to concerns that they required human assistance for nesting. The presence of a nest at the San Gabriel Dam clearly establishes that they're nesting without our help and that our previous approach was too conservative.
    
    Among these species, the most unusual was the Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, which was new for ABC weekend. The Harris' sparrow is obviously rare but its presence was known well in advance. The northern waterthrush was a very pleasant surprise: this was only the second time we've found one during the count.
    
    On the other hand, although this is only the fifth time we've found vermilion flycatcher, it's also the fourth consecutive year that we've found it. When compiling the list of possible rarities prior to the weekend, it became apparent that vermilion flycatchers are now being reported widely across Los Angeles County, so their numbers are clearly increasing. This appears to represent an actual expansion of their range.
    
    Here are the worst misses from 2017:
    12 Cattle Egret
    12 Long-Billed Curlew
    13 Heermann's Gull
    12 Herring Gull
    10 Lewis' Woodpecker
    11 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
    11 Merlin
    12 Pine Siskin
    
    This is the first time that we've missed Heermann's Gull. That species has been scarce in our area recently, perhaps because most of the adults have left for the breeding grounds in Mexico, and possibly also because of three consecutive years of breeding failure. One (but only one) Heermann's gull was reported on a pelagic trip on April 29, but the ABC rules prevent us from counting birds seen from boats.
    
    In addition, something is going on with pine siskins. This was the most significant species from the mountains that we missed. There are very few reports in eBird in the local mountains of Los Angeles Cou
    
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  23. Big (city) Day (Los Angeles) write up (132 spp.) (long!) LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2017 @ 10:52am, 12 month(s) ago
    Some of you may have seen Louis Sahagun's article in the LA Times about our big day covering just the city of L.A. In case you're interested in more details, read on.
    In recognition of “BirdLA Day”, a countywide, multi-nodal
    celebration of birds/birding on May 6, I organized a big day with a special
    challenge – only birds seen within (and from) the city limits of Los Angeles
    would be counted.
    
    I was joined by an old
    birding friend, Dave Bell (of BirdsEye fame), and two young birders, Teodelina
    Martelli, and Dessi Sieburth.
    
    We were
    also accompanied by long-time L.A. Times environmental writer Louis Sahagun in
    the early morning, and later by Times photographer Irfan Kahn (Irfan had spent
    several months in Afghanistan post-9/11 so we felt he was up to the challenge.)
    We ended with 132 species for the day, which, interestingly,
    was the exact number submitted to eBird from all the groups participating
    during BirdLA Day in 2016.
    
    Given the
    choice, this attempt should have been made around the last week of April, when
    a few more wintering birds were still around, and (as it turned out this year)
    spring migration was in full swing.
    
    But
    we had a BirdLA Day tie-in to consider, so May 6 th was our date with
    destiny. To plan the day, I first constructed a spreadsheet of all
    the birds we could encounter in early May in the Los Angeles area.
    
    I’d had a rough route in mind – owling in the
    canyons, dawn at the coast, then two “heavy hitter” areas – Sepulveda Basin and
    Hansen Dam – somewhere in the middle.
    But beyond that, I wanted the likely birds to dictate the route.
    
    Ultimately, the route was okay, though we
    violated several “big day rules” (don’t split up, don’t check a site “just to
    see what’s there”, don’t linger…).
    By
    late afternoon, we knew we’d nearly tied last year’s cumulative effort, but
    were a long way from 150, the number I thought could be attainable with enough
    scouting and planning (and luck).
    
    Below
    is a summary of the day.
    We began around 5:00 AM, well before first light, at Brush
    Canyon in Griffith Park, where we quickly picked up Common Poorwill calling
    from the slopes above the canyon.
    
    I
    whistled up a Western Screech-owl, and a Great Horned Owl called spontaneously
    from a distant hill.
    
    Done. On to Ferndell,
    where we got a cooperative (and loudly singing) Rufous-crowned Sparrow in the
    invasive fountain-grass on Western Canyon Road.
    A few common chaparral/woodland birds were calling in the lower canyon,
    including Band-tailed Pigeon, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Oak Titmouse, and
    though we’d pick these all up later in the day, they were good to nail down
    early.
    Sort of last minute, we decided to swing by MacArthur Park
    for the resident Ross’s Goose, which we got, and for any lingering gulls, which
    we didn’t get, even as we lingered a few minutes longer than we should
    have.
    
    I guess we added Canary-winged
    Parakeet here which we didn’t have again, which brings up the issue of
    “countable” birds – basically we counted everything with a reproducing,
    self-sustaining (for now) population, so Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, and resident
    parrots were all good.
    On to the coast at San Pedro (White Point).
    
    We scoped distant Forster’s Terns diving over
    a pod of dolphins far offshore, and a few Black-vented Shearwaters zooming
    by.
    
    Our feet were in L.A., so while the
    offshore waters weren’t, we felt ok with counting these two.
    
    Across the street, a dazzling male California
    Gnatcatcher mewed and posed, but we couldn’t pick out anything else new…and probably
    spent too long there.
    
    We had zero
    migrants, a pattern that held the entire day – absolutely nothing was moving,
    even at the height of spring migration, maybe stalled out by the cold front
    that moved in with light drizzle and wind the night before, and followed us all
    day.
    The Cabrillo Beach pier area yielded some common inshore
    marine species, including a couple we wouldn’t find at out next stop up the
    coast at Playa del Rey, Red-throated Loon and Pelagic Cormorant, but we
    couldn’t find a Horned Grebe, Black Skimmer or anything else that would have
    made the stop worth it (noted for next time).
    
