Los Angeles RBA- 24 February 2017

Rock Bunting,©Tony Disley

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

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
=93Eurasian=94 Green-winged Teal
Yellow-footed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Hammond=92s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris=92s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Orchard Oriole
Scott=92s Oriole

California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the ra=
re bird report form):  http://www.californiabirds.org/

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Hotline:  Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
E-mail reports to:  Jon Fisher at JonF60@hotmail.com
Coverage:  Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


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 =93EURASIAN=94 GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues along the LA River adjacent to=
 the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale.  It was reported through February=

A first cycle ICELAND GULL was found at the Rio Hondo spreading basins at t=
he west end of Mines Ave. on February 18.  Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (b=
oth 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 see=
n 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 attract=
s gulls is not operating).  To reach the basin south of Washington Blvd., t=
ake Paramount to Canford and turn west.  There is access here through a hol=
e 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=92S FLYCATCHER continued at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood =
through February 21.

A GRAY FLYCATCHER was at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood on Febru=
ary 21.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh  in Torrance was reported through Febru=
ary 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 Glen=
dora through February 20.

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

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

After going unreported for some time, the wintering THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD a=
t Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was seen again on February 19 and als=
o through February 21.  It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of th=
e 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 Febru=
ary 20.  It was inside the Splash! property.

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

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

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

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued through February 23 at the LA County Arb=
oretum in Arcadia on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll in the southwest c=
orner of the property.

A HARRIS=92S SPARROW was found along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont on F=
ebruary 22 (but reportedly present before then).  It was seen again on Febr=
uary 23.  To reach the exact location, drive to the very north end of India=
n Hill Blvd. in Claremont.  There is a free parking lot to the left. Walk e=
ast 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 drinkin=
g fountain. There are bird feeders and a solar panel water dish on the grou=
nd.  Walk about one more block to Pomello Ave. (closed to parking) where th=
ere is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Slip past it at the c=
hannel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the Harri=
s'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 t=
hrough 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=92S ORIOLE was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on Februa=
ry 20 and 21.  It was seen from Group Picnic Area 4.

- end transcript

Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA


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