This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 16.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* September 16, 2016
* CALA1609.16

-Birds mentioned

Common Merganser
Ridgway’s Rail
Reddish Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Vermilion Flycatcher
Northern Waterthrush
Tennessee Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
American Redstart
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Indigo Bunting

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 16.

A COMMON MERGANSER continued to be seen both on the LA River adjacent to North Atwater Park and at Rowena Reservoir through September 12.

A continuing RIDGWAY’S RAIL was still at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh (along the Lincoln arm of the marsh) through September 10.

A MASKED or NAZCA BOOBY was seen and photographed in LA County waters about halfway between Oceanside and Santa Catalina Island on September 15.  

Masked Booby Identification

A REDDISH EGRET (originally reported on last week’s RBA as a Little Blue Heron) was at Malibu Lagoon on September 6.

YELLOW-CROWNED-NIGHT-HERONAn immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was along the south side of Ballona Creek just upstream from Pacific Ave on September 10. It was by the first channel/inlet into the Ballona Wetlands area.

A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) through September 15. It is being seen near the southeast corner of Duckbill Lake.

A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was in the southwest part of Madrona Marsh in Torrance from September 13-15.

A VIRGINIA’S WARBLER was at Piute Ponds from September 10-11. It was along Ave C by the portable restroom.

At Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, a VIRGINIA’S WARBLER continued at the south end of the park through September 15. A TENNESSEE WARBLER was in this area from September 12-14. An immature male SUMMER TANAGER was at the park on September 13.

The VIRGINIA’S WARBLER at Wilson Cove on San Clemente Island remained through September 15.

An adult male AMERICAN REDSTART was along the San Gabriel River below Peck Road on September 11. Also present was an INDIGO BUNTING.

An immature female AMERICAN REDSTART was in the east Antelope Valley on September 15. It was about a third of the way down the row of elms running south from Ave. I at 117th Street East.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail from September 10-12. It was about 300-400 feet south of Monte Verde Park. A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at the south end of the Nature Trail on September 11.

Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Arcadia County Park on September 15.

An immature BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was along the San Gabriel River opposite Encanto Park in Duarte on September 12. It was on the east side of the river around the fenced concrete drainage channel (accessed by crossing the concrete bridge just south of Encanto Park, then walking up the east side bike path just past the first drop).

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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