Orange County RBA: September 17, 2020
* Orange County
* September 17, 2020
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@....
Little Blue Heron
A RUFF continued in the Santa Ana River in Anaheim through September 16 near Imperial Highway.
At least two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS continued in Peters Canyon Creek behind Harvard Community Park in Irvine through September 16. A flock of six were documented on the Santa Ana River in Anaheim on September 11, with four still present on September 14.
A *MASKED BOOBY* was found off the point of Crescent Bay Point Park in Laguna Niguel on September 13. It’s been seen every day since, through September 16, sitting on the left most rock off the point. Because this is a CBRC review species, please email documentation to Tom Benson at secretary@....
A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was found along San Diego Creek in Irvine between Main and Alton on September 15 and continued through September 16.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach through September 16. Another juvenile bird was reported from Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on September 11 and one more from Newport Back Bay on September 10.
A SWAINSON’S HAWK was photographed flying over the San Diego Creek in Irvine on September 16.
A BANK SWALLOW was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine from September 12 through September 13.
BREWER’S SPARROWS were documented at four locations this week, including the Northwest Open Space in San Juan Capistrano on September 11, Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach on September 14, Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach from September 11 through September 14 and a continuing bird at O’Neill Regional Park in Rancho Santa Margarita on September 16.
A BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach on September 12. Another bird was at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach from September 9 through September 15.
A VESPER SPARROW was at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on September 16.
A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on September 12. Another bird was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley from September 11 through September 12.
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on September 12. Another bird was seen along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim on September 11.
A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach through September 11 in "the island."
A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley from September 12 to September 13.
A LUCY’S WARBLER continued in the Nature Center of Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through September 13. Another bird was found at Gilman Park in Fullerton on September 13.
An AMERICAN REDSTART was at Gilman Park in Fullerton from September 13 through September 15. Another bird was at Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo on September 12 through September 13. Yet another bird was seen at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on September 10 in the Nature Center.
A NORTHERN PARULA continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through September 13 in the Nature Center.
A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was found at Huntington Central Park (West) in Huntington Beach on September 16.
A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley from September 12 through September 14.
All Sea and Sage Audubon sponsored field trips have been canceled until further notice due to cautionary measures regarding the coronavirus.
BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
Sylvia Gallagher will be hosting the introductory visual workshop Birds of Southern California this fall from October to December. You can find out more information here: https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/BirdsOfSoCA.pdf
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 (http://ebird.org/content/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 (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/). 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 http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/FieldTripSchedule.html. 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