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8/10/20 3:33 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/10/20 12:46 am Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Leucistic Turkey Vulture, Alisal Road
8/9/20 9:57 pm Chris Spurgeon <chris...> [sbcobirding] No Purple Martins at Nojoqui Falls Park
8/9/20 6:44 pm John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Caspian Tern at Jim May Park on 8-8-20
8/9/20 4:26 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach
8/9/20 3:57 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] El Cap and Refugio Beach & Road: Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwing
8/9/20 11:54 am Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...> [sbcobirding] Fishing with benefits
8/9/20 3:11 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/8/20 6:07 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Early Harrier
8/8/20 4:19 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Neotropic Cormorant and south coast birding Saturday, August 8
8/8/20 3:31 pm John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Jim May Park this morning
8/8/20 2:50 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Jim May Park this morning
8/8/20 11:11 am Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...> [sbcobirding] Swan
8/8/20 9:58 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp Salt Marsh
8/8/20 2:54 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/7/20 6:16 pm Dianna Ricky <diannaricky...> [sbcobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinch Santa Barbara upper westside
8/7/20 3:59 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] North County Birding
8/7/20 2:56 pm Larry Ballard via groups.io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] canyon kingfisher
8/7/20 11:43 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Jim May Park Solitary Sandpiper
8/7/20 7:40 am Bradley Hacker <hacker...> [sbcobirding] El Cap
8/7/20 2:46 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/6/20 8:52 pm Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> Re: [sbcobirding] Birds this morning at East Beach
8/6/20 7:12 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] recent birds
8/6/20 3:27 pm Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] Known crow roosts this summer?
8/6/20 3:11 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper at SM Sewage Ponds
8/6/20 1:08 pm Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> [sbcobirding] Birds this morning at East Beach
8/6/20 9:41 am Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] South shore Cachuma 5 August 2020
8/6/20 2:27 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/5/20 5:59 pm Adam Searcy <serpophaga...> [sbcobirding] NCOS Rufous-crowned Sparrows
8/5/20 5:01 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> Re: [sbcobirding] Continuing Neotropic, and poss. Semi-P
8/5/20 4:44 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Continuing Neotropic, and poss. Semi-P
8/5/20 1:12 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Terns and Bird Refuge
8/5/20 12:15 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Origin of banded Least Terns at Coal Oil Point 8-4-20
8/5/20 2:15 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/4/20 6:11 pm Adam Searcy <serpophaga...> [sbcobirding] Neotropic Cormorant at Andree Clark
8/4/20 3:30 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sands Beach and Coal Oil Point early a.m., August 4
8/4/20 3:18 pm Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Elegant Tern flock grows at Mission Creek outflow
8/4/20 12:23 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Least Terns, Coal Oil Point
8/4/20 10:54 am John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Jim May Park in Santa Maria
8/4/20 1:58 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/3/20 9:43 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Update on the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study
8/3/20 6:09 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] American Kestrels at LLC
8/3/20 3:57 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] UCSB Campus Beaches
8/3/20 3:00 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Purple Martin Breeding 2020
8/3/20 1:43 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/2/20 1:36 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
8/1/20 3:30 pm Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] NCOS and COPR
8/1/20 1:17 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/31/20 9:27 pm Aaron Kreisberg <akberg90...> Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach and Bird Refuge
7/31/20 5:13 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Semi-p sandpiper at NCOS
7/31/20 2:46 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] East Beach and Bird Refuge
7/31/20 1:00 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/30/20 3:52 pm Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach, Devereux, and the end of Coronado this a.m.
7/30/20 2:38 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Ruddy Turnstone continues at Sands Beach
7/30/20 12:41 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/29/20 8:32 pm Meg White <mswhite...> [sbcobirding] Greater Roadrunner
7/29/20 1:37 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Ruddy Turnstone at Devereux/Sands
7/29/20 12:25 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/28/20 11:26 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Blue Grosbeak juveniles at LLC
7/28/20 8:25 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] COPR Semipalmated Sandpiper
7/28/20 3:53 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River Estuary July 28
7/28/20 12:11 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/27/20 7:42 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Harbor July 27
7/27/20 12:04 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/26/20 9:50 am Marge and Don Thornton via groups.io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] White Munia
7/25/20 11:46 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/25/20 3:27 pm Phila Rogers <philajane...> Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager at SBMNH today
7/25/20 2:11 pm Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Gaviota Hot Springs list and Alisal Rd. continuing Northern Parula
7/25/20 1:22 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> Re: [sbcobirding] Elegant Tern update
7/25/20 12:53 pm Pam Viale <pamviale...> Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager at SBMNH today
7/25/20 11:04 am Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Elegant Tern update
7/25/20 10:38 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] Western Tanager at SBMNH today
7/24/20 11:29 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/24/20 3:08 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Cacophony at East Beach
7/24/20 1:22 pm Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Backyard - Lawrence's Goldfinch
7/24/20 11:23 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp Bluffs Ravens
7/23/20 11:08 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/22/20 10:51 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/22/20 5:45 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Santa Maria Riv Estuary
7/22/20 10:48 am Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] UCSB Beaches
7/21/20 10:33 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/21/20 11:38 am Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] Returning COP shorebirds
7/21/20 9:17 am Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] Returning COP shorebirds
7/19/20 10:12 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/19/20 6:33 pm Larry Ballard via groups.io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
7/18/20 9:41 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/18/20 3:48 pm John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
7/18/20 3:05 pm John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
7/18/20 3:00 pm John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
7/18/20 2:39 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
7/18/20 10:11 am Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Elings Park, Saturday
7/17/20 9:32 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/17/20 8:25 pm Adrian O'Loghlen via groups.io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Fledgling Hermit Thrush @ Kinevan Rd.
7/17/20 5:21 pm Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Mission Creek Outflow this morning
7/17/20 3:26 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Request for White-eyed Vireo documentation
7/17/20 3:21 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Elwood and NCOS today
7/17/20 9:27 am Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Nazca Booby at East Anacapa, not Santa Cruz Island
7/17/20 9:07 am Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Bridge Repair at LLC
7/16/20 9:19 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/16/20 8:14 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> Re: [sbcobirding] 3 Kingfishers at Goleta Slough
7/16/20 8:11 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] 3 Kingfishers at Goleta Slough
7/16/20 7:58 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> Re: [sbcobirding] Devereux and Goleta Beach
7/16/20 7:51 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Devereux and Goleta Beach
7/16/20 10:15 am Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> Re: [sbcobirding] unusual cormorant
7/16/20 8:32 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] unusual cormorant
7/16/20 7:06 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Arrival
7/16/20 6:29 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Yellowlegs
7/15/20 9:01 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/15/20 6:56 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River Mouth July 15
7/14/20 8:50 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/14/20 2:39 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Of general Interest
7/13/20 9:17 pm Eric Culbertson <ebc101...> [sbcobirding] Chestnut-sided warbler
7/13/20 8:40 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/13/20 7:03 pm Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] incoming birds
7/13/20 6:52 pm Cruz Phillips via groups.io <cruzitas=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] White-crowned sparrow
7/12/20 8:29 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/12/20 3:54 pm Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach this morning
7/12/20 12:32 pm Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Alisal Road - Northern Parula continues
7/11/20 8:10 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
7/11/20 5:29 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] Sands Beach / South Devereux yesterday afternoon (Least Tern)
7/11/20 3:31 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] South coast birding, Saturday, 11 July
 
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Date: 8/10/20 3:33 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Red-eyed Vireo (2 reports)
- Cedar Waxwing (2 reports)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 11:04 by David Compton
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72252353
- Comments: "Continuing adult. Two adults have been present previously, with one of them present since 4 August and a second present only on 5 August, when it was photographed by Hugh Ranson. The original bird has a more extensive and prominent white chin patch, and is an obvious adult. The second also appeared to be an adult, although the white patch was less obvious. The bird I identified appeared to be the original, with the greater amount of white. Otherwise, it was an all dark cormorant with a longer tail relative to body length compared to Double-cresteds perched nearby, and clearly smaller in stature. No yellow/orange was visible above the eye or in the lores, and the bill was duller compared to those of Double-cresteds. The facial skin was clearly orangish, but not as orange as in the Double-cresteds."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 18:10 by Michael I Christie
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72272251
- Comments: "One hunting in shallow water 'behind' island's Western mud-flat, close to group of Great and Snowy Egrets."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:21 by John Callender
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72261945
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, feeding west of the railroad bridge."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 08:37 by Tom Beland
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3967,-119.5275), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.396718,-119.527499&ll=34.396718,-119.527499
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72262252
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one juvenile"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 08:37 by Laurel S Luby
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3967,-119.5275), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.396718,-119.527499&ll=34.396718,-119.527499
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72262268
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one juvenile"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72259022
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "A vireo started scolding above us at 34.47132 -120.06902. My first thought was that this was a Hutton's Vireo. But the calls seemed too forceful, too loud. I made the recording. Upon playing back the call, the bird was very hesitant to be seen by us. It was seen only briefly by Lori and me. What Mark saw was a larger bird with a longer tail, white undertail, and white belly, and no more. The call matched and the brief look suggested ReVi, but I do not know the calls of all possible vireos. This one matches well the scold of ReVi. A ReVi was see on 14 June 2020 1.86 miles N of Hwy 101 as the crow flies. Our bird today was 0.37 miles N of Hwy 101."

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Lori Gaskin
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72261525
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "A vireo started scolding above us at 34.47132 -120.06902. My first thought was that this was a Hutton's Vireo. But the calls seemed too forceful, too loud. I made the recording. Upon playing back the call, the bird was very hesitant to be seen by us. It was seen only briefly by Lori and me. What Mark saw was a larger bird with a longer tail, white undertail, and white belly, and no more. The call matched and the brief look suggested ReVi, but I do not know the calls of all possible vireos. This one matches well the scold of ReVi. A ReVi was see on 14 June 2020 1.86 miles N of Hwy 101 as the crow flies. Our bird today was 0.37 miles N of Hwy 101."

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72259022
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile. Quite an early arrival from wherever it bred. One of several species feeding on the abundant crop of Coffeeberry along the E side of Refugio Rd. Birds showing up in SB County in early August are unusual."

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Lori Gaskin
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72261525
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile. Quite an early arrival from wherever it bred. One of several species feeding on the abundant crop of Coffeeberry along the E side of Refugio Rd. Birds showing up in SB County in early August are unusual."

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Date: 8/10/20 12:46 am
From: Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Turkey Vulture, Alisal Road
On Saturday August 8 along Alisal Road east of Nojoqui Park I observed a startling looking leucistic Turkey Vulture flying with a normally colored Turkey Vulture.

It does seem that the Purple Martins have left Nojoqui Park but I did see 14 wild Turkey across the road and east of the park.

Photograph of the ventral surface of the leucistic Turkey Vulture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/50209359766/in/datetaken-friend/

Photograph of the upper surface of the leucistic Turkey Vulture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/50209359556/in/datetaken-friend/

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/9/20 9:57 pm
From: Chris Spurgeon <chris...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] No Purple Martins at Nojoqui Falls Park
Spent some time this morning looking for the Purple Martins by Nojoqui Falls Park. Saw no action at the nesting site near the park entrance. I guess if you're a Purple Martin, autumn has arrived.

Chris Spurgeon
La Crescenta, CA

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Date: 8/9/20 6:44 pm
From: John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Caspian Tern at Jim May Park on 8-8-20
All:
Yesterday Peter Schneekloth and I birded Jim May Park.  While on the north side of the pond, we both heard the unmistakable "Kwa-ark" of a Caspian Tern calling.  The tern continued to call while we looked for it overhead.  We both spotted it but neither of us were quick enough to get pictures.  We could see the large tern overhead with very dark underwing tips.  It continued on its journey from east to west and flew out of sight.  Jamie referred to BOSBC and noted that this was a fairly rare sighting this far inland.  This was the first sighting for Jim May and you have to go back to 1989 for one documented a little further west at the Santa Maria WTP.  

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Date: 8/9/20 4:26 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach
All,

The Reddish Egret and 15 Least Terns were at Ocean Beach Park today. The
Elegant Tern invasion has now reached there with at least 120 at river
mouth. Lots of common shorebirds visible from the car park there but
nothing of interest. Egret numbers are increasing on the river.

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Goleta, CA

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Date: 8/9/20 3:57 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] El Cap and Refugio Beach & Road: Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwing
This morning Lori Gaskin and I birded El Capitan State Beach. One Wandering
Tattler worked the beach east of El Cap point. A Pigeon Guillemot was
offshore.
Then, nothing was exciting at Refugio State Beach. But we birded 0.25
miles up Refugio Rd from the 1st Crossing. The Coffeeberry shrubs along the
east side of the road were thick with fruits for maybe 150 meters. Here we
had a very early *Cedar Waxwing* juvenile. Pic below. Near the second
bridge we heard a vireo scolding. It sounded a bit like an unusual call
that Hutton's might give, but it was more forceful and loud than any I've
heard from Hutton's. I recorded the call and that can be heard here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S72259022
I saw the vireo briefly--it was a larger bird than Hutton's with a longer
tail, white undertail, and white belly, but I saw nothing more. I'm
pretty satisfied that this was a *Red-eyed Vireo* in part because this call
matched those given by both the iBird Pro and the Sibley apps.

[image: IMG_6407.jpeg]

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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Date: 8/9/20 11:54 am
From: Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Fishing with benefits
Hi all,

Some of you might remember my reports from seawatching earlier this year,
when I went out most times there was a good westerly wind and managed to
see northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, and a black-footed albatross
(which after some debate was accepted by local ebird reviewers). A few
people responded suggesting that I try to go out on one of the fishing
boats that go out on the channel daily, which as a bonus gives an
opportunity to check for seabirds. (Or, in my case, offers the bonus of
fishing in addition to watching for seabirds.) Perhaps this was a
good-hearted way of implying that I was crazy to stand in the cold and wind
and look at specks a mile or two out through a shaky scope when you can
just get on a boat and get close to them, but regardless, I gave the
fishing boat option a try yesterday and was not disappointed.