    Next up was Ballona Creek, where we ran into a birdwalk that
    moments before had stumbled onto an adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at close
    range, “frozen” at the edge of the first tidal channel along the creek.
    
    Quite unexpected!
    
    The jetty had a few Surfbirds and a
    Sanderling, but no peeps or other shorebirds (we’d scoped Black Oystercatcher
    back at Cabrillo Beach).
    
    The four Least
    Terns calling over the exclosure to the north were a key grab – it helps to have
    good hearing (at least for now!).
    
    A slog
    up and down the path at Ballona Freshwater Marsh was truly that – no Least
    Bittern, no rails – though a Belted Kingfisher put in a rare late-season
    appearance at the far south end.
    We took stock: 100 species, 10:00 AM.
    
    We had the entire rest of the day, but
    migrants were scarce, and the early-morning burst of song had long passed.
    In hindsight, the decision to skip the Wildlife Area/Woodley
    Park at Sepulveda Basin probably cost us American White Pelican (I assume one
    or two are still loafing there), but Dessi’s sharp eyes picked out a Bank
    Swallow at the Burbank Blvd. bridge, and a circling shorebird (Yay! A single
    shorebird!) turned out to be a fairly rare Red-necked Phalarope in breeding
    plumage.
    
    Lake Balboa had no ducks except
    Mallard, but did have a single Glaucous-winged Gull, our fourth and last gull
    of the day.
    
    Did we rush Sepulveda
    
    I’m still not sure.
    We’d set aside several hours for Hansen Dam and Big Tujunga
    Wash, but it’s a huge place, and none of us had really birded all of it (canyon
    mouth to the dam) recently.
    
    We easily
    heard Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat and Blue Grosbeak singing around the
    main lake (and walked right up to a pair of Lawrence’s Goldfinches), but I’d
    mixed up Wentworth and Wheatland avenues in my (overtired) brain, and then
    Orcas and Oro Vista, so we drove right past a known Cactus Wren spot.
    
    We did kick up a Lesser Nighthawk at Oro
    Vista Park, one of the rarest breeding species in the city (maybe a couple
    pairs, only there at Big Tujunga Wash) and at least I heard a displaying
    Costa’s Hummingbird (ok, splitting up was a very bad idea there).
    
    Orcas Park was pretty sweet, with several
    hard-to-find species, including California Quail, Hairy Woodpecker, Hutton’s
    Vireo, Phainopepla, and even a late Chipping Sparrow that zeet-ed overhead and
    landed in an olive.
    
    We still needed
    Lazuli Bunting and Lark Sparrow, but they’re not exactly abundant as breeders,
    and by that point, we were running out of common things to look for.
    So at 3:30, what could we do
    
    I suggested we circle back down to Bette
    Davis Park, where ducks we’d missed (like Cinnamon Teal) always lingered into
    spring.
    
    Well, just not this spring,
    apparently.
    
    A silent kingbird high in a
    sycamore turned into a Western Kingbird (badly needed), and the reliable flock
    of Scaly-breasted Munias exploded out of the riverbed at the moment we walked
    by.
    
    So now it was close to 5:00.
    
    Do we go for a Red-shouldered Hawk on a nest
    maybe 10 minutes away
    
    Another L.A.
    River stop for a shot at waterbirds we missed
    In the end, we closed out the day scanning from Zoo Drive
    above the L.A. River channel just below the 134 Freeway crossing, where you can
    ALWAYS see shorebirds (Right Right).
    A weird swallow might have just been a leucistic/melanistic
    Violet-green, sort of too white in places, and too dark in others, or something
    like that.
    
    I dunno, I was beat.
    132 it was.
    
    Best of
    luck to those who may attempt it again!
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  25. ABC FOUND species LINK
    DATE: May 1, 2017 @ 9:48pm, 12 month(s) ago
    Greetings Everyone,
    
    Here are all the species we FOUND during the past weekend:
    
    * Greater White-fronted Goose
    * Snow Goose
    * Ross's Goose
    * Brant
    * Cackling Goose
    * Canada Goose
    * Wood Duck
    * Gadwall
    * American Wigeon
    * Mallard
    * Blue-winged Teal
    * Cinnamon Teal
    * Northern Shoveler
    * Northern Pintail
    * Green-winged Teal
    * Redhead
    * Ring-necked Duck
    * Lesser Scaup
    * Surf Scoter
    * Bufflehead
    * Common Merganser
    * Red-breasted Merganser
    * Ruddy Duck
    * Chukar
    * Mountain Quail
    * California Quail
    * Gambel's Quail
    * Red-throated Loon
    * Pacific Loon
    * Common Loon
    * Pied-billed Grebe
    * Horned Grebe
    * Eared Grebe
    * Western Grebe
    * Clark's Grebe
    * Pink-footed Shearwater
    * Sooty Shearwater
    * Black-vented Shearwater
    * American White Pelican
    * Brown Pelican
    * Brandt's Cormorant
    * Double-crested Cormorant
    * Pelagic Cormorant
    * Least Bittern
    * Great Blue Heron
    * Great Egret
    * Snowy Egret
    * Green Heron
    * Black-crowned Night-Heron
    * White-faced Ibis
    * Turkey Vulture
    * Osprey
    * White-tailed Kite
    * Northern Harrier
    * Sharp-shinned Hawk
    * Cooper's Hawk
    * Red-shouldered Hawk
    * Swainson's Hawk
    * Red-tailed Hawk
    * Golden Eagle
    * Bald Eagle
    * American Kestrel
    * Peregrine Falcon
    * Prairie Falcon
    * Virginia Rail
    * Sora
    * Common Gallinule
    * American Coot
    * Black-bellied Plover
    * Snowy Plover
    * Semipalmated Plover
    * Killdeer
    * Black Oystercatcher
    * Black-necked Stilt
    * American Avocet
    * Spotted Sandpiper
    * Solitary Sandpiper
    * Wandering Tattler
    * Greater Yellowlegs
    * Willet
    * Lesser Yellowlegs
    * Whimbrel
    * Marbled Godwit
    * Ruddy Turnstone
    * Black Turnstone
    * Surfbird
    * Sanderling
    * Semipalmated Sandpiper
    * Western Sandpiper
    * Least Sandpiper
    * Dunlin
    * Short-billed Dowitcher
    * Long-billed Dowitcher
    * Wilson's Snipe
    * Wilson's Phalarope
    * Red-necked Phalarope
    * Franklin's Gull
    * Bonaparte's Gull
    * Ring-billed Gull
    * California Gull
    * Western Gull
    * Glaucous-winged Gull
    * Least Tern
    * Caspian Tern
    * Forster's Tern
    * Royal Tern
    * Elegant Tern
    * Black Skimmer
    * Parasitic Jaeger
    * Common Murre
    * Rock Pigeon
    * Band-tailed Pigeon
    * Eurasian Collared-Dove
    * Spotted Dove
    * Mourning Dove
    * Inca Dove
    * Common Ground-Dove
    * Red-crowned Parrot
    * Greater Roadrunner
    * Barn Owl
    * Flammulated Owl
    * Western Screech-Owl
    * Great Horned Owl
    * Northern Pygmy-Owl
    * Burrowing Owl
    * Spotted Owl
    * Long-eared Owl
    * Northern Saw-whet Owl
    * Lesser Nighthawk
    * Common Poorwill
    * Vaux's Swift
    * White-throated Swift
    * Black-chinned Hummingbird
    * Anna's Hummingbird
    * Costa's Hummingbird
    * Calliope Hummingbird
    * Rufous Hummingbird
    * Allen's Hummingbird
    * Belted Kingfisher
    * Acorn Woodpecker
    * Williamson's Sapsucker
    * Red-breasted Sapsucker
    * Nuttall's Woodpecker
    * Downy Woodpecker
    * Hairy Woodpecker
    * White-headed Woodpecker
    * Northern Flicker
    * Olive-sided Flycatcher
    * Western Wood-Pewee
    * Hammond's Flycatcher
    * Gray Flycatcher
    * Dusky Flycatcher
    * Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    * Black Phoebe
    * Say's Phoebe
    * Vermilion Flycatcher
    * Ash-throated Flycatcher
    * Cassin's Kingbird
    * Western Kingbird
    * Loggerhead Shrike
    * Bell's Vireo
    * Plumbeous Vireo
    * Cassin's Vireo
    * Hutton's Vireo
    * Warbling Vireo
    * Steller's Jay
    * California Scrub-Jay
    * Clark's Nutcracker
    * American Crow
    * Common Raven
    * Horned Lark
    * Purple Martin
    * Tree Swallow
    * Violet-green Swallow
    * Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    * Bank Swallow
    * Cliff Swallow
    * Barn Swallow
    * Mountain Chickadee
    * Oak Titmouse
    * Verdin
    * Bushtit
    * Red-breasted Nuthatch
    * White-breasted Nuthatch
    * Pygmy Nuthatch
    * Brown Creeper
    * Cactus Wren
    * Rock Wren
    * Canyon Wren
    * Bewick's Wren
    * House Wren
    * Marsh Wren
    * American Dipper
    * Golden-crowned Kinglet
    * Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    * Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    * California Gnatcatcher
    * Western Bluebird
    * Townsend's Solitaire
    * Swainson's Thrush
    * Hermit Thrush
    * American Robin
    * Wrentit
    * Northern Mockingbird
    * California Thrasher
    * LeConte's Thrasher
    * European Starling
    * American Pipit
    * Cedar Waxwing
    * Phainopepla
    * Orange-crowned Warbler
    * Nashville Warbler
    * Yellow Warbler
    * Yellow-rumped Warbler
    * Black-throated Gray Warbler
    * Townsend's Warbler
    * Hermit Warbler
    * MacGillivray's Warbler
    * Common Yellowthroat
    * Wilson's Warbler
    * Yellow-breasted Chat
    * Western Tanager
    * Green-tailed Towhee
    * Spotted Towhee
    * California Towhee
    * Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    * Chipping Sparrow
    * Brewer's Sparrow
    * Black-chinned Sparrow
    * Lark Sparrow
    * Black-throated Sparrow
    * Bell's Sparrow
    * Savannah Sparrow
    * Fox Sparrow
    * Song Sparrow
    * Lincoln's Sparrow
    * White-throated Sparrow
    * Harris' Sparrow
    * White-crowned Sparrow
    * Golden-crowned Sparrow
    * Dark-eyed Junco
    * Black-headed Grosbeak
    * Blue Grosbeak
    * Lazuli Bunting
    * Red-winged Blackbird
    * Tricolored Blackbird
    * Western Meadowlark
    * Yellow-headed Blackbird
    * Brewer's Blackbird
    * Great-tailed Grackle
    * Brown-headed Cowbird
    * Hooded Oriole
    * Bullock's Oriole
    * Scott's Oriole
    * Purple Finch
    * Cassin's Finch
    * House Finch
    * Red Crossbill
    * Lesser Goldfinch
    * Lawrence's Goldfinch
    * House Sparrow
    * Scaly-breasted Munia
    
    These are in something close to taxonomic order, although recent updates have moved some species around. I'll try to incorporate those changes by next year.
    
    --Lance
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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  27. Re: [LACoBirds] America's Birdiest County April 28-30: Detailed Information LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 12:19pm, 12 month(s) ago
    Lanca & Wanda: Sorry but I won't be able to participate this year.I will be birding in Spain as of April 28th.
    
    Irwin Woldman
    
    
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  29. America's Birdiest County April 28-30: Detailed Information LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:50am, 12 month(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    Here's additional information about the "America's Birdiest County" event that will happen in Los Angeles County on April 28-30.
    
    The count starts at midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning and ends at midnight on Sunday night/Monday morning.
    
    The objective is to find as many species in Los Angeles County over this three day interval as possible. We've been doing this since 2003 and regularly find more than 260 species.
    
    Birds can be identified by sight or sound, and as usual, rare species require documentation. All birds must be counted from land, so we can't accept anything seen on a whale watch, or from a boat on a lake, but we'd be glad to count any birds seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands or from seawatches at places such as Point Vicente and Point Dume.
    
    This year I will be out of town on Saturday and Sunday, so I will not act as the compiler. Intead, Wanda Dameron has kindly stepped forward and volunteered to compile this year's count. Please send emails with reports to her and/or post them on the LA County listserve.
    
    Wanda's email address is:
    
    wandadameron2@...
    
    HISTORY
    
    America's Birdiest County started in 2003 in San Diego as a friendly competition among counties across the country to see how many species people could find in a single 24-hour period.
    
    After the first three years, the organizers changed the protocol to make it a three-day event. There were also various categories across the country to try to level the playing field so that counties in very different areas wouldn't be competing against those in other areas that have vastly more birds. Thus, counties in, say, Maine weren't competing against counties in California. Los Angeles was in the "Coastal West" category and our chief competition, at least initially, was with San Diego and Monterey. After the format changed to a three-day event, Monterey stopped competing in order to continue their traditional one-day county-wide birdathon. After 2011, the organizers discontinued the nationwide event, but selected counties continued due to strong local interest. Los Angeles and Kern Counties, which usually did very well, have both continued, and recently Orange and Ventura Counties have started similar events around the same time. This year San Bernardino County started a count and had reported more than 230 species as of Sunday night.
    
    Here are the number of species found in Los Angeles County since 2003:
    Year Total
    2016 270
    2015 275
    2014 272
    2013 265
    2012 262
    2011 277
    2010 271
    2009 264
    2008 255
    2007 272
    2006 265
    2005 246
    2004 240
    2003 239
    
    Our total jumped in 2006 due to better organization and increased interest.
    
    This event has turned into an intensive sweep of the whole county each spring, and has provided a useful snapshot of the species that are present in late April. Many people who participate also record their observations in eBird, and as a result, tens of thousands of birds sightings are permanently archived, so in addition to having fun, we're also making a scientifically useful contribution.
    
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    LOGISTICS
    
    Please email reports to Wanda at wandadameron2@... and/or to the LA County listserve.
    
    We welcome forwarding eBird checklists--they make checking for new species really easy.
    The easiest way to do this is to email the eBird list to yourself and then forward it to Wanda.
    
    Wanda will provide updates two to four times each day to track our progress and to help guide searches for species we're missing. The first update will probably happen by early afternoon on Friday. We will also provide updates each night so that we everyone can see what we still need first thing in the morning.
    
    Please note that we can't count birds seen from boats, but birds seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Island count. Also, the Gambel's quail and chukars on San Clemente Island are self-sustaining so we can count them. Also, to continue the protocol we adopted last year, we are now glad to count bald eagles seen from Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands.
    
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    NON-NATIVE SPECIES:
    
    Kimball Garrett asks us to please report established non-native species even if they're not the list that's accepted by the AOU or the CBRC.
    
    This means that we want to hear about introduced species such as parakeets and parrots, pin-tailed whydahs, orange bishops, red-whiskered bulbuls, Mandarin ducks, and so forth. Monitoring those populations is becoming increasingly important so please report them, and, of course, enter your sightings into eBird.
    
    We'll keep them in a supplemental list separate from the "regular" species.
    
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    RARE OR UNCOMMON SPECIES
    
    We've been keeping track of some notable species that have been in the area
    recently. Some are truly rare but others are regular winter visitors that become
    scarce and challenging to find in late April. Below is a partial list; we're sure
    there are some things that we missed. Please note that some of these species have
    not been found during previous ABC weekends, and for some birds it's been a few
    weeks since we've seen reports in eBird, on the listserve, or in various rare bird alerts.
    
