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· RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilions again and some other highlights @ Mile Square Park (TODAY)
· Pacific Loon (May 28, 2015)
· Vermilions again and some other highlights @ Mile Square Park (May 28, 2015)
· RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Violet-green Swallow on the Bell View Trail SW (May 27, 2015)
· Pin-Tailed Whydah (May 26, 2015)
  1. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Vermilions again and some other highlights @ Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:07pm, TODAY
    Saw your male vermilion flycatcher about 7:40pm tonight hunting in the third or 4th baseball field. Got about 2 seconds of video before he flew off. Did not see any juveniles today.
    As for the killdeer, I know they cut grass recently, was the best in the grass?
    
    At May 28, 2015, 12:43:51 PM, cris_whetstone_446@... [OrangeCountyBirding] wrote:
    Took a nice long stroll at Mile Square yesterday afternoon. Didn't see anything new but there were some notable nesting and/or young around. I covered the Rec Center side and then spent a while in the Nature Center and around the north lake. On my way out I saw one of the juvenile Vermilion Flycatchers again. I took several photos and have included a couple there give you a good look below. This one was again alone. The adult male made a brief appearance near me as I was about the leave the youngster. He flew quicker than I could get a pic of him 3 times before I lost him as he re-entered the golf course. This was again on the trail between the baseball fields and the golf course where it turns north/south towards the driving range. I've included a flycatcher pic below that I would appreciate input on. I've been seeing these birds
    everywhere. At least every park I've gone birding in lately. I've also seen Western Wood Pewees near them so I know these are different. I think they are Willow Flycatchers but I've heard there is some hesitation in calling them that. They are clearly not Ash-Throated or Pacific-Slope, both of which I've seen fairly regularly as well. Does anyone have a good opinion on them? The fourth pic is of some juvenile Snowy Egrets on the island in the northern lake chasing an adult. It looks like many of the birds are gone but there is still a good amount. These two youngsters were particularly animated and made me chuckle several times. Every time the adult would land on the brush they would fight there way over and attack it begging for food. The adult would go out to the little rock island and those two would hiss and flap until it returned and the
    cycle would repeat. Quite fun but they look like they are not long for the nesting area. Speaking of which, I purposely picked a photo that did not include this but there is a gruesome sight over there right now. Directly above the brush where these birds are nesting is a deceased Black-Crowned Night Heron hanging from a branch. It almost looks like it was put there on purpose by angry egrets. I suspect it got tangled in some fishing line. It looks recent.I looked for the Killdeer nest I had seen with 4 eggs previously and found nothing there. No eggs or shells. Only a couple feathers. No idea if they've hatched and left or if something else happened. The adult was sitting on the nest Saturday but there was some big tournaments in the park over the long weekend. I saw three adults in the field very close to the Rec Center but they were in the open areas and not hiding any chicks.
    Will keep my eyes peeled. The Bullock's Oriole nest on the baseball field side appears to be now abandoned. Didn't hear or see any activity Sat. or yesterday. But I did find another one with very noisy youngsters on Palm Island. The chicks are already making more of a scolding chatter so are probably due to fledge soon. An adult male was visiting frequently.Other highlights:- There is a continuing Say's Phoebe visiting the small trees and fields on the north and east side of the Rec Center. I think it is nesting nearby as it often flies back up over the high part of the west side of the building after catching an insect. - Saw the Red-Tailed Hawk attack the Red-Shouldered Hawks in the Nature Center
    only a few minutes after it was attacked in the sky by extremely determined Crows. I watched them work very hard at climbing at least a couple hundred feet to get at this hawk that was way up. - The Cattle Egret is still hanging out on the north side of the lake.- While I was sitting next to the lake a Cassin's Kingbird began hovering and flycatching on the water very close to me. A Western Kingbird followed and began hovering over the Cassin's for some reason which it took issue with and they began fighting. Here is my checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23672494https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RlHZaLPpTlc/VWdbfESe2mI/AAAAAAAACQg/tULSng8BSoE/w702-h527-no/IMG_2224.JPG
    
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    Cris WhetstoneFountain Valley
    
    
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  3. Pacific Loon LINK
    DATE: May 28, 2015 @ 12:45pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Today (5/28/15) my wife and I went rollerblading on the Santa Ana River Trail starting at the river mouth. Very few birds but we did have one Brant but the surprise was a Pacific Loon. It seems late in the season for the Loon to still be here, it is starting to get is breeding plumage . It was in the channel on the east side of the river hanging out by the wooden foot bridge that goes over to Fairview Park. Being we were rollerblading I didn't have my camera but did take a couple ID shots with my iPhone.
    
