This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 24.

-Birds mentioned

Red-throated Loon
Brown Booby
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
California Condor
Black-legged Kittiwake
Common Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Pacific Wren
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Pine Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
“Red” Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Summer Tanager
Lazuli Bunting
Hooded Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Red Crossbill
Evening Grosbeak

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* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 24, 2015
* CALA1512.24


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 24.

A RED-THROATED LOON continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 23. The bird is being seen on the south lake.

Another RED-THROATED LOON continued at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles through December 19.

Two BROWN BOOBIES were seen off Point Dume on December 20. Also seen here was a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE.

Another BROWN BOOBY was at Malibu Lagoon on December 22.

The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in San Pedro continued through December 23. 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.

Three CALIFORNIA CONDORS were over Interstate 5 north of Highway 138 on December 18.

A COMMON GROUND-DOVE was along the San Gabriel River at Trabuco Street on December 19.

At least one WHITE-WINGED DOVE continued near the entrance to Cabrillo Beach along Stephen M. White Drive through December 21. Another was at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood on December 18.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was in the Antelope Valley south of Avenue K and East of 50th Street East on December 19.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through December 20. It is usually by frisbee golf goal #7 in the southwest part of the park.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 19. 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 at Pan American Park in Lakewood through December 21. It has been on the west side of the park, north of the playground.

GRAY FLYCATCHERS were at Arcadia Park on December 23 (along the south side fence) and at Santa Fe Dam (near parking lot #2) on December 24.

The EASTERN PHOEBE on the north side of Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB continued through December 19. A letter of permission is required for entry.

The EASTERN PHOEBE around the south pond at Madrona Marsh was seen through December 22. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a LAZULI BUNTING were present here through December 20.

A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at Columbia Park in Torrance through December 19. Another continued at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through December 23 (most often on the island in the south lake).

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at El Dorado Park in Long Beach was seen through December 20 in Area 3.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica through December 23. It has usually been near the corner of cemetery roads Delaware and Palm.

A PACIFIC WREN continued at Big Santa Anita Canyon through December 19. It has been near the first footbridge at the bottom of the paved road.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was at Exposition Park in Los Angeles on December 18. Another was at Pt. Dume on December 20.

A NORTHERN PARULA was at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 23. It was just west of restroom #7. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued in the same area through December 23.

Other BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS included a continuing bird at the West San Gabriel River Parkway in Lakewood through December 19 and one at the confluence of the San Gabriel River and San Jose Creek in South El Monte on December 19.

A PINE WARBLER was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on December 24. It was seen north and northeast of parking lot #2.

A PAINTED REDSTART continued in Mar Vista through December 17. It has been at and around 3747 Barry Avenue.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena through December 22.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at UCLA at the corner of Westwood Plaza and Charles E. Young Drive on December 21.

The LE CONTE’S SPARROW at Castaic Lagoon was seen through December 17. 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 continued at Loma Alta Park in Altadena through December 19. Another was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena (at the pond by the southeast corner) on December 19.

A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO continued at a residence in La Canada through December 24. Another was at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino near the Chinese Garden on December 19.

A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO was at Linden H. Chandler Preserve (near the junction of Circle and Barking Dog Trail) in Rolling Hills Estates on December 17.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at Pt. Dume in Malibu in the trees east of Boniface Drive on December 20.

A male HOODED ORIOLE was in the north part of the Desert Garden at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino on December 19.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued at Holmby Park in Los Angeles through December 20.

Eight RED CROSSBILLS were at Apollo Park in Lancaster on December 19.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was at a residence in Glendale on December 17.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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