    3/22 *Tundra Swan Pierce College, Woodland Hills
    2/26 *Eurasian Wigeon Oxford Basin, Marina del Rey
    3/20 *Eurasian Wigeon Madrona Marsh
    3/06 Canvasback Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds
    3/27 Greater Scaup Quail Lake
    3/12 Greater Scaup Aqueduct/255th St. West
    4/05 Black Scoter Dockweiler Beach
    4/05 White-winged Scoter Dockweiler Beach
    3/06 Common Goldeneye Rio Hondo
    3/07 Common Goldeneye Cabrillo beach
    3/11 Common Goldeneye Peck R. Water Conservation Area
    3/11 Common Goldeneye Una Lake, just east of Lake Palmdale
    3/12 Common Goldeneye Quail Lake
    3/21 Common Goldeneye Piute Ponds
    3/25 Hooded Merganser Bette Davis Park & Glendale Narrows
    3/23 Hooded Merganser Apollo Park
    3/08 Hooded Merganser Piute Ponds
    3/21 Hooded Merganser Sepulveda Basin
    3/21 Hooded Merganser Ballona Fresh Water Marsh
    3/14 Hooded Merganser Descanso Gardens
    3/20 Hooded Merganser Malibu Creek State Park
    3/30 Hooded Merganser Hahamongna Watershed Park
    3/25 Hooded Merganser Hansen Dam
    3/25 Hooded Merganser Big Tujunga Wash north of 210
    4/10 *Brown Booby Cabrillo Beach Park/San Pedro Fishing Pier
    4/20 Neotropic Cormorant Bonelli Park
    4/15 American Bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    3/08 Cattle Egret Piute Ponds
    3/26 Cattle Egret Santa Fe Dam
    4/13 Cattle Egret Malibu Lagoon
    4/20 *Yellow-crowned NightHeron El Dorado Park, main pond, along the edge
    3/14 *California Condor Pyramid Lake, north end near Emigrant Landing
    3/07 Ferruginous Hawk Petersen Ranch, just east of Lake Elizabeth Rd/Johnson Rd. junction
    3/12 Ferruginous Hawk Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve
    3/20 Bald Eagle San Gabriel Dam, Highway 39
    3/25 Bald Eagle Bonelli Park
    3/25 Virginia Rail Piute Ponds
    3/25 Virginia Rail Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    3/25 Long-billed Curlew Piute Ponds
    4/19 Long-billed Curlew Lancaster Sewer Ponds
    4/19 Long-billed Curlew Ballona Creek Jetties
    4/19 Long-billed Curlew Del Rey Lagoon
    3/22 Red Knot Playa del Rey end of jetties
    3/21 Red Knot Ballona Creek, Pacific Ave. bridge
    4/13 Wilson's Snipe Madrona Marsh
    3/11 Wilson's Snipe Bonelli Park
    3/14 Wilson's Snipe Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    3/20 Wilson's Snipe Cal State Dominguez Hills
    4/19 Wilson's Snipe Piute Ponds
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Madrona Marsh
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Piute Ponds
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Sepulveda Basin
    4/19 Common Murre Zuma Beach. Bird was oiled and rescued.
    2/26 Mew Gull Junipero Beach, Long Beach
    3/02 Mew Gull Ballona Creek, Lincoln to Highway 90
    3/25 Mew Gull Ballona Creek Mouth/Jetties & breakwater
    3/25 Mew Gull Cabrillo Beach Park
    3/04 Mew Gull Dockweiler State Beach
    3/22 Mew Gull LA River, Willow Street
    2/20 *Yellow-footed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds
    3/12 *Yellow-footed Gull LA River between Atlantic and Alondra
    3/18 *Lesser Black-backed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds
    3/04 *Iceland Gull Rio Hondo spreading grounds
    4/16 Common Tern Bonelli Park
    4/15 Inca Dove Lake Los Angeles
    4/10 Inca Dove Colonel Leon Washington Park
    4/20 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, Trabuco St. (Bellflower)
    4/17 Common Ground-dove San Gabriel River Trail, north of Cerritos golf course
    4/21 White-winged Dove Crystalaire, Antelope Valley
    3/18 Long-eared Owl Apollo Park, NW corner in tamarisks
    3/04 *Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Bixby Marshland in Carson
    2/21 Red-naped Sapsucker El Dorado Regional Park, Area 3
    2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Hansen Dam
    2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Lower Arroyo Seco, South Pasadena
    2/28 Red-naped Sapsucker Ponderosa Lane, Palos Verdes
    4/19 Prairie Falcon Piute Ponds
    4/15 *Least Flycatcher Whitter Narrows
    3/14 *Eastern Phoebe Madrona Marsh
    3/15 *Eastern Phoebe Bonelli Park north, picnic area 4
    2/25 Vermilion Flycatcher West Antelope Valley: 138/286th west
    2/26 Vermilion Flycatcher Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    4/02 Vermilion Flycatcher Oakdale Memorial Park (cemetery), Glendora
    3/10 Vermilion Flycatcher LA National Cemetery
    3/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Columbia Park in Torrance
    3/18 Vermilion Flycatcher El Dorado Regional Park, area 2
    3/19 Vermilion Flycatcher La Mirada Park
    4/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Santa Fe Dam
    4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Madrona Marsh
    4/18 Vermilion Flycatcher Crystalaire Country Club, Antelope Valley
    4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Apollo Park
    3/22 Dusky-capped Flycatcher La Mirada Creek Park, La Mirada
    3/15 Dusky-capped Flycatcher John Anson Ford Park, Bell Gardens
    3/06 Thick-billed Kingbird Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas
    2/27 Tropical Kingbird Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    3/20 Tropical Kingbird El Dorado Park, area 3
    3/30 Tropical Kingbird Lake Balboa
    4/17 Tropical Kingbird Peck Pits
    4/23 *Yellow throated Vireo Rocky Oaks Park, Mulholland Dr, West of Kanan-Dume Road
    2/26 Plumbeous Vireo Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    3/25 Plumbeous Vireo Hansen Dam
    3/26 Plumbeous vireo Santa Fe Dam
    3/26 Plumbeous Vireo Valley Plaza Park, North Hollywood
    4/08 Plumbeous Vireo Wardlow Park in Long Beach
    4/10 Plumbeous Vireo Arcadia County Park
    4/21 Plumbeous Vireo Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita (34.4366,-118.6099)
    3/23 *Black-tailed gnatcatcher Edwards AFB Mequite Forest (off limits to the public)
    3/04 American Dipper mile 4.75, West Fork, San Gabriel River
    3/12 American Dipper East Fork, San Gabriel River, near Bridge to Nowhere
    3/19 American Dipper Barrett-Stoddard Road, near Baldy Village
    3/03 Golden-crowned Kinglet 9800 East G10, Antelope Valley (N of 100th East/East Ave H)
    3/23 Golden-crowned Kinglet Peck Park, San Pedro
    2/25 Mountain Bluebird Gorman Post Road pond
    2/26 Mountain Bluebird San Clemente Island
    3/11 Mountain Bluebird Nebeker Ranch
    3/07 Mountain Bluebird Petersen Ranch, E of Lake Elizabeth
    4/22 *Gray Catbird West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail (Monte Verde Park)
    4/19 Le Conte's Thrasher Piute Ponds
    4/22 Northern Parula Peck Pits, far north end
    3/07 Palm Warbler Entradero park (Dave Moody)
    4/09 Palm Warbler Hahamongna Watershed Park
    4/22 Palm Warbler Banning Park in Wilmington
    4/15 Palm Warbler Madrona Marsh
    4/16 Palm Warbler Sand Dune Park
    4/16 Palm Warbler South Gate Park behind the large Sports Center Building, working trees
    3/12 *Yellow-throated Warbler Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    2/20 Black-and-white Warbler La Mirada Park
    2/25 Black-and-white Warbler LA County Arboretum
    3/02 Black-and-white Warbler El Segundo Library Park
    4/19 Black-and-white Warbler Madrona Marsh
    3/20 Black-and-white Warbler Legg Lake, near restroom 7
    4/08 Black and white Warbler LA River/Oros Street, 200 m upstream from lower end of riparian
    4/20 Black and white Warbler Ralph Dills Park
    4/02 Pine Warbler Santa Fe Dam
    2/21 Painted Redstart Palos Verdes, just north of South Coast Botanic Garden
    3/04 Green-tailed Towhee West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, Lakewood
    2/28 Swamp Sparrow Playa Vista riparian corridor
    3/09 Clay-colored Sparrow Exposition Park
    4/17 Clay-colored Sparrow Santa Fe Dam
    4/08 Clay-colored Sparrow West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, South of Del Amo
    4/09 Harris' Sparrow Thompson Creek Trail/Pomello, Claremont
    3/12 White throated Sparrow Cobb Estate, Altadena
    2/27 White-throated Sparrow LA County Arboretum
    2/24 White-throated Sparrow Holmby Hills
    3/01 White-throated Sparrow Wilmington Drain above PCH
    2/25 White-throated Sparrow Alta Vicente Preserve
    4/09 White-throated Sparrow South Coast Botanic Garden
    4/17 White-throated Sparrow Sand Dune Park
    4/13 White-throated Sparrow Los Liones Park, near the Getty Villa
    3/28 White-throated Sparrow Beverly Hills 2 SG neighborhood
    3/24 White-throated Sparrow Neff Park, La Mirada
    3/30 White-throated Sparrow David Bell's house in La Canada-Flintridge
    4/17 White-throated Sparrow 14 Crest Road, LA (private residence)
    4/19 White-throated Sparrow Ed Thomas' yard
    3/03 Vesper Sparrow Santa Fe Dam
    4/13 Vesper Sparrow Poppy Preserve
    3/11 Vesper Sparrow Nebeker Ranch
    2/26 Summer Tanager Mentor Ave/Arden Road, Pasadena
    4/08 Summer Tanager Wardlow Park, SE quadrant and near parking lot (Long Beach)
    3/27 Baltimore Oriole La Mirada Park
    4/05 Baltimore Oriole Elysian Park, Chavez Ravine. NW of Grace E. Simons Lodge in silk oaks.
    2/27 Orchard Oriole LA Arboretum
    4/07 Orchard Oriole 4823 Ben Ave., Los Angeles.
    
    * = new to the count if we find it
    
    As always, anything flagged as "rare" in eBird is going to require documentation,
    so please take photos, jot down notes, obtain recordings and videos, or make sketches.
    
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    SPECIES PREVIOUSLY RECORDED
    
    Below is the master list of every species we've found during previous ABC weekends.
    
    There are some species that we get regularly that are actually quite local and require special effort to find and/or that are just leaving or arriving at this time of year . Among them, in no particular order, are prairie falcon, American dipper, common ground-dove, Inca dove, spotted owl, northern saw-whet owl, northern pygmy owl, flammulated owl, burrowing owl, golden-crowned kinglet, Le Conte's thrasher, Williamson's sapsucker, red crossbill, Swainson's hawk, common merganser, hooded merganser, summer tanager, and golden eagle.
    
    We often struggle to find pelagic species; alcids are particularly difficult.
    
    The table below lists every species we've recorded during the ABC weekend since 2004 and the number of years in which we've found it.
    
    N = number of years we've found a species from 2004-present.
    
    N SPECIES
    12 Greater White-fronted Goose
    09 Snow Goose
    13 Ross's Goose
    12 Brant
    13 Cackling Goose
    13 Canada Goose
    13 Wood Duck
    13 Gadwall
    13 American Wigeon
    13 Mallard
    13 Blue-winged Teal
    13 Cinnamon Teal
    13 Northern Shoveler
    12 Northern Pintail
    13 Green-winged Teal
    03 Canvasback
    13 Redhead
    13 Ring-necked Duck
    01 Greater Scaup
    13 Lesser Scaup
    01 White-winged Scoter
    13 Surf Scoter
    03 Black Scoter
    01 Long-tailed Duck
    12 Bufflehead
    03 Common Goldeneye
    07 Hooded Merganser
    10 Common Merganser
    12 Red-breasted Merganser
    13 Ruddy Duck
    13 Mountain Quail
    13 California Quail
    09 Gambel's Quail
    09 Chukar
    13 Red-throated Loon
    13 Pacific Loon
    13 Common Loon
    01 Yellow-billed Loon
    13 Pied-billed Grebe
    09 Horned Grebe
    13 Eared Grebe
    13 Western Grebe
    13 Clark's Grebe
    01 Black-footed albatross
    03 Northern Fulmar
    10 Pink-footed Shearwater
    13 Sooty Shearwater
    05 Black-vented Shearwater
    13 Brandt's Cormorant
    01 Neotropic Cormorant
    13 Double-crested Cormorant
    13 Pelagic Cormorant
    12 American White Pelican
    13 Brown Pelican
    04 American Bittern
    13 Least Bittern
    13 Great Blue Heron
    13 Great Egret
    13 Snowy Egret
    12 Cattle Egret
    13 Green Heron
    13 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    13 White-faced Ibis
    13 Turkey Vulture
    13 Osprey
    13 White-tailed Kite
    11 Golden Eagle
    01 Bald Eagle
    12 Northern Harrier
    12 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    13 Cooper's Hawk
    13 Red-shouldered Hawk
    12 Swainson's Hawk
    13 Red-tailed Hawk
    04 Ferruginous Hawk
    01 Sandhill Crane
    12 Virginia Rail
    13 Sora
    01 Ridgeway's Rail
    13 Common Gallinule
    13 American Coot
    13 Black-bellied Plover
    02 Pacific Golden-Plover
    13 Snowy Plover
    13 Semipalmated Plover
    13 Killdeer
    13 Black Oystercatcher
    13 Black-necked Stilt
    13 American Avocet
    13 Spotted Sandpiper
    12 Solitary Sandpiper
    13 Wandering Tattler
    13 Greater Yellowlegs
    13 Willet
    12 Lesser Yellowlegs
    13 Whimbrel
    12 Long-billed Curlew
    13 Marbled Godwit
    13 Ruddy Turnstone
    13 Black Turnstone
    13 Surfbird
    02 Red Knot
    13 Sanderling
    02 Semipalmated Sandpiper
    13 Western Sandpiper
    13 Least Sandpiper
    03 Baird's Sandpiper
    13 Dunlin
    01 Ruff
    01 Stilt Sandpiper
    10 Short-billed Dowitcher
    13 Long-billed Dowitcher
    08 Wilson's Snipe
    10 Wilson's Phalarope
    13 Red-necked Phalarope
    01 Red Phalarope
    01 Sabine's Gull
    13 Bonaparte's Gull
    01 Laughing Gull
    06 Franklin's Gull
    13 Heermann's Gull
    02 Mew Gull
    13 Ring-billed Gull
    13 Western Gull
    13 California Gull
    12 Herring Gull
    02 Thayer's Gull
    13 Glaucous-winged Gull
    01 Glaucous Gull
    12 Least Tern
    13 Caspian Tern
    05 Black Tern
    01 Common Tern
    13 Forster's Tern
    13 Royal Tern
    13 Elegant Tern
    13 Black Skimmer
    07 Pomarine Jaeger
    07 Parasitic Jaeger
    04 Common Murre
    02 Scripps' Murrelet
    02 Cassin's Auklet
    03 Rhinoceros Auklet
    13 Rock Pigeon
    13 Band-tailed Pigeon
    12 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    13 Spotted Dove
    02 White-winged Dove
    13 Mourning Dove
    09 Inca Dove
    11 Common Ground-Dove
    13 Greater Roadrunner
    13 Barn Owl
    08 Flammulated Owl
    13 Western Screech-Owl
    13 Great Horned Owl
    12 Northern Pygmy-Owl
    13 Burrowing Owl
    13 Spotted Owl
    04 Long-eared Owl
    11 Northern Saw-whet Owl
    13 Lesser Nighthawk
    13 Common Poorwill
    13 Vaux's Swift
