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Re: Orange County RBA: February 14, 2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

Correction to last week's RBA: the RBA noted that an immature male Hooded Oriole was reported at Bartlett Park in Huntington Beach, and that additional reports may help to clarify if the ID is correct. I received additional, more conclusive photos of the bird over email from the original observer and the bird is actually an Orchard Oriole, not a Hooded Oriole. It was noted as being behind the Newland House.

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Re: Vermilion flycatcher

Kim Michaels <Kim@...>
 

I saw a Vermilion Flycatcher, in the same general area (east of golf course, south of archery range), almost 6 months ago on 8-30-18.

https://www.kimmichaels.com/recent/hb56de731#hb56de731

Kim Michaels
Garden Grove

Is SJWS open today?

Alex Tolkachev
 

Sorry to bug the group, but I can't find the info anywhere. Is SJWS open today (President's Day)?

Thanks!
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Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Re: Is SJWS open today?

Jeff Bray
 

San Joaquin is always open sunrise to sunset. They’re rarely ever closed. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


On Feb 18, 2019 at 2:16 PM, <Alex Tolkachev> wrote:

Sorry to bug the group, but I can't find the info anywhere. Is SJWS open today (President's Day)?

Thanks!
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Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Orange County RBA: February 21, 2018

Jeff Bray
 

RBA

 

* 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@....

 

BIRDS MENTIONED

 

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.

 

 

LOCAL EVENTS

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

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.   



UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS


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: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/OwlProwls.html


The monthly Upper Newport Bay Pontoon trip will take place on March 20. Contact Nancy Kenyon (nancykenyon@...) if interested. More info: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/UNBbyPontoonBoat.html



WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 

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: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/Raptor_ID_class.pdf.

 

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 (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 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 (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


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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

An OC migration calendar?

Alex Tolkachev
 

Would someone be able to write (or unearth) an article on getting the most out of the migration season(s) for new birders?

Things like must-see hotspots (I am guessing Upper Newport Bay will make the list, but perhaps every busy local hotspot will get its share of migrants), species to look for and expected times when they will be here -- to plan which to see first and which to save for later.

Also any tips on using existing resources, such as eBird or any blogs or sites that are active and dedicated to watching migrations in OC.

Thank you!
--
Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Re: An OC migration calendar?

Trude Hurd
 

Sea and Sage Audubon sells a book called “The Birds of Orange County:  Status and Distribution” by Robb Hamilton and Doug Willick.  It shows wonderful bar graphs for each bird species per month so you can see when birds arrive, depart, or are resident.  I highly recommend it for all birders.  You can then use eBird for more localized hotspot information.

 

Attending one of Sea and Sage Audubon’s birding field trips will give you access to some of the county’s best birders.  They will be happy to share information like this with beginners.  We are all learning, no matter how long we have been birding!  It’s such a wonderful hobby.

 

Trude Hurd

Project Director of Education

Sea and Sage Audubon Society

 

From: OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io [mailto:OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Alex Tolkachev
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:53 AM
To: OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] An OC migration calendar?

 

Would someone be able to write (or unearth) an article on getting the most out of the migration season(s) for new birders?

Things like must-see hotspots (I am guessing Upper Newport Bay will make the list, but perhaps every busy local hotspot will get its share of migrants), species to look for and expected times when they will be here -- to plan which to see first and which to save for later.

Also any tips on using existing resources, such as eBird or any blogs or sites that are active and dedicated to watching migrations in OC.

Thank you!
--
Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Re: An OC migration calendar?

Jim Elias
 

That's a terrific idea Alex! Thank you for representing us newbees! 
For new birders or birder "enthusiasts," we often get lost in the world of acronyms and abbreviations for geographical locations.

Thank you,
Jim Elias
Dana Point

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, 9:53:12 AM PST, Alex Tolkachev <atolkachev@...> wrote:


Would someone be able to write (or unearth) an article on getting the most out of the migration season(s) for new birders?

Things like must-see hotspots (I am guessing Upper Newport Bay will make the list, but perhaps every busy local hotspot will get its share of migrants), species to look for and expected times when they will be here -- to plan which to see first and which to save for later.

Also any tips on using existing resources, such as eBird or any blogs or sites that are active and dedicated to watching migrations in OC.

Thank you!
--
Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Re: An OC migration calendar?

too fly
 

I’m actually working on a video series for something very similar to this! I’m starting in San Diego but expanding shortly there after. If anyone is interested in helping out, and doesn’t mind being on video...let me know! You qualify if: you are a top 10 birder at one of the top 10 eBird hot spots in Orange County, San Diego county, Los Angles County and Imperial Valley (This is just to start). I will consider the top 20 hotspots also.

Let me know! Shoot me an email.

Anthony “TooFly” Fife
La Mesa, Ca

Tooflyanthony@...

Re: An OC migration calendar?

tgmiko@gmail.com
 

If you get a chance, tool around under "Explore" on eBird. It takes some clicking around, but you can select or narrow down what data you want to see. You can ask it to give you abundance bar graphs for all of the birds that occur in an area e.g. Orange County (or Los Angeles+ Orange+San Diego Counties). You can then use that data, combined with what birds you want to see to figure out where to be, on what dates. It's no guarantee, but your success rate will be very high.
Tom Miko Claremont LA County
909.241.3300

On Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 12:17 PM Jim Elias via Groups.Io <jeli64=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
That's a terrific idea Alex! Thank you for representing us newbees! 
For new birders or birder "enthusiasts," we often get lost in the world of acronyms and abbreviations for geographical locations.

Thank you,
Jim Elias
Dana Point

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, 9:53:12 AM PST, Alex Tolkachev <atolkachev@...> wrote:


Would someone be able to write (or unearth) an article on getting the most out of the migration season(s) for new birders?

Things like must-see hotspots (I am guessing Upper Newport Bay will make the list, but perhaps every busy local hotspot will get its share of migrants), species to look for and expected times when they will be here -- to plan which to see first and which to save for later.

Also any tips on using existing resources, such as eBird or any blogs or sites that are active and dedicated to watching migrations in OC.

Thank you!
--
Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

rock wrens

James Pike
 

Two Rock Wrens were calling on opposite sides of the Santa Ana River just north of the pedestrian bridge adjacent to LeBard Park today. The species has bred along this stretch of river at least once in the past. On the 16th, a female Common Goldeneye was in the river between Hamilton and PCH. Unfortunately, the Osprey nest near PCH wasn't seasonally active for the first time in recent memory.

Jim Pike
HB 

Ovenbird continues at Goldenwest Community College

Liga Auzins
 

Birders,

The Ovenbird found by Brian Daniels a couple months back is still present. This morning, Feb 24, it offered relatively easy viewing as it worked the length of the south slope of the Amplitheater on the Golden West College campus.

Short-eared Owl in Fairview Park 02/24/2019

Lam-Son Vinh
 

A Short-eared Owl appeared briefly after sunset near the model aircraft runway in Fairview Park.
Some photos taken in the dark:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sca7dw7fUaWMJ7aCA
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Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

Orange County RBA: February 28, 2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

RBA

 

* California

* Orange County

* February 28, 2019

* CAOC19.02.28

 

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@....

 

BIRDS MENTIONED

 

Common Goldeneye

Laughing Gull

Mew Gull

Zone-tailed Hawk

Short-eared Owl

Gray Flycatcher

Cassin's Vireo

Purple Finch

Green-tailed Towhee

White-throated Sparrow

Ovenbird

Palm Warbler

 

A young male COMMON GOLDENEYE that was found at Lincoln Basin (upstream of Burris) in Anaheim on January 27 continued through February 23.

 

A first-cycle LAUGHING GULL that was found on January 23 at North Lake in Irvine continued through February 27. The bird is typically found in the southern half of the lake, often close to Barranca, where it basically just sits around all day eating food that people throw to it. 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 22.


The adult Zone-tailed Hawk continued in Rancho Santa Margarita on February 27, where it was spotted shopping for cars from above over the Santa Margarita Ford dealership.


A SHORT-EARED OWL was photographed at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa on February 24. The bird appeared in the model airplane runway area at dusk.

 

A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through February 24 near the northern entrance off Edinger along the golf course fence line. It dips its tail down.


A CASSIN'S VIREO was reported at Disneyland on February 21. No clue where it was, but the park is small enough that it should be super easy to find and confirm! At least the observer said he did have binoculars on him...

 

As many as 6 PURPLE FINCHES were reported to be continuing at the Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach through February 26.


A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was reported to continue at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on February 26. 

 

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on February 22, and another "cont bird" was at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through February 26, where it has been seen in the area between the stables and the maintenance yard. 


An OVENBIRD continued at the amphitheater at Golden West College in Huntington Beach on February 24.

 

Up to two PALM WARBLERS continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine through February 27, where they are typically seen in Pond D, where no palms are present and where they should be called Dirt Warblers.

 

 

LOCAL EVENTS

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

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.   



UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS


The Big Morongo Preserve field trip will take place on April 27. More details can be found here: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/MorongoPreserve.html



WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 

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 (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 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 (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



--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Orange County NAB Winter 2018/2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

Birders,

The Winter 2018/2019 reporting period for North American Birds has ended. I am currently compiling notable sightings in Orange County from during this period and will send a report to our regional editors Guy McCaskie and Kimball Garrett.

If you have information on a vagrant, a rare wintering bird, unpublished occurrence dates, or have noticed any particular trends in your local patches this winter that are not already submitted into eBird, please let me know by March 10. I don't use social media, so if it's not in eBird and you haven't told Jeff, I probably don't know about it.

Thanks!





--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Eastern Phoebe - Dana Point Headlands

Ryan Winkleman
 

Robin Lowe photographed an Eastern Phoebe at the Dana Point Headlands this afternoon.

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Re: Eastern Phoebe - Dana Point Headlands

Ryan Winkleman
 

I apologize, upon receiving additional photos this was actually a Say's Phoebe. The single photo that I initially received appeared to show a distinctively black head and bright white chin with muddled underparts, but on additional photos these features were absent and the bird was very clearly the same bird and very clearly a Say's Phoebe.

Hopefully nobody spent a great deal of time looking for this bird. A good reminder to all, including those of us on the reviewing end of things, that identifying rare birds from a single photo can sometimes not end well...

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

helping hummingbirds

James Pike
 

A couple days ago, an article in the LA Times detailed the needs of the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach in taking care of a recent rain-related influx of hummingbirds. Twenty juveniles evidently need near round-the-clock feeding, and additional rain will expectedly deliver more. While the article didn't specifically make a financial plea on behalf of the Center, I found that visiting their online website made the process of donating especially easy. If this sounds like a good idea to you, give it a try.

Jim Pike
HB   

Re: Orange County NAB Winter 2018/2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

I'm wondering if anybody has any reports of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the county lately. I got a response yesterday that an adult bird was at Dana Point Harbor as recently as mid-February, but other than that I haven't heard anything since early January. Looking in eBird, it appears as if both Dana Point Harbor and Sunset Aquatic Marina have received scant attention from eBirders since early January. 

I would appreciate any reports to the contrary and any documentation of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons still being present in Orange County. Given our record number of birds in the county in fall 2018 and last year in general, I was hoping they'd stick around this time...
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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Tagged White pelican

Debbie Hanson
 

Good morning,

Thought this might be of interest to some.  Saw this pelican at Tri-city Park in Placentia, Sunday 3/3 around 4:00.
There were about a dozen others but this one was off on its own at the north end of the park.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdiemama/

All the best,
Debbie Hanson
Yorba Linda