Date   
Goleta Thursday

Robert Lindsay
 

Thursday, 10/25, 8-11 am

 

Began at the bridge pull-out at Deveraux hoping for, but missing, a Tropical Kingbird, though I didn't stay there very long. When I arrived, a Greater Yellowlegs (of three present) chased away a medium sized, slender, gray sandpiper that may have been a Solitary Sandpiper but the look was too brief and distant to be sure. The only birds of note there were four Redheads down the channel from the bridge.

 

Dry as it has been, I went to the Coronado puddle thinking it might be a good draw for woodland birds. Wrong. In 15 minutes there not a single bird visited the puddle. I did hear a Flicker and a Wren chattering nearby but nothing else.

 

Lake Los Carneros, on the other hand, was much better. The parking area was alive with warblers though the only ones I heard or got eyes on were Yellow-rumped. Other common birds were out and looking very sharp including Say's Phoebe, an exceptionally well marked Northern Flicker, California Thrasher, Nuttall's Woodpecker and a very cooperative male Cooper's Hawk perched at eye level on an open branch in the fields northeast of the lake. The 'beach' at the north end of the lake had several Dowitchers (too far to ID to species) and more Greater Yellowlegs. A good assortment of ducks were present including Mallard, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal and Green-winged Teal. One Cinnamon Teal was very interesting. Its body looked normal but the head was grayish. It also had a tan crescent at the base of the bill shaped just like that of a Blue-winged Teal.  Possibly a hybrid? I also am curious about one of the two swans there. One is obviously a Mute Swan (black bill with pink markings) but the other has a black bill with yellow markings near the base and pink markings nearer the tip. I'm embarrassed to have to ask but can someone bring me up to speed on the species of this individual? White-crowned Sparrows were abundant but I did pick out one Golden-crowned among them near the dam. The pines south of the lake had a Black-shouldered Kite. Finally, as I was returning to the parking lot, an Acorn Woodpecker chased a Sapsucker away from me. I never relocated the bird. All I can say with confidence was that it was a Sapsucker but not a Yellow-bellied. Likely it was a Red-breasted but a Red-naped is possible.

 

At the Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant, ducks were likewise abundant and varied. Species included Mallard, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, and Cinnamon Teal. Several Solitary Sandpipers were strewn around the banks. The only surprise was the absence of Canada Goose which I have found very consistent at this spot.

 

Finished up a Goleta Beach. Ran across a bird class with a flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds literally at their feet near the western-most restrooms. From the east parking lot, the tide was just starting to wash water into the slough. Lots of shorebirds here including all the large sandpipers (Willets, Marbled Godwit, Whimbrels, Long-billed Curlew and Greater Yellowlegs). There were also 47 Black-necked Stilt in this area alone. This is a common species locally but I was surprised at the concentration. I'm not sure where they are breeding around here, but wherever it is, they are doing very well. There were not many gulls present but the group there was also had a Caspian Tern and, I believe, three Elegant Tern. Finally, and not all that noteworthy, every water body I visited had Eared Grebe but I didn't see any Pied-billed. Go figure.

 

That's all,

Rob Lindsay

Oso Flaco open

Mike Stiles
 

I've been informed that the construction is finished and that Oso Flaco Lake is now open.


Mike Stiles

Los Osos

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Little Blue Heron (3 reports)
- Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2018 10:39 by Donald Pendleton
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49443840
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Blue gray in color, bicolor bill, similar in size as snowy egrets."

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 11:00 by Hans Spiecker
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49423643
- Comments: "Continuing - photo badly out of focus :-(, darkish blue/gray, greenish/gray legs, two tone bill dark at tip."

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2018 09:00 by Jeff Baker
- Goleta Beach Park, Goleta US-CA (34.4171,-119.8289), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.417057,-119.828884&ll=34.417057,-119.828884
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49443567
- Comments: "There has been several sightings of a little blue heron in the slough where we were birding."

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 07:55 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49423140
- Comments: "Seen well. Late bird."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 12:21 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49424010
- Comments: "The first kingbird I saw was between the zoo and the third platform; I recorded this bird vocalizing (the vocalizations are consistent with tropical, ruling out Couch's with certainty). Up until today, I have not heard vocalizations from the tropical kingbird in the handful of times I have seen it in the last month. So when the kingbird started vocalizing today, quite often and loudly, it struck me as odd. Why the change?

On my way back to the parking lot, there was another tropical kingbird in one of the sycamores between the first and second platform. I didn't think the tropical kingbird had passed by me on my walk toward the parking lot, so I began thinking there were two, but I didn't really feel like walking back to the third platform to test that hypothesis.

When I was about to get into my car, I heard tropical kingbird vocalizations emanating from the water between the parking lot and island. When I looked out with my binoculars, I saw two tropical kingbirds flying together over the water vocalizing at each other. The breasts were bright yellow, the bills were long, and the vocalizations were right for this species. The appearance of a second kingbird today may explain why they began vocalizing."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2018 07:43 by Benjamin Byerly
- Campus Pt., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.404856,-119.8440063&ll=34.404856,-119.8440063
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49438963
- Comments: "Entirely yellow breast up to throat, long bill, brown tail. Flycatching off rocks next to rental shed"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 07:46 by Jasen Liu
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49424818
- Comments: "Large billed kingbird with extensive yellow on underside. Seen perched in sycamores behind Ucen and in eucalyptus behind San Nicolas Hall."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 07:54 by Mark Holmgren
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49428831
- Comments: "34.417476, -119.875353 - Kingbird with yellow belly/chest up to the throat. Large bill.... Viewed by Jasen, Darwin, and Mark"

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Best practices

Wim van Dam
 
Edited

Dear all: 

This sticky post explains some best practices for managing your sbcobirding.groups.io account. The groups.io system is much more powerful than the old Yahoo one, and tweaking your settings can make things much easier for you and for the moderators of the group. As the need the arises I will update this post. It is a "sticky", which means that it will always appear at the top of the posts, making it easier to find. Comments and questions about the information below are welcome. Thanks --Wim  

Accessing your groups.io account
At groups.io your account name is your email address. One account can be a member of several groups. To go to your overall account settings, do the following:
  1. Using a browser go to https://groups.io
  2. If you are already logged in, your name should appear in the upper right corner. If not: select "Login In" and complete the log in procedure
  3. You should now see a screen listing all your group subscriptions.
  4. If you want to go to your account settings, select your name in the top right corner and select "Account". This should get you to a new page about your email, password, et cetera.

Changing the Frequency of Emails
To change the frequency with which you receive the sbcobirding posts, do the following:
  • Go to your groups subscriptions as explained in Steps 1-3 above, and select sbcobirding
  • At the top of the left column select "Subscription"
  • Under "Email Delivery" select your preferred frequency
  • Scroll down and hit the blue "Save" button
And you're done. 

Adding automatic signature
Your posts to sbcobirding are required to have a signature with your full name and place of residence. That way we have a proper record of who reported what when. It also enables future readers to contact you about your post if need be. Here's how you can set up your groups.io account to automatically attach a signature so that you can forget about this. 
  • Go to your groups subscriptions as explained in Steps 1-3 above and select sbcobirding
  • At the top of the left column select "Subscription"
  • Scroll to the block "Signature" and select both "Use Signature For Web Posting" and "Use Signature for Email Posting"
  • Enter your personal signature in the box below that
  • Scroll down and hit the blue "Save" button  
And you're done. From now on, any post by you will automatically have the signature.   

Changing your email address
To change the email address that you use to post to groups.io do not create a new account. Instead use the following steps.
  • Go to your account settings as explained in Steps 1-4 above. 
  • In the left column select "Login".
  • Use the "Change Email" button to update your email address.
This way your old posts will remain associated with your new address. If, instead, you create a whole new account for your new address, there is no connection between your old posts and your new address: it's as if there are two "You"s on groups.io.

Merging two accounts (preferred over deleting old accounts)
Sometimes people end up with more than one account that they should merge into one.  Merging your old account into your new one is strongly preferred over simply deleting your old account. If you delete your old account your posts under that account become orphans without a proper sender-of-record. If you merge the accounts your old posts will be updated to have your new account name as the sender. The latter makes it easier for people to communicate with you about those old posts as they can still use "reply to sender." Also, if somebody wants to search for all posts by you, orphan posts will not show up.

To merge account@old into account@new, do the following
  • Using a browser go to https://groups.io
  • Next you need to login to your old account. In the top right corner check if you are logged in your old account. If you are logged in your new account, use "Log Out". If you are not logged in, select to Log In. Once you are sure that you are logged in with your address account@old, continue.
  • In the top right corner under your name, select "Account"
  • In the left panel select "Login"
  • Now, in the main panel select the blue button "Change Email" and change the account@old email address into account@new and follow the subsequent instructions.
Now all your @old posts will have moved to your account@new, and the account@old will have been removed.

Using several email addresses and one account 
Some of us want to be able to post using different email addresses. Say that your groups.io account uses the address birder@gmail but you want also to be able to post using your other address worker@work. This does not require two separate accounts; instead do the following.
  • Go to you birder@gmail account settings as explained in Steps 1-4 above.
  • In the left column select "Login".
  • At the bottom of the page, select "Advanced Settings for Email Aliases"
  • Enter your worker@work address and select "+ Add Email Alias"
Now if you post from your worker@work address groups.io will recognize that this address is an alias for birder@gmail and things will go through. If you have not set up an alias, groups.io will bounce your post as it does not recognize your address (unless you have another account for worker@work in which case: please merge your accounts). 

The issue of having more than one account versus one account with several email addresses can be confusing. Let me know if you want help with this.

--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
concierge at sbcobirding.groups.io

Las Cruzitas Ranch

Cruz Phillips
 

I know I should post more often.  This week we have had a big push of Common Poorwills with one to two on the dirt road in and up to four on the road up Johnson Cyn here on the ranch.  I expect a few will stay through the winter.  Two White-tailed Kites have been working the upper field.  They arrived on the 21st.  A rock wren at the feedlot also arrived on the 21st.  Although we were seeing a few Vesper Sparrows in with Savananahs at the feed lot in the past few weeks, the total number of grassland sparrows this year is way down.  Last week we had a White-winged Dove stay for 48 hours, which is unusually long for us.  In most years, individual doves pass through in a few hours.  A White-throated Sparrow arrived on the 22nd and looks like it is going to stay.  No big rarities yet this fall.  

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch

Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Betsy Mooney
 

Yes, thank you! 

Betsy Mooney

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Ovenbird at Scorpion Campground-Santa Cruz Island

Aaron Kreisberg
 

Just after 5 this evening there was an ovenbird present at the top of the lower loop of Scorpion Campground on Santa Cruz Island. It was thrush like warbler with a prominent eyering, striped head, and streaked breast. It was moving between the reserved campsite adjacent to the fig trees and the area near the toliets where the trail heads to Cavern point.

Overall an active day for birds here today with a unidentified falcon zooming by the kayak conscession storefront and a Merlin present around the beach area flying around and into vegetation downslope from the road to Smuggler's Cove.

Aaron


East Pinery Road Oct 24

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked East Pinery Road this morning in what has become an annual ritual to find an Evening Grosbeak in the County.  This year, there is also the possibility of finding Pinyon Jays in our mountains as well.  I struck out on both of these remote possibilities, but it still was a fine morning on the mountain.  I had 5 species of Woodpecker and ALL THREE species of Nuthatches, among other things.  After an absence for all of last year, the Pygmy Nuts are back!  I had a flock of about 12  in one of their past regular spots along the road.

I also had at least 10 Fox Sparrows.  Not all could be seen well, but those I got a good look at included 4 Sooty Fox Sparrows and one "Slaty" (gray back, reddish tail and wings, and finer streaking on the breast, but NOT the think-billed form).  One other glimpsed VERY briefly might have been a Thick-billed:  it appeared to have a large pale bill, but this might have been an aberration of the light.

Florence Sanchez

Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

I agree totally!  What would we do without the great team of birders here in SBA and on eBird?  We are so lucky, because so many counties don’t have this kind of dedicated, excellent support in their birding communities.
Joan Lentz

On Oct 24, 2018, at 11:49 AM, Kay Regester <kayregester@...> wrote:

You guys are the best!  Thanks for all you do.  Kay
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
-- 
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA



-- 

Kay Regester, Ventura


Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi,

So this is a little off topic, but it is related to eBird data so I'm going to use this thread as a segue. From what I can gather, there is currently no way to filter observations in an eBird species map to those observations with breeding codes. The only way I've been able to do this is to download eBird data in a tabular format and import it into a Geographic Information System (GIS), then use queries in GIS to filter by breeding codes. However, downloading tabular data for a county in eBird often exceeds row limits in Excel, so unless someone is operating database software this data is not easy to view in either a table or a map/GIS. I understand that there are local sources of information for breeding bird data (i.e., breeding bird atlas, studies, etc.), but it would seem that the eBird platform would be a great way to supplement local sources with continuously updated data.

Is there a way to do this within the eBird website? If not, is anyone aware of plans by the Cornell Lab to make this possible? The California Natural Diversity Database is great, but it lacks records for certain special-status species (i.e., brant). Breeding bird data is probably the most valuable information eBird has to offer to the consulting world, but it is not easy to access. I am interested to know if anyone has any insights. Thanks.

Cuyler
SB

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:49 AM Kay Regester <kayregester@...> wrote:
You guys are the best!  Thanks for all you do.  Kay
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

--

Kay Regester, Ventura

Three Tropical Kingbirds in Santa Barbara

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi all,

I just now had two tropical kingbirds at the Bird Refuge. According to eBird, the TRKI at Devereux/NCOS was seen this morning, so it would seem there are a total of three in Santa Barbara right now. 

Cuyler
SB

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 10:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Ellwood Marine Terminal, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.41771,-119.88094&ll=34.41771,-119.88094
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49406185
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A large dove popped out of the NE corner of the Eucalyptus surrounding the Ellwood Marine Terminals. Viewed and photographed while it sat on the power lines over Venoco Road. First to grab my attention was the contrast between the tail (brown) and the lower back (gray). This individual was distinguished by the long bill, orange iris surrounded by a blue orbital ring, and a 'displaced mustache' under the cheek instead of a black nape bar."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 10:30 by Jessica Nielsen
- Ellwood Marine Terminal, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.41771,-119.88094&ll=34.41771,-119.88094
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49421029
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A large dove popped out of the NE corner of the Eucalyptus surrounding the Ellwood Marine Terminals. Viewed and photographed while it sat on the power lines over Venoco Road. First to grab my attention was the contrast between the tail (brown) and the lower back (gray). This individual was distinguished by the long bill, orange iris surrounded by a blue orbital ring, and a 'displaced mustache' under the cheek instead of a black nape bar."

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 15:17 by Rick Bowers
- (34.7494,-121.3736), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.749358,-121.373637&ll=34.749358,-121.373637
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49415953
- Comments: "Photos "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 07:45 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3986926,-119.5336282&ll=34.3986926,-119.5336282
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49419324
- Comments: "Seen here many times previously by many observers. By now, this bird should be on the regular list. It is NOT "rare for this date & location." Seen flying up Franklin Creek. Face is vaguely similar to Great Blue but bird is smaller over all; faster wing-beats. Absence of croaking call heard from startled Great Blue."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 10:45 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49405671
- Comments: "I looked up in the magnolia tree that grows over my driveway, and I had good binocular views of an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The bird had the red cap and red throat, delineated by a balck border, the long vertical white stripe along both sides, a faint yellowish blush on the breast below the black chest patch, and a variegated white/black ladder-like back pattern. It was just a classic adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Usually, one has to take some time to figure out age and sex of these birds, or whether or not they are hybrids, but this identification was so straightforward. I had been alerted to the sapsucker's presence by its loud "mewing" call, and, if it's this vocal, I'm sure I'll be able to locate it again. I ran inside to get my camera, and came out in time to see it flying out of the garden to the north. Fingers crossed it stays for the winter."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 11:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8394878,-120.2113046&ll=34.8394878,-120.2113046
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49406215
- Comments: "Continuing adult male in exactly the same location as previously"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 12:08 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49402559
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing have photos"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 07:54 by Pete Wolf
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49421080
- Comments: "Large bill and yellow chest typical of Tropical... Viewed by several observers... Jason ?, Darwin ?, and Mark Holmgren"

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Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Kay Regester
 

You guys are the best!  Thanks for all you do.  Kay
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


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Kay Regester, Ventura

WT Kites

Rob Denholtz
 

2 in basin 1. CSM reserve. Wed 8:00 AM

Rob

Fos BW Teal in Carp Salt Marsh Nature Park. Wed AM

Rob Denholtz
 


Rob

New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

WW Dove

Nick Lethaby
 

After years of checking the dove flock on the wires behind my house in Winchester Canyon, this evening I noticed a lone dove perched lower on another wire on its own. It proved to be a WW Dove.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

La Cumbre Peak

Florence Sanchez
 

I took a trip to La Cumbre Peak this morning.  On the way up Gibraltar Road, signs were going up and work crews were gathering on East Camino Cielo at the point were the dirt road (gated ) goes down to the Reservoir.  I was able to bird the Peak but trucks and equipment were gathering there by 10 a.m., so I left for the Communications station down the road.  Several large trucks carrying asphalt etc. were going by on ECC and I followed some down the length of the Road when I left.  Just before the Painted Cave turnoff, a Road Closed sign had gone up there too.  From marks on the pavement and other signs, I think they may be putting a new cap on ECC from the Gibraltar Dam Road to the Peak (much needed!) and thus this situation is going to persist for at least a couple of weeks.

Back to the birds.  It was a lovely morning, and though bird activity wasn't high, the quality was good.  I had a Steller's Jay, Red & White-breasted Nuthatches, Townsend's Solitaire (great look at it!), 3 Hermit Thrushes, and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, plus an assortment of chaparral birds.    The communications station was very quiet, but I had another Steller's Jay there, another Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and one Yellow-rumped Warbler.  The Madrone Bushes behind the station are loaded with berries this year, but there were no takers during the time I watched.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Pectoral sandpiper devereux

Dave Compton
 

Hi Jake - One has been here since last week.
Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 11:32 AM Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I believe I’m looking at a pectoral sandpiper at devereux at the last lookout by the half bridge. Bird has yellow legs. And strong contrast from a heavily streaked breast to white belly. No other birds like it here, it’s hanging with a couple of killdeer and it’s slightly smaller than them. I have photographs but can’t upload until later.

-Jake
Goleta



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*** Species Summary:

- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 15:17 by Bryan Calk
- (34.7494,-121.3736), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.749358,-121.373637&ll=34.749358,-121.373637
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49393314
- Comments: "Photos "

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 12:49 by John Doty
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49378465
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Smaller than GBH, uniform steel blue. Greenish gray legs."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 12:05 by Julie Scotland
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49377304
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos to follow. Kingbird with bright yellow body, heard call, forked rail."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 10:01 by Joan Lentz
- Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4154287,-119.6832574&ll=34.4154287,-119.6832574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49382473
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A flycatcher along the railroad tracks caught our attention. Brown feathers in the wing were retained from a previous feather generation while the inner primaries and the tertials were new feathers. The head was pale gray and the bill was long, unlike the nearby Cassin’s Kingbird, whose bill was stubby and deep at the base. That it was a Western Kingbird was confirmed by the blackish tail, ashy-white throat and upper breast below which was yellow lower breast and belly."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 10:01 by Mark Holmgren
- Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4154287,-119.6832574&ll=34.4154287,-119.6832574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49381602
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A flycatcher along the railroad tracks caught our attention. Brown feathers in the wing were retained from a previous feather generation while the inner primaries and the tertials were new feathers. The head was pale gray and the bill was long, unlike the nearby Cassin’s Kingbird, whose bill was stubby and deep at the base. That it was a Western Kingbird was confirmed by the blackish tail, ashy-white throat and upper breast below which was yellow lower breast and belly."

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