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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 12, 2020 08:36 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72378334
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature showing some mature face patterns foraging at edge of slough east of bridge"

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COPR today

David Levasheff
 

Today I walked around COPR beaches and Devereux Slough with Katherine Emery.  I was focused on getting her to recognize species not on counting individuals. There was a good deal of oil and some birds with oil on them.

Highlights were:

on the beach east to the point:
1 Black Turnstone
1 small flock of Sanderlings
4-5 Black-bellied Plovers
Several Least Sandpipers.
1 Western Sandpiper
6-8 Marbled Godwit
3-4 Willet
4-5 Wimbrel

West of the point:
Snowy plovers of course
1 Juvenile Least Tern, banded (L Orange over Light Blue, R White over Orange)
A medium size flock of Sanderlings split between resting on the sand and working the beach
200-300 Elegant Terns back in towards the slough
10ish Caspian Terns.
More Black-bellied Plover about.

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Tern flock

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked the Elegant Tern flock on East Beach some time after 10 this morning.  They were all there (at least 500 of them)--none on the Sandspit.  Their preferred location was right next to the Mission Creek outfall but they were constantly up in the air and back down again, sometimes in different spots and often bunched together.  Some of their uprisings were due to the most inconsiderate people I've seen in a while, including a parent who encouraged their child to run through the flock so they could get a cell phone video of it with the birds in the air.  Some of the uprisings were for no apparent reason except that they are Terns and that's what terns do, I guess. No Peregrine to blame.

With the many ups and downs, sorting and resorting the flock, I feel I was able to comb through them pretty well over time, looking for any that were different.  I found at least one Royal Tern, maybe two with them but nothing else of note.  For the most part the Black Skimmers stayed separate--I counted 27 of them.

This sub-tropical air might send us something interesting along the beach or over the ocean for the next couple of days, so it's worth checking the beaches, bays, and ocean while it lasts.

Florence Sanchez

arriving waterfowl at Bird Refuge

Ron Hirst
 

6 Shovelers and 1-2 Eared Grebe at the Bird Refuge on Monday were very early. The grebe(s) in particular usu. don't arrive til late August. No Neotropic Cormorant was seen.  ebird checklist here:  ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S72310826
Ron Hirst, SB

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*** Species Summary:

- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 11, 2020 17:07 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72329745
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Male at the northwest edge of the reedy patch at the southwest corner of the lakebed. Bright blue, but darker than the turquoise of male Lazuli Bunting, dark at the base of the beak, dark wings. I considered the possibility that the lighter patches on the bird's lower belly (visible in one of the photos) might indicate an Indigo x Lazuli hybrid, but after getting much-appreciated feedback I’m comfortable calling it an Indigo Bunting."

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Re: Possible Indigo Bunting at Lake Jocelyn

John Callender
 

A few helpful experts have weighed in privately to say it's a male Indigo Bunting, so I've changed the ID back to that in eBird. Thanks!

John Callender
Carpinteria

Possible Indigo Bunting at Lake Jocelyn

John Callender
 

Lake Jocelyn continues to be dry, but the tall weeds growing in the western part of the lakebed were very popular with buntings this afternoon. I saw a minimum 10 Lazuli Buntings, as well as one male bird that I at first entered as an Indigo Bunting, but now looking at photos I'm not sure; there are some light patches on the bird's lower belly that might indicate a Lazuli x Indigo Bunting hybrid. I'd be interested in opinions on that.

Photos in the eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72329745

John Callender
Carpinteria

Virginia Rail

Betsy Mooney
 

I finally observed the Virginia Rail from Phelps Bridge.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S72286602 

Also, at one point, a troop of five raccoons made their way from NCOS, going under the Phelps Bridge, and disappearing down the creek bed. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

YCNH in Carp Reserve

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Monday morning, August 10 2020

Another Yellow-crowned Night Heron joined the one I saw yesterday at the white bridge over Santa Monica Creek. This second bird is a spotted juvenile. The first one was also a first year bird but was well on its way to adult plumage.

