Rare Bird Alert - Mar 15, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

White-winged Scoter | American Oystercatcher | California Condor | Zone-tailed Hawk | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker | “Black” Merlin | “Prairie” Merlin | Tropical Kingbird | Eastern Phoebe | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | Swamp Sparrow | Harris’s Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Yellow-breasted Chat | BLUE-WINGED WARBLER | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy’s Warbler | Summer Tanager
— Compiled by Jon L Fisher - JonF60@hotmail.com

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

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER continued on Westlake Lake in Westlake Village through March 10.

Three to four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on March 14.

The continuing AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER at Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro was reported through March 13. 

Two CALIFORNIA CONDORS were near Whittaker Peak northwest of Castaic on March 9.

The ZONE-TAILED HAWK in Monrovia continued through February 12 around Grand Park and in the neighborhood to the west. 

The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the Sepulveda Basin was seen through March 11.  It has been south of the amphitheater and east of Haskell Creek (just north of the wildlife area).  Check the trees- especially the cork oak and large pine full of sapsucker holes- south of the restrooms. 

A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City on March 9.  A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued here through March 10 northwest of the ranger station.

 A “BLACK” MERLIN continued through March 8 at the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale.  A pale “PRAIRIE” MERLIN was at the LA DWP complex near Downtown Los Angeles on March 8.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued around the pond at Entradero Park in Torrance through March 9. 

Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach through March 10.  It is often along the golf course fence line.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Apollo Park near Lancaster continued through March 10.  It has been around the islands at the northeast part of the lake.

The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at Clark Library in the West Adams district of Los Angles was seen through March 14.  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 SWAMP SPARROW continued to be reported at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through March 14.  Look for it by the southwest corner of the large square parking lot.  This spot is just northwest of the lake and by the small pond.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW continued at College Park in Claremont through March 10. 

The DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO and the HARRIS’S SPARROW at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena were both reported through March 11.  Both are usually around the sports field on the west side of the basin.

The continuing YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the LA County Natural History Museum Nature Garden was present through March 12. 

The male BLUE-WINGED WARBLER continued at the El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach through March 10.  Use the Studebaker entrance.  The bird has been between Studebaker and the south end of the duck pond.  Check the area north of the clubhouse, along the fence and in the oaks between the golf course and parking lot.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Banning Park in Wilmington (north of Norris Visitor’s Center) through March 9.

 Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at Creek Park in La Mirada (just north of Imperial Highway) on March 14.

The LUCY’S WARBLER continued at North Weddington Park in North Hollywood.  It is being seen in the far north section near the fence along the drainage channel (often on the far side of the channel) and was reported through March 10.

An adult male SUMMER TANAGER continued at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center Park in West Hills through March 13.  It has been on the south side of the park, in the area southeast of the bridge crossing the ravine.

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

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