Yellow-throated Warbler

kbridgers <kbridgers@...>

I am posting this second-hand after getting a message from Joan Lentz that
she got a message from John Storrer that he found a Yellow-throated Warbler
at Refugio this morning. The bird was apparently in the willows near the
entrance to the campground, then flew into the eucalyptus. (This is the same
spot where all the Lucy's were last year.)

I don't know what time the bird was found, or any other details. Hopefully
Joan will post more info later.

The Prothonotary was still at the mitigation area at 2:00 this afternoon,
singing sporadically and flying from one side of the road to the other.


Prothonotary Warbler

hugh ranson <urrf@...>

The male Prothonotary Warbler is still present today. It was singing regularly this morning between 8 and 9 o'clock, spending most of its time in the thick willows just inside the beige (formerly green) gate. A female Hermit Warbler is also there.

Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at

Santa Maria Grackles

Corrine Ardoin <eaglefeather01@...>

Since we're on the subject of grackles, we had one in our yard earlier in the year, then another one showed up just the other day. It was on our roof and we hoped it would return to partake of our pond/water feature. It flew off with its tail in that characteristic boatrudder "V" shape. I think it would be a trip to get a picture of a grackle doing its head in the air thing at our itty bitty pond (3 ft. diameter), like that was its new territory it staked out for itself.

Oh, and while I'm sharing about invasive bird species, we also had a couple of Eurasian-collared doves on the utility pole/wires by our house and then they flew overhead towards the college. As a matter of fact, all the birds seem to fly away and head toward the AHC campus.

Well, 2 more yardbirds and yet more reports of their expansion.

Corrine Ardoin

Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at

Prothonotary WA

kbridgers <kbridgers@...>

I arrived about 1:30-1:45 to see Rebecca Coulter. She had seen the bird
before I arrived, and it had flown clear across the street into the willows
on the south side of Shoreline Drive. We waited for probably 15 minutes, and
it began to sing on the south side of the road. I watched it fly overhead
and back into the willows where it was first seen. It resumed singing and
chipping, but refused to come out so we could get a better look. I left
Rebecca there, and Dave C. on the way.

By the way, as Florence notes, the "green" gate has been painted tan.


Re: Prothonotary WA

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>

The Prothonotary Warbler did finally make an vocal appearance at least, around 12:45
today. I got to the area about 12:15, and though there was lots of stuff singing,
the Prothonotary was quiet. Guy Tingos showed up about 25 minutes later, and we
walked down toward the creek on the trail between the corrals and the willows. The
bird began singing in the willows about 100' from the trail junction with the road.
Unfortunately, it was impossible to see at that point. I had to return to work, but
Guy was still maneuvering for a better look. Hope he was successful!

A note re: directions: The gate is tan, not green. The orange-tagged tree is down
the dirt road to the right. The trail that we walked branches left from the dirt
road just beyond the gate, but once on the trail, walk to the right to stay close to
the habitat. There are mosquitos galore, so be prepared.

Florence Sanchez

kbridgers wrote:

Nancy States just reported a singing Prothonotary WA in the reclamation area
on South Patterson. Go over Atascadero Creek, then make the sharp left turn
and park outside the green gate. Go around the green gate, then go to your
left. He was near the first tree with the orange tag.

Updates would be appreciated.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

To Post a message, send it to:
To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to:
Visit the group web site at:

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to

Prothonotary update

Guy Tingos <GTingos@...>

The adult male Prothonotary Warbler was very active from about 12:30 to
1:00 around the mitigation site where S. Patterson Avenue becomes
Shoreline Drive. At 12:30, Florence and I had the bird singing about
5-10 yards east of the horse corrals, in the vicinity of the yellow boat
with the blue cover. We never saw the bird here.

The bird then moved south towards Shoreline Drive and was singing in the
willows just north of the parking area by the green gate. It then flew
across the road into the large oak that overhangs the road, and then into
the blooming bottlebrush in the yard above the road, just east of the
oak. I got very good looks at it here.

The bird seemed to sing consistantly for a minute or two, then go
silent. I did hear it chip occasionally. It's gorgeous! Guy

FW: Warbler

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>

Hi everyone. I just received the attached message about a Prothonotary
Warbler, I think, the Atascadero Creek mitigation area, off South Patterson
in Goleta. I'll try to get more exact directions.

Dave Compton

-----Original Message-----
From: Bert States []
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2001 11:23 AM
To: Dave Compton
Subject: Warbler

There is a Prothonotary Warbler a singing male. in the trees in the
reclmation area off so. Patterson by the horse farm.
go down the path to the tree on the left that has an orange tag on
it. He is in that area,.He is beautiful.

Prothonotary WA

kbridgers <kbridgers@...>

Nancy States just reported a singing Prothonotary WA in the reclamation area
on South Patterson. Go over Atascadero Creek, then make the sharp left turn
and park outside the green gate. Go around the green gate, then go to your
left. He was near the first tree with the orange tag.

Updates would be appreciated.


More Grackles


As I read Joe's grackle report from Santa Maria I can't help but wonder at what point do we stop reporting grackle sightings? When they are so common it is no longer worthy of reporting I suppose. In the north county they still capture your attention when you see one. I wonder if Dave could fill us in on that...

I also spotted Great-tailed Grackles in Santa Maria today. These birds, consisting of two females and one male, were in the extreme northwest part of town along north Blosser Road in a storm drain and on light poles above the road. This is near the Santa Maria River bed and adjacent to strawberry fields but across town from Joe's sighting. These grackles are most likely different than those that have bred in Preisker Park in the past. I have not been there in quite some time so I don't know bout breeding activities this year nor about the return of the hybrid grackle/blackbird.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria
Get your own FREE, personal Netscape Webmail account today at


Joe Seals <gardenguru@...>

There is a lone GRACKLE on Suey Rd., about
1/8-1/4 mile south of Main in Santa Maria.

It flew from the strawberry field on the east
side of the road to land on a residential wall on the
west side of the road.

I thought I saw this lone bird a week or so ago
in the same location but dismissed it. I had a better
look at it today. It is bigger than a Brewer's
Blackbird, with larger bill and longer tail. But it
is not nearly as big as a Great-tailed Grackle.

I've seen plenty of icterids in these fields in
the past, including a handful of GTG's.

I think this bird is worth checking out.

I'm sending this e-mail to the SLO group, even
though the bird is more than a mile south of the SM
River. As you know, there was a GRACKLE/BLACKBIRD on
the River last year. Is this the hybrid bird?

Joe Seals,
Santa Maria

Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Auctions - buy the things you want at great prices

Re: Bald Eagle

Liz Mason <eliz@...>

This is in response to Dave Compton's question about Bald Eagle hangouts.

Hello Dave, Birders,

On the lake trip on Sunday, May 6, we also saw an adult BALD EAGLE
over the boat for a while, a splendid trip), though at the far west end of
Cachuma Lake, near the dam. The time was about 10:45 am.

After the departure of the migratory bald eagles in mid-March, we continue
to have periodic sightings of single adults. In winter season, we often
the pair perched together, or nearby each other, at the east end of
where Dave, et al, saw one. Once we get into spring, our tri-weekly
sightings are of single adults, usually in flight, and no, not typically
the east end of the lake.


Also of interest was an adult BALD EAGLE at the east end of Lake
seen from highway 154. I know they've nested in the past up one of the
drainages that pours into the lake from the north, but none of us had
seen one in this location at this season. Maybe Liz Mason could provide
info on whether this is a usual spot at this time of year.

Ponds Walk on Saturday

Hollingworth <hollingw@...>

The La Purisima Audubon walk on Sat 12th is at the VAFB Ponds. Remember that you must call for access, 606-6804, (if you don't have base access). Meet at the Lompoc 1124 West Ocean Von's lot, leaving for the Ponds at 8am.

[pelagics] Seabird position

Cyril Sch?nb?chler <troglodyte@...>

Want to see some seabirds ????

From: Peter Pyle <>
Date: Wed, 09 May 2001 23:01:51 -0700
Subject: [pelagics] Seabird position


There is a position available with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory for
a seabird censuser aboard CalCOFI cruises out of San Diego (and possibly
other seabird cruises off British Columbia). The CalCOFI cruises occur
4X/yr and usually last 16 days; the next cruise is tentatively scheduled
for 10-26 July 2001. Duties include censusing seabirds and marine
mammals in a 300m plot in front of a 200-300' research vessel for 8-10
hrs/day while the ship is under way. Some assistance with collection of
oceanographic data during 2-hr stopovers might also be
required/appreciated. Qualifications include ability to identify
seabirds, enter data, and willingness to be on a ship and get along with
others in close quarters for the length of the cruises. Availability for
2 or more cruises per year will be a plus. Good birds for North America
seen from these cruises include several species of Pterodroma petrels,
Red-tailed Tropicbirds, Red-footed Boobies, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels,
Parakeet Auklets; species unrecorded in North America are also possible.
Salary: $100/day. Interested applicants should contact Bill Sydeman at

Wednesday ponds birds on VAFB

brad hines <bkhnca@...>

Hi All,

This morning, Becky and I had one Willow Flycatcher along the trail in
the second entrance willows. This may be a returning bird rather than a
migrant. Also, add another Northern Parula to the spring tally. We had
one singing in the same area as the flycatcher. Finally, we saved a
Ring- necked Snake from becoming road gum. Cute little thing.


Chat at San Marcos Foothills

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>

At San Marcos Foothills this Monday morning, on the east side of Atascadero
Creek, I heard and saw a Yellow-breasted Chat, a new species for our
property list. Also present along Atascadero Creek were Blue Grosbeak, and
4 Lazuli Bunting in areas where this species held territories last summer.
On one part of the West Mesa where 5 singing Grasshopper Sparrows were
found, one silent bird was seen carrying food and apparently trying to get
to a nest site. On this grassland, Western Meadowlark doesn’t fare well.
Only one bird was seen but I covered only a small portion of the mesa.
Great birding on the best remaining chunk of our local foothills.

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Birding reference book?

Teresa Talerico

Hello all. Can anyone recommend a good reference book (with pictures)
for Santa Barbara birding? Much obliged!


Weekend birding notes

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>

On Saturday morning, I birded Farren Road from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. It was
a sunny morning with little wind. Among species of note were Hooded and
Bullocks Orioles, Ash-throated Flycatcher (at least one pair, possibly
two, with one pair nest-building), Western Tanagers, five species of
swallow (90% Cliff), Lark Sparrow, American Goldfinch (one with
Lessers), and a host of chaparral birds. I had one pair plus 1 male
Blue Grosbeak, but only two Lazuli Buntings. This is a low number for
this location. Absent completely were the Cassin's Kingbirds that were
nesting in the eucalyptus trees in March. Did they move one after the
young were fledged, I wonder? Also absent, Grasshopper Sparrow, which
is usually very reliable at this location. I could not confirm the
presence of a Costa's hummingbird either, though a couple of small
hummers were suspicious. All in all, the habitat there has not changed
much from previous years, but the number of species and individuals of
migrants is certainly down this year.

On Sunday, I birded Rincon Creek at Bates Road from 7:30-9:00 a.m. As
usual, this place was a hive of bird activity and sound. Much evidence
of nesting, and several species were feeding young or carrying food to
nests. Species of interest include both Bullock's and Hooded Orioles,
Yellow Warbler (1 pair), Wilson's Warbler (two males squabbling over
territory), Orange-crowned warbler (feedling fledglings), Warbling
Vireos, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee, Casin's Kingbird
(high on the hill), and two Olive-sided Flyctchers. Also Black-headed
Grosbeaks, Robins, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Purple Finch, and many
common species. Absent: Yellow Breasted Chat, Swainson's Thrush,
Phainopepla, all of which are pretty reliable at this location. No sing
(or sound) of a Northern Parula, which was really my target species for
the day.

Florence Sanchez

Big Day update #bigday

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>

For those who are interested, the official tally for the
Holmgren-Kelly-Weyburne-Compton big day yesterday is 161. Not bad
considering there was little migration, and we busted on mountain birds.

To give an idea of the possibilities this time of year, here are some of our
notable misses:

Black-Crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Cooper's Hawk
Wild Turkey
Black Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl (we kind of tired out at the end)
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Horned Lark
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Hermit Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Pine Siskin (lots had been around the week before)

Of course, there WERE some surprises. If we hadn't discovered that big wet
area off highway 1 south of Guadalupe, we would've had three fewer species.

Dave Compton

Deer Park Cyn., upper Cuyama Valley

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>

Hi Folks: On Fri., 5/4, Gib & I got to Deer Park Cyn. (too late, but there
was still activity) & the flowers are still pretty & it was quite birdy.
The turn-off is on a basically unmarked dirt road that goes thru a
pistachio orchard. Coming from hiway 166, the turn-off is 1.8 mi. beyond
(south) of Ballinger Cyn. off of Hiway 33 (turn left, east). A small sign
has little pictures of a motorized bike, etc., on it, but you can't see
this until you turn off.
The lower reaches of the canyon had singing Black-throated Sparrow, then
follow the dirt road bearing left then straight on thru a Forest SErvice
gate. I had Brewer's Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, Sage Sparrow further
up. Heard Scott's Oriole somewhere.
Do NOT go on a weekend (ORV land) & get there earlier than we did (11 a.m.).
Also went to Carrizo Plain, where flowers were lovely in patches but
basically over for the year. Same w/ a new flower spot I was told about in
southern SLO co.--Shell Creek Rd. off of Hiway 58. Very pretty.
It's warming up inland! Joan

Mountain Bluebirds, Northern Parula, etc.

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>

There were a few interesting birds on the big day done by Mark Homlgren,
Melissa Kelly, Grant Weyburne, and me yesterday. The most interesting was a
pair of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at Figueroa Mtn. It you follow the road that
leads from Figueroa Mtn. Rd. to Pino Alto Picnic area, continue past the
picnic area to where the road forks. Follow the right fork toward the
summit, and when the road curves to the right at the edge of a clearing,
look down the slope to some dead trees and logs. The birds were here. Not
only do I know of no breeding records for this species, but Paul Lehman's
The Birds of Santa Barbara County list no records later than March 30. If
anyone makes any further observations of these birds, I hope they will
report them to the list.

We also had a NORTHERN PARULA singing briefly off Sweeney Rd. near Lompoc.
We didn't get the exact mileage, but its in the second area where the road
looks over a large area of riparian along the Santa Ynez River, and is
probably 2.5-3 miles from highway 246. This is where a short fence made of
red metal poles has been erected where a farm road meets Sweeney Rd. [By the
way, I heard secondhand that a Parula was seen in Tucker's Grove in Goleta
yesterday. Does anyone have any information on this?]

Also of interest was an adult BALD EAGLE at the east end of Lake Cachuma,
seen from highway 154. I know they've nested in the past up one of the
drainages that pours into the lake from the north, but none of us had ever
seen one in this location at this season. Maybe Liz Mason could provide some
info on whether this is a usual spot at this time of year.

Also, one COMMON POORWILL sitting on Figueroa Mtn. Rd. before dawn was a
nice sight. About ten YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at Ocean Park were nice, too.
Other surprises were limited to things like some birds lingering late into
the year, like two Ring-necked Ducks in one of the large flooded fields
along highway 1 south of Guadalupe. These fields were on the north or east
side of the highway, I think between Black and Brown roads, somewhere.
There's lots of water out there, and this place is worth keeping an eye on.
'Sorry I don't have better directions (the day is a bit of a blurr), but
it's hard to miss. At this location we had displaying Ruddy Ducks, lots of
Gadwalls, a couple of shovelers, a half dozen or more Spotted Sandpipers,
and many avocets and Long-Billed Dowitchers.

Otherwise, the day was more notable for things we missed. High winds on
Figueroa made mountain birding a bust (no Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, or Olive-sided Flycatcher). Land migrants were hard
to come by nearly everywhere (no Hermit, Nashville, or Yellow-rumped
Warbler). It was one of those days when we just couldn't find a flock. It
didn't help either, of course, that the skills of Brad Hines, who turned up
sick and couldn't make the trip, weren't available to us. As for our total,
it's still being debated. Our initial figure was 162, but it might have been
several lower than this.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara