Orange County RBA: June 4, 2020

Jeff Bray


* California

* Orange County

* June 4, 2020

* CAOC20.06.04


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@....




Red-eyed Vireo

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Summer Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Three RED-EYED VIREOS were in the county this week, including one at a residential neighborhood in Huntington Beach continuing into May 29, one at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on June 2, and one in Laguna Woods (which is private) on June 3.

A MAGNOLIA WARBLER was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on June 3, where it was seen well in the area just north of “the island.” This is only the second spring record of this species for Huntington Central Park.

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was reported from a residential neighborhood in Santa Ana on May 31.

At least two SUMMER TANAGERS were reported from Huntington Beach this week. A young male was at a private residence on May 30, and a female was found at Huntington Central Park on June 3 near the Jack Green Nature Area. 

At least three ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were in the county this week, with a male present in the Arroyo Trabuco in Rancho Santa Margarita from June 1 to June 2 just up the trail from the trailhead near Paraíso. A report of a second bird on June 2 was unsubstantiated. A male and female were found in Huntington Central Park on June 2, with the female by the “secret garden” and the male by the amphitheater; the female continued into June 3.





All Sea and Sage Audubon sponsored field trips have been canceled until further notice due to cautionary measures regarding the coronavirus.




Nothing new scheduled at this time.




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 (jbray3928@...) 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 or may not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. We don't include hybrids, subspecies, introduced or exotic birds, or in most cases and for no real reason, geese. 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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