Los Angeles RBAs 2017

Los Angeles RBAs 2017

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 10.

- RBA * California * Los Angeles RBA * February 10 2017 * CALA1702.10  

-Birds mentioned

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal Yellow-footed Gull SLATY-BACKED GULL Pacific-slope Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Vermilion Flycatcher Ash-throated Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Western Kingbird Lapland Longspur Black-and-white Warbler Green-tailed Towhee Clay-colored Sparrow Swamp Sparrow “Red” Fox Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco Summer Tanager Orchard Oriole 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Coverage:  Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted     -Transcript

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 10.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues in Pico Rivera being last reported on February 8.  Check both the San Gabriel River channel and the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds just to the west.  The basins are between Whittier and Washington Blvd. and west of the 605 Freeway.  Access is from the east end of Mines Ave. or at the southwest corner of the basins via Pico Vista Road. 

An adult YELLOW-FOOTED GULL was at the basins on February 4.  Water levels and gull numbers can fluctuate greatly from day to day and throughout the day.

The putative second cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL was seen in Pico Rivera off and on through February 7.  It has been both at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds and most recently at the Rio Hondo spreading basins at the west end of Mines Ave. (there is an access gate and paved path just west of its junction with Paramount). 

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued at William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles through February 7. 

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through February 8 on the north side of the park around Group Picnic Area #4.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh  in Torrance was reported through February 4 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner.  An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER also continues at Madrona, being last seen on February 8.  The WESTERN KINGBIRD at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through February 4.  Preserve hours are 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Four VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at the Castaic Sports Complex through February 8.  Check the lawns near the children’s play area. 

Another VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through February 2 (check the south pond area).

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continues at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook, being last reported at the south lake on February 5.

Seven LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found on San Clemente Island on February 6.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through February 4 in the area west of restroom 7.  Easiest parking is on the west side of Santa Anita Ave. just south of the 60 Freeway.  Walk west from here to get to restroom 7.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues at Ed Segundo Library Park and was reported through February 9.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the South Coast Botanic Garden (at the Children’s Garden) on February 9.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through February 4.  It is being seen near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the west end of the Rose Garden in Exposition Park in Los Angeles on February 8.

A “RED” FOX SPARROW continued at a residence in Porter Ranch through February 4.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued through February 5 at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll in the southwest corner of the property.  Others were near the entrance at the South Coast Botanic Garden through February 9, along the Wilmington Drain in Harbor City through February 8 and at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles (by unit 5190) through February 9. 

A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at Charlton Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains on February 3 and a DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO continued at Apollo Park in Lancaster through February 5.

A male SUMMER TANGER continues at the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale.  It was seen through February 8 on the east side of Riverside Drive, often around the small wooden sheds.

A female ORCHARD ORIOLE - apparently present since last November - was at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia on February 8 and 9.  It has been in a Kei Apple Tree (signed as such) visible from the east sidewalk entrance to the Aloe Garden.

A HOODED ORIOLE was at the South Coast Botanic Garden on February 4.

- end transcript   Jon L Fisher Glendale, CA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 24.

- RBA
* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 24 2017
* CALA1702.24

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Yellow-footed Gull
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD
Black-and-white Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Orchard Oriole
Scott’s 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


-Transcript

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 24.

A TUNDRA SWAN was at Pierce College in Woodland Hills from February 19-23. It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.

A female EURASIAN WIGEON is being seen at Oxford Basin in Marina del Rey. It was reported there though February 21. Low tide appears to be the best time to look for it.

A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale. It was reported through February 20.

A first cycle ICELAND GULL was found at the Rio Hondo spreading basins at the west end of Mines Ave. on February 18. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (both an adult and an immature have been present) continued off and on at the basins through February 20. The also irregular YELLOW-FOOTED GULL was seen again on February 20.

The gulls have mostly been in the basin below Washington Blvd. Afternoons are best and Sundays should be avoided (as the nearby landfill that attracts gulls is not operating). To reach the basin south of Washington Blvd., take Paramount to Canford and turn west. There is access here through a hole in the fence.

A second cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL at the Rio Hondo spreading basins was last seen there on February 11. More recently it was spotted at Junipero Beach in Long Beach (near Shoreline Drive) on February 19.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood through February 21.

A GRAY FLYCATCHER was at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood on February 21.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through February 23 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. Preserve hours are 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Up to five VERMILION FLYCATCHERS have seen at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 20.

The continuing DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported in and near the eucalyptus grove south of Las Flores Ave and north of Imperial Highway through February 20.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continued through February 20. The island in the south lake is a good spot to check, as well as adjacent areas.

After going unreported for some time, the wintering THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was seen again on February 19 and also through February 21. It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of the dog park, but can move widely around the area. The entrance road may be gated after storms, but the road can be walked, with parking available near the San Dimas Nature Center.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at La Mirada Community Regional Park on February 20. It was inside the Splash! property.

The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through February 21 around building 3604.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park in Los Angeles through February 18.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through February 23. It is being seen near the hillside concrete drainage channel adjacent to the end of Village Drive.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued through February 23 at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll in the southwest corner of the property.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW was found along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont on February 22 (but reportedly present before then). It was seen again on February 23. To reach the exact location, drive to the very north end of Indian Hill Blvd. in Claremont. There is a free parking lot to the left. Walk east about one half mile along the Thompson Creek Trail by the water channel. The first feeding station can be seen on the right by a bench and drinking fountain. There are bird feeders and a solar panel water dish on the ground. Walk about one more block to Pomello Ave. (closed to parking) where there is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Slip past it at the channel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the Harris's seems to prefer.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at a residence in the La Canada area in February 18.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at a feeder in Trancas Canyon on February 17.

The female ORCHARD ORIOLE at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia continued through February 21. It has been in the Aloe Garden (just northwest of the entrance complex). It especially favors the Kei Apple Trees, but if missed there check other flowering plants in the vicinity.

A male SCOTT’S ORIOLE was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on February 20 and 21. It was seen from Group Picnic Area 4.


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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for March 3.

- RBA
* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* March 3, 2017
* CALA1703.03


-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
ICELAND GULL
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Swamp Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Orchard 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


-Transcript

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for March 3.

A TUNDRA SWAN continued at Pierce College in Woodland Hills through February 27. It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.

The female EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Oxford Basin in Marina del Rey. It was reported there though February 27. Low tide appears to be the best time to look for it.

Four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and two BLACK SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on February 24. They were opposite lifeguard station 55 north of Imperial Highway.

Following the discovery of a first cycle ICELAND GULL on February 18, a probable second bird (also first cycle) was found at the Rio Hondo spreading basins on March 2. The gulls here have been in the basin below Washington Blvd. Afternoons are best and Sundays should be avoided (as the nearby Puente Hills Landfill that attracts gulls is not operating). To reach the basin south of Washington Blvd., take Paramount to Canford and turn west. There is access here through a hole in the fence.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through March 2 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. Preserve hours are 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Another EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through March 2. It has been on the north side near group picnic area 4.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued to be reported at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 27. Also continuing was a female at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through February 26 (often on the island in the south lake). Another continued at the LA National Cemetery in Westwood through February 26.

The continuing DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported in and near the eucalyptus grove north of Imperial Highway and east of Las Flores Ave. through March 2.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continued through February 26. The island in the south lake is a good spot to check, as well as adjacent areas. The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported here northwest of the south lake through February 26.

The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was reported through March 1. It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of the dog park, but can move widely around the area. It has recently been reported around the horse property south of the dog park.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at the LA County Arboretum on Tallac Knoll through February 25. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW also continued through March 27 on the east slope of the knoll.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through March 2. It was in pines at the intersection of Main Street and Mariposa.

A PALM WARBLER was at the LA National Cemetery on February 26. It was in the northern section along Shiloh Drive between San Juan Hill Ave. and Gettysburg Ave.

A continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates through February 26.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through February 28. It is being seen near the hillside concrete drainage channel adjacent to the end of Village Drive.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW continued along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont through March 2. To reach the exact location, drive to the very north end of Indian Hill Blvd. in Claremont. There is a free parking lot to the left. Walk east about one half mile along the Thompson Creek Trail by the water channel. The first feeding station can be seen on the right by a bench and drinking fountain. There are bird feeders and a solar panel water dish on the ground. Walk about one more block to Pomello Ave. (closed to parking) where there is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Slip past it at the channel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the Harris's seems to prefer.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued in Holmby Hills through February 24. Others were at the Wilmington Drain above the Pacific Coast Highway through March 1, at the Alta Vicente Preserve on February 25, north of the entrance at the Cobb Estate in Altadena on February 25 and at the South Coast Botanic Garden through February 25.

A SUMMER TANAGER continues in Pasadena near the corner of Arden Road and Mentor. It was last reported on February 26.

The female ORCHARD ORIOLE at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia continued through February 27. It has been in and around the Aloe Garden (just northwest of the entrance complex) and Peacock Café.


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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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