vagrant season begins@peck pit
- Hi LA Birders,
I had a small window to bird this morning and chose to
go to Peck Rd Water Conservation Park(damn I go here
often) in the Arcadia, El Monte area after my brother,
Joey told me he had seen a Black and White Warbler
there on Monday. The bird was still there
today(Thurs). A nice adult male, it was creeping
along a willow tree next to the dried out channel.
Just south of this area, there is a grassy weedy area
where a bunch of Lazuli Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks
like to forage in the mornings. While observing this
flock I saw a bunting with a bright red breast/belly
and a red rump in flight. This bird was a real sulker
but finally popped his head and upper body long enough
for me to enjoy a male Painted Bunting. Whether this
bird is a true vagrant or an escapee, it was nice to
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- At 10:56 AM 8/1/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi LA Birders,Andrew:
>While observing this
>flock I saw a bunting with a bright red breast/belly
>and a red rump in flight. This bird was a real sulker
>but finally popped his head and upper body long enough
>for me to enjoy a male Painted Bunting.
Please write up a detailed description of the Painted Bunting and
get it to me for NAB and the CBRC. Assessing records of this
escape-prone species (which is also documented as a frequent natural
vagrant) can only be done if can paint a complete picture of
occurrences by getting details of all sightings, no matter how high
the escape potential seems to be. Although the CBRC has thus far
frowned on all records from the urban Los Angeles region (some
because of inadequate documentation, others because of dates outside
the vagrant "window") it is obvious that "good" vagrant Painted Buntings
must get her with some regularity.
The beginning of August is neatly within the window for fall vagrancy in
this species (buntings can be common in fall migration by mid-July), and
it is perhaps not surprising that an adult would be at the early end of
the fall date range. So this may well be a natural vagrant.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 746-2999 FAX