Date   
FOS Hooded Oriel

Julian Whitelegge
 

Heard and then saw first Hooded Oriel of the season in my front yard - young male.
Julian Whitelegge,
Newport Heights, Costa Mesa 

Parrots at Irvine Regional Park (rant)

Jeff Bray
 

Sorry to those that could care less about exoitcs, but I need to address the "Yellow-headed" Parrot that continues to be incorrectly reported at Irvine Regional Park. (and please don't waste your time emailing me about how I shouldn't be talking about exotics on the group, I really don't care)

The bird is a hybrid of some kind. Either Red-crowned X Turquoise-fronted or Yellow-headed X Turquoise-fronted, but it's not a "clean" Yellow-headed Parrot. It has a lot of red in the face and the beak is the wrong color to support Yellow-headed. If you want to see a "clean" one, you should check out the parrot roost in Santa Ana at Angels Community Park. Parrots at Irvine Regional Park consist of mostly Red-crowned, some Lilac-crowned and then a handful of hybrids. If you see this bird at the park, please report is as amazona sp.

Some pics I took this evening of the "Yellow-headed" bird are in the checklist below, along with some other photos of the common parrots you'll see at Irvine Regional Park.


Squawk...

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Orange County RBA: March 28, 2019

Jeff Bray
 

RBA

* California
* Orange County
* March 28, 2019
* CAOC19.03.28
 
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
 
Mew Gull
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Gray Flycatcher
Plumbeous Vireo
White-throated Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler

An adult MEW GULL was at Warner Basin in Anaheim on March 21.

An immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point on March 24, and an adult continued at a nest at Doheny State Beach on the same date. Based on the observations of Robert McNab and Ryan Winkleman, it does not appear likely that this is actually an active nest (yet, anyway). However, we will continue to observe the bird and see if it appears that actual active nesting is occurring over time. If so, this would be the first known nesting attempt for this species in Orange County.

A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through March 26, and another continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through March 24. The Fountain Valley bird is typically seen near the northern entrance off Edinger along the golf course fence line, whereas the Orange bird is typically around Parking Lot 2.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was found at Twila Reid Park in Anaheim on March 24 and continued through March 27. If you chase it, be aware that apparently you have to stand at the pines and look up for the bird until your head falls off.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through March 27. It is typically found along the path between the horse stables and the maintenance building. 

A VESPER SPARROW was found up on the mesa portion of the Puma Ridge Trail at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on March 22 and continued through March 24. It has been loosely associating with a flock of Savannah Sparrows but is not tied to them.

A long-staying BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Aurora Park in Mission Viejo on March 27, and another bird was reported at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, north of the Nature Center, on March 26.

A PALM WARBLER continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine through March 24. It has been typically seen in Pond D. 


LOCAL EVENTS

ORANGE COUNTY SPRING COUNT 2019

What is the OCSC?

The OCSC (Orange County Spring Count) is part of a nationwide migration count, similar to a Christmas Bird Count, but timed to the opposite half of the migration cycle. Again this year the OCSC is being expanded to try to capture more of the birds that migrate through the county. Sea and Sage is encouraging birders to participate anytime during the months of April and May. This will allow us to see and count more of the species that migrate through the county. Again, this year we will try to focus on the best areas for birds since comprehensive coverage of the entire county is not a realistic goal.

How you can participate:

One of the objectives of Environment for the Americas (the sponsor of the hemisphere wide count) is to enter all of the data into eBird. This means that it is very simple to participate.

All of the regularly scheduled bird counts in April and May will be included in the OCSC. The dates do not need to change.

I will also include the checklists from all of the Sea and Sage field trips in Orange County held during April and May.

Many of you already use eBird. You can enter your Spring Count data directly into eBird for any birding that you do during April and May. You don’t have to send tally sheets to anyone. All that is needed is to share the eBird check list with the Sea and Sage Audubon eBird account. (The eBird user name is sea_sage_aud).

If you don’t currently use eBird, you can sign up. It’s free! www.ebird.org

A goal for the OCSC is to count all the “Top 100 Hot Spots” shown in eBird. It does not matter how many times a particular spot is covered. Users of the eBird data can sort that out.


UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

The monthly Nature Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on April 6 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House. 

The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on April 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House. For a livelier trip, ask trip leader Jeff if there are any Yellow-headed Parrots at Irvine Regional Park.


UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

There is still room on the April 12th Owl Prowl at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. Email Nancy Kenyon at nancykenyon@....

The next amazing Sea and Sage Spring Pelagic trip will take place on Saturday, May 4.  Spots are still available! If you’re interested, please e-mail Nancy Kenyon: nancykenyon@...


WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

None taking place.

*****************************************************

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. 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

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Dana Point Harbor

Sachi Fukuman
 

While kayaking, we saw about 10-20 Black-vented Shearwaters bobbing around about 1/2 mile from the harbor. 
--
Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

Lesser Nighthawks and Common Poorwill

Trish G
 

This evening at Irvine Regional Park, 2 Lesser Nighthawks were seen flying over the east end of the park over the creek. They showed up just a bit past sundown. It was too dark for any photos, but birds were well seen with their white wing patches, and floating like giant butterflies.
At least 2 Common Poorwill were also heard along with the lovely serenade of a Coyote howling.
I later had 2 Barn Owls kleaking, heard at least 2 Western Screen Owl, and heard a very distant Great Horned Owl hooting from across the creekbed.

Happy night birding - Trish Gussler, Anaheim



--

Trish Gussler, Anaheim
https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/

Silverado Canyon/Bedford Peak Trail: Calliope Hummingbirds, Black-chinned Sparrows, etc.

Ryan Seppala
 

Today (4/1), I hiked up the Bedford Peak Trail in Silverado Canyon, going from the Maple Springs Gate to Bedford Peak almost 4 miles up the north slope of the canyon. The immediate highlight was a pair of CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS in the big ravine a short ways past the trailhead. I heard the sharp "bzz" the male makes during the flight display, and quickly located two birds. They most often hung around near the large sycamore where the trail turns for the first switchback, but they traveled a bit up and down the ravine, making me lose them a couple times. The sycamore is where I had both in view at once, as they chased each other around in the top branches. 

Other highlights included several BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS, two HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHERS, an early NASHVILLE WARBLER, an unseen singing CASSIN'S VIREO, some ROCK WRENS, and calling MOUNTAIN QUAIL.

More info on the checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54465656

--
Ryan Seppala
Orange

Ash-throated Flycatcher in HCP-East

Lam-Son Vinh
 

An Ash-throated Flycatcher was in the Cherry Blossoms area of Huntington Central Park closest to the parking lot at around 1pm. 
--
Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

Neotropic Cormorants at Prado

Ryan Winkleman
 

For those looking to make Orange County birding history, it should be pointed out that Tom Benson found two Neotropic Cormorants at Prado Regional Park yesterday, which is a mere 5 miles from our county line. This species has never been recorded in Orange County and has been proverbially knocking at our door the last few years in surrounding counties. This is particularly close and there were multiple birds this time. There are quite a few interior lakes inside the Orange County border in this vicinity...






--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Orange County RBA: April 4, 2019

Jeff Bray
 

RBA

 

* California

* Orange County

* April 4, 2019

* CAOC19.04.04

 

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@....

 

BIRDS MENTIONED

 

Calliope Hummingbird

Gray Flycatcher

Plumbeous Vireo

 

A male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was photographed in Silverado Canyon on April 1. It was seen at near GPS: 33.749916, -117.586245, which is along the trail that heads up towards Bedford Peak. It was associating with a second hummingbird which the observer felt could have been a female Calliope, but was not confirmed.

 

A GRAY FLYCATCHER continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through March 29, and another continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through April 2. The Fountain Valley bird is typically seen near the northern entrance off Edinger along the golf course fence line, whereas the Orange bird is typically around Parking Lot 2.

 

Three PLUMBEOUS VIREOS were in the county this week. One continued at Twila Reid Park in Anaheim through March 31. The second was found at Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest on March 28 and continued through March 30. The third bird was found at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on March 30.



LOCAL EVENTS

 

ORANGE COUNTY SPRING COUNT 2019

What is the OCSC?

 

The OCSC (Orange County Spring Count) is part of a nationwide migration count, similar to a Christmas Bird Count, but timed to the opposite half of the migration cycle. Again this year the OCSC is being expanded to try to capture more of the birds that migrate through the county. Sea and Sage is encouraging birders to participate anytime during the months of April and May. This will allow us to see and count more of the species that migrate through the county. Again, this year we will try to focus on the best areas for birds since comprehensive coverage of the entire county is not a realistic goal.

 

How you can participate:

 

One of the objectives of Environment for the Americas (the sponsor of the hemisphere wide count) is to enter all of the data into eBird. This means that it is very simple to participate.

 

All of the regularly scheduled bird counts in April and May will be included in the OCSC. The dates do not need to change.

 

I will also include the checklists from all of the Sea and Sage field trips in Orange County held during April and May.

 

**Many of you already use eBird. You can enter your Spring Count data directly into eBird for any birding that you do during April and May. You don’t have to send tally sheets to anyone. All that is needed is to share the eBird check list with the Sea and Sage Audubon eBird account. (The eBird user name is sea_sage_aud).

 

If you don’t currently use eBird, you can sign up. It’s free! www.ebird.org

 

A goal for the OCSC is to count all the “Top 100 Hot Spots” shown in eBird. It does not matter how many times a particular spot is covered. Users of the eBird data can sort that out.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

The monthly Nature Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on April 6 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.

 

The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on April 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House. For a livelier trip, ask trip leader Jeff if there are any Yellow-headed Parrots at Irvine Regional Park.



UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

There is still room on the April 12th Owl Prowl at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. Email Nancy Kenyon at nancykenyon@....

 

The next amazing Sea and Sage Spring Pelagic trip will take place on Saturday, May 4.  Spots are still available! If you’re interested, please e-mail Nancy Kenyon: nancykenyon@...

More info here: http://seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 

None taking place.

 

*****************************************************

 

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. 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


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Cattle Egret at San Joaquin Marsh

trailgirl888
 

A Cattle Egret seen on Pond B at 7:50. It flew in direction of Pond C. Going to check now. 
--
Shirley Reynolds
Lake Forest

April 6 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch

Nancy Kenyon
 

If you are interested in going on an Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch, please contact me right away.  I have just received cancellations for the Owl Prowl this Saturday, April 6th, so there is now room for more people. See our Sea & Sage Audubon webpage for more information on this event: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/OwlProwls.html

Nancy

Nancy Kenyon, Field Trip Chair
Sea & Sage Audubon
Irvine
949-786-3160
nancykenyon@...

Plumbeous Vireo at Mason Reg. Park

Trish G
 

This morning I found a Plumbeous Vireo along the creek near the entrance kiosk at Mason Regional Park.
I heard it singing, and followed it around a bit until I was able to get good looks, photograph it and get some audio. I knew Don Hoechlin was somewhere in the park, so I texted him and he was also able to join me. We watched the bird beat the @!$% out of its caterpillar meal for a bit.
A few too many photos and an audio clip are in my ebird checklist.

Trish Gussler, Anaheim 


--

Trish Gussler, Anaheim
https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/

Re: Plumbeous Vireo at Mason Reg. Park

Ryan Winkleman
 

Btw the earliest date I have on this bird is March 30th. If anybody had it earlier than that please let me know. Given the good traffic that Mason Park gets, my assumption is that it wintered somewhere nearby, like directly across the street at the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, and moved into Mason recently. However, I would appreciate any additional insights from others.


On Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 2:17 PM Trish G <trishrg62@...> wrote:
This morning I found a Plumbeous Vireo along the creek near the entrance kiosk at Mason Regional Park.
I heard it singing, and followed it around a bit until I was able to get good looks, photograph it and get some audio. I knew Don Hoechlin was somewhere in the park, so I texted him and he was also able to join me. We watched the bird beat the @!$% out of its caterpillar meal for a bit.
A few too many photos and an audio clip are in my ebird checklist.

Trish Gussler, Anaheim 


--

Trish Gussler, Anaheim
https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/


--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Loon Migration off Headlands Dana Point

wagtail1997
 

Hi Group,

For the past few years I've been trying to get the "perfect" shot/video of
loon migration off Dana Point.  Some years the numbers coming by the
Headlands are staggering, some years pretty much nothing.  2017 was a great
year.  I estimated during one 1 hr stretch, over 1,000 loons were going by.
2018 was pretty poor.  After many trips in 2018 I don't think I recorded in
total more than 50 birds, although pelagic boats were recording good numbers
of loons.

So 2019 is a new year!  Today was my third attempt this week to see if Loons
were coming by.  And today they finally were making their northward
migration.  From 9:45 AM to 10:45 or so, I must have seen 100 to 150 loons.
I was at the Headlands Conservation Preserve in Dana Point.  I was at the
observation area that looks directly at the red buoy,  which if I remember
correctly, is about 1/2 mile offshore.  The loons were moving in groups of
as many as 20 bird usually outside of the buoy.

Conditions were chilly, windy, choppy, and slightly foggy this morning.

Peak loon migration according to the literature and the observations at
Point Loma, have a peak in the middle of April, and then a smaller peak in
early May.   So today is the start of what I hope will be an excellent year
for onshore observers.

Joel

Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA

Orange County RBA: April 11, 2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

RBA

 

* California

* Orange County

* April 11, 2019

* CAOC19.04.11

 

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

Cattle Egret

Plumbeous Vireo

Horned Lark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Palm Warbler

Summer Tanager

 

A lingering COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Talbert Lake on the east side of Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on April 8, a particularly late date for this species.


CATTLE EGRETS were at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on April 5 and at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach on April 8.

 

Two PLUMBEOUS VIREOS continued in the county this week, including one at Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest through April 6 and one along the riparian habitat parallel to University Drive at Mason Regional Park in Irvine through April 9.


A random HORNED LARK was in Upper Silverado Canyon on the trail to Bedford Peak on April 6.


YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were reported from the Upper Santa Ana River on April 7, at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on April 10, and at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in Seal Beach on April 10.


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Aurora Park in Mission Viejo on April 7, and a new one was found at Edison Park in Seal Beach on April 6.


A PALM WARBLER continued at Pond D at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on April 9.


A SUMMER TANAGER continued at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on April 10.



LOCAL EVENTS

 

ORANGE COUNTY SPRING COUNT 2019

What is the OCSC?

 

The OCSC (Orange County Spring Count) is part of a nationwide migration count, similar to a Christmas Bird Count, but timed to the opposite half of the migration cycle. Again this year the OCSC is being expanded to try to capture more of the birds that migrate through the county. Sea and Sage is encouraging birders to participate anytime during the months of April and May. This will allow us to see and count more of the species that migrate through the county. Again, this year we will try to focus on the best areas for birds since comprehensive coverage of the entire county is not a realistic goal.

 

How you can participate:

 

One of the objectives of Environment for the Americas (the sponsor of the hemisphere wide count) is to enter all of the data into eBird. This means that it is very simple to participate.

 

All of the regularly scheduled bird counts in April and May will be included in the OCSC. The dates do not need to change.

 

I will also include the checklists from all of the Sea and Sage field trips in Orange County held during April and May.

 

**Many of you already use eBird. You can enter your Spring Count data directly into eBird for any birding that you do during April and May. You don’t have to send tally sheets to anyone. All that is needed is to share the eBird check list with the Sea and Sage Audubon eBird account. (The eBird user name is sea_sage_aud).

 

If you don’t currently use eBird, you can sign up. It’s free! www.ebird.org

 

A goal for the OCSC is to count all the “Top 100 Hot Spots” shown in eBird. It does not matter how many times a particular spot is covered. Users of the eBird data can sort that out.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on April 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House. For a livelier trip, ask trip leader Jeff if there are any Yellow-headed Parrots at Irvine Regional Park. 



UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

There is still room on the April 12 and April 13 Owl Prowls at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. Email Nancy Kenyon at nancykenyon@.... Attendees of the April 13 trip will get to meet the rarest birder in Orange County....me!

 

The next amazing Sea and Sage Spring Pelagic trip will take place on Saturday, May 4.  Spots are still available! If you’re interested, please e-mail Nancy Kenyon: nancykenyon@...

More info here: http://seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 

None taking place.

 

*****************************************************

 

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. 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


--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Red-Necked Phalarope on Bolsa Chica Monthly Survey Today

Terry Hill
 

On the monthly survey today (April 12) at Bolsa Chica, the biggest highlight was the sighting of a breeding plumage Red-necked Phalarope on an exposed mudflat in the Wintersburg Channel near the tide gates.   I was part of the group doing the Pocket Pond and channel today when I spotted it about 10:00 a.m. with an “OMG” reaction.  The plumage was beautiful.  One other team got to see it, but it then flew off while they were looking at it.  The phalarope was busy preening itself the few minutes we watched it, and I did get pictures.  Other highlights were a Ridgway’s Rail in the Pocket Pond loudly calling for several minutes, and revealing itself for some pictures.  There were two other R’s Rails seen near the walk bridge.  In addition, 1 Brant was still present, 36 Canada Geese (one pair with 6 goslings), 8 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 1 Least Tern, and 1 Merlin.  We had no Kestrels or Reddish Egrets today.  We could only see 855 Elegant Terns today, despite an estimate by Peter Knapp of 5,000 being present about a week ago.  Expected land birds were quieter and less present than expected (perhaps because of all the winds lately?).  
--
Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

Dana Point Harbor

Sachi Fukuman
 

Yesterday, there were 2 immature Yellow-Crowned Night Herons on the Bait Dock.
--
Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

Bommer Canyon Grasshopper Sparrow

Trish G
 

I take a short hike at Bommer Canyon this morning and up the trail where the 1st 2 large bushes are on your right there was a very distantly heard grasshopper sparrow singing.
 There were also many people on the trail by the time I left  making listening for birds essentially impossible. I think I got some audio recorded when someone's chainsaw wasn't running in the distance and if so will post it later in my ebrard checklist.

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Trish Gussler, Anaheim
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Highlights of the monthly walk at San Joaquin Marsh - 14 APR

Jeff Bray
 

We had a great walk this morning with about 25 people. A huge thanks to Garrett Lepper for showing up to help out. We had 79 species that were seen/heard. I decided to venture off our normal path and walk along the south end of the "North Loop Trail" up to where it comes back around and picks up the "Midway Trail" and work the dense vegetation that we often overlook. This paid off in some good migrant activity which brought us Hammond's Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Nashville Warblers (3), Black-throated Gray Warblers (2) and a Greater Roadrunner. (Seen where the North Loop Trail intersects the north end of the Midway Trail.) Nothing too much out of the ordinary for this time of the year though. Nice to see some migrant activity. 


Checklist here with a list of the 79 species that were seen/heard by the group. 
If anyone would like a copy of the eBird list, please let me know. 

Cheers!

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Migration

Daniel Barica
 

There must have been a push of migrants recently. Woke up to find a Pacific-slope Flycatcher darting around the yard and just now a Nashville Warbler in the water feature.
Happy day!

Daniel Barica
Huntington Beach