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12/10/19 4:39 am Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Scouting the Sta Ynez River
12/9/19 3:49 pm Steven Gaulin <gaulin...> [sbcobirding] White-throated Swifts
12/9/19 2:58 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Re: [sbcobirding] Ross's Goose @ NCOS
12/9/19 2:18 pm Pete Wolf <pete...> [sbcobirding] Greater? Scaups at Lake Los Carneros
12/9/19 1:59 pm Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Ross's Goose @ NCOS
12/9/19 1:48 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] TOSO at Miguelito Canyon Park
12/9/19 9:15 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp creek
12/9/19 9:12 am Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Carp creek
12/8/19 1:58 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Wilson's Warbler
12/8/19 12:48 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Devereux
12/8/19 12:17 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] SY Valley Birds - Sandhill Cranes, Pine Siskins
12/7/19 5:06 pm Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] 2 probable mute swans at SYRE
12/6/19 8:40 pm William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...> [sbcobirding] f/wy owl
12/6/19 6:44 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] North Campus Open Space monthly survey
12/6/19 10:26 am Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker?, no so fast
12/5/19 5:53 pm Guy Tingos via Groups.Io <guytingos=<icloud.com...> [sbcobirding] More Mesa
12/5/19 4:57 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] Armour Ranch Rd, 2019-12-05
12/5/19 11:18 am Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Yellow Warbler at Goleta San District
12/5/19 11:08 am William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...> [sbcobirding] owl on fwy
12/5/19 10:41 am William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...> [sbcobirding] owl on fwy
12/4/19 3:36 pm Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] continuing Eurasian Wigeon at GSD
12/4/19 2:27 pm Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] odd sandpipier
12/4/19 1:13 pm Pete Wolf <pete...> Re: [sbcobirding] Tropical Kingbird at Lake Los Carneros
12/4/19 1:10 pm Pete Wolf <pete...> [sbcobirding] Tropical Kingbird at Lake Los Carneros
12/4/19 1:03 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, 47 species with continuing SageThrasher, Merlin and Peregrine
12/3/19 9:31 pm Guy Tingos via Groups.Io <guytingos=<icloud.com...> [sbcobirding] More Mesa
12/3/19 6:15 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Two WTSPs
12/3/19 10:30 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] Summer Tanager at SBMNH
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12/2/19 1:30 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] FW: Alder Flycatcher
12/2/19 12:22 am Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] The Future of the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study
12/1/19 2:12 pm Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] Bullock's Oriole at Hidden Valley Park
12/1/19 1:06 pm Jim Hodgson <jimhodgson...> [sbcobirding] SM Foothill property 12/1/19
11/30/19 5:47 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] CBC 5 Circle SB County Map, 2019/2020
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11/30/19 11:14 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] SM Foothills this morning
11/30/19 10:07 am John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] New Flooded Field
11/29/19 6:16 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] Fox Sparrow
11/29/19 3:32 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Eurasian Wigeon, Greater Scaup
11/29/19 3:13 pm Mark Bright via Groups.Io <pywiack=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owls
11/29/19 12:36 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] NCOS Prairie Flacon
11/28/19 6:29 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Horned Grebe on Lake Cachuma
11/28/19 5:06 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Scaly Breasted Munia
11/28/19 3:35 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Rosa Rd Vineyard Ponds - Hooded Mergansers
11/28/19 2:57 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> Re: [sbcobirding] UCSB Summer Tanager, Goleta Beach night-herons, age and molt
11/28/19 2:47 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] UCSB Summer Tanager, Goleta Beach night-herons, age and molt
11/28/19 2:15 pm William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...> [sbcobirding] B & W warbler
11/28/19 10:30 am Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...> [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owls
11/27/19 4:40 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Laguna fowl
11/27/19 3:56 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Redhead status
11/27/19 1:05 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, continuing SageThrasher
11/27/19 9:49 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Redhead status
11/27/19 9:24 am Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Deveruex water levels
11/26/19 8:26 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Cachuma Boat Cruise
11/25/19 3:31 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Warbling Vireo returns
11/25/19 2:47 pm Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] NCOS Pied-billed Grebes
11/25/19 2:35 pm Eric Culbertson <ebc101...> [sbcobirding] Carpinteria birds
11/24/19 2:41 pm Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...> [sbcobirding] recent birds or lack of them!?
11/24/19 2:01 pm Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] NCOS and Devereux
11/23/19 6:03 pm Bradley Hacker <hacker...> Re: [sbcobirding] Sat birds
11/23/19 5:55 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Sat birds
11/23/19 11:14 am Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Davey Brown Trail/Fir Canyon - Varied Thrush and Pacific Wren
11/22/19 6:39 pm Jessie Altstatt <jessie.altstatt...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
11/22/19 4:59 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Lompoc
11/22/19 4:50 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] It's a little slow birding outside, but spend some time with your photos!!
11/22/19 4:42 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
11/22/19 4:40 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
11/22/19 4:38 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Lompoc
11/21/19 2:44 pm John Callender <jbc...> Re: [sbcobirding] Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria
11/21/19 1:42 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Eurasian Wigeon
11/21/19 11:49 am John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria
11/21/19 10:51 am Eric Culbertson <ebc101...> [sbcobirding] Northern Waterthrush
11/20/19 8:38 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and serious uptick in overall bird numbers
11/20/19 2:11 pm Pam Viale <pamviale...> [sbcobirding] Red crossbills
11/19/19 1:51 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] ORCHARD ORIOLE IN CAPRINTERIA
11/18/19 1:29 pm Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...> [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper
11/18/19 11:20 am Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Cachuma CBC Friday Dec 27th
11/17/19 9:36 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Santa Maria River Mouth
11/17/19 9:15 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] Unseasonal Black-Chinned
11/17/19 5:48 pm Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...> [sbcobirding] Big raptor weekend
11/17/19 5:43 pm John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Alisos Road Sandhill Cranes and Burrowing Owl
11/17/19 12:10 pm Thomas Turner <habarimbu...> [sbcobirding] Unseasonal Black-Chinned Hummingbird
11/17/19 7:41 am Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach YC Night Herons (3)
11/16/19 10:20 pm Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] Las Cruzitas Ranch - Saturday
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11/16/19 6:52 pm Hugh Ranson <zonetail...> [sbcobirding] Black-and White, Nashville
11/16/19 4:09 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Cemetery, Bird Refuge, 11-16
11/16/19 2:33 pm Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...> [sbcobirding] Las Cruzitas Ranch - Saturday
11/16/19 12:10 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sunset Valley Road - Varied Thrush, Pine Siskin
11/16/19 11:52 am John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria
11/16/19 8:59 am Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach YC Night Herons (3)
11/15/19 5:27 pm Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] Armour Ranch Rd + Happy Canyon Rd x Alisos Rd, 2019-11-15
11/15/19 12:15 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [sbcobirding] Two Tropical Kingbirds in Santa Maria - same spot
11/15/19 12:03 pm John Callender <jbc...> [sbcobirding] Carpinteria CBC Saturday, 12/14 - Call for participation
11/15/19 11:14 am Gage Ricard <sbgager...> [sbcobirding] American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros
11/14/19 3:07 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Happy Canyon Area Nov. 14
11/14/19 11:27 am Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes photo test
11/14/19 9:14 am Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...> [sbcobirding] SBMNH birds this morning
11/13/19 4:30 pm Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...> Re: [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes today
11/13/19 2:51 pm John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...> [sbcobirding] Tepusquet Road and Colson Canyon
11/13/19 1:37 pm Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and Wilson's Snipe
11/13/19 12:08 pm Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes today
11/13/19 10:39 am Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Mission Canyon and Rocky Nook Park
11/12/19 5:27 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes SYV
11/12/19 3:47 pm Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> [sbcobirding] Sanata Cruz Island and SB Channel, Nov. 11
11/12/19 9:12 am Alexandra Loos <adornature...> [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Audubon - November, December 2019 - Upcoming Events
11/11/19 2:34 pm Alan Prichard <alan.prichard...> [sbcobirding] Jameson Lake
11/10/19 2:01 pm Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...> Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
11/10/19 1:40 pm David Levasheff <levaweb...> [sbcobirding] This week birds
11/10/19 1:14 pm Bradley Hacker <hacker...> Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
11/10/19 1:09 pm Bradley Hacker <hacker...> [sbcobirding] Fig Mtn
11/10/19 1:08 pm Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
 
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Date: 12/10/19 4:39 am
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Scouting the Sta Ynez River
John Callender and I scouted the route I’ve had on the Cachuma CBC for 19
years. John found all the special birds: *Orange-crowned Warbler,
Townsend’s Warbler* (not common in winter on the north side of the Santa
Ynez Mtns), and *Chestnut-backed Chickadee. *All were seen in the vicinity
of Bradbury Dam at Lake Cachuma. The chickadee, also seen below Bradbury
Dam in the winters of 2011 and 2016, has never been detected on the SY
River upstream of Bradbury Dam to my knowledge.

Other interesting birds were Sora, Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren, and Myrtle
(Yellow-rumped) Warblers.



The *Cachuma CBC* is on 27 Dec this year. Contact Peter Schneekloth to
participate.


Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass

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Date: 12/9/19 3:49 pm
From: Steven Gaulin <gaulin...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] White-throated Swifts
Salvar Road is the first right off Via Chapparal N. of Cathedral Oaks in Santa Barbara. Salvar consists mainly of a bridge crossing CA 154. This morning around 10:30 there were at least a dozen White-throated Swifts flying low under and over that bridge. This is possibly relevant to the upcoming CBC and interesting given it's proximity to a probable swift nesting site under the Foothill Road bridge that stretches over Stevens Park.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

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Date: 12/9/19 2:58 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Ross's Goose @ NCOS
Gents,
I'm not convinced this is a Ross' Goose. It has features that suggest a
cross Ross' X Snow.
Mark

On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 1:58 PM Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io
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> There was what I think was a Ross's Goose at North Campus Open Space this
> am (Mon). It was on the south bank of the slough opposite the Phelp's
> Bridge (most westerly bridge at NCOS).
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> Adrian O'Loghlen
> Goleta
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Date: 12/9/19 2:18 pm
From: Pete Wolf <pete...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Greater? Scaups at Lake Los Carneros
Since November 22nd I have been trying to figure out if the two scaups at LLC are Greater or Lesser... the female was determined to be Greater last week but the male is still un-determined. This morning I did a quick run to the lake to see if they were still there... I only saw the male and got some video of it preening and at one point (about 5 seconds in) it looks like you can clearly see white on the primaries (in addition to the secondaries) on the left wing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPbRWlcKSok

After seeing the video from this morning I entered the male as "Greater" (as opposed to my previous Greater/Lesser entries) - eBird checklist (and still photo of video scene): https://ebird.org/checklist/S62174499

I also have this picture of the male from December 2nd... showing a large/wide black-tipped bill that seems to match the Greater more than the Lesser Scaup: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/191101751

Any information from someone who knows more than me would be great :)

Thanks!

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Date: 12/9/19 1:59 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ross's Goose @ NCOS
There was what I think was a Ross's Goose at North Campus Open Space this am (Mon).  It was on the south bank of the slough opposite the Phelp's Bridge (most westerly bridge at NCOS).

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

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Date: 12/9/19 1:48 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] TOSO at Miguelito Canyon Park
All:
I had a Townsend's Solitaire at Miguelito Canyon Park in Lompoc this morning.  It was near the playground equipment nearest the north bridge.  It was flying back and forth between a large oak and the Toyon bush by one of the picnic tables.  Hopefully it will stick around for the CBC.  I'll post on EBird later.
The only other "noteworthy bird" was a Red Breasted Sapsucker in the creek by the park host's motorhome.  BTW, the park host is very interested in birds and is keeping a list of the birds they have seen in the park.  
John DeaconOrcutt

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Date: 12/9/19 9:15 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp creek

The Redheads have become GW Teal! Amazing transformation!


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Date: 12/9/19 9:12 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carp creek

9:12 AM. Two Redheads

Rob Denholtz
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Date: 12/8/19 1:58 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Wilson's Warbler
One at the zoo where it meets East Beach. Slow going at the Music Academy.
Hugh Ranson
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Date: 12/8/19 12:48 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Devereux
The Mexican Duck hybrid is back down by the broken bridge. Also a Pintail, the Eurasian Wigeon, and 10 Redheads.

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Date: 12/8/19 12:17 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SY Valley Birds - Sandhill Cranes, Pine Siskins
My feeders have been hosting fair numbers of American Goldfinch this winter, I've been hoping they might bring in a Pine Siskin with them and finally today one appeared. The White-throated Sparrow continues.

Once the storms cleared I went and did a bit of light scouting for the CBC along Happy Canyon road mostly. In the Santa Ynez neighborhood just feet inside the circle a Ferruginous Hawk was perched. I buzzed through Gainey Vineyard nothing of real interest. Further out Happy Canyon the Sandhill Cranes were seen out in plain view at Aliso X Happy Canyon.

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Date: 12/7/19 5:06 pm
From: Don Tate via Groups.Io <osomocoso=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] 2 probable mute swans at SYRE
Saturday about 4:05 PM a couple of swans flew in from upriver, circled the trestle and lit on the water near the parking lot. They then flew to new positions twice in the next ten minutes. White with gray heads, necks, mid-wings and rumps. I was not au fait about tail shape, so I paid no attention to that. Legs were black, plumage just behind bill was white as in Sibley illus. Head shape seemed to match his illus. of mute. I had my Sibley on hand at the time. One bird showed orangish on side of bill. Odd if they haven't (?) been reported from here before.
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Date: 12/6/19 8:40 pm
From: William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] f/wy owl
Oops, turns out I can't id owls at 70 mph a couple of lanes over on the
fwy. Seems it was a barn owl.

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Date: 12/6/19 6:44 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] North Campus Open Space monthly survey
The monthly survey at UCSB’s North Campus Open Space was conducted this
morning by two teams, one team taking an eastern route, the other
western. 61 species were detected. Highlights include:

2 Greater White-fronted Goose

Hooded Merganser, young male

Burrowing Owl

16 Mew Gulls

Tropical Kingbird, present since 17 October at least.

Our eastern route checklist is here:

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Looking across Venoco Rd to Devereux Slough briefly we saw

Eurasian Wigeon, male

A few Redhead



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Date: 12/6/19 10:26 am
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker?, no so fast
I just read this very helpful post by Logan Kahle at the southbaybirds group, 250 miles north of us. It's about what it takes for a Northern Flicker to be a true Yellow-shafted one, as opposed to "just" a Red x Yellow-shafted intergrade. The latter is much more common in California than the former (the post mentions a 10-to-1 ratio). Here is the link, and below is the text as well:

https://groups.io/g/southbaybirds/message/20787 ( https://groups.io/g/southbaybirds/message/20787 )

In retrospect, I have been guilty of submitting dubious Yellow-shafted Flickers, but I'm going to try to do better this CBC season.

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>
>
>
> Hi All,
>
>
>
> I wanted to address an issue that has been very prevalent this
> Fall/Winter, particular in eBird, in the Bay Area and other parts of
> California--the status and identification of "Yellow-shafted" Northern
> Flickers. This taxa of Flicker breeds from the Great Plains east and
> occurs as a rare but somewhat regular vagrant in California.
>
>
>
> Flickers with Yellow underwings and undertails are not particularly
> uncommon in much of the Bay Area and finding one or two in a whole day of
> birding is not really unexpected. The vast majority of these birds,
> however, are intergrade "Red-shafted" x "Yellow-shafted" Flickers. These
> intergrades often outnumber (seemingly) pure Yellow-shafteds by more than
> 10:1 and while intergrades are not really a rarity in the Bay Area, "pure"
> Yellow-shafteds very much are.
>
>
>
> There have been many reports in eBird across all counties of the Bay Area
> of "Yellow-shafted" Flickers with the sole comments that they had yellow
> underwings. While a flicker with yellow underwings is definitely not a
> "Red-shafted" Flicker, wing color proves nothing about a bird being a pure
> Yellow-shafted Flicker. Below are some of the features which can be used
> to accurately determine if a bird is a "pure" Yellow-shafted Flicker:
>
>
>
> 1) Head Pattern. The absolute most definitive feature for flicker
> identification is the head and face pattern. Red-shafted birds have brown
> around the face right around the bill (often extending to a brownish malar
> on female Red-shafteds) and gray on the rest of the head. Yellow-shafted
> birds have clean peach-colored throat and face extending from above the
> bill to the top of the breast. If the birds throat has any gray at all, its
> a hybrid (for birds with yellow underwings).
>
>
>
> For reference, a "pure" Yellow-shafted Flicker face will look, more or
> less, exactly like this https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/83265481 plus or
> minus the black malar depending on sex.
>
>
>
> 2) Malar. For male flickers malar is a quick way to separate the two
> subspecies. Red-shafteds have red malars, and Yellow-shafteds have black
> malars. This by no means a flicker with an all black malar is a
> Yellow-shafted. It simply means that any male flicker with a mix of red
> and black in the malar is automatically a hybrid, and also that any
> seemingly pure yellow-shafted flicker, even if it ticks all of the boxes
> in point one, is a hybrid if there is even a single red feather in the
> malar.
>
>
>
> 3) Nape crescent. All plumages of Yellow-shafted have a red crescent on
> the nape, whereas Red-shafteds do not. Hybrids can have nape crescents,
> but sometimes they are reduced. A full red nape crescent will be found on
> all pure Yellow-shafted birds
>
>
>
> 4) Underwing color. While yellow underwings means nothing towards a bird
> being a pure Yellow-shafted, a hint of salmon is damning trait for any
> potentially pure birds. While there are birds in parts of the country
> which consume high-carotin berries in the winter and as such get a touch
> of reddish under the wing, I don't believe it is really worth considering
> these birds in California.
>
>
>
> An important point to realize with the identification of flickers is that,
> while pure Red- and Yellow-shafted Flickers show very specific and
> unchanging field marks, intergrades are exceptionally diverse. That is, a
> hybrid could look exactly like a male Red-shafted Flicker other than
> having a red nape crescent or a hybrid could look exactly like a pure
> Yellow-shafted Flicker with a red feather or two in its malar. So, when in
> doubt, err on the side of caution with any seemingly "Yellow-shafted"
> Flicker
>
>
>
> To reiterate the points a flicker with Yellow underwings in the Bay Area
> is very likely to be an intergrade, but if it seems like it may be a
> "pure" yellow shafted you have to look very carefully at a number of
> features in order to be certain of that identification.
>
>
>
> If you are submitting a "Yellow-shafted" Flicker to eBird, please keep the
> above points in mind, and try to address the specifically with regards to
> your bird.
>
>
>
> Anyway, hope this is useful for anyone interested in sorting out the mixed
> back of California Flickers.
>
>
>
> Happy CBC season,
>
>
>
> Logan Kahle
>
> San Francisco, CA

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Date: 12/5/19 5:53 pm
From: Guy Tingos via Groups.Io <guytingos=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] More Mesa
2 Short-eared Owls, 4 Northern Harriers, 3 White-tailed Kites around sunset this evening.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Date: 12/5/19 4:57 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Armour Ranch Rd, 2019-12-05
A quick check at Armour Ranch Rd got me 3 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS, so that's good
news for the Cachuma CBC. Alas, there are still no Horned Larks at this
location.

At Happy Canyon Rd x Alisos Rd I did not see the cranes.

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Date: 12/5/19 11:18 am
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Yellow Warbler at Goleta San District
Glenn Kincaid, Adrian O’Loghlen, and I birded Goleta Sanitary District and
Goleta Beach. One, possibly 2, YeWa were in the trees on the west side of
the center basin. Photos will tell . . . maybe. Eurasian Wigeon male also
present, 18 Blue-winged Teal, lots of Gadwall. Checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62020033


At Goleta Beach were at least 15 Black-crowned Night-Heron and 2
Yellow-crowned N-Herons, a nice smattering of gulls, terns.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 12/5/19 11:08 am
From: William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] owl on fwy
I meant to say: the officer was on the left shoulder just opposite the
Milpas exit.

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Date: 12/5/19 10:41 am
From: William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] owl on fwy
An hour ago (9:30) I passed a Hiway Patrol officer off his bike, on the
left shoulder, with his light flashing and what looked like a burrowing owl
standing next to him. He (the officer) was on the phone, presumably
looking for help in dealing with the owl.

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Date: 12/4/19 3:36 pm
From: Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] continuing Eurasian Wigeon at GSD
Along with the wigeon were five Canada Geese, 30-40 Blue-winged Teal, about 100 Gadwall and single Herring and Bonaparte's Gulls. The grounds closed at noon today which gave me only about 15 minutes to bird.
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Date: 12/4/19 2:27 pm
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] odd sandpipier
Carpinteria Marsh Park and Ash Ave. Beach, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

Birded this morning with Mario Borunda and found 40 species, all but two were regulars. There was an off-shore Pelagic Cormorant and one odd sandpiper in the Marsh Park. At first it looked like a Spotted but the legs and bill were black and whereas the resting Spotted has a curl of white in front of the wing, this bird showed extensive white scapulars on both wings. It was a larger than the Least Sandpipers with which it was associated. Your thoughts?

Complete list is at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61983584 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61983584>

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Date: 12/4/19 1:13 pm
From: Pete Wolf <pete...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Tropical Kingbird at Lake Los Carneros
Sorry, forgot to include the link to my eBird report (and pictures of the Tropical Kingbird)...
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61980314

Pete WolfBig Hammer LuresUnknown DazeTequila Mockingbird

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 01:10:16 PM PST, Pete Wolf <pete...> wrote:

I went to LLC again today in hopes to find the scaups and get more details about the male (Greater or Lesser)... they were not around... what was around was a Tropical Kingbird (got a picture of it perched together with a kite) and 21 Long-billed Dowitchers.

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Date: 12/4/19 1:10 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Tropical Kingbird at Lake Los Carneros
I went to LLC again today in hopes to find the scaups and get more details about the male (Greater or Lesser)... they were not around... what was around was a Tropical Kingbird (got a picture of it perched together with a kite) and 21 Long-billed Dowitchers.

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Date: 12/4/19 1:03 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, 47 species with continuing SageThrasher, Merlin and Peregrine
Once the morning rain ended it was a beautiful sunny morning to conduct the weekly Sedgwick bird survey. A group of two hit the pond, Ranch House and Tipton House area and turned up an decent 47 species. Highlights were continuing Sage Thrasher, Merlin, soaring Peregrine Falcon, Rock Wren and a Bufflehead at the pond. Complete list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61978922

For the entire Sedgwick Birding Crew

Peter Schneekloth
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Date: 12/3/19 9:31 pm
From: Guy Tingos via Groups.Io <guytingos=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] More Mesa
Early this evening, I counted at least 5 Northern Harriers, 6 White-tailed Kites, and a Short-eared Owl on More Mesa. No Burrowing Owls so far.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Date: 12/3/19 6:15 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Two WTSPs
All:
Caught two White Throated Sparrows on my GameCam last Saturday.  First time I've had evidence of two.
John DeaconOrcutt

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Date: 12/3/19 10:30 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Summer Tanager at SBMNH
I heard one calling this morning from the eucalyptus trees to the west of
the parking lot. Perhaps the same bird from last winter...though the
persimmon tree it favored is almost picked clean, as other birds have been
feasting on the fruit.

Rebecca Coulter
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Date: 12/3/19 8:02 am
From: Mary Thompson via Groups.Io <marydee2=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Northern Harrier at LLC
Our party of 4 had excellent looks at a juvenile Northern Harrier at Lake Los Carneros yesterday around 10am.

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Date: 12/2/19 1:30 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] FW: Alder Flycatcher
All,

The CBRC has officially accepted the Alder Flycatcher record from LLC. Thanks to Kristie Nelson for making this very difficult identification and getting the word out.

Nick

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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Alder Flycatcher

Hi all,

I know that some of you had asked about this record in the past, so I thought I'd let you know that the CBRC has (finally) accepted the Alder Flycatcher from Santa Barbara County in fall 2018.

Tom

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Date: 12/2/19 12:22 am
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] The Future of the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study
*Google* will shut down its *Fusion Tables* in 2 days. This marks the loss
of the nifty display and filter tool that we’ve enjoyed since 2016. Grab
what you need from it now. Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj



*What will replace Google Fusion Table for the Breeding Bird Study
data?* Nothing
right now. We’ve looked at 4 other programs that display breeding records
geographically, but as yet none fit our criteria—easy to use and easy to
manage.



*What happens to the BBS?* We will wait till another tool comes along that
is as user-friendly as GFT. Meanwhile, in 2020 *we will continue to gather
and accept records, including photo support of breeding evidence, to the
database*. The online data entry form at the Audubon website will continue
to serve as the primary means of submitting new breeding records. We
encourage one more year of intense data gathering. Our goal is still to
make these data publicly available and to advocate for the use of this
database because of its unique relevance to Santa Barbara County.


Adrian and I welcome questions and specific requests for information from
you and from other users of the BBS data.


Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen


The BBS is a project supported by UCSB's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity
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Date: 12/1/19 2:12 pm
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bullock's Oriole at Hidden Valley Park
Highlights at Hidden Valley Park this morning were an adult male Bullock's Oriole and female Western Tanager in a cotoneaster bush.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara

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Date: 12/1/19 1:06 pm
From: Jim Hodgson <jimhodgson...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SM Foothill property 12/1/19
Hi all,
At about 11:30 this morning one of the Short-earred Owls was scared up by a fire crew that was walking the property. It circled for a while and was last seen headed towards the north end of the west plateau.

Jim Hodgson
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Date: 11/30/19 5:47 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] CBC 5 Circle SB County Map, 2019/2020
By popular demand, here is this season's Christmas Bird Count map for Santa
Barbara County:

https://bit.ly/2OToquo

This map shows, to the best of my knowledge, the circles and dates of the
CBCs of Cachuma, Carpinteria, La Purisima, Santa Barbara, and Santa
Maria-Guadalupe. Compilers might want to check that they agree with the
positioning of the circles.

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Date: 11/30/19 2:48 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ring Necked Ducks at Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds
All:
To add to my huge numbers of Greater Yellowlegs at the soccer field on College in Santa Maria, I had 126 Ring Necked Ducks at the Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds this morning.  There were 96 on the southernmost pond alone.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61879492
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Date: 11/30/19 11:14 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SM Foothills this morning
Two Short-eared Owls continue on San Marcos Foothills Preserve this morning, along with Northern Harrier and White-tailed Kite. The burned grasses have revealed a landscape completely riddled with rodent holes; we saw gophers pop up here and there, now unprotected by any kind of cover. It will be interesting to see if the relatively easy hunting conditions continue to attract raptors. Loggerhead Shrike also present along the fence line at Hwy 154.

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Date: 11/30/19 10:07 am
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] New Flooded Field
All

If you are in Santa Maria, it may be worth a stop at the soccer field at Southside Parkway and College. I just counted 70 Greater Yellowlegs, 8 dowitchers and over 60 Mallards. A few other species are present too. It takes awhile for this spot to dry out so it should be good for some time.

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Date: 11/29/19 6:16 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Fox Sparrow
Been waiting for my Fox Spartow to return, almost gave up on him… got home from 3 days in LA and there he was, he seemed pretty aggressive and hungry.

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Date: 11/29/19 3:32 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Eurasian Wigeon, Greater Scaup
Today, Friday, November 29, I birded from Campus Point, at the UCSB Lagoon,
Devereux, and a bit at Lake Los Carneros.

Campus Pt: Seeing the winds were from the southwest when I left the house,
I thought it would be a good idea to spend some time here. But it was
pretty slow. The wind was blowing directly from the west when I got here,
and about all I could find were gulls, pelicans, cormorants, several
Western Grebes, and one each of Surf Scoter and Red-throated and Pacific
Loon.

Campus Lagoon. Nothing unusual and not that many ducks. Nick, there WERE
several Redheads here.

Devereux: The male EURASIAN WIGEON was here hanging out with Americans, of
which there were about 40. So maybe all the wigeons from Goleta sewage
moved over. There were decent duck numbers overall, including Mallards,
Gadwalls, Ruddies, Green-winged Teal, shovelers, and Cinnamon Teal.

LLC: A female GREATER SCAUP that has been entered into eBird was here. A
male scaup that, from photos, looked more like a Lesser, was not around.
The female was a hard ID. Fortunately, she flew and gave good looks at the
extensive white on her primaries.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 11/29/19 3:13 pm
From: Mark Bright via Groups.Io <pywiack=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owls
Found both of the Short-eared Owls that Larry found on the western part of the Preserve yesterday. Watched them for about 10 minutes flying and circling around the entrance area, landing on some of the boulders and the ground at times. Sometimes flying as high as a hundred feet off the ground but generally low. They had flushed a White-tailed Kite from the top of a pepper tree. Northern Harrier also patrol the area often. A Merlin, American Kestrel and a Loggerhead Shrike also seen.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 11/29/19 12:36 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS Prairie Flacon
I saw a Prairie Falcon at NCOS this morning. Water levels are still rising as Devereux Creek is still flowing. Very wet along the Ellwood Trails.

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Date: 11/28/19 6:29 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Horned Grebe on Lake Cachuma
In between heavy rains that left nearly an inch of slush on San Marcos Pass
summit, I scoped the bay at the mouth of DeVaul Canyon. I saw a *Horned
Grebe*, the first I've seen on the lake in nearly 2 decades. See strained
photos at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61829429.
Also an immature *Bald Eagle* flew from Santa Barbara Ranch across the bay
heading west. I heard and saw a begging fledgling Western Grebe following
its provider.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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Date: 11/28/19 5:06 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Scaly Breasted Munia
All:
Remember when you were excited to see a Scaly Breasted Munia?  I've got a flock of 20-30 on my feeders almost continuously over the last few weeks.  Of more interest is a White Throated Sparrow who has been here for about a week.
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Date: 11/28/19 3:35 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Rosa Rd Vineyard Ponds - Hooded Mergansers
Was already out and about so ran out Santa Rosa Road outside of Buellton to check some vineyard ponds. Birds were not there earlier in the week but had a pair of Hooded Merganser, pair of Ring-necked Duck and a female Bufflehead.

A White-throated Sparrow continues in my backyard.

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Date: 11/28/19 2:57 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] UCSB Summer Tanager, Goleta Beach night-herons, age and molt
To clarify this comment:

"So a bird that has the dull streaky plumage of a juvenile at this time of
year is probably not a second-year bird."

I'm referring to the under parts in this sentence.

On Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 2:47 PM Dave Compton via Groups.Io <davcompton60=
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> Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
>
> I set out to check Basin K of Goleta Slough, to see if there was any water
> after the rains, and found no standing water there are all. So, I ended up
> birding around the Student Health Center at UCSB and at Goleta Beach.
>
> Student Health Center - 1 subadult male SUMMER TANAGER in ash trees on the
> northwest side of the building, or the side next to Lot 25. This general
> area was moderately birdy, despite almost none of the exotic trees in the
> area (bottle brush, coral trees, and three species of eucalyptus) being in
> bloom. I saw a couple of bottle brush blossoms and about the same of coral
> trees. No other birds here of interest.
>
> At Goleta Beach, there was a good mix of expected gulls, including singles
> of Herring and Glaucous-winged juveniles at the west end and a Bonaparte's
> juv flying around the slough mouth. All three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS
> were in the roost, although the number of Black-crowneds was down to about
> 10.
>
> Some notes on the age of the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. I understand the
> logic behind the thought that these birds are late in their second year.
> But I believe all are almost certainly hatch-year birds. HY birds of this
> species undergo their first preformative molt from late summer to about
> October. This molt includes the crown, mantle, and scapulars, but NOT the
> wings and tail. So the darker crown and the new feathers on the mantle and
> scapulars are expected of HY birds at this time of year. As for the
> appearance of anything that has been identified as plumes, the "breeding
> plumes" of all North American members of this family except Cattle Egret
> are not actually an indication of alternate plumage (which night-herons
> technically don't even have) but are feathers that grow over a period of
> months during the fall and winter. So they are not feathers that grow in
> during the spring.
>
> The second prebasic molt of this species occurs from May to November, and
> that should include all of the body feathers. So a bird that has the dull
> streaky plumage of a juvenile at this time of year is probably not a
> second-year bird. Per Birds of North America, birds that have undergone
> second pre-basic molt should be brownish on the under parts.
>
> One more note about the BNA account. If you have access to this site, you
> should check out a couple of photos on the "Appearance" page that are
> assumed to be still in their first year and that both look older than the
> Goleta Beach bird, including one from September in Mexico that's considered
> likely to be in its first year despite having a more adult-looking head
> than any of the three birds in Goleta. Otherwise, that bird looks a lot
> like the Goleta birds. So, while I wouldn't swear by anything with this
> species, I think the evidence points heavily to the three birds being HY
> birds.
>
> Dave Compton
> Santa Barbara
>
>
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Date: 11/28/19 2:47 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] UCSB Summer Tanager, Goleta Beach night-herons, age and molt
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I set out to check Basin K of Goleta Slough, to see if there was any water
after the rains, and found no standing water there are all. So, I ended up
birding around the Student Health Center at UCSB and at Goleta Beach.

Student Health Center - 1 subadult male SUMMER TANAGER in ash trees on the
northwest side of the building, or the side next to Lot 25. This general
area was moderately birdy, despite almost none of the exotic trees in the
area (bottle brush, coral trees, and three species of eucalyptus) being in
bloom. I saw a couple of bottle brush blossoms and about the same of coral
trees. No other birds here of interest.

At Goleta Beach, there was a good mix of expected gulls, including singles
of Herring and Glaucous-winged juveniles at the west end and a Bonaparte's
juv flying around the slough mouth. All three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS
were in the roost, although the number of Black-crowneds was down to about
10.

Some notes on the age of the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. I understand the
logic behind the thought that these birds are late in their second year.
But I believe all are almost certainly hatch-year birds. HY birds of this
species undergo their first preformative molt from late summer to about
October. This molt includes the crown, mantle, and scapulars, but NOT the
wings and tail. So the darker crown and the new feathers on the mantle and
scapulars are expected of HY birds at this time of year. As for the
appearance of anything that has been identified as plumes, the "breeding
plumes" of all North American members of this family except Cattle Egret
are not actually an indication of alternate plumage (which night-herons
technically don't even have) but are feathers that grow over a period of
months during the fall and winter. So they are not feathers that grow in
during the spring.

The second prebasic molt of this species occurs from May to November, and
that should include all of the body feathers. So a bird that has the dull
streaky plumage of a juvenile at this time of year is probably not a
second-year bird. Per Birds of North America, birds that have undergone
second pre-basic molt should be brownish on the under parts.

One more note about the BNA account. If you have access to this site, you
should check out a couple of photos on the "Appearance" page that are
assumed to be still in their first year and that both look older than the
Goleta Beach bird, including one from September in Mexico that's considered
likely to be in its first year despite having a more adult-looking head
than any of the three birds in Goleta. Otherwise, that bird looks a lot
like the Goleta birds. So, while I wouldn't swear by anything with this
species, I think the evidence points heavily to the three birds being HY
birds.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Date: 11/28/19 2:15 pm
From: William Murdoch <williammurdochsb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] B & W warbler
The tipu trees at the Music Academy were deathly quiet at 1:15 (usually
there are at least many YRs chipping). In the trees on the east side,
facing Butterfly Lane, there were a b&w, an o c, and a Townsend warbler.
At 1:45 the tipu trees had apparently the same (female) b&w, an o c, a
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Date: 11/28/19 10:30 am
From: Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp=<aol.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Short-eared Owls
Two on the burned area of San Marcos Foothills Reserve along with a Norther Harrier. Ash on the ground, snow on the mountains.

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Date: 11/27/19 4:40 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laguna fowl
I took a look at Laguna Blanca late this afternoon, sans scope. There are pretty good numbers of waterfowl out there. Ruddy Ducks were most numerous, followed by Bufflehead (20+), with smaller numbers of Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Mallard, American Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck. Best was a first winter male Common Goldeneye. Also there were a Wilson's Snipe and a Bonaparte's Gull.
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Date: 11/27/19 3:56 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Redhead status
Hi all,
To add to Nick’s ducked-up duck deal. There are a few other duck species that are in very low numbers or are completely absent. I should mention first that I can not find any Canvasback Ducks even at location that normally hold a minimum of 30 and some years 60+. Then the Ring-necked Ducks seem to be dropping in numbers over the last couple of years. I have found one pond at the Alisal River Course, Golf Course that has 32, but that leaves us with less than 60 in the north county. Also, American Wigeons seem to be few and far between up this way. The Buffleheads seem OK for numbers but it still seems way low for what was normal. We had a few Northern Pintail pass through a few weeks ago, but again they are hard to refind. The number of Lesser Scaup has dropped like crazy over the last decade and now they are becoming very hard to find. We very low numbers of Green-winged Teal last Saturday at SMRE which normally has/had good numbers of this specie and the other mentioned species. I can say this though, the Ruddy Ducks seem to be doing alright. Other than the Common Goldeneye and the Hooded Mergansers at Mission Hills Sewage works in Lompoc it has been pretty grim.
I have not checked out the southern portion of our county for ducks yet. It will be interesting to see what’s going on down that way. Hopefully some weather will push some ducks south.
Not so ducky up this way, good birding.

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Sorry to keep up the doom and gloom on ducks, but I wanted to find out if folks have seen any Redheads on the south coast in the last week or so. Ebird shows that 10-15 birds arrived around Nov 10 spread over Laguna Blanca, UCSB Lagoon, and LLC. Brad Hacker told me he saw no birds at all on the UCSB lagoon a few days ago. I am wondering if we have any Redheads around still. This species has been declining locally the last few years and become increasingly erratic.

 

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Date: 11/27/19 1:05 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, continuing SageThrasher
In spite of the weather a small group of our Wednesday birders worked around the downpours and found 43 species. A decent count despite being limited to the area around the ranch buildings. Best birds were the continuing Sage Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike and unusual at this season around the Reserve a Townsends Warbler. Full list here:

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Date: 11/27/19 9:49 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Redhead status
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Sorry to keep up the doom and gloom on ducks, but I wanted to find out if folks have seen any Redheads on the south coast in the last week or so. Ebird shows that 10-15 birds arrived around Nov 10 spread over Laguna Blanca, UCSB Lagoon, and LLC. Brad Hacker told me he saw no birds at all on the UCSB lagoon a few days ago. I am wondering if we have any Redheads around still. This species has been declining locally the last few years and become increasingly erratic.

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Date: 11/27/19 9:24 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Deveruex water levels
All,

We had an inch of rain in Goleta last night and Devereux has filled up considerably to very bird-friendly level. Already there were quite a few ducks using it this morning, mostly mallards.

Shoveler may be the latest duck species that is in rapid local decline. Not sure there are more than 10 around Goleta currently. It will be interesting to see if they bounce back after the rain.

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Date: 11/26/19 8:26 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cachuma Boat Cruise
Lisa Nelms, Elaine Tan, and I boated on Cachuma on Monday, 25 Nov.
Highlights were 1 Snow Goose, 5 Greater White-fronted Geese, 2 Peregrines,
1 Lewis Woodpecker, and end-of-breeding breeding evidence for both Clark’s
and Western Grebes. The other story is those species and numbers of
individuals missing relative to previous years. See checklist
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61780948

In our fairly extensive survey of the lake we saw only 2 American White
Pelicans, 22 Canada Gooses, 2 Eared Grebes, no loons, no eagles, and very
few ducks.


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Santa Barbara

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Date: 11/25/19 3:31 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Warbling Vireo returns
This morning I came across a Warbling Vireo in Bohnett Park on Santa Barbara's Westside. Presumably this is the returning bird, now back for its SEVENTH winter. I missed the bird last winter despite considerable searching, but then again there were very few birds in the park last year.
Earlier I saw a spiffy-looking Fox Sparrow at Orpet Park on the lower Riviera. My best guess is that it's an intergrade between Red and Slate-colored. Interestingly, it was singing quite persistently. There were a couple of typical Sooty Fox Sparrows in the park.
I also looked at Lauro Reservoir and Rocky Nook Park without seeing anything of note.
Photos of sparrow and vireo here:
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Date: 11/25/19 2:47 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS Pied-billed Grebes
I've been wondering what the Pied-billed Grebes at the Whittier Pond (east end of NCOS) have been eating and this am I was lucky enough to see at least one item that's on their 'menu'!

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Date: 11/25/19 2:35 pm
From: Eric Culbertson <ebc101...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carpinteria birds
Hi all,

Early this morning the northern waterthrush continued in Carpinteria Creek at Sixth Street. Later in the morning I walked some residential streets off Carpinteria Avenue in downtown Carpinteria with the best bird being a nashville warbler along Sawyer Avenue. The tipu trees at Cactus Lane next to Smart & Final are holding lots of birds but nothing noteworthy this morning. East of downtown Carpinteria within the business park centered around Mark Avenue I had another nashville warbler in a small stand of tipu trees near Cindy Lane.

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Date: 11/24/19 2:41 pm
From: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] recent birds or lack of them!?
Hi All:
Got out this morning with Libby on this gorgeous day, birded the Music Academy thoroughly, including the tipu trees there: nothing to report. (seriously)
As of yesterday, the Yellow Warbler found by Dave Compton was still present at the willow thicket to the east of the parking lot at the Bird Refuge.
On Friday, I had good luck at the Santa Monica Creek Orchard Oriole in Carpinteria, as the bird showed itself at 9 a.m. in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge. After that I went to Franklin Creek Park, which was pretty dead, but both Franklin & Sta. Monica Creek have water, so birds are attracted. I also walked over the bridge and found myself in the Mormon Church Parking lot (across from the north end of Franklin Crk) where an empty vegetable garden patch has a pomegranate and a fig tree that lures birds.
A few of the Eucalyptus are blooming in Montecito, but it’t too early to tell how the show will go.
Paul Lehman writes of a general lack of birds in San Diego, except in certain areas, and he says Brad Schram reports the same in SLO county.
Perhaps the forecast rain will shake things up a bit?
Good birding and Happy Thanksgiving! I, especially, have a lot to be thankful for this year!

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Date: 11/24/19 2:01 pm
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] NCOS and Devereux
All,

I walked around Devereux via NCOS. The TK was by the Dune Pond. There were
3 Pintails and a Sora on the pond by the entrance to NCOS. I had snipe at
both these locations.

There were 6 Dunlin on the beach.

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Date: 11/23/19 6:03 pm
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Sat birds
A few moderate-quality pix here
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> Wes, Brad, and I checked the SMRE. Pretty much the same species as I
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> Falcon.
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Date: 11/23/19 5:55 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sat birds
Wes, Brad, and I checked the SMRE. Pretty much the same species as I reported last weekend but pelican and gulls numbers were down.

At Miguelito x Sudden, we had very nice looks at Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon.

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Date: 11/23/19 11:14 am
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Davey Brown Trail/Fir Canyon - Varied Thrush and Pacific Wren
Went out to do a bit of scouting for Cachuma CBC and was able to find two targets, Pacific Wren and Varied Thrush, along Davey Brown Trail. The wren was right at the old cabin site, the thrush about 130 paces S. Otherwise it was relatively quite along the trail except for large flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons, Stellar's Jays and lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets. At the top of the trail there is usually a concentration of birds including Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Purple Finch and other common expected birds. Full list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61678284

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Date: 11/22/19 6:39 pm
From: Jessie Altstatt <jessie.altstatt...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
I know that the squid fishing fleet have been working down between Pt Magu
and Leo Carrillo, possible that more seabirds and scoters are there also.

Thanks, Jessie

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 4:42 PM David Levasheff <levaweb...> wrote:

> We had two groups of 5 or 6 in Goleta Bay on Tuesday.
>
> David
>
> On 11/22/2019 4:40 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io wrote:
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> It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last
> couple of years.
>
>
>
> *From:* <main...> [mailto:<main...>
> <main...>] *On Behalf Of *Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
> *Sent:* Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
> *To:* <sbcobirding...>
> *Cc:* <main...>
> *Subject:* [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
>
>
>
> SB Birders,
>
>
>
> I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road.
> This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next
> stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds
> were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common
> birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries
>
> In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills
> Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded
> Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye
> and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea
> watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I
> believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out
> Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh
> yea,
>
>
>
> Wes Fritz
>
> 805 895 0685
>
> <wes-fritz...>
>
> Solvang CA
>
> --
> Nick Lethaby
> Goleta, CA
>
>
> --
> David Levasheff
> Santa Barbara
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Date: 11/22/19 4:59 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Lompoc

SB Birders,

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berriesIn the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea, there were 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls too. I then went to check out Miguelito Park, the dude with the blower was doing his thing. I do not think that mattered too much it was pretty birdless. Well, one bird was pretty coo, a really dark Red-tailed Hawk was circling over head while I was checking out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Although on the way to Miguelito there was one Ferruginous Hawk on W. Ocean near Lasallle Canyon Road. I finished my birding punishment at River Park, yep no birds to report from this location either.
I apologize for such a bummer report, but knowing if it’s good or sucky helps a lot when trying to decide where to go birding.
Yesterday at Gainey winery there was a newly arrived Red-naped Sapsucker near the entrance, the lesser Sandhills were still present and Cruz had a White-throated Sparrow show up
I thank you all that made through this dismal bird report, Good birding.
Wes Fritz805 895 <0685wes-fritz...> CA

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Date: 11/22/19 4:50 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] It's a little slow birding outside, but spend some time with your photos!!
All,

Mark Holmgren and Adrian think they want to close out the 2019 BBS data
real soon.

With birding so slow, why not go back to your photos from years past.
Check especially March, April, May, June & July. I was totally amaze how
many Breeding Observations I captured on 'film'. All you have to do is
check the BBS (only a week till Google takes down the Fusion Table
interface) and then submit your sighting or add a photo to an existing
photo-less sighting and presto, Mark & Adrian have something to do. I
think I added 8 to 10 today!

You can also check your notes!

Cheers and good birding

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David



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Date: 11/22/19 4:42 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
We had two groups of 5 or 6 in Goleta Bay on Tuesday.

David

On 11/22/2019 4:40 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io wrote:
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> It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last
> couple of years.
>
> *From:*<main...> [mailto:<main...>]
> *On Behalf Of *Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
> *Sent:* Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
> *To:* <sbcobirding...>
> *Cc:* <main...>
> *Subject:* [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
>
> SB Birders,
>
> I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell
> Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining.
> My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the
> expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds.
> The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the
> berries
>
> In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills
> Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had
> 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one
> Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and
> with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a
> unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was
> too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned
> Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,
>
> Wes Fritz
>
> 805 895 0685
>
> <wes-fritz...>
>
> Solvang CA
>
>
> --
> Nick Lethaby
> Goleta, CA
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Date: 11/22/19 4:40 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc
It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

SB Birders,

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries
In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

Wes Fritz
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Date: 11/22/19 4:38 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Lompoc
SB Birders,
I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berriesIn the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

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Date: 11/21/19 2:44 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria
After getting feedback from helpful experts the prevailing opinion is that the weird-looking oriole I saw might be a young male Baltimore Oriole (based especially on the head pattern), but there are details of the wing and body that work better for a Bullock's/Baltimore hybrid. For now I'll leave the bird as "new world oriole sp.". Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts.

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Date: 11/21/19 1:42 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Eurasian Wigeon
All,

There is a male Eurasian Wigeon at the GSD now. Still lots of BW Teal and other dabbling ducks.

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Date: 11/21/19 11:49 am
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria
This morning I was able to photograph the adult male Orchard Oriole that Florence Sanchez reported recently along Santa Monica Creek. Eric Culbertson had seen the bird earlier today and told me about it when I came across him; later I got good views of the bird. I assume this is the same bird that wintered here the last two years.

While I was talking with Eric we saw a different oriole in the big sycamore tree along the bike path just south of El Carro Lane. At first I thought it was a first-year male Bullock's Oriole, but it definitely looked weird, and in reviewing photos I think it may have been a Baltimore Oriole. I'd appreciate feedback from people with more oriole experience than I have.

Photos of both birds are in the eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61628044

John Callender
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Date: 11/21/19 10:51 am
From: Eric Culbertson <ebc101...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Northern Waterthrush
Hi all

A late bird is in Carpinteria Creek between the train trestle and Sixth street today at 1045.

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Date: 11/20/19 8:38 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and serious uptick in overall bird numbers
It was an "If you don't like the weather wait a minute and it will change" kind of day for our weekly survey at Sedgwick Reserve. The best birds were continuing Sage Thrasher, Chipping Sparrows and a Northern Harrier. Also notable was a significant uptick in the number of sparrows, juncos and especially the visibility of California Quail.

The entire list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61612043 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S61612043 )

If of interest I stitched together a few short video segments of the Sage Thrasher one includes a few soft vocalizations.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49098127121/in/dateposted-public/ ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49098127121/in/dateposted-public/ )

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Date: 11/20/19 2:11 pm
From: Pam Viale <pamviale...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Red crossbills
While participating in the Project Feeder counts today, I saw a couple of reddish and light yellow-green finch type birds.  After taking a picture, I noted that they had crossbills, a female and a couple of males.  They started at the top of my cypress tree, then visited our backyard fountain.  I live next to the Ellwood bluffs, so these birds are a Goleta sighting. The pics aren't great but Mark asked that I include them.

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Date: 11/19/19 1:51 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] ORCHARD ORIOLE IN CAPRINTERIA
This morning I walked the trail by Santa Monica Creek from Calle Real to Foothill and back.  I did not see or hear an Oriole on the way up, but on the way back I heard a blackbird like "check" from the Cape Honeysuckle bushes on the far creek bank.   I kept seeing movement, but it took a few minutes before a male Orchard Oriole moved into clear view, feeding on the flowers.  I watched it for several minutes.
Otherwise nothing of particular note along Santa Monica Creek.  I then went to Lake Jocelyn where I found the 2 White-fronted Geese John Callender reported but I did not find the Solitary Sandpiper that has also been there.  The lake level is low, so that by changing my location several times I was able to view the entire shoreline.  Still present here are lots of beautiful Green-winged Teal, and 3 Dowitchers. 
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Date: 11/18/19 1:29 pm
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper
Continues at Lake Jocelyn 1:28 pm. Also 8-10 GW Teal and Klldeer.

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Date: 11/18/19 11:20 am
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Cachuma CBC Friday Dec 27th
For those of you that have not contacted me already we are looking for a show of hands of those wishing to participate in the Cachuma CBC on Friday, December 27th. Many good birds are being seen around the count circle including Cassin's Finch, Townsend's Solitaire, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, Burrowing Owl, Sage Thrasher, White-crowned Sparrow and oh please will they stay Sandhill Cranes. More will be found by count day for sure. It's a big circle with lots of varied habitats needing good coverage to help maximize our count. Some of these outstanding bird areas have very limited accessibility so we are lucky to be able to bird them on count day.

If interested please reply to me only (Peter Schneekloth). The CBC Web page is still undergoing updating for this year but for reference: https://cachumacbc.wordpress.com/ ( https://cachumacbc.wordpress.com/ )

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Date: 11/17/19 9:36 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Maria River Mouth
All,

I checked this on Sat PM for about an hour. Still hundreds of Brown Pelicans and gulls, including 7 Herring a GW. A RB Merganser was the most interesting duck and 14 Aleutian Cackling Geese were present.

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Date: 11/17/19 9:15 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Unseasonal Black-Chinned
A couple people have pointed out that the hummingbird I saw at the Botanical Garden could also have been a Ruby-Throated, which seems true. I hope someone is motivated to look for it, as I can’t imagine when I can get back out there!

-Tom Turner

Goleta
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Date: 11/17/19 5:48 pm
From: Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=<ti.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Big raptor weekend
All,

I spent the weekend on the north coast and in the Cuyama in fruitless search for RL Hawk. I did see 19 Ferruginous Hawks, 2 Golden Eagles, 2 Merlin's, a Bald Eagle, a Prairie Falcon and a Peregrine. I was surprised to find 15 YH Blackbirds at Mitchell Road in Santa Maria.

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Date: 11/17/19 5:43 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Alisos Road Sandhill Cranes and Burrowing Owl
I was in the right place at the right time to see the continuing group of 6 Sandhill Cranes at Alisos Road north of Happy Canyon Road today. As I was walking the road I heard barking and then the trumpeting of cranes, and saw the birds fly out and land on the lawn of the house. A child then yelled at the dog that apparently had flushed the cranes into view, and the dog left them alone and the cranes presumably went back to the pond where they've reportedly been staying, but which is difficult to see from the road.

Photos in the eBird list below:

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I also saw what I assume is the same Burrowing Owl that wintered in that location last year. No photos of that bird, unfortunately; I accidentally flushed it from near the road before I realized it was there, then couldn't relocate it after it flew to the west. Other highlights were a Vesper Sparrow, a Prairie Falcon, and a distant Golden Eagle.

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Date: 11/17/19 12:10 pm
From: Thomas Turner <habarimbu...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Unseasonal Black-Chinned Hummingbird
We were at the Botanic Garden this morning and saw what appeared to be an adult male Black-Chinned Hummingbird. I am about 95% sure, but I didn’t eBird it because I think it would be exceptional for this time of year, and I didn’t actually see its gorget color. It was a big, long-necked hummingbird with a broad white band of feathers below the gorget and a long, slightly curved bill. It got my attention due to its flight sounds, which sounded a bit different than Anna’s or Allen’s. It was in the shade, so the gorget just looked black.

It was in the Manzanita Section, in the trees around the “book” of notes about pond insects. Let me know if you can confirm!

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Date: 11/17/19 7:41 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach YC Night Herons (3)
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Friday at 4:45 there were 3 YC Night Herons on a wire next to the viewing platform. They seem to very much like the wire at dusk. It was a good opportunity to take many photos.  2 are about 1.5 years old and one is a first year bird. The 2 older birds have some shoulder plumes and one has a beginning white head plume. Very few photos of these 1.5 year old plumages on the internet. Ron Hirst, SB   photos https://ebird.org/checklist/S61520073

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Date: 11/16/19 10:20 pm
From: Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Las Cruzitas Ranch - Saturday
And don't forget the two Coyotes!That was really great to spend such a good and educational time with all you nice people, I am so glad I finally could get to go.Thank you all very much for such a good time and thanks to our kind and generous hosts.And also my own thanks to the two nice women who accosted me a couple of days ago and pointed me to the Sandhill Cranes, much appreciated!Such nice people and such a good day.......Ken Hosterey

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Date: 11/16/19 8:30 pm
From: Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach YC Night Herons (3)
yes, they were pretty calm considering the 50ish Mallards, 30ish Cormorants and the feeding frenzy right below them!Several Cormorants were team fishing a school up against the muddy banks of the falling tide, in about 6-8" of water, in and amongst the 13 Snowie Egrets that had hopped in to join in the fray. Several nearby Stilts tried to not get run over, meanwhile the YCNight Herons sat on the wire and thought 'leave some for us please?'The fishing derby moved up the slough, the Snowies flying along following the Cormorants progress. A Great Egret stood watch, dignity intact, and a female Kingfisher and several Pied Billed grebes also watched.  Several flights of Cormorants flew in to roost,  from out the ocean, looking spectacular against the sunsety clouds..good times.CheersKen Hoesterey

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Date: 11/16/19 6:52 pm
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black-and White, Nashville
I birded the Music Academy of the West this afternoon. All was quite dull until I came to two Tipu trees outside the shop at the north side of the property (close to the freeway). These trees were loaded with warblers--there were probably a dozen Townsend's, plus many Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned. Best were a young male Black-and-white Warbler and a Nashville Warbler.
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Date: 11/16/19 4:09 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Cemetery, Bird Refuge, 11-16
I birded the Santa Barbara Cemetery and the Andree Clark Bird Refuge
earlier today. The only bird of note that had not been reportedly
previously, at least that I can recall, was a YELLOW WARBLER in the willows
at the Bird Refuge near the corner of Cabrillo and Los Patos Way (the
intersection east of the parking lot). I saw only one female HOODED
MERGANSER at the Bird Refuge (compared to two reported previously), on the
south side of the center island. The neighborhood TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at
the cemetery, near the west end.

I recall someone said numbers of shovelers at the Bird Refuge were lower
than in recent years. Well, they are here in numbers, now. I had about two
hundred, and similar numbers of Ruddy Ducks. The western part of the refuge
supports some decent shorebird habitat, but I saw nothing of interest here,
just some Least Sandpipers, a dozen Long-billed Dowitchers, the majority of
the 20 or so Black-necked Stilts in the area, a couple of Greater
Yellowlegs, and a few Killdeer.

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Date: 11/16/19 2:33 pm
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Las Cruzitas Ranch - Saturday
11/16, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

45 birders (!) met for the SBAS Field Trip to Las Cruzitas Ranch this morning hosted by Cruz Philips and led by Wes Fritz. While Wes had them earlier in the day, none of us saw the (Lesser) Sandhill Crane that have been in the area. On the other hand, several did see Wild Turkey off the 154 on the way to the ranch. A total of 41 species was seen during the morning, the lowest total I've seen in three trips there which gives you an idea of how bird-friendly this property is. Best birds of the day were close looks at a Golden Eagle and the appearance of Lawrence's Goldfinch in a horse pasture. Other noteworthy birds included a Northern Harrier flying over the ranch, Pine Siskin at the feeders outside the ranch house, good looks at Yellow-billed Magpie, along with several Vesper and Lark Sparrows. Many thanks to Cruz for giving us access to this site and to Wes for lending his expert guidance and comprehensive knowledge of our local birds.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay
SBAS Field Trip Coordinator

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Date: 11/16/19 12:10 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sunset Valley Road - Varied Thrush, Pine Siskin
I visited Davey Brown Campground and lower trail as well as part of Munch Canyon Trail off of Sunset Valley Road. Best bird was a Varied Thrush at Munch Canyon trail head. I had Pine Siskin at Davey Brown campground. Fox Sparrow was easy to locate along Munch Canyon beyond that it was a nice mix of expected birds included Red-breasted Sapsucker, Purple Finch, Hermit Thrush and more.

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Date: 11/16/19 11:52 am
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Solitary Sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria
I had good views of a Solitary Sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria this morning. Photo in this eBird list:

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With the December 14 Carp CBC still 4 weeks away it's probably too soon to get my hopes up it will stay, but that's never stopped me before. :-)

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Date: 11/16/19 8:59 am
From: Ron Hirst <ronhirst...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach YC Night Herons (3)
Friday at 4:45 there were 3 YC Night Herons on a wire next to the viewing platform. They seem to very much like the wire at dusk. It was a good opportunity to take many photos which I will post later. 2 are about 1.5 years old and one is a first year bird. The 2 older birds have some shoulder plumes and one has a beginning white head plume. Very few photos of these 1.5 year old plumages on the internet. Ron Hirst, SB

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Date: 11/15/19 5:27 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Armour Ranch Rd + Happy Canyon Rd x Alisos Rd, 2019-11-15
This afternoon I quickly checked the two subject locations.

At Armour Ranch Rd I finally had some SAVANNAH SPARROW, but I'm still
missing Bluebirds and Horned Larks here. There were also 3+ AMERICAN
KESTREL, 5+ Hawks (of which at least 3 were RED-TAILED HAWK), and just to
the west of the 154 was an adult male NORTHERN HARRIER. The hawks were hard
to identify as they were all far to the north, closer to Baseline Avenue.

At Happy Canyon Rd x Alisos Rd a GOLDEN EAGLE was being harassed by a
RED-TAILED HAWK, which was an unusual sight. Against the low clouds there
were also 4+ TREE/VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS. The field at the SE at the
crossing had a sizable flock of at least 30 AMERICAN PIPIT, along with some
WESTERN BLUEBIRD, SAVANNAH SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, but again no
Horned Lark as far as I could tell. Also present was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.

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Date: 11/15/19 12:15 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Two Tropical Kingbirds in Santa Maria - same spot
John Deacon recently found a Tropical Kingbird at the corner of Fairway
Ave. and A Street in Santa Maria where there are a couple of remaining
ponds at what used to be the site of a nine-hole public golf course, Sunset
Ridge. Now the area is mostly made up of industrial business parks but the
two ponds are still intact. I thought I would see if I could find this
kingbird this morning and to my surprise there were actually two there,
plus a Cassin's Kingbird for comparison. It's hard to say if two have been
there all along or if a second bird moved into the area since John reported
it last month. The two TK's tolerate each other for the most part but I did
watch some squabbling at one point. Not much else at the pond while I was
there. BTW- this is NOT the "A Street Pond" which is north of Betteravia
Rd. This location is south of Betteravia next to the new FedEx shipping
center. The ponds are next to the street but please be mindful of the no
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Date: 11/15/19 12:03 pm
From: John Callender <jbc...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Carpinteria CBC Saturday, 12/14 - Call for participation
This year the Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 14, the first day of the three-week count window. Last year we had 92 participants and 158 species; I hope we have as much fun again this year.

All ages and ability levels are welcome to join in. To sign up for the count, please use the signup form linked from the count's web page here:

http://www.carpwithoutcars.org/cbc/

If you have questions please contact me directly rather than replying to the list. Thanks!

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Carpinteria
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Date: 11/15/19 11:14 am
From: Gage Ricard <sbgager...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros
This morning at 10 a.m. as George and I stood at the dam at Lake Los Carneros, we watched an American Bittern fly across the water from west to east. We reacquired it around 10:30 a.m. in the south-eastern bay (near the muddy shore) standing in front of reeds. We had excellent looks at this egret-sized bird through binoculars and scope. In the same vicinity, we saw a Wilson's Snipe.

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Santa Barbara

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Date: 11/14/19 3:07 pm
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Happy Canyon Area Nov. 14
I went to the area where Sandhill Cranes have been found (Happy Canyon X Alisos Road) but none were present this morning.  However, I had a very pleasant morning birding, especially along the north portion of Alisos Road.  The Westerly Stud farm was watering its pastures and the water was attracting a lot of birds.  Ones of special interest included a pair of Phainopeplas in the pepper trees, many sparrows along the fence line (white-crowned, Lincolns, Lark, Vesper, and Savannah), and nice selection of raptors: Turkey Vultures (2), Red-tailed Hawks (3), Red-shouldered Hawk (1 heard), White-tailed Kite (1), Northern Harrier (both male and female), and American Kestrel (pair).  Yellow-rumps and Western Bluebirds were abundant. I also found two Robins and a hermit Thrush in this area.
The southern portion of Alisos Road had fewer birds but included a group of 6 Magpies hanging out with Blackbirds and a flock of American Pipits near the southeast corner of Alisos and Happy Canyon.  I did not pick up any Horned Larks with them, but I did not scope the group to be sure.
The Valley is beautiful this time of year with lots of fall color in the cottonwoods and sycamores as well as the grape vines.
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Date: 11/14/19 11:27 am
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes photo test
Sorry, just testing out my email issues, please forgive me.


Good birding

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Date: 11/14/19 9:14 am
From: Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] SBMNH birds this morning
To follow up on Florence's post from yesterday, I've been seeing a huge
increase in Robin numbers over the past week. They are devouring the Toyon
berries, which are at various ripeness levels all around the property.
Cedar Waxwings seem lower in number this season so far.

Also this morning, 3 Western Tanagers were in a conifer next to the
MacVeagh House front porch. They seemed to be eating the tops of little
cone buds, or something like that. Couldn't really get a close-up of
exactly what. I've never noticed them in the conifers much. As Florence
mentioned, the persimmons are mostly attracting woodpeckers right now,
since I expect the fruits are still pretty hard to get through. But once
they're open, warblers and kinglets tend to get in there for bits of fruit.
I'm keeping my ears open for that Summer Tanager...not heard or seen yet.

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Date: 11/13/19 4:30 pm
From: Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes today
Additional photos of the Sandhill Cranes at,

https://flic.kr/p/2hKp8wF

Adrian O'Loghlen
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Date: 11/13/19 2:51 pm
From: John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tepusquet Road and Colson Canyon
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On my way to Colson Canyon today, I witnessed about 100 Wild Turkeys in the newly cut fields near 4273 Tepusquet Road.  While I often see Wild Turkeys in these fields, this was by far the most I've seen at one time.  Several of the males were displaying.  The only birds of note in Colson Canyon were a single Pine Siskin, a few Rufous Crowned Sparrows and a Merlin near the perennial stream about 1/2 mile past the USFS gate at the terminus of Colson Canyon Road.
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Date: 11/13/19 1:37 pm
From: Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and Wilson's Snipe
The weekly survey at Sedgwick Reserve netted a total of 51 species with some highlights being the continuing Sage Thrasher and a Wilson's Snipe which is unusual on the Reserve. Full list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61424064

Peter Schneekloth for the entire Sedgwick bird crew
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Date: 11/13/19 12:08 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes today
Gayle Hackamack and Adrian O’Loghlen refound the 6 cranes reported by Cruz Phillips yesterday. They are at 34.62878 -120.00035, and best viewed from north Alisos Road (N of Happy Cyn Rd) then looking SE. They are foraging on an irrigated lawn near a house and a pond. Scopes best. A dog just chased them out of the yard; now they’re on a fallow field close to north Alisos.





And also seen, get a charge out of this!




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Date: 11/13/19 10:39 am
From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Mission Canyon and Rocky Nook Park
I did my frequent loop walk through the backyard of the SBMuseum of natural History and Rocky Nook Park this morning.  What was new this morning was a large number of Robins on the Museum Property--the first such gathering I've seen anywhere this fall.  Previously I've had only  sporadic sightings of individuals, but these birds were everywhere.  Not present at Rocky Nook though.
The persimmon tree on the Museum property continues to pull in various birds.  Today, it was woodpeckers--in a span of 5 minutes or so, I had Hairy, Nuttalls, and Downy all make an appearance at the ripe fruit.  A robin and a single Yellow-rump also visited the tree while I was watching.
The best bird in rocky Nook was a continuing Canyon Wren in the upper creek area.
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Date: 11/12/19 5:27 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Sandhill Cranes SYV


    SB Birders,
This afternoon Cruz Phillips found these 6 ( lesser) type Sandhill Cranes at Happy Canyon Road X Alisos Road feeding in the field. They were still present at 4:30pm.
  There was another report of some Sandhill Cranes a week or so ago? This may very well be the same group. Note that 5 are juveniles with one adult.

Good birding,

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Date: 11/12/19 3:47 pm
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Sanata Cruz Island and SB Channel, Nov. 11
I met up in Ventura with friends from Florida yesterday and we took the Island Packers boat out to Santa Cruz Island.  There was not a lot of seabird activity on the way out, butwe did encounter a huge group of Common Dolphins.  Birding on the Island itself was pretty quiet too, though granted we didn't land until 10:30 a.m. and were birding during the slowest part of any day.  However, we did get nice looks at the Island Jay, which is what we came for.
On the way back, things improved markedly.  We first encountered a huge flock of Black-vented Shearwaters sitting on the water.  As the flock broke up and flew around us, I picked out at least 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Pink-footed Shearwater among them.  Behind the birds was a very active group of Dolphins, which was joined shortly by 3 cooperative humpbacked Whales who put on a real show for us.  As we finally departed all the activity, we had a single immature Pomerine Jaeger fly across the bow.  This shows that sometimes very "dead" birding days can turn around quickly, and we thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle.
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Date: 11/12/19 9:12 am
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Santa Barbara Audubon - November, December 2019 - Upcoming Events
Greetings!

Please check website or Facebook page for directions, meeting time information or updates regarding our upcoming events:

November 16 Field Trip: Las Cruzitas Ranch ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/field-trip-las-cruzitas-ranch-6/ )

Meet at 9:00 AM, 1100 Alisos Rd, Santa Ynez

November 22 Bird Walk: Winchester Canyon ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/friday-bird-walk-winchester-canyon-6/ )

Meet at 8:30 AM, 7943 Rio Vista Drive

December 6 Bird Walk: Santa Barbara Harbor ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/friday-bird-walk-santa-barbara-harbor-6/ )

Meet at 8:30 AM, on the sidewalk next to the Sea Landing Sport Fishing Building (301 W. Cabrillo Blvd)

December 14 Field Trip: Lake Los Carneros ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/field-trip-lake-los-carneros/ )

Meet at 8:00 AM, in the parking lot behind the fire station

December 20 Bird Walk: Arroyo Burro School Open Space ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/friday-bird-walk-arroyo-burro-school-open-space-6/ )

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December 11 Program: Living with Penguins ( https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/program-living-with-penguins/ )

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Farrand Hall, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Date: 11/11/19 2:34 pm
From: Alan Prichard <alan.prichard...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Jameson Lake
Observed on and around the lake today:

50+ Band-tailed Pigeon
This flock has been growing steadily, likely because of the copious amounts of acorns

5 Dark-eyed Junko
5 Acorn Woodpecker
2 Western Scrub Jay
24 Ruddy Duck
This probably a conservative number

4 Pied-billed Grebe
1 American Kestrel
2 Common Loon
These two have been hanging around the dam for a month or so

2 Say’s Phoebe
50 American Coot adults, 7 juvenile
This is also likely a conservative number

3 Bufflehead
4 Mallard
1 Harrier
I’ve spotting this one regularly for the past two weeks

2 American Crow
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Eared Grebe
4 Ring-necked Duck
2 Hooded Merganser
1 Hermit Thrush

Some birds I’ve been seeing regularly but missed today include a pair of Green Herons that have been steady guests for  2 or 3 months, 2-4 Great Egrets and 3-5 Snowy Egrets.

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Date: 11/10/19 2:01 pm
From: Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=<verizon.net...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
Hi all,Just to add to the gull thread. Up in north county we are starting to get some Gulls. Last Friday 11-8-19 @ the Santa Maria Sewage Works I saw my first Glaucous-winged Gull, 20+ Mew Gulls, 9 Bonaparte’s Gulls, and a crazy number of ( 11) Herring Gulls and lots of Ring-billed Gulls.
Hey Dave, I’m just checking. Did you mean the hybrid Swan’s friend can’t speak, and is mute?😎
Good birding 
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On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Bradley Hacker <hacker...> wrote:

A similar clot of HeeG + WeGu + CaGu was at Campus Point Nov 5.The number of ducks (sensu lato) at Laguna Blanca explains the near-absence of ducks from the UCSB Lagoon this year (and last, as I recall).

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 1:08 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60...> wrote:

This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern. 
Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of 17 Greater Yellowlegs.
I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall, wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally, the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute friend.
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Date: 11/10/19 1:40 pm
From: David Levasheff <levaweb...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] This week birds
Tuesday:
We finally had 5 Ring-billed Gull at LLC and it looked like 3 more were
arriving. The lake also sported 1 Bufflehead. No sign of Green Heron.
The water spigots east of the ranger quarters at Stow Grove is
attracting lots of birds. Nothing special but at least one can stand and
pick birds to look at rather than looking for a bird somewhere.

Thursday I walked Atascadero Creek from Ward Dr to the Goleta Beach
bridge. I know there were two female Belted Kingfisher, but kept running
into more flying up and down creek, could not swear there were more than
two. At least 130 Coot, 1 Northern Shovler, 20 pied-billed Grebe, 3
Western Grebe, 6 eared Grebe. I counted 23 Black-crowned Night-Heron and
the two Yellow-crowned. About a dozen Lesser Goldfinch, White-crowned
Sparrows scooting around and a smattering of regular species, 32 in
total for a 100 minute walk.
I then did a drive by of the Mobile Home park lake. Lots more Coots &
Mallards, some Ruddys. Definitely had several Ring-Neck Ducks and what
looked like several Lesser Scaup though I did not see any female. I
couldn't dwell there as I had somewhere to be.

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Date: 11/10/19 1:14 pm
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
A similar clot of HeeG + WeGu + CaGu was at Campus Point Nov 5.
The number of ducks (sensu lato) at Laguna Blanca explains the near-absence
of ducks from the UCSB Lagoon this year (and last, as I recall).

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 1:08 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60...> wrote:

> This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned
> Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I
> think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is
> different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile
> pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern
> on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern.
>
> Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the
> west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a
> substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were
> Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be
> attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were
> several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of
> 17 Greater Yellowlegs.
>
> I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but
> there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice
> variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of
> Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall,
> wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally,
> the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute
> friend.
>
> Dave Compton
> Santa Barbara
>
>
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Date: 11/10/19 1:09 pm
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Fig Mtn
I went to the bird-desert-formerly-known-as-Figueroa Mountain this AM. I
have been to this site fairly regularly over the last few years and never
seen so few birds. The road had some birds, but the Pino Alto picnic area
and the top of Fig Mtn were desolate. I spent 38 minutes near the top of
Fig Mtn and saw a grand total of 6(!) birds--5 species. I saw zero sparrows
and only 1 towhee in 1.5 hr at Pino Alto and Fig summit; as others (e.g.,
Dave, Florence) have recently reported, RBNu, but no other montane
invaders. The only good news is that I saw, very briefly, 6 red-headed
finches that look like Cassin's to me; low quality pictures here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61334213

The USFS sign says that the Pino Alto road closure ended 20 Aug, but the
gate is still locked. Most of the woodpecker food (dead conifers) has been
removed from the mountain, so maybe the cutting and bulldozing are over.

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Date: 11/10/19 1:08 pm
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.
This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I
think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is
different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile
pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern
on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern.

Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the
west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a
substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were
Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be
attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were
several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of
17 Greater Yellowlegs.

I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but
there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice
variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of
Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall,
wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally,
the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute
friend.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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