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· RE: [LACoBirds] Hooded Mergansers El Dorado Park (Jan 17, 2017)
· Spotted Doves in Compton (Jan 16, 2017)
· Hooded Mergansers El Dorado Park (Jan 16, 2017)
· Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 1/17 (Jan 15, 2017)
· RE: [LACoBirds] Castaic Lagoon: Red-necked Grebe, etc. (Jan 13, 2017)
  1. RE: [LACoBirds] Hooded Mergansers El Dorado Park LINK
    DATE: Jan 17, 2017 @ 7:27am, 2 day(s) ago
    Thanks for posting this. I'd heard the location was Area II near Snake Road, and unsuccessfully birded there Saturday. Yesterday thoroughly checked Area III and quicklySnake Road stream. Still no luck. Appreciate updates. Donna Bray Norwalk
    
    ----------------------------------------- From: "Amy Niemeyer amythebirder@... [LACoBirds]"
    To:
    Cc:
    Sent: 16-Jan-2017 18:08:20 +0000
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Hooded Mergansers El Dorado Park
    
    
    Greetings!
    
    I thought it might be of interest, currently there is a male and female pair of Hooded Mergansers on the main pond at El Dorado Park Area 3 in Long Beach. They were last seen getting chased away from a Western Grebe group. Fairly birdy morning for this park. eBird checklist to be submitted shortly.
    
    Amy Niemeyer
    
    Los Alamitos
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  3. Spotted Doves in Compton LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 3:04pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Mon 16 Jan
    
    I noticed on eBird that Spotted Doves have recently been seen in South Compton, on Alameda St north of the 91 Fwy and just north of the Gateway Towne Shopping Center. This morning I went to the area and found at least six birds---at times on telephone wires at the intersection of Alameda St and Greenleaf Blvd, in trees on the edge of a funky warehouse lot on Greenleaf just west of Alameda (it's ok to enter the lot), and on wires along the south side of Jorge's Nursery which is between Greenleaf and the shopping center.
    
    Several blocks to the west I saw a bird fly into AJ Nursery at the intersection of Greenleaf and Wilmington. (A few years ago I had 3 SPDOs in AJ Nursery---then called Evergreen Nursery.)
    
    Photos from today:
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32354353545
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32204263362
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32354327055
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32354312975
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  5. Hooded Mergansers El Dorado Park LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 10:08am, 2 day(s) ago
    Greetings!
    
    I thought it might be of interest, currently there is a male and female pair of Hooded Mergansers on the main pond at El Dorado Park Area 3 in Long Beach. They were last seen getting chased away from a Western Grebe group. Fairly birdy morning for this park. eBird checklist to be submitted shortly.
    
    Amy Niemeyer
    Los Alamitos
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  7. Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 1/17 LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2017 @ 5:51pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    
    Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 17, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for "Salton Sea" presented by Katie Krieger.
    
    Katie Krieger, Audubon California’s Salton Sea Program Manager will present a program on the Salton Sea for our January meeting. Audubon California is securing a home for birds at the Salton Sea through a three-pronged approach.
    
    First, through habitat mapping and analysis, we are working with partners to develop a habitat road map for a future sea that mitigates dust and provides a matrix of bird habitats to support at-risk populations.
    
    Second, through public engagement, we are using the power of the Audubon network to raise awareness about the issues at the Salton Sea and to demonstrate to the public that, with intensive action and proper management, the Salton Sea can continue to be critically important for birds and a healthy place for people to live.
    
    Third, through policy, Audubon is building on its history of policy successes in Sacramento by helping to encourage the State of California to keep its promise to the people of Riverside and Imperial counties, while also preserving a vital place for birds of the Pacific Flyway.
    
    Katie Krieger earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. She went on to earn two M.S. degrees at Stanford University, in Aeronautics/Astronautics and Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation, she spent 5 years working in environmental consulting with a focus on air quality. She came to Audubon California in 2013 with a focus on using GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) to support conservation goals. Recently, she has transitioned to lead our Salton Sea program, using habitat mapping, public engagement, and policy to help address some of the immense challenges at the sea.
    
    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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  9. RE: [LACoBirds] Castaic Lagoon: Red-necked Grebe, etc. LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2017 @ 4:03pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Today Friday January 13th the Red necked Grebe was easily found albeit far out in the middle of the lagoon. The cold wind here cut right through my thin shirt.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    653 S. Indian Hill Blvd.,#C
    Claremont CA 91711
    
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    Personal cell 909.241.3300
    Work cell 213.471.6001
    Office 213.351.7382
    Home 909.445.1456
    
    "The plural of 'anecdote' is not 'data'."
    
    -------- Original message --------
    
    From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [LACoBirds]"
    
    Date: 12/31/16 17:24 (GMT-08:00)
    
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Castaic Lagoon: Red-necked Grebe, etc.
    
     Birders,
    
    Coverage of Castaic Lagoon for the Santa Clarita CBC this morning (31 December) yielded a dull basic plumaged Red-necked Grebe in the southern part of the lagoon (around the fishing pier area, often loosely associating with feeding cormorants), but otherwise
    a striking lack of waterbird abundance and diversity. Landbirds on the west side of the lagoon included a Cassin's Vireo north ofRestroom #9, a Plumbeous Vireo at the north end near Lot 13, and probably a second Plumbeous near Restroom #10 south of the administration
    building. I tromped around last year's Le Conte's Sparrow spot near the nw. shore of the lake, but could barely find two Savannah Sparrows (along with numerous Song and Lincoln's).An adult Bald Eagle was on the main Castaic Lake, perched in pines near the
    south-facing point between the main northeast and northwest arms of the lake (scoped from the east boat launch area off Lake Hughes Rd.).
    
    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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  11. Los Angeles RBA- 13 January 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2017 @ 1:26pm, 5 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *January 13 2017
    * CALA1701.13
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    White-winged Scoter
    Mountain Plover
    California Condor
    Swainson’s Hawk
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Red-naped Sapsucker
    Hammond’s Flycatcher
    Pacific-slope Flyactcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Mountain Bluebird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Swamp Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Hooded Oriole
    
    
    
    
    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 January 13.
    
    
    Four female type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 7. All were opposite lifeguard station 61, but can be either north or south of there.
    
    Eighty-eight MOUNTAIN PLOVER were southeast of the intersection of Avenue L and 50 thStreet East in the Antelope Valley on January 7.
    
    A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at Bixby Marshland in Carson on January 7 on the south side of the parking lot.
    
    A CALIFORNIA CONDOR was over Interstate 5 north of Castaic and just south of Vista del Lago on January 6. Another- or the same bird- was along Hig hway 138 between
    Quail Lake and Neenach on January 9.
    
    A SWAINSON’S HAWK was over Almansor Park in Alhambra on January 6. Also present south of the ponds was an immature male HOODED ORIOLE, a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO. These latter birds were all where
    the jogger track straightens out and about parallel with the fenced-off baseball-type fields.
    
    A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates on January 8.
    
    A
    PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued at William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles through January 12. It was on the eastern side of the property near a Moreton Bay Fig tree.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through January 11 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 10 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continues, last reported
    in willows by the meadow area. A PALM WARBLER was seen on January 6 by the south trail overlook. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues at Madrona as well. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through January 10. It has recently been northeast of the end of the Avalon parking lot, but has previously been seen
    near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126 thStreet and also north of the south lake. The VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues, being last reported northeast of the end of the Avalon parking lot on December 10.
    
    The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area also continues. It was seen through January 10 near the east end of the Avalon parking lot.
    
    Up to ten MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS continue at Brackett Field in La Verne. They were last reported on January 6 past the west end of the runway adjacent to the nursery.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through January 9 around building 3604. A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was in this area through January 10.
    
    The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE reported through January 9. A good area to check is just south of the two green and white posts on the west side of the
    paved walkway.
    
    A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through January 8. It is near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel.
    
    Another SWAMP SPARROW was at UCLA on January 6 on the southwest side of Bunche Hall.
    
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued in the Wilmington Drain above the Pacific Coast Highway through January 7. It has been hanging around a pomegranate tree.
    
    
    - 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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  13. RE: [LACoBirds] Rarities at coastal locations LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:38am, 6 day(s) ago
    Ed et al.,
    
    Yes, this has been addressed, but is worth repeating, as it is a constant source of irritation to eBird users and eBird reviewers.
     Several months ago, we (L. A. Co. eBird reviewers) instituted a “pelagic” filter, so that eBird submissions from the marine waters of L. A. County would include
    only species expected to be seen over the open ocean. This has greatly helped with eliminating checklists for terrestrial habitats
    
    that are mis-plotted over the ocean (it’s amazing how often that happens). HOWEVER, there has been a glitch in the boundary of the pelagic filter for which
    a fix has not been a high priority for the eBird team at Cornell. The glitch is that a few sites plotted right on the immediate coast (e.g. Dockweiler Beach, the Ballona jetties, outer Cabrillo Beach, etc.) fall into the “pelagic” polygon because the polygon
    was not properly mapped in the first place. So when you enter a checklist from these beach areas, you pull up the pelagic filter, and common beach and terrestrial birds have to be added as “rarities”.
     This situation is frustrating enough that we will probably just eliminate the pelagic filter for the time being and all pelagic checklists will go through the
    regular “coastal” filter. Another solution would be to simply move the offending coastal “Hotspots” and any personal beach locations a bit farther inland so they don’t trigger the pelagic filter, but we’re opposed to that kind of “fake news” (i.e., purposefully
    mis-plotted localities).
    
    By the way, since Rock Pigeon doesn’t show up on the (glitch-related) pelagic filter that you encounter for these beach localities, be sure to use “Rock Pigeon
    (feral pigeon)” when you enter that form. Do NOT use plain old “Rock Pigeon” in the Los Angeles area at all.
    
    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 edstonick edstonick@... [LACoBirds]
    
    Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:05 AM
    
    To: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Rarities at coastal locations
    
     This may have been addressed, but why are such "rarities" as Rock Pigeon, European Starling, American Crown, etc. showing up on eBird alerts for certain coastal hotspots in L.A. County
    
    Regards,
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena, CA
    
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  15. Re: [LACoBirds] Rarities at coastal locations LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:32am, 6 day(s) ago
    Ed,
    
    The following was posted to LACoBirds on June 14, 2016:
    
    L. A. County eBird users:
    
    We recently instituted an “offshore” filter for eBird checklists submitted from L. A. County, so that checklists at sea will only show expected offshore species (and a handful of terrestrial and freshwater migrants that are regularly seen at sea). This was important to do, because a great many land-based eBird localities were being “mis-mapped” as being well out over the ocean, and also because many birders don’t realize that some birds common on the immediate coast are surprisingly rare offshore (e.g., Ring-billed Gull).
    
    Because of a glitch in how eBird reads the boundary between the “Los Angeles County – offshore” filter and the “Los Angeles County – coastal” filter, some eBird Hotspots (and personal localities) on the immediate shore (e.g., beaches, jetties, etc.) are triggering the “offshore” filters – which is why many common birds on the beaches (e.g. American Crow, House Sparrow, House Finch, Rock Pigeon, some shorebirds, etc.) are being flagged. Until we can get the boundaries tweaked (which the eBird folks say is not easy and will take time), please just bear with us. If your checklist is based on land and common birds are being flagged because eBird interprets the site as “offshore,” just check “confirm” for the flagged common species and don’t bother writing details (or complaining) – we’ll routinely validate them.
    
    On a different topic, you will note that we have added a lot of subspecies options to the eBird filters for L. A., as well as more “sp.” options. It our preference that you only indicate subspecies when you were able to determine (from morphology/voice/etc.) which subspecies was involved; if your subspecies ID is simply based geographical assumption (e.g., what subspecies should be at the spot where you are, even if the bird itself can’t be identified based on actual characters), then just enter the sighting at the species level.
    
    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
    
    It should be noted that "American Crown" has not been recorded anywhere in California, and is being appropriately flagged at L.A. County hotspots.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  17. Rarities at coastal locations LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 3:04am, 7 day(s) ago
    This may have been addressed, but why are such "rarities" as Rock Pigeon, European Starling, American Crown, etc. showing up on eBird alerts for certain coastal hotspots in L.A. County
    
    Regards,
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena, CA
    
    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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  19. Bonelli Park Bald Eagle LINK
    DATE: Jan 10, 2017 @ 6:25pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Today 1/10 an adult Bald Eagle was observed flying over the NE corner of the lake headed east. The continuing Eastern Phoebe was present near Group Picnic Area # 4. I received a late report form another birder of a Prairie Falcon in the trees along Puddingstone Drive north of Group Picnic Area # 4. The bird was observed on 1/9 and 1/10 with photo documentation.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
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  21. Hammond's Fly 10 January YES LINK
    DATE: Jan 10, 2017 @ 10:31am, 8 day(s) ago
    Today (Tuesday) I did not locate the recently reported Redstart.But I did find the Hammond's Flycatcher at 8:45 AM on the W (courtyard) side of the 3604 building, flycatching from eye-level perches. Great viewing opportunity, except for the fact I was staring into the rear windows of the residences, hence I did not stay for long.
    
    Thanks much to eBirder Chris D. who gave precise location info in their eBird report. - Steve Johnson, visiting today from Virginia
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  23. Bald Eagle Above Alhambra LINK
    DATE: Jan 9, 2017 @ 5:05pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Hi everybody, at 2 pm the adult was viewed west of the Almansor Park Golf Course flying in a northeast direction. David Hurst Altadena Ca.
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  25. RFI - Hammond's at South Bay Botanic Garden LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2017 @ 2:37pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hello birders, I can find the South Bay Botanic Garden - I've been there many times - but it's a big place.Can someone please send me a description of the location where the Hammond's Flycatcher has been seenI.e. after arriving at the Garden, where's the birdThanks!! Steve Johnson
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  27. Re: Birding Books England, etc? LINK
    DATE: Jan 9, 2017 @ 3:12pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I am hoping to go to England, Scotland, and Ireland for the summer and am looking for a good birding book or two. Any ideas
    
    --
    Blessings!
            Jeanette Repp
            San Pedro
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  29. Winter Rufous Hummingbird challenge: 2017 version LINK
    DATE: Jan 9, 2017 @ 12:35pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Birders,   Hummingbirds present some of our most difficult species identification problems, particularly for observers not well-versed in their species-specific sounds and structural characters.  Even adult males are frequently misidentified because
    many birders rely on their perception of color patterns that can be confusing and misleading at different light angles.   You may recall that about a year ago I challenged birders in the region to adequately document mid-winter (roughly, November through January) Rufous Hummingbirds. Reports of adult male Rufous from mid-winter surface regularly in eBird,
    but I’m still waiting for one that includes good photos that show (1) a clear dorsal view of the upperparts (documenting the extent of rufous there) and/or (2) a sharp photo of the slightly to fully spread tail that shows the relatively shapes of rectrices
    4 and 5 (the outer two pairs of tail feathers) and the shape of the tip of rectrix 2 (the next pair outward from the central pair of tail feathers). Diagnostic differences are well-shown in the standard field guides and, especially, hummingbird guides (e.g.
    those by Howell or Williamson). In short, I’m still awaiting such definitive proof.   It is impossible to assess the extent of rufous on the back of a hummingbird in a profile view. If you think you have a male Rufous Hummingbird, try to get photos with a complete dorsal view; try, as well, to get photos of the spread tail
    from above or below. Remember that adult male Allen’s Hummingbirds (the default “rufous” hummingbird here through the winter) have extensive rufous on the rump and lower back as well as the sides and back of the neck. Recently, the disturbing possibility that
    some adult male Allen’s Hummingbirds can have almost completely rufous upperparts has emerged (the opposite of the known problem that many adult male Rufous Hummingbirds having extensive green on the upperparts). Also, Rufous and Allen’s are now known to have
    a zone of hybridization near the California/Oregon border. So it’s very important to document the shape of the tail feathers for any mid-winter claim of Rufous.
    
    Remember, “mid-winter” refers to November (and, really, back into October) through January for this ID issue – by early February the first few spring migrant adult male Rufous are coming through (though the peak is late February to early April). Checking out
    stands of flowering eucalyptus, golden currant, etc., at that time is a good way to compare the two species, though Rufous are increasingly difficult to pick out from the resident hordes of Allen’s in urban and suburban areas on the coastal slope.   [On a related note… the issue of mid-winter claims of Black-chinned Hummingbird will be dealt with some other time. Rufous is exceedingly rare in winter, but Black-chinned is virtually accidental at that season in California. Yet eBird
    claims abound…]   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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  31. Hermit Warbler's apparent fifth winter in Downey LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2017 @ 5:49pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Sun 8 Jan
    
    Dennis the Menace Park in Downey has a Hermit Warbler again this winter. This morning a HEWA was in the same pine trees, south of the playground, where one was seen the winter of '12-'13 and again last winter. Photos from today:
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32197974265
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32049417132
    
    Of possible interest to birders in the Cerritos area, a Plumbeous Vireo has returned for it's second winter at Cerritos Park East. It was again in trees near the street entrance to the east parking lot and then south of the lot. Photos from today:
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31822349320
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31356311714
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31387641883
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  33. Yellow-throated Warbler Earvin Magic Johnson park LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2017 @ 3:19pm, 10 day(s) ago
    We staked out the area near the Liquidambar trees for a while this morning, but nothing much was going on there but some House and Goldfinches. While waiting, I spied a Snow Goose across the lawn toward Avalong, grazing in the grass. Can you dig it! 
    We ventured further east and found the Tropical Kingbird in the area between the walking path, and the north side of the south lake. We then found the Yellow-throated Warbler in the same general area, in a large pine tree approx. here 33.920480, -118.261369. No luck on the Plumbeous, though another birder had a photo of a good candidate. 
    Not much else of note, other than it was shocking to see an entire crew of people using brooms and dustpans, picking up trash. This is unheard of in Orange Co. where leaf blower noise pollution is mandatory in all public parks.
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
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  35. To9day at Malibu LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2017 @ 3:01pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Skies were clear with no wind.; warm temps and few decent waves for the surfers, it was a perfect day to bird Malibu. First to Legacy Park where there was plenty of water, but absent of waterfowl or marsh birds. With the recent past couple of weeks and the anticipated oncoming rain storms, this Park should be watched for as a freshwater haven for the above and transient odd passerines, as in the past. The Lagoon hosted about 2500-3000 gulls, mostly California, with a dose of Western, Herrmann's and Ring-billed. Two 1st cycle Glaucous-winged Gulls and one hybrid, probably GWGU/ WEGU were present. In addition, there were 3 Herring Gulls in the flocks. A male Pintail and 4 female Hooded Mergansers were also highlights. No Loons or Snowy Plovers were found.
    
    Birdingly,
    
    Irwin Woldman
    Studio City
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  37. NorCal visit LINK
    DATE: Jan 7, 2017 @ 8:37pm, 11 day(s) ago
    HI All,
      I'd like to run up to Humboldt for some birding and would like at least one 'copilot' (who is willing to drive some). I was thinking of leaving Monday afternoon or evening and driving through the night and birding Tues and spend Tues night in Humboldt and return on Wed, or something close to that. I'll be leaving from Lancaster area. If you are interested in the trip let me know.
    
    KEERS (as the MAMU says)
    
    Kerry Ross
    kgr.falco@...
    San Diego
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  39. Mountain Plovers Antelope Valley LINK
    DATE: Jan 7, 2017 @ 5:45pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Hello Los Angeles County Birders,
    
    Whittier Area Audubon held a field trip to the Antelope Valley today.
    Temperatures ranged from 36 to 47 degrees.
    Among other birds found, there were 88 Mountain Plovers in a field at the
    SE corner of Avenue L and 50th Street East.
    
    It was a pleasant day, no wind and little rain.
    
    Happy birding,
    
    Larry Schmahl
    Whittier
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  41. 4 WW Scoters together off El Segundo Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 7, 2017 @ 4:36pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Sat 7 Jan
    
    Approx 10 AM there were four female-type White-winged Scoters together in a small Surf Scoter flock off El Segundo Beach, opposite lifeguard station #61 (south of Grand Ave).
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/32024495342
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/31362623343
    
    Richard Barth
    
    West Hollywood
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  43. Almansor Park--Hooded Oriole, etc LINK
    DATE: Jan 6, 2017 @ 4:43pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    This afternoon (6 Jan) I swung by Almansor Park. South of the ponds, where the jogger track straightens out, and roughly parallel with the fenced-off baseball-type fields, was a young male Hooded Oriole in a eucalyptus just on the golf course side of the fence. In the same eucalyptus there was briefly a male Red-naped Sapsucker, and in the adjacent pines a Plumbeous Vireo. A dark-morph Swainson's Hawk drifted north, my first for 2017; clearly much later than expected.
    
    John Garrett
    Pasadena
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  45. Los Angeles RBA- 6 January 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jan 6, 2017 @ 2:07pm, 12 day(s) ago
    - RBA
    * California
    * Los Angeles RBA
    *January 6 2017
    * CALA1701.06
    
    
    -Birds mentioned
    
    “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
    White-winged Scoter
    Red-necked Grebe
    Lesser Black-backed Gull
    Bald Eagle
    Hammond’s Flycatcher
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Tropical Kingbird
    Cassin’s Vireo
    Plumbeous Vireo
    Pacific Wren
    Mountain Bluebird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Painted Redstart
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Swamp Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    Hooded Oriole
    Baltimore Oriole
    
    
    
    
    
    
    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 January 6.
    
    
    The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL along the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera continued through January 2. Check both the river channel and the spreading basins between Whittier and Washington (on the west side of
    the river). Access can be had at the east end of Mines Ave. or from Pico Vista Road at the southwest corner of the basins.
    
    Four female type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on January 4. Two were opposite lifeguard station 61, one was opposite the Imperial Highway and one was opposite lifeguard station
    53.
    
    Castaic Lagoon had a RED-NECKED GREBE on December 31 near the south end. Also present was a BALD EAGLE, a CASSIN’S VIREO (north of restroom 9) and two PLUMBEOUS VIREOS (near parking lot 13 and near restroom 10).
    
    At least one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 30. Gull flocks can be in either the north or south basin and tend to congregate
    by late morning. Enter from the east end of Mines Ave.
    
    The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through January 4 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.
    
    Up to four VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at the Castaic Sports Complex from December 31-January 1. Other VERMILION FLYCATCHERS included at least two continuing birds at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, one at the
    LA National Cemetery on January 2 and one at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through January 3 (often on the island in the south lake).
    
    The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through January 4. It was most recently in the western section, but has also been near the intersection of Wadsworth
    Ave. and 126 thStreet and also north of the south lake.
    
    A continuing PACIFIC WREN was in Monrovia Canyon through January 2 near trail marker number 8.
    
    Up to ten MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS continue at Brackett Field in La Verne. They were last reported on January 4 past the west end of the runway adjacent to the nursery.
    
    A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at the Raintree Condominium complex in Culver City on January 2. Another continued in the southern part of Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance through January 3. Preserve hours are
    10-5, Tuesday through Sunday.
    
    A PALM WARBLER was at the Los Angeles National Cemetery (along Christian Ave.) on January 2.
    
    A PINE WARBLER continued between parking lot 2 and the pier at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale through December 29.
    
    The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continues. It was seen on January 4 and 5 near the east end of the Avalon parking lot and by picnic area 12 north of the south
    lake.
    
    The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through January 2 around building 3603 and 3604. A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was in this area from January 1-2.
    
    The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood has a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE reported through January 3. A good area to check is just south of the two green and white posts on the west side of the
    paved walkway. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a CASSIN’S VIREO were along the nature trail on January 2. A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER also continued through January 1 at the south end of Monte Verde Park (this is a reservation only fenced area at the north end
    of the Parkway Nature Trail).
    
    A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through January 3. It is near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel. A BLACK-HEADED
    GROSBEAK was also in this area on January 3.
    
    Another BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (first winter male) was at Cheviot Hills Park in eucalyptus across from Motor Ave. on January 2.
    
    A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO was at Elysian Park on January 3. It was above Elysian Park Drive west of Stadiumn Way.
    
    A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the LA County Arboretum through January 4. It was on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll. Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the Wilmington Drain in Harbor City north
    of PCH (in and around a pomegranate tree) through January 1.
    
    A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Holmby Park near Westwood on January 2 and an immature male HOODED ORIOLE was at Creek Park in La Mirada on January 4.
    
    
    - end transcript
    
    Jon L Fisher
    Glendale, CA
    JonF60@...
    
    
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  47. Pink-sided Junco in Elysian Park LINK
    DATE: Jan 4, 2017 @ 11:42pm, 14 day(s) ago
    On the afternoon of 1/3/17 I photographed a Pink-sided Junco on the grassy slope above Elysian Park Drive near Stadium Way in Elysian Park. A Dark-eyed Junco of the subspecies cismontanus was also present amid the flock of about 15 juncos. I have posted photos of both birds on eBird.
    Brad Rumble Los Angeles
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  49. Bonelli Park Bald Eagle LINK
    DATE: Jan 4, 2017 @ 9:18pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Today 1/4/17 an adult Bald Eagle was observed chasing am Osprey with a freshly caught fish over the lake between East Shore and Swim Beach. The Eastern Phoebe previously reported was observed at Group Picnic Area # 4 today.
    
    Rod Higbie
    San Dimas
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