The boat didn't cross the channel but instead followed the coast west,
staying about 4-5 miles offshore, until somewhere between Gaviota and Point
Conception. This was not the route I had hoped for, but on the way back
from the fishing grounds, it got pretty birdy. I saw a handful of black
storm-petrels, a couple of dozen each of sooty and pink-footed shearwaters,
a black-vented shearwater, some phalaropes, and two common murres, all of
which are expected but still fun to watch at relatively close range.

Most fun were the jaegers, several of which circled the boat in the stretch
between Gaviota and Capitan, about four miles offshore. Since they were
coming in and out of sight I don't have a precise count, but I've
identified at least 5 different individuals from my photos. This is the
number I reported to ebird but there were most likely several more. Three
of them were pomarine jaegers (two adults, one of which had intact
streamers, and one probably second-year), and two were parasitic. Photos of
all three pomarines and one of the parasitic are on my ebird checklist.

Not as good as a proper pelagic birding trip of course but still a good
time. I suspect that if the boat had gone further into the channel there
would have been a larger diversity of species. And in addition to the
birds, I could bring home about 8 lbs of fish fillets, probably a dozen or
so dinners. Thanks again to those who suggested the birding/fishing combo.

eBird checklist with some photos here
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S72254275>.

Linus

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Date: 8/9/20 3:11 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- California Towhee (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 12:08 by Kilian Hampl
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72233834
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird reported by Jamie Chavez."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 12:08 by Liam Hampl
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72233827
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird reported by Jamie Chavez."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 17:21 by Thomas Miko
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72232021
- Comments: "Adult type of bird with sharp angle to the white patch at the base of the bill. Noticeably smaller than the adjacent double-crested cormorants. Photos obtained that will be added later this weekend."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 14:19 by Larry Chen
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72226610
- Comments: "Continuing small long-tailed cormorant. Dark head, bright white line along base of lower mandible. Flew in from a hidden cove to the left of the parking lot opening and landed on the closest island. Photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 14:19 by Sarah Toner
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72226611
- Comments: "Continuing small long-tailed cormorant. Dark head, bright white line along base of lower mandible. Flew in from a hidden cove to the left of the parking lot opening and landed on the closest island. Photos."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 09:08 by Alex Loos
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72219416
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 07:30 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3986926,-119.5336282&ll=34.3986926,-119.5336282
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72214238
- Comments: "On Santa Monica Creek. In eclipse plumage."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 10:50 by Libby Patten
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72228290
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature. At drain pipe on northwest corner of area next to mobile homes."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (5)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 06:29 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72216783
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Two juvenile birds were in the channel that parallels the railroad tracks, on the south side of the fence, about 100 yards west of the Estero Way entrance gate. Two more juvenile birds in the main channel just south of the weather station. Later, one juvenile (presumably one of the two seen at the beginning) was in the channel by the Estero Way entrance kiosk. Still later, a subadult was seen under the bridge at the south end of Sandyland Cove Road. This last bird appeared to have an injured left foot or leg; it held the foot off the ground and hopped on its right foot when moving."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by julie rush
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72216933
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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Date: 8/8/20 6:07 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Early Harrier
This afternoon (8/8) a ringtail Northern Harrier was quartering over the southern portion of More Mesa.
I observed an interesting dragonfly along the western fenceline of the mesa. It was a male Red-tailed Pennant, a scarce ode in the county that I've only ever seen close to water before.
Larry Ballard recently noted a male Belted Kingfisher feeding on tree frog tadpoles in Cold Springs Canyon. On Thursday Mark Bright and I observed a male Belted Kingfisher at a seasonal pond at the top of the Trespass Trail above Gaviota. The only food source at the pond seemed to be tree frogs, and I presume their tadpoles.
Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/8/20 4:19 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Neotropic Cormorant and south coast birding Saturday, August 8
Hi everyone,

At the Bird Refuge today, I saw one adult Neotropic Cormorant, looking very
much like the bird both Adam and Glenn have photographed recently. This
bird, incidentally, does not look like the one that was at Devereux last
month. That one had a much less prominent white patch on the chin. So, I
suspect this is a new bird. Not a lot else to report here. As Hugh
mentioned, the west end has some shorebird habitat, but it doesn't have
many shorebirds. For anyone posting about Neotropic Cormorants, please
continue to supply some details about these birds in you eBird checklists.
This is still a very rare species in our area, and photos and descriptions
can go along way in helping us keep track of how many are or have been in
the area.

After the Bird Refuge, I decided to do a quick search of other cormorant
spots on the south coast, so checked out Goleta Beach, Campus Lagoon at
UCSB, and Devereux Slough. I did not find any more Neotropics among the
many Double-cresteds I saw, which included a lot of them still in the
rookery at Goleta Beach.

Of note, Great Blue Herons still have nestlings at both Goleta Beach (two
nests, three total young) and Devereux Slough (one nest within a single
nestling). This is pretty late for this species to have nestlings, although
we had a Great Blue nest active at Devereux into August last year. One
Great Egret nest also still had two nestlings at Devereux.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/8/20 3:31 pm
From: John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Jim May Park this morning
All:
Interesting post Florence.  Peter Schneekloth and I were there around 8:00 this morning.  No Solitary Sandpiper but we did find a very nice Lesser Yellowlegs.  We didn't have any Phalaropes.  No shortage of Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers or Semipalmated Plovers.  We had 6 Black Crowned Night Herons in the west pond as well as 3 Green Herons.  I guess things can change pretty quickly there right now.  Should be good for several days as they continue to work this pond over. 

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Sent: Sat, Aug 8, 2020 2:50 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jim May Park this morning

I made it up there mid-morning.  Later on, Jamie Chavez showed up and we compared notes with his sightings from yesterday.  There had been some turnover during the night and overall, there were probably fewer shorebirds today than he found.  Notable absences were Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I walked around the entire like this morning and didn't turn them up.  I also scanned all the small sandpipers I found very carefully to see if I could pick out anything different from Western and Least, but I did not succeed.
Besides the small Sandpipers, I had Kildeer, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Avocets, 1 Dowitcher sp., and 5 juvenile Wilson's Phalaropes.  The latter gave me pause as they were walking and feeding in very shallow water near the edge, acting more like Lesser Yellowlegs.  The also had yellow legs!  I double -checked and juvie Wilson's do indeed have yellow legs.
Jamie was walking around the lake with his camera when I left, so perhaps he found something else.
Florence Sanchez

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Date: 8/8/20 2:50 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jim May Park this morning
I made it up there mid-morning.  Later on, Jamie Chavez showed up and we compared notes with his sightings from yesterday.  There had been some turnover during the night and overall, there were probably fewer shorebirds today than he found.  Notable absences were Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I walked around the entire like this morning and didn't turn them up.  I also scanned all the small sandpipers I found very carefully to see if I could pick out anything different from Western and Least, but I did not succeed.
Besides the small Sandpipers, I had Kildeer, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Avocets, 1 Dowitcher sp., and 5 juvenile Wilson's Phalaropes.  The latter gave me pause as they were walking and feeding in very shallow water near the edge, acting more like Lesser Yellowlegs.  The also had yellow legs!  I double -checked and juvie Wilson's do indeed have yellow legs.
Jamie was walking around the lake with his camera when I left, so perhaps he found something else.
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Date: 8/8/20 11:11 am
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Swan
I just saw a swan flyover the 101 going from Lake Los Carneros towards the
airport.

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Date: 8/8/20 9:58 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp Salt Marsh
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Basins 1 & 2, and Marsh Park, Saturday morning, August 8, 2020

Highlights: a pair of Whte-tailed Kites, Green Heron (seems to be pretty regular in the past 6 weeks), a tight group consisting of 2 spotted and 2 un-spotted Spotted Sandpipers (Santa Monica Creek), 15 Least Sandpipers (Franklin Creek), a Yellow-crowned Night Heron in eclipse plumage (by the white bridge), and 3 fly-over WF Ibis. Full list at ebird.org/checklist/S72214238 <http://ebird.org/checklist/S72214238>.

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Date: 8/8/20 2:54 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- American Coot (Red-shielded) (2 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (7)
- Reported Aug 07, 2020 18:02 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72204063
- Comments: "Continuing presence here. Dull plain-headed Aythya with dark hills, rounded profiles. Photos. Three in one group, four in another, all seen on one scan."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (7)
- Reported Aug 07, 2020 18:02 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72204062
- Comments: "Continuing presence here. Dull plain-headed Aythya with dark hills, rounded profiles. Photos. Three in one group, four in another, all seen on one scan."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (35)
- Reported Aug 07, 2020 18:02 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Mostly hugging bulrushes."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (35)
- Reported Aug 07, 2020 18:02 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Mostly hugging bulrushes."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 07, 2020 09:46 by Jamie Chavez
- Jim May Park (fmr River Oaks Park), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9747532,-120.4258633&ll=34.9747532,-120.4258633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72189295
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile observed with Killdeer, Semipalmated Plovers, and peeps. Appeared smaller, darker, and slimmer than a Lesser Yellowlegs it was in close proximity to. It had dark olive-brown upperparts, with gray on the sides of the upper breast but the central breast area was white. It showed small fine white spotting on the upperparts. It had a thin straight bill, and a prominent white eye-ring showing a spectacled appearance. It was feeding in shallow water mostly on its own. It flew off at one point where the all white tail with blackish central feathers were seen well. Photographed."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 07, 2020 07:54 by Deann Purcell
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72187726
- Comments: "On the same cluster of branches on the west side of the easternmost island, as noted by others the last few days. Much smaller than the other cormorants present."

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Date: 8/7/20 6:16 pm
From: Dianna Ricky <diannaricky...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinch Santa Barbara upper westside
My husband Don and I noticed a little after 5 p.m. a female Lawrence's Goldfinch hopping about the fountain on our deck.  It is the first one we have seen in several years in our yard. We are located on the upper westside between Bel Air Knolls and Elings Park, on a hill above a small valley.

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Date: 8/7/20 3:59 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North County Birding
Well, I didn't go to Jim May Park because I was concerned about disturbance from the earth-moving equipment but after reading Jamie's post when I got home, that's where I should have been.
Instead, I started at the San Ynez River Estuary.  Because I was concerned about low visibility form fog early in the morning, I delayed my arrival until about 8:45.  Consequently the tide was coming in and most of the small shorebirds were distant on the island across the channel and tricky to ID even through my scope.  Still, I was able to pull out Least, Western Sandpipers, and Sanderlings from the mix; also a few Semi-Palmated Plovers and Kildeer.  Feeding in the shallow water, I found 2 Marbled Godwits and a Willet.  All along the channel I found groups of Black-bellied Plovers.  There were about 10 Greater Yellowlegs around as well. The juvenile Reddish Egret was working the channels on the ocean side of the trestle this morning.  I had 2 each Caspian and Elegant Terns, and a flock of about 15 Least Terns was resting on the mud across the way.
My next stop was Guadalupe.  Jack O'Connell Park was dead.  I checked the ponds at the next-door Guadalupe Sewage plants and found the usual Mallards, a Coot, and a Couple of Kildeer.  Around the edge I picked up a few Least Sandpipers and 1 Western Sandpiper.  The best bird was an adult female Red-necked Phalarope, still in nice plumage, swimming in the center of one of the ponds.   Next to the sewage ponds, I found a goat pen had been added since my last visit.  With them was a mixed blackbird flock, including several Tri-colored Blackbirds.  There were a couple of Great-tailed Grackles in the park as well.
My final stop was the Santa Maria River mouth.  It was high tide by then, but the overcast was clearing out nicely and surprisingly, there was no wind.  So I hauled my scope through the soft sand until I passed the Plover barrier and could reach the estuary.  I didn't turn up anything unusual there, but it was nice to see 39 White Pelicans resting at the edge along with the Brown Pelicans.  A flock of about 20 Elegant terns had also settled in there along with a couple of Caspian Terns.  I did a sea watch from my car while I ate lunch, but had nothing of great note fly by.  Best sighting was a Clark's Grebe out in the water with another Grebe, probably a Western Grebe.  The bright yellow-orange bill was easily seen even through binoculars.
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Date: 8/7/20 2:56 pm
From: Larry Ballard via groups.io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] canyon kingfisher
A male Belted Kingfisher was along Cold Spring Creek about a half mile above Mountain Dr. in Montecito and was seen feeding on tadpoles of the California tree frog.
Steller's Jays were in the same area. They were confirmed breeding in Romero Canyon this year and suspected of breeding in San Ysidro and Cold Spring Canyons.
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Date: 8/7/20 11:43 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jim May Park Solitary Sandpiper
This morning at Jim May Park in Santa Maria I found a second SOLITARY
SANDPIPER in as many days. Assuming it is a different bird from the one at
SM sewage, and it probably is. As John Deacon mentioned the other day they
are in the middle of dredging the lake bed, especially around the channel
where water enters the lake. While there is a lot of earthmoving commotion
and noise, the habitat is quite good for shorebirds. Probably as good as it
has ever been. Water levels are very low and there is exposed mud all over
the place. Shorebirding was better at Jim May park than it was around the
sewage plant yesterday. If no construction takes place over the weekend it
would be a good place to monitor shorebird turnover.

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Date: 8/7/20 7:40 am
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] El Cap
Nice burst of shorebirds this AM, including a significant numbers of Whimbrel, Spotted Sandpiper, and Wandering Tattlers – in fact, possibly the largest groups of the latter two I’ve seen.

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Date: 8/7/20 2:46 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- California Towhee (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 06, 2020 13:34 by Jamie Chavez
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72167142
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found a single juvenile Solitary Sandpiper along the shoreline of the first large settling pond west of the sludge beds. Too distant for decent photos. It eventually flew west uttering a loud whistled 'weet' call. It was identified by its overall olive-colored upperparts, thin straight bill, darkish smudging on the sides of the breast pale lores forming a whitish stripe or eyebrow with a noticeable white eye ring as seen through spotting scope."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 06, 2020 08:56 by Lukas Le Grice
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72165684
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This bird has been reported here for the last two days. First observed flying into the refuge at 11:26am, attempting to land on the occupied branch that it has been seen on recently. Smaller than nearby double-crested cormorants with vivid white cheek border. On the west side of the eastern-most island, viewed from the second platform."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 06, 2020 16:35 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72175609
- Comments: "One with face pattern, one juvenile with blocky bill, distinct neck and underpart streaking, fine epelaut chevrons"

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Jim Houghton
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72172620
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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Date: 8/6/20 8:52 pm
From: Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Birds this morning at East Beach
I promised a post of some of this morning's birds at East Beach, including
the sole Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage. It was mostly foraging in
bits of kelp and not near the water. It's always fun to find a new species
just by chance like this.

There are usually more Black Skimmers and also more godwits, willets,
whimbrels, and curlews than I saw this morning -while there were far more
black bellied plovers than I had noticed on other mornings.

The Elegant Terns were in huge flocks but also in smaller groups. I have
noticed that they usually start flying in from the south east around 9:30.
One bird was all by itself and did not mind my coming in close and watching
for what seemed like a very long time.

Photos are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/?>

Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 1:08 PM Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> wrote:

> I was down at the end of Garden Street from about 10 until 11:30 this
> morning. I was fascinated by the black bellied plovers still showing their
> black bellies. Then a bird showed up that I had never seen before and I'm
> assuming that it is a Ruddy Turnstone. I took loads of photos including
> some video which I will post later.
>
> At least five snowy egrets, many barn swallows, several Brown Pelicans
> flew in and the large flocks of elegant turns grouped in clusters of
> several hundred each. There were only half a dozen black skimmers. Also the
> usual great blue heron was not present this morning.
>
> The photo below was transferred from my camera to my smartphone.
>


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Date: 8/6/20 7:12 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] recent birds
This evening there were 2 tattlers at El Cap and over 200 Elegant Terns at
COPR. Yesterday, the Reddish Egret continued at Ocean Beach park.

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Date: 8/6/20 3:27 pm
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Known crow roosts this summer?
Hi all,
I’m working with one of the teens from SBMNH this summer on a final project, and we’re looking for a decent-sized crow roost to take a quick video of the birds coming in to roost in the evening. Do you know of a current evening roost? Tuesday night I checked the one I’ve seen in the winter months on the west side of More Mesa, and found not one crow present. I did follow some birds moving west, and ended up finding a roost of a few hundred birds on Aero Camino near the airport. But the birds are pretty well scattered along this road, and not quite the dramatic and noisy fly-in I was hoping for.

Thanks for any info you can provide in the next few days.
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Date: 8/6/20 3:11 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper at SM Sewage Ponds
Earlier this afternoon at the Santa Maria sewage plant I located a juv
SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the first large settling pond to the left as you head
west away from the sludge beds and buildings. The mystery (aka White-faced
Ibis) continues there as well. It flushed with a bunch of ducks out of one
of the tanks as I exited my truck to peer over the tank railing but I found
it later in one of the large ponds (no birding around the actual tanks,
please). This place is really poor for shorbirding right now. Almost no
exposed mud anywhere around the property. Lots of water though.

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Date: 8/6/20 1:08 pm
From: Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Birds this morning at East Beach
I was down at the end of Garden Street from about 10 until 11:30 this
morning. I was fascinated by the black bellied plovers still showing their
black bellies. Then a bird showed up that I had never seen before and I'm
assuming that it is a Ruddy Turnstone. I took loads of photos including
some video which I will post later.

At least five snowy egrets, many barn swallows, several Brown Pelicans flew
in and the large flocks of elegant turns grouped in clusters of several
hundred each. There were only half a dozen black skimmers. Also the usual
great blue heron was not present this morning.

The photo below was transferred from my camera to my smartphone.

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Date: 8/6/20 9:41 am
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] South shore Cachuma 5 August 2020
I tried to cover the major muddy/grassy shores on the S side of the lake
yesterday thinking I might find shorebirds. Last Saturday I walked the
trail from Harvey's Cove westward and on Monday I took a boat out on the
lake.



https://ebird.org/checklist/S72136847 DeVaul Cyn shore

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72140092 Jackrabbit Flats

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72149214 Storke Flats



Migrants: Yesterday, juv Snowy Egret, Wilson's Snipe, and a very few Least
Sandpipers. From Saturday's hike I watched 5 dowitchers flying over the
lake. An adult Peregrine was in Cachuma Bay on Monday. The Cachuma
Naturalistas, Rosey and Kristin, reported 4 Eared Grebes on a couple of
trips more than a week ago.



Breeding: As the naturalists have documented very well, the large grebes
are pumping out young. I would love to know exactly where they place their
nests. (They nest on open mounds on Santa Margarita Lake in SLO County.
See beautiful video by Petra and Jack Clayton here
https://ebird.org/checklist/S72149935) The 2 juvenile Spotted Sandpipers
raised on Storke Flat may be the two juvs now at Jackrabbit Flat. We could
get another brood of Spotted Sandpipers from the breeding pair at Storke.
Before migration got going there were Spotted Sandpipers at a couple other
spots on the lake, but breeding was only confirmed at Storke Flat. 37
Killdeer yesterday suggests breeding success, but having just recently
practiced distinguishing juvenile from adult Killdeer, I can't speak to the
number of juvs involved. 72 Canada Geese include a lot of juveniles, the
24 Mallards counted held a number of juvs. The only other duck species
seen this summer was one pair of adult Gadwall. I saw 25 total American
Coots, but far fewer juveniles than expected. Very few coots were in either
Cachuma Bay or Santa Cruz Bay on Monday. Both on the Monday boat trip and
yesterday along the shore I counted only 5 Pied-billed Grebes. I saw only
1 advanced juvenile among them.



In short, Cachuma underperforms for a lot of insectivorous land birds,
diving ducks and puddle ducks, eagles and hawks. It is not very attractive
to shorebirds that must be passing over. Though many Western Grebes and
fewer Clark's Grebes are raising young right now, counting these birds,
muchless comparing recent to older data, is daunting. My sense is that
there are declines since the early 2000s in, especially, wintering numbers
of W and C Grebes, but also in breeding numbers.



I don't know whether the Cachuma trends are seen at other inland
reservoirs. It would be helpful to have the thoughts of fishermen who
might evaluate the changes in fish stocking at the lake. How has the effort
to recover steelhead affected the resource base in the lake? Is there a
role that pest control agents have played with regard to insects at the
lake? Were the high numbers of birds in the 1980s and 90s a function of
fish stocking? And are we seeing a return to a more typical level of
support that might have been normal in the late 1950s and 60s? Is the
current situation a product of prolonged drought recovery? The situation
at Cachuma begs study.


Thanks to Rosey and Kristin for their great interest and efforts to
document bird events at the lake.



Mark Holmgren

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Date: 8/6/20 2:27 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Wilson's Snipe (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- California Towhee (2 reports)

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Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) (1)
- Reported Aug 05, 2020 12:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Lake Cachuma - Jackrabbit Flats, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72140092
- Media: 1 Photo

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (2)
- Reported Aug 05, 2020 15:28 by Glenn Kincaid
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72144453
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1 Reported yesterday. 1 on easternmost island, poor photos of this bird. 1 on western edge near Zoo. Bird in top of photo, smaller than adjacent Double-crested cormorants with pronounced white border to cheek patch."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Adrian Douglas
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72124470
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Southwest Bird Study Club
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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Date: 8/5/20 5:59 pm
From: Adam Searcy <serpophaga...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS Rufous-crowned Sparrows
I spent some time at North Campus Open Space looking for (and finding) some
recently reported birds, including two WILSON'S PHALAROPES and one
VIRGINIA RAIL at Phelps Bridge among other more expected characters.

My most notable find was a pair of immature RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS in one
of the small willowy/scrubby swales (about here: 34.41801, -119.88138.) Two
sparrows popped off the trail in front of me and I assumed they were going
to be Song Sparrows (never assume anything about sparrows), then one of
them gave a gentle "deer deer" and I stopped in my tracks. Thankfully they
both perched in willow quite closely allowing for digiscope photos which
are in my checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72141629. These were my
personal first obviously migrant/dispersing Rufous-crowned Sparrows (a
"lifer" of sorts).

Yours in local 'vagrancy',
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Date: 8/5/20 5:01 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Continuing Neotropic, and poss. Semi-P
Make that 2 Neotropic Cormorants.

Just after Hugh left, one of the cormorants that had been sleeping on the west edge of the island closest to the parking area awoke, revealing itself. I got some rather poor photos. The bird that Hugh describes was also present when I arrived at the W end of the path.

I could not convince myself that any of the peeps had short enough bills to be a Semipalmated Sandpiper. I will be reviewing photos.


> On Aug 5, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> wrote:
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> The Neotropic Cormorant continues at the Bird Refuge. It was quite distant, and I've only just been able to look at my photos and confirm the identity. It was at the west end of the refuge, resting on shore with other cormorants. It was on a promontory on zoo property, best seen from just east of the bridge/ 3rd platform. It would have not been visible from Cabrillo despite being quite close.
>
> There were quite a few peeps at the western end. Most were Least on the mud, along with a few Western feeding in the water. Mixed in with the Least was what appears to be a Semi-palmated Sandpiper. It's longer billed than the recent NCOS bird. Nick L. has looked at my photo on his phone and his initial reaction is that it's a Western. Glenn K. was heading out there as I was leaving, so perhaps he'll have more to say.
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Date: 8/5/20 4:44 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Neotropic, and poss. Semi-P
The Neotropic Cormorant continues at the Bird Refuge. It was quite distant, and I've only just been able to look at my photos and confirm the identity. It was at the west end of the refuge, resting on shore with other cormorants. It was on a promontory on zoo property, best seen from just east of the bridge/ 3rd platform. It would have not been visible from Cabrillo despite being quite close.
There were quite a few peeps at the western end. Most were Least on the mud, along with a few Western feeding in the water. Mixed in with the Least was what appears to be a Semi-palmated Sandpiper. It's longer billed than the recent NCOS bird. Nick L. has looked at my photo on his phone and his initial reaction is that it's a Western. Glenn K. was heading out there as I was leaving, so perhaps he'll have more to say.
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Date: 8/5/20 1:12 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Terns and Bird Refuge
I checked on the East beach tern flock this morning only to find that most of them were on the sandspit at that time (about 8:30 a.m.). I didn't walk out there to count the numbers but it was a large flock.  A Small flock at the East Beach site left soon after for the ocean beyond.
I went on to the Bird Refuge and checked the parking lot area, and all three islands.  Unfortunately, I had not read Adam Searcy's post about an adult Neotropic Cormorant on one of the islands or I would have gone over the roosting cormorants more closely.  Therefore, I can't say whether or not it was still present this morning.  
I found no sign of the Cinnamon Teal I saw last week.  There were a few shorebirds present:  3 Least Sandpipers opposite the parking area; 1 fresh juvenile Western Sandpiper on the mud island off the third platform; 1 Dowitcher (appeared to be Long-billed, perhaps the same bird that was that last week) and Black-necked Stilts at several locations.  There also was a big flight of swallows over the water today, mostly Rough-winged Swallows and most of them were very young birds, still getting the hang of aerial flycatching.
An interesting bird hanging around the third island was a leucistic bird that appeared to be a Red-winged Blackbird.  It was a marvelous shade of ivory buff.
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Date: 8/5/20 12:15 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Origin of banded Least Terns at Coal Oil Point 8-4-20
Following my post yesterday about banded Least Terns, I have received this response from Joanna at Oceano Dunes SVRA

Hello Glenn,

Thanks for submitting these photos. The banded juveniles hatched from Oceano Dunes State Park, San Luis Obispo County. We band each chick with a unique band and these two hatched 6/17-19 and fledges were last seen here at Oceano 7/14-16. It is great to see them making their way south.


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Date: 8/5/20 2:15 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- California Towhee (2 reports)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 15:59 by Adam Searcy
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72115431
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Adult roosting on west side of east island with DCCOs. Obviously smaller cormorant. Underparts appeared glossy black with scaly back-pattern/wing panel with slight gloss of green (details not easily discernible), long tail, yellow bill with obvious white feathering at base."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Rose Leibowitz
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Jim Moore
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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Date: 8/4/20 6:11 pm
From: Adam Searcy <serpophaga...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Neotropic Cormorant at Andree Clark
During a quick afternoon stop today at Andree Clark I spotted an
(the?) adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT perched on sticks on the west side of
the eastern island along with about 15 Double-crested Cormorants.

At the far western end there was a nice scattering of mostly juvenile
LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a Dowitcher that wasn't heard or seen
closely enough to ID, and my first juvenile CALIFORNIA GULLS (2) of
this season loafing on the little 'beach' in front of the NE parking
lot.

Some photos in my checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72115431

Good birding,
Adam

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Date: 8/4/20 3:30 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sands Beach and Coal Oil Point early a.m., August 4
I got down to the beach about 6:30 this morning to take advantage of as much of the minus low tide as possible.  My numbers were similar to Glenn Kinkaid's observations made about an hour after I left.  Lots of Black-bellied Plovers and Sanderlings and a mixed Tern flock resting on the beach.  There were no Least Terns in it, but I did find Caspian, Royal, and Elegant resting together.  A nice opportunity to compare the differences between the three species.
No sign of a Ruddy Turnstone this morning.
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Date: 8/4/20 3:18 pm
From: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Elegant Tern flock grows at Mission Creek outflow
Hi All:
Florence Sanchez and I got out for a minute this morning. At Mission Creek outflow on East Beach, we counted a flock of 680 Elegant Terns, at least 1/3 of which were juveniles. They are joining the Black Skimmers roosting down there near the lagoon formed at the creek mouth.
We also went to Bates Road bridge, hoping to refind the Summer Tanager & to check it out. Pretty quiet, water flowing, great riparian vegetation.
Lists below:
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Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara
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Date: 8/4/20 12:23 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Least Terns, Coal Oil Point
This morning I was pleased to see a group of 4 Least Terns (2 adults, 2 immature) at the Coal Oil Point reserve, I presume a family. I could see bands on the 2 young birds and 1 of the adults. The other adult would not stand to show off its legs.

Some pics in this checklist.

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Date: 8/4/20 10:54 am
From: John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jim May Park in Santa Maria
The lake is being drained and dredged. Lots of heavy equipment operating made it difficult to bird. It may be worth watching evenings and mornings when equipment isn’t operating. The sandpipers I did see were quite interested in the disturbed lake bottom material.

John Deacon


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Date: 8/4/20 1:58 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (2 reports)
- Redhead (2 reports)
- American Coot (Red-shielded) (2 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 17:47 by Larry Chen
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72090458
- Comments: "Presumably long-time resident bird. Tiny goose with adorably stubby bill and white neck ring, hanging out on island in main pond. Can provide photos if necessary."

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 17:47 by Sarah Toner
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72090459
- Comments: "Presumably long-time resident bird. Tiny goose with adorably stubby bill and white neck ring, hanging out on island in main pond. Can provide photos if necessary."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092676
- Comments: "Continuing presence. Two drab, brown-headed, dark-billed Aythya. No sign of young birds. Photos."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092677
- Comments: "Continuing presence. Two drab, brown-headed, dark-billed Aythya. No sign of young birds. Photos."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (30)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092676
- Comments: "All hugging bulrush line in back."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (30)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092677
- Comments: "All hugging bulrush line in back."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 17:20 by Michael I Christie
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72094615
- Comments: "Initially I thought two, but later only one for sure, in slough, same area as last time."

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Date: 8/3/20 9:43 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Update on the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study
The Breeding Bird Study is almost ready to go public again. We’re reaching
out to users to test the system and to give us feedback. Let us know if
you are interested in assisting with this testing phase. Also, we are
preparing short videos to show how to use the ArcGIS software the database
is mounted on. We’re most grateful to CCBER at UCSB (co-collaborator with
Santa Barbara Audubon Society) for all the support they’ve given us to pull
this together.



We’ve received more contributions this year by this date than any other of
the past 5 years. Very happy about that and the 9300 records now
assembled. But there is so much information not making it to the Breeding
Bird Study (BBS). *End of the season breeding records are especially
important.* They form the outer time limit on the breeding
period. Knowing the duration of the breeding period for each species may
be the most useful information for some users. Typical late season
breeding evidence comes from observations of begging fledglings or adults
feeding fledglings, but some species still have birds in their nests. It’s
so easy to contribute. First, find the coordinates of the breeding event,
prepare your photo evidence if you have a photo, then submit at

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*Here is one example of how BBS data inform us **-- Nest Placement*


Data on nest placement are available for nearly all species. Here are the
choices made by just 4 species. Before looking at the results for
Red-shouldered Hawk, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, and
European Starling, form your best guesses for each:





*What tree species are used by Red-shouldered Hawks?*

Of 71 breeding records, 46 records specify a nest tree.

Eucalyptus

16

palm

10

Western Sycamore

9

pine

5

Coast Live Oak

3

Ash

1

California Bay

1

Fremont Cottonwood

1



*Where are the cavities that Ash-throated Flycatchers choose for their
nests?*

Of 50 breeding records, 26 records specify a nest structure.

fence post, pipe, or pole

11

oak

6

Western Sycamore

5

cliff

1

cottonwood

1

Eucalyptus

1

pine

1



*Where do Hooded Orioles place their nests?*

Of 135 breeding records, 58 records specify nest placement.

palm

23

Eucalyptus

15

Bird-of-Paradise

5

Western Sycamore

4

Bunya Pine

3

banana tree

2

castor bean

1

Coast Live Oak

1

hanging basket

1

Liquidamber

1

Monterey Cypress

1

Toyon

1



*Where are the cavities that European Starlings choose for their nests?*

Of 217 breeding records, 120 records specify nest placement.

Western Sycamore

52

oak

16

building

12

utility or phone pole

10

Eucalyptus

7

palm

6

cottonwood

5

pine

5

car wash

2

Ash

1

Monterey Cypress

1

nest box

1

outhouse

1

unknown dead snag

1



Thanks to you many contributors!


Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen

Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/3/20 6:09 pm
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] American Kestrels at LLC
I observed a pair of American Kestrels at Lake Los Carneros today. I
haven't seen them there for a long time. Look for them on the northern
path. Facing the mountains, they were perched on the wire and flying over
the field to the right of the closed bridge.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72089259

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Santa Barbara/Goleta

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Date: 8/3/20 3:57 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] UCSB Campus Beaches
Low tide was well before dawn this morning, but the conditions were still good for beach walking at 6:15 this morning.  I walked both the east-facing and south-facing beaches.  Most of the action was on the east-facing beach near Campus Point.  I had at least a dozen Greater Yellowlegs working at the surf edge and a flock of similar size of Black-bellied Plovers.  Small groups of Semi-palmated Plovers were flying by or dropping in on the beach, joined from time to time by a few Sanderlings.  One Whimbrel was also at surf's edge.  Near the plovers I found an adult still-reddish Red Knot.  This was a pleasant surprise as I normally encounter only dun-colored juveniles around September first or so.  I also had an Acorn Woodpecker down on the sand below the bluff, feeding on something busily.
The rocks at campus Point had 2 Wandering Tattlers and a Black Turnstone.  On the south facing beaches, there had been a good-sized flock of small sandpipers, but they were scared off by two runners.  I only had them flying by and could pullout Sanderlings and more SP Plovers, but the others remained unidentified.  Another Whimbrel was on the beach and there were 2 very fresh juvenile Heerman's gulls feeding on hatching flies in the drier hard sand.  About a dozen Black-necked Stilts were at the Lagoon outfall mouth. 
I went to NCOS afterwards but the rails at the north bridge were silent and invisible while I was there.  I found 3 nearly identical juvenile Western Sandpipers in the mud at the little finger of water nearby.  Try as I could, I was not able to make one of them a Semi-palmated Sandpiper.  With them briefly were 3 Wilson's Phalaropes.
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Date: 8/3/20 3:00 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Purple Martin Breeding 2020
Today Adrian O’Loghlen and I made our last scheduled visit of the season to check on the Purple Martin nesting colony in/near Nojoqui Falls Park.

Upon arrival at the park we counted 27 chattering Purple Martins in flight. In or near the two remaining active nest cavities we saw an additional 5 young birds, for a total of 32.

This year we confirmed 10 active nest cavities (Confirmed = young birds, food delivery to cavity, or fecal sac removal from cavity). This year all were in the vicinity of where the park abuts Alisal Road. We saw young birds in 6 of the 10 cavities. At or near Alisal Ranch we did not document any confirmed nesting activity, unfortunately a continuing downward trend at this previously active site. Overall count of 10 is average for at least the 2 prior years.





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Date: 8/3/20 1:43 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 08:12 by Laurel S Luby
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72056285
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Heard one vocalizing one side of Phelps bridge saw continuing bird on other side of the bridge"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 02, 2020 09:36 by Peter Schneekloth
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing dark morph juv."

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Date: 8/2/20 1:36 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Merlin (2 reports)

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Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 19:41 by Mark Holmgren
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72000381
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile East of Phelps Bridge along shore of main channel. Short stubby bill, dorsal coloration more uniform than Western. Legs and wings longer than Least."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 16:20 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "One juvenile, upright with blocky head and bill. One first summer with emerging face pattern,"

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2020 18:45 by Hannah Kistner
- 421 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.41747, -119.69387, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Landed on rooftop, flew to light post, flew to palm tree and out of sight. Dark cap and dark wings, fast flying and fast wing-beats."

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2020 18:45 by Dustin H
- 421 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.41747, -119.69387, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Landed on rooftop, flew to light post, flew to palm tree and out of sight. Dark cap and dark wings, fast flying and fast wing-beats."

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Date: 8/1/20 3:30 pm
From: Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS and COPR
At North Campus Open Space I did see at least one of the Virginia Rails from one end of the tules for a brief viewing from south of the Phelps Creek Bridge, and then a minute later the same or another rail at the other end of the same tule patch. At first the rail was tussling with and consuming a dragonfly. There were also several Wilson Phalaropes east of that bridge as Hugh reported yesterday, didn't see the Semi-palmated Sandpiper however.

At Coal Oil Point Reserve along the fence line just east of where Devereux Slough would outflow the Ruddy Turnstone Mark Holmgren previously reported was busily foraging amongst the Western Snowy Plovers. It was quite interesting to watch the Ruddy Turnstone actively bulldozing small clumps of kelp and seaweed with the top of its head and then quickly snapping up kelp flies and amphipods revealed. Beautifully colored bird and striking pattern in flight.

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Date: 8/1/20 1:17 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (3 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Semipalmated Sandpiper (3 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 09:19 by Sarah Toner
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71983503
- Comments: "Continuing birds at (34.4214084, -119.8789356). Heard both grunt and kiddick vocalizations. One bird glimpsed briefly in veg just south of bridge—medium-small rallid with black-and-white-striped flanks, warm chestnut-brown upperparts, black streaks on back. Other, on community side of bridge, unseen. May have heard additional kiddick calls around here (34.4204319, -119.8779560)."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 09:19 by Larry Chen
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71983502
- Comments: "Continuing birds at (34.4214084, -119.8789356). Heard both grunt and kiddick vocalizations. One bird glimpsed briefly in veg just south of bridge—medium-small rallid with black-and-white-striped flanks, warm chestnut-brown upperparts, black streaks on back. Other, on community side of bridge, unseen. May have heard additional kiddick calls around here (34.4204319, -119.8779560)."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 08:18 by Barbara Millett
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71985051
- Comments: "Rusty colored bird with gray face and longish orange bill. 1 individual on N. side of Phelps Bridge, only briefly out in open. Returning an hour later I saw 1 individual foraging on S. side of Phelps Bridge in reeds, while at the same time another birder spotted another individual on N. side of bridge."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 08:44 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Ynez River Estuary, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.690362,-120.600358&ll=34.690362,-120.600358
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71991843
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Adult. Giving two syllable call “tu-weet, tu-weet, tu-weet“. Distinguished from BbP{l by petite stature and bill, white sides from neck to vent, dark cap well delineated by bold white supercilium. This bird would not have been viewable from Ocean Beach Park. It was seen on both sides of 35th St."

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 19:41 by Lori Gaskin
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71997400
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Juvenile East of Phelps Bridge along shore of main channel. Short stubby bill, dorsal coloration more uniform than Western. Legs and wings longer than Least."

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 19:38 by Linus Blomqvist
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71997576
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen earlier today by other birders. Much like western sandpiper except much shorter, straight, and blunt bill. Plumage seemed crisp so must be a juvenile. A bit larger, grayer than least, and with black legs. Including a photo from a long distance in poor light."

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 19:38 by Santiago Lupi
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71996862
- Comments: "Found earlier today. Adrian O'Loghlen helped me locate the bird first and then Mark Holmgren also helped me with the ID. The main difference I saw between it and the other peeps was the bill. It’s short and pretty straight compared to the others. I saw it foraging in the mud by the water from (34.4212608, -119.8780405)."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 12:25 by Glenn Kincaid
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71997997
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 16:16 by Sarah Toner
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71997402
- Comments: "Extremely streaky youngster. Huge bill, long legs. Digibinned photo here, at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54993558"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 16:16 by Larry Chen
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71997403
- Comments: "Extremely streaky youngster. Huge bill, long legs. Digibinned photo here, at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54993558"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 13:06 by Larry Chen
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71988857
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird. Huge bill, long legs. Can provide poor photos if necessary."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 13:06 by Sarah Toner
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71988858
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird. Huge bill, long legs. Can provide poor photos if necessary."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 10:00 by John Mueller
- Bates Rd. bridge (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.379261,-119.4752696&ll=34.379261,-119.4752696
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71986601
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen crossing the bridge from Ventura to SB along with Davis Garner. Bright male, constantly preening. Seen at close range and then flew to the sycamore deeper inside SB county before it fled."

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Date: 7/31/20 9:27 pm
From: Aaron Kreisberg <akberg90...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach and Bird Refuge
I think I can provide at least one reason for the skittishness of the flock.

I visited the Mission Creek Outflow yesterday afternoon around 4 PM. The
terns, skimmers, and the majority of other birds present were flushed after
about ten minutes when a Peregrine Falcon strafed the outflow. The
Peregrine flew towards Cabrillo Boulevard and then landed on the beach
between the Estuary and the ocean. It was there for about ten minutes,
working it's way on sand towards the edge of the Estuary. It eventually
took off. All the skimmers and most of the terns remained offshore over the
course of my observation. Shorebirds resettled faster and the gulls seemed
relatively unperturbed.

I have an eBird checklist linked below. I got one very inadequate cellphone
photo of the Peregrine (left my camera in the truck).

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71966749

Aaron Kreisberg
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On Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 2:45 PM Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=
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> I checked the Elegant Tern gathering at the Mission Creek outfall this
> morning and it continues to be impressive. I'd say there were at least 400
> Terns there this morning. The flocks were very nervous for no obvious
> reason and kept taking to the air, circling and calling, before settling
> back down for a few minutes. With the Terns were 19 Black Skimmers and a
> few shorebirds: 16 Willets and 1 Whimbrel.
>
> At the Bird Refuge, I walked out to the third platform. There is a mud
> patch out there that had a few shorebirds on it along with the resting
> Mallards. They included 2 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Spotted Sandpipers (still
> spotty), 1 Least Sandpiper, and 1 Dowitcher that I believe was likely a
> Long-billed. (I didn't take my scope out there or I would be more sure;
> however, the red on the underparts appeared to include the under-tail area
> and there was faint vertical barring on the sides and flanks. When it
> flew, it gave out a single "Keet" call.
>
> The surprise bird I found there was a female Cinnamon Teal. I first saw
> it in flight showing its powder-blue epaulets.
> When it landed in fairly close, I could quickly rule out Shoveler because
> of size--much smaller than the nearby Mallards. The water was very shallow
> and it was mostly wading instead of swimming, so I could see the orange-y
> legs, which ruled out Blue-winged Teal. When the light caught the face
> just right, I could get a flash of yellowish eyes. It seems a bit early
> for this species, so it was nice to see.
>
> Florence Sanchez
>
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Date: 7/31/20 5:13 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Semi-p sandpiper at NCOS
This afternoon there was a Semi-palmated Sandpiper, along with 4 Wilson's Phalaropes at NCOS. The sandpiper was feeding by itself just east of the western (Phelps) bridge, in a narrow finger of the slough.
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Santa Barbara

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Date: 7/31/20 2:46 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] East Beach and Bird Refuge
I checked the Elegant Tern gathering at the Mission Creek outfall this morning and it continues to be impressive.  I'd say there were at least 400 Terns there this morning.  The flocks were very nervous for no obvious reason and kept taking to the air, circling and calling, before settling back down for a few minutes.  With the Terns were 19 Black Skimmers and a few shorebirds:  16 Willets and 1 Whimbrel.
At the Bird Refuge, I walked out to the third platform.  There is a mud patch out there that had a few shorebirds on it along with the resting Mallards.  They included 2 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Spotted Sandpipers (still spotty), 1 Least Sandpiper, and 1 Dowitcher that I believe was likely a Long-billed.  (I  didn't take my scope out there or I would be more sure; however, the red on the underparts appeared to include the under-tail area and there was faint vertical barring on the sides and flanks.  When it flew, it gave out a single "Keet" call.
The surprise bird I found there was a female Cinnamon Teal.  I first saw it in flight showing its powder-blue epaulets.When it landed in fairly close, I could quickly rule out Shoveler because of size--much smaller than the nearby Mallards.  The water was very shallow and it was mostly wading instead of swimming, so I could see the orange-y legs, which ruled out Blue-winged Teal.  When the light caught the face just right, I could get a flash of yellowish eyes.  It seems a bit early for this species, so it was nice to see.
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Date: 7/31/20 1:00 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (2 reports)
- Reddish Egret (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 08:12 by Tom Beland
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71962021
- Comments: "Heard one vocalizing one side of Phelps bridge saw continuing bird on other side of the bridge"

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 08:12 by Laurel S Luby
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71962331
- Comments: "Heard one vocalizing one side of Phelps bridge saw continuing bird on other side of the bridge"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 17:15 by Larry Chen
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing immature with patchy plumage (looking better than last time though!). Flew in and did a half-hearted dance before flying back upriver."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 17:15 by Sarah Toner
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing immature with patchy plumage (looking better than last time though!). Flew in and did a half-hearted dance before flying back upriver."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 08:58 by David Blue
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Twice flew back and forth under the railroad bridge where it actively foraged (in its wing-spreading dancing style) in the closer, shallower channel on the ocean side. The color of this immature bird was mostly murky, with grays and sandy browns."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Jul 30, 2020 17:40 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing immature in brush east of bridge and juvenile standing on rocks at parking lot side of slough mouth"

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Date: 7/30/20 3:52 pm
From: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach, Devereux, and the end of Coronado this a.m.
Hi All:
Marilyn Harding and I got out for some birding in the fog—initially—then ran into warm sunshine later in the noon hour at “the seep” at the end of Coronado.
Goleta Beach continues to have great tidal activity and few birds. We scoped down the beach to the east and had some luck with shorebirds, but there wasn’t much. Only Western Gulls loafing on the mudflat in the lagoon. One Greater Yellowlegs. Didn’t stop on bridge to look for night-herons, there were several visible as we drove by.
Devereux had two Wilson’s Phalaropes, plus a couple of juvie Snowy Plovers on the far bank visible from the bridge.
As it turned out, we probably had more “migrants” at the end of Coronado: a couple of Western Tanagers, a Wilson’s Warbler, a Yellow Warbler — made me feel like the birds are moving around and fall starts NOW…..it just starts slowly!
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On another note, if I may with Jamie’s permission — since the subject matter and the author are both a part of this Santa Barbara listserve:
MY NEW BOOK: “Story of a Santa Barbara Birder”
WHEN: Coming in August
WHERE TO GET IT: Local bookstores and Amazon

Stay tuned for more, but I couldn’t resist the sneak peek approach, please bear with me! This book was written for Santa Barbara birders and it’s about us, mostly……

Thanks and good birding,

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara
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Date: 7/30/20 2:38 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ruddy Turnstone continues at Sands Beach
I walked the beach this morning starting a little after 9:30 a.m.  I first spotted the Ruddy Turnstone at the ocean's edge with a small group of Sanderlings, but almost immediately the flock took flight over the water.  When the Sanderlings came back to shore, the Turnstone was not with them.  Later on I spotted it up on the dry sand, picking at the kelp piles there.  When I came back from walking all the way west to the next point and back, it was still in the vicinity but had moved further east to almost the end of the Snowy Plover area.
All told, there were not a lot of shorebirds on the beach and around Coal Oil Point at mid to late morning.  The largest group was a flock of 44 Black-belied Plovers near Coal Oil Point.  I had few "Peeps" today:  the aforementioned  Sanderlings, 1 Least Sandpiper well up the beach, and 1 Western Sandpiper at Coal Oil Point.  No sign of a Semi-palmated Sandpiper.  Other shorebirds found were a few Willets, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Long-billed Curlews, and of course, Snowy Plovers.  An Elegant Tern was fishing off shore with 2 Caspian Terns.  One of the Caspian Terns was a juvenile.
The Dune Pond is completely dry now.
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Date: 7/30/20 12:41 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (2 reports)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 29, 2020 09:43 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71932360
- Comments: "Continuing bird, but only one was seen."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 29, 2020 08:28 by Susanne Meyer
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71940242
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Saw one bird briefly looking down from Phelps bridge and heard a lot of vocalizations from the reeds. Submitting an audio - with construction noise in the background"

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Date: 7/29/20 8:32 pm
From: Meg White <mswhite...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Greater Roadrunner
Much to my surprise about 7 p.m. tonight, as I was driving away from my house, a Greater Roadrunner sauntered from the horse corral across our driveway. It wandered through the bushes and up our neighbor's driveway where I was able to get some long-range photos with my cell phone. We live in Hope Ranch at the Eastern border of More Mesa. I have never seen one on the Mesa or in Hope Ranch before, so it was quite an exciting encounter.

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Date: 7/29/20 1:37 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ruddy Turnstone at Devereux/Sands
I’ve seen no Semipalmated Sandpiper on either side of coal oil point. But shorebirds are actively coming through. Seeing multiple juveniles of least and western sandpipers. Between zero in 100 markers on Sands Beach a Ruddy Turnstone was foraging. At some points it flew to the point and it seemed to end up flocked with the Black-bellied Plovers at the mouth of Devereux Slough.
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Date: 7/29/20 12:25 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Dunlin (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2020 07:13 by Glenn Kincaid
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71902736
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing, two birds seen flying briefly over the vegetation south of the bridge."

Dunlin (Calidris alpina) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2020 08:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71776665
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Brown on back so presumably juvenile"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2020 09:22 by John Deacon
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Ongoing."

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Date: 7/28/20 11:26 pm
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Blue Grosbeak juveniles at LLC
I observed two Blue Grosbeak juveniles at LLC on Monday, July 27 (4
photos). They were foraging in the eastern field.
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Santa Barbara/Goleta

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Date: 7/28/20 8:25 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] COPR Semipalmated Sandpiper
All,

This evening I found a juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper along the beach east
of COPR. It was associated with a small flock of peeps and SP Plovers.
There is a lot of kelp piled up on the beach here as well as ponds on the
upper part of the beach that are attracting shorebirds.

Nick,

Goleta, CA

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Date: 7/28/20 3:53 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River Estuary July 28
I went to the estuary this morning, arriving shortly before low tide.  Soon after, I was joined by John Deacon and Peter Schneekloth.  There were not a lot of shorebirds around, but the diversity of what we saw was pretty good:  Kildeer, Snowy Plovers, Semi-palmated Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, Willets, Long-billed Curlew, Dowitcher sp. (too distant and silent to identify further), Western Sandpiper (the most abundant Peep), Sanderlings, and Least Sandpiper.  In with the Western Sandpipers was a fresh-plumaged juvenile.
The Heron family was also well-represented with Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, and the continuing juvenile Reddish Egret.  The latter was in good view most of the time.  In the water, we had Pied-billed Grebes and an assortment of ducks well up the channel that all appeared to be Mallards.  There were about 20 Least Terns resting on the mid along with about a half a dozen Caspian Terns further up.  After a bit, 2 Elegant Terns flew in.
We also watched for a time an Osprey, who had caught a fish and was eviscerating, then eatin git.  First he perched on the trestle to do the job; then flew with it to a snag out in the mud island where he continued slowly eating it, with long pauses between bites.
After about an hour, I decided to go up to Surf Station to try a sea watch.  Though it was still pretty overcast, there was visibility out at least 4 miles.  I didn't find a lot of birds out there but it was interesting.  Closest to shore I had 2 Common Loons and a male Surf Scoter.  3 Bottlenose dolphins were swimming near the Scoter.  Eventually the Loons moved further offshore and in scanning them, I found an alcid behind them.  It was hard to get it in perfect focus at high power and I went back and forth in my mind between Common Murre and Pigeon Guillemot before eventually deciding it was the latter.  Even further out were a few Shearwaters.  The rapid wingbeats and short glides indicated they were Black-vented.
After about an hour of sea watching, I returned to the Estuary before heading  home and found things much the same.  The osprey was still polishing off what was left of its fish.
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Date: 7/28/20 12:11 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- Eared Grebe (2 reports)
- American Coot (Red-shielded) (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 19:16 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71888560
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Presumably continuing bird? Mid-sized dark Aythya with plain face, dark bill—female-type. Spotted vegetation clumps mid-estuary, but regularly swam into reeds in south and vanished. At one point, a bird that was presumably the same bird took off from the southern reeds, looped towards SLO co. and back. Photos. No sign of young birds sighted earlier—perhaps back in reeds."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 19:16 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71888561
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by LC; presumably continuing bird? Mid-sized dark Aythya with plain face, dark bill—female-type. Spotted vegetation clumps mid-estuary, but regularly swam into reeds in south and vanished. At one point, a bird that was presumably the same bird took off from the southern reeds, looped towards SLO co. and back. Photos. No sign of young birds sighted earlier—perhaps back in reeds."

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (3)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 19:16 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
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- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by SMT. At least this number of adults in full breeding regalia. Dark grebes with triangular dorito heads and fine golden whiskers over auriculars. Stuck close to the waterside vegetation (bulrushes; But calling it ‘reedy’ since ‘bulrushy’ sounds silly). Two adults moving together appeared to have trailing youngsters, but looks suboptimal and supporting photos even more so. Photos of one available, the pair was too distant and the lighting too dark for photos."

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (3)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 19:16 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71888560
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "At least this number of adults in full breeding regalia. Dark grebes with triangular dorito heads and fine golden whiskers over auriculars. Stuck close to the waterside vegetation (bulrushes; But calling it ‘reedy’ since ‘bulrushy’ sounds silly). Two adults moving together appeared to have trailing youngsters, but looks suboptimal and supporting photos even more so. Photos of one available, the pair was too distant and the lighting too dark for photos."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (50)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 19:16 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71888560

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (50)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 19:16 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71888561
- Comments: "Scattered throughout."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Jul 27, 2020 17:55 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71889207
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing to see the same birds from yesterday. Immature bird was roosting in his usual spot in the brush east of the bridge. Juvenile bird standing below the observation deck to the right at the water's edge. It took off and landed a bit further down stream at the water's edge on the parking lot side of the slough."

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Date: 7/27/20 7:42 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Harbor July 27
I got down to the SB Harbor early this morning because I wanted to see if I could pick up and clearly identify at least one of the birds I thought might have been a Wandering Tattler last  Saturday.  I was successful in that when I found one on the beach in front of the yacht club.  Definitely a Tattler--an adult in very nice, heavily striped (on the breast and belly) underparts.  At the time I saw the Tattler, there was one Black Turnstone with it.  On my way out, I saw it was joined by 5 more Turnstones.
Other shorebirds seen on the beach and Sandspit were Willets, Whimbrels, Long-billed Curlews, 2 Marbled Godwits, and 1 Western Sandpiper.  There was only one Elegant Tern on the sandspit, but there were others flying by.  Later at the Mission Creek outfall, there were 350-400 more resting on the sand.  Among the Western Gulls on the sandspit were three fresh juveniles.
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Date: 7/27/20 12:04 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 08:00 by Deann Purcell
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71841471
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On the southeast side of Phelps Creek bridge, in the reeds about 12 feet from the bridge. Easily seen, though we waited about 40 minutes for him to emerge. Photo taken."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 18:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71861219
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird in brush East of bridge plus my first sighting of a juvenile foraging on opposite side of Slough mouth photographed from parking lot."

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 08:41 by Mark Holmgren
- WCC Camp 34.5243 -119.9237, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "I recognize the awkwardness of reporting this. Kevin and I saw a small Accipiter perched atop a burned pine. Our look was brief but I saw a gray bird with a banded tail (brown bands on gray tail), gray body, raptor profile, and predator's bill. Kevin saw white undertail coverts. The bird flew to the north and I attempted a flight photo, but failed. Its wing shape and flight pattern was not falcon-like; the wing tips were rounded and wingbeat was not rapid like that of a falcon. The small size of the bird was most impressive."

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Date: 7/26/20 9:50 am
From: Marge and Don Thornton via groups.io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White Munia
This note is a little late in getting out, but it may still be of some interest.  Our backyard feeders have been busy with Hooded Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches.  We also get some semi regular visits from Munia. Last Thursday afternoon there were mostly finches, but there was a very unusual, all white bird with them.  The white bird was smaller than the finches and had the shape and profile of a Scaly-breasted Munia. The eyes had a black appearance and the beak was a light grey, but even the legs were white. Pictures are posted with the checklist:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71840340

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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Virginia Rail (5 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (4)
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 10:00 by Cachuma Lake
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71818821
- Comments: "West end near dam"

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 14:45 by margeNdon thornton
- NCOS-Creekside, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4216121,-119.8790442&ll=34.4216121,-119.8790442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71819480
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In the reeds south of the bridge. Mostly a rufous brown, grey on the head with brown center stripe and black around the orangish eye. Beak bi-colored, black above and dark orange below."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 18:20 by Susanne Meyer
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71827612
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird on south side of Phelps bridge"

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 08:25 by Andrew McGrath
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71806601
- Comments: "Continuing bird in reeds south of Phelps creek bridge"

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 06:50 by James Chapman
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71807299
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Rusty brown rail with gray cheeks."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 06:50 by George Chapman
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71807298
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Rusty brown rail with gray cheeks and long bill. One on north side of the Phelps bridge and one on south side, as previously reported by Libby Patten."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2020 14:20 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Ynez River Estuary, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "One seen from 35th St looking up the channelbut details were difficult to get due to heat waves. Another seen at Ocean Beach Park. Probably the same individual."

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Date: 7/25/20 3:27 pm
From: Phila Rogers <philajane...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager at SBMNH today
Could this be a migrating male who is losing its mating plumage?. Does seem
a bit early but I heard a calling tanager at Oak Park this morning.
The big flocks of elegant terns remind me of similar flocks in Berkeley
along the shoreline near the approach to the Bay Bridge. Phila Rogers

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> I had a young male In my backyard yesterday (adjacent to Ellwood bluff).
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Date: 7/25/20 2:11 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Gaviota Hot Springs list and Alisal Rd. continuing Northern Parula
I birded Gaviota Hot Springs area from the parking area up to the hots springs. Nothing unusual but a decent list of expected birds. List here:

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On the way back to Buellton I stopped by the Alisal Rd. Northern Parula spot, the bird continues.

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Date: 7/25/20 1:22 pm
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Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Elegant Tern update
Thanks very much for the tern reports. I went 10-11am and saw 200-250 at the outfall and concurrently 250-300 on the sandspit. Also at the outfall were 24 Skimmers, 24 LB Curlews, 6 Willets, 5 Marbled Godwits, 5 Whimbrels, 2 BB Plovers, a Least Sandpiper, 2 Heerman's Gulls, 10 Western Gulls, and 2 Brown Pelicans. Barn Swallows are abundant and feeding young at the nearby creeklet.
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Date: 7/25/20 12:53 pm
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Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager at SBMNH today
I had a young male In my backyard yesterday (adjacent to Ellwood bluff).
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Date: 7/25/20 11:04 am
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Elegant Tern update
I went down to the Harbor area early this morning to see what might be hanging around and found that the tern flock (at least 200-300 of it) had moved to the sandspit.  They kept coming back to that spot even when disturbed by a pair of walkers and a fisherman.  I watched adults fly in with small fish in their bills and home right in on their own chicks.  With them were 2 Black Skimmers and 1 Caspian Tern.  Other birds on the spit were Brown  Pelicans, Western Gulls, Heerman's Gulls, and a ratty-looking gull that may have been a first-year Glaucous-winged Gull.  More Pelicans and several Double-crested Cormorants were roosting on the dredge, and there were 2 Great Blue Herons fishing on the west side of the breakwater.
I had no shorebirds on the sandspit, but there were several Whimbrels on the beach in front of the yacht club, along with a few Long-billed Curlews.  A pair of Willets kept flying around the breakwater without ever landing.  Three smaller birds flew past the outer edge of the breakwater and I had trouble getting on them before they were gone, but one was definitely a Black Turnstone.  The other two were slightly larger and very dark gray on the back and the breast.  There are two possibilities:  Surfbirds or Wandering Tattlers. It would be early but not out of bounds for each.  Based on my impression of the bills, which appeared to be fairly long and straight, they may have been Tattlers.
I did not see any terns at the Mission Creek outfall while driving by, but they could have been there out of my range of view.
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Date: 7/25/20 10:38 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager at SBMNH today
I was surprised to see a Western Tanager calling from the top of a sycamore
along Mission Creek on the Museum's main campus this morning. Without
binoculars, I couldn't make out the plumage, just a silhouette against the
gray sky. I have been outdoors on the site almost daily for the past 6
weeks and this is the first one I've heard. Perhaps an early fall
migrant--earliest date from Lehman is 4 July, with a few other records
mid-month.

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Date: 7/24/20 11:29 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Virginia Rail (2 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)
- Reported Jul 24, 2020 19:59 by Linus Blomqvist
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71793222
- Media: 4 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "One reported from here earlier today. I saw two at the same time. Rail with long-ish slightly curved bill, orange breast, gray cheek and striped back. Also heard high-pitched shriek and a metallic chi-di."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 24, 2020 10:56 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen in the near reeds looking down from the Phelps Creek bridge (toward the south). No vocalizations were heard. (See photo.)"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2020 11:00 by Bernice Hilton
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Known bird, near mouth of estuary. Roosting on log , near 5 Snowy Egrets on adjacent log."

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Date: 7/24/20 3:08 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cacophony at East Beach
Joan Lentz and I went down to East Beach this morning to check the Mission Creek outfall for shorebirds.  What we found was an Elegant Tern fest the likes of which I have not seen before in Santa Barbara County.  At first glance, I thought there were at least 200 terns perched in two main groups; however, when I painstakingly counted them, the number was around 550!  The birds were active and noisy, and included adults and juveniles. Casual beach walkers spooked the flocks a couple of times, but they soon settled back into one or two locations.  It was simply amazing and I had a hard time tearing my eyes from them to see what else was around.
In addition to the terns, were had 27 Black Skimmers, several Western Gulls, a few Heerman's gulls (adults and 2 dark immatures), and a California Gull.  Large shorebirds were also present in modest numbers (Joan has the count), ranging in order from most to least:  Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Whimbrels, and one Marbled Godwit.  The only small shorebird we could find was a single Least Sandpiper.
I scanned through the tern flock thoroughly with my scope and could not turn up any other tern species apart from Elegant, though that is not to say there couldn't have been something else with them.  If they stick around, it will be worthwhile to keep checking on this flock.
We also went to the Bird Refuge where we saw mostly expected species.  Special treats were Pied-billed Grebe chicks and Ruddy Ducklings.  We also had a fly-by of 2 Green Herons, which have been scarce this year.
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Date: 7/24/20 1:22 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Backyard - Lawrence's Goldfinch
A male Lawrence's Goldfinch appeared at my feeder today, his worn summer plumage showing fairly extensive yellow.  Always a treat when they show up!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/50148432563/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 7/24/20 11:23 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp Bluffs Ravens
Carpinteria Bluffs, Friday morning, July 24, 2020

This morning there was a Common Raven perched in a euc at the southern edge of the Bluffs. As I watched it, it flew to another tree and joined a second Raven already perched there. Ravens are seen on the Bluffs now and then; what I thought was special was that this sighting involved a (mated?) pair.

I put two pictures on eBird CHECKLIST S71779949 one, a distant shot of the first bird. The other is a long shot taken from the western parking lot to show you the tree in which the pair was perched. I do not know if they nested in that tree or anywhere on the Bluffs, although it would not be the first time we've had nesting Ravens there.

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Date: 7/23/20 11:08 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Snowy Plover (nivosus) (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2020 11:51 by Libby Patten
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Heard squeaky call notes and it occasionally popped out from reeds south of Phelps creek bridge. Couldn’t get a picture, but added a sound file (with some nearby construction noise). Pretty noisy bird. Vocalization style seems to indicate an immature bird, although its bill was a dark orange, more typical of an adult."

Snowy Plover (nivosus) (Charadrius nivosus nivosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2020 06:55 by Lisa Stratton
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
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Date: 7/22/20 10:51 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 08:32 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71733014
- Comments: "Calling for about 8 sec from the channel."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 07:50 by margeNdon thornton
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71731849
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Medium sized egret, darker on back ; front, neck and head lighter, all tinged pink, well defined whitish eyering, pinkish beak with black tip."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 11:15 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71727506
- Comments: "Immature, facial pattern emerging. On the airport side of the bridge"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 10:59 by Hans Spiecker
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71726897
- Comments: "With BCNHs, continuing"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 08:32 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71733014
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "I’m not sure about this bird. The best photos are flight shots from a video. The bird was grayish. In my opinion, my photos of the bill, the chin, and the leg length are not definitive. Other opinions sought."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 06:25 by Mark Holmgren
- Old Hwy 101- 34.5280 -120.1912, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.528038,-120.191206&ll=34.528038,-120.191206
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71734758
- Comments: "Singing loudly for 5 min, it moved S 200m to 34.52739 -120.18921 where it sang a few times, then the song faded away over the mountain and was not heard again. I did not get a recording. It did not respond to playback. The most similar song of our locals would have been Black-headed Grosbeak. It differed in its explosiveness, the phrases ran into each other and were not punctuated by a slight pause. I did not detect any call notes accompanying the song."

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Date: 7/22/20 5:45 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Santa Maria Riv Estuary
I birded the SMRE this morning. The most noteworthy event was what I did
not see--none of the tens of 1000s of Sooty Shearwaters that we formerly
saw off the western coast of SB Co.
A child gleefully chased and cleared the estuary mouth of birds as I
arrived to scope the berm and estuary so I barely found a single sandpiper.

But, I may have seen a fresh juvenile *Yellow-crowned Night-Heron*. It was
tough to get decent photos. The bird was in two places along the section
of the channel that is closest to the entrance road. One cannot park a car
and observe along the entrance road, but you can park in the county park
and walk back up the road. Photos attached here; notes and photos on my
eBird checklist.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71733014
If this is correctly identified, this may be our first North County
record. A couple of YcNH have been at Morro Bay for at least a year now.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

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Date: 7/22/20 10:48 am
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] UCSB Beaches
I walked the UCSB Beaches this morning, when we again had a very early minus tide.  Consequently, conditions were good and I found a nice assortment of birds in spite of a loose dog on the east-facing beach.  It put to flight a lot of things, but I pulled out 3 Long-billed Curlews, 4 Whimbrels, and 5 Greater Yellowlegs from the birds it disturbed.  On the ricks at Campus Point, there were 8 Least Sandpipers, a Semi-palmated Plover, and three Black Turnstones.  The south facing beaches and the sand below the bluffs had a good-sized mixed flock of small shorebirds.  The most numerous were the SP Plovers (30 or so).  Also present were about a dozen Sanderlings, a few Western Sandpipers, and 10 more Least Sandpipers.  Further along the beach, there was a single Black-bellied Plover.  Near the Lagoon outfall, there were 2 Whimbrel.  The UCSB Lagoon was pretty dull. The only shorebirds there were a few Black-necked Stilts.
I stopped at Goleta Beach, where the only shorebird found was a single Willet resting with the Western Gulls on the mud spit in the channel.  With the Gulls were 2 Caspian Terns.
I apparently missed something in regard to Willets.  Why are "Western Willets" showing up as rare birds in eBird reports?  I presume that the proposed split between Eastern and Western Willet is finally official (AOS), but if that is the case, wouldn't "Western Willet" be the expected species here and therefore not reportable as rare?
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Date: 7/21/20 10:33 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Willet (Western) (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (12)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 18:14 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71712421
- Comments: "Counted by 1s. One female with 6 young and 5 in a separate group that drifted over into SLO co. Plain brown medium-sized Aythya with white bellies, smudgy white on face, rounded heads. Lacked prominent white patch on front of head. Young birds actively diving with female in SBco."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (12)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 18:14 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71712422
- Comments: "Counted by 1s. One female with 6 young and 5 in a separate group that drifted over into SLO co. Plain brown medium-sized Aythya with white bellies, smudgy white on face, rounded heads. Lacked prominent white patch on front of head. Young birds actively diving with female in SBco."

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (3)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 07:40 by Susanne Meyer
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71710053
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Heard at least 3 vocalizations from different areas, some closer by, some further away. Recorded one, unfortunately with airplane noise in the background"

Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata inornata) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 09:34 by Catherine Steinberg
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71686406
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Two birds, overall grayish plumage, white lateral stripe I'm wings when in flight, bluish gray legs, photos to add."

Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata inornata) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 09:34 by Sandrine Biziaux-Scherson
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71697562
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Two birds, overall grayish plumage, white lateral stripe I'm wings when in flight, bluish gray legs, photos to add."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 08:03 by Laurel S Luby
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71706199
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen from bike path across from bushes behind park residence. Grayish back, large black bill. Photo attached"

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Date: 7/21/20 11:38 am
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Returning COP shorebirds
Rob beat me to the punch with posting!  I too was at Sand Beach & Coal Oil Point this morning between 7-9 a.m.  Low tide was -0.9 before dawn but there still was a lot of exposed wet sand for walking and for bird foraging.   My totals were similar to Rod's but I did cover more territory to the west as I walked all the way to the next point and back and didn't go east around Coal Oil Point to Isla Vista.  Here are some differences:
I had fewer Long-billed Curlews and Whimbrels, and no Yellowlegs, Black Turnstones, or Willet.  I had 40 Black-bellied Plovers in various stages of undress from breeding plumage.  I had about the same number of Western and Least Sandpipers, 25 or more Semi-Palmated Plovers, and at least a dozen Sanderlings ( nice to see some with Rusty heads and necks).  I missed the Caspian Tern but had at least 1 California Gull fly by. I too saw a Least Tern flying by, the first one I've seen at this location this summer.
Florence Sanchez
On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 09:17:16 AM PDT, Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> wrote:

7/21, 7:30-9:00 am

Walked the beach around COP from the west end of Isla Vista to well into the plover reserve and was pleasantly surprised by the number and diversity of shorebirds on the beach. Only have rough numbers for most species.
25 Long-billed Curlew
20 Whimbrel
3 Willet
1 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Black Turnstone
15 Black-bellied Plover
20 Semipalmated Plover
2 Sanderling
15 Western Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
Many Snowy Plovers scattered all over the preserve area
Many Western Gull
15 Heerman's Gull (2 Juvenile)
1 Caspian Tern flying over
1 Least Tern (on the beach near where Devereaux Slough drains in winter)

The sand critters have had a couple of months to replenish their numbers so I suspect this area will be thick with shorebirds in a few weeks.

That's all,
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Date: 7/21/20 9:17 am
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Returning COP shorebirds
7/21, 7:30-9:00 am

Walked the beach around COP from the west end of Isla Vista to well into the plover reserve and was pleasantly surprised by the number and diversity of shorebirds on the beach. Only have rough numbers for most species.
25 Long-billed Curlew
20 Whimbrel
3 Willet
1 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Black Turnstone
15 Black-bellied Plover
20 Semipalmated Plover
2 Sanderling
15 Western Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
Many Snowy Plovers scattered all over the preserve area
Many Western Gull
15 Heerman's Gull (2 Juvenile)
1 Caspian Tern flying over
*1 Least Tern* (on the beach near where Devereaux Slough drains in winter)

The sand critters have had a couple of months to replenish their numbers so I suspect this area will be thick with shorebirds in a few weeks.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

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Date: 7/19/20 10:12 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (3 reports)

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Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2020 15:30 by Bradley Hacker
- 1100 Vereda Ciervo, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4583,-119.9145&ll=34.4583,-119.9145
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71647612
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Calling from avocado orchard on east side of Tecolote Canyon. Bad recording in the wind."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2020 13:28 by Mark Holmgren
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71651064
- Comments: "Bird near beach berm. Distant view through scope so not seen well. But this appeared to be the same bird that’s been present here and that I saw on 2 July."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 13:45 by Liam Hampl
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71636426
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 13:45 by Kilian Hampl
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

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Date: 7/19/20 6:33 pm
From: Larry Ballard via groups.io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
A hatch year/juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron showed up in Carp today. It was roosting in the channel that goes under the railroad tracks near the Carpinteria Ave. offramp but may eventually show up on Franklin Creek.Larry BallardCarpinteria CA

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Date: 7/18/20 9:41 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Willet (Western) (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata inornata) (2)
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 09:34 by Bruce Aird
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71609142
- Comments: "Two birds, overall grayish plumage, white lateral stripe I'm wings when in flight, bluish gray legs, photos to add."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 10:17 by David Compton
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71606729
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 06:10 by John Callender
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71609483
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing dark morph."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2020 19:05 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird in brush East of bridge"

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Date: 7/18/20 3:48 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
Thanks to the several people who replied directly to me. Yes, they're Sanderlings. Fixed in the eBird list.

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Date: 7/18/20 3:05 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
Hm. Looking at the photos again, I'm now wondering if the "Baird's" were Sanderlings.

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Date: 7/18/20 3:00 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
I was there this morning as well, and had better luck getting views of the shorebirds, I think because I started earlier (shortly after 6 a.m.). I realize that's before the park's official opening time of 8, so maybe that's frowned upon? I've done the same in the past without problems, but that could be more luck than anything else. In any event, I was the only person there when I started, and was able to get decent looks at shorebirds feeding on both sides of the railroad bridge, though later, as more people arrived, they moved further away. The highlight was five birds I'm calling Baird's Sandpipers, though they did seem chunkier than I expected and I'd appreciate feedback if people are willing to look at my (poor) photos. They were mixed in with the peeps on the west side of the railroad bridge across from the viewing platform. Four of them took off together and flew south down the coast while I was watching them; the fifth was still there when I left that side of the tracks around 9 a.m.

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https://ebird.org/checklist/S71609490 - Surf Beach

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Date: 7/18/20 2:39 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SYRE and Surf
I visited the Santa Ynez River estuary (Ocean Park) and Surf beach today.
My feeling is that shorebirding at the estuary is going to be frustrating
this fall migration. There were about 100 peeps there (mostly, if not all,
WESTERN SANDPIPERS), and they were close enough for ID for about 5 minutes
of the time I was there, spending the rest of the time north of the island,
where they were shielded from view and/or too far to ID. Not a ton of
birds overall, either: a couple of WILLETS, maybe 15 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
and of course KILLDEER and SNOWY PLOVER. The REDDISH EGRET was in easy view
west of the island when I arrived, but soon flew upriver. After a walk to
the west side of the railroad tracks, I couldn't refind the egret. Only one
LEAST TERN around, but there was a flock of 10 CASPIANS about.

Later, I visited Surf Beach, where I did a sea watch from just west of the
tracks. There was a nice size feeding frenzy within a mile of shore, with
bunches of gulls, pelicans, and cormorants around a pod of common dolphins.
Two humpback whales were closer to shore than I think I have seen this
species. It appeared two more were well off to the northwest, where I was
lucky enough to see one breeching. Five or six PIGEON GUILLEMOTS were
scattered about in the water. No other alcids. I had one each of PACIFIC
and COMMON LOON.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 7/18/20 10:11 am
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Elings Park, Saturday
5 Lawrence's Goldfinches were a welcome sight and sound this morning on the south side of the park, presumably a wandering family party. Blue Grosbeaks continue. The summering male is still singing intermittently, and there has been a female for at least a couple of weeks now; I've seen them together on a couple of occasions. I'm not sure if they're up to something.
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Date: 7/17/20 9:32 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2020 13:58 by Jamie Chavez
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71581251
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing imm seen at the mouth of the estuary. Pinkish and gray egret with long bi-colored bill. Often feeding with wings spread. Solitary"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 08:15 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Heavy, black bill, cheeks beginning to be white, feathers on back dark grey with light edges."

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Date: 7/17/20 8:25 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via groups.io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Fledgling Hermit Thrush @ Kinevan Rd.
There was a fledgling Hermit Thrush at the 'new' bridge on Kinevan Rd. yesterday morning (Thurs).  Although Hermit Thrushes have been heard singing in this area during this and previous breeding seasons, there doesn't appear to have been any previous direct evidence reported of breeding success at this location (Lehman's BOSBC).

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Date: 7/17/20 5:21 pm
From: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mission Creek Outflow this morning
Hi All:
Seeing Mark Holmgren’s list from this location, I was inspired to have a look. Marilyn Harding was with me. The large shorebirds are there! We had 40 Long-billed Curlews, a smattering of Willets, some Whimbrels. I include my list, which was interrupted when a traffic officer started to check cars for permits. I think if you go earlier, you won’t be fined, but around 11 a.m., she’s out giving tickets.
There’s a big lagoon down there now, and you can count birds by walking up onto the sand berm (right next to the skate board park).
Noted 25 summering Black Skimmers.

Good birding!
Joan Lentz
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Date: 7/17/20 3:26 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Request for White-eyed Vireo documentation
As there has been at least 1 White-eyed Vireo in our area this year, I forward this message from the California Bird Records Committee. If you have documentation and have not already done so, please consider submitting it.


>> 1a.
>> CBRC review and request for documentation
>> From: Thomas Benson <mailto:<tbenson...>?subject=Re:%20CBRC%20review%20and%20request%20for%20documentation>
>> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:53:06 PDT
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>> California birders,
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>> In mid August the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records for which we have yet to receive documentation. If you have any documentation to submit for these records (or for any other White-eyed Vireo, Worm-eating Warbler, or Kentucky Warbler seen this spring or summer), please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you.
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>> Tom
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>> Thomas A. Benson
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>> Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
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>> 2020-053 White-eyed Vireo, 24 May 2020, Patterson Pass, ALA
>> 2020-044 Worm-eating Warbler Warbler, 16 May 2020, South Fork Clear Creek, SHA
>> 2020-041 Kentucky Warbler, 10-11 May 2020, Lake Tamarisk Golf Club, RIV
>> 2020-056 Kentucky Warbler, 27 May 2020, Grasslands Regional Park, YOL
>> 2020-064 Kentucky Warbler, 14 Jun 2020, Old Womans Creek, SM
>> 2020-060 Cape May Warbler, 5 Jun 2020, Southeast Farallon Island, SF
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>> What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC? Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email (<secretary...> <mailto:<secretary...>), or by using the online submission form (http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html <http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html>).
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>> Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit? That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email.
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>> Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present.
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Date: 7/17/20 3:21 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Elwood and NCOS today
I walked the upper end of NCOS today and continued on into the Ellwood area as far as Santa Barbara Shores Road.  Not much was happening.  NCOS has some areas that might be good for shorebirds, but so far the birds aren't there.  Besides a few Black-necked Stilts, the only shorebirds seen were a singls Greater Yellowlegs that made a short touch-down at the dwindling north pond, and a single Western Sandpiper feeding at the slough's edge where Devereux Creek comes in.
My goal in the Ellwood area was to see if I could pick up the Baltimore Oriole that was photographed near Santa Barbara Shores Road.  I also tried this spot on Tuesday without success, though I did hear a suspicious call note.  One problem with birding this spot is our current overcast weather.  Orioles forage here rather high up in the eucalyptus trees and with the gray skies, there is just no color contrast and it's very hard to identify the gray-black silhouettes among the leaves.  This situation was the same this morning.  Both days, I've managed to clearly see a couple of Hooded Orioles but anything else is conjecture.  Today I had no suspicious Baltimore-type call, but there was a Bullock's Oriole in the trees--I know its chattering call notes quite well, very different  from Hooded. 
Other than that, the area was very quiet bird-wise, though I ended up picking 5 species of Woodpecker as I walked.  They have been doing a lot of wood cutting in the area, especially west of Coronado Drive.  The riparian vegetation around the puddle remains untouched but to the west, several trees have been cut back and I found other spots in the vicinity that had also been trimmed.  We will have to see what effect this has on fall migrants.
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Date: 7/17/20 9:27 am
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Nazca Booby at East Anacapa, not Santa Cruz Island
Hi folks,

A Nazca Booby reported to a Santa Cruz Island eBird hotspot two days ago
turned out to have been photographed at East Anacapa Island, "between the
rock outcrop and the lighthouse." If it helps, the location was also said
to be "near the lower area of rock where the white poop ended."

I've asked that the observers move the booby sighting to a list in Ventura
County. But for now, a photo can be seen on one of two lists:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71534111
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71530682

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Date: 7/17/20 9:07 am
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bridge Repair at LLC
Fyi: The bridge at Lake Los Carneros is closed for repair. Time estimate is 1-2 years.

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Date: 7/16/20 9:19 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Nazca Booby (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jul 16, 2020 13:07 by Mark Holmgren
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71554849
- Comments: "The male of the apparent pair was more diagnosable than the female. Male showed small duck size, white spot on the sides of the dark butt, black spots on cinnamon sides, greenish speculum, faint white crescent on face, and a black bill. The female stuck close to the male, was small dark and that’s about all I saw of it. Seen by scope at the NE corner of the lagoon about 225m from my view point."

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 15:46 by Kendra Kocab
- Prisoner's and Scorpion's harbors transfer (inshore), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71534111
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Full breeding plumage, will post pict. Sorry to see only one leg, located inside cove."

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 16, 2020 09:20 by Susanne Meyer
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "small dove with pink based bill in avocado orchard far up the road on ground behind fence. Photos taken from the road"

Nazca Booby (Sula granti) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 15:46 by Kendra Kocab
- Prisoner's and Scorpion's harbors transfer (inshore), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Will post Pict."

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Date: 7/16/20 8:14 pm
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] 3 Kingfishers at Goleta Slough
Here's the checklist with the three Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Slough on
July 14: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71499191
One photo so far.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta



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> I'm not sure how interesting this is to others, but I observed three
> Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Slough on July 14. Looks like a family.
>
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Date: 7/16/20 8:11 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] 3 Kingfishers at Goleta Slough
I'm not sure how interesting this is to others, but I observed three Belted
Kingfishers at Goleta Slough on July 14. Looks like a family.

Betsy Mooney
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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=
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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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Date: 7/16/20 7:51 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Devereux and Goleta Beach
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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Date: 7/16/20 10:15 am
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] unusual cormorant
Rob,

While at this time of year fresh juv DCCO can look rather similar to NECOs,
it would be good to get better photos. Did you actually see it next to a
DCCO to confirm it was in fact the same size? I don't get the impression
that this bird is a juv, but can't be sure.

Regards,

Nick

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> Franklin Creek, Thursday morning, July 16, 2020
>
> There was a cormorant here this morning that gave me pause. I’ve posted
> an image at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/59729301@N05/50119532156/in/dateposted-public/
> .
>
> It’s probably a juvenile Double-crested but it has a white fringe, like a
> chin-strap, around the underside of its beak. Made me think it may be
> harboring some Neotropic DNA. But, size and other features are
> Double-crested.
>
> Please have a look at the image and let e know what you think. Thanks,
>
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Date: 7/16/20 8:32 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] unusual cormorant
Franklin Creek, Thursday morning, July 16, 2020

There was a cormorant here this morning that gave me pause. I’ve posted an image at https://www.flickr.com/photos/59729301@N05/50119532156/in/dateposted-public/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/59729301@N05/50119532156/in/dateposted-public/>.

It’s probably a juvenile Double-crested but it has a white fringe, like a chin-strap, around the underside of its beak. Made me think it may be harboring some Neotropic DNA. But, size and other features are Double-crested.

Please have a look at the image and let e know what you think. Thanks,

Rob Denholtz
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Date: 7/16/20 7:06 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Arrival
LB Curlew. Carp salt marsh.

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Date: 7/16/20 6:29 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellowlegs
New arrival. Gr. Yellowlegs carp salt marsh.

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Date: 7/15/20 9:01 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Nazca Booby (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Cooper's Hawk (2 reports)

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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 15:46 by Teresa Connell
- Prisoner's and Scorpion's harbors transfer (inshore), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.055575,-119.5945501&ll=34.055575,-119.5945501
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71530682
- Comments: "Full breeding plumage, will post pict. Sorry to see only one leg, located inside cove."

Nazca Booby (Sula granti) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 15:46 by Teresa Connell
- Prisoner's and Scorpion's harbors transfer (inshore), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.055575,-119.5945501&ll=34.055575,-119.5945501
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71530682
- Comments: "Will post Pict."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 08:03 by Tom Beland
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71520377
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen from bike path across from bushes behind park residence. Grayish back, large black bill. Photo attached"

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 10:19 by Kendra Kocab
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
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- Comments: "Heard calling above the harbor in repeated single notes."

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2020 10:19 by Teresa Connell
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
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- Comments: "Heard calling above the harbor in repeated single notes."

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Date: 7/15/20 6:56 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River Mouth July 15
I birded the estuary at mid-morning today and found it worth the drive from Santa Barbara.  It took some looking to run down the shorebirds, but they were around.  Most were on the mudflats on the ocean side of the railroad trestle.
I think the best shorebirds today was a group of 10 Short-billed Dowitchers, most still in good breeding plumage.  I was able to get a good look at them and determined that the red on the underparts did not extend all the way under the tail (though at least two were obviously molting and had lost much of the red color on the underparts).  None showed Long-billed's  vertical barring on the flanks.  The final ID clincher came when the flock took flight and I heard their distinctive short "tu-tu" call, a lot like that of a Lesser Yellowlegs.
Other shorebirds included 4 Greater Yellowlegs, a dozen Semi-palmated Plovers, 1 Kildeer, and a Black-bellied Plover I heard call frequently but could never locate.  The most abundant shorebirds were Western Sandpipers.  I located a flock of 35 on the mudflats west of the trestle and was able to peruse most of them closely.  I could not pull out any candidates for Semi-palmated Sandpiper from the group.  Then something spoked the flock and they took to the air, and from all over the mudflats came others to join them until there were at least 100 circling and swarming around for a long time.  Also, right after my arrival, I spotted a group of 6 Long-billed Curlews flying up the channel, coming to rest somewhere out of sight.
Other birds seen included the continuing juvenile Reddish Egret, first seen well up the channel.  A little later it flew downstream over the trestle and I relocated it working a small channel of the main one near the estuary mouth.  A few snowy Egrets and Two Great Egrets were working the channel opposite the parking lot.  I had one Caspian Tern today and eventually 3 Least Terns showed up.  In the water was a nice group of 10 Pied-billed Grebes and several Cormorants rested on the snags.  Surprisingly, there were no gulls or pelicans roosting on the beach at the estuary mouth as there have been on my two previous visits.
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Date: 7/14/20 8:50 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2020 10:07 by Rebecca Coulter
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71490666
- Comments: "Singing in avocado orchard on the east side of the road about 1/4 mile north of the Reservoir."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2020 16:46 by Peter Schneekloth
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71502443
- Comments: "Egret, chalky reddish and blue tones overall, reddish bill, continuing bird."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2020 14:50 by Betsy Mooney
- Goleta Beach Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4173939,-119.8280364&ll=34.4173939,-119.8280364
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71499191
- Comments: "Juvenile to left of observation deck on opposite shore."

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Date: 7/14/20 2:39 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Of general Interest
I picked up this tidbit in the Field Guides Newsletter today.  Though it does not pertain to Santa Barbara County directly, I believe listers in general might like to know.  (And I seem to recall a posting about a Mexican Duck or hybrid in the last couple of years,  perhaps at Devereux?)
Well, it's official! After many decades of doubt, ornithologists have decided to retire the very idea of Northwestern Crow. With publication of an important study, the AOS in its most recent Supplement to the AOS Check-list of North American Birds has decided that Northwestern Crow is not even a diagnosable subspecies. It is safe to say that no one who has birded on the "edges" of this bird's small range would be surprised, as so many individuals seem to be intermediate between American and Northwestern over large areas. By the same token, many decades of research were needed to prove a similarly obvious situation: that Mexican Duck is a valid species, not a subspecies of Mallard. So hopefully your U.S. life list count remains unchanged by the check-list update!

--Field Guides Newsletter for July 2020
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Date: 7/13/20 9:17 pm
From: Eric Culbertson <ebc101...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Chestnut-sided warbler
A chestnut-sided warbler was a real surprise foraging high in a neighbors black locust this evening. I had been watching several species feed begging young in the yard (including a cowbird being tended by a hooded oriole). The bird stayed high and I easily lost it just a few minutes after spotting it.

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Date: 7/13/20 8:40 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Hermit Thrush (1 report)
- Northern Parula (2 reports)

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Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 08:07 by David Blue
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71416776
- Comments: "Heard a single bird singing repeatedly, and seen very briefly, after the first right curve coming downstream from the t-intersection at the end of the road (34.5068150, -119.8241901). A beautiful ethereal song beginning with a long whistle followed by two or three higher phrases then fading at end. Will upload audio later."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (2)
- Reported Jul 13, 2020 09:25 by Lori Gaskin
- 1597–2803 Alisal Rd, Goleta US-CA 34.53982, -120.16208, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.539817,-120.162081&ll=34.539817,-120.162081
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71442568
- Comments: "At (34.53988 -120.16248). Found originally in sycamore on south side of road across small field. Flew across road from south to north landing close to north side of road in bay tree. Soon thereafter a chase between this male and a bird with white belly and blue-gray wings was seen by both observers. We believe this second bird was also a NOPA."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (2)
- Reported Jul 13, 2020 09:25 by Mark Holmgren
- 1597–2803 Alisal Rd, Goleta US-CA 34.53982, -120.16208, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.539817,-120.162081&ll=34.539817,-120.162081
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- Comments: "At (34.53988 -120.16248). Found originally in sycamore on south side of road across small field. Flew across road from south to north landing close to north side of road in bay tree. Soon thereafter a chase between this male and a bird with white belly and blue-gray wings was seen by both observers. We believe we are correct in assuming this was also a NOPA."

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Date: 7/13/20 7:03 pm
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] incoming birds
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted), Monday morning, July 13, 2020

FOS Willets and Black-bellied sandpipers in the lagoon at the outflow of the Santa Monica Creek.

Rob Denholtz
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Date: 7/13/20 6:52 pm
From: Cruz Phillips via groups.io <cruzitas=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White-crowned sparrow
I have a white crowned sparrow at my feeder this evening.  My first July record.   I am not sure if I am right, but I use a few field marks to guess on WC sparrows.  First, this one has light lores.  I have always just looked at two things: Pugetensis is yellow bill and back feathers with dark brown centers and tan edges.  Gambelli is orange bill and back feathers with dark reddish brown and light grey edges.  Using my system this is   a "pugetensis" .   But I am not sure I can separate it from the coastal one.   They are not in my system.  From what I have read Nuttall's has back feathers with dark brown and grey feather edges, and they have a short primary projection.  I think that rules out this bird.  I can send pics if someone wants to see them.  Otherwise I think I have a female pugetensis at my feeder.
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Date: 7/12/20 8:29 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (2 reports)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)
- Northern Parula (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 10:29 by Joan Lentz
- Goleta Beach Park, Goleta US-CA 34.41727, -119.82845, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.417271,-119.828445&ll=34.417271,-119.828445
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71397256
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen on north bank from viewing platform, then flew to near bank under bushes where difficult to see but perched foraging there. Noted dark crown, some white coming encircling the bottom of the cheek. Otherwise streaky appearance on front, although back is beginning to be all grayish. Not sure of age but probably not a juvenile, although immature."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 09:06 by Mark Holmgren
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71375745
- Comments: "Two heard singing simultaneously from different locations near the upstream end of Kinevan Road.  Prior to that we heard a singing bird at about the mid-point of Kinevan Rd.  On this basis we believed there were three singing birds present."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 09:06 by Conor McMahon
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71375059
- Comments: "Two heard singing simultaneously from different locations near the upstream end of Kinevan Road.  Prior to that we heard a singing bird at about the mid-point of Kinevan Rd.  On this basis we believed there were three singing birds present."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 10:11 by Andrew McGrath
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71398007
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "34.4238, -119.8946 just west of the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road. Deep orange oriole with entirely black head. Seen associating with hooded orioles"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 10:11 by Andrew McGrath
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "34.4238, -119.8946 just west of the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road. Warbler with blue head and back and yellow underside. Pointed black bill. Spots of orange on throat. Unfortunately did not call nor stay visible long enough for photo. Flirting around understory/fallen log"

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Date: 7/12/20 3:54 pm
From: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach this morning
Hi All:
Like everybody else, I’m waiting for returning shorebirds and not having much luck. Marilyn Harding and I had a pleasant hour at Goleta Beach. Only shorebird was a Long-billed Curlew, but we saw a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON which flew from behind the ranger’s residence to the bank directly opposite the viewing platform, then flew to the near bank east of us, but underneath the bushes. We were able, however, to get the scope on it & the bird was down near the shore taking advantage of the lower tide to forage. Looks to be a little older than a juvenile, perhaps now into its second year? Since I’ve not seen the bird that everyone else has commented on, I can’t tell if this is another individual or the continuing bird, although I suspect the latter.
Also of interest were two juvenile PEREGRINE FALCONS perched on the crane across from the entrance road (thanks to John Storrer who pointed those out to us). We recalled seeing an adult here on July 9, so these must be local breeders.
An OSPREY visited, and there were three Belted Kingfishers sitting on the wire over the lagoon (family group?) Many Black-necked Stilts and Snowy Egrets fed in the channel, 95 Western Gulls resting on the sandbar. No other species of gull.
The contrast with Devereux was stark, and it pointed up the difference between a tidal estuary and one that’s blocked, alas. As I recall, last summer we had water in Devereux through the month of July, but this year there just wasn’t enough rain.
Always better to be out birding even if it's slow!

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Santa Barbara
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Date: 7/12/20 12:32 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Alisal Road - Northern Parula continues
I made a quick stop to see if the Northern Parula was still hanging out west of Nojoqui Park and sure enough he's still there. I watched him forage for about 10 minutes near the now dry creek which passed under the road. He was in the Oaks and Sycamore but hopes for another bird were not fulfilled.

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Buellton

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Date: 7/11/20 8:10 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 07:58 by John Deacon
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71353596
- Comments: "Ongoing local rarity. Dark morph. Grayish blue overall. Juvenile bird. Similar in height to nearby SNEG. Grayish bird. He did a little of the foraging "dance" typical of this species."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 07:42 by Teale Fristoe
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71352256
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Appeared in west side of island around 8, started foraging a bit around 8:20."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 12:32 by David Compton
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71363127
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing 3Y (about 2 yrs old)"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 10, 2020 16:15 by Michael I Christie
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71362024
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "first summer bird in tree E of access bridge, amid black-crowns (thanks to tip from birder), fs"

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Date: 7/11/20 5:29 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sands Beach / South Devereux yesterday afternoon (Least Tern)
Sorry for the late post but still may be of interest to some, especially those keeping track of returning shorebirds.

Devereux Sough was not quite devoid of avian life forms. There were a few of the expected herons and egrets and some D-C Cormorants, but no Y-C Night-Herons and no Neotropic Cormorant.

Sands Beach was more interesting; almost all the action was on the perhaps 80 meters of sand that currently separates the south end of the slough from the ocean. In addition to the numerous Snowy Plovers, about 8 Semipalmated were mixed in, as were a dozen Black-bellied, two with significant remnants of breeding plumage. There were 15-20 each of Whimbrel and Long-billed Curlew and two Marbled Godwits. Six Western sandpipers were working the surf-line as was one silent Dowitcher. An Osprey paid a brief visit, upsetting the assembled company, including 9 Caspian and 1 Royal Tern that had been roosting together, and one Least Tern that had been intermittently fishing and roosting among the Snowy Plovers.

Good birding to all,
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Santa Barbara

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Date: 7/11/20 3:31 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] South coast birding, Saturday, 11 July
I walked about 100 meters upstream and downstream of the Bates Rd bridge in
Rincon Creek this morning. Lovely walk, and you can more or less keep your
feet dry without rubber boots, at least where I walked. I observed only 3
Chestnut-backed Chickadees, but they're both upstream and downstream and
using both the SB and Ventura sides of the creek. I also had two singing
Swainson's Thrushes, one near the bridge and one upstream. At least one of
the uncommon south coast breeding species is hanging on here (or three, if
you count Warbling Vireo and Western Wood-Pewee).

Early afternoon, I was at Goleta Beach, where one 3Y (about 2 years old)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues, as seen from the bike path. I did not
see a Cattle Egret. Also, no Neotropic Cormorant at Devereux. Just a
handful of peeps here.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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