This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for March 3.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* March 3, 2017
* CALA1703.03

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Swamp Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Orchard Oriole

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for March 3.

A TUNDRA SWAN continued at Pierce College in Woodland Hills through February 27. It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.

The female EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Oxford Basin in Marina del Rey. It was reported there though February 27. Low tide appears to be the best time to look for it.

Four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and two BLACK SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on February 24. They were opposite lifeguard station 55 north of Imperial Highway.

Following the discovery of a first cycle ICELAND GULL on February 18, a probable second bird (also first cycle) was found at the Rio Hondo spreading basins on March 2. The gulls here have been in the basin below Washington Blvd. Afternoons are best and Sundays should be avoided (as the nearby Puente Hills 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.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through March 2 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. Preserve hours are 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Another EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through March 2. It has been on the north side near group picnic area 4.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued to be reported at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 27. Also continuing was a female at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through February 26 (often on the island in the south lake). Another continued at the LA National Cemetery in Westwood through February 26.

The continuing DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported in and near the eucalyptus grove north of Imperial Highway and east of Las Flores Ave. through March 2.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continued through February 26. The island in the south lake is a good spot to check, as well as adjacent areas. The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported here northwest of the south lake through February 26.

The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD at Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was reported through March 1. It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of the dog park, but can move widely around the area. It has recently been reported around the horse property south of the dog park.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at the LA County Arboretum on Tallac Knoll through February 25. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW also continued through March 27 on the east slope of the knoll.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through March 2. It was in pines at the intersection of Main Street and Mariposa.

A PALM WARBLER was at the LA National Cemetery on February 26. It was in the northern section along Shiloh Drive between San Juan Hill Ave. and Gettysburg Ave.

A continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates through February 26.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through February 28. It is being seen near the hillside concrete drainage channel adjacent to the end of Village Drive.

A HARRIS’S SPARROW continued along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont through March 2. 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 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued in Holmby Hills through February 24. Others were at the Wilmington Drain above the Pacific Coast Highway through March 1, at the Alta Vicente Preserve on February 25, north of the entrance at the Cobb Estate in Altadena on February 25 and at the South Coast Botanic Garden through February 25.

A SUMMER TANAGER continues in Pasadena near the corner of Arden Road and Mentor. It was last reported on February 26.

The female ORCHARD ORIOLE at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia continued through February 27. It has been in and around the Aloe Garden (just northwest of the entrance complex) and Peacock Café.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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