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· Tennessee Warbler at Natural History Museum (Jul 26, 2017)
· Re: LAR Willow weekend rarities gone?; two f-o-s SOSAs (Jul 25, 2017)
· Two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Ballona Freshwater Marsh (Jul 26, 2017)
· LAR Willow weekend rarities gone?; two f-o-s SOSAs (Jul 25, 2017)
· Re: Banded Red Knot at Ballona Creek today (Jul 24, 2017)
  1. Tennessee Warbler at Natural History Museum LINK
    DATE: Jul 26, 2017 @ 6:39pm, 2 day(s) ago
    An adult (AHY) Tennessee Warbler was in the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park this morning (26 July) -- loosely with an Orange-crowned in the various trees both west and east of the north entrance bridge. Quite unseasonal,
    but recall that one was present July-September 2014 at Hahamongna, so it's not entirely unprecedented. I'm guessing this was not the same bird that was across the street at Jesse Brewer Park on24 May, as this area gets covered regularly.
    
    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
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  3. Re: LAR Willow weekend rarities gone?; two f-o-s SOSAs LINK
    DATE: Jul 25, 2017 @ 6:42pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I was there around 1 PM today, and the Long-tailed Duck was still around. Took me a while to find her, though. She was tucked away amongst the plants just SE of the Willow St. bridge.
    
    Stilt and Solitary Sandpipers fall into the large category of shorebirds I can only identify when someone else identifies them for me, so I can't help you there.
    
    Austin Sipes 
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  5. Two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Ballona Freshwater Marsh LINK
    DATE: Jul 26, 2017 @ 12:19pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Wed 26 July
    
    8:40 AM.  Adult and juv YCNHs were together at the chain link fenced water inlet near the intersection of Jefferson Blvd & Lincoln Blvd.  The juv perched on the fence while the adult stood on a white buoy.  After several minutes they flew to the ground next to the fence and were mostly out of sight behind vegetation.
    
    eBird photos:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist/S38333369
    
    Don Sterba
    Culver City
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  7. LAR Willow weekend rarities gone?; two f-o-s SOSAs LINK
    DATE: Jul 25, 2017 @ 6:31pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Tues 25 July
    
    Following up this morning on the LT Duck, Stilt Sandpiper and Semipal Sandpipers at L.A.River Willow St, I completely struck out. I did see two Solitary Sandpipers and a molting juvenile Wilson's Phalarope. (One of the SOSAs was foraging just before the north pipe bridge, the other was half way between the pipe bridge and the power lines that cross the river, and the WIPH was just past the pipe bridge.) Overcast-morning photos.
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/35775460690
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/36126764776
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/35361219123
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/36126707666
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/36166962675
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  9. Re: Banded Red Knot at Ballona Creek today LINK
    DATE: Jul 24, 2017 @ 5:42pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Martin/all,
    
    Banded birds should be reported to USGS (Bird Banding Lab). Even if you can't read the bands, or just see a colored flag, that info should be useful. Link here: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/bblretrv/index.cfm
    
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
    
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  11. Banded Red Knot at Ballona Creek today LINK
    DATE: Jul 24, 2017 @ 5:12pm, 4 day(s) ago
    There was a banded Red Knot along the north side of Ballona Creek in the
    
    large rockpiper flock, a bit downstream of the university boat dock
    
    around noon today.
    
    The bird had two bands -- one was a blue band at the bottom of the tibia
    
    (didn't appear to have any notations on it), the other a silver band
    
    with numbers/letters above the toes.
    
    I was able to get two photos showing different angles on the silver
    
    band, but I cannot read all (or, for that matter, even most) of the
    
    data.
    
    I would be happy to send photos to whomever is doing the project --
    
    perhaps they could get enough off the pictures to be useful. Anybody
    
    know who I should send them to
    
    Martin
    
    p.s. Not much else of great interest at Ballona today. I was there at
    
    high tide, so there were very few shorebirds (other than the Willets,
    
    Godwits, and Whimbrels, plus some Killdeer and Least Sandpipers.) And
    
    only a few gulls at the roost below the Marina Freeway, as is usually
    
    the case at high tide. One young male Surf Scoter was sitting on a
    
    rock. It was in VERY heavy wing molt.
    
    ---------------
    
    Martin Meyers
    
    email: Martin (...AT...) SierraBirdbum.com
    
    Photo website: http://SierraBirdbum.com
    
    Truckee, CA
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  13. Willow Street this morning LINK
    DATE: Jul 23, 2017 @ 11:43am, 5 day(s) ago
    Semipalmated Sandpipers-2, Long -tailed Duck -1, Stilt Sandpiper-1
    
    Birders 12 at last count.
    
    The Stilt Sandpiper is an adult found by Kimball beyond the pipe bridge on the north side, with a small group of dowitchers, of course on the far side of the channel.
    
    Duck is brownish and tail-less with an all dark bill (a teenage girl) just south of Willow Street. It was near the south side bike path, resting on the sand bank where the Canada Geese have been, also swimming and diving nearby.
    
    Merryl Edelstein Long Beach
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  15. Los Angeles RBA- 21 July 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jul 21, 2017 @ 1:49pm, 7 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *July 21, 2017
    * CALA1707.21
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Inca Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Reddish Egret
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    
    
    
    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 July 21.
    
    The male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continued on the lake at Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City through July 20.
    
    Another RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (female) was on the lake at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on July 14.
    
    Two INCA DOVES continued at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles through July 9 and one was observed there through July 19.
    
    A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at Malibu Lagoon on July 18 and a REDDISH EGRET was at there from July 14-20.
    
    An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa del Rey from July 19-20.
    
    
    
    - 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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  17. Greater Roadrunnern at Bonelli Park LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 7:57pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi everyone,
    I moved to California from the East Coast relatively recently, and it's been a life-long dream to see a Greater Roadrunner. I know one is regularly sighted at Bonelli Park, but although I've been there a few times, it's a pretty big place and I don't know where specifically to look for it. Could anyone give me some pointers Thanks!
    Manoli
    Manoli Strecker Los Angeles, CA
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  19. Re: [LACoBirds] Any juvenile Heermann's Gulls? LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 2:42pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Later yesterday afternoon (Jul 19, 6:45pm), there turned out to be 10
    juvenile Heermann's Gulls (amongst 86 adults; there had been 93 adults
    earlier), 77 Western Gulls, California Gulls (there had been 6 earlier),
    and 1 adult Ring-billed Gull, all vigorously feeding at the fresh kelp
    deposit on the outer beach. There were still some gulls feeding even at
    8:10pm (36 Western and 4 adult Heermann's).
    
    I was curious where other juvenile Heermann's Gulls have been showing up,
    so I searched June-July 2017 on eBird throughout California:
    
    ("juvenile" below is defined to mean fresh
    juvenile, hatch year with scaly plumage
    
    that's why some have a question
    mark; some assumptions are made, otherwise many more would have question
    marks)
    
    Emory Cove & mudflats, San Diego County
    
    Jul 09: 1
    juvenile
    
    Mission Bay--Quivira Basin, San Diego County
    
    Jul 14: 1
    juvenile
    
    Off Mission Bay (offshore species only), San Diego County
    
    Jul 14: 1
    juvenile
    
    Point La Jolla--seawatch, San Diego County
    
    Jul 01: 1
    juvenile
    
    Jul 19: 1
    juvenile
    
    Oceanside Waterfront, San Diego County
    
    Jul 05: 2
    juveniles
    
    Dana Point Harbor, Orange County
    
    Jul 01: 1
    juvenile, a few 2nd-year
    
    Jul 08: 3
    juveniles, 2-4 2nd-winter
    
    Jul 16: 6-7
    juveniles, 1 2nd-year
    
    Jul 18: 3
    juvenile, 3-5 2nd-year
    
    San Clemente Island--China Pt., Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 03: 1
    juvenile
    
    Cabrillo Beach, Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 11: 1 juvenile
    
    Jul 17: 3 juveniles
    
    Jul 19: 10 juveniles
    
    Terranea Blufftop Park - Seawatch, Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 09: 3
    juveniles
    
    Jul 16: 1
    immature ("dark overall"
    
    I guess it could be anything
    from 1st- to 3rd-year, but probably 2nd or 3rd)
    
    Torrance Beach, Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 08: 4
    juveniles
    
    Malibu Lagoon, Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 01: 1
    juvenile
    
    Jul 14: 1
    juvenile
    
    Jul 19: 5-10
    juveniles
    
    Pt. Dume, Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 09: 3
    juveniles, 1 2nd-year
    
    Zuma Beach and Lagoon, Los Angeles County
    
    Jul 09: 2
    juveniles
    
    Leo Carrillo SP--seawatch, Los Angeles County
    
    Jun 11: 1
    2nd- or 3rd-year
    
    Offshore waters southwest of San Nicolas Island, Ventura County
    
    Jul 16: 1
    juvenile
    
    Hollywood Beach, Ventura County
    
    Jul 13: 1
    juvenile
    
    Coal Oil Point, Santa Barbara County
    
    Jun 18: 1
    2nd-year
    
    Jul 10: 1
    juvenile
    
    Lucerne Dr. Vista Point -- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County
    
    Jul 07: 1
    possible 2nd-year
    
    Jul 08: 2
    juveniles
    
    Jul 11: 3
    juveniles ,
    5
    juveniles ,
    5
    juveniles
    
    Jul 12: 3
    juveniles, 1 2nd-year
    
    Jul 15: 1
    juvenile
    
    Jul 16: 4
    juveniles
    
    Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo County
    
    Jun 26: 1
    2nd-year
    
    Ocean View near Coral, Monterey County
    
    Jul 14: 3
    juveniles
    
    Monterey Bay pelagic (MTY Co.), Monterey County
    
    Jun 10: 1
    1st-cycle
    
    Pacific Grove--Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey County
    
    Jun 27: 2
    immature
    
    Jun 28: 1
    juvenile
    
    Jul 12: 2
    1st-year (probably juvenile)
    
    Jul 13: 1
    1st-year (probably juvenile)
    
    Moss Landing Harbor--Jetty Rd & north harbor, Monterey County
    
    Jul 14: 1
    juvenile
    
    Seacliff SB, Santa Cruz County
    
    Jun 25: 1
    1st-summer (juvenile)
    
    Half Moon Bay SB--Venice Beach and Pilarcitos Creek Mouth, San Mateo
    County
    
    Jun 27: 1
    2nd-year
    
    Jul 02: 1
    2nd-year
    
    Jul 12: 2
    juveniles, 1 2nd-year
    
    Pillar Point Harbor, San Mateo County
    
    Jul 13: 7
    juveniles
    
    Mori Pt., San Mateo County
    
    Jun 30: 1
    2nd-year
    
    San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco County
    
    Jul 08: 1
    immature
    
    Elk nearshore marine , Mendocino County
    
    Jul 13: 1
    juvenile
    
    Eureka Waterfront--Marina Way, Humboldt County
    
    Jul 12: 1
    juvenile
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-07-19 11:38, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    This morning (July 19) at 9:38am
    there were 5 juvenile Heermann's Gulls on the outer beach, amongst many
    more adults (not seemingly aloof from them as on July 17). Earlier (at
    7:24am) I had seen one on the inner beach. I won't continue to make these
    posts for normally-increasing numbers of juv HEEG, but wanted to convey
    that it seems pretty apparent they had a much better year of breeding
    than last year (and make up for saying "didn't show up again"
    and "didn't appear to associate with the juveniles" in the
    previous message).
    
    (Also note: all four videos finished processing on YouTube.)
    
    There continue to be small numbers of California Gulls (of all ages) and
    Ring-billed Gulls (only adults).
    
    More and more shorebirds have also been showing up. This morning there
    were 16 Willets (still in mostly breeding plumage) and 1 Black Turnstone
    on the inner beach. A Whimbrel was near the salt marsh.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-07-19 01:39, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    Yesterday (July 17) at 2:36pm I
    again noticed a juvenile HEEG on the outer beach. Three minutes later a
    second one showed up. By the time I'd gotten ready to go down and film
    them, a third had shown up. They let me film a decent amount of footage
    (starting at 3:13pm) and then suddenly all three flew away together at
    3:22pm and didn't show up again. (I had brought some peanuts that I was
    planning to feed them after filming some non-being-fed footage first, but
    didn't get the chance.) There were at least 39 adult HEEG on the outer
    beach (in various states of plumage, from full white heads to mostly
    speckled gray and everything in-between) and they didn't appear to
    associate with the juveniles at all.
    
    Here is some 4K and 6K video of them:
    
    https://youtu.be/7gfMIW_63uA - 4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps
    
    YouTube
    downscales this to 3240×2160)
    
    https://youtu.be/7g9dSJzr_I4 -
    4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps) - best clip to watch if you only watch one of
    them
    
    https://youtu.be/AcCM_vLo39c - 6K (5184×3456 @ 30fps
    
    YouTube
    downscales this to 4320×2880)
    
    https://youtu.be/clIuQwBwBEQ - 4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps) - includes
    preening by one, and another apparently acting alarmed at something
    
    (as of this posting, processing of the first one isn't done yet, and
    uploading of the last one hasn't finished)
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-07-11 22:43, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    This morning at 7:22am, there
    were 38 Heermann's Gulls on the outer
    
    beach shore. 37 of them were adults in various states of breeding
    
    plumage to transitionary plumage, but one of them was quite clearly a
    
    first-year bird. This is the first one I've seen in about a year and
    
    a half. (I did see a second-year individual more recently in 2016,
    
    but no first-years.)
    
    Of course I wanted to photograph it, but it so happened that this was
    
    the morning I had my 100-400mm lens in a state of disassembly. I took
    
    some pictures with my phone through my spotting scope, but they
    
    hardly have enough detail to be worth sharing. By the time I had the
    
    lens reassembled, the HEEGs were gone.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-06-26 15:56, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    >
    
    >Birders,
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >With Heermann's Gulls beginning to stream back into our region from
    
    >breeding colonies in (mostly) the Gulf of California, please pay
    
    >special attention to the age composition of birds you see, and
    
    >include this in your eBird reports. Groups of up to several dozen
    
    >are being seen along our coast, and so far nearly all individuals
    
    >reported/photographed have been adults (most still with completely
    
    >white heads), with just a handful of 3rd year birds. Has anybody
    
    >seen any 2nd year birds (i.e., hatched in 2016) or juveniles (i.e.,
    
    >hatched in 2017) Remember that there was essentially no breeding
    
    >in the major Gulf of California colonies last year or the year
    
    >before; I have heard third-hand that at least Elegant Terns were
    
    >breeding again this year in Gulf of California colonies, but I don't
    
    >know anything about this year's breeding by Heermann's Gulls.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >If you do see juveniles (all dark brown with conspicuous pale
    
    >feather fringes on the wing coverts and pinkish-orange on the basal
    
    >half of the black bill) or 2nd year birds (solid dark gray-brown,
    
    >with much black on the tip of the orangish bill), please try to
    
    >document these with photographs.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >Based on my own field experience, and on photos submitted to eBird,
    
    >there have only been a couple of 2016-hatched and very few
    
    >2015-hatched Heermann's Gulls in L. A. County this year, indicating
    
    >that near-complete breeding failures have occurred recently. In
    
    >hopes that the 2017 breeding season was better, please be on the
    
    >lookout for this year's young when you're birding the coast.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >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
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  21. Re: [LACoBirds] 3 juvenile Heermann's Gulls at Cabrillo Beach LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2017 @ 11:38am, 9 day(s) ago
    This morning (July 19) at 9:38am there were 5 juvenile Heermann's Gulls
    on the outer beach, amongst many more adults (not seemingly aloof from
    them as on July 17). Earlier (at 7:24am) I had seen one on the inner
    beach. I won't continue to make these posts for normally-increasing
    numbers of juv HEEG, but wanted to convey that it seems pretty apparent
    they had a much better year of breeding than last year (and make up for
    saying "didn't show up again" and "didn't appear to
    associate with the juveniles" in the previous message).
    
    (Also note: all four videos finished processing on YouTube.)
    
    There continue to be small numbers of California Gulls (of all ages) and
    Ring-billed Gulls (only adults).
    
    More and more shorebirds have also been showing up. This morning there
    were 16 Willets (still in mostly breeding plumage) and 1 Black Turnstone
    on the inner beach. A Whimbrel was near the salt marsh.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-07-19 01:39, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    Yesterday (July 17) at 2:36pm I
    again noticed a juvenile HEEG on the outer beach. Three minutes later a
    second one showed up. By the time I'd gotten ready to go down and film
    them, a third had shown up. They let me film a decent amount of footage
    (starting at 3:13pm) and then suddenly all three flew away together at
    3:22pm and didn't show up again. (I had brought some peanuts that I was
    planning to feed them after filming some non-being-fed footage first, but
    didn't get the chance.) There were at least 39 adult HEEG on the outer
    beach (in various states of plumage, from full white heads to mostly
    speckled gray and everything in-between) and they didn't appear to
    associate with the juveniles at all.
    
    Here is some 4K and 6K video of them:
    
    https://youtu.be/7gfMIW_63uA - 4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps
    
    YouTube
    downscales this to 3240×2160)
    
    https://youtu.be/7g9dSJzr_I4 -
    4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps) - best clip to watch if you only watch one of
    them
    
    https://youtu.be/AcCM_vLo39c - 6K (5184×3456 @ 30fps
    
    YouTube
    downscales this to 4320×2880)
    
    https://youtu.be/clIuQwBwBEQ - 4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps) - includes
    preening by one, and another apparently acting alarmed at something
    
    (as of this posting, processing of the first one isn't done yet, and
    uploading of the last one hasn't finished)
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-07-11 22:43, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    This morning at 7:22am, there
    were 38 Heermann's Gulls on the outer
    
    beach shore. 37 of them were adults in various states of breeding
    
    plumage to transitionary plumage, but one of them was quite clearly a
    
    first-year bird. This is the first one I've seen in about a year and
    
    a half. (I did see a second-year individual more recently in 2016,
    
    but no first-years.)
    
    Of course I wanted to photograph it, but it so happened that this was
    
    the morning I had my 100-400mm lens in a state of disassembly. I took
    
    some pictures with my phone through my spotting scope, but they
    
    hardly have enough detail to be worth sharing. By the time I had the
    
    lens reassembled, the HEEGs were gone.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-06-26 15:56, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    >
    
    >Birders,
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >With Heermann's Gulls beginning to stream back into our region from
    
    >breeding colonies in (mostly) the Gulf of California, please pay
    
    >special attention to the age composition of birds you see, and
    
    >include this in your eBird reports. Groups of up to several dozen
    
    >are being seen along our coast, and so far nearly all individuals
    
    >reported/photographed have been adults (most still with completely
    
    >white heads), with just a handful of 3rd year birds. Has anybody
    
    >seen any 2nd year birds (i.e., hatched in 2016) or juveniles (i.e.,
    
    >hatched in 2017) Remember that there was essentially no breeding
    
    >in the major Gulf of California colonies last year or the year
    
    >before; I have heard third-hand that at least Elegant Terns were
    
    >breeding again this year in Gulf of California colonies, but I don't
    
    >know anything about this year's breeding by Heermann's Gulls.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >If you do see juveniles (all dark brown with conspicuous pale
    
    >feather fringes on the wing coverts and pinkish-orange on the basal
    
    >half of the black bill) or 2nd year birds (solid dark gray-brown,
    
    >with much black on the tip of the orangish bill), please try to
    
    >document these with photographs.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >Based on my own field experience, and on photos submitted to eBird,
    
    >there have only been a couple of 2016-hatched and very few
    
    >2015-hatched Heermann's Gulls in L. A. County this year, indicating
    
    >that near-complete breeding failures have occurred recently. In
    
    >hopes that the 2017 breeding season was better, please be on the
    
    >lookout for this year's young when you're birding the coast.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >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
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  23. 3 juvenile Heermann's Gulls at Cabrillo Beach LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2017 @ 1:39am, 10 day(s) ago
    Yesterday (July 17) at 2:36pm I again noticed a juvenile HEEG on the
    outer beach. Three minutes later a second one showed up. By the time I'd
    gotten ready to go down and film them, a third had shown up. They let me
    film a decent amount of footage (starting at 3:13pm) and then suddenly
    all three flew away together at 3:22pm and didn't show up again. (I had
    brought some peanuts that I was planning to feed them after filming some
    non-being-fed footage first, but didn't get the chance.) There were at
    least 39 adult HEEG on the outer beach (in various states of plumage,
    from full white heads to mostly speckled gray and everything in-between)
    and they didn't appear to associate with the juveniles at all.
    
    Here is some 4K and 6K video of them:
    
    https://youtu.be/7gfMIW_63uA - 4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps
    
    YouTube
    downscales this to 3240×2160)
    
    https://youtu.be/7g9dSJzr_I4 -
    4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps) - best clip to watch if you only watch one of
    them
    
    https://youtu.be/AcCM_vLo39c - 6K (5184×3456 @ 30fps
    
    YouTube
    downscales this to 4320×2880)
    
    https://youtu.be/clIuQwBwBEQ - 4K (3504×2336 @ 60fps) - includes
    preening by one, and another apparently acting alarmed at something
    
    (as of this posting, processing of the first one isn't done yet, and
    uploading of the last one hasn't finished)
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-07-11 22:43, David Ellsworth davidells@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    This morning at 7:22am, there
    were 38 Heermann's Gulls on the outer
    
    beach shore. 37 of them were adults in various states of breeding
    
    plumage to transitionary plumage, but one of them was quite clearly a
    
    first-year bird. This is the first one I've seen in about a year and
    
    a half. (I did see a second-year individual more recently in 2016,
    
    but no first-years.)
    
    Of course I wanted to photograph it, but it so happened that this was
    
    the morning I had my 100-400mm lens in a state of disassembly. I took
    
    some pictures with my phone through my spotting scope, but they
    
    hardly have enough detail to be worth sharing. By the time I had the
    
    lens reassembled, the HEEGs were gone.
    
    David Ellsworth
    
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2017-06-26 15:56, Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds]
    wrote:
    
    >
    
    >Birders,
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >With Heermann's Gulls beginning to stream back into our region from
    
    >breeding colonies in (mostly) the Gulf of California, please pay
    
    >special attention to the age composition of birds you see, and
    
    >include this in your eBird reports. Groups of up to several dozen
    
    >are being seen along our coast, and so far nearly all individuals
    
    >reported/photographed have been adults (most still with completely
    
    >white heads), with just a handful of 3rd year birds. Has anybody
    
    >seen any 2nd year birds (i.e., hatched in 2016) or juveniles (i.e.,
    
    >hatched in 2017) Remember that there was essentially no breeding
    
    >in the major Gulf of California colonies last year or the year
    
    >before; I have heard third-hand that at least Elegant Terns were
    
    >breeding again this year in Gulf of California colonies, but I don't
    
    >know anything about this year's breeding by Heermann's Gulls.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >If you do see juveniles (all dark brown with conspicuous pale
    
    >feather fringes on the wing coverts and pinkish-orange on the basal
    
    >half of the black bill) or 2nd year birds (solid dark gray-brown,
    
    >with much black on the tip of the orangish bill), please try to
    
    >document these with photographs.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >Based on my own field experience, and on photos submitted to eBird,
    
    >there have only been a couple of 2016-hatched and very few
    
    >2015-hatched Heermann's Gulls in L. A. County this year, indicating
    
    >that near-complete breeding failures have occurred recently. In
    
    >hopes that the 2017 breeding season was better, please be on the
    
    >lookout for this year's young when you're birding the coast.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >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
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  25. Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 7/18 LINK
    DATE: Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:46pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    
    Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 18, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for “Birds and Dinosaurs” presented by Tracy Drake and Bob Carr.
    
    Tracy Drake and Bob Carr will examine the history of the relationship between birds and dinosaurs and flight. They will present the latest findings and theories, especially with regard to color. Are birds living dinosaurs What is true flight Come and hear about the new discoveries.
    
    Tracy Drake is the Torrance Park Services Manager. She is the former Manager and Naturalist for Madrona Marsh Preserve and currently serves on the Board of Directors for PV/SB Aububon.
    
    Bob Carr currently serves on the Program Committee and Board of Directors for PV/SB Audubon, and he is a past President of the chapter. Bob is also the Lab Manager and Science Research Mentor for Madrona Marsh Preserve.
    
    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: www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com
    
    David Quadhamer
    San Pedro
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  27. More Phalaropes LAR Willow LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2017 @ 4:11pm, 13 day(s) ago
    I found two phalaropesat about 2:30 pm today, but I think they are Wilson's. They were north of the pipeline bridgenorth of Willow, about even with where the railing ends on the far side of the channel. Of course they were on the far side. My picture isn't great either. The ibis is still there, as are some dowitchers and peeps.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/buddysaunt/35946220345/
    
    Merryl Edelstein Long Beach
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  29. Re: [LACoBirds] Reddish Egret @ Malibu Lagoon LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2017 @ 12:12pm, 13 day(s) ago
    I think more Santa Monica Audubon volunteers than LA Audubon, but
    
    certainly representatives of both.
    
    What are we...chopped liver
    
    A little credit there, please.
    
    Chuck Almdale
    
    SMBAS
    
    North Hills
    
    At 08:19 PM 7/14/2017, dan_cooper_90042@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    >People seem to be respecting the snow fencing protecting the terns
    
    >and plovers for the most part, which is amazing given the level of
    
    >hu man traffic at the site. L.A. Audubon volunteers continue to
    
    >monitor regularly.
    
    >
    
    >Dan Cooper
    
    >Ventura Co. 
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