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Area K teal

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

After this morning's excitement, I decided to check Area K again, this time bringing my scope. I spent most of my time looking at the teal situation. I was surprised to find 7 Cinnamon Teal. These consisted of a pair, a female with two young chicks, and two recently fledged juveniles that still had traces of down. I tried to pass these off as female BW Teals initially but the bills looked too big and I was suspicious about the lack of attention they were getting from the male BW Teals, which have been mercilessly pursuing unmated females.

I am pretty confident of 10 BW Teal (four females) and think there will likely be some nesting attempts here this year.

A Greater Yellowlegs was a species I haven't seen lately there, but there are likely odd birds summering around the slough.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
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Bitterns at Area K

Mark Holmgren
 

Photos of the bittern I saw this morning were revisited after Benjamin Byerly found the American Bittern. Mine also was AmBi.
I don’t believe this casts any doubt on the LeBi seen yesterday by the Scotland’s. Both bitterns were seen in the same NE portion of Area K.

Mark Holmgren
SB

Baltimore Oriole

Steven Gaulin
 

As of yesterday, presumably the same adult male BAOR reported previously is still present and signing intermittently in the Euc. grove at the South end of Santa Barbara Shores Drive in western Goleta. This bird is in perfect breeding plumage. I saw him about 5:30 PM on Friday May 24. I recommend familiarizing yourself with the song if you want to find him.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

Area K update Least Bittern showing

Mark Holmgren
 

Finally have the LeBi in view. Same portion of the NE corner of Area K. Now in Salicornea pickleweed spotted with (maybe) sedges. Also, A Yellow-headed Blackbird female showed up on the north edge of area today.

Mark Holmgren

Area K this morning, 25 May

Mark Holmgren
 

In more than an hour here I’ve seen no Least Bittern, I’ve heard no rail, and can’t pluck out a Bank Swallow tho 4 other swallow spp are present. A Cattle Egret popped in briefly to Area L or M, 2 American Avocets are on L&M, some dowitcher flew past, and the Common Gallinule is showing.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (3 reports)
- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (4 reports)
- Least Bittern (2 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 18:20 by Conor Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56704486
- Comments: "Male."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 18:20 by Julie Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56705260
- Comments: "Male."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 08:48 by John Callender
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56690967
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Two males, each associating with a female I think was probably a female Blue-winged Teal as well, but they were very distant (in the more northerly pool) and I wasn’t sure, so I entered the two females as Blue-winged/Cinnamon."

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 06:22 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/view/checklist/S56690934
- Media: 2 Photos, 2 Audio
- Comments: "One near the north end of the public road. Another near (34.4614147, -119.9229917)."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 18:20 by Conor Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56704486
- Comments: "Continuing."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 18:20 by Julie Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56705260
- Comments: "Continuing."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 11:05 by Benjamin Byerly
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56687842
- Comments: "Continuing at back (North side) of main pond. Red shield with yellow tip. "

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 08:48 by John Callender
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56690967
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 18:20 by Julie Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56705260
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In tall grass in NE part of area K, approximately here: 34.4207311, -119.8477265. Small heron with Buffy neck, pale throat, and dark crown, white lines around mantle, orange-yellow bill. Clung to vegetation."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2019 18:20 by Conor Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56704486
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In tall grass in NE part of area K, approximately here: 34.4207311, -119.8477265. Small heron with Buffy neck, pale throat, and dark crown, white lines around mantle, orange-yellow bill. Clung to vegetation."

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Re: Least Bittern at Area K now

Julie Scotland
 

A few more details:

Here are approximate coordinates of where we saw the Bittern within
the slough: 34.4207311, -119.8477265.

It would be best seen with a scope, but it was going in and out of the
grass so it could be difficult to refind.

Nick Lethaby got a look, Ben showed up as we were leaving - hopefully,
he gets a look too.

Julie

On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 5:17 PM Julie Scotland <juliemasin@...> wrote:

5:17pm

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*Julie Scotland*
Santa Barbara, CA

Least Bittern at Area K now

Julie Scotland
 

5:17pm 

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Julie Scotland
Santa Barbara, CA

South coast gull patrol

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Mission Creek Outflow,
Western and Cal Gulls, 3 Bonaparte’s Gulls. The Black Skimmer flock has reduced to about 30 birds.

Laguna Blanca,
37 Western Gulls, 3 family units of PB Grebes, several units of American Coots

Goleta Beach,
Back to being tidal.
Amongst mostly Western and a few CA Gulls Were 8 Caspian Terns, 5 Elegant Terns. Oddly 2 of the Western Gulls in the parking area only had one leg.

Goleta Sewage Works,
17 Western Gulls. Plenty of Canada Geese, one family had 9 baby’s and another had 2 teenagers. One Greater White-fronted Goose. Plenty of Mallards/no young. 3 pairs of Gadwall, 2 Black-neck Stilt nests no young.

Refugio State Beach,
22 Western Gulls, 2 CA Gull, one Bonaparte’s Gull, one Glaucous-winged Gull. 4 Long-billed Curlews. Crazy note time, 52 White-faced Ibis offshore about 100 meters headed north, or at that moment west.

Gaviota State Beach,
27 Western Gulls. Not much else. I invested 15 minutes at campsite #10 and heard no Yellow-throated Warblers singing.

Good birding,








Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA

Black Rd, N Blosser Flood Cntl Pond

Erik Dodos
 


FYI, Black Rd Pond has been raked over by a tractor. Not many birds left...1 BN Stilt, 1 Avocet, 4 Mallards, and 8 killdeer are what I saw.

I stopped by the N Blosser Rd Flood Control Pond and birded the restricted/fenced area (with permission)...turned up a brave Willow Flycatcher singing Fitz-Bew (attached) very close to me. Hooded Orioles were in the Eucs, 1 Pac Fly, 2 GFs, 1 Wilson’s Warbler, and others.

Not SB County but near the border...I birded Hwy 166 and Bull Canyon Rd last weekend. I worked a traffic detail there for about 1 hr and decided to bring my bins...My highlights were 3 Blue Grosbeaks, 2 Western Tanagers, Hooded and Bullocks O’s, 1 yellow warb, and others. 

Erik


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- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported May 23, 2019 07:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56651133
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Strange place and odd date for this species, but unmistakeable."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported May 23, 2019 07:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56651284
- Comments: "Brief drop-in visit"

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Area K Common Gallinule

Ron Hirst
 

The Gallinule was easily seen yesterday afternoon at the back of the main pond. Not a lot of ducks or swallows in general. Birds in an overlook oak grove included 2 Hooded Orioles, a Robin, finches and bushtits. Fledgling Mockingbirds, Mallards and Coots were seen.
Ron Hirst

Re: Ibises LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Regarding the Ibis flyover at LLC, here’s a link for a few photos in the sky on a cloudy day: 
https://wingblossoms.photoshelter.com/gallery/Bird-ID-LLC-May-23-2019/G0000CWnOAwwdG0g

Betsy Mooney 
Santa Barbara/Goleta



because I’m out birding. 

On May 23, 2019, at 11:44 AM, Betsy Mooney via Groups.Io <wingblossoms@...> wrote:

A small group of us observed five ibises flying over Lake Los Carneros this morning at approximately 10:35 a.m. They are probably White-faced, but they were too far away to discern details, except for down-curved beak. We didn't see them land on the lake.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Farren Road May 23

Florence Sanchez
 

I'd intended to check out La Cumbre Peak this morning, but as I left the house, I could see clouds gathering and I did not want to be up there in the fog.  So I headed to Farren Road for a good hike up to the gate and back.

I was treated to quite a Swift-Swallow show less than a half mile up the road.  I had four species of Swallow in the mix (Tree, N. Rough-winged, Cliff, and 2 Violet Green).  There were a couple of Vaux's Swifts high up in the flock and with them I saw one much larger Swift that could have been a Black.  I could not pick up any white on throat or sides; it seemed to have relatively slower wingbeats; and it fanned its tail widely and often.  However, the flock was all on the east side of the road and I kept hitting the silver disk of the sun as it tried to shine through the gathering stratus cloud.  That made a true assessment of color very tenuous.  I therefore left it a question mark.  A little further up the road, I started seeing White-throated Swifts, and I noticed they also will fan their tails "when performing aerial maneuvers" as the literature says.

Other birds of note included Ash-throated Flycatchers (at least 6); Phainopepla (up to 3 males), a pair of Lark Sparrows, 1 (possibly 2) singing Lazuli Buntings, three or more Common Ground Doves, and a calling Roadrunner.

The purple sage is in bloom on both sides of the road, especially as you get near the patch of oak woodland.  It provided a lovely lavender miasma to the hillsides.

Florence Sanchez

More speed birding SMV

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I made a few stops to look for Tricolored Blackbirds. I found a new colony over on a vineyard property on Zaca Station Rd. This is the first time I have seen them here in 20 years, so pretty cool.
I then stopped by the little pond at the entrance of Santa Maria Gun Club off of Telephone Road. They were weedwacking the grass around the pond and no birds were seen. I then checked the vernal pool on Meadowlark off of Telephone Road, near the intersection of Prell and Telephone. This used to be a decent colony for Trikes but it appears Great-tailed Grackles have colonized it. Yes, the pond is full and looking great after the drought. Lastly, the ditch just south of Meadowlark Road has several pairs of Brewer’s Blackbirds feeding young. I also saw a few Trikes and Red-winged Blackbirds.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA

Ibises LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

A small group of us observed five ibises flying over Lake Los Carneros this morning at approximately 10:35 a.m. They are probably White-faced, but they were too far away to discern details, except for down-curved beak. We didn't see them land on the lake.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

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- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)
- Yellow-throated Warbler (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (4)
- Reported May 22, 2019 07:39 by Mark Holmgren
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56640185
- Comments: "In Area LM"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 18, 2019 11:45 by Julie Scotland
- Santa Barbara Shores County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4218678,-119.8967171&ll=34.4218678,-119.8967171
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56642301
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Found earlier in the day by Judy C. Adult male with bright orange underparts and full black hood. Continually singing. High in n several eucs around SB Shores entrance trail."

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1)
- Reported May 19, 2019 16:30 by David Levasheff
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56616556
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Saw with about 8 other people. One photo from first day, one from Monday the 20th in better conditions."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2019 05:21 by John Callender
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4222616,-119.5112528&ll=34.4222616,-119.5112528
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56622181
- Media: 2 Photos, 2 Audio
- Comments: "Singing male in the canyon north of the first gate, near (34.4252353, -119.5088525) around 7:10 a.m. Later, as I was coming down, I met Eric Culbertson walking up and he mentioned having heard what might have been the same bird in roughly the same location. We returned there together and heard what sounded like the bird singing but were not able to see it. I continued down from there while Eric resumed his hike north. Later he texted to let me know he'd seen what presumably was the same bird singing above Sutton Canyon, and then heard (but did not see) the bird back in the original location as he was walking back down."

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South Coast Wednesday birds

Mark Holmgren
 

Migrants were most evident at the Ellwood Butterfly Grove today, but the most interesting spot I birded was Area K on Goleta Slough.  As Nick and Florence have discussed there are a bunch of American Wigeon in Area L&M on Goleta Slough (I saw 8 this morning at 7:40). As Lehman writes, “The species is very rare between mid-May and the beginning of June in District C.”  I also saw 2 pairs of Blue-winged Teal, a lone male Cinnamon Teal, 1 White-faced Ibis. A couple of Black-necked Stilt looked like they might be breeding, but it’s hard to tell. No Gallinule or Bank Swallow for me.

Migrants at Ellwood were all the expected ones:  11 or so Western Tanagers, a few Yellow Warblers and Warbling Vireos, singles of Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, and Wilson’s Warbler.

I sense a decline in Western Kingbirds as breeders along the South Coast. I’d appreciate comments, and it would be nice to hear about oversummering/breeding birds.  We know of a pair of breeders near Lake Los Carneros last summer and already this spring, but what about west of Goleta?  Hollister Ranch?  Even in the Santa Ynez Valley (part of Lehman’s District I) where I had seen Western Kingbird in spring and summer, I now see Cassin’s Kingbird.  Would like to hear more from observers there.

Mark Holmgren

      San Marcos Pass

Area K

Florence Sanchez
 

I did not have a lot of time to bird today so went back to Area K to see if I could tease out that Common Gallinule.  Once again, it did not show itself for me.  The White-faced Ibis all seem to be gone now.  However, after persistently following a suspicious Swallow in both binoculars and scope, I finally got a quick frontal view as it wheeled and turned, confirming it was a Bank Swallow.

Nick mentioned finding several Blue-winged Teal yesterday, but I didn't see a one today.  However, I did get a good look at a nice male Cinnamon Teal before it took to the air and dropped down into the channel behind the dike that separates Areas K & L.  Also a surprise (to me at least) was finding three pairs of American Wigeon on the water.  This seems late for them.

Florence Sanchez

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing along the Franklin Trail this morning

John Callender
 

I hiked up the Franklin Trail above Carpinteria early this morning. The best bird was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the canyon near (34.4252353, -119.5088525), singing around 7:10 a.m. This is the first canyon beyond the vehicle gate at mile 2.2. I got some poor photos and audio recordings that are in the eBird list below. I lost track of the bird when it flew north.

Later, after seeing four Black Swifts near mile 3.0, I was coming down and met Eric Culbertson hiking up. He mentioned having heard what might have been the same Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the original location. We returned there together and heard what sounded like the bird singing but were not able to see it. I continued down while Eric resumed his hike up. Later he texted to let me know he'd had good views of what probably was the same bird singing above Sutton Canyon, and then had heard (but did not see) it back in the original location as he was hiking down.

My eBird list is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56622181

John Callender
Carpinteria