This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 11.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 11, 2018
* CALA1801.11

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Pacific Golden-Plover
Glaucous Gull
Brown Booby
Neotropic Cormorant
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Scott’s Oriole
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Painted Redstart
Black-headed Grosbeak

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 11.

The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through January 8. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale continued through January 10. Likewise did another at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 8.

A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 10, generally north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.

A SLATY-BACKED GULL was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera on January 6. It was seen at the north end of the south basin. The basins are west of the river between Whittier and Washington (easy access is at the east end of Mines Ave. east of Passons Blvd.). A GLAUCOUS GULL was here on January 5.

Two BROWN BOOBIES were observed off Manhattan Beach on January 7.

Continuing at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia was a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (usually seen on the island at the north end of the north lake) through January 10. In the willows at the north end of the north lake (mainly in the area west of the inflow channel) was a continuing BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER through January 7 and NORTHERN PARULA and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER both present through January 10.

A continuing YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at Legg Lake in South El Monte on January 7. It was seen west of restroom 8.

A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was at Mountain View Cemetery on January 7.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 9 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continued at the marsh. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Castaic Lagoon through January 7 (a male at the north end of the beach near the north end of the lagoon) and at the Castaic Sports Complex (three birds continuing by the athletic fields) through January 6. Another female was in the northern part of the West San Gabriel River Nature Trail in Lakewood on January 5 and four continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER continued on the east side of Ladera Park in Ladera Heights through January 10. Another continued at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka through January 7 (south of the playground).

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was found along the lower LA River in Long Beach on January 6. Check West 21st Street (especially around street number 850-851) near San Francisco Avenue and in this general area from here to the river. The bird was reported through January 11.

A SAGE THRASHER continued in Wilmington through January 7, northwest of the corner of Anchorage and Shore Roads. Also present here was a PALM WARBLER on January 6.

Another SAGE THRASHER was at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park in south-central Los Angeles on January 10.

A continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino through January 5 in the parking lot near the main entrance.

Continuing Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It was last reported near the small dried pond east of the small green pier on January 10. An adult male SCOTT’S ORIOLE was west of restroom 2 in the northeast part of the park from January 6-8 (west of the white octagonal building near some green awnings).

The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued in the Rose Garden at Decsanso Gardens in La Canada through January 6.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 10.

Another RUSTY BLACKBIRD was found along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale on January 10 near the confluence of the two channels by the west end of the park. It appears to move around the area however.

The OVENBIRD at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont continued through January 7. It has been in a grove of oak trees in the area north of Indian Hill Mesa.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through January 6.

The NORTHERN PARULA continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through January 7 and the AMERICAN REDSTART was reported through January 10. They are near the extreme northeast part of the lake accessed from the “jungle trail”. They are usually seen in an oak and an ash tree along the eastern edge of the lake inflow channel.

The PALM WARBLER continued at DeForest Park in Long Beach through January 8. It has been around the administration/restroom buildings near the north end of the park.

A PINE WARBLER was found at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka on January 7. It was between the playground and tennis courts.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through January 8. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.

A wintering BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continues in Sierra Madre, being last reported on January 10.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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