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4/17/19 8:38 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Cuyama Valley April 17
4/17/19 12:18 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Black Road SMV
4/17/19 10:50 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Recent birds
4/17/19 9:08 am John Bailey <johngregorybailey...> [sbcobirding] Mallard Ducklings
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4/16/19 1:07 pm Benjamin Byerly <benbyerly...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach
4/16/19 10:16 am Bradley Hacker <hacker...> [sbcobirding] Coronado seep
4/15/19 4:35 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Botanic Garden April 15
4/15/19 4:19 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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4/13/19 4:05 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Request for info
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4/12/19 11:57 pm Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...> [sbcobirding] Franklin Trail
4/12/19 11:41 pm Ryan Seppala <rjseppala...> [sbcobirding] Baltimore Oriole at the Goleta Monarch Grove
4/12/19 8:09 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Buena Vista Trail, redux
4/12/19 8:50 am Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] Sea bird migration
4/11/19 9:06 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Buena Vista Trail
4/11/19 5:46 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] Nashville Warbler
4/11/19 4:14 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/10/19 9:17 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Breeding Bird Study – Photos
4/10/19 4:55 pm Noah Gaines <Noahgaines...> [sbcobirding] Cattle Egret
4/10/19 4:19 pm Joan Lentz via Groups.Io <joanlentz=<icloud.com...> [sbcobirding] Wren Steals Walker, Lady Is Forced to Get Walking On Her Own
4/10/19 3:08 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Incredible morning on San Antonio Creek
4/10/19 11:46 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Toro Canyon
4/10/19 4:15 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/9/19 11:03 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] November Varied Bunting
4/9/19 11:45 am Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] White Faced Ibis at Devereaux
4/9/19 4:15 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/8/19 3:43 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Botanic Garden Monday April 8
4/8/19 10:44 am Mark Bright via Groups.Io <pywiack=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Buena Vista to Romero Canyon Connector
4/8/19 4:13 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/7/19 8:55 pm Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...> [sbcobirding] Refugio
4/7/19 8:44 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Now This is a White Crowned Sparrow
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4/6/19 4:11 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] Cuyama Valley Thursday, 4 April 2019
4/6/19 4:11 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/5/19 9:11 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Cuyama Valley Thursday, 4 April 2019
4/5/19 10:07 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] Migrants at SBMNH this morning
4/5/19 8:24 am Alexandra Loos <adornature...> [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Audubon - April 2019 - Upcoming Events
4/5/19 4:09 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/4/19 6:12 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] Lewis's Woodpecker
4/4/19 4:10 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Botanic Garden
4/3/19 4:07 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
4/2/19 10:46 am Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> Re: [sbcobirding] River View Park, Buellton White-tailed Kite
4/2/19 10:27 am joelrbarrett <joelbsalty...> [sbcobirding] Pelagic Birding Dates
4/2/19 10:07 am Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] River View Park, Buellton White-tailed Kite
4/2/19 4:06 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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3/31/19 3:39 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] Weekend birds
3/31/19 1:27 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal, etc.
3/31/19 4:01 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/31/19 12:09 am Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] first warblers
3/30/19 10:16 pm Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...> [sbcobirding] Harbor Area - Red-necked Grebe and Pelicans
3/30/19 3:58 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/29/19 3:55 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/28/19 2:35 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Atascadero Creek March 28
3/28/19 12:59 pm Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Bonaparte's Gull and Common Merganser at Goleta beach
3/28/19 3:52 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/27/19 6:45 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] North County Birds
3/27/19 3:50 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/26/19 11:39 pm Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Swallows and spring things at Las Cruzitas
3/26/19 11:03 pm Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Heerman's Gulls and Redtails at Goleta Beach and a crane
3/26/19 12:34 pm Maggie Sherriffs <maggiesherriffs...> [sbcobirding] Tricolored Blackbird at Dune Pond
3/25/19 7:18 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Red-winged Blackbirds breeding in March
3/25/19 3:45 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/24/19 11:11 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Red-winged Blackbirds breeding in March
3/24/19 6:44 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] COPR
3/24/19 1:35 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Mystery singer reveled
3/24/19 3:43 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/23/19 4:50 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon
3/23/19 3:35 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/22/19 5:03 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Orioles on Santa Monica Creek
3/22/19 3:35 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
3/22/19 3:23 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
3/22/19 2:54 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
3/22/19 1:04 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
3/22/19 12:02 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge
3/22/19 11:34 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> Re: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge
3/22/19 9:45 am Janice Levasheff via Groups.Io <jlevasheff=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] SB Audubon Website and Program Reminder
3/22/19 3:36 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/21/19 4:02 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Western Kingbirds at Mitchell Road in Santa Maria
3/21/19 2:58 pm Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Area K UCSB overlook today 12:30
3/21/19 3:35 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
3/20/19 12:08 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] A correction
3/20/19 8:04 am Bradley Hacker <hacker...> [sbcobirding] Red necked grebe
3/20/19 3:32 am eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
 
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Date: 4/19/19 4:23 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Semipalmated Plover (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)

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Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) (3)
- Reported Apr 15, 2019 08:00 by Robert Hansen
- Santa Cruz Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.005339,-119.773813&ll=34.005339,-119.773813
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55115033
- Comments: "3 of these foraged with 1 Snowy Plover on the sandy beach 0.25 mile west-southwest of "road's end" on Frasier Point. I studied these through a 32X Pentax spotting scope and saw the orangey-based bill, orange legs, darker brown (than on the Snowy Plover) dorsal color, complete black breast band, and black feathers just above the bill."

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (1)
- Reported Apr 15, 2019 08:00 by Robert Hansen
- Santa Cruz Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.005339,-119.773813&ll=34.005339,-119.773813
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55115033
- Comments: "I used a 32X Pentax spotting scope to study these birds as they loafed with both gull species on black rocks located a few hundred meters from the sandy beach on Frasier Point where the 2 plover species were seen. The orange (not red) bills on these large Sterna terns were too long, thin, and decurved to have been Royal Terns. I was surprised to note that none of these 8 birds had the black forehead that I would have expected to see on alternate plumage birds in mid-April."

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Date: 4/18/19 3:51 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Orioles
I spent an hour or so in the Goleta Butterfly preserve in Ellwood this morning.   I found it is difficult to access the area as we are used to doing because of downed eucalyptus along the path west of Coronado Drive.  However, by parking on Newport at the access point, the path down to the main creek is clear and it was easy to walk to the west, where the orioles were.  And there were a lot of them!  The blooming eucalyptus are at the intersection of the trail with the one leading down from Santa Barbara Shores drive, but I found most of the orioles before there in the tall eucs and other trees on the south side of the creek.  It was easy to see them as they were very active, and by walking west the sun was at my back.  
I'm not sure how many orioles total I had here, but based on plumage difference, I had at least 5 Bullocks Orioles and 4 Hooded Orioles.  A flock of Cedar Waxwings was working the blooming eucs and other trees.  I had no Western Tanagers, but several Black-headed Grosbeaks were singing: also present were a Yellow Warbler, a pair of Cassin's Kingbirds, 4 species of Woodpecker, and other more common birds.  I did not pick up a Baltimore Oriole the in the time I spent on the main creek, but walking back on the side trail to Newport Drive, I'm pretty sure I heard one deep in the eucs there.
Florence Sanchez

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Date: 4/18/19 4:22 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2019 13:27 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Ynez River, S bank 34.60592 -120.20672, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6059323,-120.2067152&ll=34.6059323,-120.2067152
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55070818
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Big Buteo with a huge mouth, large bill, yellow fleshy parts. Brownish look indicates a one-year-old bird."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2019 07:44 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/S55069813
- Comments: "Narrow bill with mostly dark lower mandible. Fairly bright yellow belly with dark gray sides extending down creating a vested appearance. Tail long but appeared short due to primary extension. White eye ring thicker behind eye. Strong wing bars. "

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Date: 4/17/19 8:38 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cuyama Valley April 17
Thank to all who gave me info on the Aliso Campground.  It is a lovely spot, as is the drive up to it--some stunning displays of wildflowers, especially of an incredibly blue lupine I'm not familiar with. I got there mid-morning, as I decided to check out some of Quatal Canyon first (more on that below), but it still was fairly active.  Lots of singing Black-headed Grosbeaks and a few Warblers on the Hog Springs Trail:  1 Nashville, 3 Black-throated Gray, and a couple of Yellow-rumps.  Mountain Quail were calling from the slopes of the Canyon, and I had a pair of Western Tanagers on the trail as well.  Driving out, two Roadrunners crossed the road.
I hit the intersection of Quatal Canyon Road about 7:45 this morning.  In the trees at the winery on the south side of Highway 33, I had a nice flock of Lawrence's Goldfinches and there were Tri-colored Blackbirds near the pond.  At least two pairs of Western Kingbirds are working this area and there was a Bullock's Oriole next to a house east of the winery.  Heading up Quatal Canyon Road, I walked into the sagebrush a little and found two different singing Bell's Sparrows, one quite close to the road. I heard a Scott's Oriole sing twice around mile 3.  Both California and Mountain Quail were calling.  There were some nice flowers here, including the beautiful Malacothrix featured on the cover of Clif SMith's Book on the flora of Santa Barbara County.  The entire valley floor has large patches of Goldfields in between the clumps of sagebrush.  I only went 4.7 miles on this road today (where the quarry road and Quatal Canyon Road separate) because I wanted to go on to the Aliso Campground
Driving back on Highway 166, I noticed how much the annual grasses have ripened since I went to the Carrizo Plains less than two weeks ago.  Things are changing fast, but I think the flowers will continue for a while.
Florence Sanchez

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Date: 4/17/19 12:18 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black Road SMV
SB Birders,

I made a very quick stop in route to a job this morning at the flooded field and Santa Maria Sewage Works.

Birds of note @ Black Road Flooded fields are, ( to me) one pair of BW Teal, several Cinnamon Teal, many Short and Long-billed Dowitchers, many peeps, 4 Whimbrel, 3 full on breeding plumaged Dunlins, 22 American Avocets which I believe a few pair are nesting along with at 2 for sure nesting Black-necked Stilts. I am positive I missed a bunch of birds. I also recommend birding this location in the afternoon due to lighting.
I made a quick drive by at the SMSW and saw one male Lesser Scaup and 2 baby Gadwalls chilling with their parents. There is still a decent number of ducks and a few hundred peeps that need to be looked at closer. As for the gulls, only 11 California Gulls were present while I was there.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
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Solvang CA

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Date: 4/17/19 10:50 am
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Recent birds
All,

Yesterday I checked Devereux in the NW wind in the afternoon. There was a smallish gathering of common gulls and terns and about 180 Western Sandpipers. This morning I checked Refugio Canyon and was disappointed to find very few migrants. A BT Gray and about 7 Wilson's being the majority. I would appeal to local birders to carefully study the wind conditions prior to each visit here, so we can get a more precise understanding of exactly which conditions are triggering major fallouts there. Perhaps the N airflow was not strong enough last night.

Regards,

Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA 93117

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Date: 4/17/19 9:08 am
From: John Bailey <johngregorybailey...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mallard Ducklings
Mallard moms and Mallard ducklings are about, in nature’s byways as well as the byways of mankind. Two days ago the groundskeeper of my residential complex in Carpinteria reported one Mallard mom and THIRTEEN ducklings paddling about in our pool. Shooing this flotilla to safety with a leaf-catcher pole proved ineffective as the wee ones were not able to jump from pool surface to coping yet were fast enough to avoid being scooped up.

I learned of the birds' predicament when I visited our hot tub in the evening. Thirteen ducklings had been reduced to eleven. Neighborhood cats perhaps? Feeling the ducklings would not make it through the night paddling about on the cool pool surface, I determined to herd them from pool to nearby bushes. Mom boogied for the bushes with three of her little ones, ducklings who managed to scramble up the backs of their brothers and sisters and make the coping. I placed my towel in the water, on the top entry step, hoping the rest of the ducklings would make use of it to rejoin Mom, clucking from the protection of the shrubs.

I left the birds to themselves for an hour. Returning to the pool, I could detect no evidence of mom or the sheltering three. Enough! With a little patience, I managed to scoop up the swimmers. I placed them in a cardboard box with bread crumbs and a shallow dish of water. All survived till morning, crowded together in one corner of the box.

My best chance of placing these ducklings with another female Mallard was Lake Los Carneros, far end of the dam where birds gathered for bread-crumb handouts. Sure enough, there were a number of Mallards about, mostly males . . . but there was one female, and she was escorting two wee ones, and a head-bobbing male was close at hand.

I released one duckling through the wire fence. It ran / tumbled down the face of the dam to join the hen and her two little ones. I watched for rejection for a few minutes, but it was all happiness. I let go a second, then a third and all of them. The head-bobbing drake was kept apart from this growing gang by a protective mother. An hour later, all—drake included—were resting at the other end of the dam, seemingly one happy family.

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Date: 4/17/19 4:21 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Apr 16, 2019 07:28 by Bradley Hacker
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Dark--but not black--head, pale orange chest, white belly, pale orange vent. Distinguished from HoOr by dark nape. Distinguished from BuOr by dark face. Female; not the male bird photo'd recently by Ryan Seppala. Foraging near tops of flowering gums in concert with BuOr."

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Date: 4/16/19 1:07 pm
From: Benjamin Byerly <benbyerly...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach
All,

There is a large group of terns and gulls at Goleta beach in the area where the county recently added all of the new sand/gravel/debris. I counted roughly 250 Elegant Terns, plus smaller numbers of Royal, Caspian, and Forsters. Heermans, ring-billed, California, Western, and Bonaparte’s gulls also present. 

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Date: 4/16/19 10:16 am
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Coronado seep
I spent an hour yesterday and today searching the Coronado seep area
between the seep and Newport Dr for the male BaOr photographed by Ryan
Seppala on 12 Apr. The area is much greener than many previous years,
with a few water pockets, and a fair number blooming gum trees--both red
and white flowers. Numerous orioles and WeTa are present. Most are BuOr
and HoOr, but I found one female BaOr:

Dark--but not black--head, pale orange chest, white belly, pale orange
vent. Distinguished from HoOr by dark nape. Distinguished from BuOr by
dark face. Female; not the male bird photo'd recently by Ryan Seppala.
Foraging near tops of flowering gums in concert with BuOr.

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Date: 4/15/19 4:35 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Botanic Garden April 15
It was a different morning at the Botanic Garden than it was a week ago.  Most of theWarblers I saw then apparently moved on when the wind died down, as I suspected might happen.  It was also overcast and a little foggy.  I only had time for a short loop through the Garden today, but when I tallied up my species list, I still ended up with 40 species; just fewer individuals.
I didn't find a single Yellow-rumped Warbler today, but still had 1 Nashville, 1 Black-throated Gray, 1 Wilson's, and 1 Common Yellowthroat in addition to the resident Orange-crowns.  I also picked up a Warbling Vireo on the Campbell Trail, but the Cassin's Vireo that was there last week was not to be found.  It was a pretty good morning for Hummingbirds though.  I ran into Barbara Millett and the Ricards by the Desert Section, where a Costa's hummingbird was still present.  Just across from there in what's called "the lower meadow" we found a male Black-chinned hummingbird, appropriately feeding in the Hummingbird Sage.  I had two Anna's up on the Porter Trail.
I will be counting birds at the Garden on International Migration Day, May 4.  I am hopeful that we will get another wave of migrants in the coming couple of weeks.  In the meantime, I would appreciate it if anyone who birds at the Garden from now until May 4 would e-mail me their species list.  It helps me focus on where I will need to devote the most attention.  One species that I'm sure is present but that has been hard to locate this spring is Downy Woodpecker.  I heard one calling in the Canyon about two weeks ago but haven't seen or heard one since.  I often miss this Woodpecker on Count Day, even though I'm sure it's been around.
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Date: 4/15/19 4:19 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- African Collared-Dove (1 report)
- Black-chinned Sparrow (1 report)

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African Collared-Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2019 18:12 by Joey Negreann
- Santa Cruz Island--main ranch, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9961771,-119.7196054&ll=33.9961771,-119.7196054
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- Comments: "Extremely light colored and contrasting greatly with EUCD it was flocked with. Primaries and covs white and not contrasting with rest of body or wing. Unfortunately the photos aren’t the best in showing light color seen in field. Spread wing and tail shot though blurry show lack of contrast throughout feather tracts and in tail. Photos to be posted. "

Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2019 10:27 by James Bailey
- (34.0166,-119.8288), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "During this stop I continually heard what sounded like the trill portion of a BCSP song off in the distance, repeated every 15 seconds or so. In more typical habitat I have found that the initial higher notes don’t carry as far as the trill, which could explain why I did not note the full song as usually given. I am sure it was not just a SPTO variation. It would be ideal to have better confirmation, but at this part of the Island that is probably doubtful. The habitat was higher chaparral with chemise, so actually quite like BCSP habitat on the mainland although lower elevation."

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Date: 4/14/19 4:17 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2019 07:24 by Joey Negreann
- US-CA-Channel Islands National Park (34.0026,-119.8179), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Flyover. IDed by chip notes. Otherwise red body and finch like flight. Recording to be uploaded "

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2019 06:45 by Dan Fontaine
- Ellwood Mesa Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Bright orange oriole with entirely black head and distinct white wing bar. Seen looking south into the tops of tall eucalyptus trees from the Coronado Butterfly Preserve, and looking west into the same trees from near the end of Coronado Drive. Was with Hooded Orioles and gave a harsher chatter and a lower pitched whistle than they (HOOR) did."

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Date: 4/13/19 4:05 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Request for info
I noted in a recent ebird report a mentionof the Aliso Campground in the Cuyama Valley.  I think I found it on a map, but I had trouble figuring out how to get there.  If someone could give me directions, I would appreciate it, and also info about how car-friendly any roads to it might be.
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Date: 4/13/19 4:16 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Indian Peafowl (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 08:46 by Mark Holmgren
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "A ranch animal, not feral, very vocal."

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 08:46 by Lori Gaskin
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "A ranch animal, not feral, very vocal."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 15:27 by Conor Scotland
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Notes from encounter:

Appearance: Gray-headed empid, overall more gray than I am used to seeing in PSFL. Very small bill. In the light, could not see primary projection well, though the bird looked short-tailed. No visible crest of any sort, offering a kind of rounded head appearance. Eyering somewhat even, lacking the rear almond extension of PSFL. The photos reveal a vested breast. I'm not sure what to make of the primary projection in the photos. It doesn't look overly long, but it also doesn't seem overly too short. I assume angle is playing a part.

Behavior: Observed for about 1 minute. The bird flew among branches in the understory of oak trees. When perched, the bird was rather statuesque for an empid, only moving its tail occasionally. In this regard, it gave a very different overall impression than PSFL and other empids.

Voice: Heard one call very faintly. Kind of a piik or peep note. It sounded somewhat similar to the calls of the LEFL that I observed last fall. I am not that confident in my interpretation of the call.

Seen in an oak around here: 34.42773,-119.50573"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 14:25 by Ryan Seppala
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "An adult male BAOR was found west of the Elwood Bluffs Trailhead, foraging high up in a eucalyptus. I took the main trailhead off of Coronado Dr. and turned right once I got into the eucalyptus grove, following a trail that moves north and away from the bluffs. At least a couple hundred feet down this way, and before you reach Newport Drive, there is a side trail that forks off to the left and goes up towards some houses. The bird was at this intersection. It was silent for the entire 10 to 15 minutes that I observed it, and stuck to the top of a single eucalyptus.

Estimated coordinates: (34.424930, -119.891383)"

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Date: 4/12/19 11:57 pm
From: Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Franklin Trail
Good walk 2.5 miles up and back on Franklin Trail this afternoon. 1
Swainson's Hawk, 1 Hammond's Flycatcher, and 1 Hermit Warbler were the
highlights. Additionally there were several Nashville and BTG(ray) Warblers
at the oak riparian area near the 2.5 mile mark. List and photos:

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Date: 4/12/19 11:41 pm
From: Ryan Seppala <rjseppala...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Baltimore Oriole at the Goleta Monarch Grove
Today I ran into an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE in the Goleta Monarch Grove near the Ellwood Mesa Open Space. It was foraging near the top of a eucalyptus in the northern stretch of the grove. We took the main trailhead off of Coronado Drive and turned right at the intersection just inside the grove. This way heads north towards the main bend of Newport Drive. The bird was at a fork where a side trail on the left heads up towards some homes to the west/southwest, close to these coordinates: ( 34.424930, -119.891383 ).

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Date: 4/12/19 8:09 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Buena Vista Trail, redux
I returned to the Buena Vista Trail this morning with the right map and thus was able to hike the Romero Canyon cutoff.  The cutoff is  a series of switchbacks up the steep side of the hill, but going up actually wasn't too bad.  I found the first clump of Wind Poppies (Fire poppies) a little before reaching the cutoff trail and more all the way up.  I walked on the steep Edison Road for a few hundred yards until I reached the side path that used to go to a bench,  The bench was apparently a casualty of the Thomas fire, but the view from there was great.  The tiring part was coming down the hill as sometimes the road and trail were steep and gravelly so that I had to more or less brace myself continually to keep from slipping.  Keep that in mind if you decide to go--the trail is rated moderate to difficult deservedly.  Also, the trail part is narrow and lined with stickery annual grasses that will be ripening very soon.  
Bird activity was very different today, perhaps because it was windier.  I missed several of the species I found here yesterday (Rufous Hummingbird, Yellow Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler).  One bird present at the trail head parking both days was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Before yesterday, I had not seen or heard one in any of its usual haunts and I assumed they must all have migrated.
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Date: 4/12/19 8:50 am
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sea bird migration
It seemed like there was a definitive uptick in the number of loons, brant, and scoters migrating near shore yesterday & today. After work today should be good at Campus Point!

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Goleta


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Date: 4/11/19 9:06 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Buena Vista Trail
I hiked a good portion of the Buena Vista Trail this morning, intending to reach the Romero connector and walk up that trail to see the Fire Poppies (Wind Poppies) Mark Bright found.  Unfortunately, I left the right map at home and so turned back before reaching that point, thinking I'd missed the connector.  When my parked car came back in sight, I realized I hadn't missed it and when I got home and consulted the map, I found I just had not walked far enough.
Nonetheless, it was a good hike with plenty of other flowers and a good assortment of birds.  The chaparral is recovering well and in addition, there are lots of blooming annuals and perennials along the trail.  Fire-followers found on this portion of the trail were Sticky Snapdragon and Large-flowered Phacelia.  The dominant plant on the hillsides right now is the white wild Morning Glory, not necessarily a fire follower, but it really becomes abundant after a fire until the chaparral fills in.
The riparian forest along the creek was badly burned.  Some of the sycamores are putting out a few leaves but most of the others along with the cottonwoods are just skeletons.  However, the sycamores at least are putting up a lot of new growth around their bases and the oak trees are recovering well.  But because the habitat along the stream is so open , it was easy to see birds.  Among the species I found there were two Nashville Warblers, a couple of Wilson's Warblers, a beautiful MacGillivray's Warbler, singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, Hooded Oriole, and a couple of Lincoln Sparrows.  I also heard a Canyon Wren, which was nice since I have not found any elsewhere so far this spring.  Giant Echium has escaped from the gardens across the creek to the trailside and is good bloom.  This is important because the species is very attractive to hummingbirds.  I found 2 Anna's, 1 Rufous, and a Rufous/Allen's type in their vicinity.
I hope to try this trail again soon, this time with map in hand.
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Date: 4/11/19 5:46 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Nashville Warbler
Not hugely noteworthy but a sign of the season: A Nashville Warbler visited my fountain this morning in the Mission Canyon area.

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Date: 4/11/19 4:14 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (4 reports)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (3)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 06:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8834667,-119.4829702&ll=34.8834667,-119.4829702
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54784599
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "Minimum count. Several birds calling, and then three chasing each other in flight"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 17:15 by Conor Scotland
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54819364
- Comments: "White heron with orange and somewhat blunt bill. Compact overall, with compact and hunched neck."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 17:15 by Julie Scotland
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "White heron with orange and somewhat blunt bill. Compact overall, with compact and hunched neck."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 17:00 by Adam Searcy
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54816531
- Comments: "Photos"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 16:55 by Noah Gaines
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Small white egret with all yellow/horn bill and short neck. Perched on top of gazebo and flew to island and lawn and back. Dark legs. Dirty on belly. "

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Date: 4/10/19 9:17 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Breeding Bird Study – Photos
The least known strength of the Breeding Bird Study may be the photo
documentation. Images of nests, behaviors, or plumages provide evidence
for the breeding events of 123 of 180 breeding species in the
database. It’s an extraordinary assemblage of images specific to our
county. They are a resource for future investigations and learning.



Here’s how to mine the photos from the Google Fusion Table.



Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj Stay in or get into *Table mode.*

Click the blue *Filter *button > choose *Common Name.*

To the right of *Common Name *in the new dialog box you’ve created, see the
3 horizontal bars. Click those and choose* Sort by count. * Click the box
to the left of the species whose photos you’d like to view.

Scroll the database till the far right column *Photos* shows.

Hover your cursor over the word *Photos* and a small triangle appears. Click
on the triangle and select *Sort Z to A*.

Click on the links that show in the *Photos* column.



Use the *Breeding Evidence *column to choose the kind of photos you want to
look at.



If you are not completely charmed by the photo links you open, then I’ll
refund your money!



We need your breeding bird observations even if you don’t have
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easily entered at the *SB Audubon website* here:
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Date: 4/10/19 4:55 pm
From: Noah Gaines <Noahgaines...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret at Alice Keck NOW!

Noah Gaines
SB CA

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Date: 4/10/19 4:19 pm
From: Joan Lentz via Groups.Io <joanlentz=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Wren Steals Walker, Lady Is Forced to Get Walking On Her Own
Hi All:
Here’s a story for you!
I am home recovering from a lung illness, and for quite awhile I was using a walker to push my oxygen concentrator around in. Then, as I got better, I purchased a little trolley, so I left the walker parked in our back laundry room, which is covered over, but is open to the outdoors. It’s a busy place, since everyone uses the back door to enter our house, and the washer and dryer are also in this same space as well.
Soon, my husband and I noticed the presence of a pair of Bewick’s Wrens, and they kept flying in and out of the back room, but we couldn’t figure out where they were nesting. They’d chosen the walker, and I think of this as symbolic, because they are telling me I really don’t need that walker for another month at least, while she incubates the eggs and both feed the nestlings! And I don’t!
I wanted to get this record into the eBird database, so I’ve put some photos in the list below, but it still needs to go into the Breeding Bird Survey.
Now’s a good time, while we’re waiting for spring migration to rev up, to look around you for any interesting breeding information you can furnish Mark and Adrian for their breeding bird database.
And, on a more personal note, let me say how grateful I’ve been for all the great support of the birding community during my recent sudden health event. When in doubt, reach out. I know it’s helped me get well faster, thank you, thank you!
eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54812117 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54812117>

Joan Lentz
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Date: 4/10/19 3:08 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Incredible morning on San Antonio Creek
This morning I hiked the length of the San Antonio Creek Trail from Tucker's Grove to Highway 154.  I was looking for a place that wouldn't be windy and this certainly filled the bill.  The trail was also crawling with warblers.  I have no idea how many total warblers I saw as some (like Yellow-rumps) were just to numerous to try to count.  Almost everything was singing.  I ended up with 9 species of Warbler, including at least 10 each Black-throated Gray and Wilson's Warblers.  I also had 1 each Wilson's, Yellow, and Nashville Warbler, along with the afore-mentioned Yellow-rumps, Common Yellowthroat, and Orange-crowned. 
In addition, I had 3 Warbling Vireos, a Cassin's Vireo, 2 Hooded Orioles, at least 6 Bullock's Orioles, 4 singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, and a Phainopepla at the very top of the trail.    The last species of the day was one I got when I returned to my car in the middle parking lot.  I was parked under a large oak.  I noticed a small bird next to my car that flew up into the tree as I approached.  I put my binoculars on it and found it was a Chipping Sparrow--nice red cap, etc, something I totally did not expect.  What a morning:  43 species in three hours!
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Date: 4/10/19 11:46 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Toro Canyon
Toro Canyon Park, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Very birdy and windy this morning. Most activity was high in the oaks and difficult to see. Highlights were several fos ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (I guess, technically, only the first one was fos), fos PAC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and fos (BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS. Surprises were low numbers of Juncos, Flickers and Scrub Jays, usually seen in good numbers in this park.

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Date: 4/10/19 4:15 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Apr 09, 2019 08:36 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 5 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Active and singing. At one point chased a subadult male Bullock’s Oriole."

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Date: 4/9/19 11:03 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] November Varied Bunting
Tom Benson, the secretary of the California Bird Records Committee, has
passed along word that the committee has accepted the record of the Varied
Bunting that Wes Fritz photographed back in November 2018. This is a new
species for Santa Barbara County, I believe bringing the total to 501. Note
that this total does not include two species, European Golden-Plover and
Alder Flycatcher, for which the CBRC is reviewing documentation.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Date: 4/9/19 11:45 am
From: Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White Faced Ibis at Devereaux
Last evening I was so happy to see a White Faced Ibis resting on a log in the lower Devereaux lagoon. (Upper lagoon being the 'new' portion above the road bridge.)

It was sharing the log with a Canada Goose and a Mallard pair for a while.

Gadwalls and Ruddy Ducks were there, about a dozen each. I might have seen a Redhead but the sun was low and hard to get around the glare from the road.
Several species of shorebirds were present, but I had no scope to see well enough for ID...
It certainly was a beautiful evening with the breeze and the spectacular sunset, the Ibis being quite a bonus.
Devereaux was where we first saw one, I remember in my excitement I left the car out of gear, panic but no damage, haha.

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Date: 4/9/19 4:15 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Apr 08, 2019 05:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Quite early in spring. Distinctive call coming from river to the west."

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Date: 4/8/19 3:43 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Botanic Garden Monday April 8
I hiked around the Botanic Garden this morning before the wind came up.  It was rather warm and muggy, but I found a surprising number of Migrants, including seven species of Warbler, a continuing Cassin's Vireo, three Ash-throated Flycatchers, a Bullock's Oriole, and three Black-headed Grosbeaks.  Most of these birds were singing.  I also had a brief full-frontal glimpse of a Costa's hummingbird in the desert section before it took off and never came back.
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Date: 4/8/19 10:44 am
From: Mark Bright via Groups.Io <pywiack=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Buena Vista to Romero Canyon Connector
Yesterday (Sunday April 7) on the Buena Vista to Romero Canyon Connector I found one Ash-throated Flycatcher by "Brad's Bench". Down in lower Romero Canyon I was surprised to find one Rock Wren, there was also a Canyon Wren in the same area. A couple of thousand Fire Poppies also on the Connector Trail above Buena Vista Canyon.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

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Date: 4/8/19 4:13 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Lewis's Woodpecker (2 reports)

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Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 08:39 by Casey Richart
- House List, Montrose Place, Santa Barbara, California, US, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.453255,-119.7138644&ll=34.453255,-119.7138644
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- Comments: "Dark green above, pinkish below, flappy woodpecker on telephone pole"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 10:41 by Libby Patten
- Montrose Place, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. On telephone poles and occasionally flycatching. Dark red on face, pink belly, light gray neck and breast, greenish black upperparts. Poor light and photos."

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Date: 4/7/19 8:55 pm
From: Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Refugio
Refugio Creek Canyon was good birding this afternoon. No rarities, but I
had 9 species of warbler. At least 4 Cassin's Vireos and a Black-chinned
Hummingbird were also of interest. List here:

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I will note that much of the time it was rather quiet, and most of the
interesting species were encountered in 2 or 3 spaced out mixed flocks.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

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Date: 4/7/19 8:44 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Now This is a White Crowned Sparrow
This bird has been hanging around my feeders all winter (and so far this spring).  This is the first picture my GameCam picked up.  
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Date: 4/7/19 4:13 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Apr 06, 2019 11:10 by Anonymous eBirder
- Tepusquet Rd at 166, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "On riverbank"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 06, 2019 11:37 by Casey Richart
- House List, Montrose Place, Santa Barbara, California, US, Santa Barbara, California
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Date: 4/6/19 4:11 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Cuyama Valley Thursday, 4 April 2019
I stoped at Richardson Park on my  way home from the Carrizo Plains last Wednesday and also found no sign of the White-headed Woodpecker.  Park was pretty quiet, with a pair of Say's Phoebes and a pair of Western Kingbirds bein the main birds of interest.
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On Friday, April 5, 2019, 9:11:05 PM PDT, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> wrote:


I took a pretty profitable trip to the Cuyama Valleyyesterday.


The scrubland between Ventucopa and the Ventura County line had aton of sparrows (mostly White-crowneds on the move), but none of the several to many Brewer’s Sparrows that overwintered here.The calls of several Mountain Quailcould be heard echoing off the hills more than 1km to the SW of us.

A flock of more than 100 Tricolored Blackbirds were foraging at the junction of Hwy 33 XQuatal Cyn Rd.  No territorial behavior orpairing was going on here.

A Mountain Chickadee,present since Nov 2018, was at the Pistachio store.

At an Ag Pond along Hwy 33 was a Snowy Egret. This is one of perhaps only 6 records in Lehman’s District V, but I suspect others have been overlooked asthough this species was expected.

A quite late FerruginousHawk was along Foothill Rd. {Today 5 April this bird was seen over the New Cuyama WTP}

Richardson Park in New Cuyama did not have White-headedWoodpecker or Spizella sparrows, but 2 or more American Goldfinch were present. A small flock of Cedar Waxwingswere present; the status of that species in District V is fuzzy.

The New Cuyama Wastewater Treatment Planthad a Whimbrel and a Dunlin. Among more than 80 peeps, Western Sandpiper greatly outnumbered Leasts. {Many more peeps were seen today, 5 April}


In a very incomplete survey, at least 7Tricolored Blackbirds were at the CalienteWetland along Hwy 166.  At least 2 maleswere singing and one pair seen closely was paired and territorial.  Hopefully, folks will get more careful countsof Trics here earlier in the day in the weeks to come.

Details and a few photos are on eBird.


Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


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

- Ferruginous Hawk (4 reports)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (2 reports)
- Gray Flycatcher (1 report)

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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 11:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54595059
- Comments: "Flyover, late."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 11:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8986359,-119.653557&ll=34.8986359,-119.653557
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54607796
- Comments: "At least one late bird in the Valley"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 11:20 by Mark Holmgren
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 11:20 by Lori Gaskin
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54608099
- Comments: "Photos to follow"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 08:20 by John Callender
- 2435–2499 E Valley Rd, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4360,-119.5917), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.436018,-119.591687&ll=34.436018,-119.591687
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54581315
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in large sycamore at intersection of East Valley Road and Ortega Ridge Road. It has never taken me more than about 2 minutes to see this bird. I think it gets the Most Cooperative award."

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (2)
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 10:37 by Aaron Kreisberg
- San Marcos Foothills Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4555449,-119.7627354&ll=34.4555449,-119.7627354
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- Comments: "Continuing birds seen at the previously reported location. The individuals seen separately at first, one flying into an oak after being chased by some acorn woodpeckers and the other seen perched on top of an oak truck. The second bird then flew across the trail in the direction of the first which then flew off.

Medium sized woodpeckers (slightly smaller then the neqrby Acorn Woodpeckers) with pink-red belly, white throat and back of neck, dark-greenish back, and dark red face. One bird appeared to have a slightly more drab back but that could've been light conditions."

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 06:50 by Matthew Bowman
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Brief, but good look. Observed a plain gray Empid flycatcher in brush about 200 yards up the canyon past the campground near the west slope wagging its tail continuously downward. I was not quick enough to photograph."

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Date: 4/5/19 9:11 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cuyama Valley Thursday, 4 April 2019
I took a pretty profitable trip to the Cuyama Valley yesterday.

The scrubland between Ventucopa and the Ventura County line had a ton of
sparrows (mostly White-crowneds on the move), but *none of the several to
many Brewer’s Sparrows* that overwintered here. The calls of several *Mountain
Quail* could be heard echoing off the hills more than 1km to the SW of us.

A flock of more than 100 *Tricolored Blackbirds* were foraging at the
junction of Hwy 33 X Quatal Cyn Rd. No territorial behavior or pairing was
going on here.

A *Mountain Chickadee*, present since Nov 2018, was at the Pistachio store.

At an Ag Pond along Hwy 33 was a *Snowy Egret*. This is one of perhaps only
6 records in Lehman’s District V, but I suspect others have been overlooked
as though this species was expected.

A quite late *Ferruginous Hawk* was along Foothill Rd. {Today 5 April this
bird was seen over the New Cuyama WTP}

Richardson Park in New Cuyama did not have White-headed Woodpecker or
Spizella sparrows, but 2 or more *American Goldfinch* were present. A small
flock of Cedar Waxwings were present; the status of that species in
District V is fuzzy.

The New Cuyama Wastewater Treatment Plant had a *Whimbrel* and a *Dunlin*.
Among more than 80 peeps, *Western Sandpiper* greatly outnumbered *Leasts*.
{Many more peeps were seen today, 5 April}

In a very incomplete survey, at least 7 *Tricolored Blackbirds* were at the
Caliente Wetland along Hwy 166. At least 2 males were singing and one pair
seen closely was paired and territorial. Hopefully, folks will get more
careful counts of Trics here earlier in the day in the weeks to come.

Details and a few photos are on eBird.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

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Date: 4/5/19 10:07 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Migrants at SBMNH this morning
Greetings birders,
There seems to have been some migration movement overnight--I saw a few new
species at the Museum of Natural History this morning: Wilson's Warbler,
Cassin's Vireo, and Black-throated Gray Warbler. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
has been here about three weeks, Bullock's Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak
came in last week, and on Monday I heard the wintering Summer Tanager
calling behind the Nature Club House. No sign of it today, but it could be
still around. Both Black-throated Gray and Wilson's warblers are singing
nonstop, as are the lingering Yellow-rumps and Townsend's. Hermit Thrushes
seem to be departing or silent, and the Ruby-crowned Kinglets I heard
singing early this week were not obvious today. I haven't had Western
Tanager yet.

Welcome spring!
Rebecca Coulter
SB

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Date: 4/5/19 8:24 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Audubon - April 2019 - Upcoming Events
Greetings!

 

 

Our upcoming events this month:

 

Saturday, April 6, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Goleta

*Field Trip: North Campus Open Space ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/field-trip-north-campus-open-space/ )*

Leader: Rob Lindsay

NCOS is part of a very large restoration process and is a habitat in progress. Already it has become a noteworthy regional birding spot. Here’s a great chance to explore this new habitat if you haven’t done so already.

Target Birds: Water Birds & Spring Migrants.

 

Friday, April 12, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Montecito

*Bird Walk: Ennisbrook Preserve ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/friday-bird-walk-ennisbrook-preserve/ )*

Target Birds: Nuthatch, Common Yellowthroat, Townsend’s Warbler, Spotted Towhee & Others.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

*Program: Feathers and Flight: A Journey to the New World Tropics ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/program-feathers-and-flight-a-journey-to-the-new-world-tropics/ )*

Presented by Benjamin Jacobs-Schwartz

Delving into topics of migration, tropical speciation, and bio-diversity, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz will share his dazzling photos, videos, and animated story-telling to bring a slice of the tropics to California. This media-rich journey will highlight some of the fascinating and unique birds that inhabit the new-world tropics. Sure to both educate and entertain, this presentation will leave you with a deeper understanding of tropical ecology and knowledge about where some of our backyard birds spend their winters.

Benny Isaac Jacobs-Schwartz, works seasonally as a naturalist, expedition trip leader, and international bird guide. Most recently his work has been in coastal Alaska, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Ecuadorian cloud forest. While back at home base in Los Angeles, he leads public and private birding adventures to urban hotspots, where he inspires others to conserve the open spaces around them and look up more often from their phones! He is also a passionate photographer, specializing in birds. He is owner and operator of BIRDS by BIJS (pronounced Bee-jus).
Doors open at 7:00 pm – join us for refreshments

 

Friday, April 26, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Santa Barbara

*Bird Walk: Tucker’s Grove and Kiwanis Meadows ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/friday-bird-walk-tuckers-grove-and-kiwanis-meadows-5/ )*

Target Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Towhee, American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch & Others.

 

All are welcome. Please join us!

Please check Website ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/ ) or Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/pg/SBAudubonSociety/events/ ) page for directions, meeting time information or updates regarding our events.
 

Happy Birding!

 

Alex

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Date: 4/5/19 4:09 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Northern Flicker (intergrade) (1 report)

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Northern Flicker (intergrade) (Colaptes auratus luteus x cafer) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2019 07:18 by Joey Negreann
- US-CA-Channel Islands National Park (33.9991,-119.7343), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "brown on face but somewhat restricted to the malar, lores and around the eye, with rest of face and crown grey (separating it from full YSFL), no noticeable red nape, but some darker coloration on nape. Perched with RSFL so good comparison of amount of red seen on shafts when perched on RSFL clear vs not visible red shafts on intergrade. In flight very pale yellowish underwing."

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Date: 4/4/19 6:12 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Lewis's Woodpecker
There is a (single, as far as I can tell) Lewis's Woodpecker in a residential neighborhood in Mission Canyon. The bird is being regularly seen on Montrose Place (off Tunnel Road), flycatching from utility poles, generally between addresses 2610 and 2646. Please be respectful of the residential situation. It was present as recently as 15 minutes ago.

Good birding,
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Santa Barbara

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Date: 4/4/19 4:10 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Botanic Garden
I birded the Botanic Garden this morning.  While most of the spring migrants and summer visitors are yet to arrive, I did locate a Black-throated Gray Warbler and a singing Cassin's Vireo.  (Second time I've had this species in the Garden in very early April.). Also heard a Wilson's Warbler singing somewhere along the creek.  Best sighting was a singing Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) in full breeding plumage.  We forget how beautiful this species is since we see most of them only in their scruffy winter dress.
There is indeed a dearth of hummingbirds this year.  My feeders are going unused and this morning I didn't turn up a single hummingbird at the Garden, not even an Anna's.
Wildflowers are incredible this year and they are everywhere.  There are some great lupine patches along US 101 in the vicinity of the 101 and 154 interchange.  This continues all along the way to San Luis Obispo, where I spent Tuesday night.  On Wednesday, I headed out for the Carrizo Plains with a stop at Shell Creek Road along the way.  Both spots were well worth the journey floral-wise, though birding was pretty flat.  The trip home via 166 was also very beautiful, and Twitchell reservoir actually is a lake this year!  I can't remember the last time I saw it with so much water in it.
So, get out there and see it all for yourselves!
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Date: 4/3/19 4:07 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2019 10:15 by Guy Tingos
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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Date: 4/2/19 10:46 am
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] River View Park, Buellton White-tailed Kite
Thanks Peter,

I couldn’t agree more! We have photographs of 94 species at Camino Corto Open Space now (most of them mine, so often not great). We are up to 110 at Refugio Beach and Lake Los Carneros is probably the top in the county with 191 species photographed. I wanted to add a couple things:

1. You can also add audio to these lists, and work on compiling a list of local calls and songs. All these recordings and photos go into the Macauley Library, which is freely available for research. I see the recordings being used for science more than the photos, so consider making some! When a bird is close and the area is quiet, you can do pretty well with your phone. Here are a few I made at Refugio this way:

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L454599/media?yr=all&m=

And here is some advice from Cornell about using your phone to do it:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/how-to-record-bird-sounds-with-your-smartphone-our-tips/

And here is an example of some of the science (including links to the free versions of the papers; scroll down to “Does birdsong drive speciation?"):

http://benjamingfreeman.com/research

2. I love this hyper-local listing! Compared with county birding, it is more fun than spending a bunch of time in the car, and way more environmentally friendly. You also learn neat things when checking the same space over and over. I was pretty surprised the first time I saw a Belted Kingfish fishing over the ocean, but after 300 trips to the West Campus Bluffs I realized they were feeding there in migration (I have now seen them there a bunch of times in Feb-March, and a few in Aug-Sept). I have also been submitting a list at Camino Corto Open Space (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L548816) every week for several years and am not tired of it. The bar charts now show pretty interesting local info on migration timing. One thing I find interesting is how much earlier some migrants (like Warbling Vireo) arrive at Refugio Creek vs. Camino Corto. Warbling Vireo show up at Refugio in mid-March but I have yet to see one in Camino Corto until April.

-Tom

> On Apr 2, 2019, at 10:07 AM, Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> I've been visiting River View Park (RVP) in Buellton on a regular basis and have made a project of seeing how many species I can find and photograph. For those not familiar there is an "Illustrated Checklist" function in e bird that allows you to pull up a list of all birds seen at a hot spot and will pull photo's for each bird if they have been submitted. To use it go to a list for any hotspot, click on hotspot just under the location, then click on illustrated checklist. RVP is now up to 77 species and 52 photographed (some not so good). Today I was able to add White-tailed Kite, Hooded Oriole and Lawrence's Goldfinch to the list of those with photo's. Just a fun way to keep the local spot a bit more interesting.
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> Today's list:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54483299 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54483299>
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> Peter Schneekloth
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Date: 4/2/19 10:27 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Pelagic Birding Dates
Hi all,
After the Island Packers Scrub-Jay Pelagic sold out last month we added a second trip in April with space available. It is next weekend on Saturday, April 6th. The focus of this trip is to get good looks at our local nesting pelagic species such as Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and others. We still have some Black-vented Shearwaters around, and the first few Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters have been seen lately. Also as the name implies we get off the boat on Santa Cruz Island to view the endemic Island Scrub-Jay.
It is an 8 am to 5 pm trip aboard the Vanguard out of Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Ca. Reasonably price at $80

Leaders will be: David Pereksta, Ryan Terrill, Hugh Ranson, and myself Joel Barrett

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Pelagic birding in and around the Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Barbara Channel. www.thesaltybird.com Information and trips.
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We also have two more full day pelagic trips running with Island Packers on July 14th and October 5th. Last year these trips sold out so don't wait too long to get your spot if you are interested. Again you can learn more about the scope of these trips over at www.thesaltybird.com<http://www.thesaltybird.com>

All trips can be booked online at www.islandpackers.com<http://www.islandpackers.com> or over the phone 805-642-1393.

I hope everyone is enjoying the spring birding,
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Date: 4/2/19 10:07 am
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] River View Park, Buellton White-tailed Kite
I've been visiting River View Park (RVP) in Buellton on a regular basis and have made a project of seeing how many species I can find and photograph. For those not familiar there is an "Illustrated Checklist" function in e bird that allows you to pull up a list of all birds seen at a hot spot and will pull photo's for each bird if they have been submitted. To use it go to a list for any hotspot, click on hotspot just under the location, then click on illustrated checklist. RVP is now up to 77 species and 52 photographed (some not so good). Today I was able to add White-tailed Kite, Hooded Oriole and Lawrence's Goldfinch to the list of those with photo's. Just a fun way to keep the local spot a bit more interesting.

Today's list: 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54483299

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

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Western Wood-Pewee (1 report)
- Bank Swallow (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 17:46 by Francis Joyce
- Santa Ynez River, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5359069,-119.7334232&ll=34.5359069,-119.7334232
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "White body of male caught my attention. See terrible phone photo."

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 12:44 by Mario Borunda
- 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
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- Comments: "Flycatcher shape with brown head, back, and tail. Slightly darker brown wings with two wing bars. Peaked crown. Gray throat with darker gray breast and belly. "

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) (5)
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 00:15 by John Hauser
- 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4030,-119.7443), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "I saw them flying into a vertical bank just opposite the shoreline, the bank was about 40 feet high. The bird had a brown beast band, white throat that wrapped around the side of the beds head, brown back, and white belly."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 16:05 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. In the south end of the Cape Honeysuckle hedge."

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Date: 4/1/19 4:03 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (1 report)
- Lesser Scaup (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)

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Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca/nimia) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 11:40 by David Compton
- Goleta Slough overlook, Area K, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Continuing male with obvious white border to facial patches, white stripe along lower edge of scapulars forming white horizontal bar, no vertical white stripe on sides of breast."

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 11:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Cruz Island--Frasier Point, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Small billed ruddy brown duck (not a scorer)"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 30, 2019 13:14 by Julie Scotland
- Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4060,-119.6697), Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Off West Beach. Photo."

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 10:50 by Peter Jungblut
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
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Date: 3/31/19 3:39 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Weekend birds
All,

Minor birds of interest this weekend were a Cassin's Vireo in Refugio
Canyon and 8 Surfbirds at Coal Oil Point. 3 Caspian Terns and 37 Western
Sandpipers were at Devereux.

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Date: 3/31/19 1:27 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal, etc.
Hi folks,

I did a sea watch at Campus Pt this morning, followed by a visit to the
bluffs at UCSB above Area K of Goleta Slough. The best bird by far was the
continuing male "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal. It was the only Green-winged
Teal still around, at least that I could see. This morning, it was on the
far side of Area K, rather than in Basin L/M, where Wes originally reported
it. Nothing else of note here. Still plenty of Northern Shovelers and
American Wigeon about, as well as a lot of Gadwalls. All other duck species
were the common ones (although my 25 Cinnamon Teal tripped the eBird
filter).

Nothing unusual to report from Campus Pt. A relatively even mix of the
three expected loon species was flying up the coast, which means it was a
good day for Common Loons. The 21 I saw throughout the 1.5 hours was one of
the best counts I've had of this species, numbers of which usually lag well
behind those of Red-throated Loon during spring migration. Pacific Loon,
which starts moving later than the other species, was already the most
common loon species today. In a few days, numbers of this species will
overwhelm numbers of the other loons. Very few scoters today, and only two
flocks of Brant numbering about 35 birds.

Incidentally, doing spring sea watches from Campus Pt is a bit out of vogue
locally. Some of us used to do quite a lot of this. For those who've come
to birding locally in more recent years, Campus Pt is a great place to see
birds flying up the coast in spring. In the middle two weeks of April,
doing a sea watch in the first two or three hours after dawn can mean
seeing thousands of Pacific Loons (although numbers vary). Sea watches in
the afternoon, when the winds pick up, can yield a nice variety of birds on
a good day. If you get out there often enough, you'll see some pelagic
species, and some rarities. So, I highly recommend it, especially on days
when conditions are poor for seeing land migrants.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 3/31/19 4:01 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2019 13:14 by Conor Scotland
- Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4060,-119.6697), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.406008,-119.669665&ll=34.406008,-119.669665
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Off West Beach. Photo."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2019 10:45 by George Chapman
- Maria Ygnacio Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "All red tanager, straw yellow beak, slight brown wash to wings. Didn't have gray check patch of Hepatic.
In large oak just North of Hollister bridge crossing over Maia Ygnacio Bake path"

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Date: 3/31/19 12:09 am
From: Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] first warblers
At Las Cruzitas, We had our first group of migrating warblers today.  3 Wilsons, 1 orange crowned, and about 10 very pretty Yellow-rumps.  Also, had 15 Lawrences Goldfinches. And two White-tailed Kites were flying around the grove of trees that they nested successfully in two years ago.   
At Manzanita Nursery in Solvang I clearly heard a Pacific Slope Flycatcher.
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Date: 3/30/19 10:16 pm
From: Conor Scotland <scotland.conor...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Harbor Area - Red-necked Grebe and Pelicans
Julie and I did the Double Dolphin whale watching cruise this afternoon. It
was a nice 2-3 hours with some close views of gray whales.

Notable bird stuff: There was a Red-necked Grebe on the water just west of
the end of Stearns Wharf. Also, there were many, many Brown Pelicans on the
water just off of West Beach and around the harbor. I reckon roughly 750
pelicans were loitering about. Other interesting birds seen from the boat
were a Parasitic Jaeger off of the Shoreline area, RT and Pacific loons
flying by, and 9 Brant.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 3/30/19 3:58 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 14:15 by Erik Dodos
- Pioneer Park, Santa Maria US-CA (34.8820,-120.4522), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Thought to be a little early for a Willow but I heard fitz-bew calls multiple times that alerted my attention to the trees above the main picnic area. Had no optics due to being at a party. Finally was able to locate it with the naked eye. Only observed complete pale below from chin to undertails. "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 09:59 by Mario Borunda
- lower Figueroa Mountain Rd. (between SR 154 and Birabent Cyn.), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Make. Bright red head and body, with black back and wings. Clearly visible at top of dead oak."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 08:46 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. In the large sycamore by the bike path, near the west end of El Carro Lane."

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Date: 3/29/19 3:55 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (Himantopus mexicanus mexicanus) (9) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 10:15 by Erik Dodos
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
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Date: 3/28/19 2:35 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Atascadero Creek March 28
This morning, I walked the path along Atascadero Creek from Patterson Avenue to Ward Drive.  It was a very birdy morning with lots of birdsong and activity from permanent residents and over-wintering species.  Highlights were 3 Chestnut-backed Chickadees, 2 singing Warbling Vireos, and 2 singing Wilson's Warblers.  A Peregrine Falcon flew over the ag fields north of the path and a Hooded Oriole was in the last willow between the fields and the path (next to Ward Drive).  This area will only get better in the days ahead.
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Date: 3/28/19 12:59 pm
From: Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bonaparte's Gull and Common Merganser at Goleta beach
Hi
On the sand opposite the east end of the Goleta Beach park parking lot at 10 this morning there was I think an immature Bonaparte's Gull. 
   Smarter people than I, should they be so lucky to refind it, can maybe suss out that it is not a Little Gull or a Black Headed Gull...unlikely but...
Orange legs, the Black Spot, small and agile, it was chasing flies and seemed good at it. It may have gone to rest with the other gulls eventually, I thought I saw it but no scope, no hope. I hadn't noticed Bonaparte's or Laughing Gulls that I have seen ever fly chasing like that, very cute. I took photos and haven't time right now to be more definitive, maybe later.
The Merganser I think is a ruddy headed Common Merganser, again, I took photos but haven't the time for any bookishness at the moment.
Two pairs of Geese now in and around the park as well.
The rookery seemed normal despite the gas drill rig clankery going on right next to them, indeed, I today saw a second Great Egret nest occupied I hadn't noticed before along with Cormorants and GBH comings and goings. 
A beautiful day to be there, even if you are not nesting.!
Happy birding.
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Date: 3/28/19 3:52 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Townsend's Solitaire (1 report)
- Common Grackle (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2019 12:50 by Teale Fristoe
- UC Santa Barbara--West Campus Bluff Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4093262,-119.8750877&ll=34.4093262,-119.8750877
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54290738
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Kingbird with large bill, all dark tail, and yellow wash on light breast. Just west of the southwest corner of Isla Vista."

Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2019 09:26 by margeNdon thornton
- FigueroaMtnPullout, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7422167,-120.0160167&ll=34.7422167,-120.0160167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54270819
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Gray bird with round head, somewhat lighter underneath, prominent white eye-ring, small conical black beak, wing feathers drab"

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) (5)
- Reported Mar 27, 2019 14:00 by Peter Jungblut
- Santa Barbara Breakwater, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4062989,-119.6882558&ll=34.4062989,-119.6882558
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54290551
- Comments: "together with feral pigeons nearby the restaurant"

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Date: 3/27/19 6:45 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North County Birds
Peter Schneekloth and I birded Barka Slough today.  It was a pretty good day with about 50 species identified.  Checklist is here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54284291
On the way home, I saw about 120 Tri-Colored Blackbirds on the Lompoc Casmalia Road between Associated Road and the road to Casmalia Resources.  The following checklist contains a photo of a few of the Trikes (and a couple of Starlings).
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54292785
Finally, I got home and checked my GameCam to see if it captured the Black Headed Grosbeaks that showed up in my yard yesterday.  The attached checklist includes a photo from the GameCam.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54284751

 

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Date: 3/27/19 3:50 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 08:57 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S54263932
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in the first pond along the north trail from the bridge, in almost the same spot as the Solitary Sandpiper seen on 7 November 2018. A tapered beak, black at the tip, yellow-green at the base. White eye-ring very prominent. Back speckled along feather edges. The legs were full immersed and so not visible."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2019 10:40 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54258589
- Comments: "Singing male continues"

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Date: 3/26/19 11:39 pm
From: Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Swallows and spring things at Las Cruzitas
Birds are moving. On Sunday I had a big push (400+) Rough-winged Swallows with a few Tree and one Violet-green.  Today (Tuesday) I had 300+ Cliff Swallows, 20 Rough-winged,  20 Tree, a few Violet-green.  Big change in just two days.
FOS birds:  first female Bullock's Oriole arrived on Saturday the 23rd.  (the first male Bullocks and male Hooded were on the 14th)  First Lawrence's Goldfinch was Saturday also (a little late) and first Western Kingbird was on Sunday.  Still lots of Rufous Hummers with the first females arriving this weekend also, but nobody else yet.
Getting ready for spring!
Cruz PhillipsLas Cruzitas RanchSanta Ynez

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Date: 3/26/19 11:03 pm
From: Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Heerman's Gulls and Redtails at Goleta Beach and a crane
Goleta Beach this afternoon saw a visit from 50 !!! immature Heermann's Gulls. There were about 23 Brown Pelicans resting near the inlet as well as a dozen DC Cormorants, some sporting their spiffy new white head feathers. The only adult HGull I saw was the adult that has an injured foot, begging up in the parking lot. It seems to have recovered some function and can limp on it now. It is very fast despite the injury and it's bold and aggressive behavior shows how it can make a living wrangling fish from other gulls around Brown Pelicans. It impressively beats the larger gulls easily to thrown food even with an iffy foot.
  Remember several years ago after the nesting/breeding failures on the Mexican islands site and seeing immature Heermann's Gulls were very rare, so seeing 50 of them was amazing. A month ago I saw 42 with 8 adults, there were no adults with this squad, and no immature/adult pairs begging behavior that I saw a month ago.

  The Park's new resident juvenile Red Tail scored a dead pigeon from a Peregrine and demolished it up on the pole over the viewing stand. This is likely the same one that someone posted pictures of on edhat as being almost drowned on the beach a few weeks ago.
  Last week I watched it attack the Kingfisher nest hole below the gas company road, the Kingfisher Pair had just been there in a loud wrangle to select a nest ( and I have not seen or heard as a pair since) and a few minutes later this same Red Tail juv. flew in and hung onto the bank while it stuck a leg in the hole and grabbed for any residents, finding none...yet. And it is recent juvenile less than a year old! Very tricky...then it flew down into the cliff side beach wrack and hopped around. It perched there on a low bush for ten minutes and then was stooped on by Mom. Baby went back to the park, mom cruised the Eucs and went back over the gas company field. Territorial correction registered, maybe.
  As it flew low over the parking lot all the 100+ gulls and the 40 terns all launched, the Red Tail (even carrying the dead pigeon) skimmed several tree tops as it made its way to the pole by the stand. Earlier in the morning I had seen a pair of Red Tail adults do the same treetop contact skim as well, and don't think I had ever seen them hunt low like that. Mockers and Spotted Towhees, Acorn Woodpeckers,  and so many more are perched on treetops singing right now, so it is an appropriate hunting technique instead of the usual soaring and stoop technique I have always seen before from RedTails. The skim I saw was a faster and stealthier attack, different than the usually lazy glide we usually see the adult RTs do along the Eucalyptus grove.
 A small flock of dozen Whimbrels and Willets glided around near the gulls as well. Three Pied Bill Grebes swam and fished together, reminding me of the time last year I saw a gathering of a dozen Pied Bills resting together there. The Buffleheads are long gone and missed.

Okok, NOT a crane, but a drill rig!
Alarmingly, there is a new drill rig on the gas company property right adjacent to the Heron/Egret rookery!!!
How thoughtless! They could wait a few months, but no.
The Great Egrets nest was still occupied as well as the several 6-8 Great Blue Herons and several Cormorant nests. The drill rig was quiet today after they erected it this morning. Ranger Mark said when they erected it there was a strong gas smell in the park and the fire department was called out for it. The drill rig is loud and clanky when in operation. maybe they will wait to use it, but I have little expectation they will do so.
Many people don't know the bluff behind the Eucalyptus grove is a large natural gas storage facility, the gas is injected in the ground there...similar to the one that exploded in LA a few years ago. Yikes!
The gas company also 'owns' the land where the rig is set up, and somewhere is someone who knows the exact status of the federally protected nature reserve there as well. People sometimes try to hike and wander there below the rookery and the rangers warn them out because they can be fined by the feds heavily...yet there seems no information sign about it that I have seen. I am counting on the Audubon folks to be on this issue and know more about it than I.
happy birding!
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Date: 3/26/19 12:34 pm
From: Maggie Sherriffs <maggiesherriffs...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tricolored Blackbird at Dune Pond
Yesterday Amanda Heinrich saw a male Tricolored Blackbird at the Dune Pond in the Coal Oil Point Reserve.

Maggie Sherriffs
Goleta
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Date: 3/25/19 7:18 am
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Red-winged Blackbirds breeding in March
I saw a female carrying nesting material at the Dune Pond. There are also RWBL at Mesa x Los Carneros.


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Date: Sun, Mar 24, 2019, 11:10 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Red-winged Blackbirds breeding in March


Today Nick L. reported many Red-winged Blackbirds building nests at the Dune Pond at Coal Oil Point Reserve. I have also seen Red-wings in winter in perfectly good habitats assuming territories and displaying as though they are taking the first steps toward breeding. Following up on those observations in spring, however, have shown that sometimes the birds leave these habitats. I couldnt figure out what caused them to abandon these early breeding efforts.


I looked at the Birds of North America species account for RwBl. It turns out that . . . only the female builds the nest, although the male performs Symbolic Nest-site Selection Display, during which the male picks up and manipulates nest material; similarly, during the Symbolic Nest-building Display, nest-building movements are performed in an existing nest.


I then checked the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study. Of 92 RwBl breeding records only two records indicate nest building in late March and the majority of nest building occurs after mid April. Therefore, if Nick saw females building the nest, that would be a very early record that we would want to get into the BBS database.


Would someone offer to follow up on these indications of early nest building at the Dune Pond and document nesting here and in other marshes in the county?


To find those marshes where Red-winged Blackbirds have nested, use the BBS.

Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj Stay in Table mode.

Click on the blue Filter button, choose 4-letter Code > type RWBL, click Find

Set a 2nd Filter.

Click on the blue Filter button, choose Locality.

Scroll up and down through the locations to find areas you wish to go to. Click the box to the left of that, or those, locations and read the details of previous breeding records. A few records have photos associated with them and those may be helpful. You could also do the same motions in Map mode. Click on the red dots for the details.



Submitting records at the Audubon Website: For several days weve had a problem with the SB Audubon web site where you usually can submit your observations. We expect to solve the problem soon. You can always submit using either of these forms, then emailing your data to Mark.

This link will download the Excel Data Entry file https://goo.gl/HpNvnb

This link will download the fillable PDF Data Entry file https://goo.gl/0GeW12


Thanks for your patience with the website and please report breeding Red-winged Blackbirds.


Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara



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Date: 3/25/19 3:45 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
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- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)

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Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 11:11 by Joey Negreann
- (34.0065,-119.7631), Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "Sapsucker with red throat with partial border of black below not continuing up to the face to separate it from YBSA. The bird was very flighty and did not get a good look at the nape but am very confident about the throat observation to distinguish it from RBSA."

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Date: 3/24/19 11:11 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red-winged Blackbirds breeding in March
Today Nick L. reported many Red-winged Blackbirds building nests at the Dune Pond at Coal Oil Point Reserve. I have also seen Red-wings in winter in perfectly good habitats assuming territories and displaying as though they are taking the first steps toward breeding. Following up on those observations in spring, however, have shown that sometimes the birds leave these habitats. I couldn’t figure out what caused them to abandon these early breeding efforts.

I looked at the Birds of North America species account for RwBl. It turns out that “ . . . only the female builds the nest, although the male performs Symbolic Nest-site Selection Display, during which the male picks up and manipulates nest material; similarly, during the Symbolic Nest-building Display, nest-building movements are performed in an existing nest.”

I then checked the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study. Of 92 RwBl breeding records only two records indicate nest building in late March and the majority of nest building occurs after mid April. Therefore, if Nick saw females building the nest, that would be a very early record that we would want to get into the BBS database.

Would someone offer to follow up on these indications of early nest building at the Dune Pond and document nesting here and in other marshes in the county?

To find those marshes where Red-winged Blackbirds have nested, use the BBS.
Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj Stay in Table mode.
Click on the blue Filter button, choose 4-letter Code > type RWBL, click Find
Set a 2nd Filter.
Click on the blue Filter button, choose Locality.
Scroll up and down through the locations to find areas you wish to go to. Click the box to the left of that, or those, locations and read the details of previous breeding records. A few records have photos associated with them and those may be helpful. You could also do the same motions in Map mode. Click on the red dots for the details.

Submitting records at the Audubon Website: For several days we’ve had a problem with the SB Audubon web site where you usually can submit your observations. We expect to solve the problem soon. You can always submit using either of these forms, then emailing your data to Mark.
This link will download the Excel Data Entry file https://goo.gl/HpNvnb
This link will download the fillable PDF Data Entry file https://goo.gl/0GeW12

Thanks for your patience with the website and please report breeding Red-winged Blackbirds.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

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Date: 3/24/19 6:44 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] COPR
All,

I walked the beach from Calle Majorca west to the trail to the Dune Pond
and then around Devereux with a scan of NCOS. I was looked for migrant
shorebirds but the only ones evident were 27 or so Western Sandpipers. A
single Dunlin was likely a wintering bird.

The Dune Pond has a lot of water, even reaching past the tules at the south
end. Very little on the pond, but a Sora was calling and many RW Blackbird
were nest building. Not sure if there is too much water for it to be
suitable for shorebirds this fall, but a good chance. The long drought has
killed off much of the tules on the N part and I think the deep water
should kill off the salicornia, so there is decent chance for more
extensive shorebird habitat this fall.

Devereux has enough water to be potentially good this spring although it is
extremely shallow and could dry out quickly.

Nick

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Date: 3/24/19 1:35 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mystery singer reveled
A week ago I heard an unfamiliar song in my yard but couldn't find the singer. This morning he was singing again, and this time I clapped eyes on him; I was surprised to see a Lincoln's Sparrow in full song, the first I have knowingly heard sing along the coast. Hormones are raging.
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Santa Barbara

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Date: 3/24/19 3:43 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 08:50 by Kris Ohlenkamp
- Richardson Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.946546,-119.6853054&ll=34.946546,-119.6853054
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54153494
- Comments: "He is still there - near the bridge."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 15:00 by Judy Matsuoka
- 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/view/checklist/S54155248
- Comments: "Known bird here. Black head, brick red below. Sharp bill. Photo to be added"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 15:00 by Jim Moore
- 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/view/checklist/S54156708
- Comments: "Known bird here. Black head, brick red below. Sharp bill. Photo to be added"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 12:00 by Becky Turley
- 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/view/checklist/S54158502
- Comments: "Continuing near end of El Carro. Foraging in Cape Honeysuckle. brick red bird with black head. Photos."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 11:00 by Erik Dodos
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54141539
- Comments: "Continuing at this location. Was bobbing tail and fluttering on the southern most fence. Have pics. Didn’t get a great look as my cameras battery died but noticed yellow undertail coverts and white supercilium. Need to review pics because I thought I saw a rufous cap. "

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Date: 3/23/19 4:50 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Colson Canyon
All:
I visited Colson Canyon this morning.  Conditions were poor at the start and deteriorated into a rained out birding trip.  However, birding (and wildflowering) is heating up.  House Wrens are singing relentlessly, Warbling Vireos are returning, Pacific Slope Flycatchers are returning and Canyon Wrens were heard and seen at a couple of locations.  It's definitely worth a visit but bring your truck or Subaru.  Several flowing creeks have to be crossed and a couple of locations require a little extra clearance.  Checklist with a couple of photos attached.
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Date: 3/23/19 3:35 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2019 09:22 by Peter Schneekloth
- Quiota Creek (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5623967,-120.088377&ll=34.5623967,-120.088377
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54107290
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Bird still showing much juv plumage, by this time of year Red-naped or Red-breasted should look more adult like."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2019 11:05 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54109952
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Singing - detected by song. Perched on wire. Small sparrow with obvious eyering and no other distinguishing marks."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2019 08:14 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/view/checklist/S54102495
- Comments: "Continuing wintering bird, presumably. Distinctive chip, relatively heavy beak, yellow overall. Relatively bright individual."

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Date: 3/22/19 5:03 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Orioles on Santa Monica Creek
I forgot to post this . . . 
Yesterday (March 21) after the morning rain shower, I had time for a short walk along Santa Monica Creek in Carpinteria.  I found the continuing Orchard Oriole in the large sycamore tree a little way beyond the Cape Honeysuckle hedge where it has been found in the past.   Also in the same sycamore were three different Bullock's Orioles:  A deep orange adult male, a golden yellow adult male, and a rather washed-out female, perhaps a young bird.
A good-sized flock of Cedar Waxwings was in the neighborhood, and the Cape Honeysuckle had several hummingbirds, including 2 adult male Allen's and one adult male Rufous.  I did not get the continuing Nashville Warbler.
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Date: 3/22/19 3:35 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
In response to request for the location, the bird was just up the hill from the end of the pavement as you drive south on Refugio Rd. About where the marker is here:ACME Mapper 2.2


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On ‎Friday‎, ‎March‎ ‎22‎, ‎2019‎ ‎03‎:‎23‎:‎12‎ ‎PM‎ ‎PDT, Florence Sanchez <sanchezucsb11...> wrote:

Good find,  Could you please give some details as to the location?
Thanks,Florence Sanchez

On Friday, March 22, 2019, 2:54:43 PM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> wrote:


I would agree this is a Yellow-bellied.

 

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All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 3/22/19 3:23 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
Good find,  Could you please give some details as to the location?
Thanks,Florence Sanchez

On Friday, March 22, 2019, 2:54:43 PM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> wrote:

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I would agree this is a Yellow-bellied.

 

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All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 3/22/19 2:54 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
I would agree this is a Yellow-bellied.

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All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 3/22/19 1:04 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek
All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 3/22/19 12:02 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge
Wim,

Thanks for posting this. I have always wondered how to distinguish first-year males from females. Hopefully this will help.

Nick

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Related to this: Here is a good article on identifying mergansers
https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf


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Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge
Related to this: Here is a good article on identifying mergansers
https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf

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Date: 3/22/19 9:45 am
From: Janice Levasheff via Groups.Io <jlevasheff=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SB Audubon Website and Program Reminder
Dear all,
We regret to inform you that our website is down temporarily.
Our event reminders usually include links to our website, so information about this week's event is below:
    Program Topic:  An Alternative to Rodenticides:  Ventura County's Raptor Pilot Study for Levee Protection
    Speaker:    Dr. Karl Novak, Deputy Director with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District and former Director of the Raptor Pilot Study
    Date and Time:    Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm
    Location:    Farrand Hall, S.B. Museum of Natural History

    The Ventura County Watershed Protection District developed a Raptor Pilot Study  to determine if owls and hawks can be attracted to a flood-control level and provide better protection from ground squirrels than traditionally applied rodenticides.  Please join us to learn more about the exciting findings of this study!  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Free and open to all.


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Many thanks to those of you who have asked about it, and we appreciate everyone's patience.


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Date: 3/22/19 3:36 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Phalarope (4 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (4 reports)
- Brown Booby (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Bryce Lewis-Smith
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54080596
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Jessica Oswald
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077312
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Rowdy Freeland
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077859
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Josh Beisel
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54079256
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Josh Beisel
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54079257
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Rowdy Freeland
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077850
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Jessica Oswald
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077295
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Bryce Lewis-Smith
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54080597
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Bryce Lewis-Smith
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54080597
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Josh Beisel
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54079257
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Jessica Oswald
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077295
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Rowdy Freeland
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077850
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

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Date: 3/21/19 4:02 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Western Kingbirds at Mitchell Road in Santa Maria
All:
I saw 3 Western Kingbirds today while walking my dog at Mitchell Road today.  This is the first I've seen them this season.
John

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Date: 3/21/19 2:58 pm
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Area K UCSB overlook today 12:30
Teal - 2 Bl Winged, 12 Cinnamon
Duck - 85 Gadwall, 24 Ruddy, 54 Am. Wigeon, 100 Shoveler, 2 Bufflehead, 90 Mallard
Goose - 2 Canada
other - 110 Coot, 8 RW Blackbirds, 20 Violet Green Swallows, 4 Eared Grebe, 2 Mockingbird
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Date: 3/21/19 3:35 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Red-necked Phalarope (3 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (3 reports)
- Brown Booby (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2019 08:04 by Bradley Hacker
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54041085
- Comments: "Large Podiceps. Long bill. Bright white face contrasts with black cap. Red neck. ~90-degree angle between top & back of skull.
First seen in SW part of Lagoon swimming N; last seen near crew dock. Spends much time diving."

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Ryan Terrill
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046605
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Whitney Tsai
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046619
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by James Maley
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046618
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Whitney Tsai
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046280
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by James Maley
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046278
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046270
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Whitney Tsai
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046280
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046270
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by James Maley
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046278
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2019 07:11 by David Assmann
- 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/view/checklist/S54042317
- Comments: "Previously reported bird - brown wings and tail, gray head, pale yellow belly, olive gray upperparts, white chin, forked tail, thick black bull."

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Date: 3/20/19 12:08 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] A correction
For those who were on the great trip to Santa Barbara Ranch last Saturday and who are interested in wildflowers, I need to correct a mis-identification.
We were finding in the grasses lots of small plants with small, deep pink to magenta flowers.  It was identified first as a sage and then I called it "Seal-heal."  Neither is correct.  After checking with Larry Ballard, I have found that the correct name is "Henbit" or Lamium amplexicaule.
Like sage, it is a member of the mint family. It is not a native but is widespread in agricultural areas.  It is having a bumper year like many other annual and perennial species, both native and introduced.  I found an entire field of it on Highway 246 just west of Buellton a couple of weeks ago -- a solid sheet of deep pink.
Apologies to those I may have led astray by calling it Self-heal.  (That's Prunella Vulgaris.)
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Date: 3/20/19 8:04 am
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red necked grebe
SW corner of UCSB Lagoon

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www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/hacker/
LASS www.petrochronology.com
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Date: 3/20/19 3:32 am
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (1 report)

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Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis cismontanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2019 11:12 by Joan Lentz
- US-CA-Santa Barbara-433 Pimiento Ln - 34.4343x-119.6353, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434275,-119.635256&ll=34.434275,-119.635256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54012459
- Comments: ""Cassiar's Junco". This bird still present on ground beneath seed feeder in my yard, been here since Jan. 5. See photos in prior list from this location. Noted dark hood contrasts with slightly paler back and flanks, white outer tail feathers, white underparts. This is a group of birds within the "Slate-colored Junco" subspecies. Breeds in Canadian Rockies, etc."

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