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· American Bittern at Bolsa Chica today (TODAY)
· RE: Painted Redstart, Silverado and Silverado Flash Flood Advisory for Fri PM/Sat AM (TODAY)
· Painted Redstart, Silverado and Silverado Flash Flood Advisory for Fri PM/Sat AM (TODAY)
· Apparently the Cornell birdcast was right! (Oct 30, 2014)
· Fe Norther Harrier, 10-29-14, Mission Viejo (Oct 30, 2014)
  1. American Bittern at Bolsa Chica today LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 3:22pm, TODAY
    Hi birders, there was an active American Bittern at Bolsa Chica this morning between 10 and 11. I have 4 nice, I think, pics in Flickr, starting here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/7721393@N08/15491146878/
    Park at PCH parking lot, cross the bridge, turn left and follow the fence, continue, ignoring the view point on the right, until you get to a large pickleweed area on your left. This guy was up in the middle of the pickleweed in a circular pond formed by the pickleweek. He was in the water, but right up against the pickleweed.
    
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  3. RE: Painted Redstart, Silverado and Silverado Flash Flood Advisory for Fri PM/Sat AM LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 6:28pm, TODAY
    Somehow the rest of the message and my sig got cut off.
    
    Anyway, flash flood advisory is from Friday evening to Saturday morning. They did not give specific times.
    
    Sherry Meddick
    Silverado
    
    
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  5. Painted Redstart, Silverado and Silverado Flash Flood Advisory for Fri PM/Sat AM LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 5:58pm, TODAY
    I apologize for posting twice in one day.
    
    What a day. I guess the birds know a storm is coming (overcast here at the moment) and are settling down. This was right before dusk (another 5 minutes and I would not have been able to get a pic at all!).
    
    I was out trying to refind the Pine Siskin from this morning when this shockingly beautiful bird flew in with two lovely Yellow-rumped Warblers. I about dropped my camera.
    
    You can see the first of several pictures here: Painted Redstart, Silverado, CA (my house no less!!)
    
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    Here's the flash flood notice. And just as an aside, if we do get serious or damaging flooding, the county MAY close Silverado Canyon Road partially or entirely. Most of the time these warnings don't come to fruition but nonetheless, for anyone wanting to come up after the rains, it might be good to check if the road is open. This is for a rain forcast to be 0.3 to 0.4 inches... so looks like it's going to be a very tough winter...
    
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    URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
    FLOOD WATCH
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
    152 PM PDT THU OCT 30 2014
    
    ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR AREAS NEAR THE SILVERADO BURN SCAR...
    
    .A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE AREA WILL GENERATE LIGHT
    TO MODERATE SHOWERS ACROSS SOUTHWEST CA LATE FRIDAY THROUGH LATE
    SATURDAY. PRECIPITATION MAY BE HEAVY ENOUGH TO PRODUCE FLASH
    FLOODING OVER AND NEAR THE SILVERADO BURN SCAR DURING THE
    PERIOD...ESPECIALLY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. LIGHT SHOWERS WILL BE
    POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON...WITH CONDITIONS IMPROVING BY SUNDAY.
    
    CAZ057-310500-
    /O.NEW.KSGX.FF.A.0010.141101T0600Z-141101T1800Z/
    /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
    SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS-
    152 PM PDT THU OCT 30 2014
    
    ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH
    SATURDAY MORNING...
    
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A
    
    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA...
    INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREA...SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS AND
    FOOTHILLS.
    
    * FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING
    
    * FORECAST RAINFALL OF 0.30 TO 0.40 INCHES WITHIN A 12 HOUR
    TIME FRAME WILL CREATE THE POSSIBILITY FOR FLASH FLOODING OVER
    AND NEAR THE SILVERADO BURN SCAR. HEAVIEST RAINFALL IS EXPECTED
    TO FALL OVER THE AREA BETWEEN 3 AM AND 8 AM PDT SATURDAY
    MORNING. ADDITIONAL LIGHT SHOWERS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE AREA
    THROUGH LATE SATURDAY.
    
    * THE RISK OF FLASH FLOODING WILL BE GREATEST OVER AND DOWNSTREAM
    OF THE SILVERADO BURN SCAR...WHERE RUNOFF AND DEBRIS CAN
    QUICKLY FILL DRY WASHES.
    
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    
    A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
    TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
    
    YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
    SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
    
    Happy birding,
    
    Sherry Meddick
    Silverado
    
    Painted Redstart, Silverado, CA (my house no less!!) To take full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. Painted Redstart, Silvera...
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    
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  7. Apparently the Cornell birdcast was right! LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 12:03pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Finally, the Hermit Thrush flew in last night. There are now at least three here, possibly more, and I was up so early I actually heard a bit of song (which seems a little crazy...). Interestingly, there are two birds following a third bird and flapping its wings like a fledgling would. I threw out a lot of mealworms this morning and repeatedly watched that behavior. Maybe someone can tell me why I am seeing this at this time of year because I don't understand it.
    
    Apparently, Pine Siskin flew in, as well, as I found one in my trees with House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and a few White-crowned Sparrows. Interestingly, despite how dry it is, I seem to also have a Song Sparrow here... so I soaked down the yard:). I have NEVER had a Song Sparrow at the house, and only once before have I had a Pine Siskin (In fact the only reports w/photos on eBird in Silverado/Modjeska for the Pine Siskin are mine, oddly enough, though they are seen more commonly off the 74 it looks like and in much greater numbers).
    
    If I got a Siskin, I imagine they are around where you may be so keep a look out!
    
    Happy birding,
    
    Sherry Meddick
    Silverado
    
    You can see my e-bird list with pics, here: eBird Checklist ? Silverado, California ? Thu Oct 30, 2014 ? 27 species (+1 other taxa)
    
    eBird Checklist ? Silverado, California ? Thu Oct 30, 2014 ? 27 species (+1 other taxa) The premier destination for birding on the Web.
    
    View on ebird.org
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    
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  9. Fe Norther Harrier, 10-29-14, Mission Viejo LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2014 @ 11:39am, 1 day(s) ago
    Saw a Norhern Harrier, female, barred tail and white rump near Olympiad, Mission Viejo, yesterday, 10-29-14.
    Marie Aufderheide, Mission Viejo (sorry, no photo)
    
    
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  11. MSRP Plumbeous Vireo LINK
    DATE: Oct 28, 2014 @ 7:08pm, 3 day(s) ago
    A Plumbeous Vireo was within the Fertile Crescent in the NE corner of Mile Square Park today.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  13. Late Virginia's Warbler LINK
    DATE: Oct 25, 2014 @ 3:02pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I found a Virginia?s Warbler on the UCI campus today with Jeff Bray. This seems to be a fairly late date for this species and might be worth looking for again closer to the Coastal CBC. The bird was actively feeding in a pomegranate tree in the Mesa Court Housing area
    near the West Peltason & Campus Dr. intersection. GPS coordinates are 33.651340, -117.843005 and permitted parking is available across the street at the parking garage. Keep in mind that this is next to the undergraduate housing.
    Jeff took some great photos of the bird;https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/15623855981/
    
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    
    P.S. During high tide at the Bolsa Chica walk bridge this morning there were two Ridgeway?s Rails a couple of feet from the boardwalk offering great views and photo ops for all of the photographers there.
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  15. Wilson's Snipe LINK
    DATE: Oct 25, 2014 @ 10:56am, 6 day(s) ago
    A Wilson's Snipe was foraging this morning out in the open around the edges of the remnant of Talbert Lake (west side of Library) at Huntington Central Park.
    
    Roger Schoed
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  17. American Redstart - Serrano Creek Park - 23 OCT 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2014 @ 7:25pm, 7 day(s) ago
    I birded at Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest this afternoon.  This was my first time at this park and I walked the length of the creek and back.  The first bird I saw was an American Redstart.  It was doing it's chip call.  Quite a harsh "tink" sound.  I saw the bird about 100 yards west of the playground area, along the creek.  It was bouncing around between the cottonwood and willow trees.  Approximate GPS is 33.648248, -117.693601.
    
    A photo of the bird here:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/15612569075/
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  19. San Jaoquin Wildlife Sanctuary LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 2:51pm, 8 day(s) ago
     Greetings,
    
    I went to SJWS this morning Thursday at approx 8:00 AM looking for the Yellow-crowned Bishop that I had read about as I was driving back from Michigan. I looked along San Diego Creek from the spillway (opposite the entrance) to the Tree Hill area. Saw Sparrows, Blackbirds, Munias, and a male Orange Bishop.
    
    I returned to the spillway and found the Yellow-crowned Bishop on a bush next to the spillway. It posed and sang for a few seconds and flew upstream. Later, a Spotted Sandpiper flew in and foraged along the edge of the concrete.
    
