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Re: Talbert Park White throated sparrow

Ryan Winkleman
 

The white-throated sparrow is in Talbert Nature Reserve on the northwest side of Fairview Park. Coordinates 33.6640, -117.9435. Trish and I just got an up-close look at it and we both got photos. We'll be posting to our Flickr accounts later and they'll be (eventually) embedded in the checklists.

Yay life bird :D

Ryan Winkleman
RSM

On Nov 16, 2013 10:58 AM, "Trish G" <trishrg62@...> wrote:
 

I had a white-throated sparrow first winter bird at Talbert Park right in the middle on the east side of the park in an oak tree by a picnic bench that's south of a large fallen tree.

Trish Gussler Anaheim

Hunt cent park white throat sparrow and Gold Crown Kinglets

Rick Shearer
 

Mama, don't let your boys go birding without cameras.  I had a White-throated Sparrow, tan striped I believe, on the Slater side of Huntington Beach Central Park.  Turn left out of the Slater parking lot, cross the fenced bridge and go immediately into the grass on the left.  There were White-crowned Sparrows at the edge of the brush.  Just a few feet away the Wjite-throated Sparroe joined them.  It even sat on top of one of the manhole covers for a time and posed.  %#%*^%.  I just got a new camera but didn't bring it.  I say tan striped because the head stripes were tan and not black and the throat was bright white.  It didn't seem to be immature.  100 feet further along I heard and got really good looks at 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, lifers for me.  I saw them again later just north of the Park Bench Cafe in a wooded area.  So they were on the move.  There was also a Lincoln's Sparrow in that same area.


Rick Shearer
Huntington Beach

Talbert Park White throated sparrow

Trish G
 

I had a white-throated sparrow first winter bird at Talbert Park right in the middle on the east side of the park in an oak tree by a picnic bench that's south of a large fallen tree.

Trish Gussler Anaheim

San Joaquin Marsh, Back Bay, Huntington Central Park birds

Karl Fairchild <kfairchild1985@...>
 

Hi all,

I birded San Joaquin Marsh, Mason Regional Park, Back Bay Dr., and Huntington Central Park today.

Highlights:

San Joaquin
2 Bonaparte's Gulls on island at Pond 2
Merlin, cruising over Pond 2
Peregrine Falcon, over Pond D
However, no Least Bittern.

Mason Regional Park:
Just Yellow-rumped Warblers, no Black-throated Blue.

Back Bay Dr.
6 Forster's Tern by the parking lot
1 Bonaparte's Gull with the terns
2 Hooded Mergansers, seen from pullout shortly past San Joaquin Hills intersection.


Huntington Central Park (Slater parking lot)
2-3 Golden-crowned Kinglet in tall bamboo in wet area near pull-up bars (the wet swale east of where the Waterthrush was found). Saw one bird well, one or two more by calls.
Northern Waterthrush--relocated in the wet swale nearest the Slater lot. Heard from both sides of seep, then seen from east side. It was quite cooperative for about 30 seconds.


Good Birding,

Karl

Karl Fairchild
Fullerton

Re: Craig Regional Park birds

Mike Huang
 

It should be a "female-plumaged" bird. Thanks for the correction.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/ychuang1/10876826553/


Mike Huang


Irvine



---In orangecountybirding@..., <ychuang1@...> wrote:

At 11 am this morning there was a female Summer Tanager around the intersection of the walking path and the State College entrance.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/ychuang1/10876826553/


Mike Huang

Irvine



---In OrangeCountyBirding@..., <Thomasabenson@...> wrote:

I birded this morning (Oct 26) at Craig Regional Park. Of note were an adult male Red-naped Sapsucker in the pines just to the right of the entrance kiosk, and a Black-and-white Warbler working the largest sycamore on the northwest corner of the intersection of the walking path and the State College entrance. A Wilson's Snipe by the lake was also noteworthy for the location.

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA

Re: Craig Regional Park birds

Mike Huang
 

At 11 am this morning there was a female Summer Tanager around the intersection of the walking path and the State College entrance.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/ychuang1/10876826553/


Mike Huang

Irvine



---In OrangeCountyBirding@..., <Thomasabenson@...> wrote:

I birded this morning (Oct 26) at Craig Regional Park. Of note were an adult male Red-naped Sapsucker in the pines just to the right of the entrance kiosk, and a Black-and-white Warbler working the largest sycamore on the northwest corner of the intersection of the walking path and the State College entrance. A Wilson's Snipe by the lake was also noteworthy for the location.

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA

Northern Waterthrush at Hunt. Beach Central Park

davidevans511
 

The Northern Waterthrush continues at the park today. I parked in the Slater lot and walked over to the nearest wet area and heard it calling but was unable to get a view. I birded a big loop around the park and returned to the spot 1.5 hours later. Before long I heard it calling again and then it was right there for good views. I got one terrible but ID-able photo.

 

David Evans

Tustin

Warbler ID from Mile Square Regional Park

Robert Gundy <reptiluvr@...>
 

Hi all,
On 11/9/13 I noticed a warbler in the pines in the southeast corner of the park.This morning came across photos I forgot I had taken. Please let me know what you think. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographerp/10840756924/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographerp/10840946133/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographerp/10840950193/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographerp/10840731544/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographerp/10840920813/

Robert Gundy
Mission Viejo

Vermilion flycatcher, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, 11/13/13

Charles Baker
 

Hi all:

I was out bright and early at San Joaquin this morning. I had a very worn vermilion flycatcher in the tall cottonwoods located at the convergence of trails between ponds 3, 4, and A. At first I thought it was a Say's phoebe, until I looked closely at the scattered blotches of red on his breast. He was very cooperative, though when I passed back through the same area half an hour later, he was nowhere to be seen.

Also of note was a least bittern at the southwest corner of pond four. This was off that trail that runs out to the osprey platform, on that small trail offshoot that runs right down to the water's edge and looks like a boat ramp. The bittern was right out in the open, clinging to a couple of reeds. That was my first good look at a least bittern, after literally years of trying. Gratifying, to say the least.

One other small note of interest was a California thrasher that was singing loudly atop a bush between ponds 4 and A.

Charles Baker
Tustin

Odd Woodpecker Behavior and Orioles (Santa Ana locations)

Doug Willick
 

Today (12 November), on an extended “lunch break” I made visits to the Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park (SAC/FMP), and the Santiago Park Nature Reserve.  Not much of note at the cemetery complex, but it was odd to see flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers very actively flycatching from shrubs and trees, basically all over the cemetery.  Looking carefully you could see that there was a big hatching of some type of small flying insect (don’t know my bugs very well, but it looked kind of an orangey-yellow in flight).  Not sure what the insect was, other than they did NOT look to be flying termites or ants.  They were slow flyers, apparently easy to catch, and it was interesting to see all the birds that were getting into the act (95% were Yellow-rumps, but also saw several Townsend’s Warblers flycatching, a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Western Bluebirds, phoebes (of course), and even a Northern Flicker doing (once) what appeared to be an aerial flycatching maneuver, from the top of a snag (never before saw this type of behavior from a flicker).  Later, over on the west side of the cemetery (the FMP side), I began hearing a rather unfamiliar raucous squabbling coming from a cluster of live oaks.  Was able to make out a pair of woodpeckers chasing each other around the trunk and large branches, up inside the canopy.  After a minute or two of this, was surprised to see that the two birds were now latched on to each other, whirling to the ground.  At this point it was obvious that both were Red-breasted Sapsuckers.  They then broke apart and both flew back up into the same tree.  Figured that was that, but heard the squabbling break out again a minute or two later, and soon the exact same scene repeated, with both birds plummeting to the grass, locked onto each other.  I have to admit that I don’t recall seeing this behavior in sapsuckers (plummeting to the ground, locked on to each other), or for that matter, I can’t recall this with any other woodpecker species (other than perhaps Acorn Woodpeckers). 

 

At the Santiago Park Nature Reserve (SPNR), parking in the lot for the visitor center (the entrance being where Memory Lane turns in Parker Drive, about a block south of the 22 Freeway, on the east side of Parker), getting out of the car I heard the chattering of what sounded like a Bullock’s Oriole.  The calls were coming from a grove of “lerp” infested Red Ironbark type Eucalyptus, about 100 yards east of the visitor center (at the base of a small slope, where there’s a few picnic tables and a long slide for kids).  I initially located a hatch-year male Bullock’s, and then shortly a second oriole came into view, and for awhile was following, and interacting with the Bullock’s.  This second oriole clearly showed some features of a hatch-year female Baltimore Oriole, but one feature, at least, did not appear consistent with Baltimore.  So after losing and not being able to refind the second oriole (though the vocalizing Bullock’s was refound a couple more times), I had to leave the other oriole unidentified.  Presumably at this date these birds are in for the winter, and will allow further study at another time.  I did not see or hear the Summer Tanager that had been here 29 October.  In past years, wintering orioles and tanagers that have been found in the Eucs in this area have generally come and gone, and seem to make their rounds to other favorite trees (presumable other “lerpy” Eucs) in the area.

