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Re: Highlights from the San Joaquin Marsh walk - 10 FEB

Sara Bethurum
 

 
Jeff, just wanted to commend you for your dedication to Sea and Sage.  Showing up to lead a walk in this weather says you are a real trooper.
Sara Bethurum
San Juan Capistrano
 

On Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2:28:07 PM PST, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:
 
 
We had a small group of 9 people this morning brave the weather. Overall, we had around 77 species. The Phainopepla was active and calling behind the duck club. Lots of swallow and swift activity. They were quite noisy too, making for a great learning experience for those that haven't seen or heard swifts and swallows before. The Palm Warbler made a brief appearance on the bank of Pond D. 
 
The water level in Pond 1 'was very high, and Pond 2 was quite low. There was a dead American White Pelican on Pond 2 as well. Overall, not a bad day of birding, despite the weather. 
 
List here with the species seen and/or heard:
 
Cheers!

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Laughing Gull continues at North Lake - 11 FEB

Jeff Bray
 

The Laughing Gull continued on the lake this evening. It was competing with the American Coots for handouts from the locals. There was a Cackling Goose on the lake as well, mixed in with a flock of Canada Geese.

A few pics on the checklist:

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Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Bald Eagle in Newport Back Bay 2/8/2019

DeeDee
 

I knew that number sounded familiar to me.  I just checked  my photos and I photographed the same Bald Eagle at the Back Bay February 21st, 2017!!  

Has anyone seen this beauty today or yesterday?  I'll check tomorrow!

Here is the this juvenile in 2017.   I'm so glad he's doing well!  Click on the link and blow it up.  He's so magnificent!!



Cheers,

DeeDee Gollwitzer
Laguna Hills, CA

On ‎Friday‎, ‎February‎ ‎8‎, ‎2019‎ ‎06‎:‎26‎:‎03‎ ‎PM‎ ‎PST, Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh@...> wrote:


Male Bald Eagle named Kanoa with wing tag A-96 was in Newport Back Bay, near the Vista Point at corner of Eastbluff Dr and Mountains to the Sea Trail & Bikeway.
Kanoa hatched at the Trap Canyon nest on the northern shore of Santa Rosa Island in 2014.
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Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

Re: Bald Eagle in Newport Back Bay 2/8/2019

ritaphillips23@...
 

Hi,
I saw the eagle yesterday in the rain. It was hunting in the marsh and it perched on  a tree stump off of Vista Point (East Bluff near Jamboree) I didn’t see it today though. Beautiful bird! 🦅
Rita Phillips, Costa Mesa


On Feb 11, 2019, at 7:15 PM, DeeDee via Groups.Io <deedee4re@...> wrote:

I knew that number sounded familiar to me.  I just checked  my photos and I photographed the same Bald Eagle at the Back Bay February 21st, 2017!!  

Has anyone seen this beauty today or yesterday?  I'll check tomorrow!

Here is the this juvenile in 2017.   I'm so glad he's doing well!  Click on the link and blow it up.  He's so magnificent!!



Cheers,

DeeDee Gollwitzer
Laguna Hills, CA

On ‎Friday‎, ‎February‎ ‎8‎, ‎2019‎ ‎06‎:‎26‎:‎03‎ ‎PM‎ ‎PST, Lam-Son Vinh <lamson.vinh@...> wrote:


Male Bald Eagle named Kanoa with wing tag A-96 was in Newport Back Bay, near the Vista Point at corner of Eastbluff Dr and Mountains to the Sea Trail & Bikeway.
Kanoa hatched at the Trap Canyon nest on the northern shore of Santa Rosa Island in 2014.
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Lam-Son Vinh
Huntington Beach, CA

Re: Bald Eagle in Newport Back Bay 2/8/2019

Jonathan Mills-Anderson
 

Just saw an adult bald eagle near the big canyon parking lot at the back bay, couldn’t see the tag without my binos but I’m assuming it was the same bird (Kanoa)

Cheers,
Jonathan Mills-Anderson
Aliso Viejo

White-throated Sparrow, Bald Eagle, etc. (continuing birds)

gbani1978@...
 

Sorry for the delay in posting this but just an update on a few continuing birds in the Anaheim/Orange area.  Yesterday (February 11) I got out birding for a few hours with Shawn Nielsen. Birding at Anaheim Coves Park/Burris Basin Shawn had an adult Bald Eagle flying off to the north-east, from the parking lot at Lincoln (presumably following the Santa Ana River and the series of reservoirs that parallel the SAR in this part of the county; undoubtedly one of the adults that more commonly are seen further up-river in the Tustin to Lakevew stretch of river). Unfortunately I picked the wrong time to use the restrooms there. While we were there we also had the continuing young male Common Goldeneye in Lincoln Basin (the relatively small basin situated between the north end of Burris Basin and Lincoln St.). As usual it was actively diving with a few other birds at the far north end. Later, in Anaheim Coves Park (ACP), we presumably had the same White-throated Sparrow (WTSP) previously found by Walter Piper, in tall shrubs (chaparral type plantings) on the downslope side of trail, immediately southeast of the church that’s at the corner of Rio Vista and Wagner, where one can get access to the ACP trail. I had heard a call note that didn’t quite sound right for a WTSP, and after pishing we soon had the WTSP pop into view. We ended up seeing only one White-crowned Sparrow with it. Most of the WCSPs consistly seem to hang out much further down towards the southwest corner of ACP (where I suspect some adjacent yards likely have feeders) but this WTSP doesn’t seem to be attached to any noticeable flock of its White-crown cousins (at least wasn’t on Monday). A couple Common Mergansers were towards the southern end of Burris (a far cry from numbers that used to winter here in the 1980s-1990s when there would often be a flock of as many as 100-200 birds). 

Doug Willick
Orange, CA

Re: Bald Eagle in Newport Back Bay 2/8/2019

DeeDee
 

I have located the Bald Eagle.  He is in the middle of the Back Bay on the ground eating something.   He is south of the Muth Center Cliffs along a bank.  
He looks like moving dot to me.  I am on a bluff above the driving side of the Back bay much farther down the Big Canyon.  

DeeDee Gollwitzer

On Feb 12, 2019, at 8:54 AM, Jonathan Mills-Anderson <jmillsanderson@...> wrote:

Just saw an adult bald eagle near the big canyon parking lot at the back bay, couldn’t see the tag without my binos but I’m assuming it was the same bird (Kanoa)

Cheers,
Jonathan Mills-Anderson
Aliso Viejo

Re: American oystercatcher at crescent bay point

Jeff Bray
 

Birders, please re-read Ryan's message below regarding the Oystercatcher hybrids that frequent the Crescent Bay area...

Bottom line, you should be submitting these birds as American X Black Oystercatcher Hybrid unless you're able to provide the documentation to identify it otherwise. 

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 8:29 AM Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman@...> wrote:
Just a note that anybody who chases this bird should be prepared to take copious amounts of photos until the identification is confirmed. Crescent Bay has hosted hybrid oystercatchers in the past. Any claim of an American Oystercatcher in Orange County will need to be examined in detail by experienced birders either in person or via good photographs to ensure that the bird is not/not likely a hybrid. This is based on a number of phenotypic characteristics that are numerically scored.

The basis that is used for determining this is the Jehl's Scale, which Steve Sosensky uploaded to the listserv a number of years back. The file with the identification criteria is here: https://groups.io/g/OrangeCountyBirding/files/References

On Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:11 AM calvin hardcastle <chhardcastle@...> wrote:

-- Susan found an American oystercatcher at crescent bay point in Laguna Beach this morning. Here at 800 on rocks below houses to north. 

Calvin Hardcastle - Irvine


--
Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita


--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Bronze Mannikins anyone?

Alex Tolkachev
 

Nutmeg Mannikins may be technically exotic, but I am getting used to seeing them. They are supposed to be abundant in Central Park and SJWS, I find mine in Aliso Viejo parks, trails and Soka University. Now, from an article on exotic species in SoCal, I learn about Bronze Mannikins, which are described as being similar to Nutmegs, but darker brown. Are most of you aware of and interested in them, and have you seen them lately? According to eBird maps, OC seems to be the only place in North America where Bronze Mannikins are found. Is this exciting, old news, or does it leave you cold because the little guys should not be here in the first place?
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Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Male Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) at Shipley

Kim Michaels <Kim@...>
 

2-12-19, 11:15am, bathing in the water feature by the nature center.

https://www.kimmichaels.com/recent/hc44c7f82?customize=3#hc44c7f82

Kim Michaels
Garden Grove

Re: Bronze Mannikins anyone?

AOL
 

I’ve seen Bronze Mannikins at Huntington Central Park, but not recently.

Martin Fee
North Tustin


On Feb 13, 2019, at 3:32 PM, Alex Tolkachev <atolkachev@...> wrote:

Nutmeg Mannikins may be technically exotic, but I am getting used to seeing them. They are supposed to be abundant in Central Park and SJWS, I find mine in Aliso Viejo parks, trails and Soka University. Now, from an article on exotic species in SoCal, I learn about Bronze Mannikins, which are described as being similar to Nutmegs, but darker brown. Are most of you aware of and interested in them, and have you seen them lately? According to eBird maps, OC seems to be the only place in North America where Bronze Mannikins are found. Is this exciting, old news, or does it leave you cold because the little guys should not be here in the first place?
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Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Orange County RBA: February 14, 2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

RBA

 

* California

* Orange County

* February 14, 2019

* CAOC19.02.14

 

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

 

Common Goldeneye

Laughing Gull

Mew Gull

Common Tern

*RED-FOOTED BOOBY*

Bald Eagle

Zone-tailed Hawk

Long-Eared Owl

Prairie Falcon

Tropical Kingbird

Plumbeous Vireo

Purple Finch

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Green-tailed Towhee

Clay-colored Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Hooded Oriole

Palm Warbler

 

A young male COMMON GOLDENEYE that was found at Lincoln Basin (upstream of Burris) in Anaheim on January 27 continued through February 11.

 

A first-cycle LAUGHING GULL that was found on January 23 at North Lake in Irvine and continued through February 12. The bird is typically found in the southern half of the lake, often close to Barranca. Easy parking is in the lot off of Barranca and Lake. 

 

A first-cycle MEW GULL continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through February 10.


A COMMON TERN was photographed offshore on February 9 during the Sea and Sage pelagic trip. This is one of very few records of this species occurring in Orange County in winter and, according to Doug, possibly the only well-photographed one.


A different *RED-FOOTED BOOBY* than the one that has been seen along the coast recently was photographed on the oil rig Platform Edith  on February 9 during the Sea and Sage pelagic trip. 


An adult BALD EAGLE has been hanging around Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach since February 8 and was last seen on February 12. This bird, which is tagged A-96, is named Kanoa and HATCHED on Santa Rosa Island in 2014.


The South County adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK was reported over Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo on February 10. This bird is most often seen over the Arroyo Trabuco around midday, when it typically flies over the Ford dealership.


A LONG-EARED OWL was photographed over Irvine Regional Park on February 9.


A PRAIRIE FALCON continued at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach on February 8.

 

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued along the Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach through February 9, where it was found roosting with Cassin's Kingbirds in the vicinity of Arevalos Park. The bird has been showing up around 5pm and usually hangs out on the lower hanging power lines.


A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was found in Irvine at the intersection of Alton Parkway and Paseo Westpark on February 10.


A PURPLE FINCH continued at the Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on February 10.


At least 6 wintering LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES continued at Irvine Regional Park in Orange through February 11. These birds have been found in a mixed flock in the vicinity of the Willow Trail, typically around patches of fiddleneck.


A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued wintering at Harriett Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach through February 8.


A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Fairhaven Memorial Park/Santa Ana Cemetery in Santa Ana through February 9. It's been very difficult to find but typically hangs out with Chipping Sparrows.


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Anaheim Coves Park on February 11, southeast of the church at the corner of Rio Vista and Wagner. 


A HOODED ORIOLE was reported wintering at Bartlett Park in Huntington Beach on February 9. If this bird can be refound, it would be good to confirm that it is not actually an Orchard Oriole.

 

Up to two PALM WARBLERS continued at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine through February 12, where they are typically seen in Pond D.

 

 

LOCAL EVENTS

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

The monthly Bird Walk at Upper Newport Bay will take place on February 24 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot. 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

 

The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon trip will take place on February 20, but is currently full. You can email Nancy Kenyon at nancykenyon@... if you want to be on the waiting list, or the next one after that will be held on March 20 (which is also full! the next non-full trip is April 17...).


There are four "Owl Prowls" at Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon taking place on March 8, March 9, March 23, and March 30. Refer to this page for more information: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/OwlProwls.html

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 

Two annual raptor identification workshops will be held this winter, with an introductory workshop from February 22-24 and an advanced workshop from March 1-3. Email Sylvia Gallagher at sjrgallagher@... with questions, or go here for the enrollment form: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/Raptor_ID_class.pdf.

 

Two bird banding workshops will be held at Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon in March 2019. The beginning workshop will be held on March 9 and 10 from 7:30am to 3:30pm, and the advanced workshop will be held during the same hours on March 16 and 17. For more details or to enroll, email seasonal ornithologist Robert Snowden at rsnowden@....

 

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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 (jbray4913@...) 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 not be included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. 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

Re: Bronze Mannikins anyone?

Jennifer Falconer
 

Hi,

I have seen them at HCP and once I saw 1 in Irvine with some scaly breasted munia.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Falconer
Irvine

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Jennifer Falconer
Irvine

Re: Bronze Mannikins anyone?

Alex Tolkachev
 

I am glad several of you saw them, including some who replied privately. I guess I would like to know if Bronze Mannikins are "a big deal" to any of you? Would they make the rare birds alert the same way Yellow-headed Parrot did today.

Monte Taylor's reply, which came as I started typing this update, is the closest to what I wanted to hear. I am guessing he is more angry than excited about exotics that are escapees or their offspring. Me, I am not crazy about the Red-crowned parrots (anymore). But I always chase Nutmeg Mannikins (Scaly-breasted munia if you prefer, or Spice Finches as they were first introduced to me), and would be very excited to see a Bronze Mannikin mixed in. Probably for the wrong reasons hinted at by Monte.

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Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Birding Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Alex Tolkachev
 

I am going to walk Laguna Niguel Regional Park today from 1pm until the rain comes. What are some of the hotspots within this hotspot?

Will anyone else be there today? I have been looking for a chance to tag along with experienced birders. Had to miss the SJWS walk unfortunately.

Thanks!
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Alex Tolkachev, Irvine

Violet-green Swallows at San Joaquin

Jeff Bray
 

Along with the returning Cliff Swallows, there were at least 2 Violet-green Swallows that we’re flying over Ponds 1 and 2 this morning. The Palm Warbler continued at the corner of Pond D. 

Cheers 

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Vermilion flycatcher

Dee Fish
 

Just a heads up that yesterday, February 16, @ about 2:30 p.m., a Vermilion flycatcher was spotted swooping in and out of a tree on the Mile Square Regional Park golf course adjacent to the fenced Nature Center.  

Diane Fishel

Orange, CA

Dana Point Harbor

Sachi Fukuman
 

Went kayaking around the harbor and there may be 4-6 Black Oystercatchers along the outer channel. Also saw a Clark's Grebe along the dock where we take off.
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Sachi Fukuman
San Clemente

(Sunday 2/17/19) Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Violet-green Swallows at San Joaquin

tgmiko@gmail.com
 

The numerous Violet-green and Cliff Swallows were present this afternoon. There was a Palm Warbler at the norththwest corner of Pond B. It flew over the trail into the southwest corner of Pond D. Later, there was what appeared to be a second Palm Warbler along the southern edge of Pond E.

Tom Miko
Claremont
909.241.3390
PS: There was a rumour of a Cattle Egret, but I didn't see one, and I didn't put in a serious effort to confirm or refute the claim.


On Sat, Feb 16, 2019, 8:56 AM Jeff Bray <jbray4913@... wrote:
Along with the returning Cliff Swallows, there were at least 2 Violet-green Swallows that we’re flying over Ponds 1 and 2 this morning. The Palm Warbler continued at the corner of Pond D. 

Cheers 

--
Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

Re: Orange County RBA: February 14, 2019

Ryan Winkleman
 

Correction to last week's RBA: the RBA noted that an immature male Hooded Oriole was reported at Bartlett Park in Huntington Beach, and that additional reports may help to clarify if the ID is correct. I received additional, more conclusive photos of the bird over email from the original observer and the bird is actually an Orchard Oriole, not a Hooded Oriole. It was noted as being behind the Newland House.

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Ryan Winkleman
Rancho Santa Margarita