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Re: Neotrop @ Deveruex

Dave Compton
 

It just flew toward Goleta Bay. Dave C.

On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 7:36 PM Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
SB Birders,
Dave Compton has the Neotropical Cormorant over at the UCSB lagoon and said it is viewable from the trail by the Chancellor’s house. There is some paid parking over there.
 Directions, go to the roundabout off of 217 = Ward Memorial Hwy then go west on Lagoon Road towards Marine science, then turn right on Channel Islands Road and the first parking area on the left is where you pay to park. The Neotrop should be is that area near the parking area, but across the lagoon.

Good birding.

Wes

> On May 31, 2019, at 3:39 PM, Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...> wrote:
>
> SB Birders,
> The Neotropical Cormorant is currently at the Audubon Lookout. It is hanging out with a couple of DC Cormorants on a log that is south west of the parking area. It picks up and flys down towards the “ Bridge to nowhere” or the south viewing area. It also feeds across the lagoon/slough on far west portion of the slough. It seems to be going back and forth from these locations over the last few hours. It is not really a pattern yet, but at least there is regularity in its habits so far.
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> Here is one image from the back of my camera for comparison, sorry not edited.
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> <1Z2A6883.jpg>
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> Good luck, good birding, thanks Nick.
>
> Wes Fritz
> 805 895 0685
> wes-fritz@...
> Solvang CA




the cormorant

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

Apologies for not getting the word out to the group that the Neotropic Cormorant was at the UCSB Campus Lagoon. I let some people know who had been looking unsuccessfully at Devereux a little earlier, and texted some other people, but for some reason forgot to let this group know.

The bird left its perch at about 7:40 and then left the lagoon flying east. I had just been telling people that I thought the bird wasn't going anywhere tonight. Wrong again. Anyway, for anyone who missed it today, it might be a good idea to check coastal spots down the coast, since this is the direction it appeared to be progressing. It could easily have gone to Goleta Beach, so that's a possibility. The Bird Refuge is another possibility. Good luck to those looking for it in the morning.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

As for the 

White-winged Dove at LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

The White-winged Dove was still present Friday morning (May 31). The bird was easily viewed along the main path walking from La Patera Lane, on the left, midway to next major intersecting path. 

Checklist with two photos:

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

neotrop @ Goleta beach

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
The cormorant is currently on the sand bar below the rookerie at Goleta Beach.

Good birding.

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

Neotropic Cormorant at Goleta Beach

Glenn Kincaid
 

Liz Muraoka has found the Cormorant presently across the Slough from the parking lot

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Re: Neotropic Cormorant at Goleta Beach

Glenn Kincaid
 

It just flew towards UCSB

Glenn Kincaid
SB

On Jun 1, 2019, at 7:41 AM, Glenn Kincaid <glenn@...> wrote:

Liz Muraoka has found the Cormorant presently across the Slough from the parking lot

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- American Wigeon (2 reports)
- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (11 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 15:23 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/S56944595
- Comments: "I observed three birds, two males and one female in one of the far ponds L or M."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 15:23 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/S56945388
- Comments: "I observed three birds, two males and one female in one of the far ponds L or M."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 15:23 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/S56944595
- Comments: "Recognized in flight by bright white patch on secondaries. At least one was a male, the other not seen Well enough. "

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 15:23 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/S56945388
- Comments: "Recognized in flight by bright white patch on secondaries. At least one was a male, the other not seen Well enough."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported May 31, 2019 11:30 by Betsy Mooney
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4403627,-119.8479331&ll=34.4403627,-119.8479331
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56949759
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The bird was preening on a dead tree branch. I observed it while walking the main path from La Patera Lane towards the lake; the bird was on the left, about halfway to next the intersecting path. Approximate coordinates: 34.441462,-119.844543."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 15:23 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/S56945388
- Comments: "Continuing, adult plumaged bird at center of Area K."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 15:23 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/S56944595
- Comments: "Continuing, adult plumaged bird at center of Area K. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 13:46 by Joan Lentz
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56949591
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier today by Nick Lethaby. Perched on log next to the much larger Double-crested Cormorant. Lighting and potentially the bird being young reduced the observable coloring and contrast. White border to yellow gular. Spent most of time preening on log near first viewing turnout on Slough Road."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 13:46 by Libby Patten
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56946007
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier today by Nick Lethaby. Perched on log next to the much larger Double-crested Cormorant. Lighting and potentially the bird being young reduced the observable coloring and contrast. White border to yellow gular. Spent most of time preening on log near first viewing turnout on Slough Road."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 13:25 by Bradley Hacker
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56938692
- Comments: "Cormorant with a body the size of a Mallard; looks like a pygmy next to a DCCo. White border behind mouth clearly visible. Fishing in southern part of Slough when I arrived; after 10 minutes flew north to island to dry out next to 2 DCCo"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 13:00 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56937851
- Comments: "Bird found by Nick L and seen by a small group of local birders at the first pullout. Much smaller than DCCOs."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 12:51 by John Callender
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56936979
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Nick Lethaby. Perched in slough near the first turnout next to a Double-crested Cormorant. First-year bird. Small size, relatively short bill with white border, dark rather than orange lores."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 12:40 by Glenn Kincaid
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56942834
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier by Nick Lethaby. Dramatically smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorants.
Narrow billed. Appears to be 1st year bird, brownish in color with lower contrast coloration of gular patch. Whitish border to gular patch present, but also low contrast."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 12:40 by Thomas Turner
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56935940
- Comments: "Immature. Much small than DCCO, with proportionally smaller head and bill. Yellow around gape come to sharp point. No yellow over eye. Found by Nick Lethaby. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported May 31, 2019 12:05 by David Levasheff
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56948901
- Media: 1 Photo

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported May 31, 2019 19:35 by Noah Gaines
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56947559
- Comments: "Seen for 4 minutes before it flew out to the ocean and then south. Smaller than nearby DCCO. Small head and bill. Grayish breast, sharp V at the back of the bill. Light line under Bill. Long tail. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported May 31, 2019 19:33 by Santiago Lupi
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56947561
- Comments: "First found here by Dave Compton. Small overall brown cormorant. It flew towards Goleta beach. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported May 31, 2019 19:00 by David Compton
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56949312
- Comments: "Nick Lethaby found this individual earlier in the day at Devereux Slough, and a number of people saw it there during the afternoon. Compton and Keefe missed the bird there, but decided to see if it was roosting with Double-crested Cormorants at Campus Lagoon. We spotted it across the lagoon from near the chancellor's house soon after we arrived. We watched the bird in the same location for more than a half hour, from about 100 meters, through the spotting scope. It alternately tucked its head, held it up, and preened. Looks at the body were in profile. Several Double-crested Cormorants were on the same snag for comparison. Light was low, but pretty good for observation (not photography) at first, but was fading during the entire observation. The cormorant was much smaller than nearby Double-cresteds, and rather long-tailed for a cormorant, and obviously longer-tailed relative to its body size than nearby Double-cresteds. The bird was similar in plumage to nearby subadult Double-cresteds, but seemed to be a duller, grayer brown above, and was duskier on the breast. It was dark on the nape and crown and paler on the underside of the neck. It as pale on the throat, and white around the rear of the bare areas around the mouth. The yellow on the face was focused below the line of the mouth, with only a little above, and there was no yellow at all on or near the lores. the bare yellow area around the rear of the mouth formed a distinct angle of less than 90 degrees, forming sort of an arrow pointing toward the back of the head. The white feathers bordering this area were pretty obvious, but did not form a very distinct patch as on an adult. Instead, the white just faded into the brown of the nape."

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Cormorant

Rebecca Coulter
 

Jamie Chavez re-found the bird. It is now perched on a snag at the half bridge at Devereux Slough.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

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Wes Fritz
 



From: Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...>
Date: June 1, 2019 at 12:20:44 PM PDT
To: ebird-alert@...
Subject: Re: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert <hourly>

SB Birders,

A ebird report mentions a Yellow-billed Cuckoo from Barka Slough at 7:00am today at the 3.45 mile market post.

Good birding.

