laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 15.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Ancient Murrelet
White-winged Dove
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Plumbeous Vireo
Pacific Wren
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 15, 2015
* CALA1501.15


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 15.

The juvenile TUNDRA SWAN continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 11. What is apparently the same bird has also appeared at Legg Lake in South El Monte (on the south lake). A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL also continued through January 11 in the south basin. A PALM WARBLER was still present at the northeast corner of the north basin through January 12.

A male BLACK SCOTER and an ANCIENT MURRELET continued off Dockweiler State Beach through January 14. Both birds have been near the Hyperion parking lot by lifeguard station #58.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through January 14.

A BROWN BOOBY was seen from a whale watching boat at Angel’s Gate at the Los Angeles Harbor on January 10.

A BALD EAGLE was again seen at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on January 8. Another BALD EAGLE, possibly the same bird, was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on January 9. Yet another was at Quail Lake near Gorman on January 10.

Up to seven ANCIENT MURRELETS continue near the Ballona Creek mouth. They have been 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. They were reported through January 9.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was in San Pedro west of Cabrillo Beach on January 13.

Veteran's Park in Sylmar continues to host a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (usually near Frisbee golf basket #7, in the southwest corner of the park) and a male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER that was last seen northeast of the playground on January 8.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued at George F. Canyon Nature Preserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on January 8. It has been between marker #4 and #5.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues at Madrona Marsh in Torrance, being last seen on January 13. Marsh hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10-5.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Legg Lake in South El Monte was reported through January 10 (usually around the south lake, often near restroom #7 or #8 between the middle and south lakes or on the island in the south lake).

Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continues in Area 3 of El Dorado Pak in Long Beach.

PLUMBEOUS VIREOS were at Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 11 and at the Sepulveda Basin in Van Nuys on January 12 (near the second viewing area south of the wildlife area’s north entrance)

A PACIFIC WREN continued in the northwest corner of Alma Park in San Pedro through January 13 and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW persists in the same area.

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through January 14. 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. A likely spot to check is behind unit 5396 adjacent to the laundry room as this seems to be 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.

The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER is still being reported at Legg Lake in South El Monte. It was seen through January 12 near restroom #7.

A PALM WARBLER was along Compton Creek’s east side bike path on January 10. It was between Del Amo and Santa Fe.

Another PALM WARBLER was in the Antelope Valley on January 10 at 50th Street East and Ave. K-8.

The PAINTED REDSTART continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through January 12. 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.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was at Castaic Lagoon on January 11. It was near the northwest most parking area on the lagoon’s west side, in some scrub between the fence and the lake. It has not been reported since.

A SWAMP SPARROW continues at Legg Lake in South El Monte and was reported through January 10. It is being seen just north of restroom #8 on the grass at the south edge of the lake.

The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena continued through January 12 near the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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