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Last 5 Posts:
· Re: Least Flycatcher, Sand Dune Park, 9/18/14 (TODAY)
· some L.A.River notes (Sep 19, 2014)
· White-winged Dove and Tennessee Warbler, La Mirada Creek Park (Sep 19, 2014)
· Prairie continues at Madrona (Sep 19, 2014)
· Least Flycatcher Dand Dune park 9/18/14 (Sep 19, 2014)
  1. Re: Least Flycatcher, Sand Dune Park, 9/18/14 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:36pm, TODAY
    Fri 19 Sep
    
    I could not locate the Least Flycatcher this afternoon, from 12:45 to 2:00, and I heard no suspicious whit notes. I saw many of the same migrants that Jon F. found yesterday.
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
    
    
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  3. some L.A.River notes LINK
    DATE: Sep 19, 2014 @ 3:53pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Fri 19 Sep
    
    The Stilt Sandpipers and Red Knots were not present this morning near Compton Creek, at least while I was in the area (0845-0945). I did photograph a Dunlin approx 150 yds south of the Del Amo bridge, my second already this season. (A Wilson's Snipe was along riverbed vegetation just south of the freight railroad bridge.)
    
    Poor shots of the Dunlin foraging on the far (west) side of the river.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15105020417
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15288423401
    
    Earlier AM I had a juv Pectoral Sandpiper midway between the 405 Fwy and the Metro Line bridge.
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  5. White-winged Dove and Tennessee Warbler, La Mirada Creek Park LINK
    DATE: Sep 19, 2014 @ 9:16am, 1 day(s) ago
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was in the top of a chestnut tree on the flat dry lot above the Dusky-capped Flycatcher eucalyptus grove at about 6:45 am this morning. There are a lot of Mourning Doves in the area, but it was by itself. This was a serendipitous finding, as I only entered the park via this area because I had to run an errand this morning.
    
    I then birded my way down toward La Mirada Blvd along the park. The trees were alive with migrants this morning; it was definitely the highest volume of the fall I've seen so far. I found a TENNESSEE WARBLER at around 7:45 am in a eucalyptus just downstream from the middle bridge between Imperial Hwy and La Mirada Blvd.
    
    Jonathan Rowley
    La Mirada, CA
    
    
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  7. Prairie continues at Madrona LINK
    DATE: Sep 19, 2014 @ 8:38am, 1 day(s) ago
    Good morning birders!
    I happy to report the Prairie warbler is still present. Mark Rubke spotted it just east of its usual spot by the pole.
    
    Happy birding!
    Tracy Drake
    Madrona Marsh Preserve
    Torrance
    
    
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  9. Least Flycatcher Dand Dune park 9/18/14 LINK
    DATE: Sep 19, 2014 @ 10:04pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I uploaded a Picture to Flickr of the Least Flycatcher that I took around 145 PM when Jon Feenstra found the bird.
    
    Jim Hecht
    Hermosa Beach CA
    
    leastflycatcher2
    
    leastflycatcher2 SandDunePark-Manhattan Beach CA 9/18/14-Identified by Call by Jon Feenstra
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    
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  11. Probable Black-vented Shearwater in the Marina del Rey channel LINK
    DATE: Sep 19, 2014 @ 5:48pm, 1 day(s) ago
    As I was on my way back downstream along the north side of Ballona
    Creek, I got to about halfway between the university boat ramp and the
    Pacific Street bridge and watched a fishing boat coming up the Marina
    channel. They must have been cleaning fish, as the boat was being
    followed by many gulls and pelicans. I looked for a booby (Red-footed
    would be nice) but no luck.
    But then I noticed a bird on the water behind the boat. Before I could
    get my binoculars on it, it started to fly, following the boat toward
    the harbor. Unfortunately, that meant my view was entirely of a bird
    flying almost straight away from me. It was obviously a small
    dark-and-light shearwater. I could not see the face pattern at all, and
    my view of the undertail area was not very good. But it looked dark
    under the tail and the overall pattern on the sides was rather muddy,
    i.e., not sharply demarcated between dark and light. My initial
    impression as soon as I saw the bird was BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER, and
    nothing I did see changed that impression, but I'd have to admit that I
    didn't see enough to make an ironclad case for the identification.
    (Odds, of course, would seem pretty darned strong for Black-vented.)
    
    The only other birds of note were several COMMON TERNS. I saw three
    together over Ballona Creek just upstream of the Pacific Street bridge.
    At various other times during my walk (which was up to the Marina
    Freeway gull loafing spot and back and then over to Fisherman's Village
    to hunt unsuccessfully for the shearwater), I saw Common Terns in ones
    and twos on a few occasions. Whether the same birds were being seen is
    impossible to say, but my guess is there were more than three present in
    the area.
    
    Otherwise it was pretty much the usual suspects (although 39 Snowy
    Egrets was a high count for me on that route.) Twenty-eight was my
    previous high.
    
    Martin
    
    ---------------
    Martin Meyers
    email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
    Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
    Truckee, CA
    
    
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  13. Los Angeles RBA- 18 September 2014 LINK
    DATE: Sep 18, 2014 @ 4:24pm, 2 day(s) ago
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  15. Least Flycatcher, Sand Dune Park, 9/18/14 LINK
    DATE: Sep 18, 2014 @ 2:56pm, 2 day(s) ago
    There was a Least Flycatcher at Sand Dune Park early this afternoon. It was pretty slippery getting a look at it, but it was very vocal, "whit"-ing frequently, and therefore not too hard to track down. It spent the better part of an hour near the top entrance to the park.
    
    The park was otherwise pretty slow: Pacific-slope Flycatcher, multiple Orange-crowned Warblers, one each of Yellow and Wilson's Warbler, a couple of Warbling Vireos, two Chipping Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow and a Lazuli Bunting rounded out the migrants.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    
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  17. Northern Parula, Claremont LINK
    DATE: Sep 18, 2014 @ 12:18pm, 2 day(s) ago
    All,
    
    I had a first year female Northern Parula at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont this morning. The bird was with a small mixed warbler flock in the NE corner of the park in sycamores and oaks, later seen near the NW corner sycamores.
    
    Bird activity was above average, with good variety, and quite a bit of turnover in the time I was present which I very typical for this location in fall.
    
    Good birding.
    
    Michael J. San Miguel
    La Verne, CA
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  19. Malibu Lagoon Banded Snowy Plovers LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2014 @ 3:06pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Fellow Birders,
    
    I just received a reply from Frances Bidstrup regarding the banded snowy plovers seen at Malibu Lagoon this morning.
    
    WW BW was banded in 2012 at Centerville Beach in Humboldt County.
    VV AW is a fledge banded in Oceano Dunes.
    
    Fall migration is definitely under way.
    
    Good birding
    
    Bill Crowe
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  21. Malibu Lagoon Banded Snowy Plovers LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2014 @ 1:13pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Fellow Birders,
    I spent part of the morning birding Malibu Lagoon. I got some good looks at the common tern that Irwin Woldman found a few days ago. I then found Irwin. We noticed that the roped of area was no longer roped off. There was a good number of snowy plovers present. Three of the plovers were banded. GG AR was one of them. I posted pics of the other two along with their banding pattern in the mystery folder. I will send these pics to Francis Bidstrup to see where these visitors are from. There was a few lingering elegant terns and a good number of ruddy turnstones. I also saw a spotted sandpiper in its winter plumage. Among the black bellied plovers there was one still retaining most of its breeding plumage.
    
    Good Birding
    
    Bill Crowe
    Simi Valley CA
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  23. Prairie Warbler is still at Madrona Marsh LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2014 @ 10:47am, 3 day(s) ago
    Good morning Birders!
    Just a quick post to let you know that the Prairie is still present and can still be found in its usual places in the willows by the pole that is south of the sheds and in or near the sunflowers that are near the bridge that crosses the path in the western edge of the wetlands. Thank you to Edana and Joyce who braved the morning heat, found the bird and reported it to me at the Nature Center!
    Have a great day,
    
    
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  25. Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Fisher & Long, Building Birding Skills LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 4:43pm, 4 day(s) ago
    All are invited to the September general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon Society.
    
    - presentation title: Building Birding Skills- presenter: Jon Fisher and Mickey Long- location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
    - date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014- social time: 7:00 PM - meeting and program: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
    
    Birders at all skill levels will enjoy Jon and Mickey rotating through illustrated examples of "easy", "difficult", and "diabolical" field ID challenges. Just when you think you know a species along comes an age, sex, or subspecies difference in plumage. As always, knowing where and when to expect the regularly appearing species helps greatly in being ready for the unexpected.
    
    Shifting gears, the presenters will discuss how you can get the most out of birding by using eBird. They will cover the numbers game, and the value of estimating vs. dropping in an ?X?, and how best to enter a confusing variety of birds (swallows for example). Included will be brief discussion of care needed when entering your birds, and tips for avoiding pitfalls (are Ladder-backed Woodpeckers moving into L.A.?).
    
    Darren Dowell for Pasadena Audubon Society
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  27. South L.A. Inca Doves update LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 3:34pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Tues 16 Sep
    
    At Washington Park mid-morning I spent an hour looking for our Inca Doves without success, until at 1015 hr at least three flew in from the neighborhood just north of 91st St. They sometimes foraged on the ground south of the little maintenance yard.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15075686658
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15075674728
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15075214157
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15261358792
    
    Another note. In Vernon earlier this morning I saw a continuing Loggerhead Shrike (present since 8 Aug) in the field along the east side of the L.A.River south of Atlantic Blvd. Although the bird moves widely around the field, I again managed a photo as it hunted from the fence line bordering an adjacent industrial yard.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15075170158
    
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
    
    
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  29. Ballona Access Issues LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 2:44pm, 4 day(s) ago
    In response to Christopher Taylor's message about access (or lack thereof) to the south bank of Ballona Creek, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at 2 PM to discuss access and security (i.e. impact on habitat of homelessness, trash dumping etc.) at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. The meeting will be held at Julian Dixon Library at 4975 Overland Ave in Culver City. Anyone interested in discussing access to the reserve is welcome to attend. None of the more controversial topics relating to Ballona will be discussed at this meeting. Many good birds have been found from the south bank that would have otherwise been missed and this is true of other parts of the reserve as well, so this is a relevant discussion for this community. Please contact me OFFLINE for more info.
    
    Walter Lamb
    Culver City 
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  31. Red Knots LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 10:08pm, 4 day(s) ago
    In addition to the Stilt S/Ps were at least 3 Red Knots at the LA
    River today so of the Del Amo entrance, nearer the train trestle.
    There was a particularly goood variety of shorebirds so of the Willow
    St. entrance where plants grow fairly heavily.
    
    Wanda Dameron
    San Fernando Valley
    
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  33. Stilt Sandpipers: LA River/Del Amo 15Sept LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 8:51pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I visited the LA River from Del Amo Blvd south to the 2nd RR bridge just N of the I405, from noon to 1:30PM today. The 6 Stilt Sandpipers were together just north of the first (northernmost) RR bridge.
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  35. Re: Red Knot still at Ballona Salt Pan LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2014 @ 3:01pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Just a warning, 'technically' you're not supposed to be on the south
    side of Ballona Cr. / east of that chain-link gate (even though most of
    us do it).
    
    I was lectured at length by a US F&W agent Friday afternoon when he
    informed me it is a posted no-trespassing ecological reserve and a
    misdemeanor to go beyond that gate.
    
    I also polite informed him my ecological impact was minimal compared to
    the countless individuals that walk their dogs off leash in the
    'ecological reserve'. He agreed it was a serious issue and apparently
    they are going to be policing the area more frequently.
    
    --
    Christopher Taylor
    Marina del Rey, CA
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    
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  37. Red Knot still at Ballona Salt Pan LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2014 @ 2:52pm, 5 day(s) ago
    That great Red Knot, albeit a juvenile, is still at the Ballona salt pan (1:00-1:30 p.m., 8-15-14). Easily viewed from the south bank of Ballona channel opposite the UCLA crew ramp, it forages in the shallow water accumulation.
    
    Bob Pann
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  39. FW: [LACoBirds] White-crowned Sparrow (fos) Ballona Wetlands, 9-13-14 LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2014 @ 1:56pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi Jonathan/All,
    Great bird! The original photos were a little obscured by shadow, so I downloaded them, decreased the shadows in Photoshop, and posted them in my photostream (see links below). This bird looks pretty classically Clay-colored to me, with buffy cheek-patch, well-marked face, lack of white eye-ring, prominent pale central crown-stripe that continues all the way to the back of the crown, and broadly gray nape crossed by extension of the two dark lateral crown stripes. The bill also looks rather long for a Spizella -- CCSP exposed culmen = 7.8-9.3 mm, BRSP exposed culmen = 7.3-8.3 mm (Pyle).
    
    Compare also with birds here: http://aba.org/birding/2014-JAN-FEB/Jan-Feb_2014_10-Lethaby.pdf
    
    Robb Hamilton
    Long Beach, CA
    
    Spizella_quarter front_Ballona_9-13-14_JCo... Photo by Jonathan Coffin, Ballona Wetlands, 9-13-14
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Spizella_profile_Ballona_9-13-14_JCoffin_lightened Photo by Jonathan Coffin, Ballona Wetlands, 9-13-14
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Spizella_back_Ballona_9-13-14_JCoffin_lightened Photo by Jonathan Coffin, Ballona Wetlands, 9-13-14
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    
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  41. Prairie Warbler at Madrona Marsh LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2014 @ 12:24pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I found the sunflowers by the bridge, but no bird. Mark came by and
    showed me the willow area, but again no bird. We went back to the
    sunflowers around 9:10ish and there it was - working mostly low and
    deep. I was able to get a few okay photos when it came up to the top of a
    sunflower plant. I posted one of the photos on the yahoo site.
    
    Thank you, Tracy and Mark!
    
    Edana
    SalisburyBuena Park
    
    
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  43. Re: Common Tern and White-winged Dove in Cabrillo Beach area LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2014 @ 11:34pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Sorry to reply to myself, but I was just being really silly with my reported degree of uncertainty. The one I saw on September 9 looked exactly like a Common Tern at the time, and much more detail can of course be seen through binoculars than a what phone pointed through them can capture, and I saw more angles and poses than I was able to photograph with my phone. I simply placed a high burden of proof on it at the time, because I'd never seen this species before, and the reports of other Common Tern sightings on LACoBirds hadn't yet started piling in.
    So it was a Common Tern.
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2014-09-14 23:11, I wrote:I also saw what I'm fairly certain was a Common Tern on Sep 9 at 3:07pm, but didn't have my camera at the time. I took photos with my phone through binoculars, then rushed home to get my camera, but it was gone by the time I got back.
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2014-09-09%2015.11.49%20-%20probable%20Common%20Tern.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2014-09-09%2015.11.56%20-%20probable%20Common%20Tern.jpgIs it possible to know for sure this was indeed a Common Tern?
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  45. Common Tern and White-winged Dove in Cabrillo Beach area LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2014 @ 11:11pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Today (September 14) I saw my life Common Tern from the Cabrillo Fishing Pier! I observed it from 12:42pm to 1:01pm.
    And then the day was topped off with seeing a White-winged Dove fly into the Cabrillo Salt Marsh at 6:15pm. It didn't stay long, flying out a few minutes later. I hadn't seen one for 2 years.
    Photos:
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7122_Common_Tern.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7224_Common_Tern.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7226_Common_Tern.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7264_Common_Tern.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7273_Common_Tern_just_above_water.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7335_Common_Tern_with_fish.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7337_Common_Tern_swallowing_fish.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n44_IMG_7534_White-winged_Dove.jpg
    
    Other recent sightings in the Cabrillo Beach area, which I didn't think made the cut for posting on LACoBirds but am bundling in now:
    2014 Jul 2 at 7:48pm - 1 Least Tern
    2014 Jul 22 at 5:11pm - 1 Clark's Grebe
    2014 Aug 8 at 11:59am - 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, in my backyard
    2014 Aug 10 at 2:11pm - 3 Semipalmated Plovers, in salt marsh (they have been continuing since then)
    2014 Aug 15 at 6:03pm - 2 Wandering Tattlers, on breakwater to the side of fishing pier
    2014 Aug 16 at 12:58pm - 1 Townsend's Warbler juvenile, in my backyard
    2014 Aug 25 at 11:38am - FOS Black Turnstone, going to town on piled-up kelp (they've continued to be on the beach pretty often, including today)
    2014 Aug 27 at 7:18pm - 6 Semipalmated Plovers, in salt marsh (the most I've seen this season, but not the most this year, which was 11 on 2014 Apr 24 at 6:54pm)
    I also saw what I'm fairly certain was a Common Tern on Sep 9 at 3:07pm, but didn't have my camera at the time. I took photos with my phone through binoculars, then rushed home to get my camera, but it was gone by the time I got back.
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2014-09-09%2015.11.49%20-%20probable%20Common%20Tern.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2014-09-09%2015.11.56%20-%20probable%20Common%20Tern.jpg
    Is it possible to know for sure this was indeed a Common Tern?
    
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
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  47. RE: [LACoBirds] Red Knot In Ballona Salt Pan LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2014 @ 9:10pm, 6 day(s) ago
    There was a juvenile Red Knot on the Ballona salt pan/mudflat this evening at 7 pm. Apologies for the previous bad link to the photo.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/stonebird/15243388025/
    
    Jonathan Coffin
    Inglewood, Ca.
    
    To: lacobirds@yahoogroups.comFrom: LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.comDate: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:01:45 -0700Subject: [LACoBirds] Red Knot In Ballona Salt Pan
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  49. RE: [LACoBirds] Red Knot In Ballona Salt Pan LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2014 @ 8:48pm, 6 day(s) ago
    There was a juvenile Red Knot on the Ballona salt pan/mudflat this evening at 7pm.<iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stonebird/15243388025/player/7bf0b686a3" height="374" width="500" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
    
    Jonathan Coffin
    Inglewood, Ca.
    To: lacobirds@yahoogroups.comFrom: LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.comDate: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:01:45 -0700Subject: [LACoBirds] Red Knot In Ballona Salt Pan
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