Orange County Birds – Fall 2015 Update – September 29, 2015

As of September 29th, 2015, Laguna Niguel Regional Park has spiked recently with several new arrivals.  Over the past 2 weeks a Blackpoll Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Virginia’s Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, an American Redstart (1st year) and a Least Flycatcher have all been properly documented and recorded by a variety of notable birders.

I was able to find and locate quite a few of these as shown below.

In addition, a rarely seen American Oystercatcher (pacific / frazeri) appeared in Newport Beach and was seen on various jetty’s over the course of a week.  Last recorded sighting in Orange County was 2004.  A photo is included below.  San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary also offered a few more rarities since the sighting of the Dickcissel, Painted Bunting and Bobolink.

I was able to visit both the Newport Beach and San Joaquin location on September 22 and document these sightings as well.

Here’s 4 photos from Laguna Niguel.  Other photos of the American Oystercatcher (pacific), Pectoral Sandpiper and Green-tailed Towhee are below.

Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 20, 2015
Virginia’s Warbler – Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 20, 2015 behind shelter 3.
Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 25, 2015
Prothonotary Warbler – Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 25, 2015 near the tennis courts.

 

Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 26, 2015
A 1st year male American Redstart – Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 26, 2015 behind shelter 3 just beyond the creek.
Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 26, 2015
Least Flycatcher – Photo taken at Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA on September 26, 2015.  Call verified earlier by Tom Ford-Hutchinson.  Notable extended tail beyond primaries, head shape, whitish eye ring, chest plumage are a few ID points as well as small size.  Attributes are not indicative of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher which is about the same size

 

Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 22, 2015
Green-tailed Towhee – Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 22, 2015.
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 22, 2015
Pectoral Sandpiper – Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on September 22, 2015
Photo taken by the Newport Beach Pier in Newport Beach, CA on September 22, 2015
American Oystercatcher (Pacific /Frazeri) Photo taken by the Newport Beach Pier in Newport Beach, CA on September 22, 2015

2 Responses

  1. If I take a picture of a bird I can’t identify, is there a way to send it to you so you can ID it?

  2. Perhaps, the location and time of year would be important and good starting points as well as the size of the bird. Can you offer a few notes on your sighting with a reply here? Thanks

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