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· Another Laysan Albatross for OC Waters - 21 July (Jul 21, 2017)
· Highlights of Today’s (July 2 1) Harriett Wieder Park Survey (Jul 21, 2017)
· Two Virginia Rails Harriet Weider Park (Jul 20, 2017)
· Juvenile Heermann's Gull (Jul 20, 2017)
· Orange County RBA: July 20, 2017 (Jul 20, 2017)
  1. Another Laysan Albatross for OC Waters - 21 July LINK
    DATE: Jul 21, 2017 @ 10:17pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Mark Girardeau informed me that Ryan Lawler of Newport Coastal Adventure out of Newport Beach had a LAYSAN ALBATROSS this morning about 1 mile east of Platform Eureka off Huntington Beach. Fingers crossed this bird will still be around on tomorrow's Pelagic trip.
    
    Ryan Lawler posted a few pics on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=10155290899781023&set=pcb.10154749021776546&type=3&theater
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  3. Highlights of Today’s (July 2 1) Harriett Wieder Park Survey LINK
    DATE: Jul 21, 2017 @ 2:26pm, 2 day(s) ago
    It was pretty dead at Harriett Wieder Park today for the monthly survey, but we did have a few special birds:
    
    ! Brant goose (way back in the oil company property)...Most likely spending the summer at BC and the one seen last week in the Outer Bolsa Bay near Warner Ave.Has probably been “hiding” in obscure places most of the time, so it isn’t always seen.
    
    1 Least Bittern and 1 Green Heron (both in the ponds below the playground).
    
    1 Ash-throated Flycatcher (just below the playground).
    
    31 Red-necked Phalarope in the Bolsa Chica Cell with water below the helipad (four of us walked down there after the tally and found 4 Wilson’s and 11 Red-necked, but they are very hard to see even with a scope).
    
    2 Least Bell’s Vireo and 1 Hutton’s Vireo
    
    2 Common Gallinule (1 adult & 1 immature)--we haven’t seen any gallinule on our counts in a long time.
    
    1 Northern Red Bishops, in the marshy area below Seapoint & Garfield.
    
    We could not find the Virginia Rail, but the team doing that area heard a single “kek” several times, but could find nothing to match that on any app.
    
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  5. Two Virginia Rails Harriet Weider Park LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 1:54pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, I hiked north beyond the HW playground to a hidden pond beneath Overlook Drive Heard various times at a hidden pond at this GPS.33.687986 -118.021230 (more or less)
    I first heard one Rail doing the grunt call.I hadn't used a call myself.Then when it didn't call again, I did use my app to call, but no response.I waited some more and I suddenly heard a call and then a response to the left so there were two rails.I tried to record it but in my haste did not hit the record button.I then recorded three bits of three different grunts by only one bird, twice in response to my call and once unsolicited by an app.Those sound bites are attached to my ebird report.
    If you have a scope and want to hike to the north end of the park where the oil property fence is established, and if you can use that scope to peer through or over a chain link fence, the pond on that property was full of shore and water birds today, many beyond my bins range.That pond was the location of a Mute Swan a couple of months ago.I could make out the larger birds beyond the fence, Canada Geese, one White Pellican, Snowy and Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, White-faced Ibis, Caspian Terns, Stilts etc.
    
    You can no longer park in that overlook parking lot.The gate has been closed for a while.The playground parking lot is a close as you can get I think.
    Rick Shearer HB
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  7. Juvenile Heermann's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 9:48am, 3 day(s) ago
    There is interest in documenting juvenile (first year) Heermann's Gulls in
    
    California. Kimball Garrett has a post on LACoBirds Digest Number 5307
    
    explaining the interest. This species mainly breeds on islands in the Gulf
    
    of California. The absence of juveniles the last two years in California
    
    (the species moves north after breeding season) indicates that "there was
    
    essentially no breeding in the major Gulf of California colonies" (per
    
    Kimbal's post).
    
    Kimball describes how to tell juveniles. I learned the hard way it's not
    
    just individuals who are chocolate brown. Let me repeat his description:
    
    "If you do see juveniles (all dark brown with conspicuous pale feather
    
    fringes on the wing coverts and pinkish-orange on the basal half of the
    
    black bill) or 2nd year birds (solid dark gray-brown, with much black on the
    
    tip of the orangish bill), please try to document these with photographs"
    
    I've been monitoring a small flock of Heermann's Gulls at Strand Beach in
    
    southern Orange County. Yesterday, there were only adults. This morning in
    
    the flock, a single apparently juvenile bird in the flock. I've put a
    
    photo of it, taken under gloomy skies, in my dropbox account.
    
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vq2opj4sfc2xxd9/HGullJuly20%202017.JPGdl=0
    
    Ignore the attempt of Dropbox to enroll you. You should be able to go to
    
    the photo.
    
    Joel Weintraub
    
    Dana Point, CA
    
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  9. Orange County RBA: July 20, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 6:43am, 4 day(s) ago
    RBA
     
    * California
    * Orange County
    
    * July 20, 2017
    * CAOC17.07.20
     
    This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at  secretary@californiabirds.o rg .
     
    BIRDS MENTIONED
     
    
    Common Tern
    Elegant Tern
    *WHITE-EYED VIREO*
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Tricolored Blackbird
    Black-throated Gray Warbler
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    
    A single COMMON TERN continued to be reported through July 15 at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. The bird is typically observed from the observation point past the fenced nesting area. Not so long ago this species would have been in relative abundance by this time, and maybe we will continue to see more show up in the coming weeks.
    
    An ELEGANT TERN has been reported at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary since July 18, continuing through July 19. This bird is typically rare away from the coast but does occur periodically at this location. This bird has been reported from the island on Pond 1.
    
    A *WHITE-EYED VIREO* was last reported at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on July 16. This male bird often sings and occasionally sits on a nest, and is frequently found in the general area around the BMX course. Please continue to document this bird if you find it and submit any documentation to Tom Benson at  secretary@californiabirds.o rg . 
    
    DARK-EYED JUNCOS continue to breed irregularly in coastal locations, with a fresh set of fledglings being reported on July 18 at El Niguel Golf Course in Laguna Niguel, where this species now breeds regularly.
    
    A TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD has been photographed at Heritage Park in Irvine and was last reported on July 17. The bird has generally been in the company of Red-winged Blackbirds and has very ragged white median coverts. 
    
    A very early BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was reported from a private residence in Lake Forest on July 18, though no photo documentation could be obtained and the sighting is unconfirmed. This species has been documented to breed in very localized areas and in very small numbers in our upper Santa Ana Mountains, including a family unit observed at Bigcone Springs just earlier this month, but otherwise is typically absent from the county throughout the summer until around mid- to late August.
    
    A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed on July 19 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. The bird was seen moving around in Ponds D and E.
    
    LOCAL EVENTS
    
    UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS
    
    The Bolsa Chica Wetlands bird walk will take place on July 20 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Harriett Wieder Regional Park parking lot. 
    
    The Upper Newport Bay monthly bird walk will take place on July 30 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot. 
    
    UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS
     
    The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will take place on July 21 from 8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at  nancykenyon@...  to sign up.
     
    The Sea and Sage Audubon summer pelagic trip will occur on July 22 from 6:30am to 3:00pm. Email Nancy Kenyon at  nancykenyon@...  to sign up.
     
    The Sea and Sage Audubon Summer Barbecue will occur at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary on July 29 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. See here for more details, including signing up:  http://www.seaandsageaudub on.org/SpecialEvents/BBQ/Summe rBBQ.html .
     
     
    WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
     
    None scheduled.
     
     
    ****************************** ***************************
     
     
    The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed directly to Jeff Bray ( jbray4913@... ) and/or Ryan Winkleman ( rswinkleman@... ), and/or submitted to eBird ( http://ebird.org/content/ebir d ). Any supporting details (descriptions, photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Doug Willick  atdoug.willick@aecom.c om .
     
    Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for those who choose to chase after them.
     
    Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage Audubon website ( http://www.seaandsageaudubon. org/ ). Sea and Sage Audubon is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year. Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website at http:// www.seaandsageaudubon .org/FieldTrips/fieldtripscurr ent.htm . It is also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for inclusion.
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  11. Yellow-headed Blackbird, for a while, at SJWS, also Wilson's Phalaropes LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2017 @ 3:40pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, I happened upon Doug Lithgow and also a survey group who had spotted a Yellow-headed Blackbird in ponds E and D this morning.I got a long distance photo from the opposite shore of Pond D.Later on on the way back I could no longer spot it.There were also Wilson's Phalaropes in Ponds D and C.It started out as one, but I counted four on my way back 2 hours later.They are not nearly as colorful as the ones that came through a week or two ago.
    Rick Shearer HB
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  13. Back yard bird LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2017 @ 12:44pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Hi birders,
    
    Had a male Black-throated gray warbler in my backyard yesterday. Black throat, streaked flanks, unable to see yellow lore. Looking at "Birds of Orange County" there does not seem to any occurrence in July.
    
    Lucy Lee
    
    Lake Forest
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  15. Black-Bellied Plover at Bolsa Chica Wetlands LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2017 @ 7:34pm, 5 day(s) ago
    All,
    
    Not sure if this is a rare bird or not but first I remember seeing at Bolsa Chica.Wetlands.
    
    Observed in shallow waters just south of mesa close to Warner footbridge at 9:40 AM and watched for about 10 minutes from mesa vista point (Sunday, July 16th).
    
    You can see four photos on ebird at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38212623
    
    Thank you,
    
    James McNamara, Stanton.
    
     
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  17. Rufous Hummingbird and Hooded Oriole LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:27pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Good afternoon OC Birders
    We had a Rufous Hummingbird at one of our backyard feeders today at the same time as a male and female Hooded Oriole at the feeder next to him. They remained for a few minutes until an Allen's Hummingbird showed up.
    Pete Gordon Foothill Ranch, CA
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  19. Common Tern on Today’s Bolsa Chica Monthly Count LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2017 @ 12:47pm, 9 day(s) ago
    On today’s (July 14) monthly count at Bolsa Chica, we saw the Common Tern.It was on the boom just inside the Full Tidal as you turn the corner from the Loop Trail to the peninsula viewpoint.My team was the one that saw it, although we can’t take credit for first spotting it.We had checked out the terns on the boom, and they were all Forster’s, then when we were standing on the viewpoint looking down the Full Tidal, some guy came up to us and started asking about the carpal bar on Common Terns and that he’d just seen one on the boom.I thought he was talking about the juvenile Forster’s we’d seen there.But I glanced over, noticed there were now 5 birds instead of the 4 we’d had and asked which bird.I looked at the bird and that was it!It must have sneaked in when we weren’t looking!So glad he came up!And I have pictures for confirmation!
    Other birds seen today were 2 Ridgway’s Rails (one near the walkbridge and the other near where the trail turns up the channel), only a couple of Least Terns (they are finished nesting), 15 Royal Terns (all among the Elegants), 4,861 Elegant Terns, 2 Reddish Egrets (one stayed in the Outer Bolsa Bay [bet. Warner Ave. and the tide gates] the whole count, the other was first seen on the boom, then to the right of the trail next to Rabbit Island), 3 Ospreys (all seen in one view), 1 Peregrine Falcon that had caught something white and large and was eating it on one of the bare trees on Rabbit Island (we couldn’t tell what it was eating).I have pictures, but they’re not very clear.Plus 17 Red-necked Phalaropes and 7 Black Skimmers.
    Another highlight for my group was watching two Elegant Terns doing a courtship ritual with a fish.They first both had one end of the fish (we thought they were fighting over it), then they separated with just one of them with the fish and started the bowing, etc.Then one started presenting it to the other again, then they both held on to both ends before separating.I took a lot of pictures, but forgot about shooting video.
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  21. Orange County RBA: July 13, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2017 @ 7:38am, 11 day(s) ago
    RBA
     
    * California
    * Orange County
    * July 13, 2017
    * CAOC17.07.13
     
    This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are capitalized and marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at  secretary@... .
     
    BIRDS MENTIONED
     
    Red Knot
    *WHITE-EYED VIREO*
    Tricolored Blackbird
    
    Three RED KNOT were reported at Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Huntington Beach on July 9. This species summers in Orange County in very small numbers (typically single digits), typically at Bolsa Chica.
    
    A *WHITE-EYED VIREO* was last reported at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on July 12. This male bird often sings and occasionally sits on a nest, and is frequently found in the general area around the BMX course. Please continue to document this bird if you find it and submit any documentation to Tom Benson at  secretary@... . 
    
    A TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD has been photographed at Heritage Park in Irvine and was last reported on July 11. The bird has generally been in the company of Red-winged Blackbirds and has very ragged white median coverts. This species used to be more common in the county, breeding in several different areas. Now, however, concurrent with its statewide decline, it is only ever a rarity in Orange County anymore, although we still seem to get one or two at Heritage Park each summer during the breeding season. 
    
    LOCAL EVENTS
    
    UPCOMING EVENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS
     
    The Dragonflies & Butterflies walk at San Joaquin Marsh will take place on July 19 from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Meet at the Audubon house. 
    
    The Bolsa Chica Wetlands bird walk will take place on July 20 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the Harriett Wieder Regional Park parking lot. 
    
    The Upper Newport Bay monthly bird walk will take place on July 30 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot. 
    
    UPCOMING EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS
     
    The next Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will take place on July 21 from 8:15am to 11:00am. Email Nancy Kenyon at  nancykenyon@...  to sign up.
     
    The Sea and Sage Audubon summer pelagic trip will occur on July 22 from 6:30am to 3:00pm. Email Nancy Kenyon at  nancykenyon@...  to sign up.
     
    The Sea and Sage Audubon Summer Barbecue will occur at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary on July 29 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. See here for more details, including signing up:  http://www.seaandsageaudubon. org/SpecialEvents/BBQ/ SummerBBQ.html .
     
     
    WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
     
    None scheduled.
     
     
    ****************************** ***************************
     
     
    The Orange County RBA and events summary is produced weekly by Ryan Winkleman and Jeff Bray in collaboration with Doug Willick. Sightings of rare birds can be posted to the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, emailed directly to Jeff Bray ( jbray4913@... ) and/or Ryan Winkleman ( rswinkleman@... ), and/or submitted to eBird ( http://ebird.org/content/ ebird ). Any supporting details (descriptions, photos, audio recordings, etc.) of rare sightings that are not already disclosed on the listserv or on eBird should also be emailed to Doug Willick  atdoug.willick@... .
     
    Those sightings that are included in this summary generally include those that are considered rare (regionally or seasonally) for Orange County based on "The Birds of Orange County: Status and Distribution" (Hamilton and Willick), "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn), and/or more contemporary changes in local or regional status and distribution. Rarities that regularly or seasonally occur at a particular location, such as annually wintering rarities on Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, are not included in this digest, but reports of these same species occurring at other, atypical locations throughout the county may be included. All bird reports are vetted to the extent possible prior to each publication, but in the interest of sharing information, the accuracy of any given report cannot always be guaranteed, nor can the presence of any given bird for those who choose to chase after them.
     
    Information on upcoming local events is taken largely from the Sea and Sage Audubon website ( http://www.seaandsageaudubon. org/ ). Sea and Sage Audubon is based out of the Audubon House at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. They sponsor a number of public field trips, special birding events, conservation lectures, and social gatherings throughout the year. Information regarding upcoming local events should be considered accurate at the time of this posting. However, for the most current information please refer to the field trip list on the Sea and Sage Audubon website athttp:// www. seaandsageaudubon.org/ FieldTrips/fieldtripscurrent. htm . It is also recommended that you refer to that website immediately prior to engaging in any field trip to confirm that trips are still occurring. If you know of additional upcoming events that are not sponsored directly by Sea and Sage Audubon, please email Ryan Winkleman and/or Jeff Bray for inclusion.
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  23. Pelagic Trip on July 22 still has room LINK
    DATE: Jul 12, 2017 @ 11:02pm, 11 day(s) ago
    There are still a few spots remaining on the Sea & Sage
    
    Audubon summer pelagic trip out of Dana Point on Saturday,
    
    July 22. Information on the trip and how to sign up for it
    
    can be found on our Sea and Sage webpage at:
    
    http://tinyurl.com/cv7vrsf
    
    Nancy Kenyon
    
    Irvine
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  25. Tricolored Blackbird at Heritage Park, Irvine LINK
    DATE: Jul 12, 2017 @ 12:28pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Hello OC Birders,
    
    Receiving confirmation of my Tricolored Blackbird ID seen yesterday in
    Heritage Park, Irvine, would allow me to add the species to my eBird list.
    
    Four photos have been uploaded to my Flickr site, starting with this
    following link and above: https://www.flickr.com/photos/77343719@N05/35478062690/in/dateposted/
    
    Thank you,
    
    Christiane Shannon
    Yorba Linda
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  27. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Important strategic planning survey LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2017 @ 1:28pm, 12 day(s) ago
    The OC Parks strategic planning survey ends tomorrow. Please get your voice in! The survey really only takes like 5 minutes, not even 10.
    
    bit.ly/OCPsurvey
    
    :D
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    On Jun 26, 2017 1:41 PM, " bettinae869@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@ yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      The OC Parks strategic planning surely deadline had been extended!! So, good news for those of you who haven't yet had a chance to fill it out.
    
    I do hope you'll please take a moment to do so.
    
    I hope everyone understands just how important it is that we have our voices heard. If you have been birding in Orange County for many years , like I have, or, have just been birding a short while, it's important. If you have seen all the changes with increased development and loss of open space, you know, the preservation of our parks, and, how they are being used is important!
    
    Please, take 10 minutes of your time to let them know that you use the parks to go birding in. And, how important it is to you that the parks are maintained as useful habitat and resources for the birds and other wildlife.
    
    Here is the link:
    
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r /OCParksCommunitySurvey
    
    And please, If you know others that may not be on this listserv often, pass it on to them.
    
    Bird every moment,
    
    Bettina Eastman
    
    Huntington Beach
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  29. Wilson’s Phalarope on Pond C at SJWS Today LINK
    DATE: Jul 7, 2017 @ 11:24am, 16 day(s) ago
    This morning (7/7) during the monthly count at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mark Kincheloe saw a single Wilson’s Phalarope on Pond C,
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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