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Broad-winged Hawk Oct. 6

Eric Culbertson
 

All,

About 1625hrs a single Broad-winged Hawk passed over Romero Canyon Road hawk watch. I spotted the bird far to the west of me circling over the little knob hills just west of Romero Canyon and watched it descend to near my position before gaining elevation and moving east along the same path as last nights bird. Location hotspot in eBird.

Romero Canyon Road Hawk Watch Site http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6317318

Eric Culbertson 
Carpinteria 

Dropped Pin

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>
 

Hi all,

As many of you already know, I had a MacGillivray’s Warbler at Tecolotito Creek today. I needed help to ID it because 1) the eye ring was more complete (if still not perfectly complete) compared to the Macs I have seen in the past, and 2) it was totally silent. Photos at the link below. I didn’t think it was a Mac, Mourning, or Nashville, so I held up Connecticut as a long-shot possibility. Luckily Nick L was nearby and set me straight quickly.

Anyway, if you want to see a really really accommodating Mac, go to the dropped pin below. It is just a few feet NW of where Cortona dead ends into the creek. There are some brush piles there it is working in.

-Tom.




Prothonotary Warbler @ Refugio SB

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Great views of this warbler from the campsite bridge this am. The bird spent long bouts of time foraging in and around the creek bed below the bridge.  


https://flic.kr/p/C5TaL7

 


Adrian O'Loghlen

Goleta


Refugio Beach

Nick Lethaby
 

Prothonatory and Blackburnian.

Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I started birding at Los Alamos Park this morning and saw nothing of note. I moved over to Waller Park and saw one Varied Thrush by the ranger's Cabin. The back pond had the returning male Wood Duck and he is quite friendly. If you want some close up photos of a awesome looking drake, this is your dude. The front pond had a hatch year N. Pintail and the resident Cackling Goose is still present. Just west of the duck pond was a Red-breasted Sapsucker. My next stop was Jack O'Connell Park, no Golden Plovers, but I did see 32 White-faced Ibis flying over the agricultural fields. I went out to the SMRE for a short sea watch, but ended up talking with Melissa and see said that whales and birds have been hanging out there for a couple weeks.
My last stop was the Santa Maria Sewage ponds here I saw 10 Greater White-fronted Geese, 53 Dowitchers, one Red-necked Phalarope, one Dunlin, one Baird's Sandpiper, 9 Pectoral Sandpipers. I did not count the Yellowlegs today, they were moving around too much, between the Greater and Lesser there were about 80 Yellowlegs combined.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

Broad-winged Hawk

Eric Culbertson
 

All,

One juvenile light morph well seen overhead Romero Road hawk watch site for over a minute starting at 1620hrs. I watched the bird move NE until it cleared the high ridge behind Carpinteria at Rancho Monte Alegre. It would have been visible from around the four mile point along Franklin Trail.  

Eric Culbertson 
Carpinteria 

Blackburnian Warbler Continues at Refugio SB

Marge and Don Thornton
 

About mid morning we found the Blackburnian Warbler reported earlier.  We also had a house wren and a couple of Yellow Warblers, one of which was quite dull in color.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dd_thornton/37473034776/in/datetaken-public/

Also, the large flock of elegant terns was still present.


Marge and Don Thornton

Goleta, Ca

SB Audubon: Saturday Field Trip

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear all,

Please join us on our Devereux Slough Field Trip this coming Saturday, October 7, from 7:30AM to 11:00AM.

Meet at 6898 Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista.  Please join us!




Happy Birding,

Janice Levasheff
Publicity Chair,
Santa Barbara Audubon Society

Raptors at Goleta beach

Steven Gaulin
 

Yesterday (10/4/17) about 9:45 AM an Osprey and a Peregrine Falcon were both present across the Slough from the easternmost parking lot. There were also more than a dozen Least Sandpipers, two Greater Yellowlegs, and at least ten Black-necked Stilts.


Steven Gaulin

Santa Barbara

Re: More on Magnolia Warbler at SBMNH

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

I looked this AM from 7-8, but there was little to see other than Yellow Rumps & Townsends. Probably too cold and dark at that time. Waiting for this afternoon

Brad Hacker
Goleta
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums
...

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On Thu, 10/5/17, Wim van Dam @wimvandam [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] More on Magnolia Warbler at SBMNH
To: "Rebecca Coulter" <rfcphoebe@...>
Cc: "<sbcobirding@...>" <sbcobirding@...>
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 10:43 AM


 









Updates
on the SBNHM Magnolia Warbler are greatly
appreciated...
Wim van
Dam (Solvang, CA)
---
SBCO
#375: Gray Catbird








On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 6:33
PM, Rebecca Coulter rfcphoebe@...
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...>
wrote:















 









This afternoon around 3:00, I did a little birding
around the upper bridge over Mission Creek on the Museum
property. Looking up creek—the same location where I saw
the Blue-headed Vireo—there were a few birds bathing. One
of them was a warbler with a grayish head, eye ring, and
very yellow underparts. It moved around a lot, in and out of
the tangle just above the bridge on the north side of the
creek. I was eventually able to see the white under tail
coverts before it took off upstream. I puzzled on it for a
bit, thought about Nashville, consulted Dunn and Garrett,
and finally came up with a first year Magnolia. Around 5:00,
I returned to the location, played a snippet of the Magnolia
call note, and the bird appeared again at the creek's
edge. This time I was able to get a really good look at the
white eye ring, gray upper parts, fairly bright yellow
throat and breast, pale wing bars, and the distinctive white
spots on the mid-tail, which were very visible when it
flared and flashed its tail as it moved around. The
streaking on the flanks was not prominent—something I
normally think of for Magnolia—but on the second viewing I
was able to see that they were certainly there, dusky gray
instead of black.



For those wanting to see the bird during Museum hours
(10-5), please remember to check in at the front office
before entering the property, and that there is quite a lot
of loud renovation work being done in the bridge area as the
roof tiles are removed from the building.



Rebecca Coulter

Santa Barbara































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Bobolink at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Mark Holmgren
 

Another or the same Bobolink showed up at the west end of the bird refuge around 10:30 this morning, after Kay Register departed. (She was there to see a Bobolink.) It landed in the tallest trees immediately west of the third platform near the bat house that rests on top of a pole.

Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara

Re: More on Magnolia Warbler at SBMNH

Wim van Dam
 

Updates on the SBNHM Magnolia Warbler are greatly appreciated...

Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
---
SBCO #375: Gray Catbird





On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 6:33 PM, Rebecca Coulter rfcphoebe@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

This afternoon around 3:00, I did a little birding around the upper bridge over Mission Creek on the Museum property. Looking up creek—the same location where I saw the Blue-headed Vireo—there were a few birds bathing. One of them was a warbler with a grayish head, eye ring, and very yellow underparts. It moved around a lot, in and out of the tangle just above the bridge on the north side of the creek. I was eventually able to see the white under tail coverts before it took off upstream. I puzzled on it for a bit, thought about Nashville, consulted Dunn and Garrett, and finally came up with a first year Magnolia. Around 5:00, I returned to the location, played a snippet of the Magnolia call note, and the bird appeared again at the creek's edge. This time I was able to get a really good look at the white eye ring, gray upper parts, fairly bright yellow throat and breast, pale wing bars, and the distinctive white spots on the mid-tail, which were very visible when it flared and flashed its tail as it moved around. The streaking on the flanks was not prominent—something I normally think of for Magnolia—but on the second viewing I was able to see that they were certainly there, dusky gray instead of black.

For those wanting to see the bird during Museum hours (10-5), please remember to check in at the front office before entering the property, and that there is quite a lot of loud renovation work being done in the bridge area as the roof tiles are removed from the building.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara


Re: Chestnut-sided warbler, Carpinteria

John Callender
 

And I did in fact refind it after you left, around 9:30. Thanks for the tip!

John

On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 8:58 AM, Peter Gaede pgaede@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

One was in the Tee Time parking lot tams this morning. John Callender is there and trying to refind it now.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


Romero hawk watch

Eric Culbertson
 

All,

From the hawk watch point on Romero road yesterday evening October 4 we had two distant Bueto moving with a vulture that I'm guessing were Broad-winged hawk by size/shape. These birds were moving between us and Ortega Ridge to the south out over the foothills. After passing us they headed to Toro Canyon Ridge where they gained elevation and moved to the high ridge at Monte Alegre behind Carpinteria before we lost them. September 30th several of us had had a Broad-winged Hawk follow this same path in the company of six vultures. Both the Vendanta Temple and the Pacifica Graduate Institute Campus along Ladera lane (south of the hawk watch ) would be good places to see birds along this path. Additionally the high point along the road into Toro Canyon Park (before descending into the park) would be worth a try. October 4th we also had a total 38 vultures pass over the hawk watch point.

October 1st and 2nd I had zero Broad-winged Hawks and little to no raptor movement at all between 3 and 5pm from the Romero road overlook. Clouds covered the hills up to Camino Cielo at Romero until at least 1pm October 1st and conditions looked the same October 2nd with cloudy conditions through the first half of the day followed by hazy and warm conditions later in the day. I didn't get out October 3rd (and conditions hadn't changed along the coast here). 

Eric Culbertson 
Carpinteria 

Chestnut-sided warbler, Carpinteria

Peter Gaede
 

One was in the Tee Time parking lot tams this morning. John Callender is there and trying to refind it now.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara

Blackburnian and Nashville Warblers, Refugio

Peter Schneekloth
 

As reported yesterday by Jessie Altstatt the Blackburnian Warbler continues at Refugio State Beach in the lower creek section. The bird was putting on a great show this afternoon once the direct sun had left the creek. The bird was out hawking insects with the Yellow-rumped and Yellow Warblers. It often flew or perched within feet of where I was standing. I also had good looks at a Nashville Warbler. Looks here for those interested:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/37456476136/in/dateposted-public/


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton



Re: NCOS Sunday & today

David Levasheff
 

Curtis M. Pointed out the discrepancy between my Sunday statement and the date on my ebird list. The day was, in fact, Saturday the 30th of September. Thanks Curtis. 

David

On Oct 3, 2017, at 18:52, David Levasheff dj_levasheff@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I was asked by CCBER to do some photo documentation on  birds using NCOS as it develops. 
Went for my 1st trek Sunday AM. Best birds were 6 Blue-wing Teal, a Solitary Sandpiper (probably from the dune pond), and a Tropical Kingbird over by the old Golf Course pond. 
Full list on eBird & a couple photos:

Today at about 11:00 I had two Greater White-fronted geese land on the south arm of water  & pull out to dry ground next to the new plover area. 

More on Magnolia Warbler at SBMNH

Rebecca Coulter
 

This afternoon around 3:00, I did a little birding around the upper bridge over Mission Creek on the Museum property. Looking up creek—the same location where I saw the Blue-headed Vireo—there were a few birds bathing. One of them was a warbler with a grayish head, eye ring, and very yellow underparts. It moved around a lot, in and out of the tangle just above the bridge on the north side of the creek. I was eventually able to see the white under tail coverts before it took off upstream. I puzzled on it for a bit, thought about Nashville, consulted Dunn and Garrett, and finally came up with a first year Magnolia. Around 5:00, I returned to the location, played a snippet of the Magnolia call note, and the bird appeared again at the creek's edge. This time I was able to get a really good look at the white eye ring, gray upper parts, fairly bright yellow throat and breast, pale wing bars, and the distinctive white spots on the mid-tail, which were very visible when it flared and flashed its tail as it moved around. The streaking on the flanks was not prominent—something I normally think of for Magnolia—but on the second viewing I was able to see that they were certainly there, dusky gray instead of black.

For those wanting to see the bird during Museum hours (10-5), please remember to check in at the front office before entering the property, and that there is quite a lot of loud renovation work being done in the bridge area as the roof tiles are removed from the building.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara

Magnolia Warbler SBMNH

Rebecca Coulter
 

A first year male (?) along Mission Creek at the upper bridge on the museum grounds. More to follow later.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

End of Coronado/Newport Dr. this a.m.

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All: Just reporting after a bird class where we saw lots of birds, but nothing special. We walked over the hill toward the Monarch Preserve from Coronado, then went northwest to Newport Dr. NO waterthrush present at the puddle (getting smaller by the minute) there. We had a good sprinkling of western migrants such as Yellow Warblers, Willow Flycatcher (2), and several Western Tanagers. Again, a White-tailed Kite was perched briefly high in the eucalyptus south of the Newport bridge.
We walked back towards the place where the trail heads off to the “hummingbird feeder house”. We met the owner of the house, Gil, who seemed very nice and welcoming to birders. We didn’t stop for long though, mostly Anna’s there. One of my students may have photographed a White-throated Sparrow in this yard, but I need to see the photos more closely.
At the seep and in the vicinity, activity was pretty slow. I was shocked at-- despite Mark Holmgren’s efforts at filling the puddle the night before— that the amount of water for the birds is greatly reduced. They still come in, but it’s difficult to see well with a group. The only “new” bird was a female type BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, first spotted by one of the students and identified by Libby Patten. We did walk east as far as the second manhole, so to the “cuckoo spot”, where there were a few migrants but again, nothing unusual. We ran into Adrian and Ken and they told us they’d seen a Chestnut-sided Warbler at the end of Ellwood Beach Drive high in the eucs. We didn’t pursue it.
Keep on birding! It’s at the “end” of fall migration when the goodies turn up!

Joan Lentz