Date   

Garganey still at Waller Park

marydee2@...
 

Yesterday in Santa Maria we checked out the pond at Waller Park. Garganey was easily spotted running around on the lawn in the company of Mallards. Too smoky to look elsewhere for anything.


Mary Thompson

Santa Barbara


Re: Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,

The Le Conte’s Sparrow was still present at dark when we left.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Dec 10, 2017, at 3:54 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

One more important note: The Andree Clark Bird Refuge is currently pretty close to the mandatory evacuation zone for the Thomas Fire, which pushed well into Santa Barbara County over night. The threat is currently in the mountains and foothills, more than along the coast. I haven't heard that US 101 has closed at all during the day, but it has been closed for periods off and on the past several days. I can tell you that the air quality has been horrible for days. Most of us are wearing masks when we go out. If you plan to come down here in the next 24 hours, I can't guarantee what sort of situation you'll be coming into. At the very least, you'll encounter a lot of smoke and ash. Not sure if there will be any access issues. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101. 

The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.

This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:
Which refuge?  Not sure I know this location. 


On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara




Re: Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Dave Compton
 

One more important note: The Andree Clark Bird Refuge is currently pretty close to the mandatory evacuation zone for the Thomas Fire, which pushed well into Santa Barbara County over night. The threat is currently in the mountains and foothills, more than along the coast. I haven't heard that US 101 has closed at all during the day, but it has been closed for periods off and on the past several days. I can tell you that the air quality has been horrible for days. Most of us are wearing masks when we go out. If you plan to come down here in the next 24 hours, I can't guarantee what sort of situation you'll be coming into. At the very least, you'll encounter a lot of smoke and ash. Not sure if there will be any access issues. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101. 

The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.

This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:
Which refuge?  Not sure I know this location. 


On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara




Re: Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Ria Marsh <rrsmarsh@...>
 

And please everyone, wear a face mask.  The air is really unhealthy here from the fire.
Ria Marsh
East Beach


On Dec 10, 2017, at 3:45 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101. 

The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.

This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:
Which refuge?  Not sure I know this location. 


On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Re: Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Dave Compton
 

For those not versed in Santa Barbara bird locations, the "Bird Refuge" refers to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, on the east side of Santa Barbara, near Montecito. It's just southeast of the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd and US 101. 

The parking lot is on the north side of the refuge, about 100 meters west of Cabrillo Blvd. For the location of the bird, it was originally on either side of the opening in the vegetation at the waters edge, just below the parking lot. Later it moved around in area to the west by 40-50 meters. Note that, in Santa Barbara, "west" does not mean toward the ocean, which is to the south. So the refuge is on the ocean side (south) of the freeway.

This bird stays low in the vegetation and on the ground, but occasionally perches up to provide good views. It would be a difficult job for one person to find it.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:
Which refuge?  Not sure I know this location. 


On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Le Conte's photos

Hugh Ranson
 

A couple here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/?

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Re: Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Rebecca Coulter
 

Still being seen at 3:30 PM along the main trail headed toward the first platform. It is often foraging on the ground, running through the grass and then sitting quietly eating grass seed. Spectacular bird – thanks Hugh for going out birding on this murky day.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara

On Dec 10, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


flocking blackbirds Renwick Rd

Don Tate
 

Renwick Rd W of Lompoc had a lot of blackbirds Sunday 1 PM. Lots of tri, rw, brown cow, some meadow icterids and at least two yellow-headed looking orange in the smoky sunlight. I scanned only slightly, BTW. Five avocets were at W end of SYRE at Ocean Beach Park, 1 virginia rail in boulders at the pedestrian RR underpass.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg


Re: Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Dave Compton
 

The bird is being seen off and on,as of 2:30, now about 40 meters west of the clearing near the parking lot. Best to look for this one with a group!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 


On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:04 PM zonetail@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Le Conte's Sparrow at Bird Refuge

Hugh Ranson
 

About an hour ago in the tules immediately west of the parking lot. It flew to
the tules to the east, but I believe it flew back to the original spot. No
photos yet.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


SB Harbor This AM

Glenn Kincaid
 

The White-winged Scoter reported by Hugh Ranson is still around, I did not see the Red-necked Grebe. Best surprise were 2 Black Oystercatchers flying just outside the breakwater towards Shoreline Park.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Andree Clark Bird Refuge, American White Pelican et. al.

Dika Golovatchoff
 

The last few mornings I have been going out to the bird refuge where the American White Pelican, Great Egrets, Black-necked Stilts, etc., have been putting on quite a show in rather unusual lighting conditions.  Each morning the pelican stands in knee deep water preening for a while, swims a bit, then flies off and comes back to the same spot.

I put up a variety of images on my Flickr site for those who do not want to submit themselves to the poor air quality.  Enjoy!




UC geese

Larry Ballard
 

Continuing birds include one Cackling Goose with 18 White-fronted Geese on Storke Field and 167 Canada Geese on the lacrosse field.
Larry Ballard


Hooded Oriole Continues at Deacon Humming Bird Feeder

John Deacon
 

My GameCam captured  a male Hooded Oriole on 12-7 thru 12-9.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40995124

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


White-winged Scoter

Hugh Ranson
 

This morning I looked in vain for the Red-necked Grebe in the SB Harbor. There
was a Horned Grebe (my first this winter--perhaps not so many around?), an
Osprey, and a 1st winter White-winged Scoter that joined the scoter flock at
the mouth of the harbor. A few photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/?

On Thursday morning at Laguna Blanca the Ross's Goose continued, along with 20
Cackling and several Greater White-fronted Geese. I'm pretty sure the female
Eurasian Wigeon was also there.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Figueroa Mountain highlights

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>
 

I escaped the bad air by camping up on Figueroa Mountain, where the air is delightful. It is totally clear at the summit, and only slightly smokey at lower elevations. 

Here are a few birding highlights:

VARIED THRUSH — At least two on Davy Brown Trail in Fir Canyon
PACIFIC WREN — At least two on Davy Brown Trail in Fir Canyon
PRARIE FALCON — One had just caught a Stellar’s Jay when I arrived at the Davy Brown trailhead. 

Pictures from of those birds at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40993660

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET — There were 3 at the summit and 3 more on the road that leads to the Cumbre Picnic Area near the summit. Lists from Pino Alto Road and the summit are here:


MOUNTAIN QUAIL — These were abundant. They crossed Pino Alto Road twice on my walk up to the top. I saw two coveys with about 10 each feeding on Catway Road on Friday evening, and saw more there Saturday morning. Some pictures I managed as the light was failing here:


BROWN CREEPER — As already mentioned, quite a good year from these. My lists for Pino Alto Road, the picnic areas, and the summit totaled 10 birds. More were seen in Fir Canyon and at Ranger Peak. 

I slept on Catway Friday night, and heard Pygmy Owl, Barn Owl, and two Great Horned Owls. 

I failed to find Peter’s Williamson’s Sapsucker or the Red-Naped that Maggie and I found a couple weeks ago. 

There are more lists on eBird if anyone wants to see them. 

Tom 

Goleta, CA


White pelicans

Jake Broad
 

Just spent my lunch break photographing 8 American White Pelicans that are in the lagoon at the Goleta Sanitary District. I’ve worked here for 3 years and this is the first time that I’ve seen them here. 

I hastily posted a few photos to my Flickr page. Please find the link below if interested 


Jake Broad
in Goleta



SB Harbor Red-necked Grebe

Mark Bright
 

I was back down to Santa Barbara Harbor from Sea Landing this morning from about 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The Red-necked Grebe was present once again the entire time, close to the smaller dredge pipe raft. Watched it catch a small flat-fish and also interact with the Red-breasted Merganser and Eared Grebe. Four photos posted on my Flicker page from today here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/38923184981/in/datetaken-friend/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/24059053207/in/datetaken-friend/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/38923103661/in/datetaken-friend/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/118311568@N08/38887422182/in/datetaken-friend/


Mark Bright, Santa Barbara

 


Birding Refugio this a.m.

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Libby Patten and I had to get away from the smoke and ash, and Refugio was way better than Montecito, although still smoky. We parked at the base of the canyon at the freeway offramp & walked up past the second crossing, then walked down to the state beach for a quick stop. We looked in vain for the sapsucker reported in this area earlier. Best bird was a BROWN CREEPER in the oaks just north of the first creek crossing.
At Refugio State Beach, we had a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER — too bad they aren’t in any CBC circle.

Good birding!
Joan Lentz


Harbor Area This Morning

Glenn Kincaid
 

This morning I explored the Breakwater, Sea Landing, and Leadbetter Beach areas, under smoky skies.

Nothing extremely notable in terms of species.  In the harbor, very few ducks, scoters, and grebes, though there was 1 Red-breasted Merganser and a Pelagic Cormorant.

A Belted Kingfisher was present on the breakwater.  It caught a small flatfish, which it took to a nearby boat and proceeded to beat the thing to death on the railing.

A couple of Great Blue Herons were on the dock, they proceeded to get into what appeared to be a fight (could be mating behavior, often hard for me to tell the difference), with one completely submerging the other while they went at it in the water.

Photos included in this checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40972267

Later, at Leadbetter beach there was a nice feeding frenzy with a decent crowd of Pelicans, Cormorants, Gulls, and a few Loons (all 3 expected species represented).  15-20 Mew Gulls, and a couple of young Heermann’s Gulls included.  A good variety of shorebirds on the beach, though nothing unusual.  Zero other humans on the beach.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara