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Last 5 Posts:
· BB Whistling Duck--not yet. (Jul 3, 2015)
· Snowy Plovers in LA County (Jul 3, 2015)
· Los Angeles Audubon Society event REMINDER: Shorebird Identification Workshop August 2015 (Jul 3, 2015)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Jul 3, 2015)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Jul 3, 2015)
  1. BB Whistling Duck--not yet. LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2015 @ 7:19am, 2 day(s) ago
    Greetings,
    A number of early birders here at Bonelli. So far, no sign of the BB Whistling-Duck.
    
    Regards,
    Ed Stonick
    
    Sent on the new Sprint Network from my Samsung Galaxy SŪ4.
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  3. Snowy Plovers in LA County LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2015 @ 9:55pm, 1 day(s) ago
    No one else seems to be posting on this specie except Irwin W.
    Just a note, that 1 individual was identified June 28th by experienced volunteer monitor Grace Murayama during the SM Bay Audubon monthly walk at Malibu Lagoon. Barring your information to the contrary, this is the earliest recorded arrival date in 15 years, and in line with a progression of earlier arrivals for the past three years.
    There were no WSP at Santa Monica this early AM.
    Lu Plauzoles
    Santa Monica
    
    
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  5. Los Angeles Audubon Society event REMINDER: Shorebird Identification Workshop August 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2015 @ 9:25pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi BirdersThe Los Angeles Audubon Society is inviting all birders to attend this event, don?t miss out on this opportunity of learning from one of the best birders and photographers in the country:SHOREBIRD IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOPLECTURE: Sat., Aug. 29, 1?5 p.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, PasadenaFIELD TRIP: Sun., Aug. 30, 8:00 a.m. until Noon or 1:00 p.m. at Piute PondsTHE SPEAKER: Our speaker, JON DUNN, needs little introduction, as he is the lead author of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY?S FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA (now in its 6th edition), has co-authored two top-notch books on bird ID and distribution with our own Kimball Garrett, and has co-written a book on gull ID with Steve Howell. He also presently sits on the American Ornithological Union Classification Committee, and is often on the California Bird Records Committee. He leads field trips to far-flung locations including Alaska, Thailand, and California - all places with remarkable shorebird migrations. As such, he is extraordinarily qualified to speak on all aspects of shorebirds and many other North American bird families. After building a foundation of basic identification skills for our more expected shorebird species, Jon will address at length the important skill of ageing shorebirds, and techniques for discriminating among the less familiar species encountered in the ABA area. Distribution and timing of occurrence will also be stressed. All of the photos for the workshop will be provided by Larry Sansone, one of our most talented local photographers. Larry has taken incredible photographs of birds across the country, and has traveled up our west coast and down the east coast of Asia, often with the primary intent of capturing the best possible images of the world?s common to very rare shorebirds in his Powerpoint presentation.The pleasant lecture venue will be Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Altadena from 1- 5 p.m., directions will be provided with your confirmation. Refreshments provided.HOW TO SIGN UP: To sign up for the lecture and/or field trip, please contact Susan Castor at (323) 876-0202 or membership@..., ?before sending any fees? to determine if the lecture or fieldtrip are full. Please provide your email address (or SASE) with your check (sorry no credit cards accepted). You will be e-mailed (or U.S. mailed) your confirmation to participate upon receipt of your check by LAAS.(UPDATE: As of July 2nd, the field trip portion of the workshop is fully booked with a wait list. Reservations still being accepted for the lecture on Saturday $30.)Mail to: Los Angeles Audubon?Field Trips, Attn: Susan Castor, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. Lecture only: $30. Lecture. Please sign up by August 26.
    For more details, visit LAAS: http://losangelesaudubon.orgHappy Birding!
    
    Nick & Mary Freeman
    LA Audubon Fieldtrips and Programs
    Glendale, CA
    
    
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  7. Re: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2015 @ 5:44pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I have posted a few photos of the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck from this afternoon on my Flickr page.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
    
    
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  9. Re: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2015 @ 5:08pm, 1 day(s) ago
    And now it's back in its original spot.
    Amy Williamson
    Monrovia
    On Jul 2, 2015 4:58 PM, "Amy Williamson" <amywillbird@...> wrote:It flew a short distance south and is now just north of the pier near the shore.
    Amy Williamson
    Monrovia
    On Jul 2, 2015 4:38 PM, "Jonathan Feenstra feenstra@... [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    
    The Black-bellied Whistling Duck persists in its previously described location.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Jul 2, 2015, at 2:45 PM, warblerod@... [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    Due to the holiday weekend the area where the bird was observed becomes very busy.  Thus people planning to look for the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck should either come late today 7/2 (park is open until 9 pm) or at 6 am when the park opens on 7/3.
    
     
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
    
    
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  11. Re: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2015 @ 4:58pm, 1 day(s) ago
    It flew a short distance south and is now just north of the pier near the shore.
    Amy Williamson
    Monrovia
    On Jul 2, 2015 4:38 PM, "Jonathan Feenstra feenstra@... [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    
    The Black-bellied Whistling Duck persists in its previously described location.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Jul 2, 2015, at 2:45 PM, warblerod@... [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    Due to the holiday weekend the area where the bird was observed becomes very busy.  Thus people planning to look for the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck should either come late today 7/2 (park is open until 9 pm) or at 6 am when the park opens on 7/3.
    
     
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
    
    
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  13. Re: [LACoBirds] Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 4:38pm, 2 day(s) ago
    
    The Black-bellied Whistling Duck persists in its previously described location.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Jul 2, 2015, at 2:45 PM, warblerod@... [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    
    Due to the holiday weekend the area where the bird was observed becomes very busy. Thus people planning to look for the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck should either come late today 7/2 (park is open until 9 pm) or at 6 am when the park opens on 7/3.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
    
    
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  15. Los Angeles RBA- 2 July 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 2:51pm, 2 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles
    RBA
    * July 2,
    2015
    * CALA1507.02
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK
    American Bittern
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    MacGillivray?s Warbler
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate
    on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:
    Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This
    is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for July 2.
    
    A
    BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (origin yet to be determined, but lacking leg
    bands) was found at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on July 2. Enter
    the park via the Via Verde entrance and go to East Shore Drive. At the
    end of East Shore Drive take the right fork in the road and look
    for restroom #11. The bird seen just west of here.
    
    An AMERICAN BITTERN- possibly a juvenile- was along the San Gabriel River
    in South El Monte on June 26. It was at
    the end of Thienes Ave.
    
    The second year YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON found earlier
    at Del Rey Lagoon was refound near the ?bend? at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh
    on July 2. The marsh is at the corner of
    Lincoln and Jefferson in Playa del Rey.
    
    A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was found at the Piute Ponds on
    Edwards AFB on July 1. It was in the
    tamarisks along C-Dike.
    
    A MACGILLIVRAY?S WARBLER was by the Eaton Canyon Nature
    Center in Pasadena on July 1.
    
    This report is
    sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    
    - end
    transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale,
    CA
    JonF60@...
    
    EVENTS
    AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For
    all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website at http://www.laaudubon.org
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  17. Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 2:45pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Due to the holiday weekend the area where the bird was observed becomes very busy. Thus people planning to look for the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck should either come late today 7/2 (park is open until 9 pm) or at 6 am when the park opens on 7/3.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
    
    
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  19. Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 2:27pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Thu 2 July
    
    The 2nd-year YCNH that was hanging around Del Rey Lagoon in early June was
    at the "elbow" of BFM at around 8:30 this morning, perched atop a float
    near the opening of a water inlet (protected by a chain-link fence) near
    the end of a short dirt path that leads directly from the Lincoln-Jefferson
    Blvd intersection to the marsh.
    
    ?
    
    An occasionally calling Yellow-breasted Chat continues near the south end
    of BFM - it's been there for several weeks.
    
    On Sunday I had an imm. Loggerhead Shrike perched on a fence surrounding a
    Gas Co facility ~1/3 mile SW of BFM. LOSH no longer nest around Ballona,
    so this seems to be a wanderer from elsewhere
    
    Also seen recently in this area were one each of White-tailed Kite, Western
    Meadowlark, and Say's Phoebe, all immatures and photographed by Dean Schaff
    and Bill Figueroa.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  21. Bonelli Park Black-bellied Whistling-Duck LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 1:26pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Today 7/2 a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck was observed at the East Shore area of Bonelli Park in San Dimas this morning. It was still present at 1 pm in the same area. To reach this area enter the park on Via Verde and proceed to East Shore Drive. At the end of East Shore Drive take the right fork in the road and look for restroom #11. At 1 pm the bird was on a rock in the water directly west of restroom #11. The bird can fly and there are no bands on it's legs. I will post photos on eBird later.
    
    Rod & Pat Higbie:
    San Dimas
    
    
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  23. Injured Red-throated Loon Ballona Creek LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 11:36am, 2 day(s) ago
    There was a Red-throated Loon on the south bank of the Ballona Creek just east of Centinela at 10:30 AM this morning that appeared to have a damaged wing. I am having trouble getting through to International Bird Rescue, and I also have very little time today. Is there anyone that can help either directly (i.e. help capture and transport the bird) or indirectly (i.e. point me to someone who can help). I have already looked at the list of bird rescue resources on LA Audubon's page but none stood out as covering this area.
    
    Also, as long as I am posting, there were about 60 Western Sandpipers along the creek west of the UCLA boat house a few days ago. eBird indicated that is on the high side for the season.
    
    Lastly, the Ballona "open wetlands" days hosted by LA Audubon are not in effect for this Saturday due to the holiday, but will resume on August 1st. This is a great program for getting new people interested in nature.
    
    1st Saturday "Open Wetlands" at Ballona Salt Marsh, Next on Aug. 1st
    
    1st Saturday "Open Wetlands" at Ballona Salt M... Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS), established in 1910, is a non-profit organization and a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The Mission of LAAS ...
    
    View on www.losangelesaudub...
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Walter Lamb
    Culver City
    
    
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  25. Yellow-Billed Cuckoo LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 8:23pm, 2 day(s) ago
    After much searching, John Birsner and Wayne Martin finally refound the
    cuckoo at the same location in Piute Ponds as Jon Feenstra reported about 6:15
    PM on Wednesday. Access is restricted. Access info at www.piuteponds.com
    
    Pamela Stones
    Quartz Hill, CA
    The Messenger
    
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  27. MacGillivray's Warbler July 1st Eaton Canyon LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 8:02pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    A female/imm male MacGilivray's Warbler at Eaton Canyon Ntr Ctr today, July 1, was unexpected.
    
    This date is 4-6 weeks earlier than the first fall arrivals are expected in the costal LA lowlands (extracted fro ebird record since 2010). The nearest breeding areas are scattered sites at the higher elevations of the San Gabriel Mtns., so it is possible that this bird did not wander far.
    
    Tom Wurster,
    Garden Grove, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  29. Western Bluebirds at Forrestall Nature Preserve LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2015 @ 6:21pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hello Birders,
    
    I was excited today (July 1) to see a male, a female, and a juvenile Western Bluebird at the lower Ladera Linda soccer field. I have been seeing this pair off and on in the soccer fields (there are now 3 fields and they go to all) since April. I saw only the male a couple of weeks ago and he was gathering food. When he had a bill full, he flew off up the hill toward the quarry and possibly all the way up to the homes at the top of the hill. He flew out of sight from my vantage point, but seemed to be heading some distance away. I was thrilled today to see that they had successfully nested in the area.
    I have lived in this area for many years and walk up to the preserve and the soccer fields pretty much 5 days a week. I don't think I've ever seen Western Bluebirds there before. Possibly they occur up in Rolling Hills and don't often come down the hill to these fields? I hope they like the fields well enough to stay around and nest again next year.
    
    Happy Birding!
    Peggy Gussman
    Rancho Palos Verdes
    
    
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  31. YB Cuckoo, Piute Ponds, 7/1/15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 1, 2015 @ 4:33pm, 3 day(s) ago
    5 minutes ago there was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the willows and tamarisks along the C-Dike at Piute Ponds, near the porta-potty. I've since lost it, but it's probably buried in there somewhere.
    
    One Western Sandpiper, ten Leasts, 9 Greater Yellowlegs, and a couple hundred Wilson's Phalaropes were the southbound migrant shorebirds on the scene.
    
    See www.piuteponds.com for Edwards Air Force base access info.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  33. Melanistic (?) Ruddy Duck at Silver Lake Reservoir LINK
    DATE: Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:40pm, 6 day(s) ago
    As a follow-up to the message I just posed, regarding a very dark (possible melanistic) Ruddy Duck that was at Silver Lake Reservoir, on 26 June, 2015, I have posted a series of photos of the bird to my Flickr site.
    Melanistic (?) Ruddy Duck @ Silver Lake Reservoir-IMG_3955 (and about a dozen that follow this).
    
    Melanistic (?) Ruddy Duck @ Silver Lake Reservoir-IMG... This apparent melanistic Ruddy Duck was at the Silver Lake Reservoir, in Los Angeles, County, CA, on 26 June, 2015. See other photos in this series for details.
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    
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  35. Melansitic (?) Ruddy Duck at the Silver Lake Reservoir (26 June) LINK
    DATE: Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:33pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Yesterday (26 June, 2015), working again at the Silver Lake Reservoir (LA DWP facility), I was surprised by a rather unique looking duck that was associating with a small flock or Ruddy Ducks. In general it was very dark throughout the upperparts, a fairly uniform dull blackish, or charcoal, color, with the darkest areas being in the face and back. There was a ghost image of a female Ruddy Duck's facial pattern (especially in the rear of the auriculars). The underparts however, appeared relatively close to what a normal appearing Ruddy Duck would show--pale mottling/barring on the lower breast and belly, and actually had white or whitish undertail coverts. Otherwise, the bird showed typical features of a Ruddy Duck, including the relative size, and overall proportions (relatively large head and plump body), bill size and shape, with the characteristic longish "stiff tail". After studying it for a lengthy amount of time, and taking numerous photos, I felt the bird was not likely an oiled or stained individual. It didn't show the dark reddish-brown discoloration that most oiled birds show, and it didn't show any unusual matting or clumping of feathers. It appeared very healthy and actively foraged (diving) with the other Ruddies, when they were foraging. Oddly enough this was the first day I noted this bird, though there was easily 100 Ruddy Ducks present when we first started work at SLR in March (the flock slowing dwindling down to about 10 individuals now). Doing a brief internet search of melanism in waterfowl, and for Ruddy Duck in particular, I found very limited information concerning melanism in this species. The 2nd edition of the Sibley Guide does depict a "dark-headed male variant", which apparently must occur with some regularity, although I've never seen this "variant."
    
    A female Northern Shoveler continues at SLR, which was unlikely able to leave with the others that wintered here because of an apparent wing injury (a male had remained here with the female until it apparently moved on in early June).
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    
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  37. fruitful bittern LINK
    DATE: Jun 27, 2015 @ 5:12pm, 7 day(s) ago
    An American Bittern (possibly a juvenile) flying along the San Gabriel River at the end of Thienes Ave in South El Monte today is an encouraging sign. By comparison, I only find one summering bird every year in the extensive wetlands of the Prado Basin.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  39. Los Angeles RBA- 26 June 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2015 @ 10:23am, 8 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles
    RBA
    * June
    26, 2015
    * CALA1506.26
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Brant
    Canvasback
    Buller?s Sheatwater
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Brown Booby
    American Golden-Plover
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Sabine?s Gull
    Least Tern
    Hepatic Tanager
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate
    on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:
    Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This
    is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for June 26.
    
    A
    BRANT continued along the lower LA River in Long Beach south of the Del Amo
    crossing through June 22 and a male CANVASBACK continued on the river just
    below Willow Street through June 20.
    
    Up
    to ten BULLER?S SHEARWATERS were observed from San Clemente Island from June
    18-22.
    
    A
    MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was found about 3.5 miles off Redondo Beach on June 21.
    
    A
    BROWN BOOBY was a few miles south of Pt. Fermin on June 21 and another was seen
    from San Clemente Island on June 23.
    
    The
    AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB continued through June
    22. It has been seen both at Rosamond
    Dry Lake and at Duckbill Lake. Remember
    that a letter of permission is required for entry.
    
    Also
    at the Piute Ponds was SABINE?S GULL at Duckbill Pond on June 23. A LEAST TERN continued and a LESSER
    YELLOWLEGS was also present also on June 23.
    
    Both
    a male and female HEPATIC TANAGER were seen and heard on June 20 near Guffy
    Campground along Blue Ridge Road west of Wrightwood.
    
    A
    ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor on June 20
    (possibly the same bird found earlier west of this location). From the north end of Dunbarton in
    Westchester walk the path between the two houses, then follow the path and ramp
    to its intersection with the main pathway.
    From here go right about 50 feet to the spot where the bird was seen.
    
    Other ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were near Paseo de los Robles on Via San Sebastian in Palos Verdes Estates on June 18 and at a residence in Rolling Hills Estates on June 20. A female type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen flying over Playa del Rey on June 21
    
    VENTURA
    COUNTY--
    
    A MAGNIFICENT
    FRIGATEBIRD was over Ventura Harbor on June 21.
    
    This report is
    sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    
    - end
    transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale,
    CA
    JonF60@...
    
    EVENTS
    AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
    
    For
    all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website at http://www.laaudubon.org
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  41. Leaving LA LINK
    DATE: Jun 25, 2015 @ 9:22pm, 9 day(s) ago
    This isn't a bird sighting, so I apologize for the post. I just wanted to say goodbye and thank you to all the esteemed birders who contribute to this listserv. I'm leaving to start a new life north of Austin, Texas. Just wanted to let you know that the birding destination formerly known as the Wilmington Drain is now called the Harbor City Greenway, it is open to the public, and they did a fantastic restoration job! At the ribbon cutting last weekend I heard 5 or 6 singing Yellow Warblers in a short half mile stretch, and the place was created in large part as Least Bell's Vireo habitat. If they do the same kind of job with Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, it will be an incredible destination! The latter is slated to be reopened in April 2017, and I will be back for that. I'm quitting this listserv, but feel free to contact me off-line if you would like to do so. Goodbye, and thanks for all the birds!
    Martin Byhower
    Formerly of Lomita, CA
    
    Dictated into my iPhone
    Sorry 4 Siri -ous errors!
    
    
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  43. Rancho Dominguez looking to start birdwalks LINK
    DATE: Jun 24, 2015 @ 3:25pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    Rancho Dominguez Adobe, a popular urban birding spot in southeast L.A. County, has reached out to the group asking if anyone's interested in volunteering to lead birdwalks there. Not sure if they want a regular once-a-month commitment, or just hoping a local chapter might add it as a destination.
    
    Just reply offline (not to me)
    
    Contact info:
    Chantel Ochoa
    Sarai snava_contact AT ymail.com
    (310) 603-0088
    
    Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum
    18127 Alameda St
    
    Compton, Ca 90220
    ______
    Dan Cooper
    Moderator, LACoBirds
    
    
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  45. Magnificent Frigatebird/ Seen on Harbor Breeze Whale watching trip LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2015 @ 3:05pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Erik Combs of Harbor Breeze Cruises spotted a magnificent frigatebird today while working on the whale watching boat with Harbor Breeze Cruises around 1:15 p.m. today, June 21.
    
    The coordinates of the sighting were:
    
    33 48 2532
    118 28 3313
    
    About 3.5 miles west of Rocky Point.
    
    Here is a link to a photo he got: Magnificent frigatebird/ Picture by Erik Combs
    
    Magnificent frigatebird/ Picture by Erik Combs Seen in Los Angeles county on June 21, 2015 during Harbor Breeze Cruises Whalewatch.
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    If you are going to try to see the bird tomorrow, be sure and mention the Facebook special to get a $10 discount on tickets.
    
    Happy Birding!
    Wendy Miller
    Huntington Beach, CA
    
    
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  47. Hepatic Tanagers on (Veined) Blue Ridge Road LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2015 @ 2:46pm, 13 day(s) ago
    While camping along Blue Ridge Road above Wrightwood on Saturday, a bird landed in a nearby pine tree and began giving loud Hermit Thrush-like 'chup' calls. Given the lack of thrush habitat in the area, I made a dash in that direction with my camera. Alas, all I got to see were the upperparts of a reddish bird as it flew to another pine, sang a few robin-like phrases, and then disappear. Later, while walking the road a few hundred meters away (and less than a mile from Guffy campground), I was lured down a pine-dotted ridgeline by short, sweet phrases that were variations of a 'churree' note. (The cadence reminded me at times of sweet Solitary Vireo or Western Tanager songs). Near the top of a Jeffrey Pine, I spotted another Hepatic Tanager, but this was a 'chupping' female. As it seemed to favor this tree, I staked it out with hopes of finding a nest, but without success. The song-like vocalizations confused me, and the Birds of North America online says nothing about females singing in Hepatics. However, it does say within other species' accounts that female song is known in Western, Scarlet, and Summer Tanagers, so I do believe that I was hearing (but not seeing) this female sing. I had no further sightings on Saturday, and it was too windy this morning to track these birds down. Given the proximity of my two sightings, there appears to be a pair of Hepatic Tanagers along Blue Ridge Road (LA CO), and breeding is to be expected.
    
    Also along Blue Ridge Road in this same general area, I was very pleasantly surprised to find multiple Veined Blues near their host-plant, Wright's Buckwheat. My trip last month to look for this species on Mt Pinos was aborted due to snow, and I didn't know they could be found much closer to home in the San Gabriels. However, I'm not privy to the latest lepidopteron scuttlebutt, so maybe this isn't all that surprising. Fun stuff for me, though.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  49. Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak near Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Jun 20, 2015 @ 2:16pm, 14 day(s) ago
    I re-found Don Sterba's Rose-breasted Grosbeak at 8:45 this morning about a mile and a half northeast of the original spot. It was singing from the top of a cottonwood (or poplar) in the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor. The site can be accessed by driving to the north end of Dunbarton Ave. in Westchester, then walking to the bottom of the ramp that starts as a path between two houses. The bird was about 50 feet to the right of the ramp bottom.
    
    Russell Stone
    Westchester
    
    
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