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· Re: Parrots at Buena Park Mall (TODAY)
· does pintailed whyda occur in OC (Aug 31, 2014)
· Re: Parrots at Buena Park Mall (Aug 31, 2014)
· 19 Craveri's Murrelets! (Aug 30, 2014)
· Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Baird's Sandpiper (Aug 30, 2014)
  1. Re: Parrots at Buena Park Mall LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 7:48pm, TODAY
    Checked out the Parrot flock again tonight.There were 2 Red-lored Parrots in the crowd.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/15078031396/in/photostream/
    No sign of the Parakeets tonight.
    I checked my Hamilton/Willick Birds of OC status and distribution book.
    Neither the Yellow-chevroned Parakeets, or Red-lored Parrots were mentioned when the book was published.
    
    Trish Gussler
    Anaheim
    
    On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 8:33 PM, Trish G <trishrg62@...> wrote:This evening I met Edana Salisbury at the mall parking lot shortly after 6 pm There was a nice flock of Red-crowned, and at least a few Lilac-crowned Parrots feeding.We also saw at least 2 Yellow-chevroned Parakeets, one of which went into a hole in one of the palms.
    I wonder if they are nesting?
    I also had a flyover of about 50 Parrots going west to each, flying parallel to the 5 freeway this morning early.
    
    Trish Gussler Anaheim.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/
    
    On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM, Trish G <trishrg62@...> wrote:This evening, driving through the BP mall parking lot, in front on Walmart, there were at least 2 dozen Red-crowned Parrots  in the designer palms in the parking lot. I'm not sure if they are date palms or what, but they are loaded with some good stuff the Parrots were feasting on. I get an occasional fly over in the area, but have never seen so many parrots in the area before.
    Trish Gussler
    Anaheim.
    
    
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  3. does pintailed whyda occur in OC LINK
    DATE: Aug 31, 2014 @ 9:42am, 1 day(s) ago
    7:30 this morning golfing at Lake Forest Golf center along the 7th hole (which is visible from a public bike trail along the train tracks) perched at the top of a dying orange tree a fly catcher looking bird which I took to be a Phoebe perched too high up. Then saw a very long tail with feathers about 1.5 times the body length, dark the entire length. Chest and neck were very white and dark wings with some bars. Had to make a decision, golf or bird. Had to move along. Whyda or Scissor Tailed?
    Larry Sato
    lmsato@...
    
    
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  5. Re: Parrots at Buena Park Mall LINK
    DATE: Aug 31, 2014 @ 8:33pm, 1 day(s) ago
    This evening I met Edana Salisbury at the mall parking lot shortly after 6 pm There was a nice flock of Red-crowned, and at least a few Lilac-crowned Parrots feeding.We also saw at least 2 Yellow-chevroned Parakeets, one of which went into a hole in one of the palms.
    I wonder if they are nesting?
    I also had a flyover of about 50 Parrots going west to each, flying parallel to the 5 freeway this morning early.
    
    Trish Gussler Anaheim.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/
    
    On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM, Trish G <trishrg62@...> wrote:This evening, driving through the BP mall parking lot, in front on Walmart, there were at least 2 dozen Red-crowned Parrots  in the designer palms in the parking lot. I'm not sure if they are date palms or what, but they are loaded with some good stuff the Parrots were feasting on. I get an occasional fly over in the area, but have never seen so many parrots in the area before.
    Trish Gussler
    Anaheim.
    
    
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  7. 19 Craveri's Murrelets! LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2014 @ 2:23pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Amin Khalifa joined me for today?s whale watching trip with the Dana Point Ocean Institute. The main highlight (well apart from the 6 blue whales) were a total of 19 Craveri?s Murrelets!! We had one group of 8 Craveri?s! I posted some photos of the birds on my flickr account along with a photo of the Baird?s from this morning. We also had roughly 2000 Red-necked Phalaropes along with Black-vented Shearwaters and a single Sooty Shearwater.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/77523243@N00/
    
    The Ocean Institute has another whale watching trip tomorrow (Sunday) that departs at 10am and lasts for 2 hours. The captain promised to cover the same waters that the Craveri?s Murrelets were seen in today. Just pick up a ticket in the morning or call ahead ((949) 496-2274).
    
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  9. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Baird's Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:02am, 2 day(s) ago
    No more Baird's. Called Tom to find it had flown off 5 minutes after he saw it. A group searched the creek apparently unsuccessfully.
    Trish gussler anaheim
    On Aug 30, 2014 7:46 AM, "Tom thomas.fordhut@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     Finally found my county Baird's Sandpiper. It is currently sitting in Pond D at SJWS.
    
    I'll be on the 10am Dana Point Ocean Institute whale watching trip late this morning if anyone is interested. Hopefully the remnants of the hurricane will blow some seabirds in.
    
    -Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  11. Solitary Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2014 @ 9:57am, 2 day(s) ago
    I briefly had a SOLITARY SANDPIPER this morning in the drain basin at Baca Park. The bird was very skittish before it flew off.
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  13. Baird's Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2014 @ 7:45am, 3 day(s) ago
    Finally found my county Baird's Sandpiper. It is currently sitting in Pond D at SJWS.
    
    I'll be on the 10am Dana Point Ocean Institute whale watching trip late this morning if anyone is interested. Hopefully the remnants of the hurricane will blow some seabirds in.
    
    -Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  15. raptors in South Bay LINK
    DATE: Aug 29, 2014 @ 9:55pm, 3 day(s) ago
    The director of the raptor rescue called me this evening and told me that they do NOT need any more rides for their raptors at this time. If you ask to be put on the email list they will notify you when more raptors are ready and need transport out of the area. I am sure they would love donations also.
    
    Beverly Hargrove
    
    
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  17. Parrots at Buena Park Mall LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2014 @ 8:40pm, 2 day(s) ago
    This evening, driving through the BP mall parking lot, in front on Walmart, there were at least 2 dozen Red-crowned Parrots  in the designer palms in the parking lot. I'm not sure if they are date palms or what, but they are loaded with some good stuff the Parrots were feasting on. I get an occasional fly over in the area, but have never seen so many parrots in the area before.
    Trish Gussler
    Anaheim.
    
    
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  19. Brandt's Cormorant at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Aug 29, 2014 @ 2:34pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I came across a Brandt's Cormorant while birding Bolsa Chica today. It was in the outer channel (north) of the berm about a third of the way to the dam. It's probably finding easier feeding there than out in those storm swept seas!
    Brandt's Cormorant
    
    Brandt's Cormorant Bolsa Chica
    
    View on www.flickr.com
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    Jack Lindahl
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  21. Pin-tailed Whydah and Kingfisher at Huntington Central Park LINK
    DATE: Aug 29, 2014 @ 2:14pm, 3 day(s) ago
    This morning 08/29/2014 between 7:30AM and 9:15PM, I saw the following on the Library side of Huntington Central Park:20+ Mallards male in both breeding and eclipse plumage and femalesBlack PhoebesCalifornia TowheeSnowy EgretGreat EgretDouble-crested CormorantPin-tailed Whydah--by the restrooms on the north side of the dry lake behind the library outdoor stage. Common YellowthroatBelted Kingfisher calling and flying across the lake by the Golden West side of the Library.Karen McQuadeFountain Valley
    
    
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  23. Help re-locate and release birds LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:40pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I'd like to pass along a message from Ann Lynch, Director of South Bay Wildlife Rehab.
    She's aking for your help in re-locating rescued birds. Please see message below. Thanks.
    
    Lam-Son Vinh
    Huntington Beach
    
    ==========================
    
    Hi, All
    
    As of today we have 129 raptors, between my house and the Ranch. Some of those are young and are learning to hunt ("mouse school") and won't be released until another month or two. Some may be recovering from injuries.
    
    Of those birds we have 8 Red-tailed Hawks, 11 Coopers Hawks, 8 American Kestrels, and 1 Prairie Falcon, old enough for release, waiting for rides out of the area. These birds are relocs from the airports we assist, Red-tailed Hawks need to go 200+ miles and the Prairie Falcon to a more specialized location. The rest could go 100 - 150 miles.
    
    We are running out of money for food. Our rodent bills are running over $1000 each WEEK!!!! And the birds keep coming. We desperately need people to relocate these birds. If you or any of your friends are traveling by car for a long distance PLEASE let us know ASAP.
    
    The boxes used for release are standard cardboard pet carriers, about 9" x 18" x 12" H and release is really easy and fun.
    
    Thanks!!!
    
    At the moment we are concentrating on relocate birds from the airport so we are looking for people who are already going on a long driving trip. The reloc birds are those that USDA has trapped at one of six airports to keep our airplanes, and the birds, safe from collisions.
    
    Later we will be concentrating on releasing rehabilitated or orphaned birds, which are more local.
    
    We can add you to our email list if you like. That way you will hear about releases as the year progresses. Also, if you are going to drive a long distance and want to take some birds to release, please let us know, by email to Karin West at raptorqueen123@... AND to me, Ann Lynch at SBWildliferehab@..., about a week ahead. Karin is in charge of all release schedules. We usually have birds that need to be relocated.
    
    If you would like to contribute to the care of these birds you can donate on our website, www.SBWR.org. We very much appreciate your support!
    
    Ann
    
    Ann C Lynch, Director
    South Bay Wildlife Rehab
    26363 Silver Spur Rd.
    Rancho Palos Verdes
    California 90275
    310-378-9921
    
    www.SBWR.org
    
    
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  25. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:18am, 4 day(s) ago
    What you describe, Terry, sounds pretty good for a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow. Just as a caveat, however, the migratory northern-interior subspecies of
    Savannah (such as nevadensis), which we get as winter visitors in OC (appearing here as early as the latter half of August), also would look lighter and show somewhat less contrast on the upperparts, compared to Belding?s Savannah. But Large-billed is paler
    yet, and noticeably more plain on the back, along with the other features you?ve noted: the (often) rustier breast streaking, and definitely the larger bill. As far as I know, Large-billed Savannahs do not typically show any yellow in the ?eyebrow? (superciliary
    stripe), which many of the Savannah Sparrow subspecies do show.
    
    The date (Aug. 27) is on the early end, but based on the bar graph in Birds of Orange County there apparently have been multiple records found in the county
    as early as the last week of August. Offhand I don?t know what our earliest record would be, but so far this ?fall? I saw that there has been at least one other Large-billed Savannah reported elsewhere in coastal So Cal. In southeastern California, closer
    to where this subspecies breeds (in coastal areas along the upper Gulf of California, in n.e. Baja California, and n.w. Sonora, Mexico), post-breeding wanderers appear in the Salton Sea area relatively early. For example,
    Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution, by Garrett & Dunn (1981) states that this subspecies can occur in that area as early as mid-July. Bolsa Chica and the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge seem to be the two best locations to find
    this fairly distinctive (sub)species in OC. This is an interesting sparrow, and as many of you probably know, a number of researchers have felt for some time now that the Large-billed Savannah Sparrow is a good candidate for full species status.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    From: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com [mailto:OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com]
    
    Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:50 PM
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today
    
    I'm pretty positive I had a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica this morning, the 26th. I'm good at spotting them in the winter, and this one caught my eye, but wasn't being too cooperative at first. He posed for a few seconds in the open, then
    moved off. I was on my way back to the car and tired and thought "It can't be; this is too early." This afternoon I opened up Doug Willick's book and see there are dotted lines starting in late August. What caught my eye at the time was the back was lighter
    and plainer than the Belding's and the breast had larger, reddish streaks, plus a larger bill. Doug?
    Also, there were 3 Clapper Rails calling off (about 6:45-7:00 a.m.), and we saw two of them. Also, I saw 3 different Reddish Egrets.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
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  27. Summer Tanager 8-28-14 Laguna Niguel LINK
    DATE: Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:13pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Fall migration is starting with a bang! Just had an adult SUMMER TANAGER on my back porch in Laguna Niguel. 6:55p, Thursday August 28, 2014.
    
    Robert McNab
    Laguna Niguel
    
    
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  29. Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:50pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I'm pretty positive I had a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica this morning, the 26th. I'm good at spotting them in the winter, and this one caught my eye, but wasn't being too cooperative at first. He posed for a few seconds in the open, then moved off. I was on my way back to the car and tired and thought "It can't be; this is too early." This afternoon I opened up Doug Willick's book and see there are dotted lines starting in late August. What caught my eye at the time was the back was lighter and plainer than the Belding's and the breast had larger, reddish streaks, plus a larger bill. Doug?
    
    Also, there were 3 Clapper Rails calling off (about 6:45-7:00 a.m.), and we saw two of them. Also, I saw 3 different Reddish Egrets.
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  31. CA Gnatcatchers LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:52pm, 5 day(s) ago
    This morning (8-27-14) while rollerblading along the Santa Ana River bike trail on the east that borders the Talbert Marsh had 5 California Gnatcatchers. They were very active and all with in 100 feet of each other.Dave TelfordHuntington Beach
    
    
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  33. Barn owl LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:37pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Just had a barn owl in a palm tree on the 9th hole tee box. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  35. White-winged Dove in Capistrano Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:40pm, 5 day(s) ago
    There was a White-winged Dove in our backyard on Sunday 8/24...Tim Ryan Capistrano Beach
    
    
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  37. Loggerhead Shrike at Bolsa Chica today LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:44pm, 6 day(s) ago
    This afternoon at 1:10 p.m. I saw a Loggerhead Shrike on the fence on the Outer Bolsa Bay/mesa trail (the one that goes from Warner Ave. to the tide gates).
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach, Calif.
    
    
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  39. Bishop LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:28pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Yellow-crowned Bishop not Yellow Bishop at SHWS. Sorry. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  41. Phalaropes at San Joaquin Marsh LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:58am, 6 day(s) ago
    There were several Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes on Pond C this morning.
    The Loggerhead Shrike continues.
    Trish Gussler- Anaheim
    
    
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  43. Red and Yellow Bishops LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:13am, 6 day(s) ago
    Had both male N Red and Yellow Bishops on Pond E this morning. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  45. Some Fall Migrants at a few Inland OC Sites LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:10am, 7 day(s) ago
    It was a pleasant surprise to see a variety of migrants today (25 August), while taking a late lunch break at the Fairhaven Memorial Park/Santa Ana Cemetery complex. Since I didn’t start looking around till
    after 1:30, I didn’t expect to see much (and the place had been very quiet here on a couple other visits earlier this month). Today however, spread out between a couple different sites at this cemetery complex, there were the following migrants: Western
    Flycatcher (1 or 2); Ash-throated Flycatcher (a juvenile, which oddly enough was foraging from the ground—the bird spent the majority of at least 15 minutes hopping around on the ground, and appeared to be successful at catching something); Warbling Vireo
    (1 or 2); Hutton’s Vireo (which seems to be an occasional migrant or winter visitor here, but suspected one may have summered this year); Orange-crowned Warbler (3 or 4); Nashville Warbler; Yellow Warbler; Black-throated Gray Warbler (one 1st year
    female type); and Wilson’s Warbler (3 or 4). Most of the birds were observed foraging in the mature Holly Oaks (a type of live oak) or the Chinese Elms.
    
    Yesterday (24 Aug.) I tried looking for shorebirds at spots along the Santa Ana River. Started at the access to the River at Riverdale Park (along E. Riverdale Ave., a bit west of Lakeview Ave.), and went
    about 1/2 mile upstream. Also checked the River downstream of Tustin Ave. for only about 1/4 mile. Nothing of any significance, but there were decent numbers of shorebirds here and there. The only things that might be of interest were a Lesser Yellowlegs
    downstream of Tustin, a large roving flock of as many as 75 Scaly-breasted Munia upstream of Lakeview, and a briefly-seen pair of Peregrine Falcons that appeared to be cooperatively hunting downstream of Lakeview. The Peregrines came streaking by, one more
    or less flanking the other, following the River channel about 50 feet above ground. This of course caused an instant mass panic among all the shorebirds and waterfowl I was looking through in the riverbed below me (this just downstream of Lakeview); however
    despite all the birds present, the falcons apparently had their sights on something much further to the west, and they disappeared headed in that direction. I’ve seen this sort of hunting behavior with Peregrines in this general area several times over the
    years, and wondered what the chances would be that this could indicate a mated pair, and if so, if the pair would possibly be nesting somewhere in this general area. Adult Peregrine Falcons have definitely summered in the area (some years seen regularly further
    downstream, where individuals were observed making strikes on the tern and skimmer colony at Burris Basin, below Lincoln Ave.).
    
    A female type Wood Duck was just upstream of Lakeview (on the 24th). And lastly, I did not see the Ruff that’s been frequenting the area, either in the Lakeview area, or downstream of Tustin Ave.
    I presume the bird was likely up at Imperial Hwy. site, where it has more reliably been found.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    
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  47. Lesser Yellowlegs and Loggerhead Shrike LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:11pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Today at 10:30 Dave Telford and I had 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and a Loggerhead Shrike at San Joaquin W S. The yellowlegs wee on Pond C and the shrike , with a male N Red Bishop in the same bush, was on Pond E. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  49. Loggerhead Shrike at San Joaquin Marsh. LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:11pm, 6 day(s) ago
    There is a Loggerhead Shrike on pond D right now if anyone is interested. Close to the intersection of pond A, B, C and D. Perched up high on a dead snag.
    
    iPhone shot from my scope.
    http://flic.kr/p/oCiCQg
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CASent from my iPhone
    
    
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