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borodayko
 

Greetings, I posted a photo of the Common Ringed Plover from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Shorebirds Album. I shoot slide film and it took this long to have it processed and then digitized.

Enjoy, Al Borodayko
Cypress, CA

Cattle egrets at SJWS

 

There are currently two cattle egrets in the San Diego Creek area just down from the parking lots at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Chuck Schussman
Tustin


 

Yes - Chestnut Collared Longspur at 12:30 pm Fairview Park

calvin hardcastle
 

The Chestnut Collared Longspur was observed from about 12 to 12:30 at approximate GPS coordinates 33.66115, -117.940484 in Fairview Park in Costa Mesa.  This is about 50 yards south of where many of us saw the bird on Sunday morning.  Howard was on the bird when I found him after being pointed in the right direction by others.  The CCLO was very near the wind vane on the north side of the mini-plane airport.  

The CCLO was slowly shuffling down the trail, about 20 feet in 30 minutes, and expertly working the shadows and any available shade.  At 12:30, the bird flew to the northwest with its three note flight call and white outer tail feathers and black triangle showing.  

Suggest any searchers to walk slowly and watch the shades and edges of the trail in front of your feet.  Trish's map from Monday will be helpful for attempts to refind.  Good luck.
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Calvin Hardcastle - Irvine

No Chestnut-collared Longspur at Fairview

Edana Salisbury
 

I looked for the bird with James Kendall and Jan Wilson for about 2 hours from about 7:30 with no luck. We e theremet a few others who didn’t find it either.

It could still be there and just wasn’t ever where we were.

Edana Salisbury
Buena Park
Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....


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Edana Salisbury
Buena Park

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Ryan Winkleman
 

The Chestnut-collared Longspur continues at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa right now at 33.6614811, -117.9411731.


On Mon, Sep 16, 2019, 7:01 AM Trish G <trishrg62@...> wrote:
For anyone trying for this bird again, just a few comments on my own experience.
The tall dead mustard forest is pretty intimidating. Small narrow trails zig and zag around, west of the parking lot and main park area. My first impression was not even knowing where to find the trail when I first arrived yesterday afternoon. I followed the last reported GPS, and finally found the "intersection" of GPS. No bird, and no birders were present. 
Shortly after, I ran into Jim and then Pete arrived. We broke up exchanging phone numbers in case someone spied the bird. Jim found it and called for me, as I was close, then I phoned Pete to come join us.
The bird was located on the trail in an area that I had passed at least a couple times.
Suggestion is to just wander the area slowly and look down on the trail. Bird was shuffling slowly. It was also very hot while I was there, and the bird was panting, and so was I. 
I linked a little image with a squiggly line of the area with a line showing the birds travels, from north to south. It certainly could change direction, but would suggest slowly checking paths in the area.
Look on the ground. Walk slowly.



On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 6:45 PM Ron Grabyan <rgrabyan@...> wrote:
After 3 frustrating hours this afternoon, our bird was “ready-found” about 6:00 pm (Sunday) on a path just east of the vernal pond area and closer yo the parking lot than the previous sightings

Tom  had found it at (33.6615483, -117.9410025).  There were 5 of us who had spread out searching the various paths. We all were able to capture nice photos.....thanks to all who assisted with location info today!
Ron Grabyan


,
Ron Grabyan



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


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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Trish G
 

For anyone trying for this bird again, just a few comments on my own experience.
The tall dead mustard forest is pretty intimidating. Small narrow trails zig and zag around, west of the parking lot and main park area. My first impression was not even knowing where to find the trail when I first arrived yesterday afternoon. I followed the last reported GPS, and finally found the "intersection" of GPS. No bird, and no birders were present. 
Shortly after, I ran into Jim and then Pete arrived. We broke up exchanging phone numbers in case someone spied the bird. Jim found it and called for me, as I was close, then I phoned Pete to come join us.
The bird was located on the trail in an area that I had passed at least a couple times.
Suggestion is to just wander the area slowly and look down on the trail. Bird was shuffling slowly. It was also very hot while I was there, and the bird was panting, and so was I. 
I linked a little image with a squiggly line of the area with a line showing the birds travels, from north to south. It certainly could change direction, but would suggest slowly checking paths in the area.
Look on the ground. Walk slowly.



On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 6:45 PM Ron Grabyan <rgrabyan@...> wrote:
After 3 frustrating hours this afternoon, our bird was “ready-found” about 6:00 pm (Sunday) on a path just east of the vernal pond area and closer yo the parking lot than the previous sightings

Tom  had found it at (33.6615483, -117.9410025).  There were 5 of us who had spread out searching the various paths. We all were able to capture nice photos.....thanks to all who assisted with location info today!
Ron Grabyan


,
Ron Grabyan



Magnolia Warbler at O’Neill RP- NOT today

Mike Sanders
 

Since the deer were kicking me out, and after six hours, I left the “Fangrow Seep” near Oak Grove Shelter #2 without seeing the Magnolia Warbler. Tom Fangrow and some others had no success earlier today.

Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon


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Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Ron Grabyan
 

After 3 frustrating hours this afternoon, our bird was “ready-found” about 6:00 pm (Sunday) on a path just east of the vernal pond area and closer yo the parking lot than the previous sightings

Tom had found it at (33.6615483, -117.9410025). There were 5 of us who had spread out searching the various paths. We all were able to capture nice photos.....thanks to all who assisted with location info today!
Ron Grabyan


Sent from my iPhone,
Ron Grabyan

Dana Point Harbor

Sachi Fukuman
 

We were kayaking about a mile from the Harbor and encountered these little guys, either Red-necked or Red Phalaropes. I posted 2 pictures of them flying away in the shorebirds section.
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Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

Hat recovered from Fairview Park

Jeff Bray
 

Bruce Aird found a hat at Fairview park this afternoon. It was picked up off the side of the road, likely left on top of someone’s car as they drove off. 

If this belongs to you and you’d like it back, please contact Bruce: bruceaird@...

Cheers,

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Trish G
 

Bird cont.
Here
33.661784,-117.941325

Seen by Pete Gordon, Jim Zenor and myself


On Sun, Sep 15, 2019, 11:13 AM Mike Sanders via Groups.Io <msanders414=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Continuing now at 1110 on narrow trail, several birders on it here
33.66190,-117.94182

Mike Sanders
Trabuco Cyn


On Sep 15, 2019, at 10:21, AOL via Groups.Io <mfee@...> wrote:

Longspur is still here at 10:19 am! Several birders are here and on it. On third trail south of Jeff’s original GPS coordinates.

Martin Fee
North Tustin, CA


On Sep 15, 2019, at 7:57 AM, Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins@...> wrote:

Birders, 

Chestnut-collared Longspur continues in Fairview Park on Sunday morning. Foraging along trails thru tall mustard. Flighty at times. Mostly on first and second trails south of Jeff’s pin drop location from late yesterday afternoon. Walk the trails slowly. It allows close approach up to a point.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster


On Sep 14, 2019, at 8:01 PM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:

Bird was still around this evening 

Was able to observe for some time, as it was foraging along the trail near GPS: 33.662289, -117.941038  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ouHky6LtxxcSkNxe7
  
eBird list here with some photos of the bird:

Nice find James.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:03 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


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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

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Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon


Re: Green Tail Towhee Park

Rick Shearer
 

Besides the Larkspur news there is a Green-tailed Towhee on the left side of the downhill asphalt trail leading from Fairview to Talbert Parks’s. 

Green tail towhee 33.665097
-117.941185
Accuracy: 16

33.66510,-117.94119

Rick
From: OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io> on behalf of Mike Sanders via Groups.Io <msanders414@...>

Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2019 11:13:07 AM
To: mfee@... <mfee@...>
Cc: OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park
 
Continuing now at 1110 on narrow trail, several birders on it here
33.66190,-117.94182

Mike Sanders
Trabuco Cyn


On Sep 15, 2019, at 10:21, AOL via Groups.Io <mfee@...> wrote:

Longspur is still here at 10:19 am! Several birders are here and on it. On third trail south of Jeff’s original GPS coordinates.

Martin Fee
North Tustin, CA


On Sep 15, 2019, at 7:57 AM, Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins@...> wrote:

Birders, 

Chestnut-collared Longspur continues in Fairview Park on Sunday morning. Foraging along trails thru tall mustard. Flighty at times. Mostly on first and second trails south of Jeff’s pin drop location from late yesterday afternoon. Walk the trails slowly. It allows close approach up to a point.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster


On Sep 14, 2019, at 8:01 PM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:

Bird was still around this evening 

Was able to observe for some time, as it was foraging along the trail near GPS: 33.662289, -117.941038  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ouHky6LtxxcSkNxe7
  
eBird list here with some photos of the bird:

Nice find James.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:03 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


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

--
Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon

--
Rick Shearer
HB

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Mike Sanders
 

Continuing now at 1110 on narrow trail, several birders on it here
33.66190,-117.94182

Mike Sanders
Trabuco Cyn


On Sep 15, 2019, at 10:21, AOL via Groups.Io <mfee@...> wrote:

Longspur is still here at 10:19 am! Several birders are here and on it. On third trail south of Jeff’s original GPS coordinates.

Martin Fee
North Tustin, CA


On Sep 15, 2019, at 7:57 AM, Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins@...> wrote:

Birders, 

Chestnut-collared Longspur continues in Fairview Park on Sunday morning. Foraging along trails thru tall mustard. Flighty at times. Mostly on first and second trails south of Jeff’s pin drop location from late yesterday afternoon. Walk the trails slowly. It allows close approach up to a point.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster


On Sep 14, 2019, at 8:01 PM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:

Bird was still around this evening 

Was able to observe for some time, as it was foraging along the trail near GPS: 33.662289, -117.941038  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ouHky6LtxxcSkNxe7
  
eBird list here with some photos of the bird:

Nice find James.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:03 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


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

--
Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Martin Fee
 

Longspur is still here at 10:19 am! Several birders are here and on it. On third trail south of Jeff’s original GPS coordinates.

Martin Fee
North Tustin, CA


On Sep 15, 2019, at 7:57 AM, Liga Auzins via Groups.Io <llauzins@...> wrote:

Birders, 

Chestnut-collared Longspur continues in Fairview Park on Sunday morning. Foraging along trails thru tall mustard. Flighty at times. Mostly on first and second trails south of Jeff’s pin drop location from late yesterday afternoon. Walk the trails slowly. It allows close approach up to a point.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster


On Sep 14, 2019, at 8:01 PM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:

Bird was still around this evening 

Was able to observe for some time, as it was foraging along the trail near GPS: 33.662289, -117.941038  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ouHky6LtxxcSkNxe7
  
eBird list here with some photos of the bird:

Nice find James.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:03 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


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Liga Auzins
 

Birders, 

Chestnut-collared Longspur continues in Fairview Park on Sunday morning. Foraging along trails thru tall mustard. Flighty at times. Mostly on first and second trails south of Jeff’s pin drop location from late yesterday afternoon. Walk the trails slowly. It allows close approach up to a point.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster


On Sep 14, 2019, at 8:01 PM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:

Bird was still around this evening 

Was able to observe for some time, as it was foraging along the trail near GPS: 33.662289, -117.941038  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ouHky6LtxxcSkNxe7
  
eBird list here with some photos of the bird:

Nice find James.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:03 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


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Chestnut-collared Longspur Fairview park Pictures

condor262001
 

The CCLO found today by James Bailey at Fairview park in Costa Mesa was a lifer for me.
I was helped in finding it by connecting with Robert McNab, Charles Baker, and Roger Schoedl who could hear it.
I was at or near the intersection of two trails through the tall grass from about 1 to 3 PM.
The coordinates given by Jeff and Devon (when viewed in satellite mode on Maps) will show the right location.
It stayed in that area the whole time, although it did fly short distances a few times but always stayed in the area.
Most of the time it stayed within a foot of the trail in the shade or the bush.
It did come out a few times and I suppose if you'd didn't know it was there it might flush as one walked by.
When it flew the white outer tail feathers were quite noticeable.
It also seemed lighter and bigger than the Savannah Sparrow that sometimes appeared.
I put some photos on my Flickr page which showed it in flight, the long spur on the foot an eating.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25876581@N00/

Jim Hecht
Hermosa Beach CA

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur - Fairview Park

Jeff Bray
 

Bird was still around this evening 

Was able to observe for some time, as it was foraging along the trail near GPS: 33.662289, -117.941038  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ouHky6LtxxcSkNxe7
  
eBird list here with some photos of the bird:

Nice find James.

Cheers,
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 11:03 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


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

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