This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 30.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 30, 2016
* CALA1612.30

-Birds mentioned

Snow Goose
“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Yellow-footed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Burrowing Owl
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Lapland Longspur
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Painted Redstart
Green-tailed Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 30.

The SNOW GOOSE at Lincoln Park in East Los Angeles (incorrectly stated as being in Alhambra on last week’s RBA) was reported through December 27.

Another SNOW GOOSE was along the LA River north of the Pacific Coast Highway on December 26.

Returning was a “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL along the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera. It was just below Mines Ave on December 26 and 27. If not there, be sure to check the spreading basins on the east side of the river.

A female type WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was off Dockweiler State Beach (opposite the RV Park) on December 27.

The San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera had up to five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS from December 26-28. Two first cycle, one second cycle and two adults were present. Also seen here on December 26 was an adult YELLOW-FOOTED GULL. All the gulls have been in the north basin, most easily accessed from the east end of Mines Ave.

The BURROWING OWL at Esperanza Elementary School in the Westlake area of Los Angeles continued through December 29.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER continued through December 30 at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood. It was in the area north of Vanowen and east of the 170 Freeway at the far north end.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance continued through December 29. 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). The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER also continued north of the footbridge at the west end of the middle road. Preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through December 30 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 26.

Another VERMILION FLYCATCHER continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora through December 23. It was reported in the area with the vertical headstones.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was by the cricket fields at the Sepulveda Basin in Van Nuys on December 22.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through December 27. It has often been near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126th Street, but most recently was seen north of the south lake.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on San Clemente Island (no public access) on December 23.

A PALM WARBLER was in Westchester Park in front of the Senior Center on December 24. Other PALM WARBLERS this past week were southwest of Joe’s Crab Shack at King Harbor, continuing at the Redondo Beach Marina and at Entradero Park in Torrance.

A PINE WARBLER continued between parking lot 2 and the pier at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale through December 27.

A PAINTED REDSTART has reportedly returned to Mar Vista for another winter. It is at the Venice-Barry Apartments and was seen on the back side of unit 11811 between Barry and Barrington on December 21.

Another PAINTED REDSTART was at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates from December 26-29. It was seen south of the stairs leading to building 3604, though it appears move around the area.

The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE. It was reported through December 27 in the area just south of the two green and white posts on the west side of the paved walkway. A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER also continued through December 24 nearby at the south end of Monte Verde Park.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the Wilmington Drain in Harbor City north of PCH (in and around a pomegranate tree) through December 22. Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the Village Green Condominiums through December 25 on the south side of unit 5160. One was also around the parking lot at Sycamore Canyon in Whittier (off Workman Mill Road) on December 26.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was along the horse trail north of the Palos Verdes Golf Course on December 26.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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