    Regards, Al Borodayko
    Cypress, CA
    
    
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  21. Tennessee Warbler collision at work LINK
    DATE: Oct 23, 2014 @ 12:57pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Earlier this morning I was coming out the building at work and some coworkers called me over. A Tennessee Warbler had collided with the building and was on the ground stunned. Since this is a well-walked path and is actually directly next to a big outdoor eating area, I picked the bird up and moved it into some vegetation where it would be out of everybody's way and out of the sun. I checked back on it after about 20 minutes and it was still there in the same spot sitting and staring at me, and then I checked again about an hour after originally placing it and the bird had seemingly recovered and flown off as I could not find it anywhere anymore. 
    I took a few pictures with my phone while the bird was on the ground and then another of its underside while I was moving it to show its white undertail coverts.I sent them to Doug after I let the bird go and his feeling was that it is a Hatch Year bird, which would agree with my guides.
    You can see a few pictures of the bird here (go right): https://www.flickr.com/photos/rswinkleman/15423700429/in/photostream/
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    
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  23. Lost cockatiel LINK
    DATE: Oct 21, 2014 @ 8:17pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Fellow birdwatchers, I know this is off topic but our yellow cockatiel pet of 11 years got away in Huntington Harbor. If you are touring some of the Huntington Beach parks, and see a yellow cockatiel with orange cheeks, please email me with time and location. Thanks
    
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  25. Greater White-fronted Goose LINK
    DATE: Oct 20, 2014 @ 11:40am, 11 day(s) ago
    Single GWFG on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake at 10:45 today. Also cooperative Rock Wren on Bell View Trail. Don Horchlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  27. Blackburnian continues arroyo park santa margarita LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 9:58am, 12 day(s) ago
    Blackburnian female continues 19 Oct 2014 at Arroyo Park on San Benito. See Ryan Winkleman's post for directions. Redound in sycamores on west side by picnic tables; flew to trees around basketball court; currently searching to refund.
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins
    Garden Grove
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  29. Pectoral Sandpiper at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 12:53am, 13 day(s) ago
    Birded a few places Saturday (18 October) with not much of note. Late in the day, at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was in Pond C. Possibly because there were almost no other shorebirds at Pond C (minimal shorebird habitat), rather humorously the Pectoral appeared to be trying to keep up with a Spotted Sandpiper that was working its way fairly steadily along the shoreline. However, it appeared the Spotted wasn't too keen on hanging out with the Pectoral. When the Pectoral would stop for a few moments to forage, the Spotted would put some distance between them, but then the Pectoral would scurry along quickly until it had caught up with (gotten to at least two or three yards from) the Spotted. It was rather funny to see this go on for up to 10 minutes that I watched them. Later, what was possibly the same Pectoral was in Pond D, now hanging out with a group of Long-billed Dowitchers; could've been two Pectorals, but I hadn't seen any Pectorals in Pond D prior to looking at C.
    
    On Friday, 17 October, I stopped by the Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park complex in Santa Ana. Not much of note (couldn't find a Clay-colored Sparrow), but was impressed by the size of the Pin-tailed Whydah flock (at least 75 birds, by direct count, in one flock feeding on the grass at one time). Only one of these was a male in alternate plumage, though there appeared to be several adult males in basic plumage, and several juveniles. Some Chipping Sparrows (about a half dozen), and a Savannah Sparrow were loosely associating with the Whydah flock.
    
    Doug
    Sent from my eyePhone
    
    
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  31. swamp sparrow too LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 9:14pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Greetings OC Birders. I drove to the far parking spot in the Harriet Weider playground parking lot, and upon stepping on the grass was greeted by the Green_tailed Towhee scratching in the leaves, followed by a Lincoln's Sparrow. Then I turned around and there was Roger S on the Swamp Sparrow. Who says birding is hard :-). Seriously, I tried so hard to get a close-up off the Swamp Sparrow that i fuzzed up all my shots of it. oh well here are today's pics starting here. Swamp sparrow 1
    
    Swamp sparrow 1 Harriet Weider Park playground, HB
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    Rick Shearer
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  33. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Blackburnian Warbler - Arroyo Park in RSM - 18 OCT 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 5:43pm, 12 day(s) ago
    For those interested in looking for this bird, this park doesn't come up in Google (or evidently Apple) Maps. It is near the intersection of Alicia and Santa Margarita Parkway. If you are heading down Alicia toward SM Parkway, just take the last left before the light onto San Benito Way. The park is like halfway up the hill or so.
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    On Oct 18, 2014 5:33 PM, "Jeff Bray jbray4913@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     ?According to Doug, this bird appears to be a first year female.  I only had eyes on it for a short period of time along the west side of the park, on the bank that leads up to homes.  
    
    Here's a collage of the shots I was able to get. 
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/14947410474/
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA?
    
    
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  35. Blackburnian Warbler - Arroyo Park in RSM - 18 OCT 2014 LINK
    DATE: Oct 19, 2014 @ 5:33pm, 12 day(s) ago
    ?According to Doug, this bird appears to be a first year female.  I only had eyes on it for a short period of time along the west side of the park, on the bank that leads up to homes.  
    
    Here's a collage of the shots I was able to get. 
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/14947410474/
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA?
    
    
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  37. Yard birds LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 12:47pm, 13 day(s) ago
    This morning I found a Hutton's Vireo in my front yard (new yard bird and pretty unusual). It circled around me between the front and back while I took photos and a video of it.
    About 35 minutes later I heard a Pine Siskin and saw the bird in one of the eucalyptus trees over my backyard. Unlike the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, this one came out for pictures. This is the first Siskin I've found in the yard since 2012.
    
    Pictures of both birds here (go left from this photo): https://www.flickr.com/photos/rswinkleman/15566099085/in/photostream/
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    
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  39. Swamp Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 11:43am, 13 day(s) ago
    I found a SWAMP SPARROW at the Wieder Park this morning at the south end of the playground lawn. I almost overlooked it while searching for Spizellas but the lack of breast streaking and rufous coloration of the wing caught my eye. Certainly unexpected in what is mostly a parched scrub environment.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/110988414@N04/15562990371/in/photostream/
    
    The mixed sparrow clan was still present including the Green-tailed Towhee but no Juncos.
    
    I scoped the Bolsa ponds for unusual shorebirds. I did see good numbers of Dunlin (50+) in the peep flocks but no unusual species.
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  41. Prairie Falcon at Irvine reg. Pk. LINK
    DATE: Oct 18, 2014 @ 9:16am, 13 day(s) ago
    Hello Birders,
    
    I was standing on the crest of Puma Ridge last night (doing my regular Zone-tail Hawk check) at ~5pm and had a Prairie Falcon fly by below me.
    There was a OC high school cross country meet going on and it was very noisy and crowded (down at ground level). I think that is happening again today.
    
    David Evans
    Tustin
    
    
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  43. Warbler photos LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 4:37pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Here is the Flickr link for my Blackburnian, Parula and Am Redstart photos : https://flic.kr/s/aHsjTE9Khw
    Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  45. Highlights of Today's Count at Hariett Wieder Park LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 12:12pm, 14 day(s) ago
    We had a good count today (October 17) at Harriett Wieder Park, even though we missed some of the recently reported rarities (Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, and Pectoral Sandpiper--all no shows). We did have 10 species of sparrows at the end of the playground where the Clay-colored was seen: Spotted, Calif., and Green-tailed (1) Towhees, White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Fox (1), Lincoln's (2), Common Savannah, and Song Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Junco (1). ALL IN THE SAME LOCATION! We did our tally sitting at that end of the park, and a number of our birders kept track of the sparrows, which was when the Junco showed up. We also had a Red-tailed Hawk swoop by us into the brush, but he came out "empty-handed" and flew back out by us. Other birds of interest were a total of 10 Western Bluebirds, 1 Hutton's Vireo (in Fisher's Gulch), 111 Wilson's Phalaropes, 35 Red-necked Phalaropes, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Soras, and 11 Scaly-breasted Munias.
    
    If anyone sees today any of the rarities we missed, please either let me know or report it on OC Birding, so we can add it.
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
    
    
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  47. FOS Sightings LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:46pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Over the past week I have observed a few FOS birds including:
    
    Townsend Warbler
    Black-Headed Grosbeak
    Yellow-Rumped Warbler
    White-Crowned Sparrow
    Say's Phoebe
    
    Also recently at SJM I spotted both Yellow-Crowned Bishop (w/Female) and Northern Red Bishop (w/Female). I also heard from friendly birder that an Orange-Cheeked Waxbill hanging out there as well. Lastly a Yellow-Headed BlackBird was spotted flying over the San Diego River and hanging out atop some trees.
    
    I have also observed many new fledglings around my feeder including:
    
    Nutmeg Manniken's
    Spotted Towhee
    Black Phoebe (Eggs in Nest)
    
    Jacob Dolinka
    Laguna Hills
    
    
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  49. Green-tailed Towhee @Harriet Wieder LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2014 @ 10:31am, 15 day(s) ago
    Hi All, I just got home from Harriet Wieder Regional Park here in Huntington Beach, having gone to look for a Clay-colored Sparrow or whatever other interesting things I could turn up. Well, I turned up a Green-tailed Towhee in the same spot Sherry M. and I found the Vesper Sparrow last week. I didn't get a picture, but I am sure of what I saw...Rufous crown, white throat, olive wings and tail, dark bill. A beautiful bird in the bright morning light. The bird shuttled btw. the dusty, tumbleweed strewn area next to the posh houses, and some trees pressed against the brick & metal fence in the corner house's yard. I am referring to the houses down toward Seapoint & PCH...in other words, the far south end of H.Wieder. Also, there is plenty of shorebird action in the ponds you look down on from H.Wieder (bring a scope). Good luck.Barbara BoethlingHuntington Beach
    
    
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