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Birding by Kayak Tour - Channel Islands NP

Jamie Chavez
 

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is offering a one-time birding by kayak tour at Santa Cruz Island on June 3, 2018, and 20% of the profits will go to Santa Barbara Audubon Society. Below is the event announcement. Please visit the Santa Barbara Adventure Company website and contact them directly should you wish to participate. I will also have this information on the sbcobirding.com homepage for a few weeks as a reminder.


Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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One-time event: Sunday, June 3rd Birding by Kayak Tour

 

The Channel Islands’ isolation over thousands of years has created a unique environment for rare species of birds. Our 2.5-3 hour kayaking and birding tour gives you the opportunity to explore Santa Cruz Island’s birding sanctuaries from the view of a kayak. As you paddle along the rugged shoreline, find Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants nesting on the cliff edges and Pigeon Guillemots flying in and out of their nests in rock wall crevices as we paddle through sea caves, California Brown Pelicans flying above and diving into the crystalline waters surrounding the Channel Islands, with the occasional Peregrine Falcon or Osprey appearing. After getting off the water, we’ll explore the island on foot in search of the endemic Island Scrub Jay! The kayaking and birding tour is an incredible opportunity for birders to take their passion to the next level in this truly diverse and unique part of California’s coast.

*20% of the profits from this tour will go to the Santa Barbara Audubon Society

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Apr 14, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Fulvous Whistling-Duck (15 reports)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (2 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (2 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)  

This report contains observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County.  View this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
Click Date to sort most recent at the top.  Click Show All Details to read checklist comments and see attached photos
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Saturday south coast birds and White-tailed Kite summary

Mark Holmgren
 

Now that you have tomorrow's report from Dave, I'll mention a few things out there today.
But first, does anyone see anything wrong with this picture taken this morning from More Mesa (west entrance) Trail?
https://flic.kr/p/26aFPGt

Goleta Slough, Area K: A mid-day count missed some ducks that would be seen earlier in the day, but I don't think I've ever seen so many Gadwall (36, most clearly paired) on Area K.  Possibly a high count of Cinnamon Teal also (at least 7 pairs).  A White-faced Ibis and at least 1 pair of Blue-winged Teal were present.  Canada Geese on nest.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44575520

More Mesa Trail: very birdy, but nothing particularly extraordinary.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44571131

More Mesa: Stunning in the lack of birds present in the Harding Grass-dominated parts of the grassland.  However, Common Yellowthroats seem to love it. I did not detect any Grasshopper Sparrows and we're on the early side for Blue Grosbeak.  A White-tailed Kite nest was found on the east side. The western MM Kites may be constructing nest #2, though I've yet to see the offspring from their first nest.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44573795

A summary of the White-tailed Kite progress this year is below for anyone interested.  The study area is between Winchester Canyon and San Marcos Foothills Preserve.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass
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White-tailed Kite Summary as of 14 April 2018: 

Summary of the Summary: We might have 7 pairs in the study area and 9 pairs if we add Tecolote Creek immediately West of Winchester Cyn.


Devereux Creek (between Newport and Sta Barbara Shores): persistent pair screwing around; not clear what they're doing.

Winchester Cyn:  Pair still present paying lots of attn to the NE corner upslope oaks.

Tecolote Creek (Rancho Embarcadero): Kites in two well-separated points of the creek.  This needs more surveillance to see what they are doing.

Dos Pueblos HS oak woodland:  Needs checking.  I can't seem to get over there.
Eastern Ellwood: This may be the Devereux Creek pair.  Need simultaneous observation at both places.

Coal Oil Point Reserve:  (about 30 March) last I heard was the pair there is copulating often, but its not clear what stage of nesting they're at.  Any updates?  I'll be there Weds and can check.

More Mesa West:  (14 April 2018) I saw only one bird there this morning and I watched it carry a stick in the same general area its first nest was in.  Could be starting a second nest.

More Mesa East: (this morning)   One adult foraging in SW Quad of MM.  Then I found a nest in Coast Live Oak with (apparent) young futzing around at times. Then as it got hotter, they hunkered down and nothing was visible. At 34.422445 -119.7917 in ‘Oak Hollow’.  Interesting that I never saw the adult attend to the nest site.

San Marcos Foothills, East side:  Pair has been present in 1st week of April, perhaps earlier.  Santiago and I failed to see them there on 8 April.

Lake Los Carneros: perplexing, but David Levasheff has seen white stuff at the top of a Norfolk Pine, so something may show itself soon.

No Kites on Goleta Slough, San Antonio Creek, San Jose Creek, western Goleta neighborhoods, LLC neighborhoods,  western San Marcos Foothills.





Solitary Sandpiper at Sedgwick Reserve this morning

John Callender
 

On the guided birding tour led by Guy Tingos at Sedgwick Reserve this morning we had great views of a Solitary Sandpiper. The bird landed in the muddy edge of the pond and foraged for 10 minutes or so before flying north. Some digiscoped photos are in the following eBird list:


The tour was super fun; I'd never visited Sedgwick before and am looking forward to visiting again. Besides the Solitary Sandpiper, other highlights included a continuing pair of Lewis's Woodpeckers, Chipping Sparrow, and nice views of Lawrence's Goldfinch.

John Callender


Sunday south coast birds

Dave Compton
 

At about 8:45am, the NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was vocalizing and perching in willows and the previously described Pittosporum at the extreme eastern corner of the Bird Refuge, more or less due east of the parking lot and near Cabrillo Blvd. I heard it calling from willows, then spotted it perching in a willow, then flying to the tall Pittosporum, where it continued to give its characteristic "chink" call. Incidentally, I think it's reasonable to believe this bird wintered locally. Migrants are just beginning to show up in most places in the east, and records of spring migrants on the west coast are later.

After seeing the waterthrush, I visited Lake Los Carneros, where a number of birders both local and from elsewhere in the state (including the younger Alex Abela, former Santa Barbara area resident) got great looks at the FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK. The only other bird of even minor note was a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a little west of where the Fulvous hangs out.

Curtis Marantz and Matt Grube reported that they saw the continuing ORCHARD ORIOLE along Santa Monica Creek in Carpinteria, in a big sycamore opposite El Carro St. Later, they saw the LITTLE BLUE HERON while looking east from the new bridge at the Goleta Beach Park entrance.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Friday birds

Hugh Ranson
 

Inside the SB harbor as seen from the breakwater: Eared Grebe (4), Red-throated
Loon (2), Pacific Loon (1), Brandt's Cormorant (1). On the sand spit were 78
Elegant Terns and a score or so Royals. There was a male Costa's Hummer in a
bottlebrush outside the Breakwater Restaurant.

At Hendry's Beach White-throated Swifts were much in evidence. Two birds grasped
one another and spun earthward before releasing about 50 feet before the ground.
Aggression? Courtship?

The Little Blue Heron was not present when I arrived at Goleta Beach, but after
a few minutes it flew in from the west.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Fulvous Whistling Duck LLC

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Still here in SE corner at 630 AM.

Cuyler
LA


**ADMIN** Please Read - Sbcobirding Moving to Groups.io

Jamie Chavez
 

Many of you have been experiencing message delivery problems through Yahoo Groups recently. As a moderator, this is very frustrating because there is nothing that can be done about it from our end. It affects how we use and rely on these groups for information. This has prompted me to finally make the change to Groups.io as some of the other listserves and birding forums are doing throughout California and I suspect more will in the future. The waters have been tested so now is the time to make such a move. If you are subscribed to any of these other lists you are probably familiar with the transfer already. I have started the process for sbcobirding and this will take place in the near future. There are additional features through Groups.io we can explore later. 

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You do not have to do anything to continue being a member of this group. If you do not wish to be a member of sbcobirding, click the [unsubscribe] link and you will be unsubscribed immediately.

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Fulvous Whistling Duck

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Between 5 and 5:45 PM today I observed the Fulvous Whistling duck behaving like a dabbling duck upending itself as it foraged for aquatic life.  Southeastern section of lake.  

A couple of photos just off the camera at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/  Joined later by Guy Tingos and Betsy Mohl and also Santiago Lipi and his friend Elide of Brazil.

Red-winged blackbirds also putting on quite a show as a pair of Red-tailed Hawks that seemed to be chasing each other in between perching on their favorite tree.

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Berkeley Bike Bridge this morning

Libby Patten
 

Birded San Jose Creek mostly south from the Berkeley bike bridge.  Loads of Pine Siskin! Best bird was a spiffy male Hermit Warbler, foraging high in an oak. Got decent glimpses and later heard it's faint song.  Quite birdy with several Black-headed Grosbeak, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, orioles, other warblers and Western Tanager.  Also noticed that with the new housing development at the north end of Merida Drive, a new footbridge has been put in crossing the creek. It might make for another interesting birding spot. 

Libby Patten


Merida Dr Hummers

Marge and Don Thornton
 

We spent a few minutes surveying the bottle-brush trees along Merida Drive late this (Friday) am.  Quite a few Rufous and Rufous/Allens, but we did see a Black-Chinned and a Calliope.  The Red-shouldered Hawk was calling from his tree across the creek.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca



Fw: Fulvous Whistling Duck

Karen Rusch
 

To follow up-we drove to LLC and did see the duck. It was actively diving and swimming at the far north eastern arm of the lake. People were feeding a few mallards and the swans at the edge. A little path leads to the water’s edge and the duck was just across from that spot. 

Karen Rusch
Thousand Oaks




Begin forwarded message:


On Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:17 PM, Karen Rusch rusch.karen59@... [sbcobirding] wrote:

 

Has anyone been to LLC today? Is the duck still there?


Thanks
Karen Rusch
Thousand Oaks




Continuing Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Adam Searcy
 

The Fulvous Whistling-Duck continues at Lake Los Carneros as of 2:00pm on the cement dam and just moved into the NE arm where it is currently swimming about lazily.

Adam Searcy
Camarillo, CA
Serpophaga@...


Fulvous Whistling Duck

Karen Rusch
 

Has anyone been to LLC today? Is the duck still there?

Thanks
Karen Rusch
Thousand Oaks




Sage Thrasher LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Reposting from Wednesday: 

Here are a few photos of the Sage Thrasher I observed near Lake Los Carneros on Monday. The  bird was along the southern path above the lake, towards the eastern side. It was nicely pointed out by two friendly birders. Thank you--this one is another first for me. 

(Click on any thumbnail to go to fullscreen/slideshow.)

Enjoy, 
Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta


Re: [EXTERNAL] Hummingbirds UCSB

Conor Scotland
 

I birded the bottlebrush trees near the Berkeley Bike Bridge this morning and encountered a similar lineup of hummingbirds. Male Costa's and black-chinned, with many rufous and rufous/Allen's abound. Only a single possible Anna's. The lack of Anna's make the black-chinned and Costa's somewhat easy to pick out. Also, compared to the selasphorus, they were very stationary, affording long views. Unsure if that is just coincidence, but it would have been nice to have had a scope given their stillness.

Bullock's orioles, western tanager, and a Wilson's warbler in the sycamore trees too.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

PS I am writing this on 4/12. I note that because this listserv has been delaying messages for a few days lately. 

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 8:11 PM, 'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

I have noticed that Anna's don't use bottlebrush much, at least in spring. In Winchester Canyon right now, Anna's is by far the commonest hummer at feeders but are outnumbered 10:1 by selasphorus on bottlebrush.


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From: "gkoprs@... [sbcobirding]" <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 8:06 PM
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Hummingbirds UCSB



Hi all,


Earlier this afternoon I had 5 hummingbird species in the blooming Bottlebrushes of the Counseling and Career Services Building courtyard. Included were at least 6 RUFOUS, 1 definite Allen's, (only) 2 Anna's, a male BLACK-CHINNED, and a pair of COSTA'S, in addition to at least 20 Selasphorus sp. A TROPICAL KINGBIRD also made a brief pass by.


Good birding,

Jasen





Las Cruzitas Ranch

Cruz Phillips
 

I had 11 Black-headded Grosbeaks at one feeder at one time.  I estimmate there is 20 in the yard this morning.  Quite the show.  We had our first Lazuli Bunting on tuesday.  Had 4 Costa's and 3 Black Chinned hummers at the feeders yesterday with lots of rufous and anna's.  

I too am having trouble with my posts being returned so sorry I have not been posting spring activity.  

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch
Santa Ynez


Tecolote Creek

Mark Holmgren
 

I birded the creek bottom mostly in the residential zone of Rancho Embarcadero.  Tecolote Creek runs through it.  It was most pleasant walking nearly 2 miles upstream.  The strong scouring flows this year made it a virtual stroll.  I suspect this is the case for other creeks along the south coast. Therefore, this year the wet creek bottoms might be good birding.
I found lots of likely breeding species not yet present.  Interesting birds were a Steller's Jay at 229 feet elevation. A pair of Common Ground-Doves came to drink in the creek.
Details and photos can be found on eBird by going to:
https://ebird.org/subnational2/US-CA-083/activity

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


Little Blue Heron

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

The Little Blue Heron is showing conspicuous patches of blue plumage now.  Great close-up views of the bird this afternoon (Wed) at the mouth of Goleta Slough.


https://flic.kr/p/265uqwc


Adrian O'Loghlen

Goleta



Re: Fulvous Whistling Duck

Betsy Mooney
 

My link for photos of the Fulvous Whistling Duck did not work for some, though it worked for others. I have reset the link and this should work:

Click on any thumbnail to go to fullscreen/slideshow (see arrows at below pictures). 

Enjoy,
Betsy




On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 11:44 PM, Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms@...> wrote:
Thanks to Rebecca Coulter and David Levasheff, I was able to observe a new bird! 

Here's a link to for a few photos: 

Enjoy!

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta