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Last 5 Posts:
· Bird ID Help (TODAY)
· Ducks arriving at Playa/Marina del Rey (Oct 30, 2014)
· Varied Thrush & Williamson's Sapsucker (Oct 30, 2014)
· Interesting Nashville Warbler, continuing Palm Warblers @ Malibu Lagoon (Oct 30, 2014)
· Varied Thrush at Franklin Canyon Reservoir (Oct 30, 2014)
  1. Bird ID Help LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:14pm, TODAY
    I've got a recording, a waveform and a sonogram for this one! (FYI: the previous "mystery bird" was a female Western Screech Owl.) The current bird sung once at 7:43 a.m. this morning (Thurs. 10/30/14) from the tree canopy in our front yard, composed of 30 year old Coast Live Oaks, a Canyon Oak and a huge Sugar Bush. I spent beaucoup time at Xeno-Canto listening to birds it might be and eliminated a lot of the common birds around here but couldn't pin it down to a species. It would be cool to be able to search by sonogram!
    103014 Myst Bird
    103014 Myst Bird Recording and spectrogram of a bird I can't ID.
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    Thank you all for putting up with my "mystery birds". The tree canopy in our yard is pretty dense and it's difficult to see any but the birds at the feeders and those that feed on the ground.
    Ellen Zunino
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  3. Ducks arriving at Playa/Marina del Rey LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 4:49pm, 1 day(s) ago
    At mid-day in Playa Lagoon, there were 4 Lesser Scaups and one Gadwall, while in the Ballona Channel a pair of Buffelheads were near the UCLA boat launch.
    Bob Pann
    Cheviot Hills
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  5. Varied Thrush & Williamson's Sapsucker LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 3:56pm, 1 day(s) ago
    This morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Sylmar, the Varied Thrush and Williamson?s Sapsucker continued. The thrush was just north of the playground. The sapsucker was just east of there: 34 19 39 N, 118 25 00 W.
    Julia Ray
    La Crescenta
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  7. Interesting Nashville Warbler, continuing Palm Warblers @ Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 2:26pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Had what might be a candidate for an eastern Nashville Warbler at Malibu Lagoon yesterday afternoon if anyone's in the area, foraging at the far southwest corner of the site, against the Colony houses & golf course, where the path jogs east toward the beach. Two continuing Palm Warblers were in the same area a bit later. NAWA details here (sorry, no pic!):
    Late bird, dull above, very yellow below, no tail-bobbing...
    Pretty birdy these days at the lagoon, but the ducks aren't really in yet other than a little knot of Ruddies and a couple Gadwall that probably oversummered. Mute Swan was a bizarre sight. Had a very dark Savannah Sparrow running (not hopping) on wet sand through a patch of pickleweed near the west edge of the lagoon - maybe a Belding's (which isn't resident or regular here) but not going to claim that one either. I'm just getting worse and worse at this...
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
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  9. Varied Thrush at Franklin Canyon Reservoir LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 1:47pm, 1 day(s) ago
    A calling VARIED THRUSH was heard this morning (10/30/14) in
    Franklin Canyon. I had only a few minutes
    to look for the bird and couldn?t locate it.
    It was calling from the east side of the reservoir near the ?wild pond?
    area, which is now bone dry.
    Scott Logan
    Sherman Oaks
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  11. Cabrillo Beach Lewis's Woodpecker LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 9:36pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    I had a Lewis's Woodpecker flyover at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro at noon today, 29 October.
    The bird flew east to west, I got on it as it was clearing the bathhouse, and it continued towards Sunken City/Point Fermin.
    You never know where they are going to show up, but the beach is not usually the first place to look for them.
    Take care,
    Bernardo Alps
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  13. Castaic Reservoir today LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 5:02pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Birding was rather quiet today at the Castaic Reservoir, except in or
    near the water. Thousands of Coot were stetched from one end to the
    other. No "winter" ducks were found, but Western Grebes were sprinkled
    in the flocks and indipendently alone. The highlight was 16 Greater
    White-fronted Geese that flew back and forth, then landed on the shore
    at the northwest beach. 32 Canada Geese were nearby but not with them.
    Castaic Lake itself was really bare of waterfowl.
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  15. Varied Thrushes at Veterans Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 29, 2014 @ 4:24pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Inspired by the recent reports of varied thrushes in the Ventura County mountains, I decided to try my luck at Veterans Park in Sylmar, the furthest into the "mountains" I had time to get to on my afternoon off. I was not disappointed. I easily found three VARIED THRUSHES foraging on the up-sloping lawn north of the playground. I heard varied thrushes calling throughout the western half of the park during my 2-hour visit so I'm not sure if there were actually more than three.
    Daniel Tinoco
    Van Nuys, CA
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  17. Birds at The Village Green & Kenneth Hahn SRA LINK
    DATE: Oct 29, 2014 @ 2:15pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Wed 29 Oct
    The Village Green:
    This morning I had a well-marked male "Yellow-shafted" Northern Flicker in eucalyptus trees in front of (west of) unit #5269 located east of the main office that is near the north-side Cloverdale Ave access.  [Lat, Lon = 34.021095, -118.360031]
    Kenneth Hahn SRA:
    Three Acorn Woodpeckers were in oaks on the west side of the "bowl" near the end of the paved road on top of the hill (ref. LACBirds #16364).  A male Red-naped Sapsucker and an immature-type American Redstart were nearby, also in oaks.  [Lat, Lon = 34.008458, -118.365295]
    Site info is in "Birding Locations": groups/LACoBirds/files/Directions
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  19. Banded Snowy Plovers @ Zuma Beach LINK
    DATE: Oct 28, 2014 @ 2:57pm, 3 day(s) ago
    LA Birders,
    I went to bird Malibu Lagoon and discovered that much of the beach by the creek mouth had been washed away. I then headed to Zuma Beach. I found the usual suspects of shorebirds and gulls. I found two groups of snowy plovers. As small group of twenty or so was near the water line by lifeguard tower 8. A larger group of 35 or so was above the berm near lifeguard tower 9. There were two banded snpl with tow different band combos in this group. I posted the pics in the mystery folder. I sent Frances Bidstrup the pics so she could identify where they were from.
    Good birding
    Bill Crowe
    Simi Valley CA
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  21. Castaic Lawrences Goldfinch LINK
    DATE: Oct 28, 2014 @ 2:11pm, 3 day(s) ago
     Hi, This morning at 0815 and again at 1030 I found 30-40 Lawrences giving fantastic 30 foot views as they drank from the residue water just below Castaic Lagoon. Drive up 5 north to Lake Hughes Road exit; go east; cross Ridge Route Road and stop immediately before bridge over little spillway. Go to a chain link fence on your right (south)side. The birds are below you in the willows and the water. Also 15 Greater White-fronted Geese and (how many?) thousands of American Coot on the lagoon.
    Good birding, Richard Sutton, Glendale.
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  23. Salt Lake Park SPDOs difficult to find LINK
    DATE: Oct 27, 2014 @ 5:06pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Sun 26 Oct
    Salt Lake Park in the city of Huntington Park is unfortunately no longer the automatic spot for Spotted Doves. On a search a week or so ago north of the park (their most reliable hang-out over the past year) none were located. This morning 0730-0900 I walked the park and the north neighborhood as far up as Gage Ave....again, zero birds. I'm sure there are a few around somewhere, I saw five together north of the park on 8 Oct, but I've never had such a tough time finding them.
    Other notes: Yesterday at Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area (in Willowbrook) I saw the recently-returned female Vermilion Flycatcher southwest of the north lake instead of at it's "favorite" spot on the south lake island. On Thursday I made a quick stop at the L.A.River/Alondra Blvd (in Paramount) and saw two Dunlins south of the bridge.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  25. Kenneth Hahn Park-No poorwill LINK
    DATE: Oct 26, 2014 @ 12:37pm, 5 day(s) ago
    An update: we've checked the last 3 evenings and have NOT had a poorwill at
    the park.We plan to keep looking, will update if we see one. The Sheriff's staff
    started their rounds last night at 6:09, not convenient for poorwillers parking
    in the lot!
    Let us know if you want to try for it.
    Eric and Ann Brooks
    Los Angeles
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  27. Rufous-backed Robin chase tomorrow? LINK
    DATE: Oct 26, 2014 @ 12:25pm, 5 day(s) ago
    As you may have heard, there is a Rufous-backed Robin at the 29 Palms Inn north of Joshua Tree NP in San Bernardino Co., found yesterday by Tom Benson and seen again today by others. This bird, along with a female Painted Bunting also being reported in the area, would be a lifer for me if I manage to get to it. With that said, I'm wondering if any birders in the L.A. area (or areas to the north and west) would be interested in chasing the bird tomorrow or some other day this week (assuming it stays, knock on wood). I don't have a car, so I'd have to ride along in yours, but by
    carpooling, we'd both save money (I can pitch in for gas). You could pick me up from my house, which is just off the 210 in La Crescenta/Glendale, convenient for anyone headed planning to head east on the 10. If anyone is interested in carpooling and chasing the robin, send me an email so we can work out the logistics, and hopefully we can leave early tomorrow.
    La Crescenta, CA
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  29. Chestnut-sided Warbler at Peck Rd WCP LINK
    DATE: Oct 26, 2014 @ 9:03am, 5 day(s) ago
    26 October 2014
    There is a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia. It is in the willows just north of the northwest corner of the south lake.
    Jon Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy SŪ 4 mini ?, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
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  31. Purple Finch and Pine Siskin at Madrona Marsh LINK
    DATE: Oct 25, 2014 @ 11:44am, 6 day(s) ago
    Hello Birders!!!
    It has been so long since I posted to here, good to be back!
    As I
    was doing a bird survey this morning with Tommye Hite, we came across a Pine Siskin and a female Purple finch. Pine siskin was seen throughout the marsh with the Lesser Goldfinch flock. Purple Finch seem to vanish. But both birds were seen at the sunflower patch near the entrance.
    I have been busy with college work, but hoping to get out more
    when I can! :)
    Dinuk Magammana
    Torrance CA.
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  33. Two American Redstarts at Sepulveda Basin LINK
    DATE: Oct 25, 2014 @ 9:40am, 6 day(s) ago
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  35. American Redstart at Sepulveda Basin LINK
    DATE: Oct 25, 2014 @ 8:30am, 6 day(s) ago
    25 October 2014
    At 8:15 this morning I briefly had an American Redstart (female) in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve. It was along the stream just west of the Wildlife Lake between the first and second viewing areas.
    Jon Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy SŪ 4 mini ?, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
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  37. San Jacinto WA/Lake Perris carpool 10/26 LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2014 @ 4:44pm, 7 day(s) ago
    To anyone planning on joining the LA Audubon field trip to San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lake Perris in Riverside County this coming Sunday 10/26, I'm hoping to go and am looking for a carpool from my house. Given my location in La Crescenta/Glendale, this option works best for anyone traveling from west of there, but considering the distance involved, carpooling with someone makes more practical sense anyway. I've never birded the Lake Perris area, and was unable to find a ride to the trip last year; I hope someone responds this time, so if nothing else I can experience birding
    in a new place and adding to my county list totals. As always, I can pitch in for gas. Please send me an email if you're interested, and we can work out the logistics from there.
    John Oliver
    La Crescenta, CA
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  39. Fox Sparrows LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2014 @ 3:24pm, 7 day(s) ago
    It has been a good few days for Fox Sparrows in the yard. Late
    Monday the pale Sooty/Pacific (unalaschenensis) came in very
    authoritively chasing off some White-crowns and this afternoon the
    darker (fuliginosa) came in with the White-crowns to feed on the
    white millet. Sibley has 11 portrayals which makes it fun/easier to
    separate the ssp.
    Interestingly our Ca. coastal sp. of Song Sparrow has been coming in
    fairly regularly.
    Cheers, Wanda
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  41. Los Angeles RBA- 24 October 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2014 @ 9:33am, 7 day(s) ago
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  43. Kenneth Hahn Poorwill update LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2014 @ 10:44pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Good evening, Birders,
    No Poorwill was seen tonight, despite several eyes watching. I did
    have ONE poorwill last night.
    For those unfamiliar with my use of KHSRA as a destination, it is short for
    Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area, aka Kenneth Hahn Park. Located east of La
    Cienaga between Stocker and Rodeo.
    And I realized last night that there are actually THREE small blacktop
    roads running east from the Bowl Rim, and our Poorwill landing spot is between
    the second and third. Hopefully we'll be checking tomorrow evening, and have
    firm plans for Saturday evening. Let us know if you need any further
    Good Birding,
    Ann Brooks
    Los Angeles
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  45. Lucy's Warbler, Palm W. (2), Lewis's Woodpecker, Malibu & vic. LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 1:52pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Not bad for a stop on the way home - Malibu Legacy Park had a Lucy's Warbler in with Yellow-rumps and other birds toward the southeast end. Ran back for my camera and of course couldn't relocate. Chestnut rump showing well; small pale gray/white warbler with short, straight culmen, white eyering, short tail.
    Two Palm Warblers were by the metal bridge over the fake creek there, foraging on the ground and in blooming goldenbush (that's the main plant there in bloom right now, Isocoma menziesii, in case anyone's curious, and it's full of birds).
    Lewis's Woodpecker flycatching from valley oak snag along east side of Las Virgenes Rd., about midway between Mulholland and Lost Hills.
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
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  47. Cackling Goose at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh [& eclipse info] LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:26am, 8 day(s) ago
    Thu 23 Oct
    At around 7:20 AM a Cackling Goose with a bold, white neck band was with a flock of Canada Geese at the west end of the Ballona Freshwater Marsh.  This flock of geese typically leaves BFM early in the morning and flies off to the south, possibly to the Westchester Golf Course or to Alondra Park.
    Off Topic:
    There will be a partial eclipse of the sun this afternoon.  In the LA area the time of maximum obscuration will be at about 3:30 PM when ~1/3 of the sun will be covered.  Do not look directly at the sun without an eclipse filter.  Or view the event indirectly using pinhole projection (for details, google [eclipse pinhole]), or just wander outside between roughly 3:00 to 4:00 PM and stand under a tree that is mostly covered with leaves but still has small openings for the sun to shine through and form small spots of sunlight on the ground.  Face away from the sun and move around so that the shadow of your head is in the middle of several small spots of sunlight.  The spots should resemble a cookie with a bite taken out - the same shape as the eclipsed sun.
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  49. The Brambling plot thickens LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 5:35pm, 8 day(s) ago
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