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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 21, 2021 10:05 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.906278,-120.442454&ll=34.906278,-120.442454
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79665773
- Comments: "Brought to my attention by my wife while we were golfing. She directed me to an area where she saw a bird with a bright yellow breast. Kingbird with bright yellow breast that extended almost to his lower bill. Notched tail. Sturdy beak. Found by #13 green. There is an open field at the corner of McCoy and Skyway Drive from which this bird could be seen (assuming he stays at this location)."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 21, 2021 06:00 by Andrew Ford
- University of California, Santa Barbara, Goleta US-CA 34.41891, -119.85346, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.418908,-119.853461&ll=34.418908,-119.853461
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79670372
- Comments: "Adult oriole in the top of a blue gum extracting nectar from flowers. Orange-yellow body, black throat, white on the wings but less than Bullock's. Noted a more curved bill in general. Noted lack of black eye 'mask' apparent in Bullock's. Rare durig\ng winter but irregular here in coastal SoCal."

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1)
- Reported Jan 21, 2021 10:22 by Susanne Meyer
- 7402 - 7418 Hollister Ave (LogMeIn Tipus), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79671476
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male with greenish back, blue gray head and white eye crests, distinct call. Poor photo."

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Sedgewick Reserve (restricted access) - Bald Eagle with wing tags

Peter Schneekloth
 

On Wednesday during weekly survey at Sedgwick Reserve Guy Tingos and I had a tagged Bald Eagle. Best guess at the number on the tag is 59, research on line indicates the bird was fledged  June 29, 2006 on Santa Cruz Island. Looks at the bird here:
Bald Eagle | peterschneekloth | Flickr

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Short-eared Owl, Barn Swallow

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 

This afternoon (4:38pm) the Short-eared Owl was on the west side of More Mesa. A photographer pushed it off its spot, and it flew farther toward the ocean. Same time a Barn Swallow flew west to east.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara


Re: Nearly Birdless Morning

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, Florence and listers,

Ocean Park was similar... aside from a few Red-winged Blackbirds, a very
distant Great Egret and distant Great Blue Heron, the only other birds
present seemed to be a Red-tailed Hawk watching for rodents from a power
pole, a couple of Surf Scoters and what look like Western Grebe-Clark's
Grebe hybrids, a single Eared Grebe, and on the beach, a smattering of CA
Gulls, two adult Western Gulls, 2 immature Western Gulls, about a half
dozen Sanderlings, four Black-bellied Plovers, a couple of Savannah
Sparrows, a couple of Dunlins, a single Greater Yellowlegs... the more
abundant birds were the Snowy Plovers. I only spotted one American Pipit
and none of the Horned Larks that I have seen out there over this last
week. Out in the slough part of the estuary near the road were some
American Wigeons, Gadwalls, a single Cinnamon Teal. Not many birds. Heck,
the day before yesterday there were a lot more birds out there.....

Lisa, wishing I had more time to compile lists.


--
Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (In Lompoc for the duration)


Nearly Birdless Morning

Florence Sanchez
 

With the weather due to change significantly for the next week or so, I headed up to La Cumbre Peak this morning.  It was very quiet, almost no birds.  No Pygmy Nuthatches, no Steller's Jay, no Townsend's Solitaire, nothing on Gibraltar reservoir below; only 1 Flicker, 2 Wrentits, and 2 Scrub Jays.  I walked down to where the pines start to run out as well as around the entire Peak.  The Communication Center about 1/2 mile east was also devoid of most bird activity.

My next stop was Kinevan.  It was midmorning and sunlight was filtering well down into the trees along the creeks.  Again, no birds!  Except for 2 Crows and 2 Band-tailed Pigeons overhead, walking down canyon I neither heard nor saw any birds until I got to the houses.  There I heard a few Juncos, 1 Hutton's Vireo, a Red-shouldered Hawk, and an Acorn Woodpecker.  There was no activity at the house with the feeders, even though they were full.  I continued all the way to San Marcos Pass Road and then back with no improvement.  The one reason to make this post is finding a singing Cassin's Vireo somewhere up in the trees behind the house with the feeders on my return trip.  I could not see it but the song was definitely Cassin's--I checked it against the recording.  Perhaps this was a nesting birds that decided to overwinter?

No flowers out to speak of.  A couple of White-flowered Ceanothus were blooming on the lower part of Gibraltar Road as well as a few Bush Sunflower plants.  A little higher up, there was one Manzanita in full bloom.  By the first bridge on Kinevan, Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry is starting to bloom.

