Rare Bird Alert - Mar 15, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal | White-winged Scoter | Black Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Rhinoceros Auklet | Brown Booby | Neotropic Cormorant | Zone-tailed Hawk | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker | Ash-throated Flycatcher | Tropical Kingbird | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Eastern Phoebe | Cassin's Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | Swamp Sparrow | White-throated Sparrow | Harris's Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Oregon” Junco | BLUE-WINGED WARBLER | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy's Warbler | Palm Warbler | GRACE'S WARBER | Summer Tanager

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher

Rare Bird Alert - Mar 8, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal | White-winged Scoter | Black Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Rhinoceros Auklet | Brown Booby | Neotropic Cormorant | Zone-tailed Hawk | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker | Ash-throated Flycatcher | Tropical Kingbird | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Eastern Phoebe | Cassin's Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | Swamp Sparrow | White-throated Sparrow | Harris's Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Oregon” Junco | BLUE-WINGED WARBLER | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy's Warbler | Palm Warbler | GRACE'S WARBER | Summer Tanager

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher

Rare Bird Alert - Mar 1, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

White-winged Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Mountain Plover | Neotropic Cormorant | Burrowing Owl | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | "Black" Merlin | Prairie Falcon | Ash-throated Flycatcher | Tropical Kingbird | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Pacific-slope Flycatcher | Eastern Phoebe | Cassin's Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | Green-tailed Towhee | Swamp Sparrow | Harris's Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Yellow-breasted Chat | BLUE-WINGED WARBLER | Lucy's Warbler | Nashville Warbler | Palm Warbler | Pine Warbler | GRACE'S WARBER | Painted Redstart | Summer Tanager

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher

Birds of the Season - February 2019

Birds of the Season - February 2019

December through February is that slow time of the bird year when nothing much of interest turns up, right?  In some years that statement may ring true, but it was hardly accurate this winter.  Some truly unexpected birds were found along with many lesser vagrants.  As usual plenty of continuing rarities were regularly reported at their respective locations.

LAAS joins conservation groups calling for science-based wildland fire management

Fires in California’s scrublands and forests are in integral part of their ecology. Research in the past 20 years has shown that protection of life and property must be based on understanding that large wind-driven wildfires are what cause nearly all of the devastation in our communities. The State of California is still holding on to the outdated idea that fire suppression has resulted in the loss of life and property and that massive wildland vegetation removal would reduce the risk to structures from wind-driven fires. It won’t.

The California Chaparral Institute has been a leader on this issue for nearly two decades and spearheaded the attached letter from conservation groups on the most recent “Vegetation Treatment Program” proposed by the State. It contains extensive background information and we encourage interested parties to read the letter and its attachments.

Requiem For Habitat Lost

Requiem For Habitat Lost

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine

Grant them eternal rest, o Lord

et lux perpetua luceat eis

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion

You shall have praise in Zion, o God,

et tibi redetur votum in Jerusalem.

and homage shall be paid to you in Jerusalem.

Exaudi orationem meam.

Hear my prayer.

Ad te omnis caro veniet.

All flesh shall come before you.

Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy.

Christe eleison.

Christ, have mercy.

Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy.

Rare Bird Alert - Feb 22, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

White-winged Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Pacific Golden-Plover | Mountain Plover | Neotropic Cormorant | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | "Black" Merlin | Tropical Kingbird | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Cassin's Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | White-throated Sparrow | Harris's Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Orchard Oriole | BLUE-WINGED WARBLER | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy's Warbler | Pine Warbler | GRACE'S WARBER | Painted Redstart

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher