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2/27/20 11:41 am Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] Pine Siskin
2/27/20 11:29 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/26/20 11:20 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/25/20 6:35 pm Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] LLC Monday evening
2/25/20 3:41 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road 2-25-20
2/25/20 3:39 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road 2-25-20
2/25/20 12:10 pm Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] BItterns @ LLC
2/25/20 11:16 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/25/20 10:57 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] eBird report of Rough-legged Hawk at Devereux
2/24/20 6:49 pm Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] dark-eyed junco Stow Grove
2/24/20 2:28 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Figueroa Mountain - Spotted Owl
2/24/20 1:45 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] North Count No Shows
2/24/20 1:07 pm Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper, day 100 at Lake Jocelyn
2/24/20 11:13 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/24/20 9:50 am Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Great basin junco stow grove
2/24/20 9:48 am Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Great Basin junco Stow Grove
2/23/20 12:03 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] NCOS shorebird migrants
2/23/20 10:58 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/22/20 8:28 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owl
2/22/20 10:38 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/21/20 5:58 pm Christopher Kibler <kibler...> Re: [sbcobirding] White Pelican at Goleta Slough mouth
2/21/20 3:01 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Orchard Oriole
2/21/20 12:14 pm Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinch
2/21/20 10:11 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/20/20 9:53 pm Jim Long <tagdesjim...> [sbcobirding] American Bittern
2/20/20 4:35 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Birding
2/20/20 11:56 am Robert Lindsay via Groups.Io <thisisroblindsay=<gmail.com...> [sbcobirding] Carpinteria Slough this morning
2/20/20 10:07 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/19/20 10:09 pm <djs123...> Re: [sbcobirding] White Pelican at Goleta Slough mouth
2/19/20 5:49 pm Steve Ferry <sjferry...> [sbcobirding] White Pelican at Goleta Slough mouth
2/19/20 4:43 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sandpiper Geese
2/19/20 11:02 am Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Pair of Canvasbacks @ LLC
2/19/20 10:04 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/18/20 6:51 pm Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] White pelican
2/18/20 3:28 pm Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Continuing Vermilion Flycatcher in Carp
2/18/20 2:05 pm Dennis Doordan <ddoordan...> [sbcobirding] Turkeys Encounter on Ballard Canyon Road
2/18/20 9:56 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/17/20 5:35 pm Libby Patten via Groups.Io <libby_patten=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Goleta birds over the GBBC weekend
2/17/20 5:35 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] odds and ends
2/17/20 2:11 pm Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] 2nd Roadrunner
2/17/20 9:47 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/17/20 8:00 am Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> Re: [sbcobirding] Devereux Tufted Duck, some geese
2/16/20 12:49 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Devereux Tufted Duck, some geese
2/16/20 9:34 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/16/20 12:18 am Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...> [sbcobirding] Hybrid Swan Bill Disfiguration
2/15/20 3:14 pm Lunis Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...> [sbcobirding] Glaucous-winged gull?
2/15/20 2:59 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Pine Warbler, etc.
2/15/20 2:08 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge today
2/15/20 9:12 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/14/20 5:40 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Northern Fulmar from shore at San Onofre coast
2/14/20 5:18 pm Jessie Altstatt <jessie.altstatt...> [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island CBC update
2/14/20 8:52 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/14/20 12:33 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] Pinery Road, 2020-02-13
2/13/20 3:13 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] La cumbre Peak area; Lake Jocelyn
2/13/20 3:01 pm John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] La cumbre Peak area; Lake Jocelyn
2/13/20 2:13 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] La cumbre Peak area; Lake Jocelyn
2/13/20 11:33 am Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] NCOS Thursday
2/13/20 8:48 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/12/20 4:49 pm Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Bald Eagle over Goleta
2/12/20 4:25 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Chipping Sparrow
2/12/20 2:19 pm Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Ross’s Geese, Carp
2/12/20 1:13 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Red-necked Grebe
2/12/20 11:46 am David Blue <davidvblue...> [sbcobirding] Tufted Duck at Andree Clark Bird Refuge
2/11/20 9:34 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Birding on Tuesday, 2-11
2/11/20 8:26 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/10/20 5:39 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Eastern Phoebe, Verm Flyc, and Pine Warbler in Sta Maria
2/10/20 8:19 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/9/20 10:17 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Santa Barbara County
2/9/20 1:05 pm Ria Marsh via Groups.Io <rrsmarsh=<icloud.com...> [sbcobirding] Tufted Duck at Bird Refuge
2/9/20 8:11 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills in Santa Maria
2/9/20 8:02 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/8/20 10:21 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Cuyama
2/8/20 3:26 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills, etc.
2/8/20 3:01 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills, etc.
2/8/20 10:06 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Eastern Phoebe Continues
2/8/20 7:46 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/7/20 5:00 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Foxen Cyn, Alisos Cyn, and Armour Ranch Rd
2/7/20 4:25 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road and Figueroa Mountain Road
2/7/20 1:58 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Eastern Phoebe at SMCC, but Accessible to Public from Industrial Pkwy
2/7/20 1:53 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Eastern Phoebe at SMCC, but Accessible to Public from Industrial Pkwy
2/7/20 7:38 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/6/20 9:21 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Ranger Peak
2/6/20 4:58 pm Mark Bright via Groups.Io <pywiack=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Harbor
2/6/20 4:42 pm Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Harbor
2/6/20 4:07 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road Feb 6
2/6/20 3:08 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill Photos
2/6/20 11:07 am David Levasheff <levaweb...> Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill Photos
2/6/20 7:33 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/6/20 1:43 am Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns
2/5/20 10:25 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria
2/5/20 4:55 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill Photos
2/5/20 12:59 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns
2/5/20 12:46 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns
2/4/20 2:23 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] Figueroa Mountain road Red Crossbills
2/4/20 9:28 am James Pike <jimpike444...> [sbcobirding] News from the CBRC
2/4/20 7:09 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/3/20 8:43 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] correction
2/3/20 4:57 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper and American Bittern, Feb 3
2/3/20 7:00 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/2/20 6:45 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
2/1/20 2:51 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] North County Birds-Saturday
2/1/20 11:36 am Jim Hodgson <jimhodgson...> [sbcobirding] Carpinteria this morning
2/1/20 11:18 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Pine Warbler Confirmed
2/1/20 8:32 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] December 2019 update Lehman's BOSBC
2/1/20 6:42 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
1/31/20 8:25 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Kinevan and Carpinteria
1/31/20 4:58 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] East Pinery Rd - Cassin's Finch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsends Solitaire
1/31/20 7:27 am David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] White Geese yesterday
1/31/20 6:39 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
1/30/20 4:46 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Carpinteria and other birding
1/30/20 1:57 pm Pete Wolf <pete...> [sbcobirding] Leusistic House Sparrow
1/30/20 1:50 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Leucistic WCSP
1/30/20 9:12 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Geese
1/30/20 7:50 am David Levasheff <levaweb...> Re: [sbcobirding] Black-legged Kittiwake
1/30/20 7:12 am John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] Black-legged Kittiwake
1/30/20 6:54 am David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] Black-legged Kittiwake
1/30/20 6:38 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
1/29/20 8:18 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> Re: [sbcobirding] Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS
1/29/20 2:58 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Farren Road and other Goleta Siting, January 29
1/29/20 12:44 pm Adam Searcy <serpophaga...> Re: [sbcobirding] Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS
1/29/20 12:30 pm Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...> [sbcobirding] Hummingbird
1/29/20 10:36 am Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS
1/29/20 6:42 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
1/28/20 4:44 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Briding
1/28/20 1:51 pm Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper
1/28/20 6:38 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
 
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Date: 2/27/20 11:41 am
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Pine Siskin
A general comment about an abundance of Pine Siskin in the Hidden Valley area: In mid January, Pine Siskin began showing up in the liquid amber trees along Palermo Drive and Barcelona Drive. At its peak in early February, a flock of 50 or more Pine Siskin was feeding in these trees among a mixed flock of Lesser and American Goldfinches, and House Finches. The feeding activity in the liquid amber trees here has all but ceased, but a flock of up to 20 Pine Siskin continues to feed in the blooming Arroyo Willow trees along Arroyo Burro Creek (between Calle de los Amigos and Torino Drive), again in a mixed flock of goldfinches, house finches, bushtits, chickadees, and other expected species.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/27/20 11:29 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- American Bittern (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (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

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 09:15 by Jessie Altstatt
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65147013
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, see by many. Large brown heron with upright stance, dark flight feathers, dark malar and striped throat/breast. Perched in reeds ~1 m above lake surface on north side of eastern arm (near duck haul-out). Preening, picking at reeds and sunning."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2020 07:30 by Silvia Echeverria
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65210158
- Comments: "In Marsh perched on rock. Long white head feathers, very grey. Flew upstream after a few minutes. Photographed."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 07:42 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65154296
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 07:42 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65171667
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 07:42 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65152799
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 07:42 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65152652
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 07:42 by Laura Baldwin
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65160923
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2020 07:24 by Mark Holmgren
- Bohnett Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4173452,-119.7130823&ll=34.4173452,-119.7130823
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65209801
- Comments: "Photos"

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Date: 2/26/20 11:20 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- American Bittern (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (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

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (2)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 09:30 by Joan Kent
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65059198
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1 Brown & Buffy heron with long neck & pointed bill perched in reeds on west side of lake observed & photographed for 30 minutes. Another Bittern then appeared for a few minutes about 30 meters from other bird before flying into reeds across lake. Did not view any interaction between the birds. Observed with Adrian O’Loglen."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 10:47 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65054293
- Comments: "Visual and Calling. First seen on the S side of the lagoon, later on the N side. Continuing bird."

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Date: 2/25/20 6:35 pm
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] LLC Monday evening
Observations included two Spotted Towhees, a male and a female near the
bridge, and one American Bittern.

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Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

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Date: 2/25/20 3:41 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road 2-25-20
I was there at lunch and saw a Pacific Wren well. I believe I have heard an additional bird on both visits recently.

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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road 2-25-20

Joan Lentz and I birded the length of Kinevan Road this morning. It was a beautiful day with pleasant temperatures and the birds were taking advantage of the oncoming spring. Throughout the canyon, Ruby-crowned kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, Purple Finches, and Orange-crowned warblers were singing. We saw or heard at least 5 Steller's Jays and heard both Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches.

We did not turn up the continuing Pacific Wren, but had two special species: Varied Thrush and Pine Siskin. The Thrush was in the upper part of the canyon, not too far from mile marker 13 where I saw one on my last visit. The bird flew into the tall oak trees along the far creek bank and we saw it well. There was another very similar-looking bird a little further back, but we could not see it clearly enough to make a positive Identification. The Siskins were in the large conifers around the red houses further down the creek (incense Cedars?). We heard a flock high up in the trees and saw one on a bare branch. Then a little later, there were two at a seed feeder on the porch of one of the houses.

This area is going to get even better in the coming weeks.

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Date: 2/25/20 3:39 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Kinevan Road 2-25-20
Joan Lentz and I birded the length of Kinevan Road this morning.  It was a beautiful day with pleasant temperatures and the birds were taking advantage of the oncoming spring.  Throughout the canyon, Ruby-crowned kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, Purple Finches, and Orange-crowned warblers were singing.  We saw or heard at least 5 Steller's Jays and heard both Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches.
We did not turn up the continuing Pacific Wren, but had two special species:  Varied Thrush and Pine Siskin. The Thrush was in the upper part of the canyon, not too far from mile marker 13 where I saw one on my last visit.  The bird flew into the tall oak trees along the far creek bank and we saw it well.  There was another very similar-looking bird a little further back, but we could not see it clearly enough to make a positive Identification.  The Siskins were in the large conifers around the red houses further down the creek (incense Cedars?).  We heard a flock high up in the trees and saw one on a bare branch.  Then a little later, there were two at a seed feeder on the porch of one of the houses.
This area is going to get even better in the coming weeks.
Florence Sanchez



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Date: 2/25/20 12:10 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] BItterns @ LLC
This morning (Tues) Joan Kent and I saw both of the American Bitterns reported previously at LLC.  They were in the reeds on the western side of the lake.  We were watching one for 20/30 mins when the other bird appeared approx.30 m away.  Both were in view for several minutes and then one flew across the lake and disappeared into the reeds. They were too far away from each other and from us to get a photo with both birds visible in it.

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Goleta

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Date: 2/25/20 11:16 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (5 reports)
- American Bittern (2 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 08:28 by Don Glasco
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65047850
- Comments: "Continuing male w Lesser Scaups near nature viewing bench."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 11:56 by Mario Borunda
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65019501
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Long black crest easily visible. In with Scaups. At first turnoff on Slough Rd, about 75-100 yards north of parking area."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 11:56 by ANDREA BRUCE
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65026287
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Long black crest easily visible. In with Scaups. At first turnoff on Slough Rd, about 75-100 yards north of parking area."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 09:45 by Karen Rusch
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65027756
- Comments: "Continuing duck here. Bright white sides, black back, tuft visible at times. Actively diving."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 09:30 by Rebecca Coulter
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65018701
- Comments: "Continuing at this location. Today it was not associating with the scaup but actively diving mid-channel opposite the north pullout. Aythya duck with bright white sides and black back; floppy tuft visible but not too obvious because of the bird's active diving."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 16:16 by Betsy Mooney
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65029887
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "As previously reported. This time seen across the lake. I was standing on south side of lake, looking straight across and slightly to the right (closer to eastern shore)."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 10:50 by Sandi Pensinger
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65021752
- Comments: "Continuing. Calling from the rules."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 08:28 by Don Glasco
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65047850
- Comments: "Adult male. Multiple bands on undertail with broad dark sun terminal band"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 15:56 by Sandi Pensinger
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65027366
- Comments: "In Palm trees. Will upload photos as soon as I can."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 10:50 by Sandi Pensinger
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65021752
- Comments: "Distinct buzzing song. Continuing. On the northern shore of the lake within a Willow Grove."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 10:50 by Sandi Pensinger
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65021752
- Comments: "Continuing. Just past the ranch house in an oak tree gleaning and trilling. Distinct call. Yellow underparts. Will have photos."

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Date: 2/25/20 10:57 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] eBird report of Rough-legged Hawk at Devereux
[...] NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 08:28 by Don Glasco
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Adult male. Multiple bands on undertail with broad dark sun
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Date: 2/24/20 6:49 pm
From: Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] dark-eyed junco Stow Grove
Monday 9 AM. Dark-eyed Junco at Stow Grove just E of ranger's quarters. It was a good bit smaller than the Oregon Junco harassing it. The DEJU (guessing at abbreviation) I saw at Vandenberg Village a few weeks ago looked like a normal-sized junco to me. It was alone when I saw it. At Stow Grove I saw a rusty back when the bird flew, presumably presenting a better angle or entering better light, maybe both. iPhone photo not great, but you can make out the gray crown, Lone Ranger mask and all-yellow bill. 
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Date: 2/24/20 2:28 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Figueroa Mountain - Spotted Owl
Tim Matthews and I decided to take a run up the mountain to bird various locations. Unfortunately the wind severely hampered birding no matter where we went. We did manage a few Mountain Quail out E. Pinery and a nice Townsand's Solitaire at Ranger Peak. We were walking down the road at one point having pretty much given up on birding when we heard a few atypical calls from what we thought had to be a Spotted Owl. With just a bit of scanning we were able to locate the bird and have nice extended looks and get a few photos. This was mid day so it was quite the surprise to hear. Pretty much saved the day. A few looks here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49580743148/in/dateposted-public/ ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49580743148/in/dateposted-public/ )

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Date: 2/24/20 1:45 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North Count No Shows
All:
I birded a few sites around Santa Maria and Orcutt this morning.  Highlights (lowlights) were:
SMCCVermilion Flycatcher appears to have departed.  I found a female on September 30 last year and the male has been hanging out since October.  I haven't seen him at his normal haunt for several days.  I did find a nice Red Breasted Sapsucker on the back nine.
Fairway and ATropical Kingbird was a no show.
Rodenberger Park Pine Warbler-Couldn't find him despite excellent directions from others.
Mud LakeCanvasbacks continue along with a several Ring Necked Ducks.  I found a Cackling Goose there, which I believe is a first for this location.
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Date: 2/24/20 1:07 pm
From: Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper, day 100 at Lake Jocelyn
I'm unaware of any other Solitary Sandpiper records of this duration in California. The Vermilion Flycatcher, along with Great Egret, Least Sandpiper, Common Raven and Great-Tailed Grackle witnessed the milestone. 
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Date: 2/24/20 11:13 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (8 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 07:58 by Thomas Turner
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64948545
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male with tuft."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 12:30 by Libby Lindsay
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64924173
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing duck associating loosely with scaups in water adjacent to North Campus Open Space. Deep black head, back, tail, and breast contrasting with brilliant white of sides. Head distinguished by loose tuft of black feathers."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 12:00 by brendan galvin
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64933788
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing male seen from first pull out at 34.415526, -119.873955, hanging around group of scaup"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 12:00 by Paul Galvin
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64933882
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing male seen from first pull out at 34.415526, -119.873955, hanging around group of scaup"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 09:55 by Greg Schechter
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64909056
- Comments: "Continuing. Sleeping with messy hair"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 09:55 by Bonnie Duman
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64909057
- Comments: "Continuing. Sleeping with messy hair"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 09:30 by Laurel S Luby
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64949513
- Comments: "has been seen here last week. Black back, white sides and a long black crest on the back of its head."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 09:30 by Tom Beland
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64945723
- Comments: "has been seen here last week. Black back, white sides and a long black crest on the back of its head."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 15:31 by James Francis
- Bohnett Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4173452,-119.7130823&ll=34.4173452,-119.7130823
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64928029
- Comments: "iNaturalist.org/observations/39127053"

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2020 10:34 by John Callender
- Rodenberger Park, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.909075,-120.429572&ll=34.909075,-120.429572
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64909363
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jamie Chavez. Foraging on the grass with Yellow-rumped Warblers near the corner of Sunrise Drive and Santa Barbara Drive."

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Date: 2/24/20 9:50 am
From: Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Great basin junco stow grove

Great Basin junco Stow Grove just E of ranger’s abode Monday 9 AM
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Date: 2/24/20 9:48 am
From: Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Great Basin junco Stow Grove


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Date: 2/23/20 12:03 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS shorebird migrants
All,
There were 29 Western Sandpipers at NCOS this morning, which are clearly
spring migrants. There were also 25 LB Dowitchers. Assuming we don't enough
rain to blow the berm, conditions should be very good for spring
shorebird migration here.

The Tufted Duck remains at Devereux and there were 3 RN Ducks on the slough
today.

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Date: 2/23/20 10:58 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (5 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 10:23 by John Callender
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64869213
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Associating with the flock of scaups just north of the north pullout."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 10:23 by Craig Murray
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64889858
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Associating with the flock of scaups just north of the north pullout."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 10:23 by Tom Beland
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64874240
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Associating with the flock of scaups just north of the north pullout."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 10:23 by Laurel S Luby
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64906673
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Associating with the flock of scaups just north of the north pullout."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 10:23 by Jenny Slaughter
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64869579
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 16:57 by Guy Tingos
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64889075
- Comments: "Continuing. Appeared near the bluff top at about 6:00pm and ranged widely around the Mesa."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 16:57 by David Compton
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64887667
- Comments: "Continuing. Appeared near the bluff top at about 6:00pm and ranged widely around the Mesa."

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2020 14:01 by Tom McLinden
- Happy Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6204067,-120.0126958&ll=34.6204067,-120.0126958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64888668
- Comments: "In a fallow field among other sparrows."

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Date: 2/22/20 8:28 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owl
The More Mesa Short-eared Owl continued this evening. Guy Tingos and I
first saw it at about 6pm, and we watched it fly pretty widely around the
mesa. We first picked it up near the bluff, in the north-central part of
the property.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/22/20 10:38 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (3 reports)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 21, 2020 14:00 by Hans Spiecker
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64838606
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, associating with Lesser Scaup"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 21, 2020 11:00 by Rebecca Coulter
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64828915
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing with scaup flock, today located slightly north of upper pull out. Jet black back and gleaming white sides, long tuft extending off the back of the head. Bright yellow eyes."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 08:44 by Gail Pine
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64864318
- Comments: "In amongst a group of Scaups, solid black back, white sides. When bird turned his head to its side long black crest showed."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 21, 2020 14:50 by Hans Spiecker
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64838389
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Have photo - in reeds across lake from concrete area with all the mallards"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2020 16:38 by Cameryn Brock
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64840455
- Comments: "Continuing. Fought with harrier"

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Date: 2/21/20 5:58 pm
From: Christopher Kibler <kibler...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] White Pelican at Goleta Slough mouth
I saw the White Pelican today at 5:30 PM. It was a couple hundred feet north of Goleta Beach, near the mouth of Atascadero Creek. I got a good look from the bike path on the 217 bridge.

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Date: 2/21/20 3:01 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Orchard Oriole
After missing it many times since the beginning of this calendar year, I finally saw the continuing Orchard Oriole on Santa Monica Creek Road this morning.  It was in the bottlebrush bush next to the small footbridge that crosses the creek.  This was about 8:30 a.m.  I see John Callender also had it about an hour earlier in the Cape Honeysuckle along the bank.
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Date: 2/21/20 12:14 pm
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinch
A lone male Lawrence's Goldfinch was the most notable sighting (not counting the rattlesnake) during our morning hike on the "Ridge Trail" of Cold Spring Canyon.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/21/20 10:11 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Blue Jay (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 20, 2020 10:23 by Shuming Chen
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64796129
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird with scaup flock"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2020 09:00 by margeNdon thornton
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64800670
- Comments: "same as yesterday, location and behavior."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2020 11:38 by Jim Crumpler
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64795511
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Across walk bridge by culvert pipe."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2020 08:05 by Alex Loos
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64787149
- Comments: "Continuing adult"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
- Reported Feb 20, 2020 08:00 by Dennis Doordan
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64795951

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2020 09:17 by Silvia Echeverria
- 4857 Nipomo Dr, Carpinteria US-CA (34.4023,-119.5192), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.402306,-119.519152&ll=34.402306,-119.519152
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64824293
- Comments: "Calling from fence."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2020 07:31 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64824664
- Comments: "Adult male continuing in the cape honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge."

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Date: 2/20/20 9:53 pm
From: Jim Long <tagdesjim...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] American Bittern
Saw 1 of the 2 now being reported at about the same location as reported yesterday on eBird by the Thorntons.  I would like to thank Marge and Don for accompanying me with my walker and spotting the bird in the reeds.  I was still in my 2 month hospital stay when this flurry of sightings began and really happy to be able to add #393 American Bittern to my County list.

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Date: 2/20/20 4:35 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Birding
Tried my best for the Pine Warbler in Rod Rodenberger/Marmonte Parks today.  May have seen it but there is some doubt.  I picked up a bird in a Canary Island Pine in Marmonte Park (right next to the sidewalk along Santa Barbara Road) that made me think "Hello Pine Warbler!"  I had a good side view from below and with the light behind me, but it was a brief look and I could not pick up the bird again, though I tried for over an hour.  (I also came back and ate lunch in the park after birding elsewhere to see If I could re-find it.)
What I saw appeared to have a green head and back, two wingbars, yellow on the throat fading out on the upper breast, and a dull whitish side with faint streaks.  But I was expecting more yellow on the chest and sides.  In truth, what I saw looked more like a pale Blackpoll than a Pine Warbler, and that's unlikely.  When I got home I looked at the recent photos that have been posted.  The side views look good for what I saw; the full-on frontal views seem to show a slightly deeper shade of yellow over a more extensive area of the underparts.  So . . .
Birding elsewhere included the sewage plant and Jack O'Connell Park.  Nothing significant to report form either location and the nearby pastures are dry again.  At the Sewage Plant, 99% of the gulls are still Mew Gulls.  I found 1 adult Western  and 1 adult Herring Gull, plus a first year gull that may have been a Herring or a Herring Cross.  Still lots of Greater Yellowlegs and a fiar number of Cinnamon Teal hanging around there.
Additional reports on the Pin eWarbler would be appreciated.
Florence Sanchez
(PS  Spring notes:  Common Lupine is blooming along the 101 freeway median from Gaviota to Goleta, and  light-blue flowered Ceanothus is coming out through Gaviota Pass.

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Date: 2/20/20 11:56 am
From: Robert Lindsay via Groups.Io <thisisroblindsay=<gmail.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carpinteria Slough this morning
I took my bird class into the Carp. slough this morning and had several interesting birds. An adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron was close and cooperative at the first bridge. A Roadrunner was on the roof of the last unit in the mobile home park. From the farthest viewing are both an American White Pelican and an Osprey were visible out in the main body of the slough. A fair assortment of addition, more common birds.

That's all,
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Date: 2/20/20 10:07 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (3 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (4 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (2 reports)
- Pine Warbler (3 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 10:39 by Robert stevenson
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64758539
- Comments: "Continuing... with Lesser Scaup"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 08:44 by Tom Beland
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64763837
- Comments: "In amongst a group of Scaups, solid black back, white sides. When bird turned his head to its side long black crest showed."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 08:44 by Laurel S Luby
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64763873
- Comments: "In amongst a group of Scaups, solid black back, white sides. When bird turned his head to its side long black crest showed."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 10:05 by margeNdon thornton
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64768717
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "a smaller tringa with shorter legs and a very pronounced eyering"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 12:34 by margeNdon thornton
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64769614
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In the reeds on the west end halfway between the dam and the north end of the lake. Light brown, long neck white with brown stripes, long beak"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 10:05 by margeNdon thornton
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64768717
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "a small flycatcher, gray above and mostly white below with a touch of pinkish color toward the vent. A dark eyeline across the white face."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 11:19 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64762736
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen at usual location"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 11:19 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64773432
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen at usual location"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 11:19 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64773848
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen at usual location"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 11:19 by Laura Baldwin
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64764401
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen at usual location"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (3)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 08:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64766048
- Comments: "Song heard. Three birds together. Expected here."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (3)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 08:35 by Anonymous eBirder
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64770250
- Comments: "Song heard. Three birds together. Expected here."

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 10:15 by Erik Dodos
- 2777–2783 Santa Barbara Dr, Santa Maria US-CA 34.90898, -120.43015, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.908975,-120.430149&ll=34.908975,-120.430149
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64757310
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in pines, with Ylw rumps behind 1st base dugout...pics"

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 12:20 by Jeff Zolotar
- Santa Maria--Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.908632,-120.429294&ll=34.908632,-120.429294
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64771455
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen in YRWA flock along third base line. Photos."

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 12:20 by Gena Zolotar
- Santa Maria--Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.908632,-120.429294&ll=34.908632,-120.429294
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64760577
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen in YRWA flock along third base line. Photos."

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Date: 2/19/20 10:09 pm
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Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] White Pelican at Goleta Slough mouth
Pelican was present today 3pm - 5pm on the large sandbank to the right of the observation platform. Pelican was also present yesterday afternoon from about 4pm to 5:30pm moving upstream towards the 217 bridge.

Osprey was present day before yesterday afternoon (4:30 - 5:30pm) dining on a fish atop the telephone pole by the Beachside Cafe (took off to the East eventually) and present yesterday and today afternoon (about 3 - 5:30pm) on the large tree between the two parking lots

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Date: 2/19/20 5:49 pm
From: Steve Ferry <sjferry...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White Pelican at Goleta Slough mouth
Today about 1:30 PM I saw a White Pelican at the Goleta Slough mouth.  It was perched on a post across from the observation platform.  It moved a couple hundred meters upstream (north) a few minutes later.
Other birds of interest in the vicinity were an Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, and several Black-neck Stilts.
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Goleta

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Date: 2/19/20 4:43 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sandpiper Geese
I checked out the geese at the Sandpiper Golf course early this afternoon.  The flock was pretty far away on the bank to the west beyond the pond, but I got decent looks through my scope.  There were 39 Canada Geese and 3 white geese.  Two of those were immature Snow Geese, and the smaller adult appeared to be a Ross's as others have reported.
Feeding with this flock was a large group of shorebirds.  I counted 16 Long-billed Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, and at least 2 Kildeer in the mix.  There may have been other species in the longer vegetation.
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Date: 2/19/20 11:02 am
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Pair of Canvasbacks @ LLC
There was a pair of Canvasbacks at Lake Los Carneros this morning (Wed). They were at the Northern end of the lake.  The Bittern also made a brief appearance around 9:30 am in the reeds at the western side of the lake near the dam.

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Goleta

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Date: 2/19/20 10:04 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (4 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- American Bittern (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 18, 2020 16:53 by Jeff Zolotar
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64731206
- Comments: "Continuing male, with Lesser Scaup flock. Visible tuft. Photos."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 18, 2020 16:53 by Maya Zolotar
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64731205
- Comments: "Continuing male, with Lesser Scaup flock. Visible tuft. Photos."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 18, 2020 16:53 by Gena Zolotar
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64731204
- Comments: "Continuing male, with Lesser Scaup flock. Visible tuft. Photos."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 18, 2020 12:35 by Pete Wolf
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64723907
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 18, 2020 10:24 by Joan Lentz
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64718945
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing since late fall. First time I've seen it after many tries. See photo"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2020 12:23 by Mark Holmgren
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64734426
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in SE corner."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 09:27 by Elaine Tan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64754240
- Comments: "Southwest area of lake where the reeds come out into the water"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (2)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 07:12 by Casey Richart
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64748914
- Comments: "2 perched together in reeds on west side of lake. Photographed together"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (2)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 07:12 by Adam Searcy
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64748913
- Comments: "2 perched together in reeds on west side of lake. Photographed together"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 18, 2020 16:43 by Silvia Echeverria
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64731793
- Comments: "Upstream several hundred feet, away from bridge crossing over Franklin Creek."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2020 07:43 by Thomas Turner
- 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=34.4145111,-119.8673469&ll=34.4145111,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64747740
- Comments: "Female. Very plain above, with weak black eye line. Yellow fore and aft below, with white belly. Good looks."

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Date: 2/18/20 6:51 pm
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White pelican

In Franklin Creek at 5:30 this afternoon.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


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Date: 2/18/20 3:28 pm
From: Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Vermilion Flycatcher in Carp
It’s in the middle of the row of corkscrew willows along the north shore of Lake Jocelyn, usually in the upper willows and visible from the south side of the lake. Found by Becky Turkey yesterday.
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Date: 2/18/20 2:05 pm
From: Dennis Doordan <ddoordan...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Turkeys Encounter on Ballard Canyon Road
I encountered three wild turkeys on Monday February 17, 2020, while driving
on Ballard Canyon Road about 1.5 miles from the intersection with CA 154. I
rounded a sharp curve in the road to find one male and two female wild
turkeys slowly crossing the road. I stopped and the male stopped, turned
and faced my car until the females were out of the way by the side of the
road, then he moved out of the way and let me proceed. This wasn’t a
birding excursion for me and I wasn’t able to record the exact coordinates.


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Santa Barbara CA

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Date: 2/18/20 9:56 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tundra Swan (1 report)
- Tufted Duck (2 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2020 17:00 by Carmen GG
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64695342
- Media: 2 Photos

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 17:00 by Jessie Altstatt
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64695661
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "swimming around and preening, nice big tuft"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 14:30 by John Doty
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64680470
- Comments: "Scaup-like and with small flock of Lesser Scaup, but distinct tuft of dark feathers, same color as head, extending from top of head, down neck nearly to back. Prominent yellow eye; red gape; and blue bill."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 14:10 by Becky Turley
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64695282
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing along south edge. Brown upperparts with small spots, light brown breast, white belly, eye ring, greenish legs."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2020 13:33 by Laurel S Luby
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64656606
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Has been here the last few months. Will attach photo"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 11:15 by Lori Gaskin
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64671096
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "At the lake edge in the reeds across from the SW section of the dam. Good visibility including climbing on the reeds. Flew across water to reeds along SW part of cove on dam side."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 14:10 by Becky Turley
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64695282
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "poor distant photo. Pink belly, streaked breast, mask."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 08:45 by Gloria Schwabe
- El Capitan Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4659397,-120.021154&ll=34.4659397,-120.021154
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64665437
- Comments: "In top of medium sized yellow blooming tree. Uniformly orange belly, black cap with black eye stripe. Black and white wings. Photo available."

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 15:11 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Rod Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9085067,-120.4299372&ll=34.9085067,-120.4299372
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64692171
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Based on comparative photos by other birders, continuing bird first reported at this location by Jamie Chavez on January 25, 2020."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 16:00 by Barbara Millett
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64693055
- Comments: "Dull gray-brown above, dull yellow below. No wing bars. Underside of tail orangish. Long pale bill. In Eugenia tree east of Stowe House, associating with a Western Tanager. Continuing bird."

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Date: 2/17/20 5:35 pm
From: Libby Patten via Groups.Io <libby_patten=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta birds over the GBBC weekend
Had some nice outings this weekend inspired in part by the global Great Backyard Bird Count. Ending up going to NCOS twice. The water level has dropped enough so that’s a much greater diversity of species that just two weeks ago. Was nice to see Northern Pintail, LBDO, loads of CITE, and a flyover of three white geese (with a bunch of Canada) that were probably the two juv Snow and one Ross’s that Dave Compton saw yesterday at Sandpiper. Today at Stow Grove Park, saw a White-throated Sparrow in a small mixed sparrow flock. Also heard and saw a male Phainopepla.
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Date: 2/17/20 5:35 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] odds and ends
All,

I have been doing a lot of (futile) butterfly searching recently that has
reduced my birding. I did get to the Santa Maria river mouth on Saturday
PM. There was a pretty decent collection of gulls including about 55
Herring Gulls and 3 1Y Thayer's (Iceland) Gulls. This is easily the best
spot for gulls this winter and I would encourage others to check it out.

Area K still has plenty of ducks, including a few Pintail and BW Teal,
although numbers of most species are lower than a couple of weeks ago.

Today, I saw a Pacific Wren along Kinevan Road, but not much else.

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Date: 2/17/20 2:11 pm
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] 2nd Roadrunner
Carp Salt Marsh Reserve Sandyland Cove Road (officially “restricted" but apparently friendly to birders), Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

Birding with Mario Borunda and Andrea Bruce . . . .four what we believe to be a second Carp Salt Marsh Roadrunner at the end of Sandyland Cove Road, at the bridge when the Yellow-crowned Night Herons used to be when first observed before the dredging drove them out. Today’s bird appeared to be lighter in color and “fresher”-looking that the one that has been seen around Silver Sands Village and the Nature Park over the past 7 or 8 years.

We also noted a couple of Marsh Wrens and, in Franklin Creek, a male and two female Cinnamon Teal. The No. Harrier made a brief appearance and an Osprey carried a fish across Basin 1 to devour it on a log in Basin 2. We also watched a PB Grebe catch and (somehow) swallow a fish that was at least 6” long. Talk about “Deep Throat”!

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Date: 2/17/20 9:47 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (2 reports)
- American Bittern (5 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 07:45 by Thomas Turner
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64645763
- Comments: "Continuing adult male with tuft. With Scaup flock near Venoco Road."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2020 12:40 by David Compton
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64594999
- Comments: "Male continuing in general area, but not previously recorded here."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 06:19 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64644036
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 17, 2020 06:19 by Molly Redmond
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64644037
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2020 15:00 by Susan Cook
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64628560
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen at west end of dam in the reeds near the water and also on top of the reeds."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2020 09:07 by Betsy Mooney
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64620247
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In southwest corner. Medium-large ardeid with bold vertically striped neck, brown and white."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2020 09:07 by Elaine Tan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64589025
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In southwest corner. Medium-large ardeid with bold vertically striped neck, brown and white. Photos."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2020 08:29 by Kent McDonald
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64606558
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large kingbird with long bill, bright yellow, no white outer tail feathers.. See photo."

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Date: 2/17/20 8:00 am
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Devereux Tufted Duck, some geese
Tufted duck continuing this AM at Devereux

> On Feb 16, 2020, at 12:48 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60...> wrote:
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> The Tufted Duck was near the north pullout at Deveruex Slough in Goleta, at 12:45, Sunday. Earlier, two juvenile Snow and one adult Ross’s Geese were at the Sandpiper Golf Course pond, as seen from the clubhouse. They were with about 18 Canada’s.
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Date: 2/16/20 12:49 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Devereux Tufted Duck, some geese
The Tufted Duck was near the north pullout at Deveruex Slough in Goleta, at
12:45, Sunday. Earlier, two juvenile Snow and one adult Ross’s Geese were
at the Sandpiper Golf Course pond, as seen from the clubhouse. They were
with about 18 Canada’s.

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Date: 2/16/20 9:34 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tundra Swan (2 reports)
- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Brown Pelican (California) (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2020 16:15 by Barry Langdon-Lassagne
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64543731
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Black bill with yellow on large white swan. Not at all shy. Photos."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2020 16:15 by Virginia Langdon-Lassagne
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64543733
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Black bill with yellow on large white swan. Not at all shy. Photos."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2020 11:50 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8837715,-120.279007&ll=34.8837715,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64547149
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing rarity found at middle pond among mostly American Wigeons."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2020 12:23 by Lori Gaskin
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64526351
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in SE corner."

Brown Pelican (California) (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 11:00 by Susan Cook
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64517381
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Hundreds of Pelicans resting in the water and on the shore."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 11, 2020 16:00 by Susan Cook
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64514103
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "American Bittern near the dam at Lake Los Carneros."

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2020 09:10 by David Compton
- Rod Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.907963,-120.42975&ll=34.907963,-120.42975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64516857
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. The bird was on the ground, just east of the concrete path that parallels the 3rd base line, due east of the 3rd base bench (near Santa Barbara Dr). I found it with a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, but only one other warbler was on the ground at the time I spotted the Pine Warbler. It was pretty close in size to a Yellow-rumped, and similar in structure, with a brownish olive back, bold white wing bars, and dull, non-contrasting yellow confined to the throat and upper breast. The bird was pale, a dull grayish or dingy white, on the lower belly. A pale area extended backward from the throat and wrapped slightly under and behind the auriculars, which were contrastingly darker. Otherwise, I didn't pick up the face pattern very well. Basically, I got good enough looks to identify the bird, registered a few features that I thought would be good enough for an acceptable description, then focused on getting photos for a minute or two. The bird then flew up into the lower branches of a pine, and somehow got away from me. I searched for it a couple of minutes longer, but traffic increased in the area because of a practice that was starting on the adjacent ball field. So I gave up my search.."

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Date: 2/16/20 12:18 am
From: Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Hybrid Swan Bill Disfiguration
Nothing unusual for Lake Los Carneros. I'm sharing this checklist because I
took some closeup photos of the hybrid swan and would like to know if
anyone had previously noted the hole in this bird's bill. I've seen this
bird many times and noted the discoloration, but I hadn't noted the bill as
physically disfigured.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64434372

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Santa Barbara/Goleta

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Date: 2/15/20 3:14 pm
From: Lunis Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Glaucous-winged gull?
Hi all,

I saw two glaucous-winged type gull individuals today at NCOS. I've attached photos below. Any help in accurate identification - especially regarding the possibility of hybrids - would be appreciated! For now I've reported them as glaoucous-winged on ebird (checklist here ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S64513852 ) ), but am happy to amend if corrected. The first two photos are of one individual and the remaining three are of the other.

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Date: 2/15/20 2:59 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Pine Warbler, etc.
I found the Pine Warbler this, morning in Rod Rodenberg Park in Santa
Maria, after about an hour and a half search. I saw the bird mostly on the
ground, near Santa Barbara Drive, just east of the ball field. As indicated
previously, finding it may take patience: patience I didn't have when I
searched for the Eastern Phoebe. I spent about 50 minutes looking for this
bird along Industrial Way, and despite the good directions from John and
Jamie, I failed to find it. A Say's Phoebe spent the entire 50 minutes on
or near the south fence of the golf course near the big eucalyptus tree, so
maybe the Eastern was somewhere waiting his turn.

Otherwise, I had several Red-breasted Nuthatches at Rodenberg Park, and
heard what was probably a Red Crossbill, but I was too distracted by what
my eBird app was doing to focus on the bird and confirm it. I visited Jim
May Park after looking for the Phoebe and saw nothing more interesting than
a Green Heron and what appeared to be a rather small Herring Gull.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/15/20 2:08 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge today
I went to the Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara early this afternoon hoping the Tufted Duck might still be around. I didn't see him, but did find a female Northern Pintail (a species missed on the CBC?), 17 Cinnamon Teal, and a Green Heron (the first of the latter I've seen in a while).
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Date: 2/15/20 9:12 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2020 13:33 by Tom Beland
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64475876
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Has been here the last few months. Will attach photo"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2020 12:30 by Tom Boucher
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64483856
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The bird seemed like a mix of a Yellowlegs and a Spotted Sandpiper. Keys to ID included white underbelly, greenish legs, smaller than a yellowlegs and taller than a spotty. No tail wagging. Previously seen at this location. See Photos"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2020 13:10 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64473036
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "One adult in the Franklin Creek channel south of the footbridge."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2020 08:45 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64475202
- Comments: "Ongoing bright red male documented at this location in October 2019. Found at pond by #4 green and tee box #5."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2020 13:30 by Bill Crowe
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64474720
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen near slough in slough road"

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Date: 2/14/20 5:40 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Northern Fulmar from shore at San Onofre coast
I birded near Santa Ynez, at Nojoqui County Park, and along the Gaviota
Coast. There I wanted to see the Red-necked Grebe spotted by Nick L. 2
days ago. I did not see that bird, but I had 4 or 5 Horned Grebes and 2
Brant. The surprise was a light morph *Northern Fulmar* flying close to
shore headed west. No pic obtained for the Fulmar. Checklist for that
coastal site and a map showing my location is here:
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Date: 2/14/20 5:18 pm
From: Jessie Altstatt <jessie.altstatt...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island CBC update
I'm providing a quick update regarding the Christmas Bird Count that was
held on Santa Cruz Island on January 2, 2020. The island CBC began in 2007
and is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, UC Santa Barbara
Natural Reserve System, Audubon and Island Packers Co.

The count circle spans from Christy Beach at the west end of the island to
the Prisoner's Harbor bight. Access around the interior of the island is
limited due to logistics and road conditions.

30 participants found a total of 83 species, which were the usual mix of
island residents plus wintering birds. The most common bird observed:
Island Scrub Jay.

A total of 115 miles (including 33 miles at sea) was scoured for birds in
63 total hours of search effort. Total number of birds counted: 3,458!

The stand-out this year was one Short-eared Owl (only the 4th record for
Santa Cruz Island)!

Thanks to all who continue to make this data collection possible.

Jessie

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Date: 2/14/20 8:52 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Gadwall (1 report)
- Tufted Duck (2 reports)
- Greater Scaup (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 report)
- Red-winged Blackbird (1 report)

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Gadwall (Mareca strepera) (3)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 07:44 by Nathan Melling
- US-CA-Channel Islands National Park (33.9633,-119.9815), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.963343,-119.981463&ll=33.963343,-119.981463
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64430059
- Comments: "1 male and 2 females. Male with distinctive black rump and tail. Foraging together in estuary."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 15:00 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64436347
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Observed from 3rd platform floating alone or with lesser scaup and among northern shovelers. Quite distant - closer to 2nd island. Frequently tuft was not visible as his head was turned and resting on shoulder."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 10:00 by Tom Boucher
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64452502
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Swimming with lesser scaups near the western end of the refuge. Distinct white side markings and tuft on head. See Photos"

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (5)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 07:35 by Randy Hill
- Oso Flaco Lake to beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9404465,-120.6140691&ll=34.9404465,-120.6140691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64420558

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 12:26 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64426272
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Feeding along the south shore of the lake."

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) (2)
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 13:37 by Sir Laughalot
- Anisq'Oyo' Park, Goleta US-CA (34.4125,-119.8565), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.412495,-119.856543&ll=34.412495,-119.856543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64439235
- Comments: "Light-green underside. Perched on a wooden fence post and taking quick dives on/off. On habitat edge of pond/trees/grassy field."

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) (2)
- Reported Feb 13, 2020 07:44 by Nathan Melling
- US-CA-Channel Islands National Park (33.9633,-119.9815), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.963343,-119.981463&ll=33.963343,-119.981463
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64430059
- Comments: "2 males perched on a bush in open grasslands with several Western Meadowlarks. Wing bars showed lighter yellow median coverts."

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Date: 2/14/20 12:33 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Pinery Road, 2020-02-13
Early afternoon I birded Pinery Rd in the hope of finding my nemesis
Haemorhous (Cassin's). Despite failing on that front, it was nevertheless a
pleasant walk with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, MOUNTAIN
CHICKADEE, and many, many calling MOUNTAIN QUAIL.

Butterfly-wise I had a dozen+ California Tortoiseshell.

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Date: 2/13/20 3:13 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] La cumbre Peak area; Lake Jocelyn
John's photos showed the bills well, something I couldn't see as well as I wanted through binoculars.  One appears to have the Warty growths on it that Ross's sometimes show, according to the literature.
Florence Sanchez

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I was at Lake Jocelyn today either before or after you, and took some photos of the two Ross's (?) Geese. I'd be interested in hearing what people think about them.

I also saw the continuing Solitary Sandpiper. Photos in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64426272

John Callender
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Date: 2/13/20 3:01 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] La cumbre Peak area; Lake Jocelyn
I was at Lake Jocelyn today either before or after you, and took some photos of the two Ross's (?) Geese. I'd be interested in hearing what people think about them.

I also saw the continuing Solitary Sandpiper. Photos in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64426272

John Callender
Carpinteria

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Date: 2/13/20 2:13 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] La cumbre Peak area; Lake Jocelyn
This morning I went up to the La Cumbre Peak area to see if anything had improved since a month ago.  Answer: Not much!  Bird activity is still low at both the Peak and the large communications station to the west.    
One exception:  The latter location had a small group of Finches (6: 5 female type and one male) that could have been either Cassin's or Purple on first view.  After hearing multiple calls and watching them in several different places around the Communications station, I felt they had to be Purple, based on the calls, the heavy streaking on the sides of the females, the stronger face pattern on the females, and the heavy bill. The male had a plain breast with no streaking on the sides.  I never was able to view the hind neck on the male.  
There also was a lot of activity from a pair of Flickers at the station--they might be going to nest here as they have done in some past years.  The Peak had nothing of note to report, not even a Steller's Jay.  I checked the spot east of the Peak where I found a Townsend's Solitaire in early January, but there was no sign of one today.
With the morning finished fairly early, I went to Lake Jocelyn after I got down form the mountain.  The two white Geese Larry Ballard reported are still there.  I didn't have my scope today, but when I arrived I was able to get fairly close to where the Geese were and have a good look at them before they swam over to the far side of the pond.   One is a little bit larger than the other. The smaller one seemed to check all the boxes for Ross's Goose.  The other goose has a little longer neck and a heavier bill with perhaps a suggestion of a grin line, but the differences are very slight.  I suspect both may be Ross's but other opinions would be welcome.
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Date: 2/13/20 11:33 am
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS Thursday
2/13  8:00-11:00 am

Led my bird class around NCOS this morning. Several highlights included the continuing Burrowing Owl, a fly-over by three Snow Geese, and a Northern Harrier. Birds generally were pretty good. Unusually high numbers of Say's Phoebe (15 at least). Duck diversity was good with Mallard, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, and Ruddy Duck all present. A Western Grebe at the top end of the east channel was nice to see as I've found few around this winter. Overall a better morning than expected.

That's all,
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Date: 2/13/20 8:48 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 10:19 by David Blue
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64395287
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Nice male with a long tuft."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 07:36 by Mark Holmgren
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64400430
- Comments: "Continuing at 34.6920 -120.04082 in the Reserve HQ area."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 07:36 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64400368
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 07:36 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64401644
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 07:36 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64405425
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 07:36 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64407512
- Comments: "Continuing"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2020 08:32 by Tom Beland
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64396587
- Comments: "Seen in this area in past two years. Black head and tail, reddish brown body"

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Date: 2/12/20 4:49 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bald Eagle over Goleta
There was a young Bald Eagle circling high over north-west Goleta this am (Wed) around 9 am.  I took the photo below from near the parking lot at Lake Los Carneros.

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Date: 2/12/20 4:25 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Chipping Sparrow
This morning I had an appointment downtown, so I took the opportunity to check out Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden on the way.  I walked in at an entrance near the upper end, Santa Barbara Street just down from Arrellaga Street.  From there I headed toward the big Tipu trees to check out Warblers, but I noticed some sparrows going in and out of a lavender Lantana bush onto the path so stopped to check them out.  Most were White-crowns, but out of the mix hopped a Chipping Sparrow.  It stayed in view for several minutes, gradually working its way through the beds and paths toward the Tipu trees, where I lost sight of it.  
I looked for it again when I came back through the Garden after my appointment, but by the there was a lot of human activity in the part (Mowing and maintenance), so Sparrow activity on the paths was almost nil.
No interesting ducks or Gulls on the pond--one Myrtle-type Yellowrump found in the Tipu trees with all the Audubon's.
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Date: 2/12/20 2:19 pm
From: Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ross’s Geese, Carp

Two at Lake Jocelyn. One may have some Snow Goose in it. Larry Ballard

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Date: 2/12/20 1:13 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red-necked Grebe
All,

I had a RN Grebe offshore at Canada San Onofre today. It requires a good
scope to identify. Amazingly, it was the only Grebe I saw in three stops
along the Gaviota Coast. There were all three expected loons.

Nick

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Date: 2/12/20 11:46 am
From: David Blue <davidvblue...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tufted Duck at Andree Clark Bird Refuge
A male Tufted Duck is currently at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge between the parking lot and first “pier” looking towards the island.

David Blue
Erie, Colorado

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Date: 2/11/20 9:34 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Birding on Tuesday, 2-11
I checked a few places in Santa Maria today with mixed results.
First stop was Donovan Road.  I did not have the variety or abundance of birds in the fields on either side of this short road next to the airport as I did when I last visited a month ago.  However, there were still about 15 Horned Larks in one field and also a Ferruginous Hawk that I did not pick up last time.
Next stop was the little park where the Pine Warbler has been seen.  I birded this park and the athletic complex across Sunrise drive but didn't pull it out.  At one point there was a flock of Yellow-rumps feeding on the ground, but even though it was rather backlighted, I went over it thoroughly and the Pine Warbler wasn't with them.  I found House Finches and American Goldfinches feeding in the Liquidamber (Sweetgum) trees, but no Crossbills.
Next stops were two the different locations bordering the Santa Maria Country Club.  I found the Eastern Phoebe where it has been reported previously (off Industrial Way) and the male Vermillion Flycatcher in a Willow bordering the large pond (viewable from Lorencita Way).
At the Santa Maria Sewage Treatment Plant, I saw a lot of Mew Gulls and a few California Gulls, but no Herring, Iceland, or Bonaparte's Gulls while I was there.  The number of continuing Greater Yellowlegs there is staggering and I found 25 Cinnamon Teal in one of the ponds.  Jack O'Connell Park was pretty birdless.  I turned up a nice mixed flock of Blackbirds in nearby fields, including several Tri-colored.
I decided to drive to Ocean Park in Lompoc to finish the day, hoping for some interesting gulls, but there were very few around.  The estuary is full and though the road in isn't flooded (yet!), the walkway under the railroad trestle is.  I couldn't see any gulls or other birds on the berm at the River Mouth, so chose not to take the alternate route out there (up the bank and across the railroad tracks--rather dangerous in my opinion).  
An incidental bird note:  I have driven 101 home from the north county four times in the past week.  Three of those times, I have found an Osprey in almost the same place each time.  The first two times, it has been perched on a utility pole on the south side of 101, just before the sign saying "El Capitan State Park, 3/4 mile."  Today it was about mile before there (closer to Refugio), perched on another pole and eating something.
More signs of Spring:  Fiddleneck is blooming in the Freeway Median Strip from Los Alamos to Gaviota, and I found the Large-flowered form of Fiddleneck along the roadside off Highway one on the way from Guadalupe to Lompoc.
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Date: 2/11/20 8:26 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- American Coot (Red-shielded) (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (2 reports)

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American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (1)
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 09:07 by Mark Hays
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64245381
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "seen with all of the other coots. did not specifically look for other red-shielded birds"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2020 16:49 by Silvia Echeverria
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64337548
- Comments: "On east bank of Franklin Creek south of bridge. Solitary, appears 2 juveniles that I saw yesterday are not with him"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2020 08:07 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64335504
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird singing 'Wee-whippit, wee-chi' 6 times. It took me 20 more minutes to sight it. Originally found by John Deacon on 7 February 2020. It was in the same place today as originally found. At 34.91288 -120.44807. Along Industrial Parkway but just over the fence in the Santa Maria Country Club Golf Course. The most noteworthy landmark is the only huge Eucalyptus in the vicinity. No trespassing or or permission needed to see this bird."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2020 09:37 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64335846
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male at big pond. I viewed this bird from the neighborhood on the east side of the big Pond, at 34.90865 -120.44068. Second winter at this location, if I'm correct. First seen on 28 Jan 2019 until at least 6 March 2019. Detected again by John Deacon on 30 Sept 2019 until the present."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2020 13:00 by Bill Crowe
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64332305
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting on wire on road between slough and NCOS. Deeper yellow than Cassin’s or western kingbirds"

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2020 10:18 by Mark Holmgren
- Rod Rodenberger Park 34.9082 -120.4294, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.908153,-120.429389&ll=34.908153,-120.429389
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64334677
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "With Yellow-rumped Warblers, House Finches, bluebirds, and goldfinches. Large flock foraging on grass. The bird was seen at the south east corner of Rod Rodenberger Park and then across the street to Maramonte Park. All photos significantly lightened. Setophaga warbler with a slightly larger bill than most, plain greenish dorsal, dull yellowish ventral with dull breast streaks. Only slightly less yellow posterior to the vent. Anterior wingbar bold, posterior wingbar somewhat diffuse. Bird seemed smaller than nearby Yellow-rumps, but in this one photo it appears larger. Originally found by Jamie Chavez on 25 January 2020."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2020 08:30 by Karen Rusch
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64334266
- Comments: "In same Eugenia (near Stow House) as Western Tanager, often perched within one foot of each other, making comparisons easier. This bird had no wing bars and a more orangish/cinnamon undertail. Heard its distinctive pituk call on numerous occasions."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2020 08:12 by Rebecca Coulter
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64326777
- Comments: "Continuing female type seen associating closely with Western Tanager foraging in Eugenia tree in the yard."

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Date: 2/10/20 5:39 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Eastern Phoebe, Verm Flyc, and Pine Warbler in Sta Maria
Good day birding today in Santa Maria. No long blurb on this except to
refer people to text and barely adequate photos of each at
https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-083/activity
All are known birds.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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Date: 2/10/20 8:19 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 09:58 by Jerami Prendiville
- Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.5779,-119.9556), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.577881,-119.95564&ll=34.577881,-119.95564
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64288884
- Comments: "Identified by the park ranger on this birding boat ride."

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 16:11 by Joel Barrett
- Northeast of Pedro Pt. Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0568529,-119.4969831&ll=34.0568529,-119.4969831
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64305698
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "After seeing one earlier in the day close to the Ventura Harbor I had my camera ready in case we had another encounter. This bird was seen just north of the east end of Santa Cruz Island. The same description applies but this time I got a few photos.

Small gray bird with dark, apparently black feathering mainly along the leading edge of the upper wing highlighting a light gray carpal bar. Flew with relatively direct flight with stiff wings not exceeding much beyond the plain of the body. Rare sighting for the SB Channel."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 15:23 by Silvia Echeverria
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64298129
- Comments: "One male 2 females, Franklin Creek East side, stationary. Took pictures. All three birds were not fishing or moving, huddled a little and resting. Although several people walked noisily over the bridge, they did not seem to notice or care. They were on opposite bank of where they were the other day. Only one with yellow crown this time, the other two looked juvenile and had no color other than brown feathers."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 08:10 by Lukas Le Grice
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64283990
- Comments: "5 on the bank of Franklin Creek! Amazing!!!!"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 06:17 by Barry Rowan
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64271989
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 06:17 by Molly Redmond
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64272030
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 08:55 by Seth Ontiveros
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64280455
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First observed by John Deacon on 2/7 at this location. I observed this bird flycatching from a low pine branch along the fence of the golf course and then foraging and perching up the fenceline to this tree: 34.9133950, -120.4491968. It then flew across the road to the Pacific Beverage Company fence before flying back to the golf course here: 34.9123585, -120.4473471. The bird was then flushed by a poor drive that came through the trees within feet of it."

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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Santa Barbara County
*** Species Summary:

- Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (1 report)

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Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) (1)
- Reported Feb 09, 2020 16:11 by Joel Barrett
- Northeast of Pedro Pt. Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "After seeing one earlier in the day close to the Ventura Harbor I had my camera ready in case we had another encounter. This bird was seen just north of the east end of Santa Cruz Island. The same description applies but this time I got a few photos.

Small gray bird with dark, apparently black feathering mainly along the leading edge of the upper wing highlighting a light gray carpal bar. Flew with relatively direct flight with stiff wings not exceeding much beyond the plain of the body. Rare sighting for the SB Channel."

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Date: 2/9/20 1:05 pm
From: Ria Marsh via Groups.Io <rrsmarsh=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tufted Duck at Bird Refuge
From the bike path on Cabrillo Blvd. today at 11:45 a.m. saw a single Tufted Duck.
Ria Marsh
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Date: 2/9/20 8:11 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills in Santa Maria
While looking for the Pine Warbler at Rodenberger/Miramonte Parks in Santa
Maria yesterday, Seth Ontiveros found two RED CROSSBILLS at this spot. For
a species that has otherwise only been reported from Figueroa Mtn. lately,
I thought it worthy of reporting this find from the north county.

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Date: 2/9/20 8:02 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- American Bittern (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (2 reports)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 07:00 by Molly Redmond
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64240423
- Comments: "Continuing. Perched in reeds just north of overflow."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 07:00 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64240422
- Comments: "Continuing. Perched in reeds just north of overflow."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 08:00 by Jamie Chavez
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64238071
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "After several minutes searching the area where John Deacon first found this bird on 2/7/20, and with the help of playback, the Eastern Phoebe made an appearance outside the golf course along Industrial Parkway next to The Wine Center parking lot. It eventually flew over the fence into the country club property. It was vocalizing a few times when it was first spotted. Dark olive-brown backed flycatcher, pale whitish below with a faint yellowish wash on the lower abdomen. The head and face were dark brownish with a contrasting whitish throat. Tail dipping behavior was observed. From low perches, it would mostly drop to the ground to feed"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 08:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64245814
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "After several minutes searching the area where John Deacon first found it on 2/7/20, and with the help of playback, the phoebe made an appearance outside the golf course along Industrial Parkway. It eventually flew into the country club property. It was vocalizing a few times when first spotted. Dark olive-brown backed flycatcher, pale below with a faint yellowish wash on the lower abdomen. Face was dark brownish with a contrasting whitish throat. Tail dipping behavior was observed"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 08:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64245814
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male observed ground-feeding from low hanging cypress trees limbs and an exposed perch from the top of a tree stake. The flycatcher continues around the pond along the east edge of the golf course"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 08:00 by Jamie Chavez
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64238071
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male observed ground-feeding from low hanging cypress trees limbs and an exposed perch from the top of a tree stake. The flycatcher continues around the pond along the east edge of the golf course"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 09:00 by Ken Ward
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64254407
- Comments: "recurring bird,by parking lot ,"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (20) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 09:40 by David Compton
- Figueroa Mountain and Ranger Peak, Figueroa Mountain Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7288315,-119.9704285&ll=34.7288315,-119.9704285
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64239349
- Comments: "Calling, flying northwest toward the Fir Canyon trailhead, in flocks of 15, then 5. Observed from large turnout about 200 m N of the water trough where the species was previously reported, flying from that area."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2020 07:25 by Seth Ontiveros
- Maramonte South, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9072965,-120.4295754&ll=34.9072965,-120.4295754
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64234966
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First observed foraging in sweetgum trees around park restrooms building at Maramonte Park south of Sunset Dr. Seen again around 30 mins later north of Sunset Dr on the east side of Rodenberger Park."

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Date: 2/8/20 10:21 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cuyama
SB Birders,

I made a couple stops this morning while passing through the Cuyama Valley.

My first stop was at the Caliente Wetlands. They were surprisingly wet and full of water. Here I saw 10 Cinnamon Teal and 6 Mallards and some coots. It was 34 degrees, I did not stay long.

I then stopped at the Cuyama Sewage works and saw 12 Bufflehead and one Ruddy Duck.

I checked out Richardson Community Park and was surprised to see 8 Lawrence’s Golfinches. There was a fairly cooperative Merlin chilling in morning sun. A Red-breasted Sapsucker and 4? Phainopeplas.

We also saw 4 Ferruginous Hawks along Hwy 166 in SB County. Over on Hwy 33 near Foothill Road in SLO CO. A Peregrine Falcon was on a power pole.

It was dark as I came back through. Good birding.

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Date: 2/8/20 3:26 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills, etc.
Has anyone made a sound recording of these Red Crossbills so that we can
geek out about the type? Lehman has only this on this topic:
> “Most Red Crossbills are presumed to be “Type 2” birds, although there is
little direct hard evidence.”

Wim

On Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 3:01 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60...> wrote:

> I had mixed success birding Figueroa Mtn Rd and vicinity today. I birded
> many of the same areas others have reported from in the past few days:
> around the Davy Brown trailhead, from the trailhead south to Ranger Peak,
> the Ranger Peak conifer forest, and out E. Pinery Road about a mile.
>
> I was lucky to see flocks of 15 and 5 Red Crossbills in quick succession
> from a spot about 200 meters north of the water trough where David
> Levasheff reported seeing crossbills a few days ago (sorry, Florence--wish
> you had been there). Both flocks were flying from the vicinity of the water
> trough, north/northwest toward the trailhead and adjacent canyon. So, like
> Wes, I saw a flock that appeared to be flying down the canyon where the top
> of the trail descends. These were the only crossbills I saw in four hours
> of birding. I did not see Townsend's Solitaire, Cassin's Finches, or
> Golden-crowned Kinglets. Red-breasted Nuthatches were common at Ranger Peak
> and E. Pinery Rd. I saw exactly one Mountain Chickadee maybe 0.2 miles up
> E. Pinery. Glad to know they aren't extinct. Nothing else more interesting
> than a couple of Brown Creepers along E. Pinery. Overall, not a birdy day,
> but it was nice to see some crossbills.
>
> Dave Compton
> Santa Barbara
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Date: 2/8/20 3:01 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbills, etc.
I had mixed success birding Figueroa Mtn Rd and vicinity today. I birded
many of the same areas others have reported from in the past few days:
around the Davy Brown trailhead, from the trailhead south to Ranger Peak,
the Ranger Peak conifer forest, and out E. Pinery Road about a mile.

I was lucky to see flocks of 15 and 5 Red Crossbills in quick succession
from a spot about 200 meters north of the water trough where David
Levasheff reported seeing crossbills a few days ago (sorry, Florence--wish
you had been there). Both flocks were flying from the vicinity of the water
trough, north/northwest toward the trailhead and adjacent canyon. So, like
Wes, I saw a flock that appeared to be flying down the canyon where the top
of the trail descends. These were the only crossbills I saw in four hours
of birding. I did not see Townsend's Solitaire, Cassin's Finches, or
Golden-crowned Kinglets. Red-breasted Nuthatches were common at Ranger Peak
and E. Pinery Rd. I saw exactly one Mountain Chickadee maybe 0.2 miles up
E. Pinery. Glad to know they aren't extinct. Nothing else more interesting
than a couple of Brown Creepers along E. Pinery. Overall, not a birdy day,
but it was nice to see some crossbills.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/8/20 10:06 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Eastern Phoebe Continues
Thanks to John Deacon for escorting me onto the SM Country Club property
this morning (restricted access) where we located the EASTERN PHOEBE he
found yesterday. For those who might want to chase, we had the bird outside
the country club property along the public street near the entrance to The
Wine Center on Industrial Parkway as John reported. This morning the bird
turned up around 34.912525, -120.448023 in small, bare deciduous trees
making it relatively easy to see. There is parking along the street here
and presumably in the empty Wine Center parking lot where there is no
weekend in and out traffic. From here you can search the trees in the area
next to the street for this bird. It may move between the public side and
the private side of the golf course in this area.

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

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Feb 07, 2020 07:37 by Silvia Echeverria
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64205014
- Comments: "On west bank of Franklin creek by bridge, magnificent!"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2020 17:01 by Guy Tingos
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64221756
- Comments: "Continuing"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2020 08:30 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64220002
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Heard "tu weep" song and chip call. Observed this flycatcher catching insects and while it was perched I saw regular tail wagging. While approximately the same size, it didn't have the black and white markings of the nearby Black Phoebes. It had faint wingbars. Its belly was a yellowish versus the rufous belly of Say's Phoebe. It was also noticeably smaller than Say's Phoebe. Poor pics obtained. It was constantly being flushed by golfers and traffic on the road between the Country Club and The Wine Center on Industrial Parkway. It spent most of it's time flying back and forth over the road. There is an open grassy area lined by trees at The Wine Center and a very large Eucalyptus tree next to the fence at the Country Club. It was observed off and on for about 20 minutes in this area. The Wine Center is located at 2463 Industrial Parkway in Santa Maria. Lat and Long is 34.912867, -120.448432."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2020 08:30 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64220002
- Comments: "Ongoing bright red male. Seen between #4 green and pond. Same individual that has been reported regularly at this location since October 2019."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2020 09:45 by Libby Patten
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64211344
- Comments: "All yellow. Yellow under tail. Distinctive chip. In shrubs by ranger’s house."

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Date: 2/7/20 5:00 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Foxen Cyn, Alisos Cyn, and Armour Ranch Rd
Joan Lentz and I went looking for upland Bald Eagles that have been seen
along Foxen Cyn Road. We didn't see them. But we had a nice array of
raptors on Foxen Cyn Rd between its junction with Alisos Cyn Rd and Tres
Hermanas Winery. We scoped this area from one spot only: 34.78460
-120.16831. 2 Ferruginous Hawks (one was a dark morph), 1 Prairie Falcon,
a Harrier, and 10 Red-tails were present.
Not much on Alisos Cyn Rd.
On Foxen Cyn Rd about 1 mile south of its junction with Zaca Station Rd we
birded the top of the high point on the road. Here we had 14 Red-tails and
no other raptors.
Noteworthy was that we had more Western Meadowlarks along Armour Ranch than
at all the other places combined. We birded that area quickly.
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Date: 2/7/20 4:25 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road and Figueroa Mountain Road
I hiked East Pinery Road this morning (this time with binoculars).  As often happens, the bird population can change drastically from one day to the next, and the numbers were way down from yesterday.  There was almost no activity on the first part of the trail, normally the best.  Further down, I did not have the small flocks of sparrow-type birds going into the brush that I did yesterday.  Junco flocks and Western Bluebirds were way down in number.   Consequently, I had to work for what I got but ended up with a couple of surprises.
First was a flyover Merlin near the trailhead.  Even though Woodpecker activity was down overall, I found a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a tall ponderosa about 1/3 of the way down the trail, a species I have not had here this year before today.  I managed to pish up a Fox Sparrow into good view, enough to confirm that it was a Sooty.  I had a flyover group of about a dozen finches in the area where I had the Sapsucker that sounded like Cassin's; on the way back past the same area, I had five finches in close enough to confirm that they were Cassin's.  I got the Townsend's Solitaire just before I left--it was in a mistletoe infested oak about 50 feet down the road from the parking area.  It was still making the single-noted clear call, but not as frequently as yesterday.
Since I hiked only half of East Pinery today, I had time to walk up a little bit of the trail to Ranger Peak.  Activity was almost nil, so I returned to my car to drive back to the water trough on Figueroa Mountain Road and also check out the Davy Brown Trailhead.  Those few minutes on the Ranger Peak Trail cost me the Crossbills at the trough--I was informed I had just missed them!  I checked out the Davy Brown Trailhead, listening for Crossbills in Fir Canyon, but heard nothing, so I returned to watch the water trough.  No luck on Crossbills--I gave it up after two hours.  I suspect their visits may be a once a day event.
Spring is certainly starting to evidence.  The white ceanothus are in bloom all the way up San Marcos Pass Road from Santa Barbara and even starting on lower Figueroa Mountain Road.  In the shady wooded area just as one starts up the mountain, the roadsides already have Milkmaids and Miner's Lettuce in bloom.
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Date: 2/7/20 1:58 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Eastern Phoebe at SMCC, but Accessible to Public from Industrial Pkwy
I forgot to mention, be very, very careful if you go to look for him.  Industrial Parkway can be extremely busy and there are blind curves.  Please take care if you go to look for this bird.
John

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I had an Eastern Phoebe at the Santa Maria Country Club this morning.  I saw him yesterday but was a little unsure plus I didn't have my binocs or my camera.  This morning I went back to look for him.  I could hear him but could never locate him visually.  I went back around 1:20 p.m., but I looked for him from Industrial Parkway.  I found him going back and forth between the SMCC and The Wine Center on Industrial Parkway.  I have horrible pics, but will try to work through them to find one that is more diagnostic.  
The Wine Center is at 2463 Industrial Parkway in Santa Maria.  There is a huge Eucalyptus tree alongside the fence at the SMCC.  I saw him in this vicinity on both days.  34.912867 and -120.448432.
Here is a very bad pic.  I'll post on EBird also.  Any input is appreciated.
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Date: 2/7/20 1:53 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Eastern Phoebe at SMCC, but Accessible to Public from Industrial Pkwy
All:
I had an Eastern Phoebe at the Santa Maria Country Club this morning.  I saw him yesterday but was a little unsure plus I didn't have my binocs or my camera.  This morning I went back to look for him.  I could hear him but could never locate him visually.  I went back around 1:20 p.m., but I looked for him from Industrial Parkway.  I found him going back and forth between the SMCC and The Wine Center on Industrial Parkway.  I have horrible pics, but will try to work through them to find one that is more diagnostic.  
The Wine Center is at 2463 Industrial Parkway in Santa Maria.  There is a huge Eucalyptus tree alongside the fence at the SMCC.  I saw him in this vicinity on both days.  34.912867 and -120.448432.
Here is a very bad pic.  I'll post on EBird also.  Any input is appreciated.
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Date: 2/7/20 7:38 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 10:22 by Tom Beland
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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Date: 2/6/20 9:21 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ranger Peak
SB Birders,

I ventured up to Fig and Ranger Peak to take in some more windshield birding today.

I saw about 25 or 30ish Red X-bills this morning a couple hundred yards east of the Davey Brown Trail Head. They were very flighty and as David describes, they were headed to Fir Canyon and never returned. Well, not in the hour of waiting by the water trough. Also, please keep in mind that the water in trough has a thin layer of ice on it and still did when I left at noon. There are still other puddles up there that the birds can drink from. I would imagine if you were to hike down the Davey Brown Trail, your odds would be much higher than sitting in your car.
I also had the pleasure of hanging out with Florence and while we were exchanging notes we managed Pishing in 12 or more Red-breasted Nuthatches, 4 W. Bluebirds and a Townsend’s Solitaire.
I slowly birded the shadowy area of Ranger Peak and had two Fox Sparrows. I then hung out by the Davey Brown Trail Head and had one Townsend’s Solitaire and a Phainopela. I slowly birded my way down to Sawmill Basin, it was really birdy, but no cool finches.

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Date: 2/6/20 4:58 pm
From: Mark Bright via Groups.Io <pywiack=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Harbor
Rob, last time I was at the harbor on Jan. 31, a week ago there were about 200 Black Skimmers at the sand-spit at the end of the breakwater moving to west of Stearn's Wharf and actively skimming around the mouth of the harbor.

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Date: 2/6/20 4:42 pm
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Harbor
Took my class around the SB Harbor and bird refuge this morning. No Black Skimmers at the Mission Creek outfall. Are they around lately? Only good bird of the day was a Surfbird near the end of the breakwater. Also a few Surf Scoters in the harbor. Otherwise, nothing of note.

That's all,
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Date: 2/6/20 4:07 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] East Pinery Road Feb 6
I went up to East Pinery Road this morning, checking along the way for Crossbills and not finding any.  East Pinery Road was very birdy this morning, especially near the top, but not Crossbilss heard there.  I can furnish only a partial list of what was present because when I reached in my backpack for my binoculars, they weren't there and I had to bird by ear and eye only.  Consequently a lots of small birds in foliage went unidentified.
Nevertheless, I can say that I found Townsend's Solitaire easily, as it was making a frequent high-pitched call note that you can hear on most recordings for this species.  One source says it can make this call up to 30 times a minute, and that certainly was the case this morning.  Mountain Quail were calling from several locations, and there was an abundance of Western Bluebirds, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Red-breasted Nuthatches.  Also present:  White-breasted Nuthatches, Mountain Chickadees, Oak Titmouse, Hutton's Vireo (singing), Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 4 species of Woodpecker (Acorn, Hairy, Nuttall's, and Flicker), and a few Robins.  Chaparral birds such as Wrentit, Bewick's Wren, California Thrasher, and Spotted Towhee were all singing this morning.  I heard one Fox Sparrow and got a glimpse of another.
I listened closely for Crossbills but didn't hear any.  These birds tend to be very noisy both perched and in flight, so if I think if they were present at this spot, I would have heard them.
No action at the watering trough both on the way up and the way down.
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Date: 2/6/20 3:08 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill Photos
Thanks Dave. They are really good photos like all yours are.  I plan to go up Sunday midday to try and see the crossbills.
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Date: 2/6/20 11:07 am
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill Photos
Looks like maybe a problem with the last link, try this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157712992431343

David

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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64166618
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Laura Baldwin
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64167392
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Tim Matthews
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64167707
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64168360
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 10:22 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Dark upper parts with heavy streaking on underpants. Thick white eyebrow. Foraging in the pools of water, bobbing tail. Will submit photo"

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Date: 2/6/20 1:43 am
From: Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns
Yes, look up. Happened to me in Long Cyn (trib to Apache Cyn) in 1980s. Halfway up the cyn I thought "Hey, I'm in condor country, so maybe I should look up." Result was 3 adult condors circling directly above me. 
In a related vein, it was heartening to read here that someone actually went to Coal Oil Point during a recent wind event and saw kittiwakes. (Kudos to the migration observers, though.) All you pantywaist birders have stayed home with your warm cocoa on windy days and seen nothing! Little ole me has seen fulmars, a mollymawk, and a skua (whilst overlooking a flock of beached kittiwakes) on or from shore during willawaws and coromuels. Well actually, the skua/kittiwakes sighting happened in summer and not during a wind event, so that just goes to show ya the possibilities even when the wind isn't cooperating, ha ha. During strong cold fronts, a lot of pelagics must gaze impassively upon Points Sal & Conception, but no human really knows, AFAIK. Birders, sheesh!
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Date: 2/5/20 10:25 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria
SB Birders,

I birded up in Santa Maria mainly windshield birding.

My first stop was James May Park the birds of note are 7 American White Pelicans.

I then checked out the retention basin at Blosser and Canal Road and saw 2 more White Pelicans and 16 Canvasback Ducks.

The formally flooded fields on Black Road were being irrigated, but no birds.

Santa Maria Sewage had 4 Greater White-fronted Geese, 13 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 175+ Mew Gulls, 8 Glaucous-winged Gulls, 12 Herring Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls. There was also one Western Sandpiper in the mix of 80 or so Least Sandpipers.

Jack O’Connell Park, yep sucky.

The agg fields just west of Jack O’Connell Park had 2 Pacific Golden Plovers and 4 Dunlin in the flock of 119 Black-bellied Plovers that I counted one by one. It was very windy, so I’m sure I missed a few. It was Killdeerpalooza out there as well.

SMRE, is very full and the birds were well dispersed throughout the whole estuary. It was surprisingly gulless with maybe 30 at the river mouth, with one Glaucous-winged Gull in the parking lot.

Tanglewood Pond, is the fullest I have ever seen it, with the water higher than the reeds. No good ducks.

River Park in Lompoc on 2-4-20 in the Bald Cypress at the north side of the pond there was a Red-naped/Yellow-bellied type of Sapsucker. It was extremely windy and hard to get a goo look. There was a backhoe there tearing up the Sedge along the bank. I did not stay to long to watch what they were doing.

SYRE, is way full too, lots of ducks and a Peregrine Falcon was messing it all up. There was a juvenile Western/Clark’s Grebe following its parent around begging. It was very windy and difficult to bird.

Good birding.

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Date: 2/5/20 4:55 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red Crossbill Photos
Sorry for the delay.. had guests

Red Crossbill pics from Tuesday AM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157712992431343/with/49494881717/
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Date: 2/5/20 12:59 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns
That reminds me of a 2015 condor that was exploring the same SBCo region:
https://yankeebarbareno.com/2015/06/25/flight-of-the-condor-rare-santa-barbara-roost/

You can look at the maps to see what kind of routes that individual took
(over my house).

Wim

On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 12:46 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
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> I have 2 observations to report with very few details. My point in
> posting is to alert people to look up. And get the tag number if you see
> one.
> 28 Dec 2019, one with wing tag visible was seen over West Camino Cielo
> not far from Hwy 154.
> 4 February 2020, East Camino Cielo at Fremont Trail, ""Flew right over
> our heads. I could see wing tag on its right wing. Never seen one before so
> that was pretty exciting!"
> I have no information on who made these observervations.
>
> Mark Holmgren
> West Camino Cielo
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Date: 2/5/20 12:46 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns
I have 2 observations to report with very few details. My point in posting
is to alert people to look up. And get the tag number if you see one.
28 Dec 2019, one with wing tag visible was seen over West Camino Cielo not
far from Hwy 154.
4 February 2020, East Camino Cielo at Fremont Trail, ""Flew right over our
heads. I could see wing tag on its right wing. Never seen one before so
that was pretty exciting!"
I have no information on who made these observervations.

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Date: 2/4/20 2:23 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Figueroa Mountain road Red Crossbills
This am between 9:30 and 10:00 we had an estimated 47 Red Crossbills at
34.72393 -119.968405.

If you google earth this you will see a tree clump on the valley side of
the road which was a perching place for the birds. You will also note
(in satellite view) a trough. This had a layer of water (ice when we saw
it) and the birds were flying down to an in the trough to get a drink.
Three groups of birds, one about 10, one about 8 and one between 35-40.
This is probably a good spot due to the water availability.

We did see a group near the large parking area just before the Road
closed gate, along with a large flock of Meadowlarks and a smaller flock
of Western Bluebirds.

We did not see any at E. Pinery Rd.

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Date: 2/4/20 9:28 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] News from the CBRC
Birders,

Although the record of a potential European Golden-Plover from Devereux
Slough, SBA, 21-29 Jan 2017, came within one vote of passage on its third
round, it ultimately fell short of acceptance on the fourth and final
round. European experts that had been consulted were uniformly supportive
of the identification, but key details of structure and plumage were
difficult to discern in the relatively low-quality photos that had been
obtained. Further, the diagnostic white underwings weren't definitively
seen or studied, a significant omission for such an important record. Thus,
while most members thought the identification correct, the committee
prefers better documentation accompanying a first state record. Additional
details on this record can be found when the 44th report of the California
Bird Records Committee is published in Western Birds later this year. Note
that recent committee decisions are updated regularly on the CBRC website (
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or by viewing the Table of Updates to Rare Birds of California.

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Date: 2/4/20 7:09 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (2 reports)
- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- American Bittern (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 15:00 by Richard Norton
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Red head. Buffish forehead. Silver body."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 10:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Male seen here since at least 21 Nov 2019"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 12:01 by Richard Norton
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4566065,-119.7259569&ll=34.4566065,-119.7259569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64099143
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Black back. Prominent black tuft. Close to western shore. By itself. Not with Ring-necked Ducks. Took a long time to find."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 15:05 by Barbara Millett
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64106713
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen from eastern end of dam in vegetation on northern shore of lake."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 13:36 by Richard Norton
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Streaked. Long neck when extended. In reeds on eastern shore. Only visible from western shore."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 16:35 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64112287
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bird was in a flock of Black-Crowned Night Herons at the water's edge at the left of the observation platform"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 09:15 by Rebecca Coulter
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Female type in oaks at west end of woodland next to creek. Continuing in this area."

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Date: 2/3/20 8:43 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] correction
Mark Holmgren has correctly pointed out to me that the Solitary Sandpiper must have been at the  southWEST corner of Lake Jocelyn, not the southeast.  Even after living in Santa Barbara more than 50 years, I still get confused on which way some of our streets run.  I am sorry if this caused confusion.
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Date: 2/3/20 4:57 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper and American Bittern, Feb 3
I managed to run down both these species this morning after missing them several times this year.  The Sandpiper was at the SOUTHeast end of Lake Jocelyn at little after 10 a.m. this morning.  It spent most of time I was observing in the corner and was sometimes obscured by the patches of tules, but eventually it would come back into view.  Other birds present there this morning were a continuing group of Green-winged Teal (about 20) and the male Ringnecked Duck, 2 Kildeer, and a Great Blue Heron.
I spotted the American Bittern at LLC around 11 a.m. in the tules on the north side of the lake more or less opposite the east end of the dam.  It was not at water's edge but perched halfway up in the tules.  I watched it stretch it's neck and point the bill almost straight up; then turn almost 180 degrees and back again several times.   
I check a couple of place sfor gesse, but the onlu place that I could find any was at the Sandpiper Golf Course, and they were all Canada Geese.
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(PS--no sign of the Orchard Oriole on Santa Monica Creek around 9:30, but it was very windy and virtually no land birds were out there.)

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Date: 2/3/20 7:00 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Red-billed Tropicbird (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2020 07:50 by Becky Turley
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64077362
- Comments: "known rarity. Tuft easily recognizable. No white shoulder spur."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (2)
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 16:22 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=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64073062
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one juvenile seen while seawatching in very strong north-westerly winds. Juvenile (very crappy photos included) with unmistakable black M over wings, black patch on back of head, angular wings and differing flight style from the non-pelagic gulls present. I saw it fly by at fairly close range and it landed briefly on the water, which is when I took some photos with my phone through my scope. Adult passed by at rather close range, with pale plumage overall, entirely black wing tips, yellow-ish bill, and some shading behind the head. Similar to the juvenile, the flight style differed markedly from the other gulls and felt more "confident" in the very strong winds. Having seen thousands of black-legged kittiwakes elsewhere, I recognize their style and structure. I saw another dozen gulls further out that I'm fairly confident were also kittiwakes, but I'll leave the reported number to just those two that came closer and allowed positive ID."

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 09:30 by Phil Swan
- 32.2390, -123.2135, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64067229
- Comments: "Not close viewing but large tern shaped bird flying at about 15-20 feet above the swell.Pure white except for striking all-black wedge on primaries.Too distant to note bill details or tail feathers. I don't know what other bird would have that characteristic wing pattern."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (12) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 10:41 by John Callender
- Ranger Peak, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7241457,-119.9495915&ll=34.7241457,-119.9495915
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64057279
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Flock foraging and calling in a large pine just northwest of the Figueroa Mountain Road turnout at the gate for East Pinery. Saw 4 birds well; count is an estimate from when the flock all flew from the tree at once."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:45 by Tom Boucher
- Carpinteria Creek Estuary, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3907409,-119.5198238&ll=34.3907409,-119.5198238
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64041945
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Small Thrush like bird with yellowish eye stripe and spotted belly. Tail wagging while it foraged along in the leaf litter adjacent to the creek"

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

- Tundra Swan (1 report)
- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Common Poorwill (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red-tailed Hawk (fuertesi) (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 08:00 by Andrew McGrath
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64020300
- Comments: "swimming alongside mute swan"

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 10:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8837715,-120.279007&ll=34.8837715,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64019825
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing. Today it was in the SE pond that was packed with 126 RNDU and 23 AMWI."

Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 06:21 by John Callender
- De la Guerra Spring Area, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6786805,-119.9198377&ll=34.6786805,-119.9198377
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64041058
- Comments: "Flushed from Happy Canyon Road n the predawn. Small, cryptic nightjar with buffy outer corners of its tail."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 10:28 by David Compton
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64011090
- Comments: "Continuing, in emergent vegetation opposite east end of dam, on north side of lake."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 08:52 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64018535
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. An adult in the Franklin Creek channel south of the footbridge, sporting a nice set of head plumes."

Red-tailed Hawk (fuertesi) (Buteo jamaicensis fuertesi) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 11:11 by Timothy Gotsick
- Mud Lake at Via Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8732266,-120.4130104&ll=34.8732266,-120.4130104
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64010792
- Comments: "No belly band, nearly white until upper chest"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 06:15 by Barry Rowan
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64000135
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 06:15 by Molly Redmond
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64000136
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 10:17 by Libby Patten
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64032791
- Comments: "Continuing. On wire above Venoco Rd."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 11:28 by John Deacon
- Fairway Drive x A Street, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.913315,-120.46393&ll=34.913315,-120.46393
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64020778
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing rarity. Found by the pond immediately next to Fairway."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:50 by margeNdon thornton
- CarpCreekAt6th, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3928519,-119.5168948&ll=34.3928519,-119.5168948
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64032102
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "after a long wait he came down to the water and then went back to forage in the leaves at the base of the tree. A slender warbler uniform brown on top, white under (actually a very light yellow green cast) with dense dark stripes on the breast."

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:04 by Jamie Chavez
- Rod Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9095678,-120.4304042&ll=34.9095678,-120.4304042
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64008218
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This is a continuing bird found on January 25, 2020 at this location but seen poorly on that date. Although I felt the ID was correct I was hesitant to say for certain without better looks. This is my fourth attempt to find this bird. Today it was discovered in a mixed flock of mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers, a couple of Western Bluebirds, a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and White-crowned Sparrows in a corner of the Miramonte Park ball field which sits next to Rodenberger Park. It was very close to where I had seen it the previous week. Several photos were obtained. I had been chasing the flock around the park and watched as the warblers would drop to the grass to feed. This is where I eventually spotted the Pine Warbler when I saw the olive and yellow coloration which looked altogether different from adjacent Yellow-rumped Warblers. It was identified by its mostly olive-brown colored plumage, brownish back, buffy flanks, it lacked the yellow-rump and any breast streaking, it showed two whitish wing bars, and the face and upper breast were brighter yellow color and it showed a contrasting dark cheek. The tail was long and looked slightly forked. The face showed a strong eye line and a broken eye ring. The bill was long and pointed. The flock eventually flushed into the trees and then broke up where I lost it. Somehow I relocated the bird in a couple of different pines as it moved around. The best photos were taken when the bird flew into a Canary Island pine around 34.908676, -120.430698."

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Date: 2/1/20 2:51 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North County Birds-Saturday
All:
I bounced around the North County this morning, mainly checking ponds.  
Mud Lake had the continuing Canvasbacks.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S64017905

Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds had the continuing Eurasion Wigeon.  He was on the SE pond today.  This small, 1-2 acre, pond was packed with 126 Ring Necked Ducks and 23 American Wigeons, among others.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S64019825

A Street Ponds have the ongoing American White Pelican and a few Green Wing Teal.
At the Fairway and A Street ponds, the Tropical Kingbird continues.  I was also pleased to find a Hooded Merganser and a female Ring Necked Duck at this location.  This little spot has turned out to be quite the gem.
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Date: 2/1/20 11:36 am
From: Jim Hodgson <jimhodgson...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carpinteria this morning
Hi all, Northern Waterthrush, Solitary Sandpiper and the Orchard Oriole all seen in their usual places.
Jim Hodgson
Santa Barbara

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Date: 2/1/20 11:18 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Pine Warbler Confirmed
I have attempted to find this bird four times since last Saturday and I've
spent nearly 6 hours. Was it with it? I don't know- maybe, but I told
myself today was my last try. As luck would have it I stumbled on the bird
in a corner of Miramonte & Rodenberger Parks very close to where I had seen
it last week. As Pine Warblers often do, it was feeding on the ground with
Yellow-umped Warblers which is how I picked it out. There is a concrete
drain in the corner of the ball field at 34.908923, -120.430676 and the
birds were in this area but did move around the park and into the different
trees in this corner of the ball field.

eBird checklist with photos here:

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Date: 2/1/20 8:32 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] December 2019 update Lehman's BOSBC
Dear Santa Barbara County birders,

Paul Lehman has once again updated his "The Birds of Santa Barbara County,
California" and this December 2019 edition can be freely downloaded (as an
epub or pdf file) at the location:
http://www.sbcobirding.com/lehmanbosbc.html

This version now includes a map of our county. The site also contains a
larger pdf of the same map, clarifying the districts and locations that
BOSBC uses.

When relying upon this resource, please use the recommended citation:

Lehman, P. E. "The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California", Revised
edition, December 2019, available at
http://www.sbcobirding.com/lehmanbosbc.html, 2019. Original edition: The
Vertebrate Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994.


I'll end by repeating Paul's request for additional information:

Input from the birding public is eagerly sought. If you have corrections or
> other information that would be valuable to include in any of the species
> accounts, please submit it, preferably labelled "BOSBC", to
> sbcobirding.groups.io. But recent records from the current 'season'
> should be sent to county compiler Dave Compton. We will consider these data
> for all future updates. This electronic publication can be modified easily,
> and the plans are to do so on a regular basis.[...] Feel free to comment
> privately to Paul as well, but we encourage suggested changes to be posted
> publicly on the sbcobirding site, so that we can all share in this
> potential new information. Technical questions or remarks regarding the
> site and its files should be emailed to Wim van Dam.
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Thanks Paul.

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Date: 2/1/20 6:42 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by Ken Rosenberg
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63990499
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 31, 2020 10:16 by Libby Patten
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63975608
- Comments: "Making twitter call and interacting aggressively with a Cassin’s Kingbird."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Fred Machetanz
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63976612
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 31, 2020 08:35 by Peter Schneekloth
- East Pinery, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7296569,-119.9531293&ll=34.7296569,-119.9531293
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63973722
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Distinct red crown, rosy wash, distinct brown malar, pointy Bill, streaked undertail will add photos."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 30, 2020 10:00 by Becky Turley
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63966569
- Comments: "Continuing in creek south of 6th St. Yellowish, streaked underparts, dark upperparts. Bobbing, called several times. Photos soon."

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Date: 1/31/20 8:25 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Kinevan and Carpinteria
I walked Kinevan Road this morning.  It was pretty chilly at the bottom of the canyon and the sun is not reaching some of the trees in the morning yet, but a lot of common species were singing and activity was pretty good.  Birds of note were 2 Steller's Jays, lots of Townsend's Warblera in a sunny location at the West Camino Cielo entrance to the road, and an unexpected Varied Thrush.  The Thrush was silently feeding on the ground at the edge of the road in a very shady location.  I watched it for several minutes before it flew back into the trees and disappeared.  The location was just below the roadside marker with the number 13 marked on it.
This afternoon I tried for both the continuing Solitary Sandpiper and Northern Waterthrush in Carpinteria.  The former didn't show--I found Larry Ballard at Lake Jocelyn when I arrived and he had done a good search for it.  At Carpinteria Creek, I spent about 45 minutes before the Waterthrush finally appeared, moving through the grass and leaf litter on the far side of the creek and just upstream from the sewage treatment plant.  It never came completely into the open but by watching its movements for several minutes, I ended up with decent views of it.  Tail bobbing is very obvious even when it is in the grass clumps.  This was just after 3 p.m.
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Date: 1/31/20 4:58 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] East Pinery Rd - Cassin's Finch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsends Solitaire
I headed up the mountain this morning intent on finding and photographing Fox Sparrows at several locations. First stop, which I never got past, was E. Pinery. I found a few Fox Sparrow but also a very nice mix of mountain birds including Cassin's Finch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire as well as some locals such as Mountain Quail, Mountain Chickadee, Stellar's Jays and more. Spent so much time with these birds never made my other stops. Complete list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63973722 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S63973722 )

Looks at the Cassin's Finch here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49469845228/in/dateposted-public/

My feeders at home continue to attract a growing number of Pine Siskin along with American and Lesser Goldfinch. Siskins now number around 20.

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Date: 1/31/20 7:27 am
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White Geese yesterday
So I was going to re-find the Kittiwake yesterday early only to receive
John C's sad email. I went to look anyway at the bridge with only my
bins. this was around 7:30am. I noted a good size group of Canada type
geese over in the area of the long bridge and saw three white geese with
them, too far to ID. I decided to go look for the Burrowing Owl and
started back to my car toget my scope. Along the way the 3 white geese
took flight and headed SSE over Devereux School. Once over the field
beyond the school they turned right and headed west along the shore (as
well as I could tell from Venoco Road) till out of sight. I assumed up
to the Sand Piper pond area of something. Got my scope and headed back
up the road, took a close look at the Kittiwake and quick scan of NCOS
water. There I did see 1 or 2 Pintail, and 3 white geese! Did they loop
back around on me un-noticed or are there 6. I don't know but keep your
eyes out.

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Date: 1/31/20 6:39 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Black-legged Kittiwake (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 15:30 by Pete Wolf
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63935187
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by David Levasheff
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63932902
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2020 16:48 by Guy Tingos
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63953156
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2020 06:30 by John Callender
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63934078
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing near the bridge at the east end of Venoco Road."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Laura Baldwin
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63955821
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63934058
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2020 16:04 by Mark Holmgren
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63955516
- Comments: "Calling along W side of creek opposite Wastewater Treatment Plant. Visible as it forged along and near Creek edge. Continuing bird since fall."

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Date: 1/30/20 4:46 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carpinteria and other birding
This morning I gave my Carpinteria misses another try and struck out on the Solitary Sandpiper, Northern Waterthrush, and Orchard Oriole.  Has anyone seen the latter bird recently?  This is the third time this month I have looked to no avail.  I wonder if it has moved on.  The ever-shrinking Lake Jocelyn had 51 Green-winged Teal on it.
After running an errand, I tried for the Common Goldeneye at Laguna Blanca and found it in the southwest corner of the Lake.  It headed down a channel to the east and disappeared below the bank, but I was able to scope it between dives.  This has been reported as a female, but through the scope it appeared to be getting a light spot on the face.  Might have been an illusion on a wet bird, however.
Finally, I went to the field where Nick had so many geese earlier today.  The white geese were gone, but an incredible 98 Canada Geese remained.  
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Date: 1/30/20 1:57 pm
From: Pete Wolf <pete...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Leusistic House Sparrow
Possibly interesting? This Leusistic female House Sparrow has returned to my courtyard feeders... was here last Fall but hasn't been here for a few months.

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Date: 1/30/20 1:50 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Leucistic WCSP
All:
While not a rare bird, I find this guy very interesting.  This is his second year at my feeders.  
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Date: 1/30/20 9:12 am
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Geese
All,

The goose flock was showing well this AM in the field N of post office sorting facility (SE of the Target store). There were 86 Canadas, an Aleutian Cackling, an adult Ross's, and two immature Snows. I don't see any reason to call the Ross's a hybrid.

Probably easiest to get directions to the USFS office to find the field.

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Date: 1/30/20 7:50 am
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Black-legged Kittiwake
Actually it is west of the bridge, in the snowy-plover habitat area. Face down in the water😢

David
> On Jan 30, 2020, at 07:12, John Callender <jbc...> wrote:
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> Unfortunately it appears to have died overnight. Its body is floating in the basin just north of Venoco Road.
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> Carpinteria
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Date: 1/30/20 7:12 am
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Black-legged Kittiwake
Unfortunately it appears to have died overnight. Its body is floating in the basin just north of Venoco Road.

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Date: 1/30/20 6:54 am
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black-legged Kittiwake
Photo from late afternoon yesterday

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Date: 1/30/20 6:38 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (4 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle x Audubon's) (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 13:14 by Patricia Ayres
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63926164
- Comments: "Had received report from a kind border that a Eurasian Wigeon might be found at this location. Found swimming with American wigeons. Duck had reddish brown head with almost white crown and forehead. Had gray back and sides with pinkish brown breast."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 12:02 by Patricia Ayres
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63926096
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Diving duck with black crest, back and tail with very white sides. Had yellow eyes with gray Bill with black tip. Male."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 12:27 by Adam Searcy
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63915994
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird found by others this morning."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 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=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63916669
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by Lisa Stratton
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63918260
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by Lori Gaskin
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63917171
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 08:32 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63913061
- Comments: "Frequent visitors to Salt Marsh past few years Gray body, black and white face with yellow crown and plume like feathers down back. Red eye, black bill."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63920153
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63919287
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by John Callender
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63921963
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Tim Matthews
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63931577
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63926405
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle x Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata coronata x auduboni) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 12:27 by Adam Searcy
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63915994
- Comments: "Chip note sounded like AUWA. Bird had a MYWA face/throat but with a yellow patch in the middle of the white (the yellow bordered by white) and a faint white supercilium."

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Date: 1/29/20 8:18 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS
This bird was still present at 3:00 PM, when it was just 50m NW of the Venoco Rd. bridge that separates NCOS from Devereux Slough. At that hour viewing was best from Venoco Road.

Good Birding,
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Santa Barbara

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Date: 1/29/20 2:58 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Farren Road and other Goleta Siting, January 29
I got up very early and checked out LLC at 7:30 a.m. to see if I could pull up the elusive American Bittern.  No luck there, but the Summer Tanager previously reported was foraging in the blooming eucalyptus near the olive trees, and I had a pair of Tree Swallows over the east arm of the lake.
Since the forecasted wind did not materialize in Goleta this morning, I hiked Farren Road next.  IT was a beautiful hike but bird activity was low.  Nevertheless, I had a single Roadrunner at roadside near the highest point on the road and 2 Common Ground Doves at the ranch at the end of the road.  On the return trip, there was a very large flock of Western Meadowlarks in a pasture on the north side of the road.  It looked like there were a few ducks on the reservoir, but I didn't bother to try to scope them as the sun's reflection on t  ewater was fierce.
Next stop was the Sandpiper Golf Course.  On the fairways next to the pond, the goose flock included several Canada Geese and 3 Snow Geese (two white, one immature).  One of the white adults may be the possible hybrid discussed earlier in this forum.  No White-fronted Geese here this morning.
I made a final stop at LLC but the Bittern didn't appear and I heard that others had looked for it earlier without success today.
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Date: 1/29/20 12:44 pm
From: Adam Searcy <serpophaga...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS
The NCOS Black-legged Kittiwake continues at 12:45 right around here:
(34.4194663, -119.8756279) resting out in the open water.

Adam Searcy
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> On Jan 29, 2020, at 10:36, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> wrote:
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> While touring our guests, Ken and Anne Rosenberg, at NCOS David Levasheff spotted a Black-legged kittiwake at the NW corner. Immature. Present at 10:35am.
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> Mark Holmgren
> SAnta Barbara
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Date: 1/29/20 12:30 pm
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Hummingbird
On Sunday I reported a calliope hummer in my backyard.

This hummer has been in the yard constantly. It was there this morning. It
hangs out on a rose bush and a low hedge branch and constantly fly-catches.
The overall appearance is very light gray and green with slightly buffy
sides. it spends almost all morning in the yard.

Through the binocular it does have some rufous spots near the back at the
base of the tail and a few very sparsely specks sprinkled about. Also, the
wings do not end at the end of the tail but above it.

I did have a male Allen's in the yard Monday and this bird chased it away,
and later the male Allen's was doing a mating display in the oak where the
gray hummer also hangs out.

All - in - all I can't say for certain, but it's probably an Allen's and
not a calliope, and the presence of the male Allen's pretty much seals it.

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Date: 1/29/20 10:36 am
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS
While touring our guests, Ken and Anne Rosenberg, at NCOS David Levasheff spotted a Black-legged kittiwake at the NW corner. Immature. Present at 10:35am.

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Date: 1/29/20 6:42 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 28, 2020 13:20 by John Deacon
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing. Obvious tuft at back of head. Dark back with white lower sides. Lacking RNDU white spur."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 11:10 by margeNdon thornton
- FranklinCreek_CarpSaltMarsh, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3982168,-119.527967&ll=34.3982168,-119.527967
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63873268
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "south of the bridge"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 28, 2020 06:51 by John Callender
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63874064
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 28, 2020 06:51 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63875595
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male. Photos."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 16:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63893747
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Very active and curious providing great views and shots. Responded very well to playbacks."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (24)
- Reported Jan 25, 2020 17:42 by Carl Harders
- 1000 Perkins Rd, New Cuyama US-CA (34.9442,-119.6916), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "In the fields many living in the tumble weed thickets that accumulate by the barb wire fences"

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Date: 1/28/20 4:44 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria Briding
I decided to bird various spots in Santa Maria today and had a pretty good day overall.  It got windy after 10 a.m. and thus landbird birding was pretty much a wash after that.
I started on Donovan Road where in past years we've had Ferruginous Hawks, Tri-colored Blackbird, Loggerhead Shrike, etc.  No sign of Hawks or Shrike today, but the Tri-colored were in a large mixed flock of Blackbirds that hangs around the area, sometimes near the horse corral.
I've also had Horned Larks here but figured today might not be good for them since cattle were feeding in the field right next to the road.  I found that actually helped, as it pushed a mixed Lark-Pipit flock quite close so that they were easy to see.  There were at least a dozen Horned Larks in with about as many American Pipits.  Across the road, I found a big sparrow flock that was almost entirely Lark Sparrows--30-40 birds.  I pulled a single Savannah Sparrow from the mix as well.
Next stop was Waller Park where I failed to anything of note in the pines.  The wind came up as I left.  I stopped at the little park where Jamie Chavez had a possible Pine Warbler, but the pines throughout the park were devoid of birds.
The next stop was the (formerly) flooded field on Black Road.  It was being watered but was not wet enough to pull in any of the birds we've seen there in the past.  In the rear field, I scoped out 5 Long-billed Curlew.
Next stop was the catchment basin on Blosser and Canals Roads.  It is hard to see the entire lake from either Grogan Park on the east or Canal Road on the west, so I checked from both sides.  From the Canal Road vantage point, I could see a large flock of ducks that were hidden from Grogan Park.  It meant looking into the light and over a tall fence, but I was able to pick out at least 6 Canvasbacks in the mix, along with Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and a Bufflehead.  A single White Pelican circled overhead--I don't know if it landed on the water.
I moved up to Preisker Park to eat lunch and afterward walked through the park.  Between the wind and time of day, I didn't see much, but there were a few American Goldfinch in a deciduous tree with catkins on it, and a lot of Yellow-rumps in the large blooming eucalyptus on the north side of the park.
Next stop was the Santa Maria Mesa Road ponds.  I checked out two of them--one had a large flock of mostly American Wigeons and the other had a very large flock of mostly Ring-necked Ducks (at least 150).
Meanwhile, I started counting raptors as soon as I left Santa Maria via Foxen Canyon Road.  I continued back to U.S. 101 on Foxen and Zaca Station Roads.  The wind didn't seem to be a factor in turning up raptors and I saw a lot of them, but perhaps had more variety the last time I drove this stretch of road.  My totals for both the entire stretch is:
1 unidentified large falcon (fly-over on Foxen Canyon Road near Dominion Road4 American Kestrel (way fewer than I had last time)15 Red-tailed Hawks6 Ferruginous Hawks (including 1 dark-phase immature)1 Golden Eagle
And fellow travelers:6 Turkey Vultures6 Ravens
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Date: 1/28/20 1:51 pm
From: Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper
It was seen again around 1:30 this afternoon on the eastern mudflats of Lake Jocelyn. There were also 15 gregarious Killdeer, a large number for the location, and a male Hooded Merganser was there last Saturday. The receding shoreline may make it easier to find the Solitary in the coming weeks. Larry BallardCarpinteria

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Date: 1/28/20 6:38 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 21:21 by Mark Hays
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Seen with the scope at the eastern end of the reservoir away from the waterfall. One of a group of seven waterfowl. Poor photos were taken but the scope did show the tuft clearly over a 2 to 3 minute observation period."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 12:37 by Tom Boucher
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63856320
- Comments: "Similar in size to Cassius but notched tail and the yellow extended up through the breast to below the bill"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 08:30 by Rebecca Coulter
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing on east side of house near olive row, feeding on flowers and maybe bees of the white blooming eucalyptus North of the olive row. Bright orangey yellow below, large pale bill."

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