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· Help re-locate and release birds (Aug 28, 2014)
· RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today (TODAY)
· Summer Tanager 8-28-14 Laguna Niguel (TODAY)
· Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today (Aug 27, 2014)
· CA Gnatcatchers (Aug 27, 2014)
  1. Help re-locate and release birds LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:40pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I'd like to pass along a message from Ann Lynch, Director of South Bay Wildlife Rehab.
    She's aking for your help in re-locating rescued birds. Please see message below. Thanks.
    
    Lam-Son Vinh
    Huntington Beach
    
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    Hi, All
    
    As of today we have 129 raptors, between my house and the Ranch. Some of those are young and are learning to hunt ("mouse school") and won't be released until another month or two. Some may be recovering from injuries.
    
    Of those birds we have 8 Red-tailed Hawks, 11 Coopers Hawks, 8 American Kestrels, and 1 Prairie Falcon, old enough for release, waiting for rides out of the area. These birds are relocs from the airports we assist, Red-tailed Hawks need to go 200+ miles and the Prairie Falcon to a more specialized location. The rest could go 100 - 150 miles.
    
    We are running out of money for food. Our rodent bills are running over $1000 each WEEK!!!! And the birds keep coming. We desperately need people to relocate these birds. If you or any of your friends are traveling by car for a long distance PLEASE let us know ASAP.
    
    The boxes used for release are standard cardboard pet carriers, about 9" x 18" x 12" H and release is really easy and fun.
    
    Thanks!!!
    
    At the moment we are concentrating on relocate birds from the airport so we are looking for people who are already going on a long driving trip. The reloc birds are those that USDA has trapped at one of six airports to keep our airplanes, and the birds, safe from collisions.
    
    Later we will be concentrating on releasing rehabilitated or orphaned birds, which are more local.
    
    We can add you to our email list if you like. That way you will hear about releases as the year progresses. Also, if you are going to drive a long distance and want to take some birds to release, please let us know, by email to Karin West at raptorqueen123@... AND to me, Ann Lynch at SBWildliferehab@..., about a week ahead. Karin is in charge of all release schedules. We usually have birds that need to be relocated.
    
    If you would like to contribute to the care of these birds you can donate on our website, www.SBWR.org. We very much appreciate your support!
    
    Ann
    
    Ann C Lynch, Director
    South Bay Wildlife Rehab
    26363 Silver Spur Rd.
    Rancho Palos Verdes
    California 90275
    310-378-9921
    
    www.SBWR.org
    
    
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  3. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 1:18am, 1 day(s) ago
    What you describe, Terry, sounds pretty good for a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow. Just as a caveat, however, the migratory northern-interior subspecies of
    Savannah (such as nevadensis), which we get as winter visitors in OC (appearing here as early as the latter half of August), also would look lighter and show somewhat less contrast on the upperparts, compared to Belding?s Savannah. But Large-billed is paler
    yet, and noticeably more plain on the back, along with the other features you?ve noted: the (often) rustier breast streaking, and definitely the larger bill. As far as I know, Large-billed Savannahs do not typically show any yellow in the ?eyebrow? (superciliary
    stripe), which many of the Savannah Sparrow subspecies do show.
    
    The date (Aug. 27) is on the early end, but based on the bar graph in Birds of Orange County there apparently have been multiple records found in the county
    as early as the last week of August. Offhand I don?t know what our earliest record would be, but so far this ?fall? I saw that there has been at least one other Large-billed Savannah reported elsewhere in coastal So Cal. In southeastern California, closer
    to where this subspecies breeds (in coastal areas along the upper Gulf of California, in n.e. Baja California, and n.w. Sonora, Mexico), post-breeding wanderers appear in the Salton Sea area relatively early. For example,
    Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution, by Garrett & Dunn (1981) states that this subspecies can occur in that area as early as mid-July. Bolsa Chica and the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge seem to be the two best locations to find
    this fairly distinctive (sub)species in OC. This is an interesting sparrow, and as many of you probably know, a number of researchers have felt for some time now that the Large-billed Savannah Sparrow is a good candidate for full species status.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    From: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com [mailto:OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com]
    
    Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:50 PM
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today
    
    I'm pretty positive I had a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica this morning, the 26th. I'm good at spotting them in the winter, and this one caught my eye, but wasn't being too cooperative at first. He posed for a few seconds in the open, then
    moved off. I was on my way back to the car and tired and thought "It can't be; this is too early." This afternoon I opened up Doug Willick's book and see there are dotted lines starting in late August. What caught my eye at the time was the back was lighter
    and plainer than the Belding's and the breast had larger, reddish streaks, plus a larger bill. Doug?
    Also, there were 3 Clapper Rails calling off (about 6:45-7:00 a.m.), and we saw two of them. Also, I saw 3 different Reddish Egrets.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
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  5. Summer Tanager 8-28-14 Laguna Niguel LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 7:13pm, TODAY
    Fall migration is starting with a bang! Just had an adult SUMMER TANAGER on my back porch in Laguna Niguel. 6:55p, Thursday August 28, 2014.
    
    Robert McNab
    Laguna Niguel
    
    
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  7. Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:50pm, 2 day(s) ago
    I'm pretty positive I had a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow at Bolsa Chica this morning, the 26th. I'm good at spotting them in the winter, and this one caught my eye, but wasn't being too cooperative at first. He posed for a few seconds in the open, then moved off. I was on my way back to the car and tired and thought "It can't be; this is too early." This afternoon I opened up Doug Willick's book and see there are dotted lines starting in late August. What caught my eye at the time was the back was lighter and plainer than the Belding's and the breast had larger, reddish streaks, plus a larger bill. Doug?
    
    Also, there were 3 Clapper Rails calling off (about 6:45-7:00 a.m.), and we saw two of them. Also, I saw 3 different Reddish Egrets.
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  9. CA Gnatcatchers LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:52pm, 2 day(s) ago
    This morning (8-27-14) while rollerblading along the Santa Ana River bike trail on the east that borders the Talbert Marsh had 5 California Gnatcatchers. They were very active and all with in 100 feet of each other.Dave TelfordHuntington Beach
    
    
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  11. Barn owl LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:37pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Just had a barn owl in a palm tree on the 9th hole tee box. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa.
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  13. White-winged Dove in Capistrano Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:40pm, 2 day(s) ago
    There was a White-winged Dove in our backyard on Sunday 8/24...Tim Ryan Capistrano Beach
    
    
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  15. Loggerhead Shrike at Bolsa Chica today LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:44pm, 3 day(s) ago
    This afternoon at 1:10 p.m. I saw a Loggerhead Shrike on the fence on the Outer Bolsa Bay/mesa trail (the one that goes from Warner Ave. to the tide gates).
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach, Calif.
    
    
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  17. Bishop LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:28pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Yellow-crowned Bishop not Yellow Bishop at SHWS. Sorry. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  19. Phalaropes at San Joaquin Marsh LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:58am, 3 day(s) ago
    There were several Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes on Pond C this morning.
    The Loggerhead Shrike continues.
    Trish Gussler- Anaheim
    
    
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  21. Red and Yellow Bishops LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:13am, 3 day(s) ago
    Had both male N Red and Yellow Bishops on Pond E this morning. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  23. Some Fall Migrants at a few Inland OC Sites LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:10am, 4 day(s) ago
    It was a pleasant surprise to see a variety of migrants today (25 August), while taking a late lunch break at the Fairhaven Memorial Park/Santa Ana Cemetery complex. Since I didn’t start looking around till
    after 1:30, I didn’t expect to see much (and the place had been very quiet here on a couple other visits earlier this month). Today however, spread out between a couple different sites at this cemetery complex, there were the following migrants: Western
    Flycatcher (1 or 2); Ash-throated Flycatcher (a juvenile, which oddly enough was foraging from the ground—the bird spent the majority of at least 15 minutes hopping around on the ground, and appeared to be successful at catching something); Warbling Vireo
    (1 or 2); Hutton’s Vireo (which seems to be an occasional migrant or winter visitor here, but suspected one may have summered this year); Orange-crowned Warbler (3 or 4); Nashville Warbler; Yellow Warbler; Black-throated Gray Warbler (one 1st year
    female type); and Wilson’s Warbler (3 or 4). Most of the birds were observed foraging in the mature Holly Oaks (a type of live oak) or the Chinese Elms.
    
    Yesterday (24 Aug.) I tried looking for shorebirds at spots along the Santa Ana River. Started at the access to the River at Riverdale Park (along E. Riverdale Ave., a bit west of Lakeview Ave.), and went
    about 1/2 mile upstream. Also checked the River downstream of Tustin Ave. for only about 1/4 mile. Nothing of any significance, but there were decent numbers of shorebirds here and there. The only things that might be of interest were a Lesser Yellowlegs
    downstream of Tustin, a large roving flock of as many as 75 Scaly-breasted Munia upstream of Lakeview, and a briefly-seen pair of Peregrine Falcons that appeared to be cooperatively hunting downstream of Lakeview. The Peregrines came streaking by, one more
    or less flanking the other, following the River channel about 50 feet above ground. This of course caused an instant mass panic among all the shorebirds and waterfowl I was looking through in the riverbed below me (this just downstream of Lakeview); however
    despite all the birds present, the falcons apparently had their sights on something much further to the west, and they disappeared headed in that direction. I’ve seen this sort of hunting behavior with Peregrines in this general area several times over the
    years, and wondered what the chances would be that this could indicate a mated pair, and if so, if the pair would possibly be nesting somewhere in this general area. Adult Peregrine Falcons have definitely summered in the area (some years seen regularly further
    downstream, where individuals were observed making strikes on the tern and skimmer colony at Burris Basin, below Lincoln Ave.).
    
    A female type Wood Duck was just upstream of Lakeview (on the 24th). And lastly, I did not see the Ruff that’s been frequenting the area, either in the Lakeview area, or downstream of Tustin Ave.
    I presume the bird was likely up at Imperial Hwy. site, where it has more reliably been found.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    
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  25. Lesser Yellowlegs and Loggerhead Shrike LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:11pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Today at 10:30 Dave Telford and I had 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and a Loggerhead Shrike at San Joaquin W S. The yellowlegs wee on Pond C and the shrike , with a male N Red Bishop in the same bush, was on Pond E. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  27. Loggerhead Shrike at San Joaquin Marsh. LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:11pm, 3 day(s) ago
    There is a Loggerhead Shrike on pond D right now if anyone is interested. Close to the intersection of pond A, B, C and D. Perched up high on a dead snag.
    
    iPhone shot from my scope.
    http://flic.kr/p/oCiCQg
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CASent from my iPhone
    
    
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  29. Mystery Baby Birds - Laguna Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2014 @ 9:29am, 5 day(s) ago
    I saw two baby birds in the grassy area adjacent to the new lifeguard station off of Main Beach in Laguna Beach. I have uploaded a photo to an album called Mystery Baby Birds - Laguna Beach. Can anyone advise me what these are?
    
    
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  31. Cackling Goose LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2014 @ 9:16am, 6 day(s) ago
    Just leaving Mile Square Park and had a Aleutian Cackling Goose near Palm Island. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  33. Uncommon Finds @ San Joaquin Marsh LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2014 @ 5:51pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Hello Fellow Birders!
    
    This morning there were many uncommon feathers to be found at the marsh, I saw 2 Orange Bishops (I thought there was only one) hanging around Pond E. I friend and I also observed a Pin Tailed Whydah flying overhead! At Pond 1, There was a female Belted Kingfisher as well.
    
    Have Fun Birding,
    Jake Dolinka
    Laguna Hills
    
    
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  35. Ruff--Yes Today at SAR LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 3:58pm, 7 day(s) ago
    This morning (Aug. 22), Lena Hayashi and I birded the Santa Ana River west of Imperial looking for the Ruff (since it was last reported there Wed. evening). We spent 2 hours there with no luck, even though there were about 145 Long-billed Dowitchers. We then went over to Riverdale Park (west of Lakeview) and parked and walked over to the bike trail along the river. We were birding right there and in 17 minutes (at 12:07 p.m.) we found the Ruff. There were a few Long-billed Dowitchers there also. We watched it for several minutes, then got distracted by Least & Western Sandpipers. When we looked back, the Ruff had disappeared (maybe it flew up river?). Great looking bird!
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach, Calif.
    
    
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  37. Nashville Warblers at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:23pm, 7 day(s) ago
    In Mile Square Reg Park in Fountain Valley this morning (Friday at 10:15), there were two NASHVILLE
    WARBLERS working a large eucalyptus tree between shelter 8 and parking lot C, south of the northern lake.
    One each CATTLE EGRET and WHITE-FACED IBIS continue at the wooded island in the middle of the lake.
    A Wilson's and a Yellow Warbler were near the archery range. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach
    
    
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  39. Leucistic Mallard at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 10:39am, 7 day(s) ago
    There was a leucistic Mallard on Pond C this morning at 8:00 AM.
    Jack Lindahl, Huntington Beach
    Mallard Duck leucistic
    
    Mallard Duck leucistic San Joaquin Marsh
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    
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  41. White-Breasted Nuthatch at Caspers WP LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2014 @ 6:03pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Saw a White-Breasted Nuthatch at Ronald Caspers Wilderness Park. Short video clip at California Wildlife --- White-Breasted Nuthatch, at Ronald Caspers Wilderness ParkTom CarrancejaHuntington Beach
    
    California Wildlife --- White-Breasted Nuthatch, at Rona... Ronald Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, California, USA
    
    View on youtu.be
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    
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  43. Oriental Pied Hornbill LINK
    DATE: Aug 22, 2014 @ 6:37pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    
    I just received a picture from a friend in San Juan of what appears to be a Oriental Pied Hornbill they photographed about 30 minutes ago on a rooftop in their neighborhood. I thought I would post a message on here in case anyone is looking for this escapee.
    
    The bird was last seen around the north end of Calle Conejo just south of the intersection with Via de Aqua, 92675.
    
    Photo
    https://flic.kr/p/oyxZby
    
    Cheers,
    
    Travis Cooper
    San Diego
    
    
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  45. Re: Ruff continues in the East Anaheim area, late Saturday LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2014 @ 8:14pm, 8 day(s) ago
    On wednesday evening the Ruff continued in the Santa Ana River where it was first found, 500-600 yards west of the Imperial Highway crossing. It was with 100 dowitchers.Mike Huang
    Irvine
    
    
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  47. Return of Gull to Village Pond today LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2014 @ 5:06pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Saw the first gull to return to Village Pond today. (Western Gull) The usual type of gull seen there in our weekly visits for the past few years is only the Ring-billed. I saw this happen last year also, where the Ring-billeds are preceded by another type of gull. I will post of a photo in the Gulls section. Marie Aufderheide, Mission Viejo
    
    
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  49. Wood Duck LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2014 @ 3:28pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I had an imm male Wood Duck on pond C at San Joaquin marsh this morning. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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