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

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 15, 2017
* CALA1712.15

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Red-throated Loon
Ancient Murrelet
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Bald Eagle
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Pacific Wren
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Lark Bunting
“Large-billed” Savannah Sparrow
“Red” Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Hooded Oriole
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Painted Redstart
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

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

A TUNDRA SWAN was at the Piute Ponds (Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB on December 14. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL remained along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale through December 2.

Single BLACK SCOTERS were off both Dockwelier State Beach (south of Imperial Highway) and El Segundo Beach (by lifeguard station 61) on December 7.

A RED-THROATED LOON continued at Castaic Lagoon through December 2.

An ANCIENT MURRELET continued to be seen in the main channel of the Cabrillo Marina through December 3.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 9. It has been in the north settling basin. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was present here through December 4 and a “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was reported through December 12. The basins are just west of the San Gabriel River and south of Whittier Blvd.

An adult BALD EAGLE was seen flying over Sycamore Canyon in Whittier on December 9.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was west of restroom 8 at Legg Lake in South El Monte from December 9-12.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood (northeast corner of the park) on December 9.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on December 9 by the concrete inflow at the northeast corner of the reservoir.

Another PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the South Coast Botanic Gardens on December 10.

A DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights from December 1-13. It has been on the east side of the Hillside Picnic Area east of the center of the park.

Another DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was at Creek Park in La Mirada from December 6-8 (and almost certainly will winter there again). It was seen north of Imperial Highway.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was present through December 4 by the stream entering the reservoir on the north side.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach through December 8 (a female along the golf course fence) and at Hollydale Park in South Gate through December 12 (2 birds).

A PACIFIC WREN was above Altadena along the Fern Truck Trail by the El Prieto stream crossing on December 2.

Two more PACIFIC WRENS were in Big Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia on December 3. They were seen by Cabin 40 and also above Sturdevant Falls.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia on December 5. It was at the west end of the Madagascar Garden. Another was in Altadena on December 14.

The LARK BUNTING at Agua Amarga Park was last reported on December 1.

A “LARGE-BILLED” SAVANNAH SPARROW was at Cabrillo Beach along the walkway to the pier on December 12.

A “RED” FOX SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through December 3 by the Altadena Drain pond.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Griffith Park from December 3-9 (in the picnic area downslope from the Old Zoo area) and at the Mineral Wells Picnic Area, at Montrose Community Park through December 11 and at the lower meadow at the South Coast Botanic Gardens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula from December 4-11.

A HOODED ORIOLE (apparently injured but able to fly) was at Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights on December 10.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was found by the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra on December 10 and seen through December 14.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER returned to El Segundo Library Park in El Segundo as of December 1. It was found in the southeast pat of the park.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Dorado Park in Long Beach through December 2.
A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through December 14 in the willows in the meadow area at Madrona Marsh in Torrance. An EASTERN PHOEBE remained through December 12 under the large cottonwoods on reserve’s south side (east of the “Chevron corner”) and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued through December 13. Also continuing was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the north side by the Maple Street gate through December 5.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was on the north side of the Rose Garden at the LA County Museum of Natural History on December 1.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through December 2. It was last seen on the hill between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.

A SUMMER TANAGER continued behind unit 5349 at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through December 9.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in Sierra Madre continued through December 14.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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