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Re: Cedar Waxwings

Ryan Winkleman
 

Terry,

Cedar Waxwings are widespread throughout Orange County in winter, although this can vary from year to year (this year seems to be on the lower end for abundance). They can typically be found where there are fruiting trees and shrubs. Doesn't matter if it's natural habitat, a manicured park, or even a business park. They like fruiting trees and shrubs, and they like to sit up in tall trees (I see them in sycamores most frequently, I think).

The problem is that if you've got some search image and you're just going around trying to find them sitting in the open, it's really freaking hard. They can move around in huge flocks, but they love to land in trees and blend in with foliage and then many times just sit there motionless forever. What's probably easiest is to learn their vocalizations, if you haven't already (note that they can at times sound somewhat like European Starlings). Greater than 9 times out of 10 I find Cedar Waxwings because I hear them first, either flying overhead or sitting in vegetation. I would suggest learning what they sound like first, and then you may find them a lot easier. You can review the map in eBird for recent sightings but with waxwings I often just find them when I'm not even trying, because I hear them in the area.

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020, 6:27 PM kk6t <terry@...> wrote:
I hope this is OK to post, excuse me if it's not.

I'd love to photograph some Cedar Waxwings and have been to SJM several times but without luck.  Is anyone seeing them at SJM or elsewhere and if so, where.  

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Terry


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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita

Re: Cedar Waxwings

Ben Newhouse
 

Sorry...  Forgot to sign that last post.  This is Ben Newhouse, Seal Beach.  :)

I saw some cedar waxwings at Rush Park in Rossmoor early in the month. I haven’t been at that location since, but they may still be there. It’s not the county’s most amazing birding location, but there’s a decent grouping of trees in the southwest corner that seems to host some birds. And there were cedar waxwings there recently. The below eBird list I put up has one pic and location info. 


Ben
Seal Beach


On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 6:39 PM Ben Newhouse via Groups.Io <bnewhouse=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I saw some cedar waxwings at Rush Park In Rossmoor early in the month. I haven’t been at that location since, but they may still be there. It’s not the county’s most amazing birding location, but there’s a decent grouping of trees in the southwest corner that seems to host some birds. And there were cedar waxwings there recently. The below eBird list I put up has one pic and location info. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62928482


On Jan 18, 2020, at 6:27 PM, kk6t <terry@...> wrote:

I hope this is OK to post, excuse me if it's not.

I'd love to photograph some Cedar Waxwings and have been to SJM several times but without luck.  Is anyone seeing them at SJM or elsewhere and if so, where.  

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Terry



Re: Cedar Waxwings

Ben Newhouse
 

I saw some cedar waxwings at Rush Park In Rossmoor early in the month. I haven’t been at that location since, but they may still be there. It’s not the county’s most amazing birding location, but there’s a decent grouping of trees in the southwest corner that seems to host some birds. And there were cedar waxwings there recently. The below eBird list I put up has one pic and location info. 

On Jan 18, 2020, at 6:27 PM, kk6t <terry@...> wrote:

I hope this is OK to post, excuse me if it's not.

I'd love to photograph some Cedar Waxwings and have been to SJM several times but without luck.  Is anyone seeing them at SJM or elsewhere and if so, where.  

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Terry

Cedar Waxwings

kk6t
 

I hope this is OK to post, excuse me if it's not.

I'd love to photograph some Cedar Waxwings and have been to SJM several times but without luck.  Is anyone seeing them at SJM or elsewhere and if so, where.  

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Terry

Hooded Mergansers

borodayko
 

Greetings, I walked around San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine this morning, Sat. In the channel at the foot bridge northeast of pond C, there were 5 Hooded Mergansers (a pair on the north side and three on the south side of the bridge). I posted two photos in the Waterfowl folder. I was carrying my Canon SX 280 digital camera so I was able to post photos today.

Enjoy, Al

Re: Gray Flycatcher, Quail Hill

Mike Sanders
 

Gray Flycatcher continues at S end of willow channel near entrance to parking lot.

Mike Sanders
Trabuco Cyn


On Jan 18, 2020, at 11:21, Becky & Steve Turley via Groups.Io <turlslb@...> wrote:

Birders, 
We just observed a Gray Flycatcher near the Quail Hill parking lot.  Sat., Jan. 18, 11 am.    It was in the trees at the north end and then working the WillowS along east side of parking lot.  Gray empid,  yellowish wash on underparts,  tail dipping.
Becky & Steve Turley 
Long Beach 

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Mike Sanders
Trabuco Canyon

Black Scoter

Roger Schoedl
 

An adult male BLACK SCOTER was present at the Huntington pier this morning. It swam in from the south at 8:15 and spent about 30 minutes foraging on mussels on the pilings before flying out to sea. 30 minutes later I saw an all black scoter with yellow on the bill fly straight in to shore and land on the water just outside the surf line. The glare looking south was severe so I gave up trying to refind it.

Roger Schoedl
Huntington Beach

Gray Flycatcher, Quail Hill

Becky & Steve Turley
 

Birders, 
We just observed a Gray Flycatcher near the Quail Hill parking lot.  Sat., Jan. 18, 11 am.    It was in the trees at the north end and then working the WillowS along east side of parking lot.  Gray empid,  yellowish wash on underparts,  tail dipping.
Becky & Steve Turley 
Long Beach 

WATA

Don Hoechlin
 

The wandering tattler is present on the jetty at Corona del Mar
State Beach. It is working along the rocks by the cement wall walkway.
Don Hoechlin
RMV

Bird sighting

kayjaacks <kjaacks@...>
 

Black and-white Warbler at Irvine Regional Park near upper pond on January 15.

Highlights of Jan. 17 Harriett Wieder Park Monthly Survey

Terry Hill
 

Highlights of this morning’s (Jan. 17) Harriett Wieder Reg. Park monthly survey included the continuing Green-tailed Towhee, 1 Fox Sparrow, and California Thrasher (all in the playground area, plus two Golden-crowned Sparrows.
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Terry Hill
Huntington Beach

Re: Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Ron Grabyan
 

Thanks to everyone for detailing access to the Seal Beach Naval station. I will try an upcoming trip—will probably miss the Pacific Golden-Plover, but maybe it will find a more accessible spot next time!!!!

Sent from my iPhone,
Ron Grabyan

Re: Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Ron Grabyan
 

Thanks, Bob!  Very helpful.  I appreciate you responding.  I am not surprised by your answer, but I thought it would be worth investigating.
Ron Grabyan

,
Ron Grabyan

On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:09 AM, Bob Schallmann <bob_schallmann@...> wrote:



Good Morning Ron,

I am the Navy Ecologist here at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. 


As Jeff noted, access is extremely limited due to our military mission. I know that can be frustrating when an interesting or rare bird is noted here. That said, there are some opportunities to visit the installation in partnership with the co-located Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. 


In addition to the specialty birding tours Jeff mentioned, there are monthly tours with the Friends group on the last Saturday of each month. While not exclusively a “bird tour”, there are obviously birds seen. To reserve a spot on these popular tours (e.g. January trip is booked), contact the SBNWR at 562-598-1024.

There are also additional volunteer opportunities on occasion. A good example is a native plant restoration project that is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 0800-1200. We’ll be planting over 1,300 native plants in an area that had previously been choked by invasive weeds. If you are interested, contact the refuge at 562-598-1024.

Hope to see you out here at one of these events!

All the best,

Bob Schallmann
Long Beach, CA

Re: Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

vicleipzig
 

Thank you, Carolyn.  Thank you, Jeff.  Thank you, Bob.  I think we finally got this figured out!

Victor Leipzig
Huntington Beach



-----Original Message-----
From: Carolyn Vance via Groups.Io <drabduck@...>
To: Orangecountybirding <orangecountybirding@groups.io>; Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...>
Cc: OrangeCountyBirding <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 7:43 pm
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

the correct URL for the Friends of Seal Beach NWR is:  http://www.sealbeachnwrfriends.org

The correct link is on the Fish & Wildlife page for Seal Beach.

Carolyn Vance
Los Alamitos
Chair, Friends of Seal Beach NWR &
USFWS Volunteer, Seal Beach NWR

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, 07:30:16 PM PST, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:


Vic, The site I was referring to was linked on this page at the top under “monthly tours”.


And you’re right, it was friends of the seal beach nwr, not Bolsa Chica, anyway, the link on that page goes to http://friendsofsealbeach.org/ which is no longer working. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 7:25 PM vicleipzig via Groups.Io <vicleipzig=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
To add just a little to Bob Schallmann's great clarification, the full name of the Friends group at Seal Beach is the "Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge."  And they do have an active website.  At Bolsa Chica a few miles away, there are three very active support groups (and at least two extinct ones) but none have used the title "Friends of Bolsa Chica," explaining why there is no website under that name.  

Vic Leipzig
Huntington Beach



-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Schallmann <bob_schallmann@...>
To: OrangeCountyBirding <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 10:09 am
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Good Morning Ron,

I am the Navy Ecologist here at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. 

As Jeff noted, access is extremely limited due to our military mission. I know that can be frustrating when an interesting or rare bird is noted here. That said, there are some opportunities to visit the installation in partnership with the co-located Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. 

In addition to the specialty birding tours Jeff mentioned, there are monthly tours with the Friends group on the last Saturday of each month. While not exclusively a “bird tour”, there are obviously birds seen. To reserve a spot on these popular tours (e.g. January trip is booked), contact the SBNWR at 562-598-1024.

There are also additional volunteer opportunities on occasion. A good example is a native plant restoration project that is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 0800-1200. We’ll be planting over 1,300 native plants in an area that had previously been choked by invasive weeds. If you are interested, contact the refuge at 562-598-1024.

Hope to see you out here at one of these events!

All the best,

Bob Schallmann
Long Beach, CA

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Carolyn Vance
 

the correct URL for the Friends of Seal Beach NWR is:  http://www.sealbeachnwrfriends.org

The correct link is on the Fish & Wildlife page for Seal Beach.

Carolyn Vance
Los Alamitos
Chair, Friends of Seal Beach NWR &
USFWS Volunteer, Seal Beach NWR

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, 07:30:16 PM PST, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:


Vic, The site I was referring to was linked on this page at the top under “monthly tours”.


And you’re right, it was friends of the seal beach nwr, not Bolsa Chica, anyway, the link on that page goes to http://friendsofsealbeach.org/ which is no longer working. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 7:25 PM vicleipzig via Groups.Io <vicleipzig=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
To add just a little to Bob Schallmann's great clarification, the full name of the Friends group at Seal Beach is the "Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge."  And they do have an active website.  At Bolsa Chica a few miles away, there are three very active support groups (and at least two extinct ones) but none have used the title "Friends of Bolsa Chica," explaining why there is no website under that name.  

Vic Leipzig
Huntington Beach



-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Schallmann <bob_schallmann@...>
To: OrangeCountyBirding <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 10:09 am
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Good Morning Ron,

I am the Navy Ecologist here at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. 

As Jeff noted, access is extremely limited due to our military mission. I know that can be frustrating when an interesting or rare bird is noted here. That said, there are some opportunities to visit the installation in partnership with the co-located Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. 

In addition to the specialty birding tours Jeff mentioned, there are monthly tours with the Friends group on the last Saturday of each month. While not exclusively a “bird tour”, there are obviously birds seen. To reserve a spot on these popular tours (e.g. January trip is booked), contact the SBNWR at 562-598-1024.

There are also additional volunteer opportunities on occasion. A good example is a native plant restoration project that is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 0800-1200. We’ll be planting over 1,300 native plants in an area that had previously been choked by invasive weeds. If you are interested, contact the refuge at 562-598-1024.

Hope to see you out here at one of these events!

All the best,

Bob Schallmann
Long Beach, CA


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Jeff Bray
 

Vic, The site I was referring to was linked on this page at the top under “monthly tours”.


And you’re right, it was friends of the seal beach nwr, not Bolsa Chica, anyway, the link on that page goes to http://friendsofsealbeach.org/ which is no longer working. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 7:25 PM vicleipzig via Groups.Io <vicleipzig=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
To add just a little to Bob Schallmann's great clarification, the full name of the Friends group at Seal Beach is the "Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge."  And they do have an active website.  At Bolsa Chica a few miles away, there are three very active support groups (and at least two extinct ones) but none have used the title "Friends of Bolsa Chica," explaining why there is no website under that name.  

Vic Leipzig
Huntington Beach



-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Schallmann <bob_schallmann@...>
To: OrangeCountyBirding <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 10:09 am
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Good Morning Ron,

I am the Navy Ecologist here at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. 

As Jeff noted, access is extremely limited due to our military mission. I know that can be frustrating when an interesting or rare bird is noted here. That said, there are some opportunities to visit the installation in partnership with the co-located Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. 

In addition to the specialty birding tours Jeff mentioned, there are monthly tours with the Friends group on the last Saturday of each month. While not exclusively a “bird tour”, there are obviously birds seen. To reserve a spot on these popular tours (e.g. January trip is booked), contact the SBNWR at 562-598-1024.

There are also additional volunteer opportunities on occasion. A good example is a native plant restoration project that is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 0800-1200. We’ll be planting over 1,300 native plants in an area that had previously been choked by invasive weeds. If you are interested, contact the refuge at 562-598-1024.

Hope to see you out here at one of these events!

All the best,

Bob Schallmann
Long Beach, CA


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

vicleipzig
 

To add just a little to Bob Schallmann's great clarification, the full name of the Friends group at Seal Beach is the "Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge."  And they do have an active website.  At Bolsa Chica a few miles away, there are three very active support groups (and at least two extinct ones) but none have used the title "Friends of Bolsa Chica," explaining why there is no website under that name.  

Vic Leipzig
Huntington Beach



-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Schallmann <bob_schallmann@...>
To: OrangeCountyBirding <OrangeCountyBirding@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 10:09 am
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Pacific Golden-Plover at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Good Morning Ron,

I am the Navy Ecologist here at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. 

As Jeff noted, access is extremely limited due to our military mission. I know that can be frustrating when an interesting or rare bird is noted here. That said, there are some opportunities to visit the installation in partnership with the co-located Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. 

In addition to the specialty birding tours Jeff mentioned, there are monthly tours with the Friends group on the last Saturday of each month. While not exclusively a “bird tour”, there are obviously birds seen. To reserve a spot on these popular tours (e.g. January trip is booked), contact the SBNWR at 562-598-1024.

There are also additional volunteer opportunities on occasion. A good example is a native plant restoration project that is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 0800-1200. We’ll be planting over 1,300 native plants in an area that had previously been choked by invasive weeds. If you are interested, contact the refuge at 562-598-1024.

Hope to see you out here at one of these events!

All the best,

Bob Schallmann
Long Beach, CA

Green Heron

Louise Lopina
 

Green Heron at the Mission San Juan Wednesday in the front fountain.

Louise Lopina
San Clemente

Clay-colored Sparrow in La Habra

nmoorhatch
 

Hello,
I found a Clay-colored Sparrow this morning (1/16/20) in my backyard in La Habra.  I managed a few photos that I ran by some of my birder friends and the consensus was Clay-colored...I uploaded two photos to the group Emberizine folder (I hope) also...

Good birding!
Nathan Moorhatch
La Habra, Orange Co. CA

Re: Common Goldeneyes - Irvine

Ryan Winkleman
 

My mistake: I meant the Irvine goldeneyes were in San Diego Creek, not Bonita Creek (which is a tributary to San Diego Creek right around this point). Tom Wurster told me he looked for the birds in the area they were photographed this morning but couldn't find them.


On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 9:12 AM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman@...> wrote:
My coworker Ashley Spencer found two Common Goldeneyes in Bonita Creek in Irvine, immediately downstream of the State Route 73 offramp to University Drive.

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita