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· Re: [LACoBirds] San Pedro Pelagic This Saturday (TODAY)
· Re: Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conference Fortuna, CA (Jun 29, 2016)
· Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conf erence Fortuna, CA (Jun 29, 2016)
· San Pedro Pelagic This Saturday (Jun 29, 2016)
· Malibu Lagoon (Jun 29, 2016)
  1. Re: [LACoBirds] San Pedro Pelagic This Saturday LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 11:15am
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  3. Re: Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conference Fortuna, CA LINK
    DATE: Jun 29, 2016 @ 7:24pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Sorry I forgot to sign my post.?
    
    Frances Oliver
    WFO Board of Directors?
    
    On Jun 29, 2016, at 7:22 PM, Frances Oliver < hummer52@... > wrote:
    
    DATES:? September 28-October 2
    LOCATION: Fortuna, CA.
    
    DESCRIPTION: Please join us for Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conference to be held at the River Lodge Conference Center, on the shores of the Eel River in Humboldt Co.We will offer full-day field trips on Thursday and Sunday, and half-day field trips and workshops on Friday and Saturday mornings. Science Sessions with follow these field trips on both Friday & Saturday.? Saturday night ’s keynote speaker will be Mark Cowell.
    
    Field trips, each offered twice, will visit a variety of habitats throughout Humboldt Co. We even have trips going to both Del Norte and Trinity counties! Some targeted species include: Ruffed Grouse, Spotted Owl and Gray Jay.
    
    Website URL:? http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php .?
    
    Registration will open? July 9 @ 6PM
    
    CONTACT:? quailfriend@...
    
    Frances
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  5. Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conf erence Fortuna, CA LINK
    DATE: Jun 29, 2016 @ 7:22pm, 1 day(s) ago
    DATES:? September 28-October 2
    LOCATION: Fortuna, CA.
    
    DESCRIPTION: Please join us for Western Field Ornithologists’ 41st annual conference to be held at the River Lodge Conference Center, on the shores of the Eel River in Humboldt Co.We will offer full-day field trips on Thursday and Sunday, and half-day field trips and workshops on Friday and Saturday mornings. Science Sessions with follow these field trips on both Friday & Saturday.? Saturday night ’s keynote speaker will be Mark Cowell.
    
    Field trips, each offered twice, will visit a variety of habitats throughout Humboldt Co. We even have trips going to both Del Norte and Trinity counties! Some targeted species include: Ruffed Grouse, Spotted Owl and Gray Jay.
    
    Website URL:? http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php .?
    
    Registration will open? July 9 @ 6PM
    
    CONTACT:? quailfriend@...
    
    Frances
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  7. San Pedro Pelagic This Saturday LINK
    DATE: Jun 29, 2016 @ 5:52pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi all.
    The Catalina Explorer (formerly the Magician) is offering an eight-hour pelagic birding trip this Saturday. We will leave at 8 a.m. out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. Cost is $110 per person; breakfast, lunch and a bottomless soda cup are included (and they have been known to serve brownies hot out of the oven a la mode).?
    
    We will likely head to the four oil rigs halfway between Huntington Beach and the east end of Catalina Island (where the brown boobies have been roosting for the past couple of years); then follow the 100 fathom escarpment west around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the mouth of the Redondo Canyon. That covers a lot of prime habitat.
    
    Waters temperatures are still above normal, and bird abundance and diversity offshore are low. Having said that, it is during unusual conditions that we are most likely to see unusual birds. We seem to be having a mini Magnificent Frigatebird invasion; a Manx Shearwater was seen in Orange County a couple of weeks ago, and a recent trip out of San Diego had good numbers of Craveri's Murrelets. And the cetacean show is really good right now, local boats are seeing Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales on a daily basis.
    
    To book, go to the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm .
    
    Hope you can join us!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  9. Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Jun 29, 2016 @ 3:35pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Between 12 and 12:30 today, the following birds were at the Lagoon. The usual Gulls (Western, California, Heermann's) ands usual terns (Caspian, Royal & Elegant). IN addition were the following: 3 Wilson's Phalarope- females in breeding plumage
    3 Whimbrel
    12 Western Sandpiper
    1 Glaucous-winged Gull
    2 Ring-billed Gull- 1st summer and bird of the year
    Several Black-bellied Plovers- a couple partially black- bellied
    
    Three days a go the Phalaropes, Whimbrels and Westerns were not present there and only one Ring-billed was foundAt that time, no black was on any BB Plovers. South migration is happening.
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  11. Indigo Bunting LINK
    DATE: Jun 28, 2016 @ 3:39pm, 2 day(s) ago
    The male INBU was present this morning at Malibu Creek SP. He was located up the Grasslands Trail, where it connects with Crag Road, which is the paved road from the lower parking lot. After walking up the hill of Grasslands Trail, upon reaching the flat part of the trail, the bird was singing in trees on the hillside one walks up to to find him, facing Crag Road. He was seen in two different trees, on the top, singing from about 8:15 to 8:30 AM, then flew away. He was not heard singing prior to 8:15 AM.
    
    Amy Worell
    
    Chatsworth
    
    Sent from my iPad
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  13. RE: [LACoBirds] Brown Booby and shearwaters at San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Jun 27, 2016 @ 4:36pm, 3 day(s) ago
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  15. Falco Peregrinus at Pt. Fermin park LINK
    DATE: Jun 27, 2016 @ 7:40am, 4 day(s) ago
    Right then,
    Between 6/21/16 & 6/23/16 I observed 1 to 3 individuals soaring along the cliff face, diving after various prey birds (mostly pigeons) and chasing each other about, uttering their distinctive cries. I was arriving around 4pm and would hear them within minutes of exiting my vehicle and they were visibly and audibly there for the next 2 or so hours intermittently. They seemed to be a family group since their interactions were never more than mock attacks.
    Phillip Curry Los Angeles, CA?
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  17. RE: [LACoBirds] Brown Booby and shearwaters at San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Jun 27, 2016 @ 11:12am, 3 day(s) ago
    Jun and Bin,
    
    The status of Black-vented Shearwater along the Los Angeles County coast has changed a great deal over the years, and also varies from year to year.? You’re
    right that older references indicate that the species does not arrive until September and is most common through the winter period of late October to early March.But beginning in the 1990s and especially in the last 10-15 years, “fall” arrivals have been
    much earlier in most years, with good numbers as early as May in some years and June in many years.? I suspect these early mass arrivals may have to do with breeding failures (most breed on Isla Natividad mid-way down the Pacific coast of Baja), but could
    represent a shift to earlier breeding and may also be a result of increases in overall populations (largely due to predator control on the breeding islands).
    
    ? We expect numbers of Sooties to drop in our waters as the summer progresses, and the main masses move farther north in the eastern Pacific.
    
    Kimball
    
    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
    ? From: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com]
    On Behalf Of Jun W junco_robin@... [LACoBirds]
    
    Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 7:01 PM
    
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Brown Booby and shearwaters at San Pedro
    
    ? The overlook (33.706611, -118.287793) at the south end of Pacific Ave. in San Pedro seems to be a good spot for seawatching. It has fantastic views
    and free curbside parkings.
    
    Over 2 thousand shearwaters also were present today that were close enough that we could make attempt to id. Surprisingly the majority of them were Black-vented Shearwaters. The rest we still hesitate to call Sooty.? Under dim morning sunlight or harsh noon
    sunlight, the shearwaters all tend to appear dark-bellied until they bank (then the white bellies suddenly become visible) or rest on water (then you can clearly see the contrasting white throats and flanks). We later on dropped by Cabrillo beach. Of a couple
    of hundred shearwaters within a short distance from the jetty, almost all of them were black-venteds.
    
    This raises a question.? This is our first year of serious seawatching so we don't have old data to compare with. But authorities all state that Black-venteds, after they leave our water at the end of spring, only become common again until into September. This
    doesn't look to be the case for PV coast this year. We started seeing them in numbers about 2 weeks ago, and once they were back, they seemed to have immediately become dominant, as if they had largely pushed sooties out or far offshore. We also notice the
    similar trend last year through some ebird digging. Anyone have similar observation or comments?
    ?
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  19. Brown Booby and shearwaters at San Pedro LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2016 @ 7:00pm, 4 day(s) ago
    The overlook (33.706611, -118.287793) at the south end of Pacific Ave. in San Pedro seems to be a good spot for seawatching. It has fantastic views and free curbside parkings.
    
    It also seems to be a good place to see Brown Booby (Long Beach offshore population) without taking a boat out. We spotted and observed one adult this noon for some time when it was feeding among thousands of birds out there. It comfortably fell in the range of our scope (a 10x bin may also do).
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30408771
    
    This was only our third try at this location. On the other hand, we haven't had any luck seeing one in our regular seawatches? at other places along the PV peninsula coast so far this year (particularly north of Point Vicente area) .
    
    Over 2 thousand shearwaters also were present today that were close enough that we could make attempt to id. Surprisingly the majority of them were Black-vented Shearwaters. The rest we still hesitate to call Sooty.? Under dim morning sunlight or harsh noon sunlight, the shearwaters all tend to appear dark-bellied until they bank (then the white bellies suddenly become visible) or rest on water (then you can clearly see the contrasting white throats and flanks). We later on dropped by Cabrillo beach. Of a couple of hundred shearwaters within a short distance from the jetty, almost all of them were black-venteds.
    
    This raises a question.? This is our first year of serious seawatching so we don't have old data to compare with. But authorities all state that Black-venteds, after they leave our water at the end of spring, only become common again until into September. This doesn't look to be the case for PV coast this year. We started seeing them in numbers about 2 weeks ago, and once they were back, they seemed to have immediately become dominant, as if they had largely pushed sooties out or far offshore. We also notice the similar trend last year through some ebird digging. Anyone have similar observation or comments?
    
    Jun & Bin
    Redondo Beach
    7pm? 6/26
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  21. Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2016 @ 1:32pm, 4 day(s) ago
    This morning Malibu Lagoon produced the following: Glaucous-winged Gull- 2nd cycle bird seen previously there
    Brant (Goose)- also there for the past couple of weeks
    Bonaparte's Gull- 1st summer bird
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  23. L.A. River Glossy Ibis - no; White-faced Ibis - yes LINK
    DATE: Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:42pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Birders:
    
    Two of us sat at the LA River this Saturday morning between the Dam and
    Haskell Creek south of Burbank Blvd. 7:30-9:30am, but had only a single
    White-faced Ibis : red eye, pink facial flesh, very faint white
    line over eyes & bill.
    
    Towards the end one very pretty female Wilson's Phalarope dropped
    in. It was also interesting to note several very young Black-necked
    Stilts young of varying sizes (and apparent ages) were poking around
    the water and stones, while one adult sat on four eggs on a mid-stream
    island. At this location at least, the adults haven't synchronized their
    breeding.
    
    Also Spotted Sandpiper - 3 very spotted birds
    
    Chuck Almdale
    
    North Hills, Ca.
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  25. Malibu creek Indigo bunting LINK
    DATE: Jun 25, 2016 @ 9:28am, 5 day(s) ago
    Seen well and heard singing this am at 7:15 at grassland trail and crag road.
    
    Tom Miko and Rick Fisher
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  27. Need Optics? LINK
    DATE: Jun 25, 2016 @ 8:10am, 5 day(s) ago
    Swarovski EL 10X42 WB Binoculars? Price $900. Payment method: Paypal or Credit Card Swarobright, in original box with zippered carrying case. Excellent condition , used but well loved.
    
    Zeiss Diascope 85 T*FL Angled Eyepiece Spotting Scope with 2nd 20-60x Eyepiece? Price $2,250.00 Payment method: Paypal or Credit Card Excellent condition . Extra eyepiece has never been used. This is the Angled eyepiece version. Silver & Black and comes with the Zeiss rubber cover.?
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  29. RE: [LACoBirds] Claremont Black Swifts LINK
    DATE: Jun 24, 2016 @ 11:11pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I looked this evening (Jun 24) from 6:30-7:15 pm, but saw no martins and only about two dozen swallows and no swifts.
    
    Tom Benson?
    San Bernardino, CA?
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Thomas Miko thomas_miko@... [LACoBirds]"
    Date: 6/24/16 1:44 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: LA Co Birds
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Claremont Black Swifts
    
    Hello, This hot, miserable weather would be perfect Black Swift weather, if it weren't for the fact that Claremont Wilderness Park has been officially closed for well nigh on a week, now, due to fire danger. When the weather and fire situation in the San Gabriel
    Mountains calms down, they will re-open it:
    http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/1378/18
    
    As an alternative, I hiked up Evey Canyon, on a recent afternoon, starting at 5:00 p.m. It was 100F, but most of the trail was in the shade, so it wasn't bad. The same road is mostly in sunlight in the mornings. At 6:00 p.m. I had a large flock of Cliff
    Swallows and one or two White-throated Swifts, but no Black Swifts soaring over the high ridge south of the fire road i.e. hiking trail. When I got back to the car close to 7:00 p.m., , I stood in the dirt lot near the yellow metal gate, and 3 Purple Martins soared over the dry "lake" behind (north of) San Antonio Dam, and worked their way uphill, towards Baldy Village. If someone wants to
    torture themselves by staking out that area on consecutive evenings, it might be fruitful. Or not.
    Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
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  31. Glossy Ibis LINK
    DATE: Jun 24, 2016 @ 2:13pm, 6 day(s) ago
    It's back! About 9:30 this morning the Glossy Ibis was seen again on the LA River between the Dam and Haskell Creek south of Burbank Blvd. Noted was its grayish cheek with a touch of blue, the dark iris and somewhat dark legs. There was no sign of white or pink around the eye or face.?
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  33. Los Angeles RBA- 24 June 2016 LINK
    DATE: Jun 24, 2016 @ 1:50pm, 6 day(s) ago
    - RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * June 24, 2016 * CALA1606.24  
     
    -Birds mentioned
     
    Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    California Condor
    Ridgway’s Rail
    Semipalmated Plover
    Indigo Bunting
    Red Crossbill
    
    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 June 24.
     
    A COMMON MERGANSER continues along the LA River near Atwater Park, being reported through June 16.
     
    A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER has been at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley from June 16-24.
     
    A CALIFORNIA CONDOR was seen at Quail Lake near Gorman on June 18.
     
    A RIDGWAY’S RAIL continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh through June 22.  It has been observed near the “elbow” of the marsh by the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson (from along the path a short distance south
    of Jefferson).  There is ample parking on Jefferson Blvd.
     
    A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER continued at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB through June 18.
     
    The male INDIGO BUNTING continued at Malibu Creek State Park through June 19.  It is being seen near the grassland trail near where it departs the main pathway to the Visitor’s Center.
     
    Eight RED CROSSBILLS (including recently fledged young) were by campsite 38 at Table Mountain Campground in the San Gabriel Mountains on June 17.
     
     
    - 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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  35. Claremont Black Swifts LINK
    DATE: Jun 24, 2016 @ 1:44pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hello, This hot, miserable weather would be perfect Black Swift weather, if it weren't for the fact that Claremont Wilderness Park has been officially closed for well nigh on a week, now, due to fire danger. When the weather and fire situation in the San Gabriel
    Mountains calms down, they will re-open it:
    http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/1378/18
    
    As an alternative, I hiked up Evey Canyon, on a recent afternoon, starting at 5:00 p.m. It was 100F, but most of the trail was in the shade, so it wasn't bad. The same road is mostly in sunlight in the mornings. At 6:00 p.m. I had a large flock of Cliff
    Swallows and one or two White-throated Swifts, but no Black Swifts soaring over the high ridge south of the fire road i.e. hiking trail. When I got back to the car close to 7:00 p.m., , I stood in the dirt lot near the yellow metal gate, and 3 Purple Martins soared over the dry "lake" behind (north of) San Antonio Dam, and worked their way uphill, towards Baldy Village. If someone wants to
    torture themselves by staking out that area on consecutive evenings, it might be fruitful. Or not.
    Tom Miko Claremont 909.241.3300
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  37. Wilson's Phalaropes now at lower LAR LINK
    DATE: Jun 23, 2016 @ 1:34pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Thurs 23 June
    
    WIPHs are beginning to show up at the lower L.A.River. This morning in Long Beach there were three birds together between Willow St and Wardlow Rd, specifically about 300 yards north of the cross-river power lines opposite Spring St. There were also two Western Sandpipers in the area. Photos of the phalaropes.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/27786875071
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/27786861461
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/27250816253
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/27250780824
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  39. Re: [LACoBirds] Re: [venturacobirding] Lake Sherwood LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2016 @ 12:04am, 9 day(s) ago
    I agree there are other factors
    affecting bird reduction, including lack of my preference for
    worldwide population control.   
    
    I was familiar w/elimination of Cowbirds in Kings Cyn Park and
    know Hank Brodkin worked on a project in Az, but hadn't
    particularly thought about permits.   Just know that if there was
    a gnatcatcher in my yard feeding cowbirds, they wouldn't last
    long.....   
    
    Importantly, we've had an abundance reduction of birds of at least
    50% in just 10 years per our SWBSC ebird statistics.   We also
    need to cover much wider territories to come near seeing the same
    # of species.    Even birds that were once abundant in my yard
    have vastly diminished or completely gone, even while making my
    yard more attractive to birds.   
    
    There seems to have been a probable 80-90% reduction of most birds
    (not ravens, crows, collared doves, etc.) in my 35 years of
    birding which makes me extremely sad!    I hate the thought of my
    grandchildren rarely seeing and knowing the joy of birds and other
    wildlife, with perhaps great-grandchildren seeing next to none....
    
    Wanda Dameron
    
    W. San Fernando Valley
    
     
    
     
    
    Virus-free. www.avast.com
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  41. Magnificent Frigatebird near Pt. Dume on 6/21/16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2016 @ 10:01pm, 9 day(s) ago
    At about 2.30pm on Tuesday, the 21st of June, a Magnificent Frigatebird
    
    made a brief appearance near the Pt. Dume Headlands. I recognized it
    
    immediately because of its enormous size (it dwarfed a Western Gull that
    
    was flying nearby), stark black & white plumage (the tail & underside of
    
    the wings were black and the throat, chest & body were white), extremely
    
    long, narrow "crooked" wings and long, slender tail. I was not able to
    
    photograph it because it drifted west and disappeared over the Headlands
    
    too quickly.
    
    Cynthia Schotte
    
    Malibu, CA
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  43. RE: [LACoBirds] Re: [venturacobirding] Lake Sherwood LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2016 @ 4:24pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Wanda,   Bear in mind that Brown-headed Cowbirds are native birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so “killing the babies” (as soul-satisfying as that
    might be) is not an option without appropriate permits. Cowbird trapping at various locations (usually where there are sensitive riparian species susceptible to cowbird brood parasitism) is performed under strict USFWS permitting.   Also, while it is true that cowbird brood parasitism has reduced the numbers of some host species in some areas (rarely, even drastically so), there are many
    other factors which can help explain why your Monday group is seeing a clear (~50%) reduction in species and quantities.  The five-year drought has had strong negative impacts on many native woodland, brushland, sage scrub and grassland species – I agree that
    the low populations of many species are striking in the San Gabriel Mountains and suspect that drought is a major factor. And unfavorable climate scenarios are only going to increase.  Increasing mortality of migratory birds during their migrations from loss
    of good quality stopover habitat and the proliferation of renewable energy infrastructure (wind turbines, solar facilities, transmission towers) continues to impact our bird populations. Loss of good wintering habitat is a factor for some species. And increasingly
    insidious impacts of a variety of chemicals, hormones, and other crap we spew into the environment are taking their toll. About the only thing we don’t have to worry about (much) in western North America is the massive take of migratory (and resident) birds
    for the cage bird trade and for food – such problems are rampant in much of the world, including many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.
      I’m not a big defender of cowbirds, but there’s plenty of other blame to go around (all of which falls squarely on unsustainably huge human populations).   Kimball   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
      From: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com]
    On Behalf Of Wanda wandadameron2@... [LACoBirds]
    
    Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 8:38 AM
    
    To: Mary; Ventura Birds; LA Co Birds
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Re: [venturacobirding] Lake Sherwood
    
      More than sad!  Can you kill the babies?   Predation of nests by cowbirds invariably kills the parents in atttempts to feed them.    Cowbird cages etc. are being used in National Parks and elsewhere, to catch and eliminate them, in attempt
    to cut down on invasive species.  
    
    In documenting sightings, our Monday Bird Group has found that over the last
    10 years  QUANTITIES  of species has dropped by 50%!!! .   That is incredible....   And that is while we are going further and further afield to find approximately the same number of species that we used to see within L.A.
    County.    i felt that a recent annual trip into the San Gabriels was so bereft of species and quantities, it should be compared to "Silent Spring."
    
    Wanda Dameron
    
    W. San Fernando Valley   
    
    On 6/21/2016 6:51 AM, Mary marye.hansen@... [venturacobirding] wrote:
    
    Always finding Cowbirds and today it's a recent fledgling following , being fed by a little Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. A little sad.
    
    Mary Hansen
    
    Lake Sherwood 
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  45. Re: [LACoBirds] Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2016 @ 1:18pm, 9 day(s) ago
    There is banding in Malibu and the Boeing site in Simi Valley. Both band House finches when captured.?
    
    Orwin Woldman
    Studio City
    
    
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  47. Re: [LACoBirds] Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:40am, 9 day(s) ago
    Birders:
    
    Can anyone answer this question:
    
    Question: This afternoon (Mon. 6/20/16) there was an adult female
    
    house finch at my feeder (Santa Monica, near the beach).
    
    She was banded -- Left: neon green over neon pinkish orange; Right:
    
    neon pinkish orange.
    
    I don't have a scope so couldn't tell is there was other coding.
    
    Do you know if who might be banding finches around here? I couldn't
    
    tell whether the bands were metal or something else.
    
    Thanks.
    
    Connie Day
    
    Sent in by Chuck Almdale
    
    North Hills, Ca.
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  49. Re: [venturacobirding] Lake Sherwood LINK
    DATE: Jun 21, 2016 @ 8:38am, 9 day(s) ago
    More than sad!  Can you kill the
    babies?   Predation of nests by cowbirds invariably kills the
    parents in atttempts to feed them.    Cowbird cages etc. are being
    used in National Parks and elsewhere, to catch and eliminate them,
    in attempt to cut down on invasive species.  
    
    In documenting sightings, our Monday Bird Group has found that
    over the last 10 years  QUANTITIES  of species has dropped by 50%!!! .  
    That is incredible....   And that is while we are going further
    and further afield to find approximately the same number of
    species that we used to see within L.A. County.    i felt that a
    recent annual trip into the San Gabriels was so bereft of species
    and quantities, it should be compared to "Silent Spring."
    
    Wanda Dameron
    
    W. San Fernando Valley   
    
    On 6/21/2016 6:51 AM, Mary marye.hansen@...
    [venturacobirding] wrote:
    
      Always finding Cowbirds and today it's a recent fledgling
    following , being fed by a little Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. A
    little sad.
    
    Mary Hansen
    
    Lake Sherwood
    
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