This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 11.

 -Birds mentioned


Eurasian Green-winged Teal
Long-tailed Duck
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-legged Kittiwake
Short-eared Owl
Burrowing Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Pacific Wren
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
Lazuli Bunting
Hooded Oriole


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* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 11, 2015
* CALA1512.11



This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 11.


A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL (presumably the same bird present last winter) was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera on December 6.


The male LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Ballona Creek mouth in Playa del Rey was reported through December 8. It is usually between Pacific Avenue and the UCLA boat ramp, but has also been seen well upstream from there.


Another LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on December 8 at the nearly dry Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles.


A RED-THROATED LOON continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 7. The bird has generally been at the east end of the south lake.


Another RED-THROATED LOON was at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles on December 4.


The RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Castaic Lagoon and was reported through December 9.


The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in San Pedro continued through December 8. It has been seen by the cruise ship docks at 600 N. Harbor Drive, most recently on the cement pilings behind the cruise ship building. The spot is about 400 feet east of the intersection of Swinford St. and A. Street. This is between the cruise ship building and the Vincent Thomas Bridge.


An immature BALD EAGLE was at the Sepulveda Basin over the wildlife lake on December 6.


A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was on Torrance Beach just south of Miramar Park on December 8.


The WHITE-WINGED DOVE continued near the entrance to Cabrillo Beach along Stephen M. White Drive through December 7. A second bird was seen here briefly last week.


A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying over the Rio Hondo at Rush Street in Rosemead on December 6.


A BURROWING OWL was at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Los Angeles on December 8 along Ron’s Trail.


A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through December 9 by frisbee golf goal #7 near the southeast corner of the park.


A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was at Legg Lake in South El Monte on December 9. It was along the north fence of the maintenance yard at the corner of Durfee and Santa Anita.


A DUSKY FLYCATCHER was found in Zuma Canyon on December 5.


A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on December 9. It was in eucalyptus trees along the pathway north of the RV park that borders Brackett Field (this is in the northeast section of Bonelli RP).


An EASTERN PHOEBE was on the north side of Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB from December 5-7. A letter of permission is required for entry.


The EASTERN PHOEBE around the south pond at Madrona Marsh was seen through December 9. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen here through December 5. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS also continue and a LAZULI BUNTING and a HOODED ORIOLE were seen from December 4-5.


Three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora on December 4, another continued at Columbia Park in Torrance (on the north side by the nursery) through December 6


ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were at the Sepulveda Basin in Van Nuys (near the north entrance to the wildlife area and at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia (along the east shore of the north lake) on December 5.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica through December 9. It has been reported near the mausoleum.


A PACIFIC WREN continued in Big Santa Anita Canyon through December 5. It has been near the bottom of the paved road down that leads down to the canyon, either above or below the bridge.


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was by unit #5347 at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles on December 6. This is private property but birders are welcome.


Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 7. It was near the playground area west of restroom #7.


The female AMERICAN REDSTART was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 6. It has been by the bench at the northwest part of the north basin.


A PALM WARBLER was along the east side of the LA River in the Sepulveda Basin (just north of Haskell Creek) on December 6.


A PAINTED REDSTART continued in Mar Vista through December 6. It has been at 3747 Barry Avenue.


The LE CONTE’S SPARROW found at Castaic Lagoon was seen through December 9. There is an $11 entry fee at this location. From the park entrance on Castaic Lake Drive (north of Lake Hughes Road) head north to the last parking area. Walk down to the shoreline and then north to the weed patch that is just before you reach the bank/rock pile. This is where the bird is being seen. As always, take care not to trample or disturb habitat.


A SWAMP SPARROW was at Wheeler Park in Claremont on December 5 near the corner of Bucknell and San Jose.


Two more SWAMP SPARROWS were at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas on December 9. Both were in the spillway/creekbed area just south of the parking area.


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was by the north end of the pond at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park in Los Angeles from December 6-8.


A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont on December 6.


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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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