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· Los Angeles RBA- 28 August 2014 (Aug 28, 2014)
  1. Bank Swallow @ L.A.River LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 2:28pm, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    Fri 29 Aug
    
    Early AM I saw it land momentarily in a swallow flock on the power lines south of the freight RR bridge south of Del Amo Blvd. It flew off and didn't return to the wires while I waited. (I came by later to check but didn't see it again.) These wires are good for swallows---I had Bank Swallow here in Aug '00, Aug '10 and Jul '11.
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  3. RE: [LACoBirds] Re: San Pedro Mystery Bird LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:23am, TODAY
    Robert,
    
    Christopher is correct, but more specifically your bird looks like a Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus) from n. South America (troupials have been split into 3 species). Clearly an escapee, and not unprecedented (Robb Hamilton found and photographed one in Pico Rivera 20 Aug 2013). We're not aware of any breeding populations of this species in southern California, but it's always a good idea to keep track of such birds.
    
    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: San Pedro Mystery Bird LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:22am, TODAY
    Looks like you've got yourself a Troupial which is more than likely an
    escaped cage bird from the Carib/South America.
    
    --
    Christopher Taylor
    Marina del Rey, CA
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    
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  7. San Pedro Mystery Bird LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 7:29am, 1 day(s) ago
    Just posted a bird to the Mystery Bird folder. This bird has been calling atop a Century Plant for a few weeks now. Seems like an oddity to me. Need ID help.
    
    Thanks, Rob in San Pedro
    
    
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  9. Los Angeles RBA- 28 August 2014 LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2014 @ 3:55pm, 1 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * August 28, 2014
    * CALA1408.28
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Least Bittern
    Baird?s Sandpiper
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Common Ground-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Cedar Waxwing
    Tennessee Warbler
    Virginia?s Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    Orchard 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 August 28.
    
    A LEAST BITTERN was at the Wildlife Lake at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys on August 22. It was seen near the northwest corner of the lake.
    
    Five BAIRD?S SANDPIPERS were along the lower LA river on August 23 between Rosecrans and the Metro Blue Line crossing. Three were also seen south of the Del Amo crossing on August 25.
    
    SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were along the LA River between Long Beach Blvd and Del Amo on August 23 and north of Willow Street on August 24. Another was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (east end of the Ducks Unlimited Ponds) also on August 24. Remember that this latter location is government property and there is no entry without a letter of permission.
    
    At least one COMMON GROUND-DOVE continued at the end of Trabuco Street where it meets the San Gabriel River on August 24. Check the area around the nursery.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was along the LA River inLong Beach just above Willow Street on August 24.
    
    A presumably continuing RED-EYED VIREO was seen again at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles on August 23. It was singing behind unit #5354. This is private property but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents.
    
    A few CEDAR WAXWINGS are already arriving, with three reports from the San Gabriel Valley area between August 18 and 22.
    
    The TENNESSEE WARBLER at Hahamongna Watershed Park (formerly Oak Grove Park) in Pasadena continued through August 27. The bird is utilizing a lerp-infested eucalyptus tree in the southwestern part of the basin, but it can be hit and miss there. Google Earth coordinates are: 34.1873575,-118.177258.
    
    Another TENNESSEE WARBLER was at the park (in the southwest part of the basin) on August 22. This bird was seen on one day only.
    
    A VIRGINIA?S WARBLER was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on August 22 in the same tree the coninuing Tennessee Warbler has been frequenting.
    
    Another VIRGINIA?S WARBLER was at the north end of Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on August 24. To reach the north end willows you must cross the now dry area between the north and south lakes and make your way up the west side.
    
    A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen and photographed at Lake Palmdale on August 26. There is no public access to this area.
    
    Single YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were on the lower LA River north of Willow Street on August 24 and above the 405 Freeway crossing on August 27.
    
    A female ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Hahamongna Watershed Park on August 26. It was along the base of the slope at the west side of the basin just above Flint Wash.
    
    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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  11. Black-chinned Hummers Moving Out Early LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:26am, 2 day(s) ago
    BCs began leaving my area earlier than usual this month. The first noticeable decrease in their numbers was on the morning of Aug. 5 and a second very noticeable decrease in their numbers on the morning of Aug. 15. This morning over 3 observations of the 7 feeders I regularly monitor (of 16 total feeders), there were only 3 BC males.
    
    Also, on the morning of Aug. 15 there was a very noticeable decrease in the numbers of Allen's.
    
    (With 16 and sometimes 18 feeders in 4 groups, I can't give absolute numbers but normally "guestimate" using percentages of the total.) After spending months watching and hearing large numbers of small, very belligerent hummers, I notice when they're gone :-)
    
    And FYI, Rufous hummers began moving through here on July 16 and the last one was observed on Aug. 7.
    
    Ellen Zunino
    Monrovia
    
    
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  13. Orchard Oriole LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:06am, 3 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    At 10 today Aug 26, 2014, I observed an apparent Orchard Oriole female at Hahamunga Watershed Park in north-western Pasadena. worked slowly thru an oak canopy by the Tennessee Warbler spot - on the slope above the wide trail following the base of the slope on the west side of the Arroyo. This is near the south end of the park, just north of the dry drainage channel the enters the arroyo basin from the west.
    It associated loosely with a flock of Bushtits Wilson's Warblers and Warbling Vireo. It's call was a soft "chit" unlike any call I know by Hooded Oriole. Otherwise it was a small yellowish oriole with dull wing bars, the upper weakly more prominent than the lower, with a short even tipped tail, short straight bill, and overall more equal body to tail length ratio. Be aware that multiple Hooded Orioles are also in the area.
    
    Tom Wurster
    Garden Grove
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  15. the L.A.River Baird's Sandpipers LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2014 @ 1:59pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Mon 25 Aug
    
    This morning there were three juvenile Baird's Sandpipers approx 250 yards south of Del Amo Blvd, probably part of the BASA push witnessed by Andrew Lee at the river on Saturday.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/14848766208
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15032300201
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/14848610259
    
    (Interesting to me were 60-70 Semipalmated Plovers scattered between south of Del Amo and the pump station to the north. This is an unusual number for LAR.)
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  17. San Pedro area 8-24-14 LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:56pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Beautiful Ash Throated Flycatcher spotted at the turn around on Signal st. at the mouth of the port. As well as juvenile Heermann gulls.
    A swarm of Barn Swallows at Cabrillo Beach plus Double Crested Corms, unidentified Loon.
    
    On the cliffs of Point Fermin maybe the most amazing and moving birding to date for me. A Raven and female Pacific Black Merlin going at it for an estimated 10 minutes 20 ft from us. The Raven proved to be too agile and deft for the falcon who made several extremely fast attacks on the Raven. The Raven displayed many amazing ariel acrobatics that they are known for. Both birds pestered one another till coming to a rest no more then 6 ft apart in the same tree. Talk about keeping your enemy close at hand!! Finally the Merlin flew off out of sight. An unbelievable sight!!
    
    Jack Orion
    Long Beach CA
    
    
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  19. 8/23 LAR update LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2014 @ 5:12pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi birders,
    I birded various parts of the LA River today.  There are good flocks of shorebirds all up and down the river.  Some highlights:
    
    Just south of Rosecrans:
    2 juvenile Baird's Sandpiper
    1 MacGillivray's Warbler in the park
    
    South of Alondra:
    1 juvenile Baird's Sandpiper
    
    1 juvenile Black Skimmer
    Long Beach Blvd to Del Amo:
    1 juvenile Baird's Sandpiper
    1 juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper
    South of the Metro line:
    1 juvenile Baird's Sandpiper
    
    Willow St:
    1 juvenile Ruddy Turnstone
    Some handheld digiscope photoshttp://s90.photobucket.com/user/gnatcatcher/library/?sort=3&page=1
    
    Andrew Lee
    Lakewood
    
    
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  21. Red-necked Phalarope season underway at L.A.River LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2014 @ 4:43pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Sat 23 Aug
    
    I'm sure they are being seen fairly regularly now. There were three this morning at Alondra Blvd, photographed just south of the bridge. (They also predictably foraged while drifting down the fast-moving central flow channel, then flying back fifty yards or so to repeat.)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/14826493219
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15013211915
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  23. Red-eyed Vireo (still?) at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2014 @ 12:24pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Sat 23 Aug
    
    At around 8:40 AM I heard a Red-eyed Vireo singing from the top of a Ficus (rusty-leaf fig) located near the intersection of Coliseum St and Duray Pl, in back of unit #5354.  [Lat, Lon = 34.018451, -118.362100]  Typical of this species, it sang intermittently for several minutes, without moving, at/near the top of the tree, and I could not locate it visually.
    
    While this REVI could be a new arrival, more likely it is the same individual seen and heard singing from July 23 through Aug 6 at locations only about 100 yards from this morning's spot that is mainly south, and slightly west, of its earlier locations.  I missed this bird on my previous four visits to VG.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  25. Solitary Sandpiper at Sepulveda Basin LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 4:27pm, 7 day(s) ago
    At 2:15 PM on Friday, there was a Solitary Sandpiper in the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin.
    For those unfamiliar with the location -
    
    Park on Woodley Avenue, just north of Burbank Boulevard. Walk 400 feet west, on the south side of Burbank Boulevard. Take the dirt path south along the east side of the river. 
    
    Just before the trail dead ends at a side creek, there will be a section of the river with three flowing streams. The bird was in the central stream.
    
    A scope will make the view better. Note that a Spotted Sandpiper and a Greater Yellowlegs are in the same general area.
    
    Dick Norton
    Topanga, CA  
    
    
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  27. RE: [LACoBirds] Little Blue Heron at Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 1:34pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Just for the record, Santa Monica Bay Audubon recorded a Little Blue
    Heron, this one actually blue, at Malibu Lagoon on Sunday July 27,
    2014. Most people (including me) missed it. It was reported to me by
    a reliable birder who was down on the beach (0845-0930) before the
    rest of the group got there. He saw it by lagoon edge on his way
    east, but by the time he returned it was gone. The rest of the group
    searched persistently, but could not find it.
    Chuck Almdale
    North Hills, Ca.
    
    At 01:06 PM 8/22/2014, Bill Crowe crowe.bill@... [LACoBirds] wrote: >As Kimball pointed out it appears that the bird is indeed a juvenile
    >snowy egret. I have several other pictures and there is no black on
    >the wing tips. I am still learning about birds and was thrown off by
    >the leg color and the different colored bill.
    >Good birding
    >Bill Crowe
    >Simi Valley CA
    
    
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  29. RE: [LACoBirds] Little Blue Heron at Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 1:06pm, 7 day(s) ago
    As Kimball pointed out it appears that the bird is indeed a juvenile snowy egret. I have several other pictures and there is no black on the wing tips. I am still learning about birds and was thrown off by the leg color and the different colored bill.
    
    Good birding
    
    Bill Crowe
    Simi Valley CA
    
    
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  31. RE: [LACoBirds] Little Blue Heron at Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:27pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Bill,
    
    Your bird looks like a very young juvenile Snowy Egret, based on the bill (and bare facial) color and the apparently pure white wingtips. The Birds of North
    America account for Snowy Egret says the following regarding bill color of juveniles: ?Bill gradually darkens to black in some, while becoming yellowish with darker tip in others (which also have yellowish eye-ring and lores).? I don?t believe the bill of
    Little Blue Heron shows yellow at any age. Since Snowy Egrets nest (annually?) in ornamental trees in the shopping centers next to Malibu Lagoon, it would not be surprising to see a recently-fledged juvenile there.
    
    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: Friday, August 22, 2014 12:14 PM
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Little Blue Heron at Malibu Lagoon
    
    Birders,
    I was at Malibu Lagoon this morning between 8:00am and 9:00am. I spotted what I believe to be a immature little blue heron in white morph. It was in and around the roped off snowy plover nesting area. I posted a pic in the mystery bird folder for Id confirmation.
    Also there were at least 50 snowy plovers. One was banded. It has the same banding color combo as the snowy seen last October and February. I sent a pic to Frances Bidstrup and she confirmed this is one of three snowy plovers banded with this combo in 2011
    in Oceano Dunes.
    Good birding
    Bill Crowe
    Simi Valley CA
    
    
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  33. Little Blue Heron at Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:13pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    I was at Malibu Lagoon this morning between 8:00am and 9:00am. I spotted what I believe to be a immature little blue heron in white morph. It was in and around the roped off snowy plover nesting area. I posted a pic in the mystery bird folder for Id confirmation.
    
    Also there were at least 50 snowy plovers. One was banded. It has the same banding color combo as the snowy seen last October and February. I sent a pic to Frances Bidstrup and she confirmed this is one of three snowy plovers banded with this combo in 2011 in Oceano Dunes.
    
    Good birding
    
    Bill Crowe
    Simi Valley CA
    
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  35. Los Angeles RBA- 22 August 2014 LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 10:31am, 7 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * August 22, 2014
    * CALA1408.22
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Solitary Sandpiper
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Laughing Gull
    Williamson?s Sapsucker
    DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER
    Tennessee Warbler
    American Redstart
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Indigo Bunting
    Red Crossbill
    
    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 August 22.
    
    A juvenile SOLITARY SANDPIPER was on the LA River in Cudahy on August 21. This bird was about 200 yards south of Clara Street.
    
    An adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER was along the LA River in Paramount on August 17. It was just south of the Alondra crossing.
    
    The LAUGHING GULL on the LA River in Long Beach was reported again on August 19. It is usually just above the Willow Street crossing.
    
    A male WILLIAMSON?S SAPSUCKER was at Chilao Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on August 16. A juvenile RED CROSSBILL was at the Chilao Visitor?s Center feeders that same day. A few other RED CROSSBILLS continue at Buckhorn Campground.
    
    A DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was at Wilson Cove on San Clemente Island (no public access) on August 20.
    
    The TENNESSEE WARBLER at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (formerly Oak Grove Park) continued through August 19. The bird is primarily utilizing a lerp-infested eucalyptus tree in the southwestern part of the basin. Google Earth coordinates are: 34.1873575,-118.177258. A male INDIGO BUNTING was in the southwest corner of the basin near the Tennessee Warbler spot on August 18.
    
    An adult male AMERICAN RESTART was at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on August 18 and 19 at the north end willows. To reach this area, cross between the two lakes and proceed along the west side of the north lake to the north end willows. Access to this spot from the east side of the north lake is difficult at best.
    
    A juvenile BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was on the outer point at Pt. Dume on August 17.
    
    A male INDIGO BUNTING was in the grassy/weedy area between the north and south lakes at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on August 17.
    
    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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  37. Solitary L.A.River Cudahy LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2014 @ 1:23pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Thurs 21 Aug
    
    This morning I had a juvenile Solitary Sandpiper ranging 200-250 yds south of Clara St. It foraged on the east side of the river, observed and photographed from the old abandoned east side walkway. (I guess this is the first juv SOSA reported at LAR this season.)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/14969067626
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  39. Am. Redstart, Peck Pit 8/18 LINK
    DATE: Aug 18, 2014 @ 1:04pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    18 Aug 2014
    
    An adult male American Redstart was at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia at about 10:40 this morning, at the west end of the willows that are at the far north end (this spot can only be reached by going counterclockwise up the east side from the parking lot and then slogging west). It wasn't too cooperative, but was occasionally singing and interacted once with a Yellow Warbler.
    
    As many are probably already aware, the east end of this patch of willows was recently burned due to a fire from a homeless encampment. Nonetheless, the habitat at the west end of this patch as well as the area between the two lakes looks excellent for more rarities this fall.
    
    John Garrett
    Pasadena
    
    
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  41. another adult Pectoral at L.A.River LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2014 @ 4:47pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Sun 17 Aug
    
    Approx 0830 today an adult Pectoral Sandpiper landed just south of the Alondra Blvd bridge in Paramount. It almost immediately flushed downstream and I didn't follow it. (Our juvenile Pectorals, more readily expected here than adults, should begin moving through in a couple of weeks.)
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  43. Black-Vented Shearwater Raft Portuguese Bend Palos Verdes LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2014 @ 11:55pm, 13 day(s) ago
    After reading Peggy Gussman's post I went over to Trump National on Thursday and Friday and on both days observed a large number (between 2-3 thousand to a gazillion) of shearwaters very close to shore. As far as I could tell they were all Black-Vented but I am not an expert and there could have been others present. The raft, which was compact, moved from the far side of the bay to very close to Trump and when they flew it was quite an impressive sight from the cliff. I posted a few pictures on Flickr from Thursday. On Friday the raft was still present but strung out and somewhat further from the shore.
    
    Jim Hecht
    Hermosa Beach CA
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/sets/72157646097699767/show
    
    
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  45. Los Angeles RBA- 15 August 2014 LINK
    DATE: Aug 15, 2014 @ 9:24am, 14 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * August 15, 2014
    * CALA1408.15
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Common Merganser
    Semiplamated Sandpiper
    Laughing Gull
    White-winged Dove
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tennessee Warbler
    Indigo Bunting
    
    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 August 15.
    
    A COMMON MERGANSER was at Quail Lake near Gorman on August 12.
    
    A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (north pond) on August 12 and a VERMILION FLYCATCHER was there from August 10-13.
    
    The LAUGHING GULL on the LA River at Willow Street was seen again on August 13. Two BANK SWALLOWS were also present the same day.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen briefly at Leo Carillo State Park on August 10.
    
    The TENNESSEE WARBLER at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (formerly Oak Grove Park) continued through August 13. The bird is primarily utilizing a lerp-infested eucalyptus tree in the southwestern part of the basin. Google Earth coordinates are: 34.1873575,-118.177258.
    
    A male INDIGO BUNTING continues in the southwest corner of the basin at Hahamongna Watershed Park (aka Devil?s Gate Basin) in Pasadena. It was last reported on August 10.
    
    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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  47. Lesser Nighthawk, KHSRA, Sunday evening LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2014 @ 10:47am, 16 day(s) ago
    Sorry about the late posting, but Sunday evening Eric and I went over to Kenneth HahnState Recreational Area to view the Super Moon, and we had a Lesser Nighthawk flying over the East Ridgeline Road near the Don Lorenzo trail. We were there about 7:45 pm.
    
    Ann and Eric Brooks
    Los Angeles, CA
    
    
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  49. Shearwaters are back! LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2014 @ 7:05pm, 16 day(s) ago
    Hello birders -
    
    The Black-vented Shearwaters are off the coast of Palos Verdes again as of today, August 12. Not the uncountable numbers of last month, but I would say at least 1500 - 2000 and maybe even 3000 would be a safe bet.
    I saw them from my house this morning around 9am off the point at Trump National Golf Course and went to the Portuguese Bend Beach Club (just to the north) around 1pm which is where I saw two groups close to shore. They were sitting on the water and then all of a sudden the group on my left began flying to the right and the group on my right began flying to the left and they met directly in front of me and re-settled on the water. There were also about 150 pelicans on the beach and about 50 more in the water with the shearwaters. There was no feeding frenzy while I watched, which was only about 20 minutes or so.
    I wondered if there were more up at Abalone Cove, so drove there to check, but didn't see any. They seemed to be confined to the Portuguese Bend cove area.
    I can see a large group now (6pm), close to 1000, off the point at Trump Golf Course. They are in close to shore and partially obscured from my view by the height of the cliff, so there may be more than that.
    Last month I first saw them on July 14 and saw them everyday in increasing numbers until the morning of July 21 when I left town. The numbers were just incredible - of shearwaters, but also pelicans, Heermann's gulls and terns. I really have never seen anything like it - and the feeding frenzys were just amazing to watch! Upon my return 8 days later, they were no longer around.
    I missed them - I'm glad they're back.
    It will be interesting to see how long they stay this time.
    
    Cheers,
    Peggy Gussman
    Rancho Palos Verdes
    
    
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