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YCNH at IRWD San Joaquin

Ed Stonick
 

Sikl present in same location.

Ed Stonick
Pasadena,  CA



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Yellow crowned night heron @ San Joaquin

calvin hardcastle
 

A juvenile yellow crowned night heron was seen at about 845 am at west side of Pond B at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. . 
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Calvin Hardcastle - Irvine


SESA and WESA

Don Hoechlin
 

Don HOECHLIN shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/46984141@N04/0k14V9
These 2 birds, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Western Sandpiper, were present on Pond C at the same time, and I thought they may compliment Jeff’s post.
Don Hoechlin , RMV


eBirding the Neotropic Cormorants

Ryan Winkleman
 

A simple request for eBird users: when reporting Neotropic Cormorants at or around San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in eBird right now, please include in your description whether you think the bird is an adult or an immature. Presumably there are only the two individuals to choose from currently, but whether you have photos or not it is still helpful if you mention in a description whether the bird is immature or adult. Even with photos, sometimes they are distant or the angle is not very good. This is especially important when photos are not obtained, as many reports in eBird do not include any information about age and that is the one really easy way to tell these birds apart. This distinction will help us to better keep track of the birds that are present, and will help me in particular for our Fall 2020 NAB report so that I can report start and end dates. 

For reference, this is the adult bird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72822665

And this is the immature bird, which I still don't have resolution on yet as to its ID: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72668763

Thanks for your help!

P.S. I still have no reason to believe that the Wilson's Plover reports are correct, and I do not expect the Least Grebe report to be correct, either. 

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


video of Semipalmated sandpiper in Irvine

 

Hello Birders, I took some video today of the semipalmated sandpiper that is in the creek behind Harvard Park. The video has the semipalmated by itself, and also with some Westerns and some Leasts. The last 22 seconds of the video are from a time in 2018 when a semipalmated sandpiper visited pond E at SJWS.

Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/ldrjcFG_SMM

Happy birding,
Chuck Schussman
Tustin


Re: Semipalmated Sandpiper Lower Peters Wash

Jeff Bray
 

eBird list linked below with some nice comparison photos with Western Sandpipers. If you struggle with identifying Semipalmated vs. Western, I encourage you to take a look!

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA



On Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 8:55 AM Jeff Bray <jbray3928@...> wrote:
There is a Semipalmated Sandpiper (first reported on eBird yesterday) that is continuing this morning, mixed in with the peep flock just behind Harvard Park in the Lower Peters Canyon Wash. 

Located here: Dropped pin
Near Orange County, CA

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


Semipalmated Sandpiper Lower Peters Wash

Jeff Bray
 

There is a Semipalmated Sandpiper (first reported on eBird yesterday) that is continuing this morning, mixed in with the peep flock just behind Harvard Park in the Lower Peters Canyon Wash. 

Located here: Dropped pin
Near Orange County, CA

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


Neotropic Cormorant

Cynthia Case
 

One Neotropic Cormorant at Mason Regional Park, Irvine, this morning. At top of tree with a bunch of Double-crested Cormorants. White V clearly visible. Just went through photos and was surprised to see this one.

Cynthia Case, Tustin

 


Wilson's Plover reports

Ryan Winkleman
 

There have been Wilson's Plover reports at Bolsa Chica in eBird the last two days, one of which was described as being confirmed by a "local expert." I have not received anything to indicate that these IDs are correct. I have no clue who the "local expert" is. In each case these observers are from out of town, and I have no reason to believe that there is actually a Wilson's Plover anywhere in Orange County right now...

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


Re: Neotropic Cormorant

MARK KINCHELOE
 

Cormorant still here on pond 2 at 5:08


On Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 2:48 PM Don Hoechlin via groups.io <Quixdimnd=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Neotropic cormorant is present on pond two at San Joaquin wildlife sanctuary. 
Don Hoechlin
RMV


Neotropic Cormorant

Don Hoechlin
 

Neotropic cormorant is present on pond two at San Joaquin wildlife sanctuary. 
Don Hoechlin
RMV


Notable nests

Ryan Winkleman
 

For those curious about the Swainson's Hawks who nested in Orange County last year (successfully fledging two young), the same pair did return this year and they did nest again, albeit in a different location. The nest this year was on private property and I was not able to access it to do any close monitoring like I did last year. However, from the observations made by others and shared with me, my interpretation is that the nest almost certainly failed this year. With luck the same pair will return again in 2021 and make another go at it.

To end things on a positive note, for those of you who are interested and recall my own high level of interest in this topic, Orange County had its first successful Yellow-crowned Night-Heron nest this year. As most of you probably know, this species has become more and more common in the county over the last 2-3 years in particular, and there was an apparent failed nest attempt last year followed by an apparent second failure earlier this spring. However, I can say that we did ultimately have a successful nest this year, and if the trend with this species continues as it is, I'm guessing this won't be the last one, either.

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


Orange County RBA: August 27, 2020

Ryan Winkleman
 

RBA


* California

* Orange County

* August 27, 2020

* CAOC20.08.27

 

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


Pacific Golden-Plover

Ruff

Baird’s Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Red Phalarope

Mew Gull

Red-billed Tropicbird

Neotropic Cormorant

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Black-throated Sparrow

Lucy’s Warbler

Virginia’s Warbler

Northern Parula

Summer Tanager

 

A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was reported from Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach on August 25, where this species has wintered in small numbers for years.


A RUFF continued in the Santa Ana River in Anaheim through August 23. It is apparently moving around now and may be found closer to Imperial Highway than previously.

 

Two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were in the wetlands below Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on August 25.


A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was in Pond C of San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 23.

 

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was moving around between Ponds C-E at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 23 and 24. A second bird was in the wetlands below Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on August 25.


A RED PHALAROPE continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach through August 20. Another bird was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine from August 21-August 25, with apparently a second bird present on August 22. This is a rare occurrence anywhere away from the open ocean. We also strongly encourage people to use the official hotspots in eBird for their sightings during this heavy-traffic period that we’re experiencing; a lot of people are using their own personal locations that are for some reason still called some variation of San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary... 

 

A MEW GULL photographed at Crystal Cove State Park off the Newport Coast on August 20 was very unseasonal and apparently summering locally, not being expected until mid-October or into November normally.

 

A RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD was collected in Newport Beach and taken to rehab.


A cormorant showing features consistent with an immature NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued in San Diego Creek north of the Campus Drive bridge on August 21 and 23. There is still not a consensus as to the correct ID of this bird and whether it is a pure Neotropic Cormorant (second county record) or hybrid. However, an adult Neotropic Cormorant was sitting on the island in Pond 1 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 25 and 26. 


At least two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach in the last week. 

 

A BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was photographed on the upper edge of the Arroyo Trabuco below Curtis Park on the edge of Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo on August 21. Despite three separate attempts, some other local hermit birder who lives close by and considers this species to be the BEST sparrow could not refind the bird...a second Black-throated Sparrow was photographed at the Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton on August 26.


A LUCY’S WARBLER continued in the Nature Area of Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through August 25. 

 

A VIRGINIA'S WARBLER was at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on August 22.


A NORTHERN PARULA continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through August 24 in the Nature Area.


A SUMMER TANAGER at Gilman Park in Fullerton continued through August 23. 



LOCAL EVENTS


All Sea and Sage Audubon sponsored field trips have been canceled until further notice due to cautionary measures regarding the coronavirus.



BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES


Sylvia Gallagher will be hosting the introductory visual workshop Birds of Southern California this fall from October to December. You can find out more information here: https://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 (jbray3928@...) 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 or 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
  

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


Neotropic Cormorant back at San Joaquin Marsh

trailgirl888
 

The Adult Neotropic Cormorant that was originally discovered by Jeff Bray yesterday is back on island in Pond 1 at the San Joaquin Marsh. Came in about 3:35pm.
Shirley Reynolds
Lake Forest


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Shirley Reynolds
Lake Forest


Re: Neotropic Cormorant

Jeff Bray
 

Photo of said Adult Neotropic Cormorant on Pond 1 island linked in the eBird list below. I searched high and low for the Red Phalarope, but it was nowhere to be found this evening. 


Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 5:21 PM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman@...> wrote:
Hey birders,

So the immature cormorant that Andy Lazere found in San Diego Creek the other day and that many people rushed over to see is still being considered as to its appropriate taxonomy. A panel of expert birders were consulted and there is disagreement on whether this should be considered a pure Neotropic Cormorant or a hybrid. Some of the salient field marks pointed out as an argument against a pure Neotropic Cormorant included the long bill length and the less-than-typical shape of the scapular feathers (i.e., they should be much more pointed than they were on that bird). The identification of this bird is still "up in the air."

However, Jeff Bray does have an adult Neotropic Cormorant sitting on the island in Pond 1 right now. I trust that nobody will be freaking swimming across the pond to get better looks at it.

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 9:08 AM Andy Lazere <alazere1@...> wrote:
9:00 in San Diego Creek, halfway between Duck Club and Campus on Sand bar 
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Andy Lazere
Laguna Niguel


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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


Collective Nouns

Don Hoechlin
 

For those of you who like this kind of thing. Don H. RMV
https://lenichoir.org/collective-nouns/


Re: Neotropic Cormorant

Ryan Winkleman
 

Hey birders,

So the immature cormorant that Andy Lazere found in San Diego Creek the other day and that many people rushed over to see is still being considered as to its appropriate taxonomy. A panel of expert birders were consulted and there is disagreement on whether this should be considered a pure Neotropic Cormorant or a hybrid. Some of the salient field marks pointed out as an argument against a pure Neotropic Cormorant included the long bill length and the less-than-typical shape of the scapular feathers (i.e., they should be much more pointed than they were on that bird). The identification of this bird is still "up in the air."

However, Jeff Bray does have an adult Neotropic Cormorant sitting on the island in Pond 1 right now. I trust that nobody will be freaking swimming across the pond to get better looks at it.


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 9:08 AM Andy Lazere <alazere1@...> wrote:
9:00 in San Diego Creek, halfway between Duck Club and Campus on Sand bar 
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Andy Lazere
Laguna Niguel


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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


Re: Swimmer in Pond 1

John Thomlinson
 

At an open house a year or so ago, I saw someone running a radio-controlled boat on Pond B - I reported him to a volunteer. I thought then "that beats everything I've seen."  I guess I was wrong.

John

John Thomlinson 
San Pedro and formerly CSU Dominguez Hills 
"It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.


On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 08:46:28 AM PDT, Pete Gordon <peterandmiko@...> wrote:


All

There was someone swimming in Pond 1 at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary around 8:45 am this morning.  Reported to IRWD.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch 

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Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA

 


--
John Thomlinson 

San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
 

"It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.


Swimmer in Pond 1

Pete Gordon
 

All

There was someone swimming in Pond 1 at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary around 8:45 am this morning.  Reported to IRWD.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch 

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Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA

 


Red Phalarope

Pete Gordon
 

Good morning,

The Red Phalarope is on Pond E with 12 Mallards this morning.

Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch 

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Pete Gordon
Foothill Ranch, CA