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More Mesa Northern Harriers

Mark Bright
 

There was both a female and a pale gray male Northern Harrier at More Mesa early this evening. Only saw the male once in an hour's time. Other than them lots of Western Meadowlarks.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Osprey with Leopard Shark

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Yesterday Pam and I saw an Osprey fly over NCOS carrying a small Leopard Shark.  It was flying north from the direction of Sands Beach.  Managed to get some distant photos of it in which you can see the distinctive fins of the shark.  Thanks to Kevin Lafferty for confirmation of the shark ID.

https://flic.kr/p/2mD2hhi

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

 


WF Ibis flock

Nick Lethaby
 

18 at Sandpiper this AM by the pond

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Vaux's Swift (Vaux's) (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (2)
- Reported Oct 20, 2021 10:05 by Susanne Meyer
- 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/S96494119
- Comments: "Observed them just for a brief moment. Dark swifts flying over the east end of the lake. Very fast movements."

Vaux's Swift (Vaux's) (Chaetura vauxi vauxi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 12:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8986359,-119.653557&ll=34.8986359,-119.653557
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96456236
- Comments: "Small, flitty flight"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2021 12:48 by Spencer Seale
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96484539
- Comments: "Continuing just upstream of treatment facility. Located by metallic chip."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 20, 2021 20:36 by Jill Gordon
- River View Park and Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6158331,-120.2081966&ll=34.6158331,-120.2081966
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96494308
- Comments: "Bright orange throat. Black strip ear/eye patch. Orange stripes on head. White wing bars."

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SB Audubon October Program on the Carrizo Plain

Janice Levasheff
 

Greetings!

Please join us next week for our monthly program "A Visual Journey through the Carrizo Plain".  Our speaker will be Chuck Graham.

When:  Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Where:  Via Zoom - please go to this link for details: https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/program-october-2021/

The Carrizo Plain is one of the last remaining arid grasslands in California. The area is threatened not only by natural resource developers but also by hundreds of well meaning wildflower lovers who can have a detrimental impact to the region. Join us as Chuck Graham shares some of his 15 years of photographs and observations of the unique area right in our own backyard.

This program is free and open to all!

Good birding,

Mo McFadden and Janice Levasheff
Santa Barbara Audubon Society


Poorwills at Las Cruzitas

Cruz Phillips
 

We had two Common Poorwills on the dirt road at about 8pm last night.

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch
Santa Ynez


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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (2 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 17:04 by Noah Gaines
- 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/S96452066
- Comments: "Single bird traveling W to E high and distant. Small Swift constantly flapping wings and rocking side to side. Short tail. Dark brownish throughout."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (7)
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 08:15 by Susanne Meyer
- 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/S96453299
- Comments: "Dark swifts with rapid wing beat flew from south western direction towards and over the lake."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 09:23 by Jamie Chavez
- Rod Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9095678,-120.4304042&ll=34.9095678,-120.4304042
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96429979
- Comments: "A single all dark bodied swift with rapid wingbeats flew over the park headed south"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (Nyctanassa violacea [violacea Group]) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 12:30 by Bonnie Burgess
- 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/S96449063
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "standing at closest inlets at waters edge in mud."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 12:31 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S96448190
- Comments: "Call heard, then seen near SE Porto-potty."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 08:25 by David Blue
- 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/checklist/S96437216
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A small sparrow with a small bill, white underparts with a faint buffy wash on the upper breast, and a distinctive facial pattern. It had a broad buffy eyebrow and a dark eyeline behind the eye that did not extend through the eye to the bill (pale lores). A dark mustachial stripe along with the dark eyeline set off a buffy auricular. It had a gray collar, and a long, notched tail. Seen along the left side of Venoco Road, above the turnoff for the pond trail."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 08:25 by Linda Blue
- 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/checklist/S96437217
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A small sparrow with a small bill, white underparts with a faint buffy wash on the upper breast, and a distinctive facial pattern. It had a broad buffy eyebrow and a dark eyeline behind the eye that did not extend through the eye to the bill (pale lores). A dark mustachial stripe along with the dark eyeline set off a buffy auricular. It had a gray collar, and a long, notched tail. Seen along the left side of Venoco Road, above the turnoff for the pond trail."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 10:54 by Tom Beland
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96444377
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, walking on the ground along the creek, bobbing tail, brown upper part, pale under parts with dark streak"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 10:54 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96445967
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, walking on the ground along the creek, bobbing tail, brown upper part, pale under parts with dark streak"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2021 09:20 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/checklist/S96445307
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "drab brownish warbler with extensive buff supercillium and yellow under tail."

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Snipe at LLC

Dolores Pollock
 

Snipe seen from the dam at LLC, at water's edge in the cove at the west side of the Lake.  5 pm. 

Dolores Pollock
Santa Barbara


Mid/North county

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I had a quick look around Jalama after completing a Snowy Plover survey there. The 3 Cackling Geese found by Wes are still there. At least 8 Vaux's Swifts were intermittently feeding over the creek and I had singles of Yellow Warbler and Lawrence's Goldfinch.

At the SYRE, more winter ducks are arriving with the first Bufflehead and Surf Scoter in the river mouth. An eclipse male Eurasian Wigeon was the highlight.

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Solitary Sandpiper at Goleta Slough

David Levasheff
 

Seen during noon hour across from old Beachside on an island.

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Clay-colored Sparrow at UCSB North Campus Open Space

David Blue
 

This morning, Linda and I had a Clay-colored Sparrow at UCSB North Campus Open Space, seen along the left side (south) of Venoco Road, above the turnoff for the pond trail.

Poor photos here:


David Blue
Goleta, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Western Wood-Pewee (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (4 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (2 reports)
- Tennessee Warbler (2 reports)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 07:56 by Linda Blue
- 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/S96411581
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Long-continuing bird (since August 15, if it’s the same bird). Foraging in the southwest corner of the lake. Dark brown above with small pale spots and prominent white spectacles, and dull yellow legs."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 07:56 by David Blue
- 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/S96408842
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Long-continuing bird (since August 15, if it’s the same bird). Foraging in the southwest corner of the lake. Dark brown above with small pale spots and prominent white spectacles, and dull yellow legs."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 10:49 by Aaron Kreisberg
- 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/checklist/S96313146
- Comments: "Seen foraging just north of Phelps Creek bridge. Wading bird with streaked throat and brownish overall."

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 10:38 by Lori Gaskin
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4242219,-119.7503543&ll=34.4242219,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96294640
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Initially thought it was a Western Wood-Pewee but it looked more stout than one and changed it to Olive-sided Flycatcher. Upon receiving further feedback, I have changed it to back to Western Wood-Pewee.
Viewed NNW from: 34.427886, -119.750237"

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 15:16 by David Compton
- 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/S96309773
- Comments: "This bird had been photographed by two different observers the previous day, and some thought, based on the photos, that the bird could be a Greater Pewee. The bird in the photos was distinctive in showing an all yellow-orange mandible and a ragged plumage that included tattered primaries and what appeared to be several missing feathers in the wing coverts on the left side. When Nick and I located this bird, we watched it as it foraged relatively high up in eucalyptus. To get a good view of the bird, we had to stand at bit of distance, so we wouldn't just be looking straight up and in bad light. Our first impression was that it was on obvious Western, with a pretty obvious vested appearance and not a particularly long tail. Also, the bill looked normal size for a Western Wood-Pewee. We got glimpses of the orangey color on the underside of the bill, and we were able to see the ragged appearance of the wing coverts on the bird's left side. So, definitely a Western Wood-Pewee, with an aberrant bill, and definitely the same bird as in the photos taken yesterday."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 08:42 by Ron Hirst
- 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/S96374194
- Comments: "bright yellow to chin, larger billed, greenish back."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 07:56 by Linda Blue
- 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/S96411581
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Compared to a Cassin’s Kingbird, it had a lighter gray head, longer and heavier black bill, greenish back, a bright yellow belly with the yellow extending high up on the breast, and a notched tail. Seen in the southwest corner of the lake."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 07:56 by David Blue
- 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/S96408842
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Compared to a Cassin’s Kingbird, it had a lighter gray head, longer and heavier black bill, greenish back, a bright yellow belly with the yellow extending high up on the breast, and a notched tail. Seen in the southwest corner of the lake."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 17:10 by Noah Gaines
- 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/S96308920
- Comments: "Kingbird with very yellow belly moving to greenish at breast. White throat. Gray head and faint black mask. Forked tail. Bill not excessively long. On top of willows along W side of lake."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 12:13 by Dara Vazquez
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96411146
- Comments: "Ongoing, calling just after the end of the treatment plant."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 12:13 by Kavanagh McGeough
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96411145
- Comments: "Ongoing, calling just after the end of the treatment plant."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 12:13 by Dara Vazquez
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96411146
- Comments: "Small short tailed warbler, dark line through eye, white underneath. By willows ~200 yds upstream from bridges."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2021 12:13 by Kavanagh McGeough
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96411145
- Comments: "Small short tailed warbler, dark line through eye, white underneath. By willows ~200 yds upstream from bridges."

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Re: Swallows

Jim Hodgson
 

Hi all,

At 11ish this morning there was a large mixed flock of White-throated Swifts and Violet-green Swallows over Lake los Carneros with the swifts out numbering the swallows.  Mixed in were two Tree Swallows and one Rough-winged Swallow.  Also the Solitary and Pectoral Sandpipers were present.

Jim Hodgson
Santa Barbara

On Oct 18, 2021, at 6:44 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:

Hi Ron,

I appreciate your caution. Cliff Swallows are quite rare at this time of year, even for a single bird. For those who follow the LA County email list, you'll see there was a report of nice size flock of Violet-Green Swallows today. Kimball Garrett responded to the report by noting this species is well-known for being absent to nearly absent in migration earlier in the fall, but much more common later in the fall (October and November), especially with the passage of cold fronts. Tree Swallow flocks can occur in Santa Barbara County at this time of year, even relatively large ones, but not so much on the south coast. I would the suggest the order of likelihood for flocks of swallows in Santa Barbara at this season is:

Violet-Green Swallow
Tree Swallow
everything else (note that Lehman's The Birds of Santa Barbara County also mentions Barn Swallow flocks occasionally occur at this time of year on the north coast).

Ron, I didn't see the birds, of course, so can't say what they were. But hopefully, this info helps to think what they might've been.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



On Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 6:21 PM Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:
Hi All -

 I just had a large, circling flock of swallows right over our neighborhood at 6:15 this evening. They looked like cliff swallows, but in the fading light and the altitude I could not be certain. There were about 40 of them. 

Rob Hofberg




Re: Swallows

Dave Compton
 

Hi Ron,

I appreciate your caution. Cliff Swallows are quite rare at this time of year, even for a single bird. For those who follow the LA County email list, you'll see there was a report of nice size flock of Violet-Green Swallows today. Kimball Garrett responded to the report by noting this species is well-known for being absent to nearly absent in migration earlier in the fall, but much more common later in the fall (October and November), especially with the passage of cold fronts. Tree Swallow flocks can occur in Santa Barbara County at this time of year, even relatively large ones, but not so much on the south coast. I would the suggest the order of likelihood for flocks of swallows in Santa Barbara at this season is:

Violet-Green Swallow
Tree Swallow
everything else (note that Lehman's The Birds of Santa Barbara County also mentions Barn Swallow flocks occasionally occur at this time of year on the north coast).

Ron, I didn't see the birds, of course, so can't say what they were. But hopefully, this info helps to think what they might've been.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



On Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 6:21 PM Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:
Hi All -

 I just had a large, circling flock of swallows right over our neighborhood at 6:15 this evening. They looked like cliff swallows, but in the fading light and the altitude I could not be certain. There were about 40 of them. 

Rob Hofberg


Burrowing Owl

Hugh Ranson
 

One flushed at Elings Park late this afternoon. There was also a Northern Harrier quartering over the plateau.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Swallows

Rob Hofberg
 

Hi All -

 I just had a large, circling flock of swallows right over our neighborhood at 6:15 this evening. They looked like cliff swallows, but in the fading light and the altitude I could not be certain. There were about 40 of them. 

Rob Hofberg


Potential N County pelagic

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I have made some preliminary enquiries about setting up a pelagic out of Port San Luis that would get into the waters of N Santa Barbara County (it is about 2.5 hours for them to get to the waters off Pt Purisima). The goal would be to do this in early winter to target difficult to get species like ST Shearwater, Ancient Murrelet, Laysan Albatross, etc. at a time when the seas are often calmer than in spring. We would use the same boat as for the Morro Bay Festival pelagic trips that have got some good birds like Wilson's Storm-Petrel in SBA waters. A 10 hour trip is about $3000 and the boat takes 35 passengers max. My guess is that we are looking at around $150-200 each. I am provisionally thinking of targeting Sun, Dec 12. Can you let me know about your interest, availability, and whether you can make a weekday trip?

If there is good interest, I will do some more research on potential routes.

Regards,
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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Cackling Geese

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I had a flock of 18 at Sandpiper. I almost missed them as there were no Canadas around so I initially couldn't find any smaller birds in the flock!

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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Western Wood-Pewee (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- American Crow (1 report)
- Bewick's Wren (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 08:50 by Bradley Hacker 🦜
- Mentor Drive Tipu trees, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.433194,-119.812404&ll=34.433194,-119.812404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96282336
- Media: 1 Photo

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 10:38 by Lori Gaskin
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4242219,-119.7503543&ll=34.4242219,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96294640
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Viewed NNW from: 34.427886, -119.750237"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2021 17:25 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96255909
- Comments: "Yellow up to middle of throat. Deep notch on tail. Good comparison with a Cassin's Kingbird."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 08:50 by Bradley Hacker 🦜
- Mentor Drive Tipu trees, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.433194,-119.812404&ll=34.433194,-119.812404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96282336
- Media: 1 Photo

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2021 16:00 by Dustin H
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96256680
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "3 crows in the old corral. Distinctly smaller and with different tail feather/beak shape than the Common Raven next to them. They did not fight, but did chase each other around."

Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2021 12:48 by Eric Hopson
- San Miguel Island--San Miguel Hill Transect, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0381867,-120.3503752&ll=34.0381867,-120.3503752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96250807
- Comments: "Heard and observed. Largish wren, slender profile, long tailed, bold white eyebrow."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2021 08:50 by Bradley Hacker 🦜
- Mentor Drive Tipu trees, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.433194,-119.812404&ll=34.433194,-119.812404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96282336
- Media: 1 Photo

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Lake Los Carneros

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

There was a Tropical Kingbird along the west side this afternoon. The Solitary and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers continue. Dave and I checked out a pewee that had been photographed as it was a bit messed up and had an odd bill, leading to thinking it might be a Greater. In the field, it was obviously a Western Wood-pewee.

Regards,

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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