This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 23.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 23, 2018
* CALA1802.23

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Inca Dove
Pacific Golden-Plover
Ancient Murrelet
Franklin’s Gull
Neotropic Cormorant
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Pacific Wren
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Black-and-white Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Painted Redstart
Black-headed Grosbeak

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 23.

The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (usually on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through February 21. A letter of permission is required for entry.

Male “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River in Glendale, adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area through February 19.

An INCA DOVE continues at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles, being seen through February 16 near the corner of 90th and Maie.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through February 19.

A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through February 22, generally in the area north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.

An ANCIENT MURRELET was in the channel at the Ballona Creek Mouth in Playa Del Rey on February 21-22. Access is from the end of Pacific Ave., adjacent to Del Rey Lagoon.

A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through February 21. It has been around the north side of the lake. A FRANKLIN’S GULL was on the north side of the lake from February 15-17. East of the northeast corner of the lake (along the “jungle trail”) a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued through February 20.

A adult male NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER continued at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles through February 21.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through February 22 near the "Chevron corner" (the area of the preserve opposite the Chevron gas station, corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued through February 17 and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through February 20. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday, but access can often be had outside those hours.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake was seen through February 20. It moves around but has been along the path behind the Recreation Center building and at the north end garden. The LUCY’S WARBLER continued through February 20 as well, usually in the northeast part of the park near the community garden.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights was reported through February 17, it is often near the north end restrooms, but does move around.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Entradero Park in Torrance continued through February 17 around the pond.

The presumed BLUE-HEADED VIREO continued near Atwater Village through February 17. It has been along the LA River near Atwater Village just above the Los Feliz crossing on the border of the Los Feliz Golf Course and close to the first electrical tower along the river berm.

A PACIFIC WREN was along the upper West Fork of the San Gabriel River (below Red Box- between Cedar Canyon and Camp Hi Hill) on February 16.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the south end of Westchester Recreation Center in Westchester on February 19. It was last seen near the middle of the park.

Continuing through February 21 at Frank Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It is being seen at the small pond east of the green pier near the far northeast corner of the lake.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at the South Coast Botanic Gardens through February 18, in Porter Ranch also through February 18, on the east side of Tallac Knoll at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia through February 19 and at Montrose Community Park through February 19.

The HARRIS’S SPARROW at a residence in Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was still present as of February 16.

A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO continued at St. Andrew’s Priory near Valyermo through February 18.

A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at the southeast corner of Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on February 17.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through February 22.

An immature male HOODED ORIOLE was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on February 19.

The OVENBIRD continued at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont through February 18. It has been north of the Indian Hill area, Google Earth coordinates 34.115614,-117.715920.

An AMERICAN REDSTART was reported in Arcadia on February 16 at 311 E. Huntington Drive.

The female AMERICAN REDSTART at El Dorado Park in Long Beach was seen through February 20. Entering from Studebaker (north of Willow), park in the lot behind the softball fields. The bird has been in eucalyptus trees and shrubs around the west side maintenance yard next to the golf course.

A VIRGINIA’S WARBLER was along Encino Creek by the Hjelte Sports Center on February 19. It was in the riparian just west of the access road to the ballfields on the south side of Burbank Blvd., west of Woodley.

The CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER near Wheeler Park in Claremont continued through February 15. It is usually south of the intersection of Geneva and Doane.

At DeForest Park in Long Beach, the PALM WARBLER continued near the tennis courts through February 15.

The PINE WARBLER at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park in Van Nuys continued through February 19. It has been along the pathway on the east edge of the Little League fields, south of Magnolia.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through February 19. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field, mostly in the palms and eucalyptus above the four dumpsters.

A male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continued at the Veteran’s Administration Japanese Garden in West Los Angeles through February 18 and an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued in eucalyptus along the south fence also through February 18.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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