This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 27.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 27 2017
* CALA1701.27

-Birds mentioned

White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
White-winged Dove
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 27.

A BLACK SCOTER (south of Imperial Highway) and five female WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (opposite lifeguard station 53 and 61) were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on January 26.

Two COMMON MERGANSERS continued through January 24 at Malibu Lagoon (north of the PCH bridge).

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Castaic Lagoon continued through January 21.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen briefly at Wheeler Park in Claremont on January 23.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Rio Hondo Spreading Basins (in the far west pond, scope required) on January 21. Entrance is at the intersection of Mines and Paramount. Another adjacent area to check for this bird and other gulls is the basin south of Washington.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was in the northeast corner of the Natural History Museum Nature Gardens on January 24 and 25. It was in the tall Casuarina tree along the north edge of the Garden, about 50 yards east of the Exposition Blvd. entrance gate to the museum. This area is accessible when the museum gates are open (9:30-5:00). Also check the cork oak at the northeast corner.

A NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was north of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park in Pasadena on January 26.

A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was at Occidental College from January 24-25.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas continued through January 25 on the north side of the park by Group Picnic Area #4.

The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through January 26 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) corner. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

The female VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through January 23. It has recently been northeast of the end of the Avalon parking lot. The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continued through January 21 in the same spot.

The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at El Segundo Library Park continued through January 24 in the northwest corner.

The PALM WARBLER at Entradero Park in Torrance was seen through January 22 on the north side of the pond.

The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through January 21 around building 3604.

The West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood had a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE reported through January 21. A good area to check is just south of the two green and white posts on the west side of the paved walkway. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was also at the park on January 21.

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through January 21. It is being seen near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued at Los Liones Canyon through January 21 and along the Wilmington Drain (north of the end of 255th Street) through January 26. A new bird was at Kenneth Hahn SRA on January 22, north of the Lotus Pond. Another was at a residence in Altadena on January 22.

A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO continued at Apollo Park in Lancaster through January 25.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was in Topanga on January 22.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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