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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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University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630 
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*** Species Summary:

- 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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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

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

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

Swainson’s Hawks

Eric Culbertson
 

All,

I again watched for hawks this afternoon from Romero Canyon Hawk Watch Site. Between 1620 and 1805 I had twelve Swainson’s Hawks in three groups (5,6,1). Today’s migration was further south than the previous two days. Half of today’s birds would have been seen well from the Pacifica Graduate Institute campus at Ladera Lane while the others would have been visible briefly from Bella Vista Dr Overlook. All birds were first located SE of me in the saddle between Toro Ridge and the foothills.

Eric Culbertson
Cart

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

John Callender
 

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Poorwill (1 report)
- Laysan Albatross (4 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)

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Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2019 20:26 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56130979
- Comments: ""Wurt wurt wurt" flight call heard from the top of the lower campground"

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 07:24 by Owen Schmidt
- 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/S56156549
- Comments: "Largely white albatross with dark mantle. Photos."

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 07:24 by Bob Lockett
- 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/S56160097
- Comments: "Largely white albatross with dark mantle. Photos."

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 07:24 by Skip Russell
- 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/S56140513
- Comments: "Largely white albatross with dark mantle. Photos."

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 07:24 by Tom Crabtree
- 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/S56161218
- Comments: "Largely white albatross with dark mantle. Photos."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported May 11, 2019 06:35 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S56128224
- Comments: "Has been seen at this location for a couple of days. Heard “pik” calls. Grayish empid with 2 white wing bars, thin symmetric white eye ring. Appeared small-billed. Did not get good looks at underside or primary projection. Camera shy"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported May 10, 2019 09:15 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S56140837
- Comments: "empid mostly gray with small, mostly black bill, bright wing bars, forked tail . Seen with Dave Levasheff and Nancy States."

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Romero Canyon Swainson’s Hawks

Eric Culbertson
 

All,

Four this afternoon from Romero Canyon Road Hawk Watch Site included one light morph adult between 1625-1850. Most exciting were the two birds at around 1825. I didn’t see these birds approach, instead they appeared low overhead from around the backside of the high “knob” here before turning and descending SE with a vulture directly to Toro Ridge where I watched one soaring before I lost site of it. I’m guessing these two are roosting in the county tonight.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria

Swainson's Hawks

Jim Hodgson
 

3 immatures with 6 Turkey Vultures over lower Mission Canyon at around 4:30 this afternoon. Last seen headed northwest.

Jim Hodgson
Santa Barbara

Highlights from Kinevan Rd

Mark Holmgren
 

Around noon today, I walked Kinevan Rd.  Highlights:

Brown Creeper continues singing at the first house upstream of the junction with West Camino Cielo. Did not see it today.

The only migrant that stood out from the summer residents was Swainson’s Thrush—12 of those were seen or heard calling.  One individual sang.  

Cassin’s Vireo finally showed up here.  One sang approx. 100-125m downstream of the upper (new) bridge.   

Also at this CaVi spot was a Western Tanager sang (It's more typical to hear migrants of this species sing.) Both the vireo and the tanager were present here and singing for more than an hour.  


Also present on Kinevan Rd were Steller’s Jay, Hairy Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, and plenty of Warbling Vireos and Yellow Warblers.

Here's a pic of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher nest with 2 nestlings.


Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


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- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) (1 report)

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Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2019 10:17 by Libby Patten
- 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/S56093225
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen near the red bridge over the creek. Nancy States located it and had seen it with Dave Levasheff earlier in the morning. High up in a tree. Empid. Gray overall. Forked tail. Faint eye ring. Wings and top of head appeared darker. White wing bars. Lighting conditions made color discrimination very difficult. Was starting to rain, so bird may have been wet."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2019 08:10 by David Levasheff
- 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/S56098404
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Dave Compton and observed by others. From behind the bird was very grey with a darker grey head, only a hint of olive in the back. Forked tail longish primary projection and a good eye ring. Underside of bill appears dark with a hint of lightening at the base."

Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) (Loxia curvirostra (type 2)) (1)
- Reported May 10, 2019 07:39 by Joey Negreann
- Sauces Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.002564,-119.817919&ll=34.002564,-119.817919
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56097139
- Comments: "Chip notes in flight "

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Swainson’s Hawks over Romero Canyon

Eric Culbertson
 

Hi All, 

While hiking with my dad this afternoon we counted ten Swainson’s Hawks from the Romero Canyon Road Hawk Watch Site (eBird hotspot) between 1420 and when we had to leave the site about 1525.


Eric Culbertson 
Carpinteria 



Hammond Flycatcher Photos

David Levasheff
 

Flycatchers Galore and more at Camino Corto Open Space

Libby Patten
 

I went in search of the Hammond’s Flycatcher refound this morning by David Levasheff. I found Nancy States there who pointed out an empid that turned out to be the Hammond’s (in tall tree next to red wooden footbridge).  It started to rain as Nancy then left, but within a short time I also had Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee, Ash-throated, Pacific-slope and others. The rain made viewing challenging, but the birds seemed quite stimulated by it. 

Good birding,
Libby


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Santa Barbara

Re: Coronado migrants

Florence Sanchez
 

I birded part of this area yesterday when I walked around the top of the bluffs looking for Grasshopper Sparrow (no luck on that one).  I found the creek area to be full of birds.  In addition to what Nick Mentioned, I had both Bullock's and Hooded Orioles near the SB Shores avenue crossing, a pair of Robin's, Western Wood-Pewee, and more expected Black-headed Grosbeaks, House Wren, etc.  I think there is a possibility that the Bullock's Orioles are nesting here.  I saw both male and female foraging out in the weeds on the bluff and then returning to the grove along the creek.  Hooded Orioles were exhibiting similar behavior and one of them was carrying back something in her beak (looked like a grub of some sort).

Florence Sanchez


On Friday, May 10, 2019, 9:56:34 AM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:


All,

 

There are still plenty of common migrants around this morning. I had 30 Warbling Vireos in general Coronado seep vicinity, along with Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers and Western Tanagers.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way, Suite 250

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 

Santa Barbara Audubon - Upcoming Events & Strauss Wind Energy Project

Alexandra Loos
 

Greetings!

We thought it would be good to alert you now about some events that will occur just before or as our next newsletter comes out.  


Please make sure to read about the Strauss Wind Energy Project information below.

 

Wednesday May 22 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Program: The Condor in Captivity–Breeding a Species on the Edge
Presented by Teodelina Martelli – 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year

 

Friday June 7 - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Friday Bird Walk, Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park

Leader: Peter Thompson

Target Birds:  Herons, Curlews, Ducks, Teal, Godwits, Gulls, Killdeer, & More

 

Saturday June 8 - 7:45 AM to 12:45 PM

Saturday Field Trip to Hollister Ranch -  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED ASAP

Leader: Guy Tingos.
Please reserve your spot with Rob Lindsay.

Target Birds:  Song birds, ocean and pond water fowl, raptors, and perhaps an owl or two

 

Strauss Wind Energy Project - Lompoc

Also, those who wish to know more about the Strauss Wind Energy Project in Lompoc can go to this link.  For questions or more information please contact Steve Ferry at (805) 967-5162.  Do not reply all to the entire group.  There will be a public meeting on May 30 at 6:00 PM in Lompoc City Council Chambers. Additionally, Santa Barbara County will accept public comments until June 7.

 

Happy Birding!

 

Alex

Alexandra Loos

Publicity Chair, Santa Barbara Audubon Society

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New Breeding Record for Kinevan Rd

Mark Holmgren
 
Edited

Michael Mulroy, congratulations!  You’ve found a new breeding record for a well-birded spot.  
Hutton’s Vireo on Kinevan Road.  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56065043
Below is a list of what breeding records we do have for Kinevan Rd. 

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Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Heron Rookery at Goleta Beach

Mark Holmgren
 

Yesterday I counted nests of the three species using the rookery on Southern California Gas Co. Eucalyptus north of the slough channel.  In short, I estimate TOTAL active nests: 
Great Blue Heron  at least 12 with many nestlings, no fledglings. Some nest building or refurbishment going on.
Double-crested Cormorants  at least  25 apparently active, with several nestlings, no fledglings.
Great Egrets  at least 7 active, some nest material carrying, a few nestlings.

Details on the Southern California Gas Co.'s well rig set up immediately east of the rookery, and other bird notes, can be seen at 

Mark Holmgren
Goleta

Hammond’s Flycatcher still present.

David Levasheff
 

In the creek area of Camino Corto Open Space.

David