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· Long-tailed Duck (male) still there in Bolsa Chica (Dec 6, 2016)
· mile square (Dec 5, 2016)
· Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Leucistic/albino black crowned night heron in Newport Beach (Dec 5, 2016)
· Leucistic/albino black crowned night heron in Newport Beach (Dec 5, 2016)
· Hooded Mergamsers (Dec 5, 2016)
  1. Long-tailed Duck (male) still there in Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Dec 6, 2016 @ 4:13pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, the male Long-tailed Duck swam right up to the footbridge as I walked in from the PCH parking lot.He came to his senses soon thereafter and swam the heck away from me.
    
    Good pics (I think) here.
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32898077
    
    Tide was rising, mid afternoon, lots of Brants resting in the full tidal area.
    Rick Shearer HB
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  3. mile square LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 5:31pm, 2 day(s) ago
    While photographing hummingbirds in the nature center today, I spotted an active Anna's Hummingbird nest about twelve feet up in a eucalyptus tree. The hybrid sapsucker continued in the Jim Roe Memorial Euc nearby. After the nature center closed, a Western Flycatcher was poorly seen but repeatedly heard calling in the tall eucs to the west of the main entrance, where one wintered last year.
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
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  5. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Leucistic/albino black crowned night heron in Newport Beach LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 2:59pm, 2 day(s) ago
    *Correction*
    Last night's date was 12/4/16
    
    -Mark Girardeau
    Mission Viejo, CA
    
    On Monday, December 5, 2016 2:58 PM, Mark Girardeau wrote:
    
    *Correction*
    The date last night was 12/4/16
    
    On Monday, December 5, 2016 2:42 PM, Mark Girardeau wrote:
    
    *Correction*
    
    Last night's date was 12/4/16
    
    On Monday, December 5, 2016 2:38 PM, "markgphotos@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" wrote:
    
     Last night 12/6/16 I spotted a leucistic or albino night heron on the dock in front of Newport Landing. I had just gotten off the Nautilus vessel after a Christmas harbor cruise and I spotted the bird right on the end of the dock next to the fuel/snack shop for boaters. It was not very shy and allowed me to stay pretty close, when I left, it was still there and hopefully will be found by someone during the daytime. The dock it was on is owned by Newport Landing Whale Watching and Sportfishing but you might be able to ask them if you can go down there to look.
    
    Coordinates are 33.603985 - 117.900492
    
    It's the dock directly in front of the outdoor patio area from the Newport Landing Restaurant and where the Nautilus vessel is usually tied up at.
    
    Mark Girardeau - Leucistic black-crowned night heron | Facebook
    
    Mark Girardeau - Leucistic black-crowned night heron | ... Leucistic black-crowned night heron
    
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    -Mark Girardeau
    Mission Viejo, CA
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  7. Leucistic/albino black crowned night heron in Newport Beach LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 2:35pm, 2 day(s) ago
    Last night 12/6/16 I spotted a leucistic or albino night heron on the dock in front of Newport Landing. I had just gotten off the Nautilus vessel after a Christmas harbor cruise and I spotted the bird right on the end of the dock next to the fuel/snack shop for boaters. It was not very shy and allowed me to stay pretty close, when I left, it was still there and hopefully will be found by someone during the daytime. The dock it was on is owned by Newport Landing Whale Watching and Sportfishing but you might be able to ask them if you can go down there to look.
    Coordinates are 33.603985 - 117.900492
    It's the dock directly in front of the outdoor patio area from the Newport Landing Restaurant and where the Nautilus vessel is usually tied up at.
    Mark Girardeau - Leucistic black-crowned night heron | Facebook
    
    Mark Girardeau - Leucistic black-crowned night heron | ... Leucistic black-crowned night heron
    
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    -Mark Girardeau Mission Viejo, CA
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  9. Hooded Mergamsers LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 9:55am, 2 day(s) ago
    Yesterday there was a pair of Hooded mergansers at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress. They were in the "ditch" at the first hole of the Cruiser Course.
    
    I am continually surprised at the number of birds I see while playing this course. Some day I'll have to go for a day of birding and get an actual species count.
    
    Sheri Peterson
    Yorba Linda
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  11. Santa Ana River --Lakeview Avenue LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 8:33am, 2 day(s) ago
    Sunday morning, Dec 4, there was an immature Mew Gull in the pond west of the Lakeview Ave, where the Tufted Duck was originally found last month.
    
    The adult Bald Eagle also continued sitting on a pole west of the Lakeview Ave, close to Tustin Ave.
    
    There was a Palm Warbler on the ground one south side of the pond just east of Lakeview Avenue, GPS: 33.85686 -117.81269. It then flew to the north side of the pond.
    
    The Tufted Duck continued in the river just east of Lakeview Avenue.
    
    Some photo of the birds mentioned:
    
    https://flic.kr/p/PPYVew
    
    https://flic.kr/p/Pjxn7y
    
    https://flic.kr/p/PEq63L
    
    Mike Huang
    
    Irvine
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  13. Santiago Park (Santa Ana), Saturday LINK
    DATE: Dec 5, 2016 @ 2:13am, 3 day(s) ago
    Sorry the for late post here, but just a few minor things.† On Saturday, 3 December, birding at Santiago Park in northeast Santa Ana (with Shawn Nielsen), we had the continuing female plumaged Summer Tanager, and one or two male Black-throated
    Gray Warblers.† The Summer Tanager was along the trail on the far south side of the park, in tall sycamores behind the lawn bowling facility.† The lawn bowling area is in the western half of this linear park, west of Santiago Street. †A Huttonís Vireo and
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were in the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, in the eastern section of the park. (I presume itís because of a lack of ďtypicalĒ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher habitat that Iíve only seen a couple Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at Santiago Park, over the
    many years of birding the site.) † Doug Willick Orange County, CA †
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  15. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Long-tailed Duck (1st Winter Male?) at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 10:20pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Kirk,
    
    Yes, the male that has been present is a first-winter bird. A second-winter male would look much closer to an adult male in its winter (basic) plumage, but would have reduced tail feathers and would otherwise still retain some of its juvenile feathers in its wings and belly.
    
    Ryan Winkleman
    RSM
    
    On Dec 4, 2016 10:10 PM, " benson.kirk@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@y ahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    † I was pleased to see this single Long-tailed Duck on Saturday afternoon at Bolsa Chica, he was diving in the outer channel along the PCH trail about halfway between the PCH lot and the tide gates.†
    Is this a first winter male
    Kirk Benson Yorba Linda
    http://www.pbase.com/ kirkbenson/image/164629957/ original.jpg
    
    http://www.pbase.com/ kirkbenson/image/164629956/ ori ginal.jpg
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  17. Long-tailed Duck (1st Winter Male?) at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Dec 3, 2016 @ 7:44pm, 4 day(s) ago
    I was pleased to see this single Long-tailed Duck on Saturday afternoon at Bolsa Chica, he was diving in the outer channel along the PCH trail about halfway between the PCH lot and the tide gates.
    Is this a first winter male
    Kirk Benson Yorba Linda
    http://www.pbase.com/kirkbenson/image/164629957/original.jpg
    
    http://www.pbase.com/kirkbenson/image/164629956/ original.jpg
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  19. another? Summer Tanager LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 6:34pm, 3 day(s) ago
    We stopped at Mason Regional Park this morning and found a female Summer Tanager - first seen near the entrance station but it then flew further west. Presumably a second bird, as the one reported in the past week was said to be a bright male. One female Common Goldeneye was still on the lake, and we had a Nashville Warbler in the southeast corner near the concrete sluiceway. No sign of the Baltimore Oriole or Black-and-White Warbler, although we heard the latter had been seen before we arrived. Both Long-tailed Ducks and the immature Yellow-crowned Night-heron were still present at Bolsa Chica.
    
    Good birding,
    Cathy McFadden & Paul Clarke
    Claremont
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  21. Mason Regional Red-naped Sapsucker LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 8:42pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders, a few of us saw a Red-naped Sapsucker in the far northwest corner of the park as well as the recurring Summer Tanager.I also saw two Goldeneyes in the pond to the east of the bridge.Did not see the Baltimore Oriole, but one of the persons on the sapsucker said that he did see it.
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32855873
    
    Rick Shearer HB
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  23. Seal Beach NWR trip 12/3/2016 LINK
    DATE: Dec 4, 2016 @ 7:29am, 4 day(s) ago
    Yesterday morning
    (December 3) Jeff Bray and I led the Sea and Sage Audubon field trip to the
    Seal Beach NWR, with Slader Buck and Carolyn Vance escorting our group of 20
    attendants. While we missed some hit-or-miss great birds for the county, it was
    still a fabulous morning. We started at the Nature Center, where we found three
    continuing and cooperative Pacific Golden-Plovers, which gave quite close looks
    for those who opted to walk a ways down the railroad tracks to where they were (otherwise they were viewable through scopes from a distance).
    From here we also had a distant look at a Reddish Egret, and Long-billed
    Curlews were in abundance throughout the trip, with an estimated trip total of
    150, many of which were at our first stop at the Nature Center. We next went
    out to the bare dirt fields, where we had five species of geese (hundreds of Canada,
    five Cackling, 14 Snow, one Rossís, and four Greater White-fronted), two
    Ferruginous Hawks (both light and dark morphs), and a distant Lapland Longspur (mixed
    in with a large-ish flock of Horned Larks). The dark morph Ferruginous gave
    excellent looks to all in attendance as it lifted off from the field in front
    of us and then made several passes circling directly overhead. On our way to
    Hog Island we spotted our sixth goose species, a quartet of Brant. On Hog
    Island, we had a single Large-billed Savannah Sparrow as well as a single
    Nelsonís Sparrow, the latter of which gave us easily the best look Iíve ever had of this
    species on the base, sitting up at the top of bare vegetation, in the open, for
    a good 20-30 seconds. Loggerhead Shrikes and Belted Kingfishers were in good
    supply throughout the trip, with trip counts of five shrikes and seven
    kingfishers. Raptors seen during the trip included Turkey Vulture, Osprey,
    Northern Harrier, Cooperís Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, American
    Kestrel, and Peregrine Falcon. We ended the trip at noon with a total count of
    87 distinct species.†
    Thank you to Carolyn, Slader, and the Seal Beach NWS/NWR
    for supporting Sea and Sageís Seal Beach field trips!
    Ryan Winkleman RSM
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  25. Misc.O.C.birds LINK
    DATE: Dec 3, 2016 @ 6:37pm, 4 day(s) ago
    This morning at Mason Regional Park a male BALTIMORE ORIOLEwas frequenting the north side of the park, west of the lake. It was associating with a female Bullock's Oriole...Closer to the north west corner of the park was a BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER...A young male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was west of the lake..At Bolsa Chica thefemale LONG-TAILED DUCK continues ,as did the young YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON.. Cheers..Howard King,,riverside
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  27. Re: Williamson's Sapsucker LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 10:02pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Don Hoechlin and I were granted permission by a local resident and arrived just before 10 am. Don had spotted the Williamson's Sapsucker off one of pines directly on Calle Aragon (the pine most adjacent to the staircase at its previously noted location). During most of our 3 hour duration (10-1), the bird was visible and very cooperative.
    
    Short bursts to adjacent pines were noted due west though it continued to return and favor the one pine on Calle Aragon and spent most of its time drumming at this location.
    
    Good views of its red chin and other field markings were visible throughout despite the swaying branches, flying pine needles and wind tossed branches. No vocalizations were heard the entire time. Outside of this species, there was little bird activity more than likely due to gusty winds as compared to previous visits.
    
    I've uploaded a few images including one full profile image with the majority of the field markings in full view. Thank you Jamie for this amazing find.
    
    Williamson's Sapsucker (Rare Orange County, CA) (#848)
    
    Williamson's Sapsucker (Rare Orange County, CA) (#84... Full profile. Photo taken in Laguna Woods, CA on December 2, 2016
    
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    Anthony Gliozzo Mission Viejo
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  29. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 4:12pm, 5 day(s) ago
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  31. Williamson's Sapsucker LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 3:11pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Spend over an hour today (midday), with a group of birders and curious locals, †observing the male Sapsucker at the same tree he was originally spotted on in Laguna Woods Village.
    
    Also spied him yesterday, briefly, in a tall Canary Island Pine near cul de sac 34.
    
    And, as yesterday and all previous sightings, only a single male was spotted.
    
    Jamie Fidler
    LWV
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  33. bolsa LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 2:42pm, 5 day(s) ago
    I'm not planning on providing daily updates (unless by popular demand and/or a stipend), but the subadult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continued this afternoon in the Brazilian pepper at Bolsa Chica. It was essentially in the same spot, although a little closer to the water's edge, and thus more secluded than yesterday. The only Long-tailed Duck I noticed today was the female.†
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
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  35. White Pelicans LINK
    DATE: Nov 28, 2016, 10 day(s) ago
    About 14 White Pelicans on Veeh reservoir in Laguna Hills this morning.
    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid
    
    On Nov 28, 2016 12:27 AM, OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com wrote:
    
    OrangeCountyBirding:† To promote discussion & share bird info. Group
    
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    Reminder - UNB trip tomorrow
    
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    Common Goldeneyes at MRP
    
    Sat Nov†26,†2016 12:48†pm (PST) . Posted by:
    
    Met my brother-in-law (Phil Brown) at Mason Regional Park this morning, to give a look for the Common Goldeneye, and whatever else might still be around. We ended up seeing two Common Goldeneyes (both female types, one on either "lobe" of the lake--both seen simultaneously) . Very windy (often 10-15 mph), so finding landbirds not easy.
    
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    Orange, CA
    
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    Black-and-white Warbler at MRP
    
    Sat Nov†26,†2016 1:42†pm (PST) . Posted by:
    
    Besides the two Common Goldeneyes reported a bit ago, there is also a male type Black-and-white Warbler at Mason Regional Park, early afternoon, low in trees and shrubs (Myoporum and small willows) on far west side of park, near north end. 26 November, 2016.
    
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  37. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 11:28am, 5 day(s) ago
    Is there a problem for Western Grebes There was also a dead Western Grebe in Southeast Huntington Beach next to Banning Avenue and the Talbert Channel this week. This morning there were four Royal Terns at HB State Parkon the water's edge at Magnolia Street Beach. They have beenwintering there for several years.Always a happy sight.
    Marinka Horack Huntington Beach
    From: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com on behalf of sachiko25@... [OrangeCountyBirding]
    
    Sent: Friday, December 2, 2016 5:16 AM
    
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Dana Point Harbor
    
     Ken and I walked to the opening of San Juan Creek at Doheny State Park. There were was a Northern Shoveler and a pair of Green-Winged Teals as well as Black-Bellied Plovers, Willets, Sanderlings, Black-Necked Stilts, and many Ring-Billed Gulls with
    Western Gulls. While kayaking, we found the paired Black Oystercatchers on the breakwater. Since the arrival of the Western Grebes in the fall, we have also seen quite a few dead ones every time we go out kayaking, from 2-4. Sachi Fukuman San Clemente
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  39. Long-tailed Ducks LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 9:22am, 5 day(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders in spite of wind and tide the ducks are still here on the PCH side of inner Bolsa not too far north of the PCH parking lot
    
    Rick Shearer
    
    HB
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  41. Peregrine Falcon at Laguna Coast WP [11/25, 11/26] LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 4:15am, 6 day(s) ago
    My apologies for this belated post.
    
    On Saturday, November 26 - in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - I was hiking the Little Sycamore Trail towards Serrano Ridge when I saw and heard a Peregrine Falcon. This was a little before 12:45pm. Bird was initially soaring, then stooped, and eventually found a perch on the sandstone cliffs to the right of the trail. The location on the trail from which I observed and photographed the Peregrine was between the first and second bridge crossings. I watched the bird for about 5 minutes and then continued on to catch-up with my family.
    
    On the return trip back to the Nix Nature Center I stopped several times to look at and photograph the bird, which was perched at the same spot on cliff. The last look I got was around 1:30pm. When I reported this sighting to Laura Cohen, she was pleased and informed me that on the previous day's "Thanksgiving Wobble Walk" hike a number of participants - including her - saw the Peregrine.
    
    I wonder if this is an overwintering bird
    
    Photos at:
    Peregrine Falcon at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
    
    Peregrine Falcon at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park flickr-free-ic 3d pan white Explore Recent Photos TrendingNew Flickr VR The Commons Galleries World Map Camera Finder The Weekly Flickr Flickr Blog C...
    
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    Rich Schilk
    Fullerton, CA
    
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  43. Goldeneye and Summer Tanager at Mason RP LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 12:54am, 6 day(s) ago
    On an afternoon visit to Mason Regional today(Dec 1) I found the continuing female Common Goldeye. She swam steadily away from me after I found her in the southern end of the western portion of the lake.
    I went to look for the Black and White Warblers but found a very brightly colored male Summer Tanager in the NW portion of the park. At about 4pm I saw him flying from the NW corner into a medium sized eucalyptus just over the small ditch west of the parking lot there. I believe this is a continuing bird as there is an ebird report from a month or two back for a male. He was quite vocal for a few minutes sitting in the open there for at least 20 minutes before I left the area. My little camera strained at the distance since he sat far up but I was able to get some barely focused ID worthy shots. I never found the warblers.
    https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32813835
    
    Cris Whetstone Fountain Valley
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  45. Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 9:16pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Ken and I walked to the opening of San Juan Creek at Doheny State Park. There were was a Northern Shoveler and a pair of Green-Winged Teals as well as Black-Bellied Plovers, Willets, Sanderlings, Black-Necked Stilts, and many Ring-Billed Gulls with Western Gulls. While kayaking, we found the paired Black Oystercatchers on the breakwater. Since the arrival of the Western Grebes in the fall, we have also seen quite a few dead ones every time we go out kayaking, from 2-4. Sachi Fukuman San Clemente
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  47. 4 Vermilion Flycatchers at Great Park in Irvine - 1 DEC LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 5:38pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I stopped by The "not-so" Great Park in Irvine this evening at dusk and found at least 4 Vermilion Flycatchers there. 2 Adult Males, 1 Adult Female and 1 Juvenile Male. They were all flycatching in the same area around the small ponds that are just to the south and east of the reflecting ponds here . Not much else was around aside from the usual suspects. †
    
    eBird list here with a few photos:
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32814334
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  49. Common Goldeneyes & Short-Eared Owls at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2016 @ 4:49pm, 6 day(s) ago
    I just got a call from Peter Knapp, who works for Fish & Wildlife at Bolsa Chica.He advised me that he saw 3 female Common Goldeneyes in the nonpublic area today (Dec. 1) in a pond near the F&W trailer at the end of Graham.They were feeding with 3 Eared Grebes.He said they would not be visible to the public, but suggested to look into Cell 50 from the Wintersburg Channel, as he thinks they might go in there.That cell is along the channel on the right past the bridge and viewpoint as you head away from the ocean.
    In addition, Peter also has seen two different Short-eared Owls this week in Nest Site 1, which is the sandy nesting area behind the fence at the end of the PCH walkbridge (Nest Site 1 runs quite a ways down).So keep your eyes open, as they might be flying around in an area visible to the public!
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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