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

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* March 24, 2017
* CALA1703.24

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Lesser Black-backed Gull
“Prairie” Merlin
Least Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


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

The TUNDRA SWAN continued at Pierce College in Woodland Hills through March 22. It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.

A first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued at the Rio Hondo spreading grounds through March 18. Gulls here have been at several of the basins here depending on water levels, but primarily in the basin below Washington Blvd. To reach this basin, take Paramount south to Canford and turn west and go to the end. There is access here through a hole in the fence.

A “PRAIRIE” MERLIN (ssp richardsoni) was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on March 23. Access to base property and the ponds requires a letter of permission.

The LEAST FLYCATCHER continued through March 23 behind the Whittier Narrows Dam in Montebello. From San Gabriel Blvd., take Lincoln Ave. south to the parking area on your left at the top of the dam. The bird was calling in a large eucalyptus below and to the east of the parking area.

A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at La Mirada Park (not to be confused with La Mirada Creek Park) through March 19.

An adult male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on March 18. Drive to the end of snake road and turn left as if to leave the park. The bird was in a tree on the left side of the road, about 100 feet before a blue dumpster.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCTCHER continued at Creek Park in La Mirada through March 22. It has been in the area north of Imperial Highway and east of Las Flores.

A continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD was reported again from March 18-20 in Area 3 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues at Legg Lake in South El Monte. It was seen in an oak near the playground area west of restroom 7 through March 20.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE (through March 18) and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (near the entrance through March 19) continued at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates.

Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Neff Park in La Mirada through March 20.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW continued along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont through March 22. 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 northeast 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 E. Pomello Drive (closed to parking) where there is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Go past it at the channel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the bird prefers.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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