This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 6.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* January 6 2017
* CALA1701.06

-Birds mentioned

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Bald Eagle
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Cassin’s Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Pacific Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Black-and-white Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Painted Redstart
Green-tailed Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Hooded Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 6.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL along the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera continued through January 2. Check both the river channel and the spreading basins between Whittier and Washington (on the west side of the river). Access can be had at the east end of Mines Ave. or from Pico Vista Road at the southwest corner of the basins.

Four female type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were off Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo on January 4. Two were opposite lifeguard station 61, one was opposite the Imperial Highway and one was opposite lifeguard station 53.

Castaic Lagoon had a RED-NECKED GREBE on December 31 near the south end. Also present was a BALD EAGLE, a CASSIN’S VIREO (north of restroom 9) and two PLUMBEOUS VIREOS (near parking lot 13 and near restroom 10).

At least one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera through December 30. Gull flocks can be in either the north or south basin and tend to congregate by late morning. Enter from the east end of Mines Ave.

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

Up to four VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were at the Castaic Sports Complex from December 31-January 1. Other VERMILION FLYCATCHERS included at least two continuing birds at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, one at the LA National Cemetery on January 2 and one at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook through January 3 (often on the island in the south lake).

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook was reported through January 4. It was most recently in the western section, but has also been near the intersection of Wadsworth Ave. and 126th Street and also north of the south lake.

A continuing PACIFIC WREN was in Monrovia Canyon through January 2 near trail marker number 8.

Up to ten MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS continue at Brackett Field in La Verne. They were last reported on January 4 past the west end of the runway adjacent to the nursery.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at the Raintree Condominium complex in Culver City on January 2. Another continued in the southern part of Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance through January 3. Preserve hours are 10-5, Tuesday through Sunday.

A PALM WARBLER was at the Los Angeles National Cemetery (along Christian Ave.) on January 2.

A PINE WARBLER continued between parking lot 2 and the pier at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale through December 29.

The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook continues. It was seen on January 4 and 5 near the east end of the Avalon parking lot and by picnic area 12 north of the south lake.

The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates was reported through January 2 around building 3603 and 3604. A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was in this area from January 1-2.

The West San Gabriel Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood has a continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE reported through January 3. A good area to check is just south of the two green and white posts on the west side of the paved walkway. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a CASSIN’S VIREO were along the nature trail on January 2. A PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER also continued through January 1 at the south end of Monte Verde Park (this is a reservation only fenced area at the north end of the Parkway Nature Trail).

A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loyola Marymount University through January 3. It is near where Village Drive dead ends and a hillside concrete drainage channel. A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was also in this area on January 3.

Another BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (first winter male) was at Cheviot Hills Park in eucalyptus across from Motor Ave. on January 2.

A DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO was at Elysian Park on January 3. It was above Elysian Park Drive west of Stadiumn Way.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the LA County Arboretum through January 4. It was on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll. Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at the Wilmington Drain in Harbor City north of PCH (in and around a pomegranate tree) through January 1.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Holmby Park near Westwood on January 2 and an immature male HOODED ORIOLE was at Creek Park in La Mirada on January 4.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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