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· re Santiago Oaks Regional Park (TODAY)
· Clark Park Warblers and Tanagers and Orioles (Apr 26, 2015)
· Santiago Oaks Regional Park 26 Apr 2015 (Apr 26, 2015)
· Olive-sided Flycatcher on Harding Truck Trail (Apr 26, 2015)
· Birdy morning at Carbon Canyon Reg Park, 4/26/2015 (Apr 26, 2015)
  1. re Santiago Oaks Regional Park LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 5:01pm, TODAY
    I was leaving as Tom and Liga arrived. I had hiked different trails than they would and missed the hot warbler spot, but had a Gray Flycatcher on the Wilderness Trail, north of the Oak Trail intersection ((33.82048, -117.77025)
    Andy Lazere
    Laguna Niguel
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  3. Clark Park Warblers and Tanagers and Orioles LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2015 @ 3:33pm, 1 day(s) ago
    This morning from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. I birded Ralph Clark Park in Buena Park, on Rosecrans. I was joined for a while by Joyce and Mary. I saw Hermit, Nashville, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, and a TON of Townsend's Warblers all in the silk oaks and  pine trees by the volleyball pit and shelter 3. I only saw 1 Yellow Warbler today, but had several yesterday. We saw several Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock's and one pair of Hooded Orioles. 
    On the west side of the lake by the little waterfall that feeds into the lake by the playground we had multiple Wilson's and Black-throated Gray on the rocks of the waterfall and saw a pair of Bullock's Orioles on their nest.
    At one point I thought I was hearing a singing Summer Tanager, but after chasing the song half way across the park, it went silent.
    I also saw fledgling Hutton's Vireos chasing an adult, and fledgling Black Phoebe chicks doing the same.
    Some birds from today and yesterday are here.
    Trish Gussler Anaheim
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  5. Santiago Oaks Regional Park 26 Apr 2015 LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2015 @ 3:14pm, 1 day(s) ago
    OC birders,
    Liga and I had a very pleasant late morning outing to Santiago Oaks Regional Park today, 26 April, 2015. We limited our survey to a short length of the Santiago Creek Trail. We started at the stream crossing below the parking lot, and ended at its junction with the Oak Trail. We had planed to survey much more, but the bird activity was so high between the dam and the junction with the Oak Trail that our forward progress was essentially stopped. The center of activity was a grove of eucalyptus at the trail junction that was massively infested with lerp psyllids. A gradually changing mix of warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and orioles kept us busy here for the next 1 1/2 hours. The following warblers were well represented: Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, both Myrtle and Audubon's, Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, Hermit, Common Yellowthroat, and Wilson's, as were Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Hooded and Bullock's orioles. We expect that this will be a bird location throughout migration.
    Our complete ebird checklist can be seen at:
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove, Ca
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  7. Olive-sided Flycatcher on Harding Truck Trail LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2015 @ 11:51am, 1 day(s) ago
    This morning, Apr 26 there were two Olive-sided Flycatcher on Harding Truck Trail, close to the fork to the tail to reservoir. Gps: 33.71386 -117.61966
    Mike Huang
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  9. Birdy morning at Carbon Canyon Reg Park, 4/26/2015 LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2015 @ 11:38am, 1 day(s) ago
    My wife and I went to Carbon Canyon Regional Park this morning, hoping to find the Bendire's thrasher reported by Robert Houtz on April 23rd. We weren't able to do that; about the closest we came was a California thrasher in the general vicinity Mr. Houtz had described (portion of the nature trail that comes closest to the lake). That said, it was otherwise an excellent morning for birding. In that same section of the trail, in the willows lining the trail, were large numbers of Nashville warblers, plus a few Wilson's warblers and warbling vireos. There were also more Bewick's wrens than I've ever seen gathered in one place before.South of the lake, there are a number of silk oak trees that are in bloom. Those trees are absolutely loaded with Western tanagers and various warblers (Nashville, orange-crowned, yellow-rumped, Townsend's, and black-throated gray). I also saw at least two Bullock's orioles, and a singing brown-headed cowbird.On the way out, another couple pointed out an owlet to us (great horned owl). That was a nice way to end the trip.Here's a link to my Flickr photostream. The first 10 photos are from this morning.Charles BakerTustin
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  11. First Black-headed Grosbeak of the Spring LINK
    DATE: Apr 26, 2015 @ 9:21am, 1 day(s) ago
    Good morning birders
    We had a female Black-headed Grosbeak at our suet feeder this morning. Also present in our Foothill Ranch backyard were a pair of Oak Titmice, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a California Towhee, 3 Scrub Jays, 5 Lesser Goldfinches, 1 American Crow, 2 Acorn Woodpeckers, 7 House Finches, and one White-crowned Sparrow.
    Lots of activity this sunny morning following a rainy Saturday.
    Pete Gordon
    Foothill Ranch
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  13. Huntington Central Park 25 Apr 2015 LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2015 @ 3:49pm, 2 day(s) ago
    OC birders,
    Migrant numbers were low today but we still manage to accumulate a nice collection of sightings as we meandered thru the park. Our highlights included 1 continuing Gray Flycatcher (thanks to Bruce Ayrd and Jeff Bray for the heads-up), 3 Hammond's Flycatchers,1 Western Wood-Pewee, the continuing female Black-and-White Warbler, 1 male MacGillivray's Warbler, and 1 Hermit Warbler - an always stunning male. You can view our complete ebird checklist at:
    Hot spots included the lake-edge willows north of the Library (Gray and Hammond's), and the tipu trees that line the paved path that heads east from the Slater St. parking lot (two Hammond's Flycatchers, and a nice warbler flock that included the Hermit, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray, and Wilson's, plus the Mac in adjacent shrub tangles. The Black-and White was off on its own, climbing trunks and branches of a Myoropum tree in the lawn north the the island.
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove, CA
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  15. Clark park Buena Park LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:22am, 2 day(s) ago
    In the silk Oaks near shelter 3 by the volleyball courts lots of Western tanagers black-headed grosbeaks many many Warblers etc etc
    Trish Gussler Anaheim
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  17. Continuing rarities LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:19am, 2 day(s) ago
    I guided some Arizona birders around Orange County on Wednesday where we tallied an impressive 140 species after 8 stops.
    Highlights included a late Glaucous-winged Gull at Heisler Park, a male Calliope Hummingbird in Irvine, a Costa's Hummingbird at HCP, a really pale Horned Grebe transitioning into alternate plumage (perhaps the same bird that summered here last year), and 2 out of the 4 Gull-billed Terns at Bolsa Chica, one of the continuing Ridgeway's Rails beneath the boardwalk at Bolsa Chica, & the continuing Dusky-capped Flycatcher and a Gray Flycatcher at Gillman Park (which is packed with migrants). We also had a Cockatiel at Gillman feeding and calling to another distant bird.
    I'll post pictures here in a couple of days;
    -Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    With Mike Lester, Autumn Amici, and Jarrod Swackhamer
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  19. Fairhaven Memorial/Santa Ana Cemetery (migrants) LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2015 @ 11:53pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I dropped by the Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park complex this evening (23 April) for about 45 minutes. A fair number of migrants (especially warblers) were around, which were most easily seen in
    the area of the few Silk Oaks that are on the Fairhaven Memorial Park side of this complex. All expected species at this date and location, with personal favorites including a male Hermit Warbler and an Olive-sided Flycatcher. A few photos of the flycatcher
    were posted to my Flickr site:
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
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  21. Bendire's Thrasher LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2015 @ 7:20pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I saw what I thought was a Bendire's Thrasher a week ago at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, but I wasn't sure enough to post it. Today my wife and I saw a definite pair of Bendire's near the western dirt parking lot where the trail from the Nature trail comes out close to the pond.
    Bob Houtz, Fullerton
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  23. Vermillon Flycatcher and a few others @ Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:57pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Apparently this Vermillon is still around. I saw him again on the Rec Center side of the park between a baseball field and the golf course. I was able to view him for a few minutes and he made stops at 3 places around me. I also observed it doing some sort of odd behavior. It puffed it's chest feather up while spiraling upward in fluttering flight. There was no bird nearby that looked like a female so I'm not sure what it was up to. This bird never ceases to amaze me with that brilliant red. It's like something out of a Van Gogh painting.
    Other highlights, mostly in and around the Nature Center:
    Bullocks Oriole
    Western Tanager
    Audubon's Warbler
    Wilson's Warbler
    Red Wing Blackbird
    Cassin's Kingbird
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Gray or Willow Flycatcher - Best guesses. Got some good looks and observed no yellow on the bird.
    Cris Whetstone
    Fountain Valley
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  25. MacGillavray's Warbler LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2015 @ 3:35pm, 4 day(s) ago
     There was a beautiful male MacGillivray's Warbler at Golden West Native Garden today. It spent almost a minute gleaning in the midst of blooming foothill penstemon in the garden's central area, enabling a close, unobstructed look. The bird was sometimes accompanied by two other warblers. One was a male Wilson's Warbler and the other, from much shorter and sometimes obstructed sightings, I believe was a female or immature MacGillivray's.
    Bob Hogan, Huntington Beach
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  27. Clay-colored Sparrows in Central Park? LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:13pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, at the top of Edwards Hill in the west side of Central Park, I think I may have seen 2 Clay-colored Sparrows. I went straight up from the dog park entrance to the gap in the white fence. Beyond that gap slightly right of the trail, more or less even with the oil well there were two light breasted sparrows, with a faint spot in the center of the breast and fairly bold head and back stripes and steaks. They were perched on mustard stalks, then took off eastward towards the grafitti'd cement bunker. My camera battery was dead. The best I can do is tell you they looked like the first and fourth photos in the iBird app under Clay-colored Sparrow. If anyone is over there tomorrow please keep your eyes peeled for light colored sparrow amongst all the finches in the mustard field.
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
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  29. GULL-BILLED TERN(s) at Bolsa Chica - 2015 APR 22 LINK
    DATE: Apr 23, 2015 @ 9:05pm, 4 day(s) ago
    ?I had been birding at Huntington Central Park this afternoon when I ran into Roger Schoedl.  He had mentioned that the Gull-billed Terns were still being seen at Bolsa Chica.  I decided to try for them, even though it was getting late and light was already bad from the cloud cover.  ?
    I parked at the lot off of PCH and walked across the footbridge and out to the first major observation point (6:05pm).  The 2 Gull-billed Terns were perched on a spit of land (It was very low tide) and I was able to observe them through my scope for about 30 seconds then they took flight and headed north and were actively feeding within range of scope views.  They would occasionally come close enough to the observation point for photos, even though far and heavily cropped, you can tell for sure the ID of the bird.  I walked up to the tidal gate to see if by chance the Black Scoter was still around, but it appears she's gone.  Walking back to the observation point (6:55pm) the 2 Gull-billed Terns had just come up and started feeding again.  
    Anyone thinking of looking for them, I urge you to plan your trip around low tide.  It's key, if you want to have any chance at finding them.  I don't know where they go when the tide is high, but they're certainly not within range of the observation point.
    A few photos here:
    Good Birding,
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  31. short notes Mile Square and HCP LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:28pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Made two very short stops today. At Mile Square in the pond in the Nature Center I saw a variety of species bathing near the inlet dam. Several warbler species including one MacGillivary's and several Lazuli Buntings.
    This afternoon at HCP west there were two Cassin's Vireos (maybe one if it flew a ways). One was in the only red flowering Euc west of Shipley Nature Center (near the houses) and the other in a large spreading tree (sorry don't know what kind) in the center of the grass area south of Shipley.
    Dick Cabe
    Huntington Beach
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  33. Macgilivrays Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, western Tanager LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2015 @ 2:19pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders. Yesterday I found the Macgilivray's Warbler first reported by Jim Roe, first blackberry bushes north of the Park Bench Cafe in Huntington Beach Central Park east side.
    Today the area between the asphalt trail and the dog park fence on the west side of Central Park was very birds, with the Azuli Bunting and Western Tanager the outstanding birds for me
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
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  35. Mile Square menagerie of warblers LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2015 @ 2:15pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Today (Wednesday) at Mile Square Park were: two each HERMIT, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY,Townsend's and Wilson's Warblers, plus several scattered Orange-crowns and Yellow-rumps. Most of the warblers were in a flock in the trees along side Softball Field #3. Parking lot for Softball Fields #1,2 and 3 is in the southeast quadrant of Mile Square, northwest of the south lake. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach.
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  37. Pine Siskins in Mission Viejo LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:42pm, 5 day(s) ago
    We're still having Pine Siskins mixing with the Lesser Goldfinches at our thistle feeder. They show up some winters, and I'm not sure if it's unusual for them to still be around, but it seems later in Spring than we usually see them.
    Joan Rubin
    Mission Viejo 
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  39. Dusky-Capped Flycatcher Still at GIlman Park Today, April 21 LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:49pm, 5 day(s) ago
    The Dusky-capped Flycatcher was still present early this afternoon at Gilman Park. Despite the overcast, it was very birdy. Other highlights included Yellow, Wilson's, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, and Nashville Warblers (1 of the Nashville), Hooded & Bullock's Orioles, 1 Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanagers, Cedar Waxwings, Western Bluebirds, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, and Hutton's & Warbling Vireos, among other birds. About 34 species in all in 2 hours.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  41. Mile Square Park Bird Walk - 4/19 LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:56am, 6 day(s) ago
    This walk at Mile Square Park was the monthly Sea and Sage Bird Walk and was lead by Garret Leper. 60 species were spotted in over 3 hours time. Some highlights:Forster's TernCaspian TernWhite PelicanGadwallSpotted SandpiperCassin's KingbirdAsh Throated FlycatcherPacific Slope FlycatcherCedar WaxwingBlack Phoebe fledglings!Bullock's OrioleHooded OrioleWestern TanagerRobinWarbling VireoCassin's VireoHutton's VireoAudubon's Yellow Rumped WarblerWilson's WarblerOrange Crowned WarblerBlack Throated Grey WarblerNashville Warbler - We had trouble confirming this. Anyone else seen one there?Downey WoodpeckerNuttall's woodpeckerGrackleRed Shouldered Hawk pairAlso a few Canadian and Egyptian goslings showing up as well as Mallard ducklings. Cris Whetstone Fountain Valley
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  43. Hermit Warblers - Blue Jay Campground LINK
    DATE: Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:46pm, 6 day(s) ago
    At approximately 4pm while observing the Lazuli Buntings at the Blue Jay Campground area I happened to notice two Hermit Warblers atop the pine trees.Photos and GPS location located here:Hermit Warblers at Blue Jay Campground on April 20, 2015
    Hermit Warblers at Blue Jay Campground on April 20, ... An early afternoon visit to Blue Jay Campground off Ortega Highway turned up a last minute sighting of the Hermit Warbler before my departure at 4pm. I ...
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    Anthony GliozzoMission Viejo
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  45. MacGillivray's Warbler at HCP LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:16pm, 7 day(s) ago
    A MacGillivray's Warbler was found today around the berry patch north of the dog-friendly Park Bench Cafe
    in Huntington Central Park. Altogether, there were 7 species of warbler seen, excluding Common
    Yellowthroat. An overall total of 40 species were seen. A good day. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach.
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  47. Continuing gray flycatcher, Huntington Central, 4/20 LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:31am, 7 day(s) ago
    I had one gray flycatcher around 7:30 this morning, north of the island area, in the same area described by Tom and Liga yesterday afternoon. It was moving from tree to tree in the grassy open area, giving its "whit" call continuously, occasionally stopping and displaying its gentle downward tail wag. Pretty easy to find.Charles BakerTustin
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  49. Gilman Park birds--Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues LINK
    DATE: Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:39am, 8 day(s) ago
    Had an enjoyable time birding Gilman Park (in Fullerton), Sunday afternoon, 19 April. I finally was able to get looks at the Dusky-capped Flycatcher (stopping by a week ago I got to hear it call a number of
    times, but never got a visual on the bird). This time the bird was first detected when it apparently got in a tussle with a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (a bird that sounded, and behaved, as if it was on territory). The Dusky-capped gave a variety of calls,
    including the distinctive “pee-yur” call, as well as several loud “whit” calls, for a minute or two after the interaction with the Pacific-slope Flycatcher. The Dusky-capped Flycatcher foraged mostly at mid-height in the Eucalyptus trees north and south of
    the creek, about 100’ to 150’ northeast of the former restroom (closed and pretty much in complete shambles). Although I was at the park almost four hours, as others have commented recently, the park was quite birdy. A good variety and number of expected
    migrants for this date kept things interesting (including two MacGillivray’s Warblers along the north side of the creek, about 100 yards west of the “restroom”). A female Varied Thrush (about as drab as females of this species get) was along the creek, west
    of the restroom; this was presumably a continuing bird (as had word a female Varied Thrush was also seen Saturday morning—per Sherry Meddick and Valerie Wheeler). I ran into a visiting birder, from the Sacramento area, who commented he had a few Lawrence’s
    Goldfinches in the western half of the park.
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
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