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· OC Spring Migration Count (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
· Black-and-White Warbler at Central Park 4/16/14 (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
· Yellow-headed Blackbird (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
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· RE: FW/NEWS (Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm)
  1. OC Spring Migration Count LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
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     {margin-bottom:0in;}As part of a Citizen Science initiative, Sea and Sage Audubon is sponsoring a Spring Count on May 9, 10, and 11. The intent is to count as many locations in Orange County as possible. The count data will be entered into eBird and posted on the Sea and Sage website. You can participate in the count in one of three ways:
    
    1) Volunteers are needed to join teams at the following locations:
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Bolsa Chica/Harriet Wieder
    Aliso-Woods Canyon Reg. Park
    Fairview Park
    HB Wetlands
    Caspers Wilderness Park
    Riley Wilderness Park
    
    Huntington Central Park
    Corona Del Mar – Crescent Bay
    
    Irvine Regional Park
    
    Peters Canyon Regional Park
    
    San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
    
    2) Some locations do not have an organized count yet. You can count these sites yourself on any of the three days. Just submit your tally sheet to me by email after you complete the count. If you can, let me know your plan ahead of time so that I can put a group together if multiple people plan to count an area.
    Baker Canyon
    El Toro MCAS
    Santa Ana River at Yorba RP
    Canyon Park & Talbert Nature Preserve
    Irvine Valley College
    S'back Church, Aliso Creek
    CEMETERY: Holy Selpulcher Cemetery
    James Dilley Preserve
    Sepulveda Vista Park
    CEMETERY: Pacific View Cemetery
    Lake & Farquhar Parks, HB
    Serrano Creek Park, AV
    Coal Canyon
    Nix Nature Center
    Treasure Island, LN
    Coastal Areas of Laguna Beach
    O’Neill Regional Park
    UC Irvine campus open space
    Craig Regional Park
    PIER: Balboa Pier
    Upper Silverado Canyon
    Crystal Cove SP: El Moro Canyon
    San Juan Cap, Via De Agua
    Village Pond Park
    Crystal Cove SP: Reef Point & Los Trancos
    San Juan Fire Station
    Weir Canyon
    Doheny State Beach
    Santa Ana River at Lincoln Av
    Whiting Ranch Reg. Park
    
    Yorba RP
    3) Go out birding on one or more of the specified days and submit a tally sheet to me so your count is included in the eBird data.
    
    More information is available (including the downloadable tally sheet) at the Sea and Sage website:
    www.seaandsageaudubon.org/SpecialEvents/OCSC/OCSpringCount.html
    
    or by emailing me at darrellwilson@...
    
    Thanks,
    
    Darrell Wilson
    
    Irvine
    
    
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  3. Black-and-White Warbler at Central Park 4/16/14 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    After arriving at Central Park today, I ran into Jim Roe; and we birded together from the hummingbird garden over to the "island" area. Our best bird was a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, which was at the southeast corner of the "island". We saw 8 warbler species, including NASHVILLE, Black-throated Gray, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Yellowthroat, Townsends, and Yellow. Other birds of interest were 1 Rufous Hummingbird, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 2 Hutton's Vireos (heard only), and 2 Warbling Vireos. Jim also saw a Sora on the lake below the library before we met up. A very good birding morning!Terry HillHuntington Beach
    
    
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  5. Yellow-headed Blackbird LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Had a male YHBL on Pond 1 at San Jaoquin Wildlife Sanct at 11:30. I was sitting on the bench when it flew out of the reeds. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
    
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  7. 0) { dss = subjNodes[0].innerHTML + "|Latest Updates|Other"; } } else if (document.getElementById("yg-local-srp-container")) { var node = document.getElementById("yg-local-srp-container"); LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    
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  9. RE: FW/NEWS LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I think this is a hacked post. My browser tells me the link goes to a known phishing site. Clicker beware..
    sherry meddick
    silverado
    
    
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  11. Fw: News LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi!
    News: http://www.secernabolest.ba/ir/link.php
    
    vicleipzig@...
    
    
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  13. Park Place Nashville warbler, 4/15/2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I found a stunned Nashville warbler at Park Place in Irvine earlier this morning. He was squinting hard, and it was obvious his little head was really hurting. I took him away from the buildings and placed him in an olive tree away from the complex. He flew down into the underbrush after a few minutes; hopefully he'll be OK. Here's some video footage and a couple of still photos:https://www.flickr.com/photos/50296680@N06/13875540815/https://www.flickr.com/photos/50296680@N06/13875994894/in/photostream/https://www.flickr.com/photos/50296680@N06/13875607895/in/photostream/You can see in the photos the mirrored buildings behind me; definitely not bird-friendly. But again, it has gotten better since most of the jacaranda and tipu trees were removed last year---still no recorded fatalities thus far this Spring.Charles BakerTustin
    
    
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  15. Red-breasted Nuthatch & Mountain Chickadees at Marbella LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I took a vacation day and participated in a charity golf tournament today (4/14) at the Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano. Part way through the round I heard the "yank yank yank" of a Red-breasted Nuthatch in a large pine adjacent to the golf course. I also heard Mountain Chickadees on multiple occasions, but without my binoculars I was unable to locate them. Alas, Marbella is a gated community, so I imagine it would be difficult to get access to these birds.
    See you on the trails,
    
    Tom Eastman
    Aliso Viejo
    
    
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  17. Some minor observations from Silverado LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Let me preface this by saying it was quite windy at the house this morning despite the meager 9mph I found documented on Wunderground. I'm at the confluence of a southerly and E/W and it could be I just get odd wind here. But I can tell when it gets really windy because my very large oak bumps the roofline. My long hair tends to get everywhere it doesn't belong in the wind, so despite the reports, it was pretty darned windy this morning.
    
    In my 40 years here, I never once, until today, seen Brewer's Blackbirds here. This afternoon, at the little local Silverado Market, I found five, three males and two females. I looked it up on e-bird and in the last 40 years, there have only been six reported sightings. No wonder I'd never seen them.
    When I returned from the little local store, I found two beautiful male Costa's Hummingbirds harassing the Anna's, Allen's and a recently arrived male Black-chinned (it would appear the Rufous have moved through for now) Hummingbirds. A very gutsy Costa's showing absolutely no fear of me or anything else!
    Two photos begin here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/canyon53ss/13856333964/
    
    I decided that the day was starting off odd, so took a little walkabout. On the way back, after either finding a second Nashville Warbler or re-finding the first in my neighbor's oak tree, I spotted a FOS Western Tanager, also in my oak. I got very nice looks, but the bird flew downcanyon before I could get a photo. I tried to re-find it to no avail. There was something else in my neighbor's trees tinking away, but I couldn't get my eyes on it and was not familiar with the sound so no clue what that was.
    
    Given the shifting winds today, I suspect some birds may have moved into (or been blown into) and/or been blown down the canyons towards the flats which, if true, means you might possibly have a few nice birding days on the way:).
    
    Meanwhile, about half the house finches and half the Lesser Goldfinches have jumped ship which probably means something they prefer to eat is in bloom, while the White-crowned are half as many now as yesterday. The Dark-eyed Juncos and my beloved wintering Hermit Warbler were both last seen on 11 April. Hooded Orioles and Black-headed Grosbeaks are increasing in numbers almost daily now, still one pair of Bullock's Orioles.
    
    Sherry Meddick
    Silverado
    
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  19. What is true spring status of Plumbeous Vireo in CA?? LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Every spring during April there are a number of Plumbeous Vireo reports in coastal southern California and out in the southeastern deserts. Unfortunately, very, very few of these reports are well documented. And whereas this species is certainly a rare-but-regular fall and winter visitor to s. California (very rare to casual in coastal northern CA), that status does not extend to the spring season. And this is true even for the southeastern deserts, much less the coastal slope. However, it appears that the conventional wisdom among many birders is that this species is semi-expected as a SPRING MIGRANT in these same areas. One friend who is the eBird reviewer for one of the southern CA counties tells me that he has received a fair number of reports to review during the past couple weeks (and in previous springs), but very few of which contain any sort of contemporary adequate documentation, and which were often seen by people who failed to appreciate AT THE TIME OF THE SIGHTING how very rare such a bird would be. Some of these reports are from areas where individual Plumbeous were known to have wintered. But many are not. Wintering Plumbeous regularly remain well in to April--at least to mid-April and a few times through late April. And wintering birds can easily be missed earlier in the season, or then turn up at a "new location" in early spring as many wintering birds shuffle about on a local scale in response to shifting vegetation attractability and thus changing food supply.This whole situation is made more complicated, of course, by the ease with which some of the duller spring Cassin's Vireos can be misidentified as Plumbeous Vireos--and certainly Cassin's is the expected "Solitary" Vireo during spring in ALL these areas.Many spring records of Plumbeous Vireos from a number of counties from back in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s are properly being reassessed by the local records-keepers and others. Some are probably now thought of as lingering winter birds rather than true spring migrants, and some will properly be 'let go' as being inadequately documented at the time. We just didn't know back then.... There have certainly been major advances in our knowledge of Solitary Vireo ID and status/distribution over the past several decades.Most of the very few "good" records of spring migrant Plumbeous are from May (including on the southeastern deserts), and there is even an early June record from Orange County back in 1993.In sum, CAN migrant Plumbeous Vireos occur in spring? Yes. But have they been over-reported at this season? Definitely yes. I guess we should all take one giant step backwards and take extra care in making future spring reports of this species, particularly when the bird does not clearly involve a lingering winter bird.--Paul Lehman, San Diego
    Posted by Barbara Carlson
    
    
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  21. Re: Canyon Wren at Laguna Coast WP LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Tom, thank you for such a detailed report on the Canyon Wren.  I stopped by this morning before work and was able to walk right to the spot you mentioned and had 2 calling.  One of them made a brief appearance on a rock face and I was able to get a few pics.  
    
    I wasn't able to find any Vaux's Swifts, but there were 10-15 White-throated Switfts along with 30 or so Cliff Swallows.  
    
    I also had a Black-throated Gray Warbler, 2 Warbling Vieros, and a Hutton's Vireo all in the same area as the Canyon Wren.  The oak trees along the start of the Laurel Canyon trail (Where is cuts off to the left from the Stage Coach Trail) were very active.  I'll have to go back when I have some more time.  
    
    Canyon Wren:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/13853197733/
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
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  23. Caliope Hummer, still asking for help LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This is a matter of lifer or not death :-). Please check out this new photo in 19 Hummingbirds and help me by saying if this is or is not a Caliope Hummingbird.
    
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/albums/1470518705/lightbox/2063976721
    
    Rick Shearer
    HB
    
    
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  25. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary 4-13-14 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    A brief late afternoon visit to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary located in the
    heart of Modjeska Canyon offered excellent close-up views of
    approximately 6 different Black-headed Grosbeaks from the bird porch (5
    male and one female). In addition, no less than 4 band-tailed pigeons
    and 6 California Quails could all be seen with ease from the bridge.
    The area was most active with hummingbirds, acorn woodpeckers and there
    were previous sightings of Lazuli Buntings and a Calliope Hummingbird as
    reported by one of the caretakers. Golden-crown Sparrows and Lark
    Sparrows were also reported on the chalk board within the bird house.Anthony GliozzoMission Viejo, CA
    
    
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  27. Bald Eagle at Burris Basin LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This afternoon (13 April) at Burris Basin/Anaheim Coves Park, there was an immature Bald Eagle that appeared, albeit fairly briefly. I was alerted to the bird’s presence when it attracted a noisy “mobbing party”, which was made up of an
    odd mix that included primarily American Crows and American Avocets. The avocets appear to have a number of active nests on Burris’s tern island, as well as some along the eastern shoreline of the basin. In any case, this “mobbing party” seemed to be fairly
    effective, and fairly quickly seemed to convince the eagle to move on. It made perhaps just one circle over Burris, and then immediately started circling off to the northeast, where it appeared to follow the Santa Ana River and the adjacent groundwater recharge
    basins extending out in that direction. The Bald Eagle appeared to be about a second or third year bird, the best I can tell (I was unfortunately not very quick with the camera, and all photos were rather poor, so they’re not of much help in trying to age
    the bird).
    
    Finally saw the first evidence of the return of nesting terns to Burris, with about 7 or 8 noisy Forster’s (all but one appearing to be in alternate plumage) flying around the nesting island, and landing at various locations. One very
    early Black Skimmer (for Burris) was hanging around the shoreline of the island as well; skimmers usually don’t start showing up in numbers here until around May, and often don’t start nesting till about June. No Least Terns at Burris yet, but also hadn’t
    heard of any (as of yesterday) having appeared yet in the coastal OC breeding sites (didn’t see any Leasts yesterday at Bolsa Chica). Generally the Least Terns arrive relatively late at Burris, often not until some time in May. While at Burris today I ran
    into Gary Meredith, who mentioned to me he had seen a male Rufous Hummingbird coming to some of the flowering shrubs (possibly Purple Sage plantings, among other natives) along the Anaheim Coves Park trail (near the southwest corner of Burris).
    
    Lastly, thought I’d use this opportunity to put in a plug for a state-wide census that is being conducted for Tricolored Blackbirds this coming weekend (actually runs April 18th through the 20th, 2014). Colonies of
    Tricolored Blackbirds use to nest at a number of locations in the county when I first started getting learning about birds and bird status and distribution in OC back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Currently it’s not even clear if we still have any breeding
    Tricolored Blackbird colonies left (though some may still occur in parts of south county). It is hard to believe how fast this species seems to have disappeared as a breeding bird from our county. If interested in helping with the survey effort being done
    here, please see the announcement, below, from Ryan Henry, who is coordinating the Tricolored Blackbird survey effort being conducted throughout Orange Co. Ryan can be reached at:
    rhenry@...
    
    For additional information on the status of Tricolored Blackbirds, and the statewide survey being conducted, and how these surveys are performed, please check out the information at the following link:
    http://tricolor.ice.ucdavis.edu/content/tricolored-blackbird-statewide-survey-protocol.
    
    Thanks,
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    Subject: Tricolored Blackbird Statewide Survey - Orange County
    
    I’m coordinating support for an upcoming statewide effort to locate tricolored blackbirds throughout Orange County. I’m seeking volunteer participants to help to survey both historical colony locations (in OC) as well as to survey in appropriate
    regions for new, previously undocumented colony locations and to estimate the number of birds at occupied sites. I understand that birds have not been reported breeding in OC for over a decade. In 2000, approximately 195 birds were reported in OC. I am still
    waiting on the full dataset and confirmation from Dr. Bob Meese (UC Davis), who has been asked by the USFWS to coordinate the overall, statewide effort with assistance from Monica Iglecia of Audubon. The Statewide Survey will be conducted over three days
    - April 18th through the 20th, 2014.
    
    No prior experience is necessary and any level of commitment, big or small, is welcome to help to make this year's survey as complete as possible. Please let me know if you are interested. Also, please forward on to others you know that
    may be interested in helping with the Orange County effort.
    
    Thank you.
    Ryan Henry
    Project Manager/Biologist
    DUDEK
    
    949.450.2525 x3321
    
    
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  29. Calliope Hummingbird? LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I just added a picture to the 19 Hummingbird folder. Please check it out. It's not great. Is it a Caliope?
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  31. Canyon Wren at Laguna Coast WP LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I participated in a trail maintenance day at the Willow Staging Area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this morning (4/13). Just after leaving the parking lot in the morning, I had a Vaux's Swift fly about 20 feet above my head. When walking up the Laurel Canyon trail just past the Stagecoach South trail, I heard the distinctive song of a Canyon Wren coming from the sandstone rock outcroppings east (left) of the trail. I looked, but never saw the bird. Our trail work was further up the Laurel Canyon trail, and as we hiked further up to our work area, we found a dead (unfortunately) Fox Sparrow laying in the middle of the trail. While working further up the canyon, I heard the Canyon Wren sing several times, each time moving a bit further up the canyon. The last time that I heard it was at the (dry) waterfall (after the 3rd creek crossing). It sang a few more times, but I was never able to see the bird.
    See you on the trail,
    
    Tom Eastman
    Aliso Viejo
    
    
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  33. MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER below Falcon Group Camp; CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD at Los Pinos Trailhead LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I came late to the Blue Jay/Falcon campground areas mid-day. I followed the vegetation-choked Hot Springs trail below Falcon camp. Pishing to pull back a flock of startled sparrows, a curious MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER popped into view in the dense scrub (approx 12:30pm).
    
    Later (2:45pm) I found a single male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD foraging among the sparse manzanita flowers along the road below the Los Pinos trailhead.
    
    Mike Sanders
    Laguna Hills
    
    
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  35. Bolsa Chica 4/12 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi all,
    
    Karla Flores and I birded Bolsa Chica yesterday afternoon. Our most
    notable find was a high count of RED KNOTS by the tidal dam. I counted
    at least 25, possibly 26, though getting an exact count was difficult
    because they were foraging actively amongst a flock of Short-billed
    Dowitchers. Two Redheads and four Ruddy Turnstones were also highlights
    for us.
    
    Good Birding,
    Karl
    
    Karl Fairchild
    Fullerton
    
    
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  37. Monthly Sea and Sage walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary - 4/13/2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Great walk today at the marsh.  We had about 20 or so people show up and saw quite a few migrants totaling 73 species.
    
    I had 3 species before and after the walk that weren't seen by the entire group:
    
    White-tailed Kite - Other side of Campus as I was leaving the marsh
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Seen behind the IRWD caretakers house
    
    Ash-throated Flycatcher - Seen in the tree behind the Duck house
    
    Below is a list of the 70 species that were seen by the group.
    
    Canada Goose
    Gadwall
    
    Mallard
    Blue-winged Teal
    Cinnamon Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Ruddy Duck
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Western Grebe
    Clark's Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    American White Pelican
    Great Blue Heron
    
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Black-crowned Night-Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Osprey
    Northern Harrier
    Red-tailed Hawk (Western)
    Sora
    American Coot
    Black-necked Stilt
    American Avocet
    
    Semipalmated Plover
    Killdeer
    Whimbrel
    Least Sandpiper
    Western Sandpiper
    
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    Bonaparte's Gull
    Western Gull
    Caspian Tern
    Forster's Tern
    Mourning Dove
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Allen's Hummingbird
    
    Belted Kingfisher
    Nuttall's Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Peregrine Falcon
    Black Phoebe
    
    Bell's Vireo
    Hutton's Vireo
    American Crow
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Tree Swallow
    
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Bushtit
    Marsh Wren
    American Robin
    Cedar Waxwing
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    
    Yellow Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Black-throated Gray Warbler
    Wilson's Warbler
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    
    Spotted Towhee
    California Towhee
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln's Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  39. Hummingbirds at Modjeska Reservoir, Silverado, CA LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I saw some hummingbirds at Modjeska Reservoir, including at least two Calliope at 4pm, April 12. It seems the water attracted some hummingbirds. I also saw one Calliope there last weekend.
    
    Modjeska Reservoir can be accessed from Harding trail, parking in Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Modjeska Reservoir is in the other side of the hill.
    
    For your safety, don't get too close to the rope at the reservoir.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ychuang1/13815844614/
    
    Mike Huang
    Irvine
    
    
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  41. Blue Jay Campground LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Jeff Bray, Dennis Hernandez, and I went up to Blue Jay Campground again this morning. The fog was awful when we arrived (at a quarter after 6), but we stuck it out and it was well worth it. We did not enter the campground but stuck entirely to the meadows and hillsides just north of the campground.
    
    We had a whole warbler party going on, with multiple sightings each of orange-crowned, Nashville, yellow-rumped, black-throated gray, Townsend's, hermit, and Wilson's warblers. We could not find a MacGillivray's warbler that David Evans reported earlier in the week (but I did have one yesterday at Pinecrest Park btw). The hermit warblers were in major abundance, only outnumbered by the yellow-rumps.
    
    We also had a couple mountain quail distantly calling (never seen), a Hammond's flycatcher, a couple ash-throated flycatchers, lots of chipping and lark sparrows, lots of male and female (but mostly male) lazuli buntings, and a handful of male and female purple finches.
    
    We also counted several black-chinned sparrows over the course of the morning, from just off the 74 to Falcon Group Campground. No black-chins at Blue Jay.
    
    Finally, the unexpected highlight of the trip was when we were staring out over the western meadow (at the parking turnoff, north of the campground) and Jeff spotted a golden eagle northwest of us, between us and the Los Pinos trailhead. The eagle was carrying prey in its talons and was circling the area being harassed by crows. It was in view for about 15-20 seconds and then dropped out of sight.
    
    To see some photos (or one video) from this morning's trip, you can visit Jeff's or my Flickr page.
    
    Jeff: https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic
    
    Me: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rswinkleman/
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    
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  43. Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak at Aliso & WoodsCyn RP LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I had a good morning a Aliso & Woods Canyon RP with many personal FOS birds including:
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    Blue Grosbeak
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Nashville Warbler
    
    There were many singing Yellow Warblers and Black-headed Grosbeaks.
    
    Mike Sanders
    Laguna Hills
    
    
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  45. Hermit Warbler, lower Maple Springs in Silverado LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I quit birding and came home to post this (I really must get my electronc communications in order!) in case anyone would like to find this wonderful bird.
    Exact Directions: Go up Silverado Canyon and drive into the Forest at the gate (you need either a pass to park or a day pass, both purchaseable at the Silverado Store in the little town on your way up). This is Maple Springs Road. Continue through the first stream crossing and park on the left where there is a wide parking area. On the left of that area, as you face it, is a trail. Take that. Go about 150 feet, passing a yellow and white tube-shaped trail guard, until you see a large pine on your left. Also in the tree: two Townsend's, an Orange-crowned, a Downey Woodpecker and some other common birds.
    
    I watched the bird for quite some time. It is not easy to photo here because in the a.m., you are facing east. Thus I apologize for my rather washed out photos (but hey, it's a warbler so I was lucky to get it at all!). The bird would occasionally leave, but would frequently come back to this tree. There was also a Hermit Thrush about 100' up the trail in a California Sycamore along with a Black-headed Grosbeak. I could hear quite a few Grosbeaks around.
    
    From this area, I could also hear Purple Finch (which seemed to be across the canyon), California Quail (downstream) and Mountain Quail (upstream), and near the parking area where you parked, in the adjacent meadow I found Black-throated Gray Warbler (2) foraging in a Live Oak along the meadow fenceline.
    
    The photos were taken around 8:35am this morning.
    
    Photos (first of four) here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/canyon53ss/13801566485/in/photostream/
    View of tree from the trail here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/canyon53ss/13801565895/in/photostream/
    
    I wanted to post this right away in case someone wants to find this bird today or early tomorrow. I was up there at 7am this morning and it is beautiful (and the earlier the better to avoid more people:)
    
    BTW... I also found a Lazuli Bunting very early this morning near the Carbondale Stables which are across from the Calvary Chapel in lower Silverado. One was also spied in the forest by someone else yesterday, I think. It's on e-bird.
    
    Exact area for the Lazuli: Looking at the ranch from the road, go to the far left fence line. You will see a gated road into managed Irvine Conservancy lands with a Cowbird trap (which currently houses a CA Towhee as well) to the left of the stable fenceline. The bird was moving between the far left fenceline, the northern boundary of the roadway, and the dirt road past the locked gate in that area which has wild mustard (yellow flower) and Laurel Sumac, etc. I just could not get a picture the bird was moving around and dropping to low in the brush. But I did see it several times while there.
    
    Happy birding,
    Sherry Meddick
    Silverado
    
    
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  47. Just a Bewick's Wren - - LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    It was, however, an unexpected first for my “yard list” (actually in the next door neighbor’s property, which has much more “bird-friendly” vegetation than where I currently live). The bird was actually heard singing, yesterday morning,
    but was not heard this morning before heading to work. I live in a very typical urban residential area in the City of Orange, several miles from any areas of native vegetation, or otherwise locations that one might expect to encounter a Bewick’s Wren (these
    typically being a resident species in more native vegetation, including scrub, woodlands with a good understory, etc.). They also seem to occur in well-landscaped neighborhoods that are in fairly close proximity to areas of native habitat. However, at least
    here in OC we have seen evidence, over the years, of some very minimal seasonal movement by this species. At locations such as Huntington Central Park (which since about 1980 has without a doubt received more consistent and thorough birder coverage than any
    other single landbird type location in the county), Bewick’s Wren is considered a rare (less than annual), irregular fall/winter visitor; this status according to Brian Daniels, who has tracked bird records at HCP very carefully, and rumor even has it may
    some day even finish an annotated checklist to the “Birds of HCP”). Since Bewick’s Wrens don’t seem to actually show distinct migratory behavior, at least not in coastal region of So Cal, it is assumed that Bewick’s Wrens that occur away from their
    typical breeding habitat may be post-breeding dispersing birds from local populations, likely young of the year that have dispersed from their natal sites, and have wandered out in search of suitable breeding habitat, not already occupied by other Bewick’s
    Wrens, to establish territories of their own.
    
    Anyway, all that just to say sometimes even birds we can take for granted, such as some of our relatively common, resident species, can sometimes do things that are a little out of the ordinary. The slow spreading of resident Mountain
    Chickadees throughout the lower foothills of the county, or the establishment of a few breeding populations of Band-tailed Pigeons in some of the county’s urban areas (e.g, Santa Ana), would be just two of a number of examples where some of our resident species
    in the county can be exhibiting some interesting changes in status, distribution, habitat preferences, etc.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    
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  49. Casper's and San Joaquin WS LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Slow day in the field but had my first 2 Ash-thr Flycatchers and Lazuli Bunting at Casper?s and a still present male Blue-winged Teal and breeding plumaged Bonaparte?s Gull at SJWS . Will post some photo?s later . Don Hoechlin Costa Mesa
    
    
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