I visited around LA but did not actually make it to Orange county for
birding. I did make one trip to the area east of Bonelli Park in LA
County, walking up the fire road as recommended and very much
enjoyed the CALIFORNIA GNATCATCHERS, CACTUS WRENS,
PHAINOPELPA, etc. No Lawrences but lots of LESSERs and
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. E-mail back to me if anyone wants a
complete list. It was a nice area.
On the way home I stopped near the top of the grapevine area off
I-5 in some habitat that was Live Oak and chapperal but I didn't have
any luck there either at higher elevation.
Next trip I plan to actually go south to Orange County to other places
you recommended. I ran out of time this trip. Again, thanks for the help.