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Re: Willows Anchorage (Santa Cruz Island) trip with Island Packers on Saturday, May 11

John Callender
 

Regarding the "family group" of Common Murres I reported above, a helpful commenter has pointed out some relevant aspects of Common Murre life history: each clutch consists of a single egg, and the male parent (only) accompanies the chick at sea. Looking at the photos (and several other fuzzier photos of the same group) with a critical eye, I'm no longer convinced that any of the birds are noticeably smaller than the others. I now think the apparent size differences I was seeing in the photos could be artifacts of the birds' relative positions, postures, and poor image quality. 
 
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: Willows Anchorage (Santa Cruz Island) trip with Island Packers on Saturday, May 11

Mark Holmgren
 

John, this is a beautiful assemblage of notes, a very conscientious use of eBird capabilities.
But I have some thoughts on the songs and calls in your Willows Anchorage checklist (11 May, 10:47am).
What you've labeled as songs of  Orange-crowned Warbler has 3 songs of OcWa, and the songs of 2 different Spotted Towhees.  In my opinion, there is perhaps more variation in the songs of OcWa on Santa Cruz Island than in SB County.  These 3 songs seem pretty typical to me.
 What you've labeled as songs of Yellow Warbler are,  think, just a variant of OcWa.
Your passerine sp. songs are hard for me to identify.  They sound a lot like the introductory notes of a Bewick's Wren.  I don't want to speculate further based on just 3 notes.
Mark


On Sun, May 12, 2019 at 5:45 PM John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:

I had a lot of fun going on the Island Packers trip to Willows Anchorage on the south side of Santa Cruz Island yesterday. This was a trip Island Packers has only done a few times so far, in which they ferry passengers to the beach using inflatables and give a naturalist-led walk on the island. Noteworthy things from a bird standpoint:

* On the trip over I observed and photographed a family group of six Common Murres (two adults and four smaller offspring) just north of Anacapa Passage at roughly (34.097831, -119.467209). I originally reported them as being in Ventura County, but after checking I believe they were across the line in Santa Barbara County. I'm not sure if this counts as evidence of local breeding; Lehman's BOSBC describes them as rare to very rare on the South Coast in summer, with the nearest known breeding colony in Monterey County, but he also mentions that chicks have been known to travel large distances with their parents. Maybe this group traveled to where I saw them from somewhere further north? I'd be interested in hearing people's perspective on that. Photos in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159431

* An adult Bald Eagle was visible soaring above the ridge northeast of the anchorage as we arrived at Willows Anchorage. Later I was able to hike about a mile up the canyon, which had flowing water for most of that distance. There were a large number of Spotted Towhees, as well as smaller numbers of Wilson's, Yellow, and Orange-crowned Warblers, singing along the creek. I heard a vocalization in the riparian area that I didn't recognize; it consisted of a repeated series of three fairly musical, medium-pitch, down-slurred notes. I wasn't able to see the singer, but I made a recording that is in the eBird list below; again, I'd be very interested if anyone is willing to offer feedback on it:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159581

* On the boat ride back we passed a large flock of Sooty Shearwaters that I estimated at 600 birds. It was in the southwest part of Anacapa Passage at roughly (34.006482, -119.523860). We didn't linger, and at high speed I wasn't able to spot any other shearwater species mixed in with them. This technically wasn't a birding-focused trip, and it turns out that for a pelagic-birding novice like me sifting quickly through lots of shearwaters without the benefit of expert help is hard. :-)  Some photos in the following eBird list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159622

* Later on the way back we had nice views of a blue whale. We were in Ventura County waters at the time, but we followed the whale as it headed west such that we briefly re-entered Santa Barbara County before we turned away and headed back toward Ventura. Whale photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johncallender/albums/72157708404380445

All my eBird lists from the day (including the Ventura County portions) are below.

