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Channel and Santa Cruz Island

Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...>
 

Yesterday I took my class of 5th graders out to Santa Cruz Island from Ventura. Saw a few birds on the way out, and next to nothing on the return: 25 Black-vented Shearwaters, 3 Pink-footed Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Common Murre, 3 Parasitic Jaegers, 1 Jaeger sp. and 2 Common Loons.

We went ashore at Chinese Harbor to do a trash cleanup on the beach. Despite not leaving the beach, I did manage to see a couple of Island Scrub Jays that came to feed on Toyon berries right along the shore.

Fairview Gardens was reasonably birdy today. Best birds were a Chipping Sparrow and a Lazuli Bunting.

Hugh R.
SB

UCSB Campus notes

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

A lovely day to walk on the beaches as almost no one was there. However, the lone runner managed to scatter the large Gull Tern flock before it could be completely scanned.

East-facing Beaches:
Elegant Tern - at least 50
Royal Tern - 1
Willet - 21 (most in a flock of 16)
Greater Yellowlegs - 3
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Dunlin - 4
Western Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 5
Sanderling - 150
Black-bellied Plover - 13
Semi-palmated Plover - 9
Snowy Plover - 12
Black-necked Stilt - 6

In the vicinity of Campus POint (nothing on the Point itself)
Marbled Godwit - 2
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 1

On the South-facing Beaches:
Long-billed Curlew - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 1
Willet - 1
Kildeer - 6
Sanderling - 10

At the western outfall of the UCSB Lagoon
Black-necked Stilt - 3
Willet - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 1

UCSB Lagoon near the Faculty Club
Black-necked Stilt - 1
Kildeer - 2
Long-billed Dowitcher (from calls) - 18

I checked the area where I found the Red-breasted Nuthatch yesterday, but it wasn't there today. In the vicinity, I found a Yellow Warbler feeding with an Orange-crowned Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Florence Sanchez

some migrants

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

I had a ([presumed!) Vaux's Swift, a W. Wood-pewee, and a Yellow Warbler at Devereux today. Wes has 7 Yellow Warblers and a Hermit Warbler at Refugio, but nothing at Gaviota. It does appear that the rain knocked down a few migrants.

Nick Lethaby
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+1 805 562 5106

Greater White-fronted Goose continues...

Marian Cohen
 

... to be seen most afternoons at the edge of the Ocean Meadows Golf
Course right next to the road which divides the golf course from
Devereux Slough.



Also, for at least the past couple of weeks, there have been a bunch of
Double-crested Cormorants hanging out at the slough right by the bridge,
and, yesterday, I noticed for the first time an American Coot. The
juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons (of which I have seen as many as
four at one time) and the Green-backed Heron, which were stationed on
both sides of the bridge for a number of weeks, seem to have moved on.
(One of the Black-crowned Night Herons had a favorite spot tucked among
the reeds, but those reeds have just been cut back.)



Marian Cohen

Goleta

10/5/10 LLC Red-naped Sapsucker

Noah <skater_ako1@...>
 

10/5/10

After work, I took a walk around Lake los Carneros with my sister. Although I did not take time to check as thoroughly as I usually do, I was still able to turn up a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER. The bird was in the tall and skinny cottonwoody/poplar? tree just past the museum as you walk to the lake from the parking lot. Also of note was an interesting swallow flock that consisted of only 5 birds but had 4 separate species: VIOLET-GREEN, TREE, CLIFF, and BARN.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB campsu notes: Shorebirds and Winterlings

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

The shorebirds walk along the campus beaches yielded the following species today.

East-facing beaches
Long-billed Curlew - 3
Willet - 28
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Black-necked Stilt - 7
Black-bellied Plover - 31 (no Am. Golden Plover)
Kildeer - 5
Semi-palmated Plover - 20
Snowy Plover - 17
Sanderling - 70
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1
Least Sandpiper - 12
Western Sandpiper - 1
Dunlin - 4
Elegant Tern - about 50
Royal Tern - 1
no small terns roosting on the beaches today.

Campus Point vicinity:
Black Turnstone - 13
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Willet - 3
Whimbrel - 1
Semi-palmated Plover - 3
Black-bellied Plover - 2
Sanderling - 15

South-facing beaches
Willet - 1
Sanderling - 10
Black-bellied Plover - 1
Kildeer - 1

Western outfall of the UCSB Lagoon
Willet - 1
black-necked Stilt - 3

UCSB Lagoon
Kildeer - 2 (buzzed by juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk)
First Eared Grebe of the season in the Lagoon

Walking back to the office, I found a small group of winter birds in the alder trees between Kerr and North Halls, including Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and best of all, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Our resident pair died out a couple of years ago.

Florence Sanchez

Stow House today

nancy states <bnstates@...>
 

Four of us went to Stow House this morning. There were at least a dozen Western tanagers in the trees by the parking lot.

Plus quite q few Townsend's Warblers throughout the grounds. A few Orange-crown Warblers and White- crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows.

We saw Ruby -crowned Kinglets, Say's Phoebe over near the dam, and a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.

In the air, two Cooper's hawks and two White-tailed Kites.

On the lake were two sets of Gadwalls, Widgeon, and Shovelers .

Plus all the common birds seen there. it was a good birding morning.

Nancy States Santa Barbara

Pectoral Sandpipers

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

There were 3 Pectoral Sandpipers at the GSD this morning. No sign of any warblers. A number of the myporeums had been cut back or even removed.

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

Carp Creek

matt v <fickity@...>
 

Greetings!   A nice flock here along Carp Creek at lunchtime....

Western Tanager, Pac Slope Fly', Swainson's Thrush, RC Kinglet

warblers: yellow, c yellowthroat, townsends, orange crowned, Black-throated Gray

Herons and pb grebes a-plenty
--

Matt Victoria
Camino de Romaldo
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

webpage: http://www.fickity.net
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"If it walks like a Duck, and quacks like a Duck; it may yet be
construed a hybrid."

Friday Audubon Bird Walk at Hidden Valley Park

Adam Lewis (sbfledgling)
 

When: Friday, Oct 9th, 8:30 - 10:30
Where: Hidden Valley Park
Target Birds: Black-headed Grosbeak, Towhee, Mockingbird, Woodpeckers
Leader: Jack Sanford

Directions: Modoc Rd to Calle De Los Amigos. Park is on the corner of Calle De Los Amigos and Torino Drive. Park on the street.

Adam Lewis
www.SantaBarbaraAudubon.org

Lake Los Carneros (and Figueroa Mtn on Sunday)

Peter Schneekloth
 

Lake Los Carneros at lunch today saw first American Widgeon and over the past several weeks Ringneck, Shoveler and Gadwall appearing in numbers. Saw Osprey again today, seems to circle lake and then just move on, I have seen this behavior 4 times now in last several months (I often go for a lunch time walk around the lake). There are definately more birds in the trees but I only had time to pick out Yellow Rumped and Yellow warblers. As often as not see Nutmeg Manniken in Tules when crossing bridge or at SE corner of lake.

Figuroa Mtn yesterday afternoon 2 Adult Golden Eagle on way in and along Davey Brown trail 15-20 each Mountain Chickadee and Red Breasted Nuthatches in various mixed flock along the trail. The Red Breasted seemed to be just about everywhere. These had not been present in recent visits. A few White Breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper and Titmice mixed in. One Townsends.

Devereux AM Golden Plover

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

At 3.30, there was a juv American Golden Plover in with the Black-bellied Plover flock. Today this was best seen from the south end of the slough, although this flock has generally been up at the N. end. I am pretty certain this in new in today as I thoroughly checked all the BB plovers along the beach and slough yesterday while missing the Chimney Swift. I guess this the 'birding gods make-up' - memo to those gods: next time I'll take the state and county bird.

Regards,

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

UCSB Campus notes

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

From memory, here are estimates of what I saw on the beach walk today. There were a lot of runners and walkers, so birds were disturbed more that usual.

East-facing Beaches:
Long billed Curlew - 3
Whimbrel - 1
Marbled Godwit - 3
Willet - 21
Black-necked Stilt - 5
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 25
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1
Dunlin - 8
Semi-palmated Plover - 20
Snowy Plover 16 (no bands seen)
Least Sandpiper - 10
Western Sandpiper - 1
Sanderling - 120

Campus Point
Greater Yellowlegs - 9 (one on the Point itself)

South-facing beaches
Willet - 8
Sanderling - 25
Whimbrel - 3
Greater Yellowlegs - 1

UCSB Lagoon Outfall
Greater Yellowlegs - 3
Black-necked Stilt - 3
Willet - 1

UCSB Lagoon
7 Dowitcher sp., probably all Long-billed (1 juvenile LB, rest basic adults)

Among the small terns was one with a dark carpal bar, suggesting Common Tern, but I was not able to see enough other field marks before it was flushed and flew away.

Florence Sanchez

birding this a.m. at Bird Refuge, East Beach

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
We must've just missed the ibis at the Bird Refuge, since we were leaving as Nick arrived. Too bad.
Anyway, nothing to note there, except a cooperative Sora, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, and 2 Long-billed Dowitchers. No swift present. Didn't walk down past the first platform, so if there was a kingbird of any kind, we didn't see it.
At the base of Garden St. at Mission Crk. outflow area, an imm. White-fronted Goose was hanging out with the gulls. Am not sure if this is a continuing bird? Also present were 2 Cinnamon and 4 Blue-winged Teal (female types). A Peregrine Falcon flew over while we watched.
All the Black Skimmers were way down by SEA landing roosting on the beach.

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Re: Mystery Swift

lbvireo <lbviman@...>
 

"Cigar with wings" was description of Chimney Swift when I learned about birds, but I cannot say if that does not also apply to Vaux's. Definitely not Black or White-throated - Jim Greaves

--- In sbcobirding@..., "Noah" <skater_ako1@...> wrote:

10/3/10

I have uploaded some swift shots from this afternoon.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/p2afgB11PmBWu4aEgnIafg?feat=directlink

There was a(nother) Tropical Kingbird at LLC (along the E side of the lake). Also, Yellow-rumped Warblers were abundant in the lerpy eucs at the parking lot and E side of the lake. All three imm COOPER's HAWKs were flying together, 2 WHITE-TAILED KITE were on the island and a PEREGRINE blasted through the parking lot.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA

photogenic Ibis

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

There was a very photogenic ibis at the Bird Refuge Parking lot about 9.50. I would be nice if someone could get shots of it and I couldn't see any red in the eye.

No sign of any swifts.

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

Re: cedar waxwings

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Tom reported hearing them around our yard on Thursday and Friday, and I had a couple of flocks overhead on Sunday. They don't stay away long, do they?

Florence Sanchez

--On Friday, October 01, 2010 6:04 PM -0700 Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...> wrote:





There were several small flocks of Cedar Waxwings in the Tabano Hollow
area late this afternoon. Didn't the last of them just leave?

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
Sent from my iPhone

Mystery Swift

Noah <skater_ako1@...>
 

10/3/10

I have uploaded some swift shots from this afternoon.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/p2afgB11PmBWu4aEgnIafg?feat=directlink

There was a(nother) Tropical Kingbird at LLC (along the E side of the lake). Also, Yellow-rumped Warblers were abundant in the lerpy eucs at the parking lot and E side of the lake. All three imm COOPER's HAWKs were flying together, 2 WHITE-TAILED KITE were on the island and a PEREGRINE blasted through the parking lot.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA

BREWER'S...Not CCSP

matt v <fickity@...>
 

Greetings! I sent some pics of the LBJ from yesterday out to other Birders and the responses are that I had a BREWER'S SPARROW at my feeders, not a Clay-colored Sparrow after all. Oh well, at least it wasn't a juv Chippie! I'm not entirely familiar with Brewer's yet...still so much to learn. The PINE SISKIN is still around, this morning we enjoyed three male LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES as well...for about 5 min. It seems they delight in flying about and calling, but coming in to feed is less appealing for them. The only other bird of note today was a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

It was a very changeable weather pattern here: bright sun followed by mist and fog rolling in, graying out the day and dropping the temp. 20 minutes later it would lift and quickly dissipate, then return an hour later, etc...

--
Matt Victoria
Camino de Romaldo
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

webpage: http://www.fickity.net
http://picasaweb.google.com/fickity.net

"If it walks like a Duck, and quacks like a Duck; it may yet be
construed a hybrid."

poss. Chimney Swift

Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...>
 

At 1:15 I saw a single Chaetura swift at the bird refuge in SB. It was flying with a swallow (Tree, I think), and in direct comparison, the swift looked large. It's doing a lot of gliding (more gliding than flapping). It was difficult to ascertain coloration on the bird against the white of the fog, but from what I could see it appeared all dark below, with perhaps some whitish in the chin area. The wings look very long. It wasn't calling.

When I left at 1:30 it was still there, flying over the first island and the first observation platform.

Hugh R.
SB