Date: 2/3/21 11:38 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Dusky Flycatcher (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Chestnut-collared Longspur (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 09:46 by Betsy Mooney
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84824&<ll...>,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80367650
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Rounded chestnut head with short neck; grayish back. No cream stripe on head, but perhaps a trace. Gray bill with black tip Hanging out with American Wigeons. ."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (2)
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 16:17 by Derek Hameister
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80391363
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "I first spotted this bird perched from a distance of about 200 yards or so, sat on a snag a few feet over the ground. Luckily, I was able to follow one of the trails over to where the bird was perched. The bird seemed to pay little mind to the many bicyclists, hikers and joggers passing by not far from where he was perched. And luckily for him, the many passerby didn’t seem to pay him any mind either. While observing this bird, I had another fly directly over the first, heading west and quickly disappearing into a nearby canyon. Thus confirming that there were at least two birds present. The first bird sat on his perch for about 10 more minutes, before suddenly picking up and also flying down a nearby canyon and out of sight.

This was an overall medium-sized owl, definitively smaller than a Great-horned Owl, but also definitively larger than something like a Burrowing Owl. The bird was overall buffy brownish and intricately patterned. The head was very large, and had your classic owl-like disk-shaped face. The eyes were bright yellow, and the beak was black and down curved. At certain angles the short ear tufts were also visible the breast and belly had a pale buffy base, with dark brown streaking that became finer and sparser as you moved down from the breast toward the stomach. The wings and back were overall mottled brown, with some white streaking / speckling. In flight the birds very unique shape was quite apparent. The body was very barrel-shaped overall with a slightly tapering body towards a short tail. The wings were very long and were held at somewhat of an angle. The flight style was also quite different from other raptors like hawks or falcons. Overall very floppy and faster than other low-flying raptors like maybe a harrier."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 07:19 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80385030
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 07:19 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80381622
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 12:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Bella Vista OSP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8836064&<ll...>,-119.8836064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80388948
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in same location as previously reported."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 08:40 by Lisa Walker-Roseman
- Santa Maria Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.4429436&<ll...>,-120.4429436
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80374791
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "male, hunting from a willow next to a pond"

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 08:15 by Bradley Hacker
- Cuyama Valley (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.6431732&<ll...>,-119.6431732
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80379373
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "With Horned Larks. Quite distant. Pictures taken at focal length of 1120 mm."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (4)
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 08:15 by Bradley Hacker
- Cuyama Valley (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.6431732&<ll...>,-119.6431732
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80379373
- Comments: "Continuing"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 07:00 by John Callender
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80365988
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male."

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