    13 White-throated Swift
    13 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    13 Anna's Hummingbird
    13 Costa's Hummingbird
    13 Rufous Hummingbird
    13 Allen's Hummingbird
    09 Calliope Hummingbird
    13 Belted Kingfisher
    10 Lewis's Woodpecker
    13 Acorn Woodpecker
    11 Williamson's Sapsucker
    13 Red-breasted Sapsucker
    01 Red-naped Sapsucker
    11 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    13 Nuttall's Woodpecker
    13 Downy Woodpecker
    13 Hairy Woodpecker
    13 White-headed Woodpecker
    13 Northern Flicker
    13 American Kestrel
    10 Merlin
    13 Peregrine Falcon
    11 Prairie Falcon
    01 Crested Caracara
    13 Red-crowned Parrot
    13 Olive-sided Flycatcher
    13 Western Wood-Pewee
    13 Hammond's Flycatcher
    13 Gray Flycatcher
    13 Dusky Flycatcher
    13 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    13 Black Phoebe
    13 Say's Phoebe
    04 Vermilion Flycatcher
    03 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    13 Ash-throated Flycatcher
    04 Tropical Kingbird
    13 Cassin's Kingbird
    02 Thick-billed Kingbird
    13 Western Kingbird
    13 Loggerhead Shrike
    13 Bell's Vireo
    07 Plumbeous Vireo
    13 Cassin's Vireo
    13 Hutton's Vireo
    13 Warbling Vireo
    13 Steller's Jay
    13 Western Scrub-Jay
    12 Clark's Nutcracker
    13 American Crow
    13 Common Raven
    13 Horned Lark
    13 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    05 Purple Martin
    13 Tree Swallow
    13 Violet-green Swallow
    11 Bank Swallow
    13 Barn Swallow
    13 Cliff Swallow
    13 Mountain Chickadee
    13 Oak Titmouse
    12 Verdin
    13 Bushtit
    13 Red-breasted Nuthatch
    13 White-breasted Nuthatch
    13 Pygmy Nuthatch
    13 Brown Creeper
    13 Rock Wren
    13 Canyon Wren
    13 House Wren
    13 Marsh Wren
    13 Bewick's Wren
    13 Cactus Wren
    13 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    13 California Gnatcatcher
    09 American Dipper
    04 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    13 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    13 Wrentit
    13 Western Bluebird
    01 Mountain Bluebird
    10 Townsend's Solitaire
    13 Swainson's Thrush
    13 Hermit Thrush
    13 American Robin
    01 Varied Thrush
    13 Northern Mockingbird
    13 California Thrasher
    09 Le Conte's Thrasher
    13 European Starling
    01 Red-throated Pipit
    13 American Pipit
    13 Cedar Waxwing
    13 Phainopepla
    01 Northern Waterthrush
    05 Black-and-white Warbler
    01 Tennessee Warbler
    13 Orange-crowned Warbler
    13 Nashville Warbler
    13 MacGillivray's Warbler
    13 Common Yellowthroat
    01 Hooded Warbler
    02 American Redstart
    01 Northern Parula
    13 Yellow Warbler
    01 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    07 Palm Warbler
    13 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    13 Black-throated Gray Warbler
    13 Townsend's Warbler
    13 Hermit Warbler
    13 Wilson's Warbler
    01 Painted Redstart
    13 Yellow-breasted Chat
    13 Green-tailed Towhee
    13 Spotted Towhee
    13 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    13 California Towhee
    13 Chipping Sparrow
    02 Clay-colored Sparrow
    11 Brewer's Sparrow
    01 Field Sparrow
    13 Black-chinned Sparrow
    01 Vesper Sparrow
    12 Lark Sparrow
    13 Black-throated Sparrow
    13 Bell's Sparrow
    13 Savannah Sparrow
    04 Grasshopper Sparrow
    13 Fox Sparrow
    13 Song Sparrow
    12 Lincoln's Sparrow
    01 Swamp Sparrow
    09 White-throated Sparrow
    02 Harris' Sparrow
    13 White-crowned Sparrow
    13 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    13 Dark-eyed Junco
    06 Summer Tanager
    13 Western Tanager
    13 Black-headed Grosbeak
    13 Blue Grosbeak
    01 Indigo Bunting
    13 Lazuli Bunting
    13 Red-winged Blackbird
    13 Tricolored Blackbird
    13 Western Meadowlark
    13 Yellow-headed Blackbird
    13 Brewer's Blackbird
    13 Great-tailed Grackle
    13 Brown-headed Cowbird
    03 Orchard Oriole
    13 Hooded Oriole
    13 Bullock's Oriole
    01 Baltimore Oriole
    13 Scott's Oriole
    13 Purple Finch
    13 Cassin's Finch
    13 House Finch
    10 Red Crossbill
    12 Pine Siskin
    13 Lesser Goldfinch
    13 Lawrence's Goldfinch
    13 American Goldfinch
    01 Evening Grosbeak
    13 House Sparrow
    03 Nutmeg Mannikin 2014 was the first year we could count it
    
    Total: 332 species
    
    Removed: black swift and willow flycatcher because we think those reports were in error.
    
    Added in 2016:
    Neotropic Cormorant
    Ridgeway's Rail
    Bald Eagle
    Red-throated Pipit
    Varied Thrush
    
    Please start thinking of where you might be able to contribute, and we look forward to hearing from you this coming weekend!
    
    Best wishes,
    
    Lance Benner and Wanda Dameron
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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