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8/19/18 3:49 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] La Jolla Trail/Ballard Campground, 2018-08-17
8/19/18 12:39 pm Janice Levasheff via Groups.Io <jlevasheff=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] SB Audubon Birdwalk on August 24 (Friday) at Goleta Beach
8/18/18 6:49 pm William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...> [sbcobirding] Black Turnstones
8/18/18 5:21 am <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...> [sbcobirding] searching for Red-footed Boobies
8/17/18 10:54 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Coal Oil Point Reserve today
8/17/18 7:07 pm Meg White <meggorilla...> [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca
8/17/18 4:29 pm Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach this morning
8/17/18 11:53 am Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Miguelito Park - Townsends Warbler
8/17/18 10:05 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp Salt Marah
8/16/18 10:39 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Two Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Refugio State Beach
8/16/18 8:29 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Coronado, Ellwood
8/16/18 4:56 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] file under "improbable sightings"
8/15/18 11:56 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Birdingpal contact lost
8/15/18 11:37 am Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] SB Harbor and Ledbetter Beach 8-15
8/14/18 8:06 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] Jameson Lake
8/14/18 7:02 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
8/14/18 5:13 pm Alan Prichard <alan.prichard...> [sbcobirding] Jameson Lake
8/14/18 8:35 am Bradley Hacker via Groups.Io <bradley_r_hacker=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Least Terns
8/13/18 11:03 pm Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> [sbcobirding] Good afternoon for birds at Goleta Beach
8/13/18 8:09 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach herons and egrets and ospreys
8/13/18 5:56 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] UCSB Beaches Aug. 13
8/13/18 1:18 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Wastewater Plant - Baird's Sandpiper
8/11/18 7:57 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach
8/11/18 4:08 pm David Pereksta <pereksta...> [sbcobirding] Aug 29 pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers
8/11/18 12:10 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] COPR Least Terns
8/10/18 11:46 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
8/10/18 11:27 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] WW Dove
8/9/18 10:03 am Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach herons & egrets Wed.
8/8/18 10:07 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Does this look like a Lesser Yellowlegs?
8/8/18 10:06 am John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Does this look like a Lesser Yellowlegs?
8/7/18 4:55 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] birding today at west campus bluffs, Devereux, Goleta Beach
8/7/18 4:25 pm John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Park banded Knot
8/7/18 4:13 pm Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] birding today at west campus bluffs, Devereux, Goleta Beach
8/7/18 12:12 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Cattle Egret at Devereux Slough
8/7/18 12:08 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Cattle Egret at Devereux Slough
8/6/18 5:17 pm Glenn Kincaid <glenn...> [sbcobirding] Nazca Booby In Ventura
8/6/18 11:28 am Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned, Little Blue
8/6/18 9:07 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] First of Season Birds in Carp
8/5/18 2:44 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park - Sunday AM
8/5/18 1:43 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Reddish Egret, Ocean Park
8/4/18 2:25 pm Robert Lindsay <capnbob...> Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beaches Saturday
8/4/18 10:58 am Robert Lindsay <capnbob...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beaches Saturday
8/4/18 8:36 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] Mallards
8/2/18 7:09 pm Adrian O&#39;Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron @ Goleta Slough
8/2/18 2:15 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] GSD
8/2/18 1:21 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Recent Shorebird Birding
8/2/18 1:06 pm Lethaby, Nick via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Tattlers
8/2/18 12:22 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] late posting regarding Wandering Tattler
8/2/18 11:12 am John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh this morning
8/2/18 11:06 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] Best way to update your "sbcobirding" email address
8/1/18 8:54 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp St. Beach
8/1/18 8:46 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] YC Night Heron returns to Carp
7/31/18 2:54 pm Jasen Liu via Groups.Io <gkoprs=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Semipalmated Sandpipers and Mystery Golden-Plover
7/30/18 6:46 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Two Black Terns at Ocean Park
7/30/18 10:02 am Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...> [sbcobirding] Grosbeak
7/29/18 9:11 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River Estuary this afternoon, 29 July
7/29/18 2:47 pm Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> [sbcobirding] Shorebirds, skimmers,etc. Mission Creek Outflow
7/29/18 1:55 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
7/28/18 9:36 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] Devereux at noon 7/28/18
7/28/18 6:58 pm Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] hummers
7/27/18 6:42 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Grebe counts at Cachuma Lake 25 and 27 July 2018
7/27/18 6:08 pm Joan Murdoch <murdochsb...> [sbcobirding] Western Tanager
7/27/18 5:33 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach LBH, Reddish Egret, Glaucous-winged Gull
7/27/18 3:17 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach LBH, Reddish Egret, Glaucous-winged Gull
7/27/18 3:14 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach LBH, Ticolored Heron, Glaucous-winged Gull
7/27/18 12:04 pm Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Reddish egret continues
7/26/18 8:42 am Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] SB Audubon/CCBER Breeding Bird Study Update
7/25/18 6:08 pm Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Wandering tattlers
7/25/18 9:59 am Robert Lindsay <capnbob...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Coast
7/24/18 12:11 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach
7/23/18 8:39 pm David Kisner <david.kisner...> Re: [sbcobirding] 4 banded Western Bluebirds
7/23/18 6:58 pm Adam Lewis (sbfledgling) <aj.lewis...> [sbcobirding] 4 banded Western Bluebirds
7/22/18 4:43 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Triangle Pond Hotspot
7/22/18 4:16 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron near New Cuyama
 
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Date: 8/19/18 4:05 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cachum Christmas Bird Count Date
For you early planners out there, the 20th Annual Cachuma Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Your Cachuma CBC Team,

Cruz, Kate, Peter

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Date: 8/19/18 3:49 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] La Jolla Trail/Ballard Campground, 2018-08-17
Last Friday I hiked down La Jolla Trail from Figueroa Mountain Rd to
(almost) Ballard camp and back up again. Despite a lot of sweat, I don't
have more to report than (besides the usuals): a SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD
(likely Allen's?), several NORTHERN FLICKER, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE,
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and a small group of LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH. The
creek was flowing solidly, but it was hot and buggy in the canyon. Sometime
next spring I'll try it again.

More exciting/less believable: While driving Figueroa Mountain Rd just
south of Ted Chamberlin Ranch I had a fleeting look of what seemed to be a
Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Note: the Midland School trails are closed for another week because of deer
hunting in Birabent Canyon.

Wim

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Date: 8/19/18 12:39 pm
From: Janice Levasheff via Groups.Io <jlevasheff=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SB Audubon Birdwalk on August 24 (Friday) at Goleta Beach
Dear all,
Our 8:30AM birdwalk for this coming Friday, August 24, will be at Goleta Beach/Lower Atascadero Creek.  This is a change from the originally scheduled venue.  Ennisbrook is still undergoing reconstruction.
Please make a note and join us!  For more details, please see: Friday Bird Walk: Location Change – Goleta Beach/Lower Atascadero Creek | Santa Barbara Audubon Society

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Janice LevasheffSanta Barbara Audubon Society

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Date: 8/18/18 6:49 pm
From: William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black Turnstones
18 crammed into a small area near the yacht club at 3:30 today.




--
Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/18/18 5:21 am
From: <lehman.paul...> <lehman.paul...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] searching for Red-footed Boobies
I assume most folks have been noting the recent surge in numbers of
Red-footed Boobies seen in San Diego and Orange County waters, with also
recent birds in Ventura, Monterey, and ??? counties. Presumably one
could find a bird in Santa Barbara or SLO with a bit of effort--such as
via checking areas with a bunch of fishing boat traffic, taking
whalewatch trips, or simply by doing a bunch of seawatching from a good
vantage point.  If I weren't heading to Alaska on Tuesday, I would
probably drive up to Santa Barbara for a visit and do a bunch of
seawatching from a place like Shoreline Park (rather than from
Goleta/Coal Oil Points) given the high volume of fishing boats coming
and going from Santa Barbara harbor. It may take a while (!), but this
may be the best opportunity to see this species locally in decades.

--Paul Lehman  (San Diego)


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Date: 8/17/18 10:54 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Coal Oil Point Reserve today
Jessica Nielsen and I conducted the monthly survey of COPR today. There is
more sand on the Devereux Beach than I've seen in several years. Well more
than 100 Snowy Plovers were seen consisting of breeders, their offspring,
and banded migrants from other areas. Yesterday, Jessica saw 4 Least Terns
on the beach. Peeps on the beach consisted of Least Sandpipers
exclusively.
A pair of adult White-tailed Kites maintain a territory west of the slough,
though they have evicted their offspring from their successful nesting
there.
Snowy Plovers were very successful this year on the slough as well as on
the beach. 3 adult, 2 fledglings, and 1 chick remain on the slough. 3
juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers joined 20 Western Sandpipers, 6 Least
Sandpipers, and 9 Red-necked Phalaropes. Belding's Savannah Sparrows act
like shorebirds as they forage on the mud between Pickleweed and the slough
channel. We counted 8 Belding's Sparrows.
Our slough checklist is here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47911626

Mark Holmgren
Goleta


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Date: 8/17/18 7:07 pm
From: Meg White <meggorilla...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca
Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch is sadly getting lower and lower to the point
where much of it is a dry bed. There were however some interesting species
wading in the flats on my way home from work tonight. There were four
white-faced ibis and the continuing Ruddy shelduck were of note. There was
much more to be seen out there but I had no scope with me, just a pair of
pocket binoculars.

Meg White
Hope Ranch

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Date: 8/17/18 4:29 pm
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach this morning
Hi All: At Goleta Beach this morning, Libby Patten and Santiago Lupe and I missed the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and we spent some time looking for it, walking over to the entrance bridge and viewing from the bike path….no luck. We did see the Little Blue Heron, missed the Reddish Egret. The mudflats are just looking great at this place, and we did see some Greater Yellowlegs, but no other shorebirds.
eBird list here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47908659 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47908659>

We then birded Devereux Slough, where nothing of interest showed, plus then went to the seep at the end of Coronado. There wasn’t much happening at the seep, but the water levels look good, and we just have to hope that they hold through the fall.

Good birding!
Joan Lentz
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Date: 8/17/18 11:53 am
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Miguelito Park - Townsends Warbler
Made a quick stop at Miguelito Park this morning and had Townsend's, Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warblers. Downy, Hairy, Nuttal's and Acorn Woodpeckers, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher  and many other expected birds rounded out a nice quick birding stop.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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Date: 8/17/18 10:05 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp Salt Marah
Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2018

Juv. YC NIGHT HERON continues in CSM Nature Park, eating crabs. NOTE: The
footbridge over Franklin Creek is closed while dredging goes on.

In the Reserve, at the Santa Monica Creek outflow (can't really call it a
'lagoon' any more) there was what for me was one fos SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER,
100+ WESTERN AND CA GULLS, several CASPIAN TERNS and (a first) a flock of
10 FORSTER'S TERNS. There were 3 dowitchers in the channel to the west of
the dirt road. GREATER YELLOWLEGS are popping up all over the marsh.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Date: 8/16/18 10:39 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Two Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Refugio State Beach
A quick late morning stop at Refugio State Beach today found two Yellow-crowned Night-Heron perched in the lower section of the creek just below the bridge.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/29147289077/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 8/16/18 8:29 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Coronado, Ellwood
With landbird migration creeping up, a spot of good news: there is quite a bit
of water at the end of Coronado in Ellwood, an area that in the past few years
has attracted a good number of migrants. The water extends further back than in
past years, and the birds are coming in to this back area making viewing
somewhat difficult. There was a fair turnover of birds yesterday, including two
Wilson's Warblers and a gang of Munias.

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Date: 8/16/18 4:56 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] file under "improbable sightings"
At about 3:30 PM today I turned onto Victoria St. from Chapala, in downtown Santa Barbara. Almost immediately a bird flew across my field of view and perched in a small tree in front of the Public Market. It looked like an Ash-throated Flycatcher in the less that 1/2 a second it was in view. I wouldn't be posting this except that a 15-minute parking space was available half way down the block. I took it and grabbed my glove-box bins. The bird had moved from its first perch and there seemed to be nothing but House Sparrows about; but I refound the target within a couple of minutes, in a small sycamore outside the Victoria St. entrance to the Public Market. It was indeed an Ash-throated Flycatcher, an adult with beat-up tail feathers that looked like nest-cavity wear. Improbable things do happen sometimes. 

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Date: 8/15/18 11:56 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Birdingpal contact lost
Hi all,

I just received a message from Colin Campbell, in Delaware through
Birdingpal.org saying he had lost the contact information he had received
from a SB birder who had contacted him regarding an upcoming visit to
Delaware. He asked if it was me; it was not. If it was you, please get
back in touch with him.

I'll inform him that I've posted this to SBCoBirding.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Date: 8/15/18 11:37 am
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SB Harbor and Ledbetter Beach 8-15
I walked from Shoreline Park to the Harbor and around the Sandspit this morning on a moderately low tide.  Ledbetter Beach had a nice gathering of Large Shorebirds, including 10 Long-billed Curlews, 8 Marbled Godwits (first ones I've seen this fall), 6 Whimbrels, 5 Willets, and 4 Black-bellied Plovers.
In the Harbor, the Osprey was again sitting on the Dredge Stack, and the usual assortment of Double-crested Cormorants and Brown Pelicans were roosting on the machine and the pipes.  Also present around the Harbor were the usual herons:  Great Blue, Black-crowned Night, and Snowy Egrets.  The breakwater had 2 Black Turnstones and 1 Wandering Tattler on the rocks.
There were almost no shorebirds on the sandspit:  Just 2 Willets and 1 Long-billed Curlew; however, on West Beach I spotted 4 more Godwits and another Long-billed Curlew.  Gulls resting on the spit were all Western (including some very fresh juveniles) except for 1 adult California Gull.  I had two Elegant Terns flying by the breakwater and 1 Caspian Tern flew over the yacht basin.
As a side note, Joan Lentz and I made a trip to Pine Mountain (Ventura Co) yesterday, following up on a trip we made last year on Aug 1.  We didn't know how good the birding would be this late in summer, but it turned out to be very good indeed.  Late summer is a great time to pick up young birds that have bred in the mountains and we also had small groups of warblers moving around the various places we stopped, usually in mixed flocks with the Chickadees.  So don't overlook mountain birding this time of year!
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Date: 8/14/18 8:06 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Jameson Lake
Hello Alan,

Any chance you can get a photo of the Pine Siskins? This would be quite
unusual in summer. We wouldn't expect to see them until September.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 5:13 PM Alan Prichard <alan.prichard...>
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> On the lake and at the compound:
>
> 4 Acorn Woodpecker
> 2 Western Scrub Jay
> 4 Pine Siskin
> 14 CA Quail
> 1 Black-headed grosbeak
> 95 American Coot
> 1 Great Blue Heron
> 4 Ruddy Duck
> 2 Black Phoebe
> 6 Mallard
> 18 Red-winged Blackbird
> 3 Mourning Dove
> 1 Band -tailed Pigeon
> 2 Oak Titmouse
>
> Of course and as usual, there were unidentified birds- I am getting better
> though, I ID’d most of the birds I spotted. I may have seen a group of
> Lawrence’s Goldfinches but can’t say for sure. Last week a Northern Harrier
> perched on the fence behind my trailer, and thoroughly upset the feeder
> regulars. The Pine Siskin are back! They appeared suddenly yesterday. I
> finally picked up a spotting scope, and that, combined with the guides that
> a few of your generous birders helped me obtain after the fire, I think I
> am finally starting to get the hang of this birding thing. Those Acorn
> Woodpeckers sure are nosy.
>
>
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Santa Maria, CA

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Date: 8/14/18 7:02 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
We apparently have another Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on our hands. One appeared in the lower section of Refugio Creek today during a brief mid-morning stop. David Levasheff  reported the bird recently being seen at Goleta Beach Park was present 45 minutes or so after I saw the one at Refugio.

Photo's here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/30172813668/in/dateposted-public/

If other have comparison photo's of other birds let us know if you see distinguishing marks.

Peter Schneekloth
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Date: 8/14/18 5:13 pm
From: Alan Prichard <alan.prichard...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jameson Lake
On the lake and at the compound:

4 Acorn Woodpecker 
2 Western Scrub Jay
4 Pine Siskin
14 CA Quail
1 Black-headed grosbeak
95 American Coot
1 Great Blue Heron
4 Ruddy Duck
2 Black Phoebe 
6 Mallard
18 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Mourning Dove
1 Band -tailed Pigeon
2 Oak Titmouse

Of course and as usual, there were unidentified birds- I am getting better though, I ID’d most of the birds I spotted. I may have seen a group of Lawrence’s Goldfinches but can’t say for sure. Last week a Northern Harrier perched on the fence behind my trailer, and thoroughly upset the feeder regulars. The Pine Siskin are back! They appeared suddenly yesterday. I finally picked up a spotting scope, and that, combined with the guides that a few of your generous birders helped me obtain after the fire, I think I am finally starting to get the hang of this birding thing. Those Acorn Woodpeckers sure are nosy.

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Date: 8/14/18 8:35 am
From: Bradley Hacker via Groups.Io <bradley_r_hacker=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Least Terns
3 on beach W of Campus Pt


Good birding,
Brad HackerGoletahttps://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/ 

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Date: 8/13/18 11:03 pm
From: Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Good afternoon for birds at Goleta Beach
I learned from previous posts that the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron
could be found from the bridge as you enter the park, and sure enough he
was very well camouflaged among dead trees above the water . The Reddish
Egret finally became active after standing around for a long time. The
Little Blue Heron flew in while I was photographing the Osprey who was
perched on a wire next to the wooden viewing platform. The Little Blue
Heron has been around for at least 6 months and it is the 1 month
anniversary of the first report of the Reddish Egret at this location.

I've included photos of them all in my eBird post:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47836522

Dika Golovatchoff
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Date: 8/13/18 8:09 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach herons and egrets and ospreys
Unique (?) Snowy Egret with pale orangish-brown frilly plumes. In all ways same as adult Snowy except for orangish-brown plumes that initially made me think Cattle Egret.  LBH and Reddish Egret also in channel and 2 Ospreys cruising the area. GBH and Great Egret there, no YC Night Heron seen.  Ron Hirst, SB

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Date: 8/13/18 5:56 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] UCSB Beaches Aug. 13
This morning I walked the UCSB beaches at low tide, starting about 6:30 a.m.  On the east facing beach, the stars were the Greater Yellowlegs--I had at least 20 of them scattered along the beach.  With them were about a dozen Semi-palmated Plovers, 5 Black-bellied Plovers, and a few Least Sandpipers.  Nearing campus Point, I picked up 4 Black Turnstones and on the point itself were 3 Wandering Tattlers.
The south-facing beach belonged to the "peep" today.  I gave up trying to count them as there were a lot and they kept moving up and down the beach and re-grouping, but the most numerous were the Semi-palmated Plovers, followed by Least Sandpipers.  Also present in smaller numbers were some Western Sandpipers.  There were no large shorebird encountered until I neared the Lagoon outfall, where there were about 10 Whimbrels and 2 Long-billed Curlews.
The UCSB Lagoon continues to almost devoid of birds. Present today were 2 Pied-billed Grebes and a couple of Mallards.  At the perimeter, I found 3-4 Black-necked Stilts and a lone Black-crowned Night Heron.  The cormorant roosts  of dead branches at water's edge had only a few Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Brown Pelican, and 1 Snowy Egret.
I made a quick stop at Goleta Beach to check on the various herons that have been reported over the past few days.  I did not turn up either the Little Blue Heron nor the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.  (The roost had only 1 adult Black-crowned NH in it.). However, the Reddish Egret was feeding in the middle of the channel for a brief period; then took off in full flight up the channel and out of sight.  In flight, this is a very beautiful, graceful bird, perhaps the most so of all the herons.  I never noticed it before.
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Date: 8/13/18 1:18 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Wastewater Plant - Baird's Sandpiper
I birded the Santa Maria Wastewater plant this morning. Overall numbers of peeps continue to go up from what I saw a few weeks ago, best find was a Baird's Sandpiper. Perhaps 100 or so each of Least and Western Sandpiper in a nice variety of adult and juv. plumages to study. There were a few Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope, nothing much else of note.

A quick look at the Baird's:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/30150916078/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 8/11/18 7:57 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach
The Reddish Egret and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were both present in the
latter part of the morning at Goleta Beach today, seen by various birders.
The egret was in the channel adjacent to the eastern parking lot, while the
night heron was visible roosting in myporum east of the entrance bridge. If
anyone saw the Little Blue today, I did not hear about it.

Larry Ballard directed me to the beach just west of the park, where a nice
total of five Wandering Tattlers were foraging in the surf and kelp beds.
Nothing else of note at this location, but the modest overall number of
shorebirds included a decent species variety.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/11/18 4:08 pm
From: David Pereksta <pereksta...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Aug 29 pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers

I am pleased to announce that Island Packers is offering a pelagic trip out of Ventura on Wednesday, August 29 at 7 am. Island Packers has graciously freed up a boat and we plan to run a 12-hour trip out to the edge that had all the Cook's Petrels and storm-petrels in July. Our July 15 trip had a Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, several Townsend's Storm-Petrels, 100+ Cook's Petrels, 2 Nazca Boobies, and a variety of other pelagic species including 1000s of shearwaters. There has been a persistent temperature break and favorable oceanic conditions in that area so it is likely there are still birds out there. There have been a lot of interesting birds offshore of southern California this summer including a number of Nazca Boobies, 2 Red-footed Boobies around San Diego this week, Craveri's Murrelets, Townsend's Storm-Petrels and more. One of our leaders was just on a fishing boat out of San Diego and said there are lots of Cook's Petrels and Leach's Storm-Petrels offshore, and he also had Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses. The plan is to go directly to the spot where we had numbers of great birds in July (approximately 3 hours from Ventura) and spend our time working that edge for Cook's Petrels, storm-petrels, and whatever else might be out there. Last year we had numbers of Craveri's Murrelets in that same area and we have seen Townsend's Storm-Petrels there multiple times. Red-billed Tropicbird is also a possibility. To maximize our time in that productive area, we will not be stopping for common birds on the way out. We have a plan of attack and believe we have a chance of finding something good. Are we going to refind the Tristram's or Wedge-rumped? I don't know, but we will be in the same area we found those birds and will spend hours there searching.

If you are interested and able to make the trip, go to https://reserve.islandpackers.com/?tab=special_trips and select the Wed Aug 29 pelagic bird trip, which is the last of the three special trips listed. It will be a 12-hour trip at a cost of $195 per adult. If you prefer to not use the web-based reservation system, you can call Island Packers during their business hours at (805) 642-1393. We will need to fill this trip fast to make it a "go" so please sign-up quickly if you are interested. The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features aspacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both theupper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will bepresent to make sure we see all that is out there.  The Captain and crew know how to run birdingtrips and are enthusiastic and helpful. In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the rightlight...photographers will not be disappointed!
Hope to see you at sea

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Date: 8/11/18 12:10 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] COPR Least Terns
All,

There are a couple of Least Terns at COPR. Jim Hodgson found them first and
I refound them later.

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Date: 8/10/18 11:46 am
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
All,

I checked this today. There are two Red Phalaropes west of the bridge. At least one is oiled on the belly. A Least Tern monitor saw a Black Tern. I failed to see on despite some effort. There are at least 19 Least Terns still, plus a Forster's and Caspians and Royals. The first juv SB Dowitchers have arrived and a Ruddy Turnstone was present, but overall shorebird numbers are very low except for 100 RN Phalaropes. The first Shovelers have arrived.

The water level continues to drop and a sand bar is emerging west of the bridge that already is attracting terns and gulls. I think good shorebird habitat is still some way off. Also the roadside ponds have more vegetation this year, which will reduce the amount of open mud.

Nick Lethaby
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Date: 8/10/18 11:27 am
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] WW Dove
On Tuesday, I had a WW Dove by the broken bridge at Devereux. It flew off after a few minutes.

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Date: 8/9/18 10:03 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach herons & egrets Wed.
At 5:15pm Wed. the Reddish Egret and Little Blue Heron were in the channel zone near the restaurant. The juv. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was in a tree behind the caretaker house. One or two Green Herons were along the channel. 5 Snowy Egrets and 2 Great Egrets were in the channel zone and a few Great Blue Herons were there too. Ron Hirst, SB

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Date: 8/8/18 10:07 am
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Does this look like a Lesser Yellowlegs?
Yes, Lesser.

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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Does this look like a Lesser Yellowlegs?

This morning I went looking for the Cattle Egret Glenn Kincaid found at Devereaux Slough yesterday. I was unsuccessful, though there were lots of other interesting birds, including a Greater White-fronted Goose that was associating with a large flock of Canada Geese. Details (and poor photos) here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47725520

My main reason for posting, though, is to ask for opinions on the yellowlegs I saw when I continued south and birded at Coal Oil Point. The bird was in the slough channel near its south end where it curves to the west; I had distant views from the trail above near the parking area. I want to say it was a Lesser Yellowlegs; the beak looked straight to me, and short relative to the head, and the bird's overall size maybe seemed smallish compared to a nearby Marbled Godwit. I'd appreciate hearing any opinions people have based on the (again, poor) photos here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47725688

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Date: 8/8/18 10:06 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Does this look like a Lesser Yellowlegs?
This morning I went looking for the Cattle Egret Glenn Kincaid found at Devereaux Slough yesterday. I was unsuccessful, though there were lots of other interesting birds, including a Greater White-fronted Goose that was associating with a large flock of Canada Geese. Details (and poor photos) here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47725520

My main reason for posting, though, is to ask for opinions on the yellowlegs I saw when I continued south and birded at Coal Oil Point. The bird was in the slough channel near its south end where it curves to the west; I had distant views from the trail above near the parking area. I want to say it was a Lesser Yellowlegs; the beak looked straight to me, and short relative to the head, and the bird's overall size maybe seemed smallish compared to a nearby Marbled Godwit. I'd appreciate hearing any opinions people have based on the (again, poor) photos here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47725688

Thanks!

John Callender
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Date: 8/7/18 4:55 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] birding today at west campus bluffs, Devereux, Goleta Beach
Is anyone seeing a male Redhead at Devereux? One was reported to eBird on
Aug 2 and again on Aug 6 that I'm trying to confirm. Please report if you
do.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 4:13 PM Joan Lentz <joanlentz...> wrote:

> Hi All:
> Trying to stay cool, I hit the above destinations, some of which were
> quite birdy, and all of which were cooler than inland!
> At West Campus bluffs to Coal Oil Point, lots of Sanderlings, a fair
> number of Western Sandpipers including quite a few juveniles, Semipalmated
> Plovers, but few larger waders…..and nothing unusual. At Sands Beach, you
> can see Snowy Plovers, scope necessary, and a big flock of Black-bellied
> Plovers way distant at the south end of Devereux.
> Then to Devereux Slough, where I found David Levasheff, Jeff Hanson, and
> Adrian O’Loughlen and none of us could relocate the Cattle Egret that Glenn
> Kincaid had seen a couple of hours earlier….. Large numbers of Great and
> Snowy Egrets feeding in the main channel, as the fishing is good there, and
> the water level is dropping. At the “bridge to nowhere” was a very fresh
> juvie Spotted Sandpiper accompanied by a breeding plumaged adult. A few
> shorebirds there, but not as many as on the wrack at the open beach.
> At Goleta Beach, I finally got to see the YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, by
> walking around to the main entrance bridge, and looking back at the edge of
> the channel behind the caretaker’s house, where the night-heron was
> standing still as a statue. I’d never have found it if Adrian hadn’t told
> me what to do. It wasn’t visible from the viewing platform at all.
> Then a quick drive down to the eastern end of the Goleta Beach parking
> lot, where the REDDISH EGRET continued, standing in full view on the north
> side of the lagoon on the mudflats. Also here were 4 Caspian Terns.
> eBird lists here:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713109
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713135
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713433
>
> Good birding!
> Joan Lentz
>
>
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Date: 8/7/18 4:25 pm
From: John Luther <aplomado-falcon...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Park banded Knot
While searching for Black Tern (and seeing at least one) at Ocean Park west of Lompoc yesterday, Aug 6, I saw a single Knot that was banded.  It had a silver band on its right leg and a green flag band on its left leg up by the belly feathers.  I could not read any numbers or letters on the green flag as the bird was too far away on the beach west of the RR trestle where there were many Least Terns.  If anyone knows who might have banded with green flags please pass this information on to them and please let Santa Barbara birders know as I believe it would be of general interest to Santa Barbara birders.    
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Date: 8/7/18 4:13 pm
From: Joan Lentz <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] birding today at west campus bluffs, Devereux, Goleta Beach
Hi All:
Trying to stay cool, I hit the above destinations, some of which were quite birdy, and all of which were cooler than inland!
At West Campus bluffs to Coal Oil Point, lots of Sanderlings, a fair number of Western Sandpipers including quite a few juveniles, Semipalmated Plovers, but few larger waders…..and nothing unusual. At Sands Beach, you can see Snowy Plovers, scope necessary, and a big flock of Black-bellied Plovers way distant at the south end of Devereux.
Then to Devereux Slough, where I found David Levasheff, Jeff Hanson, and Adrian O’Loughlen and none of us could relocate the Cattle Egret that Glenn Kincaid had seen a couple of hours earlier….. Large numbers of Great and Snowy Egrets feeding in the main channel, as the fishing is good there, and the water level is dropping. At the “bridge to nowhere” was a very fresh juvie Spotted Sandpiper accompanied by a breeding plumaged adult. A few shorebirds there, but not as many as on the wrack at the open beach.
At Goleta Beach, I finally got to see the YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, by walking around to the main entrance bridge, and looking back at the edge of the channel behind the caretaker’s house, where the night-heron was standing still as a statue. I’d never have found it if Adrian hadn’t told me what to do. It wasn’t visible from the viewing platform at all.
Then a quick drive down to the eastern end of the Goleta Beach parking lot, where the REDDISH EGRET continued, standing in full view on the north side of the lagoon on the mudflats. Also here were 4 Caspian Terns.
eBird lists here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713109 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713109>
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713135 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713135>
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713433 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47713433>

Good birding!
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Date: 8/7/18 12:12 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Cattle Egret at Devereux Slough
One 'fun fact': I think Cattle Egret is probably harder to see now in the county than Reddish Egret or Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Neither of the latter were even recorded for the county when I first moved here in 2000. The nationwide decline in Cattle Egrets, at least on the edges of their range, has been astonishing.

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Early this morning there was a single Cattle Egret among an impressive collection of nearly 100 Herons and Egrets working the depressingly small channel of water at Devereux Slough. There were very few other birds around.

Distant photo in the checklist below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47706081

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Date: 8/7/18 12:08 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cattle Egret at Devereux Slough
Early this morning there was a single Cattle Egret among an impressive collection of nearly 100 Herons and Egrets working the depressingly small channel of water at Devereux Slough. There were very few other birds around.

Distant photo in the checklist below.

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Date: 8/6/18 5:17 pm
From: Glenn Kincaid <glenn...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Nazca Booby In Ventura
Hi All -

I saw of photo posted this AM on Facebook of a Nazca Booby ON THE BEACH in Ventura. May be worth keeping an eye out for one along SB County beaches and shores.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara
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Date: 8/6/18 11:28 am
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned, Little Blue
The juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, found by Adrian on 8/2, remains at
Goleta Beach this morning. I first saw it directly below the viewing platform,
and then it walked along the rocks to the east. As I was about to leave the
Little Blue Heron flew in.

A couple of photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/with/42984833975/

For those interested, there seems to be a migration event going on with Red Rock
Skimmers (dragonflies). Whilst at the beach, at least 30 flew east in the 15
minutes I was there.

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Santa Barbara


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Date: 8/6/18 9:07 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] First of Season Birds in Carp
Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Monday morning, August 6, 2018

First of Season birds:

in Marsh Park: 7 DOWTICHER sp. AND 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS
Santa Monica Creek: 4 KILLDEER

Additionally, on Franklin Creek, just north of the footbridge, 2 juvenile
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. CLIFF SWALLOWS are still here, although in
smaller numbers and the occasional BARN SWALLOW is also seen.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Date: 8/5/18 2:44 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park - Sunday AM
All,

I checked Ocean Beach very early. I was not able to scan the island because
of unfavorable light so missed the egret found by Dave. The two Black Terns
were still present, either roosting on the sand berm or fishing up river
with at least 35 Least Terns. Shorebird migration was very light with a
Baird's Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs being best. There are good
numbers of both phalaropes using the ponds by the road now.

Water levels do not seem to be dropping very fast and, in fact, might even
be rising. So not sure if we will get decent habitat later on. The upcoming
hot weather will hopefully help.

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Date: 8/5/18 1:43 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Reddish Egret, Ocean Park
A Reddish Egret was on the island at the Santa Ynez River estuary (Ocean
Park) this morning. The bird was distant, and it was a bit foggy, so looks
were not great. But it's probably a juvenile. The bill was all dark, and
you could see a slight pinkish wash on the head and at the base of the
neck. I thought I got a hint of pale edges to the wing coverts, but I was
not 100% sure.

Nothing else of particular note. Conditions are still as Nick Lethaby
reported last week. I counted about 20 Least Terns in the air at one time
at the mouth, and I conservatively entered 25 in my eBird checklist. The
variety of shorebirds is not greatly different from last week. But the
species list was slightly different, and totals were probably a little down
overall.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Date: 8/4/18 2:25 pm
From: Robert Lindsay <capnbob...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beaches Saturday
Oops, all Semipalmated birds were plovers, no Semipalmated Sandpipers. (I need a better editor)



Sorry 'bout that.

Rob Lindsay



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Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beaches Saturday



Saturday, 8/4, 7-10:30 am



Decided to take advantage of the receding neap low tide this morning and see how the shorebirds are doing.



Devereaux, first pullout: A few least Sandpipers and Snowy Plovers along the channel.



Devereaux, Bridge to Nowhere: Bad day to be a small fish there today. I counted 28 Snowy Egrets, 25 Great Egrets, 8 Great Blue Heron, 9 Black-crowned Night Heron, and a Green Heron. I know these are all common species but I don't recall seeing so many in one place (all within 20 yards of the bridge).



COP and Plover Reserve: All the beaches I visited this morning were covered in washed up kelp and seaweed. As a result, all beaches had lots of swallows (Barn, Cliff and Northern Rough-winged). Barn were the most common here by far. Shorebirds are back in big numbers. Quite a few Black-bellied Plover, most still quite black bellied. A few Whimbrel. Lots of Semipalmated Plover (some in very sharp plumage), Sanderling, and Least Sandpiper. Two Black Turnstone at the point. One Dunlin and One Western Sandpiper were seen. At the preserve the Snowy Plover were numerous including many downy young. There were 8 plastic Least Tern decoys nestled in the dunes but I didn't see any actual terns while I was there. Almost no birds out in the ocean.



Goleta Beach Park: The Little Blue Heron was the only such bird feeding near the slough outlet at the east end of the park A few herons and Egrets were up in the nests with the cormorants. No Reddish Egret while I was there.



East Campus Beach and Campus Point: Lots of activity. I counted 20 Greater Yellowlegs on the walk to Campus Point from Goleta Beach. There were also 3 Wandering Tattler and three Black turnstone along this stretch. Almost all the Swallows here were Cliff. Included in this stretch of beach were many Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers. The rocks at the point had two more Black Turnstone, another Wandering Tattler, and a very spotted Spotted Sandpiper. The lagoon was virtually empty of birds save a few cormorants perched on waterside snags. The beach had a very few Heerman's Gull. All other gulls I saw this morning were Western.



So it looks like shorebird action is continuing to increase along the south coast. It will be interesting to see how good it gets in the weeks ahead and I'm looking forward to land birds starting to pick up soon.



That's all,

Rob Lindsay



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Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Mallards



Hi John, et al,



eBird is about to update the database with the annual August taxonomic update and they are in the process of implementing some checklist review changes at the same time so expect a few oddities such as Mallards listed as rare through the eBird RBA's. Disregard stuff like this as it will get worked out soon. Continue to submit checklists to eBird per usual and report rarities to local listserves if you do find something rare so the word can get out and there are no misunderstandings about what we are reading through the eBird RBA's.



Thanks, everyone,



Jamie Chavez

Santa Maria, CA





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Hi Jamie. How come Northern Mallard showed up as rare on SLO and SBC birding sites?

John

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Date: 8/4/18 10:58 am
From: Robert Lindsay <capnbob...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beaches Saturday
Saturday, 8/4, 7-10:30 am



Decided to take advantage of the receding neap low tide this morning and see how the shorebirds are doing.



Devereaux, first pullout: A few least Sandpipers and Snowy Plovers along the channel.



Devereaux, Bridge to Nowhere: Bad day to be a small fish there today. I counted 28 Snowy Egrets, 25 Great Egrets, 8 Great Blue Heron, 9 Black-crowned Night Heron, and a Green Heron. I know these are all common species but I don't recall seeing so many in one place (all within 20 yards of the bridge).



COP and Plover Reserve: All the beaches I visited this morning were covered in washed up kelp and seaweed. As a result, all beaches had lots of swallows (Barn, Cliff and Northern Rough-winged). Barn were the most common here by far. Shorebirds are back in big numbers. Quite a few Black-bellied Plover, most still quite black bellied. A few Whimbrel. Lots of Semipalmated Plover (some in very sharp plumage), Sanderling, and Least Sandpiper. Two Black Turnstone at the point. One Dunlin and One Western Sandpiper were seen. At the preserve the Snowy Plover were numerous including many downy young. There were 8 plastic Least Tern decoys nestled in the dunes but I didn't see any actual terns while I was there. Almost no birds out in the ocean.



Goleta Beach Park: The Little Blue Heron was the only such bird feeding near the slough outlet at the east end of the park A few herons and Egrets were up in the nests with the cormorants. No Reddish Egret while I was there.



East Campus Beach and Campus Point: Lots of activity. I counted 20 Greater Yellowlegs on the walk to Campus Point from Goleta Beach. There were also 3 Wandering Tattler and three Black turnstone along this stretch. Almost all the Swallows here were Cliff. Included in this stretch of beach were many Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers. The rocks at the point had two more Black Turnstone, another Wandering Tattler, and a very spotted Spotted Sandpiper. The lagoon was virtually empty of birds save a few cormorants perched on waterside snags. The beach had a very few Heerman's Gull. All other gulls I saw this morning were Western.



So it looks like shorebird action is continuing to increase along the south coast. It will be interesting to see how good it gets in the weeks ahead and I'm looking forward to land birds starting to pick up soon.



That's all,

Rob Lindsay



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Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Mallards



Hi John, et al,



eBird is about to update the database with the annual August taxonomic update and they are in the process of implementing some checklist review changes at the same time so expect a few oddities such as Mallards listed as rare through the eBird RBA's. Disregard stuff like this as it will get worked out soon. Continue to submit checklists to eBird per usual and report rarities to local listserves if you do find something rare so the word can get out and there are no misunderstandings about what we are reading through the eBird RBA's.



Thanks, everyone,



Jamie Chavez

Santa Maria, CA





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Hi Jamie. How come Northern Mallard showed up as rare on SLO and SBC birding sites?

John



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Date: 8/4/18 8:36 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Mallards
Hi John, et al,

eBird is about to update the database with the annual August taxonomic
update and they are in the process of implementing some checklist review
changes at the same time so expect a few oddities such as Mallards listed
as rare through the eBird RBA's. Disregard stuff like this as it will get
worked out soon. Continue to submit checklists to eBird per usual and
report rarities to local listserves if you do find something rare so the
word can get out and there are no misunderstandings about what we are
reading through the eBird RBA's.

Thanks, everyone,

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


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> Hi Jamie. How come Northern Mallard showed up as rare on SLO and SBC
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> John
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Date: 8/2/18 7:09 pm
From: Adrian O&#39;Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron @ Goleta Slough
There was a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the mouth of Goleta Slough this afternoon (Thurs).  It seemed to prefer to forage along the south bank of the slough beside the parking lot so it may be difficult to find.  Last time I saw it which was at approx. 4 pm, it was foraging very close to the viewing platform.

Photos at,
https://flic.kr/p/28EgQSL

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

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Date: 8/2/18 2:15 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] GSD
All,

I was wondering if there is anyone at GSD we could talk to about having a bit more shorebird-friendly mgmt of water/mud levels in Aug/Sep. There seems to have been very little habitat this year.

Nick Lethaby
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Date: 8/2/18 1:21 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Recent Shorebird Birding
I birded the Harbor breakwater and Sandspit on Aug. 1 at morning low tide.  A jogger disturbed and dispersed most of the birds roosting on the Sandspit, so I'm not sure what gulls and other species may have been there to start.
On the breakwater and later on the sandspit, there was one wandering Tattler in breeding plumage.  Other shorebirds on the sandspit included 2 Willets, 2 Whimbrels, and 1 Black-bellied Plover.  The usual heron assembly was on the bait barge and an Osprey was sitting on top of the stack for the Harbor dredge.  On the beach near the Yacht Club, there were 3-4 more Black-bellied Plover, a few Whimbrel, and 4-5 Long-billed Curlew, as well as 8-10 Black Turnstones.    While walking down to the Harbor from Shoreline Park, I spotted a Jaeger offshore beyond the bluffs (species not identifiable, but probably a Parasitic).
This morning, I walked the UCSB beaches at low tide.  The east-facing beaches are covered with kelp, which sometimes brings in lots of Turnstones but not today.  Present on the sand were 9 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Whimbrel, 3-4 Black-bellied Plovers and 6 or so Semi-palmated Plovers.  Further down the beach near Campus Point, there were 5 Black Turnstones.  On the south-facing beaches, I flushed at leased 30 Semi-palmated Plovers and 9-10 Least Sandpipers.  The Lagoon itself was devoid of shorebirds, except for 1 Kildeer and 2 Black-necked Stilts.
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Date: 8/2/18 1:06 pm
From: Lethaby, Nick via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tattlers
All,

I had 5 adults at the E end of El Cap today.

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Date: 8/2/18 12:22 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] late posting regarding Wandering Tattler
"Mea culpa." I regret the lateness of this post but those who keep tabs on seasonal avian flux may want to know that on Sunday July 30 a single Wandering Tattler was on the large rocks that bend north at the east end of the Santa Barbara harbor breakwater. The bird still had significant breeding-plumage barring on its underparts. A bit farther north a few Black Skimmers and numerous Heermann's Gulls (including nice breeding-plumaged adults and all-dark HY birds) were on the sandspit. About 10 Black Turnstones, with some white breeding-plumage facial and neck markings, were on the large mounds of beached kelp south of the Yacht Club, at the base of the breakwater. An immature Common Loon was confiding as it feed around the shallow edges of the harbor basin.

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Date: 8/2/18 11:12 am
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh this morning
I had good views of an adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird this morning at the restricted access portion of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, off Estero Way. The bird was calling from the wooden picnic table near the entrance lagoon, at the south end of the dirt road; after a minute it flew off to the southeast (toward the houses along Avenue Del Mar). All of that area is restricted access, but if the bird is hanging around it might show up in a more accessible location, like the Salt Marsh Nature Park along Ash Avenue.

I digiscoped an embarrassingly bad but recognizable photo; see the eBird list below for that.

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Date: 8/2/18 11:06 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Best way to update your "sbcobirding" email address
If you want to change the email address for your sbcobirding membership, here is the best way to do so:
(1) Using your old address, log in to https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main
(2) In the top right corner, select your name, and go to "Account"
(3) Now use the "Change Email" option on your Account\Login page

By changing your address the above way, your old posts will remain associated with your new address. If, instead, you create a whole new account for your new address, there is no connection between your old posts and your new address: it's as if there are two "You"s on sbcobirding.

The above method is also useful if you ended up with more than one sbcobirding account (like Nick L, Mark H, Libby L, etc): if you change your old address into your new, already active, address, you get to merge your old account into your current one. 

Let me know if there are any questions about this, I'd be happy to help.

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Date: 8/1/18 8:54 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp St. Beach
Carpinteria State Beach, Wednesday morning, August 1, 2018

The beach was busy with birds this morning. 20+ SNOWY EGRETS and 3 GREAT
hunting in the surf. Many WHIMBREL and a few LB CURLEW. One BLACK
TURNSTONE on the rocks just east of the big life guard station at the end
of the campground. Many harbor seals basking on the rocks.

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Date: 8/1/18 8:46 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] YC Night Heron returns to Carp
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Tuesday evening, July 31, 2018

While out in the Park with my scope to see the fantastic display of Mars,
Saturn (rings clearly visible), Jupiter (3 moons visible), and Venus, there
was a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON on the railing of the footbridge
over Franklin Creek. Very cooperative, he gave us a good five minutes of
close-up viewing before flying off.

Rob Denholtz
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Date: 7/31/18 2:54 pm
From: Jasen Liu via Groups.Io <gkoprs=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Semipalmated Sandpipers and Mystery Golden-Plover
Hi all,

This morning I birded the Santa Maria WTP. Much of the area was fairly low in shorebird activity except for the ponds in the northwest corner. The birdiest pond (34.951828, -120.500928) contained 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, at least 50 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and most notably, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. While watching these birds, a calling GOLDEN-PLOVER flew over. Around 40 minutes later, as a Red-tailed Hawk flushed many birds, I saw it again flying low overhead, this time quiet but mixed with a small flock of Killdeer. The bird appeared to be molting out of breeding plumage, with small patches of black still on the underside. Strikingly, it appeared identical in size and proportion to the killdeer it was flying with. I watched the bird for around a minute as it disappeared in view to the southeast, never being able to conclude which species. If anyone wanted to check around the treatment plant or the surrounding agricultural fields it could be worthwhile to find this individual and confirm its identity.

I then made a quick 30 minute stop at the Santa Ynez River Estuary but failed to see either the Black Terns or Ruddy Turnstone. The number of LEAST TERN had increased to at least 32.

Good birding,
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Date: 7/30/18 6:46 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Two Black Terns at Ocean Park
Posting on behalf of Libby Lindsay who is experiencing posting problems at
the moment. She wanted me to convey:

2:30p today leisurely viewed 2 black
Terns flying and resting near least terns at sand bar. Seen repeatedly and
simultaneously.

Libby Lindsay
Lompoc




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Date: 7/30/18 10:02 am
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Grosbeak
Hi All -

On the 800 block of Jimeno Road this morning I saw a female Grosbeak,
Nuttal's woodpecker, many orioles and a pair of Selasphorus hummers. There
always seems to be a lot of birds in this area.


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Date: 7/29/18 9:11 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River Estuary this afternoon, 29 July
Santiago Lupi and I had trouble viewing through the fog at times from Ocean
Beach County Park. The *Black Tern* found by Nick Lethaby this morning was
still present both inland and seaward of the RR tracks, as were 12 Least
Terns. Santiago found us a *Ruddy Turnstone*.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47535087

Through the haze I briefly saw an *Eared Grebe*. According to eBird
submissions an Eared Grebe may not have been seen here since Libby Lindsay
nicely documented a pair on 29 June. We also saw 8 Willets, 10 Wilson's and
7 Red-necked Phalarope, but not many peeps or dowitchers.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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Date: 7/29/18 2:47 pm
From: Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Shorebirds, skimmers,etc. Mission Creek Outflow
Large numbers of LB Curlews, a couple of Willets and other shorebirds are
easily seen, as well as 7 Black Skimmers, 1 Elegant Tern, 11 Heermann's
Gulls, 5 Snowy Egrets - in and around this enclosed wet area. I've
watched them bathing and skimming and settling in for the night on the sand
yesterday evening as well as the night before. Photos in album at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/albums/72157699146303254

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Date: 7/29/18 1:55 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
All,

In addition to the Black Tern, which showed very well on occasions, there
were 3 WF Ibis flying around. There are at least 21 Least Terns, including
many juvs, using the river mouth, with numbers likely to increase over the
next week or so.

Shorebird migration is still quiet with many fewer Westerns and dowitchers.
Both phalaropes is starting to increase and I saw Willets for the first
time this fall at this location.The weather in Lompoc has been much cooler
and foggier here so the river mouth is dropping very slowly. Doubt there
will be good habitat for at least 2-3 weeks.

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Date: 7/28/18 9:36 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Devereux at noon 7/28/18
About 1pm, South of the bridge to nowhere, 8 Wilson Phalaropes. About 20 great looking Western Sandpipers briefly before they flew towards the Slough mouth. A couple of flashy Least peeps and two SB Dowitchers.

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Date: 7/28/18 6:58 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] hummers
SB Co Birders,


Some fall migrants (?) have shown up. A Calliope Hummer was on the sage in front of the house today. And we have had an adult female Rufous (I'm pretty sure) behind the house for 8 days. I know ... how many days does it take to get a really good look at the outermost tail feather?... more than 8.


I am so jealous of the pelagic trip....


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Santa Ynez

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Date: 7/27/18 6:42 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Grebe counts at Cachuma Lake 25 and 27 July 2018
On 25 and 27 July, I counted Western and Clark's grebes at the western
third of the lake (between Bradbury Dam and Tequepis Point) pretty
carefully. I came up with 457 and 585 on those 2 dates. I counted on 25
July at the East end and had 247. Given the huge central portion of the
lake with lots of grebes and a smattering of grebes that I could not see
even farther east of my eastern count, I'm going to take a guess at this
summer's population of Aechmophorus grebes. I'd say 1950 grebes. If you
consider that 5% of the population is underwater as my scope sweeps by,
then that puts the count at 2000.

The number of Clark's and Westerns is harder to figure. So let's not try it
here.

Other items of interest: I'm finding no shorebirds where I've visitied.
However, 8 Wilson's Phalaropes circled but never landed in the lake at the
west end this morning. A Blue Grosbeak was floating around. 27 Great-tailed
Grackles was as large a group as I've seen there in 2 years. Naturalists
Rosey and Kristin saw 2 baby Turkey Vultures parked on a cliff next to a
cave on the edge of Bobcat Bay apparently for more than one day. I was
able to see one baking in the heat there on the 25th. Nests of Turkey
Vultures are very seldom found.

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Date: 7/27/18 6:08 pm
From: Joan Murdoch <murdochsb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager
One male W.Tanager, sparring with a female Hooded Oriole, in our backyard
pond at 5:45PM today.

Joan Murdoch
Santa Barbara

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Date: 7/27/18 5:33 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach LBH, Reddish Egret, Glaucous-winged Gull
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Definite Thurs 1pm on the LBH and Reddish Egret.  Very likely, but not definite, on an adult plumage GW Gull with whitish head, pale gray back and pale primaries. From 100 feet looked very good for GW Gull and was larger than nearby Western Gulls. When I moved to get a better look at the eyes and primaries the bird disappeared. Oh well, lesson learned about not taking my eye off the ball. 
Update 4pm Friday:  As far as I can tell it's a 3rd yr. GWG perhaps losing some tan feathers such as the tan primaries. It has a large pale bill broadly ended in black. Medium pink legs. Dark eyes. Mottled head and neck. Anyone with big lens/scope could help for further ID.
Best, Ron H. SB

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Date: 7/27/18 3:17 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach LBH, Reddish Egret, Glaucous-winged Gull
Definite yesterday 1pm on the LBH and Reddish Egret.  Very likely, but not definite, on the adult breeding plumage GW Gull with white head, pale gray back and primaries. From 100 feet looked very good for GW Gull and was larger than nearby Western Gulls. When I moved to get a better look at the eyes and primaries the bird disappeared. Oh well, lesson learned about not taking my eye off the ball. Best, Ron Hirst, SB

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Date: 7/27/18 3:14 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach LBH, Ticolored Heron, Glaucous-winged Gull
Definite yesterday 1pm on the LBH and Tricolored.  Very likely on the adult breeding plumage GW Gull with white head. From 100 feet looked very good for GW Gull and was larger than nearby Western Gulls. When I moved to get a better look at the eyes and primaries the bird disappeared. Oh well, lesson learned about not taking my eye off the ball. Best, Ron Hirst, SB

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Date: 7/27/18 12:04 pm
From: Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Reddish egret continues
I just checked out Goleta slough and the reddish egret is present, seen from the parking lot near the restaurant.

-Jake
Goleta

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Date: 7/26/18 8:42 am
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SB Audubon/CCBER Breeding Bird Study Update
*A summary of some BBS information:*

Breeding species in the BBS = 185

Records of breeding events = 6360

Contributors = 251

Records added in 2018 = 707
~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~

Dear Birders,

As we approach the end of the breeding season in SB County, records
gathered now help to define the duration of the breeding season for several
species. So please keep going with your observations and submissions
through August.

In the last 10 years the most common breeding species from 25 July to the
end of September are:

California Quail 9 records

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 7

Great-tailed Grackle 7

Acorn Woodpecker 7

Scaly-breasted Munia 5

Northern Mockingbird 4

36 other species



We recorded 119 species breeding so far in 2018. Two surprising finds are:

· We gathered only a single breeding record for some common
birds—Wrentit,
Northern Flicker, Rock Pigeon, Purple Finch, and Common Yellowthroat.

· For species that don’t breed communally those with the most records
are: Red-tailed
Hawk (45), House Wren (32), European Starling (29), Anna's Hummingbird,
House Finch, and Dark-eyed Junco.

Does any of this scarcity and abundance reflect what’s actually happening
in nature?



At this point in the year we have two suggestions.

1. eBirders, please go back over your checklists to find breeding
events you did not submit. Enter them at the SB Audubon web site (
http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/) or
create an Excel file downloaded from this link: https://goo.gl/HpNvnb

2. Veteran birders, please think of the important breeding records you
have found over the years. Email to Mark a description of your
observation, the date, and location for the event and I’ll work with you to
get the record into the database. Precise locations are not critical;
we’ll work it out.



Thank you contributors! We’ll summarize the results in September. Read on
for explorations of the data.



Mark and Adrian

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One of our objectives is to help people feel comfortable asking questions
using the data you have gathered.

To explore the Google Fusion Table, here are two quick questions you might
ask and guidance to finding the answers.



*Suppose you saw a Killdeer breeding at Andree Clark Bird Refuge this year
and you want to submit your record. But you suspect someone may have
already entered it. Find out.*

Open the Google Fusion Table at https://goo.gl/AJQxKj

Start in *Map *mode. To isolate all records for the year of your record,
2018:

Click *Filter*, choose *Date. *In the left box type *2018*, then click
Enter. In the right box enter *2019*, then click Enter*. *Only the 2018
records will show on the map.



Now you can either direct the map to the Bird Refuge and start clicking red
dots, or,

Add another filter.

Click *Filter*, choose *Common Name*. Type *K*, choose *Killdeer*. Click
*Find*.

Now the map will only show 2018 Killdeer records.


* ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~*



*Suppose you want to learn the differences between juvenile Lark Sparrow vs
juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.*

Open the Google Fusion Table at https://goo.gl/AJQxKj

Start in *Table *mode. To look at photos of Lark Sparrow first, then
White-crowned Sparrow:

Click *Filter*, choose *Common Name. *Type *La, *choose* Lark Sparrow, *then
click* Find. *

Add a second filter.

Click *Filter*, scroll down to Photo, click on *Photo*.

Single click on any link that now shows. That will give you a photo that
helps to document that exact breeding event. Among those will be a couple
photos of juvenile Lark Sparrows.



To see photos documenting juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, clear the filters
you set by clicking the X to the right of the filter name.

Repeat the above instructions except once you choose *Common Name*, type
*Wh*, and choose *White-crowned Sparrow*.


Write us if you have a particular question you want the data to answer for
you.


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Date: 7/25/18 6:08 pm
From: Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Wandering tattlers
I came across 2 wandering tattlers down at the Santa Barbara harbor today. I submitted and incidental checklist to ebird. Here’s a link to a photo: https://flic.kr/p/26JMVFS

Cheers! Stay cool everyone

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Santa Barbara
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Date: 7/25/18 9:59 am
From: Robert Lindsay <capnbob...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Coast
Wed., 7/25, 8-9 am



Goleta Beach was not exciting. Little Blue Heron continues to be an easy find in and around the channel that drain Goleta Slough. No sign of Reddish Egret.



Sewage Treatment Plant had one male and two female Blue-winged Teal. Nothing else out of the ordinary.



That's all,

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Date: 7/24/18 12:11 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach
I checked the river mouth early this morning. Numbers of shorebirds were
low. 2 LB Dowitchers were FOS. The Least Terns included a couple of juvs.
Best bird was a WF Ibis.


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Date: 7/23/18 8:39 pm
From: David Kisner <david.kisner...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] 4 banded Western Bluebirds
Very cool!! Are you close to Lake Los Carneros of Laguna Blanca? There are nest box banding efforts of bluebirds and tree swallows at both localities.

Thanks,
David Kisner
> On Jul 23, 2018, at 18:58, Adam Lewis (sbfledgling) <aj.lewis...> wrote:
>
> In case this is of interest, there was a group of 4 juvenile Western Bluebirds at our back yard fountain yesterday (7/22). All were wearing metal bands but I couldn't see any details on them.
> Adam Lewis
> Goleta
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/29731604068/in/dateposted-public/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/43601745271/in/dateposted-public/
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Date: 7/23/18 6:58 pm
From: Adam Lewis (sbfledgling) <aj.lewis...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] 4 banded Western Bluebirds
In case this is of interest, there was a group of 4 juvenile Western Bluebirds at our back yard fountain yesterday (7/22).  All were wearing metal bands but I couldn't see any details on them.
Adam Lewis
Goleta
2 snapshots:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/29731604068/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/43601745271/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 7/22/18 4:43 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Triangle Pond Hotspot
Birders,

I requested a new eBird Hotspot from Wim for the Vandenberg Triangle Pond
which is at the far west end of San Antonio Road (West). See:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L520495 The purpose of this is to differentiate
Triangle Pond from Barka Slough which is east of Highway 1 on San Antonio
Road (East). There are a number of checklists mapped at the slough when
birding was only done at the pond and some lists contain species from both
locations which maybe should be broken up if possible. The distance between
these two spots isn't great but the habitat is different and we end up with
species such as Virginia Rail, Sora and other misc. freshwater birds and
waterfowl mapped at the Barka Slough spot which is inaccurate based on
habitat and requires some checklist review to clean up. Please consider
merging checklists into the Triangle Pond Hotspot and use it exclusively in
the future if birding only at the pond, then create a separate checklist
when birding Barka Slough east of Highway 1. This pond is technically on
VAFB (as is most of Barka Slough) but is publicly accessible from San
Antonio Road West, however, base police have jurisdiction and authority.
Having said that I have never been asked to leave while birding there. When
using the Triangle Pond Hotspot it is best to consider the boundary around
the immediate pond and surrounding hills, trees, etc. while there so the
species/habitat association remains consistent in submitted checklists
(this is always the best practice).

Thanks,


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Date: 7/22/18 4:16 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron near New Cuyama
What appears to be a fresh juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron has turned
up at the Cuyama Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new birding spot less than
1/2 mile west of New Cuyama along Hwy 166.
See photos here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47355856
This would get my vote for the least expected terrestrial occurrence so far
this summer in SB Co.

Mark Holmgren
SB

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