laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for May 29.

-Birds mentioned

Hooded Merganser
American Bittern
California Condor
Glaucous-winged Gull
Least Tern
Vermilion Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Ventura County)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-throated Warbler
Cassin’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* May 29, 2015
* CALA1505.29


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for May 29.

A female HOODED MERGANSER continued at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB, being reported through May 25.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was heard at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh on May 28. It was near the west end benches.

Two CALIFORNIA CONDORS were along the Old Ridge Route road near Pyramid Lake on May 24.

Two GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS were at Malibu Lagoon on May 26.

A LEAST TERN was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on May 24. Letter of permission required for access.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continue at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, with five birds reported on May 17.

An OVENBIRD was at F.E. Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on May 28. It was in the upper area of the park near the restroom building.

A male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (likely a different bird than the one present earlier at the same location) was in South El Monte along the San Gabriel River at the confluence of San Jose Creek. This spot can be reached from the east end of Thienes Ave.

A first year male AMERICAN REDSTART was at Cabrillo Beach on May 28. It was by the staff parking lot on the north side of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on May 24. The bird was seen only briefly and could not be refound.

A CASSIN’S SPARROW was found in Castaic on May 26 and still present on May 28. The exact spot is south of where Violin Canyon enters Castaic Creek just northeast of the Castaic Regional Sports Complex. Exit the 5 Freeway at Parker Road and go right to the first intersection (a four way stop sign) and turn right again. Go down to the sports complex and turn left into the parking lot. Go east to the northeast corner and park at the baseball fields. Go northeast through the baseball fields and cross under the power lines. Under the power lines are weedy/grassy fields with a fence line. On the other side of the fence is alluvail sage scrub. The sparrow was singing from the sagebrush near the fence. There are easy places to enter through the fence.

A male SUMMER TANAGER was at Blaisdell Park (not to be confused with Blaisdell Preserve) in Claremont on May 23.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was along Cabora Drive at the Playa Vista Bluffs on May 28 and 29. It was in an elderberry bush about one quarter mile west of Lincoln. Google Earth coordinates are 33.966714, -118.429983. Cabora Road is on your right as you head south on Lincoln (and about 200 feet before the traffic light at Loyola Marymount University Drive). Parking is problematic, be sure to watch for signs indicating parking restrictions.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was on San Clemente Island on May 26 with an INDIGO BUNTING there (at Cave Canyon) on May 28.

A male BOBOLINK was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on May 23. A letter of permission is required for entry.


The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at Teague Park in Santa Paula continued through May 26 and has again built a nest in the same tree as last year (near the center of the park).

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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