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

On Jun 1, 2019, at 11:22 AM, ebird-alert@... wrote:

*** Species Summary:

American Wigeon (1 Santa Barbara)
Canvasback (1 Kings)
Long-tailed Duck (1 Monterey)
Common Goldeneye (1 Alameda)
Red-breasted Merganser (1 Sonoma)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1 Santa Barbara)
Hudsonian Godwit (2 San Diego)
Wilson's Phalarope (2 Orange)
Laughing Gull (1 Marin)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 Napa)
Swainson's Hawk (1 San Diego)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (1 Alameda)
Tricolored Blackbird (1 Contra Costa)
Blue Grosbeak (2 San Francisco)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 08:55 by Jamie Chavez
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964965
- Comments: "Continuing"

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) (2)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:38 by Mark Stacy
- TLDD--North Evaporation Basin (restricted access), Kings, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.133862,-119.7026658&ll=36.133862,-119.7026658
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965852
- Comments: "2 continuing males"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (2)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:39 by Don Glasco
- Moss Landing Harbor--Jetty Rd & north harbor, Monterey, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8119469,-121.7887588&ll=36.8119469,-121.7887588
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964490
- Comments: "Continuing immature males"

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 08:50 by Kevin Schwartz
- MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline--Arrowhead Marsh, Alameda, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.7421628,-122.2112274&ll=37.7421628,-122.2112274
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56962891
- Comments: "Immature male in transition. White in front of the eye starting to form, but head still brown. Golden eye present and white in wings. No camera with me besides my phone."

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 10:38 by Nico Stuurman
- (38.467, -123.011), Sonoma, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4667826,-123.0111207&ll=38.4667826,-123.0111207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56966270
- Comments: "Male. Red brown breast, white wing patches. Flying over the river downstream."

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 07:00 by Shawn Mcvicar
- Barka Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7688325,-120.4755592&ll=34.7688325,-120.4755592
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965005
- Comments: "Heard at mile marker 3.45"

Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 10:13 by Tom Benson
- stakeout Hudsonian Godwit, Mission Beach (2019), San Diego, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.78282,-117.254273&ll=32.78282,-117.254273
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965741
- Comments: "Continuing bird in alternate plumage near lifeguard station 17. Photos to be added."

Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:57 by Jordan Carelli
- stakeout Hudsonian Godwit, Mission Beach (2019), San Diego, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=32.78282,-117.254273&ll=32.78282,-117.254273
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964767
- Comments: "Continuing. Dark red underparts, bright bi-colored upturned bill. Dark brown back with tan speckles. Dark, skinny legs. White rump, dark tail"

Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:00 by Calvin Hardcastle
- San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.6637274,-117.8426814&ll=33.6637274,-117.8426814
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965155
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported by D. Lithgow earlier in morning.  Two alternate plummage spinning in Pond C."

Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) (2)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 07:44 by Doug Lithgow
- San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.6637274,-117.8426814&ll=33.6637274,-117.8426814
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965000
- Comments: "2 Wilson’s Phalaropes in Pond C"

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:57 by Nils Warnock
- Cypress Grove, Marshall US-CA (38.1657,-122.8991), Marin, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.165659,-122.899127&ll=38.165659,-122.899127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56966052
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Presumably same bird from a week ago. First cycle bird roosting near WEGU"

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 06:15 by Murray Berner
- Napa Ridge (Private), Napa, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2900587,-122.2134448&ll=38.2900587,-122.2134448
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964714
- Comments: "There are enough area late May-early June records to suspect breeding."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 07:48 by Denise Riddle
- Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary, San Diego, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.2424922,-117.3364091&ll=33.2424922,-117.3364091
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964900
- Comments: "Picture. Missing wing feathers. Young bird being harassed by crows"

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:50 by Gail  West
- My Backyard, Alameda, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.7047152,-122.0739155&ll=37.7047152,-122.0739155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965137
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "just happened to look out to see a Golden-crowned Sparrow fly into my yard in the bushes.  I have never seen one during this time of year.   Bad through the glass photo. It stayed deep in my pineapple guava shrub eating the petals."

Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) (3)
- Reported May 31, 2019 18:30 by Srikant Char
- Ironhouse Sanitary District, Contra Costa, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0034668,-121.7091578&ll=38.0034668,-121.7091578
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964316
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "with RWBL flock, on and off fence near big pond. See almost indentical pics from AlbertL back in 2017 :)"

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:50 by Tom Scott
- Corona Heights Park, San Francisco, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.764744,-122.4390221&ll=37.764744,-122.4390221
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56966071
- Comments: "20 minute clear view from north side from split rail fences. Feeding. "

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 08:59 by Joachim Gonzalez
- Corona Heights Park, San Francisco, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.764744,-122.4390221&ll=37.764744,-122.4390221
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56966244
- Comments: "Continuing. Epic na🅱️ ☔️☔️☔️"

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Bonaparte's Gulls Mission Creek outlet, drill rig gone at Goleta Beach

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi all,
Thursday night 5.30.19 there were four non-breeding Bonaparte's Gulls resting along the newly opened Mission Creek outlet. They are so small and delicate when next to some of those larger gulls.

