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  1. Confirmed Yellow-Crowned Night Heron LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    A juvenile Yellow-Crowned
    Night Heron has been confirmed by multiple birders at the Bolsa
    Chica Wetlands. The bird was first spotted in mid-October. This is
    the second year in a row; since the late 1970's that they have
    been seen in Orange County.
    The bird was seen by Bill Powell along the shore north of the
    Winterberg Channel Muted Tidal area; just west of the
    Black-Crowned Night Herons winter roosting area.
    John Ehrenfeld
    Hermosa Beach
    P.S. Last year in an effort to get shots of this bird, quite a few
    photographers were rude and negatively intrusive into the birds
    space. I am sure we would all agree of the need to be respectful
    of others and the bird.
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  3. Re: Orange Bishop LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Several brightly colored male Orange Bishops and more females still there--Monday morning @ 10 AM. Easily found at Huntington Central Pk location described in earlier email.
    Chris Johnson
    Yorba Linda
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  5. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] RE: Cassin's Vireo at Seagate Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Do you mean John Baca Park?
    From: Linette A. Lina <lint6@...>To: orange county birding <> Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 1:34 PMSubject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] RE: Cassin's Vireo at Seagate Park
    "That's where I have encountered this bird, and ,occasionally, a drab gray wintering Bell's Vireo. An alternative method would be to play an appropriate app."Just a reminder, please don't play recordings of Bell's Vireo to attract the bird to you. Our local subspecies, the Least Bell's Vireo, is federally and State endangered and it's illegal to play their calls for that purpose. (Playing recordings of Cassin's Vireo is legal...whether one should or not is not this topic...)Ta,LinetteOrange, CA-
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  7. RE: Cassin's Vireo at Seagate Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi David,
    The vast minority (thanks, Doug) of the OC birding community colloquially refer to that park as Seagate, although a few stick-in-the-muds still call it John Baca Park. You might try the latter reference in your Google searches. The park is located along Ellis Street, between Golden West and Gothard, in Huntington Beach. Seagate is a willow-filled basin, transected by two berms within its midsection. I usually ignore the Protected Ecological Area signs, walking down the planted periwinkle slope to the palm-infested bottom, and pish from atop those berms. That's where I have encountered this bird, and ,occasionally, a drab gray wintering Bell's Vireo. An alternative method would be to play an appropriate app. Good luck.
    Jim Pike
    > From: David Starrett <starrettda...>
    > Date: October 17, 2013 at 5:16:28 PM PDT
    > To: jpike44 <jpike44...>
    > Subject: RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Cassin's Vireo at Seagate Park in HB
    > Jim,
    > I am intrigued by this post. I happen to be in the Anaheim area on business. I am going to be birding Bola Chica and Huntington Beach CP tomorrow morning. Would love to see if I can find this bird. Can you tell me, where is Seagate Park? I can't find it on a (google) map. And where in the park has the vireo been seen?
    > Thanks!!!
    > Dave
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  9. continuing vireo at Seagate Park in HB LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The least Bell's vireo that is back for its third winter at Seagate made a reappearance at the Ovenbird-end of the park this morning. Clearly this bird doesn't spend all of its time in the park, given how many birders have visited Seagate (and even lowly John Baca Park) and evidently not seen this bird over the past few weeks. Also continuing is the hybrid Townsend x Hermit (TOwHEe?) Warbler.
    Jim Pike
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  11. Santa Ana River and Yorba Regional Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Active bird activity this week in the Santa Ana River and the ponds and wooded areas of Yorba Linda Regional Park; just north of the 90 Imperial Highway exit off the 91.
    White-Throated Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Cassin's Kingbird. Juvenile Black-Headed Grosbeak, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Savannah Sparrow, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Wood Ducks, American Widgeons, Cinnamon Teals, Osprey, White-Faced Ibis, Cooper's Hawk, Canada Geese, Egyptian Goose Gosling, and the usual Egrets and Herons.
    John Ehrenfeld
    Hermosa Beach
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  13. RE: Help on ID John Baca Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi James,
    Although the angle prevents a more definitive answer to your request for help on the ID of the bird in your photos, I believe this is a likely candidate for a Hermit X Townsend's Warbler hybrid, and possibly even a returning individual, one that wintered here in the past.
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
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  15. 10/01 Yellow-green Vireo Image LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Here is the link to the picasa album that contains the image of the YELLOW-GREEN VIREO at John Baca Park. It is the first image.
    Michael Park
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  17. Help on ID John Baca Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    While unsuccessfully looking for the Yellow-Green Vireo at John Baca Park today i very briefly saw this bird. Originally i thought it was a Townsend's but on reviewing the picture that does not seem to be correct. The yellow spectacle looks more Pine Warbler like but I totally defer to the experts.
    Jim Hecht
    Hermosa Beach
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  19. Yellow-green Vireo (John Baca Park off Ellis) LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Spent over 2 1/2 hours trying to find the Yellow-green Vireo today that was seen yesterday (Monday) and just as I was giving up and leaving heard it call once so clearly it is still there (or another one?). Don't know the weather (fog) tonight along the coast but would guess that if it's still foggy again tonight possibly it will stay put and I will try again.
    Monte Taylor
    Irvine / Tustin, California
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  21. John Baca Park, Sat. Sept.28 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi All,
    Patrick Temple and I birded John Baca Park Sat. morning. Briefly sighted a Yellow-green vireo at the NW end of the park about 9am, where the
    dg path and pavement meet. It was perched next to the riparian zone, flew to the other side of the path, then out of sight. While looking
    for it again, we got a few good looks at a Yellow-throated warbler near the same area. It flew back and forth from some sycamores and willows.
    Lynn Miller
    Riverside, CA
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  23. Swainson's Hawks & more LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    On Friday night I refound the VIRGINIA's and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS at Mile Square Regional Park. I also had a phalarope sp. on the lake and was surprised when 2 SWAINSON's HAWKS flew over at dusk.
    As Benson mentioned some of us refound the Yellow-GREEN VIREO at John Baca at 3:30pm. Per usual the bird was not cooperative. The PALM WARBLER was also present and feeding in the grass.
    I met up with Rob McNab at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in the evening but we could not refind the Prairie Warbler along the willows south of the spillway. We did find a (continuing?) TENNESSEE WARBLER. I also spotted a female BLACK&WHITE WARBLER, an orestera Orange-crowned Warbler, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER and a BREWER's SPARROW in the same area.
    I posted pictures of the SABINE's GULL and many of the other birds listed above onto my flickr page here;
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
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  25. Sabine's Gull, Northern Waterthrush, other stuff LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Sea & Sage Audubon held their annual fall pelagic trip today (Sep 21). The highlight of the trip was a juvenile Sabine's Gull at the northeast corner of Lausen Sea Mount, approximately 13 miles off shore.
    Afterwards several of us headed over to John Baca Park where the Yellow-green Vireo was relocated around 3:30 or 4:00 PM. It was in the trees and shrubs on the slope below the houses along the northeast edge of the park.
    I also got a call from Robert McNab that he found a Prairie Warbler at Laguna Niuguel Regional Park this afternoon, in the willows at the bottom of the spillway. I also heard from Tom Ford-Hutchinson that there were a Tennessee Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, and a Brewer's Sparrow in the same general area.
    Yesterday (Sep 20), I spent the day birding with Curtis Marantz. We were able to re-find the Chestnut-sided, Virginia's, and Lucy's Warblers at Mile Square Park. We were unable to re-find the Tennessee Warbler at Centennial Park, but did briefly see a Northern Waterthrush before it made a long, fast flight toward Edinger and presumably left the park.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  27. Huntington Beach Central Park & Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Today, I joined the San Fernando Valley Audubon bird walk at Huntington Beach Central Park and Bosa Chica led by Richard Barth. Some of the highlights at Huntington Beach Central Park were the Blackpoll Warbler shared with us by Jim Pike and Leo Ohtsuki at the ampitheatre area in the eucalyptus trees. Also of interest was a late migrating female Bullocks Oriole, a Pintailed Whydah and Orange Bishop in the now dry lake area viewed from the picnic area behind the Park Bench Cafe, and always a favorite, the Great Horned Owl near the library. There were multiple sightings of Western Tanagers and flocks of 50 plus Nutmeg Mannikin at the restroom area at the Slater Street parking lot.
    At John Baca Park, Bruce Aird put us on the Yellow-green Vireo at about noon. We parked at the Ellis entrance and proceeded to the viewing area in the first group alders on the right. The bird seemed to return the that area at about fifteen minute intervals. We birded from the concrete walkway and had good views of the bird.
    At Harriett Weider Regional Park we walked through the park parking lot to the end and exited the park to the area between the park to the fence at Bolsa Chica. In a distant pond below the park, we viewed one Pectoral Sandpiper. We then followed the fence line going toward the ocean and crossed Fischer?s Gulch to the next pond. There was another Pectoral Sandpiper against the far bank. I have included a long distance digiscope ID photo with the Flicker link below.
    At Bolsa Chica there were 2 Reddish Egrets viewed from the boardwalk and 2 others on the far side of the Least Tern nesting area at the end of the Boardwalk.
    David Campbell
    Newport Beach
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  29. John Baca Park Yellow-green Vireo Continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The Yellow-green Vireo reported yesterday in Huntington Beach was still present today. I saw it briefly at about 1130 in the riparian vegetation near the area where last year's Ovenbird hung out. It flew to the south across the turf grass into an isolated alder tree before continuing to the ornamental vegetation on slope below the homes. Its a total pain in the butt.
    Good birding,
    Brian Daniels
    Long Beach, Orange County
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  31. Masked and Brown Boobies off Huntington Beach 9/2/2013 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    OC Birders,
    My apologies for the late report, but it took me a while to analyze the locations of some birds on our whale watching trip out of San Pedro (Los Angeles County) yesterday Monday Sept-2-2013.
    Our preliminary review of the location suggests that both the adult Masked Booby (found by Darren Dowell) and immature Brown Booby (John Garrett) were seen in Orange County waters. The Masked Booby also crossed into LA County waters.
    The flickr link below provides an overview of where the birds were seen if anyone is interested in chasing them. Both birds were SW of the oil rigs off Huntington Beach near the edge of the San Pedro Escarpment:
    The trip was the noon whale watching cruise run by Harbor Breeze. Unfortunately they follow different routes every day depending on weather conditions and where they think they will see the most whales. Don't expect them to stop, slow down or to change their route to help you see birds.
    Here is the eBird checklist: Better photos were obtained by others. The photos seem good enough to rule out Nasca Booby.
    Dave Bell
    Pasadena, CA
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  33. Clapper Rail at Bolsa Chica Today LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This morning (Aug. 31) about 10:30, the Clapper Rail walked from the pickleweed on the left side (facing the walkbridge) of the parking lot, going under the walkbridge and heading to its normal side (south?). Also present today were 2 white Muscovy Ducks just to the south of the parking lot, at least 1 Reddish Egret, 3 Red Knots, 1 White-faced Ibis, several Ruddy Turnstones, and at least 3 Royal Terns. Lots of birds seen from the first viewpoint. I was there from about 8:15 to 10:30. I too have found this new set-up confusing. At first, I thought something was wrong with my computer! So you're not the only one, Jim Pike! Terry Hill Huntington Beach, Calif.
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  35. Harriett Wieder results LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    This morning's survey at Harriett Wieder Regional Park turned up only small
    numbers of birds. The ponds at the south end of Bolsa Chica are quite dry and
    there were few shorebirds or waterfowl. The exception was a flock of about 50
    Wilson's Phalaropes in a small remnant pond on the John Thomas oil lease area
    below the inland end of Harriett Wieder Park.
    Vic Leipzig
    Huntington Beach
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  37. WFO Annual Conference Registration Open LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Registration is now open for the 38th Annual Conference of Western Field
    Ornithologists. Go to the WFO web site
    ( to get more info and
    Given the many options available, we recommend that you download the
    Conference Details document from the website before you click on the REGISTER
    NOW button to begin registration.
    This joint Conference with the Washington Ornithological Society, hosted
    by Black Hills Audubon Society includes:
    - Workshops to enhance your field skills
    - Fall Warblers: Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett
    - Sapsuckers ? ID challenges and research update: Steve Shunk
    - Gull Identification: Mike Donahue
    - Dragonflies: Dennis Paulson (includes both classroom and field sessions)
    - Wilderness First Aid: Heath Wakelee
    - Making full use of eBird: Brian Sullivan
    - Keynote talk by John Marzluff on those amazing Corvids
    - Two sessions of talks on recent research in the region with a plenary
    talk by Dennis Paulson
    - A full set of field trips (including Pelagics)
    - Photo and Bird Sounds ID sessions
    This year WFO is awarding two Pasadena Audubon/WFO Youth Scholarships to
    defray expenses of attending this conference. Go to
    ( for details.
    Ed Pandolfino
    Sacramento, CA
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  39. Palm warblers, Red Knots LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    On our annual spring trip from Huntington Central Park to Bolsa Chica, we had a
    full day with 95 species! Highlights included Palm Warbler (thanks to the
    birding acquaintances who helped us locate it), several Hutton's Vireos
    ('singing' loudly) and a Willow Flycatcher at Huntington Central Park. We saw
    the Solitary Sandpiper that wintered at John Baca Park (it flew north, hope that
    wasn't the last of it!). The highlight for us at Bolsa Chica was 62+ Red Knots
    in every plumage from very basic to beautiful breeding plumage. Initially we saw
    them along the inner channel where it parallels PCH, north/west of lifeguard
    station 21 at about 4:30. By the time we got back to the parking lot, they were
    near the wooden bridge. One was banded with 2 bands, one red bead-like one with
    a yellow pennant-type above it. Could not distinguish numbers, but have not
    looked at photos yet.
    Good birding!
    Ann and Eric Brooks
    Los Angeles
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  41. John Baca Park - continuing birds LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Just hit Baca Park. Got the ovenbird easily within 30 seconds of getting to the
    spot where it's been seen. Unfortunately missed my one photo opportunity on
    getting a visual ID with binos even though it was calling anyway but oh well. It
    was definitely there. Solitary sandpiper flew in to the basin or came out about
    five minutes ago. I checked three times and finally got it as I was about to
    give up. Never got the least flycatcher, but there was also a Cooper's hawk that
    flew in, so I'm sure that didn't help.
    Ryan Winkleman
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  43. Solitary Sandpiper Still Present at Baca Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I spent 40 minutes (10:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) this morning, April 11, at John
    Baca Park. The Solitary Sandpiper was not present when I first arrived, but
    just as I was about to leave, it flew in and landed in the catch basin. I
    didn't see any of the other rarities, just mostly the "common" birds, but I did
    see one Hutton's Vireo along the riparian trail.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach, Ca.
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  45. John baca bids continue 3 April 2013 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi OC birders,
    Just wanted to report that the OVENBIRD, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and LEAST
    FLYCATCHER were all still present between 2:40-3:45 in their respective
    locations this afternoon at John baca park kin Huntington Beach. The ovenbird
    only took me five minutes of arriving to hear it calling incessantly and then
    jump up on branch for a brief view just west of the solitary pond! Lucky day!
    Rob Fowler
    Humboldt county, CA
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  47. OC birding day LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I had today off, so I spent the day birding around OC based on some recent "hot
    spots" that I had noticed in my daily emails. I started off the day at Fairhaven
    Memorial Park, where I not only missed Doug by a very short margin of time, but
    I missed the BTGW that he and Chris found today. I did find plenty of chipping
    sparrows, though, a bird that I still needed to cross off. I then drove over to
    Huntington Central Park after reading about some good "missing" birds that were
    seen in the Talbert Lake area within the last week; unfortunately they'll all
    stay missing for now, but the highlight was probably three downy woodpeckers all
    hanging out together within feet of each other foraging by the playground. Then
    to John Baca Park where I found the solitary sandpiper with no effort at all. I
    didn't try for the ovenbird.
    The best part of my day was at Bolsa Chica, where I parked at the PCH lot and
    birded with my scope for about three hours all the way down to the northern
    bridge on the bike paths. New birds that I checked off for the year included
    brant, horned grebe, whimbrel, long-billed curlew, ruddy turnstone, western
    sandpiper, and elegant tern. I also got a couple mystery birds, gull and
    sparrow. I have uploaded their photos to the Mystery Birds folder. No reddish
    egret :-( Since it was getting late afternoon by the time I finished, I wrapped
    up the day by quickly visiting Crescent Bay Park, Heisler Park, and Treasure
    Island Park in Laguna Beach and the Salt Creek area in Dana Point; however, the
    only bird of note that I observed was a black oystercatcher off of Treasure
    Island Park.
    All in all a great day and a great opportunity to get lots of water birds in.
    Some selected photos below.
    Ryan Winkleman
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  49. Least Flycatcher - John Baca Park - Huntington Beach LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    After two trys and approximately 6.5 hours total birding, finally SAW the Least
    Flycatcher today. After hearing the Least twice on my first visit and once
    (just before seeing it) today, Mar 22, was able to actually get a visible of it.
    The Hermit Thrush that had been there on Wednesday when I visited was calling
    this morning. Other birds of note; 2 Cooper's Hawks (male and female with
    photos of them sitting side by side for a nice gender size comparison) that were
    there on Wednesday 3/20 as well, Black-throated Gray Warbler, singing
    Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers (one with a black face), Common
    Yellowthroat, Huttons Vireos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, American Goldfinch, and
    other less noteworthy species.
    For details / specifics contact me at:
    support AT tsuru-bird DOT NET
    Monte Taylor
    Irvine/Tustin Ranch, CA
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