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 <sanchezucsb11=
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> 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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