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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. ###################################### 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. ###################################### 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. ###################################### 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
Claremont 3:00 p.m. An intrepid mixed band of retired birders, birders who are off work on Mondays, and birders who snuck out the emergency exit of their jobs without telling anybody stood in the baking Inland Empire sun all morning, with the last of the foolhardy leaving after 2:15 p.m., or later, without seeing or hearing the Grace's Warbler at the botanical garden. There are, however, Lawrence's Goldfinches "everywhere" in Claremont, which also has a bumper crop of Fiddleneck in any and all patches of disturbed soil. (Lawrence's Goldfinches favor this food source). Amazingly the Ovenbird was seen heard/seen by a few people. I am going to email Kimball photos of a tiny female hummingbird that was probably a Calliope at the Grace's Warbler spot. 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
I have posted some photos of the Grace's Warbler from today in both my eBird checklist and on Flickr. It was rather cooperative for the 30 minutes it was present in the botanic gardens, staying in the same tree, and calling frequently and singing occasionally. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44374664 https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
The Grace's Warbler flew off at a little after 12:20pm, heading roughly southwest, and may have ended up at Cahuilla Park. It may be worth checking there first, if one wants to try for it this afternoon. Brittany O'Connor Claremont On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 12:12 PM, Brittany O'Connor ba.oconnor@... [LACoBirds] wrote: Hi, The Grace's Warbler is currently in the same lines along Indian Hill Blvd that it was in yesterday, 11:45am 4/8/18. Brittany O'Connor Claremont On Sat, Apr 7, 2018 at 5:23 PM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds] wrote: Earlier today David Rankin found a Grace's Warbler at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont. The bird was seen for about 30 minutes between 12 and 1 pm in the pine trees in the northwest corner of the gardens along Indian Hill Blvd. His ebird checklist is here:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44335343. Several of us looked this afternoon but could not refind the bird. It is possible to see the pines from outside the gardens along Indian Hill Blvd (you can park at nearby Cahuilla Park), although this might not offer the best views, especially in the morning looking east. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA
Hi, The Grace's Warbler is currently in the same lines along Indian Hill Blvd that it was in yesterday, 11:45am 4/8/18. Brittany O'Connor Claremont On Sat, Apr 7, 2018 at 5:23 PM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds] wrote: Earlier today David Rankin found a Grace's Warbler at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont. The bird was seen for about 30 minutes between 12 and 1 pm in the pine trees in the northwest corner of the gardens along Indian Hill Blvd. His ebird checklist is here:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44335343. Several of us looked this afternoon but could not refind the bird. It is possible to see the pines from outside the gardens along Indian Hill Blvd (you can park at nearby Cahuilla Park), although this might not offer the best views, especially in the morning looking east. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA
Earlier today David Rankin found a Grace's Warbler at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont. The bird was seen for about 30 minutes between 12 and 1 pm in the pine trees in the northwest corner of the gardens along Indian Hill Blvd. His ebird checklist is here:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44335343. Several of us looked this afternoon but could not refind the bird. It is possible to see the pines from outside the gardens along Indian Hill Blvd (you can park at nearby Cahuilla Park), although this might not offer the best views, especially in the morning looking east. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA
Hi all, 26 Dec 2007 I had a Grace's Warbler in Rolling Hills today. The big problem with Rolling Hills is access. It is an exclusive, private, gated city. For those familiar with the area, from Poppy Trail Lane take the Sleepy Hollow Trail (signed). After a ways, take the Purple Canyon Trail (signed) to the right. Up a ways, the willows will thin out on the right after a bend to the left. Up above on the left begins a nice grove of Monterey Pines that continues up canyon. I kept track of the bird for about an hour by its call (a soft Yellow Warbler-type chip) as it moved through the pines here. Views were difficult to obtain because it often stayed hidden high in the pines. For those without access, there is a trail from the outside that will get you to Poppy Trail Lane. This is the way I went. It is quite a long and steep hike. Going up Palos Verdes Drive East, take Bronco Dr. to the right. Continue up to the Martingale Trailhead on the right. Take the steep trail down to the bottom of the canyon and take the trail to the right down the canyon. A ways down, the trail will turn left up another canyon. Continue up until you reach the road (Poppy Trail Lane). Follow the road a short distance up canyon to the Sleepy Hollow Trail and continue as mentioned above. Kevin Larson Lawndale
- RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * October 12, 2006 * CALA0610.12 - Birds mentioned Brown Pelican Sandhill Crane Pectoral Sandpiper Arctic Tern Eurasian Collared-Dove RUDDY GROUND-DOVE Vermilion Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Bell's Vireo Tennessee Warbler Grace's Warbler Black-and-White Warbler American Redstart Painted Redstart Summer Tanager Clay-colored Sparrow California Bird Records Committee: Report sightings on the rare bird report form: http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/ Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert Telephone Number: (323) 874-1318 E-mail reports to: JonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County. - Transcript This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for Thursday October 12, 2006. Please report sightings to Jon Fisher at 818-544-5009 or via e-mail to JonF60@... A SANDHILL CRANE was seen briefly at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on October 7. After being found the bird flew off. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER and an ARTIC TERN were at the Piute Ponds on Edwards Air Force Base on October 8. Note that the ponds are closed to the general public and a letter of permission is required to enter. An exceptional bird was a RUDDY GROUND-DOVE seen and photographed at a private residence in La Canada on October 10. This would constitute a first LA County record. A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was reported at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City on October 9. The male VERMILION FLYCATCHER that spent last winter in South El Monte has returned. The bird is at the soccer fields just southwest of the west end of Rush Street. The bird was seen on October 11. Take Rush west from Rosemead Blvd., just north of the 60 Freeway. Several interesting birds were along the San Gabriel River on October 7. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was 1/2 mile south of Slauson, a BROWN PELICAN and two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were at Wilderness Park in Downey. A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at the Village Green Condominiums on October 7. The bird was behind unit 5119. The condominiums are located at the southwest corner of Rodeo and South LaBrea. This is private property, but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents. A GRACE'S WARBLER was found at DeForest Park in Long Beach on October 12. The bird was seen in the northwest area of the park in the morning, but could not be refound later in the day. Also present was an AMERICAN REDSTART in willows south of the Nature Trail and a BELL'S VIREO southwest of the building near the tennis courts. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Ed Vincent Park in Inglewood on October 10. The bird was seen near the park office. Another BLACK-AND-WHITE was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach the same day. The PAINTED REDSTART that spent last winter at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas has returned. The bird was seen in its usual place at the parking area near Restroom #8. A male SUMMER TANAGER was at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve on October 12. The bird was north of the north entrance to the Wildlife area in an oak near the concrete bridge over Haskell Creek. This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society. - 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. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BIRD SIGHTING WEBSITE You may also leave or receive instant updates (no e-mail,- web based) on Southern California bird sightings by clicking the Bird Sighting Board module on the home page of http://www.laaudubon.org/
Hi Folks- Thurs 12 Oct Shortly after 0800 I had an adult Grace's Warbler at DeForest Park in N. Long Beach, foraging in pine trees near the NW corner of the park. The bird soon left these trees and got away, but I hooked up with Karen Gilbert and we refound it about 150 yds. south in pines along the west edge of the playground. The bird again moved and this time could not be relocated. Jeff Boyd, Karen and I spent a great deal of time looking for it without success---it was not seen after about 0930. A male American Redstart was in the willows south of the Nature Trail area, and a Bell's Vireo was in the alders and Australian Willows southwest of the building by the tennis courts. The Bell's is probably the same one seen on 24 Sep and might be the bird that wintered here the past three winters. Also in the park were two Cassin's Vireos and a continuing Plumbeous (first seen on 23 Sep). Richard Barth West Hollywood
Hi Jon: A much easier place to see Hooded Mergansers is from the El Torito Restaurant in Encino. There are at least 2 pairs on the small lake in the Los Encinos Historical Monument (they usually winter here). The location is just east of the intersection of Ventura Blvd. and Balboa Blvd. If you don't want to have lunch, you can walk into the park any old time. Jean
- RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * December 1, 2005 * CALA0512.01 - Birds mentioned Northern Fulmar Short-tailed Shearwater Long-tailed Duck Black Scoter White-winged Scoter Eurasian Wigeon Hooded Merganser Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Least Flycatcher Gray Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Thick-billed Kingbird Bell's Vireo Winter Wren Virginia's Warbler Nashville Warbler Grace's Warbler Black-and-White Warbler Painted Redstart American Redstart Summer Tanager Black-headed Grosbeak California Bird Record Committee, report sightings on the rare bird report form: http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/ Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert Telephone Number: (323) 874-1318 E-mail reports to: JonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County. - Transcript This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, December 1. Please report sightings to Jon Fisher at 818-544-5009 (or e-mail to JonF60@...). Eighteen NORTHERN FULMAR and two SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS were seen from Point Vicente on the Palos Verdes Penninsula on November 27. Parking is available at the Public Fishing Access parking area. A LONG-TAILED DUCK, a male BLACK SCOTER and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on November 29. Parking can be found along the Pacific Coast Highway at the Hyperion outlook between Imperial and Grand. Check near Lifeguard Platform #58 and #59. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in San Dimas on November 24. Take Fairplex north from the 10 Freeway and then go left on Via Verde. The bird was in a small fenced pond about 500 feet west of Fairplex along Via Verde. Those with an interest in HOODED MERGANSERS should check the Soka University Ponds near Mulholland Drive and Malibu Canyon Road and also the Woodley Golf Course pond near the driving range in Van Nuys. Multiple birds have been reported from both locations. A LEAST FLYCACHER was found in Area 2 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on November 29. Take Snake Road past the 15 MPH speed limit sign and look in the oaks on the north side of the road. Also in this part of Area 2 was a TROPICAL KINGBIRD. A GRAY FLYCATCHER was in oaks near Restroom #38. In Area 3, an AMERICAN REDSTART was north of Wardlow at the far northwest end of the lakes. El Dorado Park is on Willow Street just west of the 605 Freeway. There is an entry fee of $4. The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Banning Park in Wilmington was reported through November 24. The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was also reported through the 24th. Banning Park is on the Pacific Coast Highway, just east of the 110 Freeway. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at West LA College was seen through December 1. The bird moves around and one strategy is to wait at the ball field for the bird to show up there. At Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale, the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen through November 24. Look around Parking Lot #5, though it may been seen anywhere in the general area. The entrance is on the north side of Arrow Highway between Irwindale Ave. and the 605 Freeway. There is an entry fee on weekends. Three WINTER WRENS appeared this past week with one at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on November 25th, another in Rolling Hills Estates the same day, and a third along the San Gabriel River's West Fork Road on November 26th. A VIRGINIA'S WARBLER was along the LA River on November 24. This bird was half way between DeForest Park and the Artesia crossing in sycamores on the hillside. At DeForest Park proper, a BELL'S VIREO continued in alders south of the tennis courts. A GRACE'S WARBLER was at Buckhorn Campground on November 25th. This may be the same bird reported here earlier in the year. The bird was seen about 50 feet down the road from the locked exit gate at Buckhorn. You can park outside the exit and walk down the road to reach this spot. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WABLER was at Camino Real Park in Ventura on November 27th. It was seen near the first parking lot next to the freeway. The PAINTED REDSTART at Bonelli Regional Park was reported through December 1. Look for it near Restroom #8, especially in the oak on the median strip between the road and parking area. The PAINTED REDSTART at Elysian Park was reported through November 18. This bird is in the Solano Canyon area of Elysian Park near Park and Academy. Look for it in the maple trees north of the upper playground area. A apparent second PAINTED REDSTART was found in the same area on November 27. This bird was in Chavez Ravine along Stadium Way, east of Academy Drive and just east of the playground. Also in this part of Chavez Ravine were two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS and a NASHVILLE WARBLER. On November 30, the Redstart was not refound, but a SUMMER TANAGER previously reported here on October 27 was still present. Yet another PAINTED REDSTART was reported from Big Dalton Canyon above Glendora on November 30. The bird was near a fire ring at the picnic area on the left side of the road as you enter the park. This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society. - end transcript Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA JonF60@... EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS For all events, field trips and announcements, you may consult our website at http://www.laaudubon.org. SOUTHERN CAL. BIRD SIGHTING WEBSITE You may also leave or receive instant updates (no e-mail,- web based) on Southern California bird sightings by clicking the Bird Sighting Board module on the home page of http://www.laaudubon.org/
LACo Birders, Today at noon there was a Grace's Warbler at the exit to Buckhorn Campground, San Gabriel Mountains. After parking at the locked exit gate to Buckhorn, it was in the crown of the tallest pine about 20 yards beyond the gate to the left of the exit road. I would think this is the same warbler found earlier this year. There was also a Golden Eagle being chased out of territory by a Common Raven at the same location. Good Birding, Ron Cyger Pasadena
- RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * May 19, 2005 * CALA0505.19 - Birds mentioned Franklin's Gull Tropical Kingbird Grace's Warbler Red Crossbill California Bird Record Committee, report sightings on the rare bird report form: http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/ Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert Telephone Number: (323) 874-1318 E-mail reports to: JonF60@... Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County. - Transcript This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for Thursday, May 19. Sightings should be reported to Jon Fisher at 818-544-5009. A FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen briefly at Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey on May 13. A dozen FRANKLIN'S GULLS were at the Lancaster Sewer Ponds on May 17. Remember to check in at the office before birding the ponds. Take the Avenue D exit from the 14 Freeway in Lancaster. The ponds are immediately east of the freeway on the north side of Avenue D. There are two continiung TROPICAL KINGBIRDS at West LA College. Most recently, they were reported on May 13. Check for them around the steel posts along the west side of the vacant lot above Parking Lot #7. Parking is available on Stocker, Freshman or Sophomore, the three streets bordering the campus. A singing male GRACE'S WARBLER was found at Charlton Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on May 13 and seen again the following day. The bird was in pines in the picnic area. The bird has been looked for since then but has not been refound. Also in the San Gabriel Mountians were singing RED CROSSBILLS at Cooper Cayon trailhead, just past Cloudburst Summit on May 15. On a related note: Angeles Crest Highway is closed past Islip Saddle. This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society. - end transcript Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA JonF60@... EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS For all events, field trips and announcements, you may consult our website at http://www.laaudubon.org. SOUTHERN CAL. BIRD SIGHTING WEBSITE You may also leave or receive instant updates (no e-mail,- web based) on Southern California bird sightings by clicking the Bird Sighting Board module on the home page of http://www.laaudubon.org/
Birders: A couple of notes from yesterday morning (15 May) in the San Gabriels. Charlton Flat: No sign of the Grace's Warbler between 7 and 8 am and again 10:30 to 11 am. Cooper Canyon trail head between Cloudburst Summit and Buckhorn: 2-3 singing Red Crossbills Between Buckhorn exit and Vista Picnic Area: one singing Hermit Warbler Islip Saddle to Cortelyou Spring: two singing Hermit Warblers, one singing MacGillivray's Warbler (in Ceanothus, since willow thickets are still under snow), one singing Golden-crowned Kinglet (Cortelyou), nest-building Pine Siskins. The usual common species (Green-tailed Towhee, Townsend's Solitaire, Dusky and Olive-sided flycatchers, White-headed Woodpecker, etc.), were well-represented, although Clark's Nutcracker was notably absent. Angeles Crest Highway is closed at Islip Saddle. If you choose to walk from there the short distance to Cortelyou Spring, bear in mind that not only is the highway impassible to cars, it is also difficult to traverse on foot (avalanches, rocks, trees, etc. in the roadbed). Gnats and small flies are extraordinarily abundant this year, so bird very early, then hope for cool winds. Because ACH is closed at Islip, the hordes of motorcyclists are mostly only going as far as Newcomb Ranch (above Chilao), but enough are going higher up to still constitute a major annoyance. Kimball Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90007 (213) 763-3368 (213) 746-2999 FAX kgarrett@...
Elisabeth Koster from Sweden and I birded from 7 AM to midnight yesterday, but since we weren't focused on our day list, "long day" seems more appropriate than "big day". We started with the Chat at Sepulveda Basin making lots of noice and giving great looks along with a loud Bell's Vireo. Black-chinned Hummingbirds give good looks here as well (mostly down at the end of the path where it turns to under the highway). We then hiked the very hot Hummingbird trail in Simi Valley looking for Canyon Wren and Rufous-crowned Sparrow, hearing both but seeing neither but getting great looks at a Costa's Hummingbird and also many adult and juvenille Sage Sparrows. Then we were off into the Mountains to see White-headed Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher (plus a virtual chorus of Mountain Quail that kept hidden) at Charlton Flats. We then linked up with Lance Brenner's great Owl field trip, hearing five species and getting walk away looks of Northern Pygmy Owl plus the bonus of hearing (and kind of seeing) the Grace's Warbler at Charlton Flats which we had missed that day. It was a very well run trip. We ran into a whole bunch of great people throughout the day. Walter Lamb Culver City
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