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Green and yellow parakeet like bird in yard

Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys@...>
 

2 PM Thursday. A medium sized green and yellow parakeet like bird with a red band on its left leg was just flying around our back yard. It let us get close but wouldn't and on my finger. Escaped pet? Why banded? I'll try to send a photo if someone is interested.

Ken


Jesusita trail Wed. 9-11.

Alex and Ken Palley <2palleys@...>
 

Lovely cool AM walk and we saw a pair of canyon wrens, down in the creek. Up by the water fountain a pair of phainopepla foraging in what I believe is an elderberry bush. Seemed to be house wrens and spotted towhees all over the place. Did't see a single warbler.
Ken


Golta birding June 20.

Florence Sanchez
 

I had a couple of hours free this morning, so went down to Goleta Beach to see if I could find the Little Blue Heron. I saw just about every other heron species that frequents the area, but NOT the Little Blue.  Perhaps it was way up the creek channel and may have been visible by walking downcreek from Ward Drive, but I didn't quite have time to do that.  The Peregrine was very much in evidence, flying full speed into a flock of Rock Pigeons that were circling near the pier, causing mass consternation and confusion in the flock.  It did not appear to catch anything.

I then went to the Goleta Sewage Plant, mainly to check out habitat conditions for the shorebirds that will be coming in soon.  Right now, there is no suitable habitat there:  No exposed mud or vegetation in any of the ponds.  I counted only about a dozen Black-necked Stilts, a low total for summer at this location.  Probably better to go here to look for odd ducks or Gulls this migration period, not shorebirds.

The ducks were mostly Mallards, with a few Gadwall and Ruddy Ducks in the mix.  Some of the male Ruddies still have their red breeding plumage.  I also found a single male Cinnamon Teal, still in pretty good color.  A Fulvous Whistling Duck in glorious plumage was resting on the bank between the North and middle ponds.  I assume this is the same bird that moved here from Lake Los Carneros some time ago?  I haven't seen any postings about it in a long time.  Has there been some decision that I'm not privy to that this bird is NOT wild and therefore not worth following up on?

Florence Sanchez


Santa Cruz Island

Peter Gaede
 

Hi All:

I made a quick trip out to Scorpion and back yesterday. Highlight was a singing adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, between the first and second campground. A Chipping sparrow was seen and heard singing just past the first picnic area.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


Re: New 400 Club member; better late than never!

Jamie Chavez
 

Thanks to all of you who sent in your totals today. The webpage has been updated to show these. Congratulations also go to Rebecca Coulter who has also joined the ranks of the 400 Club with a couple of recent additions that put her over the 400 mark. Congratulations Rebecca!

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Bird Quiz -- baby sparrows at Coal Oil Point Reserve

Mark Holmgren
 

Anybody up for a quiz? 
Here are two sparrows, both babies and probably both under parental care, photographed this morning at Coal Oil Point Reserve.  Quiz Baby #1 is facing left, Quiz Baby #2 (2 photos of this bird) is facing right.
What are they and why?

https://flic.kr/p/JHRoAt
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Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara



Santa Maria Sewage shorebirds 6/19

Jamie Chavez
 

I did a quick tour around the ponds at SM Wastewater Treatment Plant this morning and located a few interesting shorebirds. The first was a single Long-billed Curlew which is a bit odd for the location. Maybe a tad early for a fall arrival? Curlews haven't really been seen at the sewage plant in a long time (that I am aware of). Maybe not since the old sheep pasture was there many years ago. I also located a single Least Sandpiper which, according to Lehman, ties the early date for a fall arrival. Not so unexpected was a Greater Yellowlegs and two Wilson's Phalaropes.

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Quatal Canyon and other locations, June 18

Florence Sanchez
 

I've been waiting for a break in the hot interior weather to go to Quatal Canyon, that fascinating bit of Great Basin-type habitat in SB and Ventura Counties.  I haven't been there in at least 25 years. Yesterday I took advantage of that break and did that.  

Unfortunately, Mid-June maybe a bit too late for optimum birding there (I always did it in Mid-May before).  Bird activity was very low in spite of very pleasant, mild weather and an early start (7:30 a.m. when I turned onto the road).  I had no luck finding Scott's Oriole, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, or Gray Flycatcher (in the pinyon pine zone).  I finally got a couple of Bell's Sparrows on road 106, an ORV track that branches off Quatal Canyon Road somewhere between 7-8 miles and made for good level hiking through the sage-juniper zone back to a canyon.  The pinyon zone was REALLY dead.   I worked the area between miles 9.2-10 very hard but had trouble turning up any birds at all there.

The road up to that point is in good condition and suitable for most passenger cars.  Instead of continuing up the road to its end at Cerro Noreste Road (approx. 14 miles from the start with the last two miles rough, narrow and steep), I decided to retrace my route to see if I could turn up a Scott's Oriole on the way out.  I remember in the past having especially good luck near the ranch at 3350 Quatal Canyon Road, but not this year.  However, I did pick up three Bullock's Orioles at the ranch that's a little more than a mile from the beginning of the road.

From that point, I continued on Highway 33 to 166, then east to Cerro Noreste (Hudson Valley Ranch) Road.  I took this road all the way to Campo Alto at the top of Mt Abel.  This area is birded far less than its companion Mt. Pinos and in my opinion, deserves more attention.  I ate my lunch there and ended up spending another hour and a half just walking through the empty campground and observing the birdlife, which was very active for that time of day.  The usual assortment oaf mountain birds were present, along with a couple of nice surprises:  a PAIR of Townsend's Solitaires opposite campsite 12 (acting very much like a mated pair) and a male Cassin's Finch.  Some nice montane vegetation and wildflowers were in bloom.

Though much of this trip was out of the county, it was a very enjoyable way to get into some really different habitats than we find here and certainly reasonable for a day trip.

Florence Sanchez


Re: New 400 Club member; better late than never!

Jamie Chavez
 

Thank you all. I don't like to toot my own horn so I made to mention of this in January, but since this has been brought up, some of you might be wondering what this is all about. At the sbcobirding website there is a page listing the birders who are at this "400 Club" level or who are in hot pursuit of it. It's just a game and isn't for everyone but if you would like to participate just send me your total and a few brief comments as you see on the page and I will add your name. Some count established introduced birds and some do not. It is up to you, but counting pheasants, flamingos, and ostriches are strictly forbidden. If it isn't listed in Paul's Birds of Santa Barbara County don't include it. If you need to update your total at any time just send me a message.


Jamie Chavez


On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:21 AM Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...> wrote:
No sneaking in, Jamie!  CONGRATS!!
Joan L
> On Jun 18, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Guy Tingos <guytingos@...> wrote:
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> An alert Barb Millett caught Jamie Chavez trying to slip unnoticed into the 400 Club with the IV Gray Catbird.  Way to go Jamie and thanks for all your work keeping the sbcobirding list and website up and running!
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> Guy Tingos
> Santa Barbara
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> Guy Tingos
> Santa Barbara
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Colson Canyon

John Deacon
 

Marc Moritsch and I birded Colson Canyon today.  39 species were documented.  Nothing really unusual except Phainopeplas continued in higher numbers.  

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46648848

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


LeastBittern

Marge and Don Thornton
 

Another walk around Lake Los Carneros, always good exercise; when what do my wondering eyes espy? Yes! It really is the Least Bittern in the reeds very near to where he was originally seen (across from the outlet).  After a few minutes, he flew to the south side of the lake and vanished from view.  We had heard it vocalizing a couple of days ago at the the north end of the lake, but this was our first actual sighting.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


Re: New 400 Club member; better late than never!

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

No sneaking in, Jamie! CONGRATS!!
Joan L

On Jun 18, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Guy Tingos <guytingos@...> wrote:

An alert Barb Millett caught Jamie Chavez trying to slip unnoticed into the 400 Club with the IV Gray Catbird. Way to go Jamie and thanks for all your work keeping the sbcobirding list and website up and running!

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara



New 400 Club member; better late than never!

Guy Tingos
 

An alert Barb Millett caught Jamie Chavez trying to slip unnoticed into the 400 Club with the IV Gray Catbird. Way to go Jamie and thanks for all your work keeping the sbcobirding list and website up and running!

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Re: Goleta Beach Park this morning

Don Blackwill
 

Interesting.  I was out at Goleta Beach Saturday (yesterday) morning and saw 2 kingfishers. One was poking its head out of the burrow and calling, the other was flying around, also calling.  The Peregrine was on a (the same?) high snag.  Missed the Little Blue Heron.

 

Don Blackwill

Santa Barbara

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Barbara Millett
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2018 12:53 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [sbcobirding] Goleta Beach Park this morning

 

This morning the Little Blue Heron was seen well, foraging on the sandbar N of the easternmost parking lot.     An adult Peregrine Falcon was perched high on a snag above the slough. 

 

I was hoping to see the parent Belted Kingfishers and possibly their fledglings, but in the hour and a half I spent there, I saw was no sign of them, nor heard any calls.

 

 

Barb Millett

Santa Barbara

 

 


Goleta Beach Park this morning

Barbara Millett
 

This morning the Little Blue Heron was seen well, foraging on the sandbar N of the easternmost parking lot. An adult Peregrine Falcon was perched high on a snag above the slough.

I was hoping to see the parent Belted Kingfishers and possibly their fledglings, but in the hour and a half I spent there, I saw was no sign of them, nor heard any calls.


Barb Millett
Santa Barbara


Ocean Beach / San Miguelito Road today

John Callender
 

I had a fun outing west and south of Lompoc today. Highlights:

Ocean Beach County Park: Least Tern, possible Virginia Rail - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46593663

Surf Beach: Black Oystercatcher, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Sooty Shearwater - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46593737

San Miguelito Road at Sudden Road: Grasshopper Sparrow - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46593829

I attached a recording of the possible Virginia Rail to the Ocean Beach County Park list. I'd appreciate it very much if anyone familiar with the bird would be willing to listen to it and let me know what they think.

Thanks!

John Callender
Carpinteria


Kite missed

Robert Lindsay
 

Despite the efforts of numerous, seasoned birders, the Mississippi Kite was (probably) not seen today between 8:30 am and 2:15 pm. There were two, brief, tantalizing glimpses of possible bird but nothing definitive or confirmed.

 

Always a day late,

Rob Lindsay_._,_._,_


Kite Still at the Golf Course

Marge and Don Thornton
 

After his brief early appearance this morning, the Mississippi Kite flew off south adn was gone for a bit.  As the fog began to clear and the sun came out, he was back on his roost on the far side of the golf course.  About seven other birders were able to enjoy the view.  It should be mentioned than this roost was some distance away and a good scope was quite an advantage.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


Mississippi Kite

Dave Compton
 

Apparently, the kite is being seen in the same general area this morning.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 


Re: Mississippi Kite thanks

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:  Message from Louis Bevier, in town for a bit, saw MiKi this a.m. around 8, perched in tree in same general area as before, now flown off & he (& others?) are still looking.
Joan Lentz


On Jun 14, 2018, at 8:03 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

Thanks to the out of state birder who reported this nice county bird and thanks to those who gave directions on where to find it.  (Especially Joan Lentz, who gave us a landmark to start from--more helpful in some ways than GPS coordinates.)  And thanks to those who shared their scoped with me this morning.

After I left Alisal, I decided on a whim to go bird Oso Flaco.  I haven't been there in years and even though this would seem an "off" time, the birding was great!  Though it's SLO County, SB birders should keep this on their "visit regularly" list.

Florence Sanchez