    Dave Telford
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  5. Vermilions again and some other highlights @ Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: May 28, 2015 @ 12:39pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Took a nice long stroll at Mile Square yesterday afternoon. Didn't see anything new but there were some notable nesting and/or young around. I covered the Rec Center side and then spent a while in the Nature Center and around the north lake. On my way out I saw one of the juvenile Vermilion Flycatchers again. I took several photos and have included a couple there give you a good look below. This one was again alone. The adult male made a brief appearance near me as I was about the leave the youngster. He flew quicker than I could get a pic of him 3 times before I lost him as he re-entered the golf course. This was again on the trail between the baseball fields and the golf course where it turns north/south towards the driving range. I've included a flycatcher pic below that I would appreciate input on. I've been seeing these birds everywhere. At least every park I've gone birding in lately. I've also seen Western Wood Pewees near them so I know these are different. I think they are Willow Flycatchers but I've heard there is some hesitation in calling them that. They are clearly not Ash-Throated or Pacific-Slope, both of which I've seen fairly regularly as well. Does anyone have a good opinion on them? The fourth pic is of some juvenile Snowy Egrets on the island in the northern lake chasing an adult. It looks like many of the birds are gone but there is still a good amount. These two youngsters were particularly animated and made me chuckle several times. Every time the adult would land on the brush they would fight there way over and attack it begging for food. The adult would go out to the little rock island and those two would hiss and flap until it returned and the cycle would repeat. Quite fun but they look like they are not long for the nesting area. Speaking of which, I purposely picked a photo that did not include this but there is a gruesome sight over there right now. Directly above the brush where these birds are nesting is a deceased Black-Crowned Night Heron hanging from a branch. It almost looks like it was put there on purpose by angry egrets. I suspect it got tangled in some fishing line. It looks recent.I looked for the Killdeer nest I had seen with 4 eggs previously and found nothing there. No eggs or shells. Only a couple feathers. No idea if they've hatched and left or if something else happened. The adult was sitting on the nest Saturday but there was some big tournaments in the park over the long weekend. I saw three adults in the field very close to the Rec Center but they were in the open areas and not hiding any chicks. Will keep my eyes peeled. The Bullock's Oriole nest on the baseball field side appears to be now abandoned. Didn't hear or see any activity Sat. or yesterday. But I did find another one with very noisy youngsters on Palm Island. The chicks are already making more of a scolding chatter so are probably due to fledge soon. An adult male was visiting frequently.Other highlights:- There is a continuing Say's Phoebe visiting the small trees and fields on the north and east side of the Rec Center. I think it is nesting nearby as it often flies back up over the high part of the west side of the building after catching an insect. - Saw the Red-Tailed Hawk attack the Red-Shouldered Hawks in the Nature Center only a few minutes after it was attacked in the sky by extremely determined Crows. I watched them work very hard at climbing at least a couple hundred feet to get at this hawk that was way up. - The Cattle Egret is still hanging out on the north side of the lake.- While I was sitting next to the lake a Cassin's Kingbird began hovering and flycatching on the water very close to me. A Western Kingbird followed and began hovering over the Cassin's for some reason which it took issue with and they began fighting. Here is my checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23672494https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RlHZaLPpTlc/VWdbfESe2mI/AAAAAAAACQg/tULSng8BSoE/w702-h527-no/IMG_2224.JPG
    
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    Cris WhetstoneFountain Valley
    
    
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  7. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Violet-green Swallow on the Bell View Trail SW LINK
    DATE: May 27, 2015 @ 7:56pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi Anthony,
    
