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Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I made a quick run to Ocean Park today and the only thing I can add to Wim’s report is 17 Tree Swallows and 3 Kites. On Renwick Road I saw 500+ Tricolored Blackbirds. Up Lasalle Road a White throated Sparrow was hanging out with the Golden Crowns, also seen was a mega covey of CA Quail feeding near the ranch, maybe 50+ Quail. On Central Ave about 1/4 miles east of Floraldale, I am estimating 350 Savannah Sparrows in a freshly filled field. Over at 1280 Buellton Road I saw another 60 Tricolored Blackbirds. I looked for the Vermillion Flycatcher and missed it. I saw it 2 days ago, hummmm.

Good birding,

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


Ferruginous Hawks Continue at Mitchell Road

John Deacon
 

There are only 2 FEHA left at Mitchell Road.  They are always there in the afternoon and are usually very bold.  The last couple of days one stayed on a fence post as I walked my dog just 30' away.  The SM/Guad Count Circle cuts through this field so they should be an easy get.

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


Bird notes: 12/14/17

Dika Golovatchoff
 










These are just some highlights from today:

Alice Keck Park: 1 Snowy Egret today joined by 1 Great Egret.  This is not common.

Goleta Slough: 9 Bufflehead (7 male, 2 Female) swimming and diving close to parking lot. Great Blue Herons nesting.

UCSB lagoon: many American Wigeon, Ruddy Ducks, 3 Redheads, 2 Brown Pelicans, all other expected birds.  Did not find Wood Ducks reported.  Large numbers of Western Grebes, W. gulls, and Sanderlings viewed from bluffs.  

Goleta Sanitary District: 20 Canada Greese on grass, Am.  Wigeons, Black-necked Stilts, N. Shovelers abundant.

Lake Los Carneros: around Stowe House many WC Sparrows.
A quick walk yielded 50+ Cedar Waxwings in the same tree they were in a couple of weeks ago next to Pyracantha shrubs.  A Red-shouldered Hawk was very vocal and briefly seen.  2 Redheads were quite distant on lake.  Hybrid swan seen swimming.

Last stop: Anisq'Oyo Park got to see a male and female Wood Duck (through tules) and a male Hooded Merganser among countless Mallards.

I was thankful to see blue skies throughout the day in Goleta; returned to smoky air of downtown SB.  

di​
ka Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara


La Purisima CBC T-3 days

Wim van Dam
 

Today was the first day of the La Purisima CBC count week and I had the following hits and misses. 

At River Park there were 0 gulls and 0 ducks of interest. Best bird was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK. I could not refind the Vermillion Flycatcher, but that is a small bird in a big park. No Green Heron either. 

Along West Ocean Avenue was a NORTHERN HARRIER and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. 

At Ocean Beach Park the haul of waders was pretty good with 1 DUNLIN, 7 AMERICAN AVOCET, 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, several LEAST SANDPIPER, 6 SNOWY PLOVER, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Duckwise all the usuals were there, including CINNAMON TEAL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, REDHEAD. Vast majority of gulls were CALIFORNIA GULLS. There were hardly any WESTERN GULLS and no Glaucous-winged Gulls. At sea were some SURF SCOTER and a few PACIFIC LOON. On the way out I got a MARSH WREN.  


Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #376*: Garganey




Garganey still here

Maggie Sherriffs
 

The Garganey is still at the east pond in Waller Park this morning. This was mostly a fresh air and playground trip, so we didn’t explore any more of the park.
Maggie Sherriffs
Goleta


Bird Refuge, etc.

Hugh Ranson
 

Dika Golovatchoff and I spent some time checking the north side of the Bird
Refuge this morning. No sign of any rare sparrows, bit I'm not assuming that
the LeConte's has moved on. There's enough habitat at the refuge that it's
possible the bird is hiding out, as it does very well.

Over the last days I have visited Vieja Valley school and vicinity, the Santa
Barbara Cemetery, the Music Academy of the West, and Bohnett Park. I saw
nothing of note at any of these locations.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Refugio st park

William Murdoch
 

Yesterday Joan and I had a palm warbler and a BT gray warbler from the bridge overlooking the creek.
Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara

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Bill Murdoch


Goleta this AM

Glenn Kincaid
 

Of CBC interest,

At UCSB lagoon: 3 Wood Ducks and 2 Tree Swallows.

At Lake Los Carneros: 1 White Pelican, which departed, and. Virginia Rail.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


White Pelicans LLC

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I looked for the White Pelicans at the Goleta Sanitary District today (Tuesday), but they were not there. I then went to Lake Los Carneros, and observed nine White Pelicans. Also of note was one Redhead. 


Link:  https://wingblossoms.photoshelter.com/portfolio/G0000..clRgYpHiY/I0000tMyFxeoM.Tk


Betsy Mooney

Santa Barbara/Goleta 

 


December Updates and Deadlines from SB Audubon

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear All,

Our Cachuma Lake cruise originally scheduled for December 16 has been cancelled.  Cachuma Lake Park is being used as a second command post for firefighters.  We are thankful to them for their efforts.

The Carpinteria CBC has been changed to January 5, 2018.  Other CBC dates are unchanged. See here for more info.

December 20 is the registration deadline for our Pt. Mugu Premier Trip on January 26.  There's just a few seats available.

December 21 is the deadline to buy your tickets for the CBC dinner on December 30, the date of Santa Barbara's CBC.

Our December 22 Bird Walk at Arroyo Burro School Open Space is still on, but please keep checking our website for updates.

Here's hoping for clearer skies soon!

Good birding,

Janice Levasheff
Publicity Chair
Santa Barbara Audubon Society





CBRC rarities from fall 2016

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

Just heard about the CBRC's resolution of two Santa Barbara County records from the fall 2016: the Bella Vista Open Space Blue-headed Vireo and the Carpinteria Mourning Warbler:

Record 2016-080 Blue-headed Vireo (Bella Vista OSP SBA, 10 Sep 2016) was endorsed by eight (8-1), so the record is ACCEPTED.

Record 2016-110 Mourning Warbler (Carpinteria SBA, 24 Oct 2016) was rejected by all (0-9), so the record is NOT ACCEPTED.

I believe the vireo took two rounds to pass, but I'm not totally sure. I know it didn't pass the first time around. It takes at least 8 votes for a record to be accepted if origin is not at issue, and the record must receive at least 7 votes endorsing the record on origin.

Dave Compton

Santa Barbara


Renwick field disced, no blackbird swarms

Don Tate
 

If anyone had a notion to count tricolors at Renwick Rd, well, I saw 2 today. The field on the W side of the road that had two blackbird swarms Sunday has been disced. I kept an eye out, but didn't see any swarms from Hwy 246.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg


Orchard Oriole

Mark Bright
 

The Orchard Oriole was still present Monday afternoon about 3:30 pm Dec. 11 in the usual spot along the Santa Monica Creek bike path in Carpinteria. There were far less of the Cape Honeysuckle flowers in the hedge the oriole frequents. Close-up views of the Thomas Fire straight up Santa Monica Canyon from there also.


Mark Bright, Santa Barbara



No Le Conte's

Jim Long
 

With up to at least 7 birders looking from 7:00 am 'til 11:30 or so, no sign of of the bird with pretty much the whole perimeter of the refuge checked.

Jim Long

Santa Brabara


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

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