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   Chimney Swift
Chimney Swift
Chaetura pelagica


   Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) - CHSW (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Los Angeles RBA- 15 June 2018 LINK
    DATE: Jun 15, 2018 @ 3:22pm, 6 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *June 15, 2018 * CALA1806.15 -Birds mentioned Chimney Swift MASKED BOOBY Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Glaucous-winged Gull Vermilion Flycatcher Summer 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 June 15. A CHIMNEY SWIFT was just east of Castaic Lake on June 9. A probable MASKED BOOBY was at the southeast end of Santa Catalina Island on June 11.
    There is some possibility that this bird is a MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was still at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa Vista through June 9.
    The marsh is at the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson. A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL continued at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley through June 8. A VERMILION FLYCATCHER was along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University on June 9. Four more VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued along the east edge of the Castaic Sports Complex through June 6. An immature male SUMMER TANAGER was at St. Andrew's Priory near Valyermo on June 9.
    Another SUMMER TANAGER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on June 9. An INDIGO BUNTING was on San Clemente Island from June 5-6. - 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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  3. Los Angeles RBA- 8 June 2018 LINK
    DATE: Jun 8, 2018 @ 3:14pm, 13 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *June 8, 2018 * CALA1806.08 -Birds mentioned Common Merganser Chimney Swift Whimbrel Dunlin Eastern Kingbird Purple Martin Varied Thrush Baltimore Oriole American Redstart Northern Parula Rose-breasted Grosbeak California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/ Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted -Transcript This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for June 8. Late or potentially summering COMMON MERGANSERS were at Quail Lake on June 2 and at the Rowena Reservoir in Los Feliz on June 3. A CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on June 2. An EASTERN KINGBIRD continued at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB through June 1 near Friends Pond.
    A WHIMBREL was nearby at Duckbill Lake on June 1 and a DUNLIN was present on June 7.
    Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry. A PURPLE MARTIN was at Victoria Park in Carson on June 2. A late VARIED THRUSH was at the Sepulveda Basin on June 2 by the restrooms northeast of the wildlife area north entrance. An apparent immature male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor on June 1.
    The bird was on the slope below the northeast corner of Loyola Marymount University. A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at a residence in Claremont on June 6. San Clemente Island produced a BALTIMORE ORIOLE present from June 1-2, a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on June 2 and a CHIMNEY SWIFT, an AMERICAN REDSTART and a NORTHERN PARULA on June 4. - 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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  5. Los Angeles RBA- 1 June 2018 LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:45pm, 20 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *June 1, 2018 * CALA1806.01 -Birds mentioned Common Merganser Chimney Swift Arctic Tern Vermilion Flycatcher Dusky-capped Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Eastern Kingbird Purple Martin Baltimore Oriole Black-and-white Warbler American Redstart Hepatic Tanager Summer Tanager Rose-breasted Grosbeak California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/ Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted -Transcript This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for June 1. Five COMMON MERGANSERS were at Castaic Lake on May 28. A CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen along the LA River just above the Los Feliz crossing in Glendale/Atwater Village through May 26.
    Park in the golf course parking lot off Los Feliz and walk up the berm to the river. An ARCTIC TERN was at the Piute Ponds (on Big Piute) on Edwards AFB on May 31.
    An EASTERN KINGBIRD was also reported from Piute on May 31.
    Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry. A continuing male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at Castaic Lagoon on May 28. The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER that wintered at Ladera Park was reported there through May 27. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance continued around the pond through May 29.
    PURPLE MARTINS included two at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from May 25-26 and two over the west Antelope Valley on May 30. A male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was on San Clemente Island on May 28. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on May 28. An AMERICAN REDSTART was at 961 Richmond Drive in Claremont on May 26. A female type HEPATIC TANAGER was at Chilao Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on May 26.
    It was along the main road between Little Pines Campground and the main Chilao Campground. A male SUMMER TANAGER was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on May 25. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were on San Clemente Island from May 25-26 and again on May 31, at Leo Carillo State Park by campsite 61 on May 27, at Portuguese Bend Reserve from May 27-28 and at the South Coast Botanic Garden on May 28 (by
    Creek Lane and Tram Road). - 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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  7. Los Angeles RBA- 25 May 2018 LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2018 @ 10:42am, 27 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *May 25, 2018 * CALA1805.25
    
     -Birds mentioned
    
    Chimney Swift Neotropic Cormorant Brown Pelican Yellow-crowned Night-Heron California Condor Dusky-capped Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Purple Martin Bank Swallow Baltimore Oriole Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Black-and-white Warbler Summer Tanager
    
     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 May 25.
    
    At least one CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen along the LA River just above the Los Feliz crossing in Glendale/Atwater Village from May 21-23.
    Park in the golf course parking lot off Los Feliz, or at North Atwater Park and walk down to Los Feliz.
    
    Continuing at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through May 19 was a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT.
    It has usually been near the north shore of the reservoir, sometimes across from the RV Park.
    A PURPLE MARTIN was at the northeast corner of the lake on May 20.
    
    The BROWN PELICAN at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley was observed through May 22.
     A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at Sim's Pond Bio Reserve in Long Beach through May 20.
    
    Eight CALIFORNIA CONDORS were seen near Castaic along the Old Ridge Route on May 19.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER that wintered at Ladera Park was reported through May 20.
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance continued around the pond through May 21.
     A SCISSOR-TAILED FYCATCHER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from May 19-20 on the north side of Duckbill Lake.
    A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at the south Ducks Unlimited Pond on May 20.
    A letter of permission is required for entry.
    
    A BANK SWALLOW was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) near Playa Vista on May 21.
    
    A male SUMMER TANAGER was seen briefly at the LA County Natural History Museum Nature Gardens on May 23.
    
    San Clemente Island reported an OVENBIRD, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 23.
    
     - 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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  9. Chimney Swift, LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 2:25pm, 29 day(s) ago
    For would-be Chimney Swift viewers who don't relish the challenge of sifting through a hundred swirling swifts and swallows, the best time is early in the mornings when there are very few or no White-throated Swifts at this location (usually just the chaetura and fewer swallows). This morning, there were 3 Vaux's in view almost constantly and the Chimney would cruise in on bowed wings every 10 mins or so. It was an ideal time to try and get some comparison shots between the 2 species (although not easy with a point and shoot). I have posted a couple of comparison shots of both species photographed within minutes of each other this morning on the checklist below. The bottom of the 2 comparisons is relatively in focus and may be helpful to others here, conveying the general shape and impression. What's not conveyed is scale. In real life, the Chimney is noticeably larger than the Vaux's:
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45958120 .
    
    The Chimney is considerably larger and darker with a slower, cruising flight pattern compared to the more frantic bat-like flapping of the Vaux's. Once you've been there long enough to get neck-ache and get familiar with both species, the Chimney can easily be picked out with the naked eye among the Vaux's.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course (big EATS sign by side of road) on the east side of the river (and north side of Los Feliz Blvd). You can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot. I've personally found best viewing on the bike path immediately north of the bridge (east side of the river).
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  11. Re: [LACoBirds] Chimney Swift at LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2018 @ 1:33pm, 29 day(s) ago
    For would-be Chimney Swift viewers who don't relish the challenge of sifting through a hundred swirling swifts and swallows, the best time is early in the mornings when there are very few or no White-throated Swifts at this location (usually just the chaetura and fewer swallows). This morning, there were 3 Vaux's in view almost constantly and the Chimney would cruise in on bowed wings every 10 mins or so. It was an ideal time to try and get some comparison shots between the 2 species (although not easy with a point and shoot). I have posted a couple of comparison shots of both species photographed within minutes of each other this morning on the checklist below. The bottom of the 2 comparisons is relatively in focus and may be helpful to others here, conveying the general shape and impression. What's not conveyed is scale. In real life, the Chimney is noticeably larger than the Vaux's:
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45958120 .
    
    The Chimney is considerably larger and darker with a slower, cruising flight pattern compared to the more frantic bat-like flapping of the Vaux's. Once you've been there long enough to get neck-ache and get familiar with both species, the Chimney can easily be picked out with the naked eye among the Vaux's.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course on the east side of the river (and north of Los Feliz Blvd) and you can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot. I've personally found best viewing on the bike path immediately north of the bridge (east side of the river).
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:56:47 PM PDT, Andrew Birch wrote:
    
    A Chimney Swift was still present this evening at the LA River by the Los Feliz Blvd bridge. We were able to get excellent views in direct comparison with Vaux's and White-throateds often at eye level and below us as it fed along the river. In comparison with Vaux's (often with the naked eye), it is a noticeably larger, longer-winged, longer-tailed, all dark swift. Heard to give a sweet chatter at one point.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course on the east side of the river and you can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:05:42 AM PDT, Andrew Birch andyrbirch@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
     Hi all, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was in the
    area and wanted to check them out. I believe there might possibly be 2 Chimney Swifts
    with at least 1 Vaux’s feeding over the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz
    Blvd. For anyone who tried for the Cassin’s/Blue-headed Vireo earlier in the
    year, it’s the same place. You can park at the golf course parking lot (there’s
    a café there with a big EAT sign) and enter the river bike path. Birds were
    fairly low feeding both over the river and also over Los Feliz bridge. The birds
    in question appear slightly larger, bulkier, darker and had a slower flight
    with more gliding and appeared less frantic than the Vaux’s. Have some poor pics, which
    I will look through tonight - one of which straight off the camera is posted
    with my eBird report here that appears to show bulging primaries (although not sure if that's an iron-clad feature...). Obviously, in the overcast conditions all the swifts look dark and maybe larger too. But these birds looked sufficiently different from the Vaux's that I thought it was worth posting in case anyone wants to look: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45896730
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  13. Re: [LACoBirds] Chimney Swift at LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2018 @ 10:56pm, 31 day(s) ago
    A Chimney Swift was still present this evening at the LA River by the Los Feliz Blvd bridge. We were able to get excellent views in direct comparison with Vaux's and White-throateds often at eye level and below us as it fed along the river. In comparison with Vaux's (often with the naked eye), it is a noticeably larger, longer-winged, longer-tailed, all dark swift. Heard to give a sweet chatter at one point.
    
    There is parking at the Los Feliz Golf Course on the east side of the river and you can enter the LA River bike path from that parking lot.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:05:42 AM PDT, Andrew Birch andyrbirch@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
     Hi all, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was in the
    area and wanted to check them out. I believe there might possibly be 2 Chimney Swifts
    with at least 1 Vaux’s feeding over the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz
    Blvd. For anyone who tried for the Cassin’s/Blue-headed Vireo earlier in the
    year, it’s the same place. You can park at the golf course parking lot (there’s
    a café there with a big EAT sign) and enter the river bike path. Birds were
    fairly low feeding both over the river and also over Los Feliz bridge. The birds
    in question appear slightly larger, bulkier, darker and had a slower flight
    with more gliding and appeared less frantic than the Vaux’s. Have some poor pics, which
    I will look through tonight - one of which straight off the camera is posted
    with my eBird report here that appears to show bulging primaries (although not sure if that's an iron-clad feature...). Obviously, in the overcast conditions all the swifts look dark and maybe larger too. But these birds looked sufficiently different from the Vaux's that I thought it was worth posting in case anyone wants to look: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45896730
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  15. Bank Swallow (I think) at Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2018 @ 11:00am, 31 day(s) ago
    While Andy Birch is finding Chimney Swifts in his 5MR, I was in my 5MR this morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in a slight mist, and believe I saw at least one Bank Swallow. Amongst the Barn, Tree, Cliff, and Rough-winged swallows working the water from the west end to the elbow, I spotted a brown swallow with a distinct brown chest band, and white curving up back behind the eye and before the wing, that distinguished it from the female tree swallows. Fuzzy photos in the following checklist.
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45898439
    
    Kevin Lapp Culver City
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  17. Interesting chaetura swifts at LA River, Atwater Village LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2018 @ 10:05am, 31 day(s) ago
    Hi all, wanted to get the word out in case anyone was in the
    area and wanted to check them out. I believe there might possibly be 2 Chimney Swifts
    with at least 1 Vaux’s feeding over the LA River immediately north of Los Feliz
    Blvd. For anyone who tried for the Cassin’s/Blue-headed Vireo earlier in the
    year, it’s the same place. You can park at the golf course parking lot (there’s
    a café there with a big EAT sign) and enter the river bike path. Birds were
    fairly low feeding both over the river and also over Los Feliz bridge. The birds
    in question appear slightly larger, bulkier, darker and had a slower flight
    with more gliding and appeared less frantic than the Vaux’s. Have some poor pics, which
    I will look through tonight - one of which straight off the camera is posted
    with my eBird report here that appears to show bulging primaries (although not sure if that's an iron-clad feature...). Obviously, in the overcast conditions all the swifts look dark and maybe larger too. But these birds looked sufficiently different from the Vaux's that I thought it was worth posting in case anyone wants to look: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45896730
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
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  19. Los Angeles RBA- 15 July 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2016 @ 1:23pm, 2 year(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * July 15, 2016 * CALA1607.15  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Brant
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Sora
    Spotted Dove
    Inca Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    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 at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:  Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
     
     
    -Transcript
     
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for July 15.
     
    A BRANT was at the Lancaster Water Treatment Plant from July 9-11. 
    Birders are welcome between 7:00AM and 3:00PM.  Be sure to check in at the new office location and let staff know that you are birding.  From the facility entrance on the north side of Ave. D just east of
    the 14 Freeway, go north to the second intersection and office parking area.  The office itself is at the northeast corner of the building.
     
    The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley continued through July 9.
     
    The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh.  It is most often seen at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh from along the path south of the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln and was seen
    here through July 9.
     
    A SORA has been at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from July 6-12.  It was last reported north of the east end of Big Piute.
     
    Four INCA DOVES and a SPOTTED DOVE were at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles on July 12.  Another SPOTTED DOVE was at Huntington Park Municipal Park on July 13.
     
    A CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen from Flat Rock Point on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on July 8.
     
    At least three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continue at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora.  They were reported through July 10.
     
    A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was on San Clemente Island on July 9.
     
    At Malibu Creek State Park, the male INDIGO BUNTING continued through July 9.  It is being seen near the grassland trail near where it departs the main pathway to the Visitor’s Center.
     
     
    - 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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  21. Chimney Swift sighting & a question LINK
    DATE: Jul 8, 2016 @ 12:16pm, 2 year(s) ago
    A Chimney Swift (80% sure) was seen (and briefly heard) this morning at PV coast. For detail please see my ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30600258
    
    I remember one was reported a couple of days ago at Madrona Marsh. So look out !
    
    I also have a question. This bird looks pretty worn and in molting. Can we say it's a post-breeding adult bird supposedly on the way to the winter ground I guess I am just confused why it's here.
    
    Jun & Bin
    Redondo Beach
    12:10 pm
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  23. Claremonnt Chaetura swift LINK
    DATE: Jun 14, 2016 @ 8:00am, 2 year(s) ago
    Greetings,
    Yesterday at 5:00 p.m.(Monday 6/13/2016) I was in my driveway when I noticed a flock of swallows over Wheeler Park, Claremont. During June/July/August swallows are very uncommon in this neighborhood, so I grabbed the binoculars and scanned the flock. The first thing that surprised me was that looking through the binoculars I could see that the flock of 8 to 10 swallows was actually a flock of at least 100 birds. The second thing was that one-maybe two- were Chaetura swifts, along with a White throated Swift. Their size, shape, and flight style visible, but I was looking into the sun, and could not observe plumage patterns.
    A few years ago in July or August I had a lone Chimney Swift over the park a few days after returning from a work trip to Houston, where they were common, and cooperative, so the difference between Vaux's and Chimney was still fresh in my mind...
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home
    
    "What's the use of having dreams, if they can't be crushed" Linda Belcher
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  25. Los Angeles RBA- 12 September 2014 LINK
    DATE: Sep 12, 2014 @ 1:34pm, 4 year(s) ago
    - RBA* California* Los Angeles
    RBA* September
    12, 2014* CALA1409.12
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Red-billed TropicbirdBrown BoobyStilt SandpiperRed KnotPectoral SandpiperSemipalmated SandpiperCommon TernWhite-winged DoveChimney SwiftBlack-and-white WarblerProthonotary Warbler (Ventura County)Prairie WarblerOrchard Oriole
    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 September 12.
    A RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD and a BROWN BOOBY were well southwest of San Clemente
    Island (but still in LA County waters) on September 8.
    Up
    to four juvenile STILT SANDPIPERS were on the LA River at Compton Creek
    (several hundred yards south of the Del Amo crossing) from September 9-11. On September 10 up to eight RED KNOTS were
    also at this spot.
    Another
    STILT SANDPIPER was near the 405 Freeway crossing on September 9.
    Two
    juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were on the LA River south of Del Amo on Spetember
    9. Another was on the Rio Hondo below
    Rosemead Blvd. on September 5 and one was on the LA River south of the 134
    Freeway crossing on September 6.
    A
    SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on September
    6. Remember that a letter of permission
    is required for entry.
    COMMON
    TERNS included four birds at Belmont Shore Kiteboarding Beach (near Ocean Blvd.
    and Santa Ana) on September 9 and another two at Malibu Lagoon on September 10.
    A
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on September 5.
    Up
    to ten CHIMNEY SWIFTS have been over the LA River at Meadow Rd. (south of the
    110 Freeway) from September 1-11. Be
    aware that a number of Vaux’s Swifts are also present.
    A
    BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Creek Park in La Mirada on September 10. It was in the upper part of the park near Santa
    Gertrudes in a Silver Maple tree by the bridge off Golden Lantern.
    A
    PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on September 7 and
    continued through September 12. It has
    been in the middle willow area. The
    marsh is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00-5:00.
    An
    adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester on
    September 6. It was along the east edge
    of the campus. To reach the spot where
    the bird was seen-- from the Chapel entrance go east to the fence, then right
    on the maintenance road.
    
    VENTURA
    COUNTY—
    A
    PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was at the Laguna Road tamarisk row on September 11, near
    the gap between the two rows of trees.
    The tamarisks are just east of Pleasant Valley Road.
    This
    report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    -
    end transcript
    Jon
    L Fisher
    Glendale, CAJonF60@...
    
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our
    website at http://www.laaudubon.org
    
    
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  27. Los Angeles RBA- 5 September 2014 LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2014 @ 10:01am, 4 year(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * Septemeber 5, 2014
    * CALA1409.05
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Solitary Sandpiper
    Dunlin
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    Black Tern (Ventura County)
    Common Tern (Ventura County)
    Chimney Swift
    Dusky Flycatcher
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tree Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Cedar Waxwing
    Lark 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 at JonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 5.
    
    A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was on the LA River in South Gate (south of the end of Southern Avenue) on September 2.
    
    An early DUNLIN was on the LA River in Cudahy (south of Clara Street) on September 4.
    
    PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (now all juveniles) are appearing on the LA River. Single birds were between Alondra and Somerset and north of Rosecrans on September 1. One was south of Wardlow and two were south of Del Amo on September 3.
    
    A juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was on the LA River just north of the Willow Street pipe bridge (a short distance north of Willow St itself) from August 30-September 1.
    
    A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was found and photographed at Lake Balboa on September 3.
    
    A CHIMNEY SWIFT was over the LA River and Meadow Rd. south of the 110 Freeway on September 1.
    
    A DUSKY FLYCATCHER- a very scarce migrant on the coastal slope- was reported at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on September 1.
    
    An immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora (where a pair bred this past spring) on September 1.
    
    An apparent albino TREE SWALLOW was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on August 31. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was also present the same day.
    
    A BANK SWALLOW was along the lower LA River on August 29. It was on the wires that cross the river below the railroad bridge south of the Del Amo crossing.
    
    Additional reports of early CEDAR WAXWINGS continued, with flocks of 15 and 24 birds in the Pasadena area this past week.
    
    A LARK BUNTING was on San Clemente Island at Wilson Cove on September 3. There is no public access to the island.
    
    VENTURA COUNTY—
    
    Five COMMON TERNS and two BLACK TERNS were at the Santa Clara River Estuary on September 4. A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was at the southeast side of the estuary from August 28-29.
    
    A LARK BUNTING was along Arnold Road on August 31 and September 1. It was on the east side of the road just over a mile from Hueneme Road.
    
    This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
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  29. Re: [LACoBirds] Wrentits in Palos Verdes?? (lon g) LINK
    DATE: Jun 4, 2014, 4 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    First thanks Ed for bringing this issue to everyone's attention....
    
    ....with apologies for length, I trimmed it down from 600 pages......
    but finally when something I can pontificate on comes along, I'd hate
    to blow the chance......
    
    It sure is comforting to know people are smart enough to question
    reports when needed, now if some could just figure out when not to. :)
    There was another recently noted here too, a Nuttall's Woodpecker at
    Harbor Park where Downy breeds, and no Downy were reported. I almost
    crawled out of the cave for that one too..... Not that a vagrant
    Nuttall's can't happen, they have, but very rarely, and should
    require docs a) where a vagrant, and b) when at a Downy breeding site.
    Maybe they will colonize new ground one day too as others have recently.
    It should be documented if or as they do. It is good to see these
    permutations being picked up and noticed by the locals.
    
    The Palos Verdes Peninsula (PVP) has a unique situation in that being
    mainland, but a former channel island, it is missing several species
    common in coastal socal (that are similarly missing from the channel
    islands). Whilst it was once common knowledge perhaps it bears
    repeating.
    Mostly it is the denizens of the chapparal-live-oak community, like
    Nuttall's Woodpecker, Wrentit, California Thrasher, White-breasted
    Nuthatch,
    and Plain Titmouse. Western Bluebird was on that list until the last
    decade.
    Some are not aware of these species' absence on the PVP, save as
    vagrants
    where they should be documented. There has yet to have been a proven
    PVP
    Wrentit to the best of my knowledge. There is a pile of heard only
    reports.
    
    Also on the PVP, to further reinforce the island effect, two known
    channel island subspecies are present. Besides being ground-zero for
    the
    colonization of the mainland and then LA Basin and beyond by sedentarius
    Allen's Hummingbirds, it was also the main mainland beach-head for the
    sordida Orange-crowned Warbler (much smaller numbers were around Pt.
    Loma).
    What the samheck does this have to do with Wrentits on the PVP you ask
    Sordida is what relates to a Wrentit mis-ID problem we've had on the
    PVP.
    
    Up until recently (probably mostly still) most birders living in socal
    do not hear sordida Orange-crowned Warbler sing as a regular part of
    their
    birding. Without a boat ride, for the most part only hanging out on the
    PVP gets your ear in tune to sordida (though they are expanding slowly
    off
    the PVP into adjacent flatlands of basin). It seemed not many people
    would
    go to the PVP for an Orange-crowned Warbler, no matter how unique a
    subspecies.
    
    People that were good birders would come to the PVP and report heard
    Wrentits.
    Once one took me to the spot and when it sang he said 'there it is,
    that's it'.
    It was sordida. This was a respected good decent birder. I chased many
    down,
    it was the same EVERY time, the x on the map led to a singing sordida.
    And in
    thousands of hours of listening, I never heard the voice of the
    chapparal I
    knew at age 5, on the PVP. I've been in most of the canyons and on most
    of
    the trails, a bunch of times. Very few realize sordida really gets
    going with
    what I would call territorial singing, by late December. Most folks
    aren't
    used to hearing singing warblers in December hereabouts. With a unique
    song.
    These singing sordida also become agressive toward wintering lutescens
    at that
    time. By January some sordida seem in full breeding mode on the PVP,
    singing
    incessantly, defending territory. Surely in February some are nesting
    some years.
    
    Sordida song is very little like lutescent Orange-crowned Warbler song,
    and
    can fool a decent birder that knows Wrentit into thinking they heard
    one.
    Many probably don't think "Org-crnd" when they hear it, if their default
    frame of reference Orange-crowned is lutescens. Lutescent's trill
    reminds me
    of a Chimney Swift at times it is so fast, the notes so sharp, the way
    it
    speeds to crescendo, then slows and fades. On the other end of the
    scale, many
    have called a sordida song, a Wrentit, just for easy comparison. Much
    lower,
    much slower, made of softer rounder notes, not sharp hard-edged ones.
    Once you
    learn sordida songs (there are a couple types) you won't make the
    mistake,
    and it is certainly an understandable one anyway.
    
    Except the part about not reporting a bird as if you identified it, when
    you actually did not. Oh yeah, it was E-blurred. Any heard only
    Wrentit
    report on the PVP can be dismissed with a great degree of confidence and
    little worry of losing a good report. Considering the sordid sordida
    situation,
    and Wrentits proven lack of wandering (in one study they would not cross
    a
    fire break!), the first PVP Wrentit should be thoroughly documented as
    was
    the first proven Titmouse in the 1990's. There are far more King Eider
    and
    Little Gull records around the PVP than Wrentit (zero) by factors, so
    beyond
    them is the level of rarity being reported when someone says 'Wrentit on
    PVP'.
    
    I have an idea, split it, call it the Sordid Warbler, and we'd know how
    far
    off the PVP it breeds now, in a year, everyone would learn the song if
    it counted
    for a score. I suspect sordida is one of the least known taxa in the
    L.A. Basin.
    More people know more about munias that just got introduced there,
    because they
    count for a score.
    
    How I miss the dullness of sordida.......
    
    Mitch Heindel
    Utopia Texas
    formerly the PVP area
    
    On 2014-05-31 00:05, Edmond Griffin eppygriffin@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote: > Hi All,
    >
    > I am searching for documentation, photos or recordings, of a Wrentit
    > on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The number of eBird reported sightings
    > has been rising steadily of late, despite Mitch Heindel's 2005 law:
    >
    > "There shall be no Wrentit accepted for the Palos Verdes Peninsula
    > without irrefutable evidence period."
    >
    > There have been 3 separate eBird reports in PV this spring. If anyone
    > has irrefutable evidence can they please share it with me off list
    >
    > Thanks very much,
    > Ed Griffin
    > Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    
    
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