I did not see it, but the outlet was opened perhaps by bulldozer as the usual entire seaward berm is missing, with the high tide easily able to overtop into the estuary. ( This was done to avoid any permit necessity, in Goleta, when the airport was near flooded. Permits were required to open the estuary so the city/airport tried the siphon...then 'they' bulldozed the beach berm to just above the outlet water level, then random, (cough, not me) beach walkers cut the outlet with a stick, and whoosh. Maybe that is what was done at Mission Creek (but no airport flooding was noted there) as a 'clever' work around to all those pesky inconvenient rules and regulations. But, I wasn't there to see it...sorry, personal rant..

The current Mission Creek outlet stream was only 100' from the pier, whereas it usually is downcoast with a high sand berm in place. The stream was new after the last high tide and was only 4' wide and an inch deep, but running.
Other usual gulls present, including two Heerman's juveniles looking good, and four Terns.
40 Black Skimmers were there as well. No Sandpipers of any description were seen.
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At Goleta, the gas drill rig is down and gone on Friday after their 'emergency work' was done.
I watched last week as the clanking and drilling was going on, the birds on the rookery were not visibly seemingly affected in that none launched when any sharp loud noise was made.
    Other more subtle effects could be there from that nearby activity that would have been negative to the successful nesting and fledging. This was discussed back when the rig appeared there and we birders objected to it. Perhaps the rig being quiet for a while allowed the birds to get used to it...
Mark Holmgren gave a recent good count of the nestings there.
 Several GBH fledglings were exercising their new wings.
The Red Tail pair glided low over the rookery but there were no flyoffs by the residents.
A lone Kingfisher was fishing the outlet.
cheers
Ken Hoesterey

Common Loon at A Street Pond in Santa Maria

John Deacon
 

Uncommon for this location and time of year (BOSBC 2018).  Not much else at this location.  A few Mallards and a couple of American Avocets.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56970984

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt

Re: Cormorant

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Much better views of the cormorant at Devereux Slough this morning than yesterday as the bird returned to perch in a tree near the Half Bridge on several occasions..

https://flic.kr/p/2g6Tben

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

White-breasted Nuthatch fledglings at feeders

Peter Schneekloth
 

I've had White-breasted Nuthatch visiting my feeders all winter, new for my location. Two of them have remained right through the spring so I suspected they may be breeding nearby. A few days ago they arrived with fledglings in tow, I managed a bit of video today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47982294791/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Tundra Swan (1 report)
- American Wigeon (5 reports)
- Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (10 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 11:10 by Alexander Viduetsky
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56986045
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Appears to be a hybrid that was staying together with a Mute Swan."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:30 by Rebecca Coulter
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56970387
- Comments: "Continuing here in this location, unusual at this season."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:15 by Peter Gaede
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56970160
- Comments: "Continuing pair."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 08:55 by Jamie Chavez
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964965
- Comments: "Continuing birds. Only saw one each male and female across the slough from the road"

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 16:30 by Betsy Mooney
- 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/S56986173
- Comments: "Recognized by black rump, large white patch on secondaries in flight."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 16:30 by Elaine Tan
- 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/S56980703
- Comments: "Recognized by black rump, large white patch on secondaries in flight."

