laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 13.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon (Ventura County)
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
“Harlan’s” Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane (Ventura County)
Lesser Yellowlegs
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Swamp Sparrow

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 13, 2015
* CALA1502.13


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 13.

Both the TUNDRA SWAN and the “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued in the south basin at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through February 7. Easiest access is from just above Washington west of the 605 Freeway (at the southwest gate to the basins). The swan tends to move around the area however and may be in the north basin or even absent for periods of time.

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 7. Check the northeast corner of the north basin.

A RED-THROATED LOON continued at El Dorado Park in Long Beach through February 5.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 9.

A light morph “HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK continued in Area A of the Ballona Wetlands through February 10. This section is east of Lincoln, west of the marina and north of the bike path. Morning seems to be the time to find this bird.

Two LESSER YELLOWLEGS were along the lower LA River north of the Willow St. pipe bridge on February 6.

The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through February 5. It is usually seen in the eucalyptus trees near Frisbee golf goal #7.

A female and two male VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 11. The last report placed them near the middle of the property.

Also at the cemetery is a continuing PAINTED REDSTART seen through February 10. 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.

Two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were found in Arcadia on February 6, one was at the Peck Road Water Conservation Park and the other was along the south side of the fence line surrounding the Livingston-Graham gravel pits (just east of Clark and Durfee).

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Rosewood Park in Commerce on February 7, just south of the ballfield.

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through February 11. 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. However one of the most reliable spots to check is behind unit 5396 adjacent to the laundry room (the best time at this spot is early- at or just after sunrise). This area is on the bird’s regular route. The complex is south of Rodeo Road, west of La Brea. This is private property, but birders are welcome.

At the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook the BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued northeast of the restroom building through February 8.

Other BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were at Cheviot Hills Park in Los Angeles on February 10 (in pines next to Rancho Park Golf Course) and at El Segundo Library Park on February 12 (in Brazilian Peppers west of the bandstand and in a Liquid Amber toward the east side of the park).

At Legg Lake in South El Monte the BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues near restroom #7. It was reported through February 11.

A NORTHERN PARULA continued through February 9 at Castaic Lagoon. This bird is in the willow patch at the extreme northwest end of the lagoon, north of the CSUN Aquatic Center.

A SWAMP SPARROW was at the Rio Hondo spreading basins along Paramount Blvd. and west of the end of Mines Ave. on February 7. The basins can be entered at Paramount and Loch Lomond. The sparrow was in a small concrete drain structure on the north side of the basins just south of Loch Lomond and west of Paramount.


A male EURASIAN WIGEON was with the flock of American Wigeon on the flooded flats at the end of Arnold Road (between the canal and the beach) on February 10. A SANDHILL CRANE was in this general area the same day.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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