This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 4.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* November 4, 2016
* CALA1611.04

-Birds mentioned

Common Ground-Dove
Sabine’s Gull
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Burrowing Owl
Bald Eagle
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Gray Catbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Orchard Oriole
Hooded Oriole

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 4.

A COMMON GROUND-DOVE was at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on October 28. It was seen by the far west parking lot, southwest of the lake.

A SABINE’S GULL was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on October 31. A letter of permission is required for entry.

The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh through November 1. It is often near the “elbow” of the marsh close to the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson.

A BURROWING OWL was at the patio of the LAX Flight Path Learning Center off Imperial Highway on October 29.

At Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, a BALD EAGLE continued to be reported off and on through October 28. It is most often around the north side of the reservoir.

The LEWIS’S WOODPECKER at the Bette Davis Picnic area in Glendale continued through November 2. Walk along the north berm of the LA River west of Victory and watch for the bird to your right.

A returning VERMILION FLYCATCHER was on the island in the lake at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook on October 30. Another continued at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora on November 1.

A late ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through October 27. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER has been seen here from October 27-November 4 in the southeast portion of the preserve.

Another late ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the Rancho Sierra Golf Club in the east Antelope Valley on October 30. Be sure to ask permission to bird (perimeter only) at the Club House.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was reported at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on October 29.

The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD has returned for its fourth winter to Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas as of October 31. 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.

The very unusual coastal VERDIN continued at the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro through October 30. It has been seen by the garden just outside the Nature Center and also around the parking lot.

A returning GRAY CATBIRD was seen in and around Monte Verde Park in Lakewood on November 2. Remarkably an apparent second GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the south end (just above Carson Street) of the adjacent West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail also on November 2.

Also at the West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail, a MAGNOLIA WARBLER continued around electrical tower #35 through November 3. A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued here through November 2 near tower #34 and a NASHVILLE WARBLER was present on November 2.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was in the southeast corner of El Segundo Library Park on October 31.

Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach had a TENNESSEE WARBLER (likely a continuing bird) on October 27.

A female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was at Descanso Gardens in La Canada from October 27-November 4. It has been near the Japanese Tea Garden, Tea House, Ancient Forest pathway and in this general area.

Highridge Park in Rolling Hills Estates produced a PALM WARBLER on November 1. It was in the northeast part of the park.

A PRAIRIE WARBLER was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance on November 3 and 4. It has been in and around a tall cottonwood in the southwest part of the preserve. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

A BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was in the east Antelope Valley on October 30. It was in the row of trees at 117th Street East and Ave. I. The bird was about 300 yards down the row, south of Ave. I.

Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale produced a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE on November 1. It was in tamarisks near the dam.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in the southeast corner of Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont on November 1.

A DARK-EYED “GRAY-HEADED” JUNCO was at Sunset Peak Saddle along Glendora Ridge Road on October 29.

Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach had a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on November 1. It was seen around the stairs near the top of the park.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at Malaga Dunes in Palos Verdes Estates on October 27.

The weedy patch at the far north end of Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia held a BOBOLINK on October 29.

A HOODED ORIOLE and an apparent ORCHARD ORIOLE were both at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia on November 1. They were in the Wedding Garden north of the Peacock Café.

San Clemente Island had a TENNESSEE WARBLER on October 27, a MAGNOLIA WARBLER from October 30-November 2, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW from October 27-30, a SUMMER TANAGER from October 27-29.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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