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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mind the time!

If you're submitting any rare bird findings, it's extra helpful to specify the time. Because birds are also creatures of habit.

For example, I've mentioned finding American Dipper at Stoddard Truck Trail around 9am.

NOT like this:

Ballona Freshwater Marsh, Los Angeles County, California, US Map ) (Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:31 AM
Party Size:
1 hour(s), 29 minute(s)
1.0 mile(s)
Chris Dean
26 species (+2 other taxa) total
Canada Goose
Cinnamon Teal
© Chris Dean
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Continuing bird found in location seen by others at corner of Jefferson and Lincoln, perched on chain-link fence. Dark head with white cheek patch and thick bill. Grayish overall appearance. Finally seen after multiple visits. Photos.
© Chris Dean
© Chris Dean
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Western Gull
gull sp.
Fly-over. Possible CA gull - yellow feet.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
American Crow
Barn Swallow
swallow sp.
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
YCNH, great. But WHEN???!!
So unhelpful!

Oh Chris, how could you :p.
Every clue helps!

Gaah, I want to spot that bird too! But Fed Cup is held at the opposite direction of LA

Upset of the weak

I had half a mind to attend National Warm up Lakewood, because of two matches: Choy vs Lilien, Edwards vs Kerr

Let's see how it went:

(I was wondering why Choy wasn't playing Fed Cup)

32 Jennifer Kerr d. (9) Sophia Edwards 2-6; 7-5; 6-1

 32 Julia Lilien d. (1) Sara Choy 6-1; 6-3

My ability to predict significant matches are uncanny!

SW has bright future, what with youngsters like Frazier, Lilien and Stein. Expect to do well at Fed Cup.

2016 Fed Cup Day 1 Florida vs Nor Cal, Eastern vs PNW

Florida carries the proud tradition. The theme was lol, Duke, UA, BC(Font size in increasing order!)..there was even 'collegeless'; Sasha?
What is Tengo Hambre? 'I am hungry'?

Nor Cal actually won the doubles point.
P/T winning may not be surprising, still that's an excellent execution against a very good Florida team(Chi/Russo).  In fact I wasn't too sure who was who lol, Russo and Meyer(didn't consult the OOP at the desk). I think I recognized R's visor however.  P served well.

The more surprising was #2, Caro is a good player but that was a surprisingly easy win, 8-2.
Even #3 Gupta/VL harassed Belaya/Kennedy.


Chi was more solid, but Darya is really a heck of a hitter; in and out was particularly sharp today. Not much difference in firepower. Considering both players'  aggressive traits, naturally finished 1st.

Meyer was maybe the bigger hitter, but Muljat can aim the lines with her loopy balls. Like Darya, played better in the 2nd set. Nice throwing the racquet after mp haha.

Russo def. Tabachnik, can't say much. Handshake was a fail haha. Russo won in 3, double bagel.

4-6 couldn't really watch much, especially 4(finished 2nd). That's quite a surprising win, Yeah against Belaya.

Moulin wasn't a bad player, but Caro had too much firepower, in the end.

Ross def. VL  Nice to see Maria again. Finished way later(clincher at 3-3, you have to hand it to Nor. Cal), so could watch more. Rather evenly matched. VL was quite aggressive but also committed more errors, and that decided the outcome I guess.


Had to concentrate on Florida vs Nor Cal, so can't say much here.

I thought Goyette/Wagner #2 was pretty competitive against Brylin/Schrage.

Glozman is a recluse case, 2nd best actually, after Liz Scotty lol. Haven't really seen her much, and she's not on National EL either, so naturally, watched her singles match against, thankfully, Bolton(both are class of 2018, highly ranked).

Elysia was the bigger hitter, and I couldn't concentrate much at first since I was chatting lol. But Vivian had her serve; so could have a competitive match, even though getting hit service return winners now and then. Net approaches were sound, and moved decently considering her height. So later on Elysia just couldn't outhit her, and began to spew errors, end of story.

BIG NEWS; Hanna Chang turned pro, so whom did Pepperdine poach, Mayar Sherif Ahmed, #1 player of FSU, oh god...Pepperdine could repeat as So. Cal Queen next season lol. Because Ashley Lahey is also coming early.

Hannah King's shoulder injury seems serious...too bad.

Both Pepperdine and UGA coaches watched Glozman vs Bolton match.  Kansas coach watched..lots of Belaya vs Yeah match, methinks.

Tomorrow, will probably watch MW vs NE doubles then head to TCC to watch Florida vs Eastern, Southern vs Texas marquee matches.

2016 Fed Cup Day 1 10am BFTC matches Texas vs SW, Southern vs Northern

Got bored watching singles so writng recaps.

Auburn, Nebraska, ASU, UA coaches came to BFTC(there were more but couldn't recognize. UO?). Coach Bernstein(UGA)? To watch Douglas(coach McInerney too was concentrating on Texas vs SW singles 1-3)?

MW coach is Lynn McNally; Caty's mom?
Southern coach is Kelly Jones; Makenna's dad?
Florida coach is Jennifer Hyde
Texas coach is former UT coach PFM.
SW coach is former FSU player Amy Sargeant?

New vans? Ford..and no 'vandalism' at all, too bad?

Zein again wore UT visor.

At 10:18am, a Turkey Vulture appeared and Kung hit her teammate Jones lol.

No clinch for doubles; they played to completion.  Does this mean Fed Cup is more 'authoritative' than Div. I NCAA team Well they even play 'normal' 8 games!

Zein and Mad Meredith are playing #6 singles lol(Kung is playing #3 singles!). Marquee match tomorrow!


This match seemed most interesting among the 1st rd matches. Douglas and Bridges didn't play for singles, and Jones, Frazier sat in doubles.

SW rather impressed me in doubles, when Bridges didn't even play.

Pick/Corley def. Niezgoda/Shin

Surprise? But Corley is an excellent doubles player, and Pick isn't bad either.

Chiu/Zein def. Nothaft/Joyner?

Nothaft's partner quite impressed me, with her angled drives and nice volleys. So could hang with C/Z. Z was pretty aggressive driving(some errors though), and C as usual cleared the net.

Jones/Kung def. Frazier/Kuttila?

SW team in fact led throughout the match. F isn't powerful, yet, but had nice touch so played well at net. Kung has a rather weird serve form. Kuttila? aced consecutively on her 1st serve game I believe!
Player of the day should be Sydney Jones; defended (Frazier's) net attacks well at net, and passed sharply(that was mp, too).
This match was the 1st to finish, yet it took an hour. As I said, SW competed well.


Totally concentrated on SW vs Texas, so can't say much.
Mad/Rice? were leading 4-3 or something at #2, so was surprised(they won the next 2 games methinks. but a Northern player had no problem trading sharp drives with her).

Kessler/Kurtz playing at #3? Watch out. Yet they finished last.  Not sure who were the Northern players, but one of them was blond. And she is now playing #3 singles against Kurtz, and could drive verra well. Bh slice was not bad either. Duly noted.

Friday, July 29, 2016

How Stanford lost at NCAA

So during the last 7 seasons, except for that anomaly of 2011(Ahn injury), Stanford lost at NCAA 3 times, to 3 teams; USC, UNC and UGA.

Let's see how they lost;

2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (Dan Magill Tennis Complex - Athens, Ga.)
Quarterfinals - May 19
[5] USC 4, [4] Stanford 2
(1) #3 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. #2 Burdette/Gibbs (STAN) - 8-6
(2). #24 Tan/Tsay (STAN) def. #49 Pulido/Scandalis (USC) - 8-5
(3) Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Ahn/Li (STAN) - 8-6
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
(1). #3 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) def. #14 Zoe Scandalis (USC) - 6-1, 6-4
(2) #19 Danielle Lao (USC) def. #5 Mallory Burdette (STAN) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
(3) #26
Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #25 Stacey Tan (STAN) - 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
(4) #89 Kaitlyn Christian (USC) vs. Kristie Ahn (STAN) - 4-6, 7-5, 2-1 susp.
(5) Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. #74 Ellen Tsay (STAN) - 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
(6) Veronica Li (STAN) def. Valeria Pulido (USC) - 6-4, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6, 2, 3

Doubles (Order of finish: 2,3,1)   
1. #3 Jamie Loeb/Hayley Carter (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #10 Kristie Ahn/Carol Zhao (STANFORD), 8-5
2. #13 Whitney Kay/Caroline Price (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #50 Taylor Davidson/Ellen Tsay (STANFORD), 8-2

3. Caroline Doyle/Krista Hardebeck (STANFORD) def. Ashley Dai/Tessa Lyons (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-4

Singles (Order of finish: 2,4,3,6,5,1)
1. #1 Jamie Loeb (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #3 Kristie Ahn (STANFORD), 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-0
2. #5 Hayley Carter (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #51 Krista Hardebeck (STANFORD), 6-2, 6-1
3. #59 Caroline Price (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #21 Carol Zhao (STANFORD), 6-4, 6-4

4. #50 Taylor Davidson (STANFORD) def. Whitney Kay (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-3, 6-2
5. #54 Ellen Tsay (STANFORD) def. Kate Vialle (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 7-6(4)
6. #57 Caroline Doyle (STANFORD) def. Tessa Lyons (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 6-3

