* Los Angeles RBA
* February 24 2017
=93Eurasian=94 Green-winged Teal
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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Coverage: Los Angeles County, Ventura County as warranted
This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for February 24.
A TUNDRA SWAN was at Pierce College in Woodland Hills from February 19-23. =
It has been in the fields south of El Rancho Drive.
A female EURASIAN WIGEON is being seen at Oxford Basin in Marina del Rey. =
It was reported there though February 21. Low tide appears to be the best =
time to look for it.
A =93EURASIAN=94 GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues along the LA River adjacent to=
the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale. It was reported through February=
A first cycle ICELAND GULL was found at the Rio Hondo spreading basins at t=
he west end of Mines Ave. on February 18. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (b=
oth an adult and an immature have been present) continued off and on at the=
basins through February 20. The also irregular YELLOW-FOOTED GULL was see=
n again on February 20.
The gulls have mostly been in the basin below Washington Blvd. Afternoons =
are best and Sundays should be avoided (as the nearby landfill that attract=
s gulls is not operating). To reach the basin south of Washington Blvd., t=
ake Paramount to Canford and turn west. There is access here through a hol=
e in the fence.
A second cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL at the Rio Hondo spreading basins was last=
seen there on February 11. More recently it was spotted at Junipero Beach=
in Long Beach (near Shoreline Drive) on February 19.
A HAMMOND=92S FLYCATCHER continued at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood =
through February 21.
A GRAY FLYCATCHER was at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood on Febru=
The EASTERN PHOEBE at Madrona Marsh in Torrance was reported through Febru=
ary 23 in the southern part of the preserve near the Chevron (gas station) =
corner. Preserve hours are 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Sunday.
Up to five VERMILION FLYCATCHERS have seen at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glen=
dora through February 20.
The continuing DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Creek Park in La Mirada was repor=
ted in and near the eucalyptus grove south of Las Flores Ave and north of I=
mperial Highway through February 20.
The TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area in Willow=
brook continued through February 20. The island in the south lake is a goo=
d spot to check, as well as adjacent areas.
After going unreported for some time, the wintering THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD a=
t Horsethief Canyon Park in San Dimas was seen again on February 19 and als=
o through February 21. It tends to favor the wooded ravine just west of th=
e dog park, but can move widely around the area. The entrance road may be =
gated after storms, but the road can be walked, with parking available near=
the San Dimas Nature Center.
A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at La Mirada Community Regional Park on Febru=
ary 20. It was inside the Splash! property.
The PAINTED REDSTART at The Estates Condominiums in Rolling Hills Estates w=
as reported through February 21 around building 3604.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park in L=
os Angeles through February 18.
A SWAMP SPARROW continued along the Playa Vista Riparian Corridor below Loy=
ola Marymount University through February 23. It is being seen near the hi=
llside concrete drainage channel adjacent to the end of Village Drive.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued through February 23 at the LA County Arb=
oretum in Arcadia on the northeast slope of Tallac Knoll in the southwest c=
orner of the property.
A HARRIS=92S SPARROW was found along Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont on F=
ebruary 22 (but reportedly present before then). It was seen again on Febr=
uary 23. To reach the exact location, drive to the very north end of India=
n Hill Blvd. in Claremont. There is a free parking lot to the left. Walk e=
ast about one half mile along the Thompson Creek Trail by the water channel=
. The first feeding station can be seen on the right by a bench and drinkin=
g fountain. There are bird feeders and a solar panel water dish on the grou=
nd. Walk about one more block to Pomello Ave. (closed to parking) where th=
ere is a locked large metal yellow gate to your left. Slip past it at the c=
hannel, and just to the right is the second feeding station which the Harri=
s's seems to prefer.
A SUMMER TANAGER was at a residence in the La Canada area in February 18.
A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at a feeder in Trancas Canyon on February 17.
The female ORCHARD ORIOLE at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia continued t=
hrough February 21. It has been in the Aloe Garden (just northwest of the =
entrance complex). It especially favors the Kei Apple Trees, but if missed=
there check other flowering plants in the vicinity.
A male SCOTT=92S ORIOLE was at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on Februa=
ry 20 and 21. It was seen from Group Picnic Area 4.
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Jon L Fisher
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