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 07:00 by Shawn Mcvicar
- Barka Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7688325,-120.4755592&ll=34.7688325,-120.4755592
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56965005
- Comments: "Heard at mile marker 3.45"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 16:30 by Elaine Tan
- 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/S56980703
- Comments: "Continuing. Standing on far shore of flooded field, head tucked in but looking around every now and then and occasionally shifting so that the white streak on its side was visible. Red "shield" above bill clearly seen from afar. Later moved sedately into thicker vegetation."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 16:30 by Betsy Mooney
- 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/S56986173
- Comments: "Continuing. Standing on far shore of flooded field, head tucked in but looking around every now and then and occasionally shifting so that the white streak on its side was visible. Red "shield" above bill clearly seen from afar. Later moved sedately into thicker vegetation."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 14:45 by Wim van Dam
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56975096
- Comments: "Continuing. Will add details later. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 14:15 by Elaine Tan
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56980307
- Comments: "Reported yesterday by Nick Lethaby. Earlier perched on log in water close to half-bridge pier, before it moved to perch on the fallen log to the north close to the turnout. Seen with Wim van Dam and Betsy Mooney. Immature bird with white on chin around bill, notably smaller with shorter beak than the two Double-crested Cormorants it was perched near. Photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 14:15 by Betsy Mooney
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56986174
- Comments: "Reported yesterday by Nick Lethaby. Earlier perched on log in water close to half-bridge pier, before it moved to perch on the fallen log to the north close to the turnout. Seen with Wim van Dam and Betsy Mooney. Immature bird with white on chin around bill, notably smaller with shorter beak than the two Double-crested Cormorants it was perched near. Photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 14:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56982343
- Comments: "Took about 30 seconds to find: on exactly the same perch as first described and photographed by Nick Lethaby yesterday"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 11:50 by Libby Patten
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56980543
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen perched on tree near “half bridge”. It preened there for at least 20 minutes before it flew north up the slough."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:30 by Rebecca Coulter
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56970387
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing first county record found yesterday by Nick Lethaby and seen/photographed by many. Very small cormorant compared to nearby DCCO. Small bill, long, somewhat worn tail. White border along base of lower bill and gape, tapering back onto cheek in a whiteish indistinct chevron. Overall body color brownish gray, a little lighter mottling on the breast. Observed at length while bird was perched on a eucalyptus snag near half bridge at southern end of slough, in flight, and while actively diving."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 09:15 by Peter Gaede
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56970160
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Contining immature bird found yesterday. Seen at close range perched in dead Eucalyptus branches at pull-out near half bridge. Active; the bird flew around several times, perched a couple of times briefly and then went down to water in the slough. Smaller than nearby Double-crested, with proportionally longer tail and smaller head. Yellow at base of bill with pale feathered border below. Paler check patch, darker lores, greenish eyes."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 08:55 by Jamie Chavez
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964965
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First county record found by Nick Lethaby the previous day. This cormorant has been moving between Devereux Slough, UCSB Lagoon, and Goleta Beach slough mouth since it was found and has been seen and photographed by others. The bird was located perched on a snag over the estuary by the closed bridge. It was nearby to other Double-crested Cormorants in the tree but not close enough for a direct comparison so confirmation that this was a Neotropic Cormorant was problematic for me until it could be studied. It was identified by its slighter build, long tail, and smaller bill compared to Double-crested Cormorant. The bill color was a dull gray with some yellow-orange on it, and there was a pale whitish border around the bill on the face. The plumage seemed darker overall than might be found on a typical immature Double-crested Cormorant. When seen in flight the long tail was a prominent feature."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 01, 2019 07:34 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56964167
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "On sand across from parking lot, below heron rookery. Much smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorants. Flew to the west a few minutes after I arrived."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 18:30 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56984184
- Comments: "Small, long tailed, immature cormorant. Yellow gular sac did not extend onto throat, was cornered, not rounded under eye. Pouch showed a vague border of white. Bird was about 80% the size of nearby Doulbe-crested Cormorants."

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NECO remains

David Levasheff
 

NECO has been in the tree at the bridge to nowhere at Devereux for at least a half hour. I left at 11:30.

David

NECO

Barbara Millett
 

Left briefly but is now back in tree near bridge to nowhere at S end of slough.

Barb Millett
SB

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Neotropic

Thomas Turner
 

Neotropic continuing at North Devereux. Also a pair of Willow Flycatchers on the Cutoff Road between Slough and West Campus Point.

-Tom.

Neotropic

Thomas Turner
 

Neotropic continuing at North Devereux. Also a pair of Willow Flycatchers on the Cutoff Road between Slough and West Campus Point.

-Tom.

Weekend birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I resume my hopeless quest for White-rumped Sandpiper both days, along with checking for landbird migrants at various spots between Patterson Ave and Gaviota. Landbird migrants seemed pretty much non existent although I was just basically listening for interesting songs and looking for flycatching behavior. 

Shorebird-wise, the most interesting was a very late Spotted Sandpiper at the mouth of Devereux today and 5 Short-billed Dowitchers in the vicinity of Area K. There are 16 summering Semipalmateds at COPR/Devereux this year. Also a Sanderling at COPR.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

Rhinoceros Auklet (diseased)

Noah Gaines
 

Today 6/2/19, I found an oiled Rhinoceros Auklet on Haskells beach.  There was a spill here last week.  

You can see photos of the bird here: 

On 5/25/19, I found a dead Common Murre on Miramar beach. Not sure of the cause of death on this one. 


Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA