This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 18.


-Birds mentioned


Long-tailed Duck
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
White-winged Dove
Burrowing Owl
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Black-and-white Wabler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
“Red” Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
Lazuli Bunting
Hooded Oriole


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* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 18, 2015
* CALA1512.18



This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 18.


A LONG-TAILED DUCK was on the upper part of Lake Hollywood from December 13-14. This is almost certainly the same bird previously reported from nearby Silver Lake Reservoir.


A RED-THROATED LOON continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 12. The bird has generally been at the east end of the south lake.


The RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Castaic Lagoon and was reported through December 13.


The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in San Pedro continued through December 13. 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 adult BALD EAGLE was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on December 15. There is an entry fee at this park.


One to two WHITE-WINGED DOVES continued near the entrance to Cabrillo Beach along Stephen M. White Drive through December 14.


A LEWIS’S WOODPECKER is being seen in Claremont. It was reported through December 14 at the corner of Glen Way and Glenville Drive in a large leafless cottonwood.


A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through December 13. It is usually by frisbee golf goal #7 in the southwest part of the park.


A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was along the south side of The Village Green condominiums in Los Angeles on December 17. It was in carob trees along the north side of Coliseum St, between Cloverdale Ave. and Redondo Blvd.


A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica on December 15.


A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 15. It is being seen along the north fence of the maintenance yard at the corner of Durfee and Santa Anita and south of restroom #6.


Another HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was found at Pan American Park in Long Beach on December 16. It was on the west side of the park, north of the playground.


A GRAY FLYCATCHER continues at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena, being reported through December 13.


Another GRAY FLYCATCHER, a CASSIN’S VIREO and a BURROWING OWL (the latter south/west of the lake) were at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on December 13.


A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at Pomona Cemetery on December 10.


The EASTERN PHOEBE on the north side of Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB continued through December 10. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.


The EASTERN PHOEBE around the south pond at Madrona Marsh was seen through December 12. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued through December 12. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen through December 13 and a LAZULI BUNTING continued through December 12. A HOODED ORIOLE was still present on December 11.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica through December 13. It has been reported near the corner of cemetery roads Delaware and Palm, often at the top of the tallest Norfolk Pine tree in this area.


A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Valley Plaza Park (in the section north of Vanowen) in North Hollywood on December 17


A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through December 13. It was last seen at the along the west and southwest edge of the central lawn area. This is private property but birders are welcome.


The female AMERICAN REDSTART was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 12. It has been by the bench at the northwest part of the north basin.


A NORTHERN PARULA was at Legg Lake in South El Monte on December 12. It was just west of restroom #7. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues in the same area.


Along the LA River bike path, a PALM WARBLER was found north of the 91 Freeway on December 12. A short distance north of there a VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at Compton Golf Course on December 12.


A PAINTED REDSTART continued in Mar Vista through December 15. It has been at and around 3747 Barry Avenue.


The LE CONTE’S SPARROW at Castaic Lagoon was seen through December 13. 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 “RED” FOX SPARROW was at Loma Alta Park in Altadena on December 15 and 16.


A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO continued at a residence in La Canada through December 13.


Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was at Brand Park in Glendale on December 15.


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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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