laas-logo-rba-textThis is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 5.

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Booby
Bald Eagle
“Harlan’s” Red-tailed Hawk
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Plumbeous Vireo
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* February 5, 2015
* CALA1502.05


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 5.

Both the TUNDRA SWAN and the “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued in the south basin at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through February 4. Easiest access is from just above Washington west of the 605 Freeway (at the southwest gate to the basins). The swan tends to move around the area however and may be in the north basin or even absent for periods of time.

Both a male and female BLACK SCOTER were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo (adjacent to the Hyperion parking area) on February 3.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through February 1.

A BROWN BOOBY was seen from a Harbor Breeze Cruises boat on February 2 and 3. It was on lighted buoy #5 past the breakwater.

Both and adult and fourth year BALD EAGLE were at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through February 4. They have been primarily on the north side of the lake.

A “HARLAN’S” RED-TAILED HAWK, apparently present for several weeks, is being seen 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.

The male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER continues at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar (north end of Sayre St.). Look for it northeast of the playground area.

A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was at near the office and chapel at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach on February 2

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was along the San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood on February 2. Another was on the east side of the LA River at the south end of the small park below Los Feliz on January 31.

A male VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through February 2. Check for this bird (two have been present for some time) in the northwest part of the property.

A female VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through February 4. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued northeast of the restroom building through February 3 and a PLUMBEOUS VIREO was in this area also on February 3.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Legg Lake in South El Monte was reported through January 31 (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). A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues near restroom #7 and a SWAMP SPARROW continued through February 1 just north of restroom #8 on the grass at the south edge of the lake.

The WORM-EATING WARBLER at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles was seen through February 1. 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. The most recent sightings were by unit 5366, 5340, 5323 and 5378. However one of the most reliable spots to check is behind unit 5396 adjacent to the laundry room (the best time at this spot is early- at or just after sunrise). This area is 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.

An AMERICAN REDSTART (present since January 13) was at the northwest corner of the north basin of the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through February 4.

A NORTHERN PARULA was re-found on February 1 at Castaic Lagoon. This bird is in the willow patch at the extreme northwest end of the lagoon, north of the CSUN Aquatic Center. A large concrete drainage channel enters from the west and leads into the willows-- this provides the best access.

The PALM WARBLER at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was present through February 2. Check the northeast corner of the north basin.

The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena continued through February 3 near the southeast corner of the Rose Bowl Riders area.

Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights on January 31. It was on the western edge of the park.

A male SUMMER TANAGER was at Averill Park in San Pedro on February 1. It was near the rose garden gazebo. A female SUMMER TANAGER continued in the southwest part of Ladera Park in Ladera Heights through February 2.


A RED-NECKED GREBE continued through February 4 in the Ventura Harbor, across from the Island Packers dock.

This report is sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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