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

-Birds mentioned

Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson’s Hawk
Common Murre
Spotted Dove
Red-naped Sapsucker
Gray Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Varied Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Baltimore Oriole

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Hotline: Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert
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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* November 20, 2015
* CALA1511.20


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

Both a male and female BLACK SCOTER were off Dockweiler state Beach in El Segundo on November 17. They were both north of lifeguard station #60.

The male LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Ballona Creek mouth was reported through November 14. It is usually between Pacific Avenue and the UCLA boat ramp. Park at the end of Pacific Ave. in Playa del Rey and walk north along the east side berm of Ballona Creek. A COMMON MURRE was in the Ballona channel on November 19.

The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in San Pedro continued through November 18. It has been fairly reliable (depending on time of day) by the cruise ship docks at 600 N. Harbor Drive. 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.

A SWAINSON’S HAWK was over Sycamore Canyon in Whittier on November 14.

Still hanging on in small numbers, up to five SPOTTED DOVES were at Col. Leon H. Washington Park in Los Angeles from November 11-14. They were reported in the nursery area.

A RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was at Pearblossom Park in the south Antelope Valley on November 14.

A male NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER continued near the Nature Center at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena through November 19.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on November 14 near the southeast corner.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica was seen again on on November 11. It was near the corner of Palm and Delaware but moving around quite a bit.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was reported at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa Vista on November 13.

A VARIED THRUSH was seen briefly at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on November 17.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at the north end of the parking area at Malibu Lagoon on November 14.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance from November 13-14. It was last reported by vernal pool #2 near the front gate. The marsh is open 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at the marsh through November 17.

Another GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was along the LA River’s east side berm north of North Atwater Park on November 15.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont on November 18.

Yet another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena on November 19 north of the east side off leash dog area. At nearby Gwinn Park, a GRAY FLYCATCHER was around the Silk Floss trees.

Both a male and female/immature SUMMER TANAGER were at West LA College on November 15. They were seen along Freshman Drive near the Overland Ave. entrance to the campus.

An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued at Holmby Park in Los Angeles from November 13. It has been seen in sycamores on the east side of the park.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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