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· America's Birdiest County effort, 24-26 April (TODAY)
· Baird's Sandpiper, Lancaster Sewage Ponds (TODAY)
· Gray Flycatcher - Park Lawn Cemetery in Commerce (TODAY)
· MacGillivray's Warblers (4/18) Placerita Canyon State Park (Apr 19, 2015)
· Blue birds return to Malibu Creek SP (Apr 19, 2015)
  1. America's Birdiest County effort, 24-26 April LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:37am, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    This year we’ll make another effort to show that Los Angeles County is America’s Birdiest County (or at least in the running for such a title). Even though the America’s Birdiest City/County “competition” is now more or less defunct, there
    will still be efforts this year in many counties in California and elsewhere to maximize coverage during the three-day weekend and see how many species (and interesting records) we can find.
    
    So the 2015 version will run from Friday, 24 April (beginning at midnight Thursday/Friday) and run through the weekend, ending at midnight Sunday night, 16 April. As in recent years, eBird will be the platform for submitting observations,
    and Lance Benner will be compiling the results. Please look for a couple of informational messages on this list serve in the next couple of days spelling out the areas where we need coverage, species for which we need to particularly be on the lookout, and
    the plan for frequent updates on our progress.
    
    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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  3. Baird's Sandpiper, Lancaster Sewage Ponds LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 5:44pm, TODAY
    Hi all,This afternoon Apr 19 a Baird's Sandpiper was at the Lancaster SewagePonds, on the shore of the northeastern large pond just south of AveC.Seven Franklin's Gulls continue at nearby Piute Ponds (permissionletter required).NOTE: Lancaster Sewage Ponds (a.k.a. Lancaster Water ReclamationPlant) is private property, but they are ok with birders visitingwhile they are open 7am-3pm every day. They now ask that you check inwhen you visit: when you enter northbound on the entrance road, go tothe northwest corner of the second intersection, where you will find aparking lot for their new office building. Go to the office on the NEcorner of that building and tell them you are there to bird. This isa *different* building than the one you used to sign in in years past.Also, there is no longer a sign-in/sign-out sheet like there was inthe past; you are supposed to just tell someone at the office that youare there, so that they don't accidentally lock you in (apparentlythis happened to someone).Also note that the the 'old' ponds, the 10 smaller ponds just north ofAve D, are dry. The only ponds with water that are accessible are thetwo large ones just south of Ave. C; these are very full and havepolymer linings. There isn't any "mud" for shorebirds like there usedto be, so the birding isn't as good there as in the past.Mark and Janet ScheelPasadena
    
    
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  5. Gray Flycatcher - Park Lawn Cemetery in Commerce LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 4:58pm, TODAY
    Birders,
    
    Sun 19 Apr
    
    Late morning I had a tail-dipping Gray Flycatcher at Park Lawn Cemetery (on the Commerce/Bell Gardens border, on Gage just west of Garfield). It was using trees north and northwest of the flagpole circle. I got two good views of the bird but my attempts at photos failed.
    
    Also in that part of the property was a vireo that appeared to me in person to be a Plumbeous, but my only usable photo of the bird shows what seems to be a slight hint of yellow/cream on the lower belly. This faint color might be the result of sun reflection off leaves. Also, I've read that just a touch of yellow below does not always eliminate Plumbeous---even in spring. But let's just call the bird a "Solitary-type" because Plumbeous IDs (vs. Cassin's) are often controversial in spring. Here's the photo:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/17017853200
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  7. MacGillivray's Warblers (4/18) Placerita Canyon State Park LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 3:58pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders ~ Seeing a male and female MacGillivray's Warblers yesterday (Sat) morning was unexpected and a treat for us. For those interested, after you cross the bridge over the dry streambed, look to where the picnic tables are. We saw them foraging on a bush as we sat and stood in the area around one of the upper tables.
    Wilson's, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray, and Yellow-rumped Warblers there as well.
    
    Joyce Waterman
    Santa Monica
    MacGillivray's Warbler, m.
    
    MacGillivray's Warbler, m. Placerita Canyon State Park
    
    View on www.flickr.com
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  9. Blue birds return to Malibu Creek SP LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 3:19pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Blue birds have returned to Malibu Creek SP and were observed this morning, 4/19/15: Coastal Scrub Jay, Western Bluebird, several Lazuli Buntings, two Blue Grosbeaks. Also present were Yellow Warblers, Lawrence's Goldfinches (seen at stream crossing on path between day parking and visitor's center), Black-headed Grosbeaks, Ash-throated Flycatchers among others.
    
    Art Langton
    West Hills
    
    
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  11. More Franklin's Gulls - Willow St LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 12:11pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Currently with Bhaskar Krishnamachari at Willow St on the LA River, taking a good long gander at (with many photos taken of) two adult FRANKLIN'S GULLS bathing in the sun with about 60 Caspian Terns. Get 'em while they're hot!
    
    --Alex Coffey
    LA / Culver City
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  13. Re: [LACoBirds] Franklin's Gulls, Piute Ponds LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 6:33am, 2 day(s) ago
    
    Even later, since I ran into all those people on my way in, I saw 8 Franklin's Gulls together on Big Piute. There were also a Solitary Sandpiper and two Bank Swallows around the northeast corner of Duckbill Lake. The Cattle Egret was in the Ducks Unlimited Ponds.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    On Apr 18, 2015, at 9:58 PM, Amy Williamson amywillbird@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
    And Tom Miko called me for info on where we found the Franklins and subsequently asked me to convey that he went there late (Big Piute) today where he saw four.
    Amy Williamson
    Monrovia
    On Apr 18, 2015 5:52 PM, "Lance Benner lbenner@... [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    We just saw two at the northernmost pond.
    
    Also a cattle egret in a shallow pond just east of Big Piute.
    
    Lance Benner, Kathi Ellsworth, & Amy Williamson
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Jonathan S. Feenstra Ph.D.
    feenstra@...
    www.leaftosser.com
    http://wingsbirds.com/leaders/jon-feenstra/
    
    
    
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  15. Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 4/21 LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 11:08pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hello all,Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for the program ?Alondra Native Plant Garden: Improving Habitat for Wildlife? presented by Jeanne Bellemin, Ann Brooks, Eric Brooks, and Dave Moody.The Alondra Island Native Plant Garden was first planted in 1998 by Jeanne Bellemin, Professor of Zoology at neighboring El Camino College. It began as a sort of field laboratory for her students in Environmental Biology and has thrived with the help of many students from Field Zoology, Field Entomology and Horticulture classes. The plants are all native California plants and therefore have improved the habitat for and encouraged insect diversity and the birds that appreciate the food diversity. In this presentation Professor Jeanne Bellemin will address the garden history, plants, and developments and future plans followed by a discussion of the bird life there by Eric Brooks, regular garden volunteer and sprinkler man, Ann Brooks, and Dave Moody.Alondra Park is located in Lawndale, California and has entrances at 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Boulevard and 3353 Redondo Beach Blvd. Alondra Community Regional Park is the largest park closest to the ocean and the beach cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. The 53-acre park is designed with a wooded rural landscape and prairie setting amidst a beautiful urban lake. The proximity of Alondra Park to the ocean and an urban river, together with its lake, meadow lawns, and woodlands, contributes to the park functioning as a naturally landscaped habitat and environment for migratory wetland and upland birds. The island in the lake has a California native plant garden that is also an attractant for native butterflies and wild birds.The Alondra Park Website is http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/Parks/Alondra_Community_Regional_Park
    Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome! Come and enjoy the program, socialize with friends, and fill out a ticket for the door prize drawing. Prizes are donated by Wild Birds Unlimited in Torrance, courtesy of Bob Shanman.The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA, 90503: http://www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com
    Next Month?s Meeting: Sylvia Gallagher, ?Desert Birds?, May 19.David QuadhamerSan Pedro
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  17. Re: [LACoBirds] Franklin's Gulls, Piute Ponds LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 9:58pm, 1 day(s) ago
    And Tom Miko called me for info on where we found the Franklins and subsequently asked me to convey that he went there late (Big Piute) today where he saw four.
    Amy Williamson
    Monrovia
    On Apr 18, 2015 5:52 PM, "Lance Benner lbenner@... [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    We just saw two at the northernmost pond.
    
