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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

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 

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.
>
> Here is one image from the back of my camera for comparison, sorry not edited.
>
> <1Z2A6883.jpg>
>
> Good luck, good birding, thanks Nick.
>
> Wes Fritz
> 805 895 0685
> wes-fritz@...
> Solvang CA




Re: Neotrop @ Deveruex

Wes Fritz
 

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.

Here is one image from the back of my camera for comparison, sorry not edited.

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Good luck, good birding, thanks Nick.

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

Re: Neotrop @ Deveruex

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Wes and all: Thanks for the updates from all who helped us keep track of the Neotropical Cormorant today! But most of all congrats to Nick Lethaby who found a first county record! And a bird many of us would have just passed off or not even stopped to look at! Thanks, Nick! What are you going to turn up next?

Good birding on a fun day,

Joan Lentz

On May 31, 2019, at 3:39 PM, Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=verizon.net@groups.io> 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.

Here is one image from the back of my camera for comparison, sorry not edited.


Good luck, good birding, thanks Nick.

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



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Re: Neotrop @ Deveruex

John Sterling
 

this one looks similar enough to the one I found a couple of weeks ago near Bakersfield, so I’m guessing that it is the same bird


John Sterling
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PO Box 1653
Woodland, CA 95776A

530 908-3836
jsterling@...
www.sterlingbirds.com

On May 31, 2019, at 3:39 PM, Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <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.

Here is one image from the back of my camera for comparison, sorry not edited.


Good luck, good birding, thanks Nick.

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



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Neotrop @ Deveruex

Wes Fritz
 

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.

Here is one image from the back of my camera for comparison, sorry not edited.


Good luck, good birding, thanks Nick.

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

1st Pics of Neotropic Cormorant

David Levasheff
 

Neotropic Cormorant Devereux

Thomas Turner
 

Nick L found a Neotropic at Devereux Slough. Currently drying out on a log, viewable from the North pullout on Slough Road.

-Tom.

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Sparrow Quiz

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Well they are obviously juveniles from an age perspective, since any other plumage would be frequently seen and/or well illustrated.

 

As for species, Song Sparrow.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Holmgren
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:06 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Sparrow Quiz

 

Three recent photos show a local sparrow species in a plumage that is not frequently seen or photographed in our area and that is not consistently illustrated in three field guides I examined.  

 

The photos were taken by:

Barry Rowan on 19 May at San Marcos Foothills,

Me on 29 May on West Camino Cielo,

Glenn Kincaid on 30 May on West Camino Cielo

These are all the same species.

 

What age are they?  What species?

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara

If the images appear too large, double click on them and it should snap to viewable size.

 

 

Re: Gallinule continues + teal

Ron Hirst
 

There were also a pair of BW Teal at 5pm with a third bird away from the pair very likely a female BW Teal.
Ron Hirst SB

Sparrow Quiz

Mark Holmgren
 

Three recent photos show a local sparrow species in a plumage that is not frequently seen or photographed in our area and that is not consistently illustrated in three field guides I examined.  

 

The photos were taken by:

Barry Rowan on 19 May at San Marcos Foothills,

Me on 29 May on West Camino Cielo,

Glenn Kincaid on 30 May on West Camino Cielo

These are all the same species.

 

What age are they?  What species?

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara

If the images appear too large, double click on them and it should snap to viewable size.



Re: IV Yellow-throated Warbler different bird than Gaviota?

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Wes noticed that the tip of the bill of the Gaviota YTWA was broken (left photo below) and he compared some of the photos he had taken at Gaviota with photos that I had of the IV bird.  The IV bird's bill was intact (right photo below) indicating that these two birds were indeed different individuals.


Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta  

Gallinule continues

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

The Common Gallinule was showing at Area K around lunch. There is at least one Say’s Phoebe hanging around in the large grass field NE of the postal sorting facility.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 

Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
We, Jeff Hanson and David Levasheff stoped by the Vernal pools on CA Hwy 246 X Campbell Road, birds of note for me are Virginia Rail, Spotted Sandpiper, 2 CA Gulls, one drake Cinnamon Teal, one family unit of Mallards with 5 ducklings, a few youngish Mallards, One Tricolored Black Bird And a family unit of A Coots.

At another private farm pond on Hwy 246, birds of not were 10
Pairs of RW Blackbirds and one family unit of Coots.

Mission Hills Sewage works,
Birds of note, one female Bufflehead, 3 baby Ruddy Ducks, 4 baby Mallards, one Coot setting on a nest, along with a few pairs of Rudy’s and Mallards and one pair of Gadwalls. 2 Red-winged Blackbirds were on nests with a few hanging around. The Great-tailed Grackles have colonized the reed beds. One fly over Raven.

Mission Hills Golf Club, located at Burton Mesa X Clubhouse Road. Had several Rrd-winged Blackbirds nesting in the marsh some were attending young. A baby Song Sparrow was begging from parents. All the expected chaparral species were present and singing.

River Park,
2 pairs of Cassin’s Kingbirds, one Kingbird chasing the Starlings. Several singing Purple Finches and what appeared to be a juv. Also seen was 2 begging Lawrence's Goldfinches along with a few other Lawrence’s but mostly dominated with American Gold Finches and a few Lessers.

Sweeney Road.
Several Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings, A Gold and Lawrence’s Goldfinch, WT Swifts, W Vireos, WW Pewees, AT Flys, PAC-Slope Flys, BH Grosbeaks, singing White-crowned Sparrows and 2 juv WC Sparrows,Rufous-crowned Sparrow, assumed nesting White-throated Swifts, all expected Wren species, Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon at a nest site. It is very birdy here and I am omitting a lot of birds.

Miguelito Canyon.
It started getting windy so we went to locked gate at Honda Canyon and birded our way out.
Birds of note are, 7 Grasshopper Sparrows. ( probably more, they were hard to hear in the wind) 3 Swainson’s Thrush and lots of Laz Buntings and all the other expected birds were seen in good numbers.

If you are curious? All the Grasshopper Sparrows were seen in the proposed “ wind energy farm” area.

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Yellow-throated Warbler (3 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (10)
- Reported May 29, 2019 17:06 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/S56888684
- Comments: "7M, 3F. Likely more, as I counted 4 teal sp that we’re too far to positively ID, but we’re paired with male BWTE. "

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported May 29, 2019 17:06 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/S56888684
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 29, 2019 08:20 by Bradley Hacker
- Tipi Village, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4129922,-119.8636696&ll=34.4129922,-119.8636696
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56866981
- Comments: "Warbler: yellow throat; black and white streaked sides; white underside; black and white face; gray back. In top of oak near red barn. Found by Tom Turner"

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 29, 2019 07:56 by Jasen Liu
- Tipi Village, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4129922,-119.8636696&ll=34.4129922,-119.8636696
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56871802
- Comments: "Singing male found earlier by Tom Turner. Slowly foraging in Coast Lice Oak, often hanging upside down like a nuthatch. Conspicuous yellow throat bordered by thick black streaks. White supercilium above black eyestripe and auriculars; white patch behind auriculars. White undertail coverts and belly, gray back. 2 bold white wingbars"

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 29, 2019 07:40 by Thomas Turner
- Tipi Village, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4129922,-119.8636696&ll=34.4129922,-119.8636696
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56866148
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "Black, white, and gray warbler with bright yellow throat. Yellow did not extend onto belly (unlike the pictures in my Sibley app). Yellow also did not extend onto face above black cheek (lores and supercilium completely white). Bold black andwhite pattern on face: black patch below eye, black through eye, and white stripe above eye. Long bill. Working largely along trunks, hanging upside down at times, very nuthatch-like. Some hover-gleaning. All white under-tail and under-tail coverts; some gray streaking on sides of body. Gray above with blacker cap. I heard it singing as I biked by. First spotted singing from the trunk of a palm tree next to teen center. It then spent a long time foraging in the largest oak in the park, next to teen center. Was there when I left. GPS about: 34.413292, -119.863412."

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Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Tennessee Warbler at Devereux

Lisa Nelms <Drnelms@...>
 

There is a male and female at San Marcos Foothill Preserve.  Also a female behind my house. But a scarcity for sure.

Re: Woodhouses ScrubJay

Lisa Nelms <Drnelms@...>
 

Sorry, couldn’t figure out how to reply online but yes, I have ascertained that this is, in fact, a CA Scrubjay.  Honestly, I see these birds all day every day, but this one just struck me as  a little different-  more gray than what I’m used to.  Thanks everyone for your responses!

Barka Slough

Florence Sanchez
 

I finally got to Barka Slough this spring.  It was overcast and though not foggy, the ceiling was very low, so the light was not great for optimum birding and I had a lot of black blobs against a gray sky that I could not identify.  Nevertheless, I ended up with a good species list and the audio chorus was great as usual.

My list included Lazuli Bunting and Blue Grosbeak, several singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, Common Yellowthroats (practically trash birds there were so many), lots of Wilson's Warblers, a couple of Yellow Warblers and one or two Orange-crowned Warblers.  I had several American Goldfinches, including a male feeding another bird that I think was an adult female, not a young bird (courtship feeding perhaps?). There were more Purple finches than House finches, and an abundance of Swallows (mostly Cliff with a few Tree Swallows as well).  I counted at least 8 Ash-throated Flycatchers along the road.  Swainson's thrushes were singing throughout the Willows.

The stars of the show were the Yellow-breasted Chats singing at various places all along the road but hard to see.  I felt lucky to have glimpsed one in the top of a willow on my way down the road.  However, on the way back I was treated to a full-out displaying Chat, doing something I've never seen before.  He perched in the top of a willow, burst into song, then took to the air, fluttering and hovering over that spot and still singing for several seconds before dropping back onto his perch and then flying away.

For the second year in a row, I did not turn up a "for sure" Warbling Vireo here.

As I returned to my car at the east end of the road, A Yellow-billed Magpie flew over the grassy field of the ranch with the broken windmill.  I have seen a Magpie there before, but it always strikes me as odd to have them so close to the ocean.

Florence Sanchez

Re: on vagrant re-occurrence and "nesting" teal

Ron Hirst
 

Yes.  Fantastic that two 2 YT Warblers were discovered. There were a pair of Am. Wigeon at Devereux at noon also.   Best
Ron Hirst, SB