Date: 2/4/21 11:39 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Dusky Flycatcher (1 report)
- Canyon Towhee (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 16:45 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.829812&<ll...>,-119.829812
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- Comments: "Purple head, bright white sides, yellow eye, continuing bird"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 08:41 by Deann Purcell
- Greenwell Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.589096&<ll...>,-119.589096
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- Comments: "Beautiful brilliant purple throat and light chest. Posed nicely just off the trail 150 yards up the Asegra trail junction, just before the hard-right turn at the horse corrals."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 16:06 by Andrew McGrath
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
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- Comments: "Continuing. Flying low over Mesa and hunting. Long rounded wings and large head distinguished it from harrier. No sign of ear tufts."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 16:50 by Becky Turley
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist:
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Observed one flying east along a ridge and out of sight. Was able to walk a trail in that direction and find it perched on a low snag. Slow floppy wings in flight, underwings appeared golden brown. Small ear tufts visible, black bill, yellow eye."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 08:22 by Bradley Hacker
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
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- Comments: "Continuing from early January."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 11:55 by Betsy Mooney
- Bella Vista Open Space Park, Goleta US-CA 34.43866, -119.88337, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.883375&<ll...>,-119.883375
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in same area. Olive-gray, with slightly yellow wash underneath. White eyering; pale wingbars. Perched on small trees and shrubs, flying to the ground to catch an insect, sometimes in the air. At times flew higher into nearby evergreen. Vocalized with a “whit” sound."

Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 12:58 by Louis Bristol
- Toro Canyon Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.5545316&<ll...>,-119.5545316
- Checklist:
- Comments: "In underbrush"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 14:05 by John Callender
- Mesa Lane backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.526193&<ll...>,-119.526193
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- Comments: "Female/immature-type bird, seen well naked-eye at a distance of about 15 feet. The bird was outside my bedroom window in the branches of our mostly-bare backyard apple tree. Pale yellow on the head, breast, and vent area, contrasting light gray belly, strong white wingbars, medium-length oriole beak. The bird left before I was able to photograph it."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 08:01 by margeNdon thornton
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map:<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist:
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "warbler with black and white stripes on head and back, light gray stripes on whitish tummy and flanks, thin beak. Gleaning from the sycamores beside the little park, also down on the south side of the creek area."


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