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· Highlights from Palos Verdes country club and environs (Dec 22, 2014)
· Crows et al. for Santa Monica Count 12/28 (TODAY)
· Today at Ballona (TODAY)
· Varied Thrush and Merlin (TODAY)
· Lancaster CBC Highlights, 12/20/14 (TODAY)
  1. Highlights from Palos Verdes country club and environs LINK
    DATE: Dec 22, 2014 @ 4:49pm, TODAY
    On or near the PV golf course during the xmas count today: adult male Black-throated Green Warbler, hatch-year female Black-Headed Grosbeak, Brown Creeper, 2 Western Flycatchers, 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers (one might be a hybrid), 2 Summer Tanagers, 1 Western Tanager, 4 Bullock's Orioles, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 5 Wilson's Warblers, 7 Hutton's Vireos, 1 adult male Purple Finch, 9 Varied Thrush, and a probable Pacific Wren (heard only). The Black-throated Green Warbler was in eucalyptus trees across from the St Francis Episcopal Church next to the intersection of Via Rosa and Rosita Place. There is a small parking spot here next to a No Trespassing sign. An orangy adult female Summer Tanager was also in this area. Both birds might spend most of their time in the vegetation that surrounds several large residences on Rosita Place. Many of the other birds seen today were along a lengthy horse-trail between Paseo del Campo (ie, the golf course) and Palos Verdes Drive North.
    I'll post some photos after a nap.
    Jim Pike
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  3. Crows et al. for Santa Monica Count 12/28 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:42pm, TODAY
    Has anyone observed where the Amer Crow night roost is located this year? In many past years it was adjacent Santa Mon College and numbered up to 400. Last year was a bust there. If it is in SM, I'd appreciate a comment on new location.
    RE: the Other thrushes. Up to 100 Am Robins and dozens of hermits in the NW quadrant of SM this past week. That is compared to usual solo birds making occasional appearances in past 20 years.
    Lu Plauzoles
    Santa Monica
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  5. Today at Ballona LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:22pm, TODAY
    The weather was moderately chilly in the early AM. A male Black Scoter was in the Ballona Channel about halfway between Pacific Avenue and the base of the south jetty. It was all black except for the bill which was light colored at the base ending with a black tip. The head was "rounder" that the nearby Surf Scoters. It appeared to be slightly smaller than the Surfs, but the Surfs were about 100 feet away. When this bird flapped its wings on the water, the underwings looked black, but lighter on the primaries, especially near the tip. It periodically dove in the channel. This is the first time seeing this species away from the ocean in SoCal, except for once at Quail Lake.
    Several Red-throated Loons were also in the channel.
    Later at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, there was a male Hooded Merganser (near the south end) and a Common Gallinule (from the east pathway). No Bitterns of any denomination were found.
    Seasonally & birdingly,
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  7. Varied Thrush and Merlin LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:04pm, TODAY
    Hello birders!
    Today I'm doing to CBC with Tommye Hite in area 4, we had 3 Varied Thrushes at Wilderness park and Merlin at pacific crest cemetery.
    Good birding all!
    Hope to see some of you in the afternoon!
    Dinuk Magammana
    Torrance CA
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  9. Lancaster CBC Highlights, 12/20/14 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 2:37pm, TODAY
    Hi Birders
    Under overcast skies, temperatures ranged from the mid-30s and up to the mid 50s, 32 enthusiastic birders, together with Nick?s famous CBC brownies, made for a successful CBC. A total of 111 species were tallied, which is a few above the average. The highlights of yesterday?s Lancaster CBC, 12/20/14 are as follows.
    White-faced Ibis (11) - third occurrence ever, and the first involving over 2 birds!
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4) - only the third appearance of this fairly recent addition to the Count list!
    Brown Creeper (1) - ?poached? the morning of the count. Third count ever!
    Cedar Waxwing (10) - 8 previous counts; as high as 45 birds.
    Golden-crowned Sparrow (1) - 7 previous counts. Previous totals as high as 15 birds, but none in last 8 years.
    California Towhee & California Thrasher - these last three counts have shown these species to be resident breeders at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in the SW portion of the count circle, at Ave. K8 and 35th Street W., and should be placed on the regular check-off list.
    Fox Sparrow (2) - 7 previous counts; not in last 11 counts. One was speculated to be of the slate-colored group, and the other may have been a dull red type - possibly of the P.i. zaboria subspecies.
    Western Bluebird (13) (seen by M&NF) - First record EVER for the Lancaster CBC! whooda thunk it!! Dark cobalt blue upperparts with rust on breast and back of males, bouncing confidingly between low tree branches and golf rough at the Antelope Valley Country Club Golf Course (private property - call us if interested). We both completely overlooked the significance of this sighting (we saw plenty a week before at Malibu CBC), and didn?t even remember to mention them during the lunch tally! 1,000 pardons for this unexplained and inexcusable transgression!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy Birdy New Year!
    Nick & Mary Freeman
    Lancaster CBC Compilers
    Glendale, CA
    LA Audubon sponsored
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  11. Worm-eating Warbler Village Green LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:30am, TODAY
    Redound this am by 8 birders behind unit 5400 by laundry room and garage 246. Enter at 5300 W Coliseum.  Forages along planters and retreats to trees. Very skulky and shy. 
    Norm Vargas
    San Gabriel
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  13. Virginia's Warbler at DeForest Park LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:25am, TODAY
    On yesterday's, (Dec. 20) El Dorado CBC we found a Virginia's Warbler, previously reported by Jim Roe at DeForest Park. We also found a Nashville Warbler, an immature male Bullocks Oriole, and several Varied Thrush.
    Becky & Steve Turley
    Long Beach
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  15. Re: [LACoBirds] Worm-eating Warbler at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:00am, TODAY
    Hi all,
    Just had the Worm-eating warbler at village green 8am 12/21 in low bushes on the backside of unit 5394.
    Mark Scheel
    On Dec 20, 2014 11:10 AM, "Don Sterba donsterba@... [LACoBirds]" <> wrote:
     Sat 20 Dec
    At about 9:35 this morning I found a Worm-eating Warbler in a Victorian Box (Pittosporum undulatum) in front of units #5430 and #5432 located SW of the large, central lawn.  It foraged in leaf clumps as it slowly worked its way SE.  I heard it give a subdued zee-zee-zee call, and I also heard some loud chips that may have been from the WEWA.  After a couple of minutes I lost it in the large of collection of birds in this spot.  [initial Lat, Lon location:  34.019372,-118.362815]
    Also in this general area are a White-breasted Nuthatch and a "Yellow-shafted" N. Flicker (possibly 2) - both seen today.
    Site info is in "Birding Locations":
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  17. Cassin's Vireo, West San Gabriel River Trail LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:25am, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    On yesterday's Long Beach CBC I found a Cassin's Vireo on the West San Gabriel River Trail, about 300 feet north of Carson Blvd. Link to photos below. I also refound the Green-tailed Towhee that Andrew Lee recently reported along the trail near Monte Verde Park. Also notable (sort of) were six Varied Thrushes feeding high up in trees near the southwestern corner of Heartwell Park, on East Parkcrest Street.
    CAVI_West SGR Trail_12-20-14_RAH_5a Explore Robert A. Hamilton's photos on Flickr. Robert A. Hamilton has uploaded 44 photos to Flickr.
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    Robb Hamilton
    Long Beach
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  19. Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley CBC- 20 December 2014 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 9:08pm, TODAY
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  21. Banded American White Pelican @ lake Balboa LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:42pm, TODAY
    Hello birders,
    Today (Sat., Dec. 20), I re-found the Red-throated and Common Loons at lake Balboa in Van Nuys that were reported earlier. I also observed a banded American White Pelican with the tags "Utah A06" on both wings, which I reported to the banding lab.
    If interested, you may view some of my today's photos that uploaded to Google+:
    Lake Balboa (Dec. 20, 2014)
    Lake Balboa (Dec. 20, 2014) Lake Balboa (Dec. 20, 2014) (10 photos)
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    Happy Holidays!
    Alexander Viduetsky
    Valley Village, CA
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  23. Painted Redstart in Sierra Madre LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 2:06pm, 1 day(s) ago
    The Painted Redstart in Sierra Madre is still present. It was in the oak at 417 Sturtevant around noon today, then flew across the street to a fir tree at 430.
    Good CBCing!Ron Cyger
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  25. Virginia's Warbler at DeForest Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 11:20am, 1 day(s) ago
    Friday at 11:00 a.m., a VIRGINIA'S WARBLER was at DeForest Park in Long Beach. It was at the intersection of DeForest Park Drive and Janice, but seemed to be working its way northward with a couple bright colored Orange-crowns. Nice eye ring, yellow breast and yellow undertail coverts. Definitely not a Nashville. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach
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  27. Re: Worm-eating Warbler at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 12:26pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I just added a 2-photo collage of the bird to the Wood Warblers album.
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  29. Worm-eating Warbler at The Village Green LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 11:10am, 1 day(s) ago
    Sat 20 Dec
    At about 9:35 this morning I found a Worm-eating Warbler in a Victorian Box (Pittosporum undulatum) in front of units #5430 and #5432 located SW of the large, central lawn.  It foraged in leaf clumps as it slowly worked its way SE.  I heard it give a subdued zee-zee-zee call, and I also heard some loud chips that may have been from the WEWA.  After a couple of minutes I lost it in the large of collection of birds in this spot.  [initial Lat, Lon location:  34.019372,-118.362815]
    Also in this general area are a White-breasted Nuthatch and a "Yellow-shafted" N. Flicker (possibly 2) - both seen today.
    Site info is in "Birding Locations":
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  31. Pico Rivera and Livingstone-Graham Reservoir LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:28pm, 1 day(s) ago
    My brother John and I birded these two areas this afternoon. Water
    levels at the spreading grounds are getting lower, but there were quite a few
    birds in the southern area (south of Mines Rd.). Plenty of ducks,
    including good numbers of all three teal (c. 20 Blue-wings, 60 Green-wings, 30
    Cinnamon). We refound the Eurasian Green-winged Teal where the bike
    pathway turns (about 200 yards south of Mines Rd.). Lots of gulls (mostly
    Western and California, single Glaucous-winged and Herring?there were probably
    others). Two Snow Geese with the Canadas.
    At Livingstone-Graham we found more gulls, including one that was pure
    white. It appeared to be slightly smaller than a Western Gull. It
    was, as always with LG birds, quite far away. Here are a few rough
    Perhaps someone with a superzoom can stop by and try to find the bird
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena, CA
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  33. 2014 Malibu Christmas Bird Count LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 6:10pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Los Angeles Audubon's 2014 Malibu Christmas Bird Count, which took place on Sunday, December 14th, totaled 145 species. This is likely the smallest species total ever for the count, even 3 less than last year. 54 observers, in 33 groups, contributed to this year's effort. 12 participants live in the count circle, so the large majority of the effort was again from those who live elsewhere.The weather was pleasant for the observers, with overcast skies. Temperatures were in the 60's during the day. Winds were light from the northeast at up to 5 mph in areas.Once again, Jonathan Steinberg provided his sailboat, the "405." ("Hello. I'm stuck on the 405." The 405 is a busy local freeway.) The boat was reasonably productive adding 4 species not seen elsewhere on the count, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Cassin's Auklet, and Red Phalarope.We are still in a drought, and birds are down from historic numbers. Still the 17,848 individual birds reported this year was up 3000 from last year's total.The low species count is primarily because few semi-rare birds were found. For example, we often have reports of birds such as White-throated Sparrow and Lewis's Woodpecker. Species recorded this year that are infrequently found on the count are:20 Brant - off of Point Dume. (K. Garrett)1 Osprey - west Malibu. Seen by 3 groups. Assumed to be one bird. (K. Garrett, A. & J. Cupples, and S. & B. Turley) 1 Common Goldeneye - Sierra Retreat area. (J. Kelly and T. Hite)1 Black Oystercatcher - west Malibu coast. (S. and B. Turley)1 Pacific Wren - Old Topanga Rd, 100 yards s of Mulholland. Heard only + recorded. (L. Benner and K. Ellsworth) 1 Wilson's Warbler - Bonsall Drive, Malibu. (F. and S. Gilliland)Misses include:Chipping SparrowRufous-crowned Sparrow (likely somewhere in the count circle)Rock WrenRhinoceros Auklet
    Redheads were seen in Las Virgenes Reservoir, but not in the part actually inside the count circle.Trends18 groups reported 450 Nanday Parakeets. They have certainly exploded in the area.The total of 174 Allen's Hummingbirds almost equaled the total of 214 Anna's Hummingbirds.174 Hermit Thrushes was surprisingly close to the 270 American Robins reported. Robins seem to be staying north. 13 groups reported a total of 47 Varied Thrushes. After review by the regional editors, this year's species list and participant list will again be on . Click on "Results: Current & Historical" and then "Historical Results by Count," and use option C, with the count code "CAMU." If anyone wants a complete report before then, please E-mail me.Thanks to all who assisted.Next year's Malibu CBC is expected to be on December 20, 2015.Dick NortonTopanga, CA
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  35. 3 Brant at Ballona Salt Pan LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 4:08pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Three BRANT were at the Ballona Salt Pan today, December 19, at 1:30 p.m. Two of them were banded. From the mechanical tide gate (upstream from Pacific Ave) walk east to the salt pan area that is nearly south of the UCLA crew launch.
    In Ballona Channel, also in that area, was a possible adult nonbreeding Arctic Loon. Lots of bright white along its flanks. I need collaboration on that one!
    Bob Pann
    Cheviot Hills
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  37. Sepulveda Basin - Red-throated Loon etc. LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2014 @ 3:44pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I spent a good portion of the day on foot around Sepulveda Basin/Lake Balboa, starting with a walk down the entire Los Angeles River stretch through the basin (something I've always wanted to do). Nothing really rare but a few local interest things below. I imagine I had 80-100 species but haven't counted them up yet - really birdy out there right now.
    ROSS'S GOOSE: 3 together at Lake Balboa
    COMMON LOON: Winter plumage bird at Lake Balboa (continuing)
    RED-THROATED LOON: Single with Common Loon. Oddly, appeared just before I left around 1:30, and I checked the lake a couple times before then, so maybe it just flew in this afternoon.
    HORNED GREBE: Two (continuing) at Wildlife Area pond.
    NO. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: Not sure what's going on with them, but I had 4 together over the LA River south of Burbank, then 2-3 at the Wildlife Area about an hour later, then around 6 at Lake Balboa, with White-throated Swifts. Overwintering now?
    DUCKS: Really low diversity - no teal, no gadwall, no scaup, etc. Maybe the rain moved them around?
    GULLS: Had around 3-4 Bonaparte's, a good Glaucous-winged, but no Mew or Herring. Sent one mystery gull to Kimball.
    Other MIA: No meadowlark (usually see on big lawns, just not today); few raptors (1 Cooper's, 1 Sharp-shin, no harrier/kite), but plenty of vultures and red-tails; few warblers (< 5 Orange-crowns/Townsend's, nothing rarer).
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
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  39. Re: Eurasian Green-winged Teal LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2014 @ 1:29pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Christmas Bird Count
    do not have to be an expert, join us and enjoy the birds with us!!! We
    always have a good time. There are no restrooms at these areas so we
    allowed time for restroom stops in between.
    After Gum Grove Park (which is a public park) areas visited are gated with limited access to this is an opportunity to see these areas. Los Cerritos Wetlands are in Seal Beach and Long Beach.
    Schedule for Los Cerritos Wetlands in Seal Bch and Long Beach
    1. 8:00 a.m. Gum Grove Park, Avalon parking lot near Catalina, long narrow park along the Hellman lowlands
    9:30 a.m. - 10:45 First & PCH on border of SB & LB (address One
    Pacific Highway) turn inland and park off road, we walk in
    This is a gated aree with little public access
    3. Approximately 11:30 a.m. Continuing on at old Bryant property, known as Phase I (Zedler Marsh)
    This is a gated area with little public access
    See , we need lots of help that day, you can meet at El Dorado Library on Studebaker, time listed on website
    Mary Parsell
    Long Beach California
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  41. Malibu Lagoon today LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2014 @ 2:48pm, 2 day(s) ago
    As a result of the recent rains, the Lagoon is now open to the ocean and getting the tidal flush. There are more gulls and a variety of them, as well as, ducks, etc. When the tide is out, there are mud flats within the lagoon. Today I found, besides the usual suspects, the following:
    1) Blue-winged Teal - one male
    2) Hooded Merganser-one male
    3) Brant- one
    4) Bonaparte;'s Gull - 20-25
    5) Herring Gull- 2 adults
    6) Glaucous-winged Gull- one 1st cycle
    The negative part is that there are NO Snowy Plovers for the past 2 visits here.
    Across the road, Legacy Park is now Legacy Lake, as about 50% is now under water. Should be interesting to watch.
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  43. Los Angeles RBA- 19 December 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2014 @ 11:25am, 2 day(s) ago
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  45. December 18 -- Varied Thrushes in Palos Verdes' South Coast Botanic Garden and George F Canyon LINK
    DATE: Dec 18, 2014 @ 3:49pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Varied Thrushes have been ubiquitous here in So Cal lately, so let me chime in with 5 VTs at the "Red River Gum Tree" near Hidden Meadow at Palos Verdes' South Coast Botanic Garden (out-in-the-open photo at and 1 Varied at the end of the trail in Palos Verdes' George F Canyon, all seen on Thursday, December 18.
    Steve Wolfe
    Portal, Arizona
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  47. La Mirada Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 17, 2014 @ 2:14pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Some low key rarities at La Mirada Park today (Dec 17). I birded the portion between the Splash water park and Foster Rd on my lunch break. There was a big mixed flock in the trees along Foster and another in the trees over by Splash.
    Highlights were a Black-and-White Warbler and Brown Creeper low on pine trunks. Also making an appearance were the the long-continuing Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Slate-colored Junco in with all the Oregons, and a hybrid Townsend's x Hermit Warbler (Townsend's face pattern, but no yellow on throat, chest, or mantle).
    Jonathan Rowley
    La Mirada, CA
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  49. Santa Clarita CBC LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2014 @ 6:39pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    The Santa Clarita CBC will be held on Sunday December 21. We are still looking for people to come help.
    We meet for the Santa Clarita CBC at 7am at the Western Bagel Shop (Valencia Mart, 23170 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia, CA 91355) and then divide into teams. Then we meet at 1 pm to go over the checklists at El Pato (22950 Lyons Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321).
    All are welcome to attend, including new counters. Anyone is welcome to show-up on Sunday morning, but I appreciate advance notice to get an idea of coverage (contact me off-list).
    Brian Bielfelt
    Santa Clarita, CA
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