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David Levasheff
 

Sorry for the link issues; Gotta love Yahoo... the link in this signature has been updated again, and has worked for others. 

David


Goleta Birds Yesterday, from David Plotkin

Glenn Kincaid
 

Posting for David Plotkin -

I went to various places and thought I'd send this report in advance of my eBird entries in case anyone is bird chasing tomorrow:

LAKE LOS CARNEROS: No Red-Naped Sapsucker; no Prairie Warbler. I checked the usual places that have been posted. However, many YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (AUDUBON), at least 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 2 RED SHOULDERED HAWKS calling in the distance, at least 5 ALLENS HUMMERS, 1 HAIRY WOODPECKER and even a lone RUBY CROWNED KINGLET. All were either at Stow House area or up on the trails between the memorial benches.I did not go check out the lake itself.

ANISQ'OYO: 2 HOODED MERGANSERS still there (male & female) and 3 BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERONS.

GOLETA BEACH LAGOON is now pretty high. Saw a SPOTTED SANDPIPER up on a log and at least 20 BLACK NECKED STILTS among various gulls and many Grebes.

JAMES FOWLER BRIDGE OVER CREEK saw the TUFTED DUCK still there.

It was cold, cloudy for the most part, and pretty dreary. Backlight conditions were terrible. Went birding with Ron Lucas of Thousand Oaks.

Have fun,
David Plotkin
Moorpark


Various birds absent & otherwise: Tues afternoon 230-5pm

David Plotkin <DP1955@...>
 

Hi folks,

I went to various places and thought I'd send this report in advance of my eBird entries in case anyone is bird chasing tomorrow:

LAKE LOS CARNEROS: No Red-Naped Sapsucker; no Prairie Warbler. I checked the usual places that have been posted. However, many YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (AUDUBON), at least 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 2 RED SHOULDERED HAWKS calling in the distance, at least 5 ALLENS HUMMERS, 1 HAIRY WOODPECKER and even a lone RUBY CROWNED KINGLET. All were either at Stow House area or up on the trails between the memorial benches.I did not go check out the lake itself. 

ANISQ'OYO: 2 HOODED MERGANSERS still there (male & female) and 3 BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERONS.

GOLETA BEACH LAGOON is now pretty high. Saw a SPOTTED SANDPIPER up on a log and at least 20 BLACK NECKED STILTS among various gulls and many Grebes.

JAMES FOWLER BRIDGE OVER CREEK saw the TUFTED DUCK still there. 

It was cold, cloudy for the most part, and pretty dreary. Backlight conditions were terrible. Went birding with Ron Lucas of Thousand Oaks.

Have fun,
David Plotkin
Moorpark
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916-768-3283


Flickr link correction

David Levasheff
 

Try this link updated in my signature.

David
HTTPS://www.flickr.com/photos/23243079@n05/f14067


LLC sapsucker

David Levasheff
 

By request I have placed some photos of the questionable Red-napped Sapsucker on my Flickr page. At the link in my signature.

David
HTTPS://www.flickr.com/photos/23243079@n05/


Re: Northern Rough-winged Swallow

David Plotkin <DP1955@...>
 

I also had no luck with PRWA (I was there 230-330pm) nor the Red Naped fellow. However, there were very pleasantly at least 20 CEWA in addition to tons of AMROs and ACWOs. 
I did not venture to the lake itself, just staying up on the trails that would have led to the benches and the PRWA.
Very cold, cloudy, and dark.
David Plotkin
Moorpark
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David Plotkin
916-768-3283


Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barbara Millett
 

Hi all,

Late this afternoon at Lake Los Carneros there was a single Northern Rough-winged Swallow flying back and forth at the dam. I was surprised to see this species so early in the year. I don’t believe it has been reported yet for the CBC count period?
Weather was cold and with a low cloud cover.

The other bird of note I saw at the dam was a first year Thayer’s Gull. Then I dashed over to see if I could find the Prairie Warbler, but no luck on that.

Barb Millett
Santa Barbara


Today & yesterday

Meg White
 

I went to Lake Los Carneros yesterday around 2 pm. Saw 4 Green-winged Teal, 1 Northern Pintail, and an unexpected Loggerhead Shrike.

Today I was stand-up paddleboarding in the SB Harbor where the Common Goldeneye continues.

Meg White


Red-napped Sap LLC

David Levasheff
 

Also still here in parking lot eucs.

David


Lake Los Carneros Pelicans

Glenn Kincaid
 

Presently 8 American White Pelicans on the lake. Prairie Warbler still here also.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Possible 'Taverner's' Goose at Cachuma

Noah Arthur
 

After some unproductive Ventura birding this afternoon, I headed up to Lake Cachuma hoping for a repeat performance by the 'Kamchatka' Gull. No such luck, but the goose flock on the west side of the tip of the peninsula once again produced some nice birds. In with the CANADA GEESE were the two continuing dark-breasted CACKLING GEESE, as well as a small white-cheeked goose with a pale breast that may have been a 'TAVERNER'S' CACKLING GOOSE. This bird was smaller than the big honkers but maybe bigger than the dark-breasted Cacklers; with a rather pale, frosty-patterned back that showed strong dark bars on the feather tips. He was stiff-legged while walking (arthritis?) and was often half-heartedly harassed by the big fellas.

Back to old cold Oakland for me tomorrow... Thanks everyone for helping me to have a great week of birding here in the SB area!

Noah Arthur (Oakland)
semirelicta@...
510-967-2179


Re: Goleta birding, 2 January 2016

Dave Compton
 

Apologies to Dika, who's name I misspelled. 

Dave

On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 3:32 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I birded around Goleta for several hours this morning and afternoon. I met a few other birders along the way, in particular birding with Guy Tingos and Betsy Moles. Here's what I saw:

RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER: continuing young male at LLC, this morning working the area around the parking lot, in red gums and ficus.

PRAIRIE WARBLER. In the usual areas, although maybe moving a little farther east at times. Guy, Betsy, Dinka Golovatchoff, and a couple of others watched the bird for some time.

TENNESSEE WARBLER. A continuing bird at David Love Place, as reported two days ago. Seen with Guy and Besty.

TUFTED DUCK. Continuing male seen from the same location where reported Saturday during the CBC, from the Fowler Rd bridge over San Pedro Creek, near the overlook at the east end of the main runway at SBA.

COMMON GOLDENEYE. Two females on San Pedro Creek, seen from Fowler Rd.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Three with the goldeneyes.

SNOW GOOSE. 2 at Storke Field, UCSB.

CACKLING GOOSE. 1 at Storke Field, UCSB.

EURASIAN WIGEON. Continuing pair at Devereux.

CANVASBACK. 2 males at Devereux. 

LAUGHING GULL. At the west end of the beach, very near the far parking lot. You can walk right up to it and photograph it with your phone.


Santa Barbara CBC Preliminary Results

Rebecca Coulter
 

Hello birders,
Below is a summary of the 117th Santa Barbara CBC on 31 December 2016. Locations for many of these birds are to be found in previous posts to this list. eBird is another place to find exact locations for some of these reports.

Species Total (preliminary): 196

After 5 years of drought, on Saturday we enjoyed the irony of one of the wettest, coldest count days in recent memory. Rain, fog, hail, snow, wind, and road closures all played a role in our preliminary species total of 196, which is our lowest in over 25 years. Across California, CBC numbers are beginning to reflect the drought catching up to us; many species were simply not present, or only observed once or twice on count day. Still, our loyal CBC participants spread out to weather the weather and provide a look into our present conditions. There were highlights, as always:
 
LAUGHING GULL and PRAIRIE WARBLER, both first time Santa Barbara CBC species
TUFTED DUCK, returning for a fourth winter, on a pocket of San Pedro Creek north of the Goleta Sanitary District property
EURASIAN WIGEON at Devereux Lagoon
MOUNTAIN QUAIL, West Camino Cielo
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, Gibraltar Reservoir
SPOTTED OWL and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, 2 at backyard feeder
VERMILION FLYCATCHER, continuing adult female at North Campus Open Space
TROPICAL KINGBIRD at Chase Palm Park
WARBLING VIREO at Bohnett Park
TENNESSEE WARBLER at David Love Place
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK at a backyard feeder
 
Notable misses:
AMERICAN BITTERN
VIRGINIA RAIL
DUNLIN
WESTERN SANDPIPER
GREATER ROADRUNNER
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARLBER
ALL ORIOLES except Bullock’s

Thanks to Santa Barbara Audubon volunteers and all the dedicated birders who made this effort possible. And don’t forget that Count Week goes through Tuesday, January 3, so go birding…and happy new year!

Rebecca Coulter, Jared Dawson, Liz Muraoka, and Joan Murdoch
SB CBC Coordinators


White Pelicans again near Lake Los Carneros

Peter Schneekloth
 

Just now saw 8 White Pelicans soar over Goleta and it looked as if they dropped into Lake Los Carernos.


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton


Goleta birding, 2 January 2016

Dave Compton
 

Hi everyone,

I birded around Goleta for several hours this morning and afternoon. I met a few other birders along the way, in particular birding with Guy Tingos and Betsy Moles. Here's what I saw:

RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER: continuing young male at LLC, this morning working the area around the parking lot, in red gums and ficus.

PRAIRIE WARBLER. In the usual areas, although maybe moving a little farther east at times. Guy, Betsy, Dinka Golovatchoff, and a couple of others watched the bird for some time.

TENNESSEE WARBLER. A continuing bird at David Love Place, as reported two days ago. Seen with Guy and Besty.

TUFTED DUCK. Continuing male seen from the same location where reported Saturday during the CBC, from the Fowler Rd bridge over San Pedro Creek, near the overlook at the east end of the main runway at SBA.

COMMON GOLDENEYE. Two females on San Pedro Creek, seen from Fowler Rd.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Three with the goldeneyes.

SNOW GOOSE. 2 at Storke Field, UCSB.

CACKLING GOOSE. 1 at Storke Field, UCSB.

EURASIAN WIGEON. Continuing pair at Devereux.

CANVASBACK. 2 males at Devereux. 

LAUGHING GULL. At the west end of the beach, very near the far parking lot. You can walk right up to it and photograph it with your phone.


Prairie Warbler Lake Los Carneros

Glenn Kincaid
 

Seen this AM in spot recently described, E edge of Euc grove to NE of lake. Adjacent to 3 Monterey Cypress trees.

Glenn Kincaid
SB


Santa Barbara CBC, Mountain effort (long)

Wim van Dam
 


Last Saturday's CBC effort in the Santa Ynez Mountains was characterized by impenetrable fog, some very early birding, cold temperatures, epic hikes, rain, slippery bike rides, hail, dangerous car trips, wet snow, and many hours of waiting for the weather to improve. We also had some good birds. Here are the highlights and some impressions. 


After midnight Mark Holmgren found a SPOTTED OWL in the San Marcos Pass area. (Later in the day Mark also got STELLER'S JAY in this area.) Mary & Nick Freeman and Don Pendleton found a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL along East Camino Cielo. 

In the early morning a patient Peter Schneekloth had a MOUNTAIN QUAIL at West Camino Cielo at the edge of the count circle. About the thick morning fog: "I could barely navigate Kinevan Road".

Brad Hacker hiked for 5+1/2 hours the Arroyo Burro Trail from East Camino Cielo down to Santa Ynez River and up again. Brad wrote: "For "brunch" I hid under an outdoor sink down near the Santa Ynez River to "dry off a little". In a way it was fun to see how different the weather makes birding...I don't usually go out on days like that. Arroyo Burro Trail is extremely nice; not sure how I missed it all these years."

Glenn Kincaid biked from Lower Oso to Upper Oso to get ROCK WREN and RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW. After that, he biked pretty much all the way to Gibraltar Dam and got 6 COMMON MERGANSER flying towards the reservoir. Quote: "... the road was pretty slippery and I was thinking that I was glad I was not driving my car on it."

Which brings us to Dave & Vicky Menzies who got a flat tire as they were driving down Gibraltar Rd to the same reservoir. They nevertheless managed to continue to get AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HOODED MERGANSER, and COMMON MERGANSER. (The numbers at Gibraltar Reservoir are pretty good at the moment. The day before, Dave scouted 113 American White Pelican, 95 Common Merganser, 16 Hooded Merganser, and 4 Common Goldeneye.) They barely managed to go up the mountain again. 

Mark Bright and Julie Harris hiked the Aliso Loop Trail and got WILD TURKEY (44) and a CANYON WREN.

Andy Lentz and his team at Paradise Rd and Rancho Oso had PHAINOPEPLA and WILD TURKEY. Regarding the weather Andy notes: "As the front moved through the wind blew up the canyon and cut through all layers of clothing. There were 7 members in my team some who finally decided it was too cold in the wind and sheltered in the cars. So besides the rain, the wind, the soaked clothing, the cold and no birds it was an “adventurous" birding experience."

Jesica Tunney and Nic at Painted Cave had STELLER'S JAY and CANYON WREN. 

In the morning along a fogged in East Camino Cielo I got several RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, CANYON WREN and STELLER'S JAY. I spent most of my day inside my car waiting for the fog and rain to go away. At the end of the day La Cumbre Peak finally produced a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and COMMON RAVEN. 

Thanks everyone. That sure was fun. Let's do it again next year. 

Wim (mountain coordinator)


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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SBCO #374: Red-necked Grebe


White Pelicans

ebc101@...
 

Two flying west over Santa Clause Lane in Carpinteria this evening before turing around and heading back toward Carpinteria Estuary.


Eric Culbertson

Carpinteria


Warbling Vireo, Swamp Sparrow

Hugh Ranson
 

The Bohnett Park Warbling Vireo was seen on count day, despite being missed on
my last four visits to the park--phew! A Swamp Sparrow was fairly easily
observed in tules, and on the ground, from the Condor enclosure at the Santa
Barbara Zoo. It was around the trestles of the miniature railroad that borders
the Andre Clark Bird Refuge. Also of note at the zoo were a Wilson's Warbler
and a Yellow Warbler in tipu trees by the large grassy area.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Prairie Pics

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

If you feel the need to peep, a few Prairie Warbler pics are here
 
Brad Hacker
Goleta
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums
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