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The Ponds VAFB

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
 

The La Purisima AS bird walk to the Waterfowl Natural Resources Area
produced 61 species of birds this morning, Saturday. Most notable among
them were Black & White Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow
Warbler, several Wilson's Warblers, Warbling Vireo, and a couple of
Orange-crowned Warblers.
The entire list from the bird walk can be seen at
<http://homepages.go.com/~birdlist/birdlist.html>.
This preserve on VAFB is open to the public. Instructions on how to
arrange access can be found at
<http://homepages.go.com/~birdchat/birdchat.html>.

Gene Lynch
Lompoc

Willow Flycatcher

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
 

I omitted the Willow Flycatcher from the list of interesting sightings
from the Ponds on VAFB this morning.
See you at the Rally.
Gene Lynch
Lompoc

Northern Waterthrush

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

Carp Creek is still only moderately birdy, but produced a couple of Northern
Waterthrushes this morning, and one Yellow-breasted Chat. The Chat was
downcreek from 6th St., near the wall that borders the sewage plant. One
waterthrush was at the bend just downstream from the 8th St. footbridge,
while the other was between 8th St. and Carpinteria Ave., in the section of
creek lined with Cottonwoods on either side.

Other migrants were just the usual suspects: Yellow and Wilson's Warbler,
Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Western Wood-Pewee, and Willow Flycatcher.

Dave Compton
dcompton@...

White-faced Ibis

jcwings@pronet.net <jcwings@...>
 

Hello SBCo birders,

I received a phone call from a casual birding acquaintance who informs me that there are up to five White-faced Ibis in a pool of water where Tepusquet Rd. (pronounced Tep-us-cay) crosses the Sisquoc River bed east of Santa Maria. This is east of SM near the towns of Gary/Sisquoc (Byron Vineyards area). They have been present for about one week now. I haven't checked this out myself but I wouldn't doubt it. She said there are occasionally other shorebirds around this pool. I mention this because this spot borders what would be considered "inland" where I believe records are scarce for this species, so perhaps of some interest.

From 101 take Betteravia Rd. east toward the bustling metropolises of Gary/Sisquoc, but turn left at Santa Maria Mesa Rd. where it Y's before reaching Gary. Continue east until you dead end into Tepusquet Rd. Go right, down into the river (dirt road) to where the pool is. She also mentioned a couple of Golden Eagles have been in the vicinity recently too.

Jamie Chavez
jcwings@...
 
 
 

Prothonotary Warbler at El Cap

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

At about 10 this morning I briefly had a male Prothonotary Warbler at El
Capitan State Park, in a small willow above where the creek spills out from
the culvert that runs under 101 and the railroad tracks. There are several
ways to access this spot. The best is probably by walking from the kiosk
back toward the creek and then following up creek to the culvert. You'll
need to walk in the creek a bit going this way, but there are plenty of
rocks to step on and you don't need boots. You can also follow the path that
leads in from the road and is nearest 101 and the railroad. If you go this
way, you have to dodge a lot of poison oak. You could also get into the
creek from the campground, but you'd have to walk through someone's
campsite.

As I said, I had the bird only briefly (about ten seconds), before I lost it
in the oak. It might have slipped out the back of the tree and followed a
small flock of birds (Bushtits, Warbling Vireos, Orange-Crowns, and a Yellow
Warbler) into the campground or back down creek.

Dave Compton
dcompton@abc-clio

Sunday birds

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Hi all,      This morning I birded the VAFB Ponds. As indicated by the posting yesterday, the activity has increased.  Short on time, I was able to see the following:  1 imm. Red- eyed Vireo very close-up, 4 Western Tanagers, no less than 4 Black-Throated Gray Warblers, 1 Hermit Warbler, many Townsend's and Yellow's, a few Warbling Vireos, 2 Black- Headed Grosbeaks, and many more birds than I could see. I didn't see any Flycatchers or the B&W Wa seen yesterday. Also, Ocean Pk. continues to have 1-3 Pectoral and 1-2 Bairds Sandpipers along with many peeps. } BRAD }

Sunday birds; again

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Hi all,   One more try!  I birded the VAFB ponds this morning. As indicated by the posting yesterday, the activity has increased. Short on time, I did manage to see the following:  1 imm. Red-eyed Vireo close-up , 4 Western Tanagers, no less than 4 Black-Throated Gray Warblers, 1 Hermit Warbler, many Townsend's and Yellow Warblers, a few Warbling Vireos, 2 Black Headed Grosbeaks, and more birds than I could see. I didn't see any Flycatchers or the B&W Wa seen yesterday. Also, Ocean Pk. continues to have 1-3 Pectoral and 1-2 Bairds Sandpipers along with many peeps. } BRAD }

Black Swifts over More Mesa

GeorgeR244@...
 

Saw three Black Swifts over More Mesa in Goleta this am (Sunday, 9/12). Ibis
still in Atascadero Creek. Bird on...George Roland

San Ysidro Dippers on Sunday

Patrick McNulty
 

Yesterday on San Ysidro Creek in Santa Barbara, as described
before on this list, my wife and I couldn't find any Dippers
between about 12:30 and 1:30 pm, perhaps due to the fair numbers
of people on the trail and at the pool. This morning, Sunday,
however, I was able to get good looks at an immmature begging
from an adult at about 8:30 am.

They were about 100 yards below the Swimming Hole previously
described,
and about 80 yards upstream from a spot where the trail dips down
almost to the level of the stream in order to cross a dry
steep-sided gully coming in from the right. While walking up the
trail, a good view between the trees is suddenly presented
looking directly up the stream. There is a very large somewhat
overhanging rock on the right of the the stream and two fairly
large boulders across on the left side. Several of the boulders
in the stream are spattered with bird droppings.

As I arrived here at about 8:30, the immature jumped up out of
the water and hopped around fairly aimlessly on several rocks,
occasionally posing to wink his white eyelid, and singing song
fragments which would be consistently answered by a terse zeety
buzz from the opposite bank. Eventually the adult came down to
the same area, and the immature immediately started begging
behavior, following the adult around pleading for a meal and
being chased off. After a few minutes the adult went out of
sight upstream, followed by the kid. When I returned down the
trail about 9:50, I could not find any sight or sound of them.

Of course, I have no idea whether any of these clock times are
significant.

Two notes of caution:

1. If you don't know what poison oak looks like, you should be
particularly careful about brushing against plants hanging over
the path or growing around the rocks, especially above the
swimming hole.

2. If you follow the directions previously posted to the top of
Park Lane West, you will find yourself in a land of particularly
strongly worded No Parking, Tow Away, No Motor Vehicles, and
Private Property signs. One senses a certain history here
between trail users and property owners. It would probably be
better, immediately after taking the left fork away from the Park
Drive East, rather than taking the little jog up onto Park Drive
West, to simply continue straight for a couple blocks on this
disconnected fragment of East Mountain Drive. This ends at a
gated-off bridge over the stream where many cars had parked at
the trail head on the right. It only adds about ten minutes to
your walk rather than trying to park higher up the hill, and the
trail winds among partially finished houses designed on a very
grand scale, letting you speculate on sources and rates of
associated cash flow while listening for birds.
--
Patrick McNulty W: (805) 893-4165
Santa Barbara. CA H: (805) 967-9900
mail: mcnulty@...

Black and White Warbler at El Cap

impact2@...
 

Yesterday afternoon Dave Compton, Guy Tingos and I went out to El
Capitan to look for the Prothonotary Warbler Dave found (and posted)
earlier in the day. No luck, but we did have a female Black and White
Warbler in the same area near the railroad bridge over the creek, at
the top of the campground. The bird was moving around on a large
sycamore trunk on the west bank, just downcreek of the drainage pipe.
We had no problem getting to the area from inside the campground--the
sites were mostly empty. Walk to the north end of the campground,
keeping near the creek, and you'll see the drainage pipe below the
railroad bridge.

Rebecca Coulter
impact2@...

and another Waterthrush

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

It must be Waterthrush time finally. I had another one Sunday afternoon on
Atascadero Creek in Goleta, about 150 yards up the creek from the little
check dam near the end of Ward Drive.

Dave
dcompton@...

Virginia's Warbler & Lesser Nighthawk

Guy Tingos <gtingos@...>
 

Dave Compton and I had a Virginia's Warbler at Lake Los Carneros County
Park off Los Carneros Road in Goleta Tuesday at sunset. Look in the
lerps-infested eucalyptus trees east of the parking lot and north of the
caretaker's house.

I also had a Lesser Nighthawk flying along Cathedral Oaks Road between
Los Carneros Road and La Patera Road just after sunset.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
gtingos@...

Bobos & a Black-and-White

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Hi Birders! Hope all of you are getting out & birding coastal creeks &
other migrant traps as this weather is perfect for fall vagrant chasing.
This a.m. on Atascadero Crk in Goleta I had 3 Bobolinks at the bend in the
creek (about 100 yds. east of where Walnut Ave. deadends into the bikepath)
& several Blue Grosbeaks, Laz Buntings, Savannah Sparrows & a Lincoln's.
About 50 yds. downcreek from the So. Patterson Ave. bridge over Atascadero
Crk, I had a Black-and-white Warbler in a large flocks of bushtits &
warblers. It's necessary to get in the creekbed to bird this stretch, but
there were several good bushtit/warbler flocks, altho I couldn't find
anything else. Joan Lentz

Prothonotary Warbler

Guy Tingos <gtingos@...>
 

Rebecca Coulter and I saw the Prothonotary Warbler at El Capitan Beach
State Park Wednesday afternoon. The bird was in a large, mixed warbler
flock near campsite 12.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
gtingos@...

San Ysidro Dippers

D. Barton Johnson <chtodel@...>
 

Sept. 14. Immature begging dipper and adult at the previously designated swimming hole 1&1/2 miles up trail. About 11 am.
                    Fred Keller & Don Johnson

Thursday birds

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Good Evening All,     I  checked El Cap this morning for lingering Protho Warbler and other goodies. The flock was feeding in trees near campsite 9 and amphitheater. Protho was observed the entire time at site 9. Good close-up views from 7-7:30. Lots of migrants including: Nashville, Yellow, Wilsons Warblers,also WeTanagers, BH Grosbeaks. This evening a brief stop at Refugio yielded  Yellows, Wilsons and others feeding in euc's on west side of creek.  } } BRAD } }   hey Beckster

9/17 County Birds

jcwings@pronet.net <jcwings@...>
 

Hello all,

Some of you may remember Dave Quesenberry. Dave is visiting CA with a
birding friend this week in search of CA lifers. I decided to tag along
as they birded the south coast. We stopped at Gaviota, Refugio, and El
Cap today in search of migrants.

The only bird worth mentioning at Gaviota was a single Vaux's Swift.

Refugio had a few migrant warblers in the small willow growth near the
entrance to the campground. In a flock of blackbirds we found a
Bobolink.

At El Capitan we located a Tennessee Warbler in a mixed flock (Wilson's,
Yellows, Or-crowns) near the creek mouth. We also found the Prothonotary
Warbler feeding in a Catalina Cherry bush with Western Tanagers and
Black-headed Grosbeaks next to the amphitheater. Also spotted was a
(possible) Dusky Flycatcher in the lower campground area. Remember, your
entrance fee into any of these beaches will get you into all of the
others for the day.

Santa Maria River estuary had two Red Knots, and one Dunlin. Found
within the massive flock of Sooty Shearwaters just offshore was an
almost entirely white shearwater except for a black trailing edge to the
wing. There was a small amount of dark mottling on the neck too. We
suspected a partial albinistic Sooty (?). Has anyone else ever seen
something like this before? It vaguely looked like a Streaked Shearwater
but whiter. If a bird with albinism like this is possible, how many of
these are misidentified as something exceptionally rare?

Jamie Chavez
jcwings@...

Re: Prothonotary Warbler

Kathleen L. Whitney <kwhit@...>
 

Dave Compton and I saw the Prothonotary Warbler again this morning at El
Capitan, this time it was west of the amphitheater with a small warbler
flock. It appears to be a female. We also found a Rose-breasted Grosbeak
- this one was just east of the amphitheater. The Tennessee Warbler did
not make an appearance but it remains very birdy there, especially around
the campground - lots of warblers, Yellow, Wilson's, Townsend's, and a
Black-throated Grey and other migrants as well (Western Wood Pewees and
Tanagers etc.) altogether worth the drive!

At 19:51 15.9.1999 -0700, you wrote:

Rebecca Coulter and I saw the Prothonotary Warbler at El Capitan Beach
State Park Wednesday afternoon. The bird was in a large, mixed warbler
flock near campsite 12.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
gtingos@...




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Re: "white" shearwater

jcwings@pronet.net <jcwings@...>
 

I didn't have time to look this up before but I did find a notation on albinism in Sooty Shearwater in the National Audubon Society's Encyclopedia of North American Birds by John K. Terres:
 
    "A number of partial albinos reported; white most often on head and neck, although whole body may be pied"

There is no mention of albinism in Harrison's "Seabirds" nor is there an illustration of what a "pied" individual might look like. Rich Stallcup's "Ocean Birds of the Nearshore Pacific" mentions; "symmetrically leucistic birds occur rarely and have been mistaken for other species, even the flashy Cape Petrel (Daption capense). Although, the illustration of a Cape Petrel in "Seabirds" doesn't look at all like the bird we observed off the SMRE. It was certainly just an odd looking Sooty. Just wanted to share that.

I also forgot to mention that as we were looking for a lifer Tricolored Blackbird for Dave's friend from CO, we found a flock of mixed blackbirds near the intersection of Highway 1 and Black Road just east of Santa Maria which contained the Tri's and at least four female Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

Jamie

Sunday in Goleta.........

Kathleen L. Whitney <kwhit@...>
 

Rob Hamilton and I birded the Glen Annie Golfcourse this morning and found
an Indigo Bunting. Winter birds are beginning to appear; Lincoln's Sparrow
and White-crowned Sparrow have both returned. We also had Say's Phoebe and
Cedar Waxwings.

The really happening spot was Lake Los Carneros - at
one point the trees near Stowe House were literally vibrating with birds,
mostly bushtits, Warbling Vireos, and Western Tanagers but also a Hermit
Warbler and at least one very interesting Dendroica warbler that got away.
This bird had a yellow belly (seemed more extensively yellow than
Townsend's) with heavy black streaking. The face of this elusive bird was
not seen. The dying eucs near the parking lot also had plenty of action -
Rob turned up a Nashville Warbler there. Good birding everyone!