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  1. Re: [LACoBirds] Viewing the (latest) San Pedro Nazca Booby LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2018 @ 10:03pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Monte, there is no "typical" for this bird. It has been seen once in this location. The Harbor Breeze Cruises boats occasionally see a bird at sea that might be the same individual.
    
    Ed, there is a chance. There have never been as many Red-footed Booby sightings in the Southern California Bight as right now. We are planning to visit Platform Edith which has been a "booby roost" for a few years now, it is the most reliable place for Brown Booby south of Santa Barbara Island and we had an immature Masked/Nazca there at the very beginning of the current invasion.
    
    I know of folks that kayaked to the bait receiver Sunday morning and didn't find any boobies.
    
    Yea Birds!
    
    Bernardo
    
    --
    Bernardo Alps
    Wildlife Biologist
    California Whales & Wildlife
    www.photocetus.com
    bernardo.alps@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
    On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 10:24 AM Monte Taylor < tsuru88@... > wrote:
    
    Hi Bernardo,
    
    What would be most helpful for folks is 'about' how far away does the booby typically sit/roost from where you can view it
    
    Thanks,
    
    Monte
    
    On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 5:44 AM, Bernardo Alps whalephoto@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Hi Tom et al.
    
    The best spot to try for the Nazca Booby that Tom, Dessi, and the rest of the Brown Pelican Survey party had on the bait receiver, is the big parking lot at the end of Miner St. The lot is locked sometimes and I have never figured out the schedule, but it should be open during hours when the nearby Lane Victory is open. To get there, just Google Lane Victory; the gate to the parking lot is right at the end, where Miner St. loops around. Continue straight in the parking lot, the bait receiver should be to the south, roughly in the direction of the Cabrillo Beach Fishing Pier.
    
    And don't forget to sign up for the eight-hour pelagic birding trip on the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing on November 3, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm ,it promises to be a good one.
    
    Yea Birds!
    
    Bernardo
    
    --
    Bernardo Alps
    Wildlife Biologist
    California Whales & Wildlife
    www.photocetus.com
    bernardo.alps@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O.. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  3. Re: [LACoBirds] Viewing the (latest) San Pedro Nazca Booby LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2018 @ 3:04pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    This parking lot at the end of Miner St. is currently (3pm, 9-9-18) closed to the public due to some event thats going on.
    
    Chezy Yusuf
    Torrance, CA.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Sep 9, 2018, at 6:44 AM, Bernardo Alps whalephoto@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Hi Tom et al.
    
    The best spot to try for the Nazca Booby that Tom, Dessi, and the rest of the Brown Pelican Survey party had on the bait receiver, is the big parking lot at the end of Miner St. The lot is locked sometimes and I have never figured out the schedule, but it should be open during hours when the nearby Lane Victory is open. To get there, just Google Lane Victory; the gate to the parking lot is right at the end, where Miner St. loops around. Continue straight in the parking lot, the bait receiver should be to the south, roughly in the direction of the Cabrillo Beach Fishing
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  5. Re: [LACoBirds] Nazca Booby, multiple American Oystercatchers San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2018 @ 2:42pm, 10 day(s) ago
    This is why I took Dessi to Modoc County this summer as Greater Sage-Grouse was a jinx bird for me in that county. He found a flock that we photographed. Lucky me.
    
    John Sterling
    VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
    
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA95695
    530 908-3836
    jsterling@...
    www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    On Sep 8, 2018, at 9:03 PM, Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    AN OPEN LETTER TO MARK SCHEEL
    
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Dear Mark,
    
    You are not allowed to take a Dessie birding anywhere, anymore. I am staking a claim on this kid, because anytime I am within 6 feet of him I see super awesome fantastic fantabulous birds.
    
    Take this afternoon's Brown Pelican Survey, for example:
    
    We met the other Brown Pelican surveyors in the harbor in San Pedro and then the boat motored out to the outside of Angel's Gate and worked our way west to the base of the first section of breakwater that juts out from Cabrillo Beach. the first very cool bird was a peregrine falcon flying along the open water portion of the jetty, trying to decide what species of gull or sandpiper he was going to eat.
    
    Don't ask me how many Wandering Tattlers we saw over the course of the evening, working our way east along the middle and easternmost breakwaters. I think it was 14 or 15.
    
    Surfbirds, Black Turnstones, Ruddy Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers all over the place.
    
    Lots of red-necked phalarope on the outside of the breakwater, and at least two Red Phalaropes.
    
    When we turned around at the easternmost end of the 3rd, easternmost breakwater, and went inside the harbor Dessie immediately pointed out a non hybrid, normal American Oystercatcher. Diane our fearless captain, circled around and got the boat very close so that we took lots of photos. we voted and decided that this is a different bird from the one at Royal Palms Beach, but we will ask Kimball to look at the photos of this bird and compare it with the other San Pedro bird.
    
    A hundred yards or so later there was a second American Oystercatcher that was obviously a hybrid, with far too much black on its abdomen. Still, it was a very cool bird and once again, Diane circled around to make sure that we get lots of high-quality photographs.
    
    A hundred yards after that there was a Black Oystercatcher that was black all over except for an area of white feathers on its vent. We got pictures of that bird, also.
    
    Well, that was cool, and as we approached the inner portion of the westernmost breakwater, the part that starts at Cabrillo Beach, the sun was going below the horizon which according to the official protocol meant that we have to stop counting Brown Pelicans, so Diane steered the boat back towards 22nd Street Landing and we cruised by the bait barge, where an adult Nazca Booby was sitting around, minding his own business, until Diane pulled the boat so close that I forced to Dessie to sit next to me, while I took a selfie of the two of us with the booby 10 ft behind us on the dock. Yes, I also took regular photographs of the bird with my large camera.
    
    I'm writing this while sitting in the Celica in the parking lot in the dark at 22nd Street Landing, but I think it's time for me to go up to the Starbucks on Gaffey, tank up, so I can drive home and upload all of the photos. Like Rick Fisher likes to say, if I didn't get pictures, it didn't happen.
    
    Tom
    
    PS: am I the only guy who keeps finding White-breasted Nuthatches every time he steps out of his house, this fall I'm also finding Mountain Chickadees in neighborhoods where they don't usually show up, even in the winter.
    
    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
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  7. Re: [LACoBirds] Viewing the (latest) San Pedro Nazca Booby LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2018 @ 11:40am, 10 day(s) ago
    Birders:
    
    The Lane Victory parking lot is closed today and probably tomorrow for some kind of video game competition. There arent any other good viewing spots out that way (and parking is permit-only).
    
    The bait dock is visible from the Cabrillo Beach fishing pier, far, but do-able with a scope. There were no boobies on the dock between 9:00-10:30 this morning.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    On Sep 9, 2018, at 6:44 AM, Bernardo Alps whalephoto@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Hi Tom et al.
    
    The best spot to try for the Nazca Booby that Tom, Dessi, and the rest of the Brown Pelican Survey party had on the bait receiver, is the big parking lot at the end of Miner St. The lot is locked sometimes and I have never figured out the schedule, but it should be open during hours when the nearby Lane Victory is open. To get there, just Google Lane Victory; the gate to the parking lot is right at the end, where Miner St. loops around. Continue straight in the parking lot, the bait receiver should be to the south, roughly in the direction of the Cabrillo Beach Fishing Pier.
    
    And don't forget to sign up for the eight-hour pelagic birding trip on the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing on November 3, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm ,it promises to be a good one.
    
    Yea Birds!
    
    Bernardo
    
    --
    Bernardo Alps
    Wildlife Biologist
    California Whales & Wildlife
    www.photocetus.com
    bernardo.alps@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O.. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  9. Viewing the (latest) San Pedro Nazca Booby LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2018 @ 6:44am, 11 day(s) ago
    Hi Tom et al.
    
    The best spot to try for the Nazca Booby that Tom, Dessi, and the rest of the Brown Pelican Survey party had on the bait receiver, is the big parking lot at the end of Miner St. The lot is locked sometimes and I have never figured out the schedule, but it should be open during hours when the nearby Lane Victory is open. To get there, just Google Lane Victory; the gate to the parking lot is right at the end, where Miner St. loops around. Continue straight in the parking lot, the bait receiver should be to the south, roughly in the direction of the Cabrillo Beach Fishing Pier.
    
    And don't forget to sign up for the eight-hour pelagic birding trip on the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing on November 3, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm ,it promises to be a good one.
    
    Yea Birds!
    
    Bernardo
    
    --
    Bernardo Alps
    Wildlife Biologist
    California Whales & Wildlife
    www.photocetus.com
    bernardo.alps@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  11. Nazca Booby, multiple American Oystercatchers San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Sep 8, 2018 @ 9:03pm, 11 day(s) ago
    AN OPEN LETTER TO MARK SCHEEL
    
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Dear Mark,
    
    You are not allowed to take a Dessie birding anywhere, anymore. I am staking a claim on this kid, because anytime I am within 6 feet of him I see super awesome fantastic fantabulous birds.
    
    Take this afternoon's Brown Pelican Survey, for example:
    
    We met the other Brown Pelican surveyors in the harbor in San Pedro and then the boat motored out to the outside of Angel's Gate and worked our way west to the base of the first section of breakwater that juts out from Cabrillo Beach. the first very cool bird
    was a peregrine falcon flying along the open water portion of the jetty, trying to decide what species of gull or sandpiper he was going to eat.
    
    Don't ask me how many Wandering Tattlers we saw over the course of the evening, working our way east along the middle and easternmost breakwaters. I think it was 14 or 15.
    
    Surfbirds, Black Turnstones, Ruddy Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers all over the place.
    
    Lots of red-necked phalarope on the outside of the breakwater, and at least two Red Phalaropes.
    
    When we turned around at the easternmost end of the 3rd, easternmost breakwater, and went inside the harbor Dessie immediately pointed out a non hybrid, normal American Oystercatcher. Diane our fearless captain, circled around and got the boat very close so
    that we took lots of photos. we voted and decided that this is a different bird from the one at Royal Palms Beach, but we will ask Kimball to look at the photos of this bird and compare it with the other San Pedro bird.
    
    A hundred yards or so later there was a second American Oystercatcher that was obviously a hybrid, with far too much black on its abdomen. Still, it was a very cool bird and once again, Diane circled around to make sure that we get lots of high-quality photographs.
    
    A hundred yards after that there was a Black Oystercatcher that was black all over except for an area of white feathers on its vent. We got pictures of that bird, also.
    
    Well, that was cool, and as we approached the inner portion of the westernmost breakwater, the part that starts at Cabrillo Beach, the sun was going below the horizon which according to the official protocol meant that we have to stop counting Brown Pelicans,
    so Diane steered the boat back towards 22nd Street Landing and we cruised by the bait barge, where an adult Nazca Booby was sitting around, minding his own business, until Diane pulled the boat so close that I forced to Dessie to sit next to me, while I took
    a selfie of the two of us with the booby 10 ft behind us on the dock. Yes, I also took regular photographs of the bird with my large camera.
    
    I'm writing this while sitting in the Celica in the parking lot in the dark at 22nd Street Landing, but I think it's time for me to go up to the Starbucks on Gaffey, tank up, so I can drive home and upload all of the photos. Like Rick Fisher likes to say, if
    I didn't get pictures, it didn't happen.
    
    Tom
    
    PS: am I the only guy who keeps finding White-breasted Nuthatches every time he steps out of his house, this fall I'm also finding Mountain Chickadees in neighborhoods where they don't usually show up, even in the winter.
    
    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
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  13. Los Angeles RBA- 7 September 2018 LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2018 @ 2:01pm, 12 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *September 7, 2018
    * CALA1809.07
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    White-winged Dove
    Chimney Swift
    American Oystercatcher
    Stilt Sandpiper
    Buff-breasted Sandpiper
    Red Phalarope
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Prairie Falcon
    Purple Martin
    Vesper Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    Orchard Oriole
    Northern Waterthrush
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
    Virginias Warbler
    CONNECTICUT WARBLER
    Canada Warbler
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 7.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was in San Pedro behind the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on September 2.
    Another was at the top of Kenneth Hahn SRA on September 5.
    
    Probable CHIMNEY SWIFTS were over the LA River in Glendale on September 1 and at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach (one or more birds) on September 3.
    
    An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER continued at Royal Palms Beach through September 5.
    It was most recently reported on the rock outcrops across from the first lifeguard station on the right after you enter the parking lot.
    
    A STILT SANDPIPER was on Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) from September 2-6.
    
    A RED PHALAROPE was on the lower LA River in Long Beach from September 1-3.
    It was just below the Willow Street crossing.
    
    Another RED PHALAROPE was on the north lake at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia from September 1-2.
    
    Two BROWN PELICANS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through September 5.
    
    One to two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (usually near the "elbow" of the marsh, adjacent to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson, sometimes farther down along the Lincoln Blvd. arm of the marsh) through September 5.
    The marsh is at the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson near Playa Vista.
    
    A PRAIRIE FALCON was over lower Zuma Canyon on September 3.
    
    Two PURPLE MARTINS were at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach on September 1.
    
    A VESPER SPARROW was along the Toyon Trail at Griffith Park on September 2.
    
    A probable ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Kenneth Hahn SRA on September 5 in the Hummingbird Garden.
    
    A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Hahamongna Watershed Park (aka Devils Gate Dam/basin) from September 1-2.
    It was at the small pond near the southeast corner of the basin.
    
    Another NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was along the LA River in the Sepulveda Basin on September 1, just below the Burbank Blvd. crossing.
    
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through September 6, along the east edge of the meadow.
    
    A VIRGINIAS WARBLER was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach from September 1-6 in the fennel.
    
    Another VIRGINIAS WARBLER was at George Allen Field on the Palos Verdes Peninsula from September 1-3.
    It was in olive trees on the north side of the field adjacent to 1533 Via Lopez.
    
    A VIGRINIAS WARBLER was also found at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on September 3.
    It was by the east end of the RV cove (at the extreme northeast part of the reservoir).
    
    A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on September 3.
    Another was in Beverly Hills on September 4 along with two INDIGO BUNTINGS.
    
    San Clemente Island produced a number of good birds this past week.
    A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found on September 1, a TENNESSEE WARBLER and a CANADA WARBLER were present on September 2, a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen on September 3, a LARK BUNTING was seen on September 4 and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found on
    September 5.
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website athttp://www.laaudubon.org
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  15. Birder Wanted! For Brown Pelican Survey September 8 LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2018 @ 8:01am, 12 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    
    A team will be surveying the Los Angeles/Long Beach breakwater as part of the Pacific Brown Pelican Survey, http://ca.audubon.org/brownpelicansurvey . We are looking for an experienced birder that can reliably tell adult from immature brown pelicans under possibly challenging conditions (moving boat, many flying birds, etc.). We will leave from the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in San Pedro at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Satuday, September 8, and travel the entire length of the breakwater, both on the outside and on the inside. The survey part usually takes about two hours, we should be back at the dock shortly after 7 p.m.
    
    A special perk is that we get to survey the entire breakwater during shorebird migration; anything is possible. If interested, please contact me by email with questions or to confirm participation. I can't receive phone calls at this time.
    
    Thank you and take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    --
    Bernardo Alps
    Wildlife Biologist
    California Whales & Wildlife
    www.photocetus.com
    bernardo.alps@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  17. Los Angeles RBA- 31 August 2018 LINK
    DATE: Aug 31, 2018, 20 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *August 31, 2018
    * CALA1808.31
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Lesser Nighthawk
    American Oystercatcher
    American Golden-Plover
    Buff-breasted Sandpiper
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Red-billed Tropicbird
    Cook's Petrel
    Townsend's Storm-Petrel
    MASKED BOOBY
    Brown Booby
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Indigo Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for August 31.
    
    A LESSER NIGHTHAWK was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on August 23.
    
    An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER has been at Royal Palms Beach from August 24-31.
    It was most recently reported on the rock outcrops across from the first lifeguard station on the right after you enter the parking lot.
    
    An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was on San Clemente Island on August 27.
    
    A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was along the LA River south of the Alondra crossing in Paramount on August 26.
    
    Up to four BROWN PELICANS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through August 29.
    
    An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (near the "elbow" of the marsh, adjacent to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) through August 29.
    It has been recently mostly along the Lincoln Blvd. arm of the marsh.
    
    VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through August 26, with five being reported on that date.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through August 29, along the east edge of the meadow.
    
    Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) on August 25.
    The bird was seen near the viewing platform.
    
    A male INDIGO BUNTING continued in the lower Arroyo area in Pasadena through August 31.
    From Lower Arroyo Park, head north to just below the Colorado Street bridge.
    The bird has been in a cattail patch on the east side of the main channel.
    
    A boat trip on August 25 produced the following species of note in LA County waters (in the general vicinity of San Clemente Island)-- Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, eighteen COOK'S PETRELS, MASKED BOOBY, BROWN BOOBY, at least one RED-FOOTED
    BOOBY and four TOWNSEND'S STORM-PETRELS.
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website athttp://www.laaudubon.org
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  19. Los Angeles RBA- 24 August 2018 LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2018 @ 3:21pm, 26 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *August 24, 2018
    * CALA1808.24
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Common Merganser
    White-winged Dove
    Pacific Golden-Plover
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Baird's Sandpiper
    MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Black-and-white Warbler
    SCARLET TANAGER
    Indigo Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for August 24.
    
    A summering COMMON MERGANSER continued along the LA River in Glendale (near the 134 Freeway crossing) through August 19.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on August 22.
    Another was along the LA River in Long Beach between the Willow and Wardlow crossings on August 23.
    
    A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was on San Clemente Island on August 19.
    
    A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was on the LA River in Cudahy, between Slauson and Imperial Highway on August 18
    
    Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were on the LA River near the end of Clara Street in Cudahy on August 20.
    
    A MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY was at Angels's Gate at the Los Angeles Harbor entrance on August 19.
    Other sightings were off Pt. Fermin on August 22 and at Cabrillo Beach on August 23.
    
    Four BROWN PELICANS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through August 21.
    
    At least one of two near adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (near the "elbow" of the marsh, adjacent to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) through August 23.
    At that time it was along the Lincoln Blvd. arm of the marsh.
    
    A BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was in Big Tujunga Wash on August 22.
    It was below the north edge of the 16th hole of the Angeles National Golf Course.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on August 21 and again on August 23, north of the middle road.
    
    A SCARLET TANAGER was on Santa Cruz Island on August 18.
    
    A male INDIGO BUNTING continued in the lower Arroyo area in Pasadena through August 21.
    From Lower Arroyo Park, head north to just below the Colorado Street bridge.
    The bird was by a side stream to the east of the main channel.
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website athttp://www.laaudubon.org
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  21. Re: [LACoBirds] Red-necked Phalarope at Bonelli Park LINK
    DATE: Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:59am, 31 day(s) ago
    I'm also personally seeing Red-necked Phalaropes in Glendale where I've not noted them before. This week and this morning up to 8 along the LA River below the 134 freeway. This morning, a single bird at Bette Davis is a real photographer's dream coming to within a few feet and 3 also on Silver Lake reservoir.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Saturday, August 18, 2018, 12:10:45 PM PDT, Rod Higbie warblerod@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
    Today 8/18 a Red-necked Phalarope was at the far west end of the mudflats at the RV Park cove at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. The 4 Brown Pelicans continued along the north shore where previously reported.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
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  23. Red-necked Phalarope at Bonelli Park LINK
    DATE: Aug 18, 2018 @ 12:10pm, 32 day(s) ago
    Today 8/18 a Red-necked Phalarope was at the far west end of the mudflats at the RV Park cove at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. The 4 Brown Pelicans continued along the north shore where previously reported.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
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  25. Los Angeles RBA- 17 August 2018 LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2018 @ 1:19pm, 33 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *August 17, 2018
    * CALA1808.017
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Craveri's Murrelet
    Black Tern
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    NAZCA BOOBY
    Neotropic Cormorant
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Orchard Oriole
    Summer Tanager
    Indigo Bunting
    Painted Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for August 17.
    
    Two SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were along the Rio Hondo on August 4 and 5.
    The birds were just upstream from the west end of Rush Street in Rosemead.
    
    Another SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was on the LA River in Cudahy between Florence and Clara Street on August 5.
    
    A CRAVERI'S MURRELET was at Leo Carillo State Beach on August 7.
    A NAZCA BOOBY was also at Leo Carillo on August 7.
    It was subsequently captured for rehab.
    
    A BLACK TERN was at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on August 12.
    
    A MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was at Malibu Lagoon on August 10.
    
    Along the LA River in Atwater Village, a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was present south of the Los Feliz crossing from August 10-12.
    
    Up to four BROWN PELICANS were at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas from August 11-14.
    
    An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (near the "elbow" of the marsh, adjacent to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) through August 15.
    
    Eight VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora on August 3.
    Another continued at Castaic Lagoon through August 5.
    
    A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City on August 13.
    It has not been reported again, but from the northeast parking lot, go east to the fence at the edge of the drainage channel and then follow a dirt path about 100 feet south.
    When you reach the spot between a shopping cart and mattress, the bird was in the willows to the southwest.
    
    An immature BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was found at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena on August 17.
    It was foraging by the amphitheater which is south of the Nature Center.
    
    An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at a residence in Westchester on August 12.
    
    A female SUMMER TANAGER was at Little Jimmy Spring near Mt. Islip in the San Gabriel Mountains on August 6.
    
    A male INDIGO BUNTING was along the lower Arroyo area on August 16.
    From Lower Arroyo Park, head north to just below the Colorado Street bridge.
    The bird was by a side stream to the east of the main channel.
    
    San Clemente Island produced a female PAINTED BUNTING on August 13.
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
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  27. Stolen bird skins, Bonelli Wilson's Phalarope, Brown Pelicans and a gray Tringa LINK
    DATE: Aug 12, 2018 @ 5:58pm, 38 day(s) ago
    Sunday 7/12/2018 17:57 Hi, Before I getto the
    mystery Tringa at Bonelli, and I the only person who heard yesterday's "This American Life" If you like cranky ornithologists,Alfred Russell Wallace, England, tropical birds, fly fishing, or Renaissance music, you've got to listen to this episode (I can't
    figure out how to listen to the whole episode, instead of the segments):
    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/654/the-feather-heist
    
    The Feather Heist - This American Life
    
    www.thisamericanlife.org
    
    A flute player steals a million dollars worth of dead birds.
    
    Scott and I went to Bonelli mid-day, and sweated while looking for the four Brown Pelicans sitting on the north shore. For the non eBirders, they have been there on-and-off since () Friday.We made sure that we got them
    by staring out the car window while cruising eastbound on Puddingstone Drive. Then we parked at the far east end at the dirt parking lot (free), and walked in. From the RV Park we saw several interesting sandpipers, but we didn't have a scope, so I took photos,
    assuming thatI would be able to identify them on a computer screen (Take that, you teenagers with your cell phones!). When I got home, I fell asleep on the lazy boy, so just now I realized while processing the photos that (slap to the forehead) the white
    sandpiper was a Wilson's Phalarope. Doh! There was a definiteGreater Yellowlegs close to us, and I called the other gray Tringa off in the distance a Lesser Yellowlegs, but I would like second and third opinions on it. It is in the same frame in two pictures
    of the Wilson's Phalarope:
    Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
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  29. Third-cycle Heermann's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 7, 2018 @ 3:57pm, 2 month(s) ago
    I arrived at ShoreLine Aquatic Park on bicycle at 4:54pm (July 4), at
    which point the Guadalupe Murrelet was apparently already long gone
    (later confirmed by reading Tom Miko's post). Of course I tried anyway,
    but to no avail so I took enjoyment at what I could find, including 3
    Brown Pelicans (BRPE), 3 Snowy Egrets, 1 Great Blue Heron and 1 juvenile
    Black-crowned Night-Heron all perched on one boat. I noticed an instance
    of mild BRPE aggression for the first time (in my previous experience
    they've aways been total gentle giants for example letting Heermann's
    Gulls follow them around like pets), in which an almost-adult raised its
    wings and bobbed its head to let an adjacent younger BRPE know that it
    felt annoyed by it (perhaps because that younger one had just suddenly
    playfully chewed on part of the boat); the immature BRPE took the hint
    and side-stepped 12+ feet away from it along the rail on which they were
    all standing (which also caused a Snowy Egret also to have to scoot
    further along on it).
    
    Then I decided to bird along the beach for a while (apparently called
    Junipero Beach). First thing I noticed was that there's a lot more
    Heermann's Gulls (HEEG) and California Gulls there now, compared to
    Cabrillo Beach. A small number of the HEEGs were 2nd-cycle (just like at
    Cabrillo), but mostly they were adult in breeding plumage (with a very
    small number just beginning to molt into nonbreeding plumage).
    
    Most interestingly, a third of a mile short of (WNW of) Belmost Pier, at
    33.75979N,118.15341W, was a 3rd-cycle (two year old) HEEG. Well, 2016
    was the year HEEGs had an extremely unsuccessful breeding season, and
    nobody (as far as I know) found any juvenile HEEGs. And now one has shown
    up that must have hatched on that year.
    
    Photos (still frames from 4K 60fps video):
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157670931498438
    
    (Bicycling back home on July 4 evening without having
    brought any earplugs turned out to be a very bad idea, given that I'm
    trying very hard to preserve the hearing I still have left. But I did get
    home just in time to video the entire official Cabrillo Beach
    fireworks show.)
    
    Please correct me if I'm wrong and this is just an adult with a
    way-off-track molting schedule. But I am pretty sure it's a 3rd-cycle
    bird.
    
    Also, did anyone end up finding any hatch-year HEEGs in 2016 I certainly
    did not.
    
    And has anyone else found 3rd-cycle HEEGs this year This is my
    first.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
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