Orange County RBA: August 8, 2020

Jeff Bray


* California

* Orange County

* August 6, 2020

* CAOC20.08.06


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@....


Snowy Plover


Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sabine’s Gull

Cattle Egret

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Lucy’s Warbler

A SNOWY PLOVER was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 4. Photographed on Pond C. This species is quite rare away from the immediate coast.

A RUFF continued in the Santa Ana River in Anaheim through August 4, as it has every year since 2013 except for 2015. It tends to hang out with dowitchers upstream of Lakeview in the vicinity of the red brick building. 


At least one SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on July 30 on Pond C. eBirders should note that photographs are strongly encouraged to ensure confirmation of (correct) reports.


An adult SABINE’S GULL was reported offshore near the oil rigs on August 2. 

A CATTLE EGRET was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 5. It was seen on Pond 1.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was photographed in Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach on August 1, apparently in the Santa Isabell Channel as seen from the footbridge. 


At least two LUCY’S WARBLERS were at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley between August 3 and August 4, with a single bird reported on August 6. Seen in the “desert section” of the nature center. 


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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