laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 20.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Booby
Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Hooded Oriole

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* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 20, 2015
* CALA1502.20


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 20.

The TUNDRA SWAN in the south basin at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera continued through February 17. Also continuing was the “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL, last reported on February 15. 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.

A male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was on the south lake at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia from February 14-16. Also present through February 16 was a continuing ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER. The latter bird was along the south shore of the north lake (due west of the restrooms).

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 15.

Single BROWN BOOBIES continued at San Clemente Island through February 16 and near Angel’s Gate at the Long Beach Harbor entrance (visible only from a boat) through February 15.

A BALD EAGLE was over the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes on February 17 and two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen flying over Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on February 18.

A LEWIS’S WOODPECKER was seen at the west end of Brackett Field in La Verne on February 16. It was last observed flying up toward the RV Park.

Sapsuckers continue at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar. Both a male and female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER are being reported, with the most reliable bird being near Frisbee golf goal #7 in the southwest part of the park. On February 16, two RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS and a male and several female WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKERS were reported at the park.

A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was reported in Area 3 at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on February 15. It was south of the Long Beach Towne Center buildings.

Up to three VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued to be reported at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 18. They’ve recently been seen in the area near the Painted Redstart tree described below.

TROPICAL KINGBIRDS were at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City (closed to public access due to maintenance work) on February 14, continuing at El Dorado Park in Long Beach through February 18 (in Area 3 just past the bridge from the old Ranger Station), and at Legg Lake in South El Monte through February 16 (usually around the south lake or on the island in the lake).

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through February 15. 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. One of the most reliable spots to check has been behind unit 5396 adjacent to the laundry room (the best time at this spot is early- at or just after sunrise). Most recently he bird was near unit 5353 in the morning. The complex is south of Rodeo Road, west of La Brea. This is private property, but birders are welcome.

At Legg Lake in South El Monte the BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues near restroom #7. It was reported through February 15.

The NORTHERN PARULA continued through February 15 at Castaic Lagoon. This bird is in the willow patch at the extreme northwest end of the lagoon, north of the CSUN Aquatic Center.

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 15. Check the northeast corner of the north basin.

The continuing PAINTED REDSTART was seen at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 15. 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 SWAMP SPARROW, tentatively identified two weeks ago, was confirmed at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on February 14. It was seen in the reeds opposite 3210 Sepulveda.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through February 13. It has been near the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area.

A female BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at Dominguez Rancho Adobe on February 14.

HOODED ORIOLES included a continuing bird in Granada Hills and one at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on February 16.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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