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  1. Los Angeles RBA- 17 August 2018 LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2018 @ 1:19pm, 2 month(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *August 17, 2018
    * CALA1808.017
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Craveri's Murrelet
    Black Tern
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    NAZCA BOOBY
    Neotropic Cormorant
    Brown Pelican
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Orchard Oriole
    Summer Tanager
    Indigo Bunting
    Painted Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher atJonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for August 17.
    
    Two SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were along the Rio Hondo on August 4 and 5.
    The birds were just upstream from the west end of Rush Street in Rosemead.
    
    Another SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was on the LA River in Cudahy between Florence and Clara Street on August 5.
    
    A CRAVERI'S MURRELET was at Leo Carillo State Beach on August 7.
    A NAZCA BOOBY was also at Leo Carillo on August 7.
    It was subsequently captured for rehab.
    
    A BLACK TERN was at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on August 12.
    
    A MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was at Malibu Lagoon on August 10.
    
    Along the LA River in Atwater Village, a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was present south of the Los Feliz crossing from August 10-12.
    
    Up to four BROWN PELICANS were at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas from August 11-14.
    
    An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (near the "elbow" of the marsh, adjacent to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson) through August 15.
    
    Eight VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora on August 3.
    Another continued at Castaic Lagoon through August 5.
    
    A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City on August 13.
    It has not been reported again, but from the northeast parking lot, go east to the fence at the edge of the drainage channel and then follow a dirt path about 100 feet south.
    When you reach the spot between a shopping cart and mattress, the bird was in the willows to the southwest.
    
    An immature BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was found at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena on August 17.
    It was foraging by the amphitheater which is south of the Nature Center.
    
    An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at a residence in Westchester on August 12.
    
    A female SUMMER TANAGER was at Little Jimmy Spring near Mt. Islip in the San Gabriel Mountains on August 6.
    
    A male INDIGO BUNTING was along the lower Arroyo area on August 16.
    From Lower Arroyo Park, head north to just below the Colorado Street bridge.
    The bird was by a side stream to the east of the main channel.
    
    San Clemente Island produced a female PAINTED BUNTING on August 13.
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website athttp://www.laaudubon.org
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  3. Magnificent Frigatebird Juvenile at Malibu Lagoon today LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2018 @ 4:31pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Birders:
    
    Grace Murayama and Larry Loeher report a Frigatebird sighting at Malibu
    Lagoon, seen at 12:12pm.
    
    They sent me a photo. Definitely a Mag. Frigatebird juvenile.
    
    They were unfamiliar with frigatebirds.
    
    They wrote:
    
    It was large and narrow, almost pelican sized,
    narrow, angular dihedral wings, white face and neck and underside,
    dark/black wings, maybe a little light on top of wings, long ivory hooked
    bill, big long black forked tail, soaring above lagoon, then out to sea,
    then soaring back again. Larry said that he saw it fly/soar down
    from the canyon, over lagoon, circle lagoon, soar over house on hill,
    back over lagoon, and eventually headed north. I watched it soar
    over lagoon, circle, then head out to sea, but wide-circled back to
    lagoon, flying in wide circle over lagoon, then NNE.
    
    Sorry for the late report, but I don't read my email every
    minute.
    
    Chuck Almdale
    
    North Hills, Ca.
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  5. Los Angeles RBA- 13 July 2018 LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 3:28pm, 3 month(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *July 13, 2018 * CALA1807.13 -Birds mentioned FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK Inca Dove Chimney Swift Solitary Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper Magnificent Frigatebird 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 July 13. A FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey from July 11-13.
    It is often near the blue dumpster near the intersection of Lincoln and Jefferson. An INCA DOVE continues at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles, being last reported on July 6. A CHIMNEY SWIFT was observed near Mt. Emma Road and 47th Street East in the Antelope Valley on July 4. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was on the LA River in Glendale (adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area at Riverside Drive) on July 10. SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS (both adults) were at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) on July 9 and along the LA River above the Willow Street crossing in Long Beach on July 11. A MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was seen passing Pt. Dume in Malibu on July 10. A SUMMER TANAGER was seen at Charlton Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on July 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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  7. Magnificent Frigatebird seen from Pt. Dume, Malibu 07/10/18 LINK
    DATE: Jul 10, 2018 @ 7:28pm, 3 month(s) ago
    At about 7.10 am I noticed a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird moving in
    
    a westerly direction over the ocean toward the Pt. Dume Headlands. It
    
    was just offshore, going roughly parallel with Cliffside Drive. It
    
    glided without flapping until it neared the headlands where it circled
    
    once and then went out of my sight behind some trees. I did not see it
    
    again.
    
    The light was poor because the morning clouds had not yet cleared but I
    
    was able to get 3 poor-quality photos. They were taken hurriedly
    
    through glass but they are good enough to show the extremely long wings
    
    and narrow tail as well as the contrast between the white throat &
    
    breast and black body & wings.
    
    Although I didn't see the bird again I thought it worth reporting on the
    
    chance that it may still be in the area.
    
    Cynthia Schotte
    
    Malibu, CA
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  9. 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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  11. ABC update: 262 species LINK
    DATE: May 1, 2017 @ 9:45pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    We've been checking the species reported for America's Birdiest County from this past weekend and I want to provide an update. Documentation for some birds reported in eBird was lacking so we've dropped our total to 262 species. If compelling evidence for them comes in then we'll add them back to the total. As Wanda mentioned, there could also be more late reports to us personally and also into eBird, so the number could still change.
    
    Currently we do not have reports for several relatively common species that we usually find. Here are the "worst misses" so far:
    12 Cattle egret
    12 Long-billed curlew
    13 Heermann's gull
    10 Lewis' woodpecker
    11 Ladder-backed woodpecker
    11 Merlin
    12 Pine siskin
    
    The number in front of each species indicates the number of years when we previously found each species during ABC weekend. If anyone found those birds on April 28-30 in Los Angeles County, please let us know!
    
    There were also four rarities in the county only a week or so before the count that weren't reported over the weekend as far as we know. They are:
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Yellow-crowned Night Heron
    Yellow throated Vireo
    Gray Catbird
    
    Did anyone see those species
    
    In separate emails I'll provide lists of all the species we have so far and all the ones from previous counts that we didn't find.
    
    Regards,
    
    Lance
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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  13. America's Birdiest County Reminder LINK
    DATE: Apr 27, 2017 @ 6:16pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    This is a reminder that our America's Birdiest County event starts tonight at midnight and runs through midnight on Sunday night.
    
    Although I'm helping to organize things, this year Wanda Dameron will be the compiler, so please send reports to her at:
    
    wandadameron2@...
    
    Please feel free to post reports on the LA County listserve as well, regardless of whether you found anything rare.
    
    In our organizational email earlier this week, we provided a list of uncommon birds that have been reported in recent weeks. There have been some new reports so here's an update of that list, which now includes recent purple martins, among other things:
    
    * = Potential new species for ABC weekend
    
    3/22 *Tundra Swan Pierce College, Woodland Hills
    2/26 *Eurasian Wigeon Oxford Basin, Marina del Rey
    3/20 *Eurasian Wigeon Madrona Marsh
    3/06 Canvasback Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds
    3/27 Greater Scaup Quail Lake
    3/12 Greater Scaup Aqueduct/255th St. West
    4/05 Black Scoter Dockweiler Beach
    4/22 Black Scoter Venice Beach
    4/05 White-winged Scoter Dockweiler Beach
    3/06 Common Goldeneye Rio Hondo
    3/07 Common Goldeneye Cabrillo beach
    3/11 Common Goldeneye Peck R. Water Conservation Area
    3/11 Common Goldeneye Una Lake, just east of Lake Palmdale
    3/12 Common Goldeneye Quail Lake
    3/21 Common Goldeneye Piute Ponds
    3/25 Hooded Merganser Bette Davis Park & Glendale Narrows
    3/23 Hooded Merganser Apollo Park
    3/08 Hooded Merganser Piute Ponds
    3/21 Hooded Merganser Sepulveda Basin
    3/21 Hooded Merganser Ballona Fresh Water Marsh
    3/14 Hooded Merganser Descanso Gardens
    3/20 Hooded Merganser Malibu Creek State Park
    3/30 Hooded Merganser Hahamongna Watershed Park
    3/25 Hooded Merganser Hansen Dam
    3/25 Hooded Merganser Big Tujunga Wash north of 210
    4/25 *Magnificent Frigatebird Cabrillo Beach Bluffs
    4/10 *Brown Booby Cabrillo Beach Park/San Pedro Fishing Pier
    4/20 Neotropic Cormorant Bonelli Park
    4/15 American Bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    4/25 Cattle Egret Piute Ponds
    3/26 Cattle Egret Santa Fe Dam
    4/13 Cattle Egret Malibu Lagoon
    4/20 *Yellow-crowned NightHeron El Dorado Park, main pond, along the edge
    3/14 *California Condor Pyramid Lake, north end near Emigrant Landing
    3/07 Ferruginous Hawk Petersen Ranch, just east of Lake Elizabeth Rd/Johnson Rd. junction
    3/12 Ferruginous Hawk Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve
    4/25 Bald Eagle San Gabriel Dam, Highway 39
    3/25 Bald Eagle Bonelli Park
    3/25 Virginia Rail Piute Ponds
    3/25 Virginia Rail Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    4/26 Pacific Golden-plover San Clemente Island
    3/25 Long-billed Curlew Piute Ponds
    4/19 Long-billed Curlew Lancaster Sewer Ponds
    4/19 Long-billed Curlew Ballona Creek Jetties
    4/19 Long-billed Curlew Del Rey Lagoon
    4/26 Long-billed Curlew Antelope Valley 90th-100th East, Ave. F
    3/22 Red Knot Playa del Rey end of jetties
    3/21 Red Knot Ballona Creek, Pacific Ave. bridge
    4/25 Wilson's Snipe Madrona Marsh
    3/11 Wilson's Snipe Bonelli Park
    3/14 Wilson's Snipe Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    3/20 Wilson's Snipe Cal State Dominguez Hills
    4/19 Wilson's Snipe Piute Ponds
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Madrona Marsh
    4/25 Solitary Sandpiper Piute Ponds
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Sepulveda Basin
    4/22 Solitary Sandpiper Peck Pits
    4/22 Solitary Sandpiper San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds, Pico Rivera
    4/19 Common Murre Zuma Beach. Bird was oiled and rescued.
    2/26 Mew Gull Junipero Beach, Long Beach
    3/02 Mew Gull Ballona Creek, Lincoln to Highway 90
    3/25 Mew Gull Ballona Creek Mouth/Jetties & breakwater
    3/25 Mew Gull Cabrillo Beach Park
    3/04 Mew Gull Dockweiler State Beach
    3/22 Mew Gull LA River, Willow Street
    2/20 *Yellow-footed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds
    3/12 *Yellow-footed Gull LA River between Atlantic and Alondra
    3/18 *Lesser Black-backed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds
    3/04 *Iceland Gull Rio Hondo spreading grounds
    4/16 Common Tern Bonelli Park
    4/15 Inca Dove Lake Los Angeles
    4/10 Inca Dove Colonel Leon Washington Park
    4/23 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, Trabuco St. (Bellflower)
    4/17 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, north of Cerritos golf course
    4/27 Common Ground-Dove Peck Pits, NE corner of south lake
    4/21 White-winged Dove Crystalaire, Antelope Valley
    4/24 White-winged Dove LA River/Hill St., DeForest Ave. side of the river
    3/18 Long-eared Owl Apollo Park, NW corner in tamarisks
    4/14 Williamson's Sapsucker Table Mountain
    3/04 *Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Bixby Marshland in Carson
    2/21 Red-naped Sapsucker El Dorado Regional Park, Area 3
    2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Hansen Dam
    2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Lower Arroyo Seco, South Pasadena
    2/28 Red-naped Sapsucker Ponderosa Lane, Palos Verdes
    4/26 Prairie Falcon Piute Ponds
    4/15 *Least Flycatcher Whitter Narrows
    3/14 *Eastern Phoebe Madrona Marsh
    3/15 *Eastern Phoebe Bonelli Park north, picnic area 4
    2/25 Vermilion Flycatcher West Antelope Valley: 138/286th west
    2/26 Vermilion Flycatcher Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    4/02 Vermilion Flycatcher Oakdale Memorial Park (cemetery), Glendora
    3/10 Vermilion Flycatcher LA National Cemetery
    3/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Columbia Park in Torrance
    3/18 Vermilion Flycatcher El Dorado Regional Park, area 2
    3/19 Vermilion Flycatcher La Mirada Park
    4/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Santa Fe Dam
    4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Madrona Marsh
    4/23 Vermilion Flycatcher Crystalaire Country Club, Antelope Valley
    4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Apollo Park
    3/22 Dusky-capped Flycatcher La Mirada Creek Park, La Mirada
    3/15 Dusky-capped Flycatcher John Anson Ford Park, Bell Gardens
    3/06 Thick-billed Kingbird Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas
    2/27 Tropical Kingbird Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    3/20 Tropical Kingbird El Dorado Park, area 3
    3/30 Tropical Kingbird Lake Balboa
    4/17 Tropical Kingbird Peck Pits
    4/23 *Yellow throated Vireo Rocky Oaks Park, Mulholland Dr, West of Kanan-Dume Road
    2/26 Plumbeous Vireo Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    3/25 Plumbeous Vireo Hansen Dam
    3/26 Plumbeous vireo Santa Fe Dam
    3/26 Plumbeous Vireo Valley Plaza Park, North Hollywood
    4/08 Plumbeous Vireo Wardlow Park in Long Beach
    4/10 Plumbeous Vireo Arcadia County Park
    4/21 Plumbeous Vireo Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita (34.4366,-118.6099)
    4/25 Purple Martin Piute Ponds
    4/27 Purple Martin Hansen Dam
    3/23 *Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Edwards AFB Mequite Forest (off limits to the public)
    3/04 American Dipper mile 4.75, West Fork, San Gabriel River
    4/03 American Dipper mile 3.2, West Fork, San Gabriel River
    3/12 American Dipper East Fork, San Gabriel River, near Bridge to Nowhere
    4/22 American Dipper Barrett-Stoddard Road
    3/03 Golden-crowned Kinglet 9800 East G10, Antelope Valley (N of 100th East/East Ave H)
    3/23 Golden-crowned Kinglet Peck Park, San Pedro
    2/25 Mountain Bluebird Gorman Post Road pond
    2/26 Mountain Bluebird San Clemente Island
    3/11 Mountain Bluebird Nebeker Ranch
    3/07 Mountain Bluebird Petersen Ranch, E of Lake Elizabeth
    4/23 *Gray Catbird West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail (Monte Verde Park)
    4/19 Le Conte's Thrasher Piute Ponds
    4/23 Northern Parula Peck Pits, far north end
    2/26 Palm Warbler LA National Cemetery
    3/07 Palm Warbler Entradero park (Dave Moody)
    4/09 Palm Warbler Hahamongna Watershed Park
    4/22 Palm Warbler Banning Park in Wilmington
    4/15 Palm Warbler Madrona Marsh
    4/16 Palm Warbler Sand Dune Park
    4/16 Palm Warbler South Gate Park behind the large Sports Center Building, working trees
    3/12 *Yellow-throated Warbler Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area
    2/20 Black-and-white Warbler La Mirada Park
    2/25 Black-and-white Warbler LA County Arboretum
    3/02 Black-and-white Warbler El Segundo Library Park
    4/19 Black-and-white Warbler Madrona Marsh
    3/20 Black-and-white Warbler Legg Lake, near restroom 7
    4/08 Black and white Warbler LA River/Oros Street, 200 m upstream from lower end of riparian
    4/20 Black and white Warbler Ralph Dills Park
    4/02 Pine Warbler Santa Fe Dam
    2/21 Painted Redstart Palos Verdes, just north of South Coast Botanic Garden
    3/04 Green-tailed Towhee West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, Lakewood
    2/28 Swamp Sparrow Playa Vista riparian corridor
    4/22 Brewer's Sparrow Bob's Gap
    3/09 Clay-colored Sparrow Exposition Park
    4/17 Clay-colored Sparrow Santa Fe Dam
    4/08 Clay-colored Sparrow West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, South of Del Amo
    4/26 Harris' Sparrow Thompson Creek Trail/Pomello, Claremont
    3/12 White throated Sparrow Cobb Estate, Altadena
    2/27 White-throated Sparrow LA County Arboretum
    2/24 White-throated Sparrow Holmby Hills
    3/01 White-throated Sparrow Wilmington Drain above PCH
    2/25 White-throated Sparrow Alta Vicente Preserve
    4/09 White-throated Sparrow South Coast Botanic Garden
    4/26 White-throated Sparrow Sand Dune Park
    4/13 White-throated Sparrow Los Liones Park, near the Getty Villa
    3/28 White-throated Sparrow Beverly Hills 2 SG neighborhood
    3/24 White-throated Sparrow Neff Park, La Mirada
    3/30 White-throated Sparrow David Bell's house in La Canada-Flintridge
    4/17 White-throated Sparrow 14 Crest Road, LA (private residence)
    4/19 White-throated Sparrow Ed Thomas' yard
    3/03 Vesper Sparrow Santa Fe Dam
    4/13 Vesper Sparrow Poppy Preserve
    3/11 Vesper Sparrow Nebeker Ranch
    2/26 Summer Tanager Mentor Ave/Arden Road, Pasadena
    4/08 Summer Tanager Wardlow Park, SE quadrant and near parking lot (Long Beach)
    3/27 Baltimore Oriole La Mirada Park
    4/05 Baltimore Oriole Elysian Park, Chavez Ravine. NW of Grace E. Simons Lodge in silk oaks.
    2/27 Orchard Oriole LA Arboretum
    4/07 Orchard Oriole 4823 Ben Ave., Los Angeles.
    
    Good luck to us!
    
    Regards,
    
    Lance Benner and Wanda Dameron
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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  15. Frigatebird? LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2017 @ 7:35am, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi all.
    
    I non-birder friend has reported seeing a frigatebird soaring in yesterday's high winds off the bluffs at the end of Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. He gave a good description, and frigatebirds are fairly distinctive. We have been to Baja California together multiple times and looked closely at Magnificent Frigatebirds, I am confident he knows the species well. 
    
    This might bode well for the 8-hour pelagic birding trip aboard the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro this Saturday, April 29. The trip departs at 7 a.m. and we plan to check out the oil rigs for any remaining Brown Boobies and following the escarpment around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the mouth of the Redondo Canyon. This will take us briefly into Orange County waters, but most of the itinerary is in Los Angeles County. The $110 per person price includes breakfast, hot lunch, and soft drinks. Parking is free. There are a handful of sport still available on this trip. To register, go to http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm .
    
    Take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    -- 
    Bernardo Alps
    Wildlife Biologist
    California Whales & Wildlife
    www.photocetus.com
    bernardo.alps@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  17. Los Angeles RBA- 5 August 2016 LINK
    DATE: Aug 5, 2016 @ 1:21pm, 2 year(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * August 5, 2016 * CALA1608.05  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Little Blue Heron
    Reddish Egret
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Northern Harrier
    Wilson’s Snipe
    Purple Martin
    White-crowned Sparrow
    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 August 5.
     
    A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continued at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley through August 1.
     
    A probable MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was seen over Redondo Beach on August 2.
     
    An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at Malibu Lagoon on August 4.
     
    A REDDISH EGRET was at Malibu Lagoon on July 30 and what may have been the same bird was at the Topanga Creek mouth along the Pacific Coast Highway on August 2.
     
    At least one of two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS sighted in the Ballona area continued through July 31.  It was last reported at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh from along the path south of the intersection of Jefferson
    and Lincoln.
     
    A NORTHERN HARRIER continued west of the Ballona Freshwater Marsh through July 30.
     
    A WILSON’S SNIPE was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on July 30 and a female PURPLE MARTIN was there on July 31.  A letter of permission is required for entry.
     
    Very early was a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on July 30.
     
    A male INDIGO BUNTING was at the northwest corner of the upper lake at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on July 31. 
    
     
    Another male INDIGO BUNTING was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (along Flint Wash near Berkshire Ave.) on August 5.
     
     
    - 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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  19. Los Angeles RBA- 1 July 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 1, 2016 @ 1:51pm, 2 year(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * July 1, 2016 * CALA1607.01     -Birds mentioned   Red-breasted Merganser Flesh-footed Shearwater Magnificent Frigatebird Brown Booby Ridgway’s Rail Black Swift Eastern Kingbird Bank Swallow Cedar Waxwing Indigo Bunting COMMON REDPOLL
    
    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 1.     The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continued at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley through June 30.   A FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was seen from Long Point on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on June 29.   Inadvertently left off last week’s report was a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD seen from Pt. Dume on June 21.   A BROWN BOOBY was seen from the overlook at the south end of Pacific Ave. in San Pedro on June 26.  Another was observed from Flat Rock Point on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on June 29.   The continuing RIDGWAY’S RAIL was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh through June 26.  It has been seen and heard south the “elbow” of the marsh by the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson (from
    along the path a short distance south of Jefferson).  There is ample parking on Jefferson Blvd.   BLACK SWIFTS continued above Claremont Hills Wilderness Park with one there on June 28 (as many as eight have been reported this spring).  Late afternoon to early evening is the best time
    to look for them along Cobal Canyon Motorway (north of the north end of Mills Ave. and parking area).   An EASTERN KINGBIRD was on San Clemente Island on June 28.   One to two BANK SWALLOWS were at Duckbill Lake (Piute Ponds, Edwards AFB) on June 26.  Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.   Another BANK SWALLOW was reported at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on June 26.   Quite late was a CEDAR WAXWING at Rubio Canyon in Altadena on June 26.   At Malibu Creek State Park the male INDIGO BUNTING continued through June 28.  It is being seen near the grassland trail near where it departs the main pathway to the Visitor’s Center.   A COMMON REDPOLL was found on San Clemente Island (no public access) on June 27.     - 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. San Pedro Pelagic This Saturday LINK
    DATE: Jun 29, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi all.
    The Catalina Explorer (formerly the Magician) is offering an eight-hour pelagic birding trip this Saturday. We will leave at 8 a.m. out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. Cost is $110 per person; breakfast, lunch and a bottomless soda cup are included (and they have been known to serve brownies hot out of the oven a la mode).
    
    We will likely head to the four oil rigs halfway between Huntington Beach and the east end of Catalina Island (where the brown boobies have been roosting for the past couple of years); then follow the 100 fathom escarpment west around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the mouth of the Redondo Canyon. That covers a lot of prime habitat.
    
    Waters temperatures are still above normal, and bird abundance and diversity offshore are low. Having said that, it is during unusual conditions that we are most likely to see unusual birds. We seem to be having a mini Magnificent Frigatebird invasion; a Manx Shearwater was seen in Orange County a couple of weeks ago, and a recent trip out of San Diego had good numbers of Craveri's Murrelets. And the cetacean show is really good right now, local boats are seeing Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales on a daily basis.
    
    To book, go to the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm .
    
    Hope you can join us!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  23. Magnificent Frigatebird near Pt. Dume on 6/21/16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2016 @ 10:01pm, 2 year(s) ago
    At about 2.30pm on Tuesday, the 21st of June, a Magnificent Frigatebird
    
    made a brief appearance near the Pt. Dume Headlands. I recognized it
    
    immediately because of its enormous size (it dwarfed a Western Gull that
    
    was flying nearby), stark black & white plumage (the tail & underside of
    
    the wings were black and the throat, chest & body were white), extremely
    
    long, narrow "crooked" wings and long, slender tail. I was not able to
    
    photograph it because it drifted west and disappeared over the Headlands
    
    too quickly.
    
    Cynthia Schotte
    
    Malibu, CA
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  25. Los Angeles RBA- 26 June 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2015 @ 10:23am, 3 year(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles
    RBA
    * June
    26, 2015
    * CALA1506.26
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Brant
    Canvasback
    Buller’s Sheatwater
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Brown Booby
    American Golden-Plover
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Sabine’s Gull
    Least Tern
    Hepatic Tanager
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    
    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 26.
    
    A
    BRANT continued along the lower LA River in Long Beach south of the Del Amo
    crossing through June 22 and a male CANVASBACK continued on the river just
    below Willow Street through June 20.
    
    Up
    to ten BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were observed from San Clemente Island from June
    18-22.
    
    A
    MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was found about 3.5 miles off Redondo Beach on June 21.
    
    A
    BROWN BOOBY was a few miles south of Pt. Fermin on June 21 and another was seen
    from San Clemente Island on June 23.
    
    The
    AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB continued through June
    22. It has been seen both at Rosamond
    Dry Lake and at Duckbill Lake. Remember
    that a letter of permission is required for entry.
    
    Also
    at the Piute Ponds was SABINE’S GULL at Duckbill Pond on June 23. A LEAST TERN continued and a LESSER
    YELLOWLEGS was also present also on June 23.
    
    Both
    a male and female HEPATIC TANAGER were seen and heard on June 20 near Guffy
    Campground along Blue Ridge Road west of Wrightwood.
    
    A
    ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor on June 20
    (possibly the same bird found earlier west of this location). From the north end of Dunbarton in
    Westchester walk the path between the two houses, then follow the path and ramp
    to its intersection with the main pathway.
    From here go right about 50 feet to the spot where the bird was seen.
    
    Other ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were near Paseo de los Robles on Via San Sebastian in Palos Verdes Estates on June 18 and at a residence in Rolling Hills Estates on June 20. A female type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen flying over Playa del Rey on June 21
    
    VENTURA
    COUNTY--
    
    A MAGNIFICENT
    FRIGATEBIRD was over Ventura Harbor on June 21.
    
    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
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  27. Magnificent Frigatebird/ Seen on Harbor Breeze Whale watching trip LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2015 @ 3:05pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Erik Combs of Harbor Breeze Cruises spotted a magnificent frigatebird today while working on the whale watching boat with Harbor Breeze Cruises around 1:15 p.m. today, June 21.
    
    The coordinates of the sighting were:
    
    33 48 2532
    118 28 3313
    
    About 3.5 miles west of Rocky Point.
    
    Here is a link to a photo he got: Magnificent frigatebird/ Picture by Erik Combs
    
    Magnificent frigatebird/ Picture by Erik Combs Seen in Los Angeles county on June 21, 2015 during Harbor Breeze Cruises Whalewatch.
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    If you are going to try to see the bird tomorrow, be sure and mention the Facebook special to get a $10 discount on tickets.
    
    Happy Birding!
    Wendy Miller
    Huntington Beach, CA
    
    
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  29. America's Birdiest County: Unusual Species Reported Recently LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2013 @ 5:34pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    Here's a list of rare and uncommon species reported in Los Angeles
    County within the last month that we hope to find during America's
    Birdiest County this coming weekend. To compile the list I went through
    the LA County listserve, the weekly LA Rare Bird Alerts, and the eBird
    bar charts for this year. I think I caught most of the notable birds
    but it's certainly possible that I missed a few.
    
    Species with an asterisk (*) would be new for ABC weekend. We certainly
    don't expect to find all or even most of them but we have a decent
    chance for some of them.
    
    For example, Bald eagle would be a new species for us, but only if
    someone can find it on the mainland. There are bald eagles on Santa
    Catalina Island that we can't count because the population isn't
    self-sustaining. That may also apply to the eagle with wing tags
    reported recently on San Clemente Island. However, the one found at
    Bonelli Park in the last few days is fine and we'd be glad to count it.
    
    Recent Rare Birds in LA County: April 2013
    Species Location(s)
    * Magnificent Frigatebird Malibu Lagoon
    Canvasback Crystalaire, Bonelli
    Greater Scaup Quail Lake (Mar. 26), Malibu Lagoon (Apr 6)
    White-winged scoter Qauil Lake (Mar 26), Dockweiler (Apr 2)
    Long-tailed duck Dockweiler Beach (March 31)
    Common Goldeneye Castaic Lagoon (Mar 30), Quail Lake (Mar 26)
    Common merganser Ballona Creek (Apr 2)
    Hooded Merganser Apollo Park
    American Bittern Sepulveda Basin, Ballona
    Solitary Sandpiper Hahamongna Park, Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    Semipalmated sandpiper Piute Ponds (Apr 21)
    Red-necked phalarope LA River, Long Beach; Ballona Creek
    Glaucous gull Dockweiler Beach
    Franklin's gull Piute Ponds
    Swainson's hawk Wheeler Park, Claremont
    * Bald Eagle Bonelli Park
    Mew Gull Playa Del Rey Breakwater (Mar 25)
    Thayer's Gull San Clemente Island (Apr 15)
    Inca Dove Lake Los Angeles
    Long-eared owl Apollo Park
    * Short-eared Owl Ballona
    Calliope hummingbird Monrovia, Pearblossom Park
    Lewis' Woodpecker Temescal Gateway Park (March 30)
    Red-naped sapsucker Bonelli (March 29); O'Melveny Park (March
    30)
    Plumbeous vireo Village Green, Arboretum, Ballona, South
    Gate Park, Wheeler Park, Evey Canyon
    Bank swallow Apollo Park
    Gray flycatcher San Gabriel River, Duarte; Evey Canyon
    Willow flycatcher DeForest Park
    Dusky-capped flycatcher Bell Gardens
    Vermilion Flycatcher Legacy Park in Malibu, Hahamongna Park
    Tropical kingbird Legg Lake
    * Mountain Bluebird San Clemente Island (Apr 12)
    * Sage Thrasher Nebeker Ranch, Piute Ponds (early April)
    American redstart Monterey Park yard
    Northern parula Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont, Legg Lake
    * Virginia's warbler Sycamore Canyon, Whittier
    Black and white warbler Recreation Park, El Segundo; Legg Lake
    * Pine warbler Hansen Dam, Earvin Magic Johnson Park (March
    31)
    Palm warbler DeForest park, Earvin Magic Johnson Park,
    Village Green, Harbor Park, Ballona, Peck Pits, St. Andrew's Priory
    Vesper sparrow Piute Ponds (Mar 26), Lake Balboa (Mar 27),
    Cheesebro Canyon (Mar 25)
    Grasshopper sparrow Hahamongna Park, Santa Clara River in Santa
    Clarita
    White-throated Sparrow Descanso Gardens, Eaton Canyon, Sand Dune
    Park, Madrona Marsh, Placerita Canyon
    Clay-colored sparrow Eaton Canyon, Maywood Riverfront Park
    (mid-April)
    Summer tanager Ed Vincent Park in Inglewood; Iron Horse
    Trailhead, Valencia
    * Baltimore oriole Arboretum, Creek Park in La Mirada
    Red crossbill Grassy Hollow, Pearblossom Park, Apollo Park
    
    * = Potentially new species for ABC in Los Angeles County
    
    There are also numerous very local species that we struggle to find that
    aren't on the list above because nobody has found them recently. They
    include American dipper, golden-crowned kinglet, common ground-dove, and
    numerous pelagic species. We'll highlight those as the weekend
    progresses.
    
    Also, thank you to a couple of you for offers to help with the alignment
    of the columns in my last email. For now I'm going to stick with my
    current approach, but if you _really_ want to see our master checklist
    from 2004 - 2012 with the columns properly aligned, go to:
    
    http://birding.aba.org/message.phpmesid=413172&MLID=CA06&MLNM=CA%20-%20Los%20An\
    geles%20County
    
    More generally, every post to the LA County listserve gets picked up by
    the ABA and posted again at:
    
    http://birding.aba.org/maillist/CA06
    
    Unlike previous years, this time I'm not going to stay quite as close to
    a computer all weekend because I'm going out in the field to
    participate. That said, I'm still planning at least a couple of updates
    each day, and the first one will probably happen by early afternoon on
    Friday.
    
    Regards,
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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