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Last 5 Posts:
· San Jacinto WA/Lake Perris carpool 10/26 (TODAY)
· Fox Sparrows (TODAY)
· Los Angeles RBA- 24 October 2014 (TODAY)
· Kenneth Hahn Poorwill update (TODAY)
· Lucy's Warbler, Palm W. (2), Lewis's Woodpecker, Malibu & vic. (Oct 23, 2014)
  1. San Jacinto WA/Lake Perris carpool 10/26 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 4:44pm, TODAY
    To anyone planning on joining the LA Audubon field trip to San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lake Perris in Riverside County this coming Sunday 10/26, I'm hoping to go and am looking for a carpool from my house. Given my location in La Crescenta/Glendale, this option works best for anyone traveling from west of there, but considering the distance involved, carpooling with someone makes more practical sense anyway. I've never birded the Lake Perris area, and was unable to find a ride to the trip last year; I hope someone responds this time, so if nothing else I can experience birding
    in a new place and adding to my county list totals. As always, I can pitch in for gas. Please send me an email if you're interested, and we can work out the logistics from there.
    John Oliver
    La Crescenta, CA
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  3. Fox Sparrows LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:24pm, TODAY
    It has been a good few days for Fox Sparrows in the yard. Late
    Monday the pale Sooty/Pacific (unalaschenensis) came in very
    authoritively chasing off some White-crowns and this afternoon the
    darker (fuliginosa) came in with the White-crowns to feed on the
    white millet. Sibley has 11 portrayals which makes it fun/easier to
    separate the ssp.
    Interestingly our Ca. coastal sp. of Song Sparrow has been coming in
    fairly regularly.
    Cheers, Wanda
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  5. Los Angeles RBA- 24 October 2014 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 9:33am, TODAY
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  7. Kenneth Hahn Poorwill update LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:44pm, TODAY
    Good evening, Birders,
    No Poorwill was seen tonight, despite several eyes watching. I did
    have ONE poorwill last night.
    For those unfamiliar with my use of KHSRA as a destination, it is short for
    Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area, aka Kenneth Hahn Park. Located east of La
    Cienaga between Stocker and Rodeo.
    And I realized last night that there are actually THREE small blacktop
    roads running east from the Bowl Rim, and our Poorwill landing spot is between
    the second and third. Hopefully we'll be checking tomorrow evening, and have
    firm plans for Saturday evening. Let us know if you need any further
    Good Birding,
    Ann Brooks
    Los Angeles
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  9. Lucy's Warbler, Palm W. (2), Lewis's Woodpecker, Malibu & vic. LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 1:52pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Not bad for a stop on the way home - Malibu Legacy Park had a Lucy's Warbler in with Yellow-rumps and other birds toward the southeast end. Ran back for my camera and of course couldn't relocate. Chestnut rump showing well; small pale gray/white warbler with short, straight culmen, white eyering, short tail.
    Two Palm Warblers were by the metal bridge over the fake creek there, foraging on the ground and in blooming goldenbush (that's the main plant there in bloom right now, Isocoma menziesii, in case anyone's curious, and it's full of birds).
    Lewis's Woodpecker flycatching from valley oak snag along east side of Las Virgenes Rd., about midway between Mulholland and Lost Hills.
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
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  11. Cackling Goose at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh [& eclipse info] LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:26am, 1 day(s) ago
    Thu 23 Oct
    At around 7:20 AM a Cackling Goose with a bold, white neck band was with a flock of Canada Geese at the west end of the Ballona Freshwater Marsh.  This flock of geese typically leaves BFM early in the morning and flies off to the south, possibly to the Westchester Golf Course or to Alondra Park.
    Off Topic:
    There will be a partial eclipse of the sun this afternoon.  In the LA area the time of maximum obscuration will be at about 3:30 PM when ~1/3 of the sun will be covered.  Do not look directly at the sun without an eclipse filter.  Or view the event indirectly using pinhole projection (for details, google [eclipse pinhole]), or just wander outside between roughly 3:00 to 4:00 PM and stand under a tree that is mostly covered with leaves but still has small openings for the sun to shine through and form small spots of sunlight on the ground.  Face away from the sun and move around so that the shadow of your head is in the middle of several small spots of sunlight.  The spots should resemble a cookie with a bite taken out - the same shape as the eclipsed sun.
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  13. The Brambling plot thickens LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 5:35pm, 1 day(s) ago
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  15. White-throated Sparrow at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Oct 22, 2014 @ 12:13pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Wed 22 Oct
    At around 8 AM a streaked, imm. White-throated Sparrow was with a small group of White-crowned Sparrows in back of unit #5294 that is located south of the large, central lawn [Lat, Lon = 34.018777, -118.360328].  The WCSP flocks, currently still quite small at VG and possibly just passing through, move around quite a bit, so listen for their songs & call notes.
    I was in eastern Iowa two weeks ago and was "hip deep" in WTSP - by far the largest concentration I've ever seen on my sister's farm in fall.
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  17. Poorwills @ KHSRA LINK
    DATE: Oct 22, 2014 @ 8:44am, 2 day(s) ago
    Dear Birders,
    We resumed our hunt for "our" Fall Common Poorwill last week, but did not
    find it in the historical sites (which have been quite disturbed in the last two
    years). Last Saturday, our dog and I flushed one in a new location, and last
    night Eric and I (and the dog) finally got back to look again and found TWO
    Poorwills! The first was seen at 6:36, and 2 were seen at 6:52 when Eric joined
    The poorwills were seen between the two small buildings north of the
    bathroom along the east edge of the bowl (which BTW is on your LEFT as you come
    up the hill, a correction from last week!). They were on the east end of the
    grassy section between the two asphalt roads. The park closing time right now is
    7 pm., although some of the Sheriff's staff go by the "closes at sunset" sign at
    the gate. They began their roundup about 6:50 last night. We are planning to
    walk over about 6, you are welcome to join us if you don't want to deal with our
    deputys. Call us at 323-295-6688 if you have questions or wish to join
    Good birding!
    Eric and Ann Brooks
    Los Angeles
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  19. Watch for a Brambling in Long Beach? LINK
    DATE: Oct 21, 2014 @ 11:07am, 3 day(s) ago
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  21. Bird ID from Song LINK
    DATE: Oct 21, 2014 @ 5:38pm, 3 day(s) ago
    This is a challenge. I've heard a bird 2X, wasn't able to see it or to record the call/song - but the call/song was very unique. It was a soft, descending tremelo/vibrato, quiet sounding - reminiscent of a Loon's tremelo call but not as high pitched as a Loon's tremelo call. There was a very short (1 second or less) pause between repeats and the descending phrase was repeated maybe 4 or 5 times before there was silence. I'm assuming it's a bird because I heard it to the north of me one day and to the south from another part of the yard a few days later and the sound is coming from the tree canopies. I haven't heard it in 2 days.
    Haven't seen any bird besides the ordinary winter migrants moving in and the standard resident birds so I have no out-of-the-ordinary bird to connect to song/call to.
    Much thanks.
    Ellen Zunino
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  23. Clay-colored @ Augustus Hawkins Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 20, 2014 @ 4:03pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Mon 20 Oct
    This morning there was a Clay-colored Sparrow at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park in south-central L.A. It foraged mostly on the lawn areas southwest of the wetlands enclosure, staying to itself except at one point joining a flock of White-crowneds. Also moving through this small urban park was a Lazuli Bunting (late-ish). An escapee European Goldfinch was present as well.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  25. A short visit to the Crest, 10/20/14 LINK
    DATE: Oct 20, 2014 @ 10:01am, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    Nick and I made a short owl survey last night on the Angeles Crest. Temperatures ranged from 72 dropping to 45 degrees and the conditions were calm. We ended the night with five WESTERN SCREECH OWL and finally, a single screaming NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL! Near the Switzer parking lot, a COMMON POORWILL flew in front of us from off the road.
    Happy Birding!
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale, CA
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  27. Lawrence's Goldfinch mother lode LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 2:47pm, 5 day(s) ago
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  29. Vermilion returns to EMJRA LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 2:21pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Sun 19 Oct
    The female Vermilion Flycatcher is back at Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook, hopefully to spend another winter. Mid-morning I saw it foraging from trees on the island in the south lake.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  31. Common Poorwill, continuing Tropical Kingbird LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 7:38pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Sat 18 Oct
    Both birds at El Dorado Park Area III in Long Beach, early afternoon today. The poorwill was on the lawn west of the old headquarters parking lot; the kingbird was working from tall trees east of the north lake. (Seen by participants on a SFVAS field trip.) I'm sure others got far better photos than I, but here are three of mine.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  33. Lewis' Woodpecker KH Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 7:32am, 7 day(s) ago
    Hi birders
    Wanted to get the word out thst we heard (thanks Lynn) that an immature Lewis' woodpecker was seen in the "bowl" yesterday about 10 am. It was feeding w/acorn woodpeckers and jays in oak trees on the west side of the bowl. There is an entry fee on weekends ($6/vehicle). The "bowl" is the old reservoir, follow the paved road to the top of the hill,it will be on your right. Eric is leading the LAAS walk at the park today,so I will have an update later.
    Good birding!
    Ann Brooks
    Los Angeles
    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY SŪ4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
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  35. Re: [LACoBirds] Re: Oystercatchers LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 12:18pm, 7 day(s) ago
    The chart is also available with more details at...
    On Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:42:42 -0700, "Steve Sosensky mobile@...
    [LACoBirds]" <> wrote:
    >This is also available as a text file in the file folder of the LACoBirds website.
    >On October 17, 2014 9:56:26 AM PDT, "Christopher Taylor calbird@... [LACoBirds]" <> wrote:
    >>Julia, et al
    >>Here's a great guide to consult when encountering potential hybrid
    >>x American:
    >>Christopher Taylor
    >>Marina del Rey, CA
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  37. Re: [LACoBirds] Re: Oystercatchers LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 10:42am, 7 day(s) ago
    This is also available as a text file in the file folder of the LACoBirds website.On October 17, 2014 9:56:26 AM PDT, "Christopher Taylor calbird@... [LACoBirds]" <> wrote:Julia, et alHere's a great guide to consult when encountering potential hybrid Black x American:
    Good birding,
    Steve Sosensky
    Aliso Viejo CA
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  39. Re: Oystercatchers LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:56am, 7 day(s) ago
    Julia, et al
    Here's a great guide to consult when encountering potential hybrid Black
    x American:
    Christopher Taylor
    Marina del Rey, CA
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  41. Oystercatchers LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 2:34am, 8 day(s) ago
    Friday, October 17
    Sorry about that...Since it seems unlikely that there are two white-bellied oystercatchers out there, I've changed my eBird report to American x Black Oystercatcher. I am now slinking back off the jetty with my little scope...well, you get the idea.
    Julia Ray
    La Crescenta
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  43. Los Angeles RBA- 16 October 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 3:16pm, 8 day(s) ago
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  45. Un-American Oystercatcher LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 10:33am, 8 day(s) ago
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  47. Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Monthly Meeting 10/21 LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 8:54pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hello all,Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for the program ?Diatoms of Local Waterways" presented by Dr. Brynne Bryan.Diatoms are single-celled plant-like organisms at the base of the food web in streams and ponds.Dr. Bryan will show us some pictures of some of the diatoms she has collected in various places. Afterward, she will show us how to recognize a diatom in fresh samples, and how to tell some of them apart.We will be looking at water samples in the microscope, projected onto the big screen,
    and we will learn to recognize the hardy species, which can be found anywhere, from the sensitive ones that require clean water. We will also explore the samples for other algae and other organisms and talk a little about what they are.Dr. Bryan currently teaches ecology, biology, and various biology topics, from freshman to graduate level, at CSUDH.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:
    Next Month?s Meeting: ?Saving the Endangered Channel Island Fox?, Keri Dearborn with Friends of the Island Fox, November 18, 2014.David QuadhamerSan Pedro
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  49. "Baypoll" sighting (probable Blackpoll) LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2014 @ 4:29pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Wed 15 Oct
    Early yesterday at Dominguez Museum and Seminary in the Rancho Dominguez area so. of Compton I tried to photograph a lightly marked (fall female or immature) Bay-breasted or Blackpoll Warbler. It was with other warblers in trees on the lower level along the Alameda St fence southeast of the small parking lot. With the overcast morning lighting I had trouble getting decent shots (see below), then completely lost track of the bird. On my return this morning I twice refound the original warbler flock but couldn't find the Baypoll. In person yesterday the bird looked to me like a Bay-breasted because I could see no streaking below and the yellow on the bird appeared to be a warm buffy yellow. (The legs were black, or very dark.) Some points against Bay-breasted would be the white undertail coverts and the fact that the photos reveal streaking below, albeit soft and dull.
    (Is it just my imagination or do I see blush of "bay" color on the side of the bird as shown in the second photo? Surely not.)
    A note about the Museum/Seminary (on Alameda St south of the 91 Fwy). This is private property but respectful visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds. Inside the main gate is sometimes a sign that reads "Closed" but this refers to the museum being closed that day (you can enter the grounds).
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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