laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 27.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Booby
White-winged Dove
Tropical Kingbird
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
American Tree Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 27, 2015
* CALA1502.27


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 27.

The TUNDRA SWAN continues at (or at least near) the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera. It was last seen in the San Gabriel River channel itself, just north of Whittier Blvd. Also continuing was the “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the south basin, usually near the north “island”. Also in the south basin was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE perched on the southernmost island. All were reported on February 20. Easiest access for the latter two birds is from just above Washington west of the 605 Freeway (at the southwest gate to the basins), or from the east end of Mines Ave.

A male SURF SCOTER was at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys on February 22.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 25.

At least two BROWN BOOBIES were at San Clemente Island through February 22-23.

The “HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK continues in Area A of the Ballona Wetlands. This section is east of Lincoln, west of the marina and north of the bike path. Morning seems to be the time to find this bird. It was reported through February 27.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen flying over Claremont on February 22.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at El Dorado Park in Long Beach through February 22 (in Area 3 just past the bridge from the old Ranger Station).

Another TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through February 23 (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 25. 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). Due to recent maintenance/gardening work, some of the areas this bird has preferred have been altered. Don’t restrict your search only to the areas listed above. The complex is south of Rodeo Road, west of La Brea. This is private property, but birders are welcome.

The NORTHERN PARULA continued through February 25 at Castaic Lagoon. This bird is at the northwest part of the area, usually around the CSUN Aquatic Center. Also check the willow patch behind the center.

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 20. It was last seen along the pathway near the east end of Havenwood (on the west side of the north basin). A continuing AMERICAN REDSTART was in the extreme northwest part of the basins (adjacent to Whittier Blvd.) also on February 20.

The PAINTED REDSTART continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 26. 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 AMERICAN TREE SPARROW found at Castaic Lagoon on January 11, but missing since then, has been refound and seen from February 20-26. It was last observed south of the Aquatic Center along the fence line. Obviously the general area should be covered if it is not at that spot.

The SWAMP SPARROW at Legg Lake in South El Monte continues, being reported through February 23. Look for it north of restroom #8 on the grass immediately south of the lake shore.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through February 26. It has been near the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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