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Re: Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

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.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria
 

Eurasian Wigeon

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

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

 

Nick Lethaby

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

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
Carpinteria

Northern Waterthrush

Eric Culbertson
 

Hi all

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

Eric

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and serious uptick in overall bird numbers

Peter Schneekloth
 

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 

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/ 

Peter Schneekloth
For the entire Sedgwick Crew
Buellton

Red crossbills

Pam Viale
 

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.

ORCHARD ORIOLE IN CAPRINTERIA

Florence Sanchez
 

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. 

Florence Sanchez

Solitary Sandpiper

Rob Denholtz
 

Continues at Lake Jocelyn 1:28 pm. Also 8-10 GW Teal and Klldeer.

Rib Denholtz
Carp


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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

Cachuma CBC Friday Dec 27th

Peter Schneekloth
 

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/ 

Cruz, Kate, Peter
Your Cachuma CBC Team

Santa Maria River Mouth

Nick Lethaby
 

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.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Unseasonal Black-Chinned

Thomas Turner
 

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

Big raptor weekend

Nick Lethaby
 

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.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Alisos Road Sandhill Cranes and Burrowing Owl

John Callender
 

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:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61541591

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.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Unseasonal Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Thomas Turner
 

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!

-Tom & Wren Turner

Goleta

Re: Las Cruzitas Ranch - Saturday

Ken Hoesterey
 

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

Re: Goleta Beach YC Night Herons (3)

Ken Hoesterey
 

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.
Cheers
Ken Hoesterey

Black-and White, Nashville

Hugh Ranson
 

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.

Hugh Ranson
Sant Barbara


Santa Barbara Cemetery, Bird Refuge, 11-16

Dave Compton
 

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.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Las Cruzitas Ranch - Saturday

Robert Lindsay
 

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

Sunset Valley Road - Varied Thrush, Pine Siskin

Peter Schneekloth
 

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.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton