Rare Bird Alert - Feb 15, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

White-winged Scoter | Black Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Pacific Golden-Plover | Black-footed Albatross | Neotropic Cormorant | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Ash-throated Sapsucker | Tropical Kingbird | Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Bank Swallow | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | White-throated Sparrow | Harris’s Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Orchard Oriole | Hooded Oriole | RUSTY BLACKBIRD | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy’s Warbler | American Redstart | Palm Warbler | Painted Redstart
— Compiled by Jon L Fisher - JonF60@hotmail.com

This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 15.

The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Westlake Lake in Westlake Village was present through February 12.

 A BLACK SCOTER was off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on February 10 between lifeguard station 53 and 55.

 The continuing AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro was observed through February 14.  Another AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was reported at Malibu Lagoon on February 14.

 The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER along lower Ballona Creek was seen through February 9.  It is often by the UCLA boat ramp north of Pacific Avenue or in this general area. 

 A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS was seen near San Clemente Island on February 8.

 The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued at Echo Park in Los Angeles through February 12.

 The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin north of the wildlife area was seen through February 13.  It has been in the trees around the amphitheater east of Haskell Creek.  Check the large pine (full of sapsucker holes) south of the restrooms. 

Another YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at El Cariso Park in Sylmar on February 11.  It was in a eucalyptus by the southeast corner of the soccer fields.

 The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued around the pond at Entradero Park in Torrance through February 12. 

 A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through February 12 near the “Chevron corner” of the marsh.  Likewise did an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER through February 6.

 The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at Clark Library in the West Adams district of Los Angles was seen through February 13.  The library grounds are normally 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 the grounds.

 A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Montrose Community Park (by the east slope) through February 7.  Another continued at Arlington Gardens in Pasadena through February 13.

 The DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO and a HARRIS’S SPARROW through February 12 at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena.  Both are usually around the sports field on the west side of the basin.

 The adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester through February 13.  It is most often seen in the coral tree on the bluff west of the chapel.

 A female HOODED ORIOLE was reported in Silver Lake on February 7.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley was seen around the south end of the lake and playground again on February 7.  Also present were two very early BANK SWALLOWS.

 A LUCY’S WARBLER continued at North Weddington Park in North Hollywood.  It was seen in the north section near the fence along the drainage channel and around the garden through February 12.

 An AMERICAN REDSTART was present through February 7 at Marsh Street Nature Park in the Atwater Village area.  The park is east of the 2 Freeway on the south side of the LA River.

 An adult male AMERICAN REDSTART and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Hemingway Park in Carson through February 11.  Check the area under the power lines near the nursery on the east side of the park.

 A PALM WARBLER was on San Clemente Island on February 7.

 The PAINTED REDSTART at Brookside Park in Pasadena was present through February 8.  It is being seen behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center between the playground area and Arroyo Terrace and favors the large dead pine tree.

California Bird Records Committee (report rarities as appropriate on the rare bird report form):  http://www.californiabirds.org/

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