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Dan P

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  1. 1 hour ago, DLecy said:

    Good bird for sure this time of year. Did you post to eBird? Could still be a count week for the local CBC.

    I just posted that one Vesper Sparrow to eBird.  I had created an eBird account a few weeks ago and posted one short checklist as a test.  So this is my second posting.  Thanks.

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  2. 7 minutes ago, Dan P said:

    The eBird bar charts for this area shows a low frequency of observations throughout the fall, but no observations after the 2nd week of December.

    Actually, I found a more precise location on eBird charts:  Los Angeles River - Sepulveda Basin

    It shows a low frequency of Vesper Sparrows in Sept/Oct, and the last week of Feb.  No observations in Nov/Dec/Jan.

    This bird was photographed on the bank of Haskell Creek, right at the confluence with the Los Angeles River.

  3. 10 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

    Any other shots of #11? I think it is a Song Sparrow, but its tough to tell. Not many other options though.

    Only one other frame of #11, but it is essentially identical.  I realized I needed to go to manual focus to get through the twigs, but by the time I did, the bird took off.

  4. Taken 12-25-2020 in the afternoon near Haskell Creek in the Sepulveda Basin, Van Nuys, CA.

    I hardly ever get sparrows at my house -- only an occasional White-crowned.  And the places I normally go, if I see any its only two or three.  But on Christmas day I found where all the sparrows hang out.  I may have seen 50 to 100.

    Of the attached photos, I believe they are all Savannah, except for the 3rd one a Song, and the last one (no. 11) I have no idea.  But some of those that I've identified as Savannah may actually be Song.

    Comments please.













  5. Wow!  I hit the jackpot.  Besides those 3 species, I also photographed a Red-Tailed Hawk and American Kestrel on the same day/place.  First time I had been to that spot -- about a half a mile away from the lake where I usually go.  And that's my first Sharpie identified, although I think I may have an old photo of one.

    Thanks Tony.  I appreciate it.

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  6. Taken 12-25-2020 near Haskell Creek at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA.

    I've got a few raptors to identify.  One or more of these photos may be the same bird that was identified as a Cooper's Hawk a couple days ago.  However, that photo and each of these were separated by time and distance.





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