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· Varied Thrush at Yorba Regional Pk (TODAY)
· Re: The best, light-weight camera for bird photos? (Nov 27, 2014)
· RE: Unidentified flycatcher at LNRP (Nov 27, 2014)
· Western Bluebirds in Also Viejo (Nov 27, 2014)
· Unidentified Flycatcher at Laguna Niguel Regional Park (Nov 27, 2014)
  1. Varied Thrush at Yorba Regional Pk LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:06pm, TODAY
    Hi birders, this morning, Friday, between 10:10 and 10:20, I watched and
    photographed 3 Varied Thrushes feeding on the ground among some pine trees. They
    allowed me to approach them though keeping a eye on me... They were in the same
    location described by Trish on Wednesday, that is south of the westernmost lake.
    In addition, there were 3 Hermit Thrushes, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Townsend?s
    Warbler close by and 1 Belted Kingfisher on the edge of the western lake.
    Christiane Shannon
    Yorba Linda
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  3. Re: The best, light-weight camera for bird photos? LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2014 @ 12:23pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Thank you everyone for your input!! 90% of you recommend the Canon SX60 so my husband and I are ordering 1 right now.
    Teresa Hall
    Aliso Viejo, CA
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  5. RE: Unidentified flycatcher at LNRP LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2014 @ 11:17am, 1 day(s) ago
    Perhaps it is partly based on the behavior of this bird sitting atop a sign that is presumably situated in the open, but I'd be surprised if it isn't a Gray Flycatcher. My only hesitation is the seeming lack of a "distinctly defined dark tip" (Pyle 1997) across the lower mandible. However, I found multiple examples online of Grays seemingly lacking this trait, or at least having only indistinct shading there. (BTW, as of midnight, I know Doug was considering the possibility of this bird being a Dusky, which is certainly what it is if it isn't (wow) a Gray).
    Jim Pike
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  7. Western Bluebirds in Also Viejo LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2014 @ 10:25am, 1 day(s) ago
    Yesterday (Nov. 26) there was a flock of eight western bluebirds at our retirement community in Aliso Viejo. We're about half a mile above Wood Canyon.
    Nancy Baker
    Aliso Viejo
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  9. Unidentified Flycatcher at Laguna Niguel Regional Park LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2014 @ 7:19am, 2 day(s) ago
    At the request of Trude Hurd, I'm send out this message.Joel Weintraub, Dana PointI put here her photo in our folder for mystery birds: Willick suggested that I post on OC Birding
    about a ?Western? Flycatcher that I saw at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on
    Wednesday morning 11/26/2014. It was south of the reservoir perched on a
    rattlesnake sign near the restrooms at the southernmost parking lot. See
    attached photo. Perhaps other birders to that park over the next few days will
    be able to identify it! Trude Hurd
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  11. Male Varied Thrush @ Wildernss Glen, Mission Viejo LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2014 @ 5:27pm, 1 day(s) ago
    As reported yesterday by Kiersi, I too was able to locate a male Varied Thrush. This was across the small foot bridge below Via Noveno. As you cross the bridge and veer to the right (west) the asphalt path becomes wood chips. Continue on this wood chip path and as you begin to loop back, there's a Danger Cliff sign. It was in these Oak Trees, just over the thick railed fence the Varied Thrush was seen. The plumage on this male may have been a bit more faded than what I had previously reported about a half mile away at Hidalgo Wilderness a few days earlier.GPS coordinates for this sighting are: 33.6348, -117.6627 I've also a link on my site with photographs of this area and a marked up map: Wilderness Glen Park and Seville Park, Mission Viejo | Birds of Orange County & Southern California
    Wilderness Glen Park and Seville Park, Mission Viejo |... Wilderness Glen Park and Seville Park in Mission Viejo, CA offer quite a variety of plant and tree life (Sycamore, Oaks, Pepper, California Redwood, Pine and ...
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    The last of 6 photos shown on my site is the area where this Varied Thrush was seen earlier today at approximately 3pm. Regrettably I was unable to obtain photos to share but will revisit tomorrow with higher hopes. Also in this are were a Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and California Towhee. Also of note, just before the bridge in the opposite direction there was a patch of approximately 10 Dark-eyed Juncos. Previously, the most I had seen here were 4.
    Lastly, at approximately 4pm, I heard a call similar to that of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher. The difference being the Pacific-slope call spirals upward at the end if its "call" (not song). The tonality was almost identical. Each call was about a 30 seconds apart and I heard 5 in total. This is the second time at this location (actual walk bridge at approximately 4pm) I had heard this vocalization but was unable to see or ID the bird. The last time I had heard this vocalization was on 11-17-14 also at approximately 4pm. If anyone has any thoughts on what species this might be I can seek on xeno-canto to help potentially further ID.Thanks in advance.
    Anthony GliozzoMission Viejo
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  13. Re: 8 Varied Thrushes at Yorba Regional Park LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2014 @ 5:25pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I've had a couple of messages from people considering looking for the Thrushes tomorrow. Parking and access may be difficult in the morning due to their annual 10k. starts at 7:15 am along La Palma and around back on the river trail. 
    This may make parking or accessing the park a drag.
    Just throwing an FYI out there.
    Trish Gussler
    On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Trish G <trishrg62@...> wrote:Seen south of the west lake.
    Trish Gussler
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  15. 8 Varied Thrushes at Yorba Regional Park LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 3:46pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Seen south of the west lake.
    Trish Gussler
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  17. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Re: Varied Thrushes at Fairhaven Cemetery Today LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 3:27pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I currently have all(???) 8 Varied Thrushes about 300 feet or so to the east of the mausoleum.
    Ryan Winkleman
    On Nov 21, 2014 12:56 PM, "Alfredo Moreno alf40mo@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:
     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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  19. Goldeneye, Black Scoter, Common Loons and Rail LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 11:14am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi, OC Biders. This morning around 10 a.m. The Goldeneye finally appeared as I was on the pedestrian bridge to the PCH parking lot.on my way out after circling the lagoon. It was a 100 yards or so on the Warner side of the bridge, and diving a lot. There were still two Common Loons at the bridge. When I arrived a couple of hours earlier there were three. The Black Scoter was hanging out with Surf Scoters on the Warner Av. Side iPod the flood gare, and the Ridgeway's Rail in the little pond on the side of the PCH parking lot was sounding, but not visible when I looked. There were 100s of AmericanWigeons in the full tidal basin , but I couldn't refind the Eurasian Wigeon. Too many distant Wigeons, too little time.
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
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  21. The best, light-weight camera for bird photos? LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 8:37am, 2 day(s) ago
    Any recommendations for the best, light-weight camera for bird photos?
    Teresa Hall
    ?Aliso Viejo?
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  23. Dusky Flycatcher in Santa Ana River, Imperial Highway LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 11:25pm, 2 day(s) ago
    This afternoon, 5pm, Nov 25, there was a Dusky Flycatcher in the riverbed of the Santa Ana River, 40 yards west of the Imperial Highway crossing. See the map. Doug Willick mentioned that it might also stay in the nursery area south of the location where I saw the bird. Thanks Tom FH and Doug Willick for helping identification.
    Dusky Flycatcher, Santa Ana River, 11-25-2014
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    Dusky Flycatcher, Santa Ana River, 11-25-2014
    Dusky Flycatcher, Santa Ana River, 11-25-2014 Explore ychuang1's photos on Flickr. ychuang1 has uploaded 344 photos to Flickr.
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    Map for Dusky Flycatcher, Santa Ana River, 11-25-2014
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    Mike Huang
    Irvine, CA
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  25. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Irvine Lake LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 7:06pm, 2 day(s) ago
    hi birders,
    While biking past Irvine Lake this afternoon, I was surprised to notice a sapsucker making aerial sallies in pursuit of flying insects. When I stopped to pish it into view, I was further surprised to find that it was a fine-looking male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The bird was in the line of eucs and pepper trees between the RV campground and Santiago Canyon Road (east of the Irvine Lake entrance). After a few minutes, the bird took off to the north over the RV campground, so I'm not sure how chaseable it will be.
    I also noted 25+ Canvasback on the lake.
    Neil Gilbert
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  27. Black Scoter Still Present at Bolsa Chica 11/25/14 LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2014 @ 5:42pm, 2 day(s) ago
    This afternoon (11/25/14) I parked at Warner Avenue and walked down to the tide gates and at 4:20 I saw the female Black Scoter on the north side of the tide gates with a few Surf Scoters.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  29. Varied Thrush mission viejo,ca LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 12:25pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I just spotted three varied thrush, two male and one female. It was on the little bridge on a nature walkway off of Los alisos and via noveno. They were perched in the sycamore trees above the stream that goes under the bridge.
    In the same area, I spotted a white breasted nuthatch, a few American robins, orange crowned warbler, and a male nuttals woodpecker. Cheers! Now back to work.
    Kiersi Koeff
    Mission viejo, ca
    Sent from my iPhone
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  31. Goldeneye LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:54am, 3 day(s) ago
    Just saw the female Common Goldeneye from the footbridge at the PCH parking lot at Bolsa Chica. She was feeding with five surf scoters. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
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  33. Birding at the future Portola Center in Lake Forest LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:24am, 3 day(s) ago
    There is still a chance to explore the 194 acres of habitat adjacent to Whiting Ranch that will be become the Portola Center housing project. I don't know exact dates but according to grading may begin as early December 1st somewhere on the land. I believe the project is expected to finish in mid-2015. Obviously use your discretion and obey all laws.There is an Environmental Impact Report from 2012 in PDF format (large file warning): It contains vast information about the biology of the area being developed which I found very educational. During surveys they spotted six pairs of California gnatcatcher, a Cooper's hawk, a white-tailed kite, and a loggerhead shrike. The biological map on page 25 is particularly useful. The surveys were hardly exhaustive. For example, they counted only four reptile species. I was at the project site this past weekend and spotted two orange-throated whiptail lizards within 20 minutes of arriving. These are a species of concern in California, but they were never observed in the survey. If you are not already familiar with the area, the best approach would be to park at the parking area for the Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail. This is on El Toro Rd just past Portola Parkway. You can match up the maps in the EIR with the Whiting Ranch park map here: If you look at satellite terrain maps you can see the trails branching off east from the Edison Riding and Hiking trail. These bring you into the eastern and northeastern area of the land, which contains high quality areas of undisturbed "highly imperiled" Lemonadeberry scrub and Elderberry woodland, along with many acres of assorted sagebrush scrub. Much of the project area was previously disturbed by grading, but I have spotted many birds and animals there. In these graded areas one can also find numerous rocks and boulders containing fossil shell concretions and even fossil bones of whales. I hope some of you find time to explore and record yet another vanishing part of our natural world.Jason Sweeney, Lake Forest
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  35. Gulls in Orange, 11/25 LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:08am, 3 day(s) ago
    This morning I scoped the gravel pits at Hewes and Katella in Orange/Villa Park. In the south basin, there were large numbers (~500) of gulls, 75% being California, and most of the rest Ring-billed. I did have (1) adult-cycle WESTERN GULL, (1) first-cycle MEW GULL, (2-3) HERRING GULLS, and (1) first-cycle THAYER'S GULL. The Surf Scoter from a couple weeks ago was not present.
    Here is my eBird list with a map with viewpoints and more details about the gulls:
    Neil Gilbert
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  37. Bird photos from Seal Beach and Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:35pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Here is a link for recent photos of Black Scoter , Prairie Falcon etc from Seal Beach and Bolsa Chica -
    Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  39. Village Pond Park - Duck, Duck, Goose LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 6:07pm, 3 day(s) ago
    This evening at Village Pond Park in Lake Forest I had two "storm" American wigeons and a juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose. 
    In the rapidly fading light, I was able to get one miraculously good photo of the two storm wigeons, which I had never even heard of before Neil Gilbert mentioned them a couple weeks ago (
    Here is a picture of the two storm wigeons together: I also have a photo of the goose (very dim as it was the last bird I found) and one of the storms with a regular American Wigeon.
    Ryan Winkleman
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  41. Western Tanager at HCP LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2014 @ 5:42pm, 3 day(s) ago
    At Huntington Central Park on Monday, a male Western Tanager was high in the eucs adjacent to the Armstrong Nursery off Slater Ave in Huntington Beach. The bird did not have its summer red-orange head coloring, of course, but it did seem to have a "5 o'clock shadow". Jim Roe, Seal Beach
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  43. Eurasian Wigeon LINK
    DATE: Nov 24, 2014 @ 12:13pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Just had a male Eurasian Wigeon at Bolsa Chica with Rick Shearer on the beach where the tern colony is fenced off just after you cross the bridge (PCH parking lot). The wind seemed to be blowing the wigeon onshore. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  45. Swamp Sparrow continues - Aliso Creek - 24 NOV 2014 LINK
    DATE: Nov 24, 2014 @ 11:45am, 4 day(s) ago
    ?Had the Swamp Sparrow again late this morning along the same area of the creek that people have been seeing it lately.  ?Again, best if you walk down the east side of the creek, as the west side of the creek doesn't allow you to go as far north as you need to.  No vocalization again this morning.  Flushed the bird up from the vegetation on the east side of the creek in the area circled on the map linked below. 
    Map showing location it was seen this morning.
    Photo of the bird from today
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  47. Don Hoechlin has shared an eBird checklist with you from NWS Seal Beach (restricted access) on Nov 23, 2014 - 7:26 AM LINK
    DATE: Nov 24, 2014 @ 6:01pm, 4 day(s) ago
    To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:
    You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at
    Had a great day at Seal Beach Naval base - the highlight were 1- Nelson's Sparrow, 2- Pacific Golden Plover, 3- Ferruginous Hawk, 4- Green-tailed Towhee and 5- Prairie Falcon.
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  49. Varied Thrushes..male and female Mission Viejo LINK
    DATE: Nov 24, 2014 @ 4:30pm, 4 day(s) ago
    At approximately 3 p.m. I opted to go below the Barano trail into a wooded area which is adjacent to Hidalgo off Vista del Lago. There are no obvious trails from the roadside and the base of the woods is below a steep graded slope. Saw quite a few dark-eyed juncos, orange-crowned warbler and ultimately a female Varied Thrush which positioned itself about 14 feet high on a barren branch. Initially I had heard the "chunking" like calls. Movement caught my eye as I got a clear view of its orange and tan plumage. About 25 minutes later I began the walk back to the car and spotted the male about 20 yards away which had possibly food clasped in its bill. He was seen flying through oak tree branches about 20 or so feet high
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
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