This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 24.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 24 2017
* CALA1702.24

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Yellow-footed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Orchard Oriole
Scott’s Oriole

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 24.

A TUNDRA SWAN was at Pierce College in Woodland Hills from February 19-23. It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.

A female EURASIAN WIGEON is being seen at Oxford Basin in Marina del Rey. It was reported there though February 21. Low tide appears to be the best time to look for it.

A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale. It was reported through February 20.

A first cycle ICELAND GULL was found at the Rio Hondo spreading basins at the west end of Mines Ave. on February 18. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (both an adult and an immature have been present) continued off and on at the basins through February 20. The also irregular YELLOW-FOOTED GULL was seen again on February 20.

The gulls have mostly been in the basin below Washington Blvd. Afternoons are best and Sundays should be avoided (as the nearby landfill that attracts gulls is not operating). To reach the basin south of Washington Blvd., take Paramount to Canford and turn west. There is access here through a hole in the fence.

A second cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL at the Rio Hondo spreading basins was last seen there on February 11. More recently it was spotted at Junipero Beach in Long Beach (near Shoreline Drive) on February 19.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood through February 21.

A GRAY FLYCATCHER was at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood on February 21.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through February 23 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. Preserve hours are 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Up to five VERMILION FLYCATCHERS have seen at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 20.

The continuing DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported in and near the eucalyptus grove south of Las Flores Ave and north of Imperial Highway through February 20.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continued through February 20. The island in the south lake is a good spot to check, as well as adjacent areas.

After going unreported for some time, the wintering THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was seen again on February 19 and also through February 21. It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of the dog park, but can move widely around the area. The entrance road may be gated after storms, but the road can be walked, with parking available near the San Dimas Nature Center.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at La Mirada Community Regional Park on February 20. It was inside the Splash! property.

The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through February 21 around building 3604.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park in Los Angeles through February 18.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through February 23. It is being seen near the hillside concrete drainage channel adjacent to the end of Village Drive.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued through February 23 at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll in the southwest corner of the property.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW was found along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont on February 22 (but reportedly present before then). It was seen again on February 23. To reach the exact location, drive to the very north end of Indian Hill Blvd. in Claremont. There is a free parking lot to the left. Walk east about one half mile along the Thompson Creek Trail by the water channel. The first feeding station can be seen on the right by a bench and drinking fountain. There are bird feeders and a solar panel water dish on the ground. Walk about one more block to Pomello Ave. (closed to parking) where there is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Slip past it at the channel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the Harris's seems to prefer.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at a residence in the La Canada area in February 18.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at a feeder in Trancas Canyon on February 17.

The female ORCHARD ORIOLE at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia continued through February 21. It has been in the Aloe Garden (just northwest of the entrance complex). It especially favors the Kei Apple Trees, but if missed there check other flowering plants in the vicinity.

A male SCOTT’S ORIOLE was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on February 20 and 21. It was seen from Group Picnic Area 4.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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