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Last 5 Posts:
· Lazuli Bunting (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
· Lots of Migrants at Loyola Marymount (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
· Re: [LACoBirds] Western Wood-Pewee and Western Tanager at Woodlawn 4/18 (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
· Miscellaneous San Gabriel Valley observations 11, 17 & 18 Apr 2014 (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
· Western Wood-Pewee and Western Tanager at Woodlawn 4/18 (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
  1. Lazuli Bunting LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Today, on the LAAS monthly bird walk at Kenneth Hahn State Park, a Lazuli Bunting was seen along with 4 Orange-crowned Warblers and one Nashville Warbler.
    Eleanor Osgood
    Culver City
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  3. Lots of Migrants at Loyola Marymount LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    One of the best days ever for migrants at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester: Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1), Warbling Vireo (2), Orange-crowned Warbler (12), Nashville Warbler (5), Yellow Warbler (1), Black-throated Gray Warbler (4), Townsend's Warbler (2), MacGillivray's Warbler (1), Wilson's Warbler (22), Western Tanager (7), and Black-headed Grosbeak (3). Also saw 3 of the Summer resident Hooded Orioles and 2 Nuttall's Woodpeckers. Birds were spread out campus-wide.
    Russell Stone
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  5. Re: [LACoBirds] Western Wood-Pewee and Western Tanager at Woodlawn 4/18 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
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  7. Miscellaneous San Gabriel Valley observations 11, 17 & 18 Apr 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    #ygrps-yiv-1010035768 {font-family:Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:9pt;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}Birders,Birding on my lunch break has been productive this week. While migrant numbers were still relatively low, daily personal first-of-season finds added excitement.
    Yesterday April 17, two male MacGillivray's Warblers played hide-and-seek with me at Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. Birding midday today, April 18, with Liga Auzins, we observed our first Hermit Warblers, beautiful lemon headed males, at Lacy Park in San Marino, as well as our first Lazuli Buntings - unfortunately, the blue upperparts of these male buntings were mostly concealed beneath winter's brown feather edgings. The cluster of flowering silk oaks trees (Grevillia robusta) bordering the maintenance yard at the west end of Lacy Park was the center of activity. Migrant warblers included multiple Orange-crown, Nashville, Audubon's, Black-throated Gray, and Hermit, as well as a single male Townsend's. Multiple Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks, and single Hooded and Bullock's orioles also joined the feeding assemblage in the silk oaks. We also searched for the Lacy Park Clay-colored Sparrow that has been present since early fall (my most recent sighting on April 11), but came up empty. It generally associates with the wintering Chipping Sparrow flock that numbers a dozen or more birds - but today we found a flock of only five Chippies and no sign of the Clay-colored. In nearby San Gabriel, two wintering Lewis's Woodpeckers were still present midday today. Both habitually flycatch from utility poles behind residences bordering San Gabriel Country Club - the more reliable one is behind 105 E. Roses Rd. (corner of E. Roses Rd. and N. Del Mar Ave.); the one on utility poles on the north side of Longden Ave., between Kerns Ave. and Hunter Dr., is less reliable.Good birdingTom Wurster and Liga AuzinsGarden Grove
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  9. Western Wood-Pewee and Western Tanager at Woodlawn 4/18 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Birders ~ FOS for moi with both Wood-Pewee and Western Tanager male and female. Is Pewee a bit early? Will post pictures in albums. Could not relocate Calliope Hummingbird seen yesterday.
    Joyce Waterman
    Santa Monica
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  11. Yellow-billed Magpie in San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I'm forwarding information from Bob Shanman, who was sent photos of a Yellow-billed Magpie in the far western part of San Pedro, near Whites Point. The bird was seen yesterday afternoon (17 April) in the 2100 block of W. 37th Street, and late in the day
    was seen flying east toward the Whites Point area.
    This is almost certainly an escapee -- the species' range reached the L. A./Ventura County border in what is now the Thousand Oaks/Agoura area well over 100 years ago but has retracted greatly in range and numbers in the southern part of its distribution.
    Magpies seem especially prone to (illegal) capture and transport and seem to be popular as (illegal) pets.
    I think Yellow-billeds have been reported in this general area in the past -- there are certainly at least a few recent sightings in the coastal region of. L. A. County (but, tellingly, none in the oak savannah regions in the far western part of the county).
    And the San Pedro area seems to be the epicenter of escaped/transported magpies, with previous sightings of "black-billed" magpies that may represent Black-billed Magpie, Eurasian Magpie, or both. Who knows what will happen when/if this Yellow-billed encounters
    the "black-billed" (probable Eurasian) magpie that has been in the Pt. Fermin area recently.
    In any case, I'm passing along the word at Bob Shanman's request.
    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
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  13. Warblers and more, Ballona wetlands LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Friday 4/18, 8:00am, Ballona Wetlands ecological reserve.Northern Harrier is present, one Red-tailed hawk, no sign of the Harlan's yet.Wilson's, Orange-crowned, and Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warblers seen at the Laural Sumac and Bottle Brush tree located between the marina and Lincoln on the north side of the bike path.Four Canadian geese were grazing in the middle of the field for a while.Best, Rick Pine
    Los Angeles, Ballona wetlands
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  15. No varied bunting, but other birds LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This morning from 9-11:30 am, I looked for the varied bunting near the Encanto bridge in Duarte - no luck (three other birders in the area also couldn't find him). However, I did see a black-headed grosbeak, a California thrasher, a turkey vulture flying overhead, a blue heron, an active lesser goldfinch, two California quails, two song sparrows, a spotted towhee and a cute desert cottontail.
    Chris Dean, Los Angeles
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  17. Calliope and Black-chinned Hummingbird at Woodlawn Cemetary LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Birders ~ at approximately 3:30 today (4/17) I observed a male CALLIOPE in a small pine tree in a section of the Cemetary that is north of the Mauseleum bldg. Other small pine trees and a very large Euc are in this section as well. First noticed a pair of hummingbirds flitting about and one landed in the pine and looking through my bins I did not expect to see the streaky magenta-red rays on the white throat! He was small, perched on an inner branch. I observed him fly off before I could snap a picture. He came back to that same tree about 5 minutes later, but again, he flew off and I could not locate him again after looking for some time. In one of two Bottlebrush trees in Woodlawn, I did see a male BLACK-CHINNED and did get good shots of him. Also, a large flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS are here now as well as WESTERN KINGBIRDS.
    Joyce Waterman
    Santa Monica
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  19. A Dovely Day (7 species) Birding LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I started the day with mourning doves and 2 band tailed pigeons in front of my yard and then decided to go look for the inca and ground dove.
    Parking near Maia Avenue and 92nd Street (Washington Park) I immediately saw a spotted dove and rock pigeons that were scared up by a passing train. Then I met a local resident and photographer (Patricio) who has been watching the inca doves daily since they were first discovered. He has a video of 8 different birds at one time and directed me to 2 active nests. The first nest (in the Cedar just south of the swimming pool) successfully raised 2 young. They restored the nest and are now sitting on a second clutch. The second nest is in a Eucalyptus just south of the fenced off maintenance area south of the first nest. Both nests were occupied while another pair flew to a mudhole on the lawn. Patricio reports seeing and hearing other INDOs in neighborhoods south and west of the park.
    Finally I went to the SG River at Trabuco St. and immediately found a common ground dove and pair of Eurasian collared doves.
    A perfect day.
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  21. Los Angeles RBA- 17 April 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
     - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    * April 17, 2014
    * CALA1404.17
    -Birds mentioned
    ?Harlan?s? Red-tailed Hawk
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Brown Creeper
    Palm Warbler
    White-throated Sparrow
    Summer Tanager
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for April 17.
    The light morph ?HARLAN?S? RED-TAILED HAWK in the Ballona area continued to be reported through April 14. Look for it from Ballona Creek near Lincoln Blvd. It has been more difficult to find recently but often perches on the tops of lower bushes in the area.
    At Ralph Dills Park in Paramount, the DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was reported through April 15. A reliable spot in the park has been near the end of San Vicente St., so this should be a good place to start searching for it.
    A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was reported near the confluence of the San Gabriel River and San Jose Creek on April 11.
    A BROWN CREEPER was at Gonzales Park in Compton on April 16.
    The wintering PALM WARBLER at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh continued through April 13. It is being seen along the dirt path that parallels Lincoln, usually within the first 200 yards south of Jefferson.
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues in the Whittier Narrows area near the west end of Rush Street (west of Rosemead Blvd.). It was last seen on April 13 near the south end of the soccer field that is southwest of the intersection of Loma and Rush Street.
    The female SUMMER TANAGER continues at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights. It was last seen on April 14 in sycamores near the north restroom building.
    The male VARIED BUNTING continues along the San Gabriel River. It was seen through April 16, but often requires a good deal of patience. From Encanto Park in Duarte, walk south and cross Encanto Parkway. Look look for this bird from the west half of the foot and bike bridge that crosses the river. It has most often been on the south side (but occasionally on the north side) of the bridge between the west side embankment to the river channel itself.
    This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    - end transcript
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
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  23. Downey Woodpecker in PV Estates LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I have never heard or seen one in this neighborhood in 20 years. I haven't looked much, but I know I would have heard it :-)One is active on the telephone poles and trees in the back yards of Via Solano and Via Cardelina, 3900 Block i.e. it is in private property and not visible from the street, but I assume it is elsewhere in the neighborhood, as well.April 16 and this morning the 17th. It may also have been active earlier in April but I was not aware of it.I note that the drumming noise of the woodpecker working the a telephone pole is lower pitched than the same pecking on a nearby tree. That fact helped me locate him behind my yard.Joel CosterPalos Verdes Estates
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  25. RE: [LACoBirds] Birding at Malibu Creek State Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    You surely meant Nuttall's Woodpecker rather than "Ladder-backed Woodpecker" on your list (the latter being a desert species unrecorded in the Santa Monica Mountains). Any claims of Ladder-backed Woodpecker on the coastal slope need airtight documentation. We've spent a lot of time trying to clean numerous coastal reports of this species in the eBird database. And the more incorrect reports that are publicized, the more the perpetrators of such reports think there is precedent for their claims!
    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
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  27. Northern Harrier and more, Ballona Wetlands LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Thursday 4/17, 7:30am
    At least one Northern Harrier continues at the Ballona Wetlands ecological reserve. Seen on both sides of the creek between the marina and Lincoln. No sign of the Harlan's this morning, nor was it present yesterday in the evening.In a previous post I said "a Harrier continues" but only seeing one at a time doesn't mean there's only one here.A Belted Kingfisher has been showing up on the south side of the creek in the evenings.Rick PineLos Angeles, Ballona Wetlands
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  29. Birding at Malibu Creek State Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi everyone,
    We are camping at Malibu Creek State Park. so far we observed the following notable birds:
    Lazuli Bunting
    Blue Grosbeak
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    Western Tanager
    Nanday Parakeet
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Ladder-back Woodpecker
    California Quail
    Manuel Duran
    Lomita, CA
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  31. Hawk ID Help LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Yesterday a hawk swooped through the yard and perched on the thick cables on the telephone pole at the end of our driveway. Just from watching it fly through I knew it wasn't the ubiquitous Cooper's or the Sharp-shinned. There were no fancy maneuvers and no white underwing showed. Also, in 30+ years here, I've never seen a hawk swoop through and then perch on the cable lines. I walked out to look and the first thing that stood out was that the bird's throat, chest and abdomen was just gray. No stripes, no bars, no other colors. I had a perfect look at it. I was at most 30 feet away, it was facing west and right at me and it was 5:30pm. It was bigger than a Cooper's. The only markings it had was a whitish stripe above its eyes which gave it a dark cap. I didn't get to study every detail and was so absorbed in its overall "grayness" that I don't remember even looking at its tail. It's the hawk you'd create if you didn't want to spend money on colors or design. As I raised my camera, it flew past me on the right and slightly above me and I still didn't see any coloration but shades of gray and a dark cap on its head. I've never seen this hawk before and may never see it again. I ID'd it as a Northern Goshawk - which isn't supposed to be here. So I'm just presenting the description and asking for help identifying this bird.
    Ellen Zunino
    Monrovia CA
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  33. probable Verdin at Hahamongna Watershed LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This morning 7:15 AM 16 April I saw a probable Verdin at Hahamongna, at 34.194985,-118.171096. I realize this is a rare sighting, so here's what I saw. A pair of warbler-sized birds foraging together in a bush in the middle of the wash, off trail. It was active, warbler-like foraging among the branches, similar to the Yellow-Rumps' behavior. They flew off together, but before they did, on the one bird I noted: all yellow head with narrow dark eye stripe forward from the eye, not behind it; clean all-white chest and belly; small warbler overall size; and small warbler-like bill. Several of these markings eliminate the closest similar bird (female Oriole). I have seen Verdins before, but never this far west (Pasadena).I say "probable", only because A) it was a brief sighting and B) according to eBird it's unusual here.
    I returned to bird there again this evening, and actually found a female Bullock's there. It was obviously larger with different facial markings and longer bill than the Verdin from this morning.
    Steve Johnson
    Fairfax, Virginia (visiting here this week)
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  35. Brown Creeper in Compton; some other recent notes LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Wed 16 Apr
    Checking this morning at Gonzales Park for the wintering Hepatic Tanager (it apparently has gone) I came upon a Brown Creeper spiraling up the trees near the playground. It eventually moved all around the park, including into the little yard west of the recreation building.
    A visit earlier this morning to Dominguez Seminary/Museum in Rancho Dominguez did not produce the wintering White-throated Sparrow or Summer Tanager, both of which might be gone.
    Yesterday (Tuesday) the Dusky-capped Flycatcher continued at Ralph Dills Park in Paramount, approx 0900 working from trees between the San Mateo and San Vincente entrances. I'm including two more photos of this bird...with Ash-throateds moving through now, it's important to take a close look to avoid mis-IDs.
    On Monday a wintering female Summer Tanager was still at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights, favoring sycamores near the north restroom building.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  37. DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Malibu Lagoon this morning had a different mix of gulls & terns.
    Approximately 700 Elegant Terns were noisily, flying around and resting
    on 3 separate islands in the lagoon, those lands were close to the
    beach. Interspersed were about 35-40 each of Royal and Caspian Terns-
    all in full breeding plumage.
    My thoughts were that these Elegant Terns may attempt to breed on those
    isolated lands in the lagoon this year, as these lands hold little
    access by humans without difficulty. Many were doing courtship necking
    & dancing, while a couple were actually copulating. We should all keep
    an eye out for breeding there. To my knowledge, there has never been
    any breeding Elegant Terns at this lagoon.
    Gulls were down in number. Tha majority were the expected Westerns, but
    there were several California, two each of Herring and Glaucous-winged
    and a dozen or so Herrmann's. No Ring-billed wre noted. About 30
    Bonaparte';s were in the lagoon mixed with the terns and along the
    beach near the water snatching insects from the air.
    Shorebirds were limited to the big three (Willet, Whimbrel & Marbled
    Godwit) with just 4 Western Sandpipers.
    Most of the winter ducks have left with only 2 American Widgeon and one
    female Red-breasted Merganser noted.
    Both Double-crested & Brandt Cormorants were moving in small flocks
    north offshore, but no Loons or Scoters were seen.
    That's my story for today.
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  39. Varied Bunting LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Cheers to a new bird. The VARIED BUNTING continues in the
    San Gabriel River slightly south of the Encanto Bridge in Azusa, CA as of
    4/15/2014, 6:35pm.
    With Kimball?s instructions on where he had seen the Varied Bunting
    on April 13, 2014 I scoured the area. Luckily I ran into a teacher and her
    husband. They had been saving the tadpoles in the remaining water patches. She
    informed me that she had seen some birders earlier looking for a bird in the
    exact same area I was in. I worry sometimes when I respond to reports that I am
    in the right area or not. The search proceeded.
    Finally, after about an hour, I decided to stop and eat a
    sandwich. I chose a flat rock to sit. As I was finishing, from right behind me
    and slightly above was the chip sound of the Varied Bunting that I had been
    drilling in my head for a couple of days. Again, CHIP! Three times it called
    till finally, perched on top of a dried-up branch was the VARIED BUNTING.
    It was much smaller than I anticipated. The head was bulky
    like an Orange Bishop, but, there was no mistaking that beak with its upper
    mandible slightly thinner than the bottom. The dead giveaway for me was its red
    nape that was quite blended in with the blue on its face more than I expected.
    I attempted to move around so as not to be in line with the
    sun. I needed a photo. Slowly stepping to the west? Oh no! It dropped down into
    the shrubs. I looked at the time: 6:20pm. I thought there must be some way
    around this ?impenetrable? mule fat.
    I walked back towards from whence I entered so as to get to
    higher ground. As I walked, there appeared to be a narrow trail opening to the
    left. I entered and walked through the vegetation, back towards where the Varied
    Bunting was perched. I really needed a photo. AGAIN! I hear the CHIP sound.
    Somewhere, right in front of me, about 10-15 ft., again, CHIP! Then? silence. No
    movement. No sound. It vanished. I looked at the time: 6:35pm. I waited, almost
    motionless, for about 15 minutes. Satisfied with my efforts and happy to get a
    new bird I decided to head home.
    Thank you and CHEER, Mr. Garrett, for your directions. Google
    Map (34.141447, -117.937392)
    David M. Bush
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  41. Ballona wetlands, Black Skimmer, Harlan's hawk LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello,Sorry for yesterday's misspelling, it's not Harlin it's Harlan. It was not present last night or this morning.There is however a Black Skimmer on Ballona Creek near the patch of grass a few yards west of the 90 freeway overpass. It's hanging with a group of Terns.There is still one Northern Harrier in the area. I ladt saw it in Area A, which is between Lincoln Blvd and the marina, north side of the bike path.Best, RickRick Pine
    Los Angeles, Ballona Wetlands
    Text at: 310-902-8993
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  43. Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: John Fitch, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    All are invited to the April general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon Society.- presentation title: Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge- presenter: John Fitch- location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
    - date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014- social time: 7:00 PM - meeting and program: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
    The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is part of the extensive San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is located within the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. The Refuge's tidal salt marsh, 965 acres, serves as a sanctuary for resident wildlife, as well as providing a critical migration stopover and wintering habitat for thousands of birds that migrate up and down the Pacific flyway each year. Join us as John Fitch, bird specialist with Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, presents a program focusing on the formation of the refuge, the creatures that live there and what the Friends do to improve the habitat.
    Darren Dowell
    for Pasadena Audubon
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  45. Mountain Quail LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This morning, Apr 15, I went up the East Fork of the San Gabriel Rver (Angeles National Forest) to check out butterflies and flowers. I took Shoemaker Road (NF 2N11) to the trailhead and walked in. There is some road work being done just past the locked gate but one is able to walk through. About 200 yards past the road work is a small cascade on the left (west) side with water dribbling down. I heard some Mountain Quail calling above the cascade and heard beating wings. Then about 100 yards farther, I saw several quail scurrying up the hill on the left side. I also heard their calls at various points along the trail.
    It looks like they are hanging out near the water source. I got there about 9:30 AM. I imagine there would be more activity earlier in the morning as they like to go for a drink before heading for cover. Some usual chaparrel suspects were there as well.
    Regards, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA
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  47. Re: [LACoBirds] moon watch LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello Morgan,
    As a long time Echo Park Lake birder, I am delighted to hear about the black crowned night herons.  Before the refurbishing of the lake, they were regulars, usually hanging out in the trees north of what is now the north viewing area, also a magnificent tree on the west side of the lake (Glendale/and street name I can't recall, but near the west viewing area.  I am glad to hear they are back because I haven't seen any for several months.
    Judy Raskin
    Echo Park
    From: morgan edel To: Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:05 AM Subject: [LACoBirds] moon watch
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  49. Blue Grosbeak arrival LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    A male Blue Grosbeak at Hansen Dam this morning (15 April) was my first for the season; it was just north of the main lake, at the sw. corner of the athletic fields and the mulefat patch sw. of the batting cages. An earlier bird was found
    by Jon Feenstra on the San Gabriel River on 11 April, and there are several others reported in eBird 10-11 April in other southern California counties. This species arrives pretty punctually around the middle of April. Just for comparison, arrival dates
    for Hansen Dam the past 10 years are:
    2013: 18 April
    2012: 21 April
    2011: 17 April
    2010: 15 April
    2009: 25 April
    2008: 19 April
    2007: 21 April
    2006: 25 April
    2005: 24 April
    2004: 18 April
    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
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