This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 1.

-Birds mentioned

Eurasian Wigeon
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Booby
Cattle Egret
Bald Eagle
Swainson’s Hawk
Sandhill Crane
White-winged Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Plumbeous Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Pacific Wren / Winter Wren
Gray Catbird
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Lazuli Bunting
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
Red Crossbill

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* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 1, 2016
* CALA1601.01


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 1.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Elizabeth Lake Golf Course on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains from December 26-28. Though this is private property, the bird can be seen from Elizabeth Lake Road on the pond east of the restaurant.

The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 1. It has been in the middle basin, north of Mines Ave.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK continued along Ballona Creek upstream from Pacific Ave. through January 1.

The RED-NECKED GREBE continued at Castaic Lagoon through December 26.

A BROWN BOOBY was at the entrance to the LA Harbor (not visible from shore) on December 27.

Three CATTLE EGRETS were at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on December 31.

An adult BALD EAGLE continued off and on at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas through December 29.

A dark morph SWAINSON’S HAWK was over Whiting Woods near La Cresenta on December 31.

A SANDHILL CRANE was at Nebeker Ranch at West Ave. B and 60th Street West in the Antelope Valley on December 31.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood on December 27. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was at the extreme south end of the park through December 29.

A male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was south of the pond at Franklin Canyon on December 29.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through December 26. It is being seen along the north fence of the maintenance yard at the corner of Durfee and Santa Anita and south of restroom #6.

A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the south end of Monte Verde Park in Lakewood on December 31.

An EASTERN PHOEBE on the north side of Duckbill Lake at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB continued through December 24. A letter of permission is required for entry.

The EASTERN PHOEBE around the south pond at Madrona Marsh was seen through December 29. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a LAZULI BUNTING were present here through December 27 and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was present through December 29.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora (two birds) through December 31, at Columbia Park/Torrance Community Gardens in Torrance through December 28 and continuing at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook (often on the island in the south lake).

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at in Area 3 or El Dorado Park in Long Beach continued through December 31.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER continued at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica through December 30. It has usually been near the corner of cemetery roads Delaware and Palm.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Hermon Park in northeast Los Angeles on December 25. It was in sycamores between the “Art in the Park” building and the main road.

Another PLUMBEOUS VIREO was at Alma Park in San Pedro on December 27.

A CASSIN’S VIREO was at Harbor Regional Park (currently closed to public access) on December 27.

Either a WINTER WREN or PACIFIC WREN was on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on December 27. It was along the creek below St. Francis Church, between the fenced church playground and the riparian area.

A GRAY CATBIRD was found at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood on December 26. It was reported on December 27 as well. The location is near the park entrance gate at the northwest part of Monte Verde Park (which is at the north end of the SGR Parkway Naturel Trail). This bird has been searched for since but not refound.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBER was found in Torrance on December 23. A number of others continued. These included birds at Legg Lake in South El Monte (near restroom #7) through January 1, at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles (southwest corner of the east lawn area) through December 31, at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park (park is closed for renovation), at El Segundo Library Park through December 29, at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Train in Lakewood through December 27.

The AMERICAN REDSTART continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through January 1. It has been along the far west side about just south of Whittier Blvd. (the extreme northwest part of the basin complex).

A PALM WARBLER was at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park (closed for construction) on December 27 and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was nearby in the Wilmington Drain the same day.

The LE CONTE’S SPARROW at Castaic Lagoon was seen through December 27. 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 SWAMP SPARROW continued at Wheeler Park in Claremont through December 29. It was last seen at the south end of Bucknell Ave.

Both a DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO and a “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO were on private property near Castaic on December 26.

A male SUMMER TANAGER was at Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach from December 24-26. A female type SUMMER TANAGER was at Malaga Dunes in Palos Verdes Estates on December 31.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at a residence near West Hollywood on December 27.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued at Holmby Park in Los Angeles through December 27. It was last reported along Comstock between 624 Comstock and the stop sign.

RED CROSSBILLS were at Castaic Lagoon (fourteen) and at Lake Hughes Road and Dry Gulch Road (eighteen) on December 27. Another three were at Pearblossom Park in the Antelope Valley on December 31.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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