    Also a cattle egret in a shallow pond just east of Big Piute.
    
    Lance Benner, Kathi Ellsworth, & Amy Williamson
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
    
    
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  19. Franklin's Gulls, Piute Ponds LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2015 @ 3:25pm, 1 day(s) ago
    We just saw two at the northernmost pond.
    
    Also a cattle egret in a shallow pond just east of Big Piute.
    
    Lance Benner, Kathi Ellsworth, & Amy Williamson
    
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
    
    
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  21. Black-and-white in El Segundo LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2015 @ 1:30pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Sat 18 Apr
    
    Approx 0845 a Black-and-white Warbler was in the NW corner of El Segundo Library Park. Not very cooperative (one poor photo below), then I lost it in a large sycamore. A Black-and-white was in the park on 12 Feb, but I've had no sightings since that time on many visits.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/17190734115
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  23. Palm Warbler at Madrona Marsh LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2015 @ 11:12am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi everyone
    
    Alejandra and I found at Palm Warbler at Madrona Marsh this morning around 8 am. It was located about 20 yards south of the port-a-potty along the water edge. Below are a few pictures:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/duran-huezo/17189250351/
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/duran-huezo/17189825795/
    
    Manuel Duran
    Lomita, CA
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  25. Malibu Lagoon this morning LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2015 @ 12:50pm, 3 day(s) ago
    The sun was out and a light breeze from the west met me at about high tide (9:02) this morning. Hundred of Brown Pelicans lined the shores of the lagoon. Three Brant (Black) were in the lagoon close to the ocean side. All three large gulls were present in numbers. Six species of gulls were also present including about 6 Bonaparte's and a 2nd cycle Glaucous-winged. No Snowy Plovers were seen
    
    One gull bothered me. It was next to a Western Gull and was slightly larger. It had a heavy black bill, but the extreme base of the bill may have been slightly lighter. The eye was black and legs off pink. What attracted attention was the pure white back and wingtips. There were no gray markings on the wingtips or elsewhere on the body. The color of the bill eliminated a pure Glaucous. The wingtips without any gray markings offset any thoughts of a pure Glaucous winged. Size crossed off Iceland. as did the bill size. It did not lift its wings nor fly during the observation period so even the tail was not cleanly seen.
    A tentative conclusion was that the gull was either a leucistic whatever or a Glaucous-winged/Glaucous hybrid. I did not have a camera, but it was an unusual specimen that one can certainly question.
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
    
    
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  27. Los Angeles RBA- 17 April 2015 LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2015 @ 8:48am, 3 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles
    RBA
    * April 17,
    2015
    * CALA1504.17
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Eurasian Wigeon
    Solitary Sandpiper
    Ruff
    Franklin?s Gull
    Gull-Billed Tern
    Calliope Hummingbird
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Palm Warbler
    Harris?s Sparrow
    Orchard Oriole
    Baltimore Oriole
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate
    on the rare bird report form): http://www.californiabirds.org/
    
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird
    
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:
    Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    
    -Transcript
    
    This
    is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for April 17.
    
    A
    male EURASIAN WIGEON was on the main lake at Hansen Dam on April 15.
    
    A
    SOLITARY SANDPIPER and five FRANKLIN?S GULLS were at the Piute Ponds on Edwards
    AFB on April 12. Remember that a letter
    of permission is required for entry.
    
    The
    RUFF at Cabrillo Beach was present through April 13. It has been seen on the west side of the
    inner beach, south of the boat launch and near the pier.
    
    Two
    GULL-BILLED TERNS made a brief visit to the Ballona Wetlands area on April
    11. They were seen late in the day on
    the salt pan.
    
    A
    male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was at the hummingbird feeders at Kenneth Hahn State
    Recreation Area on April 12. To get to
    the feeders, park in the parking lot
    at the end of the road at the top of the hill, then walk south past the large
    Cape Honeysuckle and bottlebrush (in the Hummingbird Garden). The feeders are
    in the trees east of the large bottlebrush.
    There are good numbers of other hummingbirds here as well.
    
    A
    male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at Garvey Ranch Park in Monterey Park on April
    10.
    
    A
    PLUMBEOUS VIREO was near Freemont Park in Glendale on April 11.
    
    A
    first spring male AMERICAN REDSTART was along the San Gabriel River in South El
    Monte from April 10-16. It was singing
    in the willows just upstream from the end of Theines Ave. (east of
    Durfee). A male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER
    was also present here on April 16, about 500 yards upstream from Theines.
    
    A
    PALM WARBLER (likely a continuing bird) was along Compton Creek between the Del
    Amo and Santa Fe crossings (opposite some DWP pump station buildings) on April
    11.
    
    Another
    PALM WARBLER was found at Legg Lake in South El Monte on April 12. It was at the southwest corner of the south
    lake. Continuing in the area is a
    TROPICAL KINGBIRD (last seen on the island in the south lake) also reported
    through April 12.
    
    PALM
    WARBLERS were also in West Long Beach (briefly) and at the Ballona Freshwater
    Marsh on April 16. The latter bird was
    by the path at the ?elbow? by the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln.
    
    The HARRIS?S SPARROW at
    White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro was reported through April 15. It has been by the baseball field, batting
    cage and around the garden area to the right of the ball field.
    
    A
    male ORCHARD ORIOLE continued to be seen through April 16 at a residence in
    Cheviot Hills.
    
    An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Cheviot Hills Park
    on April 11 and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen there the following day.
    
    Another adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE in South El Monte on
    April 15. It was seen in a burned
    eucalyptus along San Gabriel Blvd. near its junction with Lincoln Blvd.
    
    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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  29. Palm Warbler etc @ Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2015 @ 7:22pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Thu 16 Apr
    
    Following a loud, rich chip note at about 8:15 AM,I had a brief view of a Palm Warbler in willows near the public path at the marsh "elbow" near the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln Blvds.
    
    Perched in reeds a few yards south of the elbow was a dull-plumaged juvenile Least Bittern - exceedingly early in the year for a juv that showed no downy feathers. Or could this be a 2nd-yr bird still lacking full adult markings? Among other juv marks, it had a brown back with some thin, buffy feather edges and a fewnarrow dark streaks on its buff-brown wing coverts.
    
    At the west end were 5 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and at the south-end island were 3 Blue-winged Teals (2 males).
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  31. White-tailed Kite at Madrona Marsh LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2015 @ 5:42pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Good afternoon Birders!
    
    Hope you are all well,
    
    This afternoon I had a White-tailed Kite, hovering over the parking lot and then it landed on a cottonwood near the entrance.
    This is an irregular visiter for the marsh. I only seen two birds in the 5-6 years me being at the marsh. It was a young bird, I noted some yellow wash on the belly and wings
    
    Have a wonderful day!
    Good birding!!!
    
    Dinuk Magammana
    Torrance CA.
    
    
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  33. Palm Warbler @ Gold Star Manor (W. Long Beach) LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2015 @ 4:17pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Thurs 16 Apr
    
    Around 11 AM I briefly had a Palm Warbler at American Gold Star Manor in West Long Beach (on Spring St off Santa Fe Ave) moving quickly through an ash and a jacaranda in a "courtyard" between buildings #3055, 3060 and 3065 near the NE corner of the property. I believe it flew over building 3065 but I couldn't find it in the silk oaks and liquidambars beyond.
    
    (This property is a private retirement park but birders are welcome. Drive through the gate on Spring St and tell the security guard you want to do some "birdwatching". You'll be given a VISITOR badge to wear and a GUEST placard for your vehicle dashboard.)
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  35. SG River; 4/16/15: Am Redstart and B&W Warbler LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2015 @ 1:16pm, 4 day(s) ago
    LA Birders,
    
    The first-spring male American Redstart continues along the northwest bank of the San Gabriel River in the willows just north of the terminus of Thienes Road.
    
    About 500m further upstream but before the next concrete drop, also right along the river channel on the northwest bank, was a sharp male Black-and-white Warbler.
    
