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.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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