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  1. Thank You To Everybody LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2015 @ 4:32pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Thank You to all OC Birders who assisted me with my Lesser Nighthawk request.
    John Small
    Torrance, CA
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  3. Yellow-Breasted Chat, etc. at Harriett Wieder Park on 4-17-15 LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2015 @ 1:59pm, 2 year(s) ago
    We had a good monthly count at Harriett Wieder Park today. The best bird was a Yellow-breasted Chat that first sounded off on the Bolsa Chica side in some trees between the playground and Fisher's Gulch. Then during our tally (we sit in the shade at the end of the playground), it was sounding off in the trees and bushes right by us. Other good birds included a Nashville Warbler in the fields between Fisher's Gulch & the playground (Jan Gaffney saw it and ventured into the dried grasses to confirm it's ID), two Hooded Orioles & 4 Bullock's Orioles (together in the same trees/bushes on the Bolsa Chica side just below the playground)--again carefully ID'd using Jan's book (most were 1st spring birds), 1 Bell's Vireo, 2 Cassin's Vireos (one in the playground, the other in the area below Garfield & Seapoint), two Hutton's Vireos in Fisher's Gulch, 6 Soras in the pond just below Seapoint & Garfield and 2 Soras in a pond on the Bolsa Chica side below the playground. Plus a continuing Wilson's Phalarope that was seen last month and after careful consideration, accepted. Last month it was on the Bolsa Chica side below Garfield & Seapoint. This month it was in the John Thomas Leasehold area (the far end closest to Central Park). We struck out on the Black-and-White Warbler.
    FYI, Fisher's Gulch, is the trees that run from the street parking along Seapoint down to the fence separating the park from the Bolsa Chica preserve.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach, Calif.
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  5. Areas In OC Area to see Lesser Nighthawks LINK
    DATE: Apr 17, 2015 @ 5:42pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Good Afternoon OC Birders. Where are the best areas in The OC for Lesser Nighthawks Plese get back to me.
    John Small
    Torrance. CA
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  7. Eurasian Wigeon at Newport Back Bay LINK
    DATE: Jan 8, 2015 @ 9:27am, 2 year(s) ago
    Yesterday afternoon I had a male Eurasian Wigeon snoozing with a group of American Wigeon opposite the intersection of San Joaquin Hills Rd and Back Bay Drive. There was also a male Hooded Merganser close by.
    John Thomlinson
    San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
    "It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.
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  9. Hooded Mergansers LINK
    DATE: Jan 2, 2015 @ 8:31pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Now there are TWO males and a female Hooded Merganser in the pond between the Pacific Club and Von Karman. I believe you might be able to access the parking lot from MacArthur Blvd but I have always come in from Von Karman. It is a business complex. The gates are unmanned and open on holidays and weekends. Turn west into the entry to multiple parking lots, turn left into the parking lots on your left then turn left again through the open gates there. Between you and Von Karman there is a large gray building first. The Pacific Club is a light brown building beyond. The narrow stairs to the pond are between the gray building and the brown building. You can walk on the deck below the building all the way to the other end of the pond.
    John got great pictures but is always slow to meta data them. Go get some great pictures of your own.
    Beverly Hargrove Costa Mesa
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  11. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Re: PACIFIC WREN Huntington Central Park LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2014 @ 12:08pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Chris Johnson, Amin Khalifa, and I just saw (12:05-ish) the Pacific Wren in the same spot that Jeff saw it this morning.
    Ryan Winkleman
    On Dec 31, 2014 9:28 AM, "Jeff Bray jbray4913@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:
     Bird is still present at 9:15am.  Myself and David Evans are the only ones that have been here.  The bird is best viewed from the back of the swampy area along the green fence where the homeless encampment USED to be.  Mew specifically, where the area opens up to the larger area of water.  I think this is the "ditch" area.  Never learned the proper names of these locations at HCP.  My apologies if I'm wrong.  Best of luck to those who try for it.  Happy New Year. 
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CASent from my iPhone
    On Dec 31, 2014, at 8:06 AM, Jeff Bray <jbray4913@...> wrote:
    This was reported yesterday on ebird by Kevin Spencer.  His ebird list with directions is here:
    Took a chance to find it this morning and had some luck.  
    It would call on occasion.  
    Photo from the back of my camera:
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  13. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Franklin's Gull North Lake Irvine LINK
    DATE: Dec 29, 2014 @ 6:03pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Frankie still present today Sunday at 3:30. First found floating on lake then photographed on bank near public entrance.  Admired with John Shipman.
    Bruce Mast
    On Dec 24, 2014 12:22 PM, "Ryan Winkleman rswinkleman@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:Bird is now on the far north side of the lake where Yale turns into Yale Loop. There are a couple-three dozen gulls on the water up there.
    Ryan Winkleman
    On Dec 24, 2014 12:05 PM, "Ryan Winkleman" <rswinkleman@...> wrote:The bird is still in the same spot, about 500 feet south of the bridge on the eastern side of the lake, sitting in the grass with a bunch of Ring-bills and a couple California Gulls.
    Ryan Winkleman
    On Dec 24, 2014 10:55 AM, "Trish G trishrg62@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:
     Is on the grass, on east side of lake about mid way from the south end and the bridge.
    Trish Gussler
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  15. Highlights of 12/19/14 Harriett Wieder Monthly Count LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2014 @ 12:26pm, 2 year(s) ago
    We had a record of 21 participants in today's Harriett Wieder monthly count. There were no unusual rarities, but we did have 1 LEAST BITTERN (in the pond on the right side just below the playground), 13 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, and a female MERLIN that flew into a tree at the playground just as we were concluding our tally (about 11:00 a.m.). We also had 58 American Pipits and some Western Meadowlarks. Fisher's Gulch was disappointing--only a few hummers and no other birds (Hopefully some birds will show up before the Coastal Count next weekend or perhaps we just "hit it at the wrong time".). However, the park has greened up with the recent rains, and the ponds in the adjacent Bolsa Chica cells now have water, including the John Thomas Leasehold at the northeastern end, which had been dry for quite awhile and now with the water had quite a few shorebirds and ducks.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  17. Bolsa Chica Black Scoter and Common Goldeneye LINK
    DATE: Nov 23, 2014 @ 8:57pm, 2 year(s) ago
    The previously reported Black Scoter was close by the tidal gate and the Common Goldeneye was in the Inner Bay visible, albeit a little distant, from the causeway. Also the Common Loon was hanging out at the causeway giving great views. All in all a beautiful day out there today.
    John Thomlinson
    San Pedro and CSU Dominguez Hills
    "It is absolutely a crime for any man to die possessed of useful knowledge in which nobody shares." J.A.L. Waddell, 1916.
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  19. Fw: [CALBIRDS] Olive backed pipit LINK
    DATE: Nov 5, 2014 @ 8:00am, 2 year(s) ago
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  21. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Olive-backed Pipit on Monday? LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2014 @ 10:08am, 2 year(s) ago
    I'm not there either, but I recall it didn't appear or was discovered until about 10 a.m. yesterday. It stayed fairly late in the afternoon. Might be a late sleeper. :-)
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena, CA
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  23. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Olive-backed Pipit on Monday? LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2014 @ 9:43am, 2 year(s) ago
    I am not there, but just heard that the pipit has not yet been found today.
    John Green
    Riverside, CASent from my iPhone
    On Nov 3, 2014, at 8:09 AM, Kevin krpickard@... [OrangeCountyBirding] <> wrote:
    If you are at Yorba Park, please post positive or negative sightings of the bird.
    Kevin Pickard
    San Diego
    Sent from my iPad
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  25. Vesper Sparrow @ Harriet Wieder Reg. Park and Blackburnian @ Laguna Niguel Reg. Park. LINK
    DATE: Oct 9, 2014 @ 5:25pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Yesterday, I searched the weedy stick patch west of Wider Park for several hours. Absolutely no sign of the Vesper after 5 hours or so. Lots of Savannah and both first winter and adult White-crowned Sparrow. I should mention that the bird has been a nemesis bird for me.
    I went back today and bumped into Barbara B. who accompanied me to look for the bird. It was a life bird for Barbara, too.
    We finally located and photographed the bird. You can see the first of five photos here: Untitled
    Here are exact directions: Head out to the weedy field from Harriet (or, if you park along Seapoint Dr.) towards Pacific Coast Highway. You destination is the wall at the end of the field bordering the gated housing. There are several paths through the field and one that follows two pipelines (closest to the oil fields), and of course the rather boring sidewalk along Seapoint.
    If you go in the a.m. be mindful that the sun is at your back so I am giving you these directions just to orient you. From the end of the wall where it connects with the wrought iron fencing of the houses that face Bolsa Chica, walk along the wall about 50 feet toward Seapoint. Then look about 70 feet into the field, looking back towards Wieder Park. That's where we found the bird.
    It was NOT associating with the many Savannah and White-crowned Sparrows.
    After waiting a while silently to see if the bird would come out, I slowly and quietly moved through the field among the tumbleweed. I finally saw a hint of white in the tail of something flying off 10 feet from somewhere and was able to locate the bird tucked in between two tumbleweeds. We gently and slowly nudged the bird into a position where we could at least get documentary photos. The bird was not wanting to be in the open and the Cooper's Hawk that multiple times cruised over (eh hem right before the Northern Harrier) was no doubt part of it. Just know that unless you get a lot more lucky than we were, you have to work for this bird. Patience is a birdtue in this case.
    I then went over to LNRP to search for the Blackburnian. I bumped into a birder that told me that she, and later she and two others, hadn't found it. I asked where she had been and started where she hadn't been.
    While I was standing near the little creek on the tennis court side close to where it junctions with the main entry road (to be exact... I was standing at the first Willow tree on the tennis court side of the babbling creek on the right side of the roadway just before you turn off to get to the tennis courts) looking at the bird deep in the Willow, another birder, John, on his way to the Western Orn. meeting in SD, came in from the other side of the creek and also spotted the bird. The bird then flew up to the first sycamore on the entry side of the creek away from the Willow. There was simply no chance to get photos. It was hard enough to track the bird with binoculars but we both saw the bird. We were not able to relocate the bird, and shortly after this (about 1:30 pm or so, everything stopped moving for a while).
    I went back to the tennis court side moving toward my car right along the creek (literally along the bank) finding a foraging Hammond's Flycatcher, a Nashville Warbler and a Yellow Warbler on the way. John and I also saw my FOS Hermit Warbler roughly where I had first spied the Blackburnian.
    Third time was a charm. The wind kicked up while there making matters more difficult as dry, brittle sycamore leaves rained down but a Red-tailed and juvi Red-shouldered Hawk were enjoying it a lot more.
    Happy birding,
    Sherry Meddick
    (PS... the Plano Trabuco fire started and was contained while I was birding. The message for me, I guess, is never leave home. Right. Like that will happen.)
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  27. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bay-breasted Warbler LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 8:38pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Based on eBird reports it looks like several people were unsuccessful finding the bay-breasted warbler midday today. I showed up about 5 pm and found Curtis Marantz, Amin Khalifa, and another guy named Johnny in the park already. Curtis said he and Johnny had found the warbler and tracked it across the park high in the sycamores and London planes but had last seen it right at the park's edge an hour prior to my and Amin's arrivals. Over the next hour and a half we were not able to re-find the bird. Roger Schoedl showed up later as well and to my knowledge did not find it while I was there. It could have been pulling another disappearing act like (apparently) earlier in the day or it could have moved on.
    We also only observed western flycatchers while I was there, and Curtis said during the time before I showed up the only identifiable Empidonax flycatchers he had were all western.
    Ryan Winkleman
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  29. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] White-Breasted Nuthatch Still at Central Park + Bolsa Chica Birding LINK
    DATE: Jul 31, 2014, 2 year(s) ago
    For those of you who are not yet aware, the AOU has split Clapper Rail into three species. Birds in California (and Arizona and northwestern Mexico) are now Ridgway's Rail (Rallus obsoletus), with birds on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts retaining the name Clapper Rail (R. crepitans) and a third species (Mangrove Rail; R. longirostris) in South America. Kimball Garrett provided an excellent summary of the changes that affect southern California birders on the LA County Birds listserv. The other change that is most pertinent to Orange County birders is the common name of Nutmeg Mannikin has been changed to Scaly-breasted Munia.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  31. Highlights of Harriett Wieder Monthly Count of 6-20-14 LINK
    DATE: Jun 20, 2014, 2 year(s) ago
    It was pretty quiet today (June 20) at Harriett Wieder Park, but Darrell Wilson did see 10 Red-necked Phalaropes in breeding plumage in the John Thomas Leasehold viewable from the park. That area is the lowlands extending from the boundary of Bolsa Chica to Edwards St. There was very little water in the Bolsa Chica cells, so the Leasehold produced the most birds today. We also had a Hutton's Vireo in Fisher's Gulch (the trees and creek that run down from the street parking on Seapoint down to the Bolsa Chica) and a juvenile White-tailed Kite in the Bolsa Chica area (but no adults). There were a lot of Lesser Goldfinches and a lot of Allen's Hummingbirds.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  33. John Baca Park LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2014, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello everyone,Today I had visited John Baca and made a positive ID on a Western Wood-Pewee (via call and sight) and Pac-slope Flycatcher (call and visual match) but a 3rd flycatcher appeared which offers a notched tail and rounded head. I posted two photos in the Flycatchers photo album. If anyone can offer further insight on this Empid that would be appreciated. This empid appeared adjacent to the Pacific-slope Flycatcher (about 12 feet away.The Western Wood-Pewee photos are located here for anyone interested: Birds Of Southern California
    Birds Of Southern California Birds Of Southern California Western Wood Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) The Western Wood Pewee is a small tyrant flycatcher.
    View on
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    - Western Wood-Pewee photos are dated, numbered and mapped for precise location.Thanks in advanceAnthony GliozzoMission Viejo
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  35. I need help with an ID LINK
    DATE: Apr 22, 2014, 3 year(s) ago
    I was birding Tucker Wildlife Refuge today and saw and photographed a bird that looked a lot like the Ovenbird I photographed last year at John Baca Park. Normally, I simply use this site to learn from. I am pretty much an amateur and hate to call this bird an Ovenbird based on my limited experience. However, if there is a chance that a relatively rare bird is present, I feel obligated to share the information so that anyone else that is interested may see it.
    Here is the Flickr address:
    The Calliope Hummingbird was still present and working the same Wooly Blue Curly flowers. There were also a pair of nesting White-breasted Nuthatches near the tortoise enclosure. There were many Black-headed Grosbeaks present, also.
    Jack Lindahl
    Huntington Beach
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  37. Warblers & Other Good Birds at Harriett Wieder Today LINK
    DATE: Apr 18, 2014, 3 year(s) ago
    Today (April 18) we had 16 participants in our monthly count at Harriett Wieder Regional Park. The best birds were the continuing AMERICAN REDSTART (Fisher's Gulch), BLUE GROSBEAK over the fence in Bolsa Chica below the playground, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in the area below the intersection of Seapoint and Garfield. Other highlights included (at Fisher's Gulch) Warbling Vireo, Pac-Slope Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers (+ 1 in the playground area & another elsewhere in the park), and (in other areas) 24 Vaux's Swifts, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 24 American Pipits, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Hooded Oriole (eucs next to playground), and 1 Merlin in the John Thomas Leasehold area of Bolsa Chica (the area closest to Central Park). A very good morning for us!Terry HillHuntington Beach, California
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  39. molting male Summer Tanager (seen by John Oliver) Dana Point LINK
    DATE: Apr 7, 2014 @ 4:16pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Hi Folks,
    Passing on a sighting by John Oliver (of La Crescenta) in Dana Point at Sunset Park. This is on Calle Naranja in Dana Point. The tanager was in the Eucs near the Playground and John's description seems consistent with a male molting Summer Tanager. Showing the yellow and reddish areas in the plumage as they do in molt going into spring all red plumage.
    the messenger,
    Monte TaylorTustin / Irvine (for those wanting to see what a molting Summer Tanager looks like)
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  41. Re: Continuing Northern Waterthrush at Santiago Park LINK
    DATE: Feb 9, 2014 @ 5:20pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Still there Saturday afternoon, 3-4 PM, but further up stream almost opposite Nature Center and amphitheater. Count five concrete diverters upstream from the outfall at the toyan with the dead branch overhanging the concrete wall. Maybe b/c it was late afternoon sun, but it was working the north side not the south as Linette reported. It worked the narrow concrete apron and occasionally flew down to the green algae below. Also had good looks of it from the pathway at the base of the toyan bush as I left. :-)
    I just sat on the concrete edge near the outfall and quietly waited. I was rewarded with a life bird!
    Chris Johnson
    Yorba Linda
    --- In, <chris_morrison1@...> wrote:
    > The Northern Waterthrush was present this morning in exactly the spot described by Doug and Linette. It did not seemed to be overly concerned with the rather large group there to see it. It came out into the open several times just long enough for a photo from a longer distance than I would have liked. I'm hoping Jeff Bray's photos turned out better than mine. Two Band-tailed Pigeons and several Cedar Waxwings were also observed.
    > Northern Waterthrush
    > Band-tailed Pigeon
    > Chris Morrison
    > Orange, CA
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  43. Re: A Sad Scene at Bolsa Chica today.... LINK
    DATE: Jan 7, 2014 @ 10:09am, 3 year(s) ago
    Twice I have caught people fishing in the reserve at Bolsa Chica. In
    one incident three people were on the bridge, casting lures into
    a bait swarm while terns were diving to catch fish. When they saw me
    pointing my telephoto lens at them, they fled in their black Jeep,
    speeding out of the parking lot in reverse so that their license plate
    didn't show. They knew they were breaking the law. I tried calling
    the CALtip number, but it was frustratingly ineffective. In the other
    incident I told the culprit he was breaking the law and I was photographing
    him. He quickly left, too.
    The lesson here is that we can help prevent these sad scenes. Does
    anyone have an effective phone number to report these incidents
    John Cubit
    Long Beach, CA
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  45. Some highlights from yesterday LINK
    DATE: Jan 2, 2014 @ 8:25am, 3 year(s) ago
    I spent most of yesterday birding in the coastal areas (which meant several hours of birding in thick fog!!!). I kept running into Tom Wurster/Liga Auzins and Dave/Sharon Telford everywhere I went and the five of us actually spent a lot of the day just birding together. Some of the highlights from yesterday include:
    - Tons of clapper rails just right out in the open at the Back Bay walkbridge in the morning. Dave counted upwards of 21, but I only saw 17. Thanks to the very high tide yesterday (6.79 feet I think) they were completely exposed with no vegetation at all to hide in, which was great once the fog went away.
    - A couple marsh wrens on Back Bay Drive, notable because they were just sitting out in the open totally exposed for an extended period of time. Not called out by me or anything like that, just sitting there oblivious or apathetic to my presence. I NEVER see marsh wrens just sitting there, they are always flitting back and forth hiding in the cattails, etc. and at most I get quick looks (and usually just have to settle for ID-ing by ear). This is my favorite of the photos I took and easily one of my favorite bird photos that I have ever taken period not just because for once I had a really good opportunity to photograph marsh wrens all I wanted but because of the bird's pose.
    - A loggerhead shrike at the edge of Bolsa Chica. This one was sitting where all those dead trees are up by the big bridge that spans that channel with the bike paths heading inland (the East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel, according to a topo map). Please let me know if there's some colloquial name for this channel so that I don't confuse people in the future when I'm referencing it!
    - The burrowing owl at the Brightwater Trail. Dave and Sharon and I looked for it but couldn't find it, and then Trish Gussler gave me a call when she ended up seeing it just after I left (I swear it wasn't there five minutes before!).
    - American redstart and black-and-white warbler in Fisher's Gulch at Harriett Wieder Park. Much like Chris Johnson, I just kind of looked up and there was the redstart just jumping all over the place. A couple minutes later I noticed that the black-and-white was there too along the back of one of the trunks, occasionally poking its head out.
    - Orange-cheeked waxbills at Huntington Central Park. These were first reported by Tom Ford-Hutchinson on November 9th last year but I don't think they have been seen in a long time or at least nobody has mentioned them if so. I had two of them in the little cattail island in the waterthrush pond, over the second footbridge and by the corner of the maintenance yard (just north of those two pushup bars).
    - Northern waterthrush at Huntington Central Park. FINALLY. It only took me like 10 times to get it. We only heard it calling loudly, and never got eyes on it. I am not sure if Tom and Liga were able to find it after I left. This was in the same general area as the waxbills.
    All-in-all a good day, especially once the fog lifted and we could actually see again :-)
    Ryan Winkleman
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  47. Plumbeous Vireo, John Baca Park, HB LINK
    DATE: Jan 1, 2014 @ 1:27pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Marian first spotted it on the west of the catch basin....same area where the Ovenbird was hanging out last year.
    Count Week bird.
    Steve Alter
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  49. End-of-year birds LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2013 @ 9:56am, 3 year(s) ago
    Like Tom's post from a few days ago, this is coming a little late and will be rather long. I took all of last week off and spent a lot of time trying to get some end-of-year numbers.
    On Saturday, December 21st, I had a male Scott's oriole at Starr Ranch while bird-banding ( I know they had a Scott's last winter as well so this may be the same bird just returning each year. Note that Starr Ranch is restricted access and you are only allowed entry if you work there, volunteer there, or are there for one of the workshops or free days. However, Trish Gussler did have one up at Ramakrishna Monastery about a month ago, and there was one hanging out in Silverado Canyon two weekends ago as well, so they are around in inland South County.
    On the morning of December 22nd I set out to Capistrano and found Doug's chestnut-sided warbler ( took photos of it for probably 10-15 minutes and I know it was seen by both Trish and Sherry Meddick later in the day as well. I then went to Irvine Regional Park to look for the zone-tailed hawk, mountain bluebird, and spotted dove. I did not see either of the latter two, but when I was up on top of the Puma Ridge Trail (in the short vegetation overlook area) I did have the zone-tailed hawk fly right towards me from the Peters Canyon area and circle nearly overhead for a minute or two before flying back down south again towards Peters Canyon ( I stayed for another 30 minutes or so hoping it would come back but I never saw it again. David Evans was also there as I was leaving and he didn't find it either. I then went to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and found one or two slate-colored juncos ( These are a subspecies of the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis hyemalis), not a standalone species, but are a nice change from the typical subspecies that everybody knows around here, the Oregon junco (J.h. thurberi).
    On December 23rd I had a single golden-crowned kinglet at Huntington Central Park (in the usual area) but otherwise missed all eight of my target species for the day. 
    On December 26th Tom Ford-Hutchinson and I went up to the Los Pinos Trailhead before dawn. The wind was pretty awful, but as he mentioned we did have a zone-tailed hawk fly overhead again. We also had a hairy woodpecker. We did not have any other particularly notable birds up there or at either of the two campgrounds. There was a nice rufous-crowned sparrow at the Falcon Group Camp and Tom found a couple purple finches at the Blue Jay Campground.
    On December 27th I had golden-crowned kinglets at Huntington Central Park again in the same area (, and I finally got my lifebird American bittern at Bolsa Chica ( Afterward I met up with Tom again at the PCH lot and we also had a clapper rail just walking around out in the open in the vegetation behind the shrubs at the lot ( Later in the day Tom found me two new lifebirds: Thayer's gull at Sunset Beach and Pacific golden-plover at Seal Beach.
    On December 29th I participated in the CBC in Area 2 and was grouped with Mark Singer and Tjie Poo. Our highlight was two Ross' geese foraging with Canada geese at Clegg-Stacy Park ( These hung around the entire morning (we checked back on them) but I am not sure if they are still there. Later in the morning we had six hooded mergansers, including one male, in the channel southeast of Bolsa and Springdale ( In the afternoon I was part of a lucky group that was taken on a tour by Bob Schallmann and John Fitch onto Seal Beach NWR, where we got fantastic closeups of ferruginous hawk and scoped looks at Pacific golden-plover ( We were not able to find the laplong longspurs previously reported by Bob on the 26th.
    Finally, yesterday December 30th thanks to Trish's post about the Brightwater Trail I was able to get the burrowing owl at Bolsa Chica (
    I'm hoping to stop by Fairhaven Memorial in the afternoon and get the Cassin's vireo to round out my total OC year list at 270 (if I'm lucky). Thanks to everybody for your eBird checklists, OC Birding posts, or personal emails that helped me get many of these birds and eventually motivated me to get out of my little (relatively) secluded section of OC :-).
    Happy New Year and good birding in 2014!
    Ryan Winkleman
    Rancho Santa Margarita
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v1.22 - 12/03/11 - Corrected GMT offsets on dates. Added last 5 posts at top.
v1.21 - 11/24/11 - Added direct link to range map for NA birds.
v1.2  - 11/23/11 - Greatly improved graphing technology - separates month vs. year by posts. Added species auto-complete functionality.
v1.14 - 11/22/11 - Added cloud bubble for common thread topics.
v1.13 - 11/22/11 - Added integrated photos where available.
v1.12 - 11/22/11 - Added multiple input boxes for additional refinement, negative search criteria (eg. -keyword).
v1.11 - 11/22/11 - Added banding code, species look-up. Also direct link to recent eBird observations.
 v1.1 - 11/22/11 - Added 'date' functionality. Shows top 'month/year' combinations for a query. Restrict results to that 'month/year'.
 v1.0 - 11/21/11 - Initial version coded. Currently archiving 'lacobirds' and 'calbirds'.