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· Brant at Malibu (TODAY)
· Wandering Tattler at Ballona Creek (TODAY)
· Los Angeles RBA- 21 May 2015 (May 21, 2015)
· Fwd: Premiering tonight on PBS - The Sagebrush Sea (May 20, 2015)
· Pasadena Audubon meeting today, 7:30 PM: Fletcher & Chaplin, Condor Country -- It's Up There in Eaton Canyon (May 20, 2015)
  1. Brant at Malibu LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:10am, TODAY
    Recently there has been anywhere from 2 to 8 Brant in or near Malibu Lagoon. Yesterday (Saturday) I spent a couple of hours there, On the ocean shore, adjacent to the Lagoon, there was a pair of Brant (black). walking and feeding on the seaweed strewed on 0the shore at low tide.
    On the ocean beach shore of the Lagoon itself was another pair of Brant. One was the typical (Black) Brant. The other was, initially, a puzzler. It was the same size of its partner, but was not black on the breast and belly. Instead it 's breast & belly was a collage of grey and off-white. The undertail coverts were pure white. Across what was probably the secondaries and, possibly, part of the tertiaries was a wide swath of dull white. The neck band was subdued white and not as bold as its partner. After consulting two field guides, the conclusion was that is was NOT the eastern (American) Brant nor the intermediate grey-breasted race. but was determined to be a 1st summer plumaged (Black) Brant in its dress for the May-Sept period. Nevertheless, it was an interesting study for anyone interested in the variety of plumages for young Brant.
    Sorry, but no photos!
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  3. Wandering Tattler at Ballona Creek LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 6:35pm, TODAY
    At 1:15 p.m. today, Thursday May 21, there was a WANDERING TATTLER in Ballona Creek. It was foraging on the rocks of the south bank of Ballona Channel near the main sluice gates to the wetlands. Several LEAST TERNS were also seen in the channel, while the number and variety of recent shorebirds, terns, and gulls have dropped considerably.
    Bob Pann
    Cheviot Hills
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  5. Los Angeles RBA- 21 May 2015 LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2015 @ 4:05pm, 1 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles
    * May 21,
    * CALA1505.21
    -Birds mentioned
    Hooded Merganser
    Common Loon
    Horned Grebe
    NAZCA BOOBY (Ventura County)
    Brown Booby (Ventura County)
    Red Phalarope
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Common Ground-Dove
    Black Swift
    Calliope Hummingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Ventura County)
    Bank Swallow
    Indigo Bunting
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate
    on the rare bird report form):
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for May 21.
    HOODED MERGANSER continues at Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB, being reported
    through May 18.
    COMMON LOON was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on May 15. Two HORNED GREBES were there on May 16.
    RED PHALAROPE was at the Piute Ponds at McKee Slough on May 15. Several BANK SWALLOWS were also present. Remember that a letter of permission is
    required for entry.
    lingering first cycle GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was at Polliwog Park in Manhattan
    Beach on May 15.
    COMMON GROUND-DOVE was at the Dominguez Seminary and Museum near Compton on May
    16. The location is off Alameda Street
    south of the 91 Freeway.
    BLACK SWIFTS were over Claremont Wilderness Park above Claremont on May
    20. A one mile walk from the upper
    parking lot in the late afternoon/early evening is likely to offer the best
    chance for seeing these birds.
    CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD has been at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena from May
    15-18. It has been favoring the
    flowering sage along the pathway.
    female INDIGO BUNTING was at Antelope Acres in the Antelope Valley on May 19
    along West Avenue F at 91st Street West.
    the arch at the east end of Anacapa Island, a NAZCA BOOBY was present on May 20
    and 21. A BROWN BOOBY was seen south of
    Anacapa Arch on May 16.
    SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at Teague Park in Santa Paula continued through May
    report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    end transcript
    L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our
    website at
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  7. Fwd: Premiering tonight on PBS - The Sagebrush Sea LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2015 @ 7:23am, 3 day(s) ago
    Just passing this along FYI
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------From: "Cornell Lab of Ornithology" <cornellbirds@...>Date: May 20, 2015 5:31 AMSubject: Premiering tonight on PBS - The Sagebrush SeaTo: <jeanbirds@...>Cc: Watch 'The Sagebrush Sea' tonight on PBS Nature at 8/7c
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    Dear Friend,
    It?ssometimes called "The Big Empty," but it?s actually full of life?including one of the most spectacular dancing birds in North America.
    Watch or set your DVR for your local PBS station to watch the Cornell Lab of Ornithology documentary?The Sagebrush Sea? tonight on PBS Nature at 8/7c (check local listings). This one-hour film explores the diversity of life throughout the sagebrush ecosystem throughtheeyes ofthe Greater Sage-Grouse, a bird that performs a fantastical, chest-puffing mating display and then disappears into the sage witha burst of fluttering wings. Watch the trailer for a sneak peek.
    Produced over three years by the Cornell Lab?s multimediaproductions program,?The Sagebrush Sea? is the untold story of a species, its wild neighbors, and the incredible ecosystem in which more than 350 species thrive.
    Full-scale documentaries like this one are only possible thanks to the Cornell Lab's generous network of members and donors. Thank you for helping make The Sagebrush Sea a reality.
    John W. Fitzpatrick
    Executive Director
    Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth?s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.Copyright  2015 Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd Ithaca, NY 14850
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  9. Pasadena Audubon meeting today, 7:30 PM: Fletcher & Chaplin, Condor Country -- It's Up There in Eaton Canyon LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2015 @ 6:50am, 3 day(s) ago
    All are invited to the May general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon Society.
    - presentation title: Condor Country ? It's Up There in Eaton Canyon
    - presenter: Martin Fletcher, Katie Chaplin (Friends of California Condors Wild and Free )
    - location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
    - date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    - 6:00 - 7:30 PM: *SPECIAL EVENTS* -- condor exhibits, live raptors, young birder activities, and more!
    - 7:00 - 7:30 PM: social time, conservation table
    - 7:30 - 8:45 PM: featured presentation, followed by general meeting
    Martin Fletcher is current president of the Friends of California Condors Wild and Free nonprofit organization. Biologist Katie Chaplin worked for the Condor program for a number of years and was instrumental in helping set up the cameras in the nests. Katie has wide ranging experience with health checks, nest entries and tagging birds; she even spent a night in a condor nest while a chick was given emergency surgery for a micro-trash impaction. Martin and Katie will talk about the condor range, including the gps and telemetry that allow us to see where the condors are going. They will talk about the historical part that Pasadena and Eaton Canyon played in telling the condor story. Concluding, they will emphasize the problems that the birds face and the successes that the program has had.
    See for further details.
    Darren Dowell
    for Pasadena Audubon Society
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  11. Antelope Acres: Indigo Bunting - 5/19/15 LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2015 @ 8:23am, 3 day(s) ago
    There is a female Indigo Bunting at 9103 W Avenue F in Antelope Acres. It's hanging out in the yard on the W side of 91st Street W. Seen well twice. Photos seem good enough.
    Steve Ritt
    San Diego, CA
    Sent from my iPhone
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  13. Large Mitred Parakeet Night Roost West of USC & LACMNH LINK
    DATE: May 18, 2015 @ 12:30pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Greetings Birders: Last night, while returning home from the BUG FAIR at LACMN, I observed a Mitred Parakeet flock near the intersection of Adams and West. Upon further inspection, I found at least 75 parakeets if not more in an area of about 200 tall Washington Palm trees with a handful of Phoenix Palm trees on Hillcrest & 23rd Street. This location is just south of Washington Boulevard and is called Wellington Heights near the Historic West Adams District. I watched the parakeets from 7 pm to 8 pm, as more parakeets joined them from different compass directions. Exposed Utility Pole Lines allowed some nice viewing opportunities. The parakeets also used palm trees on two adjacent N-S trending streets named Vineyard and West that run parallel to Hillcrest. The abundance of palms made me think of this area as a Palm Woodland Landscape and I could see why the parakeets like this area. This morning in Venice at about 8 am I saw and heard a Mitred
    Parakeet group near Abbott Kinney & Washington Boulevard intersection with tall Washington Palms and Phoenix Palms. I think there is a strong possibility that the Mitred Parakeet flies west and east between Venice and Wellington Heights just east of Culver City. Robert "Roy" van de Hoek, Los Angeles (Playa del Rey)
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  15. Common Ground-Dove @ Dominguez Seminary & Museum LINK
    DATE: May 16, 2015 @ 1:31pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Sat 16 May
    Mid morning there was a Common Ground-Dove at Dominguez Seminary/Museum (officially known as Dominguez Rancho Adobe), south of the Compton area on Alameda St south of the 91 Fwy. I saw it near the north end of the lower level where it flew up from the ground and posed for photos in a jacaranda. It eventually flew with several Mourning Doves into the trees and thicket behind the covered picnic area. I believe this is a female.
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  17. Piute Ponds; 5/15/15: Red Phalarope & other stuff LINK
    DATE: May 15, 2015 @ 2:29pm, 7 day(s) ago
    This morning (10:30 ish) there was a Red Phalarope on McKee Slough at the Piute Ponds. It was in what is probably a first spring plumage: some blotchy reddish below, largely alternate mantle and scapulars, basic plumaged head (black eye smudge, dark cap, otherwise whitish face and neck). Definitely prettier ones have been seen, but it's still a good inland bird.
    Migrant shorebird numbers around the ponds are in the beginning of their typical mid-May to mid-July lows, but were up slightly from yesterday from a meager: 1 Western Sandpiper, 3 Semipalmated Plovers, a handful of Greater Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpipers to a slightly less meager: 27 Western Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, and a continuing handful of Greater Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpipers - in addition to the phalarope.
    A sign of a productive spring were about 250-300 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, mostly juveniles, roving around the ponds.
    A Yellow-breasted Chat, an uncommon migrant through the AV, was along the C-Dike at dawn. At least 3 Bank Swallows were around, as well.
    Not sure if it made it to the listserve, but there was a Brown Pelican on Lake Palmdale yesterday, first found in the morning by Cal Yorke. I scoped it through the rain from the Ave S park&ride lot in the early afternoon.
    Note: Piute Ponds are on Edwards Air Force Base and have restricted access. See for details.
    Jon Feenstra
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  19. Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 5/19 LINK
    DATE: May 15, 2015 @ 9:28pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hello all,Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for the program ?Desert Birds? presented by Sylvia Gallagher.For many people the word DESERT produces an image of desolate, barren sand--or glorious carpets of spring wildflowers among towering green saguaros. Both images are correct, but they are far from the whole picture. At this month's general meeting Sylvia Gallagher will take you on a slide tour of the deserts of North America. She will address such questions as: Why are the deserts located where they are? How many deserts are there, and how do they differ from one another? What are some of the birds typical of each desert, and how are they adapted to life in their severe environment? Her talk will be illustrated with slides from the Sea and Sage Audubon Library of Nature Slides.Our presenter, Sylvia Ranney Gallagher, attended Occidental College, Purdue University, and earned a PhD from UCLA. She taught Chemistry for many years including at Cal Poly, Pomona. She became interested in birds in 1968. Although she has taken no formal course work in the subject, her interest has led her to read extensively in books and periodicals and to attend many workshops and seminars. Contact with other people knowledgeable about birds, as well as with the birds themselves, has also contributed to her education.Sylvia has held several positions in the Sea and Sage Audubon Society chapter, including Director, and Christmas Bird Count Co-Chair, and currently serves as the Bird Information Chair since 1984. Sylvia conducts beginning and advanced Birding Skills Workshops for birders and biologists on visual and aural bird identification and behavior. These workshops also cover the natural history of the areas where the birds are found.Sylvia is the Producer of Learning California Bird Sounds for beginning aural birders. This set includes songs and calls of 64 common birds, self-study worksheets, and 325 practise sounds. The sounds were collected from the approximately 500 species she has recorded in the field. Also available in the same series: Learning MORE California Bird Sounds, Learning Western Mountain Bird Sounds. A completely revised Learning Desert Bird Sounds is in production.Sylvia is Co-Director, author and editor of the Atlas of Breeding Birds, Orange County. With the field assistance of many birders, this project (1985-1990) mapped the breeding location of all species in the county.Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome! Come and enjoy the program, socialize with friends, and fill out a ticket for the door prize drawing. Prizes are donated by Wild Birds Unlimited in Torrance, courtesy of Bob Shanman.
    The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA, 90503:
    Next Month?s Meeting: Pete Bloom, ?Unusual Movements of Raptors Banded in Southern California?, June 16.David QuadhamerSan Pedro
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  21. Los Angeles RBA- 14 May 2015 LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2015 @ 2:36pm, 8 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles
    * May 14,
    * CALA1505.14
    -Birds mentioned
    Cackling Goose
    White-winged Scoter
    Brown Pelican
    Cattle Egret
    Elegant Tern
    Common Ground-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    (Ventura County)
    Purple Martin
    American Redstart
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    Evening Grosbeak
    California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate
    on the rare bird report form):
    Enter your bird sightings on eBird:
    Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
    E-mail reports to: Jon Fisher at JonF60@...
    Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
    is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for May 14.
    ?Aleutian? CACKLING GOOSE was seen flying over Santa Clarita on May 4.
    male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER continued at the Lancaster water treatment ponds
    through May 4. It has been in the
    northwestern part of the complex.
    Birders are welcome at the Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant between
    7:00AM and 3:00PM. Be sure to check in
    at the new office location and let staff know that you are birding. From the facility entrance on the north side
    of Ave. D just east of the 14 Freeway, go north to the second intersection and
    office parking area. The office itself
    is at the northeast corner of the building.
    was a BROWN PELICAN found at Lake Palmdale (closed to public access) on May 14. The lake is visible- and can be scoped- from
    the Lamont Odett Vista Point on the northbound 14 Freeway.
    CATTLE EGRET was along the LA River just below Burbank Blvd. in the Sepulveda
    Basin on May 1.
    inland was an ELEGANT TERN at Silver Lake Reservoir on May 8. A lingering male CANVASBACK was also present.
    Linden H. Chandler Preserve in Rolling Hills Estates, a COMMON GROUND-DOVE was
    observed on May 5.
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE flew over Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont on May 2.
    male PURPLE MARTIN was at South Gate Park on May 10.
    first spring male AMERICAN REDSTART continued in willows along the San Gabriel
    River in South El Monte through May 2.
    This bird is just east of the east end of Thienes Ave.
    SPARROWS were on the east side of Madrona Marsh in Torrance (open from 10:00AM
    to 5:00PM and closed on Mondays) from May 2-10 and at the Earvin Magic Johnson
    Recreation Area in Willowbrook on May 11, about 70 yards east of the northeast
    restroom building.
    WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was along Pony Cross Road near Malibu Canyon on April
    male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at a feeder in west Palmdale on May 8.
    Marsh in Torrance hosted a male INDIGO BUNTING on May 5. This bird was about 60 feet southeast of the
    EVENING GROSBEAK was at Grassy Hollow Picnic Area in the San Gabriel Mountains
    on May 10.
    SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER has returned to Teague Park (where it paired with a
    Western Kingbird and fledged young last year) in Santa Paula as of May 1.
    report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.
    end transcript
    L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our
    website at
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  23. MAY 2015 LAAS PROGRAM PRESENTATION, and Shorebird Workshop with Jon Dunn LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2015 @ 9:06am, 8 day(s) ago
    Posting at Mary Freeman's request.
    Andrea Jones has been rescheduled to present the Thursday, May 14, 2015 program presentation: "Predicting How California
    Birds Will Be Impacted by Global Warming"
    Andrea Jones will discuss the research recently released by National Audubon describing how North
    American birds are predicted to be impacted by climate change.
    Specifically, she will discuss the science and how Audubon scientists created models to predict future ranges of almost 600 species of North
    American birds and how they will fare in the future under predicted global warming scenarios. Andrea will focus on California birds and in particular
    birds in the Los Angeles Basin. She will discuss how Audubon will use this research to help guide its conservation work going forward and how local
    people can help ensure that birds have a chance for survival as conditions change.Andrea Jones is the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California. Andrea leads our coastal programs and works
    with staff and the network of Audubon chapters across the state to implement conservation projects at high priority Important Bird Areas (IBAs). She
    oversees our efforts in priority bird species and serves as a spokeswoman for bird conservation across California. Prior to California, Andrea worked
    at Massachusetts Audubon where she served as the Director of the Coastal Waterbird Program. Andrea received her M.S. in Wildlife
    Conservation/Ornithology and her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a past board member and
    continues to volunteer for her local Audubon chapter, Morro Coast Audubon Society.
    MEETING LOCATION (Please note: The monthly program presentations for March?June 2015 will be held on the 2nd
    Thursday of the month. There are no presentations in the summer months of July and August.)Audubon Center at Debs Park4700 North Griffin
    Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90031Phone: 323-221-2255
    JUNE 2015 LAAS PROGRAM PRESENTATIONJune 11, 2015 speaker, John McCormack from Occidental College presents: "How to determine
    distinctness of biological units and the controversy over the coastal California Gnatcatcher?
    SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT - Shorebird Workshop with Jon Dunn and Larry SansoneMark your calendars and join two L. A. Audubon members of long standing, Jon Dunn, Lecturer and Leader, and Larry Sansone, photographic image coordinator, for a truly unique two-day Shorebird Workshop. Dates for the Shorebird Workshop will be Saturday, August 29th for the lecture, with the field trip scheduled for Sunday, August 30th. The Workshop and field trip will be limited to lecture participants only. The lecture portion of the Workshop will be held at Pasadena's Eaton Canyon Nature Center and the site of the field trip wll be announced. Details are still
    pending. Contact membership@... with questions and follow the LAAS, website for pending details,
    Mary FreemanGlendale, CALos Angeles Audubon Society Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader
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  25. LA Audubon Society annoucements LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2015 @ 5:40pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi BirdersHere's a reminder to attend the monthly meeting: Andrea Jones has been rescheduled to present the Thursday, May 14, 2015 program presentation: "Predicting How California Birds Will Be Impacted by Global Warming". The LAAS trip to Santa Anita Canyon May 17 will be led by luke Tiller and the NEW STARTING TIME IS 6:30AM. The time change is to have a better chance at finding parking at the meeting place. Trip information is listed in the LAAS website.
    Jon Dunn will be conducting a shorebird identification workshop, August 29, 2015 at Eaton Canyon Nature Center starting at 1:00pm. On Sunday August 30, 2015 Jon will lead the first 20 participants who have signed up for the lecture to Piute Ponds. More information for signing up is on the LAAS website.
    Good Birding!
    Mary Freeman
    Los Angeles Audubon Society Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader
    Portal, AZ
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  27. Evening Grosbeak LINK
    DATE: May 12, 2015 @ 8:35pm, 10 day(s) ago
    The EvGr found and photographed by Amy Williamson yesterday at Grassy Hollow could not be found today. I spent 3 1/2 hours there this afternoon after stocking one of the feeders with crushed walnuts from my lunch. The feeders are typically only filled by the docents on weekends.
    Kris Ohlenkamp
    Woodland Hills
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  29. Clay-colored @ Magic Johnson LINK
    DATE: May 11, 2015 @ 2:40pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Mon 11 May
    Approx 0915 there was a Clay-colored Sparrow at Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook, foraging on the ground with three House Finches about 70-80 yds east of the northeast restroom building. The birds soon flushed and the Clay-colored flew toward a tight stand of pines nearby where I couldn't refind it. The House Finches eventually returned to the original spot on the ground but the sparrow did not, at least while I was present. Two photos.
    (Lots of Warbling Vireos, Yellow, Townsend's, Wilson's and a few Hermit Warblers moving through the park.)
    Richard Barth
    West Hollywood
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  31. Hooded Siskin at the Gardena Willows (non-countable) LINK
    DATE: May 11, 2015 @ 8:56pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Much excitement on the monthly Second Sunday Stroll caused by this escaped finch. I have never seen one in Los Angeles (or anywhere else, come to that), but I think that's what this is. I'm posting a photo to the group under Escapees and Exotics. The extent of black on the head, the pattern of yellow in the wings, and the black undertail all seem to fit. At first I was trying to make it into some kind of Lesser Goldfinch hybrid, but I think the Hooded Siskin is the most parsimonious explanation. They are reputed to be good cage birds.
    John Thomlinson
    San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
    "It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.
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  33. Hooded Warbler at Ballona - seeking description LINK
    DATE: May 10, 2015 @ 11:13pm, 12 day(s) ago
    I went looking for it this morning, and saw mostly Wilson's and Yellow Warblers. None of the reported sightings say anything other than "female Hooded Warbler," and none are accompanied by a picture, so I'm not sure if the bird that was seen had any kind of black hood or not.
    I did see one bird that looked a bit different. It had some black around the head and I thought I saw white flashing in the tail as it flew away. But it also looked like a male Wilson's that had just taken a bath and been rubbed down with a towel, and the white in the tail may have been more optimism than reality. I've got a few unsatisfactory photos here:
    Anyone more discerning than I able to make anything of them?
    Kevin Lapp
    Culver City
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  35. Possible Purple Martins, San Pedro LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2015 @ 9:05am, 13 day(s) ago
    Being well aware of the rarity of this species around here, I'm reluctant to call it for sure, but yesterday evening, about 6 pm, three birds flew past our apartment in San Pedro, heading south. They were flying like swallows, but one, when banking, gave the appearance of swift-like wings (sickle-shaped). I got my binoculars and, in the brief time I had them in view, I could see uniform dark and glossy plumage (underside as well), and a "crescent-moon" tail (i.e. longish outer retrices and a gentle curve between).
    I am at a loss as to what else they could have been.
    John Thomlinson
    San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
    "It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.
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  37. ABC Final Summary: 275 Species! LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2015 @ 7:59pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    Our final total for America's Birdiest County in Los Angeles County was 275 species.
    After the last update we had two species under review and added one of them: a female
    mountain bluebird found on Sunset Ridge above Altadena by Darren Dowell and Christopher Stevenson.
    275 is the second highest total we've ever had and is only two short of the high-water
    mark we set in 2011.
    Obviously we did very well despite an unusual late season
    storm that led to very windy conditions in the Antelope Valley, rain in
    the lowlands, and rain and strong winds in the San Gabriel Mountains.
    We found four new species this year:
    White-winged Scoter Lancaster Sewer Ponds
    Ruff Cabrillo Beach
    Greater Scaup Playa del Rey
    Mountain Bluebird Sunset Ridge
    Here are the species that we FOUND in 2015:
    * Greater White-fronted Goose
    * Snow Goose
    * Ross's Goose
    * Brant
    * Cackling Goose
    * Canada Goose
    * Wood Duck
    * Gadwall
    * American Wigeon
    * Mallard
    * Blue-winged Teal
    * Cinnamon Teal
    * Northern Shoveler
    * Northern Pintail
    * Green-winged Teal
    * Canvasback
    * Redhead
    * Ring-necked Duck
    * Greater Scaup NEW!
    * Lesser Scaup
    * White-winged Scoter NEW!
    * Surf Scoter
    * Bufflehead
    * Common Goldeneye
    * Common Merganser
    * Red-breasted Merganser
    * Ruddy Duck
    * Chukar
    * Mountain Quail
    * California Quail
    * Gambel's Quail
    * Red-throated Loon
    * Pacific Loon
    * Common Loon
    * Pied-billed Grebe
    * Horned Grebe
    * Eared Grebe
    * Western Grebe
    * Clark's Grebe
    * Pink-footed Shearwater
    * Sooty Shearwater
    * Black-vented Shearwater
    * American White Pelican
    * Brown Pelican
    * Brandt's Cormorant
    * Double-crested Cormorant
    * Pelagic Cormorant
    * Least Bittern
    * Great Blue Heron
    * Great Egret
    * Snowy Egret
    * Cattle Egret
    * Green Heron
    * Black-crowned Night-Heron
    * White-faced Ibis
    * Turkey Vulture
    * Osprey
    * White-tailed Kite
    * Northern Harrier
    * Sharp-shinned Hawk
    * Cooper's Hawk
    * Red-shouldered Hawk
    * Swainson's Hawk
    * Red-tailed Hawk
    * Golden Eagle
    * American Kestrel
    * Merlin
    * Peregrine Falcon
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    * Ruff NEW!
    * Whimbrel
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    * Western Gull
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    * Least Tern
    * Caspian Tern
    * Black Tern
    * Forster's Tern
    * Royal Tern
    * Elegant Tern
    * Black Skimmer
    * Common Murre
    * Cassin's Auklet
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    * Eurasian Collared-Dove
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    * Greater Roadrunner
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    * Ash-throated Flycatcher
    * Cassin's Kingbird
    * Western Kingbird
    * Loggerhead Shrike
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    * Steller's Jay
    * Western Scrub-Jay
    * Clark's Nutcracker
    * American Crow
    * Common Raven
    * Horned Lark
    * Tree Swallow
    * Violet-green Swallow
    * Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    * Bank Swallow
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    * Mountain Chickadee
    * Oak Titmouse
    * Verdin
    * Bushtit
    * Red-breasted Nuthatch
    * White-breasted Nuthatch
    * Pygmy Nuthatch
    * Brown Creeper
    * Cactus Wren
    * Rock Wren
    * Canyon Wren
    * Bewick's Wren
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    * Marsh Wren
    * American Dipper
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    * Western Bluebird
    * Mountain Bluebird NEW!
    * Townsend's Solitaire
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    * American Robin
    * Wrentit
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    * California Thrasher
    * LeConte's Thrasher
    * European Starling
    * American Pipit
    * Cedar Waxwing
    * Phainopepla
    * Orange-crowned Warbler
    * Nashville Warbler
    * Yellow Warbler
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    * Black-throated Gray Warbler
    * Townsend's Warbler
    * Hermit Warbler
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    * Black-and-white Warbler
    * American Redstart
    * MacGillivray's Warbler
    * Common Yellowthroat
    * Wilson's Warbler
    * Yellow-breasted Chat
    * Western Tanager
    * Green-tailed Towhee
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    * California Towhee
    * Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    * Chipping Sparrow
    * Brewer's Sparrow
    * Black-chinned Sparrow
    * Lark Sparrow
    * Black-throated Sparrow
    * Bell's Sparrow
    * Savannah Sparrow
    * Fox Sparrow
    * Song Sparrow
    * Lincoln's Sparrow
    * White-throated Sparrow
    * Harris' Sparrow
    * White-crowned Sparrow
    * Golden-crowned Sparrow
    * Dark-eyed Junco
    * Black-headed Grosbeak
    * Blue Grosbeak
    * Lazuli Bunting
    * Red-winged Blackbird
    * Tricolored Blackbird
    * Western Meadowlark
    * Yellow-headed Blackbird
    * Brewer's Blackbird
    * Great-tailed Grackle
    * Brown-headed Cowbird
    * Orchard Oriole
    * Hooded Oriole <(Message over 64 KB, truncated)
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  39. All-black Ruddy Duck at Lake Balboa 5/7 LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2015 @ 5:34pm, 13 day(s) ago
    This morning, Kate Rogowski and I noted an all-black Ruddy Duck in the small group of Ruddies that's been hanging out at the north end of Lake Balboa recently (near the waterfall)...don't know if it's melanistic, or what...Sibley indicates there is a black-headed's been there at least since last Saturday, so probably wlll be around for a while...will post a photo if I can figure out how...
    Lake Balboa is part of the Sepulveda Basin in Encino...exit the 101 at Balboa Blvd., head north about a mile (crossing the L.A. River along the way)...once you pass the river, start watching for the entrance, on the east side of Balboa.
    Mike Stensvold
    West Hollywood
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  41. Today at Ballona LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2015 @ 4:57pm, 13 day(s) ago
    For anyone who wishes to see our winter shorebirds in beautiful alternate (summer) plumage, hurry to Ballona. Today at about 11 AM I was on the south jetty at Ballona, Playa Del Rey. Looking down from the jetty to the rocks below and adjacent, I found the following shorebirds at 25-30 feet distance:
    Black Turnstones. Ruddy Turnstones and Dunlin- ALL in beautiful summer plumage. The Surfbirds were there too and ranged from basic (winter) to alternate (Summer) garb.
    Along the beach nearby was a flock of about 60 Sanderlings in various changes of costume with many showing the reddish summer dress..
    Up the channel near the salt flats was a flock of about 30 Marbled Godwits, some in the alternate wardrobe. On the larger water area of the flats was a flock of about 300 Elegant Terns with a smattering of Caspian, one Royal and two Black Skimmers. The few Willets and Black-bellied Plovers were still wearing their basic garb. A couple of Whimbrel and Semi-Palmated Plovers were scattered about. A few Bonaparte's Gulls were mixed in as well, all being still in basic plumage.
    For those folks interested in close looks or photographic opportunities of shorebirds in colors often not seen in SoCal, get there soon before they split..
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  43. E-Bird Global Big Day - May 9 !! LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 12:07pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Do you E-Bird?? E-Bird's Global Big Day is May 9 - and is an effort to engage birdwatchers in more than 80 countries to document as many species as possible in 1 day. The goal is 4,000 species and to raise $500,000 for bird conservation. Read all about it here: Birding Tomorrow - and register your finds on E-bird!Happy Global Big Day!Kelly GoocherLancaster
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  45. A few Silver Lake Reservoir birds (for Thursday) LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 1:27am, 15 day(s) ago
    Thurs, 7 May, I was doing some work again at the Silver Lake Reservoir. Most surprising was an Elegant Tern (an alternate plumage adult), sitting on one of several small floating devices in the southeastern section of the reservoir). The bird was present from at least 8 to 10 in the morning (did not see it later in the day). A pair of Northern Shovelers remain (the female appears to have an injured wing, so she might not be going anywhere). After all but one of the American Wigeon had left, by late April (not surprisingly), on Thursday their numbers had climbed back up to three. Also a bit surprising, on 7 May, was a male Canvasback; I hadn't seen any Canvasbacks here since beginning weekly visits in late March). The number of landbird migrants along the west side of the reservoir was again quite impressive (primarily in the "lerpy" eucs, as well as a few planted conifers and very limited understory shrubs). However, it was almost 90% Yellow and Wilson's warblers, and Warbling Vireos, with only about 7 or 8 other migrant species seen (in very low numbers). And not too surprising, with the heavy low clouds and blustery weather, numbers of swallows and swifts were also quite impressive (all expected species, however, for the location and date).
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
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  47. Re: Hooded Warbler at Ballona Freshwater Marsh - Resending Post LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2015 @ 7:35pm, 14 day(s) ago
    I could not find the Hooded this evening between 5:40 and 6:40. I saw 6 WiWa, 3 CoYe, 1 OCWa, and 1 YeWa.
    Kris Ohlenkamp
    Woodland Hills
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  49. Hooded Warbler at Ballona Freshwater Marsh - Resending Post LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2015 @ 4:35pm, 15 day(s) ago
    Today a group of UCLA ornithology students got some good looks at Yellow Warblers, Wilson’s Warblers, and a Warbling Vireo at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, located at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard (parking on Jefferson) near the community of Playa Vista.
    The prize though was a female Hooded Warbler, apparently traveling with a female Townsend’s Warbler.
    All of these birds can be clearly seen from the woodchip trail along Jefferson Boulevard - working willows, alders, cottonwoods and sycamores.
    I’m very excited – haven’t seen a Hooded Warbler in the Freshwater Marsh in 10 years!
    Lisa Fimiani
    Playa del Rey, CA
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