This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 23.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 23 2016
* CALA1612.23

-Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
Long-tailed Duck
Burrowing Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Pacific Wren
Gray Catbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
“Red” Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Hooded Oriole

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 23.

A SNOW GOOSE was at Lincoln Park in Alhambra on December 17. Another flew over the Ballona Creek mouth on December 19.

Continuing at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB property through December 17 was a TUNDRA SWAN (letter of permission required for entry).

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the pond along the entrance road to King Gillette Ranch near Calabasas on December 18.

The BURROWING OWL at Esperanza Elementary School in the Westlake area of Los Angeles continued through December 22.

A LONG-EARED OWL was along the LA River adjacent to Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley on December 17.

At Big Piute (Piute Ponds, Edwards AFB), a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on December 19.

The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles through December 20. It was last seen by the northwest corner of the property near Rodeo Road and Hauser Blvd.

HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHERS included a continuing bird in the northeast part of Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood and one in the Subtropical Garden at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, both on December 17.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through December 18. It has been around the large cottonwood by the Chevron corner of the marsh (the area opposite the Chevron gas station at the corner of Sepulveda and Madrona). An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues as well. The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at Madrona continued through December 17 also by the large cottonwood at the southwest corner of the preserve. Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through December 21 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.

A VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at Columbia Park in Torrance in the northwest corner of the Community Garden. It was seen through December 21.

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was reported through December 18. Check the eucalyptus grove north of Imperial Highway and Las Flores.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through December 19 near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126th Street.

A PACIFIC WREN was found in Monrovia Canyon by trail marker number 8 on December 17 and was seen again the following day.

The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GRAY CATBIRD at the north end around Monte Verde Park through December 17 as well as a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE (farther south along the nature trail). A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER also continued here through December 17.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued at El Segundo Library Park through December 19. It was seen between and library and bandstand and in the southeast corner of the property.

Hansen Dam had a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER from December 17-19 in willows just east of the main lake. Directions are as follows. Walk the main dirt road east along the main lake (reached by walking south past the ball fields at the Soccer Complex/Sports Center off Foothill Blvd.) until you get to the broad north-south dirt road near the Little Tujunga Creek wash. Go right (south) a couple of hundred yards until you reach the main creek. On your right is a fairly obvious bridle trail leading west toward the lake and roughly paralleling Big Tujunga Creek. Take that trail, and after about 80 yards it will widen into a broad sandy area. Continue west through that area almost to the west end of it, and then take the smaller trail on the left (closer to the creek) where there is an isolated small stand of tall Arundo (giant reed). Shortly down that trail you'll come to a single young, low palm tree. The Blackburnian was in the tall willows around that palm. In the same area as the Blackburnian Warbler, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was seen on December 20.

A PINE WARBLER was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale from December 17-18. It was between parking lot 2 and the pier.

A “RED” FOX SPARROW was at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on December 17 in the area north of Johnson field (on the east side of the basin).

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Legg Lake in South El Monte, in Zuma Canyon and at the Wilmington Drain in Harbor City north of PCH (2 birds) this past week.

HOODED ORIOLES were along the Tujunga Wash in Valley Glen (between Oxnard St. and Burbank Blvd.) on December 18 and continuing in La Verne through December 21. Two HOODED ORIOLES were at the north end of the desert garden at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino on December 17.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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