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UCSB overlook

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

At lunch I caught up with the Juv Baird's and also found a Solitary
Sandpiper. Numbers of other shorebirds, especially Wilson's Phalaropes seem
to be down a bit.


Nick Lethaby
DSP/BIOS Product Manager
Texas Instruments
(805) 562 5106
nlethaby@ti.com


Re: Where is Area K on Goleta Slough?

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

More on parking at UCSB: the right place to park is not on the grass at the
overlook. Campus parking regulations require that one must park within marked
stalls at all times of day. If you park on the grass or even at roadside, you
will get an expensive ticket. I warned a couple of birders about this
yesterday.

I think the EHS lot Mark is referring to is Lot 17, not 14. As he said, after 5
and on weekends, it's unrestricted and the best place to park. If you come
during fee parking hours (6:30-5, Monday through Friday), you must purchase a
permit. Lot 17 does not allow visitors' permits, so the next closest lots that
do are Lot 31 (Facilities Management) and Lot 32 (behind the Police station).
Enjoy Area K while it lasts--the shorebirding is tops right now.

Florence Sanchez


Mark Holmgren wrote:

Hi folks,
The UCSB Overlook of Goleta Slough is often referred to as Area K and
sometimes as the hardpan mudflats. The term Area K comes from a Santa
Barbara Municipal Airport consultant�s document that assigned a letter to
each of the somewhat isolated basins within the estuary so that they could
be mapped, identified, and discussed. Area K is viewed from Mesa Road on
the UCSB campus. Mesa Road is accessible either by driving along the north
edge of campus from the hwy 217 entrance (the East entrance) or from Los
Carneros Road to the west.
To view birds, stand on the UCSB bluff top just south of Goleta Slough. The
bluff top is across the street from UCSB�s Environmental Health and Safety
Building. See the map at the web site below (find the words �Mesa Road�).
The trick is the parking problem. Fortunately, the best viewing times
during the week are also the best times to find parking spots: before 8am
and after 5pm. On weekends parking is legal anytime in the right place.
The right place is Lot 14 just next to the Environmental Health and Safety
Building. Good luck with the Nighthawks.
Want to know why we have Area K, how it was formed?
Mark

http://www.park.ucsb.edu/ucsbmap.html



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Re: Nojoqui Monday

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

Sorry about 2 day delay. Nojoqui park area did NOT have any purple martins on Monday (13 August), and no swallows of any kind (about noon). Few "summer visitor" birds noted, and likely all that were there are of the "permanent" resident type, such as Oregon juncos, etc. Good time to start looking for "other" juncos.


Sharp-shinned Hawk

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

Late this morning a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over the Isla Vista vernal pool
area towards the Isla Vista School. It soared in circles as sharpies often
do. Oddly, it also hovered kestral-like over the field before flying off.
It was small, probably a male. I believe it was a juvenal as I saw brown
but no reddish tones. -- Paul K.


Nighthawk again at Area K

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

The female or juv Lesser nighthawk was again at the Campus overlook to Area
K this evening from about 7:45 to shortly after 8pm. A Blue Grosbeak was
calling from somewhere below the bluff. A slightly different array of birds
this evening -- more peeps, dowitchers, godwits, and teal.
Mark


Re: slow messages

Jamie M. Chavez <jc.wings@...>
 

Group,

I am curious to know who else might be experiencing the slow message
problem. Either with delivery or not seeing your message being posted on the
group home page. Please reply to me off list. Here is some info from Yahoo
Groups:

How long does it take for messages to get delivered to the group?
In general, messages are delivered almost immediately.
Occasionally there are delays of a few minutes or hours due to
high-volume traffic or scheduled system downtime.


Jamie Chavez
sbcobirding-owner@yahoogroups.com


slow messages

Karen Bridgers
 

Hi all

I posted a message to sbcobirding fairly early this morning, and it has not
appeared in my Inbox yet (it's 4:30-ish now), but it did appear on the
sbcobirding web page quite a bit earlier. This is not the first time this
has happened, and it happens not just to me.

May I suggest that in order to keep up on the current bird sightings, you
check the group home page periodically. (I know there's a message from Nick
Lethaby sitting there, too.) The address is at the bottom of all sbcobirding
messages, or it's at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sbcobirding, in case you don't have any
messages to refer to.

I have begun to make checking this page a habit, as I find that sbcobirding
messages are often delayed by hours (or even days).

Karen Bridgers


UCSB overlooks

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

I checked the UCSB overlook at lunch for about 45 minutes. There were
several other birders present. There are now a lot more peeps around, both
Least and Westerns. Also there were 2 Semi-palmated Plovers and I finally
caught up with the 2 adult Pectoral Sandpipers by looking through the fence
at the sewage/water facility at the west end. Another birder had a juv
Baird's there but I couldn't refind it. It's easy for birds to hide in the
salicornia there.

Nick Lethaby
DSP/BIOS Product Manager
Texas Instruments
(805) 562 5106
nlethaby@ti.com


Where is Area K on Goleta Slough?

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

Hi folks,
The UCSB Overlook of Goleta Slough is often referred to as Area K and
sometimes as the hardpan mudflats. The term Area K comes from a Santa
Barbara Municipal Airport consultant’s document that assigned a letter to
each of the somewhat isolated basins within the estuary so that they could
be mapped, identified, and discussed. Area K is viewed from Mesa Road on
the UCSB campus. Mesa Road is accessible either by driving along the north
edge of campus from the hwy 217 entrance (the East entrance) or from Los
Carneros Road to the west.
To view birds, stand on the UCSB bluff top just south of Goleta Slough. The
bluff top is across the street from UCSB’s Environmental Health and Safety
Building. See the map at the web site below (find the words ‘Mesa Road’).
The trick is the parking problem. Fortunately, the best viewing times
during the week are also the best times to find parking spots: before 8am
and after 5pm. On weekends parking is legal anytime in the right place.
The right place is Lot 14 just next to the Environmental Health and Safety
Building. Good luck with the Nighthawks.
Want to know why we have Area K, how it was formed?
Mark


http://www.park.ucsb.edu/ucsbmap.html


Reddish Egret at Devereux

Karen Bridgers
 

Marilyn Harding reports that the Reddish Egret was at Devereux Slough (just
out from the first turn-out) this morning (Tues).

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@msn.com


Lesser Nighthawk at Area K, 13 Aug

Mark Holmgren <maholmgren@...>
 

Lots of Wilson's Phalarope, several Lesser Yellowlegs, but we failed to see any Pectoral or Stilt Sandpipers. However, Dave Hubbard and I watched more than 1000 crows gather along the N side of the E-W runway, then go to roost in what remains of the Los Carneros Wetland just N of Hollister and just E of Los Carneros. We followed a White-tailed Kite to its roost in the mountains or upper foothills of Carneros Creek. (Does anyone know any other roosting localities of kites this post-breeding season?) And, we followed a male and female or juvenile Lesser Nighthawk flying back and forth over Area K from about 7:38 to 8:00 pm. A great place to end the day!
Mark


Mark Holmgren, Vice President
San Marcos Foothills Coalition
http://sanmarcosfoothills.org/


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Reddish Egret photos available

Jamie M. Chavez <jc.wings@...>
 

All,

Morgan Ball took some stunning photos of the Goleta Reddish Egret recently and thanks to Mark Holmgren for sending them to me, we now have nine available for viewing at the group home page (link at the bottom of this message). Click on the Files link at the left side of the page. No need to sign in- the Files link is open to the public.

good birdin',

Jamie Chavez
sbcobirding list Meister


Re: UCSB OVerlook

Patrick McNulty <mcnulty-p@...>
 

Just to fill in a some of few Sunday hours still unaccounted for at The UCSB Overlook of Goleta Slough (often referred to as Area K), I was out there about 9-10:15 am but could find no Stilt Sandpiper, and then Dave Compton and I were both out there about 3-4 pm and saw 4 Long-billed Curlews and at least one Pectoral Sandpiper, but no Stilt.

(Dave, the Pectoral came out and gave much better looks right after you left.)

Patrick
Patrick McNulty Phone: (805) 967-9900
Santa Barbara, CA E-Mail: mcnulty@gte.net


Sunday birds

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

Did a couple of hours birding Sunday evening. Checked the old oil platform
off Bell's Creek for boobies, Frigatebirds, etc. but no luck. Devereux had
nothing of interest. Missed the Pectoral at the UCSB Overlook again but saw
the following:

Greater Yellowlegs 24
Lesser Yellowlegs 9
Wilson's Phalarope 35
Long-billed Dowitcher 4+
Short-billed Dowitcher 2+ (probably more as SB Dows calling constantly)
Least Sandpiper 50+
Western Sandpiper 2


Nick Lethaby
DSP/BIOS Product Manager
Texas Instruments
(805) 562 5106
nlethaby@ti.com


UCSB OVerlook

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

On Sunday, between 4-4:30 p.m., we also checked out the overlook area.
No sign of the Stilt Sandpiper, but as others have reported, we saw both
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalaropes,
Dowitcher sp. (silent), Kildeer, and a few "peep"--probably Western
Sandpipers. Of interest was a lone Long-billed Curlew that flew out of
the overlook shortly after we got there. Lots of Egrets. No Ibis, but
we should be looking for them now.

Tom & Florence Sanchez


White-winged Dove

JHcynwren@...
 

George and I saw a White-winged Dove at about 9:30 this morning. It was
flying west from the Dune Pond which is west of Devereux.
There were at least 8 Least Terns (2 adults, 6 juvs) and probably 75 Snowy
Plovers at the mouth of the Slough. A nice male Western Tanager in the eucs
just east of the Dune Pond.

Joan Hardie


Devereux, UCSB overlook

Jim Hodgson <jhodgson@...>
 

Birders, sorry for the late posting. Yesterday, Saturday between 2:00 and 4:00, Devereux slough had a reddish Red Knot, a probable juv. Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalaropes, an Osprey fly over, 20-25 Least Terns at the slough mouth and good numbers of the "usual" shorebirds, terns, gulls, egrets etc. The UCSB overlook between 4:30 and 6:15 had no Stilt sandpiper, but did have 2 Pectoral sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalaropes and 6 (I think) Canada Geese fly over.

Good birding, Jim Hodgson


More shorebirds

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

Rechecked Devereux at 5.00 and found mostly summer plumaged Red Knot.

Rechecked the UCSB Overlook at dusk. No sign of the Stilt Sandpiper, but
heard a Baird's or Pectoral calling a few times.

I counted 26 Greater and 8 Lesser Yellowlegs, 23 Wilson's Phalaropes, 6
Long-billed Dowitrchers (id by call) and quite a few peeps.


Re: Stilt Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

At 07:24 PM 8/11/01 -0400, JHcynwren@aol.com wrote:
Nick,
Thanks for the Stilt Sandpiper--a county bird for me. Would you mind
telling me why you say it is an adult? Thanks.

Joan Hardie
The bird I saw had obvious barring on its flanks. In addition it had worn
dark upperparts with some basic feathers coming through. Juveniles would
have clean pale edging to the scaps, no barring on the flanks and likely
show a buffy wash to the breast. I guess it's possible there are two birds
(this happened several times with Stilt Sands in Santa Clara county) but
this would be awfully early for a juv - earliest I saw in OR was Aug 20 or
so and there were none amoung 50 or so adults in TX last Monday.


Stilt Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

There was an adult Stilt Sandpiper at the UCSB overlook at noon today - on
the E. end of the main pond. Also 20 Greater Legs, 4 Lesser Legs, 11
Dowitchers (1 juv SB), and 20 Wilson's Phals. The Stilt Sand was loosely
associated with the Lesser Legs (although often this species hangs with
dowtitchers).

At Devereux I almost certainly saw the juv Semi-P Sand, but didn't come
close enough (+ I don't have one of those hot new scopes). 2 Lesser Legs
and the other usual birds here. At the mouth there were 14 Least Terns (7
juv) and 95 Snowy Plovers.

Nick Lethaby