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

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.


Black and White Warbler at El Cap


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

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
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

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 Swifts over More Mesa


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

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 }

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 }

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

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

White-faced Ibis <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

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

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

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
This preserve on VAFB is open to the public. Instructions on how to
arrange access can be found at

Gene Lynch

San Ysidro Steller's Jays


Sorry...the untitled posting should be titled San Ysidro Steller's Jays

No Subject


We hiked up San Ysidro Canyon to the "swimming hole" today (Friday, 9/10) --
the Dippers were not all cooperative, but the two Steller's Jays (see Jim
Greaves Posting #96) were in the oak trees directly across the creek on the
facing slope.
Several calling Canyon Wrens at various spots along creek and a few silent
empids. Only warbler - Townsend's.

George Roland

Hooded Warbler


Hi All,

I failed to mention this in the posting about the Willow Flycatcher but
yesterday as we were watching the flycatcher on San Ysidro Creek, Terry
states that he saw a "very yellow warbler with a black hood" that he
believes to have been a Hooded Warbler. If you're in the area of the
flycatcher, we'd love to know if anyone else could confirm the warbler.

Becky Hoban

Brewers Sparrow update


Hi all...Maxine and I found the Brewer's Sparrow on Atascadero Creek today
(Thursday) at about 4:45 pm. We first saw it in the bushes between the bike
path and the creek about one hundred yards upstream from the s-bend between
Turnpike and Patterson roads. Then it flew downstream to the immediate
vicinity of the s-bend. There are still easy-to-see Blue Grosbeaks and Lazuli
Buyntings working the reeds in the creek and a large crowd of goldfinches.

George Roland

Willow Flycatcher


Hi All, This morning Cher, Terry and I went back to Montecito to let
Terry get a look at the Dipper. We found the juvenile calling and
working the creek above and below the swimming hole. On the fire road
on the way back to the parking area we found a Willow Flycatcher
calling "whit/weet". He was not singing, however. To locate the spot
from the parking area, hike up the fire road through the 2nd chain link
gate. Watch for the fire road to branch off on the right side of the
road forming a sharp u-turn (a "Y" in the road) up the hill. (To get
to the Dipper you would continue straight on up the road parellel to
the creek, but this is a good landmark for the flycatcher.) At that
junction, we saw the bird feeding in a dead tree with some horizontal
branches directly across the creek. He was busily feeding and easy to
spot at about 1130 this morning.
Becky Hoban

Goleta sewage plant

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>

The Goleta sewage plant remains a pretty birdy spot, and a good place to go
for anyone interested in looking at shorebirds in the Santa Barbara area.
Nothing better today than one Pectoral Sandpiper and one Lesser Yellowlegs,
but good numbers overall, including 250+ peeps. Worth keeping an eye on

Dave Compton

Re: Ibis

Rebecca Fagan Coulter

On Wednesday 9/8 at about 5:30 pm, Betsy Moles and I saw an ibis feeding in the
same area on Atascadero Creek (near the s-curve) with one Snowy Egret. I didn't
notice any white tufts on the head, but could see a very faint eye marking, though
it was barely visible. The two birds stuck together, moving up and down the creek
feeding. I would say White-faced Ibis; according to Peterson, immature and winter
adults lack bright eye mark, and winter adults often have white speckling about
the head.

Rebecca Coulter

William Murdoch wrote:

At about 4:30 today, Fri, an ibis sitting with 2 snowy egrets on the
telephone wire above the creek at the end of Walnut Lane. 20 mins later
circled over the S-bend in the creek along with (presumably the same) 2 egrets.

It had 2 small white patches/tufts on its head. Does this tell you anything
about id? Presumably it is wh-faced, but I can't tell.

Bill Murdoch

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Devereux Trip

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>

Hi all -- Don't forget to stop by after work at 5:30 PM tomorrow (Thursday)
for a birding trip around Devereux Slough. Ron Hirst <sbtech@...> leads
us and will also bring us up to speed on the current threats to this slough.
-- Paul K., SBAS Field Trips