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· Common Ground Dove and Cactus Wren (TODAY)
· Horned Lark at Bolsa Chica (Pict) and others (May 30, 2016)
· White-winged Dove (May 27, 2016)
· White-crowned Sparrow at Mile Square (May 26, 2016)
· Japanese White-eye (May 26, 2016)
  1. Common Ground Dove and Cactus Wren LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 11:05am
    Hi OC Birders, yesterday mid morning I took the drive to Orchard Hills at the back of Irvine to look for Common Ground Doves.I parked at Settler's Park, and first walked to the avocado orchard at Narrow Path x Twisted Oak, but not much going on.So I walked back to the park to refresh and then took Culver (Orchard Hills) to Furrow, where I first heard a COGD call, twice, from the traffic light.I walked towards the Orchard Hills trailhead where I spotted one COGD in the avocados.He also called once, but was very flighty making a picture impossible as it kept ducking behind trees and into the culvert.It was about 100 feet away, up hill, and finally flew.Very untrusting!
    
    I continued on to the trailhead, which is locked up, then returned, where I heard a fourth call.Most of the calls were higher up on the hill above me so I counted 2.There was also a Hooded Oriole in that orchard right at the Furrow x Culver corner, and at least one Cal Quail up hill, somewhere.
    At Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park on Friday I hiked to a Skink trail Vista Point where two Cactus Wrens were calling and cavorting.Romance?On the way back a Phainopepla flew by from the direction of the parking lot into oaks over the dry creek.?
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  3. Horned Lark at Bolsa Chica (Pict) and others LINK
    DATE: May 30, 2016 @ 2:16pm, 1 day(s) ago
    The Horned Lark continues at Bolsa Chica behind the fenced nesting area across the bridge
    ?
    Also a set of newborn Killdeer?( 3 babies)? drawing a crowd in the same area behind the fence
    ?
    links to picts below
    ?
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/27083731270/in/dateposted-public/
    ?
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/27261432242/in/dateposted-public/
    ?
    I was remiss in posting from a few weeks ago from HBCP?just north of?the Park Bench café (in the?wooded area)
    ?
    a flycatcher (pacific slope?)
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/27261431532/in/dateposted-public/
    ?
    and a hooded oriole
    ?
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/137464283@N06/26752633453/in/dateposted-public/
    ?
    ?
    Clark Snodgrass
    Huntington Beach
    ?
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  5. White-winged Dove LINK
    DATE: May 27, 2016 @ 9:13am, 4 day(s) ago
    While on the beach at the Least Tern Preserve in Huntington Beach this morning, I saw a White-winged Dove that had landed on the fencing. I took pictures but can't post them now.
    
    Bird every moment,
    
    Bettina Eastman
    
    Huntington Beach
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  7. White-crowned Sparrow at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2016 @ 11:13pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Thursday, a somewhat late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW put in an appearance in the fenced nature center at Mile Square Reg Park.It was the first one I have seen since April 16th.A Black-chinned Hummingbird was also present.Possible current year fledglings include 3 Bullock's Orioles, a Say's Phoebe, and a few Black Phoebes.No sign of either the Olive-sided or Willow Flycatcher.-- Jim Roe, Seal Beach.
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  9. Japanese White-eye LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2016 @ 6:15pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Finally figured out, I think, the pair of birds that have been bouncing around my yard in Laguna Beach. Japanese White-eyes. I have a few photos on my Smug mug site. I had never seen them before!
    
    https://2harleypics.smugmug.com/BirdStuff/Local-Bird-Pics/i-JjXg62k
    
    Barbara Harley
    
    Laguna Beach, CA
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  11. Horned Larks at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: May 26, 2016 @ 1:50pm, 5 day(s) ago
    ?I went for a short walk this afternoon (12:30 ish) on the loop trail from the wooden bridge. There were two Horned Larks feeding on bugs in the Sand Verbina behind the green fence near the wooden bridge.
    
    Regards, Al Borodayko Cypress, CA
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  13. Willow Flycatcher at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2016 @ 11:13pm, 6 day(s) ago
    At Mile Square R P today (Wednesday),were a WILLOW FLYCATCHER and a probable OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in and around the fenced nature center.In addition there were 3 female and/or immature Pin-tailed Whydahs between the two baseball diamonds south of the archery range.
    Tuesday, both Western-wood Pewee and Olive-sided Flycatcher were found in Huntington Central Park.?
    Otherwise, things were pretty quiet at both parks. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach
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  15. Golden Eagles at O'neil Regional Park LINK
    DATE: May 24, 2016 @ 8:49pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Today I was driving North on Live Oak Canyon Road just past the fire station and a golden eagle flew in front of me about 30 feet up, I turned into the next parking lot which was the post office and The Path Bicycle Shop, looked around and saw 2 golden eagles soaring around over O'neil Regional Park and 1 of them flew right by and perched on the hill right above the parking lot for the post office, flew off after a minute and then came back a few minutes later and perched again for another minute then flew off. I believe this is the pair from Modjeska Canyon.
    
    -Mark Girardeau Mission Viejo, CA
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  17. maybe a Marsh Wren LINK
    DATE: May 23, 2016 @ 11:33am, 8 day(s) ago
    Yesterday at Fairview Park (Sunday), I spotted a couple of Black Phoebes perching on a chain-link fence, then a few minutes later a Cooper's Hawk swooped by. It was fast but I recognized it by its stripy tail. By the water a Snowy Egret, possibly a juvenile, was hanging out.
    
    https://flic.kr/p/HkmqPZ
    
    https://flic.kr/p/HouhcE
    
    Today, at Upper Newport Bay, three Turkey Vultures scoured the cliffs. Another Egret waded in the far distance. A little bird that I don't believe I've seen before perched in a low, gnarled tree, vocalizing loudly. It had a long thin beak, a whitish eyebrow marking, and white spots on its wings. I'm fairly certain it's a Marsh Wren, although corrections are always welcome. It darted off when one of the Vultures glided by overhead.
    
    https://flic.kr/p/Gw1hnT
    
    https://flic.kr/p/H2b1dw
    
    ?
    
    Jeff Williams Costa Mesa
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  19. Just a clarification to my previous post . . . LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2016 @ 11:43pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Sorry, but I noticed I failed to mention the location for the birds in the last paragraph.? This was Irvine Regional Park, of course, which most birders that know the county fairly well probably already figured out.?
    
    Doug Willick Orange, CA
    
    ? Date: 5/21/16 2:49 am
    
    From: 'Willick, Doug' [OrangeCountyBirding]
    
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park Complex, A bit of a belated message here, but nothing unexpected. On Thursday afternoon (19 May), at the Santa Ana Cemetery-Fairhaven Memorial
    Park complex, in northeastern Santa Ana, there were a few birds of note. The only definite migrants detected were a pair of Olive-sided Flycatchers, perched atop conifers that were only about 100' apart (northeast of the mausoleum). One or two "Western" Flycatchers
    were also likely migrants, although this species may have at least summered here in the past. There appears to be at least one Dark-eyed Junco breeding territory again, although last year there were at least two breeding pairs present (this is the 3rd consecutive
    year that juncos have now bred here). Another breeder that has just recently "colonized" this cemetery complex is American Robin (had never had any even summer here in nearly 30 years of regularly birding the site). At least two American Robin territories
    have been present for a couple months now on the east side of this cemetery complex. A couple photos from the recent site visit are posted to my Flickr site:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/56018183@N08/26539610384/in/dateposted-public/
    
    And quite belatedly, back on 7 May, 2016, during a family picnic in the evening, we saw two Lesser Nighthawks fly over (actually where we were picnicking, near parking lot 9) at about 7:30. A Dark-eyed Junco was also in the area, and at this date probably indicated
    another lowland breeding site. At about 8pm, one to two Western Screech-Owls were heard calling.
    
    Doug Willick
    
    Orange, CA
    ?
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  21. Los Pinos Trail - San Juan Capistrano 5-21-2016 LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2016 @ 8:41pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Mike Sanders and I ventured to the Los Pinos Trail off Ortega Highway in Orange County and were unsuccessful in finding the Pygmy Nuthatch previously seen by Brad Dawson, Tom, Bruce and a few others.? We did hear two Mountain Quails with their single note monotone crow songs.? The second opted to display a far more different vocalization just after the single notes ended.? This was quite entertaining to say the least.? Of note were also various flycatchers such as a Western Wood-Pewee, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Pacific-slope Flycatcher.? A male Purple Finch as also viewed and at least 4 Western Tanagers among others (list is here:? http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29828002 )
    
    Lastly, two Hairy Woodpeckers were seen just as the road descends outside the trail head of which I was able to obtain one reasonably good photo.
    
    Hairy Woodpecker (male)
    
    Hairy Woodpecker (male) Photo taken at Los Pinos Trailhead in San Juan Capistrano, CA on May 21, 2016 (7544). Uncommon in Orange County and this is perhaps one of the few reliable p...
    
    View on flic.kr
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    ?
    Anthony Gliozzo
    Mission Viejo
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  23. Goose family at Upper Newport Bay LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2016 @ 12:50pm, 10 day(s) ago
    A week ago last Saturday at Upper Newport Bay I saw a Canadian Goose family hanging out by the water. Mom and Dad and at least two little guys were sitting there peacefully. I tried not to get too close.?
    
    https://flic.kr/p/H8LZmh
    
    https://flic.kr/p/H8LYzC
    
    Earlier when I was parking five of them flew by overhead.
    
    Then on Monday at the same location I saw what I thought were several Black Capped Chickadees. They were too fast for me, flitting from one bush to the next, so I only got the worst photos:
    
    https://flic.kr/p/HedhMU
    
    I felt confident they were Black-Capped Chickadees until I noticed that they are not usually sighted in California. Maybe they were some kind of Gnatcatcher?
    
    Also spotted that day was a Swift of some sort, but it flew by too fast to get anything other than a glimpse of its wing shape.?
    
    ?
    Jeff Williams?
    
    Costa Mesa?
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  25. Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park Complex, LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2016 @ 2:49am, 11 day(s) ago
    A bit of a belated message here, but nothing unexpected.  On Thursday afternoon (19 May), at the Santa Ana Cemetery-Fairhaven Memorial Park complex, in northeastern Santa Ana, there were a few birds of note.  The only definite migrants
    detected were a pair of Olive-sided Flycatchers, perched atop conifers that were only about 100’ apart (northeast of the mausoleum).  One or two “Western” Flycatchers were also likely migrants, although this species may have at least summered here in the past. 
    There appears to be at least one Dark-eyed Junco breeding territory again, although last year there were at least two breeding pairs present (this is the 3 rd consecutive year that juncos have now bred here).  Another breeder that has just recently
    “colonized” this cemetery complex is American Robin (had never had any even summer here in nearly 30 years of regularly birding the site).  At least two American Robin territories have been present for a couple months now on the east side of this cemetery
    complex.  A couple photos from the recent site visit are posted to my Flickr site: 
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/56018183@N08/26539610384/in/dateposted-public/   And quite belatedly, back on 7 May, 2016, during a family picnic in the evening, we saw two Lesser Nighthawks fly over (actually where we were picnicking, near parking lot 9) at about 7:30.  A Dark-eyed Junco was also in the area, and at
    this date probably indicated another lowland breeding site.  At about 8pm, one to two Western Screech-Owls were heard calling.   Doug Willick Orange, CA  
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  27. Re: Ortega Falls Canyon Wren LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2016 @ 1:49pm, 11 day(s) ago
    My mistake, as Anthony pointed out to me, this is actually about a half-mile east of the county line, so this is Riverside, NOT Orange. I'll delete my post and go back to playing with the baby ;D -Ryan On May 20, 2016 1:03 PM, "Ryan Winkleman" < rswinkleman@... > wrote:
    I had an easy Canyon Wren this morning at Ortega Falls in the Cleveland National Forest. The bird was singing loudly from the (currently dry) bouldery waterfall area and could be clearly heard even from just the parking turnout at Ortega Highway (it is like a 3-minute walk from the turnout to the falls). Ortega Falls is just off the west side of Ortega Highway, and is the last major turnout (to the west) before Main Divide Road when driving north. It is probably easiest to just type it into Google Maps, as it is a searchable location. You need a Forest Adventure Pass to park at the turnout. Ryan Winkleman
    
    RSM
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  29. Ortega Falls Canyon Wren LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2016 @ 1:03pm, 11 day(s) ago
    I had an easy Canyon Wren this morning at Ortega Falls in the Cleveland National Forest. The bird was singing loudly from the (currently dry) bouldery waterfall area and could be clearly heard even from just the parking turnout at Ortega Highway (it is like a 3-minute walk from the turnout to the falls). Ortega Falls is just off the west side of Ortega Highway, and is the last major turnout (to the west) before Main Divide Road when driving north. It is probably easiest to just type it into Google Maps, as it is a searchable location. You need a Forest Adventure Pass to park at the turnout. Ryan Winkleman
    
    RSM
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  31. Highlights of Today’s (5/20 ) Harriett Wieder Park Count LINK
    DATE: May 20, 2016 @ 12:20pm, 11 day(s) ago
    It was pretty quiet bird-wise at Harriett Wieder Park today (5/20), but we came up with a couple of good species, most notably1 Bell’s Vireo (area below the intersection of Seapoint & Garfield), 1 Hutton’s Vireo, 2 Least Bitterns (1 in the Bell’s Vireo area and the other in one of the ponds below the playground), and 1 Peregrine Falcon.
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  33. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Backyard Mystery Bird LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2016 @ 4:47pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Wow, guess that makes it unanimous.
    
    Thanks everyone, I appreciate it!
    
    Terry
    
    On 5/19/2016 4:05 PM, Ryan Winkleman
    rswinkleman@... [OrangeCountyBirding] wrote:
    
      Terry,
    
    This sounds like an Orange-crowned Warbler.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM,
    Terry Dunlap terry@...
    [OrangeCountyBirding] < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    wrote:
    
      I hope this is appropriate for this group.
    I have a new bird showing up
    
    in my backyard in Huntington Beach. I
    haven't been able to get a look
    
    at it and I'm terrible with calls. I've
    posted a MP3 file online.
    
    Could someone please identify this bird for
    me.
    
    http://6tango.com/backyardbird.mp3
    
    Thanks
    
    Terry
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  35. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Backyard Mystery Bird LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2016 @ 4:05pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Terry,
    
    This sounds like an Orange-crowned Warbler.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM, Terry Dunlap terry@... [OrangeCountyBirding] < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      I hope this is appropriate for this group. I have a new bird showing up
    
    in my backyard in Huntington Beach. I haven't been able to get a look
    
    at it and I'm terrible with calls. I've posted a MP3 file online.
    
    Could someone please identify this bird for me.
    
    http://6tango.com/backyardbird.mp3
    
    Thanks
    
    Terry
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  37. Backyard Mystery Bird LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2016 @ 10:28am, 12 day(s) ago
    I hope this is appropriate for this group. I have a new bird showing up
    
    in my backyard in Huntington Beach. I haven't been able to get a look
    
    at it and I'm terrible with calls. I've posted a MP3 file online.
    
    Could someone please identify this bird for me.
    
    http://6tango.com/backyardbird.mp3
    
    Thanks
    
    Terry
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  39. Prothonotary warbler, Park Place LINK
    DATE: May 19, 2016 @ 12:32pm, 12 day(s) ago
    The hits keep on coming at Park Place, so to speak, but at least not fatal this time.I just came back from my lunchtime walk, during which my wife and I found a dazed prothonotary warbler.It apparently had just hit the windows, but he still had his wits about him, and he flew into a nearby ficus tree when we came close.Here's a photo we snapped upon first discovering him:
    Prothonotary Warbler
    
    Prothonotary Warbler Park Place, Irvine, CA
    
    View on www.flickr.com
    Preview by Yahoo
    
    He continued to recover, and moved high up into the ficus, until we could no longer see him.
    Within five minutes, a warbling vireo also struck the glass at the same location.It too was dazed, but didn't seem too badly hurt.I placed it in the lower reaches of the ficus, where it was able to perch on its own.I think the vireo will be fine, provided it does not fly into the windows again.
    Warbling Vireo
    
    Warbling Vireo Park Place, Irvine, CA
    
    View on www.flickr.com
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    This all took place on the eastern side of the Park Place campus, in the alcove area near the traffic circle.No telling how much longer these birds are going to hang around.
    Charles Baker Tustin
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  41. Park Place news, good and bad, 5/18/2016 LINK
    DATE: May 18, 2016 @ 9:38am, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi all:
    After my last Park Place posting, Gary Meredith got fired up and called the management here and read them the riot act.Surprisingly, they responded by promising to install "falcon stencils" on the windows when they next wash the windows here.I've haven't seen any action yet to make that a reality, but still, it's a positive development nonetheless.Kudos to Gary for making things happen.I got the brush off when I went that route, so apparently Gary is much more convincing than me...
    Also, I had talked to a contact of mine at Cal Fish and Wildlife, but was told that they don't really have any enforcement capability when it comes to these bird-killing structures.They can make comment before buildings are constructed, but not after.
    Now for the bad news:I hadn't seen any dead birds for about a week and a half, so I had concluded that the Spring migration was over and done with.However, I just came back from my morning walk, during which I found three new victims:a Swainson's thrush, a MacGillivray's warbler, and a fledgling lesser goldfinch.The MacGillivray's was a first (though hopefully the last) for this complex.I snapped a photo with my iPhone, just for the ID.Poor little guy was still warm when I found him...
    Deceased MacGillivray's warbler
    
    Deceased MacGillivray's warbler Park Place complex, Irvine, CA
    
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    Charles Baker Tustin
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  43. Bell's Sparrows, Pygmy Nuthatch & Swainson's Hawk LINK
    DATE: May 17, 2016 @ 7:49pm, 14 day(s) ago
    This past weekend was the OC Spring Count.  Valerie Wheeler, Bruce Aird, and myself birded Coal Canyon Sunday where we found two pairs of Bell's Sparrows at their usual spot along N Windy Ridge Rd.  I believe it is possible to hike into this area from the north entrance to Coal Cyn (or at the very least suitable Bell's habitat), but note this is a long hike with decent elevation gain.
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29683767
    
    Later that day Bruce and myself continued up to the Los Pinos Coulter Pine Grove where we had the continuing Pygmy Nuthatch found the previous day by Brad Dawson and Christiane Shannon.  Note the road is in particularly bad shape along one stretch, and we ended up hiking 2.5 miles to the trailhead.
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29692863
    
    This morning I was surprised to see a late juvenile light-morph Swainson's Hawk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.  This was my 200th bird species for the marsh according to ebird, woo!
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29737530
    
    I was also treated to a photogenic Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Coot family.  Photos are here;
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/77523243@N00/with/26809000770/
    
    All the best,
    
    Tom F-H
    
    Irvine, CA
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  45. American Redstart LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2016 @ 1:46pm, 17 day(s) ago
    I found a late-ish female AMERICAN REDSTART at Huntington Central Park this morning. It was foraging low in a California pepper tree and some adjacent myoporum trees along the eastern edge of Talbert Lake where a narrow drainage ditch empties into the lake. This is due south and a bit east from the Slater parking lot.
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
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  47. Highlights of 5/13/16 Bolsa Chica Monthly Count LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2016 @ 5:54pm, 18 day(s) ago
    There was nothing too unusual today at Bolsa Chica, but here are some highlights:
    3 Redheads 47 Ruddy Ducks 3 Horned Grebes (1 leucistic one near Warner Ave. was standing on the exposed shore and picked out at least 2 large white--wing?-- feathers from its body). 7 White Pelicans 2 Reddish Egrets 1 Ridgway’s Rail 61 Black-bellied Plovers 8 Red Knots (only one in full breeding plumage) 2 Calif. Gnatcatchers (Brightwater Trail) 2 Black Turnstones. & 2 Ruddy Turnstones We did NOT see any Gull-billed Terns today.
    
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  49. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Osprey LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2016 @ 3:40pm, 18 day(s) ago
    I just viewed it.There was nothing in it that I could see, but I did see a red-tailed hawk flying by it.I also spoke with the golf people and they said RTH nest also.
    
    DeeDee Gollwitzer
    Laguna Hills
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On May 13, 2016, at 10:32 AM, "Sara Bethurum sbethurum@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    ? Yesterday I observed an osprey nest atop a dead pine tree on the San Juan Hills Golf Course. Went back for another look this morning and noticed at least one chick. One of the adults was perched on the side of the nest.
    
    This nest is located on the 11th fairway close to the creek. North side of San Juan Creek Rd. west of the La Novia intersection.
    
    Sara Bethurum
    
    San Juan Capistrano
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