Orange County RBA: February 21, 2018

Jeff Bray



* California

* Orange County

* February 21, 2019

* CAOC19.02.21


This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at secretary@....




Common Goldeneye

Laughing Gull

Mew Gull

Zone-tailed Hawk

Gray Flycatcher

Purple Finch

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Palm Warbler


A young male COMMON GOLDENEYE that was found at Lincoln Basin (upstream of Burris) in Anaheim on January 27 continued through February 18.


A first-cycle LAUGHING GULL that was found on January 23 at North Lake in Irvine and continued through February 16. The bird is typically found in the southern half of the lake, often close to Barranca. Easy parking is in the lot off of Barranca and Lake.


A first-cycle MEW GULL continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through February 20.


The adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK was reported over Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest on February 19. This bird is likely the same one that makes it way down along the Arroyo Trabuco around midday, when it typically flies over the Ford dealership.


A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through February 16 near the northern entrance off Edinger along the golf course fence line.


A PURPLE FINCH continued at the Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on February 20.


At least 15 wintering LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through February 19. These birds have been found in a mixed flock in the vicinity of the Willow Trail, typically around patches of fiddleneck.


At least one PALM WARBLER continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine through February 19, where they are typically seen in Pond D.







The monthly Bird Walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on February 24 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.

The monthly Nature Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on March 2 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House. 

The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on March 10 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.   


There are four "Owl Prowls" at Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon taking place on March 8, March 9, March 23, and March 30. **Only the March 8th event still has space. Refer to this page for more information:

The monthly Upper Newport Bay Pontoon trip will take place on March 20. Contact Nancy Kenyon (nancykenyon@...) if interested. More info:



Two annual raptor identification workshops will be held this winter, with an introductory workshop from February 22-24 and an advanced workshop from March 1-3. Email Sylvia Gallagher at sjrgallagher@... with questions, or go here for the enrollment form:


Two bird banding workshops will be held at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon in March 2019. The beginning workshop will be held on March 9 and 10 from 7:30am to 3:30pm, and the advanced workshop will be held during the same hours on March 16 and 17. For more details or to enroll, email seasonal ornithologist Robert Snowden at rsnowden@....





The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed directly to Jeff Bray (jbray4913@...) and/or Ryan Winkleman (rswinkleman@...), and/or submitted to eBird ( Any supporting details (descriptions, photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Ryan Winkleman separately for consideration to be mentioned in the current quarterly report for North American Birds.


Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, may not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for those who choose to chase after them.


Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage Audubon website ( Sea and Sage Audubon is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year. Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at It is also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for inclusion. #RBA

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

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