Date: 7/16/20 7:58 pm From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Devereux and Goleta Beach
There were 3 Great Egret nests at Devereux this year.
On Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 7:51 PM Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11= <yahoo.com...> wrote:
> Joan Lentz and I checked out Devereux this morning. It remains pretty low > on bird activity. The only shorebirds we could turn up there were a very > few Black-necked Stilts. However, members of the Heron family seem to be > enjoying the shallow water that remains. Speaking of Egrets, we saw 6 in a > large eucalyptus on the western side of the estuary--did we have confirmed > nesting of this species there this year? One Great Blue Heron on nest > there. Perhaps our most interesting sighting at Devereux was a family > group of three White-breasted Nuthatches working the dead tree next to the > parking area at the half bridge. Not expected habitat for sure. > > We checked Devereux and a portion of NCOS from the Venoco bridge but there > was very little activity at that location too. We moved on to Goleta Beach > and there things picked up. On the mud patch in the middle of the estuary > opposite the parking lot, we got some large shorebirds: 1 Willet, 2 > Whimbrel, and 8 Long-billed Curlew. In addition, we had a lot of > Cormorants in the trees and a few egrets and Herons in the estuary. We > checked briefly for the continuing Yellow-crowned Night Heron in the roost > at the entrance, but did not pull it up. There was a night heron of some > kind deep in the vegetation, but too obscured by branches to identify. > > Florence Sanchez > > (PS--A request from both of us: Birders, please post your interesting > finds to sbcobirding as well as to eBird. Sometimes you find things we'd > like to know about before the daily rarity report! Thanks from Florence > and Joan if you do this.) > >
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