This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 21.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 21, 2017
* CALA1712.21

-Birds mentioned

Tundra Swan
"Eurasian" Green-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Swainson's Hawk
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker
"Prairie" Merlin
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Pacific Wren
Green-tailed Towhee
"Red" Fox Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Hooded Oriole
Black-and-white Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Summer Tanager

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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted


This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 21.

The TUNDRA SWAN at the Piute Ponds (Ducks Unlimited Pond) on Edwards AFB continued through December 21. Remember that a letter of permission is required for entry.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale through December 16 and one at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera was reported through December 15.

A RED-NECKED GREBE continued at Castaic Lagoon through December 18.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was at Brush Canyon in Griffith Park on December 14.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was in Topanga on December 17.

NORTHERN "YELLOW-SHAFTED" FLICKERS were at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on December 16 and at Ernest E. Debs Park on December 16.

A pale "Prairie" MERLIN was found at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on December 17.

A DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER continued at Ladera Park in Ladera Heights through December 18. It has been on the east side of the Hillside Picnic Area east of the center of the park.

Another DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was at Runnymede Recreation Center in Canoga Park on December 16.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued at Madrona Marsh in Torrance through November 20. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was there on November 14. An EASTERN PHOEBE also continued through December 20. The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued in the meadow area through December 20.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were in the Sepulveda Basin (Bull Creek Restoration Area) on December 16, continuing at Colorado Lagoon through December 16 and by the north pond at the Golf Course in the Sepulveda Basin on December 16.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD continued in Area 3 of El Dorado Park through December 16.

PACIFIC WRENS were in Santa Anita Canyon (near Cabin 39) and along the nearby Winter Creek Trail on December 16.

GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES were in Altadena on December 16 and continuing in the parking lot at the Huntington Library in San Marino through December 16.

A “RED” FOX SPARROW continued at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena through December 16 by the Altadena Drain pond.

A SWAMP SPARROW was at the confluence of the San Gabriel River and San Jose Creek on December 16.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued at Montrose Community Park in Montrose through December 15.

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Almansor Park in Alhambra continued through December 21. It has been seen mainly by the lower pond.

Another RUSTY BLACKBIRD was in the parking lot in front of the Starbucks at the entrance to Trancas Canyon on December 17.

A HOODED ORIOLE was in the Sepulveda Basin on December 16 and another was at the north end of the desert garden at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino on December 16.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued on the west side of El Segundo Library Park in El Segundo through December 15. Another continued at the top of Tallac Knoll at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia through December 18.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (south of the administration building) and a PALM WARBLER (by the tennis courts) were at DeForest Park in Long Beach on December 16.

A MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was found at a residence in Burbank on December 18.

A NORTHERN PARULA and an AMERICAN REDSTART were found at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on December 16. In the northeast part of the park, walk from the RV park along the "jungle" trail along the fence. Then take a right instead of continuing to follow the fence. On the left side there is a clearing next to where the creek enters the reservoir. Walk toward the creek to the oak and the ash tree where the birds have been seen. Both were present through December 20.

Another NORTHERN PARULA was at the far north end of Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Pasadena on December 18.

A female SUMMER TANAGER continued at the Village Green Condominiums (by unit 5323) in Los Angeles through December 17

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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