Florence Sanchez




[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (2 reports)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Scott's Oriole (4 reports)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 10:55 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S79615471
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing local specialty. Seen this winter either here, Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park, or at Lauro Reservoir."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 10:55 by Lori Gaskin
- 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/S79615990
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing local specialty. Seen this winter either here, Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park, or at Lauro Reservoir."

Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 17:12 by Conner Castro
- 1245 Grand Meadow Way, Orcutt, California, US (34.853, -120.413), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.8531794,-120.4134808&ll=34.8531794,-120.4134808
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79619146
- Comments: "Feeding at feeder"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 16:41 by Andrea Bruce
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79621357
- Comments: "Seen several times over a period of 25-30 minutes beginning ~5:28 pm. Flying low over grass- saw once along side Northern Harrier. Medium sized, buffy-mottled upper parts. Pale streaked under parts. At one point flew directly at us- saw flat, plate-like round head, whitish face and dark around eyes. Could not detect ear tuffs. No sound. 5:55 pm last look."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 16:41 by Mario Borunda
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79622382
- Comments: "Seen several times over a period of 25-30 minutes beginning ~5:28 pm. Flying low over grass- saw once along side Northern Harrier. Medium sized, buffy-mottled upper parts. Pale streaked under parts. At one point flew directly at us- saw flat, plate-like round head, whitish face and dark around eyes. Could not detect ear tuffs. No sound. 5:55 pm last look."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 07:27 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79620135
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, still in post juvenile molt"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 07:27 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79613837
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, still in post juvenile molt"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 10:00 by Linus Blomqvist
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79606333
- Comments: "Female. Oriole with white wingband, gray belly, and yellow chest and head."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 07:50 by Jeff Young
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79599085
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Will upload pictures, first spotted by George. Clean looks in the avocado orchard west of the road, close to the end of public access. Was hanging out in the eucalyptus that has been visibly limbed to make way for the power line."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 07:13 by margeNdon thornton
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79603012
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "perched in a euc on the east side of the road. First seen by George"

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 07:12 by James Chapman
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79595962
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Yellow oriole, black back and head."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 07:12 by George Chapman
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79595961
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Yellow oriole, black back and head."

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NOtes on recent misses:

Florence Sanchez
 

Yesterday, I tried for several hours to find the American Redstart reported from Atascadero Creek without success.  I know at least two other birders also tried to find it, even walking down in the Creek bed.  

As for the Scott's Orioles, my experience is that they never hang out long in any spot, including the end of Farren Road.  I suggest walking the length of the road if you can because they may turn up elsewhere.  On my last trip, I had one below the oak grove, first in a Tree Tobacco plant, and then on an overhead wire in the area on my way back.

And I have never had a view of the COmmon Ground Doves that last for much longer than a minute or two, and never on every visit.  Sometimes, all I can turn up is the call.

Florence Sanchez

(PS--I did turn up a nice pair of Hooded Mergansers on Atascadero Creek, about a third of the way down creek from the little weir near the end of Ward Drive.)


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground Dove (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)
- Scott's Oriole (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)

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Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (2)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 07:44 by Linus Blomqvist
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79552156
- Comments: "Seen in the avocado orchard just east of the road and 20 yards below the gate. Tiny doves. Light brown overall with almost pinkish hue. Mottled around neck. Saw deep rufous on inner primaries in flight. Some black markings on the wings when perched."

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 07:39 by David Blue
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79574329
- Comments: "Linus Blomqvist spotted two birds flying into the avocado grove (just to the right of the double gate in chain link fence near the security gate at the end of the road), but I only got a brief look at one walking on the ground. A small dove with a short tail, dark marks on the coverts, and a scaly pattern on the head and breast."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 16:55 by Aaron Kreisberg
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79579000
- Comments: "Initially seen flying north around 5:30, then was observed landed on a coyote bush and flying over the Mesa at dusk. Light was not great. Initial observation was a medium size bird of prey flying low with a whitish underside. Lost it for a few minutes, then saw it flying low over the middle of the Mesa and then perched. Back was brownish and also showed barring on underside of wings and black wing patches. When perched it showed a face indicative of Short-eared owl although looks were far and light was fading. Last observed around 5:40."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (9)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 08:15 by John Callender
- Ortega Ridge pines, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.428427,-119.600994&ll=34.428427,-119.600994
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79550439
- Media: 6 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Moving around the tops of conifers near (34.4278260, -119.6024818), about 75 yards southwest of the intersection of Ortega Ranch Road and Ortega Ridge Road, along the east side of Ortega Ridge Road."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 16:40 by Eric Culbertson
- Santa Ynez Ave and La Tierra Ln, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4086579,-119.5250139&ll=34.4086579,-119.5250139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79576320
- Comments: "Bright orange oriole with complete black hood, dark back and wings. Upptail dark. Found while searching for a perched Osprey with a scope in a giant, white-blooming eucalyptus at Eucalyptus Park. Perched for 15 mins in same part of tree before dropping down to roost in adjacent eucalyptus at 5:10pm. Strongly suspect this is the bird John Callender found recently at nearby Santa Monica Creek."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (2)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 07:44 by Linus Blomqvist
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79552156
- Comments: "Seen in eucalyptus grove by the gate. Heard a raspy chuck type call from their general direction before seeing them. About the size of a Robin but much slimmer, long tail, long sharply pointed bill; this makes them orioles. What I saw of the plumage was a fairly drab olive-yellow overall, almost more on the olive side of the spectrum, which might make them first-years. Two very distinct wingbars. Didn't have the clean gray belly and yellow breast of a female type Bullocks, and as I understand it, a Hooded would not have such marked wingbars. Neither does any plumage of Baltimore Oriole match the mostly plain, drab, olive-yellow plumage of these two birds."

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1)
- Reported Jan 19, 2021 10:02 by David Blue
- 7402 - 7418 Hollister Ave (LogMeIn Tipus), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79572855
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A continuing male foraging in the ivy on the east side of the slope that runs down from the parking lot to the northern edge of the large eucalyptus grove. A yellow-green warbler with a blue-gray hood (that was blacker on the breast), bold white eye-arcs and black lores. This is likely the same bird first found at this location in early October."

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Re: Baltimore Oriole at Santa Monica Creek in Carpinteria

Eric Culbertson
 

What must be the same male Baltimore Oriole was tonight at Heath Ranch Park a short distance from Santa Monica Creek. I found the oriole while scoping the enormous, white-blooming eucalyptus in the center of the park trying to locate a perched Osprey. About 5:10pm the oriole, having perched in the same spot for ten minutes dropped into the western most eucalyptus tree here, looking a lot like it was going to roost for the evening. The Osprey, which seemed to be trying to decide whether to roost in the park (it frequently soared between periods of perching) may have flown off at around this same time.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 9:57 AM John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
This morning I visited the area of the cape honeysuckle hedge along the Santa Monica Creek bike path in Carpinteria, just south of El Carro Lane. I was hoping to see the adult male Orchard Oriole that has been there the past few years. I haven't seen any reports of the bird from there since Dave Compton's report on November 14, 2020, and in the past month the cape honeysuckle was extensively trimmed, possibly reducing its attractiveness as habitat.

I saw no sign of the Orchard Oriole, but that was made up for by an adult male Baltimore Oriole foraging in the large sycamore tree just south of El Carro Lane. There was also a bird that I'm thinking was probably an immature and/or female Bullock's Oriole. Poor photos of both birds are in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79080649

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Farren Rd Ground-doves and Orioles

John Callender
 

I started walking the stretch of road next to the eucalyptus trees at the north end of the public road around 7:15 a.m. yesterday, and did not hear or see any orioles until 8:15, when we suddenly had three of them (I believe) all moving around and vocalizing in the trees on both sides of the road for about 5 minutes before they left again (after which I left).

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Farren Rd Ground-doves and Orioles

Linus Blomqvist
 

It might be the time of day, but both of them were quite elusive when we were there. I (and David, Marge, and Don) spent at least an hour on the 100-yard stretch of the road below the gate and the orioles were visible for 30 seconds or so; the ground-doves for maybe a minute in total (and they weren't vocalizing). So anyone going to see the orioles and doves might need to work that area for a good while before seeing anything, although it seems the orioles were more cooperative with John and Brad yesterday.

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Linus Blomqvist


On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 2:02 PM Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe@...> wrote:
I also walked from the reservoir to the top of the road at 9:30ish, and saw neither orioles nor ground doves! Seems that maybe earlier morning might be better? But I had 45 species nonetheless, highlighted by a Roadrunner and a male Northern Harrier. 

Rebecca Coulter
SB

On Jan 19, 2021, at 10:11 AM, Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:

I spent about an hour at the top of Farren Rd this morning along with Marge and Don Thornton and David Blue. Two Common Ground-doves were on the avocado orchard side of the road, and we saw two of what, to the best of my knowledge, were Scott's Orioles. These had very drab plumage along the lines of first-years. Since there were two males here yesterday, that would make it at least four Scott's Orioles at this location.


By the way, does anyone know of a soft call by Common Ground-doves, maybe more of a contact call, a sort of chuck-chuck-chuck, or maybe chupp-chupp-chupp, rather rounded in tone and the sort of sound that I would expect from a dove, and not like anything I've heard from any other bird. It came from the general direction of where the two Ground-doves were. A cursory look in the field guides didn't turn up any description of this call. Could have been something else, but curious if it could be the Ground-doves. Maybe David Blue who also heard it has a better description of the sound; this is not my forte.

Linus

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Linus Blomqvist


Re: Farren Rd Ground-doves and Orioles

Rebecca Coulter
 

I also walked from the reservoir to the top of the road at 9:30ish, and saw neither orioles nor ground doves! Seems that maybe earlier morning might be better? But I had 45 species nonetheless, highlighted by a Roadrunner and a male Northern Harrier. 

Rebecca Coulter
SB

On Jan 19, 2021, at 10:11 AM, Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:

I spent about an hour at the top of Farren Rd this morning along with Marge and Don Thornton and David Blue. Two Common Ground-doves were on the avocado orchard side of the road, and we saw two of what, to the best of my knowledge, were Scott's Orioles. These had very drab plumage along the lines of first-years. Since there were two males here yesterday, that would make it at least four Scott's Orioles at this location.


By the way, does anyone know of a soft call by Common Ground-doves, maybe more of a contact call, a sort of chuck-chuck-chuck, or maybe chupp-chupp-chupp, rather rounded in tone and the sort of sound that I would expect from a dove, and not like anything I've heard from any other bird. It came from the general direction of where the two Ground-doves were. A cursory look in the field guides didn't turn up any description of this call. Could have been something else, but curious if it could be the Ground-doves. Maybe David Blue who also heard it has a better description of the sound; this is not my forte.

Linus

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Linus Blomqvist


Red Crossbills at Ortega Ridge Pines, Ferren Road Scott's Oriole photos

John Callender
 

I had a flock of at least 9 Red Crossbills this mornings at the Ortega Ridge pines above Summerland. The birds were moving around in the tops of the conifers on the south side of Ortega Ridge Road just west of Ortega Ranch Road. They were a little tough to see in the treetops, but were obvious when they moved from tree to tree because of their flight calls. Some photos and a recording are in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79550439

Also, I neglected to post to the mailing list yesterday that I'd been able to get some good looks (with Bradley Hacker) at the continuing Scott's Orioles in the eucalyptus grove toward the north end of Ferren Road. I definitely had two adult males visible at once, and I'm pretty sure I heard a third bird calling from a different location at the same time. Photos are in the eBird list here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79487043

John Callender
Carpinteria


Farren Rd Ground-doves and Orioles

Linus Blomqvist
 

I spent about an hour at the top of Farren Rd this morning along with Marge and Don Thornton and David Blue. Two Common Ground-doves were on the avocado orchard side of the road, and we saw two of what, to the best of my knowledge, were Scott's Orioles. These had very drab plumage along the lines of first-years. Since there were two males here yesterday, that would make it at least four Scott's Orioles at this location.


By the way, does anyone know of a soft call by Common Ground-doves, maybe more of a contact call, a sort of chuck-chuck-chuck, or maybe chupp-chupp-chupp, rather rounded in tone and the sort of sound that I would expect from a dove, and not like anything I've heard from any other bird. It came from the general direction of where the two Ground-doves were. A cursory look in the field guides didn't turn up any description of this call. Could have been something else, but curious if it could be the Ground-doves. Maybe David Blue who also heard it has a better description of the sound; this is not my forte.

Linus

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Linus Blomqvist


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (2 reports)
- Common Ground Dove (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Scott's Oriole (2 reports)
- American Redstart (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 09:05 by Deann Purcell
- Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park (limited access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4242396,-119.8238146&ll=34.4242396,-119.8238146
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79492751
- Comments: "Brilliant white sides, black body, yellow eye, rounded black head (purple sheen in sun), obvious black tuft. Hanging out with ruddy ducks in western portion of the lake."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 17, 2021 11:05 by David Compton
- Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park (limited access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4242396,-119.8238146&ll=34.4242396,-119.8238146
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79469255
- Comments: "Continuing adult male with bright white sides contrasting sharply with black back, dark head with purple sheen and long tuft drooping behind head, white eyes, and mostly pale blue bill."

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (3)
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 12:38 by Mark Holmgren
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79530101
- Comments: "Flyover less than a quarter mile north of the ag pond near cactus and avocados. Small dove with rounded wings, primaries appeared darker than back, short tail. Flew into avocado orchard. A second individual called twice from an Avo orchard 1/4 mile N of the first bird. A third bird was 200 m south of the gate at the north end of Farren Road. It flew from the Avo orchard into the Euc grove."

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (3)
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 12:38 by Lori Gaskin
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79530463
- Comments: "Flyover less than a quarter mile north of the ag pond near cactus and avocados. Small dove with rounded wings, primaries appeared darker than back, short tail. Flew into avocado orchard. A second individual called twice from an Avo orchard 1/4 mile N of the first bird. A third bird was 200 m south of the gate at the north end of Farren Road. It flew from the Avo orchard into the Euc grove."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 17, 2021 16:10 by margeNdon thornton
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79476613
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "about 10 minutes after sunset, flying over western portion of mesa, owl dark above light under, dark breast and head, distinctive wing patterns"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 10:06 by Libby Patten
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79525078
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female. Grey wings with white wing bars. Yellow head, breast and tail. White belly and faint dark line through eye. Foraging in seed pods hanging from tree just northeast of Stow House."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 08:05 by Bradley Hacker
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79485667
- Comments: "2, maybe 3, birds seen and heard with John Callendar."

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 07:02 by John Callender
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79487043
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Two adult males seen well at the same time, and what sounded like a possible third bird vocalizing at the same time from nearby, but not seen. Lots of “chuck” calls; one brief song. In the euc grove and along both sides of the road near the gate at the north end of the public road, around (34.4677100, -119.9216774)."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 09:15 by John Callender
- Atascadero Creek Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.422712,-119.823793&ll=34.422712,-119.823793
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79496382
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. In the midstory of a large tree on the south bank of the creek near (34.4235651, -119.8186517). Detected first by its characteristic chip notes, then eventually seen actively foraging in the foliage."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2021 08:18 by Linus Blomqvist
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79489833
- Comments: "Feeding actively up in the trees just west of Stow House. Large tanager, mostly drab yellowish-olive complexion, female. No wing bars. Large, pinkish bill. Presumably this is the continuing individual seen earlier this winter and in past winters."

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Farren Rd in the heat

Mark Holmgren
 

In 4 stops along Farren Rd at which we leisurely scoped, we did not come up with the Scott's Orioles.  But we did see 3 Common Ground Doves in 3 different places.  Notes on checklist here: 

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


Re: Gull sp

Hugh Ranson
 

Linus,

I'd be happy calling that a Glaucous-winged; they can be quite variable. But who knows what genes it has floating around!

Hugh Ranson




On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 12:15 PM, Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:
I went to Tufty's (Goleta Ranch) Mobile Home Park yesterday and had a look at a few gulls there. One, I'm pretty sure, was a Glaucous-winged, but another one was more ambiguous to a gull novice like me. It gave a rather different impression from the Glaucous-winged; it seemed a tad smaller and it has darker primaries. At the same time, the pale plumage is almost more Glaucous-winged than, for example, I would expect from Herring. Compared with photos, it's not a great match for Iceland, from head/bill, primary color, but I've never seen an Iceland. I haven't seen any Western's that look quite like this either. But I'm very new to the world of non-adult, US West Coast gulls so I can't say I know what I'm talking about. The one suggestion I've gotten so far is Herring x Glaucous-winged.

A Herring Gull has been reported from this location several times over the last few days, as well as the Glaucous-winged I also saw.

Thoughts? I can share more photos if needed.

 

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Linus Blomqvist


Wild Turkeys and Pacific Wren

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded Colson Canyon this morning.  On the way to Colson, I stopped on Tepusquet Road to marvel at about 110 Wild Turkeys; males strutting their best stuff and females looking very unimpressed.  Colson birding was slow but I found a Pacific Wren at the "Bathtub Loop" just downstream of the illegal, but heavily used, shooting range.  

Checklists and pics here:

John Deacon - eBird

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Gull sp

Linus Blomqvist
 

I went to Tufty's (Goleta Ranch) Mobile Home Park yesterday and had a look at a few gulls there. One, I'm pretty sure, was a Glaucous-winged, but another one was more ambiguous to a gull novice like me. It gave a rather different impression from the Glaucous-winged; it seemed a tad smaller and it has darker primaries. At the same time, the pale plumage is almost more Glaucous-winged than, for example, I would expect from Herring. Compared with photos, it's not a great match for Iceland, from head/bill, primary color, but I've never seen an Iceland. I haven't seen any Western's that look quite like this either. But I'm very new to the world of non-adult, US West Coast gulls so I can't say I know what I'm talking about. The one suggestion I've gotten so far is Herring x Glaucous-winged.

A Herring Gull has been reported from this location several times over the last few days, as well as the Glaucous-winged I also saw.

Thoughts? I can share more photos if needed.

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Linus Blomqvist


Surfbird at SB Harbor

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 

Surfbird with Black Turnstones on breakwater wall near Yacht club.
10:40am
Jay Bishop

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