Date: 9/27/20 9:11 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Sunday birding and redgums v. tipus
UCSB Campus could be good now. It has the big ficus tree north of the
Broida Hall and various Eucalyptus Trees scattered around. Unlike in other
years, it should be nice and quiet there.


On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 8:41 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> wrote:

> All,
> I would be interested in any other suggestions where to find fruiting fig
> trees or similar. Cape May Warblers have a definite preference for fruiting
> trees in winter at least.
> Regards,
> Nick
> On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 3:38 PM Adam Searcy <serpophaga...> wrote:
>> My experiences with Tipus vs. Eucalyptus match what Dave and others have
>> reported so far this fall. I’ll add a plug for one other species: I’ve had
>> decent numbers of birds coming to any fruiting Ficus trees that i’ve
>> visited this fall, specifically Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla), but
>> any fig with fruits may be worth a check. This included the large figs in
>> Pershing Park and the large IHOP fig at State and Valerio. Nothing rare
>> yet, but I’ve see plenty of Western Tanagers, Western Bluebirds, and
>> Yellow, Audubon’s, Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers foraging in figs in
>> the past week and a half—plenty of bugs are coming to the ripe/rotting
>> fruits (attracting warblers) and the fruits themselves were being eaten by
>> tanagers. It’s worth checking any large fruiting Moreton Bay figs through
>> the fall and winter if fruits persist.
>> Adam Searcy
>> Santa Barbara, CA
>> <Serpophaga...>
>> On Sep 27, 2020, at 15:16, Dave Compton <davcompton60...> wrote:
>> I birded a number of spots with infested exotic trees in Santa Barbara
>> this morning, splitting my time between a couple of recent hotspots with
>> lerpy redgums and several places with Tipuana tipus. It made for a weird
>> morning of birding, since this program can take you face to face with the
>> growing COVID homeless problem while touring some of the least natural bird
>> habitats. Up front, I'll say I didn't have any new rarities today.
>> La Mesa Park was the most natural place I visited, and all you have to
>> contend with there are daily groups of people working out or doing yoga. I
>> had TWO BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, one at the location where Hugh reported two
>> yesterday (south end of the lawn) and one along Shoreline Dr on Washington
>> School property, about 50m east of the park. Nothing else of real note
>> here, as Hugh mentioned, but there are a ton of birds in this area. Very
>> much worth the stop. Those eucs at Washington School were particularly good
>> when I was there.
>> The other redgum spot I visited was New Chase Palm Park. As Adam and Ron
>> have mentioned, that one tree just east of the creek draws a lot of birds.
>> I would add that Ron and I saw a lot of birds coming to the creek on the
>> north side of the railroad tracks, as well as using a small lerpy euc
>> there. This spot at the creek is worth a visit, if you aren't concerned
>> about the homeless people along the tracks.
>> NOT so birdy were my tipu stops: Ortega St between De la Vina and
>> Castillo, Cota commuter lot, Carrillo commuter lot, and Alice Keck Park
>> garden. The Carrillo commuter lot had the most birds (still not many). but
>> it's pretty sad to see that a homeless camp of 8 or 10 people has sprung up
>> on the 101 side of the fence, since the beginning of COVID. The people
>> living in their vehicles are pretty entrenched here, too, with few
>> commuters around.
>> Paul Lehman noted in a post to the San Diego list that this is a great
>> year for lerpy eucs (I'd say, specifically, redgums), and not so good for
>> tipus, with some exceptions. Obviously, the LogMeIn tipus are an exception.
>> But other tipu locations are pretty slow at the moment. This would also
>> include the large area of tipus in the office complex along Mentor Dr..
>> Paul entreated people to check out lerpy eucs wherever they can find them.
>> I think that could be a productive approach for the next several weeks.
>> Dave Compton
>> Santa Barbara
> --
> Nick Lethaby
> Goleta, CA
> <nlethaby...>
> Mobile: 805 284 6200
> --
> Nick Lethaby
> Goleta, CA

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