Access to see the Tropical Parula in Huntington Beach has been granted on a limited basis. The property manager would like to take access one weekend at a time and at this time it will only be on weekends. Future access will likely depend on behavior of the birders and tolerance by the residents.
The first round of visits will be this weekend (in a few days). If you are interested in trying for the parula, please send an email to OCTRPA@... (OCTRPA at gmail dot com). Please do NOT reply directly to this post or email me personally. Please include in your email if you are available Saturday, Sunday, or both. Flexibility will obviously be a bonus as the specific date and time of each trip will be based on the responses we receive. Jeff Bray or I will respond privately with meeting details, including the specific meeting time and location, until we run out of trip capacity; I don't expect that it will take long to fill up the available slots. Because of the sensitivity of the situation and the guidelines that have been currently worked out with the property, we will not be posting any of these details online.
Again, if you know where the bird is, please do not enter the property unless you are part of these groups. Several local SoCal birders worked very hard to make this happen and we do not want it to end prematurely because somebody decided to not play by the rules and sneak in.
Please also refer to Tom Benson's post this morning regarding how to deal with this bird in eBird and on photo-sharing websites: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OrangeCountyBirding/conversations/messages/12454 . All it takes is one person to end access for everybody. *Do not be that person.*
Ryan Winkleman, Rancho Santa Margarita
Jeff Bray, Irvine