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Based on a photo that Jeff took of the bird here in Orange County, this appears to be a Northern Waterthrush, NOT a Louisiana Waterthrush. The throat is fairly streaky, the underparts are heavily streaked and offwhite, the supercilium is offwhite and tapers off in the back, the legs are dull, and the undertail coverts are bright white. https://www.flickr.com/photos/crispystatic/40974775695/ This ID is supported by several other local birders as well. Ryan Winkleman Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County
Sandy sent me the video she took and I posted it on the youtube link below. It looks pretty good for Louisiana Waterthrush behavior. Open to opinions... This is the exact spot where the one was seen 16 SEP 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=UPLWmf8NqyE Jeff Bray Irvine, CA
California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in early May. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee 2017-139 Garganey 25 Nov 2017-11 Mar 2018 Waller Park SBA (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-142 Black-headed Gull 27 Nov 2017 Pt. Pinos MTY (documentation complete) 2017-143 Black-headed Gull 5-9 Dec 2017 North Shore RIV (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2017-154 Black-headed Gull 9 Dec 2017 Modesto WTP STA (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-022 Black-tailed Gull 11 Feb-11 Mar 2018 Crescent City DN (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-175 Arctic Loon 16 Dec 2017 Pt. Pinos MTY (documentation complete) 2018-015 Arctic Loon 26 Jan-18 Feb 2018 Abbotts Lagoon MRN (documentation from 3 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-021 Arctic Loon 2 Feb 2018 Steamer Lane SCZ (documentation complete) 2017-155 Nazca Booby (4) 11 Dec 2017-present San Diego Bay SD (documentation from 15 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-010 Nazca Booby 16 Jan 2018 near Ocean Beach SD (documentation complete) 2017-094 Tricolored Heron (2) 25 Sep 2017-present Bolsa Chica ORA (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-096 Tricolored Heron 25-26 Sep 2017 Santa Ana R. ORA (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-113 Black Vulture 14-22 Oct 2017 Pt. Reyes MRN (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2018-016 Gyrfalcon 3 Feb-4 Mar 2018 Pajaro R. mouth MTY/SCZ (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-011 Winter Wren 2 Jan-20 Feb 2018 Pt. San Pablo CC (documentation from 1 observer – additional documentation requested) 2018-014 Winter Wren 28 Jan 2018 Orr Ranch SAC (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-009 Curve-billed Thrasher 6 Jan-18 Feb 2018 Woodland YOL (documentation from 9 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-013 Field Sparrow 26 Jan 2018 Half Moon Bay SM (eBird report – no documentation received) 2017-168 Louisiana Waterthrush 23 Dec 2017-14 Jan 2018 Big Sur R. MTY (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-001 Tropical Parula 5 Jan-14 Feb 2018 Huntington Beach ORA (documentation from 11 observers – additional documentation requested) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present.
This afternoon around 2:30, Logan Kahle and i briefly stopped by MoonGlow Dairy in Moss Landing, hoping to see some of the recent rarities there. While birding the cattle pens looking for Cattle Egret or Yellow-headed Blackbird, we were sorting through the 2-3,000 blackbirds present, when i noticed one on the ground outside the pens with a distinctly rusty coloration to its head and back. I realized i had a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in my view. Logan got on it very quickly and got a few photographs. The bird flew up and into a farther cattle pen with many other blackbirds. There were hundreds of Brewer's and starlings, and a few dozens of Red-winged, Tricolored, and cowbirds, and over a thousand "blackbird sp." Sorting through the flock could take a while if you aren't as lucky as we were, especially as the birds move around around a lot while foraging. We were on our way back from a morning spent at the Big Sur River near Hwy 1, where we successfully chased the continuing Louisiana Waterthrush. It took over three hours, but we eventually saw the bird on the south bank of the creek, directly underneath the pedestrian footbridge nearest the highway. It spent some time moving in the bushes and leaf litter about 50 feet from the water, also, giving great looks. If you go to MoonGlow Dairy to look for the Rusty and you've never been before, be sure to follow all guidelines for birding this private property: http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/moonglow.html Good birding, Bob Toleno Hayward
A Louisiana Waterthrush found mid-day yesterday by visitor David Dovalina at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP in Monterey County continued today throughout the morning. Yesterday it was seen perhaps 50m downstream of the Hwy 1 bridge over the Big Sur River. Today it was always upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge but it continued to forage along the north bank of the Big Sur River and continued to work downstream during the morning; it could be west of the Hwy 1 bridge by the afternoon. There is a largeish parking area at the north end of the Highway 1 bridge over the Big Sur River on the west side of the road. There is a paved parking lot for the Big Sur Inn directly across the road on the east side of Hwy 1 -- that lot can be reached by entering the Pfeiffer Big Sur entrance road but taking the first right into the Big Sur Inn parking lot (if you continue straight you get to the entrance gate to the State Park and have to pay to get into the park). You want to be on the south side of the Big Sur River to look for the waterthrush. There are two access points. First, you can walk south on walkways adjacent to Highway 1 to the south end of the bridge, and then go under the bridge on a very steep rough trail. Second, and much easier, is to walk across Hwy 1 on the north side to the parking lot of Big Sur Inn and find the pedestrian bridge across the Big Sur River at the east side of Big Sur Inn. You can easily see this pedestrian bridge from the Hwy 1 bridge. Walk to the south side of river, bear left and loop on wide dirt road until you reach a Nature Center on the south side of the river. Just before (west of) the Nature Center there is a nice hiking trail labeled "Buzzards Roost Trail." Follow it down to the Big Sur River until you are on the south bank of the river, on the trail. Today the waterthrush was first seen upstream of this spot, where there is a series of cement blocks for a low water access across the river (but the river is higher now) that are basically behind the Nature Center. When we were there the waterthrush was downstream right where Buzzards Roost Trail reached the south bank of the river. The trail continues west under the south end of the Pedestrian Bridge and then farther west under the south end of Highway 1 and on towards the west. By late morning the waterthrush was still on the north bank of the river but halfway between the Pedestrian Bridge and Hwy 1. [All this discussion is about the Pedestrian Bridge that goes from Big Sur Lodge to near the Nature Center. There is yet a second Pedestrian Bridge farther upstream (east) and then a third bridge for cars going into the campground. Although you could pay money and drive to the Campground and the Nature Center, there is little point in doing so, because there is no parking there.] Although the waterthrush is foraging actively along the north bank of the river (at least while we were there) it can be hard to spot among the many rocks and fallen leaves. Watch for movement. The waterthrush spends a lot of time flipping dead leaves, and it is bobbing in a up-down-circling motion almost all the time. We did see it fly and disappear twice. Once it flew up into a dense tree on the north side and totally disappeared. You would not find it if perched. But within 15 minutes it had flown a bit downstream, giving a loud, scratchy, 'chiz-zit' call and disappeared into some tangles. [Other heard a different single-note call as well]. Later it reappeared at river's edge between the Pedestrian bridge and Hwy 1. Later it flew again downstream towards Highway 1. The bird seems content and calm, and when along the north bank of the river it was foraging actively. Apparently others saw it fly to the south side of the river as well. Please do not disturb this interesting bird. Please do not walk in the river. Please do not walk on the north bank where there is no trail. If undisturbed, it might winter. Early in the morning others had a Dipper and Varied Thrush in the vicinity; we had Golden-crowned Kinglets along Buzzards Roost Trail just west of Hwy 1 bridge. Thanks, Don Roberson and Rita Carratello Pacific Grove CA http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
As of 11:30 am on September 17, the Orange County Louisiana Waterthrush has not been refound. Ryan Winkleman Rancho Santa Margarita
This morning, September 16, Samuel Bressler found a Louisiana Waterthrush at Gilman Park in Brea in Orange County. Based on photos and video, the ID was supported by several local experts down here. The bird has thus far been very cooperative and generally hanging out in wide open areas surrounding a small runoff creek that runs through the park, generally around 33.902704,-117.876660. Note that the parking situation is weird and there is no real official parking at Gilman Park except for like 3 designated spots. It is essentially necessary to park in the adjacent neighborhood. The cul-de-sac off of Treeview has provided the closest access today, September 16, but is *mostly a fire lane*. Just a reminder that Louisiana Waterthrush is a CBRC review species and any documentation should be sent to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at secretary@... . Ryan Winkleman Rancho Santa Margarita in lovely ol' Orange County
Hi, Thanks to Doug Willick for posting yesterday's message. I created an album of photos that I've posted to the group. I wasn't around to see if the bird was there today. It showed everything one would want to see on a Louie, including a long bill, unstreaked throat, and ridiculously pink legs. The yellowy buff on the right flank and lower right side appears to be more extensive on the left side. The call was a loud, flat TUPK, reminiscent somewhat of MacGillivray's Warbler rather than the Blue Grosbeak-like call of Northern. Jim Pike Hunt Bch
Just received the following message from Jim Pike, who is birding the northern Mojave Desert area (and ccurently in Shoshone): "Would one of you mind reporting a Louisiana Waterthrush in Shoshone (right now) for me I'm having a helluva time with the internet here in town. The bird is usually along a small concrete drainage channel between the south end of the campground and a dry pond across from the school. Good looks can be had, but it is spooky. Best to use palm trees as a blind. It has crossed the street to the school, and will forage around mesquite shrubs. I'll post a pic tomorrow. thanks, jim" Doug Willick Orange, CA
HI, Stan Gray called to say he, Bruce Aaird (sp), and Steve Sosensky saw the continuing LOUISIANA WATERTHURSH in California City Central Park earlier this morning - DAY 7. They saw it out in the open, in bright sunshine, walking along the shoreline "like a sandpiper" on the near shore across from the Par 3 Golf Course. This exposed shoreline is in the direction of the main park portion of Central Park. The lakeside of the Par 3 Golf Course is the best vantage point. To me this means working the area between the 17th and 18th holes of the golf course and the main lake is still the best strategy with the checking of the shores across the lake inlets from the golf course now also an added strategy. Serving as the Messenger, Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Bob, According to the CBRCs online Query Database the last accepted record for Louisiana Waterthrush was in 2004 in Santa Clara Co. Record=2004-119, Status=A, Species=Louisiana Waterthrush, Count=1, First Date=8/9/2004, Last Date=8/18/2004, Location=Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos, Co=SCL, Note=photo It didn't show any submissions after that record so this may be the first in eight years! Steve Summers Porterville, Tulare Co., CA
Hi, The Louisiana Waterthrush continued along the edge of the California City Par 3 Golf Course in Kern County this morning (Tom Benson, David Nelson, David Singer). Is this particular bird the first for California for this year 2012 When was the last California record Thank you in advance to anyone who has accurate answers to the two questions above. Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
Hi, Cher Hollingworth called to say the California City Par 3 Golf Course LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued as of 1:30pm this afternoon. Dave Goodward found this bird this morning. Remember at least two birders have independently seen a Northern Waterthrush in the company of the Louisiana Waterthrush. So, careful I.D. is required to be sure the Louisiana has been seen. This is not a case of if a waterthrush is seen, it is the Louisiana by default. Serving as the Messenger, Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, California
This afternoon at around 1:15pm we saw the WHITE IBIS. It was 102F with cloud cover! It required some patience (lots of water and sunscreen) as it moved out of view several times but eventually we got an out in the open look. Also, the Louisiana Waterthrush was seen and heard at 5:30pm between the 17th and 18th holes at the 3 par golf course in California City. Leonie Batkin Ron Thorn Sent from my iPhone
The LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continues near the 18th hole this morning at 7:42am. Leonie Batkin Ron Thorn Sent from my iPhone On Sep 4, 2012, at 10:23 PM, "Thomasabenson@..." wrote: The Louisiana Waterthrush at California City Central Park was seen again this evening (Sep 4) at about 7:00 PM in the same general area that it was seen yesterday and this morning. I have posted a few of my better pics on my Flickr site linked below. The photos were taken in low light at ISO 6400, and I applied an auto correct function in MS Office Picture Manager before posting these photos. I am not a member of kerncobirding, so if somebody could forward this message to that listserv, I would appreciate it. Tom Benson San Bernardino, CA http://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
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