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Little Blue Heron at Goleta Slough

marydee2 <marydee2@...>
 

Finally saw the Little Blue Heron today at the slough. Wasn't there when we went in to lunch at 12:30pm. Busy feeding around 2:30 with a few Long Billed Curlews when we left the restaurant. The 4th (or maybe 5th time )was the charm. As previously reported, it is developing adult plumage with only a little white left. 

Mary Thompson
Santa Barbara, CA


Bell's Sparrow on E Camino Cielo

John Callender
 

I visited La Cumbre Peak this morning, then stopped at several locations west of there along East Camino Cielo. My main goal was to see if I could find any Black-chinned Sparrows. I didn't hear or see any of those, but I was surprised to see a single Bell's Sparrow on the hillside just above (north) of the road near 34.5189, -119.7834. BOSBC mentions them as occurring along East Camino Cielo in the past, though apparently they've become scarcer in recent years.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45522368

John Callender
Carpinteria


Black Swift, Farren Road

Thomas Turner
 

I was leading a group of UCSB honors students on a birding trip to Farren Road this morning when we had a nice surprise: awesome looks at a Black Swift. It was foraging at low altitude with some White-throated Swifts and Cliff Swallows. It was only about 50 feet off the ground, and made foraging passes for close to a minute before disappearing. This was just South of the first hillside pullout. Made my day!

Pictures and description: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45489637

We also had Lazuli Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks (all South of the first hillside pullout), Phainopepla (near the reservoir), and a displaying male Costa’s (near the reservoir). Not very birdy this morning, though we probably missed a lot by being in a big group; anyway, you don’t need large numbers to have a good day with these species around.

-Tom

Goleta


Little Blue Heron

Betsy Mooney
 

Little Blue Heron in Flight: Body is mostly blue, but its wings are still white with bilateral small dark patches. Observed on May 7 around 4:45 p.m. at eastern end of Goleta Slought as the fog was coming in. One photo: https://wingblossoms.photoshelter.com/portfolio/G00003cedfALB7OE/I00008dnH1nypvc8

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta


Alice Keck Ducks.

Noah Gaines
 

5/8/18

On my morning walk I noted 2 Gadwall and a Wood Duck at Alice Keck Park with the usual Mallards.

Gadwall is a new one for this location and Wood Duck is fairly rare here.

I did not check their toes...

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA


Baltimore Oriole upper Refugio

Jessie Altstatt
 

Hi there,

thought folks might like to see pics of a Baltimore Oriole that showed up briefly yesterday at a bird bath off upper Refugio Road (2,200' elevation, on private property)

Checklist and photos here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45425857

thanks, Jessie
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Jessica Altstatt


Goleta Slough

Adam Lewis (sbfledgling)
 

It had been a while since I spent time at the slough.  An afternoon visit May 7 across from the restaurant where it was a treat to see the LITTLE BLUE HERON in transition plumage and its feather rustle at the approach of a BLACK-NECKED STILT.  A hunting OSPREY added interest with 4 WESTERN GREBES and GBH nest activity. Once the sun came out a few common species flew in. 
Some pictures are posted here... https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/albums/72157668751617338 
Adam Lewis
Goleta 


Ruddy Shelduck

Bradley Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

Continuing. On shore at 34.431587 119.761446. Duck with brown body, latté-colored head and dark bill. 

If u want good light, wait til afternoon. 



Good birding,


On Sunday, May 6, 2018, 14:34, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:

LAGUNA BLANCA. 18 Great-tailed Grackles here probably makes this about the larger breeding colony we currently have. Also here was a Ruddy Shelduck, no doubt an escapee, reported by David Kisner to me yesterday. Sure it's someone's pet, but it's a fancy-looking duck. It was hanging out in the southeast corner, both in the water and on the lawn with Mallards.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


More Mesa this morning

Mark Holmgren
 

I went to More Mesa to see whether Blue Grosbeak and Grasshopper Sparrow were going to use it this summer.  No GrSp, but a pair and a single female BlGr were present.  White-tailed Kites are still working on a nest on the east end.
The highlight was 2 or 3 Parasitic Jaegers flying one way or the others, and a Pigeon Guillemot a good ways offshore.  I was able to get some barely identifiable digiscopes photos that are shown here. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45386468
This is very unusual along the South Coast in spring or fall.

The trail into More Mesa from Shoreline Drive is unmanaged and thick with poison oak.  I loved it!  Quite birdy.  Notes from there are here.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45385863


Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Northern Pygmy Owl - Video

Peter Schneekloth
 

A short video of this mornings Northern Pygmy Owl.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/41039138295/in/dateposted-public/ 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: South Coast Sunday birds

Dave Compton
 

Off-list, I sent Wim a photo that appears to show a hind toe. But you can't tell if it has two, and my understanding is that they only clip one. As Wim suggests, it might be educational to know if it has both.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 3:09 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:
So does this pet shelduck have its toes intact? The past months I have been treating intact duck toes as an indication of wildness. But to be honest, I have no idea how common or uncommon this practice is for those keeping waterfowl. 


Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler






On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
This morning and early afternoon, I birded Campus Pt, Goleta Beach, and Devereux Slough in Goleta, and Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. I saw nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but here are a few notes:

CAMPUS PT: Still good numbers of Pacific Loons moving (almost 500 in an hour) and a decent showing of Elegant Terns (about 80). A Wandering Tattler was here briefly, and a flock of about 15 Surfbirds breezed through, which seems like a decent number for this date.

GOLETA BEACH: The Little Blue Heron continues in the mouth of Goleta Slough, at first adjacent to the easternmost parking lot, then working it's way east toward the mouth. It's now more gray-blue than white. Lots of Elegant Terns here, as well, along with a handful of Royals (and a couple of Caspian, if you're keeping a count of terns). I also counted 8 Bonaparte's Gulls.

DEVEREUX: A male Greater Scaup is still here, even though the place is nearly dry. The Great Blue Herons have four nests this year. 

LAGUNA BLANCA. 18 Great-tailed Grackles here probably makes this about the larger breeding colony we currently have. Also here was a Ruddy Shelduck, no doubt an escapee, reported by David Kisner to me yesterday. Sure it's someone's pet, but it's a fancy-looking duck. It was hanging out in the southeast corner, both in the water and on the lawn with Mallards.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara




Ocean Beach Park

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Ken Hollinga and I birded this area in the AM. Easily the highlight was a immature Swainson's Hawk that drifted over allowing prolonged views. 30 Eared Grebes were present including a displaying pair. Good chance of breeding here this year. Water levels were high so virtually no shorebirds.Best ducks were single male Redhead and Shoveler.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Re: South Coast Sunday birds

Wim van Dam
 

So does this pet shelduck have its toes intact? The past months I have been treating intact duck toes as an indication of wildness. But to be honest, I have no idea how common or uncommon this practice is for those keeping waterfowl. 


Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler






On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 2:34 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
This morning and early afternoon, I birded Campus Pt, Goleta Beach, and Devereux Slough in Goleta, and Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. I saw nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but here are a few notes:

CAMPUS PT: Still good numbers of Pacific Loons moving (almost 500 in an hour) and a decent showing of Elegant Terns (about 80). A Wandering Tattler was here briefly, and a flock of about 15 Surfbirds breezed through, which seems like a decent number for this date.

GOLETA BEACH: The Little Blue Heron continues in the mouth of Goleta Slough, at first adjacent to the easternmost parking lot, then working it's way east toward the mouth. It's now more gray-blue than white. Lots of Elegant Terns here, as well, along with a handful of Royals (and a couple of Caspian, if you're keeping a count of terns). I also counted 8 Bonaparte's Gulls.

DEVEREUX: A male Greater Scaup is still here, even though the place is nearly dry. The Great Blue Herons have four nests this year. 

LAGUNA BLANCA. 18 Great-tailed Grackles here probably makes this about the larger breeding colony we currently have. Also here was a Ruddy Shelduck, no doubt an escapee, reported by David Kisner to me yesterday. Sure it's someone's pet, but it's a fancy-looking duck. It was hanging out in the southeast corner, both in the water and on the lawn with Mallards.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



South Coast Sunday birds

Dave Compton
 

This morning and early afternoon, I birded Campus Pt, Goleta Beach, and Devereux Slough in Goleta, and Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. I saw nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but here are a few notes:

CAMPUS PT: Still good numbers of Pacific Loons moving (almost 500 in an hour) and a decent showing of Elegant Terns (about 80). A Wandering Tattler was here briefly, and a flock of about 15 Surfbirds breezed through, which seems like a decent number for this date.

GOLETA BEACH: The Little Blue Heron continues in the mouth of Goleta Slough, at first adjacent to the easternmost parking lot, then working it's way east toward the mouth. It's now more gray-blue than white. Lots of Elegant Terns here, as well, along with a handful of Royals (and a couple of Caspian, if you're keeping a count of terns). I also counted 8 Bonaparte's Gulls.

DEVEREUX: A male Greater Scaup is still here, even though the place is nearly dry. The Great Blue Herons have four nests this year. 

LAGUNA BLANCA. 18 Great-tailed Grackles here probably makes this about the larger breeding colony we currently have. Also here was a Ruddy Shelduck, no doubt an escapee, reported by David Kisner to me yesterday. Sure it's someone's pet, but it's a fancy-looking duck. It was hanging out in the southeast corner, both in the water and on the lawn with Mallards.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


De La Guerra Spring and Cachuma Campground - No. Pygmy Owl, Rufous Crowned Sparrow and Costa's Hummingbirds

Peter Schneekloth
 

The valley was socked in heavy with fog so I altered my plan to bird along Quiota Creek and headed for someplace above the fog. I hit clean air around De La Guerra Springs trail so parked and walked. When I wasn't herding ticks away Rufous-crowned Sparrows, a male Phainopepla and a mix of other expected birds kept it just interesting enough. From there I went to Cachuma Campground and had extended looks at a Northern Pygmy Owl. I located the owl from the mobbing calls aimed it's way, a Swainson's Thrush was in with the mob. The other birds were expected including Western Tanager, Western Wood-Pewee, Stellars Jay, Yellow Warbler and more.

A few photos if of interest.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40128534110/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40128534690/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Olive Sided in Isla Vista

Thomas Turner
 

There is an Olive Sided Flycatcher just E or the red barn, near Devereux Slough. Not very common down here in the coast, so I thought some locals might want to know.

-Tom.


Getting-late Yellow-rumped

Hugh Ranson
 

Today--Cinco de Mayo--there was a getting-late Yellow-rumped Warbler in my SB
Westside yard, the first I've seen in two or three weeks.

I've revised the number of species seen on Wednesday's bicycle birding tour of
Goleta to 130. I was too tired to count straight mid-week. With judicious
planning and a little luck, it seems to me that it should be possible to see
140-150 species in a day without burning fossil fuels, especially if you live
in the Goleta area. I'm looking forward to trying again next spring.

Best wishes to all,

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Botanic Garden today

Florence Sanchez
 

I got up at 3:45 a.m. today to do the annual Migration Day count at the Botanic Garden.  I was glad that it was clear, though it surely meant that lingering migrants from the deluge early in the week probably had moved on.  I had a fruitless half-hour of owling before it began to get light.

When I started hiking the trails, I got a Costa's Hummingbird early on and took that as a good omen for the rest of the day.  Wrong!  It was generally fairly quiet everywhere most of the morning and some species that I expected to find didn't show (Cliff Swallows, for example).  I ended up with about 47 species total, which is around average for this count.

I had one pocket with good stuff in it near the employee houses:  2 Western Tanagers, one year-old male Bullock's Oriole, a Warbling Vireo, 3 Swainson's Thrushes, and 1 Wilson's Warbler. I got other Wilson's Warblers in the Garden for a total of 5 for the day, but I had to work for them.  I heard one other Warbling Vireo in the creek below the dam.  There were no other Swainson's Thrushes in the main Canyon until I got to the very end of the Garden property opposite the point where Las Canoas Road meets Mission Canyon, where I found 2 more.  I heard one call from an Olive-sided Flycatcher well above the dam.  I was in another part of the Garden at the time; when I got to that area later, I did not see or hear it again.  That was kind of it for migrants.

Black Phoebe's are nesting in the information kiosk next to the Meadow pool.  I had a Hutton's Vireo feeding 2 fledglings in the Canyon.

Someone mentioned trying to get a County total on eBird for migration Day.  I don't eBird, but if someone wants to post my list for me, I will get you the list in the general format that I've noticed they use.  However, apart from the Costa's Hummingbird, I don't think I found anything that someone else didn't turn up.  It was that kind of day.

Florence Sanchez


Scott's Orioles & Brewer's Sparrows

Cher Hollingworth
 

Hi,
 
I went through Ballinger Cyn on the way to Kern Co today.
The Scott's Orioles have arrived & are in the juniper.
 
Brewer's Sparrows are singing, and also near the road.
 
There was also a bright male Cassin's Finch in county.
 
The nicest surprise was as I was searching for birds on the tops of brush and
a Lesser Nighthawk went into my view and going toward me.  (6am).
 
More Scott's Orioles at Quatal, but outside SB Co.
 
Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


Cattle Egret Photo

Jake Broad
 

Here’s a link to a photo of the cattle egret. 


I also apologize for not signing my previous email. 

-Jake 
Goleta