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· Bolsa Chica Black Scoter and Common Goldeneye (TODAY)
· Costa's Hummingbird at San Joaquin WS (TODAY)
· Santiago Oaks RP Varied Thrush, Craig Hooded Merganser (Nov 22, 2014)
· Fw: How are you? Let us get down to business. (Nov 22, 2014)
· Continuing varied thrush at Santa Ana Cemetery, 11/22/2014 (Nov 22, 2014)
  1. Bolsa Chica Black Scoter and Common Goldeneye LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:57pm, TODAY
    The previously reported Black Scoter was close by the tidal gate and the Common Goldeneye was in the Inner Bay visible, albeit a little distant, from the causeway. Also the Common Loon was hanging out at the causeway giving great views. All in all a beautiful day out there today.
    
    John
    
    John Thomlinson
    San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
    "It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.
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  3. Costa's Hummingbird at San Joaquin WS LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 5:32pm, TODAY
    Saturday morning, there was a Costa's Hummingbird between Ponds 1 & 2, near the benches. Nice purple gorget, but lighter than normal. Angle perhaps? A few feet away was a California Thrasher on the ground. It was a good birdy morning. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach.
    
    
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  5. Santiago Oaks RP Varied Thrush, Craig Hooded Merganser LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 1:32pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    While doing surveys at Santiago Oaks Regional Park this morning, I heard
    a VARIED THRUSH trill several times, north of the wooden staircase to
    the Ladybug trail.
    
    Other recent semi-notables:
    On Thursday (11/20), I saw an OSPREY and at least six RING-BILLED GULLS
    at Tri-City Park.
    
    On Wednesday (11/19), two female-plumaged HOODED MERGANSERS swam up the
    flooded channel near the equipment yard at Craig Regional Park during
    one of my point counts. A few minutes later, a late NORTHERN
    ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW flew over. I saw no sign of the Snow Goose from a
    few weeks before.
    
    Good Birding,
    Karl
    
    Karl Fairchild
    Fullerton
    
    
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  7. Fw: How are you? Let us get down to business. LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 12:21pm, 1 day(s) ago
    http://student-exchange-guide.com/lpu/4252507.php?t=2339622&rt=93581&102=&en-en&+726335 Hi, do you remember me? Roy Poucher------------------23.11.2014 0:21:41H?r hat over one eye and h?r right ch?ek a smear of mud.
    
    
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  9. Continuing varied thrush at Santa Ana Cemetery, 11/22/2014 LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 10:09am, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi: My wife and I just got back from the Santa Ana Cemetery, where we saw four varied thrushes in the area previously reported. One was in (and below) a large oak tree directly east of the mausoleum. Later, Trish Gussler pointed out three more to the southeast of the mausoleum, on the grass below some elm and yew pine trees. Here are a couple of decent photos:Varied thrush
    
    Varied thrush Santa Ana Cemetery, 11/22/2014
    
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    Varied thrush
    
    Varied thrush Santa Ana Cemetery, 11/22/2014
    
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    FYI: These birds are very shy and require some patience to locate.
    
    Charles BakerTustin
    
    
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  11. summer Tanager, Swamp Sparrow and Hooded Merganser photos LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 11:36pm, 1 day(s) ago
    here is a Flickr link to the above named birds reported in previous
    posts :
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/46984141@N04/sets/72157641737993674/
    Don Hoechlin Costa Mesa
    
    
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  13. American Bittern @ Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 10:55pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hello Orange County Birders,Bolsa Chica from the walk bridge back to the flood gate near the corner of PCH offered a generous variety of waterfowl. The American Bittern was found foraging near the walk bridge as well as the Ridgway's Rail which was out in the open at various times, a lone Common Loon was also easily visible at the walk bridge. Jeff Bray and I counted up 40 Brants during the 3+ hour visit. We also located several male and female Surf Scoters and the female Black Scoter was seen at the flood control gate around 2:30pm. We were unable to locate the Canvasback however. Around 4:10 pm the Common Goldeneye was seen from the Walk Bridge. Jeff Bray and I were able to count up 58 species total.I've posted individual images of 9 different species below including the Common Goldeneye, American Bittern and Black Scoter (female) within one single link below. This may be helpful for those interested in visiting and needing reference photos.Thanks to those who located the Black Scoter, Common Goldeneye and American Bittern.Bolsa Chica Wetlands ? Huntington Beach, CA November 21, 2014 | Birds of Orange County & Southern California
    
    Bolsa Chica Wetlands ? Huntington Beach, CA No... A fairly spectacular afternoon at Bolsa Chica Wetlands today with 58 species in all. I had started out at the walk bridge off Pacific Coast Highway around 1pm and ...
    
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    Anthony GliozzoMission Viejo
    
    
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  15. Male Black Scoter LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 7:19pm, 1 day(s) ago
    There was a male Black Scoter off of sunset beach this morning near the end of the breakwater.
    
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  17. Common Goldeneye LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2014 @ 6:07pm, 1 day(s) ago
     There was a female COMMON GOLDENEYE today at Bolsa Chica foraging along the PCH trail side of Inner Bolsa Bay.
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  19. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Swamp Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 3:03pm, 2 day(s) ago
    The Swamp Sparrow is currently about 100 feet above the spillway where Jeff had it (halfway between yesterday and this morning's spot). I saw it perched on some rocks on the east side of the creek (on the slope). It flew to the west bank into some brushy vegetation and I haven't seen it come out again.
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    On Nov 21, 2014 12:21 PM, "Don Hoechlin quixdimnd@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     We refound, about 10:30, the swamp sparrow at Aliso Creek , but this time it had moved upstream and was right below the soccer field. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  21. Re: Varied Thrushes at Fairhaven Cemetery Today LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:55pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Today at noon had seven Varied Thrushes at same spot , NE corner of mausoleum. Al Moreno
    
    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy SŪ 4 mini ?, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
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  23. Summer Tanager LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:36pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Just found, 12:20, an imm male Summer Tanager at the far end of the park , Laguna Nigel Regional Park by building 12. The bird was seen from the bridge and in the Euc's on the left hand side of the bridge. Don Hoechlin Costa Mesa.
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  25. Mute Swans LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:28pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders,I walked the Banning Channel bike trail btw PCH and Victoria St. this morning, and spotted two Mute Swans in the Santa Ana River. Here are a couple photo links.Mute Swans
    
    Mute Swans Two Mute Swans seen in the Santa Ana River (from the Banning Channel bike trail between PCH&Victoria St.)
    
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    Mute Swans
    
    Mute Swans Two Mute Swans seen in the Santa Ana River (from the Banning Channel bike trail between PCH&Victoria St.)
    
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    Barbara BoethlingHuntington Beach
    
    
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  27. Swamp Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:21pm, 2 day(s) ago
    We refound, about 10:30, the swamp sparrow at Aliso Creek , but this time it had moved upstream and was right below the soccer field. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  29. Swamp Sparrow continues - Aliso Creek - Laguna Beach - 21 NOV 2014 LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:19pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Stopped by at lunch again (11:00am) and ran into Don Hoechlin and David Evans.  They had tracked the bird into thick brush on the west wide of the creek, about 100 yards or so, north of the location I reported yesterday.  It finally came out and perched on a rock for a bit and they we followed it, north, up the east side of the creek through the dead brush.  It then flew back into the thick brush on the west side of the creek and we were unable to relocate.
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  31. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Scoter? At Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 11:52am, 2 day(s) ago
    The Black Scoter is currently in the exact same spot that Rick had it yesterday, immediately north of the floodgate with two Surf Scoters.
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    On Nov 20, 2014 8:25 PM, "Thomasabenson@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     Hi Rick,
    That is in fact a female Black Scoter.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  33. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black Scoter? At Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 8:25pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Rick,
    That is in fact a female Black Scoter.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  35. Black Scoter? At Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 8:11pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, this is a lifer for me if I am correct. Looks like a Black Scoter to me. It was on the Warner side of the Bolsa Chica dam.
    Please look in the Waterfowl photo album and tell me if it isn't so I can pull it.
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  37. Re: Juvenile Bald Eagle flying over the Bolsa Chica Wetlands LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 8:03pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Lita,
    
    As Tom stated in a previous post to the group (but I haven't yet seen either this original post, or Tom's reply, appear yet in the "Birding Lists Digest"), the bird you photographed is actually a Turkey Vulture. The bird has a "patagial" tag--the "patagium" on a bird is a fold of skin along the inner forewing). Vultures certainly share some similar features as eagles, but one can tell this is a vulture by a couple attributes. The small, unfeathered head can be seen, even though it's more of a silhouette in most of the images; Bald Eagle would show a bill that's much larger in proportion to the head. There are some distinctive plumage features that a young Bald Eagle would show, that are not shown by this Bolsa Chica bird, but since most of the photos are back lit it's hard to see (or discuss) those marks. The bird is soaring/gliding with the "dihedral" (slightly upward angled wings) flight style that is characteristic of Turkey Vultures.
    
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson (in a following message) has some good information for those that happen to observe vultures like this one, showing these patagial tags, as in what basic data to try to record, and where it can be reported. If one looks at any concentrations of vultures in the county (like at winter night roost sites), it's possible to see a few that are wing-tagged. One roost site, for example, is in a busy part of Irvine (they roost in the tall Eucalyptus along Culver, just south of Ethel Coplen). Other roost sites that have persisted for a number of years are along the northern edge of Orange (city), and in south OC, along Ortega Highway, about 1 mile east of I-5.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    ---In orangecountybirding@yahoogroups.com, <litapixel@...> wrote :
    Hello everyone, I just joined and I wanted to share that on Monday around noon I was at
    the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and I saw this juvenile bald eagle. I just
    posted the photos in my photoblog. You can click each picture and
    enlarge it.
    Thank you and I look forward to learning more.
    
    Juvenile Bald Eagle
    
    Juvenile Bald Eagle On Monday, I made a trip to the wetlands and to my surprise; I saw a bird I?ve never seen before. It was soaring; wings spread wide flying without worry. Floating f...
    
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    Lita Pixley from Huntington Beach
    
    
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  39. Canvasback at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2014 @ 5:24pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I saw a male Canvasback duck this afternoon next to the pedestrian bridge at Bolsa Chica. He was fraternizing with a female ruddy duck.
    
    Here is a link to a picture of him: Male canvasback with ruddy duck
    
    Male canvasback with ruddy duck Bolsa Chica
    
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    Happy Birding!
    Wendy Miller
    Huntington Beach, CA
    
    
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  41. Bald Eagle=Turkey Vulture LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2014 @ 2:50pm, 3 day(s) ago
    This is a patagial tagged Turkey Vulture. For those of you interested in learning more about the banding program you can read about it on the Sea & Sage Audubon society website;http://seaandsageaudubon.org/Conservation/BirdResearch/TurkeyVultures.html
    
    If anyone sees any of these tagged vultures I would encourage you to share your data with the study. It is also fun to find out where the bird was tagged. The contact information is as follows;
    
    "If you see any Turkey Vultures with a wing tag ? please send the information listed above to the Bird Banding Laboratory at: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/bblretrv/index.cfmPlease also contact Pete Bloom at petebloom@..., or Scott Thomas at redtail1@... .Your information will help the biologists learn more about the movements of these Turkey Vultures, which is pertinent information for their study. We appreciate your help!Data Needed ?? Your Name and Contact Info? Photos (if available)? Location of Sighting? Date of Sighting? Tag info such as: white tag with the number on left wing? Brief behavior notes such as: perched, soaring, foraging, etc."Tom Ford-HutchinsonIrvine, CAOn Nov 20, 2014, at 1:45 PM, litapixel@... [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
    
    Hello everyone, I just joined and I wanted to share that on Monday around noon I was at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and I saw this juvenile bald eagle. I just posted the photos in my photoblog. You can click each picture and enlarge it.
    Thank you and I look forward to learning more.
    
    Juvenile Bald Eagle
    
    Juvenile Bald EagleOn Monday, I made a trip to the wetlands and to my surprise; I saw a bird I?ve never seen before. It was soaring; wings spread wide flying without worry. Floating f...
    
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    Lita Pixley from Huntington Beach
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  43. Juvenile Bald Eagle flying over the Bolsa Chica Wetlands LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2014 @ 1:45pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hello everyone, I just joined and I wanted to share that on Monday around noon I was at
    the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and I saw this juvenile bald eagle. I just
    posted the photos in my photoblog. You can click each picture and
    enlarge it.
    Thank you and I look forward to learning more.
    
    Juvenile Bald Eagle
    
    Juvenile Bald Eagle On Monday, I made a trip to the wetlands and to my surprise; I saw a bird I?ve never seen before. It was soaring; wings spread wide flying without worry. Floating f...
    
    View on litapixel.wordpress.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Lita Pixley from Huntington Beach
    
    
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  45. SWAMP SPARROW - Aliso Creek in Laguna Niguel - 20 NOV 2014 LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2014 @ 2:37pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I found a SWAMP SPARROW along Aliso Creek this afternoon.  Barely had time to get my binoculars on it before it flew across the creek where I was able to get some lousy identifiable shots before it flew off into the wooded area to the west of the creek.  This was at 12:35pm.  The area is just behind the skate park that's on the corner of Alicia and Aliso Creek Road.  There is a drop structure there and it was seen in the area just below it.  I have a map linked below with the area circled.  I'm sure there are a few different ways to get to that area on the creek, but I usually just park at the lot for the Aliso and Wood Canyon and walk over there.  
    
    Along the creek, there was also (4) Hooded Merganser (2 male and 2 female) and a handful of American Pipits as well as the other usual suspects for that area.  
    
    Map: http://i.imgur.com/nwexnUn.jpg
    
    Photo of the bird: https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/15651488927/
    
    Good birding
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  47. Varied Thrushes at Fairhaven Cemetery Today LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2014 @ 1:14pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Lena Hayashi, Sheila Harlow, and I birded together at Fairhaven Cemetery this morning (11/20) and saw at least 4 Varied Thrushes (possibly more) on the east side of the mausoleum (northern edge). One was on the ground drinking water from a leaking sprinkler head when we approached and flew up into one of the large cedar trees. They were moving around in the trees with the flickers, We also saw several fly off. Initially, we started looking on the west side, but didn't find them until we got to the east side. But when we left, they had left that area. We saw them from about 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. There were also two Band-tailed Pigeons in one of the cedars.
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  49. Vermilion Flycatcher at San Joaquin Marsh LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:55am, 3 day(s) ago
    There was a male Vermilion Flycatcher at the overlook of Pond #1 adjacent to Pond B at 10:00 AM. It has been in this area for several days according to the postings on the "Unusual Birds" list there.
    Vermilion Flycatcher male
    
    Vermilion Flycatcher male San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
    
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    Jack Lindahl
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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