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· Dana Point - Bald Eagle report 6/26/16 (Jun 27, 2016)
· Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Barbara's Lake Mystery Gull (Jun 26, 2016)
· Barbara's Lake Mystery Gull (Jun 26, 2016)
· Tricolored Blackbird, Heritage Park (Jun 23, 2016)
· Yellow-Breasted Chat at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Jun 23, 2016)
  1. Dana Point - Bald Eagle report 6/26/16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 27, 2016 @ 10:40pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Today I received a report from a contact in Dana Point who's parent works at Starr Ranch.? She had reported the sighting of a Bald Eagle and being confident of the sighting.? She exclaimed it was not an Osprey in her first email.? She lives adjacent to Sea Terrace condos / structures and the wrote following in a second email (excerpt):
    "…Fortunately, I've been able to spend a lot of time in Alaska with Balds so i'm
    confident in what I'm seeing! I do so hope you get to spy one! In 50 years this is the
    first time I have seen one in Southern California"
    In fact she was in Alaska only a few weeks ago.? Also, I'd tend to think this would be possible due to the fires of recent in Laguna Beach and also the Orange County Register doing an extensive article on Bald Eagle sightings in Laguna Beach last year on 4-30-15.?
    
    reference:? National bird sighted in Bluebird Canyon
    
    National bird sighted in Bluebird Canyon Because Im an avid birder, Im often asked to identify backyard bird sightings. Most often, the avian visitor is an unusual songbird. So when a friend of mine sen...
    
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    The fires may have caused this raptor to move elsewhere along the coast.
    Anyone birding in this area please do add on to this message.? This sighting has not been logged into eBird as this post is merely an FYI for all OC Birders.
    
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
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  3. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Barbara's Lake Mystery Gull LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2016 @ 6:43pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Tom,
    
    I recently bought a book on Gulls, to hopefully improve my non-existent
    
    Gull ID skills.
    
    Your bird looks like the photo of a first summer alternate Bonaparte's Gull
    
    in "Gulls of the Americas" by Howell and Dunn. It doesn't look like any of
    
    the Franklin's pics in the book, which all appear much darker on the back.
    
    I attached a pic of the photo that seems to match, that probably won't go
    
    thru to the group. I can send the photo to anyone else who would like to
    
    see it.
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
    
    On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 9:38 AM, ocean2trail@...
    
    [OrangeCountyBirding] < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
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    > Yesterday I saw mystery gull on the shore of Barbara's Lake in Laguna
    
    > Coast Wilderness Park. I'm not a gull expert by any stretch of the
    
    > imagination, but it looked to me like it might be a Franklin's Gull. I
    
    > posted a few terrible digiscoped photos taken from across the lake through
    
    > heat shimmer. I tried to put them into the "11 Skua Gulls & Terns"folder,
    
    > but can't guarantee that's where they ended up. (Yahoo Groups is not very
    
    > user friendly.) Any help with identification would be appreciated.
    
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    > Barbara's Lake is one of the Laguna Lakes, the only natural lakes in
    
    > Orange County. You can get there by parking at the Nix Nature Center on
    
    > the west side of Laguna Canyon Road (CA-133), and taking a trail about half
    
    > a mile under the highway to the lake. You can also get there by parking at
    
    > the James Dilley Preserve on the east side of Laguna Canyon (CA-133, just
    
    > north of CA-73 toll road) and taking the Lake Trail north about a mile to
    
    > the lake. It's drying up pretty quickly, so there's no way of knowing how
    
    > long the water will last.
    
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    >
    
    > Other birds of interest included half a dozen White-faced Ibis, 2 pair of
    
    > Black-necked Stilts (one pair had 4 chicks), and 2 Yellowlegs (they were a
    
    > long way away, and I didn't try to ID greater vs. lesser). There was also
    
    > a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret, and 10 Snowy Egret. There were Killdeer
    
    > present, and they might have a chick (I saw a nondescript pre-flight bird
    
    > close to the reeds, but couldn't get a good look due to a poor viewing
    
    > angle and severe heat shimmer). The only waterfowl left were Mallards with
    
    > several ducklings. I also had a Black-headed Grosbeak and 2
    
    > Yellow-breasted Chat in the trees along the south shore.
    
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    > See you on the trails,
    
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    >
    
    > Tom Eastman
    
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    > Costa Mesa
    
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  5. Barbara's Lake Mystery Gull LINK
    DATE: Jun 26, 2016 @ 9:38am, 2 day(s) ago
    Yesterday I saw mystery gull on the shore of Barbara's Lake in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.I'm not a gull expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it looked to me like it might be a Franklin's Gull.I posted a few terrible digiscoped photos taken from across the lake through heat shimmer.I tried to put them into the "11 Skua Gulls & Terns "folder, but can't guarantee that's where they ended up.(Yahoo Groups is not very user friendly.)Any help with identification would be appreciated.
    Barbara's Lake is one of the Laguna Lakes, the only natural lakes in Orange County.You can get there by parking at the Nix Nature Center on the west side of Laguna Canyon Road (CA-133), and taking a trail about half a mile under the highway to the lake.You can also get there by parking at the James Dilley Preserve on the east side of Laguna Canyon (CA-133, just north of CA-73 toll road) and taking the Lake Trail north about a mile to the lake.
    
    It's drying up pretty quickly, so there's no way of knowing how long the water will last.
    Other birds of interest included half a dozen White-faced Ibis, 2 pair of Black-necked Stilts (one pair had 4 chicks), and 2 Yellowlegs (they were a long way away, and I didn't try to ID greater vs. lesser).There was also a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret, and 10 Snowy Egret.There were Killdeer present, and they might have a chick (I saw a nondescript pre-flight bird close to the reeds, but couldn't get a good look due to a poor viewing angle and severe heat shimmer).The only waterfowl left were Mallards with several ducklings.I also had aBlack-headed Grosbeak and 2 Yellow-breasted Chat in the trees along the south shore.
    See you on the trails,
    Tom Eastman Costa Mesa
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  7. Tricolored Blackbird, Heritage Park LINK
    DATE: Jun 23, 2016 @ 4:27pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I just stopped by Heritage Park sans birding equipment after a trip to the dry cleaners. One of the first birds I walked up to was a male Trike. Jeff Bray showed up a few minutes later and took photos of the bird. Beware there is also an intermediate looking bird that has an orange shoulder patch and whitish epaulets that is probably not safe to ID to species. Look for the birds around the north end of the lake.
    
    -Tom F-H
    
    Irvine, CA
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  9. Yellow-Breasted Chat at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary LINK
    DATE: Jun 23, 2016 @ 12:45pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Spotted a Yellow-Breasted Chat singing, north of Pond C.? Video at https://youtu.be/jT7jmBXEd6o
    
    Also, saw the continuing Wilson's Phalarope, though it didn't perform the twirl/loop that it's famous for when I was there.
    
    -Tom Carranceja
    Huntington Beach
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  11. Lesser Nighthawks and Common Poorwills LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2016 @ 11:04pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, this evening I pulled into Irvine Regional Park just after 7:30 to try to get some evening birds.The amazons were still coming home to roost.I saw maybe 6, heard more.On the hillside across from the group parking lots towards the back of the park there sat over 100 Common Ravens on the grass and in shrubs.I was afraid Alfred Hitcock would yell "action".Pea hens were still sounding.I walked onto the U curve cement drive at the back of the park and waited.Eventually, around 8 PM the first Lesser Nighthawk started making its flying sound and going back and forth.After a few minutes it was joined by a second and third.This kept up for a few minutes and then they just disappeared.Perhaps it was just too dark, but I also didn't hear them.Meanwhile, the Common Poorwills started sounding.First one, then a second.Eventually I could hear quite a few in the hills on both sides of the park.At 8:30ish as I was making my way back to my car, one flopped down on the pavement in front of me.I was still able, with binocs, to make out the squat shape and white neck band so I know it was a Poorwill and not some leaf or toad.But it was too dark for a pic.On my way out I tried most of the parking lots for a Western Screech Owl, but no luck.I did hear one Barn Owl.I think the Western Screech Owl is my new nemesis bird.I've been to that park many times looking in all the knot holes where they are said to hang out and have never seen one.
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  13. Swainson's Hawk LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2016 @ 7:08pm, 6 day(s) ago
    This morning at about 9:30 AM a Swainson's Hawk flew over my summer camp walk group at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. It was only 20 feet over our heads. We had just left the education building and were approaching the new pollinator garden. The hawk flew from the butterfly garden/creek over our heads and out towards pond 1 pond B intersection. A Forester's Tern was harrying it, screeching and diving at it.
    
    Since it was so low I could clearly see the chocolate brown hood with white encircling the beak, the bicolored wings (white forewing, dark gray primaries), white belly, even a bit of white on the rump.
    
    Beverly Hargrove Costa Mesa
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  15. Wilson's Phalarope San Joaquin Pond D LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2016 @ 5:06pm, 6 day(s) ago
    One lone bird spinning about on Pond D at 5pm.?
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  17. sooty shearwaters off newport pier LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2016 @ 4:20pm, 6 day(s) ago
    This morning about 9:30 Pat and I went down to Newport Pier.There were thousands of shearwaters, mostly Sooty, not too far off the end of the pier.Easily watchable with bins, but best to take a scope. Great show. Dick Cabe? Huntington Beach
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  19. Wilson’s Phalaropes at H W; Ridgway’s Rails at BC LINK
    DATE: Jun 22, 2016 @ 2:04pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I stopped by Harriett Wieder Park this morning, June 22, to look for the Wilson’s Phalarope.I parked in the lot up the hill from Seapoint & Garfield.I spotted a group of 12 WIPH by looking in the BC cell on the left side looking straight out (the cell on the right has more water, and this cell has water in half the area).They were mostly females in breeding plumage.I wanted a better look so I parked at the playground and walked to the fence and just got a quick look through my scope, when Peter Knapp drove by the cell in his car, and they flew off going to the left.When they flew off I felt there were more than 12, at least 15, maybe more.
    I continued on to Bolsa Chica to the parking lot where the loop trail starts.Thousands of Elegant Terns still there.Highlights, though, were two sets of Ridgway’s Rails (I was heading back on the walkbridge and it was after 12:00).The first set about half-way out were an adult and 2 partly-grown young ones (now brown plumage).Then at the beginning of the bridge by the parking lot, there were 2 adults with 3 young black chicks.As everyone watched, a starling flew in, perhaps trying to get one of the chicks, and the Ridgway’s Rails went after it and chased if off.They were really rattling away.A couple of photographers with good cameras were taking continuous pictures.Quite a show!
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  21. Tennessee Warbler LINK
    DATE: Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:12am, 8 day(s) ago
    Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, I spotted a Tennessee Warbler in one of
    the trees at the MacDonald's parking lot in Irvine.  It was actively
    gleaning insects and was busily hopping all over the tree in pursuit
    of them.  The bird's activity drew me to notice him, and then I
    caught sight of his bold black eye stripe and white supercilium,
    straight thin bill, unmarked yellow-green back and shortish tail.  I
    also heard its song briefly, though at the time, I didn't pay much
    attention to it until the bird flew away and the song stopped.
    
    The MacDonald's is on Main St, close to MacArthur Blvd. and the tree
    was a smallish one, one row over from the edge of the parking lot
    near the entrance from Main.  I didn't report it right away because
    I wanted to get confirmation of my description and sighting from
    someone more knowledgeable.
    
    Nancy Kenyon
    
    Irvine  
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  23. Manx Shearwater LINK
    DATE: Jun 18, 2016 @ 10:36pm, 10 day(s) ago
    I viewed a manx shearwater today around 4:30pm 3 miles off the coast of Newport Beach while watching out of Newport Landing. Link to ebird report with photos below.
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30294447
    
    -Mark Girardeau Mission Viejo
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  25. Northern Cardinal at Gilman Park LINK
    DATE: Jun 18, 2016 @ 10:42pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, thanks to Christiane reporting the continuing Northern Cardinal I was able to find it today after dipping yesterday.It was halfway up the hill behind the new utility building.I first heard it when I was near the two abandoned green chairs on the hillside.It was singing in the trees but eventually came close enough for some pics.See the Rick Shearer collection in Flickr :-).PS also 2 maybe 3 Pintailed Wydahs, males in breeding plumage, plus some females.
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30285672
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  27. Re: How to control bees at hummingbird feeders LINK
    DATE: Jun 18, 2016 @ 5:07pm, 10 day(s) ago
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    I had an Orange Bishop at my feeder for a few days last week.  It appears he has moved on but he sure was a fun one to see.
    
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  29. How to control bees at hummingbird feeders LINK
    DATE: Jun 18, 2016 @ 1:51pm, 10 day(s) ago
    To Deborra and other birders who are having difficulties controlling
    bees at their hummingbird feeders:
    
    I emailed Valerie Sinex, manager of the Yorba Linda Wild Birds
    Unlimited store because I know from past experience that the WBU
    stores often have solutions to problems of this nature.  Here is her
    reply:
    
    Yes, we have some solutions. Deborra is right that the bees like
    yellow. (Many of the widely available feeders have traditional but
    unnecessary yellow flowers!)  The best bee-proof feeders are
    pan-style as opposed to the bottles that you tip upside down.  With
    the bottle style, once you turn it over, pressure holds the nectar
    right at the hole where it's easy for bees to drink.  For many of
    our customers, switching to our pan-style feeders does the
    trick—hummers can drink unbothered and the bees can't get to the
    nectar.
    
    Other things to try with varying degrees of success are:
    
    Use a more dilute sugar-water mixture in the hummingbird feeders (5
    parts  water to 1 part sugar)
    
    Put out a shallow saucer of more concentrated sugar water just for
    bees (like a plant saucer with a 3:1 sugar water mix) to lure them
    away from the hummingbird feeder.
    
    Put out a shallow saucer of plain water for the bees (small rocks or
    pebbles in the bottom gives them a landing spot)
    
    Take down the jelly (no way to keep bees from mobbing it) and feed
    your orioles mealworms instead to keep them coming back
    
    Deborra (or anyone else) is welcome to call (714) 985-4928, or come
    by with questions.
    
    Valerie Sinex
    
    Wild Birds Unlimited
    
    Yorba Linda CA
    
    Nancy Kenyon
    
    Irvine
    
     
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  31. Bees on Hummer feeders LINK
    DATE: Jun 18, 2016 @ 11:11am, 10 day(s) ago
    Hi~
    
    Does anyone have a suggestion of how to keep bees off my hummingbird feeders?
    
    I have 6 feeders in my yard including some with bee guards (I recently read that bees like yellow). I currently have a hummer population of upwards of two dozen including many juveniles. I was getting great oriole action on my jelly/orange feeder but the bees were such a problem I've had to stop using that.?I've tried waiting a few days and putting it back up but that didn't help.I have a feeder off to the side of the yard but they still remain on others and don't just head exculsively?for that one.They are also on my small fountain making it difficult for all birds to get a drink. I believe they are just regular honeybees but they are more aggressive than I've ever seen, charging the hummers that try to get near the feeders.?
    
    I'm hopeful that someone has some helpful advice.Thanks.
    
    Best regards,
    Debbie Hanson
    Yorba Linda
    
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  33. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bald Eagles Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Jun 17, 2016 @ 6:02pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Awesome! I wasn't sure if they were still there, the ones at Irvine Lake flew back North already. Were they up on the power lines?
    
    -Mark Girardeau
    Mission Viejo
    
    On Friday, June 17, 2016 1:38 PM, "KRICEFAM@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" wrote:
    
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    Two Bald Eagles, one immature and banded, one mature (couldn't see if banded) were viewed by the Santa Ana River close to the 91 fwy.?
    
    K.Rice
    North Tustin
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  35. Bald Eagles Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Jun 17, 2016 @ 1:38pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Two Bald Eagles, one immature and banded, one mature (couldn't see if banded) were viewed by the Santa Ana River close to the 91 fwy.?
    K.Rice North Tustin
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  37. Highlights of 6/17/16 Harriett Wieder Park Count LINK
    DATE: Jun 17, 2016 @ 11:50am, 11 day(s) ago
    Our best bird today (6/17/16) at the Harriett Wieder Park monthly count was 1 WILSON’S PHALAROPE in one of the Bolsa Chica cells off the area from the end of Seapoint & Garfield.Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet morning.We did have 2 Hutton’s Vireo, one singing in Fisher’s Gulch and the other singing at the same time over at the edge of the playground parking lot.Also seen were 8 Hooded Orioles and 3 White-faced Ibis (including 1 juvenile).A number of young birds were seen, including Cliff Swallows, House Finches, and Bushtits, plus chicks of Mallards, Coots, Am. Avocets, one Snowy Plovers.We also observed two Downy Woodpeckers copulating in the Fisher’s Gulch area.
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  39. Northern Cardinal at Gilman Park LINK
    DATE: Jun 16, 2016 @ 3:41pm, 12 day(s) ago
    For those who are still hoping to see the rare NOCA escapee at Gilman Park,
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    This morning, between 8:50 and 9:15, I was able to hear him and see him
    many times and to photograph him as well. At first he remained in the very
    western end of the park, then moved to the center close to the new utility
    structure, remaining into the bushes and low trees on the lower part of the
    hill, just west of the structure. After that point, I lost him but I had seen
    and heard him long enough...
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    Here is? the link to one photo on FLICKR: https://www.flickr.com/photos/77343719@N05/27615391982/in/dateposted/
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    Christiane Shannon
    Yorba Linda
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  41. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Rescued Australian Raven LINK
    DATE: Jun 15, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi Linda.
    
    Ship assisted comes to mind. Orange County is not far from the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and San Diego.?
    
    Why not turn the bird over to a rehab facility? They would be able to properly assess and treat the bird and also make an informed decision about what to do with it. Possibly even fly it back to Australia.
    
    Take care,
    
    Bernardo
    
    
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  43. Re: Rescued Australian Raven LINK
    DATE: Jun 15, 2016 @ 8:38pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Is it okay to release it once it has recovered? Sent from my iPad
    
    Linda Ashe
    
    Corona Del Mar
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  45. Rescued Australian Raven LINK
    DATE: Jun 15, 2016 @ 8:28pm, 13 day(s) ago
    I found a seemingly injured juvenile Australian Raven outside my office building today in Newport Center.It was allowing office workers to get within inches.The bird is now gathering strength in a parrot cage in my house. Anyone have any idea how an Australian Raven could end up in Newport Beach? Feel free to email me with any suggestions for its care as I try to get it ready to fly free again.Smashitupx@....? Thanks? Linda Ashe Corona Del Mar?
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  47. Mountain Chickadees RSM LINK
    DATE: Jun 15, 2016 @ 3:43pm, 13 day(s) ago
    I was playing basketball at Solana Park, on the border of RSM and Mission Viejo, when I heard the call of a chickadee. When i located the bird, it turned out there were 3 Mountain Chickadees, two adults and one begging fledgling. They were in the trees and bushes at the back of the basketball court. I don't know how many breeding pairs there are in the county but this was a first for me. I have terrible iPhone photos if requested.
    
    Bobby Figarotta?
    RSM
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  49. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK continued in Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: Jun 12, 2016 @ 10:20am, 16 day(s) ago
    ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK Continued in the nature center,singing continuously, at 10:20am, Sunday.
    
    Mike Huang
    
    Irvine
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