Rare Bird Alert - Jan 18, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal | Red-necked Grebe | Spotted Dove | White-winged Dove | American Oystercatcher Pacific Golden-Plover | Mountain Plover | Neotropic Cormorant | Zone-tailed Hawk | Rough-legged Hawk | Burrowing Owl | Short-eared Owl | Williamson’s Sapsucker | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker | Ash-throated Flycatcher | Tropical Kingbird | Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Pacific-slope Flycatcher | Eastern Phoebe | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | Clay-colored Sparrow | Swamp Sparrow | White-throated Sparrow | Harris’s Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Orchard Oriole | RUSTY BLACKBIRD | Black-and-white Warbler | Tennessee Warbler | Painted Redstart

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 18. 

A "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued through January 14 at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera.  Enter the basins from the east end of Mines Avenue, east of Passons Blvd.

The RED-NECKED GREBE on Lake Palmdale was seen through January 11.  There is no public access, but the lake can be viewed from Barrel Springs Road (just north of Lago Lindo Road). 

Up to four SPOTTED DOVES were in Compton from January 14-17.  Check the area around 9114 Compton Ave.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was along the LA River in Long Beach through January 11.  It is south of Hill Street (which is below the Willow Street crossing).

 The continuing AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro through January 16.

Another AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen near the restrooms at Topanga State Beach on January 13.

The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along Ballona Creek was seen through January 16.  It is often by the UCLA boat ramp north of Pacific Avenue, but does move up and down the channel a fair distance.

 Up to 45 MOUNTAIN PLOVERS continued in the east Antelope Valley though January 13 in the field north of Ave. I and east of 110thStreet East. 

 The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at Echo Park in Los Angeles was reported through January 15.  What is probably the same bird was seen at MacArthur Park on January 13. 

 A ZONE-TAILED HAWK has been in Monrovia from January 12-18.  It is in the area around Grand Park, often seen flying in the vicinity.

 A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continued at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB through January 12.  It has been at the Rosamond Dry Lake area (no access), but can be viewed from outside that area.  A letter of permission is required for entry.      

A BURROWING OWL was at the Rio Hondo Spreading Basins in Pico Rivera on January 13 on the west side of the southeast basin.  The entrance to these basins is at the west end of Mines where it intersects Paramount.

 A SHORT-EARED OWL was observed briefly before flying off at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on January 18.

 A female WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER was in Sierra Madre from January 16-17.  It was at the corner of Sunnyside and Grandview.

 The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through January 13.  It has been in the trees around the amphitheater and along Haskell Creek just north of the wildlife area's north entrance.  Also check the large pines south of the restrooms. 

 A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through January 16.

 The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Entradero Park in Torrance was seen through January 17 in the area around the pond.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued along the LA River south of Willow Street in Long Beach through January 13.  Check the east side of the river (and the bare trees in the river channel) below Hill Street, just north of PCH. 

 A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena through January 15.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at Wardlow Park on January 11.

 An EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Apollo Park near Lancaster through January 15.  It has been near the north shore, east of the small bridge south of the playground area. 

The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at Clark Library in the West Adams district of Los Angles was still present as of January 18.  The library grounds are open to the public from 9-5 on weekdays only.  The area near the southeast U-shaped hedge may be the most reliable area for this bird, but it moves around and can be quite secretive.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through January 15.  A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was here through January 13 and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported through January 15.  Official hours of the preserve are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. 

Two SWAMP SPARROWS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through January 14.  Look for them by the southwest corner of the large square parking lot.  This spot is just northwest of the lake by the small dry pond.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Ralph Dills Park in Paramount through January 16.  It was last seen south of San Juan Street.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena around the sports field from January 16-17.

DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCOS continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through January 15 by the north shore picnic area and at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (around the sports field on the west side of the basin) through January 17. 

The adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester through January 14.  It has most often been observed behind the chapel and in the coral tree on the bluff west of there.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles through January 17.  Check the area by the ball fields and playground.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was behind the tennis courts at DeForest Park in Long Beach on January 13.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER continued at a residence in Pasadena through January 13.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Brookside Park in Pasadena was present through January 13.  It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace and seems to favor the large dead pine tree.

Western Tanager, Jan-Feb 2019

In this issue

• Being Inspired by a Brand New Birder | Louis Tucker

•Making Some Noise, and Getting Results | Cindy Hardin

• INTERPRETING NATURE: New Community Connections | Ingrid Carrillo & Stacey Vigallon

• YOUNG BIRDERS: The Bird That Follows the Cones: The Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) | Dessi Sieburth

• Birds of the Season | Jon Fisher

Western Tanager, Jul-Aug 2018

In this issue

• Book Review: The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Santa Barbara County, California | Kimball L. Garrett

•Green Feather Award Winner 2018: “Let Her Play” | Aisling Murray

• INTERPRETING NATURE: Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program Research | Stacey Vigallon

• YOUNG BIRDERS: A New Discovery - Our Rufous Hummingbirds Molt in the Mexican Monsoonal Region | Dessi Sieburth

• Birds of the Season: June 2018 | Jon Fisher