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Last 5 Posts:
· Castaic Lagoon Red-necked Grebe and Am. Tree Sparrow Continue (Feb 28, 2015)
· New 10 AM start time for tomorrow's Ballona Birds by Bike tour (Feb 28, 2015)
· Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED (Feb 28, 2015)
· Rose-ringed Parakeet (Feb 27, 2015)
· Los Angeles RBA- 27 February 2015 (Feb 27, 2015)
  1. Castaic Lagoon Red-necked Grebe and Am. Tree Sparrow Continue LINK
    DATE: Feb 28, 2015 @ 2:29pm, 1 day(s) ago
    At about 8:00 am and found the Red-necked Grebe in the area in front of the aquatic center at parking lot 1. I got a fair view of the American Tree Sparrow near the other aquatic center around 11:00 am, but too brief for a photo. There was also a Greater White-fronted Goose  in parking lot 5.
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/
    
    
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  3. New 10 AM start time for tomorrow's Ballona Birds by Bike tour LINK
    DATE: Feb 28, 2015 @ 9:14pm, 1 day(s) ago
    All -
    
    In an effort to avoid the afternoon rains, we have moved the start time of tomorrow's bike ride to 10 AM at Lindberg Park in Culver City. From there we will bike down to the Playa del Rey area and back, stopping to watch birds along the way. If you want to join us, please provide contact info offline in case there are any additional changes.
    
    https://www.facebook.com/events/838104609581980
    
    Walter Lamb
    Culver City
    
    
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  5. Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED LINK
    DATE: Feb 28, 2015 @ 5:59pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    Conditions are just a little too uncomfortable out there, so Capt. Carl has decided to postpone the scheduled pelagic trip aboard the Catalina Explorer to Sunday, April 5, which is Easter Sunday. Thank you to all who signed up, we are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope that you can make the alternate date. For those who were not on this trip but who would like to join us in April, check out the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/index.htm and click on the blue "Reservations" button to sign up.
    
    Take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
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  7. Rose-ringed Parakeet LINK
    DATE: Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:26am, 2 day(s) ago
    Seen on our black-oil seed feeder. Today is second day of it.
    Ed
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  9. Los Angeles RBA- 27 February 2015 LINK
    DATE: Feb 27, 2015 @ 9:25am, 2 day(s) ago
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  11. Ballona wetlands ecological reserve, Harlan's, Harrier, and more. LINK
    DATE: Feb 27, 2015 @ 8:42am, 2 day(s) ago
    Morning report for area A, which is the field north of the bike path between the Lincoln bridge and the marina.
    
    The Harlan's hawk continues, becoming more consistent over the past couple of weeks, I see it nearly every morning now, despite constant harassment from one of the two Northern Harriers present. It should be noted that the Harriers frequently cross the creek and utilize other areas, particularly Area B.
    
    Also present, one American Kestrel, a Surf Scoter in the creek, two Loons, which I am unable to identify, and lastly, a large flock of Meadowlark.
    
    Rick Pine
    Los Angeles
    Ballona Ecological Reserve
    
    
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  13. Three Varied Thrush & American White Pelican Continue at Alondra Park LINK
    DATE: Feb 25, 2015 @ 10:28pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders: I observed three Varied Thrush today and for the past several weeks at Alondra Community Regional County Park. The thrushes are in 3 locations of the park. And there has been an American White Pelican again for the last 5 days Alondra Park. The pelican roosts and preens on the island all day but at night the pelican becomes active swimming in the pond and feeding on fish. There have been as many as 6 American White Pelican at Alondra Lake at various times during January and February. This single pelican does not interact with the larger group of pelicans when they are at the park at the same time. Robert "Roy" van de Hoek, Playa del Rey.
    
    
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  15. Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip LINK
    DATE: Feb 26, 2015 @ 6:09am, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    Rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but at this point it looks like the storm will be clearing out on Sunday. The trip has enough participants to go, so at this point it is still on. Capt. Carl will make a decision late Friday or early Saturday, based on the prevailing sea conditions and the updated forecast.
    
    I hope to see many of you aboard the Catalina Explorer, http://catalinaexplorer.com/.
    
    Take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
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  17. Fair Oaks Parrot Roost comments LINK
    DATE: Feb 26, 2015 @ 6:33pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Was up in Pas and stopped by the parrot roost this evening (Fair Oaks x W Tremont). The main reason for my email is that I was approached by a security / staff member of the Pasadena Community Health Center during my parking lot wanderings. I just wanted to remind fellow birders to be respectful of their space, and please maintain a friendly, cooperative disposition so hopefully there aren't any problems with us milling around for that golden 20 minute window.
    
    Not as much activity as there had been last month, but still at least 150 birds, mostly Red-crowneds, a couple Lilac-crowneds, picked out one Red-lored, and at least 3 pairs of Yellow-headeds - in addition to one definitive juvenile Yellow-headed getting fed by mom/dad, which had much less yellow. Another bird had suspiciously no real facial markings, but it too was associating with Yellow-headeds, so I chalk it up to probably another juv. Camera got left behind today :(
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22074444
    
    No Turquoise-fronted I could find.
    
    Best,
    --Alex Coffey
    LA / Culver City
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  19. Re: Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Feb 26, 2015 @ 8:17pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Wed 25 Feb
    
    At 6:45 AM the Worm-eating Warbler once again flew to leaf litter next to the laundry room behind unit #5396. It left after ~2 minutes, and I lost track of it. I could not find it in this spot on my previous 3 visits to VG, so I do not know how reliable this spot is now for early-morning sightings.
    
    Tree trimming seems to be finished in this area, but groundskeepers are now beautifying the grounds by raking up ugly leaf litter that attracts the WEWA, so you may need to search in new areas to locate this bird. Historically, wintering WEWA in CA have sometimes stayed into March (or even April).
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    ---In LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com, <donsterba@...> wrote :Sat 7 Feb
    
    The Village Green Worm-eating Warbler appeared a little before 7 AM in leaf litter next to the laundry room behind unit #5396 where it foraged for roughly 10 minutes before flying north several yards and disappearing into trees/shrubs - typical recent behavior.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  21. Re: [LACoBirds] American Tree Sparrow continues at Castaic Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Feb 24, 2015 @ 2:45pm, 5 day(s) ago
    All,It's not all that easy in Tree Sparrow land.  Sunday, Feb. 22, Eric and Elaine Tipton, Alex Coffey and myself searched for the bird for a considerable time after David Bell found it and came up empty.  The next day I had to suffer a phone call from Curtis asking why we couldn't find the bird, he had no problem.  Apparently the bird enjoys the willows and grass just south of the aquatic center on the downslope below the circular cement pad. (34.508248,-118.613508).  It associated with White-crowned's, Larks, and a few Chipping Sparrows.  The Parula is also close by.  As a consolation, we did enjoy seeing the Red-necked Grebe in alternate plumage on the south end of the lake.
    Brad Singer
    Lake Arrowhead
    
    On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 1:55 PM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds] <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    Birders,
     
    There have been recent eBird reports of the American Tree Sparrow at Castaic Lagoon on 20, 22 and 23 February, but none of the observers had mentioned this bird on this list serve.  Clinging to the antiquated notion that mentioning very
    rare birds on the list serve is still valid even in the day of ?eBird alerts? and Facebook, I wanted to bring this bird?s continuing presence to the attention of LACoBirds.
     
    Apparently the bird, originally found on 11 January and assumed to be a ?one-day wonder,? was with other sparrows along the fence at the CSUN aquatic center near the nw. end of Castaic Lagoon on 20 Feb (Andrew Lee), 22 Feb (David Bell),
    and 23 Feb (Amy Williamson, Curtis Marantz).  
     
    Just the messenger?.
     
    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
     
    
    -- Brad Singer
    
    
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  23. American Tree Sparrow continues at Castaic Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Feb 24, 2015 @ 1:55pm, 5 day(s) ago
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  25. Birds at the San Gabriel Spreading Grounds LINK
    DATE: Feb 21, 2015 @ 8:05pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Today I, Rich Waters and Karen Hondrick birded the San Gabriel Spreading Grounds entering at Mines Street, between Washington and Whittier Blvds.
    
    We found the Eurasian teal on the first island south of the entrance hanging out with a lot of Pin-tailed Ducks and other Green-winged Teals. We did not find the Tundra Swan in that location but we did find a White-winged Dove sitting in a tree on the second to last island.. It was with several Eurasian Collared-doves. After lunch we went searching for the swan and the Palm Warbler. We found the Tundra Swan in the pond on the north side of Whittier Blvd. It could be seen from the Whittier bridge side walk looking like a large
    dirty white object in the water. One can walk north along the west side of the pond from Whittier Blvd. The path runs between the pond and a nursery. Parking is available on the street on the north side just west of the path.
    
    Across from where we parked on Whittier Blvd. we discovered a pedestrian entrance to the south side spreading Grounds just west of the bridge; we walked across the divided but busy street.
    
    We had a great day and saw 47 species of birds.
    
    Eleanor Osgood
    Culver City
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  27. Re: Los Cerritos Wetlands/Gum Grove Park Bird Walk LINK
    DATE: Feb 20, 2015 @ 3:02pm, 9 day(s) ago
    El Dorado Audubon Bird Walk (third Saturday)
    Sat., Feb. 21, 8:00 a.m.
    
    Gum Grove Park overlooking the Los Cerritos Wetlands at the mouth of the San Gabriel River
    
    Help us document the species of this Audubon Important Bird Area
    
    From Long Beach take PCH to Mar Vista, turn left
    L on Coastline, R on Catalina, L on Avalon, Avalon dead-ends into parking lot
    
    Mary Parsell
    Long Beach, CA
    
    
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  29. Los Angeles RBA- 20 February 2015 LINK
    DATE: Feb 20, 2015 @ 3:10pm, 9 day(s) ago
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  31. Ballona Birds by Bicycle, February 28! LINK
    DATE: Feb 19, 2015 @ 3:08pm, 10 day(s) ago
    The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust will be hosting our 3rd annual Ballona Birds by Bicycle tour on Saturday, February 28th starting at Lindberg Park (11013 Ocean Drive, Culver City) at 11 AM and ending at the Pacific Avenue bridge in Playa del Rey sometime in the afternoon. Last year we had almost 20 riders and saw over 50 species of birds. The pace is moderate with frequent stops for bird viewing. All ages are welcome (with minors supervised by a parent). Water, sunscreen, and bike helmet are all highly recommended. If you don't have binoculars, please let us know so we can bring a pair for you to use.
    
    Please RSVP to landtrust@... so that we can notify you in case of any changes.
    
    Walter Lamb
    Culver City
    
    
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  33. Rufous-crowned Sparrow in Nichols Canyon LINK
    DATE: Feb 18, 2015 @ 11:01pm, 11 day(s) ago
    A really nice and quiet 62 acre trail is the Trebek Open Space
    in Nichols Canyon (West Hollywood). Yesterday, around 7:30am my birding
    compatriot spotted a Rufous-crowned Sparrow in the brush about a
    quarter mile from the base of the trail head. 
    Regards,
    
    Scott Glosserman
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  35. Bonelli Park Golden Eagles LINK
    DATE: Feb 19, 2015 @ 4:13pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Today, 2/18 two Golden Eagles were observed over the lake at Bonelli Park headed north toward the foothills.
    
    Rod & Pat Higbie
    San Dimas
    
    
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  37. Bald Eagle in Palos Verdes LINK
    DATE: Feb 18, 2015 @ 6:52pm, 11 day(s) ago
     Hello birders,
    This morning about 11 am, I looked out my window to find an adult Bald Eagle flying over Trump National Golf Course with a raven hot on his heels. Two red/orange wing tags were visible with binoculars, but not readable. He was heading north and then circled around a little closer to my house, but then continued in a northerly direction toward Portuguese Bend all the while with the raven in hot pursuit. He picked up a couple more ravens as he traveled.
    I was hoping he would come a little closer so I could claim him as a "yard bird", but he moved off rather quickly. I am assuming he was visiting from Catalina.
    
    Good birding,
    Peggy Gussman
    Rancho Palos Verdes
    
    
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  39. Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Dessi Sieburth, Protecting Our Local Birds LINK
    DATE: Feb 18, 2015 @ 6:30pm, 11 day(s) ago
    All are invited to the February general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon Society.
    
    - presentation title: Protecting Our Local Birds
    - presenter: Dessi Sieburth
    - location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
    - date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    - 7:00 - 7:30 PM: social time, conservation table, young birder table
    - 7:30 - 9:00 PM: featured presentation, followed by general meeting
    
    The ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest is an annual competition for birders aged 10 to 18 who like to draw or take photos of birds, write about them, or get involved in bird conservation. Dessi, 7th grader and PAS member, will present the projects he carried out during the contest. Many local birds are declining because of habitat loss, cats, window crashes, lead waste, and rat poison. Dessi decided he can make a difference! He did a Big Photo Day fundraiser, brought bird conservation to his school, monitored Bluebird nest boxes, led field trips for young birders, and wrote several articles on bird conservation covering topics such as the threats that California Condors face. The audience also will learn about the behaviors and field marks of local birds Dessi documented in his field notes and sketched during the contest.
    
    Darren Dowell
    for Pasadena Audubon Society
    
    
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  41. Varied Thrushes LINK
    DATE: Feb 18, 2015 @ 4:24pm, 11 day(s) ago
    There are a dozen Varied Thrushes working the shaded areas of grass at El Dorado Park, about midway along snake road. They could be on either side of the road, but all 12 seem to be staying together, and they are joined daily by 2 Hermit Thrushes. I've bee forgetting to post my sightings as I've been witnessing their feeding in the area for about a week now. They were there today though, around noon, on the right side of the snake road working the shaded areas under the trees, about 100 feet past where snake road turns away from the sail boat racing lake. Good Luck
    
    Bob Repp
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  43. Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2015 @ 1:33pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    There is some exciting news on the pelagic birding front in Los Angeles County. The Catalina Explorer, a 65-foot dive boat out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, is ready to run a number of birding trips. Some of you might know the boat under its former name, the Magician, and many of you probably remember Capt. Carl Mayhugh from the Christopher out of Long Beach, he has taken many of us to see boobies on the local buoys. Carl has just bought the Catalina Explorer and he expects to have a full schedule of pelagic birding trips once he takes care of the prior commitments.
    
    One exploratory trip will be on Sunday, March 1. It is an eight hour trip, and the proposed itinerary will take us out through deeper waters in the channel to the oil rigs with its contingent of roosting Brown Boobies, and then northwest along the escarpment off the Palos Verdes Peninsula towards the Redondo Canyon. The cost is $110 per person and includes a full breakfast and hot lunch from the boat's awesome galley, plus all the soda you can drink. Leaders for the trip will be announced soon.
    
    This is short notice, but it would be really great if we could make this trip go. It could be the return of regular pelagic birding trips to our area. The spots we are going to visit always have a good variety of species, and with the exceptionally warm water we have been having, some big surprises are possible.
    
    Check out the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/index.htm and click on the blue "Reservations" button to sign up.
    
    See you aboard!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
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  45. Re: [LACoBirds] Pelagic Updates LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:49pm, 12 day(s) ago
    I forgot to include my observations of that past week, which weren't yet
    downloaded from my phone. Sorry for the extra post to fix this (for the
    ten thousandth time, I sure wish email could be edited).
    2015/02/11 16:39:50 3 megu
    2015/02/12 12:58:59 17 megu
    2015/02/12 14:28:54 2 megu
    2015/02/15 17:00:59 1 megu juv
    2015/02/16 14:41:05 4 megu
    2015/02/16 15:00:35 +10 megu [result: total 14 megu this day]
    Couldn't let this slip by, because if I did, the statement
    "Here are all of my Mew Gull observations of the last 11
    months" would be incorrect.
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
    At 2015-02-17 12:35, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:Here are all of my Mew Gull
    observations of the last 11 months (all at Cabrillo Beach):
    2014-11-03 16:54:09 3 megu
    2014-11-04 16:12:11 2 megu
    2014-11-05 15:26:14 1 megu
    2014-11-17 15:51:06 2 megu
    2014-11-21 12:08:48 3 megu
    2014-12-03 12:50:30 3 megu
    2014-12-07 15:13:00 4 megu
    2014-12-08 16:29:53 20 megu [local maximum]
    2014-12-12 13:47:45 15 megu
    2014-12-14 16:18:52 10 megu
    2014-12-18 14:46:22 4 megu
    2014-12-19 11:25:21 1..2 megu
    2014-12-21 07:25:56 5 megu
    2014-12-21 16:11:06 4 megu, 2 individuals not seen previously today
    [result: total 7 megu this day]
    2014-12-22 16:42:50 25 megu [local maximum]
    2014-12-24 10:56:48 3 megu
    2014-12-25 16:03:08 4 megu
    2014-12-27 13:27:30 1 megu
    2014-12-30 12:21:00 1 megu
    2014-12-31 16:03:32 3 megu
    2015-01-01 12:38:59 6 megu
    2015-01-02 12:55:19 3 megu
    2015-01-03 16:32:30 10 megu
    2015-01-04 16:09:35 5 megu
    2015-01-05 09:44:49 1 megu
    2015-01-09 16:10:37 6 megu
    2015-01-13 10:09:17 1 megu
    2015-01-15 14:30:38 7 megu
    2015-01-16 15:55:53 20 megu
    2015-01-17 12:12:52 2 megu
    2015-01-18 12:32:59 1 megu
    2015-01-19 16:48:27 6 megu
    2015-01-20 16:36:31 22 megu
    2015-01-21 16:27:47 56 megu
    2015-01-22 14:55:04 60 megu [local maximum]
    2015-01-23 16:46:55 12 megu
    2015-01-24 16:33:16 2 megu
    2015-01-25 12:12:13 9 megu
    2015-01-27 11:56:22 8 megu
    2015-01-28 15:05:44 19 megu
    2015-01-29 15:17:21 3 megu
    2015-01-30 14:06:54 11 megu
    2015-01-31 16:17:59 17 megu
    2015-02-01 15:56:14 14 megu
    2015-02-02 16:27:35 72 megu [local maximum]
    2015-02-03 15:16:12 40+ megu
    2015-02-04 16:34:27 36 megu
    2015-02-05 15:08:22 27 megu
    2015-02-06 15:37:15 9 megu
    2015-02-07 16:20:45 15 megu
    
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  47. Re: [LACoBirds] Pelagic Updates LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:35pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Thanks for your report, Bernardo. However, I have an issue with part of
    it:
    At 2015-02-17 11:14, Bernardo Alps whalephoto@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:The Mew Gulls have arrived late
    at Cabrillo Beach this year. There were none for most of the winter, but
    the number have been building to the mid-teens over the past three
    weeks.
    When you say "Cabrillo Beach", are you talking about Cabrillo
    Beach itself (i.e., actual land), or the area of ocean across from
    Cabrillo Beach? Because if you mean "on land", my observations
    do not agree. Here are all of my Mew Gull observations of the last 11
    months (all at Cabrillo Beach):
    2014-11-03 16:54:09 3 megu
    2014-11-04 16:12:11 2 megu
    2014-11-05 15:26:14 1 megu
    2014-11-17 15:51:06 2 megu
    2014-11-21 12:08:48 3 megu
    2014-12-03 12:50:30 3 megu
    2014-12-07 15:13:00 4 megu
    2014-12-08 16:29:53 20 megu [local maximum]
    2014-12-12 13:47:45 15 megu
    2014-12-14 16:18:52 10 megu
    2014-12-18 14:46:22 4 megu
    2014-12-19 11:25:21 1..2 megu
    2014-12-21 07:25:56 5 megu
    2014-12-21 16:11:06 4 megu, 2 individuals not seen previously today
    [result: total 7 megu this day]
    2014-12-22 16:42:50 25 megu [local maximum]
    2014-12-24 10:56:48 3 megu
    2014-12-25 16:03:08 4 megu
    2014-12-27 13:27:30 1 megu
    2014-12-30 12:21:00 1 megu
    2014-12-31 16:03:32 3 megu
    2015-01-01 12:38:59 6 megu
    2015-01-02 12:55:19 3 megu
    2015-01-03 16:32:30 10 megu
    2015-01-04 16:09:35 5 megu
    2015-01-05 09:44:49 1 megu
    2015-01-09 16:10:37 6 megu
    2015-01-13 10:09:17 1 megu
    2015-01-15 14:30:38 7 megu
    2015-01-16 15:55:53 20 megu
    2015-01-17 12:12:52 2 megu
    2015-01-18 12:32:59 1 megu
    2015-01-19 16:48:27 6 megu
    2015-01-20 16:36:31 22 megu
    2015-01-21 16:27:47 56 megu
    2015-01-22 14:55:04 60 megu [local maximum]
    2015-01-23 16:46:55 12 megu
    2015-01-24 16:33:16 2 megu
    2015-01-25 12:12:13 9 megu
    2015-01-27 11:56:22 8 megu
    2015-01-28 15:05:44 19 megu
    2015-01-29 15:17:21 3 megu
    2015-01-30 14:06:54 11 megu
    2015-01-31 16:17:59 17 megu
    2015-02-01 15:56:14 14 megu
    2015-02-02 16:27:35 72 megu [local maximum]
    2015-02-03 15:16:12 40+ megu
    2015-02-04 16:34:27 36 megu
    2015-02-05 15:08:22 27 megu
    2015-02-06 15:37:15 9 megu
    2015-02-07 16:20:45 15 megu
    I posted a selection of this data on Jan 22 on LACoBirds, subject
    "[LACoBirds] White-winged Dove continues in San Pedro; Mew Gulls;
    Cattle Egret". Did you read that post?
    While I'm talking about Cabrillo Beach, might as well mention: There was
    a juvenile Thayer's Gull on the Cabrillo Youth Camp shore on January 25,
    and one there on February 12. A first-year Glaucous-winged Gull was on
    the harbor-side shore of Cabrillo Beach on December 19, and one was on
    the Cabrillo Youth Camp shore on February 12.
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
    
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  49. Pelagic Updates LINK
    DATE: Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:14am, 12 day(s) ago
    #ygrps-yiv-1465487308 DIV {margin:0px;}Hi all.
    I have been on 18 boat trips since late December, out of Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Long Beach (and Dana Point).
    
    The big news this winter have been the Ancient Murrelets, although they are now a lot scarcer than a few weeks ago. I saw a raft of seven in the Marina del Rey Channel on January 9, and eight off Redondo Beach on January 3. I have also seen scattered individuals in the Santa Monica Bay and off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, but I never saw any in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. I have had Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets in single digits on pretty much every trip; and Cassin's Auklets on every trip that went further than four miles offshore. I had about 350 on a trip that went 7 miles offshore Long Beach on January 17. I have seen sporadic Scripps's Murrelets on a few trips, the latest sighting being four on February 8. Still hoping for a Marbled Murrelet.
    
    There are thousands of Black-vented Shearwaters around, including some leucistic individuals, but this is the first winter in recent memory with zero other shearwater species. No Northern Fulmars either.
    
    There are lots of Bonaparte's Gulls on the water, but I haven't seen any unusual species during the boat trips. Parasitic Jaeger numbers are also below average. The Mew Gulls have arrived late at Cabrillo Beach this year. There were none for most of the winter, but the number have been building to the mid-teens over the past three weeks.
    
    There were unusually high numbers of Red Phalaropes around earlier, but I haven't seen any for the past month.
    
    A Brown Booby was on a marker buoy just outside Angel's Gate off the Port of Los Angeles on February 15. The northward range expansion for this species continues along the West Coast and I will not be surprised if we see breeding in California in the near future.
    
    The whale watching has also been spectacular. The weather has been fantastic and a higher than usual number of gray whales are traveling close to shore. Several humpback whales have chosen to overwinter in the area, and exotic species continue to be seen, probably due to the high water surface temperatures. False killer whales have been seen off San Diego yesterday and yellowfin are being caught in the Santa Monica Bay.
    
    It is a good time to get on a boat.
    
    Take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    
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