white-throated sparrow vermilion flycatcher plumbeous vireo clay-colored sparrow mew gull american dipper hooded merganser palm warbler long-billed curlew common goldeneye red-naped sapsucker black-and-white warbler wilson's snipe solitary sandpiper mountain bluebird
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The massive migration is continuing this morning at Hansen Dam. Probably saw a couple thousand birds including purple martins. Incredible! Chris Dean Silver Lake Sent from my iPhone
Hi again, Not to sound like a broken record, but the Harris's Sparrow continued along the Thompson Creek Trail this morning (4/28). He was at the first feeding station this time, singing occasionally. Also present in the same area was a singing Wilson's Warbler and a silent MacGillivray's Warbler. Brittany O'Connor Claremont
In the few minutes I could snag between getting the kids off to school, it was an amazing movement through the Los Feliz hills so far this am. All the regular western warblers (inc. Hermit), vireos and tanagers in double digits+. Everything in a hurry and not lingering long. Best, Andy Birch Los Feliz Sent from my iPhone
Hi Everyone, This is a reminder that our America's Birdiest County event starts tonight at midnight and runs through midnight on Sunday night. Although I'm helping to organize things, this year Wanda Dameron will be the compiler, so please send reports to her at: wandadameron2@... Please feel free to post reports on the LA County listserve as well, regardless of whether you found anything rare. In our organizational email earlier this week, we provided a list of uncommon birds that have been reported in recent weeks. There have been some new reports so here's an update of that list, which now includes recent purple martins, among other things: * = Potential new species for ABC weekend 3/22 *Tundra Swan Pierce College, Woodland Hills 2/26 *Eurasian Wigeon Oxford Basin, Marina del Rey 3/20 *Eurasian Wigeon Madrona Marsh 3/06 Canvasback Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds 3/27 Greater Scaup Quail Lake 3/12 Greater Scaup Aqueduct/255th St. West 4/05 Black Scoter Dockweiler Beach 4/22 Black Scoter Venice Beach 4/05 White-winged Scoter Dockweiler Beach 3/06 Common Goldeneye Rio Hondo 3/07 Common Goldeneye Cabrillo beach 3/11 Common Goldeneye Peck R. Water Conservation Area 3/11 Common Goldeneye Una Lake, just east of Lake Palmdale 3/12 Common Goldeneye Quail Lake 3/21 Common Goldeneye Piute Ponds 3/25 Hooded Merganser Bette Davis Park & Glendale Narrows 3/23 Hooded Merganser Apollo Park 3/08 Hooded Merganser Piute Ponds 3/21 Hooded Merganser Sepulveda Basin 3/21 Hooded Merganser Ballona Fresh Water Marsh 3/14 Hooded Merganser Descanso Gardens 3/20 Hooded Merganser Malibu Creek State Park 3/30 Hooded Merganser Hahamongna Watershed Park 3/25 Hooded Merganser Hansen Dam 3/25 Hooded Merganser Big Tujunga Wash north of 210 4/25 *Magnificent Frigatebird Cabrillo Beach Bluffs 4/10 *Brown Booby Cabrillo Beach Park/San Pedro Fishing Pier 4/20 Neotropic Cormorant Bonelli Park 4/15 American Bittern Ballona Freshwater Marsh 4/25 Cattle Egret Piute Ponds 3/26 Cattle Egret Santa Fe Dam 4/13 Cattle Egret Malibu Lagoon 4/20 *Yellow-crowned NightHeron El Dorado Park, main pond, along the edge 3/14 *California Condor Pyramid Lake, north end near Emigrant Landing 3/07 Ferruginous Hawk Petersen Ranch, just east of Lake Elizabeth Rd/Johnson Rd. junction 3/12 Ferruginous Hawk Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve 4/25 Bald Eagle San Gabriel Dam, Highway 39 3/25 Bald Eagle Bonelli Park 3/25 Virginia Rail Piute Ponds 3/25 Virginia Rail Ballona Freshwater Marsh 4/26 Pacific Golden-plover San Clemente Island 3/25 Long-billed Curlew Piute Ponds 4/19 Long-billed Curlew Lancaster Sewer Ponds 4/19 Long-billed Curlew Ballona Creek Jetties 4/19 Long-billed Curlew Del Rey Lagoon 4/26 Long-billed Curlew Antelope Valley 90th-100th East, Ave. F 3/22 Red Knot Playa del Rey end of jetties 3/21 Red Knot Ballona Creek, Pacific Ave. bridge 4/25 Wilson's Snipe Madrona Marsh 3/11 Wilson's Snipe Bonelli Park 3/14 Wilson's Snipe Ballona Freshwater Marsh 3/20 Wilson's Snipe Cal State Dominguez Hills 4/19 Wilson's Snipe Piute Ponds 4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Madrona Marsh 4/25 Solitary Sandpiper Piute Ponds 4/19 Solitary Sandpiper Sepulveda Basin 4/22 Solitary Sandpiper Peck Pits 4/22 Solitary Sandpiper San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds, Pico Rivera 4/19 Common Murre Zuma Beach. Bird was oiled and rescued. 2/26 Mew Gull Junipero Beach, Long Beach 3/02 Mew Gull Ballona Creek, Lincoln to Highway 90 3/25 Mew Gull Ballona Creek Mouth/Jetties & breakwater 3/25 Mew Gull Cabrillo Beach Park 3/04 Mew Gull Dockweiler State Beach 3/22 Mew Gull LA River, Willow Street 2/20 *Yellow-footed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds 3/12 *Yellow-footed Gull LA River between Atlantic and Alondra 3/18 *Lesser Black-backed Gull Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds 3/04 *Iceland Gull Rio Hondo spreading grounds 4/16 Common Tern Bonelli Park 4/15 Inca Dove Lake Los Angeles 4/10 Inca Dove Colonel Leon Washington Park 4/23 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, Trabuco St. (Bellflower) 4/17 Common Ground-Dove San Gabriel River Trail, north of Cerritos golf course 4/27 Common Ground-Dove Peck Pits, NE corner of south lake 4/21 White-winged Dove Crystalaire, Antelope Valley 4/24 White-winged Dove LA River/Hill St., DeForest Ave. side of the river 3/18 Long-eared Owl Apollo Park, NW corner in tamarisks 4/14 Williamson's Sapsucker Table Mountain 3/04 *Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Bixby Marshland in Carson 2/21 Red-naped Sapsucker El Dorado Regional Park, Area 3 2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Hansen Dam 2/27 Red-naped Sapsucker Lower Arroyo Seco, South Pasadena 2/28 Red-naped Sapsucker Ponderosa Lane, Palos Verdes 4/26 Prairie Falcon Piute Ponds 4/15 *Least Flycatcher Whitter Narrows 3/14 *Eastern Phoebe Madrona Marsh 3/15 *Eastern Phoebe Bonelli Park north, picnic area 4 2/25 Vermilion Flycatcher West Antelope Valley: 138/286th west 2/26 Vermilion Flycatcher Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 4/02 Vermilion Flycatcher Oakdale Memorial Park (cemetery), Glendora 3/10 Vermilion Flycatcher LA National Cemetery 3/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Columbia Park in Torrance 3/18 Vermilion Flycatcher El Dorado Regional Park, area 2 3/19 Vermilion Flycatcher La Mirada Park 4/04 Vermilion Flycatcher Santa Fe Dam 4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Madrona Marsh 4/23 Vermilion Flycatcher Crystalaire Country Club, Antelope Valley 4/15 Vermilion Flycatcher Apollo Park 3/22 Dusky-capped Flycatcher La Mirada Creek Park, La Mirada 3/15 Dusky-capped Flycatcher John Anson Ford Park, Bell Gardens 3/06 Thick-billed Kingbird Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas 2/27 Tropical Kingbird Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 3/20 Tropical Kingbird El Dorado Park, area 3 3/30 Tropical Kingbird Lake Balboa 4/17 Tropical Kingbird Peck Pits 4/23 *Yellow throated Vireo Rocky Oaks Park, Mulholland Dr, West of Kanan-Dume Road 2/26 Plumbeous Vireo Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 3/25 Plumbeous Vireo Hansen Dam 3/26 Plumbeous vireo Santa Fe Dam 3/26 Plumbeous Vireo Valley Plaza Park, North Hollywood 4/08 Plumbeous Vireo Wardlow Park in Long Beach 4/10 Plumbeous Vireo Arcadia County Park 4/21 Plumbeous Vireo Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita (34.4366,-118.6099) 4/25 Purple Martin Piute Ponds 4/27 Purple Martin Hansen Dam 3/23 *Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Edwards AFB Mequite Forest (off limits to the public) 3/04 American Dipper mile 4.75, West Fork, San Gabriel River 4/03 American Dipper mile 3.2, West Fork, San Gabriel River 3/12 American Dipper East Fork, San Gabriel River, near Bridge to Nowhere 4/22 American Dipper Barrett-Stoddard Road 3/03 Golden-crowned Kinglet 9800 East G10, Antelope Valley (N of 100th East/East Ave H) 3/23 Golden-crowned Kinglet Peck Park, San Pedro 2/25 Mountain Bluebird Gorman Post Road pond 2/26 Mountain Bluebird San Clemente Island 3/11 Mountain Bluebird Nebeker Ranch 3/07 Mountain Bluebird Petersen Ranch, E of Lake Elizabeth 4/23 *Gray Catbird West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail (Monte Verde Park) 4/19 Le Conte's Thrasher Piute Ponds 4/23 Northern Parula Peck Pits, far north end 2/26 Palm Warbler LA National Cemetery 3/07 Palm Warbler Entradero park (Dave Moody) 4/09 Palm Warbler Hahamongna Watershed Park 4/22 Palm Warbler Banning Park in Wilmington 4/15 Palm Warbler Madrona Marsh 4/16 Palm Warbler Sand Dune Park 4/16 Palm Warbler South Gate Park behind the large Sports Center Building, working trees 3/12 *Yellow-throated Warbler Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area 2/20 Black-and-white Warbler La Mirada Park 2/25 Black-and-white Warbler LA County Arboretum 3/02 Black-and-white Warbler El Segundo Library Park 4/19 Black-and-white Warbler Madrona Marsh 3/20 Black-and-white Warbler Legg Lake, near restroom 7 4/08 Black and white Warbler LA River/Oros Street, 200 m upstream from lower end of riparian 4/20 Black and white Warbler Ralph Dills Park 4/02 Pine Warbler Santa Fe Dam 2/21 Painted Redstart Palos Verdes, just north of South Coast Botanic Garden 3/04 Green-tailed Towhee West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, Lakewood 2/28 Swamp Sparrow Playa Vista riparian corridor 4/22 Brewer's Sparrow Bob's Gap 3/09 Clay-colored Sparrow Exposition Park 4/17 Clay-colored Sparrow Santa Fe Dam 4/08 Clay-colored Sparrow West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, South of Del Amo 4/26 Harris' Sparrow Thompson Creek Trail/Pomello, Claremont 3/12 White throated Sparrow Cobb Estate, Altadena 2/27 White-throated Sparrow LA County Arboretum 2/24 White-throated Sparrow Holmby Hills 3/01 White-throated Sparrow Wilmington Drain above PCH 2/25 White-throated Sparrow Alta Vicente Preserve 4/09 White-throated Sparrow South Coast Botanic Garden 4/26 White-throated Sparrow Sand Dune Park 4/13 White-throated Sparrow Los Liones Park, near the Getty Villa 3/28 White-throated Sparrow Beverly Hills 2 SG neighborhood 3/24 White-throated Sparrow Neff Park, La Mirada 3/30 White-throated Sparrow David Bell's house in La Canada-Flintridge 4/17 White-throated Sparrow 14 Crest Road, LA (private residence) 4/19 White-throated Sparrow Ed Thomas' yard 3/03 Vesper Sparrow Santa Fe Dam 4/13 Vesper Sparrow Poppy Preserve 3/11 Vesper Sparrow Nebeker Ranch 2/26 Summer Tanager Mentor Ave/Arden Road, Pasadena 4/08 Summer Tanager Wardlow Park, SE quadrant and near parking lot (Long Beach) 3/27 Baltimore Oriole La Mirada Park 4/05 Baltimore Oriole Elysian Park, Chavez Ravine. NW of Grace E. Simons Lodge in silk oaks. 2/27 Orchard Oriole LA Arboretum 4/07 Orchard Oriole 4823 Ben Ave., Los Angeles. Good luck to us! Regards, Lance Benner and Wanda Dameron Lance Benner Altadena, CA
Reading Kimball's account, I can add that just west of the county line at the base of the Santa Susana Mtns. vic. Simi Valley, I was also seeing migrants, though not as many. It actually started with a quick stop near home vic. Agoura Hills at around 7:00 AM, with the sky full of chips and cheeps - hard to tell where they were coming from, but sounded like the highest eucalyptus in the area were drawing them down. Doing fieldwork later, Vaux's Swifts were aloft all morning, generally moving north. Western Kingbirds trickling north. Lazuli Buntings buzzing all morning, heading north. I also had obviously migrant Ash-throats calling (in annual grassland, obviously not breeding locally). Surprises were two flocks of shorebirds (!) heading north, including at least 40 Western Sandpipers that blasted overhead then cleared the ridge a few inches from the ground. Winds were powerful, out of the east/northeast. Not sure this is making for good birding per se, more like an exciting challenge. Dan Cooper Ventura Co.
Birders, I spent about 45 minutes (0720-0805) at Hansen Dam this morning (27 April), observing mainly from the upper portions of the ball field area, just south of the dirt parking lot east of the restroom/office building off Foothill Blvd. The migration of passerines, etc., was phenomenal, exceeding anything I can recall seeing on the deserts or the Gulf Coast (though I admit I’ve never hit the really big fallouts in those areas). Mark Scheel was leaving as I arrived, and he had been seeing a similar spectacle. Clearly these big visible movements are related somehow to the strong and persistent N winds in the area the past few days, including overnight and (10-15 mph) while I was there this morning. I’m not sure how the geography of this site funnels birds the way it does, but I suspect these birds were blown farther south than they “wanted” to be and were reorienting by skirting the south flank of the Verdugos and continuing WNW to NW right over the Hansen Dam Basin. Tellingly, I saw essentially no migrants while driving along Foothill Blvd. from Tujunga to Hansen Dam (nor, later, while driving down the Glendale Fwy. to work), so the passage seemed to be along a fairly well-defined path. Western Tanagers (125), Lazuli Buntings (40), Black-headed Grosbeaks (25), Western Kingbirds (20) and Ash-throated Flycatchers (45, including 6 perched together at one point) were the most conspicuous migrants, but there were >>100 warblers, 10+ Warbling Vireos, 8+ Bullock’s Orioles, etc. Absent, on the other hand, were Empidonax flycatchers and Catharus thrushes. The warblers were very frustrating – though many would land high in the picnic area pines and other trees, they were pretty much invisible there because of the winds. Nevertheless, at least 7 species were moving through, including 4+ Hermits. On top of this, there were dozens to hundreds more passerines moving in the distance or high in the air. Other migrants included two Phainopeplas, an Acorn Woodpecker (moving on the same WNW path), 60+ Vaux’s Swifts, and five Purple Martins (4 males and a female moving WNW over the lake). A fairly late American Pipit was also flying over. The eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36309131 If the winds continue through the night tonight, it might be worth checking this area Friday morning. In the absence of winds, migration here has been considerably more mundane. 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
I saw a handful of Lazuli in area A at the Ballona wetlands last Friday the 21st, and while I'm reporting, I saw a California thrasher there the day before yesterday, which might be the same bird Jonathan has been seeking in the area for a while now. For those not familiar with Ballona, area A is the field west of Lincoln on the north side of the bike path. Rick Rick Pine Ballona wetlands, Los Angeles
Hi, I stopped by Thompson Creek Trail for a little bit this afternoon and stood around the second feeding station at the end of Pomello Dr for a little while. After not too long of a wait, the continuing Harris's Sparrow popped out to eat the birdseed. Hopefully it will stick around until the weekend! Brittany O'Connor Claremont
Observed a group of 4 from 7-8 am April 26, 2017 They were along the jetty on the south and swam east toward the UCLA Boathouse where they were really interested on feeding on the hairy algae growing on the dock. They ended up resting on the rocks just east of the UCLA Dock https://www.flickr.com/photos/75335856@N03/33448413844/in/datetaken-public/ Joel Coster Palos Verdes Estates
Birders:: After Dan Cooper's (slow day) report recently, the Lagoon produced a good variety of interesting birds this morning. I arrived around 8:30 AM, about 2 hours before highest tide of the morning. The Lagoon was closed to the ocean There were only Mallard & Gadwall ducks found. All other ducks, grebes,loons, etc. were not noted. About 125 gulls were clustered on the beach near the east end, on the shore of the Lagoon closest to the ocean. Besides the usual Western and California Gulls, there were 3 Bonaparte's, one adult Herring Gull, a couple of Ring-billed and a probable Western/Glaus-winged.. The majority of about 80 Terns were Elegant with some Caspian and Royal. The shorebirds were low in numbers with Willet, Whimbrel and Marbled Godwit found, about 6 Semi-Palmated Plovers and a gorgeous female Red-necked Phalarope in full breeding plumage. Kildeer was a given I did not see any off-shore northward movement of ducks, loons, gulls. terns or mammals, but plenty of surfers riding in. BIrdingly, Irwin Woldman Studio City
I've seen two ospreys here at Cabrillo Beach several times recently (both adult)... including on April 11 and May 21. (Since around August last year I've often seen one osprey around Cabrillo Beach; having two at once is more recent, and I still usually see just one.) So far they've always vocalized and are flying when there are two of them, and are virtually always silent when there's just one. At least once I saw them both diving for fish in the same area of water. They've been using quite a variety of different perches (but only one at a time, as far as I've seen). I suspect they're a breeding pair but am not certain. The most evidence I've observed of that is seeing one fly off into the distance with a fish, instead of landing somewhere in view to consume it. David Ellsworth San Pedro, CA At 2017-04-26 12:12, Jeanette Repp jzlrepp@... [LACoBirds] wrote: Driving along Palos Verdes Drive South, Â I just saw a pair of ospreys just south of Point Vincent. I'm guessing they are migrating through. Has anyone seen them here before Â Â Â Jeanette ReppÂ Â Â Â San Pedro, CA
Driving along Palos Verdes Drive South, I just saw a pair of ospreys just south of Point Vincent. I'm guessing they are migrating through. Has anyone seen them here before Jeanette Repp San Pedro, CA
Hi all. I non-birder friend has reported seeing a frigatebird soaring in yesterday's high winds off the bluffs at the end of Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. He gave a good description, and frigatebirds are fairly distinctive. We have been to Baja California together multiple times and looked closely at Magnificent Frigatebirds, I am confident he knows the species well. This might bode well for the 8-hour pelagic birding trip aboard the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro this Saturday, April 29. The trip departs at 7 a.m. and we plan to check out the oil rigs for any remaining Brown Boobies and following the escarpment around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the mouth of the Redondo Canyon. This will take us briefly into Orange County waters, but most of the itinerary is in Los Angeles County. The $110 per person price includes breakfast, hot lunch, and soft drinks. Parking is free. There are a handful of sport still available on this trip. To register, go to http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm . Take care, Bernardo -- Bernardo Alps Wildlife Biologist California Whales & Wildlife www.photocetus.com bernardo.alps@... 310.597.0449 P.O. Box 1667 San Pedro, CA 90733
HI Birders And Nick and I found our first of the season FLAMMULATED OWL up on the Angeles Crest last Friday, 4/21/17. So they've finally migrated in - speaking of migrants. Cheers! Mary Freeman Glendale CA
What a Fish Knows - it turns out they know a lot! Jonathan Balcombe, author of the bestseller "What A Fish Knows," will be speaking and signing books at the next evening program of Santa Monica Bay Audubon, May 2nd, 7:30pm. In this dynamic, illustrated presentation, Jonathan Balcombe combines science with story-telling to explore the colorful lives of the least understood and most exploited vertebrates on Earth. Balcombe explores fish perceptions, cognition, emotion, social behavior, and cooperation, and wraps it in the context of our evolving relationship to fishes and their vital aquatic habitats. Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist, author, and a life-long animal advocate. He has a PhD in ethology from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters ranging from turtle nesting behavior to the ethics of animal dissection. His 2006 book Pleasurable Kingdom is the first in-depth examination of animals' capacity to enjoy life. LOCATION: Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica . Previously known as Lincoln Park. If youre coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd. Link to SMBAS announcement: https://smbasblog.com/2017/04/21/what-a-fish-knows-evening-meeting-tuesday-may-2-730-p-m/ Chuck Almdale North Hills on behalf of SMBAS
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