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Re: Goleta birds

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi, on friday we went there in the late afternoon and there were scads of Brown Pelicans, well over 100, resting on the western side of the landlocked estuary...with flights still coming in.
Three Great Egrets, (no scope) but also seen were Ruddies with diving babies, a GBH, Mallards, a few Cormorants.
 Something alerted the Pelicans and they all took off and relanded, quite a sight to see.
Ken Hoesterey

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- Redhead (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (3 reports)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2019 10:22 by David Compton
- 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/view/checklist/S58358741
- Comments: "Female"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 21, 2019 18:13 by Lori Gaskin
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58362138
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "The general body color of this bird is soft gray. But on the belly, upper neck, and head the color takes on a reddish-gray tone. Iris yellow. Relative to Great Blue Heron this bird is unpatterned on the head, but with a longer neck, longer bill, smaller body. Legs are grayish, but bill shows a slightly darker tip and a brownish-pinkish base. There are some feather anomalies that may allow it to be distinguished from other ReEg currently occurring in the county. Bent feathers along the left radius appear on all photos and are not wind-induced. On the right side and entire panel along the radius is lifted, but this could be wind-induced. No vocalizations. Very little 'dancing' presumably because there is little food to dance for. This bird would seem to be a non-breeding adult since it lacks the feather fringes that would appear on the wing coverts of a juvenile."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 21, 2019 18:13 by Mark Holmgren
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58361423
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "The general body color of this bird is soft gray. But on the belly, upper neck, and head the color takes on a reddish-gray tone. Iris yellow. Relative to Great Blue Heron this bird is unpatterned on the head, but with a longer neck, longer bill, smaller body. Legs are grayish, but bill shows a slightly darker tip and a brownish-pinkish base. There are some feather anomalies that may allow it to be distinguished from other ReEg currently occurring in the county. Bent feathers along the left radius appear on all photos and are not wind-induced. On the right side and entire panel along the radius is lifted, but this could be wind-induced. No vocalizations. Very little 'dancing' presumably because there is little food to dance for. This bird would seem to be a non-breeding adult since it lacks the feather fringes that would appear on the wing coverts of a juvenile."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 21, 2019 11:33 by Mark Holmgren
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58355398
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The general body color of this bird is soft gray. But on the belly, upper neck, and head the color takes on a reddish-gray tone. Iris yellow. Relative to Great Blue Heron this bird is unpatterned on the head, but with a longer neck, longer bill, smaller body. Legs are grayish, but bill shows a slightly darker tip and a brownish-pinkish base. There are some feather anomalies that may allow it to be distinguished from other ReEg currently occurring in the county. Bent feathers along the left radius appear on all photos and are not wind-induced. On the right side and entire panel along the radius is lifted, but this could be wind-induced. No vocalizations. Very little 'dancing' presumably because there is little food to dance for. This bird would seem to be a non-breeding adult since it lacks the feather fringes that would appear on the wing coverts of a juvenile."

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (2)
- Reported Jul 16, 2019 18:15 by Kevin Elliott
- 1-Lompoc Home, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.690295,-120.4703075&ll=34.690295,-120.4703075
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58345334
- Comments: "two juveniles in Eucalyptus trees on trail south end Providence Landing"

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Goleta birds

Dave Compton
 

Sorry for the late post. This afternoon, Sunday, I heard a Least Bittern call from the Mesa Ditch, the side channel below the bluff that overlooks Basin K of Goleta Slough. This was toward the east end of the basin. The bird was pretty close to where I was standing, and it gave the loud, scratchy “ick-ick-ick” call they sometimes give, and not the soft chuckling sounds you also hear from them.

Also present was a female teal that looked to be a Blue-winged with nine small ducklings, closer to the west end of the basin.

Shorebird variety had picked up slightly at Devereux, with Semipalmated Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, and Wilson’s Phalaropes joining the Western and smaller numbers of Least Sandpipers.

One addition to Nick’s notes about Ocean Park: on Saturday, one Redhead was near the mouth.

Dave Compton 
Santa Barbara

Re: Reddish Egret at Cachuma

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

Wes reminded me that he also photographed a Reddish Egret at Ocean Park on Wednesday the 17th which I had forgotten about. Perhaps his bird is one of the same ones found along the north coast around the same time period.

Jamie Chavez
Santa, Maria, CA

On Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 1:54 PM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
Mark's Reddish Egret at Cachuma Lake represents the third Reddish Egret sighting just this week. All at different locations in the county. One was at the Santa Maria River mouth on July I8, one the following day July 19 at Jalama Beach creek mouth, and Mark's bird today at Cachuma. I haven't looked at all the pictures in the eBird lists in great detail to see if maybe the same bird might have been involved which might include the Devereux/Mission Creek sightings earlier this month. A very quick look makes me think at least the three this week are all different birds.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 12:33 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
On S shore 1/2 mile E of the marina. I think it’s an immature.  Probably the second occurrence of Reddish Egret inland in the county.  Pic below. Also present 5-7 Caspian Terns, Spotted Sandpiper, Least and W Sandpipers, pair of Blue Grosbeaks delivering food to nest or fledgling. Action is at 34.57248 -119.94649.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass






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Santa Maria, CA


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Ocean Beach Park

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Ken, Wes, and I birded the Santa Ynez River mouth Sunday morning. There were a decent number of shorebirds around with 18 G. Yellowlegs and 36 SB Dowitchers and a few Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes. Just 3 Least Terns so far but hopefully families will start appearing soon. 3 Northern Harriers and a family of Ruddy Ducks were also present. Both Clark's and Western Grebes are now nesting and there were 6 Eared Grebes upriver.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Re: Reddish Egret at Cachuma

Jamie Chavez
 

Mark's Reddish Egret at Cachuma Lake represents the third Reddish Egret sighting just this week. All at different locations in the county. One was at the Santa Maria River mouth on July I8, one the following day July 19 at Jalama Beach creek mouth, and Mark's bird today at Cachuma. I haven't looked at all the pictures in the eBird lists in great detail to see if maybe the same bird might have been involved which might include the Devereux/Mission Creek sightings earlier this month. A very quick look makes me think at least the three this week are all different birds.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 12:33 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
On S shore 1/2 mile E of the marina. I think it’s an immature.  Probably the second occurrence of Reddish Egret inland in the county.  Pic below. Also present 5-7 Caspian Terns, Spotted Sandpiper, Least and W Sandpipers, pair of Blue Grosbeaks delivering food to nest or fledgling. Action is at 34.57248 -119.94649.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass






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Santa Maria, CA

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Pied-billed Grebe at Alice Keck

Noah Gaines
 

This morning, there was a Pied-billed Grebe at Alice Keck. This is the first time I have seen one here. Interesting because I never really think about these birds as moving around much.

Other birds of note are Black-crowned Night-Heron and Yellow Warbler daily at Alice Keck. Also Peregrine Falcon flyover at my house today and a day last week.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA

Reddish Egret at Cachuma

Mark Holmgren
 

On S shore 1/2 mile E of the marina. I think it’s an immature. Probably the second occurrence of Reddish Egret inland in the county. Pic below. Also present 5-7 Caspian Terns, Spotted Sandpiper, Least and W Sandpipers, pair of Blue Grosbeaks delivering food to nest or fledgling. Action is at 34.57248 -119.94649.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2019 19:05 by Jessie Altstatt
- Jalama Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5099836,-120.5014432&ll=34.5099836,-120.5014432
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58323724
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bird was actively foraging at small pond at creek mouth. Creek not open to ocean. Observed bird to spot and then rapidly chase after submerged prey. On a return look 15 minutes later, bird was gone."

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Area K BWTE update

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I spent about 45 minutes at Area K looking at teal. I eventually found two or possibly three broods. One was a brood of 11 that was attended by two females in the SE corner. Not sure if it was a combined brood as they all looked fairly similar in size and the second female occasionally drifted apart without being followed by ducklings. I feel sure this is the same brood as photographed by Glenn. I then found a female with at least 6 ducklings in the center back. These were fairly young and I believe these are a new brood. They were also close to where the last nesting female was likely on eggs.

In addition to these 18 birds, there were 4 other BWTE,  including 3 males, two of which were going into eclipse. I had 8 Cinnamon Teal, all female/juv types.

Devereux had 3 Greater Yellowlegs and 34 Western Sandpipers, as well as the BWTE male. 
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Goleta, CA

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Work: 805 562 5106

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Reddish Egret at Jalama Creek

Jessie Altstatt
 

Sorry for the late report, but I saw a juvenile Reddish Egret foraging in the mouth of Jalama Creek (Jalama County Beach Park) last night around 7 pm. I looked for it again about 15 minutes later and it was no longer there. 
Be advised, LOTS of people at the park and apparently day use parking has been full during the day recently (a park sign near the start of Jalama Rd shows park status (illuminated in red if full).

thanks, Jessie
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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2019 09:40 by Joan Lentz
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58301990
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Immature. Continuing at rocks north of Phelps Creek bridge. Found by Glenn Kincaid. Nearby were two immature Black-crowned Night Heron."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2019 09:40 by Libby Patten
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58294406
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Immature. Continuing at rocks north of Phelps Creek bridge. Found by Glenn Kincaid. Nearby were two immature Black-crowned Night Heron."

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2019 08:45 by Peter Schneekloth
- Santa Ynez River at Santa Rosa Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6071008,-120.1943135&ll=34.6071008,-120.1943135
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58300876
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

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Re: Bluebird nest at UCSB

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Ron and All,
These late season breeding records are helpful to define the breeding period of each species in Santa Barbara County.  This is one of two major objectives of the study.  Consider submitting your Western Bluebird record to Audubon's SB Breeding Bird Study at  

https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

Acme mapper is one of several handy tools to obtain coordinates.  Your bluebird nest was, I think, somewhere around here: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.41793,-119.84753&z=18&t=SB&marker0=34.41793%2C-119.84753%2C1.3%20km%20ExNE%20of%20Isla%20Vista%20CA
Left-click hold to move the aerial image under the hashmark to identify the correct location of your nest. The coordinates beneath the hash mark show in the green box in the right corner.  Copy those and insert into the submission form along with your other details.  
View the BBS data here: https://goo.gl/AJQxKj or go to Santabarbaraaudubon.org.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


On Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 6:13 AM Ron Hirst <ronhirst@...> wrote:
A pair of bluebirds have a nest hole In the Outer Wall of the Parking Garage across from the Visitor Center off Ocean Rd. I've been watching them for a month and yesterday saw the female sit in a tree outside the hole with a bill full of bugs for a few minutes and then go into the nest hole. There are a few small holes in the pristine stucco structure walls and I've seen Starlings in one.  Ron Hirst, SB

Bluebird nest at UCSB

Ron Hirst
 

A pair of bluebirds have a nest hole In the Outer Wall of the Parking Garage across from the Visitor Center off Ocean Rd. I've been watching them for a month and yesterday saw the female sit in a tree outside the hole with a bill full of bugs for a few minutes and then go into the nest hole. There are a few small holes in the pristine stucco structure walls and I've seen Starlings in one.  Ron Hirst, SB

Sunday lookout for Neotropic Cormorant

Joan Lentz
 

Hi Everyone: Sorry to bother you again, but Jon Dunn wants to try for the cormorant on Sunday, since he’ll be in Orange Co for a boat trip the day before.
I am unable to go birding Sunday morning, so hoping that anyone who sees the cormoRunt (!) might post it, especially if early Sunday.
On other topics, I am excited about the beginning of shorebird watching this summer/fall. Yesterday, Libby & I went to the far west end of NCOS, which can be accessed by a bridge at the intersection of Marymount Dr & Reed Ct. Here we were able to quickly get to the “western bridge” if we turned one way, and/or proceed further west towards 2 shallow ponds. Not sure if these would dry up by August, but nevertheless the whole area is a place shorebirds could drop in. Only drawback is you really need a scope, but if you parked at this intersection, it’s not that far to get back to the car if you saw something interesting.
The other fun thing to do is take photos! So you don’t have a great camera, so what? If you’ve got a photo,
you can study plumages back home on your computer & learn a lot. I found this out when I photographed a dowitcher at the Bird Refuge the other day.
Ebird lists available but I’m on my phone so not able to easily send links at the moment!

Good birding!
Joan Lentz


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Birds at Arroyo Hondo

Mark Holmgren
 

IMG_0654 Yellow-billed Magpie in side iew mirror crop sm.jpg

1 and possibly 2 Yellow-billed Magpies were downstream of the parking lot portion of Arroyo Hondo this morning. Evidence for the suspicion of a second magpie is given in the checklist here:  

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58296492  downstream of parking lot

We saw also Black-throated Gray Warbler and Warbling Vireo.

 

By the time we got to the portion upstream of the parking lot, it got hotter and bird activity was not strong.  But here we saw Chipping Sparrow, some sort of bunting, and we studied a juvenile kingbird carefully before determining it was a Cassin’s.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58303895    upstream of parking lot

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara

Lots of shorebirds

David Levasheff
 

Not quite an county but… driving south on 101 approaching La Conchita at 10:00 couldn’t help but notice scads of shore birds on the beach there. Sorry no high speed IDs through the new guard rail.

David

UCSB Shorebirds

Glenn Kincaid
 

I was on the monthly UCSB Lagoon survey this morning.

4 sharp-looking and vocal Greater well Yellowlegs in the lagoon near the UCEN.

Despite low tide and light foot traffic, no shorebirds on the eastern beach or campus point.

To the west of Campus Point, near where the lagoon outflow presently is, about 50 peeps, ~30 Western Sandpipers and ~10 each Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers.



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Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2019 09:00 by Jeff Miller
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58272902
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2019 09:00 by Jeff Miller
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58272902
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2019 09:37 by Glenn Kincaid
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58277228
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, at western bridge."

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Santa Barbara Sandspit and Mission Creek outfall 7-18

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked form Shoreline Park down to (and out on) the Harbor Sandspit this morning at low tide.  I didn't run into any shorebirds on Ledbetter beach until more than halfway to the harbor, when I had 4 Long-billed Curlew and 1 Whimbrel.  Then in front of the Yacht Club I had three more Curlew, 4 Whimbrels, and a single Willet.

ON the Sandspit, I picked up a couple of Curlew and 2 more Willet.  A flock of 15 Curlew also flew by headed for the beach.  No Turnstones or other rocky shore birds found on the breakwater.  Also on the spandspit was a flock of 40 Brown Pelicans, 50 Heerman's Gulls (mostly adults, 3 dark first-year birds), 20 Western Gulls, and a couple of scruffy California Gulls.

I then drove to the Mission Creek outfall.  All the birds had moved to the eastern end of the outfall area because of a city worker who was doing something to the nearby vegetation.  Also present was a volunteer picking up trash, and he had a very well-behaved dog walking with him.  I got down to where the birds were and found 9 Long-billed Curlew, 6 Whimbrels, and 4 Willets there.  With the gulls were 19 Black Skimmers.  The Gull flock had at least 100 Heerman's Gulls, as well as Western Gulls and 1 gull that looked like a worn Ring-billed.  Before I could really work through the flock, the birds spotted the dog and took off and scattered, so that was that.   The dog didn't chase them, but his very presence triggered some warning signal in the flock.

Glad to get reports of some goood birds on Campus Point--there were none there yesterday morning. 

Florence Sanchez