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· RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Unusual Oriole (Apr 28, 2016)
· Re: Black Oystercatcher at Bolsa Chica Today (Apr 28, 2016)
· Black Oystercatcher at Bolsa Chica Today (Apr 28, 2016)
· Re: Unusual Oriole (Apr 28, 2016)
· Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Unusual Oriole (Apr 28, 2016)
  1. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Unusual Oriole LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:53pm, 1 day(s) ago
    They are in the oriole family (Icterus).?
    Troupials (Icterus icterus) - also known as Northern Troupials or Venezuelan Troupials
    sighting.? They may be escaped cage birds, but still a good looking
    bird that I have not seen before.? What city are you in?
    Pete Gordon
    Foothill Ranch,? CA
    Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:39:41 -0700
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Unusual Oriole
    Just had an oriole in my backyard that I've not seen before. Is this a Scott's Oriole?
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  3. Re: Black Oystercatcher at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 7:49pm, 1 day(s) ago
    There also was a Black Oystercatcher in Dana Point on the ocean side of the breakwater behind the Ocean Institute this morning at 9.
    Sachiko Fukuman
    San Clemente
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  5. Black Oystercatcher at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 6:28pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Peter Knapp, long-time Fish & Wildlife volunteer at Bolsa Chica, called me about 5:45 p.m. to report that he and Ross Griswold saw a Black Oystercatcher at the south end of the Full Tidal Basin at Bolsa Chica this morning (April 28) about 9:30 a.m. ?He said it was in an area not visible to the public. ?It was feeding. ?He said this is the first time he’s seen one at Bolsa Chica. ?
    Additional items of interest were that he found the body of a Western Grebe that had been killed by a Peregrine Falcon; he saw a pair of banded ?Gull-billed Terns (M & F) in the past couple of days, but didn’t see them today (he found out they were about 5 years old); and most of the Elegant Terns have left Bolsa Chica at the moment, but seem to be hanging around the Seal Beach area, so they could be back. ?Evidently, the Peregrine Falcon is getting one Elegant Tern a day. ?
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  7. Re: Unusual Oriole LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 2:46pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I'm assuming this is an escapee/exotic.  I believe it's a Venezuelan Troupial?  Others might have a better answer...
    If I recall correctly, there was one in LA Co. last year as well, or something similar. 
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  9. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Unusual Oriole LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 2:43pm, 1 day(s) ago
    This is not an oriole, but a Venezuelan Troupial. They are sometimes seen in southern California, and are considered to be escaped exotics.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  11. Unusual Oriole LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 2:39pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Just had an oriole in my backyard that I've not seen before. Is this a Scott's Oriole?
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  13. Silk Oak on Modjeska Cnyn Rd. full of migrants LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:33am, 1 day(s) ago
    On my way into work (@Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary) this morning, I noticed the Silk Oak at the bridge just before the road narrows (or about 1000 ft before the fire station) is starting to bloom and was full of Western Tanagers, Hooded Orioles and warblers. Couldn't stop long enough to ID anything more specific...but you?get the picture. Back to the salt mines folks....
    Good Birding Kurt Miethke Tustin
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  15. Mt. Quail LINK
    DATE: Apr 27, 2016 @ 8:20pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Had an early morning drive up to Mt Pinos trailhead and highlights were Mt Quail, Hairy Woodpecker, Hermit Warbler and Lazuli Bunting. With Amin Khalifa and Tom F-H. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
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  17. Swainson's Thrush at San Joaquin Marsh LINK
    DATE: Apr 27, 2016 @ 1:59pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I found a Swainson's Thrush on the North Loop Trail between Pond "C" and Tree Hill this morning about 8:45 AM.? It was in a small willow next to the water on the west side of the trail about 150 feet south of where the trail forks to go to the construction area and Tree Hill (the left fork goes up the North Loop Trail where I also found a Warbling Vireo.)
    Jack Lindahl Hunting ton Beach, CA
    Photos here: ? ?
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  19. Bell's Vireo(?) at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2016 @ 2:54pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Foraging in the White Sage in the southeast quadrant of the nature center at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley was a bird I believe to be a BELL'S VIREO. ?Its long tail and foraging habit reminded me of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. ?It was a drab light gray, with subdued spectacles as in the bird guides, but had a narrow yellowish stripe on its sides just below the wings (not in my bird guides). ?No sounds. No camera. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach
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  21. Warblers Santiago Oaks RP LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:53am, 3 day(s) ago
    The hot spot this morning (4/26) was the flowering silk oak on the Santiago Creek Trail (33.82093 -117.77237). The warblers were constantly flowing in and out, so accurate numbers were difficult to ascertain. There were at least one Hermit, one MacGiilivray's, 2 Nashville, 2 Wilson's, 2 Black-throated Gray and Western Tanagers and Black Grosbeaks. "Plant" yourself, so to speak, by the tree and enjoy the show. There are actually two silk oaks in bloom within sight of each other. The better action was in the one further off the trail.
    Andy Lazere Laguna Niguel?
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  23. Virginia Rail LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2016 @ 9:41am, 4 day(s) ago
    Here's a picture of the Virginia Rail. Sachiko FukumanSan Clemente
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  25. Gull-billed Tern Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:25pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Following a pleasant morning of birding at Huntington Beach Central Park with a nice selection of migrant and resident birds, we went over to Bolsa Chica around 1:30.More to see here, although the tide was fairly high.Near 3 pm as we were walking back to the parking lot, we found a Gull-billed Tern, north of the promontory with the benches on it, close to the enclosed area for nesting. Also wonderful were a Red-breasted Merganser, a Horned Grebe in flashy plumage, a Red Knot that was red, a Dunlin in plumage and very nice poses by one of the Ridgeway's rails that have been seen from the boardwalk.
    Good Birding, Ann and Eric Brooks Los Angeles with PV/SB Audubon Field Trips
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  27. Horned Lark, Sea Summit Trail in San Clemente LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:28pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I went over there today to see if I could spot a Virginia Rail, no luck with that, but I saw a nice Horned Lark standing and singing on a berm near the south end of the housing development.
    -Moro Rogers
    Dana Point
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  29. Pleasant birding at Santiago Oaks 24 April 2016 LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:41pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Migrant numbers and variety were only moderate but enough to keep us entertained on a morning walk thru Santiago Oaks Regional Park this morning 24 April 2016. Two Swainson's Thrushes, our First of Spring and the vanguard of many to follow, were a highlight. A quick look at ebird records shows that Swainson's Thrushes started arriving at prime coastal California breeding locations (primarily from the central coast and north) within the past 4-5 days, with the earliest OC report being yesterday from Huntington Central Park. ?One Western Wood-Pewee was also our FOS sighting. Among the resident species, many were foraging with increased energy as if gathering food for hungry nestlings, but we observed actual food carries by only a couple of birds.
    For those interested, our ebird list can be viewed using the link below
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    Good birding,
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove
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  31. warblers and more LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 3:22pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, late report from yesterday morning I had Black-throated Grey, Nashville, Wilson's, Yellow Warblers in the Silk Oak trees on Tree Hill, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. ?Plus many more Yellows, and Orange Crown and some Yellow-breasted Chats on the trails below. ?Also on Tree Hill 3 Western Tanagers. ?
    Speaking of trees on hills, today in the Urban Forest of Huntington Beach Central Park west, in the Southwest corner in the pines I had a Hermit Warbler. ?Also there, Warbling Vireo, Hammond's Flycatcher and Black-headed Grosbeak. ?Down below around the lake it was dead dead dead. ?Just dogs and their people.
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  33. Virginia Rail LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:30am, 5 day(s) ago
    While walking my dog this morning at the Sea Summit Trail(across from the Outlets) in San Clemente, I spotted a Virginia Rail in the water detention area around 8:00 am. It was in the same area that I spotted the Sora last year. Sachiko Fukuman San Clemente
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  35. Backyard warblers LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:04am, 5 day(s) ago
    Yesterday while we were watching the Black-and-White Warbler at the Turtle Rock Nature Center, Doug made a comment about how I probably get a lot of warblers at my house, and I mentioned how  actually the only warblers I ever get are Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers. In the last 20 minutes I have had 2 Wilson's,  1 Yellow, and 1 Nashville Warbler show up at my backyard, the Wilson's and Nashville being new yard birds #87 and #88, respectively. Lesson of story: Doug Willick needs to predict my new backyard birds more often. Ryan Winkleman
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  37. Bommer Canyon trip - 4/23/16 LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:31am, 6 day(s) ago
    Yesterday I led a nature walk at Bommer Canyon in Irvine, for which I was joined by 18 participants. We covered approximately 4.5 miles, during which we identified avian and non-avian wildlife, and in addition Barbara Boethling and I taught the participants about the native and non-native vegetation composing the different habitats throughout the walk. We birded through freshwater marsh, annual grassland, a cottonwood-willow riparian woodland, mulefat scrub, and coastal sage scrub. It was sunny and mostly cool throughout the morning, only warming up near the end of the trip. From the parking lot at Turtle Rock Community Park, we all got looks at a Red-breasted Nuthatch working the trees on the corner of Sunnyhill and Shady Canyon, between the tennis courts and the street. The group was later able to get up-close looks at Bell's Vireo, California Gnatcatcher, Warbling Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Osprey, and Red-tailed Hawk. We watched a pair of Blue Grosbeaks building a nest, and were able to get scope views courtesy of Robert McNab of Pied-billed Grebe chicks in the pond. I think everybody learned how to recognize Yellow-breasted Chat songs by the end of the trip. Several of us thought we heard Grasshopper Sparrow in the grassland, but could not confirm with repeated incidences. The total number of birds identified during the trip was 62, which is actually an eBird high for this location. Ryan Winkleman
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  39. Black-and-white Warbler at Turtle Rock Nature Center LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:30pm, 6 day(s) ago
    After an enjoyable birding field trip to Bommer Canyon, led by Ryan Winkleman, Ryan and I made a stop in the Turtle Rock Nature Center and had a male Black-and-white Warbler. The bird was working the large willows toward the west end of the nature center. There was a smattering of migrants here and there, including a MacGillivray's Warbler that I had in the nature center a little earlier. Unfortunately I believe the nature center is closed on Sundays.
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
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  41. Swallow-tailed Kite Update LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:24pm, 7 day(s) ago
    I received word though the grapevine that the Swallow-tailed Kite was spotted by base biologists at Camp Pendleton at roughly 1:30pm.  This means that if it keeps up its current flight path it should be flying somewhere over Orange County right now where it should roost.  Keep an eye out overhead if you're out this afternoon!
    Tom F-H
    Irvine, CA
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  43. WFO 2016 Conference Youth Scholarship Available LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:58pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a
    youth scholarship for the WFO 2016 Conference to be held in Humboldt County,
    California from September 28th through October 2nd. The scholarship is open
    to youths between the ages of 12 and 22, with six scholarships for youths in
    Grades 6 through 12, and two scholarships for collegiate youths working
    towards a Bachelor's degree. The annual WFO conference is a four day event
    that includes scientific presentations, workshops, field trips, experts'
    sounds and visual identification panels, and social activities. The
    conference offers the opportunity for motivated youths to meet those who
    earn their living and/or volunteer in field ornithology, bird conservation,
    biology and other distinguished fields. For further details and conference
    registration (opening June 12th) visit For further
    details about the scholarship, please refer to the attached application, or
    visit The
    application deadline is May 15, 2016, so don't delay, send in your
    application today!
    Robbie Fischer
    WFO Scholarship Committee Member
    Pacifica, CA
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  45. Least Terns at Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:38pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders. ?Today I counted a handful of Least Terns, all flyovers or diving, none on the ground in the Least Tern breeding fence. ?Inside the fence there were some Kildeer. ?
    I noted a Raven flying low inside the fence. ?It caught something, perhaps a Killdeer chick, and flew well inland until I could no longer follow it with binocs. ?
    There were Forsters, Least, Elegant, Caspian and Royal Terns in the Talbert Marsh and many many Elegant Terns on the sandbar in the river inland from the PCH bridge, as well as a few Bonaparte and many California Gulls. ?Don't think I saw the Franklin's Gull.
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  47. Lewis’ Woodpecker Still at Irvine Reg. Park Today LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:47pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Lena Hayashi, Sheila Harlow, Jan Gaffney and I re-found the Lewis’ Woodpecker this morning (April 18) about 8:10 a.m. in a sycamore tree below Parking Lot #13 at Irvine Regional Park.
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  49. Photo of yesterday's Franklin's Gull LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:45am, 12 day(s) ago
    Hopefully some others got to see this bird. Some beachgoers with unleashed dogs were fast approaching when I left so that didn't bode well. Wish I could have stayed, but my meter was already expired when I got back. If anyone has one better places to park than on 1-hr meters on PCH 200 yards south of river I'd love to hear.....
    Photo embedded in eBird checklist.
    Dorian Anderson thespeckledhatchback@...
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