 

Doug Willick

Orange, CA

 

 

Bolsa Chica common rare birds

Rick Shearer
 

Hi, seems like the Reddish Egrets and Clapper Rail are becoming old hat.  Saw one of each while trying, but not succeeding, to find the American Bittern late this afternoon.  The RE was close to the bridge and the CR in his own little pond on the south side of the Bolsa Chica parking lot.  


Lots of other nice birds there too like Buffleheads, Northern Pintails, red-breasted Mergansers and many others.

Rick Shearer
Huntington Beach

Marsh Wren at Bolsa Chica

Evi Meyer
 

I had a fantastic seven hours of birding at Bolsa Chica today. The most surprising bird of the day was a Marsh Wren I saw by the benches overlooking the "Tern Island" close to the Snowy Plover enclosure. I have only seen Marsh Wrens in freshwater habitats before. Not only was this wren not in reeds (there weren't any!), but it also hopped around rocks like a rock wren. I am attaching a link to my flickr pics for verification.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/evimeyer/10830777483/

Evi Meyer
Palos Verdes Estates

Eastern Phoebe at UCI

tgmiko@gmail.com
 

Hi
I just got an email from Csaba Varga (no "s") about an Eastern Phoebe behind a building at UC Irvine. Please contact him for details.

Thomas G. Miko
Http://www.tgmiko.com
Claremont 91711, LA County
Mobile: 909.241.3300
Home: 909.445.1456
Other Mobile: 213.471.6001

"The universe is expanding. This should help with the traffic."- Stephen Wright
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Re: Misc birding 11/10 & 11/11

Joseph Bove
 

Had Vermilion Flycatcher at 8:45 this A.M.along northern fence of baseball of baseball field.

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Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Misc birding 11/10 & 11/11
Sent: Tue, Nov 12, 2013 4:23:16 AM

 

Some various items from the last two days of birding:

 

Carr Park - Sunday 11/10: 10 CACKLING GEESE - 9 Aleutian +1 Minima. On this visit the Minima was associating with the Aleutians but the Aleutians would sometimes chase it away if it kept too close.

 

Mile Square - Sunday 11/10: 1 continuing male VERMILION FLYCATCHER in the corner where the northern baseball field, NE corner of the golf course & south side of the archery range meet. It spent much of the time on the northern fence line of the golf course.

 

Huntington Central Park - Monday 11/11: 1 SNOW GOOSE flew into Talbert Lake. 1 cooperative continuing BROWN CREEPER foraged on the trunks of the cottonwood grove along the east side of the lake. 3 Fox Sparrows were at the east end of the island area at the SE corner walk-in.

 

Mile Square Park - Monday 11/11: 1 continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE foraging in the lawn along Edinger NW of the lake and in tight company with 2 Egyptian Geese. 1 late Pacific-slope Flycatcher in the nature area. Didn't see Sunday's Vermilion Flycatcher in the baseball, archery or nature areas so it must move around.

 

Roger Schoedl

Huntington Beach

Misc birding 11/10 & 11/11

Roger Schoedl
 

Some various items from the last two days of birding:

 

Carr Park - Sunday 11/10: 10 CACKLING GEESE - 9 Aleutian +1 Minima. On this visit the Minima was associating with the Aleutians but the Aleutians would sometimes chase it away if it kept too close.

 

Mile Square - Sunday 11/10: 1 continuing male VERMILION FLYCATCHER in the corner where the northern baseball field, NE corner of the golf course & south side of the archery range meet. It spent much of the time on the northern fence line of the golf course.

 

Huntington Central Park - Monday 11/11: 1 SNOW GOOSE flew into Talbert Lake. 1 cooperative continuing BROWN CREEPER foraged on the trunks of the cottonwood grove along the east side of the lake. 3 Fox Sparrows were at the east end of the island area at the SE corner walk-in.

 

Mile Square Park - Monday 11/11: 1 continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE foraging in the lawn along Edinger NW of the lake and in tight company with 2 Egyptian Geese. 1 late Pacific-slope Flycatcher in the nature area. Didn't see Sunday's Vermilion Flycatcher in the baseball, archery or nature areas so it must move around.

 

Roger Schoedl

Huntington Beach

Veterans Day birding

Tom Benson
 

I birded several locations around Orange County today (Nov 11), and had a few birds of minor note. This morning at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa there was an apparent male Brewer's Duck (Gadwall X Mallard hybrid), as well as a large flock of very vocal White Eyes (species unknown). A male Red-naped Sapsucker was at Eastbluff Park. At Upper Newport Bay at around 10:30 AM the Little Blue Heron put in an appearance at the Big Canyon parking lot; it still has one retained white secondary on the right wing. And this afternoon at Bolsa Chica, after almost eleven months and about 47 million visits, I finally saw the American Bittern. It was in the large patch of pickleweed on the inside of the loop trail just past the first observation point (thanks much Al B. for the tip).

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA

Re: BC-word of caution

jpike44 <jpike44@...>
 

Ryan,

Thanks for posting on this. A few months ago, Kim had a small triangular rear window in her Civic smashed while parked at noon on a weekday in the HCP Shipley Nature Center parking lot along Golden West. As with your incident, it would seem to be an unexpected time of day and location for such an event. As a rule, the Gothard Street parking lot is the only one I avoid at HCP.

Jim Pike
"Prolific Pisher"
Huntington Beach




Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bolsa Chica - a word of caution
A little late, but just a word of caution. I went birding at Bolsa Chica yesterday and parked in the PCH lot. When I came back an hour later I found that somebody had attempted to break into, or at least vandalize, my car by smashing the lock in on my trunk. They were unsuccessful at getting inside but I will have to replace the lock now and there is some minor exterior damage around the rim. I know it seems unusual that it would happen in broad daylight in a reasonably busy area like that lot with people coming and going, but I unlocked the trunk with the key when I got there (I almost always forget to pull the latch in the car before I get out), I pulled open the trunk myself, and I stood there at the trunk assembling my scope and there was no damage. Upon coming back I could see the damage before I even made it to my car. I'm guessing somebody saw me pulling my scope out of my trunk and came over after I walked away.


Again, I know this sounds incredible happening in the afternoon right off PCH, but just be careful when you are pulling expensive gear (scopes, big cameras) out of your car and then walking away and be aware of those around you. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident.


Ryan Winkleman
RSM

Minor Notes, Yorba Reg Park and Eisenhower Park

Linette <lint6@...>
 

Today (Sunday) I went on a late morning meander around the eastern end of Yorba Regional Park and found nothing too unusual, highlights being a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a "Myrtle's" Yellow-rumped Warbler at the very east end of the park. There was a flock of 30 or so Nutmeg Mannikins in the same area, foraging underneath a Peruvian pepper tree like they owned the place.

Afterward, I swung by Eisenhower Park (northwest of the intersection of Tustin Ave and Lincoln Ave in Orange) and saw the ever-continuing Ross's Goose in the lake (as cute as ever!). There were a few Canada Geese, Ruddy Ducks, and a lone female Lesser Scaup amongst the crowds of mallards, wigeons, coots, and domestic waterfowl in the lake.

Linette
Orange, CA

Swamp Sparrow

jpike44 <jpike44@...>
 

A late afternoon walk along the Santa Ana River turned up a (thankfully) vocal but hard to see Swamp Sparrow in the riverbed below the very end of Garfield Avenue. On my return loop, it was calling about 50-meters south of that spot. Familiarity with the phoebe-like call of SWSP would help in locating the bird, although one could always resort to human- or mechanically-generated sound-projection devices.

By the way, Dave, the large head and short tail do confirm that Starbucks bird as a poorwill.


Jim Pike
"Prolific Pisher"
Huntington Beach

STARBUCK BIRD

dave_telford
 

Jim,


I posted a photo of the Starbucks bird in Swifts and Goatsuckers album. Looking at the size of the head it might be a Common Poorwill, let me know what you think.

Dave