laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 23.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Ferruginous Hawk
White-winged Dove
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Plumbeous Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 23, 2015
* CALA1501.23


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 23.

The juvenile TUNDRA SWAN continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 18. The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued here in the south basin through January 19. A PALM WARBLER was still present along the east side of the north basin through January 19.

A RED-THROATED LOON was in Area 2 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on January 17.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon was reported through January 21. There is an $11 entry fee at this location.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was observed flying over Burbank on January 16.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE continued in San Pedro at Cabrillo Beach Park through January 18. It has been seen in the vicinity of the park entrance.

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 18.

Another YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at Castaic Lagoon on January 18. It was at the north end playground area which is by the west side picnic area.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER continued at George F. Canyon Nature Preserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on January 18. It has been between marker #4 and #5.

The VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continued through January 20. It is usually on the island in the south lake, but most recently was observed north of the lake.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues at Madrona Marsh in Torrance, being last seen on January 21. At that time it was near the southeast corner of the preserve in the trees bordering Sepulveda. Marsh hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10-5.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Legg Lake in South El Monte was reported through January 19 (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).

Four WESTERN KINGBIRDS were at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on January 16.

Both a PLUMBEOUS VIREO (150 yards south of the fountain that is half way down the eastern section) and a CASSIN’S VIREO (100 yards north of the Aviation shrine at the east end) were at Valhalla Cemetery in Burbank on January 22.

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through January 19. 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 (often between 7:00 and 7:30AM) 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 19 near restroom #7.

The PAINTED REDSTART continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through January 16. 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.

The PAINTED REDSTART in Sierra Madre also continues. It was seen through January 20. Check in front of 417 Sturtevant and elsewhere in the general area.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale. It was reported through January 19. It was seen on the lawns south and southeast of the boat launch parking lot.

A SWAMP SPARROW continues at Legg Lake in South El Monte and was reported through January 21. 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 16 near the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area. Another was in Eaton Canyon on January 18 northwest of the Nature Center and one was also in Lakewood at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail on January 18.


Wheeler Gorge Campground held a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on January 16. It was near campsite #35.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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