sbcobirding
Received From Subject
6/21/18 2:18 pm Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys...> [sbcobirding] Green and yellow parakeet like bird in yard
6/20/18 4:13 pm Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys...> [sbcobirding] Jesusita trail Wed. 9-11.
6/20/18 2:18 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Golta birding June 20.
6/20/18 6:11 am Peter Gaede <pgaede...> [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island
6/19/18 9:36 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
6/19/18 5:24 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Bird Quiz -- baby sparrows at Coal Oil Point Reserve
6/19/18 1:33 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Sewage shorebirds 6/19
6/19/18 9:32 am Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Quatal Canyon and other locations, June 18
6/19/18 6:53 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
6/18/18 6:56 pm John Deacon <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon
6/18/18 3:57 pm Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] LeastBittern
6/18/18 10:21 am Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> Re: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
6/18/18 9:55 am Guy Tingos <guytingos...> [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
6/17/18 9:43 pm Don Blackwill <Dblackwi...> Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Park this morning
6/17/18 12:53 pm Barbara Millett <millett12...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Park this morning
6/16/18 8:45 pm John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach / San Miguelito Road today
6/16/18 4:31 pm Robert Lindsay <capnbob...> [sbcobirding] Kite missed
6/15/18 12:13 pm Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Kite Still at the Golf Course
6/15/18 9:10 am Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite
6/15/18 8:20 am Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> Re: [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite thanks
6/15/18 6:44 am Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough
6/14/18 8:03 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite thanks
6/14/18 3:54 pm Ken Hollinga <hollinga...> [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite
6/14/18 12:51 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] about that new stakeout hotspot
6/14/18 11:48 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] dedicated eBird hotspot for Mississippi Kite
6/14/18 9:33 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> Re: [sbcobirding] MS Kite
6/14/18 8:22 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] MS Kite
6/13/18 6:45 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
6/13/18 6:13 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough
6/13/18 5:29 pm Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Kite Karma
6/13/18 2:25 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
6/13/18 2:05 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> Re: [sbcobirding] kite refound
6/13/18 1:50 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] kite refound
6/13/18 11:46 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
6/13/18 11:42 am John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
6/13/18 10:35 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
6/12/18 2:26 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] Prairie Falcon, SYV, 2018-06-11
6/12/18 2:00 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] yardbird pairs and fledglings this week near Franceschi Park
6/12/18 10:52 am Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Beach
6/11/18 7:30 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road June 11, 2018
6/9/18 10:15 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] Cuyama canyons
6/8/18 7:21 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] West Camino Cielo: Santa ynez Peak to Broadcast Peak
6/5/18 11:41 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] Woodpeckers and nectar
6/5/18 10:36 am Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Beach
6/5/18 8:39 am John Deacon <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Found Binoculars in Colson Canyon
6/4/18 7:05 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
6/4/18 6:12 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Baron Ranch Trail
6/4/18 5:05 pm Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
6/4/18 4:16 pm John Deacon <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon
6/4/18 3:09 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
6/4/18 2:06 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
6/3/18 4:27 pm Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] recent sightings around
6/3/18 3:27 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] West Camino Cielo
6/3/18 1:52 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
6/3/18 9:04 am Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Drum Canyon Road - Norther Harrier, Lawrence's Goldfinch
6/2/18 8:41 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] Baron Ranch Trail and Quiota Creek
6/2/18 3:18 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Refugio Canyon
6/2/18 2:36 pm Guy Tingos <guytingos...> [sbcobirding] Hollister Ranch field trip
6/2/18 12:10 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak on East Camino Cielo
6/2/18 11:57 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
6/2/18 11:48 am Phila Rogers <philajane...> Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
6/2/18 10:39 am Tom Miko <tgmiko...> Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
6/2/18 10:08 am Aaron Kreisberg <akberg90...> Re: [sbcobirding] LLC Least Bittern, Refugio
6/1/18 11:02 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] East Camino Cielo and Kinevan this morning, 1 June 2018
6/1/18 8:34 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] West Camino Cielo
6/1/18 8:11 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
6/1/18 4:11 pm Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] YoungGrebes
6/1/18 3:30 pm Dianna <diannaricky...> Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
6/1/18 2:05 pm Bryan <ng1...> [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
5/31/18 1:02 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Nojoqui Park
5/30/18 7:43 pm John Bailey <johngregorybailey...> [sbcobirding] Mocker Update
5/30/18 2:16 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Barka Slough May 29
5/30/18 7:58 am Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> Re: [sbcobirding] LLC Least Bittern, Refugio
5/29/18 5:26 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
5/29/18 3:18 pm Adam Lewis (sbfledgling) <aj.lewis...> [sbcobirding] Phainopepla Yardbird Update
5/29/18 3:12 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
5/29/18 8:29 am John Bailey <johngregorybailey...> [sbcobirding] Mockingbird Behavior
5/28/18 8:44 pm Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
5/28/18 12:52 pm Guy Tingos <guytingos...> [sbcobirding] Coastal Black-chinned Sparrow
5/27/18 10:39 pm Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...> [sbcobirding] LLC Least Bittern, Refugio
5/27/18 1:32 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] No luck finding the Hooded Warbler
5/27/18 11:24 am Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Hooded Warbler
5/27/18 7:54 am Don Blackwill <Dblackwi...> Re: [sbcobirding] Scheffield Reservoir, Bell's Vireo--NOT
5/26/18 3:21 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Late (?) Greater White-fronted Geese
5/26/18 12:12 pm Don Blackwill <Dblackwi...> [sbcobirding] Scheffield Reservoir, Bell's Vireo
5/24/18 7:10 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] Black Swifts Goleta Coast
5/23/18 10:10 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough 5/23/2018
5/23/18 6:10 pm Guy Tingos <guytingos...> [sbcobirding] Some Santa Ynez Valley notables
5/23/18 5:01 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Purple Martins in and around Nojoqui Park
5/22/18 1:50 pm Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Possible nesting Bell’s Sparrow
 
Back to top
Date: 6/21/18 2:18 pm
From: Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Green and yellow parakeet like bird in yard
2 PM Thursday. A medium sized green and yellow parakeet like bird with a red band on its left leg was just flying around our back yard. It let us get close but wouldn't and on my finger. Escaped pet? Why banded? I'll try to send a photo if someone is interested.

Ken

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27080): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27080
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22530725/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/20/18 4:13 pm
From: Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jesusita trail Wed. 9-11.
Lovely cool AM walk and we saw a pair of canyon wrens, down in the creek. Up by the water fountain a pair of phainopepla foraging in what I believe is an elderberry bush. Seemed to be house wrens and spotted towhees all over the place. Did't see a single warbler.
Ken

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27079): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27079
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22481361/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/20/18 2:18 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Golta birding June 20.
I had a couple of hours free this morning, so went down to Goleta Beach to see if I could find the Little Blue Heron. I saw just about every other heron species that frequents the area, but NOT the Little Blue.  Perhaps it was way up the creek channel and may have been visible by walking downcreek from Ward Drive, but I didn't quite have time to do that.  The Peregrine was very much in evidence, flying full speed into a flock of Rock Pigeons that were circling near the pier, causing mass consternation and confusion in the flock.  It did not appear to catch anything.
I then went to the Goleta Sewage Plant, mainly to check out habitat conditions for the shorebirds that will be coming in soon.  Right now, there is no suitable habitat there:  No exposed mud or vegetation in any of the ponds.  I counted only about a dozen Black-necked Stilts, a low total for summer at this location.  Probably better to go here to look for odd ducks or Gulls this migration period, not shorebirds.
The ducks were mostly Mallards, with a few Gadwall and Ruddy Ducks in the mix.  Some of the male Ruddies still have their red breeding plumage.  I also found a single male Cinnamon Teal, still in pretty good color.  A Fulvous Whistling Duck in glorious plumage was resting on the bank between the North and middle ponds.  I assume this is the same bird that moved here from Lake Los Carneros some time ago?  I haven't seen any postings about it in a long time.  Has there been some decision that I'm not privy to that this bird is NOT wild and therefore not worth following up on?
Florence Sanchez

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27078): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27078
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22465742/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/20/18 6:11 am
From: Peter Gaede <pgaede...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island
Hi All:

I made a quick trip out to Scorpion and back yesterday. Highlight was a singing adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, between the first and second campground. A Chipping sparrow was seen and heard singing just past the first picnic area.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27077): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27077
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22449516/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/19/18 9:36 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
Thanks to all of you who sent in your totals today. The webpage has been
updated to show these. Congratulations also go to Rebecca Coulter who has
also joined the ranks of the 400 Club with a couple of recent additions
that put her over the 400 mark. Congratulations Rebecca!

http://www.sbcobirding.com/countylisters.html
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27076): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27076
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22404453/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/19/18 5:24 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bird Quiz -- baby sparrows at Coal Oil Point Reserve
Anybody up for a quiz?
Here are two sparrows, both babies and probably both under parental care,
photographed this morning at Coal Oil Point Reserve. Quiz Baby #1 is
facing left, Quiz Baby #2 (2 photos of this bird) is facing right.
What are they and why?

https://flic.kr/p/JHRoAt
​ and​

https://flic.kr/p/28nJfm6 are bird #2

https://flic.kr/p/28nJeDp is bird #1


Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27075): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27075
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22444833/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/19/18 1:33 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Sewage shorebirds 6/19
I did a quick tour around the ponds at SM Wastewater Treatment Plant this
morning and located a few interesting shorebirds. The first was a
single Long-billed Curlew which is a bit odd for the location. Maybe a tad
early for a fall arrival? Curlews haven't really been seen at the sewage
plant in a long time (that I am aware of). Maybe not since the old sheep
pasture was there many years ago. I also located a single Least Sandpiper
which, according to Lehman, ties the early date for a fall arrival. Not so
unexpected was a Greater Yellowlegs and two Wilson's Phalaropes.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46661085


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27074): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27074
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22436613/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/19/18 9:32 am
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Quatal Canyon and other locations, June 18
I've been waiting for a break in the hot interior weather to go to Quatal Canyon, that fascinating bit of Great Basin-type habitat in SB and Ventura Counties.  I haven't been there in at least 25 years. Yesterday I took advantage of that break and did that.  
Unfortunately, Mid-June maybe a bit too late for optimum birding there (I always did it in Mid-May before).  Bird activity was very low in spite of very pleasant, mild weather and an early start (7:30 a.m. when I turned onto the road).  I had no luck finding Scott's Oriole, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, or Gray Flycatcher (in the pinyon pine zone).  I finally got a couple of Bell's Sparrows on road 106, an ORV track that branches off Quatal Canyon Road somewhere between 7-8 miles and made for good level hiking through the sage-juniper zone back to a canyon.  The pinyon zone was REALLY dead.   I worked the area between miles 9.2-10 very hard but had trouble turning up any birds at all there.
The road up to that point is in good condition and suitable for most passenger cars.  Instead of continuing up the road to its end at Cerro Noreste Road (approx. 14 miles from the start with the last two miles rough, narrow and steep), I decided to retrace my route to see if I could turn up a Scott's Oriole on the way out.  I remember in the past having especially good luck near the ranch at 3350 Quatal Canyon Road, but not this year.  However, I did pick up three Bullock's Orioles at the ranch that's a little more than a mile from the beginning of the road.
From that point, I continued on Highway 33 to 166, then east to Cerro Noreste (Hudson Valley Ranch) Road.  I took this road all the way to Campo Alto at the top of Mt Abel.  This area is birded far less than its companion Mt. Pinos and in my opinion, deserves more attention.  I ate my lunch there and ended up spending another hour and a half just walking through the empty campground and observing the birdlife, which was very active for that time of day.  The usual assortment oaf mountain birds were present, along with a couple of nice surprises:  a PAIR of Townsend's Solitaires opposite campsite 12 (acting very much like a mated pair) and a male Cassin's Finch.  Some nice montane vegetation and wildflowers were in bloom.
Though much of this trip was out of the county, it was a very enjoyable way to get into some really different habitats than we find here and certainly reasonable for a day trip.
Florence Sanchez

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27073): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27073
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22434460/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/19/18 6:53 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
Thank you all. I don't like to toot my own horn so I made to mention of
this in January, but since this has been brought up, some of you might be
wondering what this is all about. At the sbcobirding website there is a
page listing the birders who are at this "400 Club" level or who are in hot
pursuit of it. It's just a game and isn't for everyone but if you would
like to participate just send me your total and a few brief comments as you
see on the page and I will add your name. Some count established introduced
birds and some do not. It is up to you, but counting pheasants, flamingos,
and ostriches are strictly forbidden. If it isn't listed in Paul's Birds of
Santa Barbara County don't include it. If you need to update your total at
any time just send me a message.

http://www.sbcobirding.com/countylisters.html

Jamie Chavez

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:21 AM Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> wrote:

> No sneaking in, Jamie! CONGRATS!!
> Joan L
> > On Jun 18, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Guy Tingos <guytingos...> wrote:
> >
> > An alert Barb Millett caught Jamie Chavez trying to slip unnoticed into
> the 400 Club with the IV Gray Catbird. Way to go Jamie and thanks for all
> your work keeping the sbcobirding list and website up and running!
> >
> > Guy Tingos
> > Santa Barbara
> >
> > --
> > Guy Tingos
> > Santa Barbara
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
> --
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27072): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27072
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22404453/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/18/18 6:56 pm
From: John Deacon <iseekbirds...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon

Marc Moritsch and I birded Colson Canyon today. 39 species were documented. Nothing really unusual except Phainopeplas continued in higher numbers.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46648848



John Deacon
<iseekbirds...>


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27071): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27071
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22415494/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/18/18 3:57 pm
From: Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] LeastBittern
Another walk around Lake Los Carneros, always good exercise; when what do my wondering eyes espy? Yes! It really is the Least Bittern in the reeds very near to where he was originally seen (across from the outlet).  After a few minutes, he flew to the south side of the lake and vanished from view.  We had heard it vocalizing a couple of days ago at the the north end of the lake, but this was our first actual sighting.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27070): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27070
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22414349/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/18/18 10:21 am
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
No sneaking in, Jamie! CONGRATS!!
Joan L
> On Jun 18, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Guy Tingos <guytingos...> wrote:
>
> An alert Barb Millett caught Jamie Chavez trying to slip unnoticed into the 400 Club with the IV Gray Catbird. Way to go Jamie and thanks for all your work keeping the sbcobirding list and website up and running!
>
> Guy Tingos
> Santa Barbara
>
> --
> Guy Tingos
> Santa Barbara
>
>
>


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27069): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27069
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22404453/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/18/18 9:55 am
From: Guy Tingos <guytingos...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] New 400 Club member; better late than never!
An alert Barb Millett caught Jamie Chavez trying to slip unnoticed into the 400 Club with the IV Gray Catbird. Way to go Jamie and thanks for all your work keeping the sbcobirding list and website up and running!

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

--
Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27068): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27068
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22404453/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/17/18 9:43 pm
From: Don Blackwill <Dblackwi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Park this morning
Interesting. I was out at Goleta Beach Saturday (yesterday) morning and saw 2 kingfishers. One was poking its head out of the burrow and calling, the other was flying around, also calling. The Peregrine was on a (the same?) high snag. Missed the Little Blue Heron.

Don Blackwill
Santa Barbara

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: Barbara Millett
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2018 12:53 PM
To: <sbcobirding...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Park this morning

This morning the Little Blue Heron was seen well, foraging on the sandbar N of the easternmost parking lot. An adult Peregrine Falcon was perched high on a snag above the slough.

I was hoping to see the parent Belted Kingfishers and possibly their fledglings, but in the hour and a half I spent there, I saw was no sign of them, nor heard any calls.


Barb Millett
Santa Barbara




-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27067): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27067
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22396972/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/17/18 12:53 pm
From: Barbara Millett <millett12...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Park this morning
This morning the Little Blue Heron was seen well, foraging on the sandbar N of the easternmost parking lot. An adult Peregrine Falcon was perched high on a snag above the slough.

I was hoping to see the parent Belted Kingfishers and possibly their fledglings, but in the hour and a half I spent there, I saw was no sign of them, nor heard any calls.


Barb Millett
Santa Barbara
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27066): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27066
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22396972/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/16/18 8:45 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach / San Miguelito Road today
I had a fun outing west and south of Lompoc today. Highlights:

Ocean Beach County Park: Least Tern, possible Virginia Rail - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46593663

Surf Beach: Black Oystercatcher, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Sooty Shearwater - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46593737

San Miguelito Road at Sudden Road: Grasshopper Sparrow - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46593829

I attached a recording of the possible Virginia Rail to the Ocean Beach County Park list. I'd appreciate it very much if anyone familiar with the bird would be willing to listen to it and let me know what they think.

Thanks!

John Callender
Carpinteria

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27065): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27065
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22391870/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/16/18 4:31 pm
From: Robert Lindsay <capnbob...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Kite missed
Despite the efforts of numerous, seasoned birders, the Mississippi Kite was (probably) not seen today between 8:30 am and 2:15 pm. There were two, brief, tantalizing glimpses of possible bird but nothing definitive or confirmed.



Always a day late,

Rob Lindsay_._,_._,_


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27064): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27064
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22390699/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/15/18 12:13 pm
From: Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Kite Still at the Golf Course
After his brief early appearance this morning, the Mississippi Kite flew off south adn was gone for a bit.  As the fog began to clear and the sun came out, he was back on his roost on the far side of the golf course.  About seven other birders were able to enjoy the view.  It should be mentioned than this roost was some distance away and a good scope was quite an advantage.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27063): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27063
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22302803/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/15/18 9:10 am
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite
Apparently, the kite is being seen in the same general area this morning.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27062): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27062
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22191364/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/15/18 8:20 am
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite thanks
Hi All: Message from Louis Bevier, in town for a bit, saw MiKi this a.m. around 8, perched in tree in same general area as before, now flown off & he (& others?) are still looking.
Joan Lentz
> On Jun 14, 2018, at 8:03 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to the out of state birder who reported this nice county bird and thanks to those who gave directions on where to find it. (Especially Joan Lentz, who gave us a landmark to start from--more helpful in some ways than GPS coordinates.) And thanks to those who shared their scoped with me this morning.
>
> After I left Alisal, I decided on a whim to go bird Oso Flaco. I haven't been there in years and even though this would seem an "off" time, the birding was great! Though it's SLO County, SB birders should keep this on their "visit regularly" list.
>
> Florence Sanchez
>
>

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27061): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27061
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22251883/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/15/18 6:44 am
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough
There was good birding at Goleta Slough yesterday. The marine layer stayed
around until about 3:00 p.m., but then the sun came out. Nothing unusual,
although an Osprey (I only observed one) provided a great show of eating a
fish in a tree above the parking lot:
https://wingblossoms.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Osprey-with-Fish-Goleta-Slough/G0000PRRkn8tysbM/I0000GQptFJaS1Uk

The Little Blue Heron looks great. There are one or more juvenile
Red-tailed Hawks crying and flying around the area, as well as at least one
adult. Two Turkey Vultures showed up, and a few terns (I think Caspian). As
usual, the high number of cormorants, egrets and herons were nesting and
about, creating a cacophony.

The female Kingfisher was active, constantly catching fish to take to her
young in the hole in the bank.

One Brown Pelican also showed up to do some fishing.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27060): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27060
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22168807/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/14/18 8:03 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite thanks
Thanks to the out of state birder who reported this nice county bird and thanks to those who gave directions on where to find it.  (Especially Joan Lentz, who gave us a landmark to start from--more helpful in some ways than GPS coordinates.)  And thanks to those who shared their scoped with me this morning.
After I left Alisal, I decided on a whim to go bird Oso Flaco.  I haven't been there in years and even though this would seem an "off" time, the birding was great!  Though it's SLO County, SB birders should keep this on their "visit regularly" list.
Florence Sanchez

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27059): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27059
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22251883/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/14/18 3:54 pm
From: Ken Hollinga <hollinga...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mississippi Kite
Seen again briefly NE of the tennis courts by about 6-7 birders – about 3 PM. Soaring very high, way above the trees.

Ken Hollinga
Lompoc, CA

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27058): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27058
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22191364/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/14/18 12:51 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] about that new stakeout hotspot
All:

I got a question about the creation of a separate Hotspot (L7570321) for
the Mississippi Kite, while there is already a Hotspot for Alisal Rd
(L869487). Here's my thinking about this.

For stakeout birds eBird has the policy to create dedicated hotspots to
aggregate all checklists in one location:
https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1900690-all-about-hotspots?b_id=1928
If we don't do this, we end up with a hot mess like this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/van_dam/15952966782/

Now with the current Mississippi Kite we have the unusual case where there
is already a hotspot for the general region. Nevertheless, I decided to add
an extra stakeout hotspot for the following three reasons:
- The existing Alisal Rd Hotspot (a long road) is a mismatch with how
people are birding the kite (stationary, at one location). In comparison,
if the kite would have shown up at LLC I probably would not have made an
extra Hotspot.
- Related to this, if the MIKI checklists are entered under the
pre-existing Alisal Rd hotspot, the location of the marker will be
confusing for people chasing the bird.
- Having a dedicated stakeout hotspot encourages visitors to use the
hotspot, instead of their own personal location (people unfamiliar with the
area might be reluctant to use a pre-existing hotspot that they do not know
how to interpret.)

Thanks
Wim

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27057): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27057
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22190108/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/14/18 11:48 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] dedicated eBird hotspot for Mississippi Kite
Dear all:

Following a suggestion of Nick Lethaby we now have a dedicated eBird
Hotspot "stakeout Mississippi Kite Alisal Rd (2018)". Please use this
location for your checklists of this bird:

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7570321


Here's how to merge your location with a hotspot:

https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010517-how-do-i-merge-a-personal-location-with-a-hotspot-

Remember that afterwards you can always rename a hotspot for your personal
use. Let me know if there are any additional questions about this.

Your county eBird hotspot editor,
Wim

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27056): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27056
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22189560/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/14/18 9:33 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] MS Kite
Still here, same place. Very obliging.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

> On Jun 14, 2018, at 8:20 AM, Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> wrote:
>
> Bird is showing beautifully now just north of tennis courts. Gorgeous flight displays.
>
> Rebecca Coulter
> SB
>
>

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27055): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27055
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22187666/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/14/18 8:22 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] MS Kite
Bird is showing beautifully now just north of tennis courts. Gorgeous flight displays.

Rebecca Coulter
SB
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27054): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27054
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22187666/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 6:45 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
Julie Scotland just refound the kite. At 6:45, it has left it’s perch and
we are trying tomrocate it.

On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 2:25 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io
<sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> Looks like this would be at the end of the Alisal Golf Course. I would
> appreciate any updates.
>
> Florence Sanchez
>
>
> On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:46:36 AM PDT, Wim van Dam <
> <wim.van.dam...> wrote:
>
>
> I did some quick corrections and attached is the promising looking result.
>
> Wim
>
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 11:42 AM, John Callender <jbc...>
> wrote:
>
> Courtesy of Conor Scotland, here’s the photo from Facebook:
>
> https://www.facebook.com/ groups/ABArare/permalink/ 1888324604561507/
>
> <https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/permalink/1888324604561507/>John
> Callender
> Carpinteria
>
>
>
> --
> Wim van Dam
> Solvang, CA
> ---
> SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler
>
>
>

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27053): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27053
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22083333/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 6:13 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough
In a less-than-five-minute visit about 9:20 AM today I noted a Peregrine Falcon (also present yesterday AM), the continuing Little Blue Heron, and TWO Osprey soaring and calling to each other (as if they were a mated pair). I'm interested in the possibility that both of these raptor species may be nesting locally.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27052): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27052
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22168807/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 5:29 pm
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Kite Karma
Dear Friends: I have to describe this fabulous day to you! Please bear with me.
I was birding with Mark Holmgren, who’s the “keeper” of our local White-tailed Kite scene. For years, he’s kept track of this delicate species, their nesting habitats, their success or failure with nests in Goleta, etc., So….today when we went birding, I said I’d like to do whatever he chose & he thought we should go check out some White-tailed Kites at previously known nesting/possibly nesting locations.
We started out at eastern More Mesa in heavy coastal fog. Sure enough, perched atop a cypress in the dense mist, Mark spotted two fledglings. He wasn’t sure whether they were fledged nearby or on the western portion of the mesa.
Then we headed for San Marcos Foothills, that glorious piece of property that Mark helped preserve (along with many others!) & we entered from Antone Dr. on the far eastern section, had a great time (see eBird report which isn’t finished yet) & spotted a “nesty” acting adult kite in the top of a Coast Live Oak, but who knows?
Suddenly, a message comes from Wim Van Damme, who must monitor eBird every hour, about a MISSISSIPI KITE that was seen by Jack Rogers in Solvang. He’s an out-of-towner, who posted to eBird! The description sounded good, and he was an Easterner, familiar with the species. Still, it wasn’t until John Callender forwarded a photo of the kite that was on Facebook found by Conor Scotland, that we started to get excited.
Mark and I got in the car & headed over San Marcos Pass to the place on Alisal Road where Rogers had indicated he’d seen the kite. My dog, Happy, was in the back of the car, and it had now heated up to 91 degrees. Yikes. What a change from this morning!
We parked on the side of the road in front of the Alisal (private) tennis courts. The golf course here is lovely, with many large trees growing alongside Alisal Creek. Fortunately, the road parallels the course and the creek, so we thought it looked good for a place for a kite to roost? Or? Fly around? Who knew? Nick Lethaby showed up, then left, discouraged……
Mark & I decided to get in the car & drive slowly along north of the tennis courts til we got to a place where we could see the sky. About 100 yards later I stopped and parked in the shade again, and Mark & I got out & started to walk along the road, especially along the WEST side of the road where you can look across at the golf course and see the sky.
And that was when I got LUCKY. It was my kite karma! I put my binocs up & saw a raptor with pointed wings, darker on the tips from underneath, a banded tail, a small head — it looked like the one in Jack Rogers’ photo! I screamed at Mark, and suddenly I found that Tom Turner had run up beside me. He had just pulled up in his car. Then Mark saw it, too. YAY! So thrilling to see this beautiful, strange MISSISSIPI KITE flying high above us over the green golf course, high in the sky! We watched it for 35-40 seconds ( time stood still!) and then it slowly drifted to the north and we lost it behind the trees.
David Levasheff, Jeff Hanson, Guy Tingos, and Nick (who turned around at Gaviota), and Tom were still there watching when Mark & I left.
This is my 448th county bird, you guys! I am so happy….so lucky….and it wouldn’t have happened without SO many people posting and helping me on eBird, GroupMe, Facebook, and sbcobirding….and if Jack Rogers hadn’t gotten the word out when he did! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

Joan Lentz


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27051): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27051
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22154071/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 2:25 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
Looks like this would be at the end of the Alisal Golf Course.  I would appreciate any updates.
Florence Sanchez

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:46:36 AM PDT, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> wrote:

I did some quick corrections and attached is the promising looking result. 
Wim


On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 11:42 AM, John Callender <jbc...> wrote:

Courtesy of Conor Scotland, here’s the photo from Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ groups/ABArare/permalink/ 1888324604561507/

John Callender
Carpinteria






--
Wim van Dam 
Solvang, CA
---SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27050): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27050
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22083333/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 2:05 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] kite refound
We are all still standing here but no resightings since the one Joan found for us. It was soaring then and didn’t seem like it was in a hurry, but it got low behind some trees and hasn’t come back up.

-Tom.


> On Jun 13, 2018, at 1:49 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> wrote:
>
> Mark Holmgren:
>
> Joan has re-found this Mississippi Kite along Alisal road. We are standing at 34.56809 -120.14613 and looking east words over the golf course. It was drifting north towards the river. Not interview now. Distance was 100 m or more from us.
>
> --
> Wim van Dam
> Solvang, CA
> ---
> SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler
>

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27049): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27049
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22100120/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 1:50 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] kite refound
Mark Holmgren:
Joan has re-found this Mississippi Kite along Alisal road. We are standing
at 34.56809 -120.14613 and looking east words over the golf course. It was
drifting north towards the river. Not interview now. Distance was 100 m or
more from us.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27048): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27048
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22100120/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 11:46 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
I did some quick corrections and attached is the promising looking result.

Wim



On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 11:42 AM, John Callender <jbc...> wrote:

> Courtesy of Conor Scotland, here’s the photo from Facebook:
>
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/permalink/1888324604561507/
>
> John Callender
> Carpinteria
>
>
>

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27047): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27047
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22083333/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 11:42 am
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
Courtesy of Conor Scotland, here’s the photo from Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/permalink/1888324604561507/

( https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/permalink/1888324604561507/ ) John Callender
Carpinteria

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27046): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27046
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22083333/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/13/18 10:35 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Missippi Kite
Just being the messenger here.
-Wim

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-alert...>
Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 9:59 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Santa Barbara County <hourly>
To: <wim.van.dam...>


*** Species Summary:

- Mississippi Kite (1 report)

---------------------------------------------


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 13, 2018 09:14 by Jack Rogers
- 658 Alisal Road, Solvang, California, US (34.564, -120.144), Santa
Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5643007,-
120.1436688&ll=34.5643007,-120.1436688
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46521234
- Comments: "Photographed. Kite by long, pointed wings and gliding flight,
long tail. STKI immediately ruled out by blocky tail. ID'd as HY MIKI by
banded tail, gray overall color, very slight rufousy tings to front of
wings. Will upload pics ASAP. Extremely familiar with this species as I
see it every day on my daily commute in Charleston, SC. County second?"

***********

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27045): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27045
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22083333/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/12/18 2:26 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Prairie Falcon, SYV, 2018-06-11
Are there photos of the recent Prairie Falcon at Sedgwick?

Yesterday, while driving, I had my own PRAIRIE FALCON northwest of Los
Olivos where Zaca Rd meets the 101 and 154. Possibly this is the same
individual that has been seen at Sedgwick earlier this month, or maybe
there is more than one in SYV. My bird had a very distinct underwing
pattern with solidly dark underwing coverts (and dark axillaries of
course).

Thanks.

Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
---
SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27044): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27044
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22037806/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/12/18 2:00 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] yardbird pairs and fledglings this week near Franceschi Park
Brown Creeper feeding a young bird June 2, unusual for SB coastal area
Black Phoebes with young
CA towhees with young
Bewicks Wrens with young
Rufous sided Towhee (pair have been in yard for months - hiding for the last week)
Wrentits (pair have been in yard and singing for months)
Allen's Hummingbirds (many)
Anna's Hummingbirds (many)
Mockingbirds with young
Crow pair with young
House Finches
Hooded Orioles (pair have been here for months)
Bushtits roving flock

Other pairs;  Eur. Collared doves, CA Thrashers (hiding for the last week), Acorn Woodpeckers
Some of the bird pairs are less noticeable this week, perhaps hiding a nest from the rapacious resident crow family.
I suppose I will start using eBird regularly to document sightings. 

Ron Hirst, SB

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27043): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27043
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22037637/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/12/18 10:52 am
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Beach
As of this morning, despite persistent coaxing from their parents, the young Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Beach have not yet departed their burrow.

Over the past few mornings I have stopped by to check on them, typically there is a Peregrine Falcon in the area. The Little Blue Heron has been present, with the exception of today.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27042): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27042
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/22018618/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/11/18 7:30 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road June 11, 2018
This morning I walked the length of Kinevan Road from the junction with Stagecoach Road at the top to San Marcos Pass Road at the bottom, and then back again.  There was lots of bird activity even this late in the spring season.
I paid particular attention to the location where Mark Holmgren reported a Brown Creeper, but was not successful in finding one anywhere along the road today. (Par for the course for me on this road--I never am lucky for them there!). However, in this same area I had a nice family group of three Canyon Wrens (1 adult, two young), exhibiting the same behavior I saw from Rock Wrens on West Camino Cielo Road last Friday.  More on that later.
The most activity was in the vicinity of the first bridge, where in addition to the Wrens, I had 2-3 Yellow Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, 2 Warbling Vireos, a newly fledged House Wren, Black-headed Grosbeaks flycatching, Ash-throated Flycatchers (including one young bird), a Steller's Jay, Purple Finches, a singing Robin, and also common birds of the chaparral.  The activity continued down the road, though not as intensely.  I came across a family group of Juncos; individual Downy, Hairy, and Nuttall's Woodpeckers; more Wrens;  also Hutton's Vireos, Pacific slope Flycatchers, additional warblers, White-breasted Nuthatch, etc.
The best bird of the morning was a Hermit Thrush feeding on the road and roadside ahead of me.  The roadside markers have numbers hand-painted on them; this was about 100' past marker 8.  The bird was pretty actively foraging, at times flying up into a group of 4 cypress-type trees with mostly bare trunks that are growing at roadside and in the creek, and then back down onto the road.  Finally it flew across the road into the oak forest on the north-facing slope and I lost it.  This was on the way down.  On the way back, I looked for the bird again and did not see it; however up the road a bit, I heard a Hermit Thrush begin to sing in the forest above me.  I stopped opposite the point the sound seemed to be coming from (marker #12) and listened for about 5 minutes before continuing back up the road.  I heard the bird continuing to sing behind me for several more minutes.  Mark had reported hearing one on this road a few days prior; I suspect this was the same bird.  Not enough info yet to determine if nesting is taking place, but it was wonderful to hear that beautiful song.
After birding Kinevan, I drove to the location where Mark reported having a Rose-breasted Grosbeak a couple of weeks ago.  It's easy to find, a little  beyond the intersection with Painted Cave Road.  The beehives were much in evidence, but there was not activity in the eucalyptus trees at mid-morning.
I mentioned the wren behavior because I got no response to my earlier question re: Rock Wrens after finding a group exhibiting the same family group activity I saw this morning with Canyon Wrens:  "Do they breed here (Santa Ynez Mountains)?"  BOSB indicates that breeding in the foothills west of Goleta might be taking place but overlooked due to lack of access.  West Camino Cielo is higher than the foothills, but it's in the same area.  I can find no information on whether or not Rock Wrens are "fire followers," but the more open rocky hillsides we have now perhaps are more appealing as nest sites?
Florence Sanchez

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27041): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27041
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/21997752/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/9/18 10:15 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cuyama canyons
I checked out the dry corner of the county last night and this morning. I camped in Deer Park Canyon, also birded Ballinger Canyon, and then hiked Santa Barbara Canyon trail for a bit. A few highlights:

Black-Throated Sparrow: Mark Holmgren reported four from Deer Park Canyon in late May, and John Callender had them again 6/4. I had the same number this morning.
Scott’s Oriole: I heard one singing at Deer Park Canyon.
Mountain Quail: I had them in Deer Park Canyon and on the Santa Barbara Canyon trail. In Deer Park, I saw an American Kestrel try to pick off a Mountain Quail chick, which was fun to see (it was unsuccessful).
Willow Flycatcher: There were two singing away at the Santa Barbara Canyon trailhead.
Lesser Nighthawk & Common Poorwill were both present in Deer Park Canyon

I was on the lookout for Brewer’s Sparrow, but didn’t get them.

Deer Park this morning: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46430323 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46430323>, and yesterday evening https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46430544 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46430544>; the Mountain Quail were in Ventura County: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46430528 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46430528>
Ballinger Canyon: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46429661 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46429661>, https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46429643 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46429643>
Santa Barbara Canyon trail: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46429266 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46429266>

-Tom Turner

Goleta
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27040): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27040
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/21944693/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Leave: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/8/18 7:21 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] West Camino Cielo: Santa ynez Peak to Broadcast Peak
Today I hiked more of West Camino Cielo Road, this time starting from the end of the pavement shortly before Santa Ynez Peak and continuing around the flank of Broadcast Peak.  I estimate the total distance hiked one way was 2.3 miles.  I was concerned both about rising temperatures and wind, but though it was warmer and windier than when I was on the road last week, neither condition proved to be too bad.  The one things that was worse were the flies, which were almost absent last week.  Not so this week, so I was grateful for the wind that kept the flies down in the exposed places.
I had barely hiked more than 100 yards when I had a singing Black-chinned Sparrow directly above me in some unburned chaparral just past the little communications station before the road to Santa Ynez Peak.  It was nice to finally get a good view of one.  I had others singing along my route and estimate the day's total for this stretch at 6.  I had a similar number of Lazuli Buntings along the road as well, and at least 5 Ash-throated Flycatchers.
The second surprise of the day was running across an apparent family group of Rock Wrens.  This was past the road to Santa Ynez Peak at a point on WCC directly below the towers. I spotted 3 birds at first on the rocky hillside above me and soon realized there was a fourth on a large rock well above them.  From the way the first three birds were constantly chirping and opening their bills, I surmised they were young birds.  Is this species known to nest here?  
A couple of Hundred yards beyond the Wrens, I came across a family group of Juncos (2 young birds, two adults).  This was in an area where all the nearby vegetation had been burned, and I was surprised that this species would nest in such habitat.  The nearest patches of unburned vegetation were a few 100 yards away.  Below the road as I rounded the flank of Broadcast Peak, I had a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in full-out attack mode on a young Scrub Jay, so apparently they had a nest very near by.  Again, this was in a totally burned area.
Those were the birding highlights.  Flowers still continue to be good, with the Phacelia at some places making a solid mass of purple color.  The spectacular yellow Santa Ynez False Lupine near Santa Ynez Peak is still blooming, but it is finishing very fast.  The difference between today and a week ago was very noticeable.
In the light of the discussion on this listserve about fire-following birds, I will plan to bird this area intensely next spring, hoping to pull in Bell's Sparrow and perhaps some other interesting species as the regrowth continues.
Florence Sanchez

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links: You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27039): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27039
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/21907497/858290
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com</a><br />Read the County Reporting List guidelines: <a href="http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html" target="_blank">http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html</a><br />Updated status &amp; distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/</a><br />SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at <a href="http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/" target="_blank">http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/</a>
-=-=-
Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Leave: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub [<lists...>]
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


 

Back to top
Date: 6/5/18 11:41 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Woodpeckers and nectar
Hi all,
My office at the Museum of Natural History has a great bay window with
giant bird-of-paradise outside. Over the past week, I've seen Nuttall's,
Acorn, and Downy woodpeckers regularly visiting the blooms drinking
something out of the large flowers. At first I was pretty sure it was water
they were after, but after watching repeatedly, I think they're also
getting nectar, as they sometimes poke around outside the cup of the flower
around the base. I have seen Acorn Woodpecker at hummingbird feeders, but
not the other two species. I don't find any references to regular
nectar-eating for Nuttall's or Downy in BNA--wonder if others have observed
this behavior.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

 

Back to top
Date: 6/5/18 10:36 am
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Belted Kingfishers at Goleta Beach
A pair of Belted Kingfishers have a nest in a burrow across the slough near the easternmost end of the parking lot at Goleta Beach park.

This morning the two adults arrived back near the burrow, each with a fish. They remained near the burrow, calling with the fish in their mouths, for about 30 minutes before finally entering the burrow with the fish.

One possible reason I can imagine for this behavior is that the parents are trying to entice the young out of the nest. Other theories welcome.

The Little Blue Heron was foraging nearby.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27037): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27037
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/21342725
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/21342725/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
Email sent to: <lists...>
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/5/18 8:39 am
From: John Deacon <iseekbirds...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Found Binoculars in Colson Canyon
One of the residents in Colson Canyon found a pair of binoculars yesterday (6/4). Peter, Marc and I were there yesterday but ours are all safely in our possession. If anyone else in these groups happened to be there over the last few days, and lost a pair of binocs, let me know.


John Deacon
<iseekbirds...>


 

Back to top
Date: 6/4/18 7:05 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
Wim and Joan point to Fires, Nick suggests birder coverage.
Based on my regular surveys of the Camino Cielos and the Breeding Bird
Survey route I formerly did from Paradise Road to Bluff Camp, Black-chinned
Sparrows are just episodic. Some years they are here, some not. I wouldn't
look to local fire or drought as a driving force but more as a contributing
influence to their local habitat preferences. A species presence in a
region may be driven by forces working across the range of the species,
more than by local factors.
However, Bell's Sparrows do look to fire, at least on Vandenberg AFB. They
prefer Burton Mesa Chaparral in the period 3-7 years recovering from fire.
Why? Fire may provide the open habitat structure they need: the perches
for displays, sufficient open ground for fire-following plants to thrive,
and greater habitat opportunities for insects the sparrows feed on.
I do think the drought will continue to give us surprise appearances this
summer--failed or abandoned breeders, birds that have given up where they
should be and so they wander.
Mark

On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 3:12 PM, Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby...> wrote:

> While BCSP do appear in response to burnt areas, I think another factor is
> that we have a bunch of new county birders looking for them. I used to see
> this species most years but haven’t for a long time. However, I haven’t
> really looked either. I think all the sightings are from recent birders.
> The sections they have been reported are very recent burns rather than
> older ones.
>
>
>
> *From:* <main...> [mailto:<main...>] *On
> Behalf Of *Wim van Dam
> *Sent:* Monday, June 04, 2018 3:08 PM
> *To:* Mark Holmgren
> *Cc:* <sbcobirding...> Group Moderators
> *Subject:* [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West
> Camino Cielo
>
>
>
> Talking about sparrows and wildfires... People are reporting a lot of
> Black-chinned Sparrows this year and I have been wondering if this is tied
> in with our recent wildfires.
>
>
>
> Birds of North America has this to say about its "Habitat in Breeding
> Range":
>
> [...] Periodic fires may be requisite for suitable chaparral habitat.
> Grinnell and Miller (Grinnell and Miller 1944) suggested preference for
> “old, burned-over tracts, well along in recovery of vegetation.” In Glenn
> Co., CA, inhabits stands dominated by chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum)
> only 7–10 yr after a burn; in mixed chaparral, 5 yr following a burn, with
> low numbers still present >75 yr postburn (England 1995). In San Luis
> Obispo Co., CA, Marantz (Marantz 1986) reported regular breeding in
> “recently burned (within 10 yr) chaparral and coastal scrub.” Habitat
> dependence on recurrent fires may vary regionally and with vegetation type.
> In Santa Rosa Mtns., Riverside Co., CA, breeders thrive in senescent
> 40-yr-old desert ceanothus (Ceanothus greggii; Weathers 1983). In Sonoma
> Co., CA, breeds in chaparral as early as 18–24 mo after fire (Burridge
> 1995). [...]
>
>
>
> Can someone say something intelligent about this? Curtis?
>
>
>
>
>
> Wim van Dam
>
> Solvang, CA
>
> ---
>
> SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 2:06 PM, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
> wrote:
>
> I bumped into a singing *Black-throated Sparrow* early this morning on
> West Camino Cielo (at 34.52353 -119.92883, 3821 feet elevation). The
> location is 3.8 air miles west of the Winchester Gun Club and 1.8 air miles
> east of Broadcast Peak. This occurrence is unusual in SB County because
> according to Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County its only the second
> record for District M (Mountains) and the first June record outside of the
> Cuyama Valley. There was no indication in the 17 minutes I spent there that
> the bird was paired.
>
>
>
> This is in the burn zone of the Whittier Fire. This study started by Dave
> Compton and me, now in its 9th year, should allow a comparison of the bird
> fauna between pre-fire dense chaparral and post-burn recovery. One photo
> of the sparrow is here https://flic.kr/p/JcwGW4
>
> and a similar photo is at eBird
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46303427
>
>
>
> BTW, the dirt road west of Winchester Gun Club is in good condition, but
> low-slung cars will need to use caution in several places.
>
>
>
> Mark Holmgren
>
> San Marcos Pass
>
>
>
>
> --
> Wim van Dam
> Solvang, CA
>
> ---
>
> SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler
>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 6/4/18 6:12 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Baron Ranch Trail
I walked the entire Baron Ranch Trail this morning, including the upper loop.  Not sure how long that is but it's 2.5 miles from the parking spot to the beginning of the upper loop, which seemed to go on forever.  I would guess I walked a total of 7.5-8 miles.
The upper loop trail is badly overgrown with weeds and grasses so it's a slow hike though not otherwise terribly difficult.  Eventually it meets the head of the canyon and the riparian area at this point was interesting, but I didn't see anything different from what I saw further down.*  There were lots of Purple Finches at this point.  *The one exception was an apparent young male Costa's hummingbird in the Chaparral portion.
There was plenty of bird activity along the main trail and creek, including lots of singing Black-headed Grosbeaks.  At one point above the ranch headquarters I had a singing Robin as well, which made for a nice comparison between the two species' songs.  I had singing Yellow Warblers all the way up the creek, including at the top of the loop, and at least 6 Canyon Wrens sounded off.
The stars were the Phainopeplas.  In the riparian area bordered by an unkempt orchard I began to pick them up and had at least 6 before I got to the loop trail.  On the first part of the loop trail, I had 6 more, and then picked up two more on the way down near the end of the loop.
I am extremely grateful to those who posted info about this trail, as it's well worth the hike.  I also thank the owners for making this trail available Sat-Monday.  I plan to hike it again in the fall, and also earlier in the season next spring.
Florence Sanchez

 

Back to top
Date: 6/4/18 5:05 pm
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
Hi All:
While researching for the chaparral chapter in my “Naturalist’s Guide”, I recall looking at Phil Unitt’s material surveying chaparral areas burned in 2002 and 2003 in large fires in S. Diego county. He indicated that numbers of Black-chinned Sparrows jumped sharply in the “second year after a fire”. I mention primarily Lazuli Bunting and Lawrence’s Goldfinches as the most common fire followers (see Big Pine Mountain lists for post-fire numbers after the Zaca Fire), but I believe it would be accurate to include Black-chinned Sparrows as well. Just a local viewpoint….
Joan
> On Jun 4, 2018, at 3:08 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> wrote:
>
> Talking about sparrows and wildfires... People are reporting a lot of Black-chinned Sparrows this year and I have been wondering if this is tied in with our recent wildfires.
>
> Birds of North America has this to say about its "Habitat in Breeding Range":
> [...] Periodic fires may be requisite for suitable chaparral habitat. Grinnell and Miller (Grinnell and Miller 1944) suggested preference for “old, burned-over tracts, well along in recovery of vegetation.” In Glenn Co., CA, inhabits stands dominated by chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum) only 7–10 yr after a burn; in mixed chaparral, 5 yr following a burn, with low numbers still present >75 yr postburn (England 1995). In San Luis Obispo Co., CA, Marantz (Marantz 1986) reported regular breeding in “recently burned (within 10 yr) chaparral and coastal scrub.” Habitat dependence on recurrent fires may vary regionally and with vegetation type. In Santa Rosa Mtns., Riverside Co., CA, breeders thrive in senescent 40-yr-old desert ceanothus (Ceanothus greggii; Weathers 1983). In Sonoma Co., CA, breeds in chaparral as early as 18–24 mo after fire (Burridge 1995). [...]
>
> Can someone say something intelligent about this? Curtis?
>
>
> Wim van Dam
> Solvang, CA
> ---
> SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 2:06 PM, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> <mailto:<maholmgren33...>> wrote:
> I bumped into a singing Black-throated Sparrow early this morning on West Camino Cielo (at 34.52353 -119.92883, 3821 feet elevation). The location is 3.8 air miles west of the Winchester Gun Club and 1.8 air miles east of Broadcast Peak. This occurrence is unusual in SB County because according to Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County its only the second record for District M (Mountains) and the first June record outside of the Cuyama Valley. There was no indication in the 17 minutes I spent there that the bird was paired.
>
> This is in the burn zone of the Whittier Fire. This study started by Dave Compton and me, now in its 9th year, should allow a comparison of the bird fauna between pre-fire dense chaparral and post-burn recovery. One photo of the sparrow is here https://flic.kr/p/JcwGW4 <https://flic.kr/p/JcwGW4>
> and a similar photo is at eBird
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46303427 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46303427>
>
> BTW, the dirt road west of Winchester Gun Club is in good condition, but low-slung cars will need to use caution in several places.
>
> Mark Holmgren
> San Marcos Pass
>
>
>
>
> --
> Wim van Dam
> Solvang, CA
> ---
> SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler
>


 

Back to top
Date: 6/4/18 4:16 pm
From: John Deacon <iseekbirds...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon

All:

Peter Schneekloth, Marc Moritsch and I birded Colson Canyon this morning. Noteworthy were numerous Phainopepla (15). At the top gate were heard and saw at least 5. The campground had several males and females. We heard and saw them at almost all of our stops. We saw 47 species in all.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46307669



John Deacon
<iseekbirds...>


 

Back to top
Date: 6/4/18 3:09 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
Talking about sparrows and wildfires... People are reporting a lot of
Black-chinned Sparrows this year and I have been wondering if this is tied
in with our recent wildfires.

Birds of North America has this to say about its "Habitat in Breeding
Range":

> [...] Periodic fires may be requisite for suitable chaparral habitat.
> Grinnell and Miller (Grinnell and Miller 1944) suggested preference for
> “old, burned-over tracts, well along in recovery of vegetation.” In Glenn
> Co., CA, inhabits stands dominated by chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum)
> only 7–10 yr after a burn; in mixed chaparral, 5 yr following a burn, with
> low numbers still present >75 yr postburn (England 1995). In San Luis
> Obispo Co., CA, Marantz (Marantz 1986) reported regular breeding in
> “recently burned (within 10 yr) chaparral and coastal scrub.” Habitat
> dependence on recurrent fires may vary regionally and with vegetation type.
> In Santa Rosa Mtns., Riverside Co., CA, breeders thrive in senescent
> 40-yr-old desert ceanothus (Ceanothus greggii; Weathers 1983). In Sonoma
> Co., CA, breeds in chaparral as early as 18–24 mo after fire (Burridge
> 1995). [...]


Can someone say something intelligent about this? Curtis?


Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
---
SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler






On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 2:06 PM, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
wrote:

> I bumped into a singing *Black-throated Sparrow* early this morning on
> West Camino Cielo (at 34.52353 -119.92883, 3821 feet elevation). The
> location is 3.8 air miles west of the Winchester Gun Club and 1.8 air miles
> east of Broadcast Peak. This occurrence is unusual in SB County because
> according to Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County its only the second
> record for District M (Mountains) and the first June record outside of the
> Cuyama Valley. There was no indication in the 17 minutes I spent there that
> the bird was paired.
>
> This is in the burn zone of the Whittier Fire. This study started by Dave
> Compton and me, now in its 9th year, should allow a comparison of the bird
> fauna between pre-fire dense chaparral and post-burn recovery. One photo
> of the sparrow is here https://flic.kr/p/JcwGW4
> and a similar photo is at eBird
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46303427
>
> BTW, the dirt road west of Winchester Gun Club is in good condition, but
> low-slung cars will need to use caution in several places.
>
> Mark Holmgren
> San Marcos Pass
>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 6/4/18 2:06 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
I bumped into a singing *Black-throated Sparrow* early this morning on West
Camino Cielo (at 34.52353 -119.92883, 3821 feet elevation). The location is
3.8 air miles west of the Winchester Gun Club and 1.8 air miles east of
Broadcast Peak. This occurrence is unusual in SB County because according
to Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County its only the second record for
District M (Mountains) and the first June record outside of the Cuyama
Valley. There was no indication in the 17 minutes I spent there that the
bird was paired.

This is in the burn zone of the Whittier Fire. This study started by Dave
Compton and me, now in its 9th year, should allow a comparison of the bird
fauna between pre-fire dense chaparral and post-burn recovery. One photo
of the sparrow is here https://flic.kr/p/JcwGW4
and a similar photo is at eBird
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46303427

BTW, the dirt road west of Winchester Gun Club is in good condition, but
low-slung cars will need to use caution in several places.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

 

Back to top
Date: 6/3/18 4:27 pm
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] recent sightings around
Hi All: Some news here from recent sightings in Cold Spring Canyon and at Los Carneros Mitigation Bank (south of the dam). Today I finally heard 3 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS singing at Cold Spring. It seems so late for them to appear there, but they weren’t observed a week ago, so I am really satisfied now! These three individuals appear to be singing from tall trees (mostly Eucalyptus) on both sides of the canyon, as heard from East Mountain Drive walking along on the now-severed EASTERN portion of Mountain Drive as you walk towards the creek crossing. Also, at least 5 CANYON WRENS there. Marilyn Harding reports seeing two adults with 3 juveniles on May 19, while I was away. So that’s pretty cool. Otherwise, the creek there is still flowing in an open, sunny, wide creekbed — where extensive work is being done in the creek on utility lines. If you want to see how high the mudflow was up there, you can look at a particular sycamore trunk which is covered with mud and is at least 20 feet high measured from the road. This shows up poorly in photos, but it’s on that east stretch of the road right before you get to the chain link gate that says ROAD CLOSED. The trails are technically still closed at Cold Spring, but I see people using at least one of them on the east side of the crossing, and also some folks on the west side. I would say that hiking sticks would be necessary.
At the Los Carneros Mitigation Bank, I had a singing Warbling Vireo that was circling around me very upset in the willows planted in that thicket south of the dam and near Via Real. It would be cool if they nested there, since south coast nesting Warbling Vireos aren’t that common. I’m thinking it’s about time we walked Atascadero Creek to listen across to the gas plant property for singing Wilson’s Warblers for the same reason. The cool spring has been beneficial to vegetation on the South Coast, which may encourage some of these more northerly (in the county) nesters.
My lists and some poor photos attached here!
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46271943 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46271943>

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46272037 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46272037>

Good birding!
Joan Lentz
 

Back to top
Date: 6/3/18 3:27 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] West Camino Cielo
I drove the 5 miles of West Camino Cielo closest to Refugio Pass today. I made three short stops in the burned area, and heard Black-Chinned Sparrow singing at one, Rock Wren singing at one, and Laz Bunting singing at two. Rock Wren seems notable for the time of year. I recorded it, and you can just barely hear it here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46271900 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46271900>

Another bad recording, of the Black-chinned Sparrow, on this list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46272554 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46272554>


Tom Turner

Goleta
 

Back to top
Date: 6/3/18 1:52 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
All,

Spent some time looking for interesting breeding records. The Eared Grebes
are all gone bar two and these showed no indication of nesting behavior.
There were 2 pairs of Western Grebes with young, 3 pairs of Clark's with
young, and one mixed pair with young. A female Redhead had 12 chicks and
there were 2-3 Mallard broods and a single Gadwall brood.

4 Least Terns were fishing in the river. Late migrant/summering shorebirds
incliuded 2 SB Dowitchers and a Red-necked Phalarope.

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

<nlethaby...>
Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

 

Back to top
Date: 6/3/18 9:04 am
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Drum Canyon Road - Norther Harrier, Lawrence's Goldfinch
Felt the need to go somewhere a bit different so headed up and over Drum Canyon Road from Hwy 246 to Los Alamos. At the summit I had a male Northern Harrier fly over. Outside of Los Alamos a large weedy field  ( 34.72207 -120.27894) had dozens of Lawrence's Goldfinches along with many House Finch and some Lesser Goldfinch. A few Lazuli Bunting sang on the hillside across the road. Other birds were the expected Dark-eyed Juncos, Orange Crowned Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher etc.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 8:41 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Baron Ranch Trail and Quiota Creek
I hiked the Baron Ranch Trail this afternoon, from 2 - 6 pm. I made it the whole way, and it is all really nice. There is a loop at the top that climbs onto the ridge. It was only sunny and exposed for about a third of the loop, and there were lots of birds up there. If you try it, wear sturdy pants. The top loop is quite overgrown; mostly with wildflowers, but also lots of star thistle like weeds. In contrast, the lower part of the trail that was weedy is now weed whacked. There was another couple on the trail — first time I have seen anyone in several visits. Thanks to Brad Hacker for telling me about this place!

The most interesting birds for me were:

-Tons of Phainopepla. I counted 13. They were spread from near the start of the trail to the loop at the top, near the ridge. At least three were singing, all of them up on the top loop.

-Tons of Costa’s Hummingbirds. There were 5 males, also very spread out from the bottom of the trail to the top. I counted one female as well. There were also Black-chinned and Anna’s hummingbirds in lower numbers.

-There were a few Laz Buntings and Rufous-Crowned Sparrows singing up on the top loop.

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46253586 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46253586>

I also went to Quiota Creek this morning with some UCSB honors students. Not much of note, but I was happy to hear Blue Grosbeaks singing here.

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46241978 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46241978>

Tom

Goleta, CA
 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 3:18 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Refugio Canyon
All,

I checked the canyon both this morning and yesterday. There was no definite
evidence of migrants, although it's hard to be sure with species like
wood-pewees. I had up to 7 Lawrence's Goldfinches, a couple of Purple
Finches, a chat, and female Black-chinned Hummers in two separate spots. On
Friday, I also had a Northern Pygmy Owl calling.

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

<nlethaby...>
Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 2:36 pm
From: Guy Tingos <guytingos...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Hollister Ranch field trip
During an Audubon field trip to Hollister Ranch today, I noted the following:

8-12 Western Meadowlarks singing in grassland/mustard fields along Hollister Ranch Road from west of Gaviota State Beach well into Hollister Ranch

2-4 Lawrence’s Goldfinches within 1/2 mile of the coast in 2 different areas on the Ranch

2 Great Egrets in a eucalyptus tree near a pond on the Ranch; no nest seen

1 Spotted Sandpiper at the same pond as above

12-16 male and several female Tri-colored Blackbirds apparently on territory in cattails .2 miles from the ocean on Hollister Ranch


Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

--
Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27023): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27023
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20892214
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20892214/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
Email sent to: <lists...>
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 12:10 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak on East Camino Cielo
While conducting a bird survey on East Camino Cielo at 2915 feet elevation,
I heard a grosbeak-like vocalization that sounded a bit different than
BhGr. This was in a grove of 20-30 Eucalyptus amongst which were a bunch
of bee hives. Soon I heard 3 birds singing what I thought was exactly the
same song. I thought that all had to be Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Not so.
There were two male Black-headed Grosbeaks present, which I assume were the
other singers. These 3 male birds were involved in some sort of song
competition. After listening to my recording, differences between the RbGr
and one of the of the BhGr can be heard and seen on the sonograph. You may
detect those differences also here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46240613

On Kinevan Ranch just 40-50m upstream of the new, upper bridge a *Brown
Creeper* was singing.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 11:57 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
Interesting observations and suggestions.

Rob

On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 11:41 AM, Phila Rogers <philajane...> wrote:

> Could this be a form of "Anting" encouraging ants to come into their
> feathers and release formic acid which can act like and insecticide? Phila
> Rogers
>
> On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 10:37 AM, Tom Miko <tgmiko...> wrote:
>
>> This sounds like dust bathing, against mites, or other arthropods in the
>> feathers.
>> Tom
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:05 PM Bryan <ng1...> wrote:
>>
>>> I just saw a bird in my yard exhibit a behavior I have not seen before.
>>> I’m no expert, but it may have been a Black Phoebe or a Wester Wood Peewee.
>>> The head was dark with a spike on top, like a punk haircut. It flew down
>>> out of a tree, landed on a patch of bare dirt, and immediately spread out
>>> both wings to lay flat on the ground. It sat like that for several minutes.
>>> It didn’t seem to be scanning for insects, though it looked around a
>>> little, maybe for safety. I was sitting in a chair, and it flew away when I
>>> slowly stood up to get a better look. The ground was dry, the temperature
>>> in the mid 70s, no wind. Location is Antone and SM Foothills Preserve on
>>> June 01 at 1:30 PM. It seemed odd. Was it just warming itself?
>>>
>>> -----
>>> Bryan Mumford
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 11:48 am
From: Phila Rogers <philajane...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
Could this be a form of "Anting" encouraging ants to come into their
feathers and release formic acid which can act like and insecticide? Phila
Rogers

On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 10:37 AM, Tom Miko <tgmiko...> wrote:

> This sounds like dust bathing, against mites, or other arthropods in the
> feathers.
> Tom
>
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:05 PM Bryan <ng1...> wrote:
>
>> I just saw a bird in my yard exhibit a behavior I have not seen before.
>> I’m no expert, but it may have been a Black Phoebe or a Wester Wood Peewee.
>> The head was dark with a spike on top, like a punk haircut. It flew down
>> out of a tree, landed on a patch of bare dirt, and immediately spread out
>> both wings to lay flat on the ground. It sat like that for several minutes.
>> It didn’t seem to be scanning for insects, though it looked around a
>> little, maybe for safety. I was sitting in a chair, and it flew away when I
>> slowly stood up to get a better look. The ground was dry, the temperature
>> in the mid 70s, no wind. Location is Antone and SM Foothills Preserve on
>> June 01 at 1:30 PM. It seemed odd. Was it just warming itself?
>>
>> -----
>> Bryan Mumford
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 10:39 am
From: Tom Miko <tgmiko...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
This sounds like dust bathing, against mites, or other arthropods in the
feathers.
Tom

On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:05 PM Bryan <ng1...> wrote:

> I just saw a bird in my yard exhibit a behavior I have not seen before.
> I’m no expert, but it may have been a Black Phoebe or a Wester Wood Peewee.
> The head was dark with a spike on top, like a punk haircut. It flew down
> out of a tree, landed on a patch of bare dirt, and immediately spread out
> both wings to lay flat on the ground. It sat like that for several minutes.
> It didn’t seem to be scanning for insects, though it looked around a
> little, maybe for safety. I was sitting in a chair, and it flew away when I
> slowly stood up to get a better look. The ground was dry, the temperature
> in the mid 70s, no wind. Location is Antone and SM Foothills Preserve on
> June 01 at 1:30 PM. It seemed odd. Was it just warming itself?
>
> -----
> Bryan Mumford
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 6/2/18 10:08 am
From: Aaron Kreisberg <akberg90...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] LLC Least Bittern, Refugio
I had a fly over of a bird that fit the profile of the least bittern. It
was a mediocre look, however I believe it was the bittern. Noticeable even
in the poor light was the dark/light color contrast between the back and
belly of the bird. It was just before 8:30 in the evening and we were
standing on the northern bridge. The bird flew to the South and appeared to
land in the rushes just below the western overlook it was reported seen
from. I hustled over and tried to refind it unsuccessfully.

Aaron

On May 30, 2018 7:58 AM, "Glenn Kincaid" <glenn...> wrote:

Very similar scenario this morning, with a quiet bird landing near
34.4421536,-119.8496091
Perched on waters edge until I departed.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

On May 27, 2018, at 10:39 PM, Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...>
wrote:

After a couple failed attempts to find the Least Bittern at LLC last month,
I found it today from the north side of the lake (my location approximately
here: 34.44321, -119.84910). Just before the trail drops down into the Eucs
near the lake, there is a little spur trail from the end of which you can
look over the lake. After scanning from there for about 5 minutes, the bird
flew from east to west and landed in open view in the tules on the west
side of the lake. It was vocalizing the whole time it was in view, about 10
minutes total.

Some fuzzy photos and more info on where I saw it here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46084518

This afternoon at Refugio, we were not able to hear or see Nick L's Hooded
Warbler. Lots of birds though, including a Hermit Warbler, which the
reference material tells me is somewhat late at this date.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara



 

Back to top
Date: 6/1/18 11:02 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] East Camino Cielo and Kinevan this morning, 1 June 2018
I made 22 stops along East Camino Cielo starting at Gibralter Rd, then
heading west. The most noteworthy find was the scarcity of wrens and
hummingbirds. Only 4 Bewick's Wren and 0 House Wrens were detected. I saw
only a couple unidentified hummers and no Black-chinned Sparrows. I did
manage to see Mountain Quail and I heard them at several other stops. Also
present were Olive-sided Flycatcher and Black-throated Gray Warbler 500m
east of La Cumbre Pk. Rufous-crowned Sparrows and Steller's Jays were at
several spots.

At *Kinevan Rd*, at the mid-point along the road the creek makes a sharp
bend where water is empounded. Here a *Cassin's Vireo* sang. About 100m
down the road from this mid-point, a *Hermit Thrush* sang for 7 minutes
upslope of the road. This area is near 34.5048 -119.82253.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

 

Back to top
Date: 6/1/18 8:34 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] West Camino Cielo
My last attempt to hike along West Camino Cielo was almost a month ago.  I wanted to look for "fire followers" among the emergent vegetation after the fire, but was completely stymied that day due to dense fog along the ridge.  I finally got back to the area today and had a good morning botanically, but unexpectedly it was a good morning for birding up there too.    
I parked about 3 miles up WCC from its intersection with Refugio Road (opposite 1150 WCC) and then hiked almost as far as the first communication station and back, which I figure was a round-trip distance of 4 miles.  From the very beginning, I started picking up Lazuli Buntings and Ash-throated flycatchers.  At first I though they were flying into the burned area from the unburned area above the road, but eventually I reached the point where both sides of the road were burned and I was still getting them as well as the birds mentioned below.  
I counted at least 10 male Lazulis and 3 females.  The males were all singing.  The Ash-throated were almost always in pairs, and I must have had at least 6 of them.   In addition I had Anna's Hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and most of the usual chaparral birds in good numbers, including both California and Mountain Quail (the latter heard only).  The highlight of the morning was hearing at least 3 different Black-chinned Sparrows singing, possibly 4.  Two (or three if the second one I heard was a different bird from the first one) were singing from the ridge line well above the road; the other was well below the road in one of the canyons.  For the first one, I spotted a small bird on the ridge line that appeared to be the one singing, but it was too far away to identify visually even through binoculars.
As for the flowers, I found lots of Phacelia, including the large-flowered kind and two other species with smaller flowers in good abundance.  The Zygadene lilies I found on my last visit are almost done, but Yuccas are coming into bloom all over the hillside in both burned and unburned areas.  Hummingbirds seemed to be finding them very attractive.  As I got higher and higher up the road, I began getting large patches of Whispering Bells, another fire follower.  As I mentioned after my previous visit, the chaparral shrubs like Manzanita, Chamise, Toyon, and Scrub Oak are resprouting nicely.  One Toyon's new growth was already 4' high.
All in all, it was a great morning with mild temperature, a light breeze, and plenty to look at.
Florence Sanchez

 

Back to top
Date: 6/1/18 8:11 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior

Dear Bryna,
My guess is that the bird was a Black Phoebe and it was sun-bathing, as birds sometimes do.
Florence Sanchez
On Friday, June 1, 2018, 3:30:27 PM PDT, Dianna <diannaricky...> wrote:

Bryan,

I observed this interesting behavior for the first time with a California Scrub Jay about a year ago so googled "bird on ground with wings spread" and there were many hits on the topic of birds sunning or sunbathing.  Here is a good site.

https://www.thespruce.com/bird-sunning-386442

Dianna Ricky
Santa Barbara 

 

Back to top
Date: 6/1/18 4:11 pm
From: Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] YoungGrebes
A mid morning walk around Los Carneros did not reveal a Least Bittern, but we did find a family of Pied-billed Grebes. Two adults and six quite young chicks were in the reeds along the south shore between the outlet and the dam.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

 

Back to top
Date: 6/1/18 3:30 pm
From: Dianna <diannaricky...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
Bryan,

I observed this interesting behavior for the first time with a California Scrub Jay about a year ago so googled "bird on ground with wings spread" and there were many hits on the topic of birds sunning or sunbathing.  Here is a good site.

https://www.thespruce.com/bird-sunning-386442

Dianna Ricky
Santa Barbara

 

Back to top
Date: 6/1/18 2:05 pm
From: Bryan <ng1...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
I just saw a bird in my yard exhibit a behavior I have not seen before. I’m no expert, but it may have been a Black Phoebe or a Wester Wood Peewee. The head was dark with a spike on top, like a punk haircut. It flew down out of a tree, landed on a patch of bare dirt, and immediately spread out both wings to lay flat on the ground. It sat like that for several minutes. It didn’t seem to be scanning for insects, though it looked around a little, maybe for safety. I was sitting in a chair, and it flew away when I slowly stood up to get a better look. The ground was dry, the temperature in the mid 70s, no wind. Location is Antone and SM Foothills Preserve on June 01 at 1:30 PM. It seemed odd. Was it just warming itself?

-----
Bryan Mumford




-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27012): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27012
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20813725
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20813725/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
Email sent to: <lists...>
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/31/18 1:02 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Nojoqui Park
This morning during our check on the Purple Martins, Adrian O’Lochlen and I saw an adult male Rose- breasted Grosbeak at Nojoqui Park. It was joined by 3 other Grosbeaks. After watching them for some time, we concluded there was a 2nd year male Black-headed Grosbeak, an adult female Black-headed Grosbeak, and a female type of undetermined species ( not good views), though the amount of color on the breast would likely indicate Black-headed.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27011): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27011
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20761774
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20761774/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
Email sent to: <lists...>
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/30/18 7:43 pm
From: John Bailey <johngregorybailey...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mocker Update
The Meadows complex in Carpinteria, where I live, regularly hosts breeding American Crows, Northern Mockingbirds, Black Phoebes and House Finches. There must be a few other species sitting on nests, I just haven’t seen them. California Towhees, sure; Anna Hummingbirds, yep . . . Hooded Orioles, maybe; Acorn Woodpeckers, in telephone poles just off the complex property.

Last night I observed—from our hot tub—fifteen minutes of Mocker-on-Crow aerial combat. A few days ago, recall, I reported that three Mocker territories come together poolside. Last night five of six breeding Mockers formed up to defend their nests from the predation of Crow parents hunting up food morsels for their own young, waiting in a treetop nest close by.


I couldn’t catch it all, two black bombers zooming about with gray-and-white fighters diving and jinking after them, in and out of shrubbery, behind structures, above me, behind me, all around me. Upshot, one nestling Mocker was wrestled from its parents and dismembered atop our poolside rec room.


Nature—red of tooth and claw.

John Bailey


 

Back to top
Date: 5/30/18 2:16 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Barka Slough May 29
I walked alongside the full length of Barka Slough yesterday morning, starting at about mp 1.89 and going almost to the intersection of San Antonio Road with Highway 1, and then back again.  It took about 3 hours, starting shortly after 6 a.m. and ending about 9:05.  I estimate this is 4 miles round trip.
Though it was overcast the entire time, bird activity was good and this area never disappoints. Unfortunately the gray skies meant I had a lot of unidentified dark blobs in flight or perched against the horizon, but I don't think I missed anything significant.
The stars were the Blue Grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings.  I had a least 6 singing males of the Grosbeaks and up to 10 of the Buntings, plus a few females.  One pair of Buntings was carrying food.  Black-headed Grosbeaks were everywhere and singing almost constantly.  I heard several Yellow-breasted Chats and Swainson's Thrushes, but none came out into view today.  As usual, there were Yellow and Wilson's warblers in the willows and Common Yellowthroats were positively abundant, as were California Quail.  I thought the gray skies would inhibit Swallow activity, but I eventually had good flocks of both Tree and Cliff Swallows, as well as 3 Rough-winged over the ranch field with the broken windmill.
I found no Eastern vagrants on this trip, but there were two surprises:  An immature male Bullock's Oriole (not quite all orange) in the large cottonwood near mp 189, and a Lawrence's Goldfinch near mp 2.79 that flew from the field across the road to perch on a dead willow snag in front of me long enough to be clearly identified.  It even gave its little "tink-o" call before flying off.
When I arrived at my parking spot, I looked back down the road and saw a scruffy coyote walking down the middle of it.  When I got out of the car, it gave me a once-over before coolly departing.
Note:  the roadside weeds have not been mowed so far this year.
Florence Sanchez

 

Back to top
Date: 5/30/18 7:58 am
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] LLC Least Bittern, Refugio
Very similar scenario this morning, with a quiet bird landing near 34.4421536,-119.8496091
Perched on waters edge until I departed.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

> On May 27, 2018, at 10:39 PM, Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...> wrote:
>
> After a couple failed attempts to find the Least Bittern at LLC last month, I found it today from the north side of the lake (my location approximately here: 34.44321, -119.84910). Just before the trail drops down into the Eucs near the lake, there is a little spur trail from the end of which you can look over the lake. After scanning from there for about 5 minutes, the bird flew from east to west and landed in open view in the tules on the west side of the lake. It was vocalizing the whole time it was in view, about 10 minutes total.
>
> Some fuzzy photos and more info on where I saw it here:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46084518
>
> This afternoon at Refugio, we were not able to hear or see Nick L's Hooded Warbler. Lots of birds though, including a Hermit Warbler, which the reference material tells me is somewhat late at this date.
>
> Conor Scotland
> Santa Barbara
>

 

Back to top
Date: 5/29/18 5:26 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
Hi Dika,
I believe your bird is a Mew Gull. You've got a good eye (and brilliant
camera work) to pick that out.
Do you have any pictures showing the tail? The long bill could indicate
that its a male, but that and the tail pattern could feed discussion about
the other forms in the Mew Gull group.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 9:44 PM, Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
wrote:

> Yesterday early evening I walked a stretch of East Beach facing the Hilton
> Hotel and there was only one gull present (same the night before) that
> looked rather delicate and although I've never seen such a gull before I
> tentatively ID it as 1st year Mew Gull. If anyone would care to give me a
> positive ID I'd appreciate it. Photos:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/albums/72157696791880974
>
> After that I birded East Beach where there were at least 18 Ruddy Ducks
> including two males sparring, two breeding Black-crowned Night herons and
> one juvenile, three Coot chicks, a Hooded Oriole, numerous Black-necked
> Stilts acting as though they were nesting, and other expected species.
> Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/
>
> This afternoon I searched without success for the Least Bittern reported
> yesterday by Conor Scotland at Lake Los Carneros. Thanks, Dika
> Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 5/29/18 3:18 pm
From: Adam Lewis (sbfledgling) <aj.lewis...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Phainopepla Yardbird Update
I saw the first Phainopepla April 29. The number increased through May 12 when 10 were counted, 8 in a Mimosa tree and 2 in the Pineapple Guava under it. According to Lehmann’s BOSBC this is a candidate for the largest Phainopepla sighting in Santa Barbara County. The number of birds has fallen off as the flowers are consumed and age out but I saw one as late as yesterday (May 28).  I took a number of photos which enticed me to attempt to ID sex and age.  What follows are my thoughts based on two references.  I appreciate any feedback if you think I got it wrong. 
Of the ones I caught on camera some are obvious adults in ‘Definitive Basic plumage’. The others are first year birds but none have the yellow gape or dark iris of the juvenile (good picture of one here https://www.flickr.com/photos/151398845@N06/35231649935/ ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/151398845@N06/35231649935/ ) ). From the description of the Phainopepla Nitens in Birds of North America on-line and the monograph “ Postjuvenal Molt and the Appearance of Sexual Characters of Plumage in Phainopepla Nitens ” (Alden Miller, 1933) the first year birds are in ‘Basic I plumage’ (postjuvenal molt). Assignations have been added to some of the individuals shown in https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/albums/72157668938377388 ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/albums/72157668938377388 )  

Of note is the varied appearance of the first-year males. One has roughly a 50/50 mix of brown and black feathers (PHAINOPEPLA 2) and another is almost entirely black but having white edges (PHAINOPEPLA 10). Miller says this white edging appears only in first year males. The two references state feather color in the first year males depends on the sexual maturity when the feathers grow out, i.e., body chemistry. Since the maturation of the male changes during its first year it follows that some feathers can grow black and some brown. Additionally, the pied appearance of PHAINOPEPLA 2 lasts for a few months until it molts again and grows its all-black adult feathers.

Phainopeplas breed in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona approximately February through April. When it gets hot they depart for the California coastal plain where breeding occurs approximately May – Jul. Since the Goleta birds are not juveniles but older it seems likely they were bred in Arizona not Santa Barbara.  

Prof. Glenn Walsberg, a principal author of the species account in the Birds of North America on-line has seen the photos and made instructive comments. He concurs these yard birds most likely bred in the Sonoran Desert and pointed me to the Miller monograph. I appreciate his time.

Adam Lewis
Goleta

 

Back to top
Date: 5/29/18 3:12 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
I'm having a hard time with this bleached/worn gull, but to me the bill
long size and flat head shape seems wrong for Mew Gull or Ring-billed Gull.



On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:44 PM, Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
wrote:

> Yesterday early evening I walked a stretch of East Beach facing the Hilton
> Hotel and there was only one gull present (same the night before) that
> looked rather delicate and although I've never seen such a gull before I
> tentatively ID it as 1st year Mew Gull. If anyone would care to give me a
> positive ID I'd appreciate it. Photos:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/albums/72157696791880974
>
> After that I birded East Beach where there were at least 18 Ruddy Ducks
> including two males sparring, two breeding Black-crowned Night herons and
> one juvenile, three Coot chicks, a Hooded Oriole, numerous Black-necked
> Stilts acting as though they were nesting, and other expected species.
> Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/
>
> This afternoon I searched without success for the Least Bittern reported
> yesterday by Conor Scotland at Lake Los Carneros. Thanks, Dika
> Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

Back to top
Date: 5/29/18 8:29 am
From: John Bailey <johngregorybailey...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mockingbird Behavior
The other day I observed Northern Mockingbird behavior I’ve not seen before—

After birding lower Carpinteria Creek—radically altered following this winter’s flooding and the retaining wall work going on beside the sewage treatment plant—I observed a Mocker apply the breaks for a telephone wire landing while simultaneously reversing course to alight facing the direction from which it had come, a maneuver of a fraction of a second that left me rubbing my eyes—had I really seen what I thought I’d seen?


In the evening, from the perspective of a poolside hot tub, I witnessed a three-pack of Mockers zoom the surrounding deck, with tail-end-Charlie dropping off to forage the deck itself and a close-by shrub bed while the leaders of the pack took up observation perches. Occasionally, tail-end-Charlie—obviously, a fledgling—would gape in the direction of his/her parents begging for food then reluctantly return to foraging, perhaps under the compulsion of an empty stomach and night coming on. I was watching two instincts stretch a rubber band to the breaking point. Another day or two, TEC’s on his/her own.


From this same hot tub, I’ve learned to distinguish Mocker territorial boundaries—three coming together poolside—and to distinguish from among many calls (Mimus polyglottus, remember) the one that says “CAT,” a call I can myself perform, a rough kissing sound. Even with no cat in sight, I know a cat is present, skulking about as is their want. Sadly, the cat most often called out in this manner is the same one bringing Mocker nestlings to my back door—warm, dying, inedible.

John Bailey
Carpinteria

 

Back to top
Date: 5/28/18 8:44 pm
From: Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] East Beach Gull - Mew Gull maybe
Yesterday early evening I walked a stretch of East Beach facing the Hilton
Hotel and there was only one gull present (same the night before) that
looked rather delicate and although I've never seen such a gull before I
tentatively ID it as 1st year Mew Gull. If anyone would care to give me a
positive ID I'd appreciate it. Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/albums/72157696791880974

After that I birded East Beach where there were at least 18 Ruddy Ducks
including two males sparring, two breeding Black-crowned Night herons and
one juvenile, three Coot chicks, a Hooded Oriole, numerous Black-necked
Stilts acting as though they were nesting, and other expected species.
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

This afternoon I searched without success for the Least Bittern reported
yesterday by Conor Scotland at Lake Los Carneros. Thanks, Dika
Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

 

Back to top
Date: 5/28/18 12:52 pm
From: Guy Tingos <guytingos...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Coastal Black-chinned Sparrow
Betsy and I hiked the Baron Ranch trail this morning and had a Black-chinned Sparrow singing on a chaparral-covered hillside at approximately 34°28’ 39” N, 120° 06’ 57” W. This is just over .5 miles from the ocean. We did not see the bird, but we heard the unmistakable song several times from the ranch road/trail.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

--
Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27002): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27002
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20400984
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20400984/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/27/18 10:39 pm
From: Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] LLC Least Bittern, Refugio
After a couple failed attempts to find the Least Bittern at LLC last month,
I found it today from the north side of the lake (my location approximately
here: 34.44321, -119.84910). Just before the trail drops down into the Eucs
near the lake, there is a little spur trail from the end of which you can
look over the lake. After scanning from there for about 5 minutes, the bird
flew from east to west and landed in open view in the tules on the west
side of the lake. It was vocalizing the whole time it was in view, about 10
minutes total.

Some fuzzy photos and more info on where I saw it here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46084518

This afternoon at Refugio, we were not able to hear or see Nick L's Hooded
Warbler. Lots of birds though, including a Hermit Warbler, which the
reference material tells me is somewhat late at this date.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

 

Back to top
Date: 5/27/18 1:32 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] No luck finding the Hooded Warbler
I and others looked. I’m leaving; others still here.

Tom Turner
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#27000): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27000
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20346900
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20346900/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/27/18 11:24 am
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Hooded Warbler
All,

I found a singing male Hooded Warbler in Refugio Canyon this morning around
10.30 am. It was up the canyon near to the entrance of the Circle Bar-B
Ranch. Head up the canyon 2-3 miles.About 100 yards or so before you would
turn into the ranch, there is a set of three yellow road signs on the right
side of the road, including a 'slippery when wet' sign. The bird was about
50 yards downstream of this. The creek is on the right side of the road
here. It was singing fairly frequently.

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

<nlethaby...>
Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

 

Back to top
Date: 5/27/18 7:54 am
From: Don Blackwill <Dblackwi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Scheffield Reservoir, Bell's Vireo--NOT
We, this is embarrassing. I went back up to Scheffield this morning and what I called a Bell’s Vireo yesterday clearly is not. It’s a gnatcatcher, most probably Blue-Gray—in fact a family of them. I clearly have to get out more.
My apologies to all.
Don Blackwill

Sent from Mail for Windows 10


 

Back to top
Date: 5/26/18 3:21 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Late (?) Greater White-fronted Geese
I was very surprised to see two very faded-looking Greater White-fronted
Geese at Devereux Slough at about 2pm today. This is later than what Lehman
(2018) considers to be the latest spring records and could involve birds
looking to oversummer.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

 

Back to top
Date: 5/26/18 12:12 pm
From: Don Blackwill <Dblackwi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Scheffield Reservoir, Bell's Vireo
I took a stroll around Scheffield Reservoir this morning.  Lots of Cliff Swallows and House Finches, several other common birds, but I did get a very good look at a Bell's Vireo.  (New bird for me.)
Don Blackwill
Santa Barbara

 

Back to top
Date: 5/24/18 7:10 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black Swifts Goleta Coast
I just had three Black Swifts at low altitude over the West Campus Bluffs. What a year for them!

Tom Turner
Goleta


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#26995): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/26995
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20162156
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20162156/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/23/18 10:10 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough 5/23/2018
This was the first day this year that I saw no sandpipers of any kind. On the other hand, there was a single Clark's Grebe loosely associating with one Western, and a very late and rather dull-plumaged female Bufflehead. I wonder about the health of this duck as I have seen it (presumably the same individual) sitting on the mud bank on several occasions in the past weeks. An immature Cooper's Hawk passed quickly through; I thought it was somewhat atypical habitat though I have seen this species here before. No falcons or Osprey today.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

 

Back to top
Date: 5/23/18 6:10 pm
From: Guy Tingos <guytingos...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Some Santa Ynez Valley notables
Last week at the Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), we had a Prairie Falcon and a Peregrine Falcon engage in a dynamic aerial display that included lots of vocalizations and a moment when the 2 birds locked talons. Today at Sedgwick, there was a Virginia Rail continuing at the main pond and a very late Lewis’s Woodpecker.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

--
Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#26993): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/26993
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/20006766
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/20006766/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/23/18 5:01 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Purple Martins in and around Nojoqui Park
This morning Adrian O’loghlen and I made the rounds to check on the progress of Purple Martins in the known nesting sites in Santa Barbara County.

At Nojoqui Falls Park we saw at least 5 Purple Martins. There was one female in a cavity near Alisal Road. (There was also a recently fledged American Kestrel at the park)

In the large Sycamore tree in the center of the field on the N side of Alisal Rd, approx .3 miles east of the park, we saw at least 10 Martins, with four or more cavities being visited.

At the entrance to Alisal Ranch, we saw at least 4 Purple Martins, all airborne.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara





-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#26992): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/26992
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/19996854
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/19996854/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Back to top
Date: 5/22/18 1:50 pm
From: Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Possible nesting Bell’s Sparrow

George and I walked one of the brushy steep canyons on the ranch today and had a male Bells Sparrow singing and acting like on territory. He joined a female and then went to a new perch singing again. This was in a location that I have seen Bells Sparrow before but assumed it was a migrant.

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas ranch
Santa Ynez

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Groups.io Links:

You receive all messages sent to this group.

View/Reply Online (#26991): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/26991
View All Messages In Topic (1): https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topic/19769298
Mute This Topic: https://groups.io/mt/19769298/858290
New Topic: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/post
-=-=-
For everything birding in Santa Barbara County: http://www.sbcobirding.com
Read the County Reporting List guidelines: http://www.sbcobirding.com/countyreportinglist.html
Updated status & distribution of Santa Barbara County birds: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/
SB Breeding Bird Study: Explore at http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/
-=-=-
Change Your Subscription: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/editsub/858290
Group Home: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
Contact Group Owner: main+<owner...>
Terms of Service: https://groups.io/static/tos
Unsubscribe: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/unsub
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

Join us on Facebook!