This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 29.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* September 29, 2017
* CALA1709.29

-Birds mentioned

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Broad-winged Hawk
Vermilion Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Gray Vireo
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Nelson’s Sparrow
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Canada Warbler
Summer Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Baltimore Oriole

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 29.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT was seen briefly and photographed along lower Ballona Creek near the Pacific Ave. bridge on September 24.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continued at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh through September 26.

A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was in the west Antelope Valley on September 24.

A female VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale at the west end of the lake near the picnic shelters.

Another VERMILION FLYCATCHER was at Lone Hill Park in San Dimas near the basketball court on September 25.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach on September 27.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the northeast part of the lower ball fields at Hansen Dam on September 23. Others were at the Sepulveda Basin on September 22 and at Occidental College in Eagle Rock on September 25.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was at the Piute Ponds on September 25 on the north side of Duckbill Lake.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER were at the small park on the south side of Los Feliz Blvd. on the east side of the LA River near Atwater Village on September 23.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was in Tujunga Wash below the concrete spillway (north of the 210 Freeway) on September 23.

Another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through September 26 at Madrona Marsh in Torrance (preserve hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday)

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and an AMERICAN REDSTART were in Area 2 of El Dorado Park in Long Beach on September 28.

A VIRGINIA’S WARBLER was at the Piute Ponds on September 25 along C dike.

A Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia, a VIRGINIA’S WARBLER was in the willows at the west end of the peninsula west of the parking area on September 22. One or two INDIGO BUNTINGS have also been at Peck from September 22-27 in the flat area south of the peninsula and bordering the south lake. A GRAY FLYCATCHER was in the lawn and picnic area west of the parking lot on September 28.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER continues at the Village Green Condominiums in Los Angeles. It has been in the Firewheel Tree behind unit 5343 and reported through September 27. A NORTHERN PARULA also continued at this spot through September 22 as did a BLACKPOLL WARBLER through September 23.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER and an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE were at Creek Park in La Mirada on September 26. Both were in the eucalyptus grove south (downstream) from Imperial Highway.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island on September 24.

A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was along the LA River in the Sepulveda Basin from September 22-23. It was about 100 yards upstream from Burbank Blvd, in a large tree on the south side of the river (directly across the river from a large pepper tree and eucalyptus).

Another CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was at the Piute Ponds on September 25 in tamarisks along the road between the adobe ruins and Friends Pond.

A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB (letter of permission required) from September 23-26. It was by the viewing platform on Ave. C.

A CANADA WARBLER was at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills Estates on September 23. It was near trail marker number 5 along the nature trail.

A male SUMMER TANAGER was at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar from September 23-26 between the olive grove and community center. Also at the park was a VIRGINIA’S WARBLER on September 24.

San Clemente Island (no public assess) continues to impress, with a ROSE-BREASED GROSBEAK there from September 22-26, a MAGNOLIA WARBLER from September 23-26, a PALM WARBLER on September 23, a LEAST FLYCATCHER from September 24-25, a GRAY VIREO on September 24, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER from September 26-27, a BLACK-THROATED SPARROW and a LARK BUNTING on September 26 and a PAINTED BUNTING on September 25.

Yet far more impressive was a EURASIAN WRYNECK photographed on San Clemente Island on September 25.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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