This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 19.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 19, 2018
* CALA1801.19

-Birds mentioned

Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Common Ground-Dove
Pacific Golden-Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Zone-tailed Hawk
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Bell’s Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Sage Thrasher
“Red” Fox Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Painted Redstart
Hooded Oriole

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 19.

The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through January 18. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale continued through January 14.

A COMMON GROUND-DOVE was at the usual spot along the San Gabriel River in Bellflower at the east end of Trabuco Street on January 11.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through January 18.

A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 16, generally north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.

A SLATY-BACKED GULL was again seen at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera on January 13. A first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on January 15 and 17. The basins are west of the river between Whittier and Washington (easy access is at the east end of Mines Ave. east of Passons Blvd.). Late morning or afternoon generally seems to be better for gulls here.

Another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, presumably the same adult bird previously seen at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds, was at the Rio Hondo basins (at the opposite- west- end of Mines Ave.) on January 17. Also at the Rio Hondo basins (visible from Canford St.) was a first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL from January 17-19

An immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at Topanga Beach Lagoon from January 14-17.

A probable ZONE-TAILED HAWK was over the Verdugo Hills (seen from Beaudry North Motorway) on January 13.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was in the northeast corner of Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on January 11.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 18 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER also continued here through January 17. A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was at Madrona on January 12 and a TROPICAL KINGBIRD was in the southwest portion of the preserve from January 17-18. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER continued at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights through January 18. It moves around the park but seems to favor the east side. A HOODED ORIOLE was at the northwest corner of Ladera Park on January 12.

Another DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER continued at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka through January 17 (between the tennis courts and playground). Also continuing here was a PINE WARBLER north of the playground and around the blue water fountain also through January 17.

An ASH-THROATED FYCATCHER was at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles on January 13.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER along the lower LA River in Long Beach was present through January 15. Check West 21st Street (especially around street number 850-851) near San Francisco Avenue and in this general area from here to the river.

Another SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was at a residence in Westchester on January 18.

A CASSIN’S VIREO was along the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood on January 16 in cottonwoods near tower 35.

A SAGE THRASHER continued in Wilmington through January 18, it has been seen northwest of the corner of Anchorage and Shore Roads and most recently along Peninsula Road, northwest of Anchorage. Google Earth coordinates for the exact spot are 33.76518, -118.24874.

Continuing Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake through January 12. It is being seen near the small (usually dry) pond east of the small green pier. Near here (on the north edge of the eucalyptus lined square parking lot) a “RED” FOX SPARROW was found on January 13.

Also continuing at Bonelli was an AMERICAN REDSTART and NORTHERN PARULA. These birds are near the extreme northeast part of the lake accessed from the “jungle trail”. They are usually seen in an oak and an ash tree along the eastern edge of the lake inflow channel. In this vicinity is a continuing PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at Montrose Community Park along the fence line above the ball fields through January 16 and south and east of the Old Zoo area at Griffith Park through January 18.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 17. A CACKLING GOOSE is present as well.

A female type AMERICAN REDSTART was at Wilderness Park in Downey from January 15-18. It was in a Brazilian Pepper tree northwest of the park building.

A PALM WARBLER was at Entradero Park in Torrance from January 15-17 by the edge of the pond.

Continuing through January 11 at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia were a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER. Check the area around the inflow channel at the north end of the north lake. After being missed for a number of days the BELL’S VIREO was seen in the same area on January 15.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through January 15. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.

At Veteran’s Park in Sylmar, the SUMMER TANAGER was seen through January 14 and a WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER was in pines below the road lined with olive trees through January 18.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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