    Other than those two highlights, migrants were present, but pretty sparse. While walking around in that area be mindful of the shanty town.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    
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  37. Indian Peafowl Observation & Questions LINK
    DATE: Apr 12, 2015 @ 9:21pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders, Kimball and Dan: I have been observing the Indian Peafowl in Sylmar on neighborhood streets adjacent to Veterans Park when I visit my parents for more than a year on many occasions. Sometimes there is a male that roosts at night at Veterans Park in a Canary Island Pine tree. I am curious to know more about the status of Indian Peafowl in California so I have 2 questions:
    1. As of 2013 with the 54th Supplement of AOU 7th Ed., the name was changed from Common Peafowl to Indian Peafowl if I am not mistaken. Is this correct?
    2. Why is the Indian Peafowl not considered a wild/established bird by the Records Committee?
    My observations are that the Indian Peafowl is no more or less dependent on humans as the House Sparrow (aka english sparrow) and the several parrots/parakeets. For example, when we move away from areas of human residences / businesses / parks, these 3 species seem not found to survive. And these birds seem to depend on supplemental food from humans either directly or indirectly. Thanks. Robert Roy van de Hoek, Playa Del Rey - Los Angeles
    
    
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  39. Ballona Marsh 15 April LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2015 @ 8:53pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Visiting SoCalif this week, and again, my apologies if this is not newsworthy here.
    
    I visited Ballona Marsh this morning (Wedn). Highlights were a Lazuli Bunting, and a small rail sp. flying into the rushes, no time to get field marks.
    Steve Johnson, normally in Virginia
    
    
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  41. San Fernando Valley Audubon General Meeting Thurs. April 23 LINK
    DATE: Apr 15, 2015 @ 3:35pm, 5 day(s) ago
    San Fernando Valley Audubon’s General Membership Meeting
    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    7:00 p.m. Social time, 7:30 p.m. Meeting
    Encino Community Center
    Topic: Biological Resources at Santa Susana Field Laboratory
    
    Presenters:
    Paul Costa, Environmental Operations Manager, The Boeing Company
    Chris Dunn, Sr. Project Mgr./Biologist, Padre Associates
    Ken Gilliland, Biologist, Padre Associates
    
    The Santa Susana Field Laboratory served as one of the nation’s preeminent rocket engine testing and energy research sites for decades. Once known for testing rocket engines that propelled Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttled astronauts into orbit, the land is located within a vital wildlife habitat linkage. SSFL is home to state and federally protected plants, animals and birds. It is also home to the San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory, a program of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.
    SFVAS supports designation of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a National Monument by the President of the United States.
    Muriel Kotin (Malibu)
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  43. Baltimore Oriole, Rio Hondo in Rosemead LINK
    DATE: Apr 15, 2015 @ 2:05pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    Today I observed and photographed an adult male Baltimore Oriole near the Rio Hondo in Rosemead:
    
    Baltimore Oriole_adult male_Rosemead_4-15-15_RAHamilton_4 sm
    
    Baltimore Oriole_adult male_Rosemead_4-15-15... Explore Robert A. Hamilton's photos on Flickr. Robert A. Hamilton has uploaded 116 photos to Flickr.
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    The bird was in the top of a lone, half-burned eucalyptus tree near the shoulder of San Gabriel Boulevard at East Lincoln Blvd. The bird came down to feed briefly in elderberries before disappearing toward the river (which was bone dry). I tallied a total of 17 Bullock's Orioles along the Rio Hondo during the morning, and also good numbers of Black-headed Grosbeaks (21) and Wilson's Warblers (13). The location doesn't strike me as a place to hold a wintering oriole, and the bird wasn't behaving like a typical wintering bird, so I expect this was an early spring migrant (despite some regional records of wintering Baltimores remaining at least into late April).
    
    Robb Hamilton
    Long Beach
    
    
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  45. Black-chinned Hummingbirds at Cheeseboro Canyon LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2015 @ 4:20pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    Yesterday during a span of 2 hours I counted a minimum of 11 black-chinned hummingbirds along the lower oak woodland area at Cheeseboro Canyon. Half of these were males, and there was a lot of aggression between said males with up to 3 engaging in a chase at once. Nothing compared to the numbers of hummingbird spp other people have been seeing, but I thought since others have been reporting them I might as well.
    
    It is the most amount of this species I have seen and probably will remain that way without visiting a feeder spot.
    
    PS are there any known feeder setups in western Los Angeles county because I might stake one out to look for Calliope.
    
    James Bailey
    Agoura Hills
    
    
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  47. Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Luke Tiller, Hawkwatching from Every Angle LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2015 @ 3:05pm, 6 day(s) ago
    All are invited to the April general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon Society.
    
    - presentation title: Hawkwatching from Every Angle
    - presenter: Luke Tiller
    - location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
    - date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    - 7:00 - 7:30 PM: social time, conservation table, young birder table
    - 7:30 - 9:00 PM: general meeting, featured presentation
    
    The mass migration of diurnal raptors rates as one of the most magical birding spectacles in North America and for that reason it draws its own special brand of devotees. Join professional hawkwatcher Luke Tiller for a virtual tour of the nation?s hawkwatch platforms. His talk will touch on places to visit, the history of hawkwatching, some of the pitfalls of trying to identify a bird in flight and most importantly how to get the best out of a hawkwatching experience. James Fisher once said that ?The observation of birds may be a superstition, a tradition, an art, a science, a pleasure, a hobby, or a bore; this depends entirely on the nature of the observer.? Luke hopes that his talk fulfills a little of all but the last category!
    
    Darren Dowell
    
    for Pasadena Audubon Society
    
    
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  49. SCBG Black-chinned Hummer, Cassin's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Nashville Warbler, etc. LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:25pm, 6 day(s) ago
    In yesterday's (April 12) South Coast Botanic Garden bird walk led by
    Martin Byhower, we found:
    A male Black-chinned Hummingbird, as previously found by Manuel Duran and
    Alejandra Cedillo. We observed it from about 9:10am to 9:36am around
    33.78096N,118.34586W (which is next to the wide trail south of the
    lake, on Tram Road). During that time he displayed audibly, with the
    display sound quite distinct and different from other hummingbirds.
    
    n49_IMG_2202_Black-chinned_Hummingbird_male.jpg - notice the
    spider-web stuck to his bill.
    A Cassin's Vireo I spotted at 9:06am in the same area as the
    Black-chinned Hummingbird.
    Two Red-breasted Nuthatches around 33.78445N,118.34274W (which is just
    east of the intersection of Alpine Lane and Tram Road) drawn out by
    Martin's playback at 10:01am (he perfectly anticipated the area where
    they'd be), and observed until 10:10am.
    A Nashville Warbler I spotted at 10:39am at 33.78164N,118.34601W (just
    about 250 feet north-northwest of the Black-chinned Hummingbird spot).
    This was a very productive area, with also 3 Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 2
    Hermit Thrushes, 3 Townsend's Warblers, 2+ Bullock's Orioles, 2 very
    vocal Hutton's Vireos, and more.
    A singing Golden-crowned Sparrow in breeding plumage just west of the
    center of the Rose Garden, observed from 8:33am to 8:45am. Strangely, we
    didn't positively ID even a single White-crowned Sparrow.
    An unusual-looking first-year male Bullock's Oriole seen at 8:42am in the
    tree at 33.78289N,118.34777W or maybe 33.78277N,118.34778W (Lower
    Meadow, around the same area as the Golden-crowned Sparrow was
    singing).
    
    n49_IMG_1853_Bullock's_Oriole_first_year_male.jpg
    Three Hutton's Vireos, two of them mentioned above, and one briefly
    seen at 33.78442N,118.34763W at 11:28am.
    Here is my observation log map for this bird walk, in
    Google Earth format:
    
    2015-04-12 - South Coast Botanic Gardens group bird walk.kmz
    Also, there was a small error in the previous observation log maps I
    posted, preventing them from displaying correctly in Google Earth unless
    3D terrain was disabled. Here are the corrected versions (same URLs as
    before):
    
    2014-12-14 - South Coast Botanic Gardens group bird walk.kmz
    
    2014-12-14 - South Coast Botanic Gardens group bird walk, George F
    Canyon, and bicycle ride round trip.kmz
    
    2015-02-08 - South Coast Botanic Gardens group bird walk.kmz
    
    2015-02-08 - South Coast Botanic Gardens group bird walk, and bicycle
    ride round trip.kmz
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
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