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· Franklin's Gull- Woodbridge Lk. (Dec 17, 2014)
· Woodbridge Lake - 11:15a - 12:30p - No Franklin's Gull (Dec 16, 2014)
· Today's Ducks (Dec 16, 2014)
· Some birds from the Inland CBC w/photo links (Dec 16, 2014)
· Bolsa Chica today (Dec 14, 2014)
  1. Franklin's Gull- Woodbridge Lk. LINK
    DATE: Dec 17, 2014 @ 4:20pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I was able to re-find the Franklin's Gull at around 2pm. It was soaring fairly high and gaining altitude when I saw it. I hailed Steve and Beckey Turley across the lake and they were able to see it as well. It continued to gain altitude and we lost it. It did return 20 or so minutes later and flew towards the east end of the lake. I went over there but couldn't find it.
    Good luck!
    David Evans
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  3. Woodbridge Lake - 11:15a - 12:30p - No Franklin's Gull LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2014 @ 1:18pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Spent a little over an hour there today on my lunch, along with Neil Gilbert and David Evans, to see if the Franklin's Gull would show, but it was no where to be found.  There was a very large (300-400) flock of gulls on the lake, mostly California.  There were 2 MEW GULLS on the railings behind the business where Tom Ford-Hutchinson had the Franklin's Gull yesterday.  1 Adult and 1 first cycle.  
    A few photos of the two Mew Gulls are on my flickr page starting here.
    Best of luck to those that go after the Franklin's.  Times it's been seen were Sunday 14 DEC around 4:00p and then on Monday 15 DEC around 12:30p.
    Good Birding
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  5. Today's Ducks LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2014 @ 9:08pm, 2 day(s) ago
    At Newport Back Bay I had a male Eurasian Widgeon and female Hooded Merganser. And at San Jaoquin Marsh had 3 female Ring-necked Ducks on Pond C and a male Canvasback on Pond 1. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
    Sent from my iPhone
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  7. Some birds from the Inland CBC w/photo links LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2014 @ 4:11pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I haven?t seen any reports following the results of the Inland CBC so I thought I?d post a few highlights (those I can remember) of some of the rare birds that require descriptions.
    FRANKLIN?s GULL-A first winter bird was found by Jerry Tolman at Woodbridge north lake along the south shore near Barranca
    ZONE-TAILED HAWK -I found a bird with Brain Leatherman above Aliso Creek just south of Trabucco
    Ferruginous Hawks -Irvine -South of the 405 (Jeff Bray & Dennis) & El Toro MCAS (Amin & Monte Taylor)
    Golden Eagles -Former El Toro MCAS -Amin & Monte Taylor
    Praire Falcon -Restricted Access
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher -Aliso Creek
    ?Western? Flycatcher @ Pinecrest Park -Ryan Winkleman
    Vermilion Flycatchers at Irvine Valley College and Great Park
    Purple Finch San Remo Park in Laguna Hills, CA -Jeff Bray & Dennis
    Varied Thrush Mania -23+ birds at Irvine Regional Park alone! & reports extending to the souther edge of the count circle.
    Other good birds included White-throated Sparrow (Peters Canyon), Black-and-white Warbler (end of Portola?), & Plumbeous Vireo (Cedar Creek Park?).
    A friendly reminder the San Juan Capistrano CBC is this Saturday, December 20th and the Coastal CBC will be on Sunday December 28th.
    -Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
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  9. Bolsa Chica today LINK
    DATE: Dec 14, 2014 @ 1:22pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I spent an hour at BC this morning, not going too far past the first lookout.There was an adult male Red-breasted Merganser near the walk bridge with a large group of female types.The female Common Goldeneye continues in the open water area north of the walk bridge.
    A single Herring Gull was on the island area near the first lookout.
    At least 2 Common Loon continue, and there are still large numbers of Brant geese.
    Trish Gussler
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  11. Mew Gulls LINK
    DATE: Dec 13, 2014 @ 12:17pm, 5 day(s) ago
    This morning I checked around Bolsa Chica and the Santa Ana Rivermouth to see if Friday's storm had blown anything in. Bolsa Chica was birdy but didn't offer anything unusual. I saw 3 MEW GULLS at the Talbert Marsh. The Santa Ana River by PCH wasn't terribly interesting. Gull and tern numbers were modest to low all around town. A group of 50 Snowy Plovers at Huntington State Beach a bit south of Magnolia St. was an unusually large number for this spot in winter.
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
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  13. Canvasbacks @ San Joaquin marsh LINK
    DATE: Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:20am, 5 day(s) ago
    There are 2 birds on pond 1 mostly floating heads tucked in west side of island. Female type, long sloping foreheads.
    Male and female Vermillions between pond 1 and pon A.
    Trish Gussler
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  15. Bell's Vireo yard bird is back LINK
    DATE: Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:38am, 5 day(s) ago
    The Bell's vireo is back in our elm tree at 9:30 Saturday Dec 13, 2014
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
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  17. Eurasian Collared-Doves LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:31pm, 6 day(s) ago
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  19. Rainy Day Birds LINK
    DATE: Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:09am, 6 day(s) ago
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  21. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Are we turning Japanese? (I really think so) LINK
    DATE: Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:33pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Two springs ago, some Japanese White-Eyes (white lower belly) were feeding three fledglings guava flowers in my backyard close to Adams and the Santa Ana River. They have various calls that sound like several local species. It took me awhile to realize there was a new bird around. Their behavior, size and coloring is much like bushtits. If you hear anything a little off in your area, especially a loud zweed, suspect them. They are here to stay, Beverly Hargrove PS White-eyes were eradicated from San Diego County as an agricultural pest in the 60's. Shotguns were used to blast them out of the trees in Balboa Park, per Phil Unitt. --------------------------------------------
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  23. Brandt's Cormorant at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:28pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Tim Foltz and I were on the wooden bridge at Bolsa Chica this afternoon (approx 1:30 to 2:00 PM) and saw an odd looking cormorant. My initial reaction was an oiled bird. However, when it swam close, we realized it is something other than a Double-crested. Tim sent me some shots of it which I posted in the "Pelecaniformes" folder. I believe it to be a Brandt's Cormorant based on the buff patch near the throat.
    It dove several times by the bridge and then swam away to the north until we lost sight of it.
    Enjoy, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA
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  25. Spizella challenge at SGR Nature Path (Likely 2 Chipping Sparrows) LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:30pm, 8 day(s) ago
    I took a quick walk on upper San Gabriel River Nature Path in Lakewood this am, and
    saw commonplace species incl. Scaly-breasted munias, Cassin?s vireos, Cooper?s
    Hawk, Kestrel, Saye?s Phoebe, both crowned sparrows, etc. Near the North end of trail before the last
    power tower and Del Amo Blvd, however, there was an area of short bare trees and a spizella
    sparrow perched on top of one, directly facing me. It had gray-brown breast and throat, gray-brown
    wingbars and round face, thin white eye rings, a fine somewhat faint brown eye
    line, and short bright almost carrot-yellow bill. No central crown stripe was visible in a cap very
    lightly flecked with brown, red and maybe black. Then a loud lawn mower rolled through, a second
    spizella with a darker eyeline briefly appeared, and they both flushed several
    trees down before I could observe more field marks, on wings, tail, etc. Likely a pair of chipping sparrows though
    first one had some similarities to Brewer?s too. The short bright orange-yellow bill didn?t
    look typical. If anybody?s at SGR Nature path north of the
    Monte Verde lot, you might want to check out the birdy passerine area in this
    brushy northern area of Monte Verde park, just south of power tower and Del Amo
    Donna Heim
    Huntington Beach
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  27. Are we turning Japanese? (I really think so) LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:52am, 8 day(s) ago
    I managed to add a new yard-bird in the elderberry in my postage-stamp-sized backyard, as two closely associating and vocalizing "Japanese" White-eyes paid it a visit this morning. Later, while birding the neighborhood near Bartlett Park (also in Huntington Beach), another (seeming) 'pair' of white-eyes was vocalizing and moving in tandem down a lane of pines and flowering eucalyptus. Birds prospecting for new territories and nesting opportunities? It appears that this still unknown-with-certainty Zosterops species (most likely "Japanese"?) will soon be coming to a neighborhood near you.
    Jim Pike
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  29. Red-breasted Nuthatch at Reservoir Rd., Tustin LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:29am, 8 day(s) ago
    I had a single Red-breasted Nuthatch this morning up at Reservoir Rd. in Tustin. I have been scouting for our upcoming Peter's Canyon CBC.
    This spot has been historically good for Nuthatches. In Dec. 2012 we had the "trifecta" of White-breasted, Red-breasted and a Pygmy Nuthatch there.
    David Evans
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  31. RE: Common vs Red-breasted Merganer eye colors LINK
    DATE: Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:39pm, 8 day(s) ago
    As I was desperate to find a reason not to work on a report with a looming deadline, I put some time into looking at photos of Common and Red-breasted Mergansers. Brian's Red-breasted Merganser from Bolsa Chica is a hatch-year bird that is beginning to acquire male plumage, and its reddish eye was presumably duller earlier in the fall. Looking through photos, I was surprised to see how relatively easy it is to separate Common and Red-breasted Mergansers on the basis of eye color alone. Adult female Red-breasteds have an eye color that is some variation of orange (from dull orange-brown to a brighter orange-red), while adult males have a reddish (ie, red-orange) color. It appears that the redder the eye color of a female-plumaged bird in winter/spring, the greater the likelihood of it being an immature male. In adult Common Mergansers, the eye color is typically dark ("brownish" per Pyle 2008), with the color being more variable in females. Most of the photos of adult females showed birds with dark brown eyes, but some birds had eyes of a dull yellowy amber color. The Sibley guide shows that color only for juveniles ("Aug-Sep"), so I don't know if this might be age-related. In any event, I didn't see any photos within which the two species had similar eye colors. Curiously, both the Sibley and the National Geographic guides depict this difference in eye color between the two species, but neither guide makes mention of it in the text.
    Okay, back to my procrastinating.
    Jim Pike
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  33. Aliso Creek - 9 DEC 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:32pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Stopped by on my lunch break to attempt to re-find the Swamp Sparrow, but no luck.  Seems like the flooding that took place with the recent rains did a lot of damage to the area where it preferred to hang out.  Will keep checking though, hoping it'll be around for the Coastal CBC.  Of note today was the influx of Hooded Mergansers on the creek.  I counted at least 16 total, seen in 3 different groups along different sections of the creek.  
    Good birding.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  35. Common vs Red-breasted Mergansers LINK
    DATE: Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:12pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I posted an image in the mystery folder from Bolsa Chica this week. Having trouble discerning which one this is.
    Brian KnottForget Me Knott Photography
    Purchase prints at Fine Art America
    Stock photography collection at Flickr
    "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Max Planck
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  37. white-throated sparrow LINK
    DATE: Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:32pm, 10 day(s) ago
    A White-throated Sparrow was at Windsor Park in Santa Ana today. It was spotted in a row of bottlebrush trees along the fence-line of the adjacent school. Last year, I spotted one there in a non-native oak. Odd little park, replete with hard-to-see "Japanese" White-eyes in the ficus trees.
    Jim Pike
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  39. Cattle Egret at Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 7, 2014 @ 5:17pm, 11 day(s) ago
    This is the first time I've tried posting here, I hope I'm doing it right.
    There was a mostly white (with a small amount of the cream color on the head) Cattle Egret on the bridge of the island where the gazebo and palm trees are. Specifically the bridge closer to the street. It let us get VERY close for some decent photos. It flew down but I saw it had returned about 20 minutes later when we were on the other side of the lake.
    Also, by the gazebo area, we saw a little chicken. It wasn't like any chicken I've ever seen so I suspect it may not be a food chicken. I'll try to post the photos up here once I get them off my camera.
    Happy birding,
    Arthur Fish
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Sent from my iPhone
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    DATE: Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:55am, 10 day(s) ago
    Two red shafted northern flickers spotted at wilderness Glenn in mission viejo this morning. As well as three varied thrush, 8 or more scaly breasted munia( nutmeg manakin). These were all spotted next to the danger cliff sign by the giant dead trees the acorn woodpeckers flock to. I have a couple pictures of the varied thrush spotted. It'll be on my Flickr account in a little bit.
    Happy birding!
    Kiersi koeff
    Mission viejo, Ca
    Sent from my iPhone
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  43. Large-billed Savannah Sparrow + other birds at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:37am, 10 day(s) ago
    Gail Richards and I spent a couple of hours at Bolsa Chica this morning (Dec. 8) at high tide on the first part of the Loop Trail. The Common Loon was still by the walkbridge. In the Full Tidal basin, I counted 111 Brants about half-way across, a group of 52 Canada Geese, and 6 Redheads. Along the trail we found two Large-billed Savannah Sparrows, along with the Belding's. Lots of birds considering the high tide.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  45. Red-breasted Sapsucker @ Riley Wilderness Park 12/7/14 LINK
    DATE: Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:55pm, 10 day(s) ago
    In preparation for the upcoming CBC, I had met up with Darrell Wilson and Mike Sanders today at 2pm at Riley Wilderenss Park in Coto De Caza. Mike had recommended we canvass the south end of the park which actually walks you through a protected nature preserve. Though within the Coto de Caza gated community, this trail is owned and managed by OC Parks and publicly accessible.The Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen at these GPS coordinates: 33.5609, -117.5881 . In the marsh area were also a male and female Hooded Merganser and along the way multiple Hermit Thrushes, an American Kestrel and Acorn Woodpeckers to name a few.I've created a marked up Google Map for anyone interested in this accessing this area as its not obvious to find. Thanks to Mike Sanders for his guided assistance earlier todayOnce at the Riley Wilderenss Park link at, scroll to the last image and select for map details. This park requires an OCPARKS pass or there is an entrance fee. More info on the County web siteAnthony GliozzoMission Viejo
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  47. Bell's Vireo yard bird LINK
    DATE: Dec 7, 2014 @ 2:09pm, 11 day(s) ago
    A Bell's Vireo has been in our yard in Garden Grove this afternoon, 7 Dec 2014. A fine surprise anywhere in winter. Probably a late migrant,
    but we will keep checking for it as count season approaches.
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove, CA
    Sent from my iPhone
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  49. Palm Warbler on the "upper" Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Dec 7, 2014 @ 10:52pm, 11 day(s) ago
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