This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 4. 

-Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glaucous Gull
White-winged Dove
Burrowing Owl
Short-eared Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Pacific Wren
American Restart
Blackburnian Warbler
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco


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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 4, 2015
* CALA1512.04



This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 4.

A SNOW GOOSE was at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa Vista on November 28, about 300 yards south of the intersection of Lincoln and Jefferson.

The male LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Ballona Creek mouth was reported through December 1. It is usually between Pacific Avenue and the UCLA boat ramp. Park at the end of Pacific Ave. in Playa del Rey and walk north along the east side berm of Ballona Creek. A female LONG-TAILED DUCK was also present here on November 29.

A RED-THROATED LOON was at Legg Lake in South El Monte from November 29-December 3. The bird has been at the east end of the south lake.

A RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Castaic Lagoon, being reported through December 1.

Another RED-NECKED GREBE was near the southwest part of Quail Lake near Gorman on November 27.

An adult BALD EAGLE was at Bonelli Regional Park (entry fee required) in San Dimas on November 29.

The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in San Pedro continued through November 27. 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.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was at Malibu Lagoon on November 30.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE continued near the entrance to Cabrillo Beach along Stephen M. White Drive. It was reported through December 2.

BURROWING OWLS were at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh near Playa Vista on November 28 and along lower Ballona Creek in Playa del Rey (possibly the same bird, east of the tide gate as viewed from the south/east side creek berm upstream from Pacific Ave.) on December 1.

Another BURROWING OWL was at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on December 1.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on November 30. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was at Elyria Canyon Park in northeast Los Angeles on November 30.

Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS continued at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar through November 29. Both were by Frisbee Gold goal #7 near the southeast corner of the park.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the George F Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills on November 30.

The female VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook. It is usually on the island in the south lake but does move around the area.

Another VERMILION FLYCATCHER was in Area 3 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on November 29 and one was at Columbia Park in Torrance on December 2.

At least one TROPICAL KINGBIRD (with two possibly present) continues at El Dorado Park. It was reported through November 29.

A CAVE SWALLOW was found in Area 3 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on November 28. It was north of the smaller pond and also by the model airplane field. A HAIRY WOODPECKER was nearby and two HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHERS were also found, one in Area 2 and one in Area 3.

A PACIFIC WREN was in Big Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia on December 2. From the bottom of the paved road, the bird was upstream past Fiddler’s Crossing near where a large felled tree across the trail has been sawn in two.

A female AMERICAN REDSTART was at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera on November 27. It was by the bench at the northwest part of the north basin.

A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was at Buena Vista Park in Burbank on November 29. It was in sycamores on the west side of the south section of the park.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont through December 3. It was last seen on the north side near a tan fence.

Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena through December 2, usually north of the off leash dog area.

The GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through December 2. It was last reported by vernal pool #2 near the front gate. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at the marsh through December 2, with up to three reported in the area. An EASTERN PHOEBE was in the southwest part of the preserve from November 25-December 1. The marsh is open 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

The LE CONTE’S SPARROW found at Castaic Lagoon on November 22 and has been seen daily through December 3. 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 major event is planned near this area for this weekend, thus access and parking will be an issue.

A SWAMP SPARROW was along the LA River in Atwater Village on November 28. It was south of North Atwater Park and adjacent to the mid-river homeless camp with the silver disco ball suspended above it.

A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at a residence in La Canada on November 26.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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