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*** Species Summary:

- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2019 11:50 by Adam Searcy
- Black Road, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931764,-120.489974&ll=34.931764,-120.489974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52396530
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Photos."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2019 07:49 by Cathy Hay
- Richardson Community Park, New Cuyama US-CA (34.9453,-119.6839), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.945261,-119.683897&ll=34.945261,-119.683897
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52388764
- Comments: "Clear gray Nape, clear box Auriculars, no dark line between Eye and bill."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 04, 2019 09:30 by Rebecca Coulter
- 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/S52382125
- Comments: "Continuing female type, all yellow with a few orangey feathers. Callin “pi-tuck” from the area around pink blooming eucalyptus west of club house. "

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Heermann's gull juvenile reporting on eBird, lack of

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi all

Heermann's gulls have in the recent past suffered some colony failures and in a couple of years fledged very few babies. They nest on a few Mexican islands and conditions can go either way for them.
Looking at the flocks as they moved back up the coast we could see maybe one or two juveniles among flocks of 30-80 adults, for several years.
This year it sure looks better for them.
I saw a flock of about 45 last week on Carp beach by the Carp Creek outlet that contained 15 juveniles, Yay!
The next day a similar sized, and maybe the same flock was resting at the Goleta Beach outlet with about 30 Brown pelicans...and the same 15ish juveniles.
Yesterday was two pair adult and juveniles, today just one adult at Goleta Beach outlet.
Scanning ebird reports I see some people have reported some large flocks along the south coast in the last couple of weeks...but few noted any were juveniles.
What I noticed about the Goleta beach juveniles were that several stayed in close proximity to an adult, would stay near them, follow them, fly and land with them...so I am assuming those are this year's fledglings. Last years are going to be there as well, subtle plumage differences can be discussed, haha...
In my opinion we should perhaps still be counting and reporting the juveniles for this species since there was a call for such in the last few years for Citizen Science to do so,...so I am surprised to not see such reporting from the usual ebird reporters.
I did not report these to ebird and still could of course...as they wander north perhaps others will report the juveniles.
I could not say for sure the same flock I saw was all the way to Goleta from Carp in one day. I would expect them to have languished for some while at the always popular with Heerman's gulls SB harbor/Mission Creek outlet...so could be, or not the same flock. I did not want to double report.
Perhaps the local ebird report monitor could pitch in here about reporting juvenile Heermann's gulls?
 Whatever, it sure is nice to see some healthy youngins in this beautiful and graceful species.
cheers
Ken Hoesterey


same birds, different day

Larry Ballard
 

The continuing Common Goldeneye, 6 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Green-winged, Cinammon and four Blue-winged Teal were at the Franklin Creek footbridge. About 300 gulls (90% adults) were on the beach at the mouth of Carp Creek with a single Heermann's and two Herring Gulls among the sub-adults. The Tropical Kingbird continues behind the SB water treatment plant.
Larry B.
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 02, 2019 16:03 by Thomas Turner
- UC Santa Barbara--West Campus Bluff Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4093262,-119.8750877&ll=34.4093262,-119.8750877
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52332640
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Catching flies over the beach at the jailhouse. Big bill, yellow up to throat."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2019 07:49 by Michelle Romedy
- Richardson Community Park, New Cuyama US-CA (34.9453,-119.6839), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.945261,-119.683897&ll=34.945261,-119.683897
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52355033
- Comments: "Clear gray Nape, clear box Auriculars, no dark line between Eye and bill."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2019 07:49 by Michelle Romedy
- Richardson Community Park, New Cuyama US-CA (34.9453,-119.6839), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.945261,-119.683897&ll=34.945261,-119.683897
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52355033
- Comments: "All yellow warbler with yellow inertial converts. Photo by Wes Fritz available."

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Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi all, 
   NCOS saturday night:...after sundown almost dark about 200 Geese flew in in three large flights from the west and low, I would guess they had been in pasture or the golf course.
They landed in the NCOS near the creek confluence where the Redheads are still feeding, some floated, some on the muddy banks.
 cheers
Ken Hoesterey


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Dave Compton
 

Thanks, Nick, for clarifying. I agree about duck numbers being low in the area this year, and didn't mean to imply otherwise. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 5:46 PM Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...> wrote:
All,

While I agree many birds that use Devereux also use NCOS, I don't agree there are more birds than before. In fact most counts are lower for ducks this winter.

Nick

-------- Original Message --------
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60@...>
Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 4:14 PM
To: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
CC: "sbcobirding@groups.io Group Moderators" <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Re: Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Rebecca Coulter
 

To add a comment on the geese: this morning around 8:30, a flock of 36 Canada Goose and 2 white Chen sp (I suspect Snow but couldn’t be certain) flew over my house and the SB municipal golf course, circled a few times, and returned toward the northwest without settling anywhere. There are two ponds on the course that might attract the geese—as well as a lot of wet grass and no doubt delicious wriggly things—but they were not convinced. They honked continuously, which is how I knew they were flying low overhead. My golfing sources say the geese are not regular on this course.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

On Feb 3, 2019, at 4:14 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:

I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106




Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

While I agree many birds that use Devereux also use NCOS, I don't agree there are more birds than before. In fact most counts are lower for ducks this winter.

Nick

-------- Original Message --------
From: Dave Compton <davcompton60@...>
Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 4:14 PM
To: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
CC: "sbcobirding@groups.io Group Moderators" <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

The Santa Maria River Mouth is almost always closed during after storms. I have given up trying to look for gulls there in such conditions.


-------- Original Message --------
From: Bradley Hacker <hacker@...>
Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 4:42 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta wetlands, Sunday

No unusual gulls/ducks noted at Ocean Beach or Oso Flaco (SLO Co.) today by me either.
Santa Maria River mouth is closed, by the way.

I spoke with a state game warden at Ocean Beach today who told me that prior to the river breaking out to the ocean, the water had covered the entire marsh and road (some new boat hulks high and dry were the only evidence I noted of this event). Would have been a good time to see marsh birds (e.g., bitterns) getting flushed; sorry I missed it and hope to make an effort to be there when the marsh floods prior to breakout next year.

On 2/3/2019 16:14, Dave Compton wrote:
I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

________________________________________________________
Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630
www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/hacker
laser ablation split-stream facility: www.petrochronology.com
EPMA, SEM & EBSD facility: sites.google.com/site/semgeolucsb


Re: Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Wim van Dam
 

On my more recent visits to Goleta Sanitary Plant I noticed that the number of Canada Goose there seems to be dropping significantly the past year. I would not be surprised if SB Airport has something to do with that. 

Wim  


On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 4:14 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #383: Blue-winged Warbler


Re: Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Bradley Hacker
 

No unusual gulls/ducks noted at Ocean Beach or Oso Flaco (SLO Co.) today by me either.
Santa Maria River mouth is closed, by the way.

I spoke with a state game warden at Ocean Beach today who told me that prior to the river breaking out to the ocean, the water had covered the entire marsh and road (some new boat hulks high and dry were the only evidence I noted of this event). Would have been a good time to see marsh birds (e.g., bitterns) getting flushed; sorry I missed it and hope to make an effort to be there when the marsh floods prior to breakout next year.

On 2/3/2019 16:14, Dave Compton wrote:
I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

________________________________________________________
Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630
www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/hacker
laser ablation split-stream facility: www.petrochronology.com
EPMA, SEM & EBSD facility: sites.google.com/site/semgeolucsb


Re: Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Hugh Ranson
 

Dave mentioned the lack of geese. On Thursday I saw a skein of geese heading west over Hollister School that consisted of c. 30 Canadas and two white geese. I’m guessing they were flying from Laguna Blanca, which is probably filling and more attractive to geese.

Hugh Ranson
SB


On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 04:14 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106



Re: Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Dave Compton
 

I hit many of the same spots Nick did over the past couple of days, to get an idea of what the water birds are doing after the big rain Saturday morning. 

The only addition of even minor note was that this afternoon I saw a female COMMON GOLDENEYE at North Campus Open Space. My Blue-winged Teal count at Area K yesterday was about 10, and I suspect there were more than that. There were reasonably good numbers of gulls at NCOS, Goleta Beach, and Goleta Slough in one of the basins (B/C) northeast from Area K. But, as Nick said, nothing unusual.

I did want to comment on NCOS. The restoration here has added a new element to water bird occurrence. In the past, it would attract some geese and maybe some large shorebirds. But now, if you want to check on the shorebirds or the ducks around Devereux, a trip around to NCOS will be necessary to know what's going on. More habitat, more birds, more birding.

And a comment on geese in Goleta. I could find only a handful of geese, despite looking for them all over Goleta the past two days. Looks like recent eBird reports haven't had more than 30 Canadas anywhere, and it's been a while since anyone has reported Ross's or Greater White-fronted.  

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Goleta wetlands, Sunday

Nick Lethaby
 

I did a quick tour of LLC, Goleta Beach, Area K, Stork Field, and Devereux late morning. Didn't use a scope to properly check any of them. LLC is getting nicely full, but still well short of the overflow level. If the overflow pond actually gets full, then I will declare the drought over. Area K has lots of water as do the surrounding areas. 

Gull variety was similarly disappointing to Ocean Beach yesterday with no GW, Herring, or Thayer's, and just a couple of hybrids. I didn't check the gull flock on NCOS closely, but there was nothing obviously good.

Area K and the surrounding ponds had a nice variety of ducks including 4 BW Teal. These were probably the most interesting birds I saw.


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


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*** Species Summary:

- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2019 12:05 by Eric Hopson
- 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/S52308309
- Comments: "With ROTEs at Slough outlet. Long thin bill is slightly down curved. Will post photos ASAP. "

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2019 07:49 by Janet Neath
- Richardson Community Park, New Cuyama US-CA (34.9453,-119.6839), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.945261,-119.683897&ll=34.945261,-119.683897
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52295389
- Comments: "Clear gray Nape, clear box Auriculars, no dark line between Eye and bill."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 15:15 by Cathy Hay
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9586988,-120.5904007&ll=34.9586988,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52291299
- Comments: "All yellow warbler with under yellow tail coverts and undertail. Photo taken by Wes Fritz"

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Ocean Beach Park

Nick Lethaby
 

I checked this for 30-45 minutes this afternoon on the way back from SLO. As hoped, the storm had brought in a large gull flock at the river mouth but it was virtually all Cal Gulls with just a few birds of other commoner gulls. In the river mouth 2 RT Loons were very unusual and a count of 229 Eared Grebes was high.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


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*** Species Summary:

- Cackling Goose (minima) (2 reports)
- Lesser Yellowlegs (3 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Cackling Goose (minima) (Branta hutchinsii minima) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 17:09 by Michelle Romedy
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52281708
- Comments: "No white collar separating sock from breast. Darker color, purplish in tone. Have pictures."

Cackling Goose (minima) (Branta hutchinsii minima) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 16:55 by Janet Neath
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52281677
- Comments: "Higher white cheek, purple dark breast, rounded head shape. Picture available."

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 13:09 by Janet Neath
- 93458, Santa Maria US-CA (34.9474,-120.4921), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.947441,-120.492084&ll=34.947441,-120.492084
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52276933
- Comments: "Bill and body smaller than greater yellow legs. Legs were narrower. "

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 13:15 by Cathy Hay
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52275940
- Comments: "Pic to follow"

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 13:07 by Michelle Romedy
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52276883
- Comments: "Smaller than the greater yellowlegs it was standing next to. Shorter bill than greater yellowlegs."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 07:43 by Michelle Romedy
- California 246, Santa Ynez, California, US (34.61, -120.066), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6096303,-120.0662304&ll=34.6096303,-120.0662304
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52264440
- Comments: "Red patch at back of nape"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 07:45 by Janet Neath
- Mission Dr, Santa Ynez US-CA (34.6100,-120.0665), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.610025,-120.066478&ll=34.610025,-120.066478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52264351
- Comments: "Red patch at back of Nap."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52271387
- Comments: "Continuing at this location. Very difficult to observe today, in windy and cold conditions - up to 14 seen here on previous days."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 15:16 by Michelle Romedy
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9586988,-120.5904007&ll=34.9586988,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52279082
- Comments: "All yellow bird. Yellow inertial converts. Plain face and light streaking on flanks. Have photos.
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Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2019 15:15 by Janet Neath
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9586988,-120.5904007&ll=34.9586988,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52279168
- Comments: "All yellow bird with undertail yellow coverts. Plain face. Have a photo."

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Re: Sandhill Crane and Trespassing

Florence Sanchez
 

This is so thoughtless.  The Crane is usually visible from the road, especially if one walks east along the embankment when you can look down into the facility.  No picture is worth bad will on the part of property owners.

Amen, Jamie

Florence

On Friday, February 1, 2019, 1:54:50 PM PST, Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:


Thank you very much Erik for this reminder. If I have any say I am in favor of you writing a ticket for a misdemeanor. 

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 1:09 PM Erik Dodos <edodos@...> wrote:
The Sandhill Crane continues as of 12pm on 02/01 at Black Rd. Unfortunately I had to make a visit to the site for work reasons (law enforcement). A complaint was made regarding people trespassing through the fence to obtain pictures. This is a bad look for Birders as most know. As a rule of thumb, consent must be obtained prior to entering a fenced, private property. “No Trespassing” signs will be posted on the fences and I would hate to have to write a misdemeanor ticket to a fellow Birder.  Please respect this property.
Thank you,
E. Dodos


Re: Sandhill Crane and Trespassing

Jamie Chavez
 

Thank you very much Erik for this reminder. If I have any say I am in favor of you writing a ticket for a misdemeanor. 

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 1:09 PM Erik Dodos <edodos@...> wrote:
The Sandhill Crane continues as of 12pm on 02/01 at Black Rd. Unfortunately I had to make a visit to the site for work reasons (law enforcement). A complaint was made regarding people trespassing through the fence to obtain pictures. This is a bad look for Birders as most know. As a rule of thumb, consent must be obtained prior to entering a fenced, private property. “No Trespassing” signs will be posted on the fences and I would hate to have to write a misdemeanor ticket to a fellow Birder.  Please respect this property.
Thank you,
E. Dodos


Sandhill Crane and Trespassing

Erik Dodos
 

The Sandhill Crane continues as of 12pm on 02/01 at Black Rd. Unfortunately I had to make a visit to the site for work reasons (law enforcement). A complaint was made regarding people trespassing through the fence to obtain pictures. This is a bad look for Birders as most know. As a rule of thumb, consent must be obtained prior to entering a fenced, private property. “No Trespassing” signs will be posted on the fences and I would hate to have to write a misdemeanor ticket to a fellow Birder.  Please respect this property.
Thank you,
E. Dodos