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   White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) - WCSP (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. America's Birdiest County April 27, 28, and 29: More information LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2018 @ 5:34pm, 3 day(s) ago
    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.
    
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    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.
    
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    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.
    
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    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
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  3. Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2018 @ 9:48am, 9 day(s) ago
    Harris's Sparrow continued 8AM this morning.Kimball Garrett's description was very helpful.".... on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots."
    
    Clearly visible for two minutes sitting up atop pyracantha bush and singing partial song with two clear notes then tailing off.Large sparrow.Associated White-crowned Sparrows did not appear.
    
    Chris Johnson
    Yorba Linda
    
    On Friday, April 13, 2018 1:29 PM, "Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [LACoBirds]" wrote:
    
    
    It continues this afternoon at 130 pm. See the eBird checklist for exact location.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44533184
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    
    Birders,
    
    The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots. It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.
    
    For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake..
    
    Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet. The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
    kgarrett@...
    http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
    
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  5. 5 Hummingbird species at Kenneth Hahn Park! LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2018 @ 11:09am, 9 day(s) ago
    Yesterday Eric and I took a little time to WATCH the feeders that we maintain at Kenneth Hahn Park. We were there from about 6:15 to 7:30. The feeders are up the hill (follow the paved road to the top, park on the right), Just south of the parking lot, in the "Hummingbird Garden" and around to the south and east. We had: Anna's and Allen's, Rufous, Black-chinned, and a female Calliope. Tried hard, but could not find a Costa's.We also saw: 2 Phainopepla (had also been in the parking lot yesterday morning), 3 male Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 4 or more Hooded Orioles, 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds, Lesser Goldfinches, Ca Towhees and still several remaining White-crowned Sparrows. Yesterday morning I also had a continuing Golden-crowned Sparrow along the shrubs north of the Lotus Pond in Doris' Japanese Garden. We last saw the White-throated a week ago. The park has a $6 entry fee on weekends and holidays, usually they stop charging in the late afternoon.
    Good Birding! Ann and Eric Brooks Los Angeles
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  7. Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2018 @ 1:54pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Uh oh! I did the same exact thing this morning, creating a unique hot spot right there in the parking lot, so that people arriving after me can find the bird. All of us collectively will probably want to eventually merge all of these hotspots into the regular
    Hansen Dam hotspot.
    
    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 Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [LACoBirds]
    
    Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 1:28:56 PM
    
    To: Kimball Garrett
    
    Cc: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam
    
     It continues this afternoon at 130 pm. See the eBird checklist for exact location.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44533184
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Birders,
    
    The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots. It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.
    
    For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake..
    
    Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet. The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
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  9. Re: [LACoBirds] Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2018 @ 1:28pm, 10 day(s) ago
    It continues this afternoon at 130 pm. See the eBird checklist for exact location.
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44533184
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    On Apr 13, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Birders,
    
    The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots. It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.
    
    For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake.
    
    Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet. The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
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  11. Harris's Sparrow continues at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Apr 13, 2018 @ 10:55am, 10 day(s) ago
    Birders,   The Harris’s Sparrow originally found by visiting birder Stavros Christodoulides on 7 April at the Hansen Dam fishing/boating lake continued this morning (13 April) when it was refound by Chris Dean around 8:30. It was not in the open lawn
    area with scattered trees and picnic tables at the north end of the fishing lake, its original spot, but rather a hundred meters or so to the southwest, on the slope with pyracantha and other shrubs under the eucalyptus trees, Specifically, it was just west
    of the round beige tank with wooden slat fencing around it, near the junction of the two paved parking lots.  It was with 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows, and sang (a partial song) a few times.   For those unfamiliar with Hansen Dam, this spot is reached by taking Dronfield Ave. off Osborne St. to the T-intersection inside the park; turn left (north) at the T, and then right at the end into the fishing lake, swimming pool area.
    The bird was at the ne. corner of the first parking lot you come to on the left (look for the fenced tank ), but its original spot last Saturday was farther north, in the park area at the nw. side of the fishing/boating lake.   Otherwise, things were fairly standard during my relatively brief visit to the other end of the park (at the sports center). Still just a few Bell’s Vireos, and I haven’t encountered a Blue Grosbeak or Y-b Chat yet.  The winds were fairly
    strong out of the north, but so far no repeat of last year’s spectacular migration movement during strong late April Santa Ana winds.   Kimball   Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology  
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  13. "Wilmington Shores": Eurasian Tree Sparrow continues, dark-lored White-crowed Sparrow(s) LINK
    DATE: Mar 14, 2018 @ 2:37am, 41 day(s) ago
    I remember hearing from a couple folks that had looked for
    the (presumed “stowaway”) Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Wilmington last year, who
    were not able to locate the bird. Therefore, I thought I’d just
    mention—for whatever it’s worth—that the bird was still present in the same
    general area last week (on 7 March, 2018). It appears that whoever has been
    fairly regularly throwing out seed at this location (along Anchorage Road,
    about 200 yards east of N. Henry Ford Avenue), had been increasing the feeding areas
    (along Anchorage) to include a linear distance of at least 250’ (though
    somewhat discontinuously)! Lots of lots of fairly uninteresting birds
    (sparrows (both native and not), finches, doves, pigeons), but I did see the
    Eurasian Tree Sparrow again, and in with the many White-crowned Sparrows
    managed to see/photograph one or two dark-lored adultindividuals.
    A few photos of these are attached to the eBird post for last week: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43582069.
    Doug Willick Orange, CA
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  15. Lucy's Warbler at North Weddington Recreation Center, Toluca Lake LINK
    DATE: Feb 11, 2018 @ 9:59am, 2 month(s) ago
    This morning around 8:15am I re-found the Lucy's Warbler discovered by Sarah Ngo yesterday at North Weddington Rec Center Park.  It was in the same general location as reported on eBird - on the NW side of the park, in a weedy area just on the other side of the chain link fence between the park and the river channel.  The bird was with a flock of Lesser Goldfinches feeding quite loudly; there was also a bunch of Bushtits, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers and some Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows feeding on the same plants.  If spooked, most of the birds (Lucy's included) will fly across the river channel to the trees around the homeless encampment or up into the trees on the park side of the fence - but they will return to their dandelion patch eventually.
    
    The park is super busy on the weekends between 9:30-4ish, as Kimball reported in his email yesterday, so be warned! It's also pretty busy after school gets out during the week (but if you are birding with kids in tow, they will at least be entertained!)
    
    Some not-very-good photos are in my eBird list:
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42673402
    
    Rebecca Marschall
    Valley Village
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  17. White-throated Sparrow continues at Descanso Gardens LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2018 @ 1:42pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    The White-throated Sparrow continued this morning at Descanso Gardens in the Rose Garden, associating with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrow.
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42134352
    
    Julia Ray
    La Crescenta
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  19. White-throated Sparrow at Descanso LINK
    DATE: Jan 1, 2018 @ 12:56pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Happy New Year, everybody.
    
    There was a White-throated Sparrow atDescanso Gardensthis morning. This may be the same sparrow that has wintered in the gardens in the past. It was located in the same area.
    
    As you come into the garden, turn right to go to the Rose Garden. As you enter the Rose Garden, turn left on the first dirt path. The bird was on the left, foraging in the leaf fodder, associating with White-crowned Sparrow.For a landmark, on the other side of the fence, you will see the back of the building, housing the restrooms.
    
    I am grateful to the 2 birders, who were leaving the gardens when I arrived, and kindly told me they had seen the sparrow.
    
    Julia Ray
    La Crescenta
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  21. Palm Warbler and continuing Eurasian Tree Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Dec 22, 2017 @ 1:38am, 4 month(s) ago
    On Thursday (21 December), I had a couple birds of note down inthe Port of LA area. First of all, presumably the same Eurasian Tree Sparrow (ETSP) continues at the same location noted earlier this year (Feb. to at least early May). This location is technically Wilmington I believe, but is immediately north of Terminal Island. The location is along Anchorage Road, just about 250 yards west of the southern terminus of N. Henry Ford Avenue. Along the north side of Anchorage is a very narrow "greenbelt" of sorts (with marinas lining the south side of Anchorage, which is the Cerritos Channel here). This is the general area where the old Heim Bridge (SRs 47 and 103) cross the Cerritos Channel, over to Terminal Island. The ETSP was "hanging" with only a few House Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows when I saw it in the early afternoon. Coordinates, which might help pin-point this somewhat tricky-to-find area are as follows: 33.7668, -118.2429.
    In addition, aPalm Warbler (PAWA) was about a half-mile down the road from the ETSP. From the ETSP, keep heading west on Anchorage Road, for about 1/4 mile, to the first road on the right (Shore Road); turn right (north) on Shore Rd.After continuing north at least 200 yards on Shore, the greenbelt strip on the right will end at a gravel driveway (this gravel drivewayends in about 50' at a locked gate).The PAWA was along the fence and row of large Saltbush that lines the north side of this gravel driveway. Interestingly, I'd had amid-winter PAWAonly about a half-mile from here, directly to the south, across the Cerritos Channel (on Terminal Island), while doing work out here in January 2016.I'd never refound the first PAWA, on Terminal Island, despite several repeat visits.
    And lastly, just of more local interest, there was a Loggerhead Shrike along Shore Road, about 200 yards north of the PAWA location (on the fence just east of the road). While I was watching the shrike for awhile, it was fun to see it drop to the ground (in weeds and other ruderal vegetation), and after a few minutes come up with a Side-blotched Lizard. After feeding on it a bit, it tried to impale the remains on the barbed wire strands at the top of the chain-link fence that separates Shore Road from open (oil) fields.Theshrike apparentlythought better of it, and eventually flew off out of sight to the northeast.
    Doug Willick Orange, CA
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  23. Chilao, Nov 7 LINK
    DATE: Nov 7, 2017 @ 2:45pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Thanks to Mary Freeman for news about Chilao birds:  Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Phainopeplas, Lawrence’s Goldfinches, and Pygmy Nuthatches a bunch!  On the Manzanita Loop near the first restroom, just as she said.  Lots of singing and calling. The seed feeder next to the Visitor Center still had food, with Acorn, White-headed and Hairy Woodpeckers, all three Nuthatches, Oregon Juncos and a Slate-colored, plus White-crowned Sparrows and other seed-eaters. A very birdy day and beautiful weather. Lois Fulmer, Altadena
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  25. Palm Warbler @ Hollydale Park (South Gate) LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2017 @ 4:55pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Fri 3 Nov
    
    This morning there was a Palm Warbler at the north end of Hollydale Park, along the fence east of the northernmost horse exercise arena. It also briefly joined a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows where the fence makes a right angle opposite the north restroom building. (Maybe just a coincidence, but there was a Palm in this same general area over the winter of '12-'13.)
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/24297713538
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/38094427996
    
    Of some interest, yesterday at Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook, a Cackling Goose (prob. "Aleutian") was with a Canada flock on the lawn along El Segundo Blvd, south of the south lake.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/38123234381
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  27. Re: [LACoBirds] Tropical Kingbird at Malibu Legacy Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 28, 2017 @ 1:21pm, 6 month(s) ago
    In addition to the kingbird, there was also a Clay-colored Sparrow foraging with White-crowned Sparrows on the north side of the lagoon. No luck with the Ridgway's Rail, though it was reported by someone else in the reeds at the far east end of the lagoon.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds]"
    Date: 10/28/17 12:11 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: lacobirds@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Tropical Kingbird at Malibu Legacy Park
    
    There is currently a Tropical Kingbird at Malibu Legacy Park, moving around the perimeter of the lagoon (Oct 25, noon).
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  29. White-throated Sparrow in San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Oct 21, 2017 @ 4:02pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Today (Oct 21) at 12:43pm, while walking through the neighborhood hoping
    to see the Pyrrhuloxia, I happened to look at some sparrows gathered
    at/near a seed feeder in someone's front yard. I decided to look with
    binoculars, even though they were probably just White-crowned Sparrows.
    To my surprise, one of them turned out to be a White-throated Sparrow. It
    went into hiding again, but then luckily came out again to be captured
    briefly on video.
    
    Posting with the permission of the owners, the location of the WTSP was
    the front porch of 457 W. 39th St., at 33.70861°N,118.28692°W. If you
    want to look for the bird, use common sense taking into account that it
    is a residence. If you want to do more than just casually observe from
    outside, consider ringing their doorbell to get permission. (Their door
    is right next to the feeder, though, so doing that might require flushing
    the birds.)
    
    Photos (frames from video):
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/37582807070/in/dateposted-public/
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46139346@N00/37809093492/in/dateposted-public/
    
    Is it unusual for there to be yellow alula patches on the wings as
    seen in the second photo above, or are they always there but usually
    hidden
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
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