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  1. Western Gull, Wood Ducks, Lake Elsinore 6/5/16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 5, 2016 @ 3:54pm, 19 day(s) ago
    Today, Sunday 6/5/16?I birded around the shoreline of Lake Elsinore.? Despite?lots of boats on the lake, there were some birds to see.?
    
    Of note were a pair of Wood Ducks just south of Perret Park (on the south west side of the lake off of Grand Ave.)?From Perret Park, I could also view over 100 apparent California Gulls there were all along the southwest shoreline.?
    
    An adult Western Gull,? probably the same one that has been seen for a while,?was at the usual location, along the east shoreline just south of the outflow channel.? This is just west of where Spring Street and West Lakeshore meet.????
    
    I also spent some time checking on the nesting?Heron's and Egrets.?? Historically,?four species of Herons/Egrets?nested along Nebraska Street?near the corner of Lakeshore and Riverside Drives.? For the past two years, they all have moved to private property along the south west side of the lake.? After getting permission?to access the private properties,I was able to see several young Great Blue and Great Egrets, while?some?adults appear to continue to incubate.
    
    I only found 2 nesting Snowing Egrets, and no nesting?Black-crowned Night-Herons.?
    
    I did not bird along the south?levee, as there was a baseball game at the stadium scheduled for the afternoon.
    
    Julie Szabo
    Wildomar, CA
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  3. NESS March 11 LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2016 @ 9:34am, 3 month(s) ago
    Bob McKernan and I spent the day on the beaches around the north end of the Salton Sea, from Salt Creek on the east side to 84th Ave on the west. Excellent conditions in the morning went south, as they say, in the afternoon, with winds and rough water. We put a focused effort on the gull flocks,  especially the ones at Salt Creek where we spent three hours, as well as on the barnacle beaches for shorebird migrants, and scanning the open Sea for whatever happened by.
    
    Highlights of close to 100 species:
    
    Waterfowl: Fifteen species of ducks included two female Surf Scoters at Salt Creek, 32 Red-breasted Mergansers (many males) at various locations, 3 female Common Mergansers, 2+ male Blue-winged Teals at Salt Creek, a few Common Goldeneyes.
    
    Gulls: Nine species included Lesser-Black-backed Gull - 5 at Salt Creek (3+ adults, 2 first cycle), Yellow-footed Gull - 2 at Salt Creek (one adult), Western Gull - 6 (single adults at Salt Creek and 84th Ave), Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull.
    
    Shorebirds: two Sanderlings, a Red Knot, several Dunlins (including black speckle-bellies) at Salt Creek, increasing Western Sandpipers and Snowy Plovers, lots of Willets, a breeding-plumage Black-bellied Plover.
    
    Clearly the same Neotropic Cormorant continues at the SRA  after a sabbatical. The last date I can find in my notes is January 27. (Reminds me to remind -- significant Riverside County observations for inclusion in the  "North American Birds" winter season report need to be to me this week.
    
    One more good bird - a  continuing male Tricolored Blackbird -  was findable at 81st Ave in the windstorm. 
    
    Chet
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  5. Santa Rosa Plateau birds LINK
    DATE: Mar 10, 2016 @ 9:01pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Today Julie Szabo, my husband Alan and I hiked on the Los Santos trail on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. In addition to loads of flowers, we found a Yellow-shafted Flicker at the southern end of Los Santos Trail, not far from the junction with Vernal Pool trail. At the northern end of Los Santos we found 3 Grasshopper Sparrows, hearing 2 singing and calling and getting a visual on another. The calling birds were near the junction of Los Santos trail and Hidden Valley Rd. Just before hearing the second two sparrows we had a close encounter with a Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, so watch your step if you venture onto the Reserve. The Vernal Pools are shrinking fast, with a small assortment of ducks and shorebirds remaining. The Reserve is located on Clinton Keith Rd. 4 miles west of Interstate 15.
    
    Charity Hagen
    
    Lake Elsinore
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  7. Salton Sea (south) - 9 March 2016 LINK
    DATE: Mar 10, 2016 @ 2:37pm, 4 month(s) ago
    I spent Wednesday, 9 March 2016 (6:00 AM to 4:30 PM), at and around the south end of the Salton Sea. I started the day at Fig Lagoon and Sunbeam Lake then drove northward to Brawley, with quick stops at Sheldon Reservoir and the area around the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads. In Brawley I checked the hummingbird feeders on Willard Avenue and looked around Cattle Call Park. I then drove north to Ramer Lake and on northward through Calipatria to Morton Bay by way of English, Pound, Davis and Schrimpf Roads. From here I drove southwestward to the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ and Rock Hill. From here I checked for water birds along the shoreline of the Salton Sea southwestward from Obsidian Butte to the west end of Young Road, stopping in the area around the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads. I then drove southwestward to Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. From here I drove southward through Westmorland into Brawley, then on south to El Centro. I then looked at Lakeview Golfcourse and Fig Lagoon before heading west to San Diego. The sky was clear in the morning, but with scattered high overcast in the afternoon, there was little to no wind, and temperatures ranging from 45 to 85 degrees. Many ducks appear to have left the area during the past week, and all of the Sandhill Cranes have departed. I spent much time unsuccessfully looking through swallows for Violet-green Swallows – this species is evidently rare in the Imperial Valley, even during times of migration. Species seen and/or heard – Snow Goose (95 – including one “Blue Geese”), Ross’s Goose (5), Gadwall (10), American Wigeon (10), Mallard (75), Cinnamon Teal (50), Northern Shoveler (1500), Northern Pintail (25), Green-winged Teal (250), Redhead (20 – twenty on Sheldon Reservoir), Ring-necked Duck (25 – twenty-five on Sheldon Reservoir), Lesser Scaup (6), Surf Scoter (2 – one adult male and a female together on Fig Lagoon), Bufflehead (5), Ruddy Duck (400), Gambel’s Quail (10), Pied-billed Grebe (5), Eared Grebe (200), Western Grebe (10), Clark’s Grebe (2), Aechmophorus sp (10), Neotropic Cormorant (36 – thirty counted at Sunbeam Lake first thing in the morning, single birds at the north end of Garst Road and at Obsidian Butte, two together at the north end of Lack Road, and two more at the west end of Young Road), Double-crested Cormorant (1500 – including many on nests at Ramer Lake), American White Pelican (150), Brown Pelican (150), Least Bittern (1 – one calling at Fig Lagoon), Great Blue Heron (75 – many now attending nests along the shoreline), Great Egret (75), Snowy Egret (50), Cattle Egret (2500), Green Heron (2), Black-crowned Night-Heron (25), White-faced Ibis (500), Turkey Vulture (15), Osprey (1), Northern Harrier (15), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Cooper’s Hawk (2), Swainson’s Hawk (1 – one dark-morph bird near Sunbeam Lake), Red-tailed Hawk (15), Ridgway’s Rail (1), Sora (5), Common Gallinule (2), American Coot (500), Black-necked Stilt (50), American Avocet (150), Black-bellied Plover (25), Killdeer (20), Spotted Sandpiper (2), Greater Yellowlegs (15), Willet (25), Lesser Yellowlegs (5), Whimbrel (5 – five with Long-billed Curlews near Imperial were the first that I have encountered at the Salton Sink this spring), Long-billed Curlew (750), Marbled Godwit (75), Stilt Sandpiper (75 – at least seventy-five with Long-billed Dowitchers at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge), Dunlin (2), Least Sandpiper (500), Western Sandpiper (10), Long-billed Dowitcher (1000), Ring-billed Gull (5000), Yellow-footed Gull (1 – one second-winter bird near the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads), California Gull (75), Herring Gull (75), Glaucous-winged Gull (2 - single first-winter birds along the shore of the Salton Sea near the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads and at the west end of Young Road), Caspian Tern (10), Rock Pigeon (150), Eurasian Collared-Dove (200), Inca Dove (10), Common Ground-Dove (25), White-winged Dove (15), Mourning Dove (150), Greater Roadrunner (2), Great Horned Owl (1 – one at Cattle Call Park in Brawley), Burrowing Owl (5), Anna’s Hummingbird (15), Costa’s Hummingbird (2), Belted Kingfisher (5), Gila Woodpecker (5), Ladder-backed Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (15), American Kestrel (35), Black Phoebe (15), Eastern Phoebe (1 – one at Sunbeam Lake was the same bird first found and photographed here by Ron Cyger on 31 January), Say’s Phoebe (10), Vermilion Flycatcher (1 – one adult male at the Lakeview Golf Course adjacent to Fig Lagoon), Loggerhead Shrike (1), Common Raven (5), Horned Lark (5), Tree Swallow (3000), Northern Rough-winged Swallow (40), Cliff Swallow (500), Barn Swallow (75), Verdin (10), Marsh Wren (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (2), American Robin (10), Northern Mockingbird (25), European Starling (250), American Pipit (10), Phainopepla (1), Orange-crowned Warbler (2), Common Yellowthroat (5), Yellow-rumped Warbler (75), Abert’s Towhee (25), Savannah Sparrow (30), Song Sparrow (15), Lincoln’s Sparrow (1), White-crowned Sparrow (200), Golden-crowned Sparrow (1 – one with White-crowned Sparrows at the entrance area to Ramer Lake), Red-winged Blackbird (1500), Western Meadowlark (30), Yellow-headed Blackbird (2), Brewer’s Blackbird (50), Great-tailed Grackle (150), Brown-headed Cowbird (75), Bullock’s Oriole (5 – five adult males together at Sunbeam Lake were obvious spring migrants), House Finch (30) and House Sparrow (75) - 119 species.   Guy McCaskie
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  9. NESS March 3 LINK
    DATE: Mar 4, 2016 @ 6:23am, 4 month(s) ago
    Bob McKernan and I spent a spring-like day at points around the north end of the Salton Sea on Thursday, March 3. Signs of spring migration: the many thousands of gulls reduced to just thousands (including Lesser Black-backed Gulls (two at Salt Creek), Western Gulls (at least two at 84th Avenue, and Glaucous-winged Gull (first cycle at 84th Avenue); less waterfowl,  we did find thirteen species of ducks including three male Surf Scoters (North Shore, the earliest spring date I am aware of), three male Blue-winged Teals (Salt Creek), several Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, and twenty Common Mergansers (a good winter for them in the Sink).  Shorebirds included approximately one hundred  Sanderlings at Salt Creek, and a seeming influx of Snowy Plovers.  We did not look away from the Sea so landbirds were not searched for, still we encountered Peregrine Falcon, several Red-shouldered Hawks acting couplish, Inca Doves and remarkably, three male Tricolored Blackbirds at the 81st Avenue fish farm. With few records of  Tricolored Blackbirds in the Salton Sink (I know of only three at NESS and a couple further south) and increasing conservation interest in the species, range expansions (see Jaramillo and Burke 1999), a rather exploratory/nomadic tendency... very interesting to me as a perfectly fine photo (my assessment, with California support)  of a male taken in Tucson (by Bill Hopson, July 20, 2002) failed to make it through the Arizona Bird Committee. Chet
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  11. Bird Walk this Saturday on the Santa Rosa Plateau LINK
    DATE: Jan 17, 2016 @ 12:06pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Just a reminder that there will be a public bird walk on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta this upcoming Saturday the 23rd.? We will likely be walking out to check out the Vernal Pools, looking for ducks, shorebirds, and whatever else we can find.? Meet at the Visitor Center at 8AM, which is located on Clinton Keith Road, 4 miles west of Interstate 15.?
    
