This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 11.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* November 11, 2016
* CALA1611.11

-Birds mentioned

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Swainson’s Hawk
Burrowing Owl
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Mountain Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 11.

The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh continued through November 5. It is most often seen near the “elbow” of the marsh close to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson.

A SWAINSON’S HAWK was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on November 6.

A BURROWING OWL returned to the Ballona Wetlands as of November 4. To reach the viewing spot, walk the Ballona Creek south side berm upstream from the end of Pacific Ave. in Playa del Rey. Once you reach the the tide gate and channel to your right, look south for the iceplant covered mound. This is the spot the bird generally frequents.

The returning female VERMILION FLYCATCHER was on the island in the south lake at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through November 7. Another continued at Columbia Park in Torrance through November 4.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook on November 6 and 7. It was seen northeast of the south lake and in trees along Wadsworth Ave.

The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD back for its fourth winter to Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was reported through November 8. This bird tends to move around the area, but one fairly reliable spot has been around the fenced dog park by the westernmost parking area and the ravine just to the west of the dog park.

A late WESTERN KINGBIRD was on the north side of Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on November 6.

The returning GRAY CATBIRD was seen in and around the south end of Monte Verde Park (at the north end of the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail) in Lakewood through November 4.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at Legg Lake in South El Monte through November 5. It was around the playground west of restroom #7 between the middle and south lakes.

A LUCY’S WARBLER was at DeForest Park in Long Beach on November 5. It was in the extreme northwest part of the park (between the pepper trees and the north wall bordering the park).

Late was a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Exposition Park in Los Angeles (west of the north entrance to the rose garden) on November 4.

The West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing MAGNOLIA WARBLER around electrical tower #35 through November 7 and a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE near tower #34 through November 9. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was present through November 6.

A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was found at a residence in San Gabriel on November 8.

A female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER continued at Descanso Gardens in La Canada through November 6. It has been south of the Japanese Tea Garden and around the Ancient Forest pathway and in this general area.

A PALM WARBLER was along the LA River below Burbank Blvd. in the Sepulveda Basin on November 5.

The PRAIRIE WARBLER at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through November 10. It has been in and around a tall cottonwood in the southwest part of the preserve. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued in this area through November 10. A PALM WARBLER was at the marsh through November 4 and a late NASHVILLE WARBLER was there through November 5. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in the southeast corner of Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont on November 6.

Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in the weedy patch at the far north end of Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia on November 4 and a BOBOLINK continued here as well.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Vina Vieja Park in Pasadena on November 8 and 9. It was on the lawn east of the parking lot. A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was found here on November 10 in the open space south of the park.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were on San Clemente Island from October 30-November 3, continuing in the southeast quadrant of the Village Green Condominiums on Los Angeles through November 9 and in Rolling Hills Estates on November 7.

A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at Grassy Hollow Picnic Area in the San Gabriel Mountains on November 6.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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