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· Late report - Zone-tailed Hawk at HCP on 9/24 (evening) (Sep 28, 2016)
· Gray Flycatcher in Santa Ana, Tuesday late afternoon (Sep 28, 2016)
· Red-naped Sapsucker AND Red-breasted Sapsucker today at O'Neill Regional Park (Sep 27, 2016)
· Rarities and FOS's at HCP today (Sep 26, 2016)
· Dusky Flycatcher in Huntington Beach Central Park (Sep 26, 2016)
  1. Late report - Zone-tailed Hawk at HCP on 9/24 (evening) LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016 @ 12:34pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Serving as messenger:
    A late report of someone that posted on the Birding California page on Facebook with pics of a Juvenile Zone-tailed Hawk at Huntington Central Park that was sitting in a tree.She had mentioned it was late in the evening, so perhaps it roosted there Saturday night.
    I took a screenshot of the post and uploaded it to the Raptors album here on the listserve
    Jeff Bray Irvine, CA
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  3. Gray Flycatcher in Santa Ana, Tuesday late afternoon LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016 @ 3:07am, 3 day(s) ago
    Yesterday (27 September), around 4:30 pm, a Gray Flycatcher was present in the Fairhaven Memorial Park/Santa Ana Cemetery complex, in northeastern Santa Ana.  The bird was in the western half of this fairly large cemetery complex [which
    is the Fairhaven Memorial Park (FMP) side].  The best landmark would be the large mausoleum that’s in the center of FMP.  The Gray Flycatcher was in a medium-sized
    Melaleuca tree which was about 100 yards southwest of the mausoleum.  The bird was fairly inactive for most of the 10 minutes or so I watched it (only occasionally dropping to the grass to snatch something).  The tree was pretty much out in the open,
    being about 75’-100’ from a couple small clusters of live oaks (to the north and south of the
    Melaleuca ).  I presume the bird moves around this general area, which in general is fairly open (so relatively typical “habitat” for a migrant or wintering Gray Flycatcher).    There was a decent amount of bird activity throughout both sections of this cemetery complex (i.e., both the FMP side and the Santa Ana Cemetery (SAC) on the east side), however nothing else of special note was found.  What appeared to
    be a distant Peregrine Falcon was seen high over the southern end of the FMP, which would possibly be a new species for my FMP/SAC list!   At least one Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker was the first migrant/wintering individual I’ve seen this fall.  Other migrants
    were pretty scarce, and warbler diversity was quite low--mainly Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Impressive numbers of Western Bluebirds were roaming about; I roughly estimated at least 75 (with roaming groups of up to 25 birds).  Also very large assortments
    of finches (House and Lesser Goldfinches mainly).  Loosely associating with the finches were small groups of Scaly-breasted Munias and Pin-tailed Whydahs (including several males of the latter, still in full breeding plumage regalia).  I heard what sounded
    like the distinctive “dzear, dzear” call of a white-eye (presumably Japanese White-eye), though never got a visual on the bird.  I have never encountered White-eyes in this part of the county, except for possibly two that were recently calling in my neighborhood
    (vicinity of Old Towne Orange).   I have posted a couple photos of the Gray Flycatcher (found yesterday at FMP), on my Flickr site:   Doug Willick Orange, CA    
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  5. Red-naped Sapsucker AND Red-breasted Sapsucker today at O'Neill Regional Park LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2016 @ 10:32pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hello OC Birders,
    At approximately 2:30 pm I made entrance to O'Neill Regional Park off Live Oak Canyon Road and took the side road that loops around past the guard house and follows Live Oak Canyon Road to the back end of O'Neill Park. After noticing a good amount of Acorn Woodpeckers attempting to work a faucet for whatever drops of water they could muster, I happen to notice a sapsucker in the distance about 30 yards north of Eagle Grove Shelter #2 (where the shower stalls are located). After confirming its red nape, shortly thereafter another sapsucker arrived on the same branch, this time it was a Red-breasted Sapsucker. I've included 2 images below with a total of 4 on Flickr and additional shots on my hard drive. One image clearly shows the rear of the Red-naped Sapsucker (#9499)
    I do realize hybrids exist, should someone pick up on any additional details from these images, a reply would greatly be appreciated as to gender or hybrid variation. I recall Jim Pike did an in depth detailed analysis on sapsuckers last year as well.
    Red-naped Sapsucker (rear view) - Red-naped Sapsucker (rear view) (9499)
    Red-naped Sapsucker (rear view) (9499) Photo taken at O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon, CA on September 27, 2016
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     Red-breasted Sapsucker and Red-naped Sapsucker (9516)
    Red-breasted Sapsucker and Red-naped Sapsucker (9516) Photo taken at O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon, CA on September 27, 2016
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    Two additional images are on flickr.
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
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  7. Rarities and FOS's at HCP today LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:09pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Today I went back to find the Dusky Flycatcher and others. After not finding it where it has been seen from the dry lake bed, I heard whit/chip call that was unusual to me in the corner between the lake bed and 'The Island'. I finally scanned a flycatcher up in a euc when it called one more time and dove into the island area where I lost it. About an hour later I did find it in it's usual spot in the willow thickets next to a large stand of reeds on the eastern end of the dry lake bed. It was fly catching conspicuously and notably seemed to like to perch very low, within a foot or two of the ground. It was there for at least 20 minutes and gobbled up a big worm before disappearing into the thicket north.
    While waiting for the Dusky earlier a Least Bell's Vireo came into the willow thicket right in front of me and foraged for a couple minutes. I note it because ebird has it listed as 'rare' currently. I was pale gray over all of it. Barely an eye ring and a yellow wash over the vent. It was hover feeding among the branches and generally busy like most vireos/kinglets/busier warblers are. I believe one wintered here last year.
    Another rarity was a Lawrence Goldfinch . In between Dusky hunting I went north through the gap in the island area there just east of the lake bed. There were a very mixed group of birds foraging on the ground there in the west end of that large open area. There were early White-crowned Sparrows, House Finch, Pin-tailed Whydah, Lesser Goldfinch and a female American Goldfinch. Associating with the other golfinches was one with a tan body and conspicuous alternating gold and black wing bars. I was never able to get close enough to get decent photos as the birds were jumpy but I got good looks at.
    In this same area I saw some FOS Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warblers . Let the onslaught begin. The other personal FOS birds I saw were 2-3 Lincolns Sparrows in the thickets along the lake bed. The other notable bird for me were Marsh Wrens . I had sworn I heard Marsh Wren songs yesterday at the park but the directions didn't make sense to me. Today I flushed a couple in the taller brush near the edge of what is left of the lake bed. I got enough look to see the spotting on the back. The birds stayed hidden in this low brush but continued their chip calls.
    Cris Whetstone
    Fountain Valley
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  9. Dusky Flycatcher in Huntington Beach Central Park LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2016 @ 10:09am, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, found the Dusky Flycatcher after 10 a.m. Sunday morning and a friend found it again in mid afternoon.This is east side central park with the dry lake bed at your starting point.See my eBird report for a picture of where I started from and of the bird.Sorry for the delay.Hopefully its still there.
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  11. Spotted Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 6:17pm, 5 day(s) ago
    A nice Spotted Sandpiper was hanging out along the Brightwater trial side of the Bolsa Chica back bay md way near where the land bridge juts out
    Pict below
    Clark Snodgrass
    Huntington Beach
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  13. Brewer's Sparrow at San Joaquin Marsh 25 SEP LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2016 @ 1:11pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I stopped by the marsh this morning around 11am. I stuck to the lettered ponds due to the heat really starting to get to me. I found a Brewer's Sparrow on the northernmost corner of the Pond D basin. It was frequenting the two small bushes (I don't know what they are, Mulefat maybe) next to the trail that separates Pond C and D. This corner typically gets interesting sparrows in the fall. Pond C was very active, but I didn't have my scope to see how many Pectoral's are still there. I was only able to find one with my bins today. I did not make an attempt to look for the Black-throated Sparrow, but there were reports that it was seen again this morning in the same general area.  
    Checklist here with a few photos:
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  15. Sage Thrasher LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 1:38pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Brian Daniels and I saw a SAGE THRASHER at Harriet Wieder Park this morning. We first flushed it from the brush at the south end by the helipad. It flew out into the marsh where we had good scope views of it until a Kestrel spooked it.
    I later refound presumably the same bird (though can't rule out a 2nd bird) in a patch of brush between the playground and Fisher's gulch.
    We also observed 2 Pectoral Sandpipers in the ponds of the cells at the south end.
    The DUSKY FLYCATCHER continues in the willows at the eastern side of the the Talbert Lake basin at Huntington Central Park.
    Otherwise a very slow day with few migrants evident.
    Roger Schoedl Huntington Beach
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  17. Black-throated Sparrow at San Joaquin LINK
    DATE: Sep 24, 2016 @ 12:39pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I stopped on the way home from a sound class field trip and found the bird right away foraging with a pal - a juv White-crowned sparrow. It wAs on the downslope from the IRWD road, about half way between the two stop signs. That was about 1235 or so. I lost it in a large brown bush.
    Edana Salisbury
    Buena Park
    Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....
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  19. Orchard Oriole at Mile Square 23 SEP LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2016 @ 4:51pm, 7 day(s) ago
    This morning, Bruce Aird and I had a Male ORCHARD ORIOLE in the Nature Center at Mile Square Regional Park.   We spotted the bird at a distance in the central area of the Nature Center.  It was with 2 other Orioles that we couldn't really ID with the brief look we had. The Orchard  was an obvious male bird that was in an odd state of molt. The dark cap wasn't all the way filled in and neither was the chestnut coloring on the body. Sadly, the bird flew off into the park somewhere when we tried to approach for photos. Hopefully others will refind it.
    We dipped on the Tennessee Warbler and Brewer's Sparrow.  We also had at least 4 Juvenile Chipping Sparrows, 2 in the nature center and 2 by the playground, close to palm island. 
    Of note, there is one particular Eucalyptus on Palm Island that seems to be loaded with lerps. It was very active in the morning, but we found nothing unusual. The "fertile crescent" was completely dead.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  21. San Joaquin Marsh LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2016 @ 2:26pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Jan Gaffney found the Black-throated Sparrow again about an hour ago down below the gate on the road, on the same slope it has been. I just had a minimum of 7 Pectoral Sandpipers all foraging in a semi-tight cluster (5 together, a couple more on the periphery) in the NE corner of Pond C (closest to the wall) on the dry land portion. Ryan Winkleman
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  23. Black-throated Sparrow continues 23 Sep LINK
    DATE: Sep 23, 2016 @ 7:07am, 8 day(s) ago
    The bird continues at San Joaquin marsh this morning a bit farther down the road, below the stops sign past the gate.
    Jeff Bray
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  25. Olive-sided Flycatcher Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 1:59pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, I came across an Olive-sided Flycatcher in Fountain Valley Mile Square Park, near the parking lot east of the nature center and north of the archery range.
    I did not refind a White-winged Dove in Harriett Wieder Park in HB or a Tennessee Warbler in Mile Square Park.:-(
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  27. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Black-throated Sparrow continues at San Joaquin 22 SEP LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 8:02am, 8 day(s) ago
    Still here around 8. It was downslope from the IRWD stone fence along the creek path.
    Edana Salisbury
    Buena Park
    Sent from my iPhone and possibly autocorrected incorrectly ....
    On Sep 22, 2016, at 6:47 AM, Jeff Bray jbray4913@... [OrangeCountyBirding] < > wrote:
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  29. Black-throated Sparrow continues at San Joaquin 22 SEP LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 6:47am, 9 day(s) ago
    Mike Huang reports that the juvenile Black-throated Sparrow is still present this morning at the same location as yesterday.
    Here is a link to google maps with the exact location: VwcgdKAA2tK2
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  31. <HEAD> <TITLE>Inactivity Timeout LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Inactivity Timeout
    Description: Too much time has passed without sending any data for document. 
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  33. Black-and-White, plus semi-interesting anecdote LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2016 @ 3:40pm, 9 day(s) ago
    A Black-and-White Warbler was working the shot-hole-borer-infested willows at Bartlett Park near Beach and Adams in Huntington Beach today. Of greater interest, though, was an observation I made while waiting at the intersection of Gothard and Slater yesterday. While idling, something suddenly fell from a tall palm tree across the street, right next to O'Connell's Auto Repair, spiraling down like a plummeting fighter plane, or the samara seed of a maple tree. It seemed to be a fluttering bird, and it landed just inside the painted line for the bike lane, barely missing being squashed by a car turning from Gothard onto Slater. Since the light had yet to change, I immediately grabbed my binoculars from the backseat. I then discovered there were, in fact, two birds, both of them being House Sparrows with bellies touching and bills firmly locked in seemingly mortal combat. They continued thrashing about, oblivious of the constant flow of cars passing within inches of their bodies, eventually rolling themselves into the crook of the gutter. At that point, my light turned green, so I don't know if the eventual winner was a House Sparrow or a Ford F-150, but it was truly a bizarre sight. I once saw two male Bell's Vireos lock bills and flutter all the way to the ground during a dispute, but that was in appropriate breeding habitat. On the other hand, I suppose a curbside gutter next to an automotive garage and a busy intersection *is* appropriate breeding habitat for a House Sparrow. 
    Jim Pike
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  35. Re: Black-throated Sparrow at San Joaquin LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2016 @ 1:54pm, 9 day(s) ago
    A bit of clarification on the location of this bird.  It was on the hillside/slope going down to the San Diego Creek just past those two new gates they put up with the arms that go up and down.  
    Here is a link to google maps with the exact location:
    And a photo:
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM, Jeff Bray < jbray4913@... > wrote:
    My friend Sandrine photographed a BLACK-THROATED SPARROW this morning along the hillside leading down to the creek just over the road from the gravel parking lot.  I was just able to refind the bird in the same area.  It's a nice looking juvenile. 
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA 
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  37. FOS birds at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2016 @ 1:21pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I went looking for the Tennessee Warbler at MSP yesterday. I ran into Edana trying for the same. The trees in that 'fertile crescent' area were quite busy with birds of many kinds and types. Cassin Kingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Hooded Oriole, Western Tanagers, Nuttals Woodpeckers, Warbling Vireo, Black Phoebe, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Many hummingbirds including a female Black-Chinned, Northern Flicker(heard), Western Bluebird, House Finch were all found in these trees. There was a group of 5-7 warblers moving back and forth among those trees. I'm pretty sure I got glimpses of the Tennessee but my lack of experience with the species made me leave it off my list until I see one better. But there was a warbler with yellowish coloring that had a light colored vent. I think I saw the eye line and dark cap on a bird that bird as well but it moved often and looks were fleeting as they mostly remained very high up in those trees. ID'd warblers were Yellow, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray and Orange-crowned.
    Other birds of note. - A juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk . We thought it was a 2nd Coopers Hawk until the Coopers flew at this one and the size difference was quite apparent. We, including Mark, were able to get a decent look at it after it landed and flew again. It showed white spots on it's coverts, small head and short neck. Lacked strong white tips on the tail feathers which also lacked the strongly rounded shape and fan.
    - A lone Orange-cheeked Waxbillin the Nature Center came out into the open seeming very agitated. - Three Western Wood-PeWees and three Pacific Slope Flycatchers , two of each in the Nature Center. - I found a juvenile Chipping Sparrow foraging with a large group of House Finches on my way out very near to Edinger. - For the first time I saw two Japanese White-eye interior to the park. They were in the oriole eucalyptus near the Nature Center and flew towards the main golf course. I have previously only seen them at the ranger Station near Euclid just east of the south lake though they have been a constant presence at my house just west of the park for well over a year now. - There was also a lingering female Hooded Oriole and a Say's Phoebe has shown up after being notably absent for some time.
    Cris Whetstone Fountain Valley
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  39. Black-throated Sparrow at San Joaquin LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2016 @ 11:25am, 9 day(s) ago
    My friend Sandrine photographed a BLACK-THROATED SPARROW this morning along the hillside leading down to the creek just over the road from the gravel parking lot.I was just able to refind the bird in the same area.It's a nice looking juvenile.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  41. fos White-crowned Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:44am, 9 day(s) ago
    Haven't heard of any White-crowned Sparrows so thought I would put on line that one just dropped into the drip in the backyard then under the thistle feeder where my flock usually spends the winter.Early I believe. Dick Cabe Huntington Beach
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  43. Brewer's Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:04am, 9 day(s) ago
    Just had a Imm Brewer's Sparrow at the Nature Center at Mile Square Park. Photos later. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  45. FOS and Bank Swallow LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2016 @ 10:31pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Had many personal FOS birds today - Say's Phoebe & White-crowned Sparrow at Harriet Weider and No Pintail, No Harrier , Am Wigeon and Blue-winged Teal at Bolsa Chica. Big surprise was a Bank Swallow at the Bolsa Chica walkbridge. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  47. Re: Blackpoll Warbler: Mason Regional park LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2016 @ 5:55pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Mike Huang was on the bird when I arrived around 5:40p.It was in the top of a sycamore by the entrance.We both managed some decent ID photos. Nice find Zachary.
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  49. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dusky Flycatcher LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2016 @ 3:45pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Jim and interested birders,
    Populations of red gum lerp psyllid and spotted gum psyllid have been greatly reduced by the successful introduction of parasitic wasps that feed in the immature stages of these psyllids by biocontrol researchers from the University of California at Riverside and other government agencies.
    That said, biocontrol is not eradication, and scattered pockets of lerp infested trees can still be found.
    The continuing multi-year drought has also contributed to the decline in lerp psyllid populations. Dying, drought impacted eucs are a poor food resource for psyllids compared to vigorously growing heathy trees. Poorly nourished adult psyllids cannot lay as many eggs, and many young starve or otherwise succumb before reaching maturity.
    Tom Wurster
    Garden Grove, CA
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Sep 20, 2016, at 2:24 PM, James Pike jimpike444@... [OrangeCountyBirding] < > wrote:
     A Dusky Flycatcher, considered a rare migrant along the coast, was working the wood's edge to the east of Talbert pond below the library at Huntington Central Park this morning. This one looks much like a Gray Flycatcher, except with the tail dropping 'up.'See for yourself:
    BTW, what happened to our lerps Apart from a few eucalyptus trees at Mile Square Park, I'm having a hard time finding them anywhere. Has it gotten too hot and dry for our favorite invasive pest
    Jim Pike
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