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  1. American oystercatcher LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2015 @ 4:36pm, 1 year(s) ago
    On 32 st jetty in Newport Beach now
    John Sterling.
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95696
    530 908-3836
    Sent from my iPhone
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  3. Jaeger at Bolsa Chica this morning LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2015 @ 5:57pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Had a juvenile Jaeger at the Bolsa Chica walkbridge this morning that I am pretty sure is Pomarine. I have posted four pretty awful photos to "Bolsa Chica Jaeger 9/20/15." It had the deep belly that I would expect, and in some photos the wings look broad - in others, of course, they look narrow. Similarly, the beak looks either thick or thinnish depending on angle. The barring on the upper tail-coverts is warm, suggesting Parasitic, but I understand Pomarines can have this too. The very short tail "streamers" look rounded, but none of the photos of these are clear. It was seen twice, both times chasing terns, and the flight looked more like Parasitic than Pomarine. There appeared, in some photos, to be a second wing flash, suggesting Pomarine.
    So everything points to Pomarine except the warm barring and flight (and, in some photos, fairly narrow appearance to the wings and beak). Also, looking at this June's Birding magazine, juvenile Pomarines are relatively uncommon along the west coast in fall.
    So, I defer to those far better than I for opinions.
    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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  5. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Bobolinks cont San Joaquin Marsh pond E LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2015 @ 5:10pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Both Bobolinks seen at 5 pm close to the west end of Pond E and flushed by a bishop to the far east end by the parking lot observation point. Thanks John from Tennessee for spotting!
    Ryan Winkleman
    On Sep 15, 2015 1:37 PM, "Liga Auzins llauzins@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> wrote:
     OC birders,
    Both Bobolinks continue in Pond E. Observed at regular intervals from 10:30 until I left at 11:15. No certain sightings of Dickcissel so far as I heard.
    Tom Wurster
    Garden Grove
    Sent from my iPhone
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  7. Re: Birds/Biard's Sandpiper = Baird's Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Aug 5, 2015 @ 12:29pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Baird's Sandpiper (note spelling) was named by John James Audubon... to
    honor Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887). Baird was a prominent North
    American Ornithologist associated with the Smithsonian Institution. "He
    encouraged the zoological exploration of North America by placing
    naturalists at strategic locations and on various government surveying
    expeditions" (from Mearns book Audubon to Xantus). He was the one that
    put Adolphus Heermann on one of the early Railroad Surveys of California...
    a survey that produced many specimens and new species for the Museum.
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
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  9. Harriet Wieder Park Count Highlights LINK
    DATE: Jul 17, 2015 @ 4:25pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Our monthly count today, July 17, at Harriett Wieder Park produced some interesting highlights. First, the best to me was that we had SEVEN Cooper's Hawks. FIVE were immature birds all seen at the same time. Plus two different adults, a male & female, seen separate from the immatures. The immatures are probably from at least two separate family groups, as we had two young ones last month, and we saw three together this morning before we saw them all at the same time. They were making a lot of noise, calling raucously. Needless to say, they seemed to be keeping our count of land birds to a minimum. Other good sightings were two Bell's Vireos, an adult and 1 juvenile, which confirms nesting here; 79 Wilson's Phalaropes in the John Thomas Leasehold ponds (at the far northeastern end--there is water there); a Bewick's Wren; and one Hutton's Vireo. Other young birds include a Lesser Goldfinch nest with 3 chicks, a female Gadwall with 2 youngsters, and a pair of Am. Coots with two young ones. In addition to birds, we also saw two adult coyotes right outside the playground, and further east, a female coyote with two young ones.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  11. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] BRIDLED TERN - no sign this morning, as far as I know LINK
    DATE: Jun 24, 2015 @ 12:20pm, 2 year(s) ago
    I left about 11:30 and the bird had not been seen, as I understand it, by anyone all morning (and someone said they started at 5:00).
    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.
    From: "EDWARD STONICK edstonick@... [OrangeCountyBirding]" <> To: Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:38 AM Subject: RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] BRIDLED TERN
    Has anyone tried for the bird this morning Did the birds in the previous records stick around for any period of time Regards, Ed Ed Stonick Pasadena, CA edstonick@... --------------------------------------------
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  13. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Vesper Sparrow @ Harriet Wieder Reg. Park and Blackburnian @ Laguna Niguel Reg. Park. LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2015 @ 6:57am, 2 year(s) ago
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  15. 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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  17. 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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  19. 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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  21. 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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  23. 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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  25. 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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  27. 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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  29. 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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  31. 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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  33. Fw: [CALBIRDS] Olive backed pipit LINK
    DATE: Nov 5, 2014 @ 8:00am, 2 year(s) ago
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  35. 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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  37. 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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  39. 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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  41. 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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  43. 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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  45. Highlights of Harriett Wieder Monthly Count of 6-20-14 LINK
    DATE: Jun 20, 2014, 3 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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  47. John Baca Park LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2014, 3 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.
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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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  49. 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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