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- Nashville Warbler (1 report)

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Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2019 16:39 by John Callender
- 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/S53364430
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge over Santa Monica Creek. Gray hood, green back, complete white eye ring, yellow throat and breast."

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Re: American White Pelican

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi, The Magnificent Seven White Pelicans were resting and preening at the Goleta Slough outlet beach under the GBH rookery.
Many visitors were very happy to see them there, all seem to have a degree of bump on their upper bills.
They seemed very comfortable except for when a beach walker walked along the cliff and then  to the end of the sand under the rookery, they moved out into the water until he left, other than that they were cozy.
Cheers
Ken Hoesterey


Mountain Chickadee in the Westside

Hugh Ranson
 

Hot on the heels of the Pygmy Nuthatch at the Gaede abode, I was surprised to hear and then see a Mountain Chickadee near the south-east corner of the La Cumbre Junior High campus, specifically at the intersection of Portesuello and Vista Del Campo.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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- Sandhill Crane (2 reports)
- Merlin (Black) (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 09:20 by Bruce Mast
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53285693
- Comments: "Large gray bird with red forehead in back field"

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 08:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53297592
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Based upon previous photos and descriptions provided by other birders a continuing bird originally reported by John Deacon on Jan 12, 2019. Bird observed in far east end of pasture on slope below hoop house structures."

Merlin (Black) (Falco columbarius suckleyi) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9350598,-119.7259998&ll=34.9350598,-119.7259998
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53294890
- Comments: "Inky black, almost devoid of markings below"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 13:30 by Bruce Mast
- Santa Maria Country Club (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9085722,-120.4402547&ll=34.9085722,-120.4402547
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53295084
- Comments: "Flycatcher coming into red plumage. Along East fenceline next to SE pond near hole 4."

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Re: American White Pelican

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi
As of 4 o'clock the seven were there still, team feeding (3) and the three on the bank resting and one exploring. The fishing three then went around the corner up the Atascadero Creek arm, still Team Swimming.
  It is terrific to watch them fish and do their thing...next to the Cormorants they are giants!
Kingfisher was there on the wire hoping to see thru the fast muddy water.

When I got there at 11 am the juvenile Red Tail was drying out on the phone pole, watched carefully by the local neighborhood watch. He flew as the crow and two blackbirds started after him.
This juvenile that is likely the offspring of the Gas Company pair that was flying as a threesome last fall. The Goleta Beach Park is his new territory, so far. The park staff said he had been seen  harassing the Night Herons.
If he was in the surf perhaps he is now learning about shorebirds?
Good luck to him, he'll need it.
cheers
Ken Hoesterey


Re: American White Pelican

Marge and Don Thornton
 

This morning we saw the White Pelicans from the viewing platform at Goleta Beach. There were five at the conjuction of the creeks and one breeding male on bank opposite the platform.   While viewing the Pelicans, a citizen stopped to tell us that there was a damaged 'eagle' on the beach.  What we found was a thoroughly bedraggled juvenile Red-tailed Hawk who was able to eventually fly away.  A few pictures are here:



Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta CA


Re: American White Pelican

Dave Compton
 

At least 4 today seen from Ward Memorial Blvd, in the Atascadero Creek Channel near the confluence with San Pedro Creek. I assume this is the general area where Steve saw his 7, yesterday.

Around Goleta, I didn't find a lot of gulls today, from checking Goleta Beach, Devereux, and North Campus Open Space. Duck numbers at Goleta Slough--Basin K, Basin L/M, Basin A (viewed from the east campus entrance)--were surprisingly low. Or, maybe not surprising, considering how much habitat there must be now for the ducks to spread out in. No sign of the "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Mar 2, 2019 at 11:38 AM Steven Gaulin <gaulin@...> wrote:
Following up on Peter's recent post, it's probably not surprising that 7 American White Pelican's were visible from the viewing platform at Goleta Slough about 5:00 PM yesterday, March 1.

Good birding, everyone,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


American White Pelican

Steven Gaulin
 

Following up on Peter's recent post, it's probably not surprising that 7 American White Pelican's were visible from the viewing platform at Goleta Slough about 5:00 PM yesterday, March 1.

Good birding, everyone,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


"Cassiar's" Junco at my feeder yesterday 3/1/19

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All: This proves that even if you’re homebound, you can learn more about birds! I began watching my backyard (where I have a couple of seed feeders and a small water feature) & doing a bird list regularly. In fact, on the SB CBC, I first saw this bird (January 5, ’19) and passed it off as a weird hybrid of a Slate-colored Junco.
Ha!
The bird appears irregularly, but yesterday, when Florence Sanchez was over watching the feeders from the deck, I showed her this “weird” junco, and she immediately recalled Peter Schneekloth’s post to sbcobirding awhile back about a similar bird he’d found at Nojoqui. Peter was most helpful in filling me in on the facts, plus he has photos, which I don’t have….yet. When I get them will add to yesterday’s list and post.
This junco looks like a Slate-colored, but the hood and back are not the concolorous (sp?) dark gray. The hood contrasts darker black than the gray back. The underparts are clean white and the outer tail feathers are white, too.
If you look in the big Sibley, he’s got a plate that shows what he calls the Canadian/Rocky Mountains subspecies. I believe the feeling is that there’s a certain population of J. hyemalis cismontanus, Slate-colored Junco, which is called “cassiar” because it has the contrasting hood and little if no brownish tones on the back. It has been recognized as a distinct breeding population & therefore is a candidate for a subspecies. You can google Cassiar’s Junco & get some images online.
So that’s my rainy day story! You never know what you’ll find when you start to look more closely at common birds. And thanks to Peter Schneekloth for his help & careful observations,
Good birding!
Joan Lentz


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*** Species Summary:

- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Surfbird (1 report)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2019 12:05 by George Chapman
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53271359
- Comments: "Continuing. Crane with red forehead cap."

Surfbird (Calidris virgata) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2019 10:46 by john bishop
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53268251
- Comments: "Small gray bird with stout bill foraging on boulders near wave line"

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2019 15:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S53268350
- Comments: "Continuing. Seems to show up mid-to-late afternoon in the area near the ballpark. Feeding quietly at sapsucker holes. Best found by listening for Sapsucker or Nuttall's calls."

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Lawrence's Goldfinch - backyard birdbath

Peter Schneekloth
 

Just had a single male Lawrence's Goldfinch stop in at my water bath, hoping for more and that they stick of course!! 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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*** Species Summary:

- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2019 10:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53229502
- Comments: "Distant view"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Feb 28, 2019 11:21 by Dave Ward
- 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/S53231279
- Comments: "Sitting on the bank by the bridge. "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2019 08:50 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53234932
- Comments: "Continuing and documented bird. Continues at its favorite willow tree at the east side of the southeast pond near the #4 green."

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American White Pelican - Over Hollister Ave at Airport

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had a single American White Pelican at 3:15 this afternoon flying S over Hollister Ave near the airport tower. 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Ducking off in SMV

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I set out late this morning to see how many “ male “
Cinnamon Teal I could find and count one by one. It was a great day for this project due to the lack of wind. I did not venture west of Hwy 1. So, I left a lot of great habitat unchecked.

I walked into the Tanglewood Ponds, yes it was pretty muddy and disappointing. This pond has been the most consistent body of water for seeing large numbers of Canvasback Ducks for about 20 years. Today it was pretty much void of ducks with the highlight being 28 American Wigeon.

Black Road Flooded Fields,
I checked this location 2 times today because of the continuous turnover. One Mew Gull and the Crane were present along with most of the shorebirds. No Snow Geese. Today I saw 3 Western Sandpipers there which was a little surprising.

Santa Maria Sewage Works,
All the same birds reported over the last month, but 5 Western Sandpipers were new.

Retention Basin @ Canal & Blosser,
The 28ish Canvasbacks are still hanging out, but the numbers of Ring-necked Ducks have dropped considerably.

James May Park,
4 American White Pelicans, no Gulls.

Los Alamos Sewage Works,
One Common Goldeneye and 30+American Wigeon, and 2 Western Sandpipers.

A Farm Pond a few miles West of Los Alamos on Hwy 135 had 12 Ring-necked Ducks and 8 Redheads. This pond has been good in the past for Canvasbacks.

The final tally on the male Cinnamon Teal was 158 individuals.

Also of note, there is a sign posted for development at the corner of Zaca Station Road and Hwy 154. Anyway, this has been a nesting territory for Golden Eagles for several years. The nest can be seen if you know where to look.

Good birding,

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


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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 26, 2019 08:15 by Mario Borunda
- 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/S53190199
- Comments: "continuing . . . ."

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2019 15:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S53205008
- Comments: "Continues. Next to ballpark"

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Area “L” UCSB Eurasian Green-winged Teal

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
Here are two distant images of the “ Common Teal”





I failed to mention in my first post that I hit up Refugio State Beach twice today, no birds worth reporting.

LLC, was pretty bleak too. The Mute Swans were absent today as well. The water level has seemed to of dropped a few inches, so we will need a couple of more feet to fill this lake.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA


Light rain birding in SB

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I stoped off at Mission Creek Outflow, it had a decent number of gulls and Terns, but nothing of note.

Laguna Blanca,
4 Wood Ducks, 4 Lesser Scaup, one Greater Scaup, 18 Ring-necked Ducks. 20ish American Wigeon along with the other expected waterfowl. A few gulls, Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows.

Goleta Beach,
Lots of gulls, terns and pelicans. Only thing of note was about 20
Mew Gulls which seemed way higher than normal and one Glaucous-winged Gull.

GSD,
It was fairly interesting. They were moving water from one lagoon to another, which was extra stinky! Definitely worth the price of admission. OK, birds of note, one Red-throated Loon in the most southern cement pond. 41 Black-necked Stilts, one Gray-headed Orange-crowned Warbler near front door in Bottlebrush. The Franken-Teal was gone, but 6 Blue-winged Teal were present with just a few of the other ducks that were not flushed due to their project. Sorry no photos, it’s raining, it has to be really good.

Rancho Goleta,
* walk in please* Way crazy here today, first Franken-Teal was visiting from GSD. 2 Lesser Scaup, no-nada Common Merganser. Now the crazy part. 3 “three” Red-throated Loons and what looks like a Pacific Loon. I must see this mystery loon later today at home.

UCSB, area K and L,
Area K is still fairly ducky, but area L was going off with ducks and my best duck of the day was a Eurasian Green-winged Teal. I did manage some OK distant photos, I can put one up on the SB list serve if anybody wants to see it.

Good birding.

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


Summer Tanager continues at SBMNH

Rebecca Coulter
 

Just heard a Summer Tanager calling outside my office window at MacVeagh House, but it disappeared in the drizzle. Presumably this is the same bird that overwintered here.

Rebecca Coulter
SB


Valley finds - Slate-colored Junco Los Alamos

Peter Schneekloth
 

Hoped to get away from the rain by going a bit north so I drove over Drum Canyon to Los Alamos Park where I found a Slate-colored Junco. Photo here if of interest:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40266429893/in/dateposted-public/ 

E bird list here.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53196815

When I got home I was surprised to see a White-tailed Kite perched just outside my back window. I had seen a few cruising back and forth across the neighborhood for the last few weeks, never expected to have one perch so nearby.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/33355707128/in/dateposted-public/


Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


SB Audubon: NEWS FLASH!! Program Change for this Evening!

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear all,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that our planned speaker for this evening, Steve Evans, is unavailable.

Instead, we will show the movie "Pale Male" - the story of some famous feathered New York City residents: a red-tailed hawk and his mates over the years. Other surprises may be in store as well.

Program will still be in Farrand Hall.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  It's free and open to all.  Please join us!

Best Regards,

Janice Levasheff
Membership Chair, Santa Barbara Audubon Society