A cowbird trap once again is in Upper Buck Gully (Courtesy Amy Senk / June 18, 2014)


A cowbird trap is again in Upper Buck Gully, all part of a five-year restoration plan.

The traps usually are placed March 15 and will be removed Tuesday, following the birds' nesting season. The first year of the restoration plan, the trap was in Lower Buck Gully, but last year and this, it has been placed along an Upper Buck Gully trail.

Cowbirds are not native to Buck Gully, and they lay eggs in other birds' nests, threatening those native birds' existence.

Brian Leatherman, a wildlife biologist and owner of Yorba Linda-based Leatherman Bioconsulting Inc., is working with the city of Newport Beach to trap and eventually relocate the birds. Last year, 11 birds were captured and relocated.

Trapping the cowbirds, along with removal of non-native vegetation, was included in the Lower Buck Gully erosion project completed in 2012. City staff said that the cowbird traps will be placed during nesting season for five years as part of the restoration part of the project.


CdMHS water line to be replaced

Beginning Friday and lasting through Monday, Corona del Mar High School's campus on Eastbluff Drive will be without water because of construction, according to a school email.

Several school construction projects are underway, including finishing a new theater, which is due to open in November, along with an upgraded entryway, lunch shelter and improvements to the senior parking lot.

"During one of these projects it was noted that the main water line to campus needs to be replaced and relocated," the school's email said. "Thus, we will be without water for four days, resulting in the closure of the main office and all locker rooms and bathrooms."

The water shut-off will begin at 7 a.m. Friday and run through 6 p.m. Monday.

"All water will be shut off," the email said. "No use of locker rooms, bathrooms, drinking fountains or any other water sources will be available during that entire time."

Portable toilets will be available, but athletes should bring their own water, if on campus, for practice.


Sweet Lady Jane Bakery waits for city permits

Sweet Lady Jane Bakery fans, who are anxious for the new location to open in Corona del Mar, will have to wait a little longer while the owner works with city staff on tenant-improvement permits.

"I am hopeful we will have them very soon," owner Daniel Mafrice said in an email.

City officials confirmed that the bakery applied for permits on April 3, but corrections need to be made before they will be approved.

In April, a psychic shop closed in the space at 3732 E. Coast Highway, about two years after it opened in the former John Blom photography studio space.