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  1. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Jul 9, 2018 @ 10:45am, 13 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks next month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are currently about 10 spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  3. Third-cycle Heermann's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 7, 2018 @ 3:57pm, 15 day(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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  5. Los Angeles RBA- 6 July 2018 LINK
    DATE: Jul 6, 2018 @ 2:56pm, 16 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *July 6, 2018 * CALA1807.06 -Birds mentioned Guadalupe Murrelet Least Tern Vermilion Flycatcher 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 July 6. A GUADALUPE MURRELET was seen from Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach on July 4. A LEAST TERN was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on June 30.
    Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry. Three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continue at the Castaic Sports Complex, being last reported on June 28. - 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. Guadalupe murrelet still present at 3:30 pm LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 9:42pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    The Guadalupe Murrelet was present from 3-3:30 PM as described by others. Best viewing was from the shoreline of the park almost directly opposite the Harbor Breeze Landing. It wasn't visible on our arrival but soon emerged from between the large moored vessels at the aquarium end of the harbor.
    
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
    
    Garden Grove, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  9. Guadalupe Murrelet Photos LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 7:53pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Thanks for the great bird. A little bit easier to take photos of this murrelet than the last one. I uploaded a few images to my Flickr page.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/
    
    Jim Hecht Hermosa Beach CA
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  11. (it's gone) Re: [LACoBirds] Re: Guadalupe Murrelet, 7/4 LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 5:31pm, 18 day(s) ago
    I got here around 4:15 p.m. and neither I, nor other birders have fout it, despite walking around all over the area. The others are leaving. I am going to check Golden Shore, juste pour rire.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    
    Claremont, CA 91711
    
    cell one: 909.241.3300
    
    cell two: 213.471.6001
    
    home: 909.445.1456
    
    office: 213.351.7382
    
    office main 213.351.7897
    
    www.tgmiko.com
    
    From: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Jeff Bray jbray4913@... [LACoBirds]
    
    Sent: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 12:33:07 PM
    
    To: LA Co Birds
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Re: Guadalupe Murrelet, 7/4
    
    Thanks for a great life bird Frank! Showed nicely this morning for a bunch of us from 10:15am - 11:00am.
    
    Was really nice to be able to study the bird up close and watch it flying underwater when it was feeding close to shore.
    
    eBird list below with some shots
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46988770
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  13. Re: Guadalupe Murrelet, 7/4 LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 12:33pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Thanks for a great life bird Frank! Showed nicely this morning for a bunch of us from 10:15am - 11:00am.
    
    Was really nice to be able to study the bird up close and watch it flying underwater when it was feeding close to shore.
    
    eBird list below with some shots
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46988770
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  15. Guadalupe Murrelet continues LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 9:57am, 18 day(s) ago
    The bird continues at 33.7615,-118.1953 is very cooperative and is moving around in a small area
    
    Brendan Galvin
    
    Irvine, CA
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  17. Re: [LACoBirds] Guadalupe Murrelet, 7/4 LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 10:05am, 18 day(s) ago
    Bird still present 10am
    Andy Birch
    Los Feliz
    
    On Jul 4, 2018, at 8:29 AM, John Garrett curvirostra9@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Birders,
    
    Frank Gilliland just found a very cooperative Guadalupe Murrelet at Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach. Coordinates are:
    
    33.7611415,-118.1950150
    
    Here with Susan Gilliland, Chris Dean, Dessi Sieburth, Janet and Mark Scheel.
    
    John Garrett
    Pasadena
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  19. Guadalupe Murrelet, 7/4 LINK
    DATE: Jul 4, 2018 @ 8:29am, 18 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Frank Gilliland just found a very cooperative Guadalupe Murrelet at Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach. Coordinates are:
    
    33.7611415,-118.1950150
    
    Here with Susan Gilliland, Chris Dean, Dessi Sieburth, Janet and Mark Scheel.
    
    John Garrett
    Pasadena
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  21. Potential Cortez Bank pelagic trip, August 25 LINK
    DATE: May 27, 2018 @ 8:05pm, 56 day(s) ago
    LA County birders,
    
    I am trying to organize a pelagic trip to the Cortez Bank this year. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer (same boat used on Orange County Audubon pelagics), leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost will likely be $200 (it will not be more than that).
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to add species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger to your LA County list. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going, please email me back (off list) and let me know so I can put your name on the manifest and determine if there is enough interest to fill the boat. I have a list of about 10 people who have expressed interest already, but we need 20-25 more to fill the boat and make this trip happen. If you have any questions regarding the details of the trip, please contact me and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
    
    Tom
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  23. Los Angeles RBA- 2 June 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jun 2, 2017 @ 1:46pm, 1 year(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *June 2, 2017
    * CALA1706.02
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Common Ground-Dove
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Guadalupe Murrelet
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Swainson’s Hawk
    WHITE-EYED VIREO
    Purple Martin
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Magnolia Warbler
    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 at
    
    JonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for June 2.
    
    A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook on June 1.
    
    At least two COMMON GROUND-DOVES continued along the San Gabriel River by the nursery at the end of Trabuco Street in Bellflower through May 29. They have also been seen well south of Trabuco (i.e. Caruther’s Park
    just above the 91 Freeway).
    
    Another COMMON GROUND-DOVE continues at Linden H. Chandler Preserve in Rolling Hills Estates, being reported through May 27.
    
    Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) produced a PECTORAL SANDPIPER on June 2.
    
    An apparently injured GUADALUPE MURRELET was by the Cabrillo Beach Fishing Pier in San Pedro on May 26.
    
    Just outside of Long Beach Harbor on May 27, a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was seen.
    
    Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas hosted a BROWN PELICAN on May 31.
    
    What is likely an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at Apollo Park near Lancaster on May 27 and was apparently present for up to two weeks prior.
    
    At Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach, a SWAINSON’S HAWK was observed on May 27.
    
    A WHITE-EYED VIREO w as found along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor on May 29 and was still present on June 2. The bird has been vocal and moves around the area,
    but can be difficult and sometimes impossible to see. It has generally been around a hillside seep along Cabora Drive. This spot is well to the northeast of the dirt parking area at the head of Cabora Drive ( and just short of Oberrieder Park, but on the
    opposite side of the channel—Google Earth coordinates are
    33.970790, -118.421365 ). Access to Cabora is from Lincoln Blvd. about 200 feet west of Loyola Marymount Drive. Alternative parking can be had at the bottom of the hill on Bluff Creek Drive.
    
    Two PURPLE MARTINS were at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on May 29.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was on San Clemente Island on May 30 and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER was there on May 26.
    
    
    A SUMMER TANAGER was near the southeast corner of Apollo Park near Lancaster on May 30.
    
    Three INDIGO BUNTINGS were on San Clemente Island between May 29-31.
    
    
    - 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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  25. Re: "Xantus'" Murrelet at Cabrillo Beach LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2017 @ 5:07pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi David et al.
    
    It is indeed a Guadalupe Murrelet. The bird seems to have suffered some trauma to the left side of the head (and parts of the back) that resulted in soiling that makes it difficult to ascertain the exact pattern of the face. But the photos of the right side of the face clearly show the white cheek wrapping around the eye. The bird must be blind in the left eye, which would explain why it approached so closely without spooking. 
    
    My photos of the bird can be found here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37163994
    
    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
    
    On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 12:38 PM, Bernardo Alps < whalephoto@... > wrote:
    David Ellsworth found a juvenal Scripps's Murrelet near the Cabrillo Beach fishing pier. The bird was swimming east along the fishing pier and then along the adjacent parking lot and as of this writing (12:35) is approaching the inner beach, possibly heading towards the boat ramp. 
    
    The bird has enough white near the eye that I can't positively rule out Guadalupe Murrelet without closers examination of the photos.
    
    Bernardo Alps
    Whalephoto@...
    San Pedro, CA
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  27. Re: [LACoBirds] "Xantus'" Murrelet at Cabrillo Beach LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2017 @ 3:05pm, 1 year(s) ago
    At 10:56am today (May 26) I spotted two female-type Indian Peafowl from
    my house, as they were heading down to the beach. I'd never seen them
    here before (the closest before had been a bit east of White Point Nature
    Preserve), so was interested in getting some footage of them, and decided
    to try for video rather than stills. That's the only reason I left the
    house when I did. (Yesterday at 5:36pm I had also heard a Peacock in the
    distance when I was at Cabrillo Youth Camp, the first time I've heard one
    in the Cabrillo area.)
    
    I failed to find the peahens anywhere nearby (though I did find Bernardo
    Alps), so I first tried going to the fishing pier. And I almost didn't
    even go all the way to the end of the pier, since I could see the peahens
    weren't there without going all the way, but decided to bird it anyway
    since I was there and it wouldn't take that much time. Oh man, am
    I so glad I decided to do that!
    
    I spotted the Murrelet at 11:50am from the end of the fishing pier. At
    first, it was far enough away, and I couldn't see enough detail through
    my binoculars or video camera, that I assumed it was a Common Murre, even
    though the bill looked too short. That would have still been exciting.
    But as it swam closer and closer, straight towards my position, it became
    quite apparent it was not a Murre, but a Murrelet! I captured video of
    its approach, up until it was very close, and then called Bernardo (at
    11:57am) to tell him the murrelet was there. Then I bicycled back home,
    swapped my video camera for my still camera, and hurried back to the
    fishing pier.
    
    Bernardo surely got better photos than I, since I ended up arriving just
    a tiny bit too late to get the closest photos. The Murrelet had made
    another close approach to the northwest corner of the fishing pier and
    was moving away as I arrived, and it made another close approach to the
    inner-beach boulders west-northwest of there, which I also just missed as
    I spent too long locking my bicycle. But here's what I got:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/albums/72157681296896873/with/34069468534/
    
    Judging from my photos, I'm pretty sure it's a Guadalupe Murrelet, but
    would appreciate an analysis from someone more experienced with these
    species.
    
    So, it started out east or east-northeast of the end of the fishing pier
    at 11:50am, swimming roughly southwestward at first, then
    west-northwestward over to a close approach to the southeast end of the
    pier at 11:57am, then (presumably) skirted the northern side of the pier
    all the way until reaching the northwest end of it at around 12:11pm, and
    continued on in the same direction until reaching the boulders around
    12:21pm, after which it started swimming away roughly
    north-northwestwardly. At 12:29pm it was side-by-side with two Eared
    Grebes (but I was just a bit too slow to catch a photo of that before the
    grebes dived), and shortly after that was the last either Bernardo or I
    saw it. At no point did we see it dive. It seemed to be heading in a
    direction such that it would end up being visible from the boat launch
    area, but neither of us were able to refind it.
    
    Oh, and it turned out that while I was gone, the peahens flew on top of
    my neighbor's house.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-05-26 12:38, Bernardo Alps whalephoto@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    David Ellsworth found a juvenal
    Scripps's Murrelet near the Cabrillo Beach fishing pier. The bird was
    swimming east along the fishing pier and then along the adjacent parking
    lot and as of this writing (12:35) is approaching the inner beach,
    possibly heading towards the boat ramp.Â
    
    The bird has enough white near the eye that I can't positively rule out
    Guadalupe Murrelet without closers examination of the photos.
    
    Bernardo Alps
    
    Whalephoto@...
    
    San Pedro, CA
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  29. "Xantus'" Murrelet at Cabrillo Beach LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2017 @ 12:38pm, 1 year(s) ago
    David Ellsworth found a juvenal Scripps's Murrelet near the Cabrillo Beach fishing pier. The bird was swimming east along the fishing pier and then along the adjacent parking lot and as of this writing (12:35) is approaching the inner beach, possibly heading towards the boat ramp. 
    
    The bird has enough white near the eye that I can't positively rule out Guadalupe Murrelet without closers examination of the photos.
    
    Bernardo Alps
    Whalephoto@...
    San Pedro, CA
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