laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 1.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Green-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Booby
Cattle Egret
Bald Eagle
Zone-tailed Hawk
Mountain Plover
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Inca Dove
Williamson's Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
"Western" Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Pacific Wren
Townsend's Solitaire
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
"Large-billed" Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager

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* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 1, 2015
* CALA1501.01


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 1.
The juvenile TUNDRA SWAN continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 31. The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also last reported on December 31. A PALM WARBLER continued near the north end of the basins (but now on the west side) through December 31 and a CATTLE EGRET was present on December 28.

The apparent MEXICAN MALLARD was at the spreading basins on December 23, but could not be refound. Access to this location is from the east end of Mines Ave. or at the southwest corner just above Washington Blvd.

A female BLACK SCOTER was at the Ballona Creek mouth just downstream from Pacific Ave. on December 27.

A BROWN BOOBY was at San Clemente Island (no public access) from December 26-30.

A PACIFIC LOON was near the dam on the lake at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on December 26.

The RED-NECKED GREBE on the San Gabriel River in South El Monte was still present on December 30. From Peck Road just north of the 60 Freeway, take Thienes Ave. east until it ends. Park here and walk a few feet to the river berm and bike path. The grebe is usually visible from this spot.

Up to three BALD EAGLES (two immatures and one adult) are visiting the lake at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas. The latest report was on December 28.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK flew over Sylmar north of the I-5 and I-210 interchange on December 24. It's possible this bird is wintering locally.

MOUNTAIN PLOVERS were in the Antelope Valley on December 27. Fifteen were east of 50th Street East and south of Avenue I. Another 25-30 were in the field east of 110th Street East and south of Avenue I.

Single MARBLED MURRELETS were off Leo Carillo beach on December 27, at Malaga Cove on December 28 and at the Ballona Creek mouth on December 29.

Up to seven ANCIENT MURRELETS are being seen near the Ballona Creek mouth. Six birds were still present on January 1. They have moved around a bit, having earlier been visible in the main channel and from the end of the jetties. As of January 1, they were well upstream in the harbor area on the north side of Ballona Creek. From the end of Pacific Ave., walk across the bridge and then go right and follow the bike/walking path. Look for the birds on your left in the harbor.

Two more ANCIENT MURRELETS were at Malaga Cove on December 27 and three were off Pt. Dume in Malibu on December 30. Another continued off Leo Carillo beach through December 30.

INCA DOVES continue at Leo H. Washington Park in Los Angeles. Three were present on December 29 in jacarandas by the maintenance yard near 91st Street. The park is on Maie Ave. south of Firestone.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at Castaic Lagoon on December 27.

Veteran's Park in Sylmar continues to host sapsuckers, with a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (usually near Frisbee golf basket #7 in the southwest corner of the park), a male and female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER and a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER all still present on December 28.

The female VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook. It was seen through December 28 and is usually on the island in the south lake.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Legg Lake in South El Monte was reported through December 28 (usually around the south lake).

A PACIFIC WREN was in the northwest corner of Alma Park in San Pedro through January 1 and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues in the same area.

The WORM-EATING WARBLER continues at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles. It was seen through January 1. It has been seen at a number of locations mainly on the south side of the property by units in the 5300 to 5400 range. The complex is south of Rodeo Road, west of La Brea. This is private property, but birders are welcome.

Also in the same area was a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE from December 27-January 1 and a silent "WESTERN" FLYCATCHER on January 1.

The PAINTED REDSTART in Sierra Madre continues. It was seen through December 26. Check in front of 417 Sturtevant and the surrounding area.

Another PAINTED REDSTART continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through December 31. Head southwest about 200 feet from the two white mausoleum/columbarium structures in the north central part of the property to a large Cork Oak tree. This is where the bird is being seen.

A "LARGE-BILLED SAVANNAH" SPARROW was at Leo Carillo beach on December 30. It was foraging just in front of lifeguard tower #3.

A SWAMP SPARROW continues at Legg Lake in South El Monte and was reported through December 31. It is being seen just north of restroom #8 on the grass at the south edge of the lake.
A female SUMMER TANAGER (likely a returning wintering bird) was at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights on December 28.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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