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   Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus varius


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  1. Los Angeles RBA- 13 October 2017 LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2017 @ 2:19pm, 4 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *October 13, 2017
    * CALA1710.13
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    White-winged Dove
    Ridgway’s Rail
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    “Harlan’s” Red-tailed Hawk
    Short-eared Owl
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Gray Vireo
    DUSKY WARBLER
    Lapland Longspur
    Chestnut-collared Longspur
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
    Bobolink
    Ovenbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Summer Tanager
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    Dickcissel
    
    
    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 October 13.
    
    A RIDGWAY’S RAIL continued at Legacy Park in Malibu through October 10. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE continued there through October 10.
    
    A FORK-TAILED STROM-PETREL was by the Palos Verdes Escarpment on October 7.
    
    The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued near the “elbow” of the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa Vista through October 7. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was present here through October 7.
    
    A HARLAN’S RED-TAILED HAWK was in the east Antelope Valley on October 8. It was in the row of trees by 117 th Street East and Ave. I.
    
    A SHORT-EARED OWL was in the west Antelope Valley on October 8.
    
    An juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen briefly at Maywood Riverfront Park on October 11. It was east of the playground on the west side of the LA River south of Slauson.
    
    A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was in Area 2 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on October 8. A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was in Area 3 on the east side of the lake on October 8. An immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHER
    continued through October 10 in Area 2 between the southbound exit road and the power lines. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continues at the park.
    
    A CHESTNUT-COLLORED LONGSPUR continued through October 6 at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale near parking lot 5.
    
    A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro on October 9.
    
    Up to three CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia this past week with at least one remaining through October 12. A BOBOLINK also continued here through October 9. A PALM WARBLER
    was here from October 8-12 and an INDIGO BUNTING was reported on October 8. All these birds have been in the same area. From the parking lot go west through the lawn and picnic area and then to your left and down the slope to the weedy flat area (adjacent
    to the north shore of the south lake).
    
    A LARK BUNTING continued at Agua Amarga Canyon on the Palos Verdes Peninsula through October 11. It was last reported by the south rim of the canyon.
    
    A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO was at Apollo Park near Lancaster on October 10.
    
    An OVENBIRD continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through October 12 around the east-west trail. Two OVENBIRDS were present together there on October 10. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continues.
    
    A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at Malibu Lake on October 6.
    
    
    Another TENNESEEE WARBLER was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on October 10 inside the fence at the bottom of the hill.
    
    A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was in tamarisks in the northeast part of Pearblossom Park in the Antelope Valley on October 5.
    
    A PALM WARBLER was at Legacy Park in Malibu on October 11 on the north side of the pond area.
    
    A PAINTED REDSTART was found at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook on October 10 and seen at adjacent Culver City Park on October 12. It was up the hill from the handicapped parking across from the Little League
    field.
    
    A female type SUMMER TANAGER was at Malaga Dunes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on October 10.
    
    A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was in San Pedro on October 10.
    
    An INDIGO BUNTING was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on October 7 by the stream crossing in the northeast part of the park.
    
    San Clemente Island produced a GRAY VIREO on October 7, a CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR on October 5, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR from October 8-11, a LARK BUNTING from October 5-6 and a DICKCISSEL on October 8. More remarkable
    was a DUSKY WARBLER found on October 11.
    
    
    - 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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  3. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (juv) in Maywood LINK
    DATE: Oct 11, 2017 @ 5:28pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Wed 11 Oct
    
    Early this morning there was a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Maywood Riverfront Park (along the west side of the L.A. River, south of Slauson Ave). It worked the trees just east of the playground for about ten minutes before I lost it. This is a small park so it might have flown into the neighborhood.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/36933714044
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/23790996708
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/23791011268
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  5. Re: [LACoBirds] John Small 1956-2017 LINK
    DATE: Oct 4, 2017 @ 6:29pm, 13 day(s) ago
    John was one I counted as a friend and counted on often when I needed Local parks checked for birds.
    
    He visited us at Madrona often...
    
    With too many tears...
    And a wish that you finally have peace John...
    With love, Tracy
    
    Tracy Drake City of Torrance
    
    On Oct 4, 2017, at 5:10 PM, Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     I have been wondering why John Small isn’t answering my emails or phone calls, lately, so I texted his brother Mike, a retired Marine who lives south of here. Mike texted me back that John’s surgery of a
    couple of years ago recently led to a complication this summer where John suddenly went into shock, multiple organ failure, and was on life support until Mike got to the hospital, and agreed with the doctors’ suggestion that they let John go. Mike took John
    home to the wilds of New York State, Hudson Valley, where he and his other brothers and sisters scattered John’s ashes on Storm King Mountain
    I stopped breathing, when I read this. I had to wait a couple of hours, before I called Mike Small up. Mike explained that he had John’s cell phone, but not the password, so he was unable to contact me, or
    Dave Moody, when it happened.
    John Small was an incredibly talented birder.
    John Small had a hard time getting along with people. He had very few friends.
    
