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Heermann's Gull juveniles at Goleta Beach and more

Ken Hoesterey
 

    About noon today there was a usual assortment of 100ish gulls around the slough exit/entrance, and among them appeared a small collection of 10 Heermann's Gulls. That's not unusual, but what was unusual was that 7 of them were juveniles. This is good news for Heermann's Gulls fans, I know you are out there.
I am guessing these are adults and juveniles slowly heading north after nesting and hatching and fledging. Audubon webpage says they are heading to the Mexican Islands for nesting now in February, but I have seen several close adult/juvenile pairs, no begging seen but very attached.  That recent fledgling behavior seems to me to imply an early nesting and that these birds are heading north/west for the summer instead of south to nest: maybe they have nested already. Heh, I could be wrong.
   An earlier flock (2 weeks ago) I saw in Carpinteria seem to be same flock I saw the next day west in Goleta, the same count of 45 adults and 15 juveniles in both flocks seems quite a coincidence.
   The Goleta flock was in attendance of about 40 Brown Pelicans as well. Sure, they could have been just following the Pelicans west and then could/would head back south to nest...the dependent acting juveniles seems hard to explain after a whole season however.
   The last week has seen a few now and again, a high of 12 with 2 juveniles one day, but they are not staying there long.  

The dropping tide produced quite a show as a dozen DC Cormorants team fished in the shallow channel with 6-10 Snowy Egrets and two Great Blue herons in attendance, the whole plot making three passes from the exit back up to the intersection near the viewing stand.
At one point a Great Blue got over excited and landed in the deeper channel and had to swim to shore.. a slow and very elegant display it was too, only the second time I have ever seen one swim in 50 years of bird watching, I even got a picture this time. ('I meant to do that.')

      Another event: for the third time this week I have seen two GBH's dance. Whether romance or showdown I cannot say, but two about 25' apart on the sand were posed with tails arched up, their bills up at a 60 degree angle, one with neck plumes displayed, the stomachs and necks in a sweeping s-curve while they pivoted and walked slowly in a display circle. Both times (just) one would extend a wing out flat and slowly circle, then the other wing, then both wings while the other bird watched. There was no combative noise or behavior or chasing...only this magical display. Lucky me to see it!

  Earlier in the week a Eucalyptus fell from behind and to the east of the rookery, one of the live healthy trees toward the gas co. road at the east, I don't think nested in. The noise was like several gunshots and all the nesting 8-12 Herons were instantly in the air above the nests, and all the gulls and terns launched.   I heard it and saw the herons, a nearby walker was looking right at the tree when it fell across some wires and a fence.
Today the tree was chipped and no Herons or Egrets were on nests for 2-3 hours.

  The Peregrines have lately made a couple of short appearances but don't stay long.
A juvenile Red Tail seems to be settling in to the main park area trees, near the entrance, and in the  trees around the Ranger's cottages as well as on the light poles near the Hwy 217 bridge. I would guess it's likely related to the adult pair that circle the gas co. property.
cheers
Ken Hoesterey
 


Re: My Scope for Sale

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear Paul,

Thank you SO much for donating this scope to Santa Barbara Audubon Society!  This will be so helpful on our bird walks, kids' events, and other activities, and we really appreciate it!

Good Birding!

Janice Levasheff,
Membership Chair, Santa Barbara Audubon Society

On Monday, February 11, 2019, 7:27:39 PM PST, Paul Keller <496psk@...> wrote:


SBAS contacted me and has accepted my offer so my scope setup is no longer for sale.

> On Feb 11, 2019, at 12:00, Paul Keller via Groups.Io <496psk=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> I’m thinking of upgrading my scope setup but before I put my current setup on eBay I’ll tender it to all you sbcobirders.
>
> Bty, If any of you know of a conservation charity that could use this setup, let me know. (Last week I offered to donate it to SBAS but haven’t heard back,)
>
> Here are the particulars:
>
> Kowa Prominar tsn-4 fluorite lens straight-thru spotting scope
> TE-9Z 20-60X eyepiece
> Manfrotto 3211 aluminum tripod + Bogen 3126 screw-on head
> custom cloth carrying case
> glass solar-viewing filter that fits this 77mm scope
> The original 20-60X eyepiece and 25X long eye-relief eyepiece included.
>
> Condition is Used. Objective lens cap cracked yet still works. This model is not waterproof.
> This setup is plenty tall enough for me and I'm over 5' 10”.
> The TE-9Z eyepiece, that Kowa sells for $450, yields significantly better resolution at higher powers than the original.
>
> For now i’m asking $900.
>
> Paul Keller
> Vandenberg Village
> 805-291-0277
>
>




Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park

Steven Gaulin
 

... at the south end of Ward Drive. As Wes notes, please walk in: no cars!
Not the most exciting or scenic of venues but much better than some (unnamed) I've seen...

8 Ring-necked Ducks (5 males, 3 females)
1 winter-plumaged Pacific Loon (in the south-western lobe of the lake)
1 female Common Merganser (heavy bill, sharp delineation between rusty head and white throat, white chin, head plumage less "spiky" than Red-breasted)
Other more expected species were also present...

Wishing you the best of birds,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Black Road flooded fields

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Today this location was continuously covered from late this morning until 4:30pm with no sign of the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. The Sandhill crane is still present along with most of the other reported birds. Today’s high count for Herring Gull was 11 on one pass with a scope. Also of note for this location was 5 White-tailed Kites.
At the Santa Maria Sewage works one Lesser Yellowlegs was present with the many Greater Yellowlegs. A first winter Iceland ( Thayer’s) was also seen here.

I am sorry for the not so positive report, good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA


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- Sandhill Crane (5 reports)
- Lesser Black-backed Gull (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2019 13:52 by Seth Ontiveros
- 1564 Black Road, Santa Maria, California, US (34.933, -120.49), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9330763,-120.4900396&ll=34.9330763,-120.4900396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52617303
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 15:05 by Jamie Chavez
- Black Road Pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9316823,-120.489099&ll=34.9316823,-120.489099
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52612719
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. It was very close to the road this day feeding in the pasture immediately north of the pond."

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2019 09:09 by Mark Holmgren
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52615931
- Comments: "Big, long-legged gray bird. No further details available because the bird was 250 m away. Viewed by scope. Present since at least 12 Jan 2019, found by John Deacon."

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Julie Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52610366
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photo. At first in field east of flooded field. Later flew in close and foraged close to Black Road."

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Conor Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52581650
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photo. At first in field east of flooded field. Later flew in close and foraged close to Black Road."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 15:05 by Jamie Chavez
- Black Road Pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9316823,-120.489099&ll=34.9316823,-120.489099
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52612719
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "I met Conor and Julie at the Black Road pasture after receiving a message about a possible Lesser Black-backed Gull they had been looking at. After several minutes of scoping through all the gulls, it was located along the east shoreline of the pond. It was picked out by its very pale or whitish head and neck with contrasting all black bill. The bill looked rather straight and not especially large. It had a grayish area on the cheek below the eye. The lower belly and sides were marked with grayish spots at the sides of the neck and larger mottling along the sides and on the belly. It was intermediate in size somewhere between Herring Gull and Ring-billed Gull and was approximately the same size as a California Gull of which there were many nearby for direct comparison. It moved around and stood in profile for a short time where it showed fairly long wings extending beyond the end of the tail. Upperpart and wing patterning was noticeably checkered dark brown. Leg color was dull pinkish. Eventually, the bird flew and the large blackish tail band was seen. Upper wing pattern showed two dark bars and the primaries were very dark and nearly blackish. The bird returned to the water and wandered to the grass where it stood for a time and then settled down to roost. Total viewing time was about 45 minutes."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Conor Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52581650
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "This apparent first winter bird was very contrastingly dark and white (kind of a black and white look), with a bright whitish face and breast contrasting with darker back. Overall much less warm coloration than seen in neighboring immature gulls. On the light face, the area around the eye was smudged darker. The bill was all dark, straight-sided, and somewhat stubby. In the flight photos you can see a white rump contrasting with a thick dark tail band. Breast was pale with dark streaking or spotting mostly on breast sides. I only saw the bird from the side briefly. It showed what seemed like long wings that extended visibly out past the tail. I would have liked to have seen it at this angle for more time though. As seen in the flight shot, the inner primaries are dark, where a HEGU would have a lighter window here."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 12:43 by Julie Scotland
- Flooded Field, Black Rd (34.9319 -120.4899), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.931867,-120.489943&ll=34.931867,-120.489943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52610366
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "This apparent first winter bird was very contrastingly dark and white (kind of a black and white look), with a bright whitish face and breast contrasting with darker back. Overall much less warm coloration than seen in neighboring immature gulls. On the light face, the area around the eye was smudged darker. The bill was all dark, straight-sided, and somewhat stubby. Luckily, Julie was able to get flight photos, in which you can see a white rump contrasting with a thick dark tail band. Breast was pale with dark streaking or spotting mostly on breast sides. I only saw the bird from the side briefly. It showed what seemed like long wings that extended visibly out past the tail. I would have liked to have seen it at this angle for more time though. As seen in the flight shot, the inner primaries are dark, where a HEGU would have a lighter window here."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2019 09:55 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S52615417
- Comments: "Unable to photograph this bird. It was along the southern fence south of any ponds darting in and out of the cyclone fence. The bird’s behavior was most notable: it’s rear end bobbed up-and-down exposing bright yellow undertail coverts. I saw no yellow elsewhere in the body. Otherwise, the bird was conspicuously grayish-brown throughout. A long pale white supercilium was the most distinctive mark on the face. I am aware that this species is quite uncommon this distance (9.1 miles) from the coast of northern Santa Barbara County."

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Re: My Scope for Sale

Paul Keller
 

SBAS contacted me and has accepted my offer so my scope setup is no longer for sale.

On Feb 11, 2019, at 12:00, Paul Keller via Groups.Io <496psk=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I’m thinking of upgrading my scope setup but before I put my current setup on eBay I’ll tender it to all you sbcobirders.

Bty, If any of you know of a conservation charity that could use this setup, let me know. (Last week I offered to donate it to SBAS but haven’t heard back,)

Here are the particulars:

Kowa Prominar tsn-4 fluorite lens straight-thru spotting scope
TE-9Z 20-60X eyepiece
Manfrotto 3211 aluminum tripod + Bogen 3126 screw-on head
custom cloth carrying case
glass solar-viewing filter that fits this 77mm scope
The original 20-60X eyepiece and 25X long eye-relief eyepiece included.

Condition is Used. Objective lens cap cracked yet still works. This model is not waterproof.
This setup is plenty tall enough for me and I'm over 5' 10”.
The TE-9Z eyepiece, that Kowa sells for $450, yields significantly better resolution at higher powers than the original.

For now i’m asking $900.

Paul Keller
Vandenberg Village
805-291-0277


band-tailed pigeons at Miguelito Co Park

Don Tate
 

Monday 4:30 PM about 15 band-tailed pigeons in top branches (dead) of very tall living pine trees across the road from Miguelito Park south of Lompoc. I don't know if that's a routine occurrence or not, but there ya go.

Don Tate


Lesser Black-backed Gull - Black Rd Yesterday

Conor Scotland
 

Hi All,

Yesterday afternoon at the Black Rd. flooded field in Santa Maria, Julie and I observed what I thought at the time looked good for a 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull. Since then, others have chimed in in support of that identification.

The bird was mixed in with the main gull flock, flushing occasionally and returning to the field. Most of the time, it had it's head tucked away, under which circumstances it would be difficult to spot, so some patience may be required for anyone who looks for it. Jamie C showed up just before Julie and I left, and he was also able to see the bird.

Pictures and my notes in this ebird list: 

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara


Speed birding

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I went out today to look for ducks and gulls. I did manage to miss going to Laguna Blanca, dang.

Mission Creek Outflow,
No birds of note, just a few gulls and Black Skimmers.

Lauro Canyon Reservoir,
No Ducks,

San Marcos Foothills,
At least one Lewis’s Woodpecker
2 WT Kites, kinda interacting, possibly prospecting nest site.

La Pattera Ranch pond- - private
2 Ring-necked Ducks

LLC, entered from east side.
One Ring-necked Duck
A raft of Ruddy Ducks
Handful of Gulls, none of interest.
3 Tree Sesllows
One Mutant Swan, one Mute Swan, equaling 2 swans.
2 more feet of water and the lake will be full again, hooray!!!

GSD,
Mostly dominated by Gadwall & Mallards, then N Shovelers, 12 Blue-winged Teal, the hybrid Teal, 2 Lesser Scaup , a few gulls and a Spotted Sandpiper are my notable birds.

Goleta Beach,
All the expected gulls and one Royal Tern in the mix, one Horned Grebe and 2 Surf Scoters feeding on east side of pier.

Rancho Goleta - walk in, please.
5 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Greater Scaup and one unidentified scaup( Lesser) A female Merganser that has a thick strait bill and white throat patches, Red-breasted Merganser?

Atascadero Creek@ Ward Ave.
Nothing of interest, one Kingfisher and the sound of a couple Chestnut-backed Chickadees.

Devereux Slough,
The expected birds, but what seemed to be in lower numbers. There was a decent patch of gulls at NCOS, no I did not go out there.

Sandpiper Golf Course,
No ducks, there was a guy on a hookah line diving for golf balls, it was totally all messed up.

Refugio State Beach,
A mixed flock of 30 or so gulls and 12 Royal Terns. A gestamation of 50+ gulls rafting offshore.

Gaviota State Beach,
Just a few gulls and Cormorants could be seen on the pier from the train trestle, although a large raft of gulls were seen offshore.
The day use and campground are closed and all campground hosts are off property right now. The parking area is a muddy mess.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA


My Scope for Sale

Paul Keller
 

I’m thinking of upgrading my scope setup but before I put my current setup on eBay I’ll tender it to all you sbcobirders.

Bty, If any of you know of a conservation charity that could use this setup, let me know. (Last week I offered to donate it to SBAS but haven’t heard back,)

Here are the particulars:

Kowa Prominar tsn-4 fluorite lens straight-thru spotting scope
TE-9Z 20-60X eyepiece
Manfrotto 3211 aluminum tripod + Bogen 3126 screw-on head
custom cloth carrying case
glass solar-viewing filter that fits this 77mm scope
The original 20-60X eyepiece and 25X long eye-relief eyepiece included.

Condition is Used. Objective lens cap cracked yet still works. This model is not waterproof.
This setup is plenty tall enough for me and I'm over 5' 10”.
The TE-9Z eyepiece, that Kowa sells for $450, yields significantly better resolution at higher powers than the original.

For now i’m asking $900.

Paul Keller
Vandenberg Village
805-291-0277


Black Rd and North County

Mark Holmgren
 

Sandhill Crane is present this morning on Black Road north of Betteravia. Five species of expected gulls also present, none out of the ordinary. I will return there for another look later this morning.
A Palm Warbler at Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Full results posted to eBird later.
Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara 

On Feb 10, 2019, at 8:18 PM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

My original plan was to spend some time birding the trail towards Pt Sal for raptors. But I arrived to find the parks service had closed the trail and fenced it off. It seems like N. County parks are conspiring against me. Fortunately, the SMRE was open. I had 37 White Pelicans at the mouth and the gull flock here had 22 Herring and an adult Thayer's. The flooded fields by the entrance road had a lot of ducks included a Wood Duck and 2 BW Teals. At the flooded field along Black Rd, I saw the crane and more gulls.

I then checked out Ocean Park. The gull flock here was pretty small but had 13 Herring Gulls and an adult Black-legged Kittiwake. There are still plenty of Eared Grebes and a Horned Grebe and Pelagic Cormorant are still present. A cursory check of Sudden Rd failed to turn up any raptors of interest.

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


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*** Species Summary:

- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 11:33 by David Compton
- Black Rd north of Betteravia, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9305803,-120.4901161&ll=34.9305803,-120.4901161
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52572067
- Comments: "Continuing in field east of the flooded pasture. Tall, long-legged bird with large wing coverts drooping over flight feathers; overall gray with paler face and darker fore-crown down to eye. (My description originally said "red fore-crown," as it appeared that way from a distance. Good, more up close photos of this bird show it is not red n the fore crown. Not sure if it could be molting to red since these photos were taken, or if I just assumed it was red.) Bill a little shorter than that of nearby Great Egret, but less pointed and tapering."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 07:59 by Tommy Goodwin
- Happy Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6204067,-120.0126958&ll=34.6204067,-120.0126958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52557487
- Comments: "Sapsucker with no red on chest and red stripes around head. Vertical white line on side of bird. Did not photograph because I didn't think it was rare. Differentiated from YBSS by range and breast."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 07:59 by Jessie Goodwin
- Happy Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6204067,-120.0126958&ll=34.6204067,-120.0126958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52557488
- Comments: "Sapsucker with no red on chest and red stripes around head. Vertical white line on side of bird. Did not photograph because I didn't think it was rare. Differentiated from YBSS by range and breast."

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 11:00 by Peter Gaede
- Richardson Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.946546,-119.6853054&ll=34.946546,-119.6853054
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52573885
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male; photos."

Lucy's Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 09:49 by David Compton
- US-CA-Santa Barbara-222 Pesetas Ln, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443102,-119.758168&ll=34.443102,-119.758168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52559530
- Comments: "Continuing. description to come. In tipu trees in the CenCal lot, just northeast and east of the office building."

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n. County

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

My original plan was to spend some time birding the trail towards Pt Sal for raptors. But I arrived to find the parks service had closed the trail and fenced it off. It seems like N. County parks are conspiring against me. Fortunately, the SMRE was open. I had 37 White Pelicans at the mouth and the gull flock here had 22 Herring and an adult Thayer's. The flooded fields by the entrance road had a lot of ducks included a Wood Duck and 2 BW Teals. At the flooded field along Black Rd, I saw the crane and more gulls.

I then checked out Ocean Park. The gull flock here was pretty small but had 13 Herring Gulls and an adult Black-legged Kittiwake. There are still plenty of Eared Grebes and a Horned Grebe and Pelagic Cormorant are still present. A cursory check of Sudden Rd failed to turn up any raptors of interest.

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Santa Barbara Lucy's, Santa Maria Sandhill Crane, and misc

Dave Compton
 

I checked several far-flung places on the north and south coasts this morning. After the rain stopped, I checked Peseta Lane (off Calle Real in Santa Barbara), where the Lucy's Warbler was feeding in Tipuana tipu trees in the CenCal lot, just east and northeast of the building. Tons of Yellow-rumped Warblers were active in the iron-bark eucalyptus across the street, in the lot at the Sansum Clinic, but this species was virtually absent in the tipu trees.

Later, I was at Black Rd in Santa Maria, where I caught up with the Sandhill Crane, which showed up in the recently mowed field to the east of the pasture, just as I was about to leave. An Iceland (Thayer's) Gull was with the gull flock, which included at least 150 Mew Gulls (probably more), 15 Herrings, and 5 Westerns, with a handful of Ring-billeds and more than 100 Californias. Seven Snow Goose were also present.

What makes this spot so great for me is how variable the bird assemblage must be. Not only do birds seem to shuttle between this location and other nearby habitats (such as, presumably, the sewage plant up the road), but water levels rise and fall with the weather, changing the nature of the attractant. I saw far fewer shorebirds today, more gulls, and a completely different assemblage of ducks compared with two weeks ago. Also, I saw a bunch of snipe here two weeks ago, but none today. I suppose there are a lot more places for them to go, now, compared with two weeks ago.

A couple of other notes from random stops: I checked the "A Street ponds" (aka, Getty Basin) on the east side of A St north of Betteravia. All I saw here were several dozen coots and five American Wigeons.

At Gaviota State Beach, I thought I might see some gulls on the beach in the stormy conditions. The gate to the campground was closed, mud was all over the campground, and (having walked down from the bluffs west of the campground) I found that the beach was pretty much stripped away and supported no gulls at all. I did not even see a gull on the pier. Lots of debris on the beach. I really not a pleasant stop at the moment.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6)
- Reported Feb 09, 2019 13:38 by Bradley Hacker
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52529654
- Comments: "Continuing "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (8)
- Reported Feb 08, 2019 08:39 by Peter Colasanti
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52537292
- Comments: "photos 2 adults, 6 juveniles"

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 09, 2019 14:22 by John Callender
- Richardson Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.946546,-119.6853054&ll=34.946546,-119.6853054
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52534325
- Comments: "Male. Unmistakable. Loosely associating with a pair of Nuttall’s Woodpeckers and a Red-breasted Sapsucker in the bare trees near the footbridge over the creek, not far from the entrance."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Feb 09, 2019 09:53 by John Callender
- 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/S52534218
- Comments: "Spizella sparrows with small beak, weak face pattern, complete white eye ring, streaked nape."

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White-header Woodpecker at Richardson Park

John Callender
 

Today I birded the Cuyama Valley, hoping to see the male White-headed Woodpecker that was seen at Richardson Park on Wednesday afternoon. He wasn’t there when I looked around 7:30 a.m., but I tried again at 2:30 p.m. and there he was. What a gorgeous bird!

 

He was with a pair of Nuttall’s Woodpeckers and a Red-breasted Sapsucker, the same as he was on Wednesday. They were in the bare trees near the footbridge close to the park entrance.

 

I didn’t see the Clay-colored Sparrow previously reported from the park, but apparently I was looking in the wrong spot. I was sifting through the White-crowned Sparrows in and around the creek channel, but I’ve since heard I should have been looking for the Clay-colored associating with a group of Chipping Sparrows on the ball field.

 

John Callender

Carpinteria

 


Re: Black Road flooded field

Cher Hollingworth
 

I stopped by the field on the way to bird Oso Flaco.
The crane was there about 09:30 or 10.
It's a lot easier to see with no weeds.


-----Original Message-----
From: Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 12:03 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Black Road flooded field

SB Birders,

I made a trip up to Santa Maria to look for the Tropical Kingbird that I heard a couple days ago on  Furukawa Way, I did not see any kingbirds.
  It is still a little muddy on the west side of Black Road for parking, but you still can park there safely.
  Today I missed the Crane again, but invested little effort. They have cut the tall weeds/grass in the back fields where I have seen it on 2 visits. This flooded field has a great turnover of birds. Today 16 Sanderlings, down to 2 Snow Geese, 4 Bufflehead in the mix of ducks. A good number of gulls were hanging out. I saw 2 Glaucous-winged Gulls a Gull that looked very much like a Thayer’s along with all the previous mentioned birds.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA



Black Road flooded field

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I made a trip up to Santa Maria to look for the Tropical Kingbird that I heard a couple days ago on Furukawa Way, I did not see any kingbirds.
It is still a little muddy on the west side of Black Road for parking, but you still can park there safely.
Today I missed the Crane again, but invested little effort. They have cut the tall weeds/grass in the back fields where I have seen it on 2 visits. This flooded field has a great turnover of birds. Today 16 Sanderlings, down to 2 Snow Geese, 4 Bufflehead in the mix of ducks. A good number of gulls were hanging out. I saw 2 Glaucous-winged Gulls a Gull that looked very much like a Thayer’s along with all the previous mentioned birds.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA


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- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2019 08:00 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S52490453
- Comments: "Female. Feeding in gum. Chatter call. Very pale individual. Extensive white breast."

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Re: Owl calling at 6 pm tonight at East Beach

Marissa DeVille
 

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 7:08 PM Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:
That’s most likely a Western Screech Owl. 

Wim

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 19:07 Ria Marsh via Groups.Io <rrsmarsh=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
I heard the bouncing ball call of an owl as I returned home at El Escorial tonight at 6:05 pm.  Can someone help with this?  I heard this call once before quite a while ago.  Can’t remember when it was.
Ria Marsh
East Beach



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