Also had a first-year Green Heron from the Franklin Creek footbridge. I hesitate to say that this species is now ‘regular’ but it has been pretty reliable over the past 6 weeks or so.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

Re: Leucistic Turkey Vulture, Alisal Road

Florence Sanchez
 

A note about additional Turkey Vultures:

I saw a good-sized flock (15 or more) feeding in the cut alfalfa fields off Highway 154 about a mile west of the Bradbury Dam overlook on Saturday.  This was around 10:00 a.m.

Florence Sanchez




On Monday, August 10, 2020, 12:46:08 AM PDT, Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack@...> wrote:


On Saturday August 8 along Alisal Road east of Nojoqui Park I observed a startling looking leucistic Turkey Vulture flying with a normally colored Turkey Vulture.

It does seem that the Purple Martins have left Nojoqui Park but I did see 14 wild Turkey across the road and east of the park.

Photograph of the ventral surface of the leucistic Turkey Vulture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/50209359766/in/datetaken-friend/

Photograph of the upper surface of the leucistic Turkey Vulture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/50209359556/in/datetaken-friend/

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Red-eyed Vireo (2 reports)
- Cedar Waxwing (2 reports)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 11:04 by David Compton
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72252353
- Comments: "Continuing adult. Two adults have been present previously, with one of them present since 4 August and a second present only on 5 August, when it was photographed by Hugh Ranson. The original bird has a more extensive and prominent white chin patch, and is an obvious adult. The second also appeared to be an adult, although the white patch was less obvious. The bird I identified appeared to be the original, with the greater amount of white. Otherwise, it was an all dark cormorant with a longer tail relative to body length compared to Double-cresteds perched nearby, and clearly smaller in stature. No yellow/orange was visible above the eye or in the lores, and the bill was duller compared to those of Double-cresteds. The facial skin was clearly orangish, but not as orange as in the Double-cresteds."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 18:10 by Michael I Christie
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72272251
- Comments: "One hunting in shallow water 'behind' island's Western mud-flat, close to group of Great and Snowy Egrets."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:21 by John Callender
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72261945
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, feeding west of the railroad bridge."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 08:37 by Tom Beland
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3967,-119.5275), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.396718,-119.527499&ll=34.396718,-119.527499
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72262252
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one juvenile"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 08:37 by Laurel S Luby
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3967,-119.5275), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.396718,-119.527499&ll=34.396718,-119.527499
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72262268
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one juvenile"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72259022
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "A vireo started scolding above us at 34.47132 -120.06902. My first thought was that this was a Hutton's Vireo. But the calls seemed too forceful, too loud. I made the recording. Upon playing back the call, the bird was very hesitant to be seen by us. It was seen only briefly by Lori and me. What Mark saw was a larger bird with a longer tail, white undertail, and white belly, and no more. The call matched and the brief look suggested ReVi, but I do not know the calls of all possible vireos. This one matches well the scold of ReVi. A ReVi was see on 14 June 2020 1.86 miles N of Hwy 101 as the crow flies. Our bird today was 0.37 miles N of Hwy 101."

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Lori Gaskin
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72261525
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "A vireo started scolding above us at 34.47132 -120.06902. My first thought was that this was a Hutton's Vireo. But the calls seemed too forceful, too loud. I made the recording. Upon playing back the call, the bird was very hesitant to be seen by us. It was seen only briefly by Lori and me. What Mark saw was a larger bird with a longer tail, white undertail, and white belly, and no more. The call matched and the brief look suggested ReVi, but I do not know the calls of all possible vireos. This one matches well the scold of ReVi. A ReVi was see on 14 June 2020 1.86 miles N of Hwy 101 as the crow flies. Our bird today was 0.37 miles N of Hwy 101."

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72259022
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile. Quite an early arrival from wherever it bred. One of several species feeding on the abundant crop of Coffeeberry along the E side of Refugio Rd. Birds showing up in SB County in early August are unusual."

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2020 09:54 by Lori Gaskin
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72261525
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile. Quite an early arrival from wherever it bred. One of several species feeding on the abundant crop of Coffeeberry along the E side of Refugio Rd. Birds showing up in SB County in early August are unusual."

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Leucistic Turkey Vulture, Alisal Road

Mark Bright
 

On Saturday August 8 along Alisal Road east of Nojoqui Park I observed a startling looking leucistic Turkey Vulture flying with a normally colored Turkey Vulture.

It does seem that the Purple Martins have left Nojoqui Park but I did see 14 wild Turkey across the road and east of the park.

Photograph of the ventral surface of the leucistic Turkey Vulture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/50209359766/in/datetaken-friend/

Photograph of the upper surface of the leucistic Turkey Vulture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/50209359556/in/datetaken-friend/

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

No Purple Martins at Nojoqui Falls Park

Chris Spurgeon
 

Spent some time this morning looking for the Purple Martins by Nojoqui Falls Park. Saw no action at the nesting site near the park entrance. I guess if you're a Purple Martin, autumn has arrived.

Chris Spurgeon
La Crescenta, CA

Caspian Tern at Jim May Park on 8-8-20

John Deacon
 

All:

Yesterday Peter Schneekloth and I birded Jim May Park.  While on the north side of the pond, we both heard the unmistakable "Kwa-ark" of a Caspian Tern calling.  The tern continued to call while we looked for it overhead.  We both spotted it but neither of us were quick enough to get pictures.  We could see the large tern overhead with very dark underwing tips.  It continued on its journey from east to west and flew out of sight.  Jamie referred to BOSBC and noted that this was a fairly rare sighting this far inland.  This was the first sighting for Jim May and you have to go back to 1989 for one documented a little further west at the Santa Maria WTP.  

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

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Ocean Beach

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

The Reddish Egret and 15 Least Terns were at Ocean Beach Park today. The Elegant Tern invasion has now reached there with at least 120 at river mouth. Lots of common shorebirds visible from the car park there but nothing of interest. Egret numbers are increasing on the river.

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Mobile: 805 284 6200


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El Cap and Refugio Beach & Road: Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwing

Mark Holmgren
 

This morning Lori Gaskin and I birded El Capitan State Beach. One Wandering Tattler worked the beach east of El Cap point.  A Pigeon Guillemot was offshore.
Then, nothing was exciting at Refugio State Beach.  But we birded 0.25 miles up Refugio Rd from the 1st Crossing. The Coffeeberry shrubs along the east side of the road were thick with fruits for maybe 150 meters. Here we had a very early Cedar Waxwing juvenile.  Pic below.  Near the second bridge we heard a vireo scolding.  It sounded a bit like an unusual call that Hutton's might give, but it was more forceful and loud than any I've heard from Hutton's.  I recorded the call and that can be heard here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72259022
I saw the vireo briefly--it was a larger bird than Hutton's with a longer tail, white undertail, and white belly, but I saw nothing more.   I'm pretty satisfied that this was a Red-eyed Vireo in part because this call matched those given by both the iBird Pro and the Sibley apps.   

IMG_6407.jpeg

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Fishing with benefits

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all,

Some of you might remember my reports from seawatching earlier this year, when I went out most times there was a good westerly wind and managed to see northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, and a black-footed albatross (which after some debate was accepted by local ebird reviewers). A few people responded suggesting that I try to go out on one of the fishing boats that go out on the channel daily, which as a bonus gives an opportunity to check for seabirds. (Or, in my case, offers the bonus of fishing in addition to watching for seabirds.) Perhaps this was a good-hearted way of implying that I was crazy to stand in the cold and wind and look at specks a mile or two out through a shaky scope when you can just get on a boat and get close to them, but regardless, I gave the fishing boat option a try yesterday and was not disappointed.

The boat didn't cross the channel but instead followed the coast west, staying about 4-5 miles offshore, until somewhere between Gaviota and Point Conception. This was not the route I had hoped for, but on the way back from the fishing grounds, it got pretty birdy. I saw a handful of black storm-petrels, a couple of dozen each of sooty and pink-footed shearwaters, a black-vented shearwater, some phalaropes, and two common murres, all of which are expected but still fun to watch at relatively close range.

Most fun were the jaegers, several of which circled the boat in the stretch between Gaviota and Capitan, about four miles offshore. Since they were coming in and out of sight I don't have a precise count, but I've identified at least 5 different individuals from my photos. This is the number I reported to ebird but there were most likely several more. Three of them were pomarine jaegers (two adults, one of which had intact streamers, and one probably second-year), and two were parasitic. Photos of all three pomarines and one of the parasitic are on my ebird checklist.

