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Last 5 Posts:
· Red-eyed Vireo at The Village Green (Dec 31, 1969)
· Verdin at Hansen Dam (Dec 31, 1969)
· RE: [LACoBirds] Bird ID Please (Dec 31, 1969)
· Bird ID Please (Dec 31, 1969)
· Hahamongna vagrant birds, July 20 (Dec 31, 1969)
  1. Red-eyed Vireo at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Wed 23 July
    
    A loudly singing Red-eyed Vireo was near the western edge of the large, central lawn of VG at about 7:30 AM.  It gradually worked its way north, and I lost track of it in a Shamel Ash in front of unit #5347.  Lat, Lon = 34.020304, -118.361896
    
    On Sunday at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh I had a very early Marsh Wren (they usually arrive in Aug or later) singing in the north-end reeds and a juv. White-tailed Kite on a snag ~300 yards west of the marsh, near Jefferson Blvd
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  3. Verdin at Hansen Dam LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    This morning (23 July) I ran into a Verdin at Hansen Dam – the first record for that area and one of the few for the coastal slope of the county (perhaps the only one with documentation?). There are records for the coast in Santa Barbara,
    Ventura and Orange Counties, so this species will wander to some extent. The bird was in the tall mulefat north of the main lake, accessed from the Sports Center area off Foothill Blvd. From the paved parking lot walk downhill toward the lake, past the concrete
    amphitheater; as you approach the broad dirt road that runs along the north side of the lake keep the batting cages on your left; the bird was in mulefat on the right side of the pathway, opposite the batting cages, just north of the dirt road paralleling
    the lake shore. I first noticed it by the rapid series of soft “chip” notes, and became satisfied the sound wasn’t coming from an Anna’s Hummingbird when I had good looks at a very small all gray bird with a short, sharp beak and yellow on the head (though
    subdued – the bird was apparently in preformative molt with yellow on the head less extensive than in adult birds; it was also missing several rectrices). It fed actively in the mulefat, at times right next to a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a Wrentit (the latter
    being a species Verdins don’t get to meet very often).
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
    kgarrett@...
    http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
    
    
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  5. RE: [LACoBirds] Bird ID Please LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    #ygrps-yiv-76840925 ul
     {margin-bottom:0in;}Ellen,
    
    I don?t believe the call is coming from the bird in the second portion of your video (you can see that bird preening while the call is audible). To my ear
    your ?mystery? call sounds like a begging juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak; I can?t tell whether or not it is the grosbeak that is shown in the early portion of the video. But I believe that?s what your calling bird is.
    
    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
    
    From: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com]
    
    Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:30 PM
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Bird ID Please
    
    This bird's call stuck out from the background of House Finches, Gold Finches and hummingbirds. It sounds really familiar but I can't place it and would love some help with it. Much thanks.
    btw, the number of Rufous hummers is down today - and I'm thankful for the relative peace and quiet.
    Ellen Zunino
    Monrovia
    
    
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  7. Bird ID Please LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    072214 Myst Bird
    
    072214 Myst Bird This bird's "voice" (i.e. its pitch and intonation) sounds really familiar. The sound track of the second clip (in the pine tree) was replaced with a ...
    
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    This bird's call stuck out from the background of House Finches, Gold Finches and hummingbirds. It sounds really familiar but I can't place it and would love some help with it. Much thanks.
    
    btw, the number of Rufous hummers is down today - and I'm thankful for the relative peace and quiet.
    
    Ellen Zunino
    Monrovia
    
    
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  9. Hahamongna vagrant birds, July 20 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi all,
    
    Apologies for the late post. Yesterday morning (July 20), I took advantage of the cool and overcast conditions to walk a long, looping, meandering path through Hahamongna Watershed Park in the Pasadena area. Bird variety was good, especially in the southern half of the basin which is mostly dry underfoot, but fairly lush. Full eBird list with a few photos is below:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19163530
    
    Right on schedule for the season was an Indigo Bunting, an adult male spotted by Sue Horton, who I birded with part of the time. Location was the weedy channel between Flint Wash and the base of the dam. In the past, the buntings have occasionally worked through the part of the channel visible from the Flint Wash bridge, and there is plenty of grass seed there now.
    
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/34??11'10.2%22N+118°10'35.1%22W/@34.1861635,-118.176428
    
    Unexpected in July was a Tennessee Warbler in worn alternate plumage, foraging in a lerp-infested eucalyptus in the southwest part of the basin, near the dead end heading north of the trail at basin level:
    
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/34??11'14.5%22N+118°10'38.1%22W/@34.1873575,-118.177258
    
    In the "possible" category was a singing Red-eyed Vireo, heard only. (A short audio recording has been sent to a few for comment.) The location was an area with eucalyptus and willow well to the south of the dirt field that is sometimes used for overflow event parking:
    
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/34??11'24.9%22N+118°10'30.6%22W/@34.1902565,-118.175153
    
    An early Wilson's Warbler along Flint Wash added to the autumn-like feel.
    
    Hahamongna, especially the west side, is used by summer camp youth on summer weekdays, so kind of busy.
    
    Darren
    
    
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  11. Re: [LACoBirds] RE: Feeding Frenzy In Palos Verdes July 20, 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    On Friday, July 18, the shearwaters left the feeding frenzy and flew into Los Angeles harbor.  I watched them stream by the Point Fermin Lighthouse for what must have been an hour.  A large group settled in the harbor, another group landed in the water right in front of the park.  Going through my 600 photos, I could not identify a single manx or pink-footed shearwater, but the light was not great.  Here is a picture of the birds sitting in the water in L.A. Harbor:   Point Fermin park makes a nice viewing spot-- the birds flew quite close to the cliffs.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wemesq/14689896621/
    
    Happy Birding!
    -- Wendy Miller
    Huntington Beach, California
    
    
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  13. Pt. Dume seabirds, 20 July LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    The phenomenal numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters (for July) from San Diego to Palos Verdes (and even small numbers in Monterey Bay already) are certainly visible from Pt. Dume in Malibu as well. I estimated 2000 birds (there could have been many more)
    this morning (20 July) while scoping from the outer point, though most of these were seen between 0715 and 0830 and there were very few birds around by 0900. Many were in close enough to be easily scrutinized for Manx with binoculars -- alas, no Manx today.
    Interesting is that the large numbers of Sooty Shearwaters (many thousands just two weeks ago) seem to have departed the area -- I only saw 7, along with 10 Pink-footeds and a single Northern Fulmar. The most notable seabird was a single juvenile Pigeon Guillemot
    just off the outer point (easily seen just beyond the offshore rocks). Despite the ideal viewing conditions (very little swell or chop, nice continuous high overcast), I saw no storm-petrels (Blacks, at least, used to be routinely seen in summer from the point,
    but not in recent years).
    
    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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  15. Probable white-winged dove in West LA LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi All-
    This morning as I was making breakfast I heard the unmistakeable(?) "who-cooks-for-you" song/call of a white-winged dove from outside. My wife did as well. I popped outside with binocs and looked around, but I couldn't find the culprit.
    
    Jesse EllisWest Los Angeles-- Jesse EllisPost-doctoral Researcher
    Dept. of Integrative and Comparative Biology,
    UCLA
    
    
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  17. Re: [LACoBirds] Warbling Vireo at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    
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  19. Re: [LACoBirds] RE: Feeding Frenzy In Palos Verdes July 20, 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    
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  21. Indigo Buntings San Gabriel River at Whittier Blvd LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello all,
    
    There was one and possibly two Indigo Buntings in the San Gabriel River at
    Whittier Blvd. this morning.
    One bird was just north of Whittier Blvd in the high weeds within the dry
    riverbed and the other was just downstream of the dropstructure downstream of
    Whittier Blvd.
    There are also at least 3 adult male Blue Grosbeaks and an immature
    "blueheaded" male Blue Grosbeak in the general area.
    
    The north basin within the nearby San Gabriel River Coastal Basin Spreading
    Grounds has water and the water level is rising.
    There is virtually no water in the riverbed.
    
    Happy birding,
    
    Larry Schmahl
    Whittier
    
    
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  23. RE: Feeding Frenzy In Palos Verdes July 20, 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi Again, I left the beach around noon and the birds were still in huge flocks stretching across Portuguese Bend toward Sacred Cove. My earlier impression of westward drift appears to have been incorrect. My eBird report has several photos and links to two videos. Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA
    
    From:
    
    Edmond Griffin <eppygriffin@...>;
    
    To:
    
    LACO Birds <lacobirds@yahoogroups.com>;
    
    Subject:
    
    Feeding Frenzy In Palos Verdes July 20, 2014
    
    Sent:
    
    Sun, Jul 20, 2014 5:43:31 PM
    
    Hi All, There are thousands of pelagic birds on the water just west of the PBC beach near the Trump golf course. I am on the beach looking west. Here are the coords of my location33.731263, -118.354927There are 1000s of shearwaters and 100s of pelicans, terns and gulls. I wish an expert was here. Might be rarities. The center of the flock appears to be drifting west toward Abalone cove and Terrenea. Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA
    
    
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  25. Feeding Frenzy In Palos Verdes July 20, 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi All, There are thousands of pelagic birds on the water just west of the PBC beach near the Trump golf course. I am on the beach looking west. Here are the coords of my location33.731263, -118.354927There are 1000s of shearwaters and 100s of pelicans, terns and gulls. I wish an expert was here. Might be rarities. The center of the flock appears to be drifting west toward Abalone cove and Terrenea. Ed GriffinRancho Palos Verdes, CA
    
    
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  27. One W. Phalarope along Ballona Creek LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello birders,
    Today, July 19, I (and numerous other birders that I met there) did find one Wilson's Phalarope along the Ballona Creek in Playa-del-Rey. One would not think about Black-bellied Plovers as particularly big birds; but, next to that Phalarope, the Plovers looked gigantic.
    It was overcast and I had to photograph over the fence. Sorry that my today's low-light photos are not of the best quality, nevertheless, if you are interested, here's the link:
    
    Playa-del-Rey, California (July 19, 2014)
    
    Playa-del-Rey, California (July 19, 2014) Playa-del-Rey, California (July 19, 2014) (7 photos)
    
    View on plus.google.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alexander Viduetsky
    Valley Village, CA
    
    
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  29. Warbling Vireo at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Sat 19 July
    
    According to the eBird map I just referenced, Warbling Vireos in July in the western part of the LA basin are highly unusual.  Today's WAVI was foraging in a large Indian Laurel Fig behind unit #5400.  How should this bird be categorized - early fall migrant, post-breeding wanderer, ...?
    
    I think Richard Barth had a nesting pair of WAVI in The Village Green (just north of the Kenneth Hahn SRA) about a dozen years ago.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  31. Santa Paula Scissor-tailed Flycatcher chase LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    As someone who hasn't yet seen the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher nesting with a Western Kingbird in Santa Paula's Teague Park (Ventura County), and has a free weekend with nothing planned, I'm wondering if any L.A.-based birders would be willing to carpool over there to see it with me. As usual, I don't have a vehicle, so I'd have to be picked up by someone else, but I can pitch in for gas. If anyone has a free day (or half-day) this weekend and wants to chase the Scissor-tailed, please contact me so we can arrange the logistics.
    
    Thanks,
    John Oliver
    La Crescenta, CA
    
    
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  33. Multiple Rufous Hummers LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Multiple Rufous Hummingbirds are at my feeders this week. Normally, I might see 1, rarely 2, Rufous hummers in July. There also appear to be females/juveniles that belong to the Rufous group moving through. These birds generally have an over-all "orange-y" look, especially their heads which don't have the darker markings on throats and behind the eye that I'm used to seeing on the Allen's hummers. I've included 2 photos of males and 2 photos of the possibles in the album linked to below.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/22020217@N05/sets/72157645756659282/
    
    Ellen Zunino
    Monrovia CA
    
    
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  35. Yellow-headed Blackbird continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    At 8:30 am this Friday in a ame location in LAR Cudahy identified in Richard Barth's recent post. Thank you Dick!
    Joyce Waterman
    Santa Monica
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  37. Saffron Finch - Peck Road Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I was out with the Seiberth's today, July 17, and they refound the Saffron Finch at the northwest corner of Peck Road Park in a stand of willows. As far as I know it was originally found by Kevin Long a couple of days ago. This is an exotic bird, probably an escapee. Photo with my ebird report from July 17.
    
    Phil Richardson
    Monterey Park
    
    
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  39. Los Angeles RBA- 17 July 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * July 17, 2014
    * CALA1407.17
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Broad-winged Hawk
    Laughing GullWhite-winged Dove
    Black Swift
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Ventura County)
    Gray Catbird
    Indigo Bunting
    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 July 17.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at a residence southeast of Pearblossom on July 16 and another was observed flying over Downey on July 15.
    
    Three BLACK SWIFTS were seen from Cobal Canyon just above Wilderness Park in Claremont on July 11. The birds were seen at about 6PM. Parking for the trailhead is at the north end of Mills Ave.
    
    The LAUGHING GULL continues along the lower LA River in Long Beach. It is often just above the Willow Street crossing, but is not always present there.
    
    Both a BROAD-WINGED HAWK and a GRAY CATBIRD continue at Wilson Cove on San Clemente Island (no public access).
    
    INDIGO BUNTINGS were at the north end of Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia (a female on July 13 and a male on July 15) and along the San Gabriel River just above the Whittier Narrows dam in South El Monte (a male on July 16).
    
    A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was on the LA River just south of Clara Street in Cudahy on July 17.
    
    VENTURA COUNTY?
    
    The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continues at Teague Park in Santa Paula. The park is at the corner of Harvard and Steckel north of the 126 Freeway. The bird is often on its nest (as it is paired with a Western Kingbird) in a sycamore just northeast of the playground area, but may be seen anywhere in the area.
    
    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. unseasonal L.A.River YH Blackbird LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    Thurs 17 July
    
    This morning there was a male Yellow-headed Blackbird at LAR in Cudahy, foraging out in the open riverbed with Brewer's Blackbirds opposite Cudahy Park (so. of Clara St).
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/14676007321
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/14676849474
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  43. No Reddish Egret LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    yesterday in Long Beach. The lifeguard said it had been gone for
    almost a week. Pooh! Didn't have a complete record for the
    county! And NO, I don't do 58 county listing--just my home turf!
    Did find one at Bolsa Chica however. Same bird???? 4 sp. Egrets,
    Good #s of 4 sp. terns including Little, lotsa Dowitchers and at least
    3 Snipe moving about.
    
    Wanda Dameron
    West San Fernando Valley
    
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  45. Re: Ruddy Turnstone and Osprey @ Malibu Lagoon SB LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Re: Ruddy Turnstone and Osprey @ Malibu Lagoon SB
    Regarding the final photo (#11 of 11) posted by Alexander Viduetsky, I see that the gross ID error still remains on the info sign “Rest Their Wings” at Malibu Lagoon.
    
    “Common Egret” should be, of course, “GREAT EGRET”.
    
    Bob Pann
    Cheviot Hills
    
    
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  47. Ruddy Turnstone and Osprey @ Malibu Lagoon SB LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello birders,
    
    Today, July 13, I found one Ruddy Turnstone and one Osprey at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, along with Caspian, Royal and Elegant Terns and all other usual suspects.
    
    I witnessed as two Mockingbirds were harassing the Osprey and forced it to take off from a tree branch.
    
    Here's the link to some of my today's photos:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexanderViduetsky/albums/6035741361164461537?hl=en-US
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alexander Viduetsky
    Valley Village, CA
    
    
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  49. Los Angeles RBA- 10 July 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * July 10, 2014
    * CALA1407.10
    
    -Birds mentioned
    MANX SHEARWATER
    Reddish Egret
    Sora
    Laughing Gull
    Eastern Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Ventura County)
    Gray Catbird
    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 July 10.
    
    Pt. Dume in Malibu produced a MANX SHEARWATER visible from shore on July 6.
    
    A REDDISH EGRET was found at Colorado Lagoon on Long Beach on July 5. It was reported through July 9.
    
    A SORA was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on July 5. Remember that a letter of permission is required for access.
    
    The LAUGHING GULL continues along the lower LA River in Long Beach. It is usually seen just above the Willow Street crossing, but has been seen upstream past Wardlow.
    
    An EASTERN KINGBIRD was at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach from July 6-7. It was moving around the part of Recreation Park Golf Course that is encircled by the lagoon.
    
    A GRAY CATBIRD was at Wilson Cove on San Clemente Island (no public access) from July 8-9.
    
    Along Ballona Creek above the Pacific Ave bridge, a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen on July 4.
    
    VENTURA COUNTY?
    
    The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continues at Teague Park in Santa Paula. The park is at the corner of Harvard and Steckel north of the 126 Freeway. The bird is often on its nest in a sycamore just northeast of the playground area, but may be seen anywhere in the area.
    
    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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