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· Orange County RBA: January 19, 2017 (TODAY)
· Continuing Bald Eagle (Jan 18, 2017)
· Dana Point Harbor (Jan 16, 2017)
· Re: Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica (Jan 16, 2017)
· Re: Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica (Jan 16, 2017)
  1. Orange County RBA: January 19, 2017 LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 8:44am
    RBA
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    * California
    * Orange County
    * January 19, 2017
    * CAOC17.01.19
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    This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are marked with asterisks below. All documentation of review species should be forwarded to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at secretary@... .
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    BIRDS MENTIONED
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    Tundra Swan
    Eurasian Wigeon
    Tufted Duck
    Black Scoter
    Zone-tailed Hawk
    Mew Gull
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Glaucous Gull
    Hammondís Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Short-eared Owl
    Lewis's Woodpecker
    Mountain Bluebird
    Palm Warbler
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    *Rusty Blackbird*
    Summer Tanager
    Orchard Oriole
    Baltimore Oriole
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    †
    A TUNDRA SWAN was found at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on January 14. This is likely the same bird that was first seen on January 11 at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. The Seal Beach NWR is located within Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and is not open to the general public. If you are interested in visiting Seal Beach NWR, there are monthly public tours that require reservations to attend (see the trips section of this post).
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    Multiple EURASIAN WIGEONS are being seen in different locations in the county, including Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana, Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach, Craig Regional Park in Fullerton and Bolsa Chica Wetlands (viewed from Harriett M. Wieder Park) in Huntington Beach.
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    A TUFTED DUCK that was found on the Santa Ana River in Anaheim on November 20 was last reported on January 18. The bird is typically found to the east of the Lakeview Bridge.
    
    Two BLACK SCOTERS were seen off of Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach on January 13, followed by four Black Scoters on January 14.
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    Two ZONE-TAILED HAWKS were seen in the county this week. One was seen on January 14 in Rancho Santa Margarita flying over Alicia Pkwy and Santa Margarita Pkwy. The second bird was seen flying over the Santa Ana River near Lakeview on January 15.
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    A MEW GULL was found along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim to the east of the Lakeview Bridge.
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    A first cycle GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was at the Santa Ana River Lakes in Anaheim on January 14.† This species is rare to locally uncommon throughout most inland portions of the county.
    
    A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach on January 15 and was last seen on January 17. Itís been found to the southeast of the observation point (area to the north of the end of the walkbridge)
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    A HAMMONDíS FLYCATCHER was found along the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo on January 13. We donít have any other information on the exact location.
    †
    An EASTERN PHOEBE continued through January 18 near the Brightwater Trail above Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. This is presumably the same bird that was first found on November 22 of last year. Lately it has been most reliably found around the Fordham Lane entrance to the trail.
    †
    A SHORT-EARED OWL was observed hunting in the Bolsa Chica oil fields in Huntington Beach on January 12 at dusk. The bird was observed from the overlook at Harriett Wieder Regional Park.
    
    A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER first found on December 18 continued through January 17. The bird has been seen near the corner of Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon Road.
    †
    MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS that were originally discovered on December 7 continue to be seen at the southern end of the UCI Arboretum in Irvine as of January 15. The birds have been reported most often in a small, open field between the Arboretum maintenance yard and the standalone Child Development Center. It is possible to park between these two areas and look into the field, where the birds are most often seen perched in trees on the side of the field.
    †
    A PALM WARBLER was found at Mason Regional Park on December 30 and continued through January 17. It has been seen on the west side of the park around shelter number 1.
    †
    A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued on January 14 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton. Itís typically found with a flock of Chipping Sparrows.
    †
    A *RUSTY BLACKBIRD* was found at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana on January 6 and continued through January 16. The bird is typically found in the company of a roaming flock of Brewer's Blackbirds and/or Brown-headed Cowbirds.
    †
    A male SUMMER TANAGER continued at Mason Regional Park through January 16 along the western end of the creek that parallels University Drive.
    †
    An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through January 15. This is most likely a continuing bird that was first reported back on September 9. Itís been seen in the center of the Nature Center as well as to the west of the Nature Center in the eucalyptus trees that line the edge of the golf course.
    †
    An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE first reported on December 3 continued at Mason Regional Park in Irvine through January 16. It is typically found in the vicinity of the creek that flows through the northwestern part of the park.
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    †
    LOCAL EVENTS
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    UPCOMING TRIPS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS
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    The Bolsa Chica Bird Walk will be led by Vic Leipzig on January 19 from approximately 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the PCH lot.
    †
    The Upper Newport Bay monthly bird walk will be led by Mark Kincheloe on January 29 from approximately 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot.
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    The Riley Wilderness Park bird walk will be led by Diane Etchison on February 1 form approximately 8:00am to 12:00pm.
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    UPCOMING TRIPS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS
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    **** The winter pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor has been rescheduled for Sunday February 19th due to bad weather that is forecast for this coming weekend. It will still be from 7 am to 3 pm. For more details see: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html
    †
    Vic Leipzig will lead a two-day weekend trip at the Salton Sea on January 28 and 29. For more details see: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/SaltonSea.html
    †
    The monthly Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge public tour will be held on January 28 at 8:30 am. These tours are held on the last Saturday of each month. Reservations are required by the Wednesday before the trip; make your reservation by calling 562-598-1024.
    †
    †
    WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
    †
    Registration has begun for two raptor identification workshops to be taught by Bill Clark, with an introductory workshop from February 24-26 and an intermediate/advanced workshop the following weekend from March 3-5. You must enroll in advance by sending the registration form to Sylvia Gallagher. The enrollment form is located here: http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/Classes/BillClarksWorkshop.pdf
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    †
    †
    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 at doug.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) and/or "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn). 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/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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  3. Continuing Bald Eagle LINK
    DATE: Jan 18, 2017 @ 5:36pm, 1 day(s) ago
    While searching for the Tufted Duck along the Santa Ana River near Riverdale Park, which still escapes me, I ran across the Bald Eagle in the basin north of the Santa Ana River.For anyone who is interested, he was spotted at approximately
    
    33.854706, -117.822838.
    I got a photo from a long way off, but before I could get a second shot he flew southwest towards the west bound 91.Below is a link to my checklist and photo.
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33773219
    
    Regards, Chris Morrison
    
    
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  5. Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 8:51pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Ken and I saw a Black Turnstone on the outer breaker this morning and last Sunday during very low tide, the Black Oystercatchers were feeding on the rocks of Doheny Beach. Sachi Fukuman San Clemente
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  7. Re: Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 4:00pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Bob Schallmann just refound the Glaucous Gull in the same general area. Very VERY distant views. 3 of us here with scopes on it.
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 3:57 PM -0800, "Jeff Bray" < jbray4913@... > wrote:
    
    Dorian Anderson refound the Glaucous Gull about 3:15p. I had some brief glimpses and got a terrible digiscoped shot. It's was about half a mile out due east from the observation point at the end of the walkway on a sand bar. It flew about 3:45 and we can't find it currently.
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  9. Re: Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 3:57pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Dorian Anderson refound the Glaucous Gull about 3:15p. I had some brief glimpses and got a terrible digiscoped shot. It's was about half a mile out due east from the observation point at the end of the walkway on a sand bar. It flew about 3:45 and we can't find it currently.
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  11. Re: Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 9:42am, 3 day(s) ago
    I stopped by this morning to check for swans and gulls. No swans. No Glaucous Gull today. The tidal basin was mostly devoid of gulls. A whopping total of about 20 gulls, mostly Western, were on the mudflats at the far south end.
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
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  13. Re: Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 16, 2017 @ 9:26am, 3 day(s) ago
    If anyone chases this bird today, a yay or nay post would be appreciated.
    I'm working today, but would like to chase the Gull later if possible.
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
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  15. Continuing Eastern Phoebe and Rock Wren at Brightwater; 5 Swallows by Bolsa Pocket Pond; no swans LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2017 @ 3:58pm, 4 day(s) ago
    While walking at Brightwater trail above Bolsa Chica today I saw the continuing Easterm Phoebe near Fordham entrance on residential side. † The Rock Wren was foraging on the mesa/ground just †past the Brightwater trailside fence.† I walked down to the East Channel Overlook with benches near Winterberg flood channel to see if I could spot either the Mute or Tundra Swans reported earlier this month, but saw neither.† At least 5 Brandt were swimming in the Tidal Basin.† Then 2 swallows with brown cast in their dark upperparts zipped past.† Then I turned and saw three swallows flying briefly over the pocket pond, dark on top and white underneath.† My best guess would be Northern Rough Winged Swallows but I didn't get a good enough look to be positive--just quick glimpses of their fast and graceful flight.
    
    Good birding!
    Donna Heim
    Huntington Beach
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  17. Glaucous Gull, Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2017 @ 12:08pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Mike Huang photographed an apparent Glaucous Gull at Bolsa Chica. The bird was observed off the first lookout point after the walkbridge.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
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  19. Re: Zone-tailed Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2017 @ 11:45am, 4 day(s) ago
    That should be east if Lakeview, sorry, I was directionally challenged.
    
    And those were UN exciting Gulls.
    
    Voice to text... TG From A
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  21. Zone-tailed Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Jan 15, 2017 @ 11:11am, 4 day(s) ago
    Had a Zone tailed hawk fly over headed north while birding the Santa Ana River just east of Tustin Avenue with Sandy remley. The tufted duck is also present couple hundred yards east of Tustin Avenue in the the main river Channel. Large flock of an exciting gulls also present Trish gussler, Anaheim
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  23. continuing Tufted Duck in the Santa Ana River LINK
    DATE: Jan 14, 2017 @ 1:36pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, the Tufted Duck was swimming and diving in the still water just east of the Lakeview Bridge before the first tiny waterfall, next to a sandbar full of Common Mergansers.Although I didn't see it Edana and Lonnie both told me about Bald Eagles perched on poles down by Tustin Av.Neither Edana nor I saw any Wilson's Snipes today.
    
    I also saw multiple Spotted Sandpipers and Greater Yellowlegs, FOY for me.
    Rick Shearer HB
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  25. Re: Zone-tailed Hawk in RSM LINK
    DATE: Jan 14, 2017 @ 11:06am, 5 day(s) ago
    Just a short follow-up for those interested, the Zone-tailed Hawk is now back over the Arroyo Trabuco as of a few minutes ago. I observed it circling with Turkey Vultures and two Red-tailed Hawks generally in the vicinity of the Santa Margarita Parkway bridge, before it flew north towards the mountains.
    
    Since I don't have an actual camera anymore, my record of taking awful pictures of Zone-tails is not helped this morning, although ironically I took as good if not better photos digiscoping through my binoculars, which will be added into my eBird yard checklist for this morning.
    
    Wearing binoculars while doing yard work pays off! ;-P
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    
    RSM
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  27. Zone-tailed Hawk in RSM LINK
    DATE: Jan 14, 2017 @ 10:49am, 5 day(s) ago
    A Zone-tailed Hawk just flew directly over my house, flying northwest toward Oso Reservoir.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
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  29. North County birds LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2017 @ 12:51pm, 6 day(s) ago
    This morning I got out of my South County bubble and went north a bit. Jeff and I met up at Harriett Wieder at 6 am this morning to watch for Short-eared Owls. We dipped on any of those, but as Don said we did see a single Greater White-fronted Goose out with a flock of Canadas (which was being stalked by two coyotes). We did not see anything else notable.†
    
    We then went to the Brightwater Trail at Bolsa Chica, scrutinizing all of the pelicans in the Bolsa inner bay as we drove down PCH. At Brightwater we had two Loggerhead Shrikes perched separately not far off the trail fence, as well as the continuing Eastern Phoebe hanging around Fordham Lane. We were then surprised before leaving to find a swan...Phil Swan, the birder! Phil showed up and watched the phoebe with us.
    
    At Sunset Beach we sorted through hundreds of scoters from the south parking lot to the north, many of which were close to shore, but only found Surf Scoters. The surf was very choppy and unaccommodating, and that may explain our missing the Black Scoters that Don reported.
    
    I ended the morning by going out to Centennial Regional Park on my own, easily finding the Rusty Blackbird continuing with a flock of Brewer's Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. The flock moved around A LOT, which made me really happy when they would move from one side of the lake to the other. One female Brewer's with prominent white eyebrows was interesting to look at, though I couldn't obtain any photos. I also had the continuing Eurasian Wigeon, which was more difficult to find than I expected, randomly appearing after I searched and searched and then just as quickly disappearing again while I was walking around the lake.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
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  31. Ducks LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2017 @ 11:49am, 6 day(s) ago
    Had 2 male Black Scoters at Sunset Beach ; 1 Greater White-fronted and Eurasian Wigeon at Harriet Wielder and 2 male Greater Scaup at Bolsa Chica right off the walkbridge. Don Hoechlin. RMV
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  33. Short-eared Owl LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 5:53pm, 7 day(s) ago
    I stopped at Harriet Wieder Park at sundown to scope Bolsa Chica for swans. Didn't see any swans but did see a SHORT-EARED OWL flying over the oil fields.
    
    Roger Schoedl
    Huntington Beach
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  35. Orange County RBA: January 12, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:28am, 7 day(s) ago
    RBA † * California * Orange County * January 12, 2017 * CAOC17.01.12 † This is the Orange County, CA weekly Rare Bird Alert (RBA) and local events summary. California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species are 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 † Tundra Swan
    Eurasian Wigeon Tufted Duck Black Scoter Glaucous-winged Gull Hammondís Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Ash-throated Flycatcher Lewis's Woodpecker Pacific Wren
    Golden-crowned Kinglet Mountain Bluebird Black-and-white Warbler
    Palm Warbler *Rusty Blackbird* Summer Tanager
    Orchard Oriole Baltimore Oriole † † A TUNDRA SWAN was reported at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach on January 11. The bird was seen swimming southeast of the walkbridge in the inner bay area, and was last seen flying farther southeast, potentially into the full tidal area, around 2:15 pm on that day. As of this writing the bird has not been reported again on January 12. Based on photos that were supplied by the original observer, the bird is probably a Tundra Swan, but the ID has not been confirmed. If this were a Tundra Swan it would be the first Orange County record since December 30, 2013, when Jeff "I swear I actually do have a job" Bray found a 30-minute Wonder at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.
    A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana on January 7 and continued through January 11.
    A TUFTED DUCK that was found on the Santa Ana River in Anaheim on November 20 was last reported on January 10. The bird has thus far been reliably found in the vicinity of the bridge at Lakeview, sometimes in the river itself and sometimes in the associated groundwater recharge basins to the north of the main river channel. Lately it has been most reliably reported on the east side of Lakeview. †† A single BLACK SCOTER was seen off of Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach on January 6. † A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was photographed at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana on January 9. The first-cycle bird was swimming in the lake at the park. This species is uncommon to rare in inland Orange County. † A HAMMONDíS FLYCATCHER that was first reported on December 12 at Hummingbird Park in Aliso Viejo continued through January 11. This is at least the third winter that this bird has returned to this park, having been first documented in September 2014. Another Hammond's Flycatcher was found on January 7 at the "Tree Hill" area of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.† † An EASTERN PHOEBE continued †through January 10 near the Brightwater Trail above Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. This is presumably the same bird that was first found on November 22 of last year. Lately it has been most reliably found around the Fordham Lane entrance to the trail. † An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER that was found at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley on December 25 was last reported on January 7. The bird was seen in the pines along the golf course fence near the southernmost baseball field.†
    A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER first found on December 18 continued through January 10. The bird has been seen near the corner of Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon Road. †† A PACIFIC WREN that was found at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on December 26 continued through January 10. The bird has been found most reliably on the north side of the ďislandĒ where it often is seen at the base of a fallen tree stump with another tree growing straight up out of the fallen tree.† † A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET that was reported at Huntington Central Park in Huntington Beach on January 3 was last reported on January 7 below the Gothard parking lot. † MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS that were originally discovered on December 7 continue to be seen at the southern end of the UCI Arboretum in Irvine as of January 9. The birds have been reported most often in a small, open field between the Arboretum maintenance yard and the standalone Child Development Center. It is possible to park between these two areas and look into the field, where the birds are most often seen perched in trees on the side of the field.
    BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were seen throughout the county in the last week, including at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach, at Mason Regional Park in Irvine, at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in Mission Viejo, and at Aurora Park in Mission Viejo. † A PALM WARBLER was found at Mason Regional Park on December 30 and continued through January 7. It has been seen on the west side of the park around and south of the western exit. † A *RUSTY BLACKBIRD* was found at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana on January 6 and continued through January 11. The bird is typically found in the company of a roaming flock of Brewer's Blackbirds and/or Brown-headed Cowbirds. † Two SUMMER TANAGERS continued at Mason Regional Park through at least January 8, with the female-type last reported on January 8 and the adult male last reported on January 9. † An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE continued at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley through January 10. This is most likely a continuing bird that was first reported back on September 9. Itís been seen in the center of the Nature Center as well as to the west of the Nature Center in the eucalyptus trees that line the edge of the golf course. † An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE first reported on December 3 continued at Mason Regional Park in Irvine through January 9. It is typically found in the vicinity of the creek that flows through the northwestern part of the park. † † LOCAL EVENTS † UPCOMING TRIPS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS † The Bolsa Chica Bird Walk will be led by Vic Leipzig on January 19 from approximately 8:00am to 12:00pm. Meet at the PCH lot.
    † The Upper Newport Bay monthly bird walk will be led by Mark Kincheloe on January 29 from approximately 8:00am to 11:00am. Meet at the Big Canyon parking lot. † † UPCOMING TRIPS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS † Pete Bloom and Scott Thomas will hold their annual hawk banding trip in the Antelope Valley on January 15 from approximately 7 am to 2 pm. For more details see:† http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/Petes HawkTrip.html † The next monthly Upper Newport Bay pontoon boat trip will be held on January 18, followed by another on February 15. The January 18 trip is now full and has been waitlisted. For more details see:† http://www.seaandsageaudu bon.org/FieldTrips/ fieldtripscurrent.htm# UNBpontoon † The winter pelagic trip out of Dana Point Harbor will be held on January 21 from approximately 7 am to 3 pm. For more details see: http://www.seaandsageaudub on.org/FieldTrips/Trips/ Pelagic/PelagicTrips.html † Vic Leipzig will lead a two-day weekend trip at the Salton Sea on January 28 and 29. For more details see:† http://www.seaandsageaudu bon.org/FieldTrips/Trips/ SaltonSea.html † The monthly Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge public tour will be held on January 28 at 8:30 am. These tours are held on the last Saturday of each month. Reservations are required by the Wednesday before the trip; make your reservation by calling† 562-598-1024 . † † WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES † Registration has begun for two raptor identification workshops to be taught by Bill Clark, with an introductory workshop from February 24-26 and an intermediate/advanced workshop the following weekend from March 3-5. You must enroll in advance by sending the registration form to Sylvia Gallagher. The enrollment form is located here:† http://www.seaandsageaud ubon.org/Classes/BillClarksWor kshop.pdf † † ****************************** *************************** † † 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 at† doug.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) and/or "Birds of Southern California" (Garrett and Dunn). 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.seaandsageaudubo n.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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  37. Re: Tundra Swan report - Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2017 @ 5:42am, 8 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Late last night I received photos of the Bolsa Chica swan from the original observer, which I shared with Doug and Jeff since I will be sending out the RBA this morning. The photos are distant, slightly fuzzy being digiscoped, in bad lighting (glare), and the bird is turned very slightly away from the camera, but it is very obviously a swan. There is no knob evident on the bill, which appears to be dark, the bird's neck is held erect instead of curved, and its tail is held upward but appears to be on the stubbier side. However, several of these attributes could be confounded by the angle of the bird in the photos or by the age of the bird, and it is possible that the bird may have a smaller knob on its bill and/or that the tail may be longer than it appears.Doug and I are in agreement that the bird is "probably" a Tundra Swan, but better documentation will be needed to conclusively rule out that it is a juvenile Mute Swan.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
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  39. male Rusty Blackbird LINK
    DATE: Jan 11, 2017 @ 7:36pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Mimicking Doug's experience yesterday, I too was chasing the blackbird flock around the park on 9 Jan. Today, I brought some unsalted sunflower seeds (it turns out I'm allergic) and fed the whole crew. I was thus able to get ample photographs of the Rusty's rump in the process, while still managing to use the angle of the sun to my maximum disadvantage. In any event, after reviewing my photos and other pics online, I've come to the conclusion that this bird is, as first suspected, a male. It appears that a grayish cast to the rump as seen on this bird isn't especially unusual on winter males, and it won't result in the same degree of contrast as the gray rump on a winter female. I also get the impression from online pics that it would be difficult to find a winter female with the blackish undertail coverts with high-contrast, crisp pale edgings as are found on this bird. So, I'll keep trying to get better photos of this bird, but I'm getting more comfortable with the idea that it is a male.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140329376@N06/32138786851/in/datetaken-public/
    
    Jim Pike
    HB †
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  41. Swan at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 11, 2017 @ 3:56pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Alerted to a possible Tundra Swan, I visited Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.Driving north on Pacific Coast Highway at 2:15 PM, I saw a swan on the water in the southern part of Inner Bolsa Bay.(This is southeast of the boardwalk, consistent with the report from the visiting birder.)I'd say the bird was 100-200 yards from the highway.I stopped adjacent to the north tern island and got my binoculars on the bird for a just a moment before it flew, first toward me and then away to the south and east, possibly into the Full Tidal Basin.The bird was almost fully white except for some grayish on the head and neck.The bill looked all dark, as did the legs and feet.
    
    For the brief time that I saw the bird on the water, it held its neck up straight rather than in an S-curve.I'm inclined toward Tundra Swan rather than Mute Swan. Vic Leipzig
    Huntington Beach
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  43. Tundra Swan report - Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Jan 11, 2017 @ 1:27pm, 8 day(s) ago
    An out-of-town birder from Texas reported a Tundra Swan at Bolsa Chica to eBird, southeast of the walkbridge. His checklist was timed between 11:15 and noon today. I am attempting to acquire photos from him to determine if this is one of the Mute Swans that were recently there or if this was in fact a Tundra Swan. If anybody lives or works nearby and has time to verify the ID of the bird, I think everybody would probably be very grateful. His checklist mentions that he took digiscoped photos, so the bird may be distant.†
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
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  45. Centennial Park-update on Rusty Blackbird, etc. LINK
    DATE: Jan 10, 2017 @ 9:24pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I made a fairly brief stop at Centennial Park, Santa Ana, this afternoon, but timed it poorly, as was drizzling a good part of the time I was there.† Parked on the north side of the main lake, but at first didnít see any sign of the blackbird
    flock.† After seeing the male Eurasian Wigeon, I finally noticed a blackbird flock way off in the distance, southeast of the lake, towards the high school campus.† Figuring Iíd drive around to the other side, to get closer, the blackbird flock ends up flying
    back to the north side of the lake (which was nice), but were quite active, and difficult for me to keep up with them.† Got one clear look at the Rusty Blackbird (in a light drizzle), and just as I was getting close enough to better study the bird, off goes
    the flock again, flying west.† So drove around to the west side, and very quickly found a flock of blackbirds foraging near the athletic fields (even with a soccer game in progress) on the far west side of the park.† In the 20 seconds, or so, that I had to
    look through the flock, I didnít see the Rusty, and then off this flock went again, this time towards the Santa Ana River immediately west of the park.† That flock really gets around.† Unfortunately I wasnít able to determine if the flock on the west side
    was the same one that earlier had had the Rusty Blackbird.† Anyway, I donít know if this is typical behavior for these birds, but if anyone stills planning on heading over to look for the Rusty Blackbird, better bring your jogging shoes.† The Eurasian Wigeon
    was much more obliging. J † Doug Willick Orange, CA †
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  47. Orchard Oriole and Snow Goose at Mile Square LINK
    DATE: Jan 10, 2017 @ 2:51pm, 9 day(s) ago
    At around 1100, I found the Orchard Oriole and one Bullock's Oriole in the
    nature center at the west chain link fence. They were in a short tree at
    the fence line for alittle whileand flew across the path into a
    tangle of bushes. The BUOR came out a couple times to look around and then
    dived into the tangle and disappeared along with the OROR. There was also
    a third bird that I thought could possibly be a young OROR. It was all
    yellow on the underside with a short black bib that pinched in at the gape area
    and no eyeline. The billwas curved, and the wingbars were not
    large. I wasn't able to get any photos of any of the birds as I spent time
    looking at them, and then they disappeared too quickly. I'll show this 3rd
    bird as an Oriole ssp in ebird.
    
    I couldn't find a Cackling Goose today (either here or at Centennial
    Regional), but the Snow Goose finally showed up near the south end of the north
    lake as the rain became heavy around 1230.
    
    Edana
    Salisbury
    Buena Park, CA
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  49. Misc bird LINK
    DATE: Jan 10, 2017 @ 12:54pm, 9 day(s) ago
    Lewis Woodpecker still present at Santiago Cyn and Modjeska Cyn intersection ; Bald Eagle at Irvine Lake and Tufted Duck still at Santa Ana River east of Lakeview. Don Hoechlin. RMV
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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