Date: 8/27/17 6:07 pm From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...> Subject: [sbcobirding] (Very) minor south coast stuff this weekend
As Nick mentioned, no sign of Solitary Sandpipers at the Dune Pond at Coal Oil Point on Saturday, 26 August. Nothing there more interesting than a Pectoral Sandpiper. In the plover exclosure at the Devereux Slough mouth was a Red Knot.
Did not see much of interest today, other than some really odd behavior by an Osprey in Carpinteria. The bird was taking sticks from a group of Eucalyptus trees southeast of the driving range and carrying them to a pair of light fixtures at the Venoco pier to the southwest. Several things were odd about this: (1) the light fixture was a completely inadequate substrate for a large stick nest, and the sticks were just sort of hanging from the two fixtures; (2) it's August, so it seems a strange time for an Osprey to be building a nest; (3) this species has never been recorded nesting in mainland Santa Barbara County; and (4) the Osprey exhibited a very peculiar method of gathering nesting material. Rather than land in a tree and break off large twigs with its bill, it made passes at dead snags on the top of the tree and attempted to break off small branches while in flight. It kind of looked like it employed its fishing techniques to break off the branches.
My feeling is that these behaviors were all practice by an inexperienced bird. It would be pretty cool if this species started nesting locally.