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· Re: [LACoBirds] Allen's hummingbird behavior question (TODAY)
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  1. Re: [LACoBirds] Allen's hummingbird behavior question LINK
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  3. Allen's hummingbird behavior question LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 6:06pm, TODAY
    Hi everyone, I was visiting from Virginia last week, and as usual greatly enjoyed watching the territorial antics of the Selasphorus hummingbirds. I can't distinguish them, but am guessing these were Allen's.However my question is about behavior, not ID. After years of seeing them chase each other and all other hummers, I was amazed to see these two males perch about 12 inches apart. They stayed like this for at least a minute, probably 2+ minutes, as we took several photos.Allen's Hummingbirds
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    Am I mistaken, or is this unusually "accepting" behavior between two adult male Selasphorus?These birds were at Madrona Marsh in Torrance, on Sunday afternoon March 22.-Steve Johnsonformer resident of Torrance, now living in Virginia
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  5. Harris's Sparrow at White Point Bluff Park LINK
    DATE: Mar 29, 2015 @ 3:53pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    The Harris's Sparrow was seen again today. Around noon, It was on the fence of the batting cage nearest Paseo Del Mar.
    David Quadhamer
    San Pedro
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  7. Mrs O gets equal time LINK
    DATE: Mar 29, 2015 @ 6:13pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I thought I had better include Mrs O in today's post. The pair have been very active at the feeder today. I'm hoping they will produce another brood this year up in the palm that looms over my place.
    MrsO2824 Mrs O really eats jelly
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    Rob Ransom, Point Fermin, San Pedro
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  9. Hooded Orioles at Point Fermin LINK
    DATE: Mar 28, 2015 @ 12:04pm, 2 day(s) ago
    After hearing about the presence of Hooded Orioles in LA county, I put out the jelly last night and they arrived at the feeder with the dawn. I was able to catch a vid clip with my Iphone of the male in the late morn. You can see it on my "Flicker" page at MrO
    MrO Mr O eats jelly
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    Rob Ransom at Point Fermin, San Pedro
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  11. Harris's Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Mar 28, 2015 @ 7:08am, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    Mar 28 7am. The (singing) Harris's Sparrow continues at White Pt. in San Pedro, near the baseball field.
    Mark and Janet Scheel
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  13. plumbeous vireo/Costa's hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Mar 27, 2015 @ 1:28pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Between 8:30 and 9 a.m. today, March 27, I rediscovered Tom
    Miko's plumbeous vireo, same location, at Wheeler Park in Claremont. Very
    gray and white with no yellow on the flanks.
    Addtionally I discovered a male Costa's hummingbird at a
    bottlebrush tree in the southwest corner of the school garden behind a chain
    link fence. I had a very good look before it disappeared and didn't come
    Good birding,
    Martha Estus
    Claremont, CA
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  15. Los Angeles RBA- 26 March 2015 LINK
    DATE: Mar 26, 2015 @ 4:30pm, 4 day(s) ago
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  17. Re: Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Mar 26, 2015 @ 12:48pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Thu 26 March
    At 6:40 AM the Worm-eating Warbler gave several consecutive, buzzy "zee" calls as it flew up into a nearby Podocarpus from somewhere in back of unit #5378. This seems to be the area of its nighttime roost, based upon calls I've been hearing during several recent visits in the pre-dawn twilight. It was then silent for a few minutes before it called again, adding a few loud, squeaky chips, and at 6:45 flew due east toward the southern edge of the large, central lawn where I lost track of it.
    For anyone interested in viewing the wintering grounds and migration patterns of normal, non-directionally-challenged WEWA, here is a link to an eBird map showing WEWA sightings since Jan, 2015:
    Note that a few north-bound migrants are starting to appear along the TX and LA coasts. You can use this map in the weeks ahead (refreshed to load in new data) to follow WEWA progress into their nesting areas.
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  19. Black-headed Grosbeak LINK
    DATE: Mar 26, 2015 @ 8:00pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I had my first-of-season male Black-headed Grosbeak off and on all day, coming to a hanging seed block.
    Jean Brandt
    Encino, CA 
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  21. ~ Swainson's Hawks ~ LINK
    DATE: Mar 26, 2015 @ 7:50pm, 4 day(s) ago
    At 6:50pm this evening we observed a stream of 28+ Swainson's Hawk's. We tracked them from the south west and then were treated to a personal flyover right above the house, heading towards the San Gabriel range.
    Also this past Monday March 23 at around the same time but from further away a group of 12+ were seen but I could only make out 2.
    June "PJ" Kahl
    La Canada, CA
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  23. Harris's Sparrow at White Point LINK
    DATE: Mar 26, 2015 @ 6:27pm, 4 day(s) ago
    On the morning of March 18, Philip Carnehl and a group of four others
    (including Bob Shanman and Juan Antonio) observed a Harris's Sparrow at
    White Point Nature Preserve, in the bushes adjacent to the parking lot.
    Juan, the only one who brought a camera, took
    this photo.
    Today (March 25) at 2:20pm I found a Harris's Sparrow which may or may
    not be the same individual. It was in White Point Bluff Park (the small
    park across the street from White Point Nature Preserve) along with about
    20 White-crowned Sparrows.
    I managed to get some photos:
    I observed him for only a minute before he flew out of view (possibly
    scared by my camera's loud shutter sound).
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
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  25. Black-and-white (continuing bird?) at Magic Johnson LINK
    DATE: Mar 25, 2015 @ 4:53pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Wed 25 Mar
    Mid morning today I had brief looks at a Black-and-white Warbler at Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area. It was foraging in pines along the northeast wall of the park and did not give good views, then disappeared. This could be the bird seen near the northeast restroom building in late January and early February (last reported 8 Feb).
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  27. Impressive Western Kingbird movement LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 9:51am, 6 day(s) ago
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  29. AV: Lawrence' Golfinches, flowers ++ LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 8:07pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Best Antelope Valley spot today (not as cold, little wind) was at St.
    Andrews Abby.
    At a 15 ft. puddle had all 3 Finches, and all 4 Spinus (Goldfinches &
    Siskin). Marvelous study! Also W. Bluebirds, Juncos, CA Thrasher
    and CA Quail; 24 species total.
    After 1st parking lot drive right along row of trees; puddle at
    end. Used car as blind.
    Too cold & windy at Division & O, so headed south after fruitless
    search for thrashers, desert sparrows. There are lots of flowers in
    bloom, carpets of goldfields ++; many need close view. All very
    green and beautiful. Still some puddles around after rain 8 (?) days
    Wanda Dameron
    West San Fernando Valley
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  31. REMINDER: Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip April 5 LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 7:07pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    The trip aboard the Catalina Explorer on Sunday, April 5, is a go (weather permitting), but we really could use a few more participants.
    Things out there are still quite unusual. The water continues to be crazy warm. Yellowtail were being caught in Santa Monica Bay until three weeks ago, false killer whales made their third appearance of the season in in the San Pedro Channel on Sunday, and the third North American record of Tristam's Storm Petrel was found at the Farallon Islands a week ago. At least now we are officially in an El Nino, until a couple of weeks ago it was an unnamed, poorly explained, abnormal warm water regimen. There is little food out there and bird numbers are on the low side. But the birds that are present are highly concentrated around the existing food sources, making them much easier to find. And our the chances of coming up with a mega rarity are above average, not only because of favorable conditions for more tropical species, but also because many species are forced to range farther than in a year with abundant resources. An added bonus is that the sea conditions have been amazingly mild this whole winter, I have worn t-shirts on over 75% of my trips since December.
    We will be leaving at 8 a.m. from 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro for this eight hour trip. The plan is to head to the oil rigs between the east end of Catalina Island and Orange County (Brown Booby is almost a guarantee right now) crossing some deep water along the way and then checking out the area around the Whiskey Buoy, and following the escarpment around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Redondo Canyon. To sign up, please visit the Catalina Explorer website, .
    I hope to see many of you aboard.
    Take care,
    Bernardo Alpswww.photocetus.comWhalephoto@...310.597.0449P.O. Box 1667San Pedro, CA 90733
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  33. Signs of spring at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Mar 23, 2015 @ 8:39pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Sun 22 March
    Several Least Bitterns were singing at 8 different locations throughout the marsh (west end, south end, Lincoln leg, and near the Lincoln-Jefferson intersection.  Some songs were quite faint, and I needed to wait for simultaneous lulls in noise from LAX and nearby car traffic.  Since these birds might have moved around a bit during my walk, I'll only claim an eBird total of 6 different singing LEBI at BFM.  And there was another LEBI songster on the other side of Lincoln Blvd, inside the Riparian Corridor.
    A female Yellow-headed Blackbird spent a few minutes in the west-end reeds.
    A singing Wilson's Warbler was in the north-end willows.
    Site info is in "Birding Locations":
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  35. Dockweiler Black Skimmer, etc. LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 5:10pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Yesterday, 3/20/2015, during a snowy plover survey, I had a Black Skimmer with a mixed flock of gulls and terns on Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.
    Black Skimmer Dockweiler Beach 03 20 2015
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    The Northern Pintail continued in the Del Rey Lagoon.
    Regarding upper Ballona Creek, some comments to my last post made me realize I should have specified that the steep drop in bird numbers has been an issue all winter and not limited to March. However, since posting, I have started seeing decent numbers of Mallards, Killdeer, a few Greater Yellowlegs and even four Bonaparte's Gulls east of Centinela. [No cause and effect implied :)]
    Walter Lamb
    Culver City, CA
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  37. Los Angeles RBA- 20 March 2015 LINK
    DATE: Mar 20, 2015 @ 10:02am, 10 day(s) ago
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  39. FOS Black-chinned Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Mar 20, 2015 @ 9:45pm, 10 day(s) ago
    This afternoon I had my first Black-chinned Hummingbird of the year, a female feeding from the Salvia plants in my front yard. I have no doubt about the identity of the bird: it had the large size, grayish crown, long bill, off-white underparts, and diagnostic call and tail-pumping action of the species.
    John Oliver
    La Crescenta, CA
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  41. Sage Thrasher at Madrona LINK
    DATE: Mar 20, 2015 @ 7:16pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi everyone,
    This is a little late but I was waiting on a conformation of the ID. Yesterday at around 6PM we saw a Sage Thrasher at Madrona Marsh near the entrance. Below are a few pictures.
    Manuel Duran
    Lomita, CA
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  43. notes of some interest... LINK
    DATE: Mar 19, 2015 @ 3:31pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Thurs 19 Mar
    This morning at Washington Park in south L.A. I could find none of the Inca Doves in the park proper, but saw two together on a wire in the back yard of 1639 E. 91st St, a couple doors west of the park. I saw one Spotted Dove in the plant/tree nursery west of the park, on the ground about a half block down 91st. Also this morning there were three Spotted Doves about two miles to the north, in the neighborhood just north of Augustus Hawkins Natural Park. SPDO at one time was fairly reliable at Augustus Hawkins, but in recent years I had been able to find just a lone individual.
    I see on eBird that David Bell reported a Plumbeous Vireo at Ted Watkins Park in Watts on 8 Feb. The bird was still present early this morning, foraging with Yellow-rumpeds in the central picnic area.
    As of yesterday AM the female Black Scoter continued off Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo, opposite lifeguard station #58.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  45. Re: Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Mar 19, 2015 @ 8:28pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Wed 18 March
    The Worm-eating Warbler started giving its loud, squeaky call quite early this morning, at about 6:52 AM, from the large Podocarpus on the eastern side of unit #5378. [Lat, Lon = 34.019713, -118.361754] After a minute or two it stopped calling, and I lost track of it.
    Here's a recording of its loud call:
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    ---In, <donsterba@...> wrote :Wed 11 March
    I heard the Worm-eating Warbler at about 7:13 AM as it gave several of its loud, squeaky calls, a bit down-slurred in pitch, while foraging in a Wilson Holly at the NW corner of unit #5332 that is close to the SW edge of the large, central lawn.
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  47. Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Catherine Hamilton, On the Road, Drawing Birds LINK
    DATE: Mar 17, 2015 @ 6:51am, 14 day(s) ago
    All are invited to the March general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon Society.
    - presentation title: On the Road, Drawing Birds
    - presenter: Catherine Hamilton
    - location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
    - date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    - 7:00 - 7:30 PM: social time, conservation table, young birder table
    - 7:30 - 9:00 PM: general meeting, featured presentation
    Catherine Hamilton grew up in Altadena with a paintbrush in hand and a love for the birds and beasties that call Eaton Canyon home. After living on the east coast for a couple of decades, Catherine left her life as a contemporary artist in NYC in 2010 to become a full-time bird bum. Combining her two passions, this adventure turned into four crazy years of birding, painting in the field and in temporary studios, and visiting museum ornithological collections. After driving across the country ten times, joining field expeditions in Costa Rica and Belize, giving keynote presentations in places like Brazil, and representing the U.S. in Portugal for the optics company Zeiss, she has some stories to tell, all illustrated with drawings, sketches, and paintings.
    Darren Dowell
    for Pasadena Audubon Society
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  49. Some Ballona Observations LINK
    DATE: Mar 17, 2015 @ 7:30pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Bird numbers on the Ballona Creek west of Centinela Ave are still high. However, there has been a steep decline among almost all species east of Centinela. Instead of hundreds of American Wigeon and good numbers of Gadwall, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Greater Yellowlegs, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, etc. I often find zero birds in the creek from Duquesne to Centinela. If anyone has ideas about this or how best to research it, please contact me off-line. There seems to be an increase in contractor activity this year (i.e. lots of trucks on the bike trail and in the creek itself), but I have no evidence of a cause and effect relationship.
    Despite feeling like mid-summer, there are still plenty of Red-throated Loons at lower Ballona Creek and some are starting to get some red in their throats. Below is a nice photo that David Ellsworth took last Wednesday (3/11/2015):
    We also had an adult Mew Gull in basic plumage on 3/11:
    Someone else reported 25 Mew Gulls on eBird the same day, which is far more than I have ever seen myself at Ballona.
    Lastly, the Ballona Birds by Bike tour on February 28th was enjoyed by just shy of 20 riders. We'll do it again next year.
    Walter Lamb
    Culver City
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