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  1. Chestnut-sided Warbler and RIV notes LINK
    DATE: Apr 12, 2015 @ 2:28pm, 23 day(s) ago
    A Chestnut-sided Warbler, assumed to be one of two that wintered (the first being found by Bill Deppe on October 29) continues at Fairmount Park, singing and in full feather finery. Quite nice. This morning (April 12) it was seen by Mark  Chappell and me between the playground and the lawn bowling enclosure. Also Nashville, Yellow, Orange-crowned warblers outnumbered by Yellow-rumps.
    At the north end of Salton  Sea on Friday, April 11,  Black-chinned Hummingbird, MacGillivray's Warbler (State Rec Area) Franklin's, Glaucous-winged, Western gulls conspicuous in the hundreds of Bonaparte's, Ring-billed, and California gulls; Herrings dwindling. 14 species of shorebirds including 50+ Whimbrel, few dowitchers of both species, only 2 Dunlins, many Black-bellied Plovers, Willets, Marbled Godwits, Snowy Plovers, Western Sandpipers.  A pair of Blue-winged Teal remains at Salt Creek; a male Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Brant were at 84th Ave on Thursday (Dave Goodward). Two well-defined Vs of Double-crested Cormorants (approx 300), very high heading northeast at dawn appeared to be in serious migration, but, as the Salton Sea day goes, cormorants and pelicans crisscross the sky in constant motion in all directions, so...? 
    
    At SJWA, shorebirding has been very good, including Willet, Whimbrels, (15 on Thursday, Dennis Bauers), Long-billed Curlews, hundreds of Calidris and dowitchers, both yellowlegs.   12 species of ducks are hanging in, including Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers most numerous. Raptors are at a low ebb (that may be redundant) still: Bald Eagle (Dennis), White-tailed Kite (Dennis), Swainson's Hawks, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, in the last week. American Kestrels are surprisingly scarce. Red-tailed Hawks are nesting. Bell's Vireo, Bullock's Orioles, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Wilson's Warbler are present; as is the elusive Northern Waterthrush (early in the week). Tricolored Blackbirds still easily seen at the Bridge Street dairy, Yellow-headed Blackbirds more conspicuous in the marshes.
    
    Chet
    
    
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  3. Willet, Lake Elsinore 3/14/15 LINK
    DATE: Mar 15, 2015 @ 8:22pm, 51 day(s) ago
    Today, Saturday 3/14/15, I birded the Lake Elsinore levee and back basin area, seeing 56 species. One WILLET was at mile marker 1.5 as the levee curves towards the T-peninsula. Lots of American Avocets sporting breeding plumage. 56 American White Pelicans. Great Blue Herons & Horned Larks are nesting. Most of the ducks have left. Check list with photos below.
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22353729
    
    Happy Birding,
    Julie Szabo
    Wildomar, CA
    
    
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  5. NESS March 10 LINK
    DATE: Mar 11, 2015 @ 6:50pm, 55 day(s) ago
    A pleasant day at NESS, excellent weather. Especially interesting for the date -- a very sharp looking adult Yellow-footed Gull at 84th, expected to be south in March. A ratty looking Pacific Loon is a very early migrant or just mixed up. I watched it diving in the Sea over a wide, far area and wasn't sure what I was looking at; when I returned from a barnacle beach gull walk it was in the marina, preening most intensely, raising up with full crop bulging and flapping ratty wings. For more than a hour. Clearly a Pacific/Arctic sort, default to Pacific for no reason other than distribution. In general, fewer gulls (no worries - still thousands including a few Westerns), fewer ducks, ONE Snowy Egret all day. Great Blues on nests around the east side. FOS flies.Chet  
    
    
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  7. Continuing Eurasian Wigeon LINK
    DATE: Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:37am, 2 month(s) ago
    The Eurasian Wigeon continued this morning near Salt Creek east of Menifee. The bird was with an American Wigeon flock in the large puddle on the west side of Leon Rd. before the creek crossing. There was also a female Common Goldeneye and Horned Grebe mixed in with the numerous ducks and grebes at the nearby water treatment ponds along Simpson Rd., in the easternmost of the two ponds.
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
    
    
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  9. Montclair WW Dove, Blue-crowned Parakeets LINK
    DATE: Feb 23, 2015 @ 8:11pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Rain-soaked Birders.
    I stopped at Wilderness Basin Park on San Bernardino Street, in Montclair, to see what ducks are in the pond right off the 10 Freeway. Nothing exciting in the water, but I immediately noticed a small flock of beautiful, yet unfamiliar "Aratinga" parrots now named  Blue-crowned Parakeets (Thectocercus acuticaudatus). They were a lifebird for me, unless I have seen them in LA County, and failed to record sightings there. Regardless, I saw zero entries for this species in San Bernardino County in eBird, so I am curious whether or not I may have the first county record. The birds were actively feeding in trees in the park, but moved back & forth to trees across the street, southeast of the park: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92222297@N07/16615788182/
    Equally fun was a White-winged Dover that flew by, 30 feet up in the air, flying west, straight into LA County.
    Tom
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    
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  11. Lesser Black-backed Gull at Big Bear Lake LINK
    DATE: Feb 16, 2015 @ 9:23pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Today 2/15, Elaine and I birded Big Bear Lake. We stopped at Swim Beach to look for ducks and found a dark backed gull.After several minutes of confusion, self doubt, and celebration we identified the bird as a Lesser Black-backed Gull, A first record for the SB's (San Bernardino Mts.) Attempting to get a documentation photo for the "scrutenizers" the bird flew off to the west. We rediscovered the bird behind the Big Bear U.S. Post Office and Marina Resort. From the beach the bird was sitting on the empty dock on the east side of the bay with several California, Ring-billed and 3 Herring Gulls. After several birders showed up to check out the gull we moved in closer and got some good photos of the bird. We left the area around 2:00 pm and the bird was still sitting on the dock. The Mountain is full of surprises
    Eric and Elaine Tipton, Running Springs CA.!
    
    
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  13. Mountain Lakes Birding Day LINK
    DATE: Feb 1, 2015 @ 10:12pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Today I scouted most of the major San Bernardino
    mountain lakes finally ending in Mentone at the Agate Ave water
    treatment lagoon before seeing the parrots to bed! The day was mostly
    sunny, cool and calm at the higher altitudes. Roads were all clear
    though there is still moderate snow over the Onyx Summit pass area.Starting
    at Silverwood Lake there were two continuing COMMON LOONS, both seen in
    one scope view once, but otherwise surfaced mostly one at a time.
    There were also two continuing LEWIS's WOODPECKERs working the central
    picnic/beach area as well as the wooded picnic table area spread through
    the oaks to the left. Two flocks of Purple Finch added variety to that
    area. Lake Gregory hosted an unexpected GREEN HERON. At Lake Arrowhead,
    I hoped for HORNED GREBE and found 5 making it a 4-grebe lake. Green
    Valley Lake held only a few species and nothing new. Big Bear Lake from
    multiple vantage points was loaded with waterfowl including two sets of
    splendid Hooded Mergansers. Common Mergansers were at every stop
    including 5 females at the Agate site in Mentone. A "popcorn feeding"
    frenzy of ducks at the Lake Arrowhead Village walk surprisingly brought
    in Redhead, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks along with the expected
    Mallards and Coots. It was fun looking down at these species completely
    iridescent with the bright sunlight as they thrashed about in the water
    right below the railing.
    Stops for passerines were
    limited today because of my focus on the water opportunities. However,
    in spite of listening for winter finches at several sites, I missed
    crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, and Pine Sisken. Did have one male
    Cassin's Finch located after hearing him call at Jenk's Lake. Arrived at
    the parrot roost site near Church Street in Redlands at 5 PM. The
    birds were flying in from the east and were very spread out and active
    finally congregating on the usual roost street. The flock was hard to
    number but I estimated the usual 100 or so birds. Of those I could
    locate at least 8 Red-crowned as well as one each Red-lored Parrot and
    Mitred Parakeet. The vast majority of this flock continue to be
    Violet-crowned.
    Happy Birding All,
    Roger Woodruff
    Loma LInda
    
    
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  15. Mountain Lakes Birding Day LINK
    DATE: Feb 1, 2015 @ 10:26pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Today I scouted most of the major San Bernardino
    mountain lakes finally ending in Mentone at the Agate Ave water
    treatment lagoon before seeing the parrots to bed! The day was mostly
    sunny, cool and calm at the higher altitudes. Roads were all clear
    though there is still moderate snow over the Onyx Summit pass area.Starting
    at Silverwood Lake there were two continuing COMMON LOONS, both seen in
    one scope view once, but otherwise surfaced mostly one at a time.
    There were also two continuing LEWIS's WOODPECKERs working the central
    picnic/beach area as well as the wooded picnic table area spread through
    the oaks to the left. Two flocks of Purple Finch added variety to that
    area. Lake Gregory hosted an unexpected GREEN HERON. At Lake Arrowhead,
    I hoped for HORNED GREBE and found 5 making it a 4-grebe lake. Green
    Valley Lake held only a few species and nothing new. Big Bear Lake from
    multiple vantage points was loaded with waterfowl including two sets of
    splendid Hooded Mergansers. Common Mergansers were at every stop
    including 5 females at the Agate site in Mentone. A "popcorn feeding"
    frenzy of ducks at the Lake Arrowhead Village walk surprisingly brought
    in Redhead, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks along with the expected
    Mallards and Coots. It was fun looking down at these species completely
    iridescent with the bright sunlight as they thrashed about in the water
    right below the railing.
    Stops for passerines were
    limited today because of my focus on the water opportunities. However,
    in spite of listening for winter finches at several sites, I missed
    crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, and Pine Sisken. Did have one male
    Cassin's Finch located after hearing him call at Jenk's Lake. Arrived at
    the parrot roost site near Church Street in Redlands at 5 PM. The
    birds were flying in from the east and were very spread out and active
    finally congregating on the usual roost street. The flock was hard to
    number but I estimated the usual 100 or so birds. Of those I could
    locate at least 8 Red-crowned as well as one each Red-lored Parrot and
    Mitred Parakeet. The vast majority of this flock continue to be
    Violet-crowned.
    Happy Birding All,
    Roger Woodruff
    Loma LInda
    
    
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  17. January 22: Aqueduct Big Day LINK
    DATE: Jan 23, 2015 @ 8:41am, 3 month(s) ago
    LA and western San Bernardino County Birders,
    
    Yesterday, Dan Maxwell, Adam Searcy and I birded the California Aqueduct from I-5 in the west to Hwy 395 in the east. We stopped and counted birds at all road crossings (and a few dead ends) - 53 locations in all. Many of these locations hadn't seen another birder (at least according to eBird) since all of the aqueduct crossing hotspots had been created by Mike San Miguel Sr back in February-March 2008. There were 6-7 more aqueduct crossings in Hesperia between Hwy 395 and the mountains, but exhaustion and darkness prevented us from getting to them.
    
    Most of the waterfowl in the Aqueduct were diving ducks: scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, and Bufflehead, though there were a smattering of others throughout. Numbers of ducks across the aqueduct were not uniform. The greatest concentrations were in the far west Antelope Valley (west of about 195th Street West), with occasional pockets further east. It seemed that the most remote places, where the Aqueduct was the only open water around, also had the lowest numbers of ducks.
    
    Anseriformes Totals:
    Canada Goose - 7
    Gadwall - 18
    American Wigeon - 1
    Mallard - 275
    Northern Shoveler - 3
    Redhead - 6
    Ring-necked Duck - 282
    Greater Scaup - 1
    Lesser Scaup - 1159
    Scaup sp. - 651
    Bufflehead - 481
    Common Goldeneye - 62
    Hooded Merganser - 4
    Common Merganser - 71
    Ruddy Duck - 56
    Duck sp. - 15
    
    We also counted these other aquatic birds in the aqueduct:
    Pied-billed Grebe - 3
    Eared Grebe - 3
    Great Blue Heron - 2
    American Coot - 227
    California Gull - 65
    
    It was an interesting experiment, and the public road crossing are essentially our only access points to this deep water "river" of across the Antelope Valley. Since these crossings only occur every mile or so (usually more), it's interesting to imagine how many diving ducks are actually using it - quite probably way more than any other single body of water in the immediate area.
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena
    
    
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  19. Prado Tropical Kingbird, Perris McCown's Longspur LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2015 @ 4:06pm, 4 month(s) ago
    This morning I birded the west end of San Bernardino County.  It was a great morning with 100 species by the time I returned home about 1pm.  Rain was intermittent and then steady at the end of the morning.
    Mill Creek Wetlands is always fun; nothing really to report but I would mention that the past few times I have been here right at sunrise, an estimated 1200 White-faced Ibis come off the roost and move to the north in large flocks, cool to see.  Had a nice view of a Least Bittern there this morning too. (checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21297315)
    I birded Prado Regional Park by bike, which really well.  I managed to bump into the elusive TROPICAL KINGBIRD.  It was initially in the area between parking lot 6 and the lake, and then moved over to the area of the Osprey shelter.  As others have reported, the RED-THROATED LOON and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL continue from the boat dock.  It took me some effort and a 2nd try in the rain, but I did see 1 SWAMP SPARROW back in along the west edge of the pond where it has been wintering.  75 species for the park and then a more steady rain forced me onward.(checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21303170)
    En route to the Mary Vagle Nature Center I had a nice Prairie Falcon along Armstrong Rd in Sunnyslope.  At the nature center, 6 VARIED THRUSHES were around the parking lot.
    (checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21303598)
    Also, yesterday morning (1/10/15) I checked out Dunlap Rd near Perris once again.  I finally connected with MOUNTAIN PLOVER, with at least 26 birds NW of the intersection of Dunlap and San Jacinto (mostly very distant).  There was 1 cooperative MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR about 400 yds to the SW of the intersection.  It was a bright bird and was approachable.
    (checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21289115)
    
    Yesterday afternoon, I checked the pond at Agate Ave and Salerno Ave in Mentone.  A good mix of ducks including 2 Common Mergansers, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Common Goldeneye.(checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21289229)
    Great birding,Michael WoodruffLoma Linda, CA
    
    
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  21. Re: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous W-Duck origins LINK
    DATE: Jan 9, 2015 @ 9:04am, 4 month(s) ago
    Paul is correct about there being multiple Fulvous Whistling Ducks in the Arizona area, but I just wanted to add a few more details about these birds that I think are worth mentioning on this listserve. The first reports were from 20 Dec 2014 and actually involved 9 individuals, a flock of 8 and a single bird near by (both locations are west of Phoenix). There have been subsequent reports from the location were the flock was first reported including a report of 12 from 6 Jan 2015. Back in winter 2005-2006 when Fulvous Whistling Ducks showed up in coastal California there were a couple individuals in the Phoenix area as well. All of this I think strengths the case for these birds to be of wild origin and likely the result of water conditions in their regular range. Good birding
    
    David Vander Pluym
    Lake Havasu City
    
    On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 3:27 PM, Paul Lehman <lehman.paul1...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...> wrote: > > > Well, here's a case where keeping tabs on the avian goings on in > adjacent regions outside the specific area of interest is of help: 2-3+ > weeks ago (approximately) a total of about 3 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks > were found at two separate locations in central Arizona in the Greater > Phoenix area (one site was west of the city near Buckeye)--very unusual > for Arizona as well, and perhaps especially so for winter (ditto here in > CA). So those AZ occurrences coupled with the multiple RIP birds at the > SJWA strongly suggests that these birds were of WILD origin and came > north as part of some "larger scale" event in to the southwest U.S. > Given their declining status in nw Mexico and especially in the > Southwest U.S. (where formerly regular in small numbers during summer at > the south end Salton Sea, but no longer), it is too bad that they met > their demise. > > --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  23. Re: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous W-Duck origins LINK
    DATE: Jan 9, 2015 @ 5:56pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Thanks for the input Paul, Chet, and Ed.If they are wild birds, it's really dumb i.e. counterproductive that they shot such a rare bird. 
    Tom
    
    On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 3:27 PM, Paul Lehman lehman.paul1@... [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     Well, here's a case where keeping tabs on the avian goings on in
    adjacent regions outside the specific area of interest is of help: 2-3+
    weeks ago (approximately) a total of about 3 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
    were found at two separate locations in central Arizona in the Greater
    Phoenix area (one site was west of the city near Buckeye)--very unusual
    for Arizona as well, and perhaps especially so for winter (ditto here in
    CA). So those AZ occurrences coupled with the multiple RIP birds at the
    SJWA strongly suggests that these birds were of WILD origin and came
    north as part of some "larger scale" event in to the southwest U.S.
    Given their declining status in nw Mexico and especially in the
    Southwest U.S. (where formerly regular in small numbers during summer at
    the south end Salton Sea, but no longer), it is too bad that they met
    their demise.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    -- Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    
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  25. Fulvous W-Duck origins LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2015 @ 3:27pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Well, here's a case where keeping tabs on the avian goings on in
    adjacent regions outside the specific area of interest is of help: 2-3+
    weeks ago (approximately) a total of about 3 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks
    were found at two separate locations in central Arizona in the Greater
    Phoenix area (one site was west of the city near Buckeye)--very unusual
    for Arizona as well, and perhaps especially so for winter (ditto here in
    CA). So those AZ occurrences coupled with the multiple RIP birds at the
    SJWA strongly suggests that these birds were of WILD origin and came
    north as part of some "larger scale" event in to the southwest U.S.
    Given their declining status in nw Mexico and especially in the
    Southwest U.S. (where formerly regular in small numbers during summer at
    the south end Salton Sea, but no longer), it is too bad that they met
    their demise.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  27. Re: [inlandcountybirds] Fulvous Whistling Duck origins LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2015 @ 3:26pm, 4 month(s) ago
    A few thoughts. As one who spends obsessive amounts of time at the SJWA, I agree. The good part of that is -- there is so much waterfowl habitat in the SJWA/duck club contiguous area, and limited access to most of it..The bad part -- how little nesting habitat for ducks and other water-oriented birds is maintained at SJWA beyond the shooting season.  As to the the Fulvous-Whistling Ducks; I guess they could have been missed on the CBC, or released later. Or arrived on their own (major mistake). Searches (limited access) since the first fatalities were photo'd and proudly displayed have been unsuccessful. I don't know about the recent additions to that bunch, but the first one were not banded, to my knowledge. I have no doubt there are listers among the gun crowd and I'm pretty sure there were releases in the Santa Ana River in 2005. The only one I have seen in the county was a banded one in Hidden Valley, 2006, I think. Garrett and Dunn mention San Jacinto Lake as a former nesting site. I do not know the ramifications, probably none but confusion to birders, of releasing unbanded native birds outside of the known range of the species. Chet
    
    On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 2:21 PM, Ed Stonick edstonick@... [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     Hi Tom!
    
    With the money spent on duck hunting (guns, ammo, tags, dogs, decoys, etc.) I wouldn't be surprised if they "stock" the flock, too.  I have heard about hunters saying things like (wigeon hunters), "I'd sure like to bag a Eurasian!"
    
    With all the birders that check out SJWA, many of which are quite skilled, it's pretty amazing that no FUWDs have been seen before.
    
    Ed
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  29. Fulvous Whistling Duck origins LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2015 @ 1:38pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hello,A friend said something interesting, the other day: he speculated that the Fulvous Whistling Ducks at SJWA are escapees i.e. released for hunting purposes. I gather he said that because of the photos on FaceBook of hunters holding them up, as prizes. You never know, but it would seem like too much work to go out and buy 4 or 5 Fulvous Whistling Ducks, drive them to San Jacinto, then hope that they cooperate, so that I can shoot them, when the place has thousands of ducks and geese flying, walking, and swimming between me and my Fulvous Whistling Ducks.I would think that inasmuch as all of us birders would like to drive out to SJWA to see them, and get them on our state/county/year lists, hunters have the same desire to be able to say "Yeah, I shot one of those in San Jacinto Wildlife Area," then show you a photo on his cell phone.
    
    Any thoughts???
    -- Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    
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  31. Re: [inlandcountybirds] SJWA Whistling ducks LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2015 @ 9:54pm, 4 month(s) ago
    According to the hunting report, another 3 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks were shot during today's hunt (1/7/2015), so perhaps 1 or more may still be out there.
    Matt GrubeRedlands, CA
    On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 7:53 PM, mario.pineda90@... [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    Just saw a photo on the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Facebook page and it shows two Fulvous Whistling ducks were shot today (1/3). It's a shame they were killed instead of found by birders.
    
    Here is the link to the facebook page. (warning, shows photo of the dead ducks, just in case people don't like seeing that)
    
    https://www.facebook.com/SanJacintoWildlifeArea/photos/pcb.555797964556771/555796191223615/?type=1&theater
    
    Mario Pineda
    Fontana, CA
    
    
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  33. Re: Fulvous Whistling-Ducks LINK
    DATE: Jan 5, 2015 @ 9:36pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Not that I'm trying to rain on anyone's parade, but despite the fact that the appearance of six Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area is interesting and intriguing, isn't their appearance in winter at least a little concerning with regard to their status as wild (i.e., countable) birds?
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  35. Fulvous Whistling-Ducks LINK
    DATE: Jan 5, 2015 @ 6:42pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Joyce Schwartz and I saw four Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at the pond at the headquarters of San Jacinto Wildlife Area today.
    
    Rose Marx
    East Hemet
    
    
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  37. SJWA Whistling ducks LINK
    DATE: Jan 4, 2015 @ 7:53pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Just saw a photo on the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Facebook page and it shows two Fulvous Whistling ducks were shot today (1/3). It's a shame they were killed instead of found by birders.
    
    Here is the link to the facebook page. (warning, shows photo of the dead ducks, just in case people don't like seeing that)
    
    https://www.facebook.com/SanJacintoWildlifeArea/photos/pcb.555797964556771/555796191223615/?type=1&theater
    
    Mario Pineda
    Fontana, CA
    
    
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  39. Varied Thrushes Santa Rosa Plateau LINK
    DATE: Dec 22, 2014 @ 10:56pm, 4 month(s) ago
    This afternoon while hiking on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta, we found 12 Varied Thrushes. 11 of them were along Adobe Loop trail, where there may have been more, these were the only ones we had a visual on. One was also found along the Trans Preserve Trail in the riparian section between Coyote Trail and Hidden Valley Rd. Other good birds we found included Pine Siskin, Merlin, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and lots of American Robins. The Vernal Pools have lots of water in them which is attracting a good assortment of ducks and shorebirds as well.
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
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  41. December 19 out and about LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:17pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Tony Metcalf and I set out this morning to look for Lapland Longspurs in the San Jacinto Ave field between Perris and Nuevo. As Lake Perris was along the way we decided to look for the White-winged Scoter and Red-throated Loon, limiting our search to the east end of the lake. On arriving we immediately saw a large flock of small (Podiceps) grebes, seeming to be mostly Horned Grebes. They proceeded back and forth across and around the bay with much synchronous diving. We made numerous counts noticing that at any time there was likely 25% underwater. So our numbers are estimate -- an impressive 90+ Horned, 40+ Eared. Purely speculation as to whether they were present on the weather stricken CBC day or came in more recently.  I have noted very low numbers of both species on the lake this fall. We did not see the Red-throated Loon and were about to leave when we found the White-winged Scoter quite far away but in good light. It was diving in a loose flock of scaup, and both species were appearing with some crustacean looking item. In our hour of scans we also found several Greater Scaups, Red-breasted Merganser and a male Hooded Merganser, the latter may have been seen on the CBC. Still no Common Mergansers on the lake; that is normally the easy and numerous species. 
    On to the fields along Dunlap and San Jacinto Ave where the first bird we saw was a Ferruginous Hawk. Tony and I split up to cover more wet, muddy ground and after awhile Matt Grube arrived with a pizza, and joined the fun. American Pipits, Horned Larks, Savannah Sparrows, Western Meadowlarks, and Common Ravens--210, were about. Tony independently, and before we knew of the longspur identification change, found what he cautiously called (based on less than satisfactory looks) a McCown's Longspur. This was generally in the same area reported by Michael Woodruff, who deserves the big kudos for self-policing. Meanwhile I'm fields away scanning for longspurs and Mountain Plovers and finding neither, but enjoying Horned Larks. Back to the vehicles where Matt shared some mighty good pizza, thanks Matt!
    
    To the Ramona Expressway and the egg ranch where the near 1000 gulls of two days ago was down to about 30.  A check of the Lark Bunting spot was unsuccessful as all checks have been since Howard found it on the CBC. In the process of bunting hunting a flock of 90-105 Long-billed Curlews flew in; that's the largest flock I know of in the valley recently. A Prairie Falcon came through and put them up.
    
    Then the day got interesting! We drove out the duck club road and were surrounded by birds - Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, Mountain Bluebirds, Vesper Sparrows, ducks, ducks, more ducks, Black-necked Stilts, etc. It was quite interesting watching three Northern Harriers deciding who would get to eat the Ruddy Duck.
    
    Tony, very familiar with the late afternoon action as he is of the type that goes to work in the morning, pointed out some truly amazing and interesting things: flock of blackbirds, certainly numbering in the many thousands in distinct waves zip by for thirty minutes, south to north, from lands south of SJWA to lands completely north of the valley -- he has seen them pass over the freeway; where are they going? I counted 42 Yellow-headed Blackbird that dripped out of the flocks for some sort of reunion/staging on a power pole and were joined by ~100 Tricolored Blackbirds. A short stop and they were all gone to the north.
    
    Then... as clouds were building, we made an effort to count gulls even as we laughed at ourselves for trying. Clearly, from the direction of Banning Pass we saw, very high wave after wave of gulls. For about thirty minutes they passed, our estimate was 10,000. They seemed to be going to Lake Perris; it would be interesting to be in a position to see if they pass the lake and continue to Lake Matthews, or further west. The question of where they are coming from is intriguing; I don't think the few landfills to the east can account for this many gulls. If they are coming through the pass, as we could almost plainly see... well... we know of a Larid connection to the Salton Sea; Gull-billed Tern.  I don't know. Them birds can fly.
    
    If you got here, thanks for your patience.
    Chet
    
    
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  43. Evening Grosbeaks at Big Bear City Hall LINK
    DATE: Dec 7, 2014 @ 11:22am, 5 month(s) ago
    All,
    To follow up on Brad's post about the evening grosbeaks, I'm sitting at a picnic table behind Big Bear City hall where I've been hearing at least several grosbeaks intermittently for the last 2+ hours. They've been hard to see well because they're staying at the treetops and calling only occasionally, but when they call I've been recording them. Audio spectrograms indicate that most of the birds are type 1 grosbeaks but that there's at least one type 2 among them. I uploaded two recordings to Xeno-Cantoand embedded them in an eBird checklist.
    The recordings are available on Xeno-Canto at:
    http://www.xeno-canto.org/205681
    and
    http://www.xeno-canto.org/205682
    The ebird list (with a description of the calls) is at:
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20819023
    In addition to the grosbeaks, a couple of red crossbills flew by and sounded like flight call type 2s, but I wasn't able to get a recording to check.
    Regards,
    Lance
    Lance Benner
    Altadena, CA
    On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM, bcsinger@... [inlandcountybirds] wrote:
    
    December 6, Doug Karalun and I spent a cool but sunny day in the mountains from morning until mid afternoon. My first stop before picking up Doug in Running Springs was the Lake Arrowhead dam where the resident adult Bald Eagle was perched on its favorite snag in the southwest corner of Papoose Lake. I also happened to spot a Lewis's Woodpecker nearby working the oaks. I picked up Doug and we headed to Green Valley Lake Campground in search of the ubiquitous Varied Thrush. We didn't see any but did find a calling male Red Crossbill. From there we headed to Big Bear Civic Center and tracked down the continuing 20-25 Evening Grosbeaks about 50 yards west of the west parking area. A quick stop at the Von's Marsh turned up an adult Herring Gull and a FOS flock of Common Mergansers. The recent rains added water to the nearly dry Stanfield Marsh, where we found another Herring Gull (1st winter bird) and the continuing Franklin's Gull. A stop at the Big Bear Sewage ponds yielded a variety of ducks including Lesser Scaup and Common Goldeneye. Doug had to get back, so I dropped him off at his car, headed back to Green Valley Lake Campground where I eventually found two pairs of Varied Thrush near campsite 36.
    Brad Singer
    Lake Arrowhead
    
    
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  45. S.B. Mtns Birds LINK
    DATE: Dec 7, 2014 @ 10:30pm, 5 month(s) ago
    December 6, Doug Karalun and I spent a cool but sunny day in the mountains from morning until mid afternoon. My first stop before picking up Doug in Running Springs was the Lake Arrowhead dam where the resident adult Bald Eagle was perched on its favorite snag in the southwest corner of Papoose Lake. I also happened to spot a Lewis's Woodpecker nearby working the oaks. I picked up Doug and we headed to Green Valley Lake Campground in search of the ubiquitous Varied Thrush. We didn't see any but did find a calling male Red Crossbill. From there we headed to Big Bear Civic Center and tracked down the continuing 20-25 Evening Grosbeaks about 50 yards west of the west parking area. A quick stop at the Von's Marsh turned up an adult Herring Gull and a FOS flock of Common Mergansers. The recent rains added water to the nearly dry Stanfield Marsh, where we found another Herring Gull (1st winter bird) and the continuing Franklin's Gull. A stop at the Big Bear Sewage ponds yielded a variety of ducks including Lesser Scaup and Common Goldeneye. Doug had to get back, so I dropped him off at his car, headed back to Green Valley Lake Campground where I eventually found two pairs of Varied Thrush near campsite 36.
    Brad Singer
    Lake Arrowhead
    
    
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  47. Desert Center December 5 LINK
    DATE: Dec 6, 2014 @ 12:04pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Compelled by regional and continental weather I didn't think it to be too foolhardy to have a look at a favorite desert oasis. 
    Mentioning Prairie Falcon and male Vermilion Flycatcher covers the landbirds; three Savannah Sparrows, approx 60 White-crowned Sparrows, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers had to be worked for. Conspicuous only: Eurasian Collared-Doves, Great-tailed Grackles, Black Phoebes, American Kestrels.
    
    The waterfowl was fun: Snow Goose 3 imms, Ross's Goose 3, one imm, Canada Goose, kinda small, Northern Shoveler 150, Ring-necked Dunk 70, American Wigeon 5, Lesser Scaup, Redhead 5, Gadwalls a few, Mallards, Ruddy Ducks, Green-winged Teal, continuing Western Grebe - not a duck.
    
    On the way home I couldn't resist the gravitational pull of the Salton Sea so I had a couple of hours at 84th Ave; only species to mention - Laughing Gull.
    
    Chet
    
    
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  49. NESS Dec 2 LINK
    DATE: Dec 3, 2014 @ 5:52am, 5 month(s) ago
    With Bob McKernan, an interesting day around the north end of the Salton Sea on Tuesday.  Most remarkable was an estimated 18,000 Western/Clarks (very largely Western) Grebes observed in a mega raft extending from North Shore southward. Second most exciting was a Tropical Kingbird (my first in the Salton Sink) observed from Lincoln in private land to the west, north of 68th Ave, Mecca. Typically, we spent a lot of time scanning flocks of gulls (abundant beyond estimate), resulting in: Western Gull - 5, Yellow-footed Gull - adult up the beach at North Shore, Thayer's Gull - first cycle at 84th Ave. A Horned Grebe continues at the State Recreation Area marina. 32  Greater White-fronted Geese flew over Lincoln, calling, as we studied the distant kingbird. Without getting carried away here, early morning at the end of Hayes Road was spectacular with a Peregrine swirling up flocks of shorebirds, the hundreds pelicans and gulls and ducks on the  calm, glassy sea under clouds, amazing visibility. The other end of the day, en route home - rain, wow.Chet
    
    
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