* Ventura Harbor and departure: 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159374
* E. Santa Barbara Channel (Ventura County): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159411
* Anacapa Passage (Santa Barbara County) to Scorpion Harbor, including the Common Murre family group: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159431
* Scorpion Harbor: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159452
* Anacapa Passage (Santa Barbara County): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159468
* Motoring west along the south side of Santa Cruz Island: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159488
* Willows Anchorage: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159581
* Return leg 1, to the beginning of Anacapa Passage: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159593
* Return leg 2, Anacapa Passage (including Sooty Shearwaters): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159622
* Return leg 3, Ventura County waters: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159808
* Return leg 4, brief backtrack into Santa Barbara County waters while whale-watching: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56161697
* Return leg 5, Ventura Harbor breakwater: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56159821

Thanks!

John Callender
Carpinteria

Steller's jay Tequepis Cyn

Don Tate
 

One Steller's jay heard and seen in Tequepis Cyn roughly 1/2 mi S of Circle V Ranch Camp, today Sunday. Another corvid of mild surprise (elsewhere) was a YB magpie on Santa Rosa Rd 7.5 road miles E of Hwy 1 = 8.6 road mi W of Hwy 101 on April 27.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg

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- Gadwall (1 report)
- Laysan Albatross (1 report)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)
- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)

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Gadwall (Mareca strepera) (2)
- Reported May 11, 2019 05:35 by James Bailey
- (33.9578,-119.9801), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.95776,-119.980136&ll=33.95776,-119.980136
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56201697
- Comments: "Male and female pair at Abalone Rocks lagoon."

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 07:24 by judy meredith
- Cruise Ship Leg 4 - Santa Barbara county (34.361, -121.322), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3606434,-121.3218292&ll=34.3606434,-121.3218292
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56207426
- Comments: "Largely white albatross with dark mantle. Photos."

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported May 12, 2019 16:20 by Eric Culbertson
- Romero Canyon Road Hawk Watch Site, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4526943,-119.5826036&ll=34.4526943,-119.5826036
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56210243
- Comments: "Small accipiter studied through binoculars as it slowly soared above and just north of me over the high “knob” here before moving west. I was surprised when I started looking at it and what I saw fit Sharp-Shinned and not Cooper’s. When I study soaring Accipiter’s from below I usually focus first on the tail length and shape. I saw on this bird a square tail that wasn’t nearly as dominant a feature of the birds profile as the long tail with the rounded end seen on Cooper’s Hawks. The wings appeared broad and short and appeared to show the “hunched” forward wing posture typical of this species. The head also appeared small and didn’t protrude forward like is typical for a Cooper’s Hawk. Plumage appeared streaky and brown through entire underparts. I saw no bold coloration you would expect in a adult bird."

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1)
- Reported May 12, 2019 08:10 by Joey Negreann
- (34.0310,-119.8705), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.031017,-119.87051&ll=34.031017,-119.87051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56188656
- Comments: "Tooting recorded "

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Purple Martins on Catway

Bradley Hacker
 

Yesterday before afternoon chores I shot out to Catway and looked--largely in vain--for something notable. The only thing that caught my attention was a group of four Purple Martins, males and females. The birds were perching in tall conifer snags on the north side of the ridge at 34.4583, -119.9146 and flying around in the general area. It was hard to get even a crappy picture because of the sun angle and distance and height of the trees. The snags contain appropriate-sized holes for nesting, but whether the PuMas are nesting there, I can't say; I didn't want to scare the birds off by getting too obnoxious.
As far as I can tell, this is one of only a few high-altitude/mountain reports of PuMa in eBird, the nearest being a 2015 report by Peter Schneekloth from East Pinery.
BOSB (Lehman) notes that "Purple Martins...nested into the 1980s in the San Rafael Mountain, Big Pine
Mountain, and Don Victor Valley areas in District M" in dead pines; perhaps they are again?

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56182764

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56182773

BTW, the Catway road is in the worst shape I have seen; travel in a low-slung coupe with ageing tires might not be wise.
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Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630 
hacker.faculty.geol.ucsb.edu
LASS: www.petrochronology.com
EPMA, SEM & EBSD: sites.google.com/site/semgeolucsb

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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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Purple Martins

Bradley Hacker
 

Two people have already noticed my incompetence at reporting correct coordinates, so here are the correct ones: 34.7787 -120.0101
Apologies


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Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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Casual Big Day 12 May 2019

Mark Holmgren
 

Conor Scotland and I did a late “Casual Big Day” yesterday.  ‘Late’ because we are past the time when we may have balanced the maximum number of remaining migratory winter species with the max. incoming migrants, thereby achieving the greatest opportunity for a large Big Day count.  


We hit 21 stops in 15 hrs and 25 minutes between the Santa Ynez River Estuary and Santa Barbara.  A list of our stops is at the bottom.  Holmgren missed 3 species seen by Scotland; Scotland missed none. So, we stayed legal regarding the 95% overlap rule.


Noteworthy Misses:

Mute Swan!

Wild Turkey

Forster’s Tern

Red-throated Loon

Cooper’s Hawk

Western Screech-Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers

Brown Creeper at Kinevan

Phainopepla

American Goldfinch and Lawrence’s Goldfinch

Lark Sparrow

 

Interesting Finds

7 Eared Grebes at Santa Ynez River Estuary

Cattle Egret in regal plumage at SYRE (photo attached)

8 Red Knots at SYRE

Prairie Falcon near the SYR x Hwy 154

 

Other Interesting Observations or Non-Observations

We saw very few Flickers or American Kestrels (large cavity nesters both)

We saw few White-breasted Nuthatches relative to the number present about a month ago.

European Starlings were not abundant anywhere.

 

Conor warns me: “The next one won’t be Casual!”


Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass

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Birding stops

LLC

Mesa Rd wetland

Camino Corto OS

Devereux Slough

North Finger Devereux Slough

Refugio Beach County Park

Refugio Cyn

Sweeney Rd overlooking SYR

Surf RR Station

SYRE

Campbell Pond

Nojoqui County Park

Alisal Rd

Armour Ranch Rd

Kinevan Rd

Old San Marcos Rd

SB Breakwater

East Beach by scope from Breakwater

Andree Clark Bird Refuge      

 

 

144 species—Casual Big Day 12 May 2019

Mark Holmgren
 

Conor Scotland and I did a late “Casual Big Day” yesterday.  Saw 144 species.


Mark Holmgren 

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- Bufflehead (1 report)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported May 13, 2019 10:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56248564
- Comments: "Looks to be the same female that was present last month"

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Possible migrant weather

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I can’t make it due to work commitments tomorrow but there is a chance there might be a suitable wind for a fall-out in Refugio Canyon tomorrow, depending on how strong the wind gets. Also Friday PM may be suitable for Black Swifts going through San Marcos Pass. Sat AM may be good for Refugio Canyon as well.


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Nick Lethaby

 

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Swainson’s Hawks 5-14

Eric Culbertson
 

His all,

Four Swainson’s Hawks this afternoon (3,1) between 1620 and 1825. Based on what I’ve seen the last several days I decided to try a much lower spot on east Ortega Ridge Rd behind Summerland. Birds seem to follow the narrow passage between the high ridges closest to the coast (between Toro Ridge and west to Ortega Ridge) and the foothills to the north. As has been the case in previous days birds are turning north once through this area back towards high points in the foothills (like Romero Canyon) and gaining back elevation before resuming a westerly course. The last bird this evening passed very low at 1825 along Ortega Ridge and continued loosing elevation over Birnam Wood Golf Club and beyond and must have gone to roost in Montecito someplace.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria

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- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported May 14, 2019 19:00 by Jim Howard
- Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.48125,-119.030309&ll=33.48125,-119.030309
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56293391
- Comments: "Working a coreopsis like a nuthatch"

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Swainson’s Hawks moving today

Eric Culbertson
 

Santa Barbara birders I’m watching a pretty great movement of Swainson’s Hawks right now from Ortega Ridge Rd behind Summerland. I’ve had 16 since 1:30. Birds are moving generally W/SW towards Santa Barbara and are mostly just to the south(towards coast of me).

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria

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*** Species Summary:

- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Common Grackle (Bronzed) (1 report)

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Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported May 15, 2019 11:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56313504
- Comments: "Tiny all white-fronted hummer. Very short tail. Very few hummingbirds at feeders this year (no Costa's so far) but I have set up a sprinkler. This bird was hovering and washing herself."

Common Grackle (Bronzed) (Quiscalus quiscula versicolor) (1)
- Reported May 15, 2019 12:41 by Mark Brown
- 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/S56335020
- Media: 2 Photos

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Area K

Conor Scotland
 

At Area K there is a Common Gallinule providing good looks. A Bank Swallow is mixed in with the large swallow flock.  

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

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- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Bank Swallow (1 report)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported May 16, 2019 17:52 by Conor Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56386976
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) (1)
- Reported May 16, 2019 17:52 by Conor Scotland
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56386976
- Comments: "This bird was mixed in with the large swallow flock over the NE end of Area K, made up mostly of Cliff Swallows. Seen at a distance, I still managed good and long looks tracking it through scope. Initially the bird stood out as having a very different flight style than neighboring birds, with more rapid wing beats and seemingly more erratic flight. The bird had a much more slender appearance than CLSW, with narrow tale and pointy wings. The upperparts were conspicuously brownish. Underparts were pale. Pale/whitish extended up onto the sides of the neck. Only on a couple occasions could I make out the suggestion of a breast band, but the bird was too distant and shifty to get a good look at this feature."

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Atascadero Creek

Florence Sanchez
 

I didn't have a lot of time for birding this morning but had to take advantage of the lovely morning somehow.  So I went to Atascadero Creek and walked the path between Patterson and Ward Drive, retracing the route Joan and I took 6 weeks ago.

The creek and surrounding area has plenty of birds.  I tallied 39 species this morning in an hour and a half of birding.  Among my finds were 3 singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, 3 Yellow Warblers, 3 Common Yellowthroats, and a passel of Orange-crowned Warblers, all still singing and very active.  I suspect these summer visitors are here to stay.  I also found 2 Warbling Vireos, ! Wilson's Warbler, and a singing Western Tanager.  Left over from winter, a flock of about 60 Cedar Waxwings was working the myoporum bushes next to the path.  I saw a male Hairy Woodpecker dig out a grub from a willow and fly downcreek with it--I believe someone found a nest in this area earlier.  A single Ash-throated Flycatcher also showed up briefly, and a Cooper's Hawk was roosting in a large sycamore next to the bridge when I arrived.

Deep in a thick clump of willows, I twice heard a "whit" call.  Based on the vegetation where I heard it , I suspect it was a Swainson's Thrush, but I could not get a visual on this bird.

Florence Sanchez

Two Exotic Breeding Species in SB County

Mark Holmgren
 

With 7257 records, the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study (BBS) now offers enough information to characterize the breeding seasons of two introduced species, Eurasian Collared-Dove and Scaly-breasted Munia. This may be the first time we’ve had an opportunity to look at a larger scale when and where they’re squeezing themselves into our communities.  The summaries below are, of course, as good as the records submitted.  And we need more records for both species. Please submit your observation of ALL bird breeding events at the SB Audubon website (https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/). Colonial species are submitted as one record per colony. 

 

Eurasian Collared-Dove (23 records)

Although they colonized downcoast SB County in 1997, the first record in this database is from Isla Vista in 2000.  Lehman (in Birds of Santa Barbara County) sets forth the progression of this species through the county. Breeding period is from January 22 (in 2014 when Dave Compton found adults brooding 2 nestlings) to September 23 (in 2013 when Holly Keefe found nestlings in a nest used twice that season). Their peak of activity may be between April and August.  (I say ‘may’ because one challenge of the BBS for all species is that we are shy of records in June and July. I think this is because our workhorse submitters of breeding records are on vacation.) 

All breeding records for EUCD in the database are below 207 meters and the vast majority are at elevations below 90m. But we lack breeding records from the Cuyama Valley where this species is well established. It’s safe to say that EUCD at this time are lowland breeders even if the low lands are at higher elevation (i.e., in the Cuyama Valley). Photos of nests have been hard to come by, but see records 7842 and 7911.

 

Scaly-breasted Munia (43 records)

Colonized the county in 2000 along Atascadero Ck in coastal Goleta. All breeding records are from the South Coast (except see Lehman (2019). Their presence now in the Santa Ynez Valley certainly implies they are breeding there.  The breeding period extends from January to November, but there may be a quiescent period in May and June separating two peak periods of Feb through April and again July through September. This is pretty interesting if it turns out to be true. All breeding records occur below 93 meters elevation with the upper records occurring at Steven’s Park and the SB Museum of Natural History.  Links to photos submitted in support of 7 Munia breeding records can be found in the BBS.  


 

Explore the BBS using Google Fusion Tables (GFT) at  https://goo.gl/AJQxKj

Here is a query you might pose to the GFT:

What common species are least recorded in the BBS?

This query will suggest the species that hide their activities better than others.  In the GFT, either Table or Map mode is fine.  Click the blue Filter button > choose Common Name. To the right of Common Name in the new dialog box you’ve created, see the 3 horizontal bars.  Click those and choose Sort by count.  Scroll through those species now ordered to see how few records there are for some of our common species.


Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen

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- Common Gallinule (5 reports)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 17, 2019 09:29 by Joan Lentz
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56429537
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Red plate and bill with yellow tip. Body was gray, black and brown. On opposite shore and in vegetation, so somewhat distant view. Near a scattering of coots. Poor ID photos."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 17, 2019 09:29 by Libby Patten
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56419174
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Red plate and bill with yellow tip. Body was gray, black and brown. On opposite shore and in vegetation, so somewhat distant view. Near a scattering of coots. Poor ID photos."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 17, 2019 08:27 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56409847
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "mostly gray, somewhat smaller than the coots, prominent white under-tail, red shield over the yellow beak. He made quite a play for a female coot."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 17, 2019 08:17 by John Callender
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56400151
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported yesterday by Conor Scotland. Spent most of the time preening on the bank across from our viewing location, though it took a short break to chase coots."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 17, 2019 06:49 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56396139
- Comments: "Reported yesterday by Connor Scotland. Smaller and bluer than nearby coots, with more white in rump. Red shield with yellow tip to bill."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported May 17, 2019 07:40 by Thomas Turner
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4145111,-119.8673469&ll=34.4145111,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56399103
- Comments: "Oriole-sized bird with complete black hood over head. Not a spiffy-looking adult male: there were little bits of yellow showing through the black here and there, and it wasn't glossy black. From below and behind the bird looked all yellow. My look was long but distant, and the bird seemed like a young or transitioning male or something, but this species seems to fit much better than other possibilities."

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Another Romero Swainson's Hawk

Dave Compton
 

I saw a single Swainson's Hawk from the Romero Canyon fire road hawk watch spot, above Montecito, at about 11:40AM today. I hadn't intended to go up to this spot, but birded in the canyon and up the fire road, so ended up here at what was probably not an optimal time for a hawk watch (late in the season, early in the day, and under relatively high cloud cover). But I managed to see one Swainson's Hawk about a minute after I arrived, then nothing for the next half hour.

On the way up the fire road from the bottom of the canyon, I saw a Hermit Warbler that was one of the few passerine signs of migration.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara