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Wrentit,©Sophie Webb

07 Mar eBird Polygon Tool ["David Ellsworth davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" ]
07 Mar Western Santa Monica Birding ["plauzoles AT mac.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Mar continuing Black Scoter off Dockweiler photos ["busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Mar European Goldfinch ["James DeBiase jim.debiase AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Mar Incredible Tricolored Blackbird Flock @ Holiday Lake ["Alex Coffey coughster AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
6 Mar Los Angeles RBA- 6 March 2015 ["Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
06 Mar Mace 2348 pigeon pics ["plauzoles AT mac.com [LACoBirds]" ]
06 Mar fos Hooded Oriole ["Wanda wandadameron2 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
4 Mar Swainson's, Lawrence's at Hansen Dam ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" ]
04 Mar Raptors, Ballona ecological reserve, Area A ["seerixpix AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
03 Mar RE: L. A. County eBird Hotspots ["edstonick edstonick AT att.net [LACoBirds]" ]
3 Mar L. A. County eBird Hotspots ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" ]
2 Mar LA Rarity Round-up, 3/1/15 ["Alex Coffey coughster AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
3 Mar Winter Season (Dec-Feb) reports for North American Birds ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" ]
2 Mar Checklist of birds on L. A. County's islands ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" ]
1 Mar Green-tailed Towhee - West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail - 1 MAR 2015 ["Jeff Bray jbray4913 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
01 Mar Castaic Lagoon Amer Tree Sparrow 3/1/2015 ["baker2575 AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
1 Mar a few notes... ["busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" ]
28 Feb Castaic Lagoon Red-necked Grebe and Am. Tree Sparrow Continue ["Trish G trishrg62 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
27 Feb New 10 AM start time for tomorrow's Ballona Birds by Bike tour ["walter.lamb AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" ]
27 Feb Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Feb Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" ]
27 Feb Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [pelagics]" ]
27 Feb Rose-ringed Parakeet ["Ed Stauss edstauss AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
27 Feb Los Angeles RBA- 27 February 2015 ["Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
27 Feb Ballona wetlands ecological reserve, Harlan's, Harrier, and more. ["seerixpix AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
25 Feb Three Varied Thrush & American White Pelican Continue at Alondra Park ["Robert van de Hoek robertvandehoek AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
26 Feb Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" ]
25 Feb Fair Oaks Parrot Roost comments ["Alex Coffey coughster AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
25 Feb Re: Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green ["donsterba AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
24 Feb Re: American Tree Sparrow continues at Castaic Lagoon ["Brad Singer bcsinger AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
24 Feb American Tree Sparrow continues at Castaic Lagoon ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" ]
20 Feb Birds at the San Gabriel Spreading Grounds ["eleanor osgood gardenbird1 AT att.net [LACoBirds]" ]
20 Feb Re: Los Cerritos Wetlands/Gum Grove Park Bird Walk ["Mary Parsell eldoradoaudubon AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
20 Feb Los Angeles RBA- 20 February 2015 ["Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
19 Feb Ballona Birds by Bicycle, February 28! ["walter.lamb AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" ]
18 Feb Rufous-crowned Sparrow in Nichols Canyon ["Scott Glosserman glosserman AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
18 Feb Bonelli Park Golden Eagles ["warblerod AT verizon.net [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Bald Eagle in Palos Verdes ["plguss AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Dessi Sieburth, Protecting Our Local Birds ["dowell.darren AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Varied Thrushes ["rosedrhb AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Feb Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [pelagics]" ]
17 Feb Re: Pelagic Updates ["David Ellsworth davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: Pelagic Updates ["David Ellsworth davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" ]
17 Feb Pelagic Updates ["Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" ]
16 Feb New info for the Worm-eating Warbler at The Village Green. ["Don Sterba donsterba AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
16 Feb El Dorado Park Tropical Kingbird ["Donna Bray donnabray AT charter.net [LACoBirds]" ]
16 Feb Sapsucker Slam at Veteran's Park, Sylmar, Feb. 16 ["'Jim Moore' moorebirder AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
16 Feb Lewis's WP, Brackett/Bonelli ["Mark Scheel scheel314 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
15 Feb RE: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe ["wildwingsla AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
15 Feb urban Merlins and Spotted Towhee ["birdingbrad AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
14 Feb Re: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe ["Tracy Drake tdrakehawk AT verizon.net [LACoBirds]" ]
14 Feb RE: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe ["Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" ]
14 Feb Red-breasted Merganser - Peck Rd. Water Conservation Park ["mario.pineda90 AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
14 Feb Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe ["Tracy Drake tdrakehawk AT verizon.net [LACoBirds]" ]
14 Feb Swamp Sparrow at Madrona Marsh! ["Dinuk dmagammana AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
13 Feb Los Angeles RBA- 13 February 2015 ["Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
12 Feb Black-and-white @ El Segundo Library ["busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" ]
12 Feb Re: Conversion of GPS/timestamped notes to eBird data ["davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" ]
12 Feb Re: Conversion of GPS/timestamped notes to eBird data ["Bas van Schooten basvanschooten AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
12 Feb Conversion of GPS/timestamped notes to eBird data ["davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" ]
12 Feb Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 2/17 ["David Quadhamer dquadhamer AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
10 Feb Black and White Warbler, Cheviot Hills Park ["Rebecca Fenning Marschall rutabegabunny AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
10 Feb Vemillion Flycatchers and Painted Redstart, Glendora ["larschmahl AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" ]
10 Feb Inca Dove report; other notes ["busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" ]
10 Feb Ballona ecological reserve, multiple sightings ["seerixpix AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
10 Feb Gulls @ Playa-del-Rey lagoon on Sunday, Feb. 08 ["Alex Viduetsky aviduetsky AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" ]
9 Feb Re: Lesser Flamingo ["Martin Byhower avitropic AT sbcglobal.net [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Feb Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green ["Don Sterba donsterba AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Feb Plumbeous in Commerce ["busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Feb Tundra Swan, Eurasian GW Teal, Palm Warbler San Gabriel River ["larschmahl AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Feb Swamp Sparrow Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds Pico Rivera ["larschmahl AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Feb Tundra Swan continues ["Ryan Winkleman rswinkleman AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" ]
7 Feb Lesser Flamingo ["iwoldman AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" ]

Subject: eBird Polygon Tool
From: "David Ellsworth davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:13:45 -0800
Birders,

Ever since late 2006, I've wanted to be able to 
view the eBird data within a user-specified 
polygon or circle. Especially living in Los 
Angeles County — it's enormous, and has a great 
diversity of habitats, and I really wanted to be 
able to view data at a more local level. eBird 
only made it possible to view data either for one 
hotspot, or the entire county — nothing 
in-between. (It was also possible to select a set 
of hotspots from a huge list, but that only 
includes hotspots, not user-defined locations, 
and is sorted alphabetically instead of 
geographically making it rather cumbersome.)

Finally I decided to write my own tool implementing this functionality.
Here it is: http://ebird-tools.thruhere.net/polygon.html

This tool uses the entire database of locations, 
not just hotspots. The enumeration of locations 
inside the polygon is done on the server my tool 
is running on, not on eBird's server. The tool 
then returns an eBird Bar Chart hyperlink that 
allows you to view the data inside that polygon. 
Due to a limitation on the eBird server side, Bar 
Chart URLs are limited to 50 locations, so if 
more than 50 are found within a polygon, my tool 
uses just the 50 with the highest checklist 
counts. Another limitation is that the list of 
locations is from a Nov 2014 snapshot of the 
eBird database, which is updated quarterly; but 
since the URLs returned by the tool point to 
eBird's server, only the location list will be 
from Nov 2014 — the bar chart data will be current.

I would very much appreciate feedback and 
suggestions. I'd also appreciate any suggestions 
on other places to post about this. Please direct 
feedback and replies to my email address, or 
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=300813, 
instead of LACoBirds (expect of course for 
posting information directly concerning LA County).

David Ellsworth
San Pedro, CA



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Subject: Western Santa Monica Birding
From: "plauzoles AT mac.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 17:03:48 -0800
Interesting sightings this week. Peregrine Falcon pair flirting at Ocean Towers 
(Ocean Ave  AT  SanVicente), Western Screech Owl pingpong-ing evenings between 
Alta Av and Marguerita 4th/7th Sts. 

 This AM between 5,000 and 7,000 set Cormorants flying vigorously northwest to 
an anchovy feast in shallow water off Temescal Cyn. 

 

 Lu Plauzoles
 Santa Monica
Subject: continuing Black Scoter off Dockweiler photos
From: "busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:42:42 -0500
Birders,

Sat 7 Mar

The female Black Scoter is still present off Dockweiler Beach Hyperion area 
lifeguard station #58. (The earlier male has apparently moved on.) Photos from 
this morning. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16745813822
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16559468620

Richard Barth
West Hollywood


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Subject: European Goldfinch
From: "James DeBiase jim.debiase AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:42:04 -0800
Had this escapee at My Mar Vista bird feeder today! Sorry for the poor photo 
quality. 


Jim DeBiase
Mar Vista, CA


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Subject: Incredible Tricolored Blackbird Flock @ Holiday Lake
From: "Alex Coffey coughster AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:53:04 -0800
Currently at Holiday Lake with Don White, Lee Pace, and Bhaskar Krishnamachari 
as we are watching (conservatively) 2000 Tricolored Blackbirds come in to the 
lake. Truly incredible numbers. Video taken of the many waves. Combing through 
these birds in the reeds we didn't pick out any Red-wingeds. 


--Alex Coffey
LA / Culver City

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Subject: Los Angeles RBA- 6 March 2015
From: "Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:52:45 -0800
  

- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles
RBA

* March
6, 2015

* CALA1503.06

 

 

-Birds mentioned

 

Tundra Swan

Black Scoter

Red-necked Grebe

California Condor

Bald Eagle

“Harlan’s” Red-tailed Hawk

Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Plumbeous Vireo

Black-and-white Warbler

Green-tailed Towhee

American Tree Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

“Red” Fox Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

 

 

 

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 AT hotmail.com


Coverage: 
Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

 

 

-Transcript

 

This
is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for March 6.

 

The
TUNDRA SWAN continues near the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in
Pico Rivera.  It is now being seen mainly
in the San Gabriel River channel itself, just north of Whittier Blvd. It was 
reported through March 1. 


 

A
continuing female BLACK SCOTER was off Dockweiler State Beach on February
28.  It was near lifeguard station #58.

 

The
RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through March 4.

 

A
BALD EAGLE and a CALIFORNIA CONDOR were seen at Quail Lake near Gorman on
February 28.  Three more BALD EAGLES were
at Castaic Lagoon on February 28.

 

The
“HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK continues in Area A of the Ballona Wetlands. This 
section is west of Lincoln and east of 

the marina (directions corrected from previous RBAs) and north of the bike
path. Morning seems to be the time to find this bird. It was reported through 
March 4. 


 

Continuing
was a NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER at the Village Green Condominiums in
Los Angeles.  It was seen on March 4 in
the northeast quadrant of the complex. 
This is private property but birders are welcome. Please remember to be 
considerate of the 

residents so that this privilege can continue.

 

A
wintering ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through
March 3.  

 

The
TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through March 1
(usually around the south lake or on the island in the lake). Also continuing 
here near restroom #7 is a 

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.  Both were
reported through March 1.

 

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO continued at the Earvin Magic Johnson
Recreation Area in Willowbrook through March 1. 
Look for it southeast of the northeast restrooms.

 

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continues at the West San Gabriel
River Parkway Nature Train in Lawndale. 
It was reported on March 1 about 150 feet from the start of the trail by
the Monte Vista parking lot.

 

The AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at Castaic Lagoon continued
through March 4.  It is being seen around
the Aquatic Center at the northwest side of the lagoon.  

 

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale
continued through March 2. It has been on the lawns south and southeast of the 
boat launch parking lot 

and lifeguard station #1.

 

A “RED” FOX SPARROW was at Alta Vicente Reserve in Rancho
Palos Verdes on February 27.  It was seen
near the east parking lot.

 

A
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena
through March 3.  It has been near the
southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area. 

 

 

This
report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

 

 

 

-
end transcript

 

Jon
L Fisher

Glendale, CA

JonF60 AT hotmail.com

 

 

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our
website at http://www.laaudubon.org

 		 	   		  
Subject: Mace 2348 pigeon pics
From: "plauzoles AT mac.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 09:29:01 -0800
I believe your are looking at a Band-tailed Pigeon. Some migrating in singles 
and small groups through the Santa Monica Mountains this week. 

 

 Lu Plauzoles
 Santa Monica
Subject: fos Hooded Oriole
From: "Wanda wandadameron2 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:13:52 -0800
Came to water drip this a.m.   VERY early in year!    Usually get here 
3/22-410, tho did see on 3/3 last year.........

Cheers,
Wanda Dameron
West San Fernando Vallley

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Subject: Swainson's, Lawrence's at Hansen Dam
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:50:42 +0000
No, sorry, not talking about warblers....

This morning (4 March) around 0745 at least eight Swainson's Hawks lifted up 
with about 25 Turkey Vultures out of the Hansen Dam basin, seen from the 
parking lot off Foothill Blvd.; all were dark or intermediate morphs. I presume 
the early lift-off was facilitated by clear, warmish weather and a NE breeze. 

This area has also been very productive for Lawrence's Goldfinches over the 
last couple of weeks -- 4 to 10 birds daily. Males are singing from the 
eucalyptus and pines near the restroom building and amphitheater, and several 
are feeding at the carpets of fiddleneck on the path down to the lake (just 
past the batting cages) and also at the far east end of the lower soccer 
fields. A common bird, but it seems folks are always looking for a reliable 
place to find it. 


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 AT nhm.org
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Subject: Raptors, Ballona ecological reserve, Area A
From: "seerixpix AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 08:42:18 -0800
The Harlan's hawk and Northern Harrier hawks both continue. There was a 
White-tailed kite present when I first arrived at 7:30 AM but left just before 
8. It appeared to be an adult but it was quite distant so I will have to wait 
until I get my shots uploaded to a computer to know for sure. 


Rick Pine
Los Angeles 
Ballona Ecological Reserve

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Subject: RE: L. A. County eBird Hotspots
From: "edstonick edstonick AT att.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:14:52 -0800
Very interesting! Thanks for the data. At first I was a bit surprised that Peck 
has a higher total than Legg Lake, but when you think about it, there is more 
varied habit. Plus John Garrett birds there a lot. :-) 

 

 Ed Stonick
 Pasadena,  CA
 

 

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 From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" 
 Date:03/03/2015 3:20 PM (GMT-08:00) 

  
 Birders,
  
 All the information below is easily gleaned from the eBird “Explore 
Hotspots” function, but I thought it would be of interest to show the 
“birdiest” eBird hotspot localities in Los Angeles County. 



  
 
 
 
 
Subject: L. A. County eBird Hotspots
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:20:14 +0000
Birders,

All the information below is easily gleaned from the eBird "Explore Hotspots" 
function, but I thought it would be of interest to show the "birdiest" eBird 
hotspot localities in Los Angeles County. There is a huge caveat, however. Many 
of these hotspots are part of a cluster of hotspots, and there is no simple way 
to look at the species total for the whole cluster - for example, the 
Ballona/Playa del Rey area is "balkanized" into several hotspots, three of 
which (see below) exceed 200 species each; the cumulative total for the whole 
Ballona area would certainly well exceed 250 species in eBird (and the true 
species total is higher than the eBird total since occurrences of some species 
have probably not been entered into eBird). The same could be said of the 
Whittier Narrows area, El Dorado Regional Park, and many other "clusters." 


LOS ANGELES COUNTY eBIRD HOTSPOTS

# spp.


Malibu Lagoon

295

Hansen Dam

281

Piute Ponds

268

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

262

Bonelli Regional Park

258

Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park

247

Bonsall/Zuma Canyon

246

Pt. Dume

245

Peck Road Water Conservation Park

243

Ballona Freshwater Marsh

238

Hahamongna Watershed Park

226

Santa Fe Dam

226

Legg Lake

224

Madrona Marsh

222

Zuma Beach and Lagoon

220

Castaic Lagoon

217

El Dorado Regional Park

216

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

215

Ballona Creek - Lower

214

Lake Palmdale

213

Quail Lake

213

Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

210

Lake Balboa

203

Malibu Creek State Park

203

Los Angeles River - Willow St.

202

Bonelli Regional Park - North

201


Bear in mind that many birders choose to use personal localities rather than 
eBird hotspots, so those entries will not show up in the above totals. I would 
urge birders to use established hotspots whenever possible, and it would be a 
great exercise to go back through one's eBird lists and change the localities 
from personal ones to hotspots if and when appropriate. Many of the species 
totals above will look lower than expected - because of (1) un-entered data, 
(2) use of personal localities instead of hotspots for essentially the same 
location, and (3) the "cluster" effect mentioned above. 


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 AT nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
Subject: LA Rarity Round-up, 3/1/15
From: "Alex Coffey coughster AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:36:22 -0800
Hi all,


Had a nice big birding day around LA yesterday with some fellow birders,
totaling 127 species county-wide, including a bit of a rarity round-up - or
at least we tried! Our numbers suffered some due to weather and time
management. At Legg Lake, we got great looks and photos of the continuing
TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the eastern end of the middle lake, between the middle
and south lakes. The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues as well in the
Chinese elms not far from there (photos as well). No Swamp Sparrow to speak
of. We didn't have the time to try for the cardinals recently reported
nearby. The San Gabriel Coastal Spreading Grounds TUNDRA SWAN continues
north of Whittier Blvd, seen swimming and feeding. No luck with the
redstart or Palm Warbler previously reported there, though 10 or so PURPLE
FINCHES were a nice consolation prize along the path west along the north
pond of the spreading grounds.


At Castaic Lagoon later in the day we totally struck out on the grebe,
sparrow, and parula alike. Got there too late (330pm) and the rain was
really coming down. Fantastic views of 3 simultaneous layers of
thermal-riders - a mass of gulls swarming extremely far up, with raven
aerial acrobatics a few hundred feet lower, and Turkey Vultures gliding in
dihedrals below that. Too bad there are realities to raising your camera
skyward in the rain!


Other highlights included SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and MEW GULLS at Cabrillo
Beach Park, 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Willow St on the LA River, and at Legg Lake:
1 CLARK'S GREBE alongside Westerns, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, a HUTTON'S VIREO
seen singing, and an unexpected WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (for the location,
anyway).


Good birding!
--Alex Coffey
LA / Culver City
Subject: Winter Season (Dec-Feb) reports for North American Birds
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:22:09 +0000
Birders,

The winter season for the quarterly reports in North American Birds has ended; 
it covers the period 1 DECEMBER 2014 to 28 FEBRUARY 2015. Please send me any 
highlights for Los Angeles County for the season - rarities, exceptional 
numbers (or absences) of irregular wintering species, etc. It's fine to link to 
eBird checklists or other sources of documentation for your sightings. 


Obviously I can glean most of what I need for these reports from postings to 
this list serve and from eBird data. I am especially interested in receiving 
reports from those who do not put their data into eBird, and also anybody's 
reports of interesting patterns, trends and localities for regularly occurring 
species (these can be very hard to glean from eBird without spending many, many 
hours sifting through the data). 


Thanks - I'd like to get the Los Angeles County report for NAB completed by 
mid-March if possible. 


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 AT nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
Subject: Checklist of birds on L. A. County's islands
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:43:12 +0000
Birders,

With the usual disclaimer that I have no involvement or financial stake in this 
product, I wanted to let you know that Paul Collins and Lee Jones have 
completed their "Checklist of Birds of the California Channel Islands." It 
includes all 8 Channel Islands, and therefore treats the most commonly visited 
island in Los Angeles County (Santa Catalina I.) as well as the county's other 
island, vagrant-rich San Clemente I. The book blurb reads: 

"A Checklist of Birds of the California Channel Islands is the most up-to-date 
and comprehensive annotated list of the avifauna of the California Channel 
Islands, an eight-island archipelago off the coast of Southern California. A 
compilation of more than 40 years of study by the authors and others, the 
checklist provides information on the distribution, seasonal status, and 
abundance of the 422 species, both native and non-native, that reside or have 
otherwise occurred on the Channel Islands since the mid-1800s. Annotations 
include current and former breeding status, seasonal status and abundance, and 
for rare species, specific dates of occurrence." 


The two checklist authors are still working on a detailed book on the birds of 
the Channel Islands, and they are hoping that dissemination of this checklist 
will spur birders to fill in data gaps and make corrections and additions 
before the book is completed. [In a one-day visit to Santa Catalina I. last 
September, Sherman Suter and I actually recorded two new species for that 
island, so there is still much to be learned; having this checklist will allow 
birders to see the significance of their sightings.] 


Ordering information through the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is at:
http://store.sbnature.org/catalog/
The checklist is apparently also available at the Island Packers office in 
Ventura, and should soon be more widely available (e.g. Catalina Conservancy 
visitor center in Avalon, Channel Island National Park headquarters in Ventura, 
etc.). 


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 AT nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
Subject: Green-tailed Towhee - West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail - 1 MAR 2015
From: "Jeff Bray jbray4913 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:07:03 -0800
I was birding this area with Bruce Arid and Steve Sosensky this afternoon
and Bruce spotted a Green-tailed Towhee within the first 50 yards of the
start of the trail off the parking lot for Monte Verde Park .  It was
within a flock of White-crowed Sparrows and Bushtits.  We lost track of it
shortly after we found it and were unable to relocate it.

I see in eBird that this bird was last seen here 18 JAN 2015, so I'm
assuming this is a continuing individual.

We did NOT see the White-throated Sparrow, which was the reason for our
visit in the first place.

Green-tailed Towhee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/16688208402/

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA
Subject: Castaic Lagoon Amer Tree Sparrow 3/1/2015
From: "baker2575 AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 16:33:59 -0800
Castaic Lagoon was mostly dry this morning, and a whole list of luminaries 
(Kimball, Bruce, Steve, Jeff, Alex, etc.) showed up to view the American Tree 
Sparrow's daily appearance. The sparrow finally made itself visible just before 
noon. All of the birders present, except me, got a good look at the sparrow 
perched on a fenceline. As for me, well, just as I was getting focused on it, 
the bird flew off, so all I saw was a buffy bird flying away. The other folks 
all then moved on in search of the parula, but I lingered, hoping that the 
sparrow would reappear. After two hours of waiting in vain, I eventually 
accepted failure and withdrew. Sigh. 


As some consolation, I did get good looks at the red-necked grebe (along the 
eastern shore), the greater white-fronted goose (hobknobbing with some Canada 
geese in the aquatic park), plus two rock wrens, a Lawrence's goldfinch, and 
about 10 lark sparrows. 


Charles Baker
Tustin
 

Subject: a few notes...
From: "busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:47:13 -0500
Birders,

Sun 1 Mar

As of yesterday the female Black Scoter was still off the Dockweiler Beach 
Hyperion area, opposite lifeguard station #58. I don't believe the male Black 
has been seen here in a while. 


This morning at Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook the 
Plumbeous Vireo was seen again southeast of the NE restroom building. I didn't 
see the Black-and-white Warbler which at one point was working this general 
area. Also, on my last couple of visits I haven't seen the female Vermilion 
Flycatcher around the south lake. 


Richard Barth
West Hollywood  


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Subject: Castaic Lagoon Red-necked Grebe and Am. Tree Sparrow Continue
From: "Trish G trishrg62 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:29:51 -0800
At about 8:00 am and found the Red-necked Grebe in the area in front of the
aquatic center at parking lot 1. I got a fair view of the American Tree
Sparrow near the other aquatic center around 11:00 am, but too brief for a
photo. There was also a Greater White-fronted Goose  in parking lot 5.

Trish Gussler, Anaheim
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Subject: New 10 AM start time for tomorrow's Ballona Birds by Bike tour
From: "walter.lamb AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 21:14:56 -0800
All -
 

 In an effort to avoid the afternoon rains, we have moved the start time of 
tomorrow's bike ride to 10 AM at Lindberg Park in Culver City. From there we 
will bike down to the Playa del Rey area and back, stopping to watch birds 
along the way. If you want to join us, please provide contact info offline in 
case there are any additional changes. 

 

 https://www.facebook.com/events/838104609581980 
https://www.facebook.com/events/838104609581980 


 

 Walter Lamb
 Culver City
Subject: Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED
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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:59:19 -0800 (GMT-08:00)




Subject: Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED
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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:59:19 -0800 (GMT-08:00)




Subject: Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip POSTPONED
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Subject: Rose-ringed Parakeet
From: "Ed Stauss edstauss AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:26:34 +0000 (UTC)
Seen on our black-oil seed feeder. Today is second day of it.Ed
Subject: Los Angeles RBA- 27 February 2015
From: "Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:25:01 -0800

- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles
RBA

* February
27, 2015

* CALA1502.27

 

 

-Birds mentioned

 

Tundra Swan

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal

Surf Scoter

Red-necked Grebe

Brown Booby

White-winged Dove

Tropical Kingbird

WORM-EATING WARBLER

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

American Tree Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

 

 

 

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 AT hotmail.com


Coverage: 
Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

 

 

-Transcript

 

This
is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 27.

 

The
TUNDRA SWAN continues at (or at least near) the San Gabriel Coastal Basin
Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera.  It was
last seen in the San Gabriel River channel itself, just north of Whittier
Blvd.   Also continuing was the
“EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the south basin, usually near the north
“island”.  Also in the south basin was a
WHITE-WINGED DOVE perched on the southernmost island. All were reported on 
February 20. Easiest access for the latter two birds is 

from just above Washington west of the 605 Freeway (at the southwest gate to
the basins), or from the east end of Mines Ave.

 

A
male SURF SCOTER was at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys on February 22.

 

The
RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 25.

 

At
least two BROWN BOOBIES were at San Clemente Island through February 22-23.

 

The
“HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK continues in Area A of the Ballona Wetlands. This 
section is east of Lincoln, west of the 

marina and north of the bike path.  Morning seems to be the time to find
this bird.  It was reported through
February 27.

 

A
WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen flying over Claremont on February 22.

 

The
TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at El Dorado Park in Long Beach through February 22
(in Area 3 just past the bridge from the old Ranger Station).

 

Another
TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through February 23
(usually around the south lake or on the island in the lake).

 

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green
Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through February 25.  It has been
seen at a number of locations mainly on the south side of the property by
units in the 5300 to 5400 range.  One of
the most reliable spots to check has been behind unit 5396 adjacent to the
laundry room (the best time at this spot is early- at or just after
sunrise).  Due to recent
maintenance/gardening work, some of the areas this bird has preferred have been
altered.  Don’t restrict your search only
to the areas listed above.  The complex
is south of Rodeo Road, west of La Brea.  This is private property, but
birders are welcome.

 

The NORTHERN PARULA continued through February 25 at
Castaic Lagoon.  This bird is at the
northwest part of the area, usually around the CSUN Aquatic Center. Also check 
the willow patch behind the 

center. 

 

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin
Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 20. It was last 
seen along the pathway near the 

east end of Havenwood (on the west side of the north basin). A continuing 
AMERICAN REDSTART was in the 

extreme northwest part of the basins (adjacent to Whittier Blvd.) also on
February 20.  

 

The
PAINTED REDSTART continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through
February 26.  Head
southwest about 200 feet from the two white mausoleum/columbarium structures in
the north central part of the property to a large Cork Oak tree.  This is
where the bird is being seen.

 

The AMERICAN TREE SPARROW found at Castaic Lagoon on
January 11, but missing since then, has been refound and seen from February
20-26.  It was last observed south of the
Aquatic Center along the fence line. 
Obviously the general area should be covered if it is not at that spot.

 

The SWAMP SPARROW at Legg Lake in South El Monte
continues, being reported through February 23. 
Look for it north of restroom #8 on the grass immediately south of the
lake shore.

 

A
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena
through February 26.  It has been near
the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area. 

 

 

This
report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

 

 

 

-
end transcript

 

Jon
L Fisher

Glendale, CA

JonF60 AT hotmail.com

 

 

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Subject: Ballona wetlands ecological reserve, Harlan's, Harrier, and more.
From: "seerixpix AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 08:42:49 -0800
Morning report for area A, which is the field north of the bike path between 
the Lincoln bridge and the marina. 


The Harlan's hawk continues, becoming more consistent over the past couple of 
weeks, I see it nearly every morning now, despite constant harassment from one 
of the two Northern Harriers present. It should be noted that the Harriers 
frequently cross the creek and utilize other areas, particularly Area B. 


Also present, one American Kestrel, a Surf Scoter in the creek, two Loons, 
which I am unable to identify, and lastly, a large flock of Meadowlark. 


Rick Pine
Los Angeles
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Subject: Three Varied Thrush & American White Pelican Continue at Alondra Park
From: "Robert van de Hoek robertvandehoek AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:28:42 -0800
Hi Birders: I observed three Varied Thrush today and for the past several weeks 
at Alondra Community Regional County Park. The thrushes are in 3 locations of 
the park. And there has been an American White Pelican again for the last 5 
days Alondra Park. The pelican roosts and preens on the island all day but at 
night the pelican becomes active swimming in the pond and feeding on fish. 
There have been as many as 6 American White Pelican at Alondra Lake at various 
times during January and February. This single pelican does not interact with 
the larger group of pelicans when they are at the park at the same time. Robert 
"Roy" van de Hoek, Playa del Rey. 



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Subject: Sunday Pelagic Birding Trip
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Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:09:25 -0800 (GMT-08:00)




Subject: Fair Oaks Parrot Roost comments
From: "Alex Coffey coughster AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:33:29 -0800
Was up in Pas and stopped by the parrot roost this evening (Fair Oaks x W 
Tremont). The main reason for my email is that I was approached by a security / 
staff member of the Pasadena Community Health Center during my parking lot 
wanderings. I just wanted to remind fellow birders to be respectful of their 
space, and please maintain a friendly, cooperative disposition so hopefully 
there aren't any problems with us milling around for that golden 20 minute 
window. 



Not as much activity as there had been last month, but still at least 150 
birds, mostly Red-crowneds, a couple Lilac-crowneds, picked out one Red-lored, 
and at least 3 pairs of Yellow-headeds - in addition to one definitive juvenile 
Yellow-headed getting fed by mom/dad, which had much less yellow. Another bird 
had suspiciously no real facial markings, but it too was associating with 
Yellow-headeds, so I chalk it up to probably another juv. Camera got left 
behind today :( 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22074444


No Turquoise-fronted I could find.


Best,
--Alex Coffey
LA / Culver City


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Subject: Re: Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green
From: "donsterba AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 20:17:46 -0800
Wed 25 Feb
 

 At 6:45 AM the Worm-eating Warbler once again flew to leaf litter next to the 
laundry room behind unit #5396. It left after ~2 minutes, and I lost track of 
it. I could not find it in this spot on my previous 3 visits to VG, so I do not 
know how reliable this spot is now for early-morning sightings. 

 
 Tree trimming seems to be finished in this area, but groundskeepers are now 
beautifying the grounds by raking up ugly leaf litter that attracts the WEWA, 
so you may need to search in new areas to locate this bird. Historically, 
wintering WEWA in CA have sometimes stayed into March (or even April). 

 

 Don Sterba
 Culver City
 

---In LACoBirds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 Sat 7 Feb
 

 The Village Green Worm-eating Warbler appeared a little before 7 AM in leaf 
litter next to the laundry room behind unit #5396 where it foraged for roughly 
10 minutes before flying north several yards and disappearing into trees/shrubs 
- typical recent behavior. 

 

 Don Sterba
 Culver City



Subject: Re: American Tree Sparrow continues at Castaic Lagoon
From: "Brad Singer bcsinger AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:45:46 -0800
All,
It's not all that easy in Tree Sparrow land.  Sunday, Feb. 22, Eric and
Elaine Tipton, Alex Coffey and myself searched for the bird for a
considerable time after David Bell found it and came up empty.  The next
day I had to suffer a phone call from Curtis asking why we couldn't find
the bird, he had no problem.  Apparently the bird enjoys the willows and
grass just south of the aquatic center on the downslope below the circular
cement pad. (34.508248,-118.613508).  It associated with White-crowned's,
Larks, and a few Chipping Sparrows.  The Parula is also close by.  As a
consolation, we did enjoy seeing the Red-necked Grebe in alternate plumage
on the south end of the lake.
Brad Singer
Lake Arrowhead

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 1:55 PM, Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org
[LACoBirds]  wrote:

>
>
>  Birders,
>
>
>
> There have been recent eBird reports of the American Tree Sparrow at
> Castaic Lagoon on 20, 22 and 23 February, but none of the observers had
> mentioned this bird on this list serve.  Clinging to the antiquated notion
> that mentioning very rare birds on the list serve is still valid even in
> the day of “eBird alerts” and Facebook, I wanted to bring this bird’s
> continuing presence to the attention of LACoBirds.
>
>
>
> Apparently the bird, originally found on 11 January and assumed to be a
> “one-day wonder,” was with other sparrows along the fence at the CSUN
> aquatic center near the nw. end of Castaic Lagoon on 20 Feb (Andrew Lee),
> 22 Feb (David Bell), and 23 Feb (Amy Williamson, Curtis Marantz).
>
>
>
> Just the messenger….
>
>
>
> 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 AT nhm.org
>
> http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
>
>
>
>  
>



-- 
*Brad Singer*
Subject: American Tree Sparrow continues at Castaic Lagoon
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:55:09 +0000
Birders,

There have been recent eBird reports of the American Tree Sparrow at Castaic 
Lagoon on 20, 22 and 23 February, but none of the observers had mentioned this 
bird on this list serve. Clinging to the antiquated notion that mentioning very 
rare birds on the list serve is still valid even in the day of "eBird alerts" 
and Facebook, I wanted to bring this bird's continuing presence to the 
attention of LACoBirds. 


Apparently the bird, originally found on 11 January and assumed to be a 
"one-day wonder," was with other sparrows along the fence at the CSUN aquatic 
center near the nw. end of Castaic Lagoon on 20 Feb (Andrew Lee), 22 Feb (David 
Bell), and 23 Feb (Amy Williamson, Curtis Marantz). 


Just the messenger....

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 AT nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
Subject: Birds at the San Gabriel Spreading Grounds
From: "eleanor osgood gardenbird1 AT att.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:05:22 -0800
Today I, Rich Waters and Karen Hondrick birded the San Gabriel Spreading 
Grounds entering at Mines Street, between Washington and Whittier Blvds. 


We found the Eurasian teal on the first island south of the entrance hanging 
out with a lot of Pin-tailed Ducks and other Green-winged Teals. We did not 
find the Tundra Swan in that location but we did find a White-winged Dove 
sitting in a tree on the second to last island.. It was with several Eurasian 
Collared-doves. After lunch we went searching for the swan and the Palm 
Warbler. We found the Tundra Swan in the pond on the north side of Whittier 
Blvd. It could be seen from the Whittier bridge side walk looking like a large 
dirty white object in the water. One can walk north along the west side of the 
pond from Whittier Blvd. The path runs between the pond and a nursery. Parking 
is available on the street on the north side just west of the path. 


Across from where we parked on Whittier Blvd. we discovered a pedestrian 
entrance to the south side spreading Grounds just west of the bridge; we walked 
across the divided but busy street. 


We had a great day and saw 47 species of birds.  

Eleanor Osgood
Culver City
Subject: Re: Los Cerritos Wetlands/Gum Grove Park Bird Walk
From: "Mary Parsell eldoradoaudubon AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:02:09 +0000 (UTC)
El Dorado Audubon Bird Walk (third Saturday) 
Sat., Feb. 21, 8:00 a.m.
Gum Grove Park overlooking the Los Cerritos Wetlands at the mouth of the San 
Gabriel River 

Help us document the species of this Audubon Important Bird Area 


From Long Beach take PCH to Mar Vista, turn leftL on Coastline, R on Catalina, 
L on Avalon, Avalon dead-ends into parking lot 

Mary ParsellLong Beach, CA



Subject: Los Angeles RBA- 20 February 2015
From: "Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:10:03 -0800
  

- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles
RBA

* February
20, 2015

* CALA1502.20

 

 

-Birds mentioned

 

Tundra Swan

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-necked Grebe

Brown Booby

Bald Eagle

Golden Eagle

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker

Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

WORM-EATING WARBLER

Black-and-white Warbler

Northern Parula

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Black-headed Grosbeak

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 AT hotmail.com


Coverage: 
Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

 

 

-Transcript

 

This
is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 20.

 

The
TUNDRA SWAN in the south basin at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading
Grounds in Pico Rivera continued through February 17. Also continuing was the 
“EURASIAN” 

GREEN-WINGED TEAL, last reported on February 15. Easiest access is from just 
above Washington 

west of the 605 Freeway (at the southwest gate to the basins). The swan tends 
to move around the area however 

and may be in the north basin or even absent for periods of time.

 

A
male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was on the south lake at Peck Road Water
Conservation Park in Arcadia from February 14-16. Also present through February 
16 was a 

continuing ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER.  The
latter bird was along the south shore of the north lake (due west of the
restrooms).

 

The
RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 15.

 

Single
BROWN BOOBIES continued at San Clemente Island through February 16 and near
Angel’s Gate at the Long Beach Harbor entrance (visible only from a boat)
through February 15.

 

A
BALD EAGLE was over the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes on
February 17 and two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen flying over Bonelli Regional Park
in San Dimas on February 18.

 

A
LEWIS’S WOODPECKER was seen at the west end of Brackett Field in La Verne on
February 16.  It was last observed flying
up toward the RV Park.

 

Sapsuckers
continue at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar. 
Both a male and female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER are being reported, with
the most reliable bird being near Frisbee golf goal #7 in the southwest part of
the park.  On February 16, two RED-NAPED
SAPSUCKERS and a male and several female WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKERS were reported 
at 

the park.

 

A
NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was reported in Area 3 at El Dorado Park in
Long Beach on February 15.  It was south
of the Long Beach Towne Center buildings.

 

Up
to three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued to be reported at Oakdale Memorial
Park in Glendora through February 18. 
They’ve recently been seen in the area near the Painted Redstart tree
described below.

 

TROPICAL
KINGBIRDS were at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City (closed to
public access due to maintenance work) on February 14, continuing at El Dorado
Park in Long Beach through February 18 (in Area 3 just past the bridge from the
old Ranger Station), and at Legg Lake in South El Monte through February 16
(usually around the south lake or on the island in the lake).

 

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green
Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through February 15.  It has been
seen at a number of locations mainly on the south side of the property by
units in the 5300 to 5400 range.  One of
the most reliable spots to check has been behind unit 5396 adjacent to the
laundry room (the best time at this spot is early- at or just after
sunrise).  Most recently he bird was near
unit 5353 in the morning.  The complex is
south of Rodeo Road, west of La Brea.  This is private property, but
birders are welcome.

 

At Legg Lake in South El Monte the BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER continues near restroom #7.  It
was reported through February 15.

 

The NORTHERN PARULA continued through February 15 at
Castaic Lagoon.  This bird is in the willow
patch at the extreme northwest end of the lagoon, north of the CSUN Aquatic
Center. 

 

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin
Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 15. Check the 
northeast corner of the north 

basin. 

 

The
continuing PAINTED REDSTART was seen at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora
through February 15. Head southwest about 200 feet from the two white 
mausoleum/columbarium 

structures in the north central part of the property to a large Cork Oak
tree.  This is where the bird is being seen.

 

A SWAMP SPARROW, tentatively identified two weeks ago,
was confirmed at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on February 14. It was seen in the 
reeds opposite 3210 

Sepulveda.

 

A
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena
through February 13.  It has been near
the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area. 

 

A
female BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at Dominguez Rancho Adobe on February 14.

 

HOODED
ORIOLES included a continuing bird in Granada Hills and one at Sand Dune Park
in Manhattan Beach on February 16.

 

 

This
report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

 

 

 

-
end transcript

 

Jon
L Fisher

Glendale, CA

JonF60 AT hotmail.com

 

 

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our
website at http://www.laaudubon.org

 		 	   		  
Subject: Ballona Birds by Bicycle, February 28!
From: "walter.lamb AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Feb 2015 15:08:04 -0800
The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust will be hosting our 3rd annual Ballona Birds by 
Bicycle tour on Saturday, February 28th starting at Lindberg Park (11013 Ocean 
Drive, Culver City) at 11 AM and ending at the Pacific Avenue bridge in Playa 
del Rey sometime in the afternoon. Last year we had almost 20 riders and saw 
over 50 species of birds. The pace is moderate with frequent stops for bird 
viewing. All ages are welcome (with minors supervised by a parent). Water, 
sunscreen, and bike helmet are all highly recommended. If you don't have 
binoculars, please let us know so we can bring a pair for you to use. 

 

 Please RSVP to landtrust AT ballona.org so that we can notify you in case of any 
changes. 

 

 Walter Lamb
 Culver City
Subject: Rufous-crowned Sparrow in Nichols Canyon
From: "Scott Glosserman glosserman AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:01:21 -0800
A really nice and quiet 62 acre trail is the Trebek Open Space

 

in Nichols Canyon (West Hollywood). Yesterday, around 7:30am my birding
compatriot spotted a Rufous-crowned Sparrow in the brush about a quarter
mile from the base of the trail head.


Regards,


Scott Glosserman
West Hollywood
Subject: Bonelli Park Golden Eagles
From: "warblerod AT verizon.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:13:19 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Bald Eagle in Palos Verdes
From: "plguss AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 18:52:42 -0800
 Hello birders,
 This morning about 11 am, I looked out my window to find an adult Bald Eagle 
flying over Trump National Golf Course with a raven hot on his heels. Two 
red/orange wing tags were visible with binoculars, but not readable. He was 
heading north and then circled around a little closer to my house, but then 
continued in a northerly direction toward Portuguese Bend all the while with 
the raven in hot pursuit. He picked up a couple more ravens as he traveled. 

 I was hoping he would come a little closer so I could claim him as a "yard 
bird", but he moved off rather quickly. I am assuming he was visiting from 
Catalina. 

  
 Good birding,
 Peggy Gussman
 Rancho Palos Verdes 
Subject: Pasadena Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7:30 PM: Dessi Sieburth, Protecting Our Local Birds
From: "dowell.darren AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 18:30:13 -0800

 All are invited to the February general meeting of the Pasadena Audubon 
Society. 

 

 - presentation title: Protecting Our Local Birds
 - presenter: Dessi Sieburth
 - location: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 
91107 

 - date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
 - 7:00 - 7:30 PM: social time, conservation table, young birder table
 - 7:30 - 9:00 PM: featured presentation, followed by general meeting
 

 The ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest is an annual competition for birders 
aged 10 to 18 who like to draw or take photos of birds, write about them, or 
get involved in bird conservation. Dessi, 7th grader and PAS member, will 
present the projects he carried out during the contest. Many local birds are 
declining because of habitat loss, cats, window crashes, lead waste, and rat 
poison. Dessi decided he can make a difference! He did a Big Photo Day 
fundraiser, brought bird conservation to his school, monitored Bluebird nest 
boxes, led field trips for young birders, and wrote several articles on bird 
conservation covering topics such as the threats that California Condors face. 
The audience also will learn about the behaviors and field marks of local birds 
Dessi documented in his field notes and sketched during the contest. 

 

 Darren Dowell
 for Pasadena Audubon Society
Subject: Varied Thrushes
From: "rosedrhb AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 16:24:17 -0800
There are a dozen Varied Thrushes working the shaded areas of grass at El 
Dorado Park, about midway along snake road. They could be on either side of the 
road, but all 12 seem to be staying together, and they are joined daily by 2 
Hermit Thrushes. I've bee forgetting to post my sightings as I've been 
witnessing their feeding in the area for about a week now. They were there 
today though, around noon, on the right side of the snake road working the 
shaded areas under the trees, about 100 feet past where snake road turns away 
from the sail boat racing lake. Good Luck 

 

 Bob Repp
 Huntington Beach
Subject: Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip
From: "Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:33:47 -0800 (GMT-08:00)




Subject: Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip
From: "Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:33:47 -0800 (GMT-08:00)




Subject: Los Angeles Pelagic Birding Trip
From: "Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [pelagics]" <pelagics@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:33:47 -0800 (GMT-08:00)




Subject: Re: Pelagic Updates
From: "David Ellsworth davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:49:04 -0800




Subject: Re: Pelagic Updates
From: "David Ellsworth davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:35:56 -0800




Subject: Pelagic Updates
From: "Bernardo Alps whalephoto AT earthlink.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:14:21 -0500 (EST)




Subject: New info for the Worm-eating Warbler at The Village Green.
From: "Don Sterba donsterba AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:47:46 -0800
Mon 16 Feb

It appears as though recent maintenance activities (that included chain
saws & wood chippers) in the Worm-eating Warbler's territory may have
disrupted its previous foraging schedule of early-morning appearances next
to the laundry room behind unit #5396.  After seeing the WEWA early on
several consecutive attempts, I failed to find it on my last 2 early
attempts starting around dawn (Feb 11 & 15).

But others have found it later in the morning:

   1. Feb 11:  Dave Bell saw it at ~12:30 PM just south of unit #5396 (near
   the laundry room)
   2. Feb 14:  Lori Conrad saw it at ~8 AM along the central green lawn in
   shrubs & trees south of unit #5353
   3. Feb 15:  John Sterling saw it at ~10:40 AM in the large ficus next to
   unit #5396

At The Village Green, all even-numbered units are south of the main,
East-West sidewalks, and all odd-numbered units are on the north side.

I'd like to keep track of this bird to see how long it stays before
migrating, so if you see it, please put detailed notes in your eBird
checklist, or email me with location & time data.

Don Sterba
Culver City
Subject: El Dorado Park Tropical Kingbird
From: "Donna Bray donnabray AT charter.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:11:39 -0500 (EST)
LA Co. Birders:

Sorry for the late post.  Sunday afternoon, on my 4th attempt to find 
it, I observed the previously reported Tropical Kingbird in Area 3 of 
the Park.
Specifically, it was just past the bridge from the old Ranger Station. 
It was on the left in a bare tree giving me good looks as I stood on the 
bridge.
Weirdly, I turned my head to reply to a couple of fishermen wondering 
what I was looking at, and the bird then seemed to have just 
disappeared.

Large billed, lemony yellow up the sides and breast, with a whitish 
chin.  It didn't have a forked tail, nor did it have white tail edging.

Parenthetically, I have not seen any other Kingbirds in the previous 
attempts.

Good luck and have patience if you try for it.

Donna Bray
Norwalk

Subject: Sapsucker Slam at Veteran's Park, Sylmar, Feb. 16
From: "'Jim Moore' moorebirder AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:01:18 -0800
Seen by the Southwest Bird Study Club this morning from 10:00 to noon.

1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, continuing female
2, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, male and female
2, Red-naped Sapsuckers, male and female
4, Williamson’s Sapsuckers, one male and three females.

Jim Moore
Agua Dulce
Subject: Lewis's WP, Brackett/Bonelli
From: "Mark Scheel scheel314 AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:09:13 -0800
Hi all,

Feb 16 745am. A Lewis's Woodpecker flew into the trees just south of the
west end of Brackett Field (just east of Bonelli Park). We lost it after it
flew uphill deeper into the RV park.

Mark and Janet Scheel
Pasadena
Subject: RE: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe
From: "wildwingsla AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 15:49:22 -0800
Kimball
 

 I so very much enjoy comments like this -- it makes better birders out of all 
of us! 


  
 Scott Logan
 Sherman Oaks
Subject: urban Merlins and Spotted Towhee
From: "birdingbrad AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 07:54:01 -0800
On 2/14/15 between 4:30 and 5:00 P.M. at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery at 
Washington and Normandie, I photographed a Spotted Towhee in the shrubs south 
of the western chapel, as well as two Merlins vying for the same treetop west 
of the cemetery entrance. 

 

 Brad Rumble
 Los Angeles
Subject: Re: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe
From: "Tracy Drake tdrakehawk AT verizon.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:15:10 -0800
Ah - yes I was so excited to see this bird that I forgot about the likelihood 
of it wintering locally. 


Thanks for the redirect on perspective Kimball! 

Tracy Drake
Madrona Marsh Preserve
Torrance

> On Feb 14, 2015, at 11:08 AM, Kimball Garrett  wrote:
> 
> Just a brief note about "FOS" (first of season)... an issue that arises every 
year in late winter. Black-headed Grosbeaks begin to arrive in coastal southern 
California in very late March and early April; an exceptional bird in mid-March 
raises the conundrum of "is it an extremely early migrant, or did it winter 
somewhere locally?" In mid-February, there is no conundrum -- this is so far in 
advance of the species' normal spring migration (which is largely "hard-wired," 
though obviously with some individual variation and some unknown environmental 
component), that is virtually certain that the bird is not a migrant. A far 
more likely explanation for a mid-February Black-headed Grosbeak is that it 
wintered somewhere in the Rancho Dominguez area, but perhaps has moved a bit to 
take advantage of the seasonal change in flowering/fruiting/seeding of certain 
plants -- all it takes is a short move from an unbirded locality to a more 
heavily birded area to finally get found. 

> 
> Tracy didn't mention the sex of the grosbeak , but very early spring migrants 
of most passerine species are almost inevitably males. That might be a factor 
in assessing a mid-March record. 

> 
> To truly sense the timing of migrants, one is best served birding in inland 
desert or montane areas with bitter cold winters and minimal food availability 
for Neotropical migrants. A male Black-headed Grosbeak showing up in Bishop or 
Big Bear in the third week of March can confidently be called a spring migrant. 
But we have so many species of Neotropical migrants that winter in very small 
numbers on the coastal slope, and survive just fine, that it gets dicey trying 
to determine if a very early spring bird is indeed a migrant or a bird that 
wintered in the vicinity. 

> 
> 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 AT nhm.org
> http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology
> 
> ________________________________________
> From: LACoBirds AT yahoogroups.com [LACoBirds AT yahoogroups.com] on behalf of 
Tracy Drake tdrakehawk AT verizon.net [LACoBirds] 
[LACoBirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com] 

> Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:20 AM
> To: LaCounty Birds
> Subject: [LACoBirds] Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe
> 
> Good morning birders!
> This morning while leading a bird walk at the Adobe, we were delighted to see 
a FOS black-headed grosbeak in the lower north grounds of the Rancho. 



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Subject: RE: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe
From: "Kimball Garrett kgarrett AT nhm.org [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:08:59 +0000
Just a brief note about "FOS" (first of season)... an issue that arises every 
year in late winter. Black-headed Grosbeaks begin to arrive in coastal southern 
California in very late March and early April; an exceptional bird in mid-March 
raises the conundrum of "is it an extremely early migrant, or did it winter 
somewhere locally?" In mid-February, there is no conundrum -- this is so far in 
advance of the species' normal spring migration (which is largely "hard-wired," 
though obviously with some individual variation and some unknown environmental 
component), that is virtually certain that the bird is not a migrant. A far 
more likely explanation for a mid-February Black-headed Grosbeak is that it 
wintered somewhere in the Rancho Dominguez area, but perhaps has moved a bit to 
take advantage of the seasonal change in flowering/fruiting/seeding of certain 
plants -- all it takes is a short move from an unbirded locality to a more 
heavily birded area to finally get found. 


Tracy didn't mention the sex of the grosbeak , but very early spring migrants 
of most passerine species are almost inevitably males. That might be a factor 
in assessing a mid-March record. 


To truly sense the timing of migrants, one is best served birding in inland 
desert or montane areas with bitter cold winters and minimal food availability 
for Neotropical migrants. A male Black-headed Grosbeak showing up in Bishop or 
Big Bear in the third week of March can confidently be called a spring migrant. 
But we have so many species of Neotropical migrants that winter in very small 
numbers on the coastal slope, and survive just fine, that it gets dicey trying 
to determine if a very early spring bird is indeed a migrant or a bird that 
wintered in the vicinity. 


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 AT nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology

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Subject: [LACoBirds] Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Good morning birders!
This morning while leading a bird walk at the Adobe, we were delighted to see a 
FOS black-headed grosbeak in the lower north grounds of the Rancho. 


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Subject: Red-breasted Merganser - Peck Rd. Water Conservation Park
From: "mario.pineda90 AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 10:42:19 -0800
There was a Red-breasted Merganser male on the southern part of the lake by the 
shore this morning (34.100121,-118.015658). I had never seen a male of this 
species before so it was very nice and surprising to see one so far inland! 

 

 Also, while watching the merganser I saw a group of 4 Blue-crowned parakeets 
fly over me. They had a blue face/crown, long tail, and about the size of 
Mitred Parakeets. Interesting that their calls were also noticeably different 
than Mitred Parakeets, which I had heard about 15 minutes before that. This was 
another very nice surprise as I'm used to seeing the regular Red-crowned 
Parrots and Mitred Parakeets fly over the park. 

 

 I did not try to look for the previously reported Ash-throated Flycatcher.
 

 Mario Pineda
 Fontana, CA
Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak at Dominguez Rancho Adobe
From: "Tracy Drake tdrakehawk AT verizon.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:20:20 -0800
Good morning birders! 
This morning while leading a bird walk at the Adobe, we were delighted to see a 
FOS black-headed grosbeak in the lower north grounds of the Rancho. 

Also around is a red-breasted sapsucker. This area is not in ebird as a hotspot 
but, I'd recommend it! It's a terrific spot. Today we had about few twenty 
species in an hour long walk. 

Happy birding!
Tracy 


Tracy Drake
Madrona Marsh Preserve
Torrance

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Subject: Swamp Sparrow at Madrona Marsh!
From: "Dinuk dmagammana AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:03:00 -0800
Good morning Birders! 

Swamp sparrow at Madrona Marsh, it's hanging around the tule patches. The patch 
is directly facing the "3210 Sepulveda" and "Justtires store" building. 


The bird was seen for about 2 weeks by Mark Rubke but without 100% 
confirmation. But today we were able to get decent looks and photographs for 
confirmation. 


The bird call at times, quick chirp. It's sounds similar to a says phoebes 
chirp. 


Gooooooooood birding all and 
Happy Valentine's Day! 

Dinuk Magammana
Torrance CA.  



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Subject: Los Angeles RBA- 13 February 2015
From: "Jon Fisher JonF60 AT hotmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:23:46 -0800

- RBA

* California

* Los Angeles
RBA

* February
13, 2015

* CALA1502.13

 

 

-Birds mentioned

 

Tundra Swan

Eurasian Wigeon  (Ventura
County)

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal

Red-throated Loon

Red-necked Grebe

“Harlan’s” Red-tailed Hawk

Sandhill Crane  (Ventura County)

Lesser Yellowlegs

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

WORM-EATING WARBLER

Black-and-white Warbler

Northern Parula

Palm Warbler

Painted Redstart

Swamp Sparrow

 

 

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 AT hotmail.com


Coverage: 
Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

 

 

-Transcript

 

This
is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 13.

 

Both
the TUNDRA SWAN and the “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued in the south
basin at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through
February 7.  Easiest access is from just
above Washington west of the 605 Freeway (at the southwest gate to the
basins).  The swan tends to move around
the area however and may be in the north basin or even absent for periods of 
time. 


 

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin
Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 7. Check the 
northeast corner of the north 

basin. 

 

A
RED-THROATED LOON continued at El Dorado Park in Long Beach through February 5.

 

The
RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 9.

 

A
light morph “HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK continued in Area A of the Ballona
Wetlands through February 10.  This
section is east of Lincoln, west of the marina and north of the bike path. 
Morning seems to be the time to find this 

bird.

 

Two
LESSER YELLOWLEGS were along the lower LA River north of the Willow St. pipe
bridge on February 6.

 

The
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through February
5.  It is usually seen in the eucalyptus
trees near Frisbee golf goal #7.

 

A
female and two male VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in
Glendora through February 11.  The last
report placed them near the middle of the property.

 

Also
at the cemetery is a continuing PAINTED REDSTART seen through February 10. Head 
southwest about 200 feet from the two 

white mausoleum/columbarium structures in the north central part of the
property to a large Cork Oak tree.  This is where the bird is being seen.

 

Two
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were found in Arcadia on February 6, one was at the
Peck Road Water Conservation Park and the other was along the south side of the
fence line surrounding the Livingston-Graham gravel pits (just east of Clark
and Durfee).

 

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Rosewood Park in Commerce on
February 7, just south of the ballfield.

 

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green
Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through February 11.  It has been
seen at a number of locations mainly on the south side of the property by
units in the 5300 to 5400 range.  However
one of the most reliable spots to check is behind unit 5396 adjacent to the
laundry room (the best time at this spot is early- at or just after sunrise). 
This area is on the bird’s regular route. The complex is south of Rodeo Road, 
west of 

La Brea.  This is private property, but birders are welcome.

 

At
the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook the BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER continued northeast of the restroom building through February 8.  

 

Other
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were at Cheviot Hills Park in Los Angeles on February
10 (in pines next to Rancho Park Golf Course) and at El Segundo Library Park on
February 12 (in Brazilian Peppers west of the bandstand and in a Liquid Amber
toward the east side of the park).

 

At Legg Lake in South El Monte the BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER continues near restroom #7.  It
was reported through February 11.

 

A NORTHERN PARULA continued through February 9 at Castaic
Lagoon.  This bird is in the willow patch
at the extreme northwest end of the lagoon, north of the CSUN Aquatic Center. 

 

A SWAMP SPARROW was at the Rio Hondo spreading basins
along Paramount Blvd. and west of the end of Mines Ave. on February 7. The 
basins can be entered at Paramount and 

Loch Lomond.  The sparrow was in a small
concrete drain structure on the north side of the basins just south of Loch
Lomond and west of Paramount.

 

 

 

VENTURA
COUNTY—

 

A male EURASIAN WIGEON
was with the flock of American Wigeon on the flooded flats at the end of Arnold
Road (between the canal and the beach) on February 10. A SANDHILL CRANE was in 
this general area the 

same day.

 

 

This
report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

 

 

 

-
end transcript

 

Jon
L Fisher

Glendale, CA

JonF60 AT hotmail.com

 

 

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

For all events, field trips and announcements, please see our
website at http://www.laaudubon.org

   		 	   		  
Subject: Black-and-white @ El Segundo Library
From: "busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:52:31 -0500
Birders,

Thurs 12 Feb

This morning there was a Black-and-white Warbler at El Segundo Library Park 
(Main and Mariposa), seen in Brazilian peppers west of the bandstand and in a 
liquidambar toward the east side. A Brown Creeper was also moving around the 
park. 


Photos of the warbler:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16512743652
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16512035901
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16327850437
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16326025528

Richard Barth
West Hollywood



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Subject: Re: Conversion of GPS/timestamped notes to eBird data
From: "davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 09:19:37 -0800
Bas,

 Thanks, but that doesn't appear to be what I want. That site appears to be 
focused on reporting rarities, or at least the more uncommon species, not every 
single bird observation. Also, perhaps I am mistaken, but there appears to be 
no way to view all observations of a given species on a map, like eBird can do; 
all I can see on that site are raw lists of observations in reverse 
chronological order, and the only way to see where they are on the map is to 
view one observation at a time. Furthermore the chronological order is only on 
the date level; it seems to be sorted completely randomly below that level, 
instead of being sorted by time. 


Also there appears to be absolutely no way to view bar charts like eBird can 
do, showing the yearly patterns in frequency and abundance of all species 
together. That's too useful a feature to give up. (Though admittedly it's not 
nearly as useful as it could be, because it still can't be used for polygons, a 
feature I asked them to add 8 years ago and still hasn't been implemented. LA 
County is a much larger area than I'm interested in summarizing, and individual 
hotspots are too small and incomprehensive.) 


 I noticed one of your checklists on eBird before today, BTW:
 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21668249
 So, attempting to learn more about observation.org's organization, I tried 
comparing your observation.org data with your eBird data: 

 
http://observation.org/gebied/view/101445?g=0&from=2014-02-12&to=2015-02-12&sp=0&z=0&u=0&rows=100&g=0&z=0&from=2015-02-03&to=2015-02-03&rows=100&u=0 

 There is very little agreement between these lists. (Never mind the California 
Quail and Wrentits.) For example the eBird checklist has 4 Savannah Sparrows at 
White Point Nature Preserve, but the observation.org data has only 1 Savannah 
Sparrow. And the eBird checklist has 4 Mourning Doves, but the observation.org 
data has none. And the eBird checklist has 1 Dark-eyed Junco at White Point 
Nature Preserve, but the observation.org data has only 1 Dark-eyed Junco at 
Angeles National Forest. (That particular observation interests me, BTW — 
I've never found a Dark-eyed Junco at WPNP, so if you really did find one 
there, I'd like to know.) Of course the problem here is that you have to use 
completely separate apps to enter the data to the two sites, instead of having 
a master set of data that is then converted+posted to both sites. 


Also the way this site is being used by other people, including you, is nothing 
like the observation-recording I have been doing. In a typical day of birding I 
record hundreds or even thousands of observations. For example if I find 12 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, there's a separate timestamped note for each one 
(assuming I don't find two or more at a time). To make these I just flip my 
phone open, press the hotkey I've assigned to paste a timestamp, type "1 rcki" 
or "1 rcki h" (heard) and press enter. Then close the phone and put it back in 
my pocket. Since this method is so fast, and can be done without even looking 
at the phone, I do this for every individual observation of every species. 
Judging from the way observation.org is being used by other people, that's not 
what they are doing. Also I use an external GPS logger, which records much 
better data than a phone would, and does so with much less battery usage (it 
can keep logging every second for 29 hours straight). (Also, my method of data 
recording is relatively quite accurate; I may make the very occasional typo 
using a physical keyboard, but the alternative, scrolling and tapping species 
on a phone touch-screen, is very error-prone.) 


 So yes, I could write some code to post my observations to observation.org, 
but it would totally swamp everybody else's observations and possibly flood the 
site with more data than it's designed to handle. 


 Also it just wouldn't be very useful, given how the site is currently being 
used. It appears you're the only person in Los Angeles County using it. The 
reason I want to put my sightings on eBird is, combined with everybody else's 
observations, it would make the data on that site better-rounded for my area... 
and the site has very good data-visualization tools, which observation.org does 
not. Pretty much the only good thing I can say about observation.org is that it 
isn't limited to just birds... but I haven't been keeping comprehensive notes 
on other organisms, just casual notes. 


 The vast majority of birders are not recording their observations at the level 
of precision that I have been doing, but a huge number of them are submitting 
checklists to eBird for most or all of their birding. So what would be most 
useful for me to do with my data is convert it to checklists, so it can be 
compatible with the vast majority of other people's submitted observations. 


 Sincerely,
 David Ellsworth
 San Pedro, CA
 

---In LACoBirds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 Dear David,
 I have been using a dutch sightings website 
 http://observation.org/ http://observation.org/
 There they dont work with lists bht its based on individual sightings. No with 
their free apps I can fill in all my sightings using my phones GPS, but they 
also support the gps coordinates from pictures, where you upload the picture 
and it takes the coordinates from their. 

 This website has the advantage that allmost all sightings are highly accurate 
in location +- 10 ft, the biggest downside of ebird. Sightings this way take a 
little longer and you dont have a list to help you remember what you saw. 

 This website is not only for birds but for every group of organisms. It is 
available in 40 languages. It lets you make maps of your own sightings: my 
sightings in the usa: 

 
http://observation.org/user_gmap_xx.php?user=16594&from=1980-01-01&to=2015-02-12&grid=1000&g=0&z=0&soort=&id_soort=0&r=0&p=258&all=0&per=0 
http://observation.org/user_gmap_xx.php?user=16594&from=1980-01-01&to=2015-02-12&grid=1000&g=0&z=0&soort=&id_soort=0&r=0&p=258&all=0&per=0 

 I use ebird to keep me updated on other peoples sightings and i use 
observation.org http://observation.org for everything else. I think its more 
designed to help the contributors than ebird, it has more options, its all free 
incl apps. 

 What you want to do i already do with my smartphone. It just never becomes a 
list but it does make it a lot easier to put in loose sightings while biking. 

 With kind regards
 Bas van Schooten
 Altadena


Subject: Re: Conversion of GPS/timestamped notes to eBird data
From: "Bas van Schooten basvanschooten AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:57:10 -0800
Dear David,

I have been using a dutch sightings website
http://observation.org/

There they dont work with lists bht its based on individual sightings. No
with their free apps I can fill in all my sightings using my phones GPS,
but they also support the gps coordinates from pictures, where you upload
the picture and it takes the coordinates from their.

This website has the advantage that allmost all sightings are highly
accurate in location +- 10 ft, the biggest downside of ebird. Sightings
this way take a little longer and you dont have a list to help you remember
what you saw.

This website is not only for birds but for every group of organisms. It is
available in 40 languages. It lets you make maps of your own sightings: my
sightings in the usa:

http://observation.org/user_gmap_xx.php?user=16594&from=1980-01-01&to=2015-02-12&grid=1000&g=0&z=0&soort=&id_soort=0&r=0&p=258&all=0&per=0 


I use ebird to keep me updated on other peoples sightings and i use
observation.org for everything else. I think its more designed to help the
contributors than ebird, it has more options, its all free incl apps.

What you want to do i already do with my smartphone. It just never becomes
a list but it does make it a lot easier to put in loose sightings while
biking.

With kind regards

Bas van Schooten
Altadena
Subject: Conversion of GPS/timestamped notes to eBird data
From: "davidells AT cox.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 01:35:05 -0800
Hello Birders,

 Since 2011-07-19 I have been taking timestamped notes on every bird 
observation, with a number and four-letter species code, using a keyboard phone 
(Sidekick 4G). The timestamps can then be matched with GPS data recorded by the 
logger device I use, so that every observation is rather precisely geolocated. 
I realize this level of precision goes far beyond what many or most birders 
care about, but it's data I'm interested in. Also, I decided on this because I 
feel that if I'm going to be putting the effort into counting birds, I might as 
well make the data as precise and bias-free as I can manage. 


I have some questions regarding how to proceed with this project. Virtually all 
my birding is local, so I hope it's appropriate to talk about this in LACoBirds 
(even though in principle, these questions don't apply to a particular county). 


I haven't put any of this data up on eBird yet. The plan has been to write a 
program to automatically convert it with minimal user intervention. I've 
finally worked on this, and have gotten to the point that the program can now 
parse the notes, add up the data for a timestamp range, and summarize it 
neatly, with the four-letter codes converted to species names and the source 
data optionally shown below each total. It also matches up the data with the 
GPS log and creates a .kml file showing the path I took, with a placemarker for 
each observation, and the summary in the file's main description. 


Here is an example of what my program can do so far — the last two walks at 
SCBG led by Martin Byhower: 

 
http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2014-12-14%20-%20South%20Coast%20Botanic%20Gardens%20group%20bird%20walk.kmz 

 
http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2015-02-08%20-%20South%20Coast%20Botanic%20Gardens%20group%20bird%20walk.kmz 

 And the same data, but including my entire day of birding:
 
http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2014-12-14%20-%20South%20Coast%20Botanic%20Gardens%20group%20bird%20walk%2C%20George%20F%20Canyon%2C%20and%20bicycle%20ride%20round%20trip.kmz 

 
http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/2015-02-08%20-%20South%20Coast%20Botanic%20Gardens%20group%20bird%20walk%2C%20and%20bicycle%20ride%20round%20trip.kmz 

 These files can be viewed using Google Earth. If for some reason you can't use 
Google Earth, it is possible to view these using http://maps.google.com 
http://maps.google.com/ — just paste the .kmz URL into the Google Maps search 
bar. However that doesn't work as well as Google Earth; for example the labels 
will not be visible (to read them you must click each point individually) and 
the paths are rendered at high thickness. An example: http://goo.gl/1Xm0ot 


 Of course, in eBird data is lumped together in checklists, not a GPS point for 
each individual observation. So a next step in this program will be to convert 
latitude+longitude into hotspot. It will be easy enough for me to manually 
define a polygon for every existing eBird Hotspot I've ever visited. However: 


 1) When in a single day I visit Hotspot #1, then Hotspot #2, then Hotspot #3, 
and then on the way back I go back through Hotspot #1, should I submit two 
checklists for Hotspot #1, or a single checklist with its comment stating that 
there is a time gap inside it (and if so, what should I submit in the form for 
the amount of time, the total including the gap(s) or not including them)? It 
seems pretty clear that if a time gap is small, say, less than an hour, it 
should be a single checklist... but is there a point at which the time gap(s) 
are large enough that a single "hotspot" birded multiple times in one day 
should be split into multiple checklists? The answer to this is especially 
important, because it could change how I do my note-taking in the future. 
(Actually, given how I've been recording past data, I kind of have no choice 
but to lump temporally-discontinuous observation periods within a day into a 
single checklist, except in cases where I've specifically noted "reset count" 
in my notes. So this is really just a question for future data-recording.) 


 2) I've had some trouble deciding what to do with the in-between data, the 
observations taken on the path from one park to another. Since I'm usually 
traveling on foot or bicycle, there are a lot of these observations. When 
finding something rare while traveling in-between parks, I'd definitely want to 
report it on eBird, but I don't want "containing a rarity" to be the reason for 
creating a checklist. The main reason I started with this method of taking 
notes in the first place is that I wanted to avoid bias, making my data as 
scientific as possible. So what should I do? Create a hotspot for each 
in-between path, for example a hotspot for "the path from Angels Gate Park to 
White Point" and another for "the path from Cabrillo Beach to Alma Park", and 
place each hotspot on the center of its respective path? 


 3) I don't always take the same path within a park every time I visit it (this 
goes beyond just the order of locations visited; the set of locations visited 
varies). I am a bit unsettled that this would mean observation sets from 
different routes taken would be lumped together into the same hotspot. This 
particular issue must be one that almost every eBirder has to face, so, how do 
you deal with it? One solution I can think of would be to classify my routes by 
their most salient differences and similarities, and use a different hotspot 
for each route in each park, but that seems like a HUGE amount of overkill. 


 4) Since I've put the effort into taking my notes in such a way that each 
observation is geolocated, I'd like to include that information in my 
checklists. 

 4a) One way would be to include the list of individual observations (with GPS 
location and timestamp for each) in the comment for each species. That'd be a 
lot more bytes of information than are in most checklists, but perhaps that 
wouldn't be a problem. The entire text file of all notes since 2011-07-19 is 
still only 3.2 MB. (The GPS data since then is more like 3.1 GB, but importing 
just the latitude+longitude from it to each note would only increase the text 
file by only about 1.75 MB). Perhaps including this information in the 
checklist would mitigate issue #3. 

 4b) Alternatively, or additionally, I could upload the .kmz file corresponding 
to each checklist and link to it from the checklist. What would be better, 
both, or one of these two? 


5) Automatically calculating distance traveled will be tricky. GPS data is 
rather jittery, so it's kind of like the problem of measuring coastline length; 
the smaller your straightedge, the longer a coastline you'll measure (due to 
the fractal complexity). I'll have to implement some kind of smoothing. If 
anybody has any recommendations on how to do this I'd be open to it. 


 6) Should paths retraced multiple times be counted as extra distance traveled 
each time they're retraced? And if so, at what level should this apply? 
Obviously if I walk round and round in a 1 meter radius circle that shouldn't 
count towards distance traveled... so what's a good minimum length beyond with 
a path-retrace should be counted towards the total distance? (And does anyone 
have any recommendations as to actual algorithms to use?) 


 I mainly need answers to issues #1 and #2. For the others, I can at least hack 
together something preliminary and be able to submit checklists. But without 
knowing what to do regarding #1 and #2, I wouldn't even have a way of dividing 
the data into checklists. 


 David Ellsworth
 San Pedro, CA

Subject: Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society Monthly Meeting 2/17
From: "David Quadhamer dquadhamer AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:22:39 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all,

Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 
February 17, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance for the program 
“Birding in Africa” presented by Dr. Randy Harwood. 

“Birding in Africa" will be a photographic journey to many of Africa's best 
countries for tourism and wildlife appreciation including Tanzania, Uganda, 
Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique. It will 
include many of Africa's signature animals, highlighting primarily the amazing 
birds found there. Hopefully it 

will inspire arm-chair travelers as well as anyone contemplating a 
"once-in-a-lifetime" trip to consider Africa as a destination. 


Randy Harwood has been fortunate to be able to travel a few times a year to 
many wonderful countries for over 40 years. He primarily traveled to warm-water 
countries for SCUBA diving and underwater photography until about 10 years ago 
when he took a group on safari to Tanzania, where he started attempting 
"above-water" photography. Randy 

has been organizing "adventure-dive" travel trips for more than 30 years. 
Currently he has a dive trip to Indonesia, and a Peruvian trip to Machu Picchu 
and the Amazon in the works. 


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:   

http://www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com/j/

Next Month’s Meeting: Kimball Garrett will give a presentation on March 17.

David Quadhamer
San Pedro
Subject: Black and White Warbler, Cheviot Hills Park
From: "Rebecca Fenning Marschall rutabegabunny AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:18:11 -0800
This afternoon, I stopped by Cheviot Hills Park and found a Black-and-White
Warbler foraging in the pine trees right next to the Rancho Park golf
course.  It was quite active, creeping along the branches and trunk, but
stayed visible for quite a while and I got good looks.  Unfortunately, I
didn't have a real camera with me - I did take a few bad cell phone photos,
though.

If you follow the signs to the petanque court and park at the near the
entrance to the parking lot (closest to the baseball diamond and furthest
from the petanque), the bird was in the pine trees downhill from there.  It
also flew into the bamboo between the park and the golf course when I
spooked it, though it then returned to the pine trees.

Some bad photos are on my Flickr account:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106706803 AT N05/16310553120/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106706803 AT N05/16311718539/in/photostream/

Rebecca Marschall
Valley Village
rebecca.fenning AT gmail.com
Subject: Vemillion Flycatchers and Painted Redstart, Glendora
From: "larschmahl AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:12:14 -0500
Hello All,
 
I spent my lunch break at Oakdale Cemetery in Glendora this afternoon. I  
parked in the center of the cemetery and quickly observed two male Vermillion 
 Flycatchers chasing a female Vermillion Flycatcher.
A male and female were later seen together a little southeast of there. No  
courtship behavior was observed.
 
The Painted Redstart was in the previously reported Cork Oak. All the birds 
 I observed were within 200 meters of each other. If you were to Google 
Oakdale  Mortuary, Glendora and open the satellite image, the Cork Oak is just 
below the  red marker.
 
Happy birding,
 
Larry Schmahl
Whittier
Subject: Inca Dove report; other notes
From: "busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:44:41 -0500
Birders,

Tues 10 Feb

This morning I had six of the Incas at Washington Park in south L.A. (Maie 
between Firestone and 92nd). One bird was easily found midway between the 
soccer practice yard and the swimming pool, then a bit later five appeared 
opposite 91st St...these five were not present on my first and second pass 
through that area, and might have flown in from outside the park. (Of course 
there was a Varied Thrush in the park.) I saw a Spotted Dove through the fence 
of the plant nursery west of the park---the nursery extends westward quite a 
distance through the neighborhood, I saw the SPDO near an alley before Compton 
Ave. 


Shots of some of the Inca Doves:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16310338289
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16496607965
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/15874048374
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16494862231

On Sunday at Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood I had a female-type 
Summer Tanager, probably the bird that was here on 11 December. This time it 
was along the extreme north border fence, in eucs behind where (cemetery road) 
Lookout Drive deadends. 


Richard Barth
West Hollywood 


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Subject: Ballona ecological reserve, multiple sightings
From: "seerixpix AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Feb 2015 09:11:17 -0800
Morning report for area A, which is inbetween the Lincoln bridge and the 
marina. The Harlans hawk continues, but this is the first time I seen it in 
about a week so it's very intermittent whether you'll see it or not. Also 
present, a Northern Harrier coursing the entire field. Last but certainly not 
least over on Fiji Way near the sheriffs department I saw a California Thrasher 
and multiple Cedar Waxwing along the fence line. 


Rick Pine
Los Angeles

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Subject: Gulls @ Playa-del-Rey lagoon on Sunday, Feb. 08
From: "Alex Viduetsky aviduetsky AT yahoo.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:31:20 +0000 (UTC)
Hello birders,
On Sunday, Feb. 08, I spent a few hours on a mid jetty and by the lagoon in 
Playa-del-Rey.From the jetty, I found the Pacific, Red-throated and Common 
Loons and some other usual suspects. 

By the lagoon, I photographed two Glaucous-winged Gulls, which were kind 
enough to pose for me.  

Incidentally, I made a few shots with the Western Gull standing right in front 
of the Glaucous-winged. If you are interested in the comparative Gulls' 
morphology, you may view my photos via this flickr 
link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/33691985 AT N08/sets/72157650672528706/ 


The G-W Gull looked more massive than the Western and all other present there 
Gulls. 


Also by the lagoon, I was surprised to find a solitary Northern Pintail, which 
was foraging around - alongside Mallards, Pigeons and Gulls. I thought the 
Pintails are wilder than that. 

Good birding,
Alexander ViduetskyValley Village, CA

 
Subject: Re: Lesser Flamingo
From: "Martin Byhower avitropic AT sbcglobal.net [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:22:59 -0800
Wow! I wonder if by even the most remote chance it is the same bird that was at 
KMHRP last summer/fall? 

 
Martin Byhower 




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Sent: Saturday, February 7, 2015 4:10 PM
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lesser Flamingo
 


  
Birders Note:
About 11:30 AM this morning, our group ran into Jan & Mark Scheel who had found 
a Flamingo through their scopes walking and feeding on Rosamond Lake near Piute 
Ponds/Edwards AFB, Lancaster. That location was the curved ending of the road 
parallel to the extension of Avenue C north of the covered Kiosk. After 
attempting to ID the specie of flamingo, we decided to go back, take the road 
north to the dirt road east to Lake Rosamond. When nearing the Lake, we exited 
the car and walked about 200 yards NE to where the ground turned muddy. From 
there we viewed the Flamingo still doing its thing on the Lake. 

The bird was pink with pink legs and a touch of black in the wing tips. The 
bill appeared black from its face to its tip. This led us to the tentative 
conclusion of the ID as a Lesser Flamingo. When back at the car, we checked the 
other species in Sibley and confirmed our conclusion. 

Be advised that parts of the roads there are still damp with puddled water and 
mud. Suggestion is to drive there with 4 wheel drive and a high chassis. Only 
those with Base permits are allowed on the Piute Ponds for bird watching. Even 
guests of permit holders must now register with Wanda Deal at the Base to get 
permission to accompany permit holders on the Base. 


Birdingly

Irwin Woldman, Amy Worell, Judy Matsuoka and Kerry Morris
Subject: Worm-eating Warbler still at The Village Green
From: "Don Sterba donsterba AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:44:03 -0800
Sat 7 Feb

The Village Green Worm-eating Warbler appeared a little before 7 AM in leaf
litter next to the laundry room behind unit #5396 where it foraged for
roughly 10 minutes before flying north several yards and disappearing into
trees/shrubs - typical recent behavior.

Don Sterba
Culver City
Subject: Plumbeous in Commerce
From: "busyday AT ca.rr.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:07:50 -0500
Birders,

Sat 7 Feb

Mid morning there was a Plumbeous Vireo at Rosewood Park in City of Commerce. 
It was foraging in trees south of the ball field, first near the playground 
then working east past the enclosed horseshoe pit. 


http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbarth/16442408186

Richard Barth
West Hollywood 


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Subject: Tundra Swan, Eurasian GW Teal, Palm Warbler San Gabriel River
From: "larschmahl AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:54:46 -0500
Hello all,
 
Continuing birds in the vicinity of the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading 
 Grounds. Pico Rivera
 
This morning 07 February, the Tundra Swan was in the San Gabriel River just 
 upstream from Whittier Blvd.
The Palm Warbler was in Elderberry Trees at the northeast corner of the  
north basin.
The Eurasian Green-winged Teal was resting on the south bank of the south  
basin.
I searched for the American Redstart for quite awhile without  success.
 
Larry Schmahl
Whittier
Subject: Swamp Sparrow Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds Pico Rivera
From: "larschmahl AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:48:16 -0500
Hello all,
 
The Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera are dry. However there is a  
concrete sided and soft bottomed drainage structure on the north side of 
the  basins very near the intersection of Loch Lomond Dr. and Industry Ave. 
This  small structure has weeds, cattails, a few small palms and a Swamp  
Sparrow.
 
The nearest entry to the basins is at Paramount and Loch Lomond Dr. Walk  
west down the paved roadway until you reach the drainage structure. (The bird 
at  Legg Lake is easier to get to.)
 
The basins themselves are between Loch Lomond Dr., Washington Blvd,  
Paramount Blvd. and the Rio Hondo.
 
Larry Schmahl
Whittier
Subject: Tundra Swan continues
From: "Ryan Winkleman rswinkleman AT gmail.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:36:02 -0800
The Tundra Swan in the San Gabriel River Spreading Grounds is currently in
the pool immediately north of Whittier Boulevard, below the drop structure.


Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita
Subject: Lesser Flamingo
From: "iwoldman AT aol.com [LACoBirds]" <LACoBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:10:08 -0500
 Birders Note:
About 11:30 AM this morning, our group ran into Jan & Mark Scheel who had found 
a Flamingo through their scopes walking and feeding on Rosamond Lake near Piute 
Ponds/Edwards AFB, Lancaster. That location was the curved ending of the road 
parallel to the extension of Avenue C north of the covered Kiosk. After 
attempting to ID the specie of flamingo, we decided to go back, take the road 
north to the dirt road east to Lake Rosamond. When nearing the Lake, we exited 
the car and walked about 200 yards NE to where the ground turned muddy. From 
there we viewed the Flamingo still doing its thing on the Lake.? 

The bird was pink with pink legs and a touch of black in the wing tips. The 
bill appeared black from its face to its tip. This led us to the tentative 
conclusion of the ID as a Lesser Flamingo. When back at the car, we checked the 
other species in Sibley and confirmed our conclusion. 

Be advised that parts of the roads there are still damp with puddled water and 
mud. Suggestion is to drive there with 4 wheel drive and a high chassis. Only 
those with Base permits are allowed on the Piute Ponds for bird watching. Even 
guests of permit holders must now register with Wanda Deal at the Base to get 
permission to accompany permit holders on the Base. 



Birdingly


Irwin Woldman, Amy Worell, Judy Matsuoka and Kerry Morris