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More Mesa Notes

Lynn Watson
 

On a few recent walks on More Mesa, no Harriers were seen. Possibly the recent sightings were of a temporary visitor. Two juvenile White-tailed Kites were seen on the west end with a parent; no kites appear to be on the east end. Seen on the east end - Loggerhead Shrike and Savannah Sparrow, and what appeared to be a couple of Cooper's Hawks chasing each other. From the cliffs, the only birds seen on the beach were gulls, some of which were Heerman's. Terns were heard over the water, but were too far away for a decent shot to id. A Great-Horned Owl was photographed close to the side of the path on the west end.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/deinandra/sets/72157624819541932/show/

Lynn Watson
SB


Black Vulture posted to eBird Today

Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...>
 

All,

The BLACK VULTURE was posted to eBird today seen this morning from the
intersection of Hollister Ave. and Storke Rd.

--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Osprey

Peter Schneekloth
 

There was an Osprey at Lake Los Carneros today at lunch time.

Peter


UCSB Campus notes

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Yesterday, I checked out Area K. The middle portion was almost dry. There was still an abundance of peeps about, but even with a scope, I was unable to pull out anything but Western and Least Sandpipers, and a lone Semi-palmated Plover. There were still a couple of Greater Yellowlegs hanging around and at least two dozen Kildeer. The eastern pond of Area K will have water for about another week, but it's very hard to view. There is one spot opposite the Rec Cen where a tall person can see over the poison oak on the other side of the fence and look almost directly down into the east pond.

Today I walked the beaches in billowing fog. On the eastern beaches, I found 4 Marbled Godwits, 1 Willet, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 8 Whimbrel, 2 juvenile Western Sandpipers, 20 Sanderlings, and a flock of 75 Black-bellied Plover. A flock that large should have had something else in it, but the best I could do was 1 juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher. I heard Elegant Terns flying by in the fog. Nothing on the rocks at campus point (high tide, high surf). The southern beach had only 3 Whimbrel. In the UCSB Lagoon, I had 1 Greater Yellowlegs, I Willet, 4 Dowitcher sp., and 12-15 peep, Western and Least mixed (mostly Least).

A small flock of Selasphorus sp. has taken possession of the blooming sages near the Loma Pelona conference center. Yesterday, nice adult male Wilson's Warbler was in the Old Gym wetlands.

Florence Sanchez


Kelp Egret

rogerlenard <rog2@...>
 

Today at noon there was a great egret on the kelp south off UCSB lagoon.
It did not catch anything while we were watching.


Re: probable bobolink Waller park

lbvireo <lbviman@...>
 

Was it walking or hopping? Icterids walk -- Jim Greaves, Thompson Falls MT

--- In sbcobirding@..., Don Tate <osomocoso@...> wrote:

Well, more possible than probable. Couldn't resist the sound of "probable bobolink," sorry. Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM a bird with black patches was foraging across the lawn, with Brewer's blackbirds, near the frontage road (east edge of park). It had dark crown, sundry black patches, pale edging of flight feathers. Bottom of nape was dark, unlike pix on Google images. White eye ring. I'll leave it to the hard corps to ID.
 
- Don Tate, Lompoc




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Waller Park, cowbird more likely

Don Tate
 

Think horse, not zebra, ha ha. Brown-headed Cowbird more likely.
 
- Don Tate, Lompoc




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probable bobolink Waller park

Don Tate
 

Well, more possible than probable. Couldn't resist the sound of "probable bobolink," sorry. Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM a bird with black patches was foraging across the lawn, with Brewer's blackbirds, near the frontage road (east edge of park). It had dark crown, sundry black patches, pale edging of flight feathers. Bottom of nape was dark, unlike pix on Google images. White eye ring. I'll leave it to the hard corps to ID.
 
- Don Tate, Lompoc


Friday Bird Walk at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park Aug 27

Adam Lewis (sbfledgling)
 

When: Friday August 27, 2010 (8:30-10:30)
Target Birds: Curlew, Ducks, Teals, Egrets, Godwit, Gulls, Herons, Raptors, Killdeer
Leader: Jack Sanford
Sponsor: Santa Barbara Audubon Society
Directions: If coming from the North on Hwy 101 take Linden Ave off ramp. If coming from the South on Hwy 101 take Casitas Pass Rd off ramp
and turn right on Carpinteria Ave & left on Linden Av.
Follow Linden Ave towards the ocean and turn right on Sandyland Rd. Go to the end and the Nature Park Entrance is dead ahead.

Adam Lewis
for the SBAS
www.SantaBarbaraAudubon.org


Swallowtail butterfly questions

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

Apologies for the off-topic post, but it's possible that Giant Swallowtail butterflies may be in the process of colonizing the south coast. I saw one on Sunday in Goleta and there have been a couple of previous records. If any of you are seeing swallowtail butterflies flying around citrus trees (the food plant of Giant Swallowtail, I would love to know. Even better if you can get a photo since there are no verified records yet.

I will take any responses off list.

Thanks,

Nick Lethaby
nlethaby@...<mailto:nlethaby@...>
+1 805 562 5106


Re: Orange-crowned Warbler nest and addendum to Campus notes

lbvireo <lbviman@...>
 

In the mid-1990's I found an OCWA nest on a creek bank along S Clara River in Ventura - it was built entirely of, and shaded by, Arundo donax, overtopped by willows. There were no oaks or chaparral in the vicinity. Earlier, in upper Santa Ynez River, I found 3 nests IN the river bottom of both Mono Creek and the Santa Ynez River [one under mugwort, the other in the open in similar bottom], and another one was within a meter of same-aged Oregon Junco nest [egg stage] on road bank at Mono Campground (both failed); I admit these latter older ones were all in situations surrounded by "chaparral woodland" slopes nearby. But, this lends (to my mind) credence to my supposition old contention that "riparian" is not a good description for "habitat" - especially when it only runs THROUGH other types of larger expanse, like oak woods, chaparral, coastal sage scrub, or desert (desert riparian is another way of looking at that type, rather than riparian desert; or, for example, if one were to change "willow riparian" to "riparian willow", one might have two entirely different types of "woodland"). Anyway, while Mark is correct that the birds are generally of a type of woodland, that woodland does not always preclude other types within it, such as riparian strips of arundo and willow ... - Jim Greaves

--- In sbcobirding@..., Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...> wrote:

This year, I suspected we had an Orange-crowned Warbler pair nesting in the
ivy hedge on the front of our property. I heard young birds calling from
there and I saw the adult Orange-crowns with food in their bills flying in
and out from behind the large Ceanothus in front of the hedge. Within a
few days, I spotted the parents feeding 1-2 young birds in our back yard.

This would be the second time OCWAs have nested in an ivy hedge in our
yard. Three years ago, it was in a smaller hedge on the east side of the
back yard. Mark Holmgren told me some time ago that any nesting of this
species outside of the preferred chaparral-oak woodland habitat is unusual.

Yesterday, I trimmed the front hedge and got in behind the Ceanothus. I
found what I believe is the OC nest. It looks like the correct
construction from the rather mediocre pictures I've pulled off the web.
What was unusual was its height off the ground. Our mainland race of
Orange-crowned is supposed to nest on or very near the ground, and indeed,
nests I've observed at the Botanic Garden were all low down or on the
ground. The nest in our yard three years ago was about two feet off the
ground but deep inside the ivy. This year's nest was near the top of a 5'
hedge. Any thoughts about this?

I forgot to mention other evidence of migration in my campus notes post--a
Yellow Warbler near the Library and a Wilson's Warbler outside of Ellison
Hall.

Florence Sanchez


Orange-crowned Warbler nest and addendum to Campus notes

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

This year, I suspected we had an Orange-crowned Warbler pair nesting in the ivy hedge on the front of our property. I heard young birds calling from there and I saw the adult Orange-crowns with food in their bills flying in and out from behind the large Ceanothus in front of the hedge. Within a few days, I spotted the parents feeding 1-2 young birds in our back yard.

This would be the second time OCWAs have nested in an ivy hedge in our yard. Three years ago, it was in a smaller hedge on the east side of the back yard. Mark Holmgren told me some time ago that any nesting of this species outside of the preferred chaparral-oak woodland habitat is unusual.

Yesterday, I trimmed the front hedge and got in behind the Ceanothus. I found what I believe is the OC nest. It looks like the correct construction from the rather mediocre pictures I've pulled off the web. What was unusual was its height off the ground. Our mainland race of Orange-crowned is supposed to nest on or very near the ground, and indeed, nests I've observed at the Botanic Garden were all low down or on the ground. The nest in our yard three years ago was about two feet off the ground but deep inside the ivy. This year's nest was near the top of a 5' hedge. Any thoughts about this?

I forgot to mention other evidence of migration in my campus notes post--a Yellow Warbler near the Library and a Wilson's Warbler outside of Ellison Hall.

Florence Sanchez


UCSB Campus notes

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Area K continues to offer excellent shorebird habitat. AT noon today, I was able (with just binoculars!) to pick out a Semi-palmated SANDPIPER from the peeps, but did not manage to pull out a Pectoral Sandpiper. The birds are spread out from east to west, and it was likely still around but working in the stubble vegetation. I saw no dowitchers today, but still lots of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Western and Least Sandpipers, Stilts and Kildeer, and a lone Semi-palmated Plover. A Western Kingbird was working the vegetation at the edge of the marsh.

{A Warning to first-time visitors: Parking along the road is not permitted anywhere on campus--you have to park in a lot and pay or risk a ticket with a hefty fine. Our Parking police are unrelenting.)

Not much in the UCSB Lagoon today.

Florence Sanchez


Area K evening

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

A thorough check in the cooperative evening light turned up 3 juv Semipalmated Sandpipers. Nothing else new present. I think this spot probably has no more than a couple of days of being good left.

Nick Lethaby
nlethaby@...<mailto:nlethaby@...>
+1 805 562 5106


CACHUMA LAKE Birds From Monday Aug 16 - Sunday August 22, 2010

Kelly, Melissa <mkelly@...>
 

Howdy Folks,

The Lake level is now down almost 12 feet.



Not much of note at The Lake this week except for Nick's report from the East End:

1SEMIPALMATED PLOVER

37 LEAST SANDPIPERS

20 WESTERN SANDPIPERS

1 KILLDEER

2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS

Since you didn't mention the Reddish Egret Nick, I'm assuming it's gone. It was still there last Tuesday as were a GREEN HERON, 1 male WOOD DUCK still in eclipse plumage, and a WHITE-TAILED KITE.



The season is changing though:

1 OSPREY

3 CALIFORNIA GULLS

2 FORSTER'S TERNS

34 COMMON MERGANSERS (22 in Santa Cruz Bay and 12 in Cachuma Bay)

1 BELTED KINGFISHER

Still have AECHMOPHORUS GREBES hanging around the marina logline mating, but no new chicks this week.



Birds of Cachuma Lake

From Monday Aug 16 - Sunday August 22, 2010



Mostly sightings by Liz Gaspar and Melissa Kelly



Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo - I

California Quail Callipepla californica
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
American Coot Fulica americana

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus


Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
California Gull Larus californicus
Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon

Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus

House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Wrentit Chamaea fasciata

California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris - I

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
California Towhee Pipilo crissalis
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria
House Sparrow Passer domesticus - I


I


Assistant Naturalist
Cachuma Lake County Park
Santa Barbara County, CA
805.688-4515


Spotted Owl

Peter Schneekloth
 

A very cooperative Spotted Owl was seen along Davey Brown trail on Figueroa
Mountain today. Taking the trail from Figueroa Mt. Road decend to where the
trail takes a hard right turn and crosses the stream with a deep pool to your
right (this is the first water you will see on the way down). The trail then
decends along a fairly deep ravine then takes a hard left at the bottom of the
ravine where the ravine ties into another creek coming from the right. The bird
was seen below trail level looking down into the ravine perhaps two thirds of
the way down the trail between the pool at the top and the left turn at the
bottom.

This gave the impression of being a young bird with lots of downy feathers
protruding on the back and back of head.


Peter Schneekloth


Backyard Dove

Marge and Don Thornton
 

We had quite a shock this afternoon when an unsual dove showed up in our feeder area. We took some pictures and posted them on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dd_thornton/sets/72157624783412700/detail/#photo4916933273

It certainly looks like a White-winged Dove. We have seen them in Arizona, but not here.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta


Sunday shorebirds

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

At Area K I had 2 juv Semipalmated Sandpipers and the continuing Pectoral Sandpiper. SBDO juvs are now up to 3 and there are 4 Semipalmated Plovers.

The E. end of Lake Cachuma had a Seimpalmated Plover, 37 Least and 20 Western Sandpipers and 2 Spotted Sandpipers. No other shorebirds other than Killdeer, which was disappointing considering the nice habitat.

Nick Lethaby
nlethaby@...<mailto:nlethaby@...>
+1 805 562 5106


birds of Los Alamos Park

Alex Viduetsky
 

Hello birders,
I visited today the Los Alamos Park, my main goal was to see and photograph
Yellow-billed Magpies, which are California endemic birds. I was very glad to
find them. Here's the list of all birds that I observed today at the park (I
uploaded my list via the eBird web-site) + some of my photos that I uploaded via
the Flickr.
Location: Los Alamos Park
Observation date: 8/21/10
Number of species: 18

Turkey Vulture 5
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 3
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Acorn Woodpecker 7
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 2
Western Scrub-Jay 15
Yellow-billed Magpie 12
American Crow X
Oak Titmouse 5
Bushtit 9
Bewick's Wren 2
California Thrasher 6
California Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 4
Lesser Goldfinch 4


This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

Some of my today's photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33691985@N08/sets/72157624778176100/detail/
or the slide show:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33691985@N08/sets/72157624778176100/show/

On my way back home I stopped at the park Lake Los Carneros where I saw how a WT
Kite was harassing a Turkey Vulture, also I photographed a bird in the reeds by
the bridge that I cannot ID. Would you be so kind to help me with ID, please.
Here's the link to my today's mystery bird:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33691985@N08/4915275404/lightbox/
I appreciate your comments!

Good birding,
Alexander Viduetsky
Valley Village, CA


Area K

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

I saw the SP and Pec Sands again tonight. No sign of the hendersoni dowitcher.

There were 18 Greater and 8 Lesser Legs but slightly fewer peeps.

Nick