This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 5.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 5, 2018
* CALA1801.05

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Cackling Goose
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Pacific Golden-Plover
Neotropic Cormorant
California Condor
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Bell’s Vireo
Pacific Wren
Sage Thrasher
Green-tailed Towhee
Grasshopper Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 5.

The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (on the Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through January 4. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

A CACKLING GOOSE continued at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 3.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale continued through January 1. Likewise did another at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 1.

A COMMON MERGANSER was at Malibu Lagoon on January 1.

A continuing PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through January 4 north of the Snowy Plover enclosure.

Continuing at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia was a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (usually seen on the island at the north end of the north lake) through January 3. In the willows at the north end of the north lake (mainly in the area west of the inflow channel) were a continuing BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, a NORTHERN PARULA and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER all seen through January 2. A BELL’S VIREO was reported here through December 29.

The RED-NECKED GREBE continued at Castaic Lagoon through January 4.

Two CALIFORNIA CONDORS were seen above Interstate 5 south of Pyramid Lake on December 30.

At Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued in the northeast part of the park (at the northeast part of the "jungle trail") through December 30. Also continuing at Bonelli was a SWAMP SPARROW on the north side of the lake. It was last reported near the small dried pond east of the small green pier on January 4.

The AMERICAN REDSTART and NORTHERN PARULA also continued at Bonelli through January 4. They 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.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 3 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 continue at the marsh. A WESTERN KINGBIRD continued, being last reported on January 2 as did a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (along the north fence) through December 30. Official Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

Another EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through December 31. It has been on the north shore by the restroom at the easternmost group camping area.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Castaic Lagoon and at the Castaic Sports Complex (three birds continuing by the athletic fields) on December 30. Another continued at Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach (a female along the fence next to the golf course) through January 3.

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS continued on the east side of Ladera Park in Ladera Heights through January 2, at Runnymeade Park in Winnetka through January 4 and at Creek Park in La Mirada through January 4.

A PACIFIC WREN was at Hoegee’s Campground along the Winter Creek Mt. Wilson trail from Chantry Flat/Big Santa Anita Canyon on December 31.

A SAGE THRASHER was in Wilmington on December 30, northwest of the corner of Anchorage and Shore Roads.

A continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino through December 29. It was seen in the parking lot near the main entrance. Another continued at a residence in Altadena through January 3.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were along Sand Canyon Road in Santa Clarita on December 30, two were at Castaic Lagoon the same day (one by the campground on the east side of the lagoon and the other on the west side just east of the headquarters building), one was in the Rose Garden at Decsanso Gardens in La Canada through January 1, another continued at the Mineral Wells Picnic Area in Griffith Park through January 1 and one continued at Montrose Community Park through January 3.

A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO was found at Gloria Heer Park in Rowland Heights on December 30.

A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at Kin Gillette Ranch near Calabasas on January 1.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD continued around the lower pond at Almansor Park in Alhambra through January 4.

The OVENBIRD at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont continued through January 4. It has been in a grove of oak trees in the area north of the Indian Hill Mesa.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (through January 3) and a PALM WARBLER (through January 1) continued at DeForest Park in Long Beach. They have been around the administration/restroom buildings near the north end of the park.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through January 4.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through January 3. Its usual spot is between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.

The SUMMER TANAGER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles continued through January 1 on the west side of unit 5353. Another SUMMER TANAGER was at the Los Angeles Country Club on January 2.

A female SUMMER TANAGER was at the Lakeside Village in Culver City on January 2.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continues in Sierra Madre, being last reported on January 2.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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