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HoodedMergansers at Ansiq'Oyo' Park

Marge and Don Thornton
 

This morning was our third visit this month looking for the Hooded Mergansers.  We were handsomely rewarded with good views of six.  One Male, one female and four immatures.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

GSD 2018-12-20

Wim van Dam
 

This morning the Goleta Sanitary District Plant was filled with ducks. The total number was about 250, with an estimated distribution of: 80 Mallard, 24 Blue-winged Teals, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Green-winged Teal, 7 Northern Shoveler, 50 American Wigeon, 50 Gadwall, 30 Ruddy Duck.
Other observations that caught my attention: 50+ Black-necked Stilt, 4+ Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Mew Gull, 1 Osprey, 1 Caspian Tern, 3 Killdeer, 2 American Pipit, 0 Western/Least Sandpiper, 0 Canada Goose. 

Wim
  

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Shrike at Bird Refuge

William Murdoch
 

Same area as before - near the first platform.

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*** Species Summary:

- Rufous Hummingbird (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 07:55 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S50809726
- Comments: "Male, no green on back whatsoever."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 12:12 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/S50809470
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Male with red nape; 2 well-organized rows of white markings on either side of back; red on sides of throat impinge on black malar stripes; sharp boundary between red throat and black chest."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 11:30 by Reef Comer
- 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/S50808957
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen near the native plant nursery"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 13:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50808182
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Photos to be added. "

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 13:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50808182
- Comments: "Photo to be added"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 16:00 by Elaine Tan
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4406812,-119.7149599&ll=34.4406812,-119.7149599
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50790875
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing female-type bird at persimmon tree. Yellow, darker wings, slight crest, thick pink bill. Today I noticed that the orange speckles around its face, previously thought to be persimmon juice stains, seem to be more prominent now - perhaps transitioning into red morph plumage? John Callender's eBird photos from Dec 8 also show faint reddish spots and red at base of tail. Still quite loud and chirpy, always signalling its arrival to the persimmon tree. Came twice before and during check. Photos to come. Betsy may have better photos."

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likely oriole at UCSB campus

Wim van Dam
 

At lunchtime I twice briefly heard a likely Oriole in the trees south and to the west of Ellison Hall. If I had to pick, I would say that it sounded more like a Bullock's than a Hooded Oriole. I heard it at two different locations, so there might be more than one bird. Obviously somebody needs to confirm all this before the Santa Barbara CBC. 

Wim 

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UCSB Campus Point and Campus Lagoon, 2018-12-19

Wim van Dam
 

This morning I did some scoping and I got the following:
East of Campus Point were 2 HORNED GREBE. I could not find any scoters in the uncooperative light.

The eastern leg of the Lagoon was quite birdy with possibly of note: 1 FORSTER'S TERN, 15+ LESSER/GREATER SCAUP, 19 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and a few BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. I did not see any Redheads, and I did not really try to ID the scaups. In the surrounding vegetation were the usual warblers (AUDUBON, MYRTLE, TOWNSEND, ORANGE-CROWNED), HERMIT THURSH, and a breeding plumage, male ALLEN'S/RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. 

Wim 

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SBCO #378+5: Blue-footed Booby

Phainopepla at LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Two Phainopeplas were seen at Lake Los Carneros today, on the main path after Stow House, near the first dirt path leading west. They posed nicely. 

ID help with Summer Tanager

Betsy Mooney
 

Several of us have been observing a Summer Tanager female in the Persimmon tree at the SB Museum of Natural History. Recently we noticed that the bird, which is all yellow, has some pinkish spots on it. Perhaps it's an immature male? It's call is loud. 

I'd appreciate help confirming ID. Six photos here: 

Note: These photos were taken ~ 4:30 p.m. when the light was obviously fading. I had to work on them a bit to clarify the yellow coloring and the pinkish spots. The wings are yellow. 

Thanks, 
Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Wood Ducks at Lauro Canyon Reservoir

Julie Scotland
 

Male and female.

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*** Species Summary:

- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2018 16:00 by George Chapman
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50764728
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. In tree at the North-East corner of foot bridge crossing creek. A fairly unique shade of red-brown colored lower breast and belly. Black head and throat. Black back and tail. Thin, sharp, downward curving oriole beak."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 14:21 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Police Station tams, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3897587,-119.5055068&ll=34.3897587,-119.5055068
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50786013
- Comments: "In the flower fields south of Tee Time. My attention was called to it first by its soft chip calls. Large brownish warbler, walking on the ground occasionally pumping its tail, pale supercilium, dark eyeline, yellow undertail coverts."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 07:45 by Pete Wolf
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50778273
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "34.442995, -119.851153 - Star Pine just East of Stow House... possibly 2 of them. Somewhat bright yellow overall, darker wings, a little orange "highlights" on slightly crested head, pinkish bill."

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Summer Tanager at Lake Los Carneros

Pete Wolf
 

This morning in the large star pine (?) just to the East of the Stow House (34.442995, -119.851153).

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Wood Duck st Devereux

David Levasheff
 

At the south west end, west of the Night-Heron roost sort of near the Kingfisher perch. Male/female pair.

David

La Purisima (Lompoc) CBC

Ken Hollinga
 

Hi SBCo Birders,
 
I expect Mark is correct in that there will be no overall report on the count.  There have been several other reports already --this brief summary should fill in the rest.  Brad Hines and I birded Miguelito Canyon early for owls, Surf Station and Ocean Park, restricted portions of VAFB, and the Mission Hills sewer plant (where we we joined by Cher and Steve).
 
We didn’t find any “ringers,” but a few birds of note in random order:  Blue-winged Teal, Wilson’s Snipe, Barn Swallow, Green Heron, Western Sandpiper, Common Poorwill, and Greater Roadrunner.  Cher and Steve also had three Mountain Bluebirds.
 
Notable misses included:  No Hooded Mergansers at the sewer plant for the first time anyone can remember, and for the second year now – no Mountain Plovers on the VAFB runway.
 
Possibly the biggest surprise of the days was a flock of 14 Cattle Egrets found by compiler Alex in a restricted area.
 
Serving as the messenger,
 
Ken Hollinga
Lompoc, CA
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Am. White Pelicans at Devereux

Mark Holmgren
 

At 7:05 AM this morning 4 American white pelicans were in at the north end of Devereux Slough.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Re: South Vandenberg AFB yesterday

John Callender
 

Following up on Mark’s comment, I was fortunate enough to bird with Paul Keller at Miguelito County Park and along San Miguelito Road for the La Purisima CBC Sunday, including the proposed wind farm site near the intersection of San Miguelito Road and Sudden Road. Among the notable raptors and raptor-like species we saw there:

- Turkey Vulture (high count of 43)
- Golden Eagle (high count of 3)
- Ferruginous Hawk (1)
- Red-tailed Hawk (high count of 6)
- Northern Harrier (2—both male and female)
- Prairie Falcon (1)
- Peregrine Falcon (1)
- American Kestrel (high count of 2, but with 3 additional distant birds likely)

Photos in the following eBird lists:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50731185
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50731469

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: remembering Kyle

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Thank you, Wim, for letting us know this sad news.  Indeed, Kyle Braunger was a big part of the birding scene beginning in the 1990s and earlier 2000s.  He was also an accomplished horticulturalist and landscape designer.
I too will miss his keen observations and his good sense of humor.
Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara



On Dec 17, 2018, at 2:43 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

I was saddened to learn that Kyle Braunger recently died. When I started getting serious about birding I was always happy to run into him around UCSB's campus or at Goleta beach. He was always generous with his time and opinions and he helped me a lot learning the birds and birders of our county. I have fond memories of our hectic CBC scouting trip on December 30, 2010 and I will miss him. 

Wim

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South Vandenberg AFB yesterday

Mark Holmgren
 

I with Glenn Kincaid, Lisa Stratton, and Darwin Richardson counted birds on S VAFB yesterday.   I am told the La Purisima CBC total is 153.  I don't think a summary will be forthcoming. 

Fun and beautiful but not too birdy. We all got to see the location of the proposed Lompoc Wind Project, which if approved and implemented as planned, will put some of our most sensitive birds at risk in the San Miguelito Road/Sudden Road area. We saw 2 Golden Eagles from upper Arguello Road; 380 Tanbark Oaks would be removed if the project is implemented as currently designed. 

Highlights were 14 Black Scoters and 2 Long-tailed Ducks offshore. Photos of a few scoters are here:
Other birds seen were Greater Roadrunner, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Black-vented Shearwater.
More notable was the scarcity of several species: Surf Scoter, Western Meadowlark, sparrows, Cassin's Kingbird, and insectivores and seed eaters in general.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (2 reports)
- Long-tailed Duck (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (14)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 08:30 by Glenn Kincaid
- S VAFB Coastal 34.63980 -120.62639, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6398,-120.62639&ll=34.6398,-120.62639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50748034
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "4 individuals were present at the southern site. 10 were present 0.4 miles to the north. We did not view birds between these 2 points."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (14)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 08:30 by Mark Holmgren
- S VAFB Coastal 34.63980 -120.62639, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6398,-120.62639&ll=34.6398,-120.62639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50739239
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "4 individuals were present at the southern site. 10 were present 0.4 miles to the north. We did not view birds between these 2 points."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (2)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 08:30 by Glenn Kincaid
- S VAFB Coastal 34.63980 -120.62639, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6398,-120.62639&ll=34.6398,-120.62639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50748034
- Comments: "With passing flock of Surf Scoters were 2 brown ducks with distinctive white bellies and dark underwings. They were smaller than the SuSc. Holmgren saw one bird better and it showed white mark above the eye. Bill pattern and tail length were not visible."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (2)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 08:30 by Mark Holmgren
- S VAFB Coastal 34.63980 -120.62639, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6398,-120.62639&ll=34.6398,-120.62639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50739239
- Comments: "With passing flock of Surf Scoters were 2 dingy gray ducks with distinctive white bellies and dark underwings. They were smaller than the SuSc. Holmgren saw one bird better than the other and it showed white mark above the eye. Bill pattern and tail length were not visible."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 12:19 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/S50735607
- Comments: "Vocalizing TK buzzy high pitch calls. Bright yellow below. Photo and audio recording. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 12:19 by Conor 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/S50733534
- Comments: "Vocalizing TK buzzy high pitch calls. Bright yellow below. Photo and audio recording. "

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 15:00 by Elaine Tan
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4406812,-119.7149599&ll=34.4406812,-119.7149599
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50740762
- Comments: "Continuing female at persimmon tree. This time seen chirping her "pi-tik-tik" call while eating persimmons, with a mess of persimmon juices on her front. Large bill, almost uniform yellow with darker wings, slight crest. There are only around 20 persimmons left - hope she sticks around for a while longer."

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remembering Kyle

Wim van Dam
 

I was saddened to learn that Kyle Braunger recently died. When I started getting serious about birding I was always happy to run into him around UCSB's campus or at Goleta beach. He was always generous with his time and opinions and he helped me a lot learning the birds and birders of our county. I have fond memories of our hectic CBC scouting trip on December 30, 2010 and I will miss him. 

Wim

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Pismo Beach BURROWING OWL

mitchpefa
 

Yesterday at noon, there was a burrowing owl at the bluffs overlooking the volleyball courts at the west terminus of Wadsworth Street in Pismo Beach. It was perched in a spindly group of small tobacco trees and then flew down and perched in front of a small crevice / pothole under a piece of discarded cement approximately 40 feet from the public restroom facility and maybe 3/4 of the way up the bluff from the beach sand below.

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande