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· Virginia Warbler at Bolsa Chica update (Aug 30, 2016)
· Virginia Warbler at Bolsa Chica (Aug 30, 2016)
· Virginia's Warbler (Aug 30, 2016)
· mile square park nature center (Aug 29, 2016)
· Northern Waterthrush (Aug 28, 2016)
  1. Virginia Warbler at Bolsa Chica update LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:22pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders.Thanks Don!I got a call from Dick Cabe who saw Virginia's Warbler and went to Bolsa Chica at three-ish.It was waiting for me at the fence directly in line with the end of the footbridge which extends from the PCH parking lot to the nesting area..Very convenient.Very nice bird, grey, white eye ring, yellow patch on breast and brighter yellow under the tail.It favored the yellow flowering(goldenrod I think) bushes that were growing along the nesting area fence.It visited most of them while I watched.It also flew to the first observation area in one direction and over the water to the parking lot in the other but it kept coming back to the goldenrod bushes along the fences.After a few minutes TFH showed up to photograph the bird.We also observed two Peregrine Falcons as they perched on that same fence, possibly male and female juveniles.The Virginia's stayed away while they were there.Trish found it at that time in the parking lot upon her arrival.But once the Peregrines were gone it came back across the water to the golden flowers along the fence, where all three of us and some others observed it again.It was still around after 4 PM.Hopefully others saw it or maybe can see it tomorrow morning.
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  3. Virginia Warbler at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:15pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Virginia Warbler at Bolsa Chica : photos on Flickr - https://flic.kr/p/KLvZM1
    https://flic.kr/p/LED841 https://flic.kr/p/Ly39My .
    
    
    
    Don Hoechlin.
    
    Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  5. Virginia's Warbler LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:08pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Just had a Virginia's Warbler at Bolsa Chica , literally at the bridge and was foraging in the bush along the Tern colony fence. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  7. mile square park nature center LINK
    DATE: Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:09pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I visited the northeast corner of Mile Square Park this morning, and if my results were any indication, it was a lousy day to go birding. The male Bell's Vireo was still singing away in the nature center, but not much else of interest was happening. I did email the park administration over the weekend (milesquare @ ocparks.com ) about the apparent successful nesting of an endangered species onsite, and how this might impact trimming policies in the future. I received a response this morning, and was told that my message had been forwarded to the ranger on duty (Arturo Castillo) and the maintenance supervisor (Rod Hawkins). I also inquired as to the reasons for the continued absence of water from the nature center pond, despite water being present in every other pond and lake throughout the rest of the park and golf course. Yes, unlike the case with the cement-bottomed lakes to the north and south, water will be absorbed in the nature center's dirt-bottomed pond. However, there are also dirt-bottomed ponds on the golf course that have evidently been prioritized for holding water. If you too think something is amiss in that the nature center pond is still dry and would like to see the imminent return of water, I suggest sending an email to park personnel at your earliest convenience. I suspect it would only take a few of us to get this situation corrected.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB       
    
    milesquare @ ocparks.com
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  9. Northern Waterthrush LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2016 @ 12:10pm, 3 day(s) ago
    While scouting the east side of Huntington Central Park this morning I found a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.
    
    I first heard sharp "pik" calls along the eastern shore of the main lake where a drainage ditch empties into it. It was not quite as sharp and metallic as the usual waterthrush "chink" calls. As I walked up the bird flew to the small algae covered pond to the east (sometimes called the crescent pond). A minute later it came out in the open in good light, posed for a while before flying off to the densely vegetated pocket pond farther east commonly called "Loren's Ditch". This bird is probably the one which has wintered at this locale in the park the last few years and now returning for another winter. This also is an exceptionally early arrival date for one.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/110988414@N04/28674177413/in/datetaken-public/
    
    Also two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were in the muddy pond in the center of the lake basin yesterday and today. Both appear to be juveniles (buffy spotting).
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
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  11. Baird's Sandpiper Harriet Wieder (Red-necked Phalarope too) LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:56am, 3 day(s) ago
    Both birds were viewed on the largest pond, through the fence from the playground. The beautifully long-winged Baird's was keeping company with about a dozen Westerns and a few Leasts comparison. Views were distant but diagnostic.
    
    An unexpected Red-necked Phalarope also flew in briefly. Nice white wing stripe and bold ear patch helped him stand out from the Wilson's also in the area.
    
    I also had Wandering Tattler (and maybe 2) at the San Gabriel River mouth right at sunrise.
    
    Dorian Anderson
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  13. White-winged Dove in Capo Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2016 @ 6:44pm, 4 day(s) ago
    A White-winged Dove visited our backyard this Saturday afternoon,(8/27/16), here in Capistrano Beach…Pretty much an annual event by now….Eurasian Collared Doves have taken over our neighborhood and pushed the Mourning Doves out of our yard….Was thinking they might discourage our yearly White-winged visits too,but it appears that the White-winged is unfazed….. Tim Ryan Capistrano Beach
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  15. White Ibis Santa Ana Riverbed, Anaheim LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2016 @ 10:43am, 4 day(s) ago
    Good morning
    
    Driving past the SA riverbed going south on Lakeview Ave at 10:15 am today (Sat, 27) I saw four adult white ibis. They had just taken flight from the riverbed going north to the percolation pit right next to the riverbed. No time to take a photo but I'm certain of the id.
    
    Best regards
    
    Debbie Hanson
    
    Yorba Linda
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  17. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Yes Ruff, No Broad-tailed Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2016 @ 7:27pm, 5 day(s) ago
    For those still wanting to see the Broad-tailed Hummingbird, "these days" it seems the bird is findable (but not reliably) early in the morning in the general area, is most reliable in the pepper trees in mid-morning, and now seems to disappear to parts unknown in the afternoon. -Ryan Winkleman
    
    RSM
    On Aug 26, 2016 7:15 PM, " zebrashark72@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      (8/26/16)  Found the Ruff/Reeve early this afternoon in its usual area about 100 meters downstream of the Imperial Highway bridge, immediately across from the porta-potty along the trail.  It was actively foraging alone, even chasing off a dowitcher at one point.  Other interesting birds found between Imperial and Lakeview were a female Mandarin Duck, four Wood Ducks, multiple Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, a Belted Kingfisher, and many highly visible male Northern Red Bishops.
    At about 5 pm, I made a brief stop at Wilderness Glen Park to look for the Broad-tailed Hummingbird.  A couple of birders were packing up just as I arrived and informed me that they had been there for over an hour, but had no luck.  I too was unsuccessful, although I only gave it about thirty minutes.
    Happy Birding, Zachary Perry Rancho Mission Viejo
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  19. Yes Ruff, No Broad-tailed Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2016 @ 7:09pm, 5 day(s) ago
    (8/26/16)Found the Ruff/Reeve early this afternoon in its usual area about 100 meters downstream of the Imperial Highway bridge, immediately across from the porta-potty along the trail.It was actively foraging alone, even chasing off a dowitcher at one point.Other interesting birds found between Imperial and Lakeview were a female Mandarin Duck, four Wood Ducks, multiple Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, a Belted Kingfisher, and many highly visible male Northern Red Bishops.
    At about 5 pm, I made a brief stop at Wilderness Glen Park to look for the Broad-tailed Hummingbird.A couple of birders were packing up just as I arrived and informed me that they had been there for over an hour, but had no luck.I too was unsuccessful, although I only gave it about thirty minutes.
    Happy Birding, Zachary Perry Rancho Mission Viejo
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  21. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Mile Square RP - 26 AUG LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:36pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi Jeff,
    
    In my opinion, the flycatcher is a faded adult Willow Flycatcher, an age class I don't see very often in migration. BTW, I birded the nature center yesterday, and photographed the continuously singing male Bell's Vireo. Although the bird has a greenish cast to the back and green edgings to the secondaries (details I more often associate with juveniles), Peter Pyle identified it as an 'adult' (AHY), and one that is currently molting middle secondaries and outer primaries. Thus, this male has been present all summer, and was seen for a time in the vicinity of a second, silent adult vireo. Given the presence of a juvenile vireo in the center earlier in the week, it is evident that this endangered species successfully bred onsite this season. I'll try to post pics to my flickr page this weekend after I get it resuscitated. 
    
    Jim Pike
    HB      
    
    On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM, Jeff Bray jbray4913@... [OrangeCountyBirding] < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      I went to Mile Square and spent some time inside the nature center.  I had a Willow Flycatcher that showed up along the western edge fence line. The Bell's Vireo that had been reported previously was still there, singing. Also in the nature center, I had a mix of MacGillivray's, Nashville, Wilson's, Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers. I had at least one Western Wood Pewee and another juvenile bird that I can't place an ID on yet. There is a google photos link below with pics of that bird. Let me know what anyone things. Flycatchers can be quite tough. 
    
    Elsewhere in the park, it was reasonably birdy and it was nice to see a good mix of migrants moving through. Someone's escaped Cockatiel was flying around the main lake at Palm Island. I also saw a handful of Warbling Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warblers in the sycamores.  
    
    eBird list here with some pics:
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist/S31260574
    
    Young flycatcher needing ID...
    https://goo.gl/photos/ egyZoVxRYs3Wunjx6
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  23. Mile Square RP - 26 AUG LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2016 @ 3:19pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I went to Mile Square and spent some time inside the nature center.  I had a Willow Flycatcher that showed up along the western edge fence line. The Bell's Vireo that had been reported previously was still there, singing. Also in the nature center, I had a mix of MacGillivray's, Nashville, Wilson's, Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers. I had at least one Western Wood Pewee and another juvenile bird that I can't place an ID on yet. There is a google photos link below with pics of that bird. Let me know what anyone things. Flycatchers can be quite tough. 
    
    Elsewhere in the park, it was reasonably birdy and it was nice to see a good mix of migrants moving through. Someone's escaped Cockatiel was flying around the main lake at Palm Island. I also saw a handful of Warbling Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warblers in the sycamores.  
    
    eBird list here with some pics:
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31260574
    
    Young flycatcher needing ID...
    https://goo.gl/photos/egyZoVxRYs3Wunjx6
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  25. redux mystery bird at Tree of Life Nursery LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2016 @ 2:47pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Sorry, I forgot to include relevant personal information that is apparently required to post on this site.
    
    The message from Laura Camp about the mystery bird is as follows:
    
    We have a mystery bird here - Alisa Flint and I are both stumped. It is
    hanging around the office this week, sometimes coming down to the
    grapevine next to the office, and sometimes up in the trees nearby. It
    makes a little repeated Pip noise, almost like a California towhee, but
    noticeably different. The sound was the first thing that alerted us (you
    can picture both of our heads popping up simultaneously from our desk
    work!).
    
    We got a good look at it -
    here’s my description. It appears to be tanager-like or like a large
    flycatcher. Breast is buff colored with a light rusty tinge. Alisa
    thought it had some streaking. The undertail covert is a distinctive
    peachy or salmon orange. The back is brown, the rump is orange/brown.
    Tail is light brown with orange edges. Face seems unmarked except for
    white eye-rings. Beak is pretty substantial and black, I thought like
    Summer tanager sized.
    
    We don’t have a good zoom lens here to get a picture - sorry about that!
    
    If
    any of you get a chance to stop by this weekend, or if you have ideas
    on ID, let us know. We are open 8-1 tomorrow. Also, spread the word to
    other birders as you wish.
    
    Submitted by Catherine Waters Dana Point, CA/Downey/CA cpannellwaters@...
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  27. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Baird's Sandpiper at San Joaquin marsh LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2016 @ 1:42pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Jeff just refound the Baird's Sandpiper on Pond C, associating with a large flock of mostly Westerns and some Least. It was NOT out there this morning when we were here between like 7:30 and 9. Ryan Winkleman
    
    RSM
    On Aug 25, 2016 9:38 PM, "Trish G trishrg62@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      Stopped by after work this evening, and found a Baird's Sandpiper in pond C.
    Got a few backlit shots of it before a Peregrine Falcon flushed all the peeps away for good.
    https://flic.kr/p/KAuWEb
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
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  29. Baird's Sandpiper at San Joaquin marsh LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2016 @ 9:37pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Stopped by after work this evening, and found a Baird's Sandpiper in pond C.
    Got a few backlit shots of it before a Peregrine Falcon flushed all the peeps away for good.
    https://flic.kr/p/KAuWEb
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
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  31. Restoring Huntington Central Park LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:51am, 7 day(s) ago
    Spent a pleasant morning birding the south side of the park near the library. A couple thoughts directed at Sea & Sage, given that the chapter is currently providing guidance in some manner to park personnel on this ongoing habitat-alteration project. First, the rank, weedy, muddy, willow-filled habitat of Talbert Meadow is great for birds. Leaving this habitat alone will go a long way in proving to me and hopefully others in the birding community that the city is serious about protecting bird habitat in the park. Secondly, I noted today that the sycamore grove between the "island" and the Chevron property to the south has been removed, undoubtedly necessitated by the destructive shot-hole borers. In my opinion, a great step towards restoring the park back to its past glories would be to plant that broad area with a dense grove of alder trees. I'm not aware of alders being on the 'target' list for the borers, and I am aware that alders are great for birds. Alders aren't as long-lived as many tree species, and the park has had a pronounced tendency to not replace them like-for-like when they die. (Park personnel have also routinely allowed passion-vine to scale these trees, allowing them to be either neutralized or die, but that story is for another day). Hopefully this newly-created open space isn't destined to be used for soccer or volleyball games (or non-native tree species like Chinese Redwoods). Wetland groups strive for goals such as no further net-loss of wetlands in the state. How about we strive for no net-loss of bird habitat from this somewhat necessary/somewhat not necessary project Just a thought.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB     
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  33. RE: Non-migrant Bell's Vireos LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2016 @ 8:11am, 7 day(s) ago
    Tom Wurster pointed out that a singing male and a presumed female Bell's Vireo were recorded in the nature center until at least July. So, it appears likely that successful breeding by this federally-endangered species occurred there this past season. Something for park personnel to consider the next time they consider trimming bird habitat within the nature center in the future.
    
    Jim
    
    >Two Bell's Vireos were on the west end of the (inexplicably) closed nature center at Mile Square Park this morning. I tried to pish a singing male into view to ascertain whether or not it was banded (honest), but instead lured another vireo to perch on the chain-link fence for a photo session. The latter bird was a juvenile, as I expect was true of the former. 
    
    Jim Pike
    HB 
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  35. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Broad-tailed Hummingbird continues LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2016 @ 7:23am, 8 day(s) ago
    Continues this morning. Sandy Remley refound the bird in the mulefat patch immediately south of the peppers, opposite the walking path. Once again the wing trill was virtually silent early this morning. I got a great video of the bird preening itself with its gorget absolutely lit up bright and will post to Flickr ( flickr.com/rswinkleman ) and embed into eBird in a little bit when I get to a computer. **On a side note, I've seen tons of photos of this bird already and most are, as expected, in the shade and the gorget looks blackish. If anybody got any really great, high quality photos of the bird with its gorget lit up, I would really appreciate having a copy if possible. Thanks! -Ryan Winkleman
    
    RSM
    On Aug 23, 2016 8:34 PM, "Lucy Lee pygmy_owls@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      The Broad-tailed Hummingbird was very active in the same location today from 11:35-12:15 (when I left).
    
    Lucy Lee
    
    Lake Forest
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  37. Broad-tailed Hummingbird continues LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 7:30pm, 8 day(s) ago
    The Broad-tailed Hummingbird was very active in the same location today from 11:35-12:15 (when I left).
    
    Lucy Lee
    
    Lake Forest
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  39. Migrant Bell's Vireos LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 2:25pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Two Bell's Vireos were on the west end of the (inexplicably) closed nature center at Mile Square Park this morning. I tried to pish a singing male into view to ascertain whether or not it was banded (honest), but instead lured another vireo to perch on the chain-link fence for a photo session. The latter bird was a juvenile, as I expect was true of the former. 
    
    Jim Pike
    HB 
    
    Afterwards: Hell or High Water w Jeff Bridges. Great movie. 
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  41. Zone-tailed Hawk @ Peachwood - Lake Forest LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 6:07pm, 8 day(s) ago
    I stopped at the top of peachwood just after 5pm to scan through the vultures this afternoon after seeing someone had reported a Black Vulture on eBird earlier today close by (Trabuco and Lake Forest).  What I wasn't expecting was a Zone-tailed Hawk.  It was flying overhead with about 8 other Turkey Vultures.  They all flew south from my location and I didn't see it again. I had to leave before the massive vulture fly-in at dusk though. I did NOT see a Black Vulture.  =(
    
    ZTHA:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/29190550515
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  43. Ruff/Reeve, Upper Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 4:56pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    
    The Ruff/Reeve was still observed this morning at the first culvert just a
    bit downstream from Imperial Hwy, in Anaheim. It feeds very actively thus moves
    around but remains in the general location. When I arrived at the spot, at 9:20,
    two other birders, Rich and Sam Bressler, were already on it, they helped me to
    find it quicker.
    
    Here are two links to some photos on Flickr:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/77343719@N05/28566584764/in/dateposted/
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/77343719@N05/28566584764/in/dateposted/
    
    Christiane Shannon
    Yorba Linda
    
    
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  45. Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2016 @ 5:16pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Around noon today, August 22, the two immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were still at the pocket pond, north of the tidal gates at Bolsa Chica.Today, they were both along the west side of this pond, about halfway between the north and south ends. Photos
    are in my eBird report:
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31204414
    Sandy
    
    Sandy Koonce
    
    Department of Mathematics
    
    University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373
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  47. Broad-tailed Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2016 @ 4:15pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Just wanted to post a photo of the BT Hummer seen yesterday at Wilderness Glen Park - Broad -tailed Hummingbird just seen at Wilderness Glen park with April. Photo on Flicker - https://flic.kr/p/KXwosS Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  49. Broad-tailed hummingbird still in Mission Viejo LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2016 @ 9:19am, 9 day(s) ago
    Yep, theBroad-tailed hummingbird has returned to the pocket park. Jon Dunn saw it, then departed. Small group of birders here right now.
    
    -Bob Allen
    Mission Viejo
    bugbob@...
    Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
    
    Sent from my iPhone 6s Plus
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