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· Long-eared owls at still at Apollo Park (TODAY)
· White-throated Sparrow continues at Arlington Gardens (Feb 12, 2016)
· Bonelli Park Bald Eagle (Feb 12, 2016)
· Los Angeles RBA- 12 February 2016 (Feb 12, 2016)
· Bird Walk at South Coast Botanic Garden by Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society (Feb 10, 2016)
  1. Long-eared owls at still at Apollo Park LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:48am
    Begunning just after sunrise, and unsuccessfully (no owl species of any kind) searching south, east and north tree-line edges of park, David Hurst and I were able to observe 3 long-eared owls in the tamarisk area w of the park fence line. We viewed from behind the fence inside the park proper, and were able to get good looks at one bird perched, and two others as they flushed and moved away.
    
    Given how easily disturbed these birds are, I suggest not entering the tamarisk area directly, and trying to view from inside the park as we did.
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  3. White-throated Sparrow continues at Arlington Gardens LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2016 @ 3:03pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    The White-throated Sparrow continued today at Arlington Gardens in Pasadena.? It was foraging in leaf fodder in the shade of a tree just west of the little bridge on the southeast side of the gardens.? It was associating with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrow.? https://www.flickr.com/photos/jraymusic/24892751621/in/dateposted-public/ .
    Julia Ray La Crescenta
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  5. Bonelli Park Bald Eagle LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2016 @ 2:21pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Today 2/12 an adult Bald Eagle was observed between 9:30 am and 11 am in the trees near the dam keepers residence at the NW side of the lake.? The bird at this location?is best observed from the hill near the restroom at Sailboat Cove. Rod & Pat Higbie San Dimas
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  7. Los Angeles RBA- 12 February 2016 LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2016 @ 10:30am, 1 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * February 12, 2016 * CALA1602.12  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Red-throated Loon
    Red-necked Grebe
    Bald Eagle
    Heermann’s Gull
    Burrowing Owl
    Williamson’s Sapsucker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Varied Thrush
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
     
     
     
    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 February 12.
     
    A RED-THROATED LOON was at Castaic Lagoon on February 8.  A RED-NECKED GREBE continued here through February 6.
     
    An adult BALD EAGLE continues at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, being reported through February 9.
     
    Unusual inland was a HEERMANN’S GULL along the LA River in Glendale on February 6.
     
    A BURROWING OWL continues at the northwest corner of Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey.  It was seen through February 11.
     
    A female WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through February 9 and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was present down the path from restroom #1 through February 10.
     
    A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at the northeast side of Columbia Park (just south of the Community Garden) in Torrance through February 6.
     
    Another VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook, being reported through February 8.  It is usually on the island in the south lake.
     
    A VARIED THRUSH was at Rancho Sierra Golf Club in the Antelope Valley on February 9.  The course is private property but the perimeter can be birded.  Please ask permission at the club house.
     
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through February 9 on the north side of the park.
     
    The PINE WARBLER at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale was seen through February 9.  It has been seen around the southeast corner of Parking Lot #1 and most recently around lot #2 west of the restrooms.  A BURROWING OWL
    was also at Santa Fe Dam last week along the north side of the dam.
     
    A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont though February 9.  It was last seen along the east side fence.
     
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the west end of the dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through February 5.
     
    Other WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at the south end of the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood through February 8, at Brand Park in San Fernando through February 7 and at Arlington Gardens
    in Pasadena (southeast edge) through February 11. 
     
    Two DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCOS continued in the junco flock along the main road at Charlton Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains through February 9.
     
     
    - 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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  9. Bird Walk at South Coast Botanic Garden by Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society LINK
    DATE: Feb 10, 2016 @ 3:30pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    You are all welcome to join us at our monthly bird walk at the South Coast Botanic Garden on Sunday February 14, 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/177813769253319/
    
    Manuel Duran
    Lomita, CA
    
    ?
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  11. Birds and Beer LINK
    DATE: Feb 10, 2016 @ 1:36pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all,?
    
    Tonight, Wednesday, a small but irrationally persistent group of birds-n-beer-ophiles will meet in Pasadena as usual at Lucky Baldwins near the corner of Colorado and Allen . The first of us arrive at around 4:30 and it generally continues until 7, 8 or even 9-ish.
    
    We hope you will join us.
    
    Dave Bell
    La Cańada, CA
    
    PS:? Don't be like Dan and show up at the OTHER Lucky Baldwin's location in Old Town.?
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  13. LA Audubon Society meeting Wednesday Feb 10, 2016 LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2016 @ 9:01pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders!
    
    Here’s a little reminder to attend Los Angeles Audubon Society’s monthly meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, everyone is invited to attend.
    
    THE RECOVERY OF THE KIWIKIU (Maui Parrotbill; Pseuonestor xanthophrys), presented by Dr. Hanna Mounce
    
    Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m. | Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park
    
    The conservation and recovery of endangered forest birds is Hanna Mounce's passion. She came to Hawaii in 2006 and joined Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project as a temporary research technician.
    
    In 2015, Hanna has received her doctorate at the University of Kent under Dr. Jim Groombridge working on "Recovery of the endangered Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill, Pseudonestor xanthophrys): population dynamics, conservation genetics and strategies for reintroduction". Hanna is the Coordinator of Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and the Executive Director of Na Manu Koa Conservation on Maui. Hanna oversees the day to day operations of these projects and coordinates and implements research and management programs to save Hawaiian forest birds from extinction. This includes conduction and facilitation of research on behavior, population and breeding ecology, and recovery actions for Hawaiian Honeycreepers, primarily the Kiwikiu (or Maui Parrotbill).
    
    Originally from northern California and graduating from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a B.Sc. with Honors in Wildlife, Hanna has worked in public and private sectors of avian conservation across the United States and Costa Rica. Key research interests include, species led conservation, rapid evolution in island avifauna, island species genetics, and avian use of non-native landscapes.
    
    Directions and Map to Debs Park:
    
    http://debspark.audubon.org/directions-audubon-center-debs-park
    
    Audubon Center at Debs Park
    
    4700 North Griffin Ave.
    
    Los Angeles, CA 90031
    
    Phone: 323-221-2255
    
    Space is available on the annual winter Salton Sea trip, spring flowers and Swanson’s Hawk migration in Anza Borrego, Mary Freeman’s 25th anniversary of Dancing Chickens in Eastern Sierra Nevada, July 4th Ponderosa Owling weekend and more! For more information on upcoming birding trips and upcoming monthly meetings:
    
    http://losangelesaudubon.org
    
    Cheers!
    
    Mary Freeman
    
    Glendale, CA
    
    Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader for Los Angeles Audubon Society
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  15. Bonelli Park Bald Eagle LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2016 @ 4:35pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Today 2/9 about 2 pm an adult Bald Eagle was observed in a pine tree near the dam keepers residence at the NW corner of Bonelli Park. Rod Higbie San Dimas
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  17. Raptor rumble at LA River LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2016 @ 4:08pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Greetings from the roof of the public health headquarters in downtown LA. Don't ask me why I'm on the roof. While I was stuck in traffic on the 5 south bound, half an hour ago, right at the spot where you are just north of Dodger Stadium, I thought I saw the mated pair of red tailed hawks that are working on breeding for this season. Then I noticed that they weren't being friendly with each other. Then I noticed that one of the two birds, the one that was being chased and harassed, was a dark morph Swainson's Hawk. It was perfect, because I was stuck at a complete standstill in heavy traffic, and they continued their fight fairly close to my car over the freeway, and carried the fight over to the LA River. Eventually the Swainson's Hawk kept on going, and the red tailed hawk flew back up towards Dodgers Stadium, or Chavez Ravine where it is nesting with his partner.
    Tom
    PS this morning at Veterans Park in Sylmar I had a female Williamson's Sapsucker. I have seen photographs of a male Williams Sapsucker taken there this winter, so I don't know if others are aware of the female bird. I probably had a yellow-bellied sapsucker, but I can't count it, as it was unbelievably uncooperative.
    Everywhere that I worked and drove in the San Fernando Valley today I constantly saw more and more turkey vultures soaring. I probably saw 40 or 50 of them today.
    PPS: is it me, or are a lot of the wintering birds already leaving for the year? It feels like there are less song birds around this last week or so.
    
    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 909.445.1456
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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  19. RE: [LACoBirds] continuing Black-and-white in El Segundo LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2016 @ 4:01pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Richard,
    Thank you for posting this information. An organized field trip on Saturday did not find the bird at Legg lake, & I spent a bunch of time there Sunday looking for it with Al. We never found it either.
    Tom
    
    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 909.445.1456
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    
    From: "busyday@... [LACoBirds]"
    
    Date: 02/09/2016 14:29 (GMT-08:00)
    
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] continuing Black-and-white in El Segundo
    
    ? Birders,
    
    Tues 9 Feb
    
    This morning I saw the Black-and-white Warbler again at El Segundo Library Park (Main and Mariposa). Approx 0745 it was in a Chinese elm by the drinking fountain, then moved to other trees on the north side of the park. It has been missed on most recent visits,
    evidently often straying out of this small park.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/24897393396
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/24923674745
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  21. Varied Thrush in the Antelope Valley LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2016 @ 2:31pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Luke Tiller asked me to let people know that he had a Varied Thrush at Rancho Sierra Golf Course in the Antelope Valley. Note that the golf course is private property and birders are not allowed onto the course, but you can bird the perimeter. Please ask permission and check in at the pro shop before birding.
    
    David Bell
    La Cańada, CA
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  23. continuing Black-and-white in El Segundo LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2016 @ 2:29pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Tues 9 Feb
    
    This morning I saw the Black-and-white Warbler again at El Segundo Library Park (Main and Mariposa). Approx 0745 it was in a Chinese elm by the drinking fountain, then moved to other trees on the north side of the park. It has been missed on most recent visits, evidently often straying out of this small park.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/24897393396
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/24923674745
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  25. Re: Kelp Gull update LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2016 @ 4:32pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I was there Sunday from about 10:00 AM to 12:15PM and the Kelp Gull was still a no show. I imagine it took the weekend off from modeling. The gull population was also much smaller possibly due to their not being harrassed by the dump trucks at the land fill. We'll see what tomorrow brings. ? Regards, Al Borodayko Cypress, CA
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  27. Feb. 28 Pelagic out of San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Feb 7, 2016 @ 12:08pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    
    The Catalina Explorer (formerly the Magician) is offering an eight-hour pelagic birding trip out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro on Sunday, February 28, departing at 7:30 a.m.
    
    This is an interesting year for seabirds. Many species are not faring well in the third consecutive winter of abnormally high ocean temperatures. But conditions that are bad for birds can be good for birders. Right now, we probably have a better than normal chance of finding rare vagrants. While numbers and diversity of seabirds encountered on nearshore trips off Southern California are downe, a trip with the time and goal of searching out the areas where the birds are concentrated will face good odds of finding rarities. For example, Leach's Storm Petrels are being seen very close to shore in Central and Northern California right now. That is the kind of shift in distribution that might make this trip memorable.?
    
    We will keep the itinerary flexible for now and search out temperature breaks and other clues in the days before departure. We will likely visit the oil rigs (Orange County waters) to tick off Brown Booby, the new local trash species, and visit the mouth of the Redondo Canyon.?
    
    The trip departs at 7:30 a.m. Price is $110 per person. The crew of the Catalina Explorer likes to pamper its passengers, breakfast and lunch and all you can drink soda are included in the price. I can make no promises, but they have been known to serve hot-out-of-the-oven brownies a la mode on the trip home.?
    
    To book, please go to the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm?
    
    I hope to see you on board!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  29. Am Redstart? LINK
    DATE: Feb 6, 2016 @ 5:47pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hi, I'm wondering if anybody has seen the American Redstart in the last week or so? A friend has the impression that people have been looking for it, and not finding it, while I suspect that what is really going on is that anybody who wants to see it has already seen it, so there are just no new reports.
    
    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 909.445.1456
    
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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  31. Kelp Gull update LINK
    DATE: Feb 6, 2016 @ 2:40pm, 7 day(s) ago
    By time I left at 1:15 it was a no show - hopefully others will update if it makes an appearance later.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    
    LA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  33. Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 8:18pm, 8 day(s) ago
    The Kelp Gull was still around until I left about 3:30.? It had flown a bit south into deeper water and looking into the sun so it was more difficult to pick it out.? When I went back a few minutes later to show a late arriving birder, I couldn't find it.? That doesn't mean it flew away, it just was impossible to pick it out between the deep water hiding the legs and the angle of the sun.? There wasn't a mass take-off of birds at the time, so there's a chance it was still in the general area.
    
    Just an FYI, Pico Vista Rd is actually signed 'No Parking' on both sides of the street.? I guess parking control was out in the morning but decided to give everyone a pass since nothing was being blocked.? Thankfully I didn't get a ticket this afternoon since I completely missed seeing the sign.? You can park on the Washington frontage road or any side streets.
    
    Thanks to those who helped me get eyes on this bird.
    
    Kathy Degner
    Pasadena
    
    From: "mnfreeman@... [LACoBirds]"
    To: Tom Benson
    Cc: "LaCoBirds@yahoogroups.com" ; "calbirds@yahoogroups.com"
    Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 11:53 AM
    Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound
    
    ?
    Hi all!
    
    At this moment, it's preening giving us great looks: blackish mantle, yellow-green legs, smaller than a Western standing behind it.
    
    Woo hoo!
    
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 5, 2016, at 11:40 AM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    ?
    I just received word that the kelp gull was refound at the San Gabriel River spreading grounds.?
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  35. Los Angeles RBA- 5 February 2016 LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 2:07pm, 8 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA *?February 5, 2016 * CALA1602.05 ?
    ?
    -Birds mentioned
    ?
    Red-necked Grebe
    KELP GULL
    Common Ground-Dove
    Burrowing Owl
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
    Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
    Lazuli 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 February 5.
    ?
    The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through January 28.
    ?
    An adult KELP GULL (first county record) was found at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera on February 4 and seen again the following day.? The gulls here come and go throughout the day
    and the bird was missed by several who searched for it.? The gull flock congregates in the south basin and viewing is best from the east side.? Park on Pico Vista Road (on the north side of Washington, just west of the San Gabriel River) and walk up the paved
    walkway on the east side of the basins. ?
    ?
    Continuing through January 30 were at least two COMMON GROUND-DOVES along the San Gabriel River at Trabuco Street in Bellflower.? Their usual spot is on the west side of the river, south of Alondra.? Check the
    area around the nursery.
    ?
    A BURROWING OWL continues at Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey, being seen daily in the iceplant at the north end of the lagoon.
    ?
    A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through February 2.? It is usually by Frisbee Golf goal #7 in the southwest part of the park.
    ?
    The EASTERN PHOEBE around the south pond at Madrona Marsh was seen through February 4.? A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, a LAZULI BUNTING and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER also continue in this
    area.? Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.?
    ?
    A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at the northeast side of Columbia Park (just south of the Community Garden) in Torrance through February 1.? Up to three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continue at Oakdale Memorial Park
    in Glendora.? They were reported through January 30.
    ?
    The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica through January 28.? It has been regularly seen in a tall pine near the corner of cemetery roads Delaware
    and Palm.
    ?
    A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Furman Park in Downey on February 4.? It was working the northern part of the park.
    ?
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at Legg Lake in South El Monte continued near restroom #7 through January 31.
    ?
    The PINE WARBLER previously reported on December 24 at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale was found again on February 2 and also seen the following day.? It is being seen around the southeast corner of Parking Lot #1.
    ?
    A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued east of the dog park at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena through January 30.?
    
    ?
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at Arlington Gardens in Pasadena.? Another was at Eaton Canyon on February 5 at the bottom of the trail that heads into the canyon from the Midwick Drive entrance.
    ?
    Two DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCOS and two DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCOS continued at Highridge Park in Rolling Hills Estates through January 29.
    ?
    Notable were four DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCOS along the main road at Charlton Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on February 3.
    ?
    ?
    - 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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  37. Re: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 11:53am, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi all!
    
    At this moment, it's preening giving us great looks: blackish mantle, yellow-green legs, smaller than a Western standing behind it.
    
    Woo hoo!
    
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Feb 5, 2016, at 11:40 AM, Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [LACoBirds] < LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    ? I just received word that the kelp gull was refound at the San Gabriel River spreading grounds.?
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  39. Kelp Gull refound LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 11:40am, 8 day(s) ago
    I just received word that the kelp gull was refound at the San Gabriel River spreading grounds.?
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  41. Kelp Gull negative news as of 10am LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2016 @ 11:07am, 8 day(s) ago
    A dozen or so birders still watching for it as of 10am when I had to leave.
    
    Best, Andy Birch
    
    LA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  43. LA Audubon Society meeting Wednesday Feb 10, 2016 LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 8:13pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders!
    
    Los Angeles Audubon Society’s monthly meeting will be held February 10, 2016, everyone is invited to attend.
    
    THE RECOVERY OF THE KIWIKIU (Maui Parrotbill; Pseuonestor xanthophrys), presented by: Dr. Hanna Mounce
    
    Date: Wed., Feb. 10th, 2016 | Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m. | Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park
    
    The conservation and recovery of endangered forest birds is Hanna Mounce's passion. She came to Hawaii in 2006 and joined Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project as a temporary research technician.
    
    In 2015, Hanna has received her doctorate at the University of Kent under Dr. Jim Groombridge working on "Recovery of the endangered Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill, Pseudonestor xanthophrys): population dynamics, conservation genetics and strategies for reintroduction". Hanna is the Coordinator of Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and the Executive Director of Na Manu Koa Conservation on Maui. Hanna oversees the day to day operations of these projects and coordinates and implements research and management programs to save Hawaiian forest birds from extinction. This includes conduction and facilitation of research on behavior, population and breeding ecology, and recovery actions for Hawaiian Honeycreepers, primarily the Kiwikiu (or Maui Parrotbill).
    
    Originally from northern California and graduating from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a B.Sc. with Honors in Wildlife, Hanna has worked in public and private sectors of avian conservation across the United States and Costa Rica. Key research interests include, species led conservation, rapid evolution in island avifauna, island species genetics, and avian use of non-native landscapes.
    
    Directions and Map to Debs Park:
    
    http://debspark.audubon.org/directions-audubon-center-debs-park
    
    Audubon Center at Debs Park
    
    4700 North Griffin Ave.
    
    Los Angeles, CA 90031
    
    Phone: 323-221-2255
    
    Los Angeles Audubon's monthly evening program presentations are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except for July & August) at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. All are welcome!
    
    March 9, 2016 presentation: Kimball Garrett, "California Birds: Annotated in Haiku”
    
    Space is available on the annual winter Salton Sea trip, spring flowers and Swanson’s Hawk migration in Anza Borrego, Mary Freeman’s 25th anniversary of Dancing Chickens in Eastern Sierra Nevada, July 4th Ponderosa Owling weekend and more! For more information on upcoming birding trips and upcoming monthly meetings:
    
    http://losangelesaudubon.org
    
    Cheers!
    
    Mary Freeman
    
    Glendale, CA
    
    Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader for Los Angeles Audubon Society
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  45. More on the Kelp Gull LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 7:02pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I've posted more photos and some notes on the apparent Kelp Gull that was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds today (2/4):  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27304121
    
    The gull was seen by many birders today, and you can see more photos by digging around the eBird hotspot page:  http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L856570
    
    While it mostly appears to me to be a straightforward Kelp Gull, I think the identification is somewhat tentative. One potential problem is that the bird lacks a white mirror on p10. Perhaps this is simply age-related, but I'd appreciate insights from anyone who knows Kelp Gulls well.
    
    The gulls at these spreading grounds regularly wander in and out; presumably many of them spend much of their time at the nearby (inaccessible) Puente Hills Landfill. When I first arrived at 10:00am the flock was substantially larger than by the time I saw the Kelp Gull at 11:25. And as reported by others, the bird left by around 2:30. Perhaps it's worth noting that the Glaucous Gull briefly here on 1/10 was not seen that same afternoon and has not been seen since.
    
    For anyone chasing the bird tomorrow or this weekend, also note that the bird is in the south basin of the spreading grounds (i.e., south of Mines Ave)--the north basin is dry. While you're certainly free to park at the usual spot at the west end of Mines Ave, you might save time by parking on Pico Vista Rd and entering from the southwest corner of the spreading grounds.
    
    As a potential second state record, this bird is obviously a CBRC review species. I'd encourage anyone who sees the bird to submit documentation:  http://californiabirds.org/
    
    John Garrett
    
    Pasadena
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  47. Re: Kelp Gull photos and directions LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 6:24pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Was there past sunset and it never came back in. Hopefully it turns up
    
    tomorrow...
    
    --
    
    Christopher Taylor
    
    Marina del Rey, CA
    
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    
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  49. RE: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull photos and directions LINK
    DATE: Feb 4, 2016 @ 3:38pm, 9 day(s) ago
    The Kelp Gull (and most of the other gulls) appears to have departed, being last seen around 2:30 PM.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "jfgarret@... [LACoBirds]"
    Date: 2/4/2016 12:22 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: LACoBirds
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Kelp Gull photos and directions
    
    Hi
    
    I've posted some photos on Flickr here:? https://flic.kr/p/DEVfGg
    
    To get here park on Pico Vista Rd and enter at the southwest corner of the spreading grounds. Lighting is best from the east side of the basin.
    
    If you enter at Mines Ave you'll have to walk south around the west side of the basin to get to the east side.
    
    Here is a marker of where I am: Dropped Pin
    near 8999 San Gabriel River Mid Trail, Whittier, CA 90670
    https://goo.gl/maps/CeZS6hWYeZo
    
    John
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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