#6 GEORGIA (24-6) def. #14 STANFORD (18-6) 4-1 - Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center - Noon
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 3)
  1. #11 Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (GEORGIA) def. #2 Taylor Davidson/Carol Zhao (STANFORD), 8-2
  2. #43 Kennedy Shaffer/Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) vs. #10 Caroline Doyle/Ellen Tsay (STANFORD), 5-5, unfinished
  3. #85 Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (GEORGIA) def. Krista Hardebeck/Lindsey Kostas (STANFORD), 8-0 (default, improper sub)
Singles (Order of finish: 3, 2, 5, 4)
  1. #5 Lauren Herring (GEORGIA) vs. #2 Carol Zhao (STANFORD), 6-7 (4), 6-1, 2-3, UF
  2. #19 Taylor Davidson (STANFORD) def. #63 Ellen Perez (GEORGIA), 6-2, 6-4
  3. #94 Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) def. #25 Caroline Doyle (STANFORD), 6-2, 6-2
  4. #59 Kennedy Shaffer (GEORGIA) def. #92 Krista Hardebeck (STANFORD), 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
  5. #88 Hannah King (GEORGIA) def. #106 Ellen Tsay (STANFORD), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
  6. #104 Caroline Brinson (GEORGIA) vs. Lindsey Kostas (STANFORD), 4-6, 4-3,unfinished
Stanford lost doubles every time, including 2011(did not know #3 doubles was a default loss in 2015? What happened then).

Singles, well there's no definite pattern, only #3 singles lost every time lol.
Curiously, #6 singles didn't lose once. Li and Doyle won, and Kostas was leading Brinson. In fact that was the strongest position lol, all other positions losing at least once.

So I guess you have to start from doubles. In fact, even when they eventually won the Finals, Stanford lost those doubles points against UF and OSU(without Dillon/Hardebeck's upset they would've lost the doubles point and hence the match against TAMU as well).
Especially #1 doubles seems to be vulnerable, but most elite teams have good #1 team anyway, so it shouldn't be such a surprise.

28 Team Finalists since 2010

YEAR NCAA NTI NTI SCORE (Practically all NCAA scores are 4-3 lol)

2010 STAN UF NU UNC 4-2
2011 UF STAN STAN UF 4-2
2015 VU UCLA UNC UGA 4-1

10 teams made the final in 7 seasons. Does it belie the 'Monopoly' argument? Well, Stanford recently boycotts NTI, and UF boycotted a couple of times too. 

And except for the Big 3, only VU managed to win NCAA.

Per number;

4 UF

As you can see, the most successful team was UCLA(again, if Stanford didn't boycott NTI, but who knows). From 2012, till 2015, during those 4 seasons failed to make the Final mere 2 times lol.
Another surprise, is UNC. Especially dominated NTI.  Made the Final once per year from 2013.
Stanford and UF shared dominance between 2010 and 2013, each advancing to the Final 4 times(UF in 3-year span).

You need 'only' to recruit massively for 2 seasons, to win the Championship;

STAN and UF, 2010-1, you know whos
UCLA, 2012-3, Fab 4 + McPhillips/Harrison
Duke, Capra, Mar, Scholl, Smith..
UNC has been recruiting well practically every year.

Per this formula lol, UF is really poised to win at least one. Too talented. But can they actually fulfill the promise, pressure is on them.

For those 6 teams who made once, foreigners were crucial.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Target species for July-August at LA area

Year to date;

292 species, LA area 263.


343, LA area 316

 So I can spot most of the birds at LA area, only 30 or more species at other areas.

Wilson's Phalarope. Red-necked Phalarope is also reported at Lancaster WTP.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Ballona Freshwater Marsh. Shockingly Eastern Kingbird is recently reported there, as well. Ridgway Rail too. Marsh Wren too, for that matter. BFM is a really good birding spot..

Ruff is now reported at Piute Ponds, but you have to request in writing(military access).

Rose-ringed Parakeet at the Del Rey area

Clark's Nutcracker at AF area

White-tailed Kite and Rufous-crowned Sparrow at San Dimas area(during Fed Cup I guess). Should I pay $3 again to spot that Black Swift at Claremont Wilderness Park(failed last time, even though Manuel Duran joined me later).

California Gnatcatcher at Palos Verdes area

Reddish Egret at Bolsa Chica. Common Tern is reported there now.

Indigo and Lazuli Bunting. Malibu Creek SP is too far, but who knows, maybe I should go there on Saturday. I'm actually hoping to spot INBU at nearby Hahamongna, since it's reported there yearly, during August.

Shearwaters such as Sooty and Black-vented would be nice. Point. Dume? Hmm..I could spot it at La Jolla I guess, but..

Snowy Plover. Haven't spotted at LA area, and it's now reported at Malibu Lagoon.

Long-billed Curlew. Like SNPL, haven't spotted at LA area. Golden Shore Marine Reserve?

Spotted Dove and Inca Dove. INDO, I haven't spotted it at LA area. 

Red-naped Sapsucker, couldn't spot it during Winter/Spring. Hopefully I can spot it before the end of the year.

Summer Tanager, only heard, haven't seen it.

SD hotspots


Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
2 Dairy Mart Rd.--main pond
3 Cabrillo NM
4 Famosa Slough
5 Camp Pendleton--Lake O'Neill
6 Santee Lakes Rec Preserve
7 Lindo Lake
8 Lake Cuyamaca
9 San Elijo Lagoon--Rios Ave. entrance
10 Tijuana River mouth
11 Batiquitos Lagoon
12 San Diego River--tidal mudflats
13 San Elijo Lagoon--Nature Center Loop
14 Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary
15 Tijuana River Valley Regional Park--Bird and Butterfly Garden
16 Tijuana Slough NWR--visitor center & adjacent trails
17 Lake Henshaw
18 Tijuana Slough NWR--South McCoy Trail area
19 Lake Hodges--Rancho Bernardo area
20 San Diego Zoo Safari Park
21 Point La Jolla--seawatch

Cemetery is best in Migration period though, such as Spring and Fall. I've already mentioned failing to spot a Gray Catbird there last time. Personally, my favorite spots are

San Elijo lagoon for Sora, Rails,  I've mentioned I've failed to spot Sage Thrasher and Short-eared Owl last time. Around the area, Summer Tanager's really fabulous there. My finally spotting that Northern Waterthrush is one of the highlights of my birding!

La Jolla point for seabirds;


Sooty Shearwater 2 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
2 Black-vented Shearwater 50 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
3 Brandt's Cormorant 200 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
4 Brown Pelican 15 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
5 Black Turnstone 3 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
6 Heermann's Gull 20 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
7 Western Gull 30 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
8 Royal Tern 2 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
9 Rock Pigeon 1 27 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
10 Caspian Tern 20 26 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
11 Black Phoebe 1 26 Jul 2016 Mike O'Brien
12 Pelagic Cormorant 1 25 Jul 2016 Stanislas Wroza
13 Great Blue Heron 1 25 Jul 2016 Stanislas Wroza
14 Snowy Egret 3 25 Jul 2016 Stanislas Wroza
15 California Gull 1 25 Jul 2016 Stanislas Wroza
16 Forster's Tern 3 25 Jul 2016 Stanislas Wroza
17 Elegant Tern 20 25 Jul 2016 Stanislas Wroza
18 Double-crested Cormorant 50 16 Jul 2016 Anonymous eBirder
19 Willet 1 16 Jul 2016 Anonymous eBirder
20 Black Storm-Petrel 15 16 Jul 2016 Ryan Andrews N

tern sp. 20 16 Jul 2016 Ryan Andrews N
21 House Sparrow 6 16 Jul 2016 Ryan Andrews

cormorant sp. 50 10 Jul 2016 Nicole Desnoyers
22 Mourning Dove 1 10 Jul 2016 Nicole Desnoyers
23 Cassin's Kingbird 1 10 Jul 2016 Nicole Desnoyers

Western/Clark's Grebe 3 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn

storm-petrel sp. 10 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn
24 Whimbrel 3 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn
25 Marbled Godwit 1 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn
26 Common Murre 1 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn N

Royal/Elegant Tern 50 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn
27 Black Skimmer 2 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn
28 Anna's Hummingbird 1 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn
29 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 7 Jul 2016 Gary Nunn

large tern sp. 30 2 Jul 2016 Justyn Stahl N
30 Peregrine Falcon 1 2 Jul 2016 Justyn Stahl
31 American Crow 1 2 Jul 2016 Justyn Stahl
32 Song Sparrow 2 2 Jul 2016 Justyn Stahl
33 House Finch 1 2 Jul 2016 Justyn Stahl
34 Hooded Oriole 1 2 Jul 2016 Matt Sadowski
35 Pacific Loon 1 28 Jun 2016 Gary Nunn N
36 Magnificent Frigatebird 1 28 Jun 2016 Gary Nunn P
37 Brown Booby 1 28 Jun 2016 Gary Nunn

San Diego River (Tidal Flat, mostly for Little Blue Heron, which is only spotted there, not in LA area), Fiesta Isl. Dog Run, Tijuana River area..

Famosa Slough, SD River and Fiesta Isl. Dog Run are right around Barnes.