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Re: Magnolia Warbler - O'Neill Regional Park

 

Ebird Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59804421

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Tom Fangrow
Mission Viejo

Magnolia Warbler - O'Neill Regional Park

Ryan Winkleman
 

Tom Fangrow photographed a Magnolia Warbler coming to a water puddle in the treeline near Shelter 2 in O'Neill Regional Park in Rancho Santa Margarita today. I am going to try to make it over there this weekend but if anybody chases it and refinds it please let me know where. 

--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Devon Bradley
 

The Chestnut-collared Longspurs was refound at Fairview. Thanks to Robert McNabb for pointing me in its direction. It is currently at this location: (33.6623208,-117.9409076), appearing to prefer the shady spots under the tarplant just off the narrow trail.

-Devon Bradley
Costa Mesa, CA




On Saturday, September 14, 2019, 12:22 PM, Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman@...> wrote:

The Fairview Park longspur has not been refound yet since Jeff heard it. Jeff did find a Green-tailed Towhee at approximately 33.665073, -117.941967, and Robert McNab found a Bank Swallow flying around with Barn Swallows.

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019, 11:02 AM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman@...> wrote:
James Bailey found a Chestnut-collared Longspur at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa this morning. Photos check out. The bird was primarily wandering the trails in the mustard forest west of the parking lot off Placentia Avenue. Jeff may have refound the bird a few minutes ago (based on hearing calls) on trails southwest of the airstrip.

Note that there are vernal pools around there. These are sensitive habitats that often host protected plants and animals. They are fenced, but please DO NOT trespass onto them.

--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Ryan Winkleman
 

The Fairview Park longspur has not been refound yet since Jeff heard it. Jeff did find a Green-tailed Towhee at approximately 33.665073, -117.941967, and Robert McNab found a Bank Swallow flying around with Barn Swallows.


On Sat, Sep 14, 2019, 11:02 AM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman@...> wrote:
James Bailey found a Chestnut-collared Longspur at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa this morning. Photos check out. The bird was primarily wandering the trails in the mustard forest west of the parking lot off Placentia Avenue. Jeff may have refound the bird a few minutes ago (based on hearing calls) on trails southwest of the airstrip.

Note that there are vernal pools around there. These are sensitive habitats that often host protected plants and animals. They are fenced, but please DO NOT trespass onto them.

--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Ryan Winkleman
 

James Bailey found a Chestnut-collared Longspur at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa this morning. Photos check out. The bird was primarily wandering the trails in the mustard forest west of the parking lot off Placentia Avenue. Jeff may have refound the bird a few minutes ago (based on hearing calls) on trails southwest of the airstrip.

Note that there are vernal pools around there. These are sensitive habitats that often host protected plants and animals. They are fenced, but please DO NOT trespass onto them.

--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Highlights of Sept. 13 Bolsa Chica Monthly Survey

Terry Hill
 

Highlights of the Sept. 13, 2019, monthly survey at Bolsa Chica this morning included SIX Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 346 Red-necked Phalaropes, 4 Reddish Egrets, and 4 Ospreys.  There were 2 YCNH in the Pocket Pond, 3 by the bridge across the channel, and 1 the bush along PCH where herons and egrets are sometimes found.  The RNPH were continuing to be seen in the Bolsa Chica cell on the right past the channel bridge as you head away from the Pocket Pond.  Otherwise, it was pretty quiet today.  
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

Orange County RBA: September 12, 2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

RBA


* California

* Orange County

* September 12, 2019

* CAOC19.09.12

 

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


White-winged Dove

Ruff

Reddish Egret

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Swainson's Hawk

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was recorded at a private residence in Anaheim on September 7. We also received a late report of a bird in Laguna Beach on September 1. September tends to be the month where this species is most likely to pop up in the county, so keep your eyes open for those white wing linings!


A RUFF continued on the upper Santa Ana River through September 10, where it has been continuing downstream of Lakeview Avenue again.


An out-of-place REDDISH EGRET continued in San Diego Creek in Irvine through September 11. It is usually seen somewhere along the creek between Main and Barranca. 


At least four YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach through September 10 (usually around the "pocket pond" and the Wintersburg Channel), at least two birds were at Dana Point Harbor through September 6 (usually near the Nordhavn building and in the large magnolia trees across the street), and two birds were found at a new location at Victoria Pond at Talbert Nature Preserve in Costa Mesa on September 8.


Two SWAINSON'S HAWKS (one adult and one juvenile) continued to be observed in Seal Beach along the I-405 right-of-way through September 10. They are typically found perching on lampposts, flying over Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, or flying over Old Ranch Golf Course/Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base and can be seen pretty reliably from the Seal Beach Tennis Club parking lot when they are around. The younger juvenile has not been verifiably seen since August 15, and the adult female has not been seen since August 28.


A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was found in Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on September 7 and continued through September 10. It has been seen along the northern and northwestern edges of Talbert Lake. 


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Talbert Nature Preserve in Costa Mesa on September 8.


A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was in some elderberry at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on September 11. Happy hunting!



LOCAL EVENTS


UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS


Sea and Sage is sponsoring a trip to southern San Diego County and the Tijuana River Valley on September 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm or possibly as late as 3:00 or 4:00pm. The directions are more complicated than I want to reproduce or copy, so see here if interested: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm#SouthSanDiego


The Bolsa Chica bird walk will take place on September 19 at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the main parking lot at nearby Harriett Wieder Regional Park.



UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS


The Fall Sea and Sage Pelagic Trip will take place on SUNDAY September 29. It is currently full, but if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Nancy Kenyon at nancykenyon@... to reserve your space. More info: https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html



BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES


The introductory visual class Birds of Southern California with Sylvia Gallagher will take place this fall from October to December. Registration has begun. You can see more details here: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/BirdsOfSoCA.pdf.


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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

4 immature Yellow-crowned Night Herons at Bolsa Chica

Lam-Son Vinh
 

4 immature Yellow-crowned Night Herons were seen together this afternoon near the East end of the Pocket Pond of Bolsa Chica.
Photo taken from Wintersburg Channel:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/grcD2V9dvrCMcxYx6
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Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

Re: Newport Beach Jetty

Dick Cabe
 

still there this morning 
Dick Cabe
Huntington Beach

Red-necked Phalaropes

Roger Schoedl
 

It's a minor note but worth sharing. The last two evenings I've seen an unusually high number of Red-necked Phalaropes at Bolsa Chica.

On a walk on Friday evening along the rear ponds from Graham then down the flood channel to the tidal basin I found every pond covered with them. Nightfall cut my walk short but I estimated around 500.

I returned Saturday evening and found high numbers again. I carefully surveyed just the ponds adjacent to the trail where I could count and see the birds well. I came out to 450 Red-necked and just 1 Wilson's. The ponds farther into the oil production area were also blanketed with phalaropes but the birds were too far to be certain to species. I presume like the nearer ponds most all were Red-necked. I would estimate 750-1000 phalaropes were present.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

Highlights of the monthly San Joaquin Marsh walk - 8 SEP

Jeff Bray
 

Another good walk this month with about 30 individuals that showed up. We were blessed with cooler weather and partly clouds skies. A huge thanks to Garrett Lepper for helping me out today. 75 species were seen and/or heard by most in the group. One of the more exciting highlights was being able to study Solitary Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper in close proximity to each other, which can be difficult to the beginning birder. The group also got good looks at a Bell's Vireo that was putting on a nice show for us. 

If you'd like to be copied on the checklist, please reply to me directly and let me know.

Checklist below:

Cheers, 

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Dana Point Harbor

Sachi Fukuman
 

We saw 6, possible 7, Black Oystercatchers on the outer jetty this morning. 
--
Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

Newport Beach Jetty

Pete Gordon
 

2:Good afternoon,

There are 2 Wandering Tattlers, a Whimbrel, and 2 Black Turnstones foraging on the Newport Beach Jetty.  They are moving from the rocks to the beach where the jetty meets the wedge and at the shoreline.  Observed from 2:30 to 3:15.  Still there when I left.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch 

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Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA

 

Northern Waterthrush

Roger Schoedl
 

The sole highlight of a largely birdless morning at Huntington Central Park was a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH along the shore of Talbert Lake due south of the Slater parking lot.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

Dana Point Harbor

Sachi Fukuman
 

We were trying to cool off in Dana Point Harbor on the island and the Osprey decided to dive for his dinner in front of us!
--
Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

Orange County RBA: September 5, 2019

Jeff Bray
 

RBA

* California
* Orange County
* September 5, 2019
* CAOC19.09.05
 
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

White-winged Scoter
*COMMON RINGED PLOVER*
Ruff
Baird’s Sandpiper
Long-tailed Jaeger
*RED-FOOTED BOOBY*
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson's Hawk

A adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed off of Huntington Beach State Park on September 4. It was seen offshore near the Least Tern Preserve. This could likely be the same bird that was seen off the end of Huntington Beach Pier earlier in the summer.

A *COMMON RINGED PLOVER* was discovered last week at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. Initial photos surfaced on August 28 and it was seen again on August 30. The bird was ID’d on August 31 and continued on Pond C and occasionally Pond D through September 3. This is the third record for California, the first record for Orange County, and the southernmost record for this species in the Lower 48. Once accepted by the CBRC, this will be the 491st species for Orange County. Because this is a CBRC review species, please send all documentation to Tom Benson at secretary@....

A RUFF continued on the upper Santa Ana River through September 4. It was seen downstream of Imperial Highway.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 31. It was seen briefly on Pond C.

An adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER was photographed at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on September 1 where the inland location is quite remarkable. It was seen interacting with Caspian Terns over Ponds A and B. This is just the second record of this speices seen inland for OC. At least one juvenile bird was seen at sea on August 30.

A *RED-FOOTED BOOBY* was photographed offshore on August 30. Seen from a whale watching boat with Newport Coastal Adventures. Because this is a CBRC review species, please send all documentation to Tom Benson at secretary@....

An out-of-place REDDISH EGRET continued in San Diego Creek in Irvine through August 30. It is usually seen somewhere along the creek between Main and Barranca. Other reports at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine were likely the same bird on August 30.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on September 2. It was seen on Pond C with other Snowy Egrets.

Two immature (Hatch Year) YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach through September 3 (both were seen on the "pocket pond" together). Up to three birds were at Dana Point Harbor through September 2. They’ve typically been seen near the Nordhavn building and in the large magnolia trees across the street.

Up to two SWAINSON'S HAWKS (one adult and one juvenile) continued to be observed in Seal Beach along the I-405 right-of-way through September 4. They are typically found perching on lampposts, flying over Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, or flying over Old Ranch Golf Course/Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. They can be seen pretty reliably from the Seal Beach Tennis Club parking lot when they are around. The younger juvenile has not been verifiably seen since August 15, and the adult female has not been seen since August 28.

A LUCY’S WARBLER (presumably a continuing bird) was in the nature area of Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley on September 4.


LOCAL EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

The monthly Nature Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on September 7 from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the Audubon House.

The monthly Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary will take place on September 8 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Audubon House.


UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

The Fall Sea and Sage Pelagic Trip will take place on SUNDAY September 29. It is currently full, but if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Nancy Kenyon at nancykenyon@... to reserve your space. More info: https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html


BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

The introductory visual class Birds of Southern California with Sylvia Gallagher will take place this fall from October to December. Registration has begun. You can see more details here: http://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 (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

Re: Common Ringed Plover MIA - 3 SEP in the afternoon...

Jeff Bray
 

Sorry Tom, only Snowy and Great Egrets we’re there this morning on the ponds I checked. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:20 AM T.G. Miko <tgmiko@...> wrote:
How about the Cattle Egret? Was it still around today Wednesday 9/4?
Tom Miko 
Claremont LA County 
909.241.3300

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County
909.241.3300
"Nobody knows what it is, which is what makes it cool." --The Industrial Design Guy

On Wed, Sep 4, 2019, 7:37 AM Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:
Stopped by the marsh first thing this morning (around 6:30am) and could not find the Common Ringed Plover on Ponds C, D or E. 
Activity on Pond C was starting to get back to normal, but I fear our little fella might have found another place to call home for now. Fingers crossed he might show back up.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 9:58 PM Jeff Bray via Groups.Io <jbray4913=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
As of 3pm this afternoon, when the water district added some water to Pond C, the COMMON RINGED PLOVER apparently left. I stopped by this evening and did a thorough search of Ponds C-E with no sign of the bird.  Will it return? I'd like to hope so...  

We would appreciate if anyone relocates the bird tomorrow to post to the group or e-mail myself or Ryan Winkleman (rswinkleman@...). 

Cheers

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Common Ringed Plover MIA - 3 SEP in the afternoon...

tgmiko@gmail.com
 

How about the Cattle Egret? Was it still around today Wednesday 9/4?
Tom Miko 
Claremont LA County 
909.241.3300

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County
909.241.3300
"Nobody knows what it is, which is what makes it cool." --The Industrial Design Guy


On Wed, Sep 4, 2019, 7:37 AM Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:
Stopped by the marsh first thing this morning (around 6:30am) and could not find the Common Ringed Plover on Ponds C, D or E. 
Activity on Pond C was starting to get back to normal, but I fear our little fella might have found another place to call home for now. Fingers crossed he might show back up.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 9:58 PM Jeff Bray via Groups.Io <jbray4913=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
As of 3pm this afternoon, when the water district added some water to Pond C, the COMMON RINGED PLOVER apparently left. I stopped by this evening and did a thorough search of Ponds C-E with no sign of the bird.  Will it return? I'd like to hope so...  

We would appreciate if anyone relocates the bird tomorrow to post to the group or e-mail myself or Ryan Winkleman (rswinkleman@...). 

Cheers

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Common Ringed Plover MIA - 3 SEP in the afternoon...

Jeff Bray
 

Stopped by the marsh first thing this morning (around 6:30am) and could not find the Common Ringed Plover on Ponds C, D or E. 
Activity on Pond C was starting to get back to normal, but I fear our little fella might have found another place to call home for now. Fingers crossed he might show back up.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 9:58 PM Jeff Bray via Groups.Io <jbray4913=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
As of 3pm this afternoon, when the water district added some water to Pond C, the COMMON RINGED PLOVER apparently left. I stopped by this evening and did a thorough search of Ponds C-E with no sign of the bird.  Will it return? I'd like to hope so...  

We would appreciate if anyone relocates the bird tomorrow to post to the group or e-mail myself or Ryan Winkleman (rswinkleman@...). 

Cheers

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Common Ringed Plover MIA - 3 SEP in the afternoon...

Jeff Bray
 

As of 3pm this afternoon, when the water district added some water to Pond C, the COMMON RINGED PLOVER apparently left. I stopped by this evening and did a thorough search of Ponds C-E with no sign of the bird.  Will it return? I'd like to hope so...  

We would appreciate if anyone relocates the bird tomorrow to post to the group or e-mail myself or Ryan Winkleman (rswinkleman@...). 

Cheers

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA