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· OT: PAS Dragonfly Walk Sunland/Tujanga Report (TODAY)
· 41St Annual WFO FORTUNA CONFERENCE 28 Sept-2 Oct. (TODAY)
· Lake Balboa (TODAY)
· Eastern Kingbirds, Ballona FW Marsh (Jul 24, 2016)
· Ballona today (Jul 24, 2016)
  1. OT: PAS Dragonfly Walk Sunland/Tujanga Report LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 5:19pm
    Hi All,
    
    Following up on our May meeting, PAS had a great inaugural dragonfly walk lead by Kimball Garrett and David Bell on Sunday July 17th. I have a little report with some photos and a trip species list up on my blog:? https://underclearskies. com/2016/07/25/pasadena- audubon-society-ode-walk/
    
    I know a couple of non-PAS members came so wanted to share details here too.
    
    We even managed to get a couple of nice birds on the trip too including excellent views of a soaring Golden Eagle being harasse d by a Red-tailed Hawk.
    
    Luke Tiller, Altadena
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  3. 41St Annual WFO FORTUNA CONFERENCE 28 Sept-2 Oct. LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 2:26pm
    Birders:
    
    Registration is open for Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conference,? 28 Sept - 2 Octin Fortuna, Humboldt County CA. We’ll meet at the beautiful River Lodge Conference Center along the Eel River; four motels and an RV park are just a short walk away.
    
    There’ll be full-day field trips on Thursday and Sunday, and half-day field trips and workshops on Friday and Saturday mornings. Our always enlightening Science Sessions will fill the early afternoons, followed by Nathan Pieplow’s popular bird sound identification team challenge (Friday) and Ed Harper’s illuminating expert panel bird photo identification session (Saturday). WFO’s no-cost reception and cash bar will close out? Friday eveningwhile our annual meeting, banquet and keynote address, and a silent auction (benefits our youth scholarship program) will conclude Saturday’s program.
    
    Openings are currently available in workshops to be led by Steve Shunk (western woodpeckers), Peter Pyle (molt), Nathan Pieplow (identifying birds by their sounds), Phil Unitt (specimen preparation), Kimball Garrett (non-native bird ID), and Christine Elder (field sketching). Two dozen different field trips will be presented, each at least twice; many are full or nearly so, but several fascinating trips still have openings. The Science Session agenda is filled with interesting presentations, but there’ll be plenty of room in the audience for you there, and for the ID panels.
    
    To learn more, and to register, visit < http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php >?
    
    See you in Fortuna!
    Dave Quady,?
    WFO PRESIDENT?
    Berkeley, California
    davequady@...
    
    Frances Oliver
    WFO BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
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  5. Lake Balboa LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 1:38pm
    This morning at Lake Balboa in Encino there were the continuing Glaucous-winged Gull and female Red-breasted Merganser, both along the east shore of the Lake.
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  7. Eastern Kingbirds, Ballona FW Marsh LINK
    DATE: Jul 24, 2016 @ 3:37pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    Dean Schaff sent me photos of an Eastern Kingbird from this morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh. They were down toward the southern end but along the main/outer/public footpath, maybe 2/3-3/4 down, and they flew in toward the center of the fw marsh, so may still be there. He had two birds fly in and land a ways from him, and was able to photograph one before it took off. Both appeared identical.
    
    "BFM" is at Lincoln and Jefferson in Playa del Rey. Parking is along the south side of Jefferson.
    
    (For those on ebird, Dean goofed and entered them as "Eastern Phoebe" - I'm going to try to post to ebird myself, w/ his photos and description)
    
    Dan Cooper ( Moderator)
    Ventura Co.
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  9. Ballona today LINK
    DATE: Jul 24, 2016 @ 1:46pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Myself and others birded the beach, south jetty and up the creek to the salt pan at Ballona in Playa Del Rey this morning.. First of the season (FOS) species were: Red-throated Loon in breeding plumage- close off the tip of south jetty
    Two Sanderlings in breeding plumage- along the beach shore
    Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage- from south jetty looking at middle jetty
    
    There were Willet, Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Dowitcher (Sp?), Western & Least Sandpiper, over 100 Black-bellied Plover, 3 Black Oystercatchers (one was juvenile) but very few gulls, terns and cormorants.?
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman?
    Studio City
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  11. Semipalm Sandpiper Saturday Rio Hondo LINK
    DATE: Jul 23, 2016 @ 10:21am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi
    I am on the east "shore" of the Rio Hondo (eBird location/hotspot is Rush Street ), and Rick Fisher just found the continuing Semipalmated Sandpiper. There is a flock of Least and Western Sandpipers here,halfway between the beginning of the concrete
    channel and the bend in the river. We are directly across from the north end of the golf course.
    It is HOT. Bring water.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,?#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com?
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home?
    
    "Beer is the universal smell donor."- Luke Groskin/Science Friday?
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  13. Los Angeles RBA- 22 July 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 22, 2016 @ 1:53pm, 3 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * July 22, 2016 * CALA1607.22  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Surf Scoter
    American Bittern
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Ruff
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Willow Flycatcher
    Indigo Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): 
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
     
     
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:   http://ebird.org/content/ebird
     
     
    Hotline:  Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to:  Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:  Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
     
     
    -Transcript
     
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for July 22.
     
    Up to a half dozen SURF SCOTERS were along Ballona Creek from the 405 Freeway crossing to below Centinela Ave. between July 16-20.
     
    An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (at Little Piute near the Ave. C portable restroom) on July 21.
     
    The adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh.  It is most often seen from along the path south of the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln and was reported there through July 19.
     
    A RUFF was on Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from July 20-21.  A letter of permission is required for entry.
     
    A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was along the lower LA River just above the Willow Street crossing in Long Beach from July 17-21.
     
    A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was found at Hansen Dam on July 18.  It was in the pepper trees along the south edge of the ball field.   
    
     
    At Malibu Creek State Park, the male INDIGO BUNTING continued through July 18.  It is being seen near the grassland trail near where it departs the main pathway to the Visitor’s Center.
     
     
    - 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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  15. [LACoBirds] Ruff briefly seen Thursday LINK
    DATE: Jul 21, 2016 @ 9:15am, 4 day(s) ago
    Ruff was refound by Darren Dowel this morning at 8:45 AM?but just seen
    for about a minute.? Seen from the gazebo/observation platform at Piute
    Ponds.? Letter of permission needed for access.
    ?
    Reported by John Birsner.
    ?
    Pamela Stones
    Quartz Hill
    Messenger
    ?
    In a message dated 7/20/2016 4:13:11 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
    LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com writes:
    ? The Ruff found by Kerry Ross this morning is still in Duckbill, a
    bit south-easterly of the middle on a spit with Avocets. Amy Williamson
    Duarte
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  17. Re: Ruff still here LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2016 @ 4:16pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Oops I forgot to say  at Piute Ponds, permit letter required. Amy Williamson
    
    Duarte On Jul 20, 2016 4:13 PM, "Amy Williamson" < amywillbird@... > wrote:
    The Ruff found by Kerry Ross this morning is still in Duckbill, a bit south-easterly of the middle on a spit with Avocets. Amy Williamson
    
    Duarte
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  19. Ruff still here LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2016 @ 4:13pm, 5 day(s) ago
    The Ruff found by Kerry Ross this morning is still in Duckbill, a bit south-easterly of the middle on a spit with Avocets. Amy Williamson
    
    Duarte
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  21. RUFF Piute Ponds LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2016 @ 7:24am, 6 day(s) ago
    There is a RUFF at Piute Ponds. It's southe of Duck Bill Pond just past the dead snag beside the road. Roosting with dows and BNST. Keers (as the MAMU says) Kerry Ross
    
    San Diego
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  23. SESA continues at LAR Willow LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2016 @ 12:43pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Mon 18 July
    
    Early this morning the Semipalmated Sandpiper found yesterday by David Bell was still at the L.A.River north of the Willow St bridge. It was again north of the first concrete water diverter/barrier, but stayed on the far (west) side of the riverbed while I was present (my photos are not very clear).
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/27779254943
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/28112428550
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/28316336251
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/28290748092
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  25. Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting Tuesday 7/19 LINK
    DATE: Jul 17, 2016 @ 9:33pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    
    Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 19, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for "The Mallards of Madrona – A Focus on Family: From Setting Territory to First Flight" presented by Jun Saito and Tracy Drake.
    
    Jun Saito and Tracy Drake will present a talk about the Mallard families of Madrona from 2014 to 2016. Jun has spent several years tracking each family from discovery day - the day we first notice the family off nest, to flight day, when the young leave Madrona in the summer.
    
    In the process of this study, Jun and Tracy have learned about how difficult it is for a duckling to reach juvenile time as well as how each mother is very different in mood, temperament, awareness, and devotion to their young. Like human moms, there are some good ones and some bad ones. To be fair, there are also good and bad dads! During the program, Jun and Tracy will present data, tell stories, share photos and videos and as a bonus, discuss other bird and mammal families that were observed during the study.
    
    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: www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com
    
    David Quadhamer
    San Pedro
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  27. LA River @ Willow St - Semipalmated Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Jul 17, 2016 @ 4:13pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    David Bell and I had a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Willow Street this morning. David spotted it with a few peeps just past the first barrier north of the bridge. I stuck a record shot up on my blog:?https://underclearskies.com/2016/07/17/peeps/ I think we safely ruled out anything more exciting.
    
    Luke Tiller, Altadena
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  29. Los Angeles RBA- 15 July 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2016 @ 1:23pm, 10 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * July 15, 2016 * CALA1607.15  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Brant
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Sora
    Spotted Dove
    Inca Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): 
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
     
     
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:   http://ebird.org/content/ebird
     
     
    Hotline:  Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to:  Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:  Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
     
     
    -Transcript
     
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for July 15.
     
    A BRANT was at the Lancaster Water Treatment Plant from July 9-11. 
    Birders are welcome between 7:00AM and 3:00PM.  Be sure to check in at the new office location and let staff know that you are birding.  From the facility entrance on the north side of Ave. D just east of
    the 14 Freeway, go north to the second intersection and office parking area.  The office itself is at the northeast corner of the building.
     
    The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley continued through July 9.
     
    The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh.  It is most often seen at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh from along the path south of the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln and was seen
    here through July 9.
     
    A SORA has been at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from July 6-12.  It was last reported north of the east end of Big Piute.
     
    Four INCA DOVES and a SPOTTED DOVE were at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles on July 12.  Another SPOTTED DOVE was at Huntington Park Municipal Park on July 13.
     
    A CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen from Flat Rock Point on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on July 8.
     
    At least three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continue at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora.  They were reported through July 10.
     
    A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was on San Clemente Island on July 9.
     
    At Malibu Creek State Park, the male INDIGO BUNTING continued through July 9.  It is being seen near the grassland trail near where it departs the main pathway to the Visitor’s Center.
     
     
    - 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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  31. Re: Glendale Narrows River Walk ID Help - stilt sandpipers in alternate plumage? LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2016 @ 7:12pm, 11 day(s) ago
    I reinvestigated in better light yesterday and they turned out to be lesser yellowlegs. There were three additional individuals, and extent of barring amongst the group varied. Two had quite a bite more than the others;  I suspect these were the birds I saw. Legs were more obviously yellow too. 
    
    Apologies for the delay and any confusion.
    
    Cuyler Stapleman
    Los Angeles
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  33. Glendale Narrows River Walk ID Help - stilt sandpipers in alternate plumage? LINK
    DATE: Jul 12, 2016 @ 3:55pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    I birded LA River along the Glendale Narrows River Walk this afternoon
    
    (7/12) between 12 and 130 pm. I'm admittedly not great with bird
    
    topography, so please forgive any errors.
    
    Just east of where the vegetation in the river ends, I found two shorebirds
    
    foraging among the 50 or so black-necked stilts resting on the opposite
    
    bank of the river (freeway side). I kept trying to convince myself they
    
    were yellowlegs or dowitchers, but neither of those species really felt
    
    quite right. When I got home and consulted Sibley, the only thing that
    
    really made sense, although apparently a strange date and location for
    
    them, was stilt sandpiper. Sibley actually describes them as a combination
    
    of yellowlegs and dowitchers in habit and shape. eBird has quite a few
    
    sighting along the lower LA River mainly in August-September, and just a
    
    few sightings from July. I haven't had any experience with stilt
    
    sandpipers, so I'm not sure of that ID, but it doesn't seem totally out of
    
    the question to me.
    
    Shorter and smaller than the stilts, I estimate they were approximately the
    
    size of a lesser yellowlegs or smaller. I have some not-so-great photos
    
    from my iPhone/binoculars that show their size in relation to killdeer.
    
    Bodies of the mystery birds were perhaps a little shorter and slender in
    
    relation to the killdeer. From my perspective, the mystery birds were
    
    mostly a dark grayish on the back, with a dark central area
    
    (scapular/subscapular and lesser coverts) that had a blotchy appearance,
    
    rather than a solid color. The scapulars and lesser coverts contrasted with
    
    the tertials and greater (and median?) coverts, which were more of a
    
    gray-brown. Their undersides were white, or very light in appearance, with
    
    dark barring throughout. I first thought the birds were wandering tattlers
    
    based on the extent of the barring, but the barring was finer than a
    
    tattler. There was more extensive barring than a yellowlegs, and the
    
    barring appeared to be more continuous across the underside as well. There
    
    wasn't a single hint of rufous on the underside of the mystery birds; the
    
    barring was darker than nonbreeding dowitcher as well. Relative to its
    
    head, the bill was larger than a lesser yellowlegs but smaller than a
    
    dowitcher; the bill was about 1.5x the length of its head. As a result, the
    
    birds appeared to be leaning over to forage quite a bit more than a
    
    dowitcher would. The bill appeared to be straight in the field, not
    
    upturned. Upon zooming into the photos digitally, a profile shot gives a
    
    hint of a slight downward drooping appearance. The bill was a solid dark
    
    color. When the bird stretched its wing, I saw the hint of a whitish upper
    
    tail and/or rump.
    
    The birds were backlit in the afternoon sun, so some of the finer details
    
    of colors (perhaps the diagnostic ones) weren't easily discernible. The
    
    neck and back of the head appeared to be a dull grayish color (similar to a
    
    stilt sandpiper in basic plumage). I didn't see make out any rufous on the
    
    head, but I did see a relatively bold, light supercilium. In the backlit
    
    sun, the legs appeared to vary from a rich reddish orange to a dull yellow
    
    greenish color, but this was just a result of the light conditions; I am
    
    considering myself to have no information on leg color for this reason.
    
    Summary:
    
    Approximately the size of a lesser yellowlegs, but apparent plumage does
    
    not fit (light supercilium, extensive barring, etc.)
    
    Barring most similar to a greater yellowlegs, but size in relation to
    
    adjacent killdeer and black-necked stilts, as well as back and head
    
    plumage, does not fit
    
    Back and head plumage, as well as size, could work for dowitcher sp., but
    
    relative bill length, barring, and foraging posture does not fit
    
    I attached the two best photos I have. They are already quite zoomed in, so
    
    they are better for shape and structure than they are for plumage or color
    
    details.
    
    Thanks in advance,
    
    Cuyler
    
    Los Angeles
    
    [image: Inline image 1][image: Inline image 2]
    
    
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  35. Fwd: Glendale Narrows River Walk ID Help - stilt sandpipers in alternate plumage? LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 10:37am, 12 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    I tried to get this email out yesterday, but I'm guessing the attachments (photos) I added prevented that from actually happening. I'll try embedding HTML from Flickr next time.
    
    Cuyler 
    Los Angeles
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Cuyler Stapelmann < cuylerstapelmann@... >
    Date: Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM
    Subject: Glendale Narrows River Walk ID Help - stilt sandpipers in alternate plumage?
    To: LaCobirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Hi all,
    
    I birded LA River along the Glendale Narrows River Walk this afternoon (7/12) between 12 and 130 pm. I'm admittedly not great with bird topography, so please forgive any errors.
    
    Just east of where the vegetation in the river ends, I found two shorebirds foraging among the 50 or so black-necked stilts resting on the opposite bank of the river (freeway side). I kept trying to convince myself they were yellowlegs or dowitchers, but neither of those species really felt quite right. When I got home and consulted Sibley, the only thing that really made sense, although apparently a strange date and location for them, was stilt sandpiper. Sibley actually describes them as a combination of yellowlegs and dowitchers in habit and shape. eBird has quite a few sighting along the lower LA River mainly in August-September, and just a few sightings from July. I haven't had any experience with stilt sandpipers, so I'm not sure of that ID, but it doesn't seem totally out of the question to me. 
    
    Shorter and smaller than the stilts, I estimate they were approximately the size of a lesser yellowlegs or smaller. I have some not-so-great photos from my iPhone/binoculars that show their size in relation to killdeer. Bodies of the mystery birds were perhaps a little shorter and slender in relation to the killdeer. From my perspective, the mystery birds were mostly a dark grayish on the back, with a dark central area (scapular/subscapular and lesser coverts) that had a blotchy appearance, rather than a solid color. The scapulars and lesser coverts contrasted with the tertials and greater (and median?) coverts, which were more of a gray-brown. Their undersides were white, or very light in appearance, with dark barring throughout. I first thought the birds were wandering tattlers based on the extent of the barring, but the barring was finer than a tattler. There was more extensive barring than a yellowlegs, and the barring appeared to be more continuous across the underside as well. There wasn't a single hint of rufous on the underside of the mystery birds; the barring was darker than nonbreeding dowitcher as well. Relative to its head, the bill was larger than a lesser yellowlegs but smaller than a dowitcher; the bill was about 1.5x the length of its head. As a result, the birds appeared to be leaning over to forage quite a bit more than a dowitcher would. The bill appeared to be straight in the field, not upturned. Upon zooming into the photos digitally, a profile shot gives a hint of a slight downward drooping appearance. The bill was a solid dark color. When the bird stretched its wing, I saw the hint of a whitish upper tail and/or rump. 
    
    The birds were backlit in the afternoon sun, so some of the finer details of colors (perhaps the diagnostic ones) weren't easily discernible. The neck and back of the head appeared to be a dull grayish color (similar to a stilt sandpiper in basic plumage). I didn't see make out any rufous on the head, but I did see a relatively bold, light supercilium. In the backlit sun, the legs appeared to vary from a rich reddish orange to a dull yellow greenish color, but this was just a result of the light conditions; I am considering myself to have no information on leg color for this reason.
    
    Summary:
    Approximately the size of a lesser yellowlegs, but apparent plumage does not fit (light supercilium, extensive barring, etc.)
    Barring most similar to a greater yellowlegs, but size in relation to adjacent killdeer and black-necked stilts, as well as back and head plumage, does not fit
    Back and head plumage, as well as size, could work for dowitcher sp., but relative bill length, barring, and foraging posture does not fit
    
    I attached the two best photos I have. They are already quite zoomed in, so they are better for shape and structure than they are for plumage or color details.
    
    Thanks in advance,
    
    Cuyler 
    Los Angeles
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  37. World Shorebirds Day 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2016 @ 10:31am, 11 day(s) ago
    Dear Friends,
    The 3rd World Shorebirds Day is at the corner and many of us has already saved the dates of the popular Global Shorebird Counting Program. 2-6 September 2016 is an extended weekend for counting shorebirds on multiple locations. Please save the date for you as well. We cannot encourage enough people from here, but surely we can ask for your assistance to invite more people from your local community.
    Please find the registration page here: https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/global-shorebird-counting-2016-registration/
    Should you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact us at? shorebirdsday@...
    Best wishes, Szimi —— Gyorgy Szimuly Milton Keynes, UK World Shorebirds Day
    
    World Shorebirds Day Official Website of the World Shorebirds Day
    
    View on? worldshorebirdsday.w...
    Preview by Yahoo?
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  39. Claremont Summer Tanager LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 12:53pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Yes, fall migration has begun. This morning there was a Western Kingbird flying overhead (ridiculously rare here in my neighborhood), a Summer Tanager singing up in the eucalypti in the west by northwest portion of the park, and a Western Tanager also flying overhead. The number of hummingbirds
    in my neighborhood has tripled. I am hoping that the Summer Tanager stays long enough for photos. Tom Claremont
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  41. Balboa Lake today LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2016 @ 1:05pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Today at Lake Balboa, just north of Encino in the SF Valley, there was a 1st cycle Glaucous-winged Gull and a female Red-breasted Merganser sitting along the south rim of the Lake.
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  43. Chimney Swift sighting & a question LINK
    DATE: Jul 8, 2016 @ 12:16pm, 17 day(s) ago
    A Chimney Swift (80% sure) was seen (and briefly heard) this morning at PV coast. For detail please see my ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30600258
    
    I remember one was reported a couple of days ago at Madrona Marsh.? So look out !
    
    I also have a question. This bird looks pretty worn and in molting. Can we say it's a post-breeding adult bird supposedly on the way to the winter ground? I guess I am just confused why it's here.
    
    Jun & Bin
    Redondo Beach
    12:10 pm
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  45. Los Angeles RBA- 8 July 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jul 8, 2016 @ 10:38am, 17 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * July 7, 2016 * CALA1607.08  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Brown Booby
    American Bittern
    Reddish Egret
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Indigo Bunting
    
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form): 
    http://www.californiabirds.org/
     
     
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:   http://ebird.org/content/ebird
     
     
    Hotline:  Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to:  Jon Fisher at
    JonF60@...
    
    Coverage:  Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
     
     
    -Transcript
     
    This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for July 8.
     
    Two COMMON MERGANSERS were at Castaic Lagoon on July 2.  Another, possibly the same bird seen previously along the LA River, was at Rowena Reservoir in the Los Feliz area on July 6.
     
    A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continued at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley through July 6.
     
    A BROWN BOOBY was observed from a boat over Redondo Canyon west of the Palos Verdes Peninsula on July 2.
     
    An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (south side of Ave. C between the portable restrooms and gazebo) on July 5.
     
    A REDDISH EGRET was observed flying past Pt. Fermin on July 4.
     
    The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued in the Ballona area.  It was recently seen on July 4 at Del Rey Lagoon and also along the first channel above the locked gate upstream from the end of Pacific Ave. (southeast
    of the south side Ballona Creek berm).  On July 8 it was seen at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh from along the path south of the intersection of Jefferson and Lincoln.
     
    At least three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continue at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, being last reported there on July 7.
     
    At Malibu Creek State Park the male INDIGO BUNTING continued through July 6.  It is being seen near the grassland trail near where it departs the main pathway to the Visitor’s Center.
     
     
    - end transcript
     
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
     
     
    EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
     
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our website at
    http://www.laaudubon.org
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  47. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Jul 8, 2016 @ 10:07am, 17 day(s) ago
    Fri 8 July
    
    This morning at 7 AM an adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was visible from the public path while it perched on the chain-link fence around a water inlet located about 300 m south of the Jefferson-Lincoln intersection.  This bird has been seen before in the Ballona area and occasionally visits BFM.   Lat,Lon = 33.969260, -118.429341
    
    For the past several weeks the marsh waters have been boiling with bullfrog tadpoles breaching the surface for gulps of air and attracting many herons for leisurely, all-you-can-eat buffets.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  49. Bird Walk at South Coast Botanic Garden LINK
    DATE: Jul 7, 2016 @ 7:29pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    You are all welcome to join us at our Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society monthly bird walk at the South Coast Botanic Garden on Sunday July 10, 2016 at 8:00 am.Address: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.We will meet at the parking lot. Below is a link for this event.
    
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1560279710944416/
    
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    Manuel Duran
    Lomita, CA
    
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