    John Small had a hard time trusting people.
    He had a rough childhood that sounds like the plot of a bad TV movie. He had Asperger’s Syndrome, which made it really hard for him to have healthy relationships. He was bullied in school.
    When I first got into birding in 1992, Martin Byhower said to me, “I know this guy. His name is John Small. He’s different. But he’s a really good birder. You would learn a lot from him.”
    Amen to that, Marty.
    In 1993 John and I were standing on a shady street in Palos Verdes, looking for a known Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We heard a strange sound like somebody was playing a flute. In his perpetual New York accent
    he shouted, “Oh! Oh! That’s a Varied Thrush!”
    
    A gorgeous adult male Varied Thrush then popped up from behind the fence, and sat out in the open. John was excited about getting this life bird (it was a life bird for
    me, too), which puzzled me, because he recognized it before we ever saw it. I asked him how he knew we were hearing a Varied Thrush. He shrugged and said, “I heard it on a record, when I was a kid.”
    John’s ability to recall dates, facts, and events with accuracy was phenomenal.
    One time, 10 years later, John called me up, and told me about a rare bird in a cemetery in Orange County. I picked him up at his hotel in Torrance (John Small did not have a driver’s license. He stated more
    than once that he had no business driving a car.). We drove to Orange County, saw the rare bird, then John Small said, “Hey, I want to go over to that corner for a couple of minutes. I wanted to follow him, assuming that he wanted to look for birds over there.
    He explained that no, he wanted to visit his daughter’s grave. I had known him 10 years, and never knew that he had lost his one and only child.
    The world has lost a good person.
    John Small was a pain in the neck, and Oh my God, I am going to miss him.
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  7. John Small 1956-2017 LINK
    DATE: Oct 4, 2017 @ 5:10pm, 13 day(s) ago
    I have been wondering why John Small isn’t answering my emails or phone calls, lately, so I texted his brother Mike, a retired Marine who lives south of here. Mike texted me back that John’s surgery of a
    couple of years ago recently led to a complication this summer where John suddenly went into shock, multiple organ failure, and was on life support until Mike got to the hospital, and agreed with the doctors’ suggestion that they let John go. Mike took John
    home to the wilds of New York State, Hudson Valley, where he and his other brothers and sisters scattered John’s ashes on Storm King Mountain
    I stopped breathing, when I read this. I had to wait a couple of hours, before I called Mike Small up. Mike explained that he had John’s cell phone, but not the password, so he was unable to contact me, or
    Dave Moody, when it happened.
    John Small was an incredibly talented birder.
    John Small had a hard time getting along with people. He had very few friends.
    
    John Small had a hard time trusting people.
    He had a rough childhood that sounds like the plot of a bad TV movie. He had Asperger’s Syndrome, which made it really hard for him to have healthy relationships. He was bullied in school.
    When I first got into birding in 1992, Martin Byhower said to me, “I know this guy. His name is John Small. He’s different. But he’s a really good birder. You would learn a lot from him.”
    Amen to that, Marty.
    In 1993 John and I were standing on a shady street in Palos Verdes, looking for a known Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We heard a strange sound like somebody was playing a flute. In his perpetual New York accent
    he shouted, “Oh! Oh! That’s a Varied Thrush!”
    
    A gorgeous adult male Varied Thrush then popped up from behind the fence, and sat out in the open. John was excited about getting this life bird (it was a life bird for
    me, too), which puzzled me, because he recognized it before we ever saw it. I asked him how he knew we were hearing a Varied Thrush. He shrugged and said, “I heard it on a record, when I was a kid.”
    John’s ability to recall dates, facts, and events with accuracy was phenomenal.
    One time, 10 years later, John called me up, and told me about a rare bird in a cemetery in Orange County. I picked him up at his hotel in Torrance (John Small did not have a driver’s license. He stated more
    than once that he had no business driving a car.). We drove to Orange County, saw the rare bird, then John Small said, “Hey, I want to go over to that corner for a couple of minutes. I wanted to follow him, assuming that he wanted to look for birds over there.
    He explained that no, he wanted to visit his daughter’s grave. I had known him 10 years, and never knew that he had lost his one and only child.
    The world has lost a good person.
    John Small was a pain in the neck, and Oh my God, I am going to miss him.
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  9. America's Birdiest County Reminder LINK
    DATE: Apr 27, 2017 @ 6:16pm, 6 month(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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  11. Re: [LACoBirds] America's Birdiest County April 28-30: Detailed Information LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 12:19pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Lanca & Wanda: Sorry but I won't be able to participate this year.I will be birding in Spain as of April 28th.
    
    Irwin Woldman
    
    
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  13. America's Birdiest County April 28-30: Detailed Information LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:50am, 6 month(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    Here's additional information about the "America's Birdiest County" event that will happen in Los Angeles County on April 28-30.
    
    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.
    
    This year I will be out of town on Saturday and Sunday, so I will not act as the compiler. Intead, Wanda Dameron has kindly stepped forward and volunteered to compile this year's count. Please send emails with reports to her and/or post them on the LA County listserve.
    
    Wanda's email address is:
    
    wandadameron2@...
    
    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. This year 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
    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 birds 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 Wanda at wandadameron2@... 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 Wanda.
    
    Wanda 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 early 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 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.
    
    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
    4/05 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
    4/10 *Brown Booby Cabrillo Beach Park/San Pedro Fishing Pier
    4/20 Neotropic Cormorant Bonelli Park
    4/15 American Bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    3/08 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
    3/20 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
    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
    3/22 Red Knot Playa del Rey end of jetties
    3/21 Red Knot Ballona Creek, Pacific Ave. bridge
    4/13 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
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Piute Ponds
    4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Sepulveda Basin
    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
    4/20 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, Trabuco St. (Bellflower)
    4/17 Common Ground-dove San Gabriel River Trail, north of Cerritos golf course
    4/21 White-winged Dove Crystalaire, Antelope Valley
    3/18 Long-eared Owl Apollo Park, NW corner in tamarisks
    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
    4/19 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
    4/18 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)
    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
    3/12 American Dipper East Fork, San Gabriel River, near Bridge to Nowhere
    3/19 American Dipper Barrett-Stoddard Road, near Baldy Village
    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
    4/22 *Gray Catbird West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail (Monte Verde Park)
    4/19 Le Conte's Thrasher Piute Ponds
    4/22 Northern Parula Peck Pits, far north end
    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
    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
    4/09 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
    4/17 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.
    
    * = new to the count if we find it
    
    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.
    
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    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, and golden eagle.
    
    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
    12 Greater White-fronted Goose
    09 Snow Goose
    13 Ross's Goose
    12 Brant
    13 Cackling Goose
    13 Canada Goose
    13 Wood Duck
    13 Gadwall
    13 American Wigeon
    13 Mallard
    13 Blue-winged Teal
    13 Cinnamon Teal
    13 Northern Shoveler
    12 Northern Pintail
    13 Green-winged Teal
    03 Canvasback
    13 Redhead
    13 Ring-necked Duck
    01 Greater Scaup
    13 Lesser Scaup
    01 White-winged Scoter
    13 Surf Scoter
    03 Black Scoter
    01 Long-tailed Duck
    12 Bufflehead
    03 Common Goldeneye
    07 Hooded Merganser
    10 Common Merganser
    12 Red-breasted Merganser
    13 Ruddy Duck
    13 Mountain Quail
    13 California Quail
    09 Gambel's Quail
    09 Chukar
    13 Red-throated Loon
    13 Pacific Loon
    13 Common Loon
    01 Yellow-billed Loon
    13 Pied-billed Grebe
    09 Horned Grebe
    13 Eared Grebe
    13 Western Grebe
    13 Clark's Grebe
    01 Black-footed albatross
    03 Northern Fulmar
    10 Pink-footed Shearwater
    13 Sooty Shearwater
    05 Black-vented Shearwater
    13 Brandt's Cormorant
    01 Neotropic Cormorant
    13 Double-crested Cormorant
    13 Pelagic Cormorant
    12 American White Pelican
    13 Brown Pelican
    04 American Bittern
    13 Least Bittern
    13 Great Blue Heron
    13 Great Egret
    13 Snowy Egret
    12 Cattle Egret
    13 Green Heron
    13 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    13 White-faced Ibis
    13 Turkey Vulture
    13 Osprey
    13 White-tailed Kite
    11 Golden Eagle
    01 Bald Eagle
    12 Northern Harrier
    12 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    13 Cooper's Hawk
    13 Red-shouldered Hawk
    12 Swainson's Hawk
    13 Red-tailed Hawk
    04 Ferruginous Hawk
    01 Sandhill Crane
    12 Virginia Rail
    13 Sora
    01 Ridgeway's Rail
    13 Common Gallinule
    13 American Coot
    13 Black-bellied Plover
    02 Pacific Golden-Plover
    13 Snowy Plover
    13 Semipalmated Plover
    13 Killdeer
    13 Black Oystercatcher
    13 Black-necked Stilt
    13 American Avocet
    13 Spotted Sandpiper
    12 Solitary Sandpiper
    13 Wandering Tattler
    13 Greater Yellowlegs
    13 Willet
    12 Lesser Yellowlegs
    13 Whimbrel
    12 Long-billed Curlew
    13 Marbled Godwit
    13 Ruddy Turnstone
    13 Black Turnstone
    13 Surfbird
    02 Red Knot
    13 Sanderling
    02 Semipalmated Sandpiper
    13 Western Sandpiper
    13 Least Sandpiper
    03 Baird's Sandpiper
    13 Dunlin
    01 Ruff
    01 Stilt Sandpiper
    10 Short-billed Dowitcher
    13 Long-billed Dowitcher
    08 Wilson's Snipe
    10 Wilson's Phalarope
    13 Red-necked Phalarope
    01 Red Phalarope
    01 Sabine's Gull
    13 Bonaparte's Gull
    01 Laughing Gull
    06 Franklin's Gull
    13 Heermann's Gull
    02 Mew Gull
    13 Ring-billed Gull
    13 Western Gull
    13 California Gull
    12 Herring Gull
    02 Thayer's Gull
    13 Glaucous-winged Gull
    01 Glaucous Gull
    12 Least Tern
    13 Caspian Tern
    05 Black Tern
    01 Common Tern
    13 Forster's Tern
    13 Royal Tern
    13 Elegant Tern
    13 Black Skimmer
    07 Pomarine Jaeger
    07 Parasitic Jaeger
    04 Common Murre
    02 Scripps' Murrelet
    02 Cassin's Auklet
    03 Rhinoceros Auklet
    13 Rock Pigeon
    13 Band-tailed Pigeon
    12 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    13 Spotted Dove
    02 White-winged Dove
    13 Mourning Dove
    09 Inca Dove
    11 Common Ground-Dove
    13 Greater Roadrunner
    13 Barn Owl
    08 Flammulated Owl
    13 Western Screech-Owl
    13 Great Horned Owl
    12 Northern Pygmy-Owl
    13 Burrowing Owl
    13 Spotted Owl
    04 Long-eared Owl
    11 Northern Saw-whet Owl
    13 Lesser Nighthawk
    13 Common Poorwill
    13 Vaux's Swift
    13 White-throated Swift
    13 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    13 Anna's Hummingbird
    13 Costa's Hummingbird
    13 Rufous Hummingbird
    13 Allen's Hummingbird
    09 Calliope Hummingbird
    13 Belted Kingfisher
    10 Lewis's Woodpecker
    13 Acorn Woodpecker
    11 Williamson's Sapsucker
    13 Red-breasted Sapsucker
    01 Red-naped Sapsucker
    11 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    13 Nuttall's Woodpecker
    13 Downy Woodpecker
    13 Hairy Woodpecker
    13 White-headed Woodpecker
    13 Northern Flicker
    13 American Kestrel
    10 Merlin
    13 Peregrine Falcon
    11 Prairie Falcon
    01 Crested Caracara
    13 Red-crowned Parrot
    13 Olive-sided Flycatcher
    13 Western Wood-Pewee
    13 Hammond's Flycatcher
    13 Gray Flycatcher
    13 Dusky Flycatcher
    13 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    13 Black Phoebe
    13 Say's Phoebe
    04 Vermilion Flycatcher
    03 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    13 Ash-throated Flycatcher
    04 Tropical Kingbird
    13 Cassin's Kingbird
    02 Thick-billed Kingbird
    13 Western Kingbird
    13 Loggerhead Shrike
    13 Bell's Vireo
    07 Plumbeous Vireo
    13 Cassin's Vireo
    13 Hutton's Vireo
    13 Warbling Vireo
    13 Steller's Jay
    13 Western Scrub-Jay
    12 Clark's Nutcracker
    13 American Crow
    13 Common Raven
    13 Horned Lark
    13 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    05 Purple Martin
    13 Tree Swallow
    13 Violet-green Swallow
    11 Bank Swallow
    13 Barn Swallow
    13 Cliff Swallow
    13 Mountain Chickadee
    13 Oak Titmouse
    12 Verdin
    13 Bushtit
    13 Red-breasted Nuthatch
    13 White-breasted Nuthatch
    13 Pygmy Nuthatch
    13 Brown Creeper
    13 Rock Wren
    13 Canyon Wren
    13 House Wren
    13 Marsh Wren
    13 Bewick's Wren
    13 Cactus Wren
    13 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    13 California Gnatcatcher
    09 American Dipper
    04 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    13 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    13 Wrentit
    13 Western Bluebird
    01 Mountain Bluebird
    10 Townsend's Solitaire
    13 Swainson's Thrush
    13 Hermit Thrush
    13 American Robin
    01 Varied Thrush
    13 Northern Mockingbird
    13 California Thrasher
    09 Le Conte's Thrasher
    13 European Starling
    01 Red-throated Pipit
    13 American Pipit
    13 Cedar Waxwing
    13 Phainopepla
    01 Northern Waterthrush
    05 Black-and-white Warbler
    01 Tennessee Warbler
    13 Orange-crowned Warbler
    13 Nashville Warbler
    13 MacGillivray's Warbler
    13 Common Yellowthroat
    01 Hooded Warbler
    02 American Redstart
    01 Northern Parula
    13 Yellow Warbler
    01 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    07 Palm Warbler
    13 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    13 Black-throated Gray Warbler
    13 Townsend's Warbler
    13 Hermit Warbler
    13 Wilson's Warbler
    01 Painted Redstart
    13 Yellow-breasted Chat
    13 Green-tailed Towhee
    13 Spotted Towhee
    13 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    13 California Towhee
    13 Chipping Sparrow
    02 Clay-colored Sparrow
    11 Brewer's Sparrow
    01 Field Sparrow
    13 Black-chinned Sparrow
    01 Vesper Sparrow
    12 Lark Sparrow
    13 Black-throated Sparrow
    13 Bell's Sparrow
    13 Savannah Sparrow
    04 Grasshopper Sparrow
    13 Fox Sparrow
    13 Song Sparrow
    12 Lincoln's Sparrow
    01 Swamp Sparrow
    09 White-throated Sparrow
    02 Harris' Sparrow
    13 White-crowned Sparrow
    13 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    13 Dark-eyed Junco
    06 Summer Tanager
    13 Western Tanager
    13 Black-headed Grosbeak
    13 Blue Grosbeak
    01 Indigo Bunting
    13 Lazuli Bunting
    13 Red-winged Blackbird
    13 Tricolored Blackbird
    13 Western Meadowlark
    13 Yellow-headed Blackbird
    13 Brewer's Blackbird
    13 Great-tailed Grackle
    13 Brown-headed Cowbird
    03 Orchard Oriole
    13 Hooded Oriole
    13 Bullock's Oriole
    01 Baltimore Oriole
    13 Scott's Oriole
    13 Purple Finch
    13 Cassin's Finch
    13 House Finch
    10 Red Crossbill
    12 Pine Siskin
    13 Lesser Goldfinch
    13 Lawrence's Goldfinch
    13 American Goldfinch
    01 Evening Grosbeak
    13 House Sparrow
    03 Nutmeg Mannikin 2014 was the first year we could count it
    
    Total: 332 species
    
    Removed: black swift and willow flycatcher because we think those reports were in error.
    
    Added in 2016:
    Neotropic Cormorant
    Ridgeway's Rail
    Bald Eagle
    Red-throated Pipit
    Varied Thrush
    
    Please start thinking of where you might be able to contribute, and we look forward to hearing from you this coming weekend!
    
    Best wishes,
    
    Lance Benner and Wanda Dameron
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
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  15. Los Angeles RBA- 8 March 2017 LINK
    DATE: Mar 8, 2017 @ 9:54pm, 7 month(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *March 8, 2017
    * CALA1703.08
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Tundra Swan
    ICELAND GULL
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD
    Palm Warbler
    Green-tailed Towhee
    White-throated Sparrow
    Harris’s Sparrow
    Baltimore Oriole
    
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    
    http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for March 8.
    
    A TUNDRA SWAN continued at Pierce College in Woodland Hills through March 6. It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.
    
    A first cycle ICELAND GULLwas reported again onMarch 4 at the Rio Hondo spreading basins. The gulls here have been in the basin below Washington Blvd. Afternoons are best and Sundays should be avoided (as the
    nearby Puente Hills Landfill that attracts gulls is not operating). To reach the basin south of Washington Blvd., take Paramount to Canford and turn west. There is access here through a hole
    in the fence.
    
    A female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at Bixby Marshland in Carson on March 4. It was in willows south of the parking area.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through March 6. It has been on the north side near group picnic area 4.
    
    A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at Columbia Park in Torrance, being reported there through March 4. Another continues at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.
    
    The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was reported through March 6. It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of the dog park, but can move widely around the area. It has recently
    been reported around the horse property south of the dog park.
    
    A continuing PALM WARBLER was at Entradero Park in Torrance through March 7. It was seen around the batting cages.
    
    The wintering GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood was reported through March 4. Look for it along the paved pathway south of the two green and white poles that are
    on the west side of the path.
    
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at the Cobb Estate and the north end of Lake Avenue in Altadena. It’s been north and east of the entrance and last reported along the old paved road that runs through the property.
    
    A HARRIS’S SPARROW continued along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont through March 6. To reach the exact location, drive to the very north end of Indian Hill
    Blvd. in Claremont. There is a free parking lot to the left. Walk east about one half mile along the Thompson Creek Trail by the water channel. The first feeding station can be seen on the right by a bench and drinking fountain. There are bird feeders and
    a solar panel water dish on the ground. Walk about one more block to Pomello Ave. (closed to parking) where there is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Slip past it at the channel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the
    Harris's seems to prefer.
    
    An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at La Mirada Park (not to be confused with La Mirada Creek Park) on March 7.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
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  17. Los Angeles RBA- 27 January 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jan 27, 2017, 9 month(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *January 27 2017 * CALA1701.27
    
     -Birds mentioned
    
    White-winged Scoter Black Scoter Common Merganser Red-necked Grebe White-winged Dove Lesser Black-backed Gull Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker Hammond’s Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Vermilion Flycatcher Black-and-white Warbler Palm Warbler Painted Redstart Green-tailed Towhee Clay-colored Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco Black-headed Grosbeak
    
    
    
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    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
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    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
     -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 27.
    
    A BLACK SCOTER (south of Imperial Highway) and five female WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (opposite lifeguard station 53 and 61) were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on January 26.
    
    Two COMMON MERGANSERS continued through January 24 at Malibu Lagoon (north of the PCH bridge).
    
    The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through January 21.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen briefly at Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 23.
    
    An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Rio Hondo Spreading Basins (in the far west pond, scope required) on January 21. Entrance is at the intersection of Mines and Paramount. Another
    adjacent area to check for this bird and other gulls is the basin south of Washington.
    
    A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was in the northeast corner of the Natural History Museum Nature Gardens on January 24 and 25.
    
    It was in the tall Casuarina tree along the north edge of the Garden, about 50 yards east of the Exposition Blvd. entrance gate to the museum. This area is accessible when the museum gates are open (9:30-5:00). Also check the cork oak at the northeast corner.
    
    A
    NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was north of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park in Pasadena on January 26.
    
    A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was at Occidental College from January 24-25.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through January 25 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
     The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 26 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.
     The female VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through January 23. It has recently been northeast of the end of the Avalon parking lot.
    The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continued through January 21 in the same spot.
    
