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Re: Refugio frigatebird

Kate McCurdy
 

I did not have my binoculars with me yesterday (gasp!) but was driving Jalama Road and caught a glimpse of a large bird with a split tail soaring low over a ridge. it might have been a raptor carrying nesting material but the first thought that pooped into my mind was “frigate bird!”. Anyway, keep your eyes out (and remember your binoculars!) while in the Jalama area. 

Kate 

Kate McCurdy
Reserve Manager
Sedgwick Natural Reserve
3566 Brinkerhoff Ave
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 729-7981
http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu


On Mar 13, 2019, at 10:03 AM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:

Hi folks,

This morning, Wes Fritz reported a Magnificent Frigatebird flying east, up the coast from Refugio State Beach. He later searched east to El Capitan, but could not refind it. No additional word.

Dave

Refugio frigatebird

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

This morning, Wes Fritz reported a Magnificent Frigatebird flying east, up the coast from Refugio State Beach. He later searched east to El Capitan, but could not refind it. No additional word.

Dave

Possible American Tree Sparrow

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Shawn,
You might pull together the details of what you DID see and we might make progress with that. For example, what was the overall coloration of the bird? What patterning did you see? Was the bill dark or light or bi-colored? Tail length, etc.  
In the future, remember that smart phones can make reasonably good recordings of bird vocalizations.

Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara 

On Mar 13, 2019, at 8:09 AM, Shawn McVicar <shawnmcvic@...> wrote:

This morning on my way into work I saw a sparrow perched on top of a tree. The clear breast with a single black spot made me think Lark sparrow, but when I got my bins on it it definitely was not. All the field marks point to American Tree sparrow, but I'm nervous about reporting a bird in ebird that shows as rare and has only 7 reported sightings in BOSBC, though a couple are in my area. It was on Timber lane, between Highway 1 and Mountain View Rd. near the Vandenberg main gate. I heard it singing, and it sounded very much like the song in my Sibley app. It flew off before I could get my camera out, so I have no pictures. Before posting, does anyone have any other ideas of what it could be? This would be a life bird for me, so I want to be sure. 

Thanks! 
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Buellton, Ca

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Possible American Tree Sparrow

Shawn McVicar
 

This morning on my way into work I saw a sparrow perched on top of a tree. The clear breast with a single black spot made me think Lark sparrow, but when I got my bins on it it definitely was not. All the field marks point to American Tree sparrow, but I'm nervous about reporting a bird in ebird that shows as rare and has only 7 reported sightings in BOSBC, though a couple are in my area. It was on Timber lane, between Highway 1 and Mountain View Rd. near the Vandenberg main gate. I heard it singing, and it sounded very much like the song in my Sibley app. It flew off before I could get my camera out, so I have no pictures. Before posting, does anyone have any other ideas of what it could be? This would be a life bird for me, so I want to be sure. 

Thanks! 
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Buellton, Ca

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Farren Raod

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked Farren Road this morning early before the wind came up.  It was a beautiful hike.  Though not very birdy, there were some nice sightings, the best probably being a Loggerhead Shrike.  I found this bird sitting on the cross-arm of the utility pole at the parking area at the top of the first hill.  From there it flew into the eucalyptus trees and I eventually lost sight of it.  It was also nice to find about 10 Meadowlarks in the lowest field.

I found a few Swallows (Violet Green and Rough-winged) but not the flocks that one sometimes finds near the reservoir.  I heard a Roadrunner calling from the avocado grove just uphill from the reservoir, but did not see it. I also did not see or hear any Common Ground Doves.  A male Allen's Hummer in the lower stretches was nice.  Not much in the way of waterfowl on the reservoir--looked like about 5 coots.  No sign of Hooded Orioles yet at the end of the road.

The hills are very green and there is abundant grass; however, I did not see much mustard coming up.  These fields were grazed earlier this winter and thus the mustard plants may have been eaten.  At any rate, I suspect the lack of mustard and other tall weeds may mean that this are will not be as great for Lazuli Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks as it can in some years.

This is not a big wildflower area; however, I found Lupine coming up along the roadside in places, a nice clump of Blue-eyed grass under an oak, and the roadcut in the oak woodland section had a very early Calochortus in bloom and some Indian Paintbrush.

Florence Sanchez

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- Swainson's Hawk (1 report)

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Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 11, 2019 10:00 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
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- Comments: "FOS"

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Hermit Warbler resighted in yard

Peter Schneekloth
 

Not seen since Jan 18th I just saw again  a Hermit Warbler in my yard. Seems all but certain this bird wintered here.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2019 09:00 by Tom Beland
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3967,-119.5275), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.396718,-119.527499&ll=34.396718,-119.527499
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53671524
- Comments: "They have been here for over three months. Yellow on the head. They have been seen by many birders. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2019 15:20 by Conor Scotland
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53685388
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo. Kingbird with bright yellow belly, large bill, and forked tail."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2019 15:20 by Julie Scotland
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53687626
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo. Kingbird with bright yellow belly, large bill, and forked tail."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 09, 2019 10:45 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53655690
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "According to Jamie Chavez this bird has been seen for the last few months on and off between the bird refuge and the SB cemetary. The large and thick bill were critical in changing the ID."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Mar 10, 2019 14:12 by Jelmer Poelstra
- 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/S53686209
- Comments: "Continuing. Small, fairly long-tailed, pale buffish brown and drab sparrows with unstreaked underparts."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Mar 10, 2019 14:12 by Bas van Schooten
- 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/S53692049
- Comments: "Continuing. Small, fairly long-tailed, pale buffish brown and drab sparrows with unstreaked underparts."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2019 15:37 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/S53683704
- Comments: "Heard the distinctive pi-tik-tik call of the continuing female in oak behind EITS aviary, and saw it briefly as it flew across over the Sprague Pavilion. Very surprised it's still here."

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gobbler near Vandenberg Village

Don Tate
 

Sunday dusk off the SW corner of Vandenberg Village an unseen turkey was gobbling down W. C. Fields Creek on an islet of Vandenberg AFB property, downstream (S toward SY River) from Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve.

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Surfbird etc.

Noah Gaines
 

Yesterday 3.9.19, I checked the harbor looking for the loon. I searched through the slips but could not find it. I did not make it to the harbor mouth because I was distracted by a photogenic Surfbird along the breakwater.

Today, I was watched an impressive migration of Painted Ladies from near state and Ontare. There was an average of 30 butterflies moving through per minute. They were all flying NW and none were stopping. At their peak, they hit rates of one a second! By the time I left, they were slowing down. In 2.5 hours, this makes roughly 4,500 butterflies!

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA

White Pelican

Rob Hofberg
 

There was one White Pelican and 3 long-billed curlews bear the mouth of the Goleta slough about 1:30. Near the pier there was one Pacific loon and one red-throated loon. 

Rob Hofberg 

Santa Barbara Audubon - March 2019 - Upcoming Events

Alexandra Loos
 

Greetings!

 

Our upcoming events this month:

 

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Field Trip: Rancho Santa Barbara

Trip Leader: Rob Lindsay

Enjoy ranch owners Lee Carr and his brother Charles Carr’s hospitality at one of the best inland winter birding areas in the county!

Target Birds: Geese, Common Goldeneye, Wood Duck, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Clark’s Grebe, American White Pelican, Other water birds & passerines.

Please check website for carpooling and meeting time information.

 

Friday, March 22, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Friday Bird Walk: Elings Park

Target Birds: Target Birds: Raptors, Song Birds, Juncos, Warblers, Finches, Hutton Vireos, California Thrashers & Others.

 

Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Evening Program: An Alternative to Rodenticides: Ventura County’s Raptor Pilot Study for Levee Protection

 

Due to trail conditions, Field Trips or Bird Walks locations are subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

 

All are welcome. Please join us! 

 

Happy Birding!

 

Alex


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Rufous Hummingbird

Peter Schneekloth
 

My first other than Anna's at the feeders this morning!! Appeared to be a male Rufous.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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- Common Merganser (1 report)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 08, 2019 17:21 by Conor Scotland
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53616040
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female"

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 09, 2019 07:57 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S53654109
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Judging from previous posts with images, continuing bird initially reported by an anonymous ebirder on 2/6/19"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 09, 2019 07:28 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/S53630105
- Comments: "Huge bill. Bright yellow up to throat. Lacking Cassin’s and Western field marks."

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Andree Clark Bird Refuge this morning

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I birded the whole perimeter of lake hoping to find the common merganser reported yesterday - but didn't.  There were lots of birds including 4 Ring-necked ducks, Mallards, Ruddy, Shovelers, two Pied-billed Grebes, Song and White-crowned sparrows, swallows including Northern Rough-winged and tree, a lovely kingbird (Cassin's ?) and a juvenile Cooper's Hawk that flew in and perched briefly before flying off again.  I had good views of the Condor at the zoo spreading its wings.
On my back deck feeder I had my first Purple Finch among the abundant House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches.


Re: Interesting loon

Ken Hoesterey
 

It may be the same bird that has been around the bait barge for the past few weeks, I recently saw it was heavily oiled/tarred on one under side (left I think) and Jim from WCNetwork has been monitoring it, but it stays to near the water to 'rescue, as of yesterday he had not caught it, but he did catch two Grebes also heavily tarred from the same time period. Hopefully they can be cleaned and fixed up and released but with grebes and Loons they are to fast until; it is too late to help them.
It has a very thin upturned bill and other than the tarred feathers looks and acts healthy and hasn't been seen grooming the tar.
So let's keep an eye out for it, fingers crossed.
Ken Hoesterey

Re: Interesting loon

Jamie Chavez
 

Thanks for posting this, Noah. This bird should definitely be looked for again! I had an "interesting" loon scoped off the SB Cemetery bluff during the CBC in January. See my checklist below with poor photos. Recall that it was windy and rainy that day and there was a lot of wind chop offshore so I was not able to get good photos. My loon also showed white on the sides as well which was a prominent feature for finding it. The loon on the waterfront may well be the same bird. Paul felt the white was too far forward for an Arctic but nothing else that might point to this species could really be seen in my photos. Better photos and looks should be attempted.


Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 9:57 AM Noah Gaines <Noahgaines@...> wrote:
3.9.19

I took a walk down by the waterfront today. It is super busy with lots of events. The usual stuff at mission creek outflow and the harbor. Including 3 Red-throated Loons.

As I was walking from sea landing to the parking lot entrance I found an interesting loon. It was in the water quite close to the walkway the goes along the pay lot. between the bathrooms.

This was a pacific/arctic type loon that was relaxing in the water. It was leaning to one side and the side that was up showed extensive white in a round shape. The side that was down, also showed some bright white feathers.  Neck thickness etc. was hard to determine and I was rushing for my ride. No photos.

Noah
Santa Barbara CA





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Santa Maria, CA

Interesting loon

Noah Gaines
 

3.9.19

I took a walk down by the waterfront today. It is super busy with lots of events. The usual stuff at mission creek outflow and the harbor. Including 3 Red-throated Loons.

As I was walking from sea landing to the parking lot entrance I found an interesting loon. It was in the water quite close to the walkway the goes along the pay lot. between the bathrooms.

This was a pacific/arctic type loon that was relaxing in the water. It was leaning to one side and the side that was up showed extensive white in a round shape. The side that was down, also showed some bright white feathers. Neck thickness etc. was hard to determine and I was rushing for my ride. No photos.

Noah
Santa Barbara CA

Re: Bird Refuge

Jamie Chavez
 

Thanks for the report, Conor. 

In fact, some of us had a recent offline discussion about Common Merganser reports in eBird and one takeaway was to set the filter to zero for all months which I have just done in order to catch any and all checklist submissions of this species. Not that Common Merganser is not regularly recorded inland, but valid coastal sightings are so infrequent that when these do pop up in eBird at a coastal location somewhere it is often the result of misidentified Red-breasted Mergansers (females in particular). Very few of which ever come with species comments, a description or photos. Many females can be difficult to ID. Just know that going forward if you see a Common Merganser along the coast somewhere which is not out of the question just be prepared to enter species comments in your checklist or report it to the group as Conor has done. Anything entered from the interior of the county on freshwater we will likely validate as these are expected. We don't seem to have the reverse issue of Red-breasted Mergansers being reported inland although these would equally be as rare and should also be entered with comments or photos. Read through Paul Lehman's The Birds of SB County to understand the status of these two in the county.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA



On Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Yours is the first documented Common Merganser in eBird from Andree Clark Bird Refuge.  Of course, eBird only catches a fraction of what is seen locally, but an increasingly larger fraction.
Two other submissions were made on Dec 26, 1990 and Apr 21, 2016 to eBird. Both lacked documentation (description or photos), documentation was requested, but not provided, and both were subsequently discounted.  Thus, they do not appear on eBird searches.
Congratulations, Conor. 

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

On Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 6:55 PM Conor Scotland <scotland.conor@...> wrote:
There was a female Common Merganser at the Bird Refuge this evening. At least on eBird, it doesn't seem that any have been previously reported at this location.


Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara



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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6)
- Reported Mar 08, 2019 17:30 by Shantanu Phukan
- 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/S53618549
- Comments: "2 adults and the rest were juveniles"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6)
- Reported Mar 08, 2019 17:24 by John Callender
- 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/S53615130
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing along the bank of the Franklin Creek channel south of the footbridge. Birds in the photos are numbered 1 to 6 by distance from the bridge, 1 being closest."

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 08, 2019 11:00 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/S53610320
- Comments: "Continues next to home plate"

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