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Re: sbcobirding

jcwings@pronet.net <jcwings@...>
 

Hi all,

FYI, I received a message from eGroups that the web site and mail
service will be taken down this Sunday, August 15, for nine hours to
upgrade the database system. Three new database servers will be added to
enhance performance of the site. This will begin at 9:00 a.m. PT until
around 6:00 p.m. PT. If you find any truly outstanding birds on Sunday,
please notify the Santa Barbara Audubon RBA (964-8240), or for those
that rely on this listserve for reports, try posting your sightings
after 6:00 p.m. to sbcobirding when the system will be back up. Sorry
for the inconvenience.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria
jcwings@....

(No subject)

Tom Edell
 

SBCO Birders:

For those interested, the Morro Coast Audubon Society's eight hour pelagic
trip out of Morro Bay is scheduled for Sunday, 26 Sep '99.

As of this AM there are about 10 spots still open out of the 40 total capacity
for the boat. $40.00 per head to Morro Coast Audubon Society, PO BOX 160,
Morro Bay, CA 93443-0160 reserves your spot - but act now - its filling up
fast. We will have a waiting list if necessary. Contact Field Trip Chairman
Ted Pope (4_popes@..., 547-0242) for reservations or Tom Edell
(tedell@...) for trip information. Jim Royer and Tom Edell will be the
trip leaders. Thanks.

Tom

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA
tedell@...
805-995-1691

Atascadero Creek

Guy Tingos <gtingos@...>
 

On Wednesday, Rebecca and I had at least 6 Blue Grosbeaks and several
Lazuli Buntings on Atascadero Creek near Walnut.

This morning, there were at least 6 Turkeys along 154 across from the
overlook at the east end of Lake Cachuma.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
gtingos@...

Atascadero Creek

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

Land migration is underway now at Atascadero Creek in Goleta. Last night,
between 6:00 and 6:30, there were at least two male Indigo Buntings and
three Blue Grosbeaks, mixing with good numbers of Lazuli Buntings and a few
other migrants, in the first 300 yds downstream from the South Patterson
bridge. Fall is creeping up on us.
Dave Compton

Curlew Sandpiper Update

Karen Bridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

The Curlew Sandpiper was still at the Goleta Sewage Plant at 5:30 this
evening (Wed.). The people at the plant have really gone out of their way to
welcome birders. If you go straight ahead as you come in, you'll find a
special barricaded "Birdwatcher's Parking Area." Please remember to sign in
at the office however. As you walk down the road toward the ponds, the bird
has been in the left pond, on the mudflat feeding. This is where it was last
evening and also when I saw it at 5:15 this evening.

Around the ponds, the sewage plant people have posted signs that say, "No
birdwatchers beyond this point." Please respect the signs at all times.

We will try to keep you updated on the bird, and will post again in the
morning if it's still there.

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...

Curlew Sandpiper

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
 

Last evening, an adult Curlew Sandpiper in nearly complete breeding
plumage
was found at the Goleta Sewage Plant on William Moffet Place (between
the
airport and Goleta Beach). The plant can be reached by staying on
Fairview
Avenue going south, passing the airport and looking for the gate opening
on
the left between two large white pillars. Note that the south-bound
Fairview off-ramp is closed due to freeway construction, so you'll have
to
get off at Los Carneros, turn right and go to Hollister, left on
Hollister,
then right from Hollister onto Fairview.

The bird was still present this morning, but seems to be very skittish.
The
sewage plant folks have said it is okay to broadcast this bird (which we
are
doing on Calbird, BirdWest, etc.), but ask for your cooperation in the
following:

PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE PONDS.

If you should see the bird, please call me (964-1316) and/or Joan Lentz
(969-4397) with an update.

Good birding!

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...

more on Curlew Sandpiper

Karen Bridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

Late-breaking information from the sewage plant is as follows:

There will be no access on Sundays.
The plant has agreed to be open for birders THIS SATURDAY (8/14) ONLY, from
9-4, which is a great deal if the bird is still there.

Also, you can park near the administration building, or they are going to
rope off a parking area further east, near the heavy equipment storage area.
(This is closer to the ponds, but remember that you need to sign in at the
office first anyway.)

Also, they have asked that birders do not walk on the road at the eastern
edge of the ponds (where the fence is bordered by the creek, directly across
from the entrance to the pond area).

These are minor considerations given the generosity of the personnel at the
plant, so please honor these requests.

Thank you.

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...
Goleta

Curlew Sandpiper in Santa Barbara

Guy Tingos <gtingos@...>
 

An adult Curlew Sandpiper in almost full breeding plumage was found late
yesterday at the Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant. The bird was still
present this morning, but is quite skittish. The treatment plant is on
William Moffet Place at the south end of Fairview Avenue, across from the
Santa Barbara airport. Please park by the Administration Building, check in
at the office, and sign their log book before proceeding to the ponds.
There are only 2 small ponds with water and the bird has been moving
between the two. This facility has been very gracious in providing
access; please act appropriately.

The Fairview Avenue off-ramp from Highway 101 southbound is closed due to
construction, so you'll need to take an alternative route if coming from
the north.

This is only the second county record for this bird. Please call Karen
Bridgers at 964-1316 with updates.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
gtingos@...

Curlew Sandpiper at Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant

Karen Bridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

Last evening, an adult Curlew Sandpiper in nearly complete breeding plumage
was found at the Goleta Sewage Plant on William Moffet Place (between the
airport and Goleta Beach). The plant can be reached by staying on Fairview
Avenue going south, passing the airport and looking for the gate opening on
the left between two large white pillars. Note that the south-bound
Fairview off-ramp is closed due to freeway construction, so you'll have to
get off at Los Carneros, turn right and go to Hollister, left on Hollister,
then right from Hollister onto Fairview.

The bird was still present this morning, but seems to be very skittish. The
sewage plant folks have said it is okay to broadcast this bird (which we are
doing on Calbird, BirdWest, etc.), but ask for your cooperation in the
following:

PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE PONDS.

If you should see the bird, please call me (964-1316) and/or Joan Lentz
(969-4397) with an update.

Good birding!

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...

Re: postbreeders and misc.

Beqrqry@...
 

I vote for reply to defaulting to the whole list.

Q

postbreeders and misc.

jcwings@pronet.net <jcwings@...>
 

Hello,

First of all, it might be time for an update on the sbcobirding group.
There are now 45 subscribers to this listserve in just about two weeks
time. Thank you for your interest and participation. This should get
even more exciting as fall migration rolls around. If you know of
someone that might be interested in subscribing, please refer them to
the web site address (found at the bottom of the page) or send their
email address to me and I will forward the auto invitation to them. Also
wanted are addresses for people that might contribute sightings from the
Channel Islands. We may not make it out there but it would be nice to
hear about what is being found on the islands. Please help me to keep
this group growing in size so we can all benefit from it.

A reminder, I intentionally set this up so "Reply To" messages would be
sent to the entire group (see the welcome message in the archive).
Responses to a posted message can be of interest to the entire group,
especially when a question is posed, or someone is seeking information,
and everyone else is wondering what the answer might be. A private
response would not provide this to the rest of the group. If you wish to
reply to the originator of the message, send it to their private email
address. Rebecca's reply to a posted message was of interest to the
group (I thought) and adds to the information that we can receive from
this list group. However, I can change the settings so "Reply To"
messages are not seen by the group. Let me know your opinions about that
if you have any.

Secondly, there is obvious post breeding bird movement going on.
Preisker Park in Santa Maria today had a few Yellow Warblers,
Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Hooded and Bullock's
Orioles, and a Western Tanager. This park is a good migrant trap but
does not support these birds as breeders. Also, there is absolutely no
sign of the "mystery grackle" that gave everyone fits in early summer. I
have not seen it during several lunch hour visits now. For those that
didn't get to see it, go to Joe Morlan's web site where there are a few
pictures of it and comments from experts on its identity. A great web
site for many reasons. Go to the California Birding and Mystery Photos
links. I concede the point that it is not a Common Grackle but a hybrid
Great-tailed Grackle X Brewer's Blackbird as many suspected (perhaps the
first ever seen). It had me fooled, but it was fun while it lasted! I've
learned a lot because of that experience. Good birding.

http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria
jcwings@...

Re: report Friday Morning

Rebecca Fagan Coulter <impact2@...>
 

Hello SB Co. Birding subscribers,
You just received a message from me intended to go to Joan Hardie. In replying
to her email, I replied to you all. Now you all know a little bit more about me
than you intended...most of you don't know me at all! But there it is--I'm
still fine-tuning this high-tech messaging. My apologies for the clutter--and
thanks to Jamie Chavez for organizing the group!

Rebecca

Re: report Friday Morning

Rebecca Fagan Coulter <impact2@...>
 

Hi Joan,
Four gallons of sugar water! I hope you have stock in C&H. I didn't see any
Costa's when I hiked Aliso Loop on Friday--now I know where they've gone. I had
a lovely hike early Friday morning. It was very quiet birdwise, but the day
was perfect--cool, slight cloud cover, no crowds. I'm really growing fond of
that trail!

G&B and Chris and I birded at McGrath State Beach yesterday. According to Guy,
it was a little slow, but as far as I was concerned, it was great. No Baird's
or Stilt (which have been seen recently), but did have Semi-palmated Sandpiper.
Beautiful looks at White-faced Ibis in the sunlight, good tern i.d. session
(Elegant, Forster's, Common, Caspian), lots of the usual shorebirds.

I'll have to get out to Devereaux one of these afternoons.
Rebecca

JHcynwren@... wrote:

There were 10 Least Terns (1 juv.) on the beach just west of the "Dune
Pond" which is just west of Devereaux. There were also 25 Snowy Plovers in
the dry sand.
There are 100+ hummingbirds at our house inc. Anna's, Costa's,
Black-chinned and Selasphorus. Less than 10% are adult males. They consume
4 gallons of sugar water per day.
Joan Hardie

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Central Coast Birding Trail

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
 

Congratulations to Jamie Chavez for creating the Santa Barbara County
Birding Group.

As reports of migrating birds begin to filter in from local hotspots
it's a good time to start thinking about forming a team to participate
in the Central Coast Birding Rally which highlights birding sites along
the Central Coast Birding Trail.
The Rally is the weekend of October 15-17, 1999. Remember, all Rally
events are absolutely free to participants and sponsors. Check out the
Rally webpage for all the details.
http://homepages.go.com/~lpas/lpas.html

There are two categories of competition, and ,for those who don't want
to compete on a birding team, the Rally could use volunteers for
staffing the checkpoints during the competition and for helping with the
picnic. For monitoring the checkpoints call Eldora Barton, 736-2684, and
for the picnic call Patsy Warwick, 688-8733.
It's not too soon to register!

Gene Lynch, President
La Purisima AS

Sunday

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
 

From the Santa Maria river mouth via Brad Hines

The Sunday morning highlights include: three SemiSandpipers,one
Red Knot,two Bairds,and many juv Leasts and Westerns

deja vu

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Good afternoon to all, Apparently things are slow to change at
SMRE. The Sunday morning highlights include: three SemiSandpipers,one
Red Knot,two Bairds,and many juv Leasts and Westerns. No tiny SemiPlo
though :,-( Ciao!...time.

Mist netting and banding

Paloma Nieto <palomanieto@...>
 

Mist netting at Chorro Flats today didn't produce any rarities but we did mist net 105 birds (a record for the site).  Lots of Common yellowthroats (immatures and adults) and Song sparrows and a mixture of Wilson's warblers, Orange-crowned warblers, Black-phoebes, Bushtits, Spotted towhee, Barn swallow, Brown-headed cowbird (YUK!), Swainson's thrush and a deer that took out about 1/2 a net!

I will be mist netting at Oso Flaco and Chorro Flats through fall migration (early November).  Will be at Oso Flaco next on Friday, August 20th and Chorro Flats on Saturday, August 21st and every other week thereafter.  If anyone would like to join us to see what interesting things we catch show up between 7AM and 12 PM on any of those days (I bring breakfast - muffins usually - if anyone needs to be bribed).

Paloma

Paloma Nieto
Wildlife Biologist
palomanieto@...
(805) 929-5377

-- "He whose ear is untrained to hear the harmonious discord of the birds travels alone when he might have company."

report Friday Morning

JHcynwren@...
 

There were 10 Least Terns (1 juv.) on the beach just west of the "Dune
Pond" which is just west of Devereaux. There were also 25 Snowy Plovers in
the dry sand.
There are 100+ hummingbirds at our house inc. Anna's, Costa's,
Black-chinned and Selasphorus. Less than 10% are adult males. They consume
4 gallons of sugar water per day.
Joan Hardie

Shorebirds

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Hello all: I birded the SMRE yesterday morning from 7-9. Not much
change from last week: at least three SemiSand continue along with three
juv Bairds. Most interesting to have juv SeSa feeding with nothing but
adult WeSa. The lone SemiPlo chick was easily observed ( I didn't see
the bands) feeding near the river east of the parking lot. This evening
I checked out conditions at SYRE. The water level is rising back into
the channels along the entrance road. The wet edge near the beach
continues to support feeding shorebirds which included: one juv SeSa and
a Surfbird. Had eight juv Least Terns also. Thank you Krista for the
info.

Figueroa Mtn.

Paloma Nieto <palomanieto@...>
 

Figueroa Mtn. was pretty slow this morning (only 5 birds were banded in 6 hours).  I did however, net and band a hatch year Hermit Warbler (passing through I'm sure as I haven't seen or heard any adults in the vicinity prior to this).  On the way down the entertainment was courtesy of 4 Condors (2 flying overhead and 2 perching on a dead - almost - pine at the ranger station).  It appears they've been visiting there regularly so keep your eyes open!!

Paloma.

Paloma Nieto
Wildlife Biologist
palomanieto@...
(805) 929-5377

-- "He whose ear is untrained to hear the harmonious discord of the birds travels alone when he might have company."