sbcobirding
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3/4/21 12:04 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/3/21 8:12 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Day 10 Cassin's Kingbirds
3/3/21 12:04 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/2/21 4:30 pm Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop...> [sbcobirding] Thanks Rob Am Bittern LLC, Cliff Swallow
3/2/21 1:47 pm John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon
3/2/21 11:44 am Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] Am. Bittern at LLC
3/2/21 11:20 am Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] HArbor area and East Beach
3/2/21 9:02 am Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Cassin's Kingbirds and Phainopepla
3/2/21 12:04 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/1/21 2:00 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Breeding Bird Study -- Year 6. And, What Have We Learned?
3/1/21 12:31 pm Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop...> [sbcobirding] SB Zoo, Summer Tanager
3/1/21 12:05 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/28/21 2:19 pm Bradley Hacker <bradley.r.hacker...> [sbcobirding] Maria Ygnacio Creek
2/28/21 12:28 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Day 7 Cassin's Kingbird feeding frenzy Lompoc
2/28/21 12:13 pm Guy Tingos via groups.io <guytingos...> [sbcobirding] Spinus superfecta
2/28/21 10:50 am Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] Continuing Hammond's Flycatcher on Arroyo Burro Creek
2/28/21 12:03 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/27/21 6:14 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Day Six Cassin's Kingbird Feeding Frenzy
2/27/21 1:43 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Selasphorus hummingbird, Lompoc
2/27/21 6:21 am Bradley Hacker <bradley.r.hacker...> [sbcobirding] Mono
2/27/21 12:02 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/26/21 8:07 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Red-shouldered Hawks mating
2/26/21 3:21 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] North Campus Open Space
2/26/21 11:27 am Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] Goleta birds this morning
2/26/21 12:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/25/21 8:11 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] Farren Road
2/25/21 12:13 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Day 4 Cassin's Kingbirds
2/25/21 12:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/24/21 11:00 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] American Bittern call
2/24/21 6:32 pm Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack...> [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owl - More Mesa
2/24/21 4:12 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> Re: [sbcobirding] Santa ynez Rover, Buellton
2/24/21 4:05 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] Santa ynez Rover, Buellton
2/24/21 3:54 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] UCSB's North Campus Open Space Wednesday, 24 Feb
2/24/21 2:19 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Cassin's Kingbirds, Lompoc, Part 3
2/24/21 11:19 am Marge and Don Thornton via groups.io <thorntonmlt...> [sbcobirding] American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros
2/24/21 12:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/23/21 8:55 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Cassin's Kingbirds, Lompoc
2/23/21 8:22 pm Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz...> Re: [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road
2/23/21 2:13 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Gaviota RN Grebe
2/23/21 2:11 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road
2/23/21 12:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/22/21 7:46 am Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] thirty + Cassin's Kingbirds
2/22/21 12:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/21/21 7:04 pm MIke Egan via groups.io <mikeegan1112...> [sbcobirding] N Shoveler courtship
2/21/21 4:55 pm Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz...> [sbcobirding] Ducking around.
2/21/21 12:35 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] North Campus Open Space
2/21/21 11:29 am Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth...> [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River at Buellton - Common Goldeneye
2/21/21 12:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/20/21 7:08 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Area K at UCSB. GWF Geese, RB Nuthatch
2/20/21 12:17 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow in Montecito
2/19/21 11:59 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/19/21 9:15 pm Adrian O'Loghlen <aologhlen...> [sbcobirding] Horned Larks at Happy Canyon Road
2/19/21 6:15 pm Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow in Montecito
2/18/21 11:58 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/18/21 1:26 pm John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Lack of Hummingbirds
2/17/21 11:57 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/16/21 2:49 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> Re: [sbcobirding] Phainopepla East Camino Cielo
2/16/21 2:13 pm Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack...> [sbcobirding] Phainopepla East Camino Cielo
2/16/21 12:59 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
2/16/21 12:37 pm Jessie Altstatt <jessie.altstatt...> Re: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
2/16/21 12:30 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> Re: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
2/16/21 12:24 pm Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop...> [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
2/16/21 11:04 am Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] Around Goleta, Tuesday morning
2/16/21 12:02 am Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Hooded Merganser
2/15/21 11:54 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/15/21 12:15 pm John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Bald Eagle in Casmalia
2/14/21 11:53 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/14/21 4:48 pm John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds...> [sbcobirding] Central Coast Birding-MeWe
2/14/21 3:37 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek
2/14/21 3:18 pm Phila Rogers <philajane...> Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek
2/14/21 12:44 pm Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek
2/13/21 11:51 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/13/21 8:44 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
2/13/21 2:30 pm Bradley Hacker <bradley.r.hacker...> [sbcobirding] Bullock's & Canon r5 mirrorless
2/13/21 12:29 pm Cruz Phillips via groups.io <cruzitas...> [sbcobirding] Tricolored Blackbird and Redheads at Las Cruzitas (almost)
2/13/21 11:15 am Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...> [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca and Area K
2/12/21 11:50 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/12/21 4:41 pm Nancy States via groups.io <osprey123...> [sbcobirding] coming corto birds
2/12/21 1:36 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> Re: [sbcobirding] Seawatch + Golden Eagle
2/12/21 12:34 pm Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...> [sbcobirding] Seawatch + Golden Eagle
2/12/21 11:51 am Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Gray-headed Junco
2/12/21 9:56 am Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...> [sbcobirding] Seawatching
2/11/21 11:49 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/10/21 11:47 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/10/21 10:11 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp Morning
2/9/21 11:46 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/9/21 11:26 am Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] UCSB and Deveraux
2/8/21 11:45 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/8/21 4:03 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Continuing Tennessee, oriole
2/8/21 3:03 pm Eric Culbertson <ebc101...> [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills along Hunt Drive
2/8/21 2:24 pm Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth...> [sbcobirding] Catway Road - No. Pygmy Owl, Fig Mtn Rd. Bald Eagle
2/8/21 12:15 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Continuing RN Grebes
2/7/21 11:43 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/7/21 2:51 pm Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
2/7/21 10:14 am Ria Marsh via groups.io <rrsmarsh...> [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge Saturday about 5 pm
2/6/21 11:42 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/6/21 4:48 pm John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill and Pygmy Nuthatches at La Cumbre Peak
2/6/21 8:03 am David Levasheff <levaweb...> Re: [sbcobirding] Parking for birding at Goleta Slough, Area K
2/6/21 7:33 am Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Opportunity for Birders - Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
2/6/21 7:00 am Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...> Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
2/5/21 11:41 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/5/21 7:41 pm Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] Hammond's Flycatcher continues at Arroyo Burro Creek
2/5/21 6:55 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> Re: [sbcobirding] N. Coast estuaries
2/5/21 6:53 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Parking for birding at Goleta Slough, Area K
2/5/21 5:44 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] N. Coast estuaries
2/5/21 4:55 pm James Pike <jimpike444...> Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
2/5/21 4:15 pm Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth...> [sbcobirding] Cassin's Finch at feeders - first males since 12-27
2/5/21 2:22 pm Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
2/4/21 11:39 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/4/21 7:49 pm Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz...> Re: [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca
2/4/21 4:19 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] Camino Corto Open SPace
2/4/21 2:59 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca
2/3/21 11:38 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/3/21 7:10 pm Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds
2/3/21 12:29 pm Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access)
2/3/21 10:45 am Meg White <mswhite...> [sbcobirding] LLC
2/3/21 8:04 am Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Cinnamon Teal
2/2/21 11:37 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/2/21 9:45 pm Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys...> [sbcobirding] Cinnamon Teal at LLC
2/2/21 6:36 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Gaviota to El Cap
2/2/21 12:17 pm John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] Eurasian Wigeon at the Carp Salt Marsh (apparently?)
2/2/21 11:59 am Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills continue
 
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Date: 3/4/21 12:04 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2021 17:56 by Kurt Nguyen
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82713695
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Flying low over the mesa. First seen in the southeast, but moved to the west as it hunted"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2021 07:32 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82704867
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2021 07:32 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82709112
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 11:38 by Mario Borunda
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82591234
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female- Brown head with distinct whitish eye stripe. Oversized beak quite obvious. Brown and buff upper parts with thick whit wing bar. Photo shows general size, shape, head and side."

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Date: 3/3/21 8:12 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Day 10 Cassin's Kingbirds
The Cassin's Kingbirds in the Crestview area of Lompoc continues. It's
amazing to watch them fighting and chasing each other, fighting and chasing
Northern Mockingbirds, European Starlings, mobbing American Crows, diving
to hide from a Merlin and a couple of Cooper's Hawks that come through the
neighborhood, not even shy away when an American Kestrel comes in. They are
really gorging on the ivy berries and it's been happening every morning
since February 22nd. I have been documenting it photographically and today
caught a few snippets of video. I hope to get more of the high-flying
gang-attacks when they choose one other kingbird to harass for its berry
until he or she drops it and another catches it and the flock breaks apart
to rest until the next time, or forage for their own berries, or harass
some other bird. This flocking behavior apparently isn't very common in
this species as they tend to be extremely territorial even outside the
breeding season, but they will migrate in flocks in Mexico. Perhaps Climate
Change and the drought has caused this to occur? Loss of natural food?
Either way, it's fascinating to watch 30+ Cassin's Kingbirds flocking to
gorge on ivy berries every morning.

A tan-crowned morph White-throated Sparrow showed up today. A huge flock
of Cedar Waxwings came in but stayed in the tree in my mother's front yard.
I did not re-see the Phainopepla.

I have attached a photo of the tan-crowned White-throated Sparrow.

It's been a very interesting last ten days so far.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman

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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (In Lompoc for the duration)


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Date: 3/3/21 12:04 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (3 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 10:00 by Peggy Burhenn
- S Turnpike Rd, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.44127, -119.78927, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.789273&<ll...>,-119.789273
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82652045
- Comments: "Small hummingbird with purple gorget white patch below wing"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 16:45 by Susanne Meyer
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84975&<ll...>,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82661099
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "standing in the reeds close to the west end of the dam"

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 07:30 by Peter Schneekloth
- Backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.1948929&<ll...>,-120.1948929
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82640720
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Finch with red cap, white eye arcs and long wing extension, continuing, photo"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 16:35 by Mario Borunda
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5140259&<ll...>,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82658491
- Comments: "Continuing- seen on east side of creek across from the sanitation treatment plant wall, about 75 yards from train track. Walking on ground, rhythmic bobbing. Olive-brown back, black streaked breast on Sulphur yellow. White/buff clear supercilium."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 16:35 by Andrea Bruce
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5140259&<ll...>,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82660232
- Comments: "Continuing- seen on east side of creek across from the sanitation treatment plant wall, about 75 yards from train track. Walking on ground, rhythmic bobbing. Olive-brown back, black streaked breast on Sulphur yellow. White/buff clear supercilium."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 12:27 by Eve Martin
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5140259&<ll...>,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82648094
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Finally! Multi-year wintering warbler, seen about 1:05pm foraging in the dense wet leaf litter just upstream from the water treatment plant and again, same spot, from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Solid olive-y brown uppers with strong bold streaking on the flanks and a pale yellow wash with a long, pale eyebrow; wagging its tail as it foraged in the creekside leaf litter on the ground. ID photo."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2021 09:20 by margeNdon thornton
- Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Female. Medium sized, somewhat larger than the warblers. Yellow to yellow orange underneath, darker above. There were no discernible wing bars. Large beak. Seen mostly in the tree with small purple berries."

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Date: 3/2/21 4:30 pm
From: Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Thanks Rob Am Bittern LLC, Cliff Swallow
Thank you to Rob Lindsey for inspiring me to hit Lake Los Carneros(And being one of my birding mentors). Found the American Bittern 3:23 sitting out in the open at the west side of the lake next to the dam. Also had a Cliff Swallow. 2nd of the season. FOS two days ago at Farren Rd.
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Date: 3/2/21 1:47 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon
All:
I birded Colson Canyon today (at least to the campground where USFS had the road blocked).  Nothing super exciting except I had 2 "tooting" Northern Pygmy Owls at the trailhead just below the campground.  I also had a Pacific Wren at the "bathtub loop".  This is likely the same bird that I saw at this exact location a little over a month ago.  If anyone needs this little guy for their annual, month or life list, or just wants to see him, email me and I'll send you a better description of the bird's location.  A couple of pics included in the attached eBird report.
eBird Checklist - 2 Mar 2021 - Colson Canyon - 38 species (+1 other taxa)

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Date: 3/2/21 11:44 am
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Am. Bittern at LLC
Birded around Lake Los Carneros this morning. Mostly uneventful but finally got to see the American Bittern as it flew from one reed bed to another across the bay at the west end of the dam. Could not relocate it. Sneaky little bugger that one. Lots of Tree Swallows and got my FOS Northern Rough-winged. Nothing else of note.

That's all,
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Date: 3/2/21 11:20 am
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] HArbor area and East Beach
I walked down to the Harbor from Shoreline Park this morning.  It was a beautiful day for such a walk, but birding was slow.  I walked out on the breakwater and sandspit but failed to turn up much of interest.  Birds in the water included 5 Surf Scoters, 7 Eared Grebes, 6 Buffleheads (all female), and 1 Common Loon.  A large flock of Brown Pelicans was also resting offshore in the channel.
Shorebirds were also few--1 Godwit, 2 Willets, 1 Black-bellied Plover, 1 Sanderling, and a flock of 8 Black Turnstones on the beach in front of the yacht club.  Gulls were few and far between.  There was a Great Egret with a really nice set of breeding plumes on the bait barge.
I drove over to East Beach and checked out the Mission Creek channel, which was birdless.  A small mixed flock of gulls was perched next to the Estero WWTP's outfall, but they were disturbed by a walker before I could get a good count.  The flock included Black Skimmers, Royal Terns, Western Gulls, a couple fo California and Ring-billed Gulls, and about 20 first-year Heerman's Gulls.
The most interesting bird was in the reeds of the above-mentioned channel--a Snow Goose.  I assume this is the same bird that has been reported here off and on through the winter.
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Date: 3/2/21 9:02 am
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cassin's Kingbirds and Phainopepla
Good morning! The usual suspects were in attendance today outside my
mother's back yard (Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, House Sparrows,
European Starlings, California Scrub Jays, Northern Mockingbirds, Lincoln's
Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows, etc). A flock of Cedar Waxwings flew past.
American Crows chased a Red-tailed Hawk, (they are starting a nest in a
pine tree in the church parking lot below Mom's house), and a surprise
visitor showed up briefly - a gorgeous male Phainopepla! I have never seen
a male before, and never in Lompoc. I thought that was pretty neat. I got a
few photos before he dove down into the ivy vines below my field of view. I
did play his song once to see what would happen as I looked over a
different fence and he came in briefly, but saw me and took off. I was
hoping for more photos, but at least I got to see and photograph him
checking out the ivy vine. Last year was my first-ever sighting and photo
of one, in Atascadero.

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Date: 3/2/21 12:04 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 15:50 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84824&<ll...>,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82610789
- Comments: "Male wigeon, all rufousy brown head with buff crown stripe, sides not well seen"

Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca strepera x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 14:55 by Mark Hays
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.4392958&<ll...>,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82604445
- Comments: "In the front pond, previously reported able to photograph to confirm"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 09:51 by Deann Purcell
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82585362
- Comments: "Small, gorgeous red flycatcher in a tree near the left end of the closed parking lot. Black stripe through red face, red belly and chest, and black back."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 10:45 by Jim Moore
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Still here. Seen while sitting on the rock at the end of 6th St. Tail waging, supercillium with spotted breast."

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Date: 3/1/21 2:00 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Breeding Bird Study -- Year 6. And, What Have We Learned?
Our two smallest species and two of our largest birds are the first
reported breeding birds in Santa Barbara County. Several Allen’s and
Anna’s Hummingbirds are building their nests or incubating eggs. Some
Great Horned Owls and Great Blue Herons are on their nests. A Bald Eagle
is probably on eggs also. A few reports are of Red-tailed and
Red-shouldered Hawks preparing to breed. So, we are into Year 6 of the
Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study. We welcome submissions of your
observations at the link below.



We have a new public access site where you can view and query the nearly
9400 records currently in the database. It is called the *BBS Web Map.* Think
of a question and give it a try
<https://ucsb.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d5479baf24dc498a8e8f3894f298ed2d>!
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This year we encourage you to give us additional records from poorly
covered areas in the county. Those areas with fewer records will jump out
at you once you look at the Web Map. If you know landowners in these areas
from whom we could request access, please put us in contact with
them. Consider visiting an area regularly through the season. Start in
March if it’s a coastal area, start in April if its an inland area, start
in May if its high elevation.


We will be giving a Zoom presentation about the BBS to the Santa Barbara
Audubon Society at 7:30pm on March 24, 2021 titled* The Breeding Bird Study
of Santa Barbara County - Five Years On, What Have We Learned?* See the
announcement at santabarbaraaudubon.org.

The Breeding Bird Study is a joint effort of Santa Barbara Audubon Society
and UC Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological
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All the links below to the BBS are found at the SB Audubon web site. Here
are the direct links.



Have your photo (not required) ready, establish coordinates for the
breeding event, and submit your observation here:

https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/



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Advice on finding coordinates:
https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/



Thanks to Ryan Clark at the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological
Restoration for all his work on the Web Map Application. And thanks to
Marissa DeVille (UCSB undergrad), and David Levasheff (SB Audubon).



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Date: 3/1/21 12:31 pm
From: Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SB Zoo, Summer Tanager
I had a female type Summer Tanager in the SB zoo this morning at 9:45. It was near the pond with the big fish sculpture iIt was in a tree with purple berries and a palm tree growing up into it. Also two Hooded Mergansers in the Gibbon pond.
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Date: 3/1/21 12:05 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (hybrid) (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (2)
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 13:10 by Silvia Echeverria
- 4505 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria US-CA 34.40130, -119.52885, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.528852&<ll...>,-119.528852
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82536578
- Comments: "Swimming up Carpinteria Creek. Pale beak with rufous head. One had dull white crest but rufous head otherwise. Very rounded heads. Observed before but did not know identity."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 16:00 by James Chapman
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82549792
- Comments: "Continuing, seen quite well.
I could have sworn there were two, but maybe I'm just slow.
Harassing a harrier with some spectacular diving, saw mostly around the middle of the mesa."

Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (hybrid) (Sphyrapicus nuchalis x ruber) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 08:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82510274
- Comments: "Mostly Red-Naped plumage but with red blurring across nlack cheek"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 10:00 by Gage Ricard
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82520782
- Comments: "Small empid with long primary extensions; appearance of a vest on belly due to dingy, medium gray on either side of pale yellow center widening down along belly; upper body a darker, dingy olive-gray; wing bars; overall dark, small bill; noticeable eye ring; head shape appearing flat on top with a squared off aspect to back of head; notched tail; frequent wing and tail flicking; no vocalization.

First noticed bird on a low willow branch as it flew up from creek, where other birds were drinking and bathing near the weir. From its perch, the Hammond's began actively hunting, flying out to pursue insects, then settling on another nearby branch before sallying out again."

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Date: 2/28/21 2:19 pm
From: Bradley Hacker <bradley.r.hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Maria Ygnacio Creek
This AM I foraged along Maria Ygnacio Creek betwixt Atascadero Creek and
Hollister Ave. I'd never been there before and found it to be
refreshingly birdy compared to other places I've been recently; judging
from ebird records, this creek is visited fairly infrequently. I went
north on the bike path and south along the creekbed (past several
commodious encampments). There is a continuing Phainopepla there (others
have reported 3; I heard 1) and I saw a Larry's Goldfinch and a Wilson's
Snipe in a field nearby.
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Date: 2/28/21 12:28 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Day 7 Cassin's Kingbird feeding frenzy Lompoc
Hi again, all

The Cassin's Kingbirds were still very busy this morning, feeding on the
ivy berries that border my mother's back yard in Lompoc. I was able to get
more photos of them aggressively flashing their red crowns at one another.
I counted 25 this morning. Some American Robins joined the fray with
European Starlings. Some Cedar Waxwings flew in to assess the situation,
then flew off somewhere else without even grabbing one berry. I guess all
the antics of the kingbirds kept them away.

Happy Birding!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman

PS. I have attached a couple of photos showing the red crowns

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Date: 2/28/21 12:13 pm
From: Guy Tingos via groups.io <guytingos...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Spinus superfecta
Today, we have all 4 California Spinus species at our feeders: Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinches, 1 American Goldfinch, and 1 male and 1 female Lawrence’s Goldfinch.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/28/21 10:50 am
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Hammond's Flycatcher on Arroyo Burro Creek
This morning at 10, George and I had good looks at the continuing Hammond's Flycatcher along Arroyo Burro Creek upstream from the Calle de los Amigos Bridge. We watched as it was fly catching near the weir for approximately ten minutes.

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Date: 2/28/21 12:03 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 14:12 by margeNdon thornton
- 250 FirTree, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "male, sitting on the water fountain"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 07:30 by margeNdon thornton
- ArroyoRd354, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "A small warbler with a short sharp beak and relatively short tail; very light underneath with a yellow tinge to the chin and throat. White lower eye arc and supercilium. Dark eyeline. The back was not well seen but appeared to have a greenish hue, Wings were darker."

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Date: 2/27/21 6:14 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Day Six Cassin's Kingbird Feeding Frenzy
They were out there in droves this morning (Lompoc's Crestview Terrace). I
saw more than 20 this morning. A Red-tailed Hawk flew past and the American
Crows went after it, then the kingbirds chased the crows again as well as
each other. The flock thinned a bit, but they all returned to voraciously
feeding on the ivy berries until a Cooper's Hawk flew over. After that, a
kid in the church parking lot below my mother's yard was playing loud music
and making other noises with his skateboard and the kingbirds mostly
left.... all but one pair - I presume it is the pair that first arrived
here in January. Hoping the kingbirds stick around a while longer.

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Date: 2/27/21 1:43 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Selasphorus hummingbird, Lompoc
Finally saw the first selasphorus hummer at my mother's hummingbird
feeders in Lompoc today. Seems to be Allen's, as it is a bit smaller than a
Rufous. I did not get a photo.

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Date: 2/27/21 6:21 am
From: Bradley Hacker <bradley.r.hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mono
I had a walk out to Mono yesterday from E Camino Cielo. 35-75F.
Chaparral birds /extremely /quiet. Trees in S Ynez River and Mono Creek
drainages just barely starting to leaf out. Dead quiet at Mono, with
even fewer birds than late December: in 20 minutes at the Mono debris
dam I saw/heard 3-4 species. Pffft.
A dozen Tree/VG swallows passed westbound along the SY River on my walk
back; that's it for migrants.
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Date: 2/27/21 12:02 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (2)
- Reported Feb 26, 2021 17:23 by Andrew Masaitis
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing pair of owls circling in the North East section of the Mesa with a Northern Harrier as it was getting dark. Pictures of a single owl to follow from 15 mins earlier."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 26, 2021 08:18 by margeNdon thornton
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82390582
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "newly molted adult male. Bright reddish pink head and breast."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2021 09:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc Winery (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing. Very tame today"

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Date: 2/26/21 8:07 pm
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red-shouldered Hawks mating
This morning at LLC I observed Red-shouldered Hawks mating.
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I looked for the American Bittern but could not find it. I did hear it call
once in the reeds on the north side of the lagoon.

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Date: 2/26/21 3:21 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North Campus Open Space
I birded this area this morning.  Bird-wise, it was pretty sow but there were a couple of interesting sightings.  There were no ducks in any of the channels but there were a few in the north ponds--Redheads, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, American Wigeon.  Of greater interest was a flock of 12 White-fronted Geese in the back pond.  They flew away to the east after a few minutes, heading toward Area K perhaps.  A single N. Rough-winged Swallow flew over the ponds and then off to the west.
Walking back to the parking lot, I noticed a good-sized flock of shorebirds had landed on the muddy bank of the channel leading to the Venoco bridge.  When I got to where I could see them well, they turned out to be mostly Black-bellied Plovers.  I counted 118 of them.  In the flock there were also 4 Whimbrel and 2 small Peep that I'm guessing were Least Sandpipers.  I didn't have a scope this morning.
When I resumed walking back to the parking area, I spotted a very mangey coyote hunting in the brush.  It was a female who looked like she might be nursing.  She caught and ate a small snake while Lisa Stratton and I watched her.  Preserve personnel have spotted her before and if SB wildlife Care could capture her briefly, they have medication they could administer to combat the mange.
I stopped by Area K on my way home, but there was no sign of the Geese there.
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Date: 2/26/21 11:27 am
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta birds this morning
The Tennessee Warbler was present in the bottle brush tree right at the corner of Arroyo and Nueces at 7:45 AM. It was not vocalizing but not too difficult to find. The head pattern is not very strong but the whitish underparts make it easy to separate from Orange-crowned.

An hour of searching did not produce the previously reported Black-and-White Warbler and the Camino Corto gully, though the area was fairy birdy. Best bird was American Goldfinch which seems to be declining in our area.

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Date: 2/26/21 12:01 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 17:15 by Michael I Christie
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing male, close to adult plumage. Sallying from WTP fence and to E."

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Date: 2/25/21 8:11 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Farren Road
I hiked Farren Road this morning.  Nothing remarkable here today though it was a beautiful morning for a hike.  I did not see or hear Scott's Oriole or Common Ground-Dove today but I did hear a Roadrunner making its soft cooing call in the first canyon below the east side of the road.
I didn't find a Yellow-shafted Flicker today either, though there was aFlicker perched in an avocado tree that was very backlighted so that detail of plumage were impossible to see.  The Flicker I found in a. dead tree behind the eucalyptus grove was definitely Red-shafted.  With it in the same tree were 2 Robins and a pair of Nuttall's Woodpeckers.
When the wind started to come up, the raptors took to the air and I saw at least 3 Red-tailed Hawks (including one dark phase), a pair of White-tailed Kites, an American Kestrel, and 4 Turkey Vultures.
I stopped by the Sandpiper Golf Course afterwards to check out the pond.  Five Snow Geese continue at this location--they were all swimming in the pond while I was there.  I was hoping to turn up White-fronted Geese, but they were not at this location today.  A group of 9 Canada Geese were out on one of the fairways and there was a modest assortment of ducks on the pond.
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Date: 2/25/21 12:13 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Day 4 Cassin's Kingbirds
I didn't have as much time to stand out there shooting this morning
because my mom and I were heading to Ocean Park. Another 15 or so Cassin's
Kingbirds were out there harassing each other, flashing those red (and in
one case, bright orange) crowns, eating berries and generally having a
great time. I have noticed that they are most actively feeding as soon as
the sun hits the vines in the backyard, so around 7:30 - 8 AM daily.

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Date: 2/25/21 12:01 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- American Bittern (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 16:05 by David Blue
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Seen from 4:42 to 4:47 PM, first in the reeds in the “cove” to the west of the dam, then it flew almost due north to the reeds along the north shore in the northwest corner of the lake."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 08:05 by margeNdon thornton
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "standing in the reeds of the south side of the lake east of the dam. visible from the dam. very long neck fully extended."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 07:16 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82281782
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 07:16 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

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Date: 2/24/21 11:00 pm
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] American Bittern call
Great that the American Bittern has been observed at LLC by Susanne Meyer,
as well as by Marge and Don Thornton. I birded LLC on Monday and Tuesday.
Though this bird did not show while I was there, I heard its call at least
three times on both days.

I did catch the Cinnamon Teal on Tuesday.

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Date: 2/24/21 6:32 pm
From: Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owl - More Mesa
The Short-eared Owl at More Mesa made an appearance this evening at about 4:15 and flew back and forth over the mesa top a couple of times. Also two female Northern Harriers and two White-tailed Kites were present, the harriers and the owl having several interactions.

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Santa Barbara


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Date: 2/24/21 4:12 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Santa ynez Rover, Buellton
Um . . .
That's Santa Ynez RIVER, not Rover.
Sorry,Florence

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 04:05:02 PM PST, Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> wrote:

I was intrigued by Peter's report of the ducks he found in the Rover where it crosses under Santa Rosa Road, so I rook a trip up there this morning.  I found almost no ducks there or elsewhere on the river ponds, but it  was very pleasant to walk along the river this morning.  Nothing rare, but resident birds were singing and there was a fair amount of activity.  Highlights were watching a Nuttall's Woodpecker excavate a probable nesting hole; six White-throated Swifts flying back and forth under the bridge at Santa Rosa Road, and a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the willows.  I though this was noteworthy since I believe this location would be considered district I. 
As for Ruby-crowned Kinglets, I found only 2 at this location today, which seems on the low side but I don't bird this spot very often to know for sure.
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Date: 2/24/21 4:05 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa ynez Rover, Buellton
I was intrigued by Peter's report of the ducks he found in the Rover where it crosses under Santa Rosa Road, so I rook a trip up there this morning.  I found almost no ducks there or elsewhere on the river ponds, but it  was very pleasant to walk along the river this morning.  Nothing rare, but resident birds were singing and there was a fair amount of activity.  Highlights were watching a Nuttall's Woodpecker excavate a probable nesting hole; six White-throated Swifts flying back and forth under the bridge at Santa Rosa Road, and a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the willows.  I though this was noteworthy since I believe this location would be considered district I. 
As for Ruby-crowned Kinglets, I found only 2 at this location today, which seems on the low side but I don't bird this spot very often to know for sure.
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Date: 2/24/21 3:54 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] UCSB's North Campus Open Space Wednesday, 24 Feb
I joined UCSB’s CCBER team on a monthly survey of the North Campus Open
Space. Lisa Stratton, Beau Tindall, and I covered the eastern of two
routes. We heard, then saw, a *Common Raven* flying over from east heading
west. This species is still pretty uncommon so close to the coast in
Goleta.

A pair of *Northern Rough-winged Swallows* called and cavorted at the
Phelps Bridge. These are recently returning migrants.

The only Dark-eyed Junco we had was a *Slate-colored* form. See photo of
the junco at checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82286732

The western team had one Burrowing Owl, another Belding's Sparrow, and a
couple of Western Sandpipers.


Combined the two teams detected 61 species.



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Date: 2/24/21 2:19 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cassin's Kingbirds, Lompoc, Part 3
Day three -- there were about 15-18 Cassin's Kingbirds this morning,
feeding on the ivy berries near my mother's home in Lompoc on Crestview
Terrace. I also noticed another flock up the hill gathered by someone
else's back yard and a few were hanging out eating Eucalyptus berries on a
tree down the block. No sign of the Cedar Waxwings today and no red
crown-flashes when the European Starlings came in. I did see a single
White-throated Sparrow, tried for a photo but did not succeed, as the bird
flew down into a bush as soon as I raised my camera. (Happens a lot). In
and around my mother's yard today were also Northern Mockingbirds,
White-crowned and Lincoln's Sparrows, the ubiquitous House Finches and
House Sparrows, a single Pine Siskin, a few Lesser Goldfinches. American
Crows again harassed a Red-tailed Hawk, and the Cassin's Kingbirds
practiced their mobbing techniques on the crows. Fun morning in my mom's
back yard.

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Date: 2/24/21 11:19 am
From: Marge and Don Thornton via groups.io <thorntonmlt...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros
Whilst checking out LLC in general, we spotted the American Bittern standing out in the reeds on the south side of the lake east of the dam. He was visible from most of the dam as he was on the point that extends into the lake.  He was in the same postion for about a half hour starting at 8:25.

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Date: 2/24/21 12:01 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 10:15 by Mark Holmgren
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 08:40 by Pete Wolf
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Assuming same bird that has been seen many times before... large bill, very yellow, greenish back, etc."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 06:52 by Kurt Nguyen
- 354 Arroyo Road, Santa Barbara, California, US (34.436, -119.78), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing bird. Vocalizing and feeding in bottlebrush tree. Small, yellowish green warbler with grey head and line through eye"

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Date: 2/23/21 8:55 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cassin's Kingbirds, Lompoc
This morning there were about 20 Cassin's Kingbirds. A smallish flock of
about 15 Cedar Waxwings joined but did not linger. European Starlings were
agitating the kingbirds to the point where the latter would flash their red
crowns at the starlings. Northern Mockingbirds were chasing each other in
and out of the ivy and up and around the houses.... also zig-zagging,
attacking and fighting in mid-air were several Cassin's Kingbirds that all
ganged up on another (it had a really juicy berry) and chased him all over
the neighborhood.... No American Robin today. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks
carrying nesting material were mobbed by some American Crows, and the
kingbirds would mob the crows in turn. No unusual kingbirds to report

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Date: 2/23/21 8:22 pm
From: Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road
Hi all,

I have to agree with Florence. There seems to be a shortage of RC Kinglets in our local mountains or at least the San Rafael’s and possibly the Santa Ynez range. Although, last Saturday 2-20-21 while birding up in la Sherpa ( way windy)and down the north slope of Refugio Road to the SYV I encounter a a fair number of RC Kinglets along with 2 Steller’s Jays a few singing Purple Finches, and OC Warblers. What I found strange was the juncos on the south side of Refugio were flocked up still while most of the juncos on the north side were mostly paired up. Then today I was out exploring the eastern corner of of our CBC circle checking out habitat and had noticed more RC Kinglets than expected. There were lots of singing Hutton’s Vireos, OC Warblers, more Purple Finch’s along with the other expected birds. I have spent the last 2 days bouncing around Montecito, Hope Ranch and parts of Goleta.
I really do not have any good birds to report, I just wanted to agree with Florence.

Good birding.

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> On Feb 23, 2021, at 2:11 PM, Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> wrote:
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> I got back to the mountain for the first time in a month. It was lovely up there today but not very birdy, though not quite as birdless as I found it a month ago.
>
> Best birds were a Northern Pygmy Owl calling from a Big Cone Spruce just below the trail on the north-facing side, and a very dark Merlin perched in a dead snag a little further on. I heard a couple of Steller's Jays and also a singing Mountain Chickadee, but otherwise the birds were chaparral-oak woodland species, and not a lot of them. I flushed a flock of quail, but they turned out to be California Quail, not Mountain Quail. Two Fox sparrows came out to feed on the road on the keyhole loop.
>
> For some reason, Ruby-crowned Kinglets don't seem to be very numerous in the mountains and foothills this year--at least I didn't find any today nor at Kinevan last week, nor on La Cumbre Peak during several visits. This strikes me as odd. There seem to be plenty of them along the coastal strip. Has anyone else noticed that?
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Date: 2/23/21 2:13 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Gaviota RN Grebe
One of the RN Grebes continued just W of Gaviota where Hollister Ranch
starts this morning.

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Date: 2/23/21 2:11 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road
I got back to the mountain for the first time in a month.  It was lovely up there today but not very birdy, though not quite as birdless as I found it a month ago. 
Best birds were a Northern Pygmy Owl calling from a Big Cone Spruce just below the trail on the north-facing side, and a very dark Merlin perched in a dead snag a little further on.  I heard a couple of Steller's Jays and also a singing Mountain Chickadee, but otherwise the birds were chaparral-oak woodland species, and not a lot of them.  I flushed a flock of quail, but they turned out to be California Quail, not Mountain Quail.  Two Fox sparrows came out to feed on the road on the keyhole loop.
For some reason, Ruby-crowned Kinglets don't seem to be very numerous in the mountains and foothills this year--at least I didn't find any today nor at Kinevan last week, nor on La Cumbre Peak during several visits. This strikes me as odd.  There seem to be plenty of them along the coastal strip.  Has anyone else noticed that?
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Date: 2/23/21 12:01 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- American Bittern (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 16:40 by Susanne Meyer
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Viewed from the dam looking right (East). Bittern flew in and landed in front of the reeds at the east end of the dam and remained visible for a few minutes before disappearing in the reeds."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 14:12 by Eric Wier
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, first reported on eBird by “Pair of Wing Nuts” on February 6th"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 08:20 by John Deacon
- Rancho Sisquoc Winery (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Known individual. In newly plowed field north of Rancho Sisquoc overhead sign. Closely associated with a flock of WCSP. Black bib and white eyebrow bordered by black. White malar stripe. Diagnostic but unartistic photos obtained."

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Date: 2/22/21 7:46 am
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] thirty + Cassin's Kingbirds
In recent weeks, I have seen only a pair of them near my mother's home.
The other day I saw six. This morning there are more than 30 individual
birds and they are flocking around an old ivy vine that has been allowed to
grow wild. At first I thought they were eating insects. They are eating the
ivy berries! One American Robin, a Northern Mockingbird, several House
Finches, European Starlings and a single California Towhee were all
gathered back there with the kingbirds, gorging on berries. I have never
seen so many kingbirds in one location before! In Crestview Terrace,
Lompoc.

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Date: 2/22/21 12:01 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 09:28 by Mark Holmgren
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 13:43 by koan kam
- River Park, Lompoc US-CA 34.65356, -120.43471, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82128511
- Comments: "Very small, short tail, barely visible dull green on back,mostly gray, mottled grey front. Viewed from ten feet away for approximately five minutes"

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Date: 2/21/21 7:04 pm
From: MIke Egan via groups.io <mikeegan1112...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] N Shoveler courtship
Stopping by LLC today the lake was covered with 100+ N Shovelers. As I was scanning across the lake I noticed some birds circling with heads under water. As I looked closer I saw a male and female circling, then another couple, then another. Then it hit me, it was courtship. Over 30+ couples courting simultaneously all across the lake! Quite a sight!


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Date: 2/21/21 4:55 pm
From: Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ducking around.
SB Birders,

I went out and checked a few ponds today around the north county. I started at the two ponds located on Hwy 246 and Campbell Road just west of Buellton. These ponds are holding water pretty good since the rains. We are now up to 40 American Wigeons, 6 Cinnamon Teal a few Ring-necks and N Shovelers. The ponds along Zaca Station Road near Firestone winery had 6 Redheads, that’s pretty cool for this location. I then checked out one of my favorite private ponds in the SYV and they have drained it and removed all the reeds. This is a total bummer. This means no Tricolored Blackbirds will be nesting there this year. In the bottom of this almost dry pond was 4 Cinnamon Teal and 4 Ring-necked Ducks. This is really bad because this pond used to have a lot of ducks and rails.
I checked out another pond off of Foxen Canyon Road which “was” largest nesting colony of Trikes in the county and all the reeds have been removed only one Bufflehead and a few coots were left. I sure hope Sedgewick is ready for a nesting colony of Trikes, or they’re in real trouble up here. Well, I just checked another pond on Alisos CYN Road and this pond has been denuded as well, not good. Stopped over in Los Alamos and checked out the Los Alamos Sewage Treatment Plant on Bell Road and saw 16 Cinnamon Teal 30+ A. Wigeons, N. Shovelers, Buffleheads and some Mallards, no Gadwall yet. I also went over to Los Alamos Park, this park can be really good some days, but the good news about this park is the park host has 4 bird feeders up and there is a lot of common birds. Traveling north on S.R. 135 out of Los Alamos I checked another good pond that has nesting Trikes, they have started cutting the reeds, but by hand so it is not that bad yet and it is by some equipment. So, maybe this pond will host some Tricolored Blackbirds this year. It was cool to see 4 HOODED MERGANSERS here and 2 pairs of Cinnamon Teal and Buffleheads. The Red-winged Blackbirds have already stated setting up shop in there, so that’s cool. Holy cow!!
I just saw a Greater Roadrunner in the field at the corner of Clark and HWY 1, Roadrunners are getting pretty rare anywhere along our coast. Just checked the Tanglewood pond off of Black Road and saw about 80
N Shovelers and a light mix of ducks. This particular pond used to be the best location to see Canvasbacks, there were none today. ( it is getting real windy-hard to use a spotting scope windy) at the pond in the northwest Agg field at Black and Betteravia there were about 40
Gadwall. The wind has forced a bunch of Savannah Sparrows up into the reeds,(guessing 80) kinda cool. The Black Road
flooded fields had nothing but 2 Killdeer. The “A” Street retention ponds had 8 Green-winged Teal, 10 Ring-necked Ducks and 14 Dowitchers. The retention basin pond over on Blosser and Canal Street only had about a dozen Ring-necked ducks a few Buffleheads, another good pond for Canvasbacks, none. James May Park, no wind? No birds, just mallards, coots 2 California and one Herring Gull. Waller Park’s famed duck pond, trying to save the best for last. Well, late on Sunday afternoon might not be the best time to visit. Poor lighting, and feeding frenzy was on full speed and the rest were sleeping on the island. So, I missed Jamie’s ducks!!! I decided to check out John Deacon’s Mud Lake, this was a nice stop with moderate wind and decent ducks, 12 Ring-necked, 14 Canvasbacks. This was a nice finish to a day of pond hoping.

If you finished reading this, thank you, at least you were not riding shotgun.

Good birding.

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Date: 2/21/21 12:35 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North Campus Open Space
I did a fairly quick loop around North Campus Open Space mid- to late
morning today. Most notable were 11 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE seen with
the flock of Canadas from Veneco Road. I assume these are the birds
reported from Goleta Slough (Area K) yesterday by Ron Hirst.

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Date: 2/21/21 11:29 am
From: Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Ynez River at Buellton - Common Goldeneye
Amongst 61 species found in the river this morning was a nice mix of waterfowl including an unexpected Common Goldeneye along with Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal and Lesser Scaup . A Wilson's Warbler was singing away and a few migrant Swallows were seen moving down river. Full list here:

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Date: 2/21/21 12:01 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (2)
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 08:15 by Susanne Meyer
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.9237752&<ll...>,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82038872
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "In dead trees behind Eucalyptus row. Red crescent on nape. One shows yellow underwing in flight. photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 13:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc Winery (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82037767
- Comments: "Individual still in exactly the same spot (entrance gate) as when first seen in fall. First seen: Sep 20 Last seen: Dec 14 Not seen over past 2 months despite looking regularly. Still associating with Wh-Cr-Sparrow flock. Skulky. Brief snatch of song"

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Date: 2/20/21 7:08 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Area K at UCSB. GWF Geese, RB Nuthatch
11 GWF Geese, a RB Nuthatch, 2 N. Harriers, and a changing diversity of waterfowl make a visit here enjoyable every day now. Try walking the fence line from the police station area to the Ocean Rd. intersection and check the oaks and reedy channels in addition to the main body of water.  ebird checklist of 37 species for today...  ebird.org/checklist/S82048382
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Date: 2/20/21 12:17 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow in Montecito
Thanks for bringing this up Joan. A few weeks ago several of the Pine
Siskins at my Solvang feeder died because of salmonella. I also had an
American Goldfinch that seemed to be infected. Obviously I took my feeders
down as a result. I wonder how widespread this problem is in our county
this winter.

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> Hi All:
> I had the wintering Chat and a White-throated Sparrow ( been around a
> couple of days ) at my pond today.
> When I looked closely at the chat, I saw what appears to be some sort of
> disfiguration to its bill.
> This reminds me that I saw a disturbing post online about an outbreak of
> salmonella at feeders in the Central Coast area, in SF area, and in the
> Sierra Nevada. It seems that Pine Siskins are especially affected, but I
> don’t feed siskins so am thinking this may be more widespread.
> They’re suggesting we take down our seed feeders for awhile, clean them,
> and let this outbreak die down.
> https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/salmonellosis-outbreak-causing-songbird-deaths/
> List here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81970116
> Very upsetting!
>
> Good birding!
> Joan Lentz
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Lesser Yellowlegs (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Yellow-breasted Chat (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 16:53 by Linus Blomqvist
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81967687
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 08:15 by Peter Schneekloth
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.4915452&<ll...>,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81964172
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller than adjacent greater Yellowlegs with proportionally shorter bill, photo."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 08:14 by Mark Holmgren
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81960919
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "1st winter female, probably the same bird seen in this area since 6 Jan 2021. White throat completely framed by thick black borders. Crown red, but no red on nape. White barring on back not aligned in nice vertical rows but more disorganized."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 07:55 by Laura Baldwin
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81971381
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird vocalizing in pepper trees near the director’s office at 0857."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 07:55 by John Callender
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81969333
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird vocalizing in pepper trees near the director’s office at 0857."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 18, 2021 10:16 by Libby Patten
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81938507
- Comments: "Pale gray empid with light belly and white eye ring. Long primary projection. Seen perched in small oak just east of creek at end of trail. Next to last wide grassy patch. Perched about six feet above ground. Continuing since first found on 1/2/21 by Gage Ricard and refound by many others."

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 10:20 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln 34.43397 -119.63497, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen a month ago. First see in fall. Concerned at appearance of growth at end of bill on this bird. Tried to get it visible in a photo."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 09:32 by Kurt Nguyen
- 5098 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, California, US (34.455, -119.801), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Immature male with red spot on chest, thick bill, striped eyebrow, brownish overall. Digiscoped photos to follow"

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Date: 2/19/21 9:15 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen <aologhlen...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Horned Larks at Happy Canyon Road
This morning (Fri) Gayle and I saw 4 Horned Larks in the field at the south-east corner of the junction of Happy Canyon and Alisos Roads.  They were fairly close to the road and could be easily ID'ed using just binoculars.
Photos at; https://flic.kr/p/2kDgnbm

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Date: 2/19/21 6:15 pm
From: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow in Montecito
Hi All:
I had the wintering Chat and a White-throated Sparrow ( been around a couple of days ) at my pond today.
When I looked closely at the chat, I saw what appears to be some sort of disfiguration to its bill.
This reminds me that I saw a disturbing post online about an outbreak of salmonella at feeders in the Central Coast area, in SF area, and in the Sierra Nevada. It seems that Pine Siskins are especially affected, but I don’t feed siskins so am thinking this may be more widespread.
They’re suggesting we take down our seed feeders for awhile, clean them, and let this outbreak die down. https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/salmonellosis-outbreak-causing-songbird-deaths/ <https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/salmonellosis-outbreak-causing-songbird-deaths/>
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Very upsetting!

Good birding!
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Date: 2/18/21 11:58 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Heermann's Gull (1 report)
- Black-vented Shearwater (3 reports)
- Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (2 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- Common Yellowthroat (2 reports)

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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917697
- Comments: "Second-year bird. Flew past east side of island during high winds in early evening. Small gull with small black bill, white below with bold black "M" above, dark tail tip, and dark partial collar on back and sides of neck."

Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 07:15 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917867
- Comments: "Second-year. Flew in to the large gull flock on lee side of island. Chocolate brown with some pale feathering on back and wing panel, small bill peach at base with dark tip."

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (5)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917949
- Comments: "Small fast flapping black and white shearwaters"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 07:15 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917867
- Comments: "Fast flapping small dark brown above and white below"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (25)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917697
- Comments: "Small fast-flapping shearwaters, dark brown above and white below. Flying north ca. 0.75 to 1.5 km off east side of island"

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81918183
- Comments: "Continuing. Chunky sparrow, upperparts brownish with some gray on face, wings plain brown, some reddish tones in tail, belly to throat white with triangular brownish spots, bill yellowish with dusky top. Photographed on 12 Feb."

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917697
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near ranger station. Chunky sparrow, upperparts brownish with some gray on face, wings plain brown, some reddish tones in tail, belly to throat white with triangular brownish spots, bill yellowish with dusky top. Photographed."

Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (Junco hyemalis caniceps)
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 12:00 by Howard Friedman
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7673745&<ll...>,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81916261
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Gray body with black eye line and rusty shoulder"

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81918273
- Comments: "Small sparrow with finely streaked breast underlain by buff, buffy malar and eyering, gray supercilium and dark brown cap. Back gray and brown streaked, wings brownish. Seen in Coreopsis above house."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 15:15 by Becky Turley
- Stakeout Tennessee Warbler, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7798186&<ll...>,-119.7798186
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81913811
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in bottlebrush tree. Flew into the south side of southern tree as previously reported. Vocalizing. Gray head, supercilium, pale yellow wash on throat and sides, mostly whitish, greenish wings, white undertail."

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81918183
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Second SBI winter record. Male. Small warbler hopping around low veg near house/greenhouse giving familiar calls. Olive green above with black mask bordered by white above and yellow below on throat and upper breast turning to olive below breast on underparts. (Photographed through window.)"

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.035716&<ll...>,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917949
- Comments: "Second SBI winter record. Male. Small warbler hopping around low veg near house/greenhouse giving familiar calls. Olive green above with black mask bordered by white above and yellow below on throat and upper breast turning to olive below breast on underparts. (Photographed on 15 Feb.)"

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Date: 2/18/21 1:26 pm
From: John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Lack of Hummingbirds
Last week I was bemoaning the lack of hummingbirds at our feeders.  They are back, albeit in low numbers.  We just had an Allen's/Rufous stop by.

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Date: 2/17/21 11:57 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 07:11 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81829656
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, still mostly in juvenile plumage."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 07:11 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81834199
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, still mostly in juvenile plumage."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:00 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81854325
- Comments: "continuing bird in juvenile plumage"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:00 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0405478&<ll...>,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81854061
- Comments: "continuing bird in juvenile plumage"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 08:29 by Tom Beland
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81828503
- Comments: "Continuing bird in trees near weir. Small flycatcher with white eye ring, pale gray throat and head, pale belly and pale wing bars."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 08:29 by Laurel S Luby
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81840370
- Comments: "Continuing bird in trees near weir. Small flycatcher with white eye ring, pale gray throat and head, pale belly and pale wing bars."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 09:12 by Linus Blomqvist
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8629427&<ll...>,-119.8629427
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81815466
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On my feeders."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 14:45 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5278168&<ll...>,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81848103
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Probably an Imm female very briefly seen in Honeysuckle-type shrub at footbridge over Sta. Monica Creek."

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Date: 2/16/21 2:49 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Phainopepla East Camino Cielo
This is an interesting place for Phainopepla, but I have had one in the vicinity a couple of times, both times in winter.
Florence Sanchez

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 02:13:21 PM PST, Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack...> wrote:

Just a quick note. Yesterday walking the fire-break above and north of East Camino Cielo west of Gibraltar Road I saw one male Phainopepla and heard another close by. Other birds were the expected chaparral birds.

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Date: 2/16/21 2:13 pm
From: Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Phainopepla East Camino Cielo
Just a quick note. Yesterday walking the fire-break above and north of East Camino Cielo west of Gibraltar Road I saw one male Phainopepla and heard another close by. Other birds were the expected chaparral birds.

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Date: 2/16/21 12:59 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
Here are some 2015 photos by David Levasheff of this individual (I'm
assuming):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157655950301764

Wim

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> Hi Jay,
>
> We've had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in that area for several years, and
> it has been involved in nesting events in the area.
>
> Dave Compton
> Santa Barbara
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> On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:24 PM Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <
> <bluejaybishop...> wrote:
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>> At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool
>> looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The
>> bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not
>> get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
>> Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but
>> fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
>> Jay Bishop
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Date: 2/16/21 12:37 pm
From: Jessie Altstatt <jessie.altstatt...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
I meant to let folks know that I saw this hawk back on January 14, same
general location. Good to hear that the bird is still in town. It/she is
really gorgeous.

Thanks, Jessie

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:30 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
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> Hi Jay,
>
> We've had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in that area for several years, and
> it has been involved in nesting events in the area.
>
> Dave Compton
> Santa Barbara
>
> On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:24 PM Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <
> <bluejaybishop...> wrote:
>
>> At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool
>> looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The
>> bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not
>> get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
>> Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but
>> fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
>> Jay Bishop
>> Santa Barbara
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>

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Date: 2/16/21 12:30 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
Hi Jay,

We've had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in that area for several years, and
it has been involved in nesting events in the area.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:24 PM Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <
<bluejaybishop...> wrote:

> At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool looking
> Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The bird looks
> like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not get a
> photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
> Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but
> fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
> Jay Bishop
> Santa Barbara
>
>
>
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Date: 2/16/21 12:24 pm
From: Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk
At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/16/21 11:04 am
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Around Goleta, Tuesday morning
Birded several spots around Goleta this morning. Mostly both diversity and numbers of even common birds were low. Went to five different spots but only a few things of note to report.
Lake Los Carneros has at least half a dozen Tree Swallows foraging over the lake (which I noticed for the first time last Saturday - right on schedule according to Lehman).
Goleta Beach had several Mew Gulls in the only big gull flock along with about 15 Royal Tern. At the platform looking into the channels near the caretakers house, a small mud island has formed that had several Semipalmated Plovers and a Long-billed Dowitcher. Lots of Bufflehead and two Lesser Scaup here. Also at this spot, directly across the near channel was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, I'm guessing a sub-adult because no yellow was present but the plumage was quite developed. Finally, 7 Great Blue Heron nests in the Eucalyptus across from the east parking lot were occupied.
Looked for Snipe (or anything else interesting) at the Patterson Bridge and upstream along Atascadero Creek but, while birdier than elsewhere this morning, nothing of note.

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Date: 2/16/21 12:02 am
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Hooded Merganser
I birded NCOS today with Judy Blue. There was a lone handsome male Hooded
Merganser swimming east towards the bridge, where I was able to get a
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Date: 2/15/21 11:54 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:18 by Jessica Lovering
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81597730
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At feeders, private property. Dove, overall grayish brown, larger than mourning dove, size more like Eurasian Collared-dove (but only had Mourning for comparison). No black markings on wings, a single black mark on side of neck. Obvious white border at bottom of the wing when perched. Photos."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:18 by Linus Blomqvist
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81597729
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At feeders, private property. Dove, overall grayish brown, larger than mourning dove, size more like Eurasian Collared-dove (but only had Mourning for comparison). No black markings on wings, a single black mark on side of neck. Obvious white border at bottom of the wing when perched. Photos (phone camera through window; still diagnostic.)"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:50 by Deann Purcell
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81633353
- Comments: "Excellent extended close-up view of this not-shy little flycatcher at 9:40 am at the weir. Two whitish wing bars, gray back and yellowish belly, slight gray crest, whitish (maybe impartial) eye ring, small bill, pumped tail a lot."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 13:27 by Laura Lyon
- 3056 Braemar Dr, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.40692, -119.74324, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.743242&<ll...>,-119.743242
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81675150
- Comments: "I usually see Cassin’s Kingbirds, but this one looked a little bigger and had no white on the tip of it’s tail. Also, no sound came from this bird. The Cassin’s K. are quite vocal. Seems early in the year though, so I’m not sure."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (5)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 15:14 by logan kahle
- SATH fields, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.529673&<ll...>,-119.529673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81712091
- Comments: "Photos of some. Many running around. They seem to like it here"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (5)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 15:14 by Joachim Gonzalez
- SATH fields, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.529673&<ll...>,-119.529673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81712111
- Comments: "Photos of some. Many running around. They seem to like it here"

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 13:15 by Keni Miller
- 5050 Baseline Ave, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.0270543&<ll...>,-120.0270543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81679794
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "At bird feeder in back yard"

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Date: 2/15/21 12:15 pm
From: John Deacon via groups.io <iseekbirds...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bald Eagle in Casmalia
All:

This morning at about 11:00 a.m. I had an adult Bald Eagle soaring with TUVUs and RTHAs. It was headed north towards Santa Maria when I lost sight of it. If you are around SM today, keep an eye on the sky. It would be an awesome bird to see from your yard. I’ll post pics later.

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Date: 2/14/21 11:53 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid) (1 report)
- Eurasian Wigeon (2 reports)
- Greater Scaup (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Dusky Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Cliff Swallow (1 report)

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Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid) (Spatula discors x cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 16:26 by Michael I Christie
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.6003785&<ll...>,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81525119
- Comments: "A male swimming near the access road, on my way out. Fairly typical discors, but with facial crescent crossed by brown line, and very reduced white patch. Photos, but late and in poor light."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 11:52 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84824&<ll...>,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81444189
- Comments: "Bright cinnamon head with mostly gray body."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:07 by Linus Blomqvist
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84824&<ll...>,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81396842
- Comments: "Continuing male. Gray flanks, rufous head, and faint buffy forehead."

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:17 by Noah Gaines
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.6572856&<ll...>,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81472373
- Comments: "One male stood out from the Lesser scaup. More rounded head (no peak behind eye) larger size and larger nail at the end of bill."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:41 by David Blue
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.279007&<ll...>,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81484160
- Comments: "Continuing male in southernmost pond. Much larger and more elongated than the nearby Ring-necked Ducks. All white body with a black back, dark green head and thin red bill. Flew before a photo could be taken."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:07 by Sangeet Khalsa
- Bella Vista OSP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8836064&<ll...>,-119.8836064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81408782
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen a few times sallying out from the top of the Brazilian pepper tree where it overlaps with the tules. (34.43814, -119.88345 ). Small Empid, dusky gray-olive overall with prominent white wingbars, faint yellow wash on lower belly. Perky crest popped up when perched and in alert mode. White teardrop shaped eye ring. Did not call."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:17 by Noah Gaines
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.6572856&<ll...>,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81472373
- Comments: "Kingbird with grayish head white throat yellow belly leading up to the breast and greenish back. Large bill forked tail."

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:00 by Ron Hirst
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8783064&<ll...>,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81455693
- Comments: "Pale orange rump, orangish throat, whitish belly/chest, short squared tail, brownish upper parts. Flying above tree swallows"

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Subject: [sbcobirding] Central Coast Birding-MeWe
All:
The SBC Birding Moderators let me know that I could post this message.
I recently started a site called "Central Coast Birding" on MeWe.  I'm hoping this will be a nice site for informal discussions, sharing photos, sharing experiences and questions about birds on the Central Coast (Santa Barbara to Morro Bay).  It's meant to be fun, helpful and informative.  If you are interested, here is the link:
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MeWe is simply a social networking site, similar to Facebook.  I chose this platform because it was very simple when compared to other platforms.  Check it out if you want.  If you do decide to join and have suggestions for improvements, please let me know.  BTW, there are lots of other good birdwatching sites on MeWe.

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Date: 2/14/21 3:37 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek
I had a Western Tanager at Camino Corto open space on Wednesday, Feb. 10.  I assume it was an over-wintering bird.
Florence Sanchez

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 03:18:23 PM PST, Phila Rogers <philajane...> wrote:

I heard a Western Tanager in Oak Park this morning.  Isn't it too early in the season for them to be migrating?  We have many crows here at Samarkand.  Could that be why we have no Mockingbirds?  Phila Rogers
On Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM Gage Ricard <sbgager...> wrote:

It was a rather birdy morning along Arroyo Burro Creek trail upstream from Calle de los Amigos Bridge. Highlights include a Western Tanager, flock of Cedar Waxwings, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinch among the Lesser Goldfinches. The Arroyo Willows are in bloom attracting birds and bees alike. Missed the Hammond's Flycatcher this morning, although saw it recently on February 10.

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Date: 2/14/21 3:18 pm
From: Phila Rogers <philajane...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek
I heard a Western Tanager in Oak Park this morning. Isn't it too early in
the season for them to be migrating? We have many crows here at
Samarkand. Could that be why we have no Mockingbirds? Phila Rogers

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> It was a rather birdy morning along Arroyo Burro Creek trail upstream from
> Calle de los Amigos Bridge. Highlights include a Western Tanager, flock of
> Cedar Waxwings, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pine Siskins, and American
> Goldfinch among the Lesser Goldfinches. The Arroyo Willows are in bloom
> attracting birds and bees alike. Missed the Hammond's Flycatcher this
> morning, although saw it recently on February 10.
>
> Gage Ricard
> Santa Barbara
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Date: 2/14/21 12:44 pm
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek
It was a rather birdy morning along Arroyo Burro Creek trail upstream from Calle de los Amigos Bridge. Highlights include a Western Tanager, flock of Cedar Waxwings, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinch among the Lesser Goldfinches. The Arroyo Willows are in bloom attracting birds and bees alike. Missed the Hammond's Flycatcher this morning, although saw it recently on February 10.

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Date: 2/13/21 11:51 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:42 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5353699&<ll...>,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81250648
- Comments: "Maybe continuing male seen in Santa Monica Creek with American Wigeons. Rufous head with tan forehead and crown"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 10:19 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.279007&<ll...>,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81187935
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing male in southernmost pond about 100 yds west of Santa Maria Mesa Road. Photos."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 06:50 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84975&<ll...>,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81231446
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Medium-large brown heron with white and tan striped neck. Top of wing brown with black primaries."

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 10:55 by Molly Hill
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.84975&<ll...>,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81288344
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unfortunately, I have no good photos of this bird, but I'm fairly sure of what I saw. I clearly saw a Northern Flicker as it flew into a large tree in the northern section of the park, pretty much directly north of the lake but far from the water. As it landed, I very clearly saw pure yellow tail feathers, though I didn't get a great look at its face. I tried to photograph it, but it flew off (westward, towards the shrubby area directly north of the oak and eucalyptus trees on the western side of the park) before I was able to get adequate photos. I tried to find it again, but unfortunately was not able to locate it. I'll add the photos I did get as soon as I download them."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:40 by Bernice Hilton
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.442061&<ll...>,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81225130
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Known male this location."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 10:29 by John Callender
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.463974&<ll...>,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81217199
- Comments: "Seen well through binoculars at about 80 feet distance but unfortunately not photographed, just east of the lower (western) gate. Relatively short, straight beak (for a thrasher), brownish gray upperparts, lighter underpants with dark streaking. Light buffy outer corners of the tail seen in flight."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:22 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81242037
- Comments: "Initially spotted by Laurel A. in a tree on Isla Vista school grounds on the Southwestern corner of campus (just North of the fence). Oriole with a black bib, black eye line, and black cap and back. Bright male with yellowish coloration.

I departed to let some other folks birding the area now about the bird and when I returned Laurel and Trent B. stated the bird had flown into the eucalyptus in the direction of Fortuna Park. Bird was not reseen."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:46 by Bradley Hacker
- Twin Lakes Golf Course (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8351425&<ll...>,-119.8351425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81181103
- Comments: "Female. Faint dark eyeline, yellow head and throat, wh breast and vent, two white wing bars, yellow tail top and pale yellow underside. Responded to BuOr call. Along drainage west of golf course at storm drain on dirt road."

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Date: 2/13/21 8:44 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park
All,

It turned out to be much less windy along the N coast than forecast and
gull numbers were just notmal. The only somewhat notable sighting were 2
female Common Goldeneye in the river mouth.

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Date: 2/13/21 2:30 pm
From: Bradley Hacker <bradley.r.hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bullock's & Canon r5 mirrorless
This AM I fiddled around in the creek along the west side of Twin Lakes Golf Course in a desperate search to turn up something interesting. The only things of excitement were a female Bullock's Oriole and a few Chipping Sparrows (list). Later I went to Mentor Way tipus, but have nothing to report.

I have been using the latest Canon mirrorless camera "r5" for ~2 months and am starting to have an understanding of the pros and cons relative to the Canon 7d2. Here is a quick summary if you are considering buying the r5 or r6.
Pros: very sharp images, much lower noise (enabling higher ISO), faster frame rate, completely silent, electronic viewfinder that shows how the image will be exposed (so no guessing exposure compensation), an awesome ability to track birds in flight even against complex backgrounds, the option to shoot in crop-sensor or full-sensor mode, and the ability to do high-quality video.
Cons: expensive, eats batteries, electronic viewfinder that is not as sharp as an optical viewfinder, overheating if you do too much video, and an inability to focus on small birds against a busy background--even in crop mode and even using a 1.4X teleconverter.
The overheating has a lot of people riled up, but I don't do too much (so far), so I don't really care.
The inability to focus on small birds against a busy background (think passerine in a tree) DOES have me riled up. In fact, I am really irritated, and you can find other people who are too. Whether Canon can solve this problem with a firmware update remains to be seen. The bottom line is: if you are thinking of buying the r5 or the r6 I would be happy to tell you more; contact me off-list.
Here's an example of the still image quality.
Here's an example of the video(this is the first and only time I shot video).



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Date: 2/13/21 12:29 pm
From: Cruz Phillips via groups.io <cruzitas...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tricolored Blackbird and Redheads at Las Cruzitas (almost)
I did my backyard bird count yesterday and found a Tricolored Blackbird in with the Red-winged Blackbirds.  Continuing in the yard are a Red-Breasted Sapsucker, a Phainopepla, and a White-throated Sparrow.  On the pond on the north side of the dirt road about a mile before my house were three male and one female Redhead.
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Date: 2/13/21 11:15 am
From: Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca and Area K
I checked out Laguna Blanca and Area K this morning. Laguna Blanca had 212
ducks of 11 species, and Area K had 218 ducks of 9 species.

Ducks at Laguna Blanca included 35 Cinnamon Teal, 43 Northern Shoveler, 5
Gadwall, 13 American Wigeon, 69 Mallard, 3 Green-winged Teal, 1 Redhead, 21
Ring-necked Duck, 4 Lesser Scaup, 10 Buffelhead, and 10 Ruddy Duck.
Checklist <https://ebird.org/checklist/S81174073>. I scoped the lake from
the southeastern corner, where the light is good in the morning. No one
gave me any trouble for parking around there but this is always a concern
at Laguna Blanca.

At Area K there were 6 Blue-winged Teal, 24 Northern Shovelers, 41 Gadwall,
79 American Wigeon, 2 Northern Pintails, 57 Green-winged Teal, and 4
Redheads. Checklist <https://ebird.org/checklist/S81190156>. Note that
quite a few of the ducks are in the eastern part hiding in the salicornia,
and it helps to scope from further east along the road to see these.

It's interesting how both the total number of ducks and number of species
is so similar, but the composition is so different.

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

- Eurasian Wigeon (2 reports)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:42 by Tom Beland
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5353699&<ll...>,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80963339
- Comments: "Maybe continuing male seen in Santa Monica Creek with American Wigeons. Rufous head with tan forehead and crown"

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:42 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5353699&<ll...>,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80974002
- Comments: "Maybe continuing male seen in Santa Monica Creek with American Wigeons. Rufous head with tan forehead and crown"

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:00 by Linus Blomqvist
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8783064&<ll...>,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80964078
- Comments: "All adults, all moving west. Relatively small gull, pale overall, even paler - almost white - hand contrasting with gray arm and all black wingtips. Sharply pointed wings. Flight a bit more stiff than California and Western Gulls."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 09:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.442454&<ll...>,-120.442454
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80993256
- Comments: "Ongoing and previously documented bright red male. In his favorite willow by the #4 green. Easily viewed from empty lot on Lorencita."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 09:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.442454&<ll...>,-120.442454
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80993256
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast extending almost to its chin. Larger beak than Cassin's. Forked tail."

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 07:17 by Peter Schneekloth
- Backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.1948929&<ll...>,-120.1948929
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80900421
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Haemorhous finch, long wing extension, eye arcs, large bill with straight culmen. Continuing, photo."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:51 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5140259&<ll...>,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80920282
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing between Sixth Street and the wastewater treatment plant."

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Date: 2/12/21 4:41 pm
From: Nancy States via groups.io <osprey123...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] coming corto birds
Peggy Kerns ,Liz Gaspar and I birded the trees at the open space.today.

The female Black and White Warbler was seen in the second oak across from the red bridge and then again in the area to the south of the bridge in the trees along the path.

We saw many Yellow Rumps and found two Anna’s Hummer nests being built near the bridge,.

Nancy States

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Date: 2/12/21 1:36 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Seawatch + Golden Eagle
Many, MANY years ago (sometime in the early 1970s), my husband and I saw one in this general area on Christmas Day.  It was nice weather and Tom wanted to play golf, so we went to the Ocean Meadows golf course, which was the only one officially open on the holiday.  While walking the course with him, I noticed a large raptor being harassed by a smaller one, both Buteo type.  I initially assumed it was a Red-shouldered chasing a Red-tail, but a good look through binoculars identified the smaller bird as a Red-tail and the larger one as a Golden Eagle.
I don't recall ever seeing one in this general vicinity again, so this recent sighting was a nice report.
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On Friday, February 12, 2021, 12:34:01 PM PST, Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...> wrote:

I spent a total of about three hours at Coal Oil Point this morning. As I mentioned in an earlier email, the wind was pretty strong and from the west, and visibility was good until about 10am when the heat shimmer got in the way. I had three Black-legged Kittiwakes, two jaegers, two Common Murres, about 60 loons in total (mostly Red-throated), four Black-vented Shearwaters, and - perhaps my favorite part - over 80 Forster's Terns. The biggest flock had 43 individuals. I was careful to not double count, so I think the number is pretty accurate. Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80964078.
Even more notably for the location, I saw an immature Golden Eagle from the Storke apartment complex just north of Isla Vista. I included a detailed description in my checklist and I think it suffices as evidence for the ID. According to Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara, this is a highly unusual sighting.
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Date: 2/12/21 12:34 pm
From: Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Seawatch + Golden Eagle
I spent a total of about three hours at Coal Oil Point this morning. As I
mentioned in an earlier email, the wind was pretty strong and from the
west, and visibility was good until about 10am when the heat shimmer got in
the way. I had three Black-legged Kittiwakes, two jaegers, two Common
Murres, about 60 loons in total (mostly Red-throated), four Black-vented
Shearwaters, and - perhaps my favorite part - over 80 Forster's Terns. The
biggest flock had 43 individuals. I was careful to not double count, so I
think the number is pretty accurate. Checklist:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S80964078.

Even more notably for the location, I saw an immature Golden Eagle from the
Storke apartment complex just north of Isla Vista. I included a detailed
description in my checklist <https://ebird.org/checklist/S80972634> and I
think it suffices as evidence for the ID. According to Lehman's Birds of
Santa Barbara, this is a highly unusual sighting.

Linus

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Date: 2/12/21 11:51 am
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Gray-headed Junco
All,

I found a Gray-headed Junco with a flock of Oregon Juncos in Refugio
Canyon. It was about 2 miles up the canyon immediately past the rock face
on the left where the Barn Owls and Canyon Wrens often are and before the
clearing on the left.

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Date: 2/12/21 9:56 am
From: Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Seawatching
Just wanted to alert everyone to good seawatching conditions today. Fairly
strong westerly winds and good visibility, albeit with some heat shimmer.
So far at COP I've had two Kittiwakes, a flock of 43 Forster's Terns, and a
couple of Black-vented Shearwaters. COP better than Campus Pt today since
you can find lee next to the buildings here.

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Date: 2/11/21 11:49 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 10:42 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Seen well but briefly through binoculars at the south end of the cape honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge. Relatively small oriole with dark chestnut underparts, black hood and back, black wings with dark chestnut lesser coverts. Lost track of the bird while I was fumbling for my camera and couldn’t refind it, so unfortunately no photo."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 10:42 by Linda Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Seen well but briefly through binoculars at the south end of the cape honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge. Relatively small oriole with dark chestnut underparts, black hood and back, black wings with dark chestnut lesser coverts. Lost track of the bird while I was fumbling for my camera and couldn’t refind it, so unfortunately no photo."

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Date: 2/10/21 11:47 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)

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Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 15:47 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80784853
- Comments: "Continuing; flying over More Mesa grassland with broad wings and heavy streaking over all with dark eye patches."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (2)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 15:03 by Betsy Mooney
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Midsized heavily brown-streaked owl with large round head, yellow eyes, and short tail. Buffy underneath with narrower streaking. Flying low over the Mesa hunting, sometimes maneuvering quickly to dive, often in close proximity of one of the two Northern Harriers present. On one occasion the SEOW flew quite high, ~90 feet in the air. Wing tips are barred; large white patches on underside of wings. One had flown eastward and was distant when the second owl flew from a perch near an experienced birder who alerted other observers."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 07:10 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80781721
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird juv plumage photos"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 09:33 by Linus Blomqvist
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80761835
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 12:05 by Susanne Meyer
- 7402 - 7418 Hollister Ave (LogMeIn Tipus), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird foraging on Ivy and brush close to the Eucalyptus stand"

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Date: 2/10/21 10:11 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp Morning
Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Wed., Feb.10, 2021

Highlights: No.Harrier over Basins I & 2, Ring-necked Duck & two Cinnamon Teal in Santa Monica Creek.

A beautiful morning to be out birding. Forty-five minutes and thirty species in all (Checklist at https://ebird.org/checklist/S80761151 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S80761151>).

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Date: 2/9/21 11:46 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 08:59 by Linda Callender
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.9579144&<ll...>,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80739174
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female."

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (1)
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 15:46 by John Callender
- Carpinteria City Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5270188&<ll...>,-119.5270188
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80730052
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "On the beach with the Royal Tern flock. Smaller overall; more extensive black crest; longer, thinner beak."

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (2)
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 11:01 by Chad Moura
- Goleta Beach Park, Goleta US-CA 34.41732, -119.83015, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.830148&<ll...>,-119.830148
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80713719
- Comments: "Darker black crown the runs past eyes, slimmer bill with a droop compared to Royals"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 14:33 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Seen in oaks just downstream from concrete weir on housing side of path. Flying and perching in oak tree. Empidonax flycatcher with two white wing bars, partial white eye rings, and small crest. Drab greenish olive overall.

Continuing bird, not distinguishable from me from the dusky flycatcher seen at Bella Vista Open Space this winter also. Primaries did seem longish but not an identification I have much experience."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 10:56 by Libby Patten
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80717291
- Comments: "Continuing female , first found by Dave Compton on 1/23/21. Pale cheek and underparts. Black and white stripes on head and back, somewhat bold markings for a female. Was foraging on trunks of shrubs and creekside oaks to the east of the playground. Made little seet flight calls as it moved from tree to tree."

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Date: 2/9/21 11:26 am
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] UCSB and Deveraux
Tuesday, 2/9, 8:00-11:00am

Walked around the campus Lagoon first. Not much. About 20 Lesser Scaup and a few Wigeon, Gadwall, and Bufflehead (and plenty of Ruddy Duck). There was a large group of Dowitcher feeding on the north shore. Tide was high so not much on the coast. ! Black Turnstone, two Greater Yellowlegs, a few Willet and some Pipits. There was a group of 5 Surf Scoter and another decent raft of Western Grebe offshore. The most interesting thing was 6 Say's Phoebe. This species seems especially abundant on the coast this winter. I see them nearly every time I'm out regardless of where. Has anyone else noticed this?

From there I walked across campus to Area K which was rich in waterfowl. There were two Cinnamon Teal, two Northern Pintail, and lots of the other common ducks. Could not find any Blue-winged Teal. Walked from there through the grassy field between the stadium and IV but it was empty. Checked the pond at Ancique (sp?) Oyo park but it had nothing except Mallards.

After that I checked both pull-outs at Deveraux. The habitat looked wonderful, several areas of standing water and lots of wet mudflat, but it had fewer birds than I have ever seen there. Two Great Blue Herons in the Eucalyptus on the west shore, one Great Egret, two Black-crowned Night Heron, one Coot, and 20 peeps far away (probably Least Sandpipers), but that was it. No ducks, geese, cormorant, or anything else. I found that a bit disturbing.

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Date: 2/8/21 11:45 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Chestnut-collared Longspur (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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- Reported Feb 08, 2021 08:59 by John Callender
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80660500
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female."

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 14:06 by Liam Hampl
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80678053
- Comments: "Possibly 2 birds. Small bird flying away from me at the end of the road by the gate. Rufous visible when flying. No photos. Light brown."

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Cuyama Valley (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80675645
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Minimum count"

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (4)
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 11:15 by Mark Holmgren
- 1103–1617 Foothill Rd, New Cuyama US-CA 34.89872, -119.61568, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Brief views of a block of 8 birds, 4 of which I saw well enough to identify them as Brewers Sparrows. Small, slim, very bland looking long tailed sparrow. Bold eyerings stood out, if anything can be said to stand out on this species. Very furtive, no photos possible."

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Date: 2/8/21 4:03 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Tennessee, oriole
The Arroyo Road Tennessee Warbler continued this morning, still faithful to its favorite bottlebrush. At the west end of the Modoc Open Space, an oriole chattered from the willows along the bike path near Modoc. It sounded to me like the Baltimore seen in the area recently.
At More Mesa there are two male Northern Harriers.
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Date: 2/8/21 3:03 pm
From: Eric Culbertson <ebc101...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills along Hunt Drive
While jogging today along Hunt Drive in Summerland, very near where the
Reservoir Trail meets Hunt Drive I had 8 of the continuing crossbills fly
over low, calling and headed towards their usual haunt near Ortega Ridge Rd
x Ortega Ranch Rd. Further along Hunt I noticed a small stand of pine here
34°25'56.0"N 119°35'27.6"W that I'm guessing the birds had been using
before I arrived. This is significantly further east then they have been
reported so I thought it worth it to drop a note.

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Carpinteria / Arcata


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Date: 2/8/21 2:24 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Catway Road - No. Pygmy Owl, Fig Mtn Rd. Bald Eagle
With the heavy fog this morning a trip up the mountain made sense. On the way along Fig Mtn Rd near Midway School I had a perched Bald Eagle. I walked out Catway Rd to the head of Willow Springs Trail. It was not overly birdy but a Northern Pygmy Owl was heard calling fairly consistently for much of the walk. As it turned out the bird was perched close by the road and calling away when I finally reached that spot on the trail. Full ebird list follows and includes an audio of the Owl. A link to Bald Eagle photo follows as well. On the home front a Cassin's Finch was seen at feeders when I got home.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S80663755

Bald Eagle | peterschneekloth | Flickr ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/50923095858/in/dateposted-public/ )

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Date: 2/8/21 12:15 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing RN Grebes
All,

Today I had two RN Grebes just W of Gaviota. I found them off the pull out
immediately before the first sign saying you will be entering Hollister
Ranch. The pull says no parking, but I stayed by the car (and had seen the
tow truck already head off down the road!). The birds are distant and
require a good scope. No chance of photos.

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Date: 2/7/21 11:43 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Chestnut-collared Longspur (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)

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Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 16:14 by Betsy Mooney
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80628469
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Medium-sized owl with dark brown streaked body flying low hunting near Northern Harriers. The Short-eared Owl had a larger rounded head than the harriers, a shorter tail, and rounded wings. It had dark eye patches and its face was white."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 15:58 by Barry Rowan
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80629643
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Medium-sized owl, hunting near Harriers. See photos."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 11:11 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.5904007&<ll...>,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80575498
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Imm male observed foraging between water treatment plant fence on north side of ball fields and main parking area."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 08:43 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.442061&<ll...>,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80596329
- Comments: "Ongoing bright red male in willow by #4 green."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 11:50 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.6572856&<ll...>,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80590305
- Comments: "Perched on dead tree between 2nd and 3rd platform; sallied out over water frequently. Bright yellow chest and belly. Thick bill"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 16:15 by James Chapman
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.845165&<ll...>,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80622161
- Comments: "Continuing, notched tail, yellow belly/breast, heavy bill"

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (3)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 07:00 by Peter Schneekloth
- Backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.1948929&<ll...>,-120.1948929
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80623843
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Haemorhous with straight culmen, eye arcs and long wing extension. Continuing, photos."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (4)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 07:17 by David Blue
- La Cumbre Peak, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7147721&<ll...>,-119.7147721
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80599935
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Was standing at the gate to La Cumbre Peak at 7:20 AM when four crossbills flew into the tall pine next to the parking pullout. Two clicks of the shutter and off they went..."

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus) (2)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 10:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Cuyama Valley (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.6431732&<ll...>,-119.6431732
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80597614
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing. Probably four birds (two males, two female-types)"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 08:49 by Laurel S Luby
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5278168&<ll...>,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80597405
- Comments: "Yellow head and throat, faint black eye line, lighter underpart and white wing bar"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 08:49 by Tom Beland
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5278168&<ll...>,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80596694
- Comments: "Yellow head and throat, faint black eye line, lighter underpart and white wing bar"

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Date: 2/7/21 2:51 pm
From: Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
This is the third and final round. At the risk of contributing fake news and being socially canceled I must admit that I was wrong about this bird ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/almiyi/50915270342/ ) and I don't want to send people on a wild duck chase. After some recent feedback regarding the "hybrid" duck I had at Waller Park on Friday it turns out this beast is an Intersex Mallard and not a hybrid at all. Here is some helpful information on Intersex Mallards if you care to be educated:

http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2015/01/intersex-birds-and-their-confusion-with.html

It is not uncommon to be fooled by Mallards showing these odd patterns and colors and thinking they are hybrids. I'm sure I have seen countless examples of less well-marked ducks and just glossed over them thinking they were mixes, mutts and molting birds, but this duck was so striking as to send me in the wrong direction. So my biggest takeaway from this whole experience - never trust a Mallard.

Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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On Friday, February 5, 2021 2:21 PM, Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...> wrote:

> I had an interesting hybrid duck at Waller Park in Santa Maria a short time ago. There is a "Brewer's Duck" (Gadwall X Mallard hybrid) that has returned for its fourth winter, and there had been an American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid there also returning for its fourth winter, but the bird I saw today is a different hybrid altogether. This makes three different hybrids found in the front pond. I'm tentatively calling it an American Wigeon X Mallard but I am unconvinced because it looks different from the bird that had returned since 2017 (I did not see it today). These things are often tricky to ID but if you are up for the challenge I would be interested in opinions.
>
> Today's hybrids ("Brewer's" Duck and new hybrid):
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S80474717
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> Earlier checklist with known American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid for comparison
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S76244517
>
> It is starting to feel like spring there. One sign I have witnessed over the years is the return of Lawrence's Goldfinch to the park. I found a M/F pair today and heard another singing.
>
> Jamie M. Chavez
> Santa Maria, CA
>
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Date: 2/7/21 10:14 am
From: Ria Marsh via groups.io <rrsmarsh...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge Saturday about 5 pm
I saw a male Northern Pintail mixed in with many other ducks and coots right at the edge of the parking lot.
Ria Marsh
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Date: 2/6/21 11:42 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Common Poorwill (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Scott's Oriole (1 report)

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Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (4)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 08:25 by David Blue
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.9237752&<ll...>,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80522264
- Comments: "Four seen on the ground at the edge of the avocado grove. This was across the road from the eucalyptus row, immediately beyond the first row of cactus, and well before the large palm."

Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 18:09 by Linus Blomqvist
- Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, California, US (34.722, -119.969), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.9688128&<ll...>,-119.9688128
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80560799
- Comments: "Seen at dusk from the car. First seen sitting flush against the gravelly ground, big yellow eyes reflecting the headlights. Took off and flew around a bit and then landed again. Overall size similar to a Robin. Fairly sleek build, darkish gray/brown, didn't have the white primary patch or the long wings and very buoyant flight of a nighthawk. Flight was somewhat floppy."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 16:06 by George Chapman
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80559216
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Owl, dashes on breast extending to belly, underwing with dark wrists, dark patches on upper wings."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 16:06 by James Chapman
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80559217
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Owl, barred breast, dark wrists, white patches on upper wings."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 09:00 by margeNdon thornton
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80543787
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "small grayish flycatcher came to bid us farewell as we walked down the path past the weir. Small beak, eye ring round, primary projection longish."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 14:26 by George Chapman
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.845165&<ll...>,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80549745
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Large billed kingbird, bright yellow from belly to breast, slight notch at end of tail. Was silent. In favored dead pine at SW corner of art building, 34.41171, -119.84992."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 06:20 by John Callender
- La Cumbre Peak, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7147721&<ll...>,-119.7147721
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80524746
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female/immature-type bird calling from the top of a pine near the gate on the road to the summit, near (34.4954339, -119.7143202). At first I was confused by the similarity of the bird’s calls to those of the nearby Pygmy Nuthatches, but then I realized both species were in the area."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 08:25 by David Blue
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.9237752&<ll...>,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80522264
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "One male seen at 8:50 AM on the right side (looking west) of the first and largest gap in the eucalyptus row (when going “up” the road)."

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Date: 2/6/21 4:48 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill and Pygmy Nuthatches at La Cumbre Peak
This morning I was trying to get a look at a couple of Pygmy Nuthatches that were calling near the gate in the road to the summit at La Cumbre Peak when I suddenly realized I was looking at a third bird — a female/immature-type Red Crossbill. I had been confused by the similarity of the two species’ calls, but once I realized what was going on I was able to hear the difference.

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Date: 2/6/21 8:03 am
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Parking for birding at Goleta Slough, Area K
All,

Just an FYI. Within the last two years I parked at the T intersection
(well off the road) to the west of Mark's suggested spot and walked out
the road. I parked there because the road had not been mowed and the
weeds were pretty tall and stiff. When I was out around the bend to the
west, a UCSB police SUV came out and asked it that was my car parked
back at the intersection. I said yes and he said I can't park there. I
stated that I thought it was CA DFW property. He said it is but that
UCSB parking services has jurisdiction on parking on the property. He
added that he did not care if I parked there, but warned that if the
parking cops came by I would get ticketed.

David

On 02/05/2021 6:52 PM, Mark Holmgren wrote:
> As has been mentioned, to park on the UCSB campus one must have a
> permit.  However, there is legal parking a short block away.  This is
> on California Department of Fish and Wildlife property north of the
> UCSB Police station parking lot.
> Park here and walk to the Area K overlook:
> tinyurl.com/ewk25kxh <http://tinyurl.com/ewk25kxh>
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> Santa Barbara
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Date: 2/6/21 7:33 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Opportunity for Birders - Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
Group,

I received a request from Liora Bregman, Volunteer Coordinator with the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network to post information about a volunteer opportunity to help reunite displaced local birds back into their environment. If this sounds like something you might be interested in please email or call the SBWCN number in the message below. Do not reply to me or to the group. I have no additional information.

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Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is looking for volunteers to help reunite healthy baby birds with their parents! During spring baby season, our limited staff is inundated with kidnapped healthy babies. This year, we want to double down on our efforts to reunite them with their parents. Before renesting any bird, we need to send someone to scout the area it was found in for healthy adults of the same species, presumably the parents. This would be the perfect volunteer opportunity for a birder who already has knowledge of local bird species. Additionally, all of this can be done while safely social distancing.

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Date: 2/6/21 7:00 am
From: Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
Just a follow-up to this... I received some feedback on the mystery duck hybrid and I wanted to pass this along as food for thought:

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"I'm going to propose that it is a Mallard x Green-winged Teal. Mallard genes are clearly dominant, but the bill is smaller, and not as elegant as in the 'Brewer's.' One thing I note on male 'Brewer's' is that they all seem to have broad, black undertail coverts, whereas this bird has black seemingly confined to the central undertail coverts, as in Green-winged (but not American Wigeon). Further, the retained juvenile feathers on the lower scapulars and upper flanks very much remind me of those still found on many young male Green-winged that have yet to complete preformative molt. So, if a MALL x GWTE, this bird appears to have inherited the molt-timing of the latter species."
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Coincidentally, I was actually moving in this same direction but I couldn't find any photos to satisfy my suspicions. In all of the eBird database there are only three listed with photo media so that is not especially helpful for using as a comparison, and other info I found describes or illustrates different appearances for this hybrid combination. This is not unusual given that an individual bird can show features of one or the other and no two would look alike. Given the description above I am inclined to call this duck a Green-winged Teal X Mallard. At least at this point in time. If you look at the brown-patterned flank feathers and the orange color on the cheek these might point to GWTE. This might also explain the dark and yellow-orange bill which is something the previous Am Wigeon X Mallard did not show. It had a pale bill similar to that of a pure wigeon.

Jamie M. Chavez
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On Friday, February 5, 2021 2:21 PM, Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...> wrote:

> I had an interesting hybrid duck at Waller Park in Santa Maria a short time ago. There is a "Brewer's Duck" (Gadwall X Mallard hybrid) that has returned for its fourth winter, and there had been an American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid there also returning for its fourth winter, but the bird I saw today is a different hybrid altogether. This makes three different hybrids found in the front pond. I'm tentatively calling it an American Wigeon X Mallard but I am unconvinced because it looks different from the bird that had returned since 2017 (I did not see it today). These things are often tricky to ID but if you are up for the challenge I would be interested in opinions.
>
> Today's hybrids ("Brewer's" Duck and new hybrid):
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S80474717
>
> Earlier checklist with known American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid for comparison
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S76244517
>
> It is starting to feel like spring there. One sign I have witnessed over the years is the return of Lawrence's Goldfinch to the park. I found a M/F pair today and heard another singing.
>
> Jamie M. Chavez
> Santa Maria, CA
>
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Date: 2/5/21 11:41 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (1 report)
- American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid) (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Bell's Vireo (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (2 reports)

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Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca strepera x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 09:34 by Jamie Chavez
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.4392958&<ll...>,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80474717
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing hybrid. Photos"

American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca americana x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 09:34 by Jamie Chavez
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.4392958&<ll...>,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80474717
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "New hybrid duck found in the front pond. I'm tentatively calling it American Wigeon X Mallard."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 16:23 by John Callender
- Mesa Lane backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.526193&<ll...>,-119.526193
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80487162
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 17:25 by Andrew Masaitis
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80490396
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted and identified with two other birders. The owl was hunting on the Mesa, observed from one of the westernmost North-South trails. My pictures are terrible due to inadequate equipment for low light, but one shows the underwing markings and buffy patch."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 17:08 by David Blue
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80493377
- Comments: "Watched for the Short-eared Owl for half an hour starting at 5:10 from this location on the western side of More Mesa: (34.421356, -119.800098). During that time it made five flights. A medium sized owl, dark above and light below, flying low above the ground like the Northern Harrier that was also present, but with a more buoyant, stiff-winged, moth-like flight on rounded wings. Also the chest and head appeared blockier, with a blunt, concave face. The upperwing had a pale patch in the primaries, as shown in the accompanying (extremely poor) photo."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (2)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 17:02 by Susanne Meyer
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80492349
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Observed continuing birds hunting in the center area of the Mesa around sunset time. Streaked below and dark underwing patch."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 09:19 by Mark Holmgren
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8713662&<ll...>,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80487409
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Singing. Near far north western pond at NCOS, and into the housing parking area."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 09:19 by Lori Gaskin
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8713662&<ll...>,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80489717
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Singing. Near far north western pond at NCOS, and into the housing parking area."

Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 14:19 by Silvia Echeverria
- 5700 Via Real, Carpinteria US-CA 34.39356, -119.50837, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.508367&<ll...>,-119.508367
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80486053
- Comments: "Large dark eye, one wing bar. Solitary along bank of wash that leads to creek. Constantly moving up and down the wash to small newly planted plants and also catching insects quite rapidly while in the sun. I believe this bird is also seen at boundaries of condos where I live, often in Tamarisk."

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 10:00 by Peter Schneekloth
- Backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.1948929&<ll...>,-120.1948929
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80484791
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Cassin's Finch first visited my feeders since Nov. 27, 2020 and were regular for a few weeks, but I have not had a male since 12/27 and last female type was 1/1/21. Photo's"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 07:33 by John Callender
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80457638
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female. Found by David Blue working the tree trunks and limbs on the north side of the children’s playground."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 05, 2021 07:33 by David Blue
- Tierra de Fortuna Park (34.4128,-119.8691), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.869111&<ll...>,-119.869111
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80482876
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female first found by Dave Compton on January 23, 2021. Covered with black and white stripes. Foraged along the trunk and branches (much like a nuthatch) on a sycamore and other deciduous trees on the west, north, and east side of the children’s playground at Tierra de Fortuna Park."

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Date: 2/5/21 7:41 pm
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Hammond's Flycatcher continues at Arroyo Burro Creek
This morning saw the continuing Hammond's Flycatcher along Arroyo Burro Creek upstream from the Calle de los Amigos bridge. Spotted the bird (first seen January 2) in the usual vicinity near the concrete structure in the creek.

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Date: 2/5/21 6:55 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] N. Coast estuaries
How easy was the Streak-backed, and did you get good looks?

Hugh
On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 05:47 PM, Nick Lethaby wrote: All,
For various reasons I have been up in N. county a lot the last week (today's reason was that I was chasing some of the rarities in SLO - saw three birds that would have been county birds in SBA .... grrrr). As a result, I have checked the SMRE 3 times and checked the SYRE today.
The SM (Santa Maria) RE blew out but is already blocked. It may blow out again as the water level is rising. I have had a pretty disappointing time with gulls there, with just a few Herring, a couple of GWGUs on one visit, and a Bonaparte's today. It seems the more interesting gulls prefer the beach by the carpark. There are lots of shorebirds still using the mudflats (although these are largely gone today) and ducks include a dozen Canvasbacks.
The SY (Santa Ynez) RE is tidal with some water left in the side ponds. There was a decent gull flock on the beach at the river mouth that included a couple of Herring and a Thayer's. There were 2 Greater Scaup off the parking lot and lots of Sanderling and BB Plovers on the flats. There are 4 Canvasbacks here as well.
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Date: 2/5/21 6:53 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Parking for birding at Goleta Slough, Area K
As has been mentioned, to park on the UCSB campus one must have a permit.
However, there is legal parking a short block away. This is on California
Department of Fish and Wildlife property north of the UCSB Police station
parking lot.
Park here and walk to the Area K overlook:
tinyurl.com/ewk25kxh


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Date: 2/5/21 5:44 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] N. Coast estuaries
All,

For various reasons I have been up in N. county a lot the last week
(today's reason was that I was chasing some of the rarities in SLO - saw
three birds that would have been county birds in SBA .... grrrr). As a
result, I have checked the SMRE 3 times and checked the SYRE today.

The SM (Santa Maria) RE blew out but is already blocked. It may blow out
again as the water level is rising. I have had a pretty disappointing time
with gulls there, with just a few Herring, a couple of GWGUs on one visit,
and a Bonaparte's today. It seems the more interesting gulls prefer
the beach by the carpark. There are lots of shorebirds still using the
mudflats (although these are largely gone today) and ducks include a dozen
Canvasbacks.

The SY (Santa Ynez) RE is tidal with some water left in the side ponds.
There was a decent gull flock on the beach at the river mouth that included
a couple of Herring and a Thayer's. There were 2 Greater Scaup off the
parking lot and lots of Sanderling and BB Plovers on the flats. There are 4
Canvasbacks here as well.

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Date: 2/5/21 4:55 pm
From: James Pike <jimpike444...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
Hi Jamie,

That new hybrid duck is thoroughly cool. I've never seen one quite like
that before. I'm going to propose that it is a Mallard x Green-winged Teal.
Mallard genes are clearly dominant, but the bill is smaller, and not as
elegant as in the 'Brewer's.' One thing I note on male 'Brewer's' is that
they all seem to have broad, black undertail coverts, whereas this bird has
black seemingly confined to the central undertail coverts, as in
Green-winged (but not American Wigeon). Further, the retained juvenile
feathers on the lower scapulars and upper flanks very much remind me of
those still found on many young male Green-winged that have yet to complete
preformative molt. So, if a MALL x GWTE, this bird appears to have
inherited the molt-timing of the latter species.

thanks for sharing, Jim

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 2:22 PM Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi=
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> I had an interesting hybrid duck at Waller Park in Santa Maria a short
> time ago. There is a "Brewer's Duck" (Gadwall X Mallard hybrid) that has
> returned for its fourth winter, and there had been an American Wigeon X
> Mallard hybrid there also returning for its fourth winter, but the bird I
> saw today is a different hybrid altogether. This makes three different
> hybrids found in the front pond. I'm tentatively calling it an American
> Wigeon X Mallard but I am unconvinced because it looks different from the
> bird that had returned since 2017 (I did not see it today). These things
> are often tricky to ID but if you are up for the challenge I would be
> interested in opinions.
>
> Today's hybrids ("Brewer's" Duck and new hybrid):
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S80474717
>
> Earlier checklist with known American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid for
> comparison
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S76244517
>
> It is starting to feel like spring there. One sign I have witnessed over
> the years is the return of Lawrence's Goldfinch to the park. I found a M/F
> pair today and heard another singing.
>
> Jamie M. Chavez
> Santa Maria, CA
>
>
>
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> Santa Maria, CA
>
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Date: 2/5/21 4:15 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via groups.io <peterschneekloth...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cassin's Finch at feeders - first males since 12-27
At my feeders in Buellton two male Cassin's Finch visited persistently throughout the morning. They had first appeared Nov. 27 but males had not been seen since 12-27 so I was quite surprised to see them again this morning.

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Date: 2/5/21 2:22 pm
From: Jamie Chavez via groups.io <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Waller Park Duck Hybrids
I had an interesting hybrid duck at Waller Park in Santa Maria a short time ago. There is a "Brewer's Duck" (Gadwall X Mallard hybrid) that has returned for its fourth winter, and there had been an American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid there also returning for its fourth winter, but the bird I saw today is a different hybrid altogether. This makes three different hybrids found in the front pond. I'm tentatively calling it an American Wigeon X Mallard but I am unconvinced because it looks different from the bird that had returned since 2017 (I did not see it today). These things are often tricky to ID but if you are up for the challenge I would be interested in opinions.

Today's hybrids ("Brewer's" Duck and new hybrid):
https://ebird.org/checklist/S80474717

Earlier checklist with known American Wigeon X Mallard hybrid for comparison
https://ebird.org/checklist/S76244517

It is starting to feel like spring there. One sign I have witnessed over the years is the return of Lawrence's Goldfinch to the park. I found a M/F pair today and heard another singing.

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Date: 2/4/21 11:39 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

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

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 16:45 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.829812&<ll...>,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80443289
- Comments: "Purple head, bright white sides, yellow eye, continuing bird"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 08:41 by Deann Purcell
- Greenwell Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.589096&<ll...>,-119.589096
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80421736
- Comments: "Beautiful brilliant purple throat and light chest. Posed nicely just off the trail 150 yards up the Asegra trail junction, just before the hard-right turn at the horse corrals."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 16:06 by Andrew McGrath
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80438956
- Comments: "Continuing. Flying low over Mesa and hunting. Long rounded wings and large head distinguished it from harrier. No sign of ear tufts."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 03, 2021 16:50 by Becky Turley
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7963064&<ll...>,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80407930
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Observed one flying east along a ridge and out of sight. Was able to walk a trail in that direction and find it perched on a low snag. Slow floppy wings in flight, underwings appeared golden brown. Small ear tufts visible, black bill, yellow eye."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 08:22 by Bradley Hacker
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.7503543&<ll...>,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80418135
- Comments: "Continuing from early January."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 11:55 by Betsy Mooney
- Bella Vista Open Space Park, Goleta US-CA 34.43866, -119.88337, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.883375&<ll...>,-119.883375
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80441083
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in same area. Olive-gray, with slightly yellow wash underneath. White eyering; pale wingbars. Perched on small trees and shrubs, flying to the ground to catch an insect, sometimes in the air. At times flew higher into nearby evergreen. Vocalized with a “whit” sound."

Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 12:58 by Louis Bristol
- Toro Canyon Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5545316&<ll...>,-119.5545316
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80434774
- Comments: "In underbrush"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 14:05 by John Callender
- Mesa Lane backyard, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.526193&<ll...>,-119.526193
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80431635
- Comments: "Female/immature-type bird, seen well naked-eye at a distance of about 15 feet. The bird was outside my bedroom window in the branches of our mostly-bare backyard apple tree. Pale yellow on the head, breast, and vent area, contrasting light gray belly, strong white wingbars, medium-length oriole beak. The bird left before I was able to photograph it."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 08:01 by margeNdon thornton
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80432358
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "warbler with black and white stripes on head and back, light gray stripes on whitish tummy and flanks, thin beak. Gleaning from the sycamores beside the little park, also down on the south side of the creek area."

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Date: 2/4/21 7:49 pm
From: Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca
Hi all,
Just to add to Nick’s Hope Ranch report. The lake has had some work done to it, like added island or better habitat ideas. Since the rains it has flooded up over the weeds that were growing out in the middle to make for some nice birding. I had 5 male Cinnamon Teal this morning along with the previous mentioned ducks. I only mention the teal due to the recent Cinnamon Teal thread. Also seen were Greater yellowlegs and Black-necked Stilt.
Also, for more Cinnamon Teal, there were 3 males at the wetlands along the south side of Hollister between Los Carneros and Areo Camino. It is a nice flooded habitat right now ( great photography)
Yesterday at the new dinosaur exhibit at the SBNHM located on the south side of the creek I saw one Pink-sided Junco, and a Canyon Wren worked his way slowly down the creek. It took him a couple hours to make it past us. No birds of note at this location today. This area is closed to the public until ( maybe)2-19-21? It has been pretty birdy in there, but nothing too exciting.
If any of you are interested in gulls, I had a decent number of gulls over at the substation/recycling near Hayward Lumber in Goleta. I would be in the thinking they are using Lake Los Carneros. If anybody is birding over on that property please let us know. Today there was a huge concentration of gulls at Vista Point west of Refugio. They were just circling around over this known roosting/loafing location. It’s time to start digging through the gulls.

Happy and productive social distance birding!

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> On Feb 4, 2021, at 2:59 PM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> wrote:
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> I checked today and there is a fair amount of water with about 250 ducks. These are mostly Mallards but I had all 3 teal, a Redhead, and a flock of RN Ducks as well.
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Date: 2/4/21 4:19 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Camino Corto Open SPace
I checked out this area this morning.  It's been months since I visited and I was shocked to see how much habitat has been cleaned out in the riparian area.  Gone are the blackberry-poison oak thickets around most of the trees, which have themselves been heavily pruned.  It is easier to walk through the grove now, but the loss of understory may affect what species show up here in the future.  Eventually, the ground cover will grow back, but it's gong to take a couple of years.
That said, I had two targets:  Black-and-White Warbler and Bullock's Oriole.  I heard the latter chattering in the large eucalyptus trees at the west end of the riparian area.  I missed the warbler, but ran into Marge and Don Thornton who had it earlier in adjacent Fortuna Park as well as the willows in the riparian area.  I could not relocate it after an hour of looking.   One nice surprise was a red-breasted Sapsucker.
I moved on to Area K.  Lots of ducks but I could not pull out a Blue-winged Teal this morning.  However, there were a lot of ducks back in the salicornia of the east end that I could not see well enough to identify.
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Date: 2/4/21 2:59 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laguna Blanca
I checked today and there is a fair amount of water with about 250 ducks.
These are mostly Mallards but I had all 3 teal, a Redhead, and a flock of
RN Ducks as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Date: 2/3/21 7:10 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds
I had some time to check these out this morning, so drove to the location via Foxen Canyon Road.  That enabled me to check the ponds going from east to west and that turned out to be a good thing.  It was quite foggy along Foxen Canyon Road but it cleared at Tepesquet Rd, so the Mesa Road ponds area was clear.
The first pond I stoped for was the "south pond" on the vineyard property away from the edge of the road.  I was able to see down into the pond and picked up only one duck--a female Common Merganser.  No sign of a male.  I then checked out each of the other ponds in turn.  The water levels are very low and I didn't have a lot of ducks in any of them, but ended up with a nice species variety in total, though the species differed from pond to pond.  My species list included Mallard, Shoveler, American Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, 2 Least Sandpipers, 1 Kildeer, 1 Great Blue Heron, and 3 Turkey Vultures resting on the bank of one of the ponds. 
The blackbird flock wasn't large but I had a chance to pore through it pretty carefully when it was down on the ground.  All I could pull out today were Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds.
I headed back the way I came and in checking the south pond one more time, the Common Merganser was gone.  If I'd come in from the west today as I usually do, I would probably have missed it.
Foxen Canyon Road was now clear so I kept my eye out for raptors.  From Tepesquet to Zaca Station Road, I had 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 6 Redtails, 1 pair of American Kestrels, and 1 Ferruginous Hawk.  In addition, I found two good-sized flocks of Yellow-billed Magpies and a Loggerhead Shrike.
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Date: 2/3/21 12:29 pm
From: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access)
John Deacon met us and we went to the location where the Vermilion
Flycatcher has been seen. I got several photos. It is a Life Bird for me.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S80374791

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Date: 2/3/21 10:45 am
From: Meg White <mswhite...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] LLC
I too was at LLC yesterday at 11:30 a.m. I only saw 2 male Cinnamon Teal at the eastern side of the lake by the beach. I also saw 2 male Redheads mixed amongst the Shovelers on the west end of the lake.

There was a Cooper's Hawk standing openly on the reeds near the Mallard/Swan area of the dam. In the northeast quadrant over the meadow was a hunting White-tailed kite as well as a pair of American Kestrels one of which was calling.

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Hope Ranch

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Date: 2/3/21 8:04 am
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cinnamon Teal
I also observed Cinnamon Teal in the lagoon at LLC on February 2. There
were 7 total: 4 males and 3 females. One photo:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S80340637

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Date: 2/2/21 11:37 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (2 reports)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Scott's Oriole (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 02, 2021 10:16 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5283666&<ll...>,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80318360
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male bird seen in eBird photos by Julie Laity taken on Sunday, January 31. In the Santa Monica Creek channel south of the railroad tracks."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 31, 2021 08:33 by Julie Laity
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.5283666&<ll...>,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80267751
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Amongst a group of American Wigeons: buffy forehead, rufous head, grey body, grey bill bordered in black"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (10)
- Reported Feb 02, 2021 12:40 by Anonymous eBirder
- Ortega Ridge pines, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.600994&<ll...>,-119.600994
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80339958
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Not present during a brief stop at noon. Mostly soft feeding calls. One or two flight calls show in spectrogram, and appear to best fit Type 2 (Large billed; Pine-feeding)"

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 02, 2021 09:40 by Susanne Meyer
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.9237752&<ll...>,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80331795
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female seen perching briefly in the same dead tree behind the Eucalyptus trees close to the end of the public road. Then they flew over the road and I lost them for a moment. From the same location I saw a female up in the tall palm tree near the power pole busy collecting nesting material, which looked like thin fibers. Then, the female flew further east into the avocado grove and out of sight. Poor photo due to long distance."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2021 11:08 by Mark Holmgren
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80325419
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Female. Found by David Compton on 23 January 2021. In willow riparian a few meters west of the western of two red bridges that cross the creek. Bird stayed close to larger trunks and branches. Dorsal: a black warbler with white stripes forming superciliary lines and a central crown strip and streaks down the back. Two bold white wing bars. Ventral: white with two weak blackish streaks on sides. Throat white, faint auricular patch. No vocals."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2021 11:08 by Lori Gaskin
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-119.8673469&<ll...>,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80336434
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Female. Found in willow riparian a few meters west of the western of two red bridges that cross the creek. Bird stayed close to larger trunks and branches. Dorsal: a black warbler with white stripes forming superciliary lines and a central crown strip and streaks down the back. Two bold white wing bars. Ventral: white with two weak blackish streaks on sides. Throat white, faint auricular patch. No vocals."

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Date: 2/2/21 9:45 pm
From: Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cinnamon Teal at LLC
This afternoon Kenny and I saw 4 pair of Cinnamon Teal at LLC east of the dam. Alex Palley


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Date: 2/2/21 6:36 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Gaviota to El Cap
All,

This morning I checked out the coast from Gaviota to El Capitan including
stops at Canada San Onofre and the Arroyo Honda Vista Point. Gaviota was
the best spot. I watched from the cliff top just W of the pier. I had a
Red-necked Grebe off here, which was easily the highlight of the day, and
my only RB Merganser. I was surprised to see 41 RT Loons off here, as this
species tends to be less common on this stretch.

Overall, there were many more Western Grebes along this section compared to
earlier in the winter with over 700 off El Cap. I had 1-4 Horned Grebes at
each stop along with small numbers of RT and Common Loons and Surf Scoters.
Pacific Loons were less common than normal with juet 3 at one stop. I had a
Parastiic Jaeger chasing the Royal Terns at one point.

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Date: 2/2/21 12:17 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Eurasian Wigeon at the Carp Salt Marsh (apparently?)
My wife was going for a walk and phoned me to tell me there was indeed a Eurasian Wigeon in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh in the Santa Monica Creek channel next to Sandyland Cove Road; a few minutes later I was able to get the photo in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S80318360

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Date: 2/2/21 11:59 am
From: Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills continue
After missing them several times over the past few days, a small group showed up in the pines at Ortega Ridge and Ortega Ranch Road about 11 a.m. today.  They flew in from across the street and I spotted them just as they landed in a pine, so I'm not sure if there were 3 or 4 in the group.  A male cooperatively perched on top for several minutes, affording good looks at the dull red color and twisted bill.  I also got a good look at a female-type working a pine cone a little deeper in.  This in spite of tree trimmers working in that grove to remove a couple of dead tree limbs!
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