    Just thought I?d post this to the group, as it?s interesting that these Violet-green Swallows (VGSWs) are being seen fairly regularly, and at this late date. Migrant VGSWs typically come through in spring fairly early (starting in February, with most coming through in March, and just some stragglers into April). These birds you?re seeing, Anthony, are undoubtedly breeders from either somewhere in the nearby foothills, or (more likely I?m thinking) from further up in the Santa Ana Mountains. ?Birds of Orange County, CA (1996)? states that this species ?breeds fairly commonly, but quite locally, in the foothills and mountains.? In retrospect, now almost 20 years later (yikes, can it really be that many?), I?m not so sure about VGSWs breeding fairly commonly/locally in the foothills, but back in the 1980s to maybe early 90s, a few pairs used to regularly be present all summer in the low foothills immediately adjacent to Santiago Oaks Regional Park (I presumed these to be breeders in the local area, although I don?t think these were confirmed as such during our Breeding Bird Atlas work conducted from 1985 to 1990). I don?t think they?ve bred (or at least been seen in summer) in the Santiago Oaks area for quite awhile now.
    
    Due to the location of this reservoir (along the Bell View Trail) being so close to Trabuco Canyon, and it being at the very base of the Santa Ana Mountains, I would guess that these are likely breeders from up in the upper Trabuco Canyon area, and it?s associated side canyons (or even ?lower? Trabuco, just above the reservoir area). Undoubtedly they?ve learned that this reservoir is a productive foraging site (probably lots of midges, etc.). These VGSWs could well be coming and going from nest sites further up in the canyon/mountain. We have known for quite awhile that the VGSWs nests in some of the upper canyons in the Santa Ana Mountains, such as Silverado and Trabuco, as well as San Juan Canyon to the south; in some of these sites, at least back in the 1980s and 1990s, they were indeed fairly common up there in the summer.
    
    From the photos on your website, Anthony, it would appear to show both males and females (the upperparts being slightly brighter on males, versus the slightly drabber females, on average, and especially the facial features, with males showing clean white faces and many females showing dusky colored faces). Immatures can be quite drab, but will still show the white patches that almost meet on the top of the rump. Anyway, I?m glad to see we still have this attractive swallow breeding (presumably) in our Orange County mountains.
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    From: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com [mailto:OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of birds@... [OrangeCountyBirding]
    Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:31 AM
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Violet-green Swallow on the Bell View Trail SW
    
    On May 23rd a late afternoon visit to the Bell View Trail SW (not NE section) produced fairly good views of the Violet-green Swallow at the edge of the reservoir. I counted approximately 4 along with multiple Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a lone Cliff Swallow.
    
    I had returned yesterday at 4pm (5/26/15) in hopes of obtaining better quality photos of this seldom seen species. Around 5pm the first Northern Rough-winged Swallow appeared and within 15 minutes all 3 swallows species as mentioned above were present. The Violet-green Swallows were more abundant with as many as 8 being visible as a group for brief periods of time and then vanish out of sight over the pond area which is just east (behind) the reservoir. They would return every 10 or 15 minutes while the other swallows remained in the same localized area. I was joined by Ryan Winkleman at 6:30pm.
    This enter/exit pattern continued until approximately 6:50pm when we began our trek back to the parking lot. I point this out as if you don't see them at first they are likely to return.
    
    A link to my post and the Violet-green Swallow photo gallery can be found at the link below.
    GPS coordinates are: 33°38'35" N 117°33'58" W.
    
    *New - added Violet-green Swallow on May 26, 2015 to the Photo Gallery<http://ocbirds.com/?p=2072>
    
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    *New - added Violet-green Swallow on May 26, 2015 t... <http://ocbirds.com/?p=2072>
    Two visits to the Bell View Trail SW in Rancho Margarita in late May 2015 produced some reasonably good photos of this seldom scene species. Here's a sh...
    
    View on ocbirds.com <http://ocbirds.com/?p=2072>
    
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    (Photo settings ranged between 1/1600 of a second and 1/1000th of a second (light depending), F 5.6 aperture and Servo mode with Auto ISO.)
    
    Anthony Gliozzo
    
    Mission Viejo
    
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  9. Pin-Tailed Whydah LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2015 @ 2:55pm, 3 day(s) ago
    The Pin-Tailed Whydah's hormones must be peaking. He is spending the afternoon attacking my upper story windows that have a reflective coating on them, so he can see his image. He perches on the wires nearby chirping and whistling, then sallies up to bump my windows with his chest over and over.
    
    There are some Scale-Breasted Munias nearby but I have not seen a female Whydah this year. Must be some around, he is soooo excited. Last year I saw a fledgling Whydah following a Munia around begging. Amazing, an African nest parasite using a SE Asian bird as a host.
    
    Beverly Hargrove Costa Mesa
    
    
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  11. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Surf Scoter off huntington Beach Pier LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2015 @ 1:38pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Dawn,
    It appears to be a first summer (almost one year old) male Surf Scoter.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  13. Surf Scoter off huntington Beach Pier LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2015 @ 1:26pm, 3 day(s) ago
    I saw this Surf Scoter on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier earlier this week. The markings look off though, and I wonder if anyone had any thoughts.
    Please find the Flickr link below.
    
    Thanks,
    Dawn Macheca
    Huntington Beach
    
    DSC0033 Surf Scoter?
    
    DSC0033 Surf Scoter?
    
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  15. Violet-green Swallow on the Bell View Trail SW LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2015 @ 1:31am, 4 day(s) ago
    On May 23rd a late afternoon visit to the Bell View Trail SW (not NE section) produced fairly good views of the Violet-green Swallow at the edge of the reservoir. I counted approximately 4 along with multiple Northern Rough-winged Swallows and a lone Cliff Swallow.I had returned yesterday at 4pm (5/26/15) in hopes of obtaining better quality photos of this seldom seen species. Around 5pm the first Northern Rough-winged Swallow appeared and within 15 minutes all 3 swallows species as mentioned above were present. The Violet-green Swallows were more abundant with as many as 8 being visible as a group for brief periods of time and then vanish out of sight over the pond area which is just east (behind) the reservoir. They would return every 10 or 15 minutes while the other swallows remained in the same localized area. I was joined by Ryan Winkleman at 6:30pm.
    This enter/exit pattern continued until approximately 6:50pm when we began our trek back to the parking lot. I point this out as if you don't see them at first they are likely to return.A link to my post and the Violet-green Swallow photo gallery can be found at the link below. GPS coordinates are: 33°38'35" N 117°33'58" W. *New - added Violet-green Swallow on May 26, 2015 to the Photo Gallery
    
    *New - added Violet-green Swallow on May 26, 2015 t... Two visits to the Bell View Trail SW in Rancho Margarita in late May 2015 produced some reasonably good photos of this seldom scene species. Here's a sh...
    
    View on ocbirds.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    (Photo settings ranged between 1/1600 of a second and 1/1000th of a
    second (light depending), F 5.6 aperture and Servo mode with Auto ISO.)
    
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
    
    
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  17. New Birds in my Neighborhood LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2015 @ 7:09pm, 3 day(s) ago
    There are a couple of new birds in my neighborhood that I have never seen before and need help with their ID's. The nearest major cross streets are Camino Del Avion and Del Obispo in San Juan Capistrano. 
    
    I am guessing that Mystery Bird 1 is a Warbling Vireo (just a guess). There are a few of them and they have been eating bugs in a Carrotwood Tree, where I also found Mystery Bird 2 this afternoon. 
    
    The photos are on flicker and taken today 05 25 02015 
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/25175193@N08/????
    
    Thank you,
    
    Debra ?Kettler
    
    San Juan Capistrano?
    
    
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  19. Juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher 5/24/2015 LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2015 @ 11:58am, 4 day(s) ago
    Hello OC Birders,Sorry for the delay in this post. The juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher was easily found yesterday at Mile Square Park at this GPS location: 33°43'42" N 117°56'36" W. This was behind the nature center on the fence separating the golf course from the road way.This location was quite good for easy observation of its behaviors including moments of sitting on the fence.I've posted a photo here on Flickr which contains also a link to additional photos on ocbirds.com.Vermilion Flycatcher (juvenile) (23618)
    
    Vermilion Flycatcher (juvenile) (23618) This juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher was on the fence that separates the golf course and the park behind the nature center. It was fairly easy to find and out in the ...
    
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    Anthony GliozzoMission Viejo
    
    
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  21. LNRP: young of the year and other notes LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2015 @ 11:03pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I took a few hours to go birding this morning at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. I was pleased to find signs of new life all over the park:
    - The Canada Goose flock that likes to roam the lawns was reinforced by several dozen goslings of various age classes.
    - A lone Mallard duckling was in the little mini pond between Shelters 5-9. Interestingly, the only other Mallards I observed were in the concrete-lined dam outflow (where they also had ducklings) and in the lake. The lone duckling was associating with an adult American Coot.
    - Song Sparrow fledglings were giving their raspy calls throughout the vegetated portions of Sulfur Creek.
    - Young Americans Coots and Pied-billed Grebes were swimming around with their parents in the lake.
    - A fledgling Green Heron was present in the trees in the northwestern portion of the lake.
    I was quite surprised by the widespread expansion of Great-tailed Grackles throughout the park. I don't get to do much birding anymore outside of work (a tradeoff of being a daddy now), so maybe this has been the case for a while and I just didn't know, but in the past I would only really ever find grackles around the boat docks. This morning they were easily one of the most common species around, scattered throughout the entire park boundaries including abundantly throughout the main lawn.
    Anthony Gliozzo found three Willow Flycatchers in the park on Friday. I was able to re-find one today in the same spot he had it, in the creek just east of the tennis courts. While the bird he saw at this spot was singing for him, mine was completely silent for me. Western Wood-Pewees were quite common throughout the park. I heard but did not see a Least Bittern in the general vicinity of the big island while I was walking down the lake's western side.
    The park was somewhat busy today, particularly with some well-attended dog club event or something, based on the fact that dozens of dog owners were walking their dogs together. Tomorrow is probably bound to have lots of visitors as well.
    Some photos from today, including many of the young birds, are on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/tegBDF
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    
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  23. Re: Yellow-throated Warbler LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2015 @ 11:33am, 6 day(s) ago
    Just now found a Yellow-throated warbler at Mason Park right after the entrance in a small Sycamore across from path to Lake.
    
    Laura and Jim Wantz
    Leighfred@...
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  25. Western Tanager at Mile Square Park LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2015 @ 6:54am, 7 day(s) ago
    Briefly saw a Western Tanager yesterday (5/22). Video at California Wildlife --- Western Tanager, at Mile Square Park
    
    California Wildlife --- Western Tanager, at Mile Square ... Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley, Orange County, California, USA
    
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    Also, spotted a couple of Black-Headed Grosbeaks (a male & a female), & a Hermit Warbler.- Tom Carranceja, Hunt. Beach
    
    
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  27. Baltimore Orioles at Carbon Cyn RP LINK
    DATE: May 22, 2015 @ 11:48am, 7 day(s) ago
    At 1054 at Carbon Cyn RP, I had a brief look at the continuing Baltimore Oriole at the top of one of the silk oaks by the baseball backstop described by Mike Huang. Black head with orange breast & belly, becoming lighter toward the under tail coverts. No view of its wing bars.
    
    Mike Sanders
    Laguna Hills
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  29. ID of my Canyon Park bird seen 5/20/15 LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2015 @ 12:21pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Thanks to Robert McNab, my mystery exotic bird at Canyon Park on 5/20/15 has been identified as a RED-BILLED FIREFINCH (Lagonosticta Senegala). It's sold at exotic pet stores and comes from Senegal. You can also see it by looking it up under that name on Flickr.
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  31. Huntington Central Park LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2015 @ 10:39am, 8 day(s) ago
    I now understand (not really) that vegetation is being removed during the avian breeding season in an effort to thwart the homeless from camping in the park. I can appreciate that this is a problem at the park, as it is in riparian areas throughout southern California. However, current attempts at a solution to this problem are invariably at the cost of habitat to birds, especially those that are secretive in nature and require low, dense foliage. Thus, I'm told that a location that recently harbored a wintering Northern Waterthrush and a Winter Wren, will likely not harbor either in the future. And, given that both the Jack Green nature area and the famed 'island' are also prone to visitations by the homeless, is there any reason to believe that they too won't be denuded by park personnel in the weeks or months ahead? Huntington Central Park has been a premier place to bird in the county because it was once replete with what are now dwindling commodities in the county, healthy native willows and shrubs, and low, rank, weedy undergrowth. I'm sure that park personnel would prefer that all of the park was more like Mile Square Park (or, after the most recent bout of trimming, the western side of the park), with expansive manicured lawns and tall, overly-trimmed trees, and no place for a tent (or bird) to hide. One day I expect they'll achieve their goal.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  33. Vegetation removal at Huntington Central Park LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2015 @ 6:54pm, 8 day(s) ago
    I understand that extensive vegetation removal is currently underway at Huntington Central Park, at least between the Slater Street lot and Gothard. I'm told that signage indicates that Hamilton Biological is conducting surveys in advance of this removal. Does anyone have first-hand information regarding the footprint, purpose and limits of this activity?
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  35. Need Help with ID of White Eye seen at Canyon Park today LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2015 @ 5:12pm, 8 day(s) ago
    I was birding Canyon Park in Costa Mesa today (May 20) with Nancy Kappelman and by the "pond" at the far end of the park I spotted a small all red bird on a branch, which had the distinctive white around the eyes of a White Eye. It also seemed to have a greenish color in the wings, but otherwise all red. I had the one good look, then it flew off. Nancy only saw it flying and only that it was red. I didn't hear any song or call. Does anyone know what species this might be?
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach, Calif.
    
    
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  37. American Robiin LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2015 @ 12:32pm, 9 day(s) ago
    There was a lone American robin today outside my retirement community above Wood and Aliso Canyons park. The first I've seen here.
    
    Nancy Baker
    Aliso Viejo
    
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  39. Pics of Juvenile Vermilion FC at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2015 @ 11:43am, 9 day(s) ago
    I found one of the (possible) juvenile Vermilion Flycatchers today. I only saw the one this time. Last time I saw two together. Again no apparent adults around. This one displayed flycatcher behavior in front of me for a few minutes so I was able to snap over a dozen pics. I've put the best couple below. If anyone thinks these are some other kind of bird please let me know. I've also added a pic of the two juvenile Cassin's Kingbirds that fledged a week or two ago. These were right behind me when I found the Vermilion with an adult hanging around.The Killdeer nest is still intact with 4 eggs and an adult watching over it. The Bullock's Oriole nest is still there and the chicks are now making more of the scolding chatter sounds rather than the chirping. I saw both adults near the nest but they were mating! Guess they are in a hurry to begin again or maybe it was two other adults being inspired. ;) The only other notable bird was a lone male Pin-tailed Whydah. He was foraging and chattering loudly in the ball field farthest in the corner near the Baker driving range on the way to the Nature Center. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2LzZt3JRXcmIWeHTKwwF2J4igTmxn-3akNqSDMsXVA=w280-h209-p-no
    
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    CheersCris WhetstoneFountain Valley
    
    
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  41. Wetlands article LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2015 @ 8:34am, 10 day(s) ago
    I don't see articles in this forum, but this should interest you.
    
    Preserve near new housing project and not far from new outlet mall and I-5 will treat runoff naturally while wetland flourishes.
    
    Preserve near new housing project and not far from ne... The ravine is now a wetland habitat, taking shape within a 196-acre coastal palisade known as Sea Summit at Marblehead.
    
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    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  43. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Greater Pewee LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2015 @ 6:36am, 11 day(s) ago
    Al,
    
    In spite of the extensively orange lower mandible, the vested appearance is typical of the two wood-pewees and not Greater Pewee, so I do not think it is the latter species.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy SŪ 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------From: "adboro@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> Date: 05/19/2015 6:01 AM (GMT-08:00) To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Greater Pewee
    Greetings,
    
    This is late third party information, but, I think newsworthy. Steve Smith sent me a photo taken by a friend of ours, Rolly Throckmorton, on 10 May, 2015, at Gillman Park in Fullerton. He initially thought it was a Western Wood Pewee but after viewing the photo, he thinks it's a Greater Pewee. In looking at the photo, I tend to agree based on the gray on the sides and a bi-colored bill. I added the photo to the Flycatcher folder. Anyone agree?
    
    Regards, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA
    
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  45. Greater Pewee LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2015 @ 6:01am, 11 day(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    This is late third party information, but, I think newsworthy. Steve Smith sent me a photo taken by a friend of ours, Rolly Throckmorton, on 10 May, 2015, at Gillman Park in Fullerton. He initially thought it was a Western Wood Pewee but after viewing the photo, he thinks it's a Greater Pewee. In looking at the photo, I tend to agree based on the gray on the sides and a bi-colored bill. I added the photo to the Flycatcher folder. Anyone agree?
    
    Regards, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA
    
    
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  47. Male Vermilion Flycatcher- Mile Square Player's Course Hole 4 LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2015 @ 9:47pm, 10 day(s) ago
    About 16 years ago, 13 year old me was birding at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary when a striking little red bird flew and perched right in front of me. A Vermilion Flycatcher? No way! And I was the first one to see it! Well, come to find out minutes later from the staff inside that my "Vermilion Flycatcher" was actually an Orange Bishop... And I couldn't even count it as a life bird because it was an escapee. Disappointed and with slumped shoulders, I slowly walked away, wondering when I would ever get to see the bird that I was most fascinated with. Which brings me to today! I decided to play a super twilight round of golf at Mile Square Golf Course (The Player's Course- not the Classic Course) at about 5:30 PM. In addition to a delightful round of golf with no one else on the course, I was treated to the usual variety of swallows, phoebes, doves, grebes, ducks, night herons, coyotes etc. that the course has to offer. As I left the 3rd green and approached the 4th tee, I saw what was unmistakably a male Vermilion Flycatcher in a small tree next to the tee box. This was about 6:10 PM. It flew away before I could take a picture with my horrific Windows Phone camera, but I replayed the hole at about 7:30 PM and it came back and put on a show for me. I chased it around for 20 minutes and it posed for me on the tee box, the yardage sign and in trees. I was able to snap a few truly terrible photos on my dreadful camera phone which I've posted below. In the twenty minutes that I was chasing it, the harmless sleeping coyote about thirty feet from me turned into 5 very alert coyotes staring me down, so I decided to head on out at that point. I know this isn't an earth-shattering rare bird, but it was a life bird and a life highlight for me. I mentioned it to the pro-shop starter on my way out and he said while they don't typically let non-golfers onto the course, if anyone interested in seeing the bird wanted to go to the 4th tee box, they should come to the pro shop and ask the starter tomorrow and they would likely make an exception (though he made me no guarantees). Ben Azar
    
    
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  49. Harriett M.Weider Park ..... LINK
    DATE: May 18, 2015 @ 2:38pm, 11 day(s) ago
    I visited Weider Park this morning from 9-11:30. 
    The willows in Fisher's gulch held multiple Willow Flycatchers. 33.684186, -118.025035
    There were also multiple Pacific-slope, 2 Western wood-Pewee and 1 Brown-headed Cowbird was across the fence.
    The large long pond below the playground had 2 Redhead Ducks in the north end of the pond. 33.686540, -118.023072
    The riparian area below Garfield yielded several more Willow Flycatchers.
    In a snag next to the gravel road at the end of Garfield there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher and another Pewee.33.687831, -118.019138
    until a BMX bike came blazing down the hill behind me and they both flew. I waited a half hour with they did not show again.
    In the pond furthest north there was 1 pair of Northern Shovelers and a male Gadwall. 33.690570, -118.021146
    
    I also visited Bolsa Chica just up to the nesting area and didn't see much of anything.
    Please note, there's a lot of roadwork going on in HB right now.
    When leaving Weider, I found that Seapoint was blocked off at Palm for resurfacing, so I took that east to Golden West then over to PCH.
    I then found out PCH was also being resurfaced so it was slow going north until a little past Seapoint. More construction all along PCH on the south side and on Warner between Brightwater and PCH, so if you go visit, expect delays.
    
    I uploaded the only shot I was able to get of the Olive-sided before the BMX blazed by, and one Willow flycatcher here  https://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg
    GPS points taken from Google maps.
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
    
    
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