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
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  13. January 8, 2016, Cucamonga and Devore LINK
    DATE: Jan 9, 2016 @ 1:39pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Started at Guasti regional Park, immediately spotted 30 Double Crested
    Cormorants in the NE corner of the main parking area in a tree. That's
    normal, then A Hermit Thrush and a Black And White Warbler near the
    bridge in a Pine Tree. About thirty Northern Shovelers in the Flood
    control channel on the north side near Archibald, with 6 Ruddy ducks.
    Black Phoebes and Says Phoebes were abundant.
    
    Moved on to Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore. One Golden Eagle flew
    over as we arrived at 3:30 PM. Very few birds spotted after the three
    days of heavy rain, The Meadowlarks seem to have moved on, from the
    area near the main entrance, on the west north perimeter.
    
    15 DC Cormorants, one Sharp-shinned Hawk near the "wild life" trail. 8
    California Thrashers near the white dumpster container, east of the
    pool. Several Coastal Scrub Jays, same area, as well as an Oak Titmouse,
    which is recurring from last week. The Red Shafted Northern Flickers
    are near the pool gate. Oregon Juncos are now absent, there was a large
    flock ground feeding by the east parking area, near the lakes, four days
    ago... Park virtually deserted. They were stocking Trout.
    
    Jeffery G Scism
    San Bernardino
    
    
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  15. New Year's weekend Western Coachella Valley odds and ends LINK
    DATE: Jan 4, 2016 @ 12:01pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Hello everyone. I hope this does not find you folks west of the mountains out looking for an Ark to rent. In typical fashion, despite weather forecasts to the contrary, no rain yet over here in the Coachella valley. I had a very nice New year's day, with two 2 to 2 and a half hours of bird watching twice that day, sandwiched in between watching on TV a Ohio State win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta bowl (thank goodness.). New Year's morning I was in Palm Springs and the afternoon Desert Hot Springs.
    
    In Palm Springs, walking along the bike trail south of Demuth Park, which runs right along the Tahquitz Creek public Golf course, I had a flock of Cedar Waxwings, a few Dark-eyed Junco's, a ton of Western Bluebirds, a Loggerhead Shrike, about 110 Canada Geese, but not the one Snow goose that was in with them a week earlier on Christmas day, a few Cattle Egret and a Cinnamon Teal at the Palm Springs Sewage Ponds which runs along this bike trail, but which for the first time in ages had one of the ponds with water in it. Even one of the still dry ponds had about 12 or 13 American Pipits in it. The golf course ponds beside the "wet and Wild " waterpark had 6 buffleheads in it.
    
    There were 2 Red-tailed hawks in Demuth Park up on light poles, but at the edge of the water at the Palm Springs Sewage ponds, maybe 1/6th of a mile or so away, was a raptor that just sat still for like 15 minutes right on he bank of the water, and of course, it was extremely hard to get pictures of between fencing and a distance of probably 300 to 400 feet or more away from. I suspect it was a female Northern Harrier, based on what little I could see. I have not yet been able to look at my pictures as my wife has been heavily using the home computer lately looking heavily into that ancestry stuff. She's back so far to the 1720's with both sides of her family tree.
    
    At Ruth Hardy park in central Palm Springs, I re-located 14 Lark Sparrows, and a Ladder-backed Woodpecker, both of which I had seen on December 31st when I only had my scope and not my camera with me. Now I have an early start with them also on my 2016 bird list. After the football game, I went to the Desert Hot Springs sewage ponds, only to sadly see the two ones I have been looking into being emptied, and two new ones way further out of view being filled. Nothing really exciting there, but a week earlier on Christmas eve, just a day and a half out of Christmas bird count week, there was a Great Egret, and a Bufflehead at the DHS sewage ponds, neither one of which made our CBC.
    
    Finishing the afternoon at the place first called by Steve Ritt the DHS Fish Hatchery south of Dillon Rd, and about 1 mile too far south to be in our Christmas bird count, there was a Loggerhead Shrike, a Belted Kingfisher, an American Robin, a Wilson's Snipe, and a Lincoln Sparrow as well as the usual cast of characters, about 9 of which sadly exist there regularly, yet can't be added to our somewhat mediocre waterbird species total for the CBC. As of yesterday the 3rd, the Lincoln Sparrow, the kingfisher and the snipe continued.
    
    At the newly filled up two new ponds at the DHS Sewage ponds, yesterday, there were 4 Hooded Mergansers, two male and two female, and suddenly now out of no where about 50 or so Lesser Scaup, and a modest flock of Ruddy Ducks. The Scaup weren't on the CBC. We had 6 Ring-necked Ducks at the CBC and they may have been mixed in with the Scaup. One of the almost dried up ponds at least now had 3 Least sandpipers, when we only had one for the CBC.
    
    Saturday the 2nd I enjoyed helping in the North end of the Salton Sea CBC. A Dunlin, four Semi-palmated Plovers, and two Snowy Plovers were my best personal additions to that very successful CBC that Chet recently reported on.
    
    Good luck this next week with the supposed super heavy rain. Maybe some of us will get some good drop down bird species with it. Bye for now.
    
    John McCallister CPA
    Desert Hot Springs, CA
    
    
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  17. Re: [inlandcountybirds] Riverside Year 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jan 3, 2016 @ 7:32am, 6 month(s) ago
    I neglected to say thanks for a great year Julie! I look forward to our adventures in 2016!
    Charity
    
    From: "Charity Hagen daughterofmirkwood@... [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> To: Inlandcountybirds <inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com> Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2016 7:27 AM Subject: Re: [inlandcountybirds] Riverside Year 2015
    
    To add to Julie's post, we put on at least a thousand miles on our car in our effort to boost her big year total, with several trips to the Salton Sea, Corn Springs, Joshua Tree, Lake Hemet, UCR, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed our trips together, as not only did I get to experience great birding destinations I had only read about, but was able to meet many birders whose names I had only read on this list. It's sure nice to put faces to names. Plus Julie is just a pleasant and fun person to be around, I lost track of all our high fives! Great birding at great places with a great birder, what could be better?
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
    
    From: "Julie Szabo jsszabo1@... [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> To: yahoogroups <inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com> Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:30 PM Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Riverside Year 2015
    
    Thank you so much to Chet McGaugh for your very thoughtful
    recognition! I was asked by several to
    post a summary of my 2015 big year. I
    end 2015 with 311 species seen in Riverside County. This could not have been possible without the
    help of several people who encouraged me, called me when rare birds were seen,
    and drove or rode with me long distances all over the county. A special thank you to my very patient and
    supportive husband Dale. He also would
    hear the numerous calls and text alerts at all hours of the day when a bird I “needed”
    was seen. He knew I was chasing birds
    the next day when he saw me making sandwiches the night before. And a
    very special thank you to Charity & Alan Hagen, Chet McGaugh, Howard King (301
    in 2011), Tony Metcalf, Curtis Marantz, Ninad Thakoor, David Rankin and Tom
    Benson, and many others. Bob McKernan
    (306 in 1990) was very gracious and helpful by looking at several photos, and
    sending words of encouragement!
    During 2015, I put over 17,000 miles on my car that
    included 20 trips to either the Salton Sea, or Chiriaco Summit/Desert Center. Note:
    if you do a big year, it is probably best to live in the center of the
    county, instead of at the extreme southwest corner of the county. Everything good is at least 2 or 3 hours
    away. Dale and I did a 14 hour “one day trip” to
    Blythe in May (Ridgway’s Rail, Indigo Bunting). Charity & Alan Hagen and I made an overnight
    trip to Blythe in August, and birded when it was 114° (finding Brown-crested
    Flycatchers), followed by getting up at 4:00 AM the next morning so we could
    listen for Yellow-billed Cuckoo at dawn. We successfully heard a few and saw
    one! Oh, and did I mention the flies and smell at
    the Salton Sea in the summer? I had at
    least 100 flies in my car along with me while riding with the windows down at
    freeway speed trying to eject them. On
    one trip in early August, a radiator hose sprung a leak, and I limped home,
    adding water to the overflow bottle every 20 miles.
    Counting the birds was easy at first. I used eBird to keep track and entered 730 check lists. In January, I had 175 species, and at the end
    of March, 222. By the end of June, I had
    273 species. I had seen 275 in 2014, so
    I decided to just keep going to see how many were possible in one year. During the summer months, the law of diminishing
    returns kicked in, and it took me until the end of September to reach 288
    species. In October I added 6, November I
    added 13, and in December another 4. The
    last bird I saw was the Black-and-white Warbler at UC Riverside on 12/28/15. It took me 4 trips and 8 hours of looking
    into trees, and thanks to Ninad Thakoor, both Charity and I finally saw the
    bird.
    During 2015, I added 30 county birds, including 12 life
    birds. Some notables were the Bendire’s
    Thrasher that Charity & I found at Joshua Tree on 5/26/15; a Stilt Sandpiper
    at Lake Elsinore on 7/31/15, & McCown’s Longspurs on 12/6/15. Others highlights were Evening Grosbeaks at Lake
    Hemet; American Redstart & Gila Woodpecker at Corn Springs; Bobolink &
    Mew Gull at Lake Perris; Ruddy Ground-dove and Broad-billed Hummingbird at
    Chiriaco Summit; Long-eared Owl at San
    Jacinto Wildlife: Tundra Swans at Indio
    and Nuevo; Long-tailed Ducks &
    White-winged Scoters at the Whitewater River Delta; Bronzed Cowbird on 81st
    St; Gray Catbird at Cactus City; Yellow-bellied
    Sapsucker at Lake Elsinore.
    I topped the year of by participating in 4 Christmas Bird
    Counts, one of which I am the compiler for the count. At the Elsinore CBC on 12/26/15, I had no new
    birds, but we did have 121 species, plus 7 count week species, with extremely windy
    conditions.
    Thanks again to everyone who supported me 2015 in my
    crazy quest. If you would like to have a
    copy of “the list” please send me a direct email.
    Happy New Year, and good birding in 2016!
    Julie Szabo, Wildomar, CA
    
    
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  19. Re: [inlandcountybirds] Riverside Year 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jan 3, 2016 @ 7:27am, 6 month(s) ago
    To add to Julie's post, we put on at least a thousand miles on our car in our effort to boost her big year total, with several trips to the Salton Sea, Corn Springs, Joshua Tree, Lake Hemet, UCR, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed our trips together, as not only did I get to experience great birding destinations I had only read about, but was able to meet many birders whose names I had only read on this list. It's sure nice to put faces to names. Plus Julie is just a pleasant and fun person to be around, I lost track of all our high fives! Great birding at great places with a great birder, what could be better?
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
    
    From: "Julie Szabo jsszabo1@... [inlandcountybirds]" <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> To: yahoogroups <inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com> Sent: Friday, January 1, 2016 8:30 PM Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Riverside Year 2015
    
    Thank you so much to Chet McGaugh for your very thoughtful
    recognition! I was asked by several to
    post a summary of my 2015 big year. I
    end 2015 with 311 species seen in Riverside County. This could not have been possible without the
    help of several people who encouraged me, called me when rare birds were seen,
    and drove or rode with me long distances all over the county. A special thank you to my very patient and
    supportive husband Dale. He also would
    hear the numerous calls and text alerts at all hours of the day when a bird I “needed”
    was seen. He knew I was chasing birds
    the next day when he saw me making sandwiches the night before. And a
    very special thank you to Charity & Alan Hagen, Chet McGaugh, Howard King (301
    in 2011), Tony Metcalf, Curtis Marantz, Ninad Thakoor, David Rankin and Tom
    Benson, and many others. Bob McKernan
    (306 in 1990) was very gracious and helpful by looking at several photos, and
    sending words of encouragement!
    During 2015, I put over 17,000 miles on my car that
    included 20 trips to either the Salton Sea, or Chiriaco Summit/Desert Center. Note:
    if you do a big year, it is probably best to live in the center of the
    county, instead of at the extreme southwest corner of the county. Everything good is at least 2 or 3 hours
    away. Dale and I did a 14 hour “one day trip” to
    Blythe in May (Ridgway’s Rail, Indigo Bunting). Charity & Alan Hagen and I made an overnight
    trip to Blythe in August, and birded when it was 114° (finding Brown-crested
    Flycatchers), followed by getting up at 4:00 AM the next morning so we could
    listen for Yellow-billed Cuckoo at dawn. We successfully heard a few and saw
    one! Oh, and did I mention the flies and smell at
    the Salton Sea in the summer? I had at
    least 100 flies in my car along with me while riding with the windows down at
    freeway speed trying to eject them. On
    one trip in early August, a radiator hose sprung a leak, and I limped home,
    adding water to the overflow bottle every 20 miles.
    Counting the birds was easy at first. I used eBird to keep track and entered 730 check lists. In January, I had 175 species, and at the end
    of March, 222. By the end of June, I had
    273 species. I had seen 275 in 2014, so
    I decided to just keep going to see how many were possible in one year. During the summer months, the law of diminishing
    returns kicked in, and it took me until the end of September to reach 288
    species. In October I added 6, November I
    added 13, and in December another 4. The
    last bird I saw was the Black-and-white Warbler at UC Riverside on 12/28/15. It took me 4 trips and 8 hours of looking
    into trees, and thanks to Ninad Thakoor, both Charity and I finally saw the
    bird.
    During 2015, I added 30 county birds, including 12 life
    birds. Some notables were the Bendire’s
    Thrasher that Charity & I found at Joshua Tree on 5/26/15; a Stilt Sandpiper
    at Lake Elsinore on 7/31/15, & McCown’s Longspurs on 12/6/15. Others highlights were Evening Grosbeaks at Lake
    Hemet; American Redstart & Gila Woodpecker at Corn Springs; Bobolink &
    Mew Gull at Lake Perris; Ruddy Ground-dove and Broad-billed Hummingbird at
    Chiriaco Summit; Long-eared Owl at San
    Jacinto Wildlife: Tundra Swans at Indio
    and Nuevo; Long-tailed Ducks &
    White-winged Scoters at the Whitewater River Delta; Bronzed Cowbird on 81st
    St; Gray Catbird at Cactus City; Yellow-bellied
    Sapsucker at Lake Elsinore.
    I topped the year of by participating in 4 Christmas Bird
    Counts, one of which I am the compiler for the count. At the Elsinore CBC on 12/26/15, I had no new
    birds, but we did have 121 species, plus 7 count week species, with extremely windy
    conditions.
    Thanks again to everyone who supported me 2015 in my
    crazy quest. If you would like to have a
    copy of “the list” please send me a direct email.
    Happy New Year, and good birding in 2016!
    Julie Szabo, Wildomar, CA
    
    
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  21. Riverside Year 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jan 2, 2016 @ 8:30pm, 6 month(s) ago
      Thank you so much to Chet McGaugh for your very thoughtful
    recognition!  I was asked by several to
    post a summary of my 2015 big year.   I
    end 2015 with 311 species seen in Riverside County.  This could not have been possible without the
    help of several people who encouraged me, called me when rare birds were seen,
    and drove or rode with me long distances all over the county.  A special thank you to my very patient and
    supportive husband Dale.  He also would
    hear the numerous calls and text alerts at all hours of the day when a bird I “needed”
    was seen.  He knew I was chasing birds
    the next day when he saw me making sandwiches the night before.   And a
    very special thank you to Charity & Alan Hagen, Chet McGaugh, Howard King (301
    in 2011), Tony Metcalf, Curtis Marantz, Ninad Thakoor, David Rankin and Tom
    Benson, and many others.   Bob McKernan
    (306 in 1990) was very gracious and helpful by looking at several photos, and
    sending words of encouragement! 
    During 2015, I put over 17,000 miles on my car that
    included 20 trips to either the Salton Sea, or Chiriaco Summit/Desert Center.  Note:
    if you do a big year, it is probably best to live in the center of the
    county, instead of at the extreme southwest corner of the county.  Everything good is at least 2 or 3 hours
    away.   Dale and I did a 14 hour “one day trip” to
    Blythe in May (Ridgway’s Rail, Indigo Bunting).  Charity & Alan Hagen and I made an overnight
    trip to Blythe in August, and birded when it was 114° (finding Brown-crested
    Flycatchers), followed by getting up at 4:00 AM the next morning so we could
    listen for Yellow-billed Cuckoo at dawn. We successfully heard a few and saw
    one!   Oh, and did I mention the flies and smell at
    the Salton Sea in the summer?  I had at
    least 100 flies in my car along with me while riding with the windows down at
    freeway speed trying to eject them.   On
    one trip in early August, a radiator hose sprung a leak, and I limped home,
    adding water to the overflow bottle every 20 miles. 
    Counting the birds was easy at first.  I used eBird to keep track and entered 730 check lists. In January, I had 175 species, and at the end
    of March, 222.  By the end of June, I had
    273 species.  I had seen 275 in 2014, so
    I decided to just keep going to see how many were possible in one year.   During the summer months, the law of diminishing
    returns kicked in, and it took me until the end of September to reach 288
    species.  In October I added 6, November I
    added 13, and in December another 4.  The
    last bird I saw was the Black-and-white Warbler at UC Riverside on 12/28/15.  It took me 4 trips and 8 hours of looking
    into trees, and thanks to Ninad Thakoor, both Charity and I finally saw the
    bird.  
    During 2015, I added 30 county birds, including 12 life
    birds.  Some notables were the Bendire’s
    Thrasher that Charity & I found at Joshua Tree on 5/26/15; a Stilt Sandpiper
    at Lake Elsinore on 7/31/15, & McCown’s Longspurs on 12/6/15.  Others highlights were Evening Grosbeaks at Lake
    Hemet; American Redstart & Gila Woodpecker at Corn Springs; Bobolink &
    Mew Gull at Lake Perris; Ruddy Ground-dove and Broad-billed Hummingbird at
    Chiriaco Summit;  Long-eared Owl at San
    Jacinto Wildlife:  Tundra Swans at Indio
    and Nuevo;   Long-tailed Ducks &
    White-winged Scoters at the Whitewater River Delta; Bronzed Cowbird on 81st
    St;  Gray Catbird at Cactus City; Yellow-bellied
    Sapsucker at Lake Elsinore.  
    I topped the year of by participating in 4 Christmas Bird
    Counts, one of which I am the compiler for the count.  At the Elsinore CBC on 12/26/15, I had no new
    birds, but we did have 121 species, plus 7 count week species, with extremely windy
    conditions.
    Thanks again to everyone who supported me 2015 in my
    crazy quest.  If you would like to have a
    copy of “the list” please send me a direct email. 
    Happy New Year, and good birding in 2016!
    Julie Szabo, Wildomar, CA
    
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  23. Re: [inlandcountybirds] last week of 2015 in RIV LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2015 @ 11:32am, 6 month(s) ago
    To add one bird to Chet's list
    A second year bald eagle on the beach at north shore yacht club yesterday morning
    Kurt Leuschner
    On Dec 31, 2015, at 9:55 AM, Chet McGaugh chetmcgaugh@...<mailto:chetmcgaugh@...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com<mailto:inlandcountybirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>> wrote:
    
    Big congratulations to Julie Szabo for completing her Riverside County year list with 311 species. Her effort, energy, and persistence, and results have been impressive and amazing!
    
    Former county year list record holder Bob McKernan (306 in 1990) and I spent yesterday at sites around the north end of the Salton Sea; scouting for the CBC. Highlights of a cold (but not windy! 32-60F) day starting at Salt Creek included three adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls in view at once, shared with Pat and Phil Gordan from the Bay Area, and an adult Yellow-footed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Thayer's Gull. An incredible mile+ long beach full of gulls, with ducks (including Blue-winged Teal, Common Goldeneyes, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers), shorebirds, Sagebrush Sparrows. At the State Recreation Area we drove up on a Neotropic Cormorant, alone, close, good light on the defunct boat dock, as opposed to the usual conditions of Neotropic observations -- distance, heat waves, wind, Double-crested shadows, backlit. In the afternoon we wandered a bit for CBC access and managed to refind the Bronzed Cowbird (count week, so close to a January record and CBC first).
    
    On Monday, Mark Chappell and I took Matts Lindbladh out to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lake Perris in search of North American birds for Mark's Swedish colleague. 89 species included American Bittern, Snow Goose, Cinnamon Teal (much desired as it appears in European guides), Clark's Grebe, 2 Common Loons/Great Northern Divers, Golden Eagles -3, Peregrine and Prairie falcons, Ferruginous Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Northern Flicker, Downy and Nuttall's woodpeckers, Bell's Sparrow, Rock Wren, Tricolored Blackbird, Vermilion Flycatchers, Sora, Lesser Black-backed Gull (not a big deal in Sweden; adult first found on the CBC Dec 22 by Noah Arthur), much more.
    
    On Xmas day I went looking for San Jacinto Lake CBC count week birds at Lake Perris and found a few, maybe - Horned Grebe, Gray Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Greater Scaup.
    
    Also on Dec 25, Emilie Strauss reported a female Long-tailed Duck in the SRA marina and a Sanderling at Salt Creek; neither seen on Dec 31, but the Sanderling could be easily missed at Salt Creek.
    
    Chet
    
    
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  25. last week of 2015 in RIV LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2015 @ 9:55am, 6 month(s) ago
    Big congratulations to Julie Szabo for completing her Riverside County year list with 311 species. Her effort, energy, and persistence, and results have been impressive and amazing! 
    Former county year list record holder Bob McKernan (306 in 1990) and I  spent yesterday at sites around the north end of the Salton Sea; scouting for the CBC. Highlights of a cold (but not windy! 32-60F) day starting at Salt Creek included three adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls in view at once, shared with Pat and Phil Gordan from the Bay Area, and an adult Yellow-footed Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Thayer's Gull. An incredible mile+ long beach full of gulls, with ducks (including Blue-winged Teal, Common Goldeneyes, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers), shorebirds, Sagebrush Sparrows. At the State Recreation Area we drove up on a Neotropic Cormorant,  alone, close, good light on the defunct boat dock, as opposed to the usual conditions of Neotropic observations -- distance, heat waves, wind, Double-crested shadows, backlit. In the afternoon we wandered a bit for CBC access and managed to refind the Bronzed Cowbird (count week, so close to a January record and CBC first).
    
    On Monday, Mark Chappell and I took Matts Lindbladh out to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lake Perris in search of North American birds for Mark's Swedish colleague. 89 species included American Bittern, Snow Goose, Cinnamon Teal (much desired as it appears in European guides), Clark's Grebe, 2 Common Loons/Great Northern Divers, Golden Eagles -3, Peregrine and Prairie falcons, Ferruginous Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Northern Flicker, Downy and Nuttall's woodpeckers, Bell's Sparrow, Rock Wren, Tricolored Blackbird, Vermilion Flycatchers, Sora, Lesser Black-backed Gull (not a big deal in Sweden; adult first found on the CBC Dec 22 by Noah Arthur), much more.
    
    On Xmas day I went looking for San Jacinto Lake CBC count week birds at Lake Perris and found a few, maybe - Horned Grebe, Gray Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Greater Scaup.
    
    Also on Dec 25, Emilie Strauss reported a female Long-tailed Duck in the SRA marina and a Sanderling at Salt Creek; neither seen on Dec 31, but the Sanderling could be easily missed at Salt Creek.
    
    Chet
    
     
    
    
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  27. Imperial Co. Curve-billed Thrasher, Purple Finch, Red-thr Loon, Barrow's, Surf Scoter LINK
    DATE: Dec 22, 2015 @ 2:26pm, 6 month(s) ago
    On Monday the 21st I birded from Brawley to Bard and Imperial Dam in
    Imperial County. The only things of any note in residential sw. Brawley
    were a Plumbeous Vireo and a Black-throated Gray Warbler, plus
    ever-increasing numbers of wintering White-winged Doves (20+). Farther
    east along I-8, the Warren Brock Reservoir at the old Brock Research
    Center Rd exit had a RED-THROATED LOON, 1 Horned Grebe, 2 Red-breasted
    and 1 Common Merganser, and a Herring Gull. The pond at the Andrade exit
    had a very impressive 500 (FIVE HUNDRED) Ring-necked Ducks! In Bard,
    the yard near the ne. corner of Colby and Flood--where the Brown
    Thrasher has wintered the past three years--that bird was MIA but has
    been replaced by a CURVE-BILLED THRASHER in exactly the same bushes!
    (The thrasher continues on Dec 22, and both days was seen best along
    concrete-lined irrigation ditch that runs along west edge of property.)
    Nearby at the Living Waters Ministry there was a PURPLE FINCH, plus the
    usual Red-shouldered Hawk and a Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco. At
    Senator Wash Reservoir there was a female SURF SCOTER and 2 BARROW'S
    GOLDENEYES with the large numbers of Common Goldeneyes there and along
    the nearby All American Canal--all still present on Dec 22 as well. Also
    1 Common Loon. And at Imperial Dam proper there were 2 Caspian Terns, 1
    Red-br. Merganser, and 4 Barn Swallows.
    
    Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  29. Lark Bunting at Silver Lakes LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2015 @ 11:20am, 7 month(s) ago
    While scoping a flock of about two hundred White-crowned Sparrows at the Silver Lakes WTP, my dad Roger and I simultaneously spotted a LARK BUNTING. Just south of the plant is a haystack, and all the sparrows are feeding in the fields near it. A scope is definitely needed as there's a fence by the road.  The sparrow flock does seem to be moving around though so not sure if it will remain by the haystack. There are also two Snow Geese in the fields.
    At the Silver Lakes Country Club (just south of the clubhouse) , we had one male EURASIAN WIGEON in a large Wigeon flock. 18 RED CROSSBILLS were in the pines. The Silver Lakes had many ducks including 1 Greater Scaup, 13 Hooded Mergansers, and good numbers of many other species.
    Michael Woodruff
    Loma Linda, CA
    
    
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  31. NESS Dec 4, and SJWA, Lake Perris LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2015 @ 5:57am, 7 month(s) ago
    A very cold morning, sunrise too slow at Salt Creek, but the day around the north end of the Salton Sea with Bob McKernan was very fine even after the sun gave the day  to clouds. Highlights included eight species of gulls (plus Lesser Blacked Back Gull Nov 30 - Bob), twelve species of ducks (not counting what we know is at the delta  - Surf and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck - Charity and Julie),  fifteen species of shorebirds (plus Wilson's Phalaropes, Sanderling Nov 30 - Bob) (December!), Neotropic Cormorant (North Shore), Pacific Loon (84th Ave), Mew Gull (84th Ave), the continuing Bronzed Cowbird (81st Ave fish farm, December!) and, most surprising, a Lesser Goldfinch of the black-backed, nominate psaltria subspecies, unrecorded in the Salton Sink as of Patten et al. (2003).  
    Lake Perris Dec 3: Common Loon 2 or 4, Mew Gull- 2, Marbled Godwit - 2, Semipalmated Plover, Gray Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, ~ thousands gulls, 
    
    SJWA Dec 1 (with Dennis Bauers) and Dec 3 Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle - 3, Northern Harriers in sight at all times, Red-tails, Red-shouldered, Ferruginous Hawks, Peregrine, Prairie Falcon, White-tailed Kite, multiple Merlins, Snow Goose- 7, Yellow Warbler, Vermilion Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, Tricolored Blackbirds - 100s? - Bridge St dairy, Glaucous-winged and Thayer's Gulls, Mountain Bluebirds.
    
    Chet
    
    
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  33. Southeastern CA RBA: December 3, 2015 LINK
    DATE: Dec 3, 2015 @ 9:58am, 7 month(s) ago
    RBA
    * California
    * Southeastern
    * December 3, 2015
    * CASE15.12.03
    
    This is the Southeastern CA weekly RBA summary. We cover Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. California Bird Records Committee review species are denoted by asterisks. If you are receiving this report only through Birdwest,
    you can get MORE FREQUENT AND COMPREHENSIVE UPDATES by subscribing to inlandcountybirds (see below). To report a bird POST TO INLANDCOUNTYBIRDS (see below). If there is some reason that you cannot post there, please e-mail or call Tom Benson at tbenson@...
    or (909) 648-0899.
    
    Birds mentioned:
    
    Tundra Swan
    Surf Scoter
    White-winged Scoter
    Long-tailed Duck
    Hooded Merganser
    Horned Grebe
    Neotropic Cormorant
    Laughing Gull
    Mew Gull
    Thayer's Gull
    Lesser Black-backed Gull
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Glaucous Gull
    Eastern Phoebe
    Tropical Kingbird
    *CURVE-BILLED THRASHER*
    American Redstart
    Painted Bunting
    Bronzed Cowbird
    
    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
    
    A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen on private property in Chino Hills on Nov 27 (Andrew & Vernon Howe).
    
    A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was seen at Parker Dam on Nov 27 (Michael Woodruff).
    
    Two *CURVE-BILLED THRASHERS* continued at Black Meadow Landing on Nov 27 (Michael Woodruff).
    
    A PAINTED BUNTING was seen at Fenner on Nov 27 (Doug Karalun).
    
    An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Tavern Bay in Lake Arrowhead Nov 29-Dec 2 (Eric Tipton).
    
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY
    
    A BRONZED COWBIRD continued at 81st Avenue (NESS) through Nov 29 (Julie Szabo).
    
    Two continuing LONG-TAILED DUCKS, two SURF SCOTERS, two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and an AMERICAN REDSTART were seen at the Whitewater River Delta on Nov 28 (Curtis Marantz).
    
    Two TUNDRA SWANS continued at the Indian Springs Golf Club Indio through Nov 28 (Tom Benson).
    
    A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and two LAUGHING GULLS were at Salt Creek (NESS) on Nov 28 (Bob McKernan).
    
    A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a MEW GULL were seen during a waterbird survey at the north end of the Salton Sea on Nov 30 (Bob McKernan).
    
    IMPERIAL COUNTY
    
    A first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was at the intersection of Lack and Lindsey on Nov 27 (Matt Victoria).
    
    Four HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Sheldon Reservoir on Nov 28 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    A HORNED GREBE was seen on Fig Lagoon on Nov 28 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    A MEW GULL, THAYER'S GULL and a continuing GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was seen near the north end of Lack Road on Nov 28 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    A female-type AMERICAN REDSTART was seen along International Road in Niland on Nov 28 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    
    In general, birds that are on this weekly summary are those that are classified as at least rare in “Birds of Southern California” by Garrett and Dunn, “Birds of the Salton Sea” by Patten, McCaskie, and Unitt, or in “Birds of the Lower
    Colorado River Valley” by Rosenberg, Ohmart, Hunter, and Anderson. Rarity can be regional or seasonal. For example, a nuthatch reported at the Salton Sea, where it is rare, may be on the summary. That same bird reported from the San Bernardino Mountains, where
    it is common, would not be. A sparrow reported as a rarity in Riverside in July may be common there in December.
    
    Please submit your documentation of all California Bird Records Committee review species (denoted by asterisks) to CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at secretary@...
    
    Additionally, CBRC review species and birds of local or seasonal rarity should be reported to the "North American Birds" County Coordinators. They are:
    IMPERIAL COUNTY: Guy McCaskie, 954 Grove Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932, guymcc@...
    INYO COUNTY: Tom & Jo Heindel, P.O. Box 400, Big Pine CA 93513, tjheindel@...
    KERN COUNTY: Kelli Heindel-Levinson, 1819 Locust Ravine, Bakersfield CA 93306, kkheindel@...
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Chet McGaugh, 194 W. Broadbent Dr., Riverside, CA 92507, chetmcgaugh@...
    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Alexander E. Koonce, 1357 Paige Lane, Redlands, CA 92373, sandy_koonce@...
    
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  35. Whitewater River delta, late report from Nov 28 LINK
    DATE: Nov 30, 2015 @ 8:07am, 7 month(s) ago
    On Saturday, November 28, I joined Howard King, Curtis Marantz, Michael Harrison, Matt Grube, and Brittany O'Connor in a hike out to the Whitewater River delta in search of some of the birds previously found by Julie Szabo and Charity Hagen. We were able to locate two LONG-TAILED DUCKS, two SURF SCOTERS, and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at the river mouth. In addition, Curtis and Michael found an AMERICAN REDSTART in the riparian vegetation along the river channel not far from the gate.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  37. Southeastern CA RBA: November 26, 2015 LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2015 @ 1:23pm, 7 month(s) ago
    RBA
    
    * California
    
    * Southeastern
    
    * November 26, 2015
    
    * CASE15.11.26
    
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
    
    This is the Southeastern CA weekly RBA summary. We cover Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. California Bird Records Committee review species are denoted by asterisks. If you are receiving this report only through
    Birdwest, you can get MORE FREQUENT AND COMPREHENSIVE UPDATES by subscribing to
    inlandcountybirds (see below). To report a bird POST TO INLANDCOUNTYBIRDS (see below). If there is some reason that you cannot post there, please e-mail or call Tom Benson at
    
    tbenson@... or (909) 648-0899.
    
    Birds mentioned:
    
    Cackling Goose
    
    Tundra Swan
    
    Surf Scoter
    
    White-winged Scoter
    
    Long-tailed Duck
    
    Barrow's Goldeneye
    
    Pacific Loon
    
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    
    Short-eared Owl
    
    Bronzed Cowbird
    
    Red Crossbill
    
    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
    
    A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Big Bear Lake Nov 19-20 (Michael Woodruff).
    
    A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near the Baldwin Lake sewage treatment plant Nov 19-20 (Michael Woodruff).
    
    A SURF SCOTER continued at Lake Havasu on Nov 20 (David Vander Pluym).
    
    A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen at Big Bear Lake Nov 21-22 (Roger Woodruff).
    
    A RUFF was at the Mill Creek Wetlands on Nov 24 (Tom Benson).
    
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY
    
    A BRONZED COWBIRD continued at 81st Avenue (NESS) on Nov 18 (Chet McGaugh).
    
    A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at 84th Avenue (NESS) on Nov 18 (Chet McGaugh).
    
    A flock of 10 RED CROSSBILLS was photographed at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area on Nov 22 (Ben
    Sandstrom).
    
    The LEAST FLYCATCHER continued at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area through Nov 23 (Larry
    LaPre).
    
    Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS and two SURF SCOTERS were seen at the Whitewater River Delta on Nov 25 (Charity Hagen).
    
    Two TUNDRA SWANS were seen at Indian Springs Golf Club in Indio on Nov 25 (Rick Gaskins). Ask permission in the club house/pro shop to view the swans.
    
    IMPERIAL COUNTY
    
    Three CACKLING GEESE were seen at Rock Hill on Nov 19 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    A SURF SCOTER was at the west end of Young Road on Nov 19 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was seen at the north end of Lack Road on Nov 19 (Guy McCaskie).
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    
    In general, birds that are on this weekly summary are those that are classified as at least rare in “Birds of Southern California” by Garrett and Dunn, “Birds of the Salton Sea” by Patten, McCaskie, and
    Unitt, or in “Birds of the Lower Colorado River Valley” by Rosenberg,
    Ohmart, Hunter, and Anderson. Rarity can be regional or seasonal. For example, a nuthatch reported at the Salton Sea, where it is rare, may be on the summary. That same bird reported from the San Bernardino Mountains, where it is common, would
    not be. A sparrow reported as a rarity in Riverside in July may be common there in December.
    
    Please submit your documentation of all California Bird Records Committee review species (denoted by asterisks) to CBRC Secretary Tom Benson at
    
    secretary@...
    
    Additionally, CBRC review species and birds of local or seasonal rarity should be reported to the "North American Birds" County Coordinators. They are:
    
    IMPERIAL COUNTY: Guy McCaskie, 954 Grove Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932,
    guymcc@...
    
    INYO COUNTY: Tom & Jo Heindel, P.O. Box 400, Big Pine CA 93513,
    tjheindel@...
    
    KERN COUNTY: Kelli Heindel-Levinson, 1819 Locust Ravine, Bakersfield CA 93306,
    
    kkheindel@...
    
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Chet McGaugh, 194 W. Broadbent Dr., Riverside, CA 92507,
    chetmcgaugh@...
    
    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Alexander E. Koonce, 1357 Paige Lane, Redlands, CA 92373,
    
    sandy_koonce@...
    
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  39. Long-tailed Ducks and Surf Scoters, Whitewater River Delta LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2015 @ 11:00am, 7 month(s) ago
    This morning Julie Szabo and I found three Long-tailed Ducks and two female Scurf Scoters at the Whitewater River Delta at the Salton Sea. Both species were found to the north of the little rocky point that juts out into the sea at the end of the dirt road. This area is accessed at the end of Lincoln St., and it's a 2 mile walk one way to the sea from here. It is quite windy today here.
    Charity Hagen
    Lake Elsinore
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  41. Hooded Mergansers, Murrieta 11/23/15 LINK
    DATE: Nov 23, 2015 @ 3:51pm, 7 month(s) ago
    Around noon today, Monday 11/23/15, seven Hooded Mergansers (2 males, 5 females) & two male Buffleheads were in the pond at the corner of Via Princessa (east) and Clearbrook in Murrieta. The pond is a block north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road. At the large pond in the Calvary Bible College property at Via Princessa (west) and Via Las Flores, the continuing Osprey was flying and hunting at the pond. The pond also has 35 Ring-necked Ducks.
    Julie Szabo
    Wildomar, CA
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  43. Salton Sea (south) - 19 Nov 2015 LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2015 @ 4:55am, 7 month(s) ago
    I spent Thursday, 19 November 2015 (6:00 AM to 4:30 PM) at and around the south end of the Salton Sea. I started the day at the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads southwest of Brawley, then moved into Brawley. In Brawley I checked the hummingbird feeders on Willard Avenue and looked for land-birds in nearby Cattle Call Park. I then drove north to the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland, and on north to Niland. In Niland I looked for land birds northward along International Avenue, westward along 4th Street, and finally southward along Luna Avenue. I then drove westward by way of Pound, Davis, Schrimpf and Garst Roads to Morton Bay and the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ/Rock Hill. I then spent time checking for water birds along the shoreline of the Salton Sea southwestward from Obsidian Butte to the west end of Young Road, stopping in the area around the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads. I then looked at the entry area of Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. From here I drove eastward and looked over fields around the Calipatria State Prison. I then drove south through Brawley to Sunbeam Lake, Lakeview Golf Course and Fig Lagoon. There was no cloud cover, virtually no wind, and temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees.
    There had been an obvious movement of Snow and Ross’s Geese into the area since 7 November, but the number of ducks at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge appeared much less (possibly elsewhere since it was a “non-hunt day”). Numbers of gulls along the shore were low. Numbers of Passerines were also low and inactive.
    Species seen and/or heard – Greater White-fronted Goose (6 – six together at Rock Hill), Snow Goose (2500), Ross’s Goose (1500), Cackling Goose (3 – three, possibly taverneri, together with the Snow and Ross’s Geese at Rock Hill), Gadwall (20), American Wigeon (50), Mallard (50), Cinnamon Teal (2), Northern Shoveler (1500), Northern Pintail (20), Green-winged Teal (30), Redhead (30 – thirty on Sheldon Reservoir), Ring-necked Duck (15 – ten on Sheldon Reservoir and five at Fig Lagoon), Greater Scaup (1 – one “female” at Morton Bay is the first that I have encountered locally this winter), Lesser Scaup (30), Surf Scoter (1 – one female near the west end of Young Road), Bufflehead (1), Ruddy Duck (500), Gambel’s Quail (35), Pied-billed Grebe (10), Eared Grebe (100), Western Grebe (20), Clark’s Grebe (2), Aechmophorus sp (20), Double-crested Cormorant (1500), American White Pelican (500), Brown Pelican (50), Least Bittern (1), Great Blue Heron (150), Great Egret (100), Snowy Egret (75), Cattle Egret (1500), Green Heron (1), Black-crowned Night-Heron (5), White-faced Ibis (1500), Turkey Vulture (30), Osprey (2), Northern Harrier (15), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Cooper’s Hawk (3), Red-tailed Hawk (15), Ridgway’s Rail (1), Sora (3), Common Gallinule (1), American Coot (1500), Sandhill Crane (100 – about one-hundred at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge), Black-necked Stilt (25), American Avocet (150), Black-bellied Plover (15), Semipalmated Plover (2), Killdeer (50), Spotted Sandpiper (2), Greater Yellowlegs (40 – most at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Willet (5), Lesser Yellowlegs (1 – one at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Long-billed Curlew (250), Marbled Godwit (50), Dunlin (10), Least Sandpiper (500), Western Sandpiper (25), Long-billed Dowitcher (150), Wilson’s Snipe (1), Wilson’s Phalarope (1 – one at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland was probably the same bird seen here on 7 November), Bonaparte’s Gull (150 – all at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Ring-billed Gull (200), Western Gull (5 – five counted with other gulls in the area of the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads), California Gull (25), Herring Gull (100), Glaucous-winged Gull (1 – one hatch-year bird near the north end of Lack Road), Caspian Tern (20), Forster’s Tern (1), Rock Pigeon (100), Eurasian Collared-Dove (250), Inca Dove (10), Common Ground-Dove (35), White-winged Dove (2 – two in residential southwestern Brawley), Mourning Dove (75), Greater Roadrunner (5), Burrowing Owl (2), Anna’s Hummingbird (15), Costa’s Hummingbird (3), Belted Kingfisher (5), Gila Woodpecker (5), Red-naped Sapsucker (1 – one at Cattle Call Park in Brawley was the same bird first seen here on 23 October) Ladder-backed Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (20), American Kestrel (40), Merlin (1), Peregrine Falcon (1), Black Phoebe (25), Say’s Phoebe (30) Vermilion Flycatcher (2 – one adult male and one female along Webster Road at the western edge of Brawley), Loggerhead Shrike (6), Common Raven (2), Horned Lark (5), Tree Swallow (15), Barn Swallow (15), Verdin (10), Marsh Wren (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (10), American Robin (6 – five at Cattle Call Park in Brawley and one at the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ are the first that I have encountered locally this winter), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (2), Northern Mockingbird (20), European Starling (150), American Pipit (5), Phainopepla (2), Orange-crowned Warbler (5), Common Yellowthroat (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (75), Abert’s Towhee (20), Chipping Sparrow (5), Savannah Sparrow (50), Song Sparrow (5), Lincoln’s Sparrow (2), White-crowned Sparrow (150), Red-winged Blackbird (1000), Western Meadowlark (35), Brewer’s Blackbird (20), Great-tailed Grackle (150), Brown-headed Cowbird (30), House Finch (35), Lesser Goldfinch (5) and House Sparrow (75) - 122 species.
    
    Guy McCaskie
    
    
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  45. Bard area Rose-breasted Grosbeak, irruptives, etc. LINK
    DATE: Nov 15, 2015 @ 9:07pm, 7 month(s) ago
    This morning, Nov 14 2015, David Vander Pluym and I birded the Bard Valley, IMP.The best birding was at Living Waters Ministry, which was full of birds including a young male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and one of the local adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, both of which were on the north side of the weedy palm grove on the left as you enter.We also had good luck with irruptive species, with PINE SISKINS at every stop in the Bard Valley, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in the date palms at the west end of Collins Rd, and a PURPLE FINCH at a nice riparian stand along the All-American Canal (see map here: https://goo.gl/V265qU). Also at the latter location where Mission Wash crosses the levee road, we had one BELL'S and one SAGEBRUSH SPARROW.
    Phil Swing Park and the AAC Desilting Ponds are still closed. Senator Wash Reservoir had an impressive raft of ducks including 85! Red-breasted Mergansers. No goldeneyes yet.Good birding,Lauren HarterLake Havasu City, AZSent from my iPhone
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  47. Riverside County notes Nov 6-9 LINK
    DATE: Nov 10, 2015 @ 6:03am, 8 month(s) ago
    The Gray Catbird continued (continues?) at Cactus City Rest Area, eastbound, until at least Nov 6 (with Dennis Bauers). 
    Fox Sparrows were at Cactus City as well as Chiriaco Summit Nov 7, where  a Slate-colored Junco continued.
    
    Six Vermilion Flycatchers at Desert Center Nov 6 is my high for the location; a slow day there otherwise.
    
    500+ gulls at Lake Perris Nov 7 included many Herring Gulls, some of confusing heritage as we have come to expect in the area; at least one clearly first cycle Glaucous-winged Gull.  At SJWA that day, a hunt day: Blue-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Pine Siskins.
    
    Also, Nov 7, at least two, maybe three Gray Flycatchers at Lake Perris, between group picnic areas at Lots 8 and 12.
    
    At NESS Nov 9 (with Bob McKernan) two Merlins together (have often is that seen in SoCal?) along 62nd Ave; Common Tern (fly-by State Rec Area), three Comon Loons, immature Snow Goose continues at 81st Ave.  Neither Bronzed Cowbirds at the 81st Ave fish farm or the North Shore Swamp Sparrow could not be refound, One Red-breasted Merganser at Mecca Beach was one of very few non-Ruddy ducks for the day. A cold, wind-chilled morning warmed up and we found ~ 90 species.
    
    Chet
    
    
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  49. Salton Sea (south) - 7 Nov 2015 LINK
    DATE: Nov 8, 2015 @ 12:01pm, 8 month(s) ago
    I spent Saturday, 7 November 2015 (6:00 AM to 4:30 PM) at and around the south end of the Salton Sea. I started the day at the intersection of Carter and Fites Roads southwest of Brawley, then moved into Brawley. In Brawley I checked the hummingbird feeders on Willard Avenue and looked for land-birds in nearby Cattle Call Park. I then drove north to the entry to Ramer Lake and the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland, and on north to Niland. In Niland I looked for land birds northward along International Avenue, westward along 4th Street, and finally southward along Luna Avenue. I then drove westward by way of McDonald, Davis, Schrimpf and Garst Roads to Morton Bay and the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ. I then spent time checking for water birds along the shoreline of the Salton Sea southwestward from Obsidian Butte to the west end of Young Road, stopping in the area around the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads. I then looked at the entry area of Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. From here I drove southward through Westmorland to Sheldon Reservoir, Sunbeam Lake, Lakeview Golf Course and Fig Lagoon, and ended the day at the hay sales ranch west of Mount Signal. There was no cloud cover, light wind part of the day, and temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees.
    A number of hunters were present at Ramer Lake, Morton Bay and elsewhere (hunting season opened on Saturday 24 October).
    Species seen and/or heard – Snow Goose (250), Ross’s Goose (100), Gadwall (5), American Wigeon (25), Mallard (150), Cinnamon Teal (10), Northern Shoveler (1500), Northern Pintail (200), Green-winged Teal (300), Canvasback (2 – two on Sheldon Reservoir), Redhead (30 – thirty on Sheldon Reservoir), Ring-necked Duck (65 – fifty on Sheldon Reservoir, five at Sunbeam Lake and ten at Fig Lagoon), Lesser Scaup (15), Surf Scoter (1 – one female with Ruddy Ducks on Morton Bay), Red-breasted Merganser (7 – seven “females” together at the west end of Young Road), Ruddy Duck (750), Gambel’s Quail (30), Pied-billed Grebe (10), Eared Grebe (50), Western Grebe (30), Clark’s Grebe (5), Aechmophorus sp (30), Neotropic Cormorant (1 – one adult at the north end of Lack Road), Double-crested Cormorant (3000), American White Pelican (500), Brown Pelican (150), Least Bittern (1), Great Blue Heron (150), Great Egret (150), Snowy Egret (75), Cattle Egret (1500), Green Heron (2), Black-crowned Night-Heron (5), White-faced Ibis (2500), Turkey Vulture (20), Osprey (1), Northern Harrier (10), Sharp-shinned Hawk (2), Cooper’s Hawk (6), Red-tailed Hawk (15), Ridgway’s Rail (1), Sora (2), Common Gallinule (1), American Coot (1500), Sandhill Crane (75 – about seventy-five at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge), Black-necked Stilt (25), American Avocet (150), Black-bellied Plover (15), Semipalmated Plover (2), Killdeer (50), Spotted Sandpiper (5), Greater Yellowlegs (50 – most at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Willet (5), Lesser Yellowlegs (2 – two at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Long-billed Curlew (250), Marbled Godwit (75), Dunlin (15), Least Sandpiper (500), Western Sandpiper (25), Long-billed Dowitcher (250), Wilson’s Phalarope (1 – one at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Red-necked Phalarope (15 – fifteen at the algae plant on Lindsey Road between Calipatria and Niland), Bonaparte’s Gull (20), Laughing Gull (1), Ring-billed Gull (250), Western Gull (6 – six counted with other gulls in the area of the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads), California Gull (25), Herring Gull (150), Thayer’s Gull (2 – two hatch-year birds together near the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads), Glaucous-winged Gull (1 – one hatch-year bird at the west end of Young Road), Caspian Tern (50), Forster’s Tern (5), Rock Pigeon (100), Eurasian Collared-Dove (250), Inca Dove (20), Common Ground-Dove (35), White-winged Dove (3 – two in residential southwestern Brawley and one at the hay sales ranch west of Mount Signal), Mourning Dove (75), Greater Roadrunner (2), Burrowing Owl (5), Short-eared Owl (1 – one flushed from the ground at Obsidian Butte), Anna’s Hummingbird (15), Costa’s Hummingbird (2), Belted Kingfisher (5), Gila Woodpecker (5), Red-naped Sapsucker (1 – one at Cattle Call Park in Brawley was the same bird seen here on 23 October) Ladder-backed Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (30), American Kestrel (50), Merlin (2), Peregrine Falcon (2), Black Phoebe (25), Say’s Phoebe (25) Vermilion Flycatcher (3 – one adult and one female along Webster Road at the western edge of Brawley and one adult male at Lakeview Golf Course adjacent to Fig Lagoon), Loggerhead Shrike (10), Common Raven (1), Horned Lark (10), Tree Swallow (20), Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2), Verdin (10), House Wren (1), Marsh Wren (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (15), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (2), Northern Mockingbird (20), European Starling (150), American Pipit (5), Phainopepla (5), Orange-crowned Warbler (5), Common Yellowthroat (2), American Redstart (1 – one adult male on International Avenue between Pound and Alcott Roads was the same bird found here yesterday by Thomas A. Benson), Yellow-rumped Warbler (75), Abert’s Towhee (20), Chipping Sparrow (15), Savannah Sparrow (50), Song Sparrow (5), Lincoln’s Sparrow (1), White-crowned Sparrow (150), Red-winged Blackbird (1000), Western Meadowlark (35), Yellow-headed Blackbird (2), Brewer’s Blackbird (20), Great-tailed Grackle (150), Brown-headed Cowbird (50), House Finch (35), Lesser Goldfinch (5) and House Sparrow (75) - 124 species.
    
    Guy McCaskie
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