Date: 11/10/19 1:08 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I
think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is
different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile
pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern
on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern.

Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the
west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a
substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were
Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be
attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were
several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of
17 Greater Yellowlegs.

I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but
there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice
variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of
Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall,
wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally,
the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute
friend.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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