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  1. Palm Warbler and Golden Eagle in Mason Regional Park, Irvine LINK
    DATE: Oct 5, 2016 @ 2:16pm, 7 month(s) ago
    Hi OC Birders.I birded by myself then was joined by Terry Hill, Sharon and Mark, who came from a bird count in the UCI Marsh.Once they joined me we found the Palm Warbler in the grass and the Golden Eagle in the air.
    John Chappel gave us the clue we needed to find the Palm Warbler.Looking south from the restroom to the sandy playground / volleyball area the birds was to the right of the sand in the grass amongst some exercise stations.The eagle circled the park various times, and even dove after something in the east end, but must have missed because it came right back up.
    My eBird report:
    Rick Shearer Huntington Beach
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  3. Palm Warbler continues @ Mason Reg. LINK
    DATE: Oct 4, 2016 @ 7:23pm, 7 month(s) ago
    The Palm Warbler Jeff found at Mason Regional Park was re-found this afternoon by John C, Carl and myself. It was foraging on the lawns west of the lake and generally associating with a group of ground foraging Yellow-rumped Warblers. They moved around a bit but it's yellow covert/vents helped it standout as does it's slightly smaller size.
    It runs fast in straight lines and generally stays at a bit of distance but forages out in the open for somewhat easy spotting and photography. One behavior note is a tendency to do tail pumps sometimes similar to a Spotted Sandpiper if they are bit shorter and stiffer.
    Cris Whetstone
    Fountain Valley
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  5. Highlights of Today’s Harriett Wieder Park Count LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2016 @ 4:35pm, 7 month(s) ago
    There weren’t any exceptional birds today (9/16) on the Harriett Wieder Park Count.Best birds were 1 White-throated Swift and 7 Vaux’s Swifts, and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes (in the Bolsa Chica cell below the helipad).Other highlights included 5 White-faced Ibis, 4 Pacific Slope Flycatchers, 14 Greater Yellowlegs that flew over Harriett Wieder Park while calling during our tally, and 5 Soras.We had a number of hawks today--two juvenile Cooper’s Hawks just outside the playground area, 1 juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in the same area, plus two RTHA at the far northeastern end, Northern Harrier, and several Am. Kestrels, including a family of 3 at the far n.e. end (M, F, Juv.) that were fighting/competing with a Belted Kingfisher over who was going to sit on a particular wire, especially since there was no water there for the BEKI (the John Thomas Leasehold area at that end).
    We also had no water again in the cell looking out from the playground, although the next two cells to the right have water, and there was water in the cell below the helipad.
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  7. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Baird's Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2016 @ 9:44am, 8 month(s) ago
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  9. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Two Yellow-crowned Night-herons at Bolsa Chica LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2016 @ 6:46pm, 8 month(s) ago
    After I posted this morning, and got in to get a better look, I also thought there were 2 YCNH there.
    I sent my pics off to Ryan W. for a second opinion, but he was out chasing Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.
    Here's a few pics I uploaded.
    When I first saw them, I thought the one on the left was a Black-crowned, until I got up closer.
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim.
    On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 6:27 PM, terrynjohn@... [OrangeCountyBirding] < > wrote:
      This afternoon (8/21), Dave Telford called me about 4:00 to tell me the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron was in the pocket pond at Bolsa Chica, on the north side by the hill where the cement culvert comes out.  I got there at 4:15 and Dave and Sharon had left, but I quickly found the YCNH and moved around the bushes to get a better angle and took pictures.  After 15 minutes, I started to leave.  As I got back around the bushes, I looked back and saw 2 of them!  So I went back around, saw 1 and then found the other and took pictures of it and then took pictures of the other one in view (they were within 10-15 feet of each other).  They were still there when I left about 5:00 p.m.  I’ve uploaded my pictures into my computer, and they both look like YCNH to me, although one appeared to be a little smaller (perhaps a little younger).  I took a lot of pictures, but I put 4 of them on Flickr right away, ones that show the markings on the back.  Hope I’m right!  Very exciting!
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  11. Lucy's Warbler John Baca Park Huntington Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 14, 2016 @ 11:47am, 8 month(s) ago
    An adult Lucy's Warbler made brief appearance on the slope below the houses on the North side of the park, east of the sidewalk from Ellis St., 11:30 14 Aug 2016
    Tom Wurster and Liga Auzins Wurster
    Garden Grove
    Sent from my iPhone
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  13. Solitary Sandpiper is back LINK
    DATE: Aug 14, 2016 @ 8:38am, 8 month(s) ago
    SOSA just returned to John Baca Park. Currently in the NE corner. Good birding,
    Steve Sosensky
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  15. Greater Scaup at Bolsa Chica etc. LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2016 @ 1:47am, 9 month(s) ago
    I visited the Bolsa Chica Pocket Marsh on Saturday, 30 July and saw what I
    thought at first was a female Lesser Scaup, but after further study I think
    it may have been a Greater Scaup. The bill nail appears to expand across
    the bill tip and the head diameter seems to be about 1/3 of body length at
    the water line. Distant digiscoped images are at...
    Corrections welcome.
    Two Reddish Egrets were still present...
    One Ridgway's Rail by the boardwalk...'sRailP1080515.htm
    Also one Brant....
    On 08 Jul 2016 15:26:07 -0700, " terrynjohn@...
    [OrangeCountyBirding]" < > wrote:
    >We had 15 participants in our Bolsa Chica count today (June 8), which covers 5 areas. The major highlight, of course, was the Elegant Terns. Although we know there are 30,000 to 40,000 of them, our rules are to count what we can see from the public area. The group doing that area (The Inner Bolsa) has to look from the boardwalk
    or just past the boardwalk, and not all of them are visible. Their estimate of what they could see was 10,000, plus assorted others not in the tight group. Our total of Elegants for today was 10,255. The Inner Bay group said there weren’t many on North Tern Island today, mainly on Nest Site 1.
    > Other highlights were 1 female Lesser Scaup in the Pocket Pond/Marsh, 2 Reddish Egrets (1 in the Pocket Pond, 1 in Outer Bolsa seen at the same time), 2 Peregrine Falcons (one came through the Outer Bay and dispersed the shorebirds we fortunately had just counted), 2 Osprey, 2 Ridgway’s Rails (both adults), 126 Least Terns
    (including 6+ juveniles), 115 Black Skimmers, and shorebirds coming back south, including 971 Western Sandpipers. We did NOT see the Horned Grebe today, nor any Red Knots (perhaps they’ve moved on).
    > Terry Hill
    > Huntington Beach, California
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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  17. Summer Tanager at HCP LINK
    DATE: May 12, 2016 @ 1:18pm, 12 month(s) ago
    At high noon in Huntington Central Park, a bright red SUMMER TANAGER was moving around the trees immediately south of Half-moon Pond (southeast of Slater St parking lot).At John Baca Park (off Ellis, just west of Golden West St), an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. -- Jim Roe, Seal Beach
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  19. Solitary Sandpiper at Central Park LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2016, 12 month(s) ago
    While birding at Central Park late this morning with Pat & Dick Cabe, Lena Hayashi, and Mark Johnston, we spotted a Solitary Sandpiper and observed it for about 30 minutes (11:30 to noon) before we all started leaving.It was on the east side in the shallow lake area just northwest of the bandstand.There were 2 Black-necked Stilts and a Killdeer in the same area.
    Terry Hill Huntington Beach
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  21. thoughts on hybrid sapsuckers LINK
    DATE: Jan 29, 2016 @ 12:00pm, 1 year(s) ago
    I realized this winter that I had grown lax in my determinations of what constitutes a ‘normal’ Red-naped Sapsucker over the years. I attribute this to the bulk of my birding being restricted to southern California, and thus consciously or unconsciously assuming that the birds I was seeing were largely representative of the Red-naped prototype. However, after studying photos of three male ‘Red-napeds’ that are currently wintering in the county, I noted a commonality among their anomalous phenotypic traits. These include a prominent red blotch within the post-ocular black band, with additional ‘spillage’ into the pale moustachial stripe (below), and especially into the rear of the pale supercilium (above); a seemingly excessive elongation of the red nape spot, with additional red coloration largely or entirely ‘breaking’ the black border of the rear crown; and, the red of the throat patch extending well down into the area typically occupied by a large black bib. One of the birds additionally exhibited red tips to numerous feathers within the remaining black bib, and another had a ‘bleeding’ of red beyond the confines of the bib into a lateral band of yellow, rendering it orangy. The aforementioned “red blotch” behind the eye is curious, as Sibley (2000) was the first (and still only one, I believe) of the field guides to illustrate this as being a presumably ‘expected’ feature of male Red-napeds. Although this illustration helped shape my conception of what is ‘acceptable’ in male Red-napeds, it notably didn’t include other features more consistent with hybridization, such as a ‘broken’ black border to the rear crown, or a rear supercilium suffused with red.
    In Johnson and Johnson’s (1985) study of a contact zone between Red-naped and Red-breasted (of the southerly daggetti subspecies) Sapsuckers in southern Nevada, the authors created a “hybrid index” to illustrate thirteen identifiable “phenotypic classes that represent the range of variation seen in typical parental types and their hybrids. Variation of parental forms in regions of allopatry (i.e., non-overlapping breeding ranges) was used to distinguish parental phenotypes from hybrids in the zone of overlap and hybridization.” This 13-stage hybrid index basically depicted a continuum of plumages between typical Red-naped (represented by stages 12 & 11; “rarely” 10) and typical Red-breasted (represented by stages 2-0). Presumed first-generation hybrid products of interspecific mating fell within the intermediate 7-5 range. While the index is imperfect to use (being black-and-white illustrations doesn’t help), it is nonetheless evident that red post-ocular patches didn’t appear until stage 7, and a ‘breakdown’ of the black frame of the rear crown until the fully intermediate (i.e., F1 hybrid) stage 6. Further, it is interesting to note that a complete black frame to the throat was present from stages 12 to 9, albeit with the borders progressively thinning, until the frame finally ‘broke’ in stage 8. Although major field guides treat incomplete black borders to the throat as being a hallmark of male Red-napeds, this trait could evidently place a bird within the realm of backcrosses and recombinants in Johnson and Johnson’s (now dated) hybrid index.
    This week, I spent numerous hours poring over many hundreds of online sapsucker photos taken throughout the breeding and wintering range of the Red-naped Sapsucker. I discovered that thin, but complete (or nearly so) black frames to the red throats of males isn’t particularly unusual in states far removed from any contact zone, such as Colorado. (Note that the first reputed occurrence of a Red-naped x Red-breasted hybrid in this state wasn’t until October 2013). In an article in Birding magazine, Shunk (2005) stated that Red-naped “adults of both sexes may show red feather tips to (the) black ear patch.” If there is a suggestion of infrequency implicit in that assertion, it appears to be well justified. My survey gave me the distinct impression that the presence of any red at all on the cheek of a Red-naped is indeed an infrequent event. More often than not, the red coloration behind the eye is limited to flecking, and usually isn’t accompanied by more obvious indications of hybridity. Among the smaller remaining pool of birds exhibiting broader red patches on the black cheek, it appears equally as likely for the bird to display multiple additional signs of hybridity as it is to appear to fit an ‘acceptable’ phenotype. Thus, it is my impression that the number of male Red-napeds within the population at large that are phenotypically comparable to the relatively ‘clean’ depiction in the Sibley guide is quite small. As for the above assertion by Shunk, I don’t doubt that females “may show” post-ocular red feather tips, but I didn’t discover any during my survey of photos.
    It has been known for decades that southern California receives an inordinate number of Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrids during migration and winter. That shouldn’t be surprising, given the presence of a narrow, near-continuous contact zone between Red-napeds and both subspecies (daggetti and ruber) of Red-breasteds that begins in northeastern California and spans two additional states and one Canadian province (see Shunk 2005). I recommend that Orange County birders employ the default option of assuming that any local Red-naped Sapsucker (most especially males) is a hybrid until proven otherwise. Red-breasted Sapsuckers, I don’t even want to think about…………………
    Jim Pike
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  23. Fox Sparrow at Harriett Wieder Today LINK
    DATE: Dec 18, 2015 @ 3:37pm, 1 year(s) ago
    On today's (Dec. 18) monthly count at Harriett Wieder Park, our highlight was a Fox Sparrow that was seen just below the playground. It was with a group of White-crowned Sparrows and 2 Song Sparrows. Out of a group of six of us doing that area, only two of us saw it, myself and Mark Johnston. It gave us a pose, then flew off. Mark and I are in agreement that it was NOT a Taiga or Sooty. The head was gray, and we both are leaning toward Slate-colored. We had no sparrows in the playground/parking lot area itself today.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  25. Purple Finches at Shipley Nature Center LINK
    DATE: Nov 27, 2015 @ 2:15pm, 1 year(s) ago
    While doing the monthly count this morning (11/27) at Shipley Nature Center, Pat & Dick Cabe spotted two Purple Finches fly into a tree behind the nature center and pointed them out to me, which I agreed with. Two more joined them, for a total of four. They had the more distinctive bolder pattern on the side of the head than a House Finch, and shorter more notched tail. I think others doing the count saw them also, as did Nancy Kappelmann on our team. This was about 9:05 to 9:10 a.m.
    After the count and tally, Lena Hayashi, Mark Johnston, and I went over to Baca Park to look for the Grasshopper Sparrow, with no luck. This was 11:25 to 12:25.
    Terry Hill
    Huntington Beach
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  27. Grasshopper Sparrow LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2015 @ 11:18am, 1 year(s) ago
    This was sent yesterday but came back to me - "Just found the Grasshopper Sparrow at John Baca Park. Bird on the right side of The cement walkway just passed the little wooden bridge. Bird appears to be very shy and stays down on the ground and ran between the little tussocks of grass. 10 a.m." Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Red-necked Grebe - San Joaquin LINK
    DATE: Nov 24, 2015 @ 2:57pm, 1 year(s) ago
    The Red-necked Grebe continues in Pond B today at San Joaquin Marsh. Western and Pied-billed Grebes were present in the pond as well. I didn't see any Eared Grebes while I was standing there, but John McKeever noted to me when we crossed paths on my way in that they had been present while he was there. The bird spent most of the time with its head tucked.
    A female Northern Harrier was foraging over the letter ponds and perched for a time on top of the stump in Pond E, and one of the Ospreys was sitting up on the pole over the lower parking lot.
    Ryan Winkleman
    "We were but stones, your light made us stars."
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