This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 26.


-Birds mentioned

Common Goldeneye
Black Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
“Harlan’s” Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
White-headed Woodpecker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Pacific Wren
Black-and-white Warbler
Painted Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* November 26, 2015
* CALA1511.26


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 26.

Six COMMON GOLDENEYES were at Malibu Lagoon on November 20

Two male BLACK SCOTERS were off El Segundo Beach between lifeguard station 60 and 61 on November 20.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was on the east side of Castaic Lagoon on November 25.

The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in San Pedro continued through November 21. It has been fairly reliable 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 “HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK was at the Piute Ponds on November 23. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through November 23.

A WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Chantry Flat above Arcadia on November 21.

A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was at Wheeler Park in Claremont on November 25.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance from November 21-25. It was last reported northeast of the now dry south pond. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was around the south pond on November 21 and 22. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER also continues at the marsh, being last reported on November 22.

A late WESTERN KINGBIRD was at Cal State Dominguez Hills on November 23.

The female VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was seen through November 26. If this bird is not in its regular spot on the island in the south lake, check the trees just north of the lake and also west of the south end of the north lake.

PACIFIC WRENS were in Big Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia on November 21 (about 50 feet north of the restrooms and footbridge at the end of the paved road at the bottom of the canyon) and near Switzer Picnic Area in the San Gabriel Mountains on November 26.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were at the northeast edge of the central lawn area at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles (private property, but birders are welcome- please be thoughtful of the residents), at El Segundo Library Park in El Segundo (in sycamores between the south patio area and library) and on private property in Culver City on November 26.

A PAINTED REDSTART was on private property in Mar Vista on November 22. If it stays in the area, this bird might be visible from outside the property near the corner of Venice and Barrington.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena through November 23 and at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont through November 25.

A LE CONTE’S SPARROW was found at Castaic Lagoon on November 22 and seen daily through November 26. 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.

The male SUMMER TANAGER at West LA College continued through November 26. This bird has been along Freshman Drive near the Overland Ave. entrance to the campus.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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