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Hi Birders I read an email that passes were not required at the Visitor's Center Parking lot. However, should you bird anywhere on the Crest, I think a day pass will be sufficient. I was told by a USFS biologist that man power is low and so many people visit the forest that citations aren't always given out. Years ago, Nick and I led an LAAS group to the visitor center, we had forgotten our pass and we found a pretty little citation on our window. We wrote the number of our pass on the citation and nothing more came of it. We've seen campground hosts asking for our permit while camping at Buckhorn even last year. Perhaps the policy has changed or it's not required for the re-opening but just passing along some information. Cheers! Mary Freeman Glendale, CA
Hi Birders If you are attending and supporting the opening of the Chilao Visitor's Center this coming Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:00am, make sure you have an Adventure Pass. You can purchase one in La Canada at the Sport Chalet at Foothill and Angeles Crest Highway or the ranger booth and pull-out where the Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest Highways intersects. Though the visitor center will emphasize trees and such, be proud showing you are for the birds!! Cheers! Mary Freeman Glendale, CA
The Red Knot first identified by Jon and others continues on the salt pan south of Ballona Creek. It is very actively feeding along with a few dozen marbled godwits and some black bellied plovers. The Red Knot is a brightly colored male but I have not yet seen the female that others reported. James DeBiase Mar Vista, CA Sent from my iPhone
Hi Birders I've been having discussions with the Los Angeles River Ranger District of the re-opening of the Chilao Visitor's Center on the Angeles Crest Highway this coming Saturday, May 25th at 11am. It's about 30+ miles on the Crest from the 210 freeway. This little gem has been closed for many years due to budget cuts to electrical problems. Nick and I have searched owls around the grounds and we've experienced some great owl encounters! LA Audubon once held regular bird walks. Please support the grand opening and show how important BIRDING is at this site. For many years it was the most reliable place to find Mountain Quail at the feeders and the water drip was a great place to watch montane birds such as White-headed Woodpecker. On the hillsides, Black-chinned Sparrows can be found. The drip also offered great photo opportunities. Make a difference - please attend! Good Mountain Birding! Mary Freeman Glendale, CA
Red Knot continues on the Ballona Salt Pan 5-20-13. Jonathan Coffin Inglewood, Ca. --- In LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com, "jon"
wrote: > > There was a Red Knot also on the Ballona salt pan this early evening with the Marbled Godwits, Whimbrels and a few Black-bellied Plovers > > http://www.flickr.com/photos/stonebird/8756616724/in/photostream/ > > Jonathan Coffin > Inglewood, Ca. > > > --- In LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com, "BarbaraJ" wrote: > > > > Hi All, > > > > On today's LAAS monthly birdwalk we had two Red Knots. A > > winter plumaged bird was found in the lagoon and a breeding > > plumaged bird was among the dozens of Sanderlings feeding > > on the beach. > > > > A big thanks goes out to Irwin Woldman who led the walk in > > Bob Shanmans absence and to Louis Tucker that spotted the > > Red Knot on the beach. > > > > Barbara Johnson > > Los Angeles > > >
In wiilows at the small stream that empties into Puddingstone Reservoir, by bathtoom # 11. No Blue Grosbeaks, or other migrants. Two Forster's Terns. Breeding plumage California Gnatcatcher singing out in the open (photos), Phainopeplas, Nuttall's Woodpeckers, Cactus & Bewick's Wrens, etc. etc. etc. Thomas G. Miko Http://www.tgmiko.com Claremont 91711, LA County Mobile: 909.241.3300 Home: 909.445.1456 Other Mobile: 213.471.6001 This email was written without reading glasses. Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless
There was a Red Knot also on the Ballona salt pan this early evening with the Marbled Godwits, Whimbrels and a few Black-bellied Plovers http://www.flickr.com/photos/stonebird/8756616724/in/photostream/ Jonathan Coffin Inglewood, Ca. --- In LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com, "BarbaraJ"
wrote: > > Hi All, > > On today's LAAS monthly birdwalk we had two Red Knots. A > winter plumaged bird was found in the lagoon and a breeding > plumaged bird was among the dozens of Sanderlings feeding > on the beach. > > A big thanks goes out to Irwin Woldman who led the walk in > Bob Shanmans absence and to Louis Tucker that spotted the > Red Knot on the beach. > > Barbara Johnson > Los Angeles >
Today at 11:30?am at Del Rey Lagoon I saw what I believe were over 40 Marbled Godwits.? Below are links the pictures I took. http://www.flickr.com/photos/duran-huezo/8754446773/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/duran-huezo/8755571432/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/duran-huezo/8755569790/ Manuel Duran Lomita, CA?
Hi All, I was surprised to find an adult White-crowned Sparrow in Harbor Park today. Unfortunately, when it jumped out of a bush onto the ground I saw the reason immediately. It had an obviously broken wing dragging on the ground. It was in and out of the bush at Lat, Lon: 33.785409,-118.295549. which is on the north side of the Vermont drain 150 feet southeast of the old playground. As can be seen at the link below, they are ordinarily pretty much gone from the county by the middle of May. http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMe?src=changeDate&speciesCodes=whcspa&getLocations=c\ ounties&counties=US-CA-037&parentState=US-CA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bM\ onth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=1900&eYear=2013&continue.x=25&continue.y=5&continue=Cont\ inue Ed Griffin Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Hi All, On today's LAAS monthly birdwalk we had two Red Knots. A winter plumaged bird was found in the lagoon and a breeding plumaged bird was among the dozens of Sanderlings feeding on the beach. A big thanks goes out to Irwin Woldman who led the walk in Bob Shanmans absence and to Louis Tucker that spotted the Red Knot on the beach. Barbara Johnson Los Angeles
Been keeping an eye on Barn swallows feeding fledglings at Glendale Narrows RiverWalk Park and the Cliff swallows are building nests right on the apartments behind the horse ring. Good birding, Raul Roa Whittier, CA
A male Cowbird came to my bird feeder today. Just one. Earlier in the week a female Black-headed Grosbeak was at the feeder and bird bath in my front yard. Lisa Fimiani Mar Vista, CA
Hello Birders, Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for a Madrona Marsh Preserve Stroll led by Tracy Drake. This is an ideal opportunity to explore the Marsh at a leisurely pace and under the expert guidance of Tracy Drake, Manager and Naturalist of the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center. We will learn about the latest happenings on the Marsh and see birds, critters, bugs, and plants who all find a home there. We will meet at the Nature Center meeting room at 7:00 PM to gather for our walk. The stroll should last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. At the end of the walk, we will return to the Nature Center meeting room for refreshments and a Q&A session. For our Stroll it is recommended that everyone wear long pants, shirts with long sleeves, and have sturdy walking shoes for uneven terrain. You may wish to wear a hat, and a light jacket, and bring binoculars. There should be plenty of light well up to 8:00 PM. However, if you wish to bring a flashlight, please bring a red light as this does not create glare for anyone else. 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. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA, 90503: http://www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com/j/ Next Month?s Meeting: Martin Byhower, ?Restore it and They Will Come: Bringing Nature Back to Harbor Park?, June 18, 2013 David Quadhamer San Pedro
Rob, Egyptian Goose has not been accepted by the California Bird Records Committee as an established naturalized species within the state. That said, there are several small local breeding populations, mainly in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. There are scattered eBird entries for other counties (e.g. Yolo, Sacramento, Tehama, Alameda and San Bernardino), but in most cases the eBird reviewers in those counties have chosen to invalidate the records as pertaining to escapees. There are also small populations in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, etc. [e.g., see Birding 43(5):46-58, 2011]. State records committees are not likely to add this species unless and until populations are substantially higher than they are now, and the ABA won't add it to the checklist as a "countable" species until one or more states have added it. 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: Robinson Baker [mailto:robinsonbaker@...] Sent: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:44 PM To: Kimball Garrett Cc: DAVID; LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Egyptian Goose ? Kimball and David, Is this bird a "countable" bird for California or ABA? Sorry if this is a stupid question.... Rob Baker Glendale
Kimball and David, Is this bird a "countable" bird for California or ABA? Sorry if this is a stupid question.... Rob Baker Glendale
If anybody sees the Black Tern(s) today, or the next few days, please call my cell phone. I was close to Bonelli last night, and would have looked for them, had I known. Thomas G. Miko Http://www.tgmiko.com Claremont 91711, LA County Mobile: 909.241.3300 Home: 909.445.1456 Other Mobile: 213.471.6001 This email was written without reading glasses. Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless -----Original message----- From: Rod
To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com Sent: Fri, May 17, 2013 01:40:24 GMT+00:00 Subject: [LACoBirds] Black Terns at Bonelli Park Today 5/16 2 adult Black Terns were observed over the lake from the south shore to the boat launch area on the north shore. See a marginal picture on my eBird posting for today. Rod Higbie San Dimas
Birders, I'm passing along a report of a possible Black Vulture seen this morning (17 May) around 10:15 a.m. by Bob Shanman at George F Canyon on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Bob's views were very brief, but he had the impression of a "vulture-like" bird with white patches near the wingtips and a short tail. He saw the bird from partway up the canyon as it soared past - this is not far from the intersection of Palos Verdes Dr. N and Palos Verdes Dr. E (next to the covered reservoir) and if the bird were to be soaring in the same area it would probably be visible from that intersection. I'm just the messenger. It would be great for locals to check out this area. 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
David, Your bird is a perfectly typical Egyptian Goose (females are very similar to males, but slightly smaller). It's quite normal for the white wing coverts (that form a prominent patch in flight) to be hidden by the scapulars when the bird is at rest. 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
I took a picture of this bird while at Legg Lake and upon looking in my Sibley, it appears to be an Egyptian Goose <http://www.flickr.com/photos/meenmugzy/8747198853/in/photostream> , but, some of the markings are different, specifically the coverts. I figure it's a female or a hybrid, but, it's the first time I've seen this species so I don't have any reference. If any one can confirm an ID on this bird, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks all. Regards, David M. Bush Glendale, CA
Today 5/16 2 adult Black Terns were observed over the lake from the south shore to the boat launch area on the north shore. See a marginal picture on my eBird posting for today. Rod Higbie San Dimas
Dave and Ellen, I agree this hummer looks a bit odd, but I wouldn't call it a Broad-tailed. For one thing the size, as described, is too small (a Broad-tailed should look easily larger than an Allen's or a Costa's); it also doesn't look long-tailed enough, and the face and underpart pattern seem too bold and clean. As well, I don't see any Costa's traits in this bird. And Calliope is ruled out by the long tail, longish bill and lack of the diagnostic white area above the gape that female Calliopes show. So I'm stuck at: why isn't this 'just" an Allen's, perhaps with a bit of odd extra whitish feathering in the auricular area? Certainly many female Allen's are as green as this bird, with very limited rufous/buff. 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
Ellen, That is indeed an interesting hummingbird! I'm flagging this for the group because it appears superficially to be a possible female *****BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD*****. Several marks are consistent with this ID including the long tail with a rufous base to the outer tail feathers and an entirely green back and buffy sides (not that visible in the photos but you mentioned it in your post.) The bird isn't really a great fit for anything else except for maybe a partially luecistic and extraordinarily green Allen's Hummingbird female. The bill seems too long for Calliope Hummingbird and the tail is certainly much too long. Here's the link again to your photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22020217@N05/8744480759/ We need photos of this bird's spread tail. Dave Bell Pasadena, CA
- RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * May 16, 2013 * CALA1305.16 -Birds mentioned Snow Goose ?Aleutian? Cackling Goose Cattle Egret Baird?s Sandpiper White-winged Dove Black Swift Tennessee Warbler Palm Warbler Clay-colored Sparrow Summer Tanager Rose-breasted Grosbeak 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 May 16. An ?ALEUTIAN? CACKLING GOOSE was still present at Earvin Magic Johnson Recration Area in Willowbrook as of May 16. At that time it was northeast of the north lake. A SNOW GOOSE also remains. A CATTLE EGRET was at Topanga State Beach by the creek outfall on May 14. A BAIRD?S SANDPIPER was at the Lancaster Water Treatment/Sewer Ponds on May 13. Enter on the north side of Ave. D just east of the 14 Freeway. Remember to sign in at the office before birding. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE flew over Kanan Road south of Smoketree Ave. in Oak Park at the LA/Ventura County line on May 11. At least three BLACK SWIFTS were above Claremont Wilderness Park on May 10, one over the parking area and the others further up the trail. A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at La Mirada?s Creek Park on May 12. It was off Santa Gertrudis Ave. in the Acacia type trees near the restrooms. A PALM WARBLER was a Apollo Park in Lancaster on May 10 and 11. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at DeForest Park in Long Beach on May 12. It was on the west side of DeForest Ave. between Smith and 61st Streets. A male and female INDIGO BUNTING were at the south end of the Nature Trail the same day. A female SUMMER TANAGER, likely a continuing bird, was at Ed Vincent Park in Ingelwood on May 13. It was in the trees across the swale from the tennis courts. An adult male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at a feeder at a residence in Manhattan Beach on May 12. Several RED CROSSBILLS continued at Apollo Park through May 11. 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
Hi Ellen and all, Could this bird be slightly leucistic? Elaine MacPherson Sierra Madre In a message dated 5/16/2013 2:36:39 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, ezunino@... writes: I've had a lot of feeders (15 - 17) and a lot of hummingbirds in my yard for years and can usually i.d. what I see but I'm having trouble with this small hummer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22020217@N05/8744480759/ Her top half looks Allen's and her bottom half, Costa's. Most of her throat and all of her abdomen are white. She's light buffy under the wings. The larger-than usual white area behind her eyes is also a tad odd. She's about the same size as a male Costa's - maybe a little smaller - but doesn't exhibit any of the "happy" tail-wagging of a female Costa's when she feeds. Ellen Zunino Monrovia
I've had a lot of feeders (15 - 17) and a lot of hummingbirds in my yard for years and can usually i.d. what I see but I'm having trouble with this small hummer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22020217@N05/8744480759/ Her top half looks Allen's and her bottom half, Costa's. Most of her throat and all of her abdomen are white. She's light buffy under the wings. The larger-than usual white area behind her eyes is also a tad odd. She's about the same size as a male Costa's - maybe a little smaller - but doesn't exhibit any of the "happy" tail-wagging of a female Costa's when she feeds. Ellen Zunino Monrovia
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