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*** Species Summary:

- Sandhill Crane (5 reports)
- Lesser Black-backed Gull (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2019 13:52 by Seth Ontiveros
- 1564 Black Road, Santa Maria, California, US (34.933, -120.49), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9330763,-120.4900396&ll=34.9330763,-120.4900396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52617303
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 15:05 by Jamie Chavez
- Black Road Pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9316823,-120.489099&ll=34.9316823,-120.489099
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52612719
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. It was very close to the road this day feeding in the pasture immediately north of the pond."

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2019 09:09 by Mark Holmgren
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52615931
- Comments: "Big, long-legged gray bird. No further details available because the bird was 250 m away. Viewed by scope. Present since at least 12 Jan 2019, found by John Deacon."

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Julie Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52610366
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photo. At first in field east of flooded field. Later flew in close and foraged close to Black Road."

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Conor Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52581650
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photo. At first in field east of flooded field. Later flew in close and foraged close to Black Road."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 15:05 by Jamie Chavez
- Black Road Pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9316823,-120.489099&ll=34.9316823,-120.489099
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52612719
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "I met Conor and Julie at the Black Road pasture after receiving a message about a possible Lesser Black-backed Gull they had been looking at. After several minutes of scoping through all the gulls, it was located along the east shoreline of the pond. It was picked out by its very pale or whitish head and neck with contrasting all black bill. The bill looked rather straight and not especially large. It had a grayish area on the cheek below the eye. The lower belly and sides were marked with grayish spots at the sides of the neck and larger mottling along the sides and on the belly. It was intermediate in size somewhere between Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gull and was approximately the same size as a California Gull of which there were many nearby for direct comparison. It moved around and stood in profile for a short time where it showed fairly long wings extending beyond the end of the tail. Upperpart and wing patterning was noticeably checkered dark brown. Leg color was dull pinkish. Eventually, the bird flew and the large blackish tail band was seen. Upper wing pattern showed two dark bars and the primaries were very dark and nearly blackish. The bird returned to the water and wandered to the grass where it stood for a time and then settled down to roost. Total viewing time was about 45 minutes."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Conor Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52581650
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "This apparent first winter bird was very contrastingly dark and white (kind of a black and white look), with a bright whitish face and breast contrasting with darker back. Overall much less warm coloration than seen in neighboring immature gulls. On the light face, the area around the eye was smudged darker. The bill was all dark, straight-sided, and somewhat stubby. In the flight photos you can see a white rump contrasting with a thick dark tail band. Breast was pale with dark streaking or spotting mostly on breast sides. I only saw the bird from the side briefly. It showed what seemed like long wings that extended visibly out past the tail. I would have liked to have seen it at this angle for more time though. As seen in the flight shot, the inner primaries are dark, where a HEGU would have a lighter window here."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Julie Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52610366
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "This apparent first winter bird was very contrastingly dark and white (kind of a black and white look), with a bright whitish face and breast contrasting with darker back. Overall much less warm coloration than seen in neighboring immature gulls. On the light face, the area around the eye was smudged darker. The bill was all dark, straight-sided, and somewhat stubby. Luckily, Julie was able to get flight photos, in which you can see a white rump contrasting with a thick dark tail band. Breast was pale with dark streaking or spotting mostly on breast sides. I only saw the bird from the side briefly. It showed what seemed like long wings that extended visibly out past the tail. I would have liked to have seen it at this angle for more time though. As seen in the flight shot, the inner primaries are dark, where a HEGU would have a lighter window here."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2019 09:55 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52615417
- Comments: "Unable to photograph this bird. It was along the southern fence south of any ponds darting in and out of the cyclone fence. The bird’s behavior was most notable: it’s rear end bobbed up-and-down exposing bright yellow undertail coverts. I saw no yellow elsewhere in the body. Otherwise, the bird was conspicuously grayish-brown throughout. A long pale white supercilium was the most distinctive mark on the face. I am aware that this species is quite uncommon this distance (9.1 miles) from the coast of northern Santa Barbara County."

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