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· Late Virginia's Warbler (TODAY)
· Wilson's Snipe (TODAY)
· American Redstart - Serrano Creek Park - 23 OCT 2014 (Oct 24, 2014)
· San Jaoquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Oct 23, 2014)
· Tennessee Warbler collision at work (Oct 23, 2014)
  1. Late Virginia's Warbler LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:02pm, TODAY
    I found a Virginia?s Warbler on the UCI campus today with Jeff Bray. This seems to be a fairly late date for this species and might be worth looking for again closer to the Coastal CBC. The bird was actively feeding in a pomegranate tree in the Mesa Court Housing area
    near the West Peltason & Campus Dr. intersection. GPS coordinates are 33.651340, -117.843005 and permitted parking is available across the street at the parking garage. Keep in mind that this is next to the undergraduate housing.
    Jeff took some great photos of the bird;
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    P.S. During high tide at the Bolsa Chica walk bridge this morning there were two Ridgeway?s Rails a couple of feet from the boardwalk offering great views and photo ops for all of the photographers there.
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  3. Wilson's Snipe LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:56am, TODAY
    A Wilson's Snipe was foraging this morning out in the open around the edges of the remnant of Talbert Lake (west side of Library) at Huntington Central Park.
    Roger Schoed
    Huntington Beach
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  5. American Redstart - Serrano Creek Park - 23 OCT 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2014 @ 7:25pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I birded at Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest this afternoon.  This was my first time at this park and I walked the length of the creek and back.  The first bird I saw was an American Redstart.  It was doing it's chip call.  Quite a harsh "tink" sound.  I saw the bird about 100 yards west of the playground area, along the creek.  It was bouncing around between the cottonwood and willow trees.  Approximate GPS is 33.648248, -117.693601.
    A photo of the bird here:
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  7. San Jaoquin Wildlife Sanctuary LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 2:51pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I went to SJWS this morning Thursday at approx 8:00 AM looking for the Yellow-crowned Bishop that I had read about as I was driving back from Michigan. I looked along San Diego Creek from the spillway (opposite the entrance) to the Tree Hill area. Saw Sparrows, Blackbirds, Munias, and a male Orange Bishop.
    I returned to the spillway and found the Yellow-crowned Bishop on a bush next to the spillway. It posed and sang for a few seconds and flew upstream. Later, a Spotted Sandpiper flew in and foraged along the edge of the concrete.
    Regards, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA
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  9. Tennessee Warbler collision at work LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:57pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Earlier this morning I was coming out the building at work and some coworkers called me over. A Tennessee Warbler had collided with the building and was on the ground stunned. Since this is a well-walked path and is actually directly next to a big outdoor eating area, I picked the bird up and moved it into some vegetation where it would be out of everybody's way and out of the sun. I checked back on it after about 20 minutes and it was still there in the same spot sitting and staring at me, and then I checked again about an hour after originally placing it and the bird had seemingly recovered and flown off as I could not find it anywhere anymore. 
    I took a few pictures with my phone while the bird was on the ground and then another of its underside while I was moving it to show its white undertail coverts.I sent them to Doug after I let the bird go and his feeling was that it is a Hatch Year bird, which would agree with my guides.
    You can see a few pictures of the bird here (go right):
    Ryan Winkleman
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  11. Lost cockatiel LINK
    DATE: Oct 21, 2014 @ 8:17pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Fellow birdwatchers, I know this is off topic but our yellow cockatiel pet of 11 years got away in Huntington Harbor. If you are touring some of the Huntington Beach parks, and see a yellow cockatiel with orange cheeks, please email me with time and location. Thanks
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
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  13. Greater White-fronted Goose LINK
    DATE: Oct 20, 2014 @ 11:40am, 5 day(s) ago
    Single GWFG on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake at 10:45 today. Also cooperative Rock Wren on Bell View Trail. Don Horchlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  15. Blackburnian continues arroyo park santa margarita LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 9:58am, 6 day(s) ago
    Blackburnian female continues 19 Oct 2014 at Arroyo Park on San Benito. See Ryan Winkleman's post for directions. Redound in sycamores on west side by picnic tables; flew to trees around basketball court; currently searching to refund.
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove
    Sent from my iPhone
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  17. Pectoral Sandpiper at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 12:53am, 7 day(s) ago
    Birded a few places Saturday (18 October) with not much of note. Late in the day, at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was in Pond C. Possibly because there were almost no other shorebirds at Pond C (minimal shorebird habitat), rather humorously the Pectoral appeared to be trying to keep up with a Spotted Sandpiper that was working its way fairly steadily along the shoreline. However, it appeared the Spotted wasn't too keen on hanging out with the Pectoral. When the Pectoral would stop for a few moments to forage, the Spotted would put some distance between them, but then the Pectoral would scurry along quickly until it had caught up with (gotten to at least two or three yards from) the Spotted. It was rather funny to see this go on for up to 10 minutes that I watched them. Later, what was possibly the same Pectoral was in Pond D, now hanging out with a group of Long-billed Dowitchers; could've been two Pectorals, but I hadn't seen any Pectorals in Pond D prior to looking at C.
    On Friday, 17 October, I stopped by the Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park complex in Santa Ana. Not much of note (couldn't find a Clay-colored Sparrow), but was impressed by the size of the Pin-tailed Whydah flock (at least 75 birds, by direct count, in one flock feeding on the grass at one time). Only one of these was a male in alternate plumage, though there appeared to be several adult males in basic plumage, and several juveniles. Some Chipping Sparrows (about a half dozen), and a Savannah Sparrow were loosely associating with the Whydah flock.
    Sent from my eyePhone
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  19. swamp sparrow too LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 9:14pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Greetings OC Birders. I drove to the far parking spot in the Harriet Weider playground parking lot, and upon stepping on the grass was greeted by the Green_tailed Towhee scratching in the leaves, followed by a Lincoln's Sparrow. Then I turned around and there was Roger S on the Swamp Sparrow. Who says birding is hard :-). Seriously, I tried so hard to get a close-up off the Swamp Sparrow that i fuzzed up all my shots of it. oh well here are today's pics starting here. Swamp sparrow 1
    Swamp sparrow 1 Harriet Weider Park playground, HB
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    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
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  21. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Blackburnian Warbler - Arroyo Park in RSM - 18 OCT 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 5:43pm, 6 day(s) ago
    For those interested in looking for this bird, this park doesn't come up in Google (or evidently Apple) Maps. It is near the intersection of Alicia and Santa Margarita Parkway. If you are heading down Alicia toward SM Parkway, just take the last left before the light onto San Benito Way. The park is like halfway up the hill or so.
    Ryan Winkleman
    On Oct 18, 2014 5:33 PM, "Jeff Bray jbray4913@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:
     ?According to Doug, this bird appears to be a first year female.  I only had eyes on it for a short period of time along the west side of the park, on the bank that leads up to homes.  
    Here's a collage of the shots I was able to get.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA?
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  23. Blackburnian Warbler - Arroyo Park in RSM - 18 OCT 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 5:33pm, 6 day(s) ago
    ?According to Doug, this bird appears to be a first year female.  I only had eyes on it for a short period of time along the west side of the park, on the bank that leads up to homes.  
    Here's a collage of the shots I was able to get.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA?
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  25. Yard birds LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 12:47pm, 7 day(s) ago
    This morning I found a Hutton's Vireo in my front yard (new yard bird and pretty unusual). It circled around me between the front and back while I took photos and a video of it.
    About 35 minutes later I heard a Pine Siskin and saw the bird in one of the eucalyptus trees over my backyard. Unlike the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, this one came out for pictures. This is the first Siskin I've found in the yard since 2012.
    Pictures of both birds here (go left from this photo):
    Ryan Winkleman
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  27. Swamp Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 11:43am, 7 day(s) ago
    I found a SWAMP SPARROW at the Wieder Park this morning at the south end of the playground lawn. I almost overlooked it while searching for Spizellas but the lack of breast streaking and rufous coloration of the wing caught my eye. Certainly unexpected in what is mostly a parched scrub environment.
    The mixed sparrow clan was still present including the Green-tailed Towhee but no Juncos.
    I scoped the Bolsa ponds for unusual shorebirds. I did see good numbers of Dunlin (50+) in the peep flocks but no unusual species.
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
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  29. Prairie Falcon at Irvine reg. Pk. LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 9:16am, 7 day(s) ago
    Hello Birders,
    I was standing on the crest of Puma Ridge last night (doing my regular Zone-tail Hawk check) at ~5pm and had a Prairie Falcon fly by below me.
    There was a OC high school cross country meet going on and it was very noisy and crowded (down at ground level). I think that is happening again today.
    David Evans
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  31. Warbler photos LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 4:37pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Here is the Flickr link for my Blackburnian, Parula and Am Redstart photos :
    Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  33. Highlights of Today's Count at Hariett Wieder Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 12:12pm, 8 day(s) ago
    We had a good count today (October 17) at Harriett Wieder Park, even though we missed some of the recently reported rarities (Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, and Pectoral Sandpiper--all no shows). We did have 10 species of sparrows at the end of the playground where the Clay-colored was seen: Spotted, Calif., and Green-tailed (1) Towhees, White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Fox (1), Lincoln's (2), Common Savannah, and Song Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Junco (1). ALL IN THE SAME LOCATION! We did our tally sitting at that end of the park, and a number of our birders kept track of the sparrows, which was when the Junco showed up. We also had a Red-tailed Hawk swoop by us into the brush, but he came out "empty-handed" and flew back out by us. Other birds of interest were a total of 10 Western Bluebirds, 1 Hutton's Vireo (in Fisher's Gulch), 111 Wilson's Phalaropes, 35 Red-necked Phalaropes, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Soras, and 11 Scaly-breasted Munias.
    If anyone sees today any of the rarities we missed, please either let me know or report it on OC Birding, so we can add it.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  35. FOS Sightings LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:46pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Over the past week I have observed a few FOS birds including:
    Townsend Warbler
    Black-Headed Grosbeak
    Yellow-Rumped Warbler
    White-Crowned Sparrow
    Say's Phoebe
    Also recently at SJM I spotted both Yellow-Crowned Bishop (w/Female) and Northern Red Bishop (w/Female). I also heard from friendly birder that an Orange-Cheeked Waxbill hanging out there as well. Lastly a Yellow-Headed BlackBird was spotted flying over the San Diego River and hanging out atop some trees.
    I have also observed many new fledglings around my feeder including:
    Nutmeg Manniken's
    Spotted Towhee
    Black Phoebe (Eggs in Nest)
    Jacob Dolinka
    Laguna Hills
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  37. Green-tailed Towhee @Harriet Wieder LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 10:31am, 9 day(s) ago
    Hi All, I just got home from Harriet Wieder Regional Park here in Huntington Beach, having gone to look for a Clay-colored Sparrow or whatever other interesting things I could turn up. Well, I turned up a Green-tailed Towhee in the same spot Sherry M. and I found the Vesper Sparrow last week. I didn't get a picture, but I am sure of what I saw...Rufous crown, white throat, olive wings and tail, dark bill. A beautiful bird in the bright morning light. The bird shuttled btw. the dusty, tumbleweed strewn area next to the posh houses, and some trees pressed against the brick & metal fence in the corner house's yard. I am referring to the houses down toward Seapoint & other words, the far south end of H.Wieder. Also, there is plenty of shorebird action in the ponds you look down on from H.Wieder (bring a scope). Good luck.Barbara BoethlingHuntington Beach
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  39. Notable Saturday birds LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 8:53pm, 9 day(s) ago
    This is several days late, so I apologize. It may still be of interest to those of you who like to just monitor bird activity in the county.
    On Saturday morning I was looking out the window and spied an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my house. It was in one of the eucalyptus trees that run alongside my fence. I was able to see its black and white wings, its red (rose) breast, and its head (in basic plumage). Unfortunately I was not as lucky with getting photos of it thanks to the clump of leaves that it was in. The bird took off after about 90 seconds and I have not seen it since. 
    The best photo that I got was this one, though if you're hoping to see the rosy breast you will be disappointed:
    A couple hours later I went to Tree of Life nursery to buy some plants, where I was surprised to find a Bell's Sparrow foraging on the ground. I've had a number of projects in the inland counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo) and was able to easily recognize the bird. I was able to watch the bird for about two minutes from a distance of about 20 feet. The bird ran around on the ground in front of me, repeatedly facing towards me and giving me clean looks at its front. Not planning to make any birding stops, the only camera I had on me was my cell phone, from which I took a couple bad but still clearly identifiable photos. Eventually the bird ran out of my sight and I was not able to find it again. The bird was in an oak woodland habitat, which is of course not characteristic for this species. My guess is that it is no longer present and possibly left the same day for more suitable environs. 
    Cell phone pic here (and to the left):
    Moral of the story (as Sherry has told me before)...always carry a camera :-P
    Ryan Winkleman
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  41. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Northern Parula LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 6:20pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I've been at Mason for two hours and haven't been able to find the Parula. A couple dozen Turkey Vultures, perhaps smelling my dying hopes of seeing this bird, circled over me for about ten minutes. Two Ospreys also circled around together closer to the eastern playground (the one nearer to Culver). A small flock of American White Pelicans flew over the Rancho San Joaquin neighborhood across the street, as did two Red-tailed Hawks.
    Ryan Winkleman
     Thanks to Robert McNab's sighting yesterday and a group (of eight) effort today, we re-found the Northern Parula at the top of a Eucalyptus Tree by the creek, very close to the entrance gate at Mason Regional Park. We had less luck re-finding the Black-throated Green Warbler at Huntington Central.
    Amin Khalifa
    Laguna Niguel
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  43. Northern Parula LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 5:57pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Thanks to Robert McNab's sighting yesterday and a group (of eight) effort today, we re-found the Northern Parula at the top of a Eucalyptus Tree by the creek, very close to the entrance gate at Mason Regional Park. We had less luck re-finding the Black-throated Green Warbler at Huntington Central.
    Amin Khalifa
    Laguna Niguel
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  45. Paula LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2014 @ 10:59am, 10 day(s) ago
    Parula in same area as yesterday but in top of thin cottonwood at 10:15 seen well by all 8 of us. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  47. Clay-colored Sparrow M.I.A. at Harriet Wieder LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2014 @ 5:36pm, 10 day(s) ago
    I arrived at the park (parking on Seapoint because, if you don't know, Tues. is "mowing day" there and they have to pick up the mower before they open the gate... so it was about 7:30 or later until they did) at 7am. I was joined soon by a couple other birders, then more, then a few left, and some new came, and some returned. By noon, no Clay-colored had been spied though we did see Fox, (an extremely beautiful) Lincoln, Golden-crowned, White-crowned, Song and both Towhees. It was a wreck this morning with the mower coming and going all the time (I asked the county guy mowing if he might be able to just mow that area and get it over with but I was told they have to mow in lines... lololol), but later the situation relaxed some and the birds came out more. We also did not see one single Chipping Sparrow.
    I am by no means suggesting the bird isn't there or around the general area or won't return... just letting everyone know we did not see it. We were there until 11:30ish or so I guess.
    Sherry Meddick
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  49. American Redstart LINK
    DATE: Oct 14, 2014 @ 4:44pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Bird - female AMRE - still present this morning in large Oak next to men's bathroom at LNRP. Also present there was a Mountain Chickadee , but in the Sycamore. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
    Sent from my iPhone
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