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· Whimbrel (Mar 29, 2015)
· Aliso and Wood Canyon on Saturdayn (Mar 29, 2015)
· Dusky-capped and Hammond's Flycatcher(s) continue at Gilman Park (Mar 28, 2015)
· Any recent sightings of the Pine Warbler at ENC? (Mar 27, 2015)
· Dusky-capped flycatcher and Hammond's flycatcher continued in Gilman Park (Mar 27, 2015)
  1. Whimbrel LINK
    DATE: Mar 29, 2015 @ 11:49am, 1 day(s) ago
    Flock of 50+ Whimbrels landed in Pond E just now as I was leaving San Joaquin WS. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  3. Aliso and Wood Canyon on Saturdayn LINK
    DATE: Mar 29, 2015 @ 7:20am, 2 day(s) ago
    BirdersI spent 4 hours birding the park yesterday morning between 7-11 am.
    They are renovating the parking lot and the lot and garden area are completely off limits as is a good portion of the trail on the north side of the creek.
    Due to the lot being off limits, parking was in the church across the street or on the street. The church had a sign saying you could park there but not on SundayI accessed the trail from Aliso Canyon road. on the south side of the creek, I walked up about a mile past the Arizona crossing still on the south side, then doubled back, went across the Arizona crossing and the trail leads you out of the park to the paved road that runs up above the park. Hiking along that side of the creek was nice and I didn't run into too many humans on that side of the creek, which I always prefer when birding. .
    As for the birds, there are Pacific-slope Flycatchers all over along the creek, seen well and heard along most of the creek.
    I had one bird that I'm fairly sure was a female Blue Grosbeak, but the only photos I got were in the sun and not identifiable.
    Other than that, just the usual suspects. There are still a few flowers in bloom, but they are fading fast with the heat and the green hills are turning brown.
    Trish Gussler
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  5. Dusky-capped and Hammond's Flycatcher(s) continue at Gilman Park LINK
    DATE: Mar 28, 2015 @ 6:44pm, 2 day(s) ago
    About 11:30 or so (and boy, was it warm!), I entered the park. Within a few minutes I located the Dusky-capped flycatching at the stream below the brown bridge (at the white pipe) that runs parallel to the creek (not one that crosses the creek). I entered from the south at the high grassy area to the south.
    I then began looking for the Hammond's which wasn't that easy. I started near the closed bathrooms and worked that entire side quite thoroughly almost to the end of the park (easterly).
    At the end of the park are four Peruvian Pepper trees in a sort of trapezoid pattern. Just before that, right at the grassy edge of the southerly hill, are two oaks maybe 20 or so y.o. I found the Hammond's behind that first oak. I left a broken, yellow easter egg with a golf ball in it behind the tree facing the slope. The bird was off/on working trees 35 feet to the right and about 50 feet to the left of there, about a 1/3 of the way up the slope. At the top of the slope are two houses, one with a white wooden patio cover, next to a house with a brown wooden patio cover. From what I can make out, the bird has moved easterly quite a bit since the last report.
    I did not hear the bird vocalize.
    I managed to get only one photo off as I was staring into the sun the whole time and the bird was being dodgy.
    Happy birding,
    Sherry Meddick
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  7. Any recent sightings of the Pine Warbler at ENC? LINK
    DATE: Mar 27, 2015 @ 9:35pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Would appreciate knowing about them, if so.
    Sherry Meddick
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  9. Dusky-capped flycatcher and Hammond's flycatcher continued in Gilman Park LINK
    DATE: Mar 27, 2015 @ 8:39pm, 3 day(s) ago
    At noon March 26, Dusky-capped flycatcher and Hammond's flycatcher continued in Gilman Park. The Dusky-capped was seen behind the closed restroom and Hammond's 160 yards east of the closed restroom.
    Mike Huang
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  11. Ash-throated Flycatcher and large flock of shorebirds over Anaheim LINK
    DATE: Mar 27, 2015 @ 7:37pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I had an Ash-throated Flycatcher this evening in my neighborhood, and also a large flock of around 60 medium sized shorebirds with slightly decurved bills (I think) flew over. Any idea what they are? Dunlin? I don't have many shorebirds on my yard list.
    Trish Gussler
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  13. Mystery Duck at Mile Square Park in the Nature Center LINK
    DATE: Mar 25, 2015 @ 7:39am, 6 day(s) ago
    I saw a female duck at the nature center at Mile Square Park yesterday and the day before. Sorry for the late notification. It was hanging out with the female Mallards. It has some distinctive markings that are quite different from the female Mallards. Its bill is black on the top and orange on the bottom--similar to a female Mallard, but more black on the top. It has cinnamon feathers at the shoulder and a black tail. It feeds like a dabbling duck. Including a picture in Mystery Birds. Also saw a pair of Hooded Orioles, a pair of Mockingbirds, Allen's Hummingbirds, Anna's Hummingbirds, Bluebirds, a Mallard Duck and her ducklings trying to get through the fence to a lake at the golf course, a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, a Red-tailed Hawk, lots of Flickers, Audubon Yellow-rumped Warblers, an Osprey with a fish, Hermit Thrushes, White-crowned Sparrows, American White Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Canada Geese (including one I reported to the Ranger's office who was hobbled by fishing line he somehow got tangled in), Egyptian Geese, a House Wren, Mourning Doves, House Finches, several Nuttal's Woodpeckers, and several Black Phoebes. And ran into a coyote by the succulent garden. It really wanted to go into the garden where there are a rabbits. It left and returned on another path, but I was still there, and so it left. A lady walking in the nature center said she has run into a number of coyotes there recently--hence the big stick she was carrying.Karen McQuade Fountain Valley, CA
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  15. Re: Bonaparte's Gulls in partial spring molt at Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Mar 25, 2015 @ 5:13pm, 5 day(s) ago
    At 5:10 pm there are well over 100 Bonaparte Gulls at the San Juan Creek Mouth. Two have a more developed black face mask than others. They are by far the dominant gull at this location. Also are Elegant and Royal Terns
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
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  17. Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Black-and-White Warbler, and Black Scoter this week. LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 2:58pm, 6 day(s) ago
    On Saturday, a Northern California friend and I decided to look for the Dusky-capped Flycatcher at Gilman Park; we managed to get good looks with the help of Valerie Wheeler, on the tree where it has been regularly seen.Afterwards, we surreptitiously decided to walk over to Craig Park to see if any of the interesting wintering species were still around. While we dipped on the Hooded Mergansers, we (surprisingly) refound the Black-and-White Warbler foraging in small pine tree at the far north end of the park.
    Today, I managed to rack up 52 species at Bolsa Chica. Highlights were the continuing Black Scoter by the tidal gates, as well as 2 Horned Larks and numerous Red Knots by the first overlook.
    Good birding:
    Samuel Bressler
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  19. Bonaparte's Gulls in partial spring molt at Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 11:27am, 6 day(s) ago
    There was a large flock of Bonaparte's Gulls on the tide pool rocks south of Puerto Point at Dana Point Harbor at about 9 AM this morning. Several of the birds were undergoing their spring molt and showing partly black heads. The tide was coming in as I left, so the birds will have moved out by now, but they may return at the next low tide.
    Diane Etchison
    San Clemente
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  21. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] What is this bird LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 8:58am, 6 day(s) ago
    Do you have a field guide?
    The National Geographic Field Guide or the Sibley would both open a new world for you.
    Why did you have to discontinue astronomy?
    Tom MIko
    Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    On Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 2:40 AM, billhepner@... [OrangeCountyBirding] <> wrote:
     Hi, I am a new be at birding since I am unable to continue my Astronomy hobby. So I thought that taking pictures of birds would do for me.   I photographed this beautiful in my mobile home park here on the edge of Fullerton and Anaheim.  
    IMG_0088 To take full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. IMG_0088        &nbs...
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    Can anyone tell me what it is?
    Bill Hepner
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  23. What is this bird LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 2:40am, 7 day(s) ago
    Hi, I am a new be at birding since I am unable to continue my Astronomy hobby. So I thought that taking pictures of birds would do for me. I photographed this beautiful in my mobile home park here on the edge of Fullerton and Anaheim.
    IMG_0088 To take full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. IMG_0088 &nbs...
    View on
    Preview by Yahoo
    Can anyone tell me what it is?
    Bill Hepner
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  25. Black-chinned Hummingbird at Irvine Regional Park - 23 MAR 2015 LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 7:40pm, 6 day(s) ago
    At 6:45pm this evening, I had a male Black-chinned Hummingbird at Irvine Regional Park.  I was just standing at the intersection of the Egret and Santiago Creek trails and it landed right in front of me.  I was able to get a few shots before a male Anna's came in and chased him off.  He never returned.  
    GPS for those who use it: 33.796912, -117.761025
    The Egret Trail starts due west of Parking Lot 1. 
    Map below shows the area where I saw him.
    There are 4 photos starting here on my Flickr page:
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  27. Mountain Quail LINK
    DATE: Mar 24, 2015 @ 6:29pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Had a great morning at Blue Jay Campground- saw a pair of Mountain Quail next to the road, small flock of Pine Siskins feeding in an Oak and a Brewer's Sparrow. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Purple Finch LINK
    DATE: Mar 23, 2015 @ 1:42am, 8 day(s) ago
    I had 2 female Purple Finch feeding in the trees by the back pond next to the baseball field today. No Pine Warbler however. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  31. Anna's Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Mar 23, 2015 @ 8:12pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Strange behavior I observed a few days ago at Balearic Park. An Anna's Hummingbird male was grasping a female's leg at about 6 feet above the ground below a pine tree. The pine tree's lowest branches were above my head. The male dragged the female down to the ground by flying backwards. She resisted him the whole way. Once he touched the ground, they broke apart and both went to lower branches of the same pine tree, vocalizing all the time.
    If anyone 'collects' a white-eye, Kimball Garrett of the L A Natural History Museum would love to hear from you. He is interested to confirm the genetic origins of our recent immigrant.
    Beverly Hargrove Costa Mesa
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  33. Bell's Vireos are at San Joaquin - 22 MAR 2015 LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 1:46pm, 8 day(s) ago
    I walked the back section of San Joaquin this morning and heard at least 5 Bell's Vireos singing.  A pair by the footbridge, along with one female type Hooded Merganser in the creek.  I heard at least 3 other individual Bell's Vireos as I was walking around in the back swampy areas.  I was also listening for Yellow-breasted Chats, but it's still a bit early for them, I'm guessing.
    Managed to get photos of two of the ones I heard.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  35. Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues Sunday LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 1:29pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi, OC Birders, the Dusky-capped Flycatcher was very busy on both sides of the creek in the vicinity of the closed restroom. Five of us were watching including Alex from San Diego who was first on the scene. Many good picture were taken, except by myself :-(
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
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  37. from: LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:56am, 9 day(s) ago
    Hi orangecountybirding
    Sent from my iPhone
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  39. Pine warbler continues at ENC, Newport Beach, 3/21/2015 LINK
    DATE: Mar 22, 2015 @ 6:34pm, 8 day(s) ago
    I had the continuing pine warbler late this afternoon, at the same location reported previously. I was standing just beyond the center field fence of the main ball field at Newport Harbor High School, near the batting cages, when the warbler appeared in a tall, nearly dead pine tree on the Environmental Nature Center side of the fence, at about 5:15 pm. The warbler foraged at a leisurely pace around the tree, remaining silent most of the time. It was still there when I left at about 5:35. Hopefully he'll stick around for awhile so others can see him.Charles BakerTustin
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  41. Pine Warbler at Environmental Nature Center LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 11:16am, 9 day(s) ago
    OC Birders,
    The Pine Warbler continued this morning at the Environmental Nature Center.
    I did not see the bird but heard it sing twice while I was standing behind
    the fence near the right field foul pole of the main ball field at the high
    school. The song came from willows that well past the foul pole.
    Good viewing,
    Steve Sosensky
    Phone: 949-360-6789
    Toll Free: 877-674-2473
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  43. Saturday Dusky - capped Flycatcher LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 8:52am, 9 day(s) ago
    I arrived at Gillman Park, Fullerton, at 0700, where I immediately found a White-capped Howard and a Thick-lensed Bill. At 0715 the Dusky-capped called repeatedly, flying back and forth into various trees near the closed bathrooms. The bird then posed for photographs in the trees above the creek, at the very bottom of the park, of course, is close to the same bathrooms.
    Varied and Hermit Thrushes serenaded us the whole time. The number of Varied Thrashers in this park is astounding.
    Tom Miko
    653  S. Indian Hill Blvd.
    Claremont 91711
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  45. Unchaseable purple martin LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 8:48pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Today during my lunch break, while working at the Orange County Sheriff Training Academy, a female purple martin flew straight towards me, and over my head. It was in a small mixed flock of swallows. This station is right next to a concrete creek that feeds into the Santa Ana River.
    Tom Miko
    LA County
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  47. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black and White at Hummingbird, Dusky-Capped continues at Gilman LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 7:26pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Hi Folks,
    What are the earliest, and the latest time that people are seeing the light catcher? I worked in Orange County today, and I'm working there again, tomorrow. I stopped at the park on the way home, and spent about 45 minutes, without seeing the bird. However there were around 15.. I was there from 5:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. . I also heard some orioles  that refused  to show themselves, at the top of the park.
    On Mar 20, 2015 4:05 PM, "khalifa.amin@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:
    I had the black-and-white warbler at Hummingbird Park this morning, where Jeff B and others had seen it previously, it was mostly quiet, but I heard it vocalize once. Monte Taylor just asked me to report that he just had 3 Varied Thrush, the Dusky-capped flycatcher and a Nashville Warbler along with flock of band-tailed pigeons at Gilman Park in the same spot as previous days.
    Amin Khalifa
    Laguna NIguel
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  49. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Cackling Geese LINK
    DATE: Mar 21, 2015 @ 3:25pm, 9 day(s) ago
    This pair may move to Sycamore Park in Mission Viejo late in the day. I have been seeing a pair in this park near sunset for a couple of weeks. One individual has a thick white neck ring, the other has a thin partial ring
    Mike Sanders
    Laguna HillsSent from my iPhone
    On Mar 20, 2015, at 15:04, Ryan Winkleman rswinkleman@... [OrangeCountyBirding] <> wrote:
    The two continuing Aleutian Cackling Geese at Village Pond Park in Lake Forest are currently continuing. They are keeping to themselves and are in the grass right off the side of Ridge Route. These birds are never present when I get off work at my normal time, so they do leave ahead of the rest of the Canada Geese flock, which typically stays somewhat late.
    Ryan Winkleman
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