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Re: Northern Parula Isla Vista

Dave Compton
 

Totally missed this message. I bet this was the same bird I saw. Dave C.

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 10:17 AM Jasen Liu via Groups.Io <gkoprs=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

Was just listening to a singing NOPA high up in the Eucalyptus at the east end of Madrid Rd. Did not get a visual (not carryong binoculars...). Bird seems to have been moving northwards towards Am Colegio.

Good birding,
Jasen

Neotrop, parula, etc.

Dave Compton
 

At about 11:30am, the Neotropic Cormorant was perched alone on a snag toward the west side of Devereux Slough (farther west than the one it was repeatedly using on Friday). An Osprey was also in the area, as were a pair of Canada Geese with 5 goslings not yet showing signs of adult plumage.

At about 11am, I saw a male Northern Parula in a eucalyptus on the south side of Pardall Rd in Isla Vista, only about a half a block west of the tunnel under Ocean Rd, leading into campus. The bird sang repeatedly, then flew east and sang at least once more, before I lost it. It could've moved northeast into the area with lots of ornamental trees, around the Student Health Building. But who knows.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Northern Parula Isla Vista

Jasen Liu
 

Hi all,

Was just listening to a singing NOPA high up in the Eucalyptus at the east end of Madrid Rd. Did not get a visual (not carryong binoculars...). Bird seems to have been moving northwards towards Am Colegio.

Good birding,
Jasen

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Eared Grebe (2 reports)
- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 08:13 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/S57050299
- Comments: "Males. Continuing."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (8) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 09:41 by Glenn Kincaid
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57051965
- Comments: "4 males and 2 females resting on Island. A par on far side"

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1)
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 15:42 by Mark Holmgren
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57067965
- Comments: "In basic plumage"

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 09:41 by Glenn Kincaid
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57051965
- Comments: "Breeding plumage"

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Jun 04, 2019 07:04 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S57077692
- Comments: "Continuing along paved path from La Pater. Photos and recording to be added"

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 08:05 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S57045921
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "34.441503, -119.844540"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 08:13 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/S57050299
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 31, 2019 18:30 by Marissa DeVille
- 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/S57070708
- 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."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 08:13 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/S57050299
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Skulking in the grass on the northeast edge of Area K. Medium-sized, vertical brown streaking, very slow movements, dark malar."

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 15:42 by Mark Holmgren
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57067965
- Comments: "I got the briefest of looks at what appeared to be a Tennessee Warbler at the NE corner of the refuge where Willows meet tules meet bottle brush. Grayish head contrasted with greenish back and wings, slight yellowish at the vent and white undertail coverts. The supercilium was bolder and whiter than one sees on on Orange-crowned Warbler. Having trouble refinding it."

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Sparrow Quiz and Camino Cielo Birds

Mark Holmgren
 

The answer to the sparrow quiz from last week is Rufous-crowned Sparrow, all fledglings or juveniles.  Thanks to Barry Rowan and Glenn Kincaid for their excellent photos, again attached to this email.
A brief summary of birds seen in 42 stops along West Camino Cielo (between Refugio Road and the Winchester Gun Club) and East Camino Cielo (only 14 stops made so far).  WCC is a treacherous drive in a 2-wheel drive car.  The road is in the worst condition I've ever seen there.  Overall, birds were sparse. Lazuli Bunting was exceedingly common while numbers were low for the standard three chaparral birds Wrentit, Spotted Towhee, and Bewick's Wren.  There were 4 spots where I had Black-chinned Sparrows.  I could not refind these sparrows when I revisited each of these spots.  However, I do not do playback so the sparrows may just not sing all the time.  Mountain Quail were heard at almost every stop, though none were seen and few were close. Only one Olive-sided Flycatcher. I suspect a Peregrine eyrie at one area.
I've only begun East CC, so I'll post about that area in a few days.  But yesterday I had a flyover Purple Martin at 34.51408 -119.80346.  Lazuli Buntings were not at all common, Mountain Quail again were common.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass 

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Barry Rowan, above
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Holmgren, above
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Glenn Kincaid, above

Tennessee Warbler At AC Bird Refuge

Mark Holmgren
 

I got the briefest of looks at what appeared to be a Tennessee Warbler at the NE corner of the refuge where Willows meet tules meet bottle brush. Grayish head contrasted with greenish back and wings, slight yellowish at the vent and white undertail coverts. The supercilium was bolder and whiter than one sees on on Orange-crowned Warbler. Having trouble refinding it.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Shawn McVicar
 

I am the one who reported the cuckoo at Barka Slough on Saturday. I heard it calling from what sounded like deep within the trees, at around 9:00 AM. I used the Sibley's app to verify the call and what I heard matched perfectly with the "long call", if anybody has the app. As soon as I switched to a recorder app, it stopped calling. I am happy to entertain any other birds that have a similar call (I tried to eliminate the ones I could think of). 

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Shawn McVicar
Buellton, Ca

shawnmcvic@...

Barka Slough and Ocean Beach Today

Glenn Kincaid
 

This morning at Barka Slough I did not find any evidence of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (which was reported from there a couple of days ago). Most of the expected species were present, though I did not hear or see a Blue Grosbeak.

Later at Ocean Beach I had a few nice birds - several Reheads, an Eared Grebe in full breeding plumage, and 2 Avocets. The highlight was 3 Least Terns, 2 of which were mating on a wooden snag protruding from the water, seen from the viewing platform.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Rufous Hummingbird (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (6 reports)
- Eastern Kingbird (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 05:33 by John Callender
- 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/S57031020
- Comments: "Continuing bird along the south side of the path that runs from La Patera Lane to the south shore of the lake."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 11:05 by Libby Patten
- 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/S57012255
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Perched on dead cypress trees close to path from La Patera. On left (south) side before intersection with northern path. Appeared very brown so blended in."

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1)
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 16:03 by Michael Mulroy
- 6200 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, California, US (34.402, -119.487), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4015249,-119.4867608&ll=34.4015249,-119.4867608
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57015107
- Comments: "Male, orange-backed"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 07:28 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/S57033772
- Comments: "Continuing. Perched in a dead tree just north of the bridge to nowhere."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 14:11 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/S57010206
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Standing by DCCO, much smaller with small head and bill. Yellow at gape come to sharp point."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 14:00 by Neil Zhang
- 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/S57018501
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Next to half bridge"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 13:55 by Heidi George
- 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/S57013852
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Observed early in the day on horizontal branch of snag above western pullout along Slough road and preening alongside double-crested cormorants on log in the southern slough. Reappeared later in the day on the same branch above pullout."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 12:05 by Barbara Millett
- 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/S57009262
- Comments: "Perched on bare tree branch near half bridge. Small cormorant compared with DCCO with smaller bill and comparatively longish tail. Bill gray towards tip, yellow towards base. Pale whitish feathering on face at base of bill. Mottled gray/brown breast."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 12:00 by Alex Loos
- 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/S57010903
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;Ot850y3q5T4"

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Jun 02, 2019 by Neil Zhang
- 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/S57018563
- Media: 1 Photo

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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

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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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
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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.

NECO

Barbara Millett
 

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

Barb Millett
SB

Sent from a phone

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

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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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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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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

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

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

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