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Last 5 Posts:
· Balcony observations (TODAY)
· Re: 4 Ospreys at SJWS, 2 nests? (TODAY)
· Purple Finches - Holy Jim waterfalls, Trabuco Canyon (TODAY)
· Orchard oriole continue at Barton Spendlove Walkway Park Mission Viejo 24 Jan 2015 (Jan 24, 2015)
· Anaheim Coves,lot's of birds! (Jan 24, 2015)
  1. Balcony observations LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 10:52am, TODAY
    This morning I noticed the usual silhouettes of birds flying onto our balcony railing, but instead of the expected House Finches or Western Scrub-jays, there were four Band-tailed Pigeons (BTPI) sitting right outside our bedroom window. They ended up being part of a flock of at least 17 BTPI that hung out at the house for the next couple hours. They were attracted particularly to some shrubs on the slope behind the house with red berries (not a species I recognize) and were clustering into them and pigging out. While Mourning Doves are a daily occurrence in my yard and Rock Pigeons are a daily occurrence on my neighbor's roof (but they avoid my house completely for some reason), this is the first time I have ever seen BTPI here.
    A short while later I looked out the window and saw about a dozen+ Turkey Vultures kettling over the Arroyo Trabuco and eventually flying north over the house toward the Santa Ana Mountains. This is easily the largest single group of Turkey Vultures that I have observed in this area, the next largest being something like 5-6 scattered throughout the sky rather than concentrated into one moving group as these birds were.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    
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  3. Re: 4 Ospreys at SJWS, 2 nests? LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 9:00am, TODAY
    4 osprey yesterday at SJWS...Saw three in air at Tree Hill and heard a fourth calling. Keep a look out, we may have both nests full this year. Later saw one of them near pond C with nesting material flying back toward nests.
    
    Mel Sanchez
    Riverside
    
    
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  5. Purple Finches - Holy Jim waterfalls, Trabuco Canyon LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 6:26pm, TODAY
    Mike Sanders and I drove out to holy Jim waterfalls in Trabuco Canyon today. It was very windy and the gusts were rather high perhaps 15 to 20 knots at times. There was an unusual loan Indian peafowl on the doorstep of an abandoned cabin and also 10 purple finches near the Parking Area close to the firehouse.
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
    
    
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  7. Orchard oriole continue at Barton Spendlove Walkway Park Mission Viejo 24 Jan 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 3:34pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Midday today Liga and I refound the oriole flock reported previously by Jim Pike, this time at the lower end of Spendlove Park at the end of Olympus St. We observed two apparent Orchard Orioles, both imm males, and three Bullock's Orioles, an ASY male and two females - all in the eucs separating the park from the school playground above. The Orioles were very stealthy, but stayed within the same several trees, mostly out of sight, for an hour an a half. Very difficult today. Best to listen for Bullock's chatter and the much softer rapid twittering chit chit chit of the Orchard Orioles.
    
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  9. Anaheim Coves,lot's of birds! LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 2:08pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hello all.
    I went to Anaheim Coves(Burris Basin)on 1/23/15 and saw more birds than i had ever seen there before.
    Here's the list.
    3 Costa's hummingbirds
    4 Anna's hummingbirds
    7 Allen's hummingbirds
    several red-breasted and common mergansers fishing with the cormorants
    33 Canada Geese
    10 White Pelicans
    1 red-throated loon
    too many American Widgeons to count
    1 California Gnatcatcher
    1 Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
    a flock of white-crowned sparrows with 2 White-throated sparrows
    the usual inundation of Yellow-Rumped Warblers
    I headed over to the Santa Ana River and found several Shovelers,cinnamon teals,green-winged teals,and Gadwalls.
    12 red-legged stilts
    a flock of maybe 250-300 gulls. I tried looking for any stand out gulls in the crowd,but it looked like they all were usual for this area.
    3 Western Kingbirds
    2 Cassin's Kingbirds
    5 Turkey vultures (none were tagged)
    1 American Kestrel
    3 red-tailed hawks
    1 Golden Eagle!
    I have also had a Nuttall's woodpecker living on my property for a month or so.My wife and i can hear him pecking day and night! (i live in La Habra).
    That's it,good birding!
    Michael Newcomb
    La Habra
    
    
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  11. Albino Goose? LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 1:40pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Sorry, I didn't mention I have posted 2 photos in Waterfowl. Marie Aufderheide, Mission Viejo
    
    
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  13. poss. Albino Canada Goose, LNRP, 1-24-15 LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 1:38pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Whitish goose at LNRP, Shelter 6, possible albino Canada Goose or hybrid? Feeding with Canada Geese. marie aufderheide, Mission Viejo
    
    
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  15. Riley Wilderness Park - Lewis' Woodpeckers LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 11:25am, 1 day(s) ago
    Went to Riley today hoping to find some cool raptors since previous times I have been there there was always a Golden Eagle. No luck with that, but the usual Lewis' Woodpeckers were squabbling near the visitor center in Riley Wilderness Park. There were also over 100 Band-tailed Pigeons which were pursued briefly by a dark morph RT hawk.
    
    -Elisa Yang (young birder)
    Mission Viejo CA
    
    chiccadeeblog.blogspot.com
    
    
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  17. Santa Ana River-Eurasian Wigeon, Redhead LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 8:52am, 1 day(s) ago
    Sorry everyone, (thanks Bettina) I was a little off (90 degrees) on my compass directions in my previous post!
    
    The Eurasian Wigeon is in the pond in the Talbert Nature Area which is south of Victoria and east of the river. This pond is named the Victoria Pond on Google maps.
    
    The Redheads (male and female) are in the second pond away from the parking area at Fairview Park.
    
    Also the devastated habitat in the SA River bottom is north of Adams.
    
    My mistake!
    
    David Evans
    Tustin
    
    
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  19. Santa Ana River-Eurasian Wigeon and Redhead LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2015 @ 5:52pm, 1 day(s) ago
    I took my bike this morning to try and bird a long section of the SA River. I was hoping to find Mute Swans, Canvasbacks and or Common Goldeneye. I rode from Fairview Park up to Atlanta Street, back down to the PCH and back to the park. I rode on both sides of the river where possible and stopped to look at any ducks and large white birds. There was no sign of any of these birds.
    
    As many of you know the habitat east of Adams has been devastated.
    
    However, I did find a perfect Eurasian Wigeon in the pond in the Talbert Nature Area just west of Hamilton and south of the river. I also found a pair of Redheads in the 2nd pond at Fairview Park.....and I got some exercise!
    
    David Evans
    Tustin
    
    
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  21. RFI Mtn Quail etc. near Riley Wilderness Park/Silverado Canyon LINK
    DATE: Jan 23, 2015 @ 9:23pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi GuysI have friends visiting from Europe, and they would like to see a bunch of our California specialties. They are arriving on Orange County by car on Sunday night, and I can join them Monday. There are no Lewis' Woodpeckers anywhere near me, so we are planning on seeing the 2 at Riley Wilderness Park, before, and after looking for the following birds:
    
    1. Wrentit
    2. California Gnatcatcher
    3. California Thrasher
    4. Mountain Quail
    5.  rocky shorebirds (especially Wandering Tattler)
    
    I don't bird that part of Orange County, so I don't have a working knowledge of bird locations, how to drive there, where to park & walk, etc. If somebody could suggest an itinerary that would efficiently get us from the cost to the mountains or vice versa, I would appreciate it.
    
    If there is some way that I can get them their rocky shorebirds, and get me the Glaucous Gull (they shrugged when I said, "Glaucous Gull"), that would be the best.
    
    Tom
    -- Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    
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  23. Ospreys and the rites Spring LINK
    DATE: Jan 23, 2015 @ 6:20pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I went back to SJWS after lunch to continue looking for the Sage Thrush. No luck there, but I got to witness a very special sequence, beginning with an odd call from what turned out to be the female Osprey. As I got closer to the platform (not too close) the male landed on the female and a mating sequence began. I've posted four photos out of the sequence on flickr.
    
    Amin Khalifa
    Laguna Niguel
    
    https://flic.kr/p/qBL4pf
    
    
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  25. Western Flycatcher(s) at Mile Square Regional Park, 21 Jan. 2015 LINK
    DATE: Jan 22, 2015 @ 12:03am, 4 day(s) ago
    I dropped by the "Nature Area" (NA) in Mile Square Regional Park, Fountain Valley, today (21 Jan 2015), in hopes of looking for the Dusky Flycatcher that I thought had returned to the NA earlier this winter. I only had about 30-40 minutes to look around, as they kick out visitors, I found out, well before the "alleged" 3:45pm closing time on weekdays (and unfortunately, the nature area is not open on weekends). Anyway, I ended up running into single Empidonax flycatchers at two well-separated locations, but unfortunately neither was a Dusky Flycatcher (DUFL). I had the first flycatcher, a very obvious "Western" Flycatcher (WEFL) only about 200' after entering the NA, at the gate on the southeastern side. The bird was in mulefat scrub near that small alder grove on the east side of the NA. Then continued around to the far western side of the NA, where the DUFL seemed to prefer to do most of its foraging. Here along the fence, in the Hackberry (I think it is) and an Elderberry right along the fence was an Empidonax flycatcher working down low. Expecting it to be the DUFL, but it also turned out to be a WEFL. The two observations of WEFLs, measuring on Google Earth, is about 250 yards apart, which seems a long ways for an Empidonax to travel (just foraging), in only about 20 minutes. Anyway, don't know if there had been 1 to 2 WEFLs in there earlier this winter (hadn't heard of any), but that was the only Empidonax species I could find this afternoon in there.
    
    Both WEFLs were semi-cooperative in posing for photos. A link to one of these is at:
    "Western Flycatcher" in Fountain Valley, CA (21 Jan. 2015)
    
    "Western Flycatcher" in Fountain Valley, CA (21 ... This "Western Flycatcher" was in Mile Square Regional Park's Natu...
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    In addition to the WEFL(s), there was lots of sparrow activity, with a small flock of Fox Sparrows (FOSP) seen in the dense shrubs in the south-central part of the NA (one that looked quite bright--but probably more along the lines of an altivagans type FOSP, which are sometimes considered intergrades between the Red FOSP group and the Slate-colored group). One Red-breasted Sapsucker. No other highlights.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    
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  27. Re: Sage Thrasher LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2015 @ 3:01pm, 4 day(s) ago
    At 1pm the Sage thrasher continued where Don described. It was near the blue nest box D16.
    
    Mike Huang
    irvine
    
    
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  29. Sage Thrasher LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2015 @ 12:02pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Flickr link of Sage Thrasher photo from previous post -http://flic.kr/p/qTmVKP Don Hoechlin. Costa MesaSent from my iPhone
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  31. Sage Thrasher LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2015 @ 8:46am, 4 day(s) ago
    08:45 - birding Tree Hill trail behind Pond C at San Joaquin Marsh and have a Sage Thrasher. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  33. Sunday beach report LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2015 @ 7:09am, 5 day(s) ago
    On Sunday morning I spent a few hours birding at Doheny State Beach (DSB) and the San Juan Creek mouth (SJCM). Of course I found the Glaucous Gull first thing, located over a quarter-mile down the beach from SJCM (and two-thirds mile from the hourly lot at Puerto Place) sitting in a gull flock by some fishermen. The flock flushed before I even got there, but my photos show that there was at least one first cycle Herring Gull (HERG) and two first cycle Glaucous-winged Gulls (GWGU) in that same flock. I also had something like 10 Red-throated Loons and one Common Loon immediately offshore along the whole stretch of DSB. I had nine Snowy Plovers at one time in front of me, bringing my total to somewhere between nine and 12 for the morning with the three I had seen when I first arrived at DSB; all were between Puerto Place and SJCM.
    In the usual gull flock that always sits on DSB a few hundred feet down from Puerto Place, I had one first cycle HERG and one first cycle Thayer's Gull (THGU), pretty easily distinguished by its relatively diminutive size, very pale brown plumage, small bill, and pale-ish primaries with clear white-ish tips. The THGU also had a limp (it was walking with one leg up). At one point the two birds stood next to each other and gave a couple great comparison photos. Finally, just along the shore and at the northern edge of DSB where it ends at Puerto Place, I had another first cycle HERG (possibly the same aforementioned bird, I don't recall) and four first cycle GWGU. As I noted that morning in my posts, there were tons of GWGU out.
    On Saturday the 10th Roger, Tom & Liga, and I birded SJCM in the afternoon. We had at least one first cycle GWGU and two first cycle and one adult HERG. We had what was preliminarily determined to be one adult Glaucous-winged x Herring Gull and two adult Glaucous-winged x Western "Olympic" Gulls. They also had one first cycle THGU before I showed up. Unfortunately this last Sunday the most interesting bird I could find in the morning flock at SJCM was another first cycle THGU, along with at least one first cycle GWGU. All other gulls were mostly California and Western.
    There are a couple comparison shots of the Herring and Thayer's Gulls, as well as other shots from the morning, here: https://flic.kr/p/qRzYv8
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    
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  35. Pine Siskin LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2015 @ 5:17pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Place / north end of El Toro Cemetery in leafless Sycamores. Sorry , just got off a 24 hour shift. Lack of sleep I apologize. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  37. Re: Pine Siskin LINK
    DATE: Jan 21, 2015 @ 3:48pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I also had a small group at my thistle feeder on Sunday in Yorba Linda. I have not had any here for at least a decade.
    
    Debbie Hanson
    Birdiemama
    Yorba Linda
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  39. Pine Siskin LINK
    DATE: Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:46pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Small group of Pine Siskins at far end of cemetery, near free dirt area. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  41. RE: Possible Dusky Flycatcher LINK
    DATE: Jan 19, 2015 @ 8:34am, 6 day(s) ago
    Hi James,
    
    A Gray/Dusky Flycatcher was photographed in that general area a couple months ago. However, at that time, the direction of the tail-movements wasn't observed, and some of us believed the bird to most likely be a Gray. It appears you have now cleared up that issue.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  43. Possible Dusky Flycatcher LINK
    DATE: Jan 19, 2015 @ 7:32am, 7 day(s) ago
    Apparently the message I sent yesterday didn't go through because I sent it from the wrong account. Sorry if this posts twice:
    This morning (18 Jan.), I photographed what I believe is a Dusky Flycatcher (long tail, short primary extension, mostly dark bill, two upward tail flicks, and no downward tail flicks) in the extreme south-west corner of Laguna Niguel Regional Park:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ 21900110@N04/15691521474/in/ photostream/
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ 21900110@N04/16126396638/in/ photostream/
    
    James McKay
    Mesa, Arizona
    
    
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  45. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Glaucous Gull LINK
    DATE: Jan 18, 2015 @ 8:42am, 7 day(s) ago
    I have not been able to relocate the Glaucous Gull at its original point, at San Juan Creek Mouth, or up the beach between the creek and Puerto Place. I may have caught its only appearance for the day, which for me was for seconds only (it was already in the air by the time I got down there after spotting it from up by the creek mouth, though it touched down again very briefly before disappearing). As a clarification, when I said "campground area" before, I was referring to the RV lot area that abuts the south side of the creek mouth.
    There are plenty of first cycle Glaucous-winged Gulls out today for those interested. I have seen one first cycle Herring Gull as well.  It is primarily California and Western Gulls.
    I also really wish people weren't allowed to let their dogs off the leash on the beach. Some jerk came up while I was obviously watching a big flock from close by and let his giant dog loose so they all flew off, then leashed his dog and walked off.
    I will be staying for a while to watch the gulls that are here and will post again if the Glaucous Gull reappears.
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    On Jan 18, 2015 7:58 AM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman@...> wrote:The Glaucous Gull was just present in a medium-sized flock of gulls on the beach at the first parking lot SOUTH of the campground area (about 1500 feet south of San Juan Creek mouth). All the gulls flew up at some approaching walkers and I eventually lost track of it when I focused on an onshore fisherman extracting a California Gull from his line. It may have flown up to SJC mouth now, as I don't see it in the birds above me.
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    On Jan 17, 2015 4:53 PM, "rogerschoedl@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      
    The 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL seen early last Saturday morning (Jan. 10th) on Doheny Beach and later on the water by the pelagic tour was present today from 8 - 8:45am on the sand at Doheny by the south harbor jetty this morning.
     
    The bird's appearances are erratic. I spent several hours with a few other birders midday on the 10th waiting in vain for it to reappear. Mike Huang and I tried searching in the rain on Sunday the 11th but struck out.
     
    It was an easy find this morning. Afterwards I went on to scope for the murrelet and grebe from the jetty with no luck on either one. When I returned past the beach and creek at 9:30am the gull was nowhere to be seen. Many of the gulls on the beach had gone out to sit on the water by then due to human disturbance. I'd suggest the best time to look for it is around sunup.
     
    I didn't see it today, but a 1st cycle THAYER'S GULL has also been appearing on and off in the gull flock at Doheny since at least Jan 1.
     
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
     
    
    
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  47. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Glaucous Gull LINK
    DATE: Jan 18, 2015 @ 7:58am, 8 day(s) ago
    The Glaucous Gull was just present in a medium-sized flock of gulls on the beach at the first parking lot SOUTH of the campground area (about 1500 feet south of San Juan Creek mouth). All the gulls flew up at some approaching walkers and I eventually lost track of it when I focused on an onshore fisherman extracting a California Gull from his line. It may have flown up to SJC mouth now, as I don't see it in the birds above me.
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    On Jan 17, 2015 4:53 PM, "rogerschoedl@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      
    The 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL seen early last Saturday morning (Jan. 10th) on Doheny Beach and later on the water by the pelagic tour was present today from 8 - 8:45am on the sand at Doheny by the south harbor jetty this morning.
     
    The bird's appearances are erratic. I spent several hours with a few other birders midday on the 10th waiting in vain for it to reappear. Mike Huang and I tried searching in the rain on Sunday the 11th but struck out.
     
    It was an easy find this morning. Afterwards I went on to scope for the murrelet and grebe from the jetty with no luck on either one. When I returned past the beach and creek at 9:30am the gull was nowhere to be seen. Many of the gulls on the beach had gone out to sit on the water by then due to human disturbance. I'd suggest the best time to look for it is around sunup.
     
    I didn't see it today, but a 1st cycle THAYER'S GULL has also been appearing on and off in the gull flock at Doheny since at least Jan 1.
     
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
     
    
    
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  49. Red-Breasted Sapsucker, at HB Central Park LINK
    DATE: Jan 18, 2015 @ 7:04pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Seen in the area this morning around Loren's Ditch. Video at California Wildlife --- Red-Breasted Sapsucker, at Huntington Beach Central Park
    
    California Wildlife --- Red-Breasted Sapsucker, a... Huntington Beach Central Park, Huntington Beach, California, USA
    
    View on youtu.be
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    Also saw a Red-Tailed Hawk, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Green Heron, & Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in the same area.- Tom Carranceja, Huntington Beach
    
    
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