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at El Segundo Library Park continued through January 24 in the northwest corner.
    
    The PALM WARBLER at Entradero Park in Torrance was seen through January 22 on the north side of the pond.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through January 21 around building 3604.
     The West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE reported through January 21. A good area to check is just south of the two green and white posts
    on the west side of the paved walkway. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROWwas also at the park on January 21.
    
    A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through January 21. It is being seen near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel.
    
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at Los Liones Canyon through January 21 and along the Wilmington Drain (north of the end of 255 th Street) through January 26. A new bird was at
    Kenneth Hahn SRA on January 22, north of the Lotus Pond. Another was at a residence in Altadena on January 22.
    
    A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO continued at Apollo Park in Lancaster through January 25.
    
    A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was in Topanga on January 22.
    
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA JonF60@...
    
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  19. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Exposition Park LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2017 @ 12:49pm, 9 month(s) ago
    Birders,   Since Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been scarce this winter (only a couple in the county, and none at the “regular” winter site at Veterans Park in Sylmar), I thought I’d mention there was one at the Natural History Museum Nature Gardens
    mid-day today (24 January). It was actively feeding/drilling in the tall Casuarina tree along the north edge of the Garden, about 50 yards east of the Exposition Blvd. entrance gate to the museum. Note that this tree is almost at the Exposition Blvd. sidewalk,
    so the bird is perhaps visible from there (unless it’s on the south side of the trunk); and when the gates to the museum are open (9:30-5:00) you can enter the portion of the Nature Gardens where the Casuarina tree is without paying admission (though of course
    I recommend that you pay admission or join so you can check out the rest of the gardens and the inside of the museum – what did you expect me to say). If the bird isn’t there, you might check out the large cork oak at the NE corner of the gardens – attractive
    to sapsuckers, including at least 2 other Yellow-bellieds, in the past.   The bird has no red in the plumage, and appears to be a “black-crowned morph” (only one of our 14 skins of female Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers shows an all-black crown – the crown is red in the other 13). The crown of today’s bird looked solidly
    blackish to me in the field.  There’s no broad black chest patch, so I presume this is a second-year (SY) bird.   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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  21. Los Angeles RBA- 13 January 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2017 @ 1:26pm, 9 month(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *January 13 2017
    * CALA1701.13
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    White-winged Scoter
    Mountain Plover
    California Condor
    Swainson’s Hawk
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Red-naped Sapsucker
    Hammond’s Flycatcher
    Pacific-slope Flyactcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Mountain Bluebird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Swamp Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Hooded Oriole
    
    
    
    
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    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 January 13.
    
    
    Four female type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 7. All were opposite lifeguard station 61, but can be either north or south of there.
    
    Eighty-eight MOUNTAIN PLOVER were southeast of the intersection of Avenue L and 50 thStreet East in the Antelope Valley on January 7.
    
    A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at Bixby Marshland in Carson on January 7 on the south side of the parking lot.
    
    A CALIFORNIA CONDOR was over Interstate 5 north of Castaic and just south of Vista del Lago on January 6. Another- or the same bird- was along Hig hway 138 between
    Quail Lake and Neenach on January 9.
    
    A SWAINSON’S HAWK was over Almansor Park in Alhambra on January 6. Also present south of the ponds was an immature male HOODED ORIOLE, a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO. These latter birds were all where
    the jogger track straightens out and about parallel with the fenced-off baseball-type fields.
    
    A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates on January 8.
    
    A
    PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued at William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles through January 12. It was on the eastern side of the property near a Moreton Bay Fig tree.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through January 11 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 10 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continues, last reported
    in willows by the meadow area. A PALM WARBLER was seen on January 6 by the south trail overlook. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues at Madrona as well. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through January 10. It has recently been northeast of the end of the Avalon parking lot, but has previously been seen
    near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126 thStreet and also north of the south lake. The VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues, being last reported northeast of the end of the Avalon parking lot on December 10.
    
    The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area also continues. It was seen through January 10 near the east end of the Avalon parking lot.
    
    Up to ten MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS continue at Brackett Field in La Verne. They were last reported on January 6 past the west end of the runway adjacent to the nursery.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through January 9 around building 3604. A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was in this area through January 10.
    
    The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE reported through January 9. A good area to check is just south of the two green and white posts on the west side of the
    paved walkway.
    
    A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through January 8. It is near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel.
    
    Another SWAMP SPARROW was at UCLA on January 6 on the southwest side of Bunche Hall.
    
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued in the Wilmington Drain above the Pacific Coast Highway through January 7. It has been hanging around a pomegranate tree.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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  23. Los Angeles RBA- 23 December 2016 LINK
    DATE: Dec 23, 2016 @ 9:53am, 10 month(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *December 23 2016 * CALA1612.23
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Snow Goose
    Tundra Swan
    Eurasian Wigeon
    Long-tailed Duck
    Burrowing Owl
    Long-eared Owl
    Short-eared Owl
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Hammond’s Flycatcher
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Pacific Wren
    Gray Catbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Green-tailed Towhee
    “Red” Fox Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Hooded Oriole
    
    
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    
    http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 23.
    
    A SNOW GOOSE was at Lincoln Park in Alhambra on December 17. Another flew over the Ballona Creek mouth on December 19.
    
    Continuing at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB property through December 17 was a TUNDRA SWAN (letter of permission required for entry).
    
    
    A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the pond along the entrance road to King Gillette Ranch near Calabasas on December 18.
    
    The BURROWING OWL at Esperanza Elementary School in the Westlake area of Los Angeles continued through December 22.
    
    A LONG-EARED OWL was along the LA River adjacent to Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on December 17.
    
    
    At Big Piute (Piute Ponds, Edwards AFB), a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on December 19.
    
    The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through December 20. It was last seen by the northwest corner of the property near Rodeo Road and Hauser Blvd.
    
    HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHERS included a continuing bird in the northeast part of Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood and one in the Subtropical Garden at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, both on December
    17.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through December 18. It has been around the large cottonwood by the Chevron corner of the marsh (the area opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner
    of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues as well.
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at Madrona continued through December 17 also by the large cottonwood at the southwest corner of the preserve.
    Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through December 21 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
    
    A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at Columbia Park in Torrance in the northwest corner of the Community Garden. It was seen through December 21.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported through December 18. Check the eucalyptus grove north of Imperial Highway and Las Flores.
    
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through December 19 near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126 th Street.
    
    A PACIFIC WREN was found in Monrovia Canyon by trail marker number 8 on December 17 and was seen again the following day.
    
    The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GRAY CATBIRD at the north end around Monte Verde Park through December 17 as well as a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE (farther south along the
    nature trail). A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER also continued here through December 17.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through December 19. It was seen between and library and bandstand and in the southeast corner of the property.
    
    Hansen Dam had a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER from December 17-19 in willows just east of the main lake. Directions are as follows.
    Walk the
    main dirt road east along the main lake (reached by walking south past the ball fields at the Soccer Complex/Sports Center off Foothill Blvd.) until you get to the broad north-south dirt road near the Little Tujunga Creek wash. Go right (south) a couple of
    hundred yards until you reach the main creek. On your right is a fairly obvious bridle trail leading west toward the lake and roughly paralleling Big Tujunga Creek. Take that trail, and after about 80 yards it will widen into a broad sandy area. Continue
    west through that area almost to the west end of it, and then take the smaller trail on the left (closer to the creek) where there is an isolatedsmall stand of tall Arundo (giant reed). Shortly down that trail you'll come to a singleyoung, lowpalm tree.
    The Blackburnian was in the tall willows around that palm. In the same area as the Blackburnian Warbler, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was seen on December 20.
    
    A PINE WARBLER was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale from December 17-18. It was between parking lot 2 and the pier.
    
    A “RED” FOX SPARROW was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on December 17 in the area north of Johnson field (on the east side of the basin).
    
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Legg Lake in South El Monte, in Zuma Canyon and at the Wilmington Drain in Harbor City north of PCH (2 birds) this past week.
    
    
    HOODED ORIOLES were along the Tujunga Wash in Valley Glen (between Oxnard St. and Burbank Blvd.) on December 18 and continuing in La Verne through December 21. Two HOODED ORIOLES were at the north end of the desert
    garden at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino on December 17.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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  25. Los Angeles RBA- 16 December 2016 LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:40pm, 10 month(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *December 16 2016 * CALA1612.16
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Tundra Swan
    White-winged Scoter
    Black Scoter
    Long-tailed Duck
    American Bittern
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Hammond’s Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Mountain Bluebird
    Gray Catbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Swamp Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Hooded Oriole
    Baltimore Oriole
    
    
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    
    http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 16.
    
    A TUNDRA SWAN continued at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB through December 15 (letter of permission required for entry). Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS have also been present, with one of these reported through December
    15.
    
    Three more presumed TUNDRA SWANS (not seen well enough to confirm) were briefly at Quail Lake near Gorman on December 11.
    
    Two female WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and three female BLACK SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on December 9. They were opposite the RV Park south of Imperial Highway.
    
    An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh on December 10.
    
    A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through December 10. It was near the west end of the Cloverdale parking area. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues around unit
    #5160. This is private property, but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents.
    
    A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO were at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood on December 14. The flycatcher was in the northeast corner and the vireo was seen in front of the Valley Sports office on
    Laurelgrove and also in the northeast corner.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through December 14 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4 (and occasionally just south of there).
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through December 13. It has been around the large cottonwood by the Chevron corner of the marsh (the area opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner
    of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues as well.
    The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through December 10 also by the large cottonwood at the southwest corner of the preserve.
    Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.
    
    The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported through December 11. Check the eucalyptus grove north of Imperial Highway and Las Flores.
    A male and female BALTIMORE ORIOLE were in this area on December 11.
    
    
    Up to thirty-eight MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS have been on the north side of Brackett Field in La Verne, near the intersection of Puddingstone Drive and Fairplex Drive.
    
    
    The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GRAY CATBIRD at the north end around Monte Verde Park through December 12 as well as a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE.
    
    BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS continued near the southeast corner of El Segundo Library Park through December 13, near the administration building at DeForest Park in Long Beach through December 10 and west of restroom
    #7 at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 11.
    
    A PALM WARBLER continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 10. It was last seen along the west side of the basins near the intersection of Bixley and Pico Vista.
    
    Another PALM WARBLER was at King Harbor in Redondo Beach on December 12 near the Polly’s on the Pier restaurant and one was around the ballfield at Entradero Park in Redondo Beach on December 14.
    
    A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont through December 9.
    
    A SWAMP SPARROW was along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University on December 12. It was near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel.
    
    
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on December 10, at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia (along the paved road on the east side of Tallac Knoll) on December 13, at the Cabrillo Beach
    Native Garden in San Pedro on December 13 and in Beverly Hills also on December 13.
    
    A HOODED ORIOLE was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on December 13. Another continued to visit a feeder in La Verne through December 13.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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  27. Continuing birds at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2016 @ 8:03pm, 10 month(s) ago
    Sat 10 Dec
    
    The female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker found on Nov 19 (Bruce Aird, Jeff Bray, Steve Sosensky) was in a large oak near the western end of the Cloverdale Ave parking area.
    
    The White-throated Sparrow was in a bougainvillea on the south side of unit #5160.
    
    I last saw the Chestnut-sided Warbler on Nov 26 and assume it has left the area.
    
    More notes are in http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist/S32957274
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  29. Los Angeles RBA- 24 November 2016 LINK
    DATE: Nov 24, 2016 @ 9:08pm, 11 month(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *November 24, 2016
    * CALA1611.24
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Black Scoter
    Sandhill Crane
    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
    “Prairie” Merlin
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Tropical Kingbird
    THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD
    Verdin
    Pacific Wren
    Varied Thrush
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Green-tailed Towhee
    White-throated Sparrow
    Harris’s Sparrow
    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 at
    
    JonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County
    
    -Transcript
    
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 24.
    
    Four female BLACK SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on November 18. They were seen from near Lifeguard Station #47.
    
    A SANDHILL CRANE was seen briefly in the Antelope Valley on November 19. It was at 110 th Street East and Ave. I.
    
    The SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER on the lower Los Angeles River continued there through November 21. It has been seen in the area immediately below the Willow Street crossing. Park on DeForest on the east side of the
    river just above Willow Street, then walk up the paved ramp to the river and then head south to get below the bridge.
    
    A “PRAIRIE” MERLIN was at 110 th Street East and Ave. I in the Antelope Valley on November 20.
    
    An EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through November 23 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
    
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through November 22. It is being seen by the large cottonwood at the “Chevron corner” (area closest to the Chevron gas station across the street). A
    CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued through November 21 near the south side ponds.
    
    A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through November 19. It has been seen near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126 th
    
    Street.
    
    The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD as Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas continued through November 21. It has been most often seen around the dog park and ravine immediately to the west, but it moves around the area.
    
    
    The VERDIN at White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro remained through November 21.
    
    A PACIFIC WREN was in Big Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia on November 23. It was along the trail between Sturtevant Falls and Spruce Grove Camp.
    
    VARIED THRUSHES were at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena (west of the Nature Center) on November 21 and in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island on November 23.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through November 22. It has been by the large cottonwood at the southwest corner of the preserve. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was present in this area through
    November 21.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a SUMMER TANAGER were at American Gold Star Manor in west Long Beach on November 22.
    
    The CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through November 24. It is being seen between unit #5317 and garage #557. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was in this same area on
    November 19 and 20. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued by unit #5160 through November 23. This is private property, but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents.
    
    A PALM WARBLER was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds on November 21. It was about 200 yards south of Mines Ave. on the west side of the north basin. Access is possible at the east end of Mines
    Ave.
    
    A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at a residence in Santa Monica on November 20.
    
    The HARRIS’S SPARROW at a residence in Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula continued through November 17.
    
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in Harbor City in the Wilmington Drain about 300 feet above the Pacific Coast Highway from November 18-19.
    
    Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on November 20. One was also in Porter Ranch on November 19.
    
    
    - 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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-revision history-
v1.30 - 01/05/16 - Revamped cloud logic, optimized database queries, linked to eBird rarities.
v1.23 - 12/08/11 - Added direct link to CBRC records.
v1.22 - 12/03/11 - Corrected GMT offsets on dates. Added last 5 posts at top.
v1.21 - 11/24/11 - Added direct link to range map for NA birds.
v1.2  - 11/23/11 - Greatly improved graphing technology - separates month vs. year by posts. Added species auto-complete functionality.
v1.14 - 11/22/11 - Added cloud bubble for common thread topics.
v1.13 - 11/22/11 - Added integrated photos where available.
v1.12 - 11/22/11 - Added multiple input boxes for additional refinement, negative search criteria (eg. -keyword).
v1.11 - 11/22/11 - Added banding code, species look-up. Also direct link to recent eBird observations.
 v1.1 - 11/22/11 - Added 'date' functionality. Shows top 'month/year' combinations for a query. Restrict results to that 'month/year'.
 v1.0 - 11/21/11 - Initial version coded. Currently archiving 'lacobirds' and 'calbirds'.