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Devereux, Wednesday morning

Hugh Ranson
 

A pair of Blue-winged Teal were feeding along the east side of the slough. Besides Snowy Plovers, not much in the way of shorebirds except a Black-bellied Plover along the beach and 2 Avocets at NCOS. The Neotropic Cormorant was resting on the sand towards the moth of the slough. A Say's Phoebe was on the beach at the trail to the Dune Pond.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- American Wigeon (2 reports)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (4 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jun 12, 2019 08:29 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/S57315345
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "M + F. Male is certain (see photo), F is likely because they were associated."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 10:00 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/S57299063
- Comments: "Continuing. A pair, male in full adult plumage with female nearby."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2019 08:29 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/S57315345
- Comments: "Male easily distinguished from other ducks by his white forhead stripe and green from eyes back. Late-staying bird."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 10:00 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/S57299063
- Comments: "Continuing. A pair with male in adult breeding plumage and a female nearby."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 10:10 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57296432
- Comments: "red shield large white spot under tail. Seen many times here"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2019 08:29 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/S57315345
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, where the slough met the back of the dunes.. In scope I could see the yellow behind bill coming to an angle &lt; 90 degrees. Also very small next to DCCO. Carrying around some grass or something."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 16:34 by Patrick Sysiong
- 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/S57304751
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, much smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorant"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 13:07 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S57301380
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen perched next to DCCO, and of smaller stature and lighter build. Lores feathered, not yellow facial skin, tail appearing proportionally slightly longer, bill more slight. Photos "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 10:00 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/S57299063
- Comments: "Continuing. Arrived at first pullout, where saw small, brownish cormorant perched on a log next to a Double-crested Cormorant, exactly where it had been on my previous visit. Noting that the light was better, I went to get my camera, and the bird had flown, not to be refound again. Small, brownish cormorant, considerably shorter than the Double-crested Cormorant adjacent. Saw orange bill with no color in loral area, faint white "arrow" delineating the gular/bill area & pointing hindwards. Searched for it at bridge to nowhere pullout with no luck."

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Kinevan Road this morning

Florence Sanchez
 

Made a short trip to Kinevan this morning and walked the road from the upper bride to the lower bridge and back.  It was a riot of song.  More birds were heard than seen as usual, but I found it's a little easier to actually see the singers on the way back.  The angle and light are a little better for seeing in the trees.  Here are some of the highlights:

Woodpeckers:  Hairy, Nuttall's, Flicker
Flycatchers:  Pacific-Slope (saw an adult feeding a young one), Ash-throated (gathering nest material), Olive-sided (silent in the top of a dead tree in the creek just below the upper bridge)
Steller's Jay:  One heard and glimpsed high in the tall conifers at the top of the rise on the south side of the road at the upper bridge
Thrushes:  Robins gathering food; Hermit Thrush singing in oak forest at mile marker 13
Vireos:  Hutton's, Warbling (lots of these), Cassin's (heard 3 different ones singing, all fairly near the upper bridge)
Warblers:  Lots of Yellow Warblers the entire length of the creek; also heard once a call that sure sounded like a Wilson's
Cooper's Hawk:  Calling and flying across the rad at mile marker 12
Wrens:  Canyon Wren calling form the north side of the creek; several House Wrens
Finches:  Both Purple and Lesser Goldfinches were heard.

Plus Juncos, Crows, Band-tailed Pigeon, Spotted Towhees  . . .

Mark, that map you shared showing the location of breeding sites along this road was most impressive!  Thanks for doing that.

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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 11, 2019 08:15 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S57288162
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing - 34.414610, -119.875618"

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Colson Canyon

John Deacon
 

All:

I spent a few hours at Colson Canyon this morning.  I saw/heard 42 species.  Highlights were NOPO, nesting VGSW, nesting PSFL and hundreds, if not thousands, of butterflies.  I'm not a butterfly guy but I took a few pictures and can share those and provide input on where they were most active.  It appeared that there were at least 6 species. Let me know if you want more info. 

Bird list is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57273896

John Deacon
Orcutt



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Orcutt


Pacific Loon addendum

Hugh Ranson
 

I went back to the sandspit at noon and found that the Pacific Loon had beached itself. I gave the Wildlife Care Network a call, and they were going to attempt to catch the bird. I imagine that would be a difficult proposition. A couple of photos here:


Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Pacific Loon at the SB Harbor

Hugh Ranson
 

This morning there was a  Pacific Loon in breeding plumage in the harbor as seen from the breakwater sandpit. The loon has a little oil on the sides of the breast (and perhaps elsewhere). It was very foggy so not much else was in view.

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (3 reports)
- American Wigeon (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (4 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 09:45 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57239007
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "mostly brown duck with a dark head and beak, white hip patch and white crescent on face distinctive"

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 08:24 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/S57229148
- Comments: "Continuing. Males."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 07:58 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57229088
- Comments: "4 males. 2 females closely associating but too far for positive ID"

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2)
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 08:30 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S57230819
- Comments: "Male and female "

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 13:30 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S57238460
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "34.421576, -119.849280"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 09:45 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57239007
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "overall browner than the coots with bright red shield and more prominent white patch on undertail"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 08:24 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/S57229148
- Comments: "Continuing"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 07:58 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57229088
- Comments: "Continuing in usual spot across water from viewing area. Coot like bird with red shield"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 08:30 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S57230819
- Comments: "Continuing. Smaller than nearby DCCOs, angular gape with dark lores."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 14:02 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S57236319
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "There were two cormorants, the larger was clearly a double-crested, while the smaller with a smaller beak had a more acute angle at the gape, showing proportionally less yellow"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 09:58 by Mark Holmgren
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57236358
- Comments: "Persistently singing, best heard from this point on road 34.50682 -119.82447. This is about 100m down stream from the upper bridge."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2019 14:22 by margeNdon thornton
- 250 FirTree, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4407122,-119.8908859&ll=34.4407122,-119.8908859
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57239501
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "black above with white beak and wing patches, white beneath with red breast."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 09:15 by Sheila Souther
- Northgate, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4423212,-119.8884502&ll=34.4423212,-119.8884502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57238350
- Media: 1 Photo

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Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco near Santa Barbara High School

Mark Kinsman
 

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to the group. My daughter said it made a honk/squeak noise when it hopped. I sent a link to a YouTube video with zebra finches making noise and she verified that it sounded like a zebra finch. Nick hit the nail on the head. 
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Marge and Don Thornton
 

This must be the year for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.  We had a a lovely male at our feeders yesterday. He paid a return visit this morning(Monday)


Kinevan Rd -- continued

Mark Holmgren
 

Here is the attachment I tried to put into yesterday's email about birds on Kinevan Rd.  

You can display the breeding birds of other parts of the county by Filtering for other Localities.  For example, type Carp then choose Carpinteria, or Rincon, or Maria and choose either Santa Maria or Maria Ygnacia. Try a watershed, a city, or a part of the county such as Gaviota Coast.  

Hint: Best success is achieved by closing each Filter and starting your Filter sequence again.  

To order your results, look to the right of the filter object (Common Name or Observer, etc.) in the new dialog box you’ve created, see the 3 horizontal bars.  Click those and choose Sort by count.  This is a handy tool in many different kinds of Filter actions.


You can see all the breeding records in the Study by going to  https://goo.gl/AJQxKj.  Also access the Breeding Bird Study through SantaBarbaraaudubon.org.


Have fun!


Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara


Kinevan Road this morning, 9 June

Mark Holmgren
 

I walked Kinevan Rd from the bridge near Highway 154 upstream to the new bridge near the entrance to Kinevan Ranch. Though I started late in the morning, I felt I obtained a fairly thorough survey.  Lots of breeding activity.  

An Anna’s Hummingbird gathering a big wad of willow fluff is very late for nest construction.  Late enough to make me wonder if they have some other use for this stuff.  

There may be 3 total Cassin’s Vireos. In one area near the upstream bridge a loud singer and a second softer singer were present. I assume this was a male-female pair.  Not far downstream I might have heard a 3rdsinger.   

In this same general area 100m downstream of the upper bridge a Hermit Thrush sang persistently. 

I could not detect Brown Creeper, which had been seen here until early spring.

Here’s what I saw:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57236358

 

We still do not have a breeding record for Spotted Towhee on Kinevan Road.

Here are the breeding records we do have along Kinevan Road.

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Black Turnstone (1 report)
- Short-billed Dowitcher (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Cattle Egret (1 report)
- Northern Parula (2 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 14:57 by Thomas Turner
- 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/S57206164
- Comments: "Continuing. At least one unmistakable male. "

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 14:57 by Thomas Turner
- 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/S57206164
- Comments: "Red shielded adult. Continuing. "

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 08:59 by John Callender
- 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/S57200520
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Foraging on the north shore of the lagoon west of the railroad tracks. At first I was thinking it was a Ruddy Turnstone based on what looked to me visually like a blackish mark on the side of the breast contrasting with a brownish wings and back, but in reviewing photos I see features (especially the face pattern and leg color) that look better for a breeding-plumage Black Turnstone. I'd appreciate input if people have opinions on the bird's ID."

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 08:59 by John Callender
- 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/S57200520
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Loosely associating with a Willet on the western shore of the lagoon. In flight I saw the white stripe down its back. At one point it gave the three-note “tututu” call just before it flew across to the north side of the lagoon."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 13:33 by Richard Norton
- 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/S57203857
- Comments: "Photos"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 09:45 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/S57205432
- Media: 1 Photo

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 08:50 by Alex Loos
- 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/S57204290
- Media: 1 Photo

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 13:40 by Mark Holmgren
- 736 Cieneguitas Rd 34.4506 -119.7574, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.450603,-119.757359&ll=34.450603,-119.757359
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57208630
- Comments: "This singing male was found by Dave Compton earlier today. From the apartment complex grounds we heard simultaneous songs of Orange-crowned Warbler and Northern Parula. At one point the two were chasing each other. It gave a typical song 'z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-Zip' with a rapidly rising finale, from primarily Sycamore in the apartment complex. Brief visuals showed a grayish-headed bird with a yellow throat above a burnt orange and black breast band. Belly was white."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 08, 2019 10:30 by David Compton
- 736 Cieneguitas Rd, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4499005,-119.7582078&ll=34.4499005,-119.7582078
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57198244
- Comments: "Heard it's typical rising, buzzy zzzzzzip! song from inside the apartment, then tracked it down in a tall sycamore in the complex, about 50 meters south of Foothill. It sang for a while longer, then quit before I could locate it visually."

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak visits again

Peter Schneekloth
 

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak I first saw yesterday was back again this morning. My Black-headed come in for seed only and are quite shy. This bird seems to like lengthy feeding sessions at the suet block and allows close approach. I figured a short video was in order. For those interested:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48031145606/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Hollister Ranch 6/8/19

Robert Lindsay
 

Guy Tingos led a large group of birders around various location inside the Hollister Ranch this morning for SBAS. (This is private property with a guarded entry so not available to the general public.) Stops were made at the coast which was mostly devoid of shorebirds. However we did see loons and Brandt's Cormorant offshore and had one breeding plumage male Common Loon fly over. At a different point we found Killdeer and their chicks (which the parents well protected from a passing dog with distraction behavior). We also saw a few Heerman's Gull and a single Elegant Tern. The inland birding was fairly diverse though no rarities were seen. Highlights included a quick look at a Barn Owl and long, unobstructed views of adult and juvenile Great Horned Owls. Other interesting species included Purple Finch, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bewick's Wren, Hooded Oriole, Western Meadowlark, Say's Phoebe and other common woodland birds. The day ended with Guy spotting some Humpback Whales displaying a mile or so offshore. Not a bad finish. Thanks to the folks at Hollister Ranch for giving us access to this great birding area.


Rose-breasted Grosbeak at feeders and other news

Peter Schneekloth
 

I do believe I've just been visited by a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Streaked all the way across an almost entirely white breast and a pale bill. Looks here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48025625893/in/dateposted-public/

Yesterday I hiked down Davey Brown trail with mostly the expected  birds found. Most notable has been the absence of Cassin's Vireo this year. I have not heard or seen a one this year at what has always been my go to place for them.

On the way down I stopped to look at some birds collected at a rain puddle and heard a Grasshopper Sparrow singing over on Sedgwick Reserve fence (restricted access).
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48020967053/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Santa Barbara (barely) Northern Parula

Dave Compton
 

Just had a Northern Parula singing near my apartment in Santa Barbara, which is south of Foothill near Cieneguitas. Don't give up on the vagrants!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Baltimore Oriole

Rob Hofberg
 

Good morning! There is a full breeding Plumage male Baltimore oriole that’s been hanging around on the 600 block of Colina Ln. it is been in the oaks and the giant silk oak at the end of the street 

Rob Hofberg 


Neotropic, etc.

Hugh Ranson
 

The cormo-runt was in the eucs at the Devereux half-a-bridge at 12:30 this afternoon.

This morning I rode my bike around hoping for singing eastern warblers and vireos. Not a one. There were two Green Herons at the mitigation ponds south of Atascadero Creek. Also there were Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

During a ten minute watch under the Modoc/La Cumbre bridge, I watched White-throated Swifts enter three different holes and depart shortly thereafter. I presume they're feeding young.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (2)
- Reported Jun 06, 2019 06:54 by Glenn Kincaid
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57139940
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "In avocado orchard at north end of road. Known area for this species. Compact short-tailed doves with characteristic vocalization."

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (1)
- Reported Jun 06, 2019 10:30 by Bob Lockett
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57153780
- Comments: "Photo to come. Medium large tern with long slender reddish bill."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 06, 2019 14:37 by Michelle Lake
- 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/S57148109
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Continuing to be perched on tree near bridge that goes to nowhere. Small cormorant, much smaller than Double-crested that flew nearby. Photos to come. "

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