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Orange County RBA: August 18, 2022

Jeff Bray
 

RBA


* California

* Orange County

* August 18, 2022

* CAOC22.08.18


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

Pacific Golden-Plover

Stilt Sandpiper

Long-tailed Jaeger (Pelagic Trip)

Craveri’s Murrelet (Pelagic Trip)

Sabine’s Gull (Pelagic Trip)

Leach’s Storm-Petrel (Pelagic Trip)

Ashy Storm-Petrel (Pelagic Trip)

Least Storm-Petrel (Pelagic Trip)

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on August 17.


A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER continued at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve through August 17.


A STILT SANDPIPER made a one-day stop at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 16 on Pond C. Given that these first three entries were all found and shared by Tom Wurster, I would hope that all the year listers and county listers are taking the time to thank him for always being quick to share rarities. Year after year Tom shares numerous rarities with the rest of the listserv, and I’m sure there are countless birds that he has helped people check off on their various lists. 


Five LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen on the summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor on August 13. 


Four CRAVERI’S MURRELETS were seen on the summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor on August 13. 


Thirteen SABINE’S GULLS were seen on the summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor on August 13. 


Seven LEACH’S STORM-PETRELS, an exceptional number for a species that we don’t have many records of (but also in an exceptional season for storm-petrels), were seen on the summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor on August 13. 


Five ASHY STORM-PETRELS were seen on the summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor on August 13. 


Two LEAST STORM-PETRELS, another species not not seen in most years, were seen on the summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor on August 13. 


YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at many locations this past week including Dana Point Harbor, Mason Regional Park in Irvine, and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. A juvenile was also photographed in Seal Beach.



LOCAL EVENTS


For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the webpage on Sea and Sage’s website: https://wp.seaandsageaudubon.org/home-sas/field-trip-2/#FTSchedule


The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.


The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.


The next Upper Newport Bay bird walk will be on August 28 from 8:00am to 11:00am. 


The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take place on September 11 from 8:00am to 11:00am.



BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES


None at this time.


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


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 https://wp.seaandsageaudubon.org/home-sas/field-trip-2/#FTSchedule. 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: Pin-tailed Whydahs

Hope Kanaley
 

Hi Beverly,
I actually have what appears to be one quite active male, displaying often and at one point copulated with a presumed female. 
I also have quite a few Munias which frequent my feeders too. The Pin-tailed Whydah does chase birds away but they come right back: HOFI, LEGO, BTPI and a lone BHGR.


Hope Kanaley
Cowan Heights



On Aug 17, 2022, at 2:38 PM, Beverly Hargrove via groups.io <bgrove004@...> wrote:

There are at least two, perhaps as many as 4 male Pin-Tailed Whydah near my house. There don't seem to be any scaly-breasted Munias around. Has anyone seen the whydahs parasitizing any other seedeaters? The males are actively displaying to the females and I believe the point of the male in my backyard aggressively chasing other birds away from the seed I scatter on open ground is to preserve the food source for their progeny?

There are only house finches, goldfinches and house sparrows around in any numbers. The munias used to nest in my neighbor's back yard but I believe their nesting bush was removed or cut back severely. I haven't seen or heard them lately either.

Beverly Hargrove Costa Mesa


--
Hope Kanaley
North Tustin, CA


Pin-tailed Whydahs

Beverly Hargrove
 

There are at least two, perhaps as many as 4 male Pin-Tailed Whydah near my house. There don't seem to be any scaly-breasted Munias around. Has anyone seen the whydahs parasitizing any other seedeaters? The males are actively displaying to the females and I believe the point of the male in my backyard aggressively chasing other birds away from the seed I scatter on open ground is to preserve the food source for their progeny?

There are only house finches, goldfinches and house sparrows around in any numbers. The munias used to nest in my neighbor's back yard but I believe their nesting bush was removed or cut back severely. I haven't seen or heard them lately either.

Beverly Hargrove Costa Mesa


white-winged Dove at Mile Square Nature Area

Thomas Wurster
 

White-winged Dove perched in top of mostly bare sycamore near rear entrance to Nature Area at Mile Square Regional Park. It’s unlikely to stay long.

Tom Wurster
Garden Grove


Re: Stilt Sandpiper SJM pond C

Martin Fee
 

The Stilt Sandpiper is still here at Pond C, as of 5:30pm this evening. Was on the near (east) side of the pond, about midway up. Then flew over to the far side right when I left. 

Martin Fee

On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 9:40 AM, Thomas Wurster <wurster@...> wrote:

With dowitchers in pond C at IRWD San Joaquin Marsh

Tom Wurster
garden grove






Stilt Sandpiper SJM pond C

Thomas Wurster
 

With dowitchers in pond C at IRWD San Joaquin Marsh

Tom Wurster
garden grove


Sea & Sage pelagic trip - Aug 13 recap

Tom Benson
 

Yesterday, August 13, Sea & Sage Audubon held its summer pelagic trip aboard the Ocean Institute's R/V Sea Explorer. We headed out to Crespi Knoll with an extended stop at the 279 fathom bank and then basically backtracked on our return. Overall it was a great day for storm-petrels with a large concentration attracted to our fish oil slick at the 279 bank, but it was an average or below-average day for everything else. As expected, Blacks were the most numerous storm-petrel with 75+ on the day, but we also encountered at least 9 Leach's (dark-rumped/Chapman's type), 3 Ashies, 2 Leasts, and 3 Leach's/Townsend's Storm-Petrels (with extensive white rumps). Other pelagic species included Red Phalarope, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Craveri's Murrelets, Sabine's Gulls, Common Terns, and Pink-footed, Black-vented, and Sooty Shearwaters. A preliminary trip report is available on eBird here: https://ebird.org/tripreport/71405.

Tom Benson
Redlands, CA


Mason RP Phalaropes and Pelican

Tom Eastman
 

This morning (8-11 a.m.) at Mason Regional Park in Irvine there were 8 Red-necked Phalaropes on the western part of the pond near the fountain.
In addition, there was an out of season American White Pelican hanging out on the western half near the pedestrian bridge that separates the two parts of the pond.

See you on the trails,

Tom Eastman
Laguna Hills


Pacific Golden Plover Continues

Joshua Joun
 

Pema relocated at least 1 (possibly 2) Pacific Golden Plover at Bolsa Chica in the fenced tern nesting area. Best viewing with a scope is from the South Overlook. 

Photo conditions are horrid. 

Hanging out with Black-bellied Plovers, peeps, and a large group of Red Knots. 

Josh and Pema
(Mission Viejo)
--
-Joshua Joun


Orange County RBA: August 11, 2022

Ryan Winkleman
 

RBA

 

* California

* Orange County

* August 11, 2022

* CAOC22.08.11

 

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

 

Pacific Golden-Plover

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Red Phalarope

Long-tailed Jaeger

Townsend’s Storm-Petrel

Ashy Storm-Petrel

Neotropic Cormorant

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

 

A PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was photographed at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on August 10, with two birds present the morning of August 11 in the fenced nesting area.

 

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was briefly at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on August 11. Note that this species is frequently misidentified with Western Sandpipers with stubbier, shorter bills. Look for a bird with a short, straight bill; prominent supercilium; and lacking any of the rufous tones on the upperparts.

 

A RED PHALAROPE continued at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on August 6, with another at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on August 10.

 

At least two LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were photographed on an offshore pelagic trip on August 5.

 

Two TOWNSEND’S STORM-PETRELS were reported offshore on August 5. Photographs are under review by a panel of experts. If either bird is accepted, this would be a first county record for Orange County.

 

Multiple ASHY STORM-PETRELS were reported on a pelagic trip on August 5.

 

NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS continued to be reported at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Please continue to try and document these sightings with photographs when possible, I don’t think we’re quite at the point yet where we can inherently trust text-only descriptions of this species given the often less-than-ideal viewing conditions.

 

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at many locations this past week including Dana Point Harbor, Mason Regional Park in Irvine, and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach.

 

 

LOCAL EVENTS

 

For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the webpage on Sea and Sage’s website: https://wp.seaandsageaudubon.org/home-sas/field-trip-2/#FTSchedule

 

** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email nancykenyon@... to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.

 

The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13, and is full.

 

The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

 

The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

 

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.

 

The next Upper Newport Bay bird walk will be on August 28 from 8:00am to 11:00am. 

 

 

BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 

None at this time.

 

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

 

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



--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


Pacific Golden Plovers at Bolsa Chica

Thomas Wurster
 

At least two Pacific Golden Plovers are resting in the Least Tern nesting enclosure at the end of the boardwalk at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Molting, partial alternate plumage.

Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
Garden Grove


Semipalmated Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh pond c

Thomas Wurster
 

Juv plumage Semi Sandpiper w/ peep flock in pond C. Water is being added as I write this and already flooding formerly exposed mudflats.

Tom Wurster
Garden Grove


Yellowlegs at sj marsh

Jill Dale
 

I need to make a correction
I believe all the yellowlegs I saw this morning w the solitary sandpiper and phalarope were greater yellowlegs and not lesser yellowlegs. One did I look much smaller but the bill though maybe shorter than the other greater yellowlegs was longer than the head and the legs seemed too big, the knees knobby and the bill looks sl upsloped on my pics-just not delicate enough to be a lesser yellowlegs sorry if I sent anyone on a goose chase for it!😳


--
Jill Dale
Newport Beach, CA


Solitary Sandpiper

Cynthia Case
 

If, like me, you couldn’t get over to the San Joaquin Marsh this morning, there might still be a chance to see the Solitary Sandpiper. Last seen north end of Pond C by the drainpipe. But flushed by the dreaded Peregrine Falcon. Could come back! Thanks, Martin Fee, for the location!
Cynthia Case
Tustin


Re: Solitary Sandpiper

Martin Fee
 

It’s back to Pond C this evening, at the far northeast corner. Just redound it there.

Martin Fee

On Friday, August 5, 2022, 10:55 AM, Nicholas Earnhart <naearnhart@...> wrote:

The Solitary Sandpiper has been refound in the south corner of pond E by the bench at San Joaquin.
--
Good Birding,
Nicholas Earnhart
Costa Mesa, CA


Orange County RBA: August 5, 2022

Jeff Bray
 

RBA

* California
* Orange County
* August 5, 2022
* CAOC22.08.05

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

Surfbird
Red Phalarope
Solitary Sandpiper
Long-tailed Jaeger
Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Neotropic Cormorant
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Summer Tanager

A SURFBIRD was an unexpected surprise at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach on July 31.

A RED PHALAROPE was on land at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on August 1.

Two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine on July 30, with another (same?) reported on August 5.

A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was photographed on an offshore pelagic trip that took place on July 31.

A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was reported from an offshore pelagic trip that took place on July 31.

An ASHY STORM-PETREL was photographed from an offshore pelagic trip that took place on July 31.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS continued to be seen at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine through August 5. Two were photographed together in the San Diego Creek, adjacent to Pond 2. Please continue to try and document these sightings with photographs when possible.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continued at many locations this past week. Dana Point Harbor, Mason Regional Park in Irvine and in Newport Back Bay.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported from Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center in Huntington Beach on August 4.

An adult male SUMMER TANAGER was at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on July 31 and continued through August 2.


LOCAL EVENTS

For a complete up-to-date list of current field trips, please visit the webpage on Sea and Sage’s website: https://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent.htm

** As a reminder, all field trips continue to require reservations in advance and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Email nancykenyon@... to make a reservation or get on the waitlist.

The summer pelagic trip will take place on August 13.

The next bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine will take place on August 14 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next bird walk at Anaheim Coves in Anaheim will take place on August 21 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip on August 24 is currently full, but you can email Nancy to get on the waiting list.


BIRDING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

None at this time.

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

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



--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA


Solitary Sandpiper

Nicholas Earnhart
 

The Solitary Sandpiper has been refound in the south corner of pond E by the bench at San Joaquin.
--
Good Birding,
Nicholas Earnhart
Costa Mesa, CA


Solitary sandpiper

Jill Dale
 

Pond E
Solitary sandpiper, red necked phalarope, Wilson’s phalaropes and lesser yellowlegs San Joaquin 0743
Jill Dale


--
Jill Dale
Newport Beach, CA


Re: SOLITARY SANDPIPER

Ryan Winkleman
 

You may want to double-check your field guides to ensure that social sandpipers can be excluded.


On Sat, Jul 30, 2022, 6:03 PM Joshua Joun <Jounjoshua@...> wrote:
There are actually TWO SOLITARY SANDPIPERS together at Pond C. Photos obtained. 

On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 5:32 PM Pema Zonglo <Pemazonglo@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh, pond at C as of 5:32pm: first spotted by Joshua Joun. 


happy trails 
--
Joshua Joun & Pema Zonglo 
Mission Viejo

--
-Joshua Joun


--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


Re: SOLITARY SANDPIPER

Joshua Joun
 

There are actually TWO SOLITARY SANDPIPERS together at Pond C. Photos obtained. 

On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 5:32 PM Pema Zonglo <Pemazonglo@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Solitary Sandpiper at San Joaquin Marsh, pond at C as of 5:32pm: first spotted by Joshua Joun. 


happy trails 
--
Joshua Joun & Pema Zonglo 
Mission Viejo

--
-Joshua Joun

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