Not as good as a proper pelagic birding trip of course but still a good time. I suspect that if the boat had gone further into the channel there would have been a larger diversity of species. And in addition to the birds, I could bring home about 8 lbs of fish fillets, probably a dozen or so dinners. Thanks again to those who suggested the birding/fishing combo.

eBird checklist with some photos here.

Linus

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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- California Towhee (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 12:08 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/checklist/S72233834
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird reported by Jamie Chavez."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 12:08 by Liam Hampl
- 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/checklist/S72233827
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird reported by Jamie Chavez."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 17:21 by Thomas Miko
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72232021
- Comments: "Adult type of bird with sharp angle to the white patch at the base of the bill. Noticeably smaller than the adjacent double-crested cormorants. Photos obtained that will be added later this weekend."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 14:19 by Larry Chen
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72226610
- Comments: "Continuing small long-tailed cormorant. Dark head, bright white line along base of lower mandible. Flew in from a hidden cove to the left of the parking lot opening and landed on the closest island. Photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 14:19 by Sarah Toner
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72226611
- Comments: "Continuing small long-tailed cormorant. Dark head, bright white line along base of lower mandible. Flew in from a hidden cove to the left of the parking lot opening and landed on the closest island. Photos."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 09:08 by Alex Loos
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72219416
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 07:30 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3986926,-119.5336282&ll=34.3986926,-119.5336282
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72214238
- Comments: "On Santa Monica Creek. In eclipse plumage."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 10:50 by Libby Patten
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72228290
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature. At drain pipe on northwest corner of area next to mobile homes."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (5)
- Reported Aug 08, 2020 06:29 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72216783
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Two juvenile birds were in the channel that parallels the railroad tracks, on the south side of the fence, about 100 yards west of the Estero Way entrance gate. Two more juvenile birds in the main channel just south of the weather station. Later, one juvenile (presumably one of the two seen at the beginning) was in the channel by the Estero Way entrance kiosk. Still later, a subadult was seen under the bridge at the south end of Sandyland Cove Road. This last bird appeared to have an injured left foot or leg; it held the foot off the ground and hopped on its right foot when moving."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by julie rush
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72216933
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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Early Harrier

Hugh Ranson
 

This afternoon (8/8) a ringtail Northern Harrier was quartering over the southern portion of More Mesa.

I observed an interesting dragonfly along the western fenceline of the mesa. It was a male Red-tailed Pennant, a scarce ode in the county that I've only ever seen close to water before.

Larry Ballard recently noted a male Belted Kingfisher feeding on tree frog tadpoles in Cold Springs Canyon. On Thursday Mark Bright and I observed a male Belted Kingfisher at a seasonal pond at the top of the Trespass Trail above Gaviota. The only food source at the pond seemed to be tree frogs, and I presume their tadpoles.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Neotropic Cormorant and south coast birding Saturday, August 8

Dave Compton
 

Hi everyone,

At the Bird Refuge today, I saw one adult Neotropic Cormorant, looking very much like the bird both Adam and Glenn have photographed recently. This bird, incidentally, does not look like the one that was at Devereux last month. That one had a much less prominent white patch on the chin. So, I suspect this is a new bird. Not a lot else to report here. As Hugh mentioned, the west end has some shorebird habitat, but it doesn't have many shorebirds. For anyone posting about Neotropic Cormorants, please continue to supply some details about these birds in you eBird checklists. This is still a very rare species in our area, and photos and descriptions can go along way in helping us keep track of how many are or have been in the area.

After the Bird Refuge, I decided to do a quick search of other cormorant spots on the south coast, so checked out Goleta Beach, Campus Lagoon at UCSB, and Devereux Slough. I did not find any more Neotropics among the many Double-cresteds I saw, which included a lot of them still in the rookery at Goleta Beach.

Of note, Great Blue Herons still have nestlings at both Goleta Beach (two nests, three total young) and Devereux Slough (one nest within a single nestling). This is pretty late for this species to have nestlings, although we had a Great Blue nest active at Devereux into August last year. One Great Egret nest also still had two nestlings at Devereux.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara