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Continuing Neotropic Cormorant

Dave Compton
 

The cormorant was roosting on the snag southwest of the north pullout at Devereux Slough mid-morning today, 29 June. 

Also, several fledgling Beldging's Savannah Sparrows were begging and following adults near the north pullout, and there were three individuals singing around the lagoon. Based on the Breeding Bird Study data, it appears all the breeding activity recorded here so far this year has been around the southern part of the lagoon.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2019 09:41 by David Compton
- 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/S57786775
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing 2Y"

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Stilt Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I found an adult summer-plumaged Stilt Sandpiper at Area K at dusk today. It was towards the western end. I think it’s certain to roost there but will likely depart early as I think it’s too deep for it to feed.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

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Re: Stilt Sandpiper

Glenn Kincaid
 

45 minutes of searching did not reveal the Stilt Sandpiper this morning.

Lots of fresh young Pied-billed Grebes, Coots, and Gadwalls.

Glenn Kincaid
SB

On Jun 29, 2019, at 8:36 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

 

I found an adult summer-plumaged Stilt Sandpiper at Area K at dusk today. It was towards the western end. I think it’s certain to roost there but will likely depart early as I think it’s too deep for it to feed.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

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No Stilt Sandpiper

Mark Holmgren
 

Like Glenn, I checked out Area K from 6:50 to 7:15. No Stilt. Common Moorhen is present and lots of babies of Grebes, coots, and the expected ducks.
Has anyone yet detected breeding evidence at Area K this year from Ruddy Duck, Blue-winged Teal, or Cinnamon Teal?

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Breeding Ravens and Lawrences Goldfinches at Las Cruzitas

Cruz Phillips
 

Sorry I have been slow to post about Las Cruzitas.  I did record several species with the dates the new fledglings were seen out of the nest being fed or accompanied by adults and clearly having just fledged.  Others I have just recorded first sights of juveniles.  

Of note are:  Two Ravens fledged yesterday (6/29) in a first nesting for the ranch  Not sure this is a good thing.  I had been curious about an adult Raven hanging out around the barnyard and in a grove a trees by the equipment.  I thought it was strange that it stayed here alone during breeding season.  It wasn't until the two young fledged yesterday that I saw the two adults at one time.

We also had at least three pairs of Lawrences Goldfinches in the greater yard area. Two pairs fledged at least 2 and 3 young on 6/4 and 6/6.  It is hard to tell if there were more young.  The days after the young fledged the adults stopped all songs and calls and became very hard to find.

The pair of Red Tailed Hawks had 3 fledge the nest on 6/31.

Other dates are:   Titmouse: 5/6
                              Black Phoebe:  5/6
                               Say's Phoebe:  5/6 (also a first for the ranch although I have seen juveniles in July and August before)
                               White Breasted Nuthatch: 6/30 (two family groups)
                               Titmouse: 6/30 (new family group different group than 5/6)
                                Bushtit:  6/12
                                 Magpies in force:  6/12 (it was like every nest fledged on the same day)
                           
Other birds that clearly nested in the yard and young juveniles are present but I did not see fledglings with adults were:
               Black Headed Grosbeak
               Black Throated Hummingbird
               W. Bluebird
               
There are juvenile Band-Tailed Pigeons at the feeder starting this week, but I believe they are nesting some distance from here.

No juvenile Golden Eagles yet.

A pair of White-tailed Kites are still acting like they have a nest very near where they have nested in the past, but I have not seen fledglings yet.

Birds in suprisingly low numbers are Lazuli Buntings and Anna's Hummingbirds

Have fun watching baby birds,

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch, Santa Ynez.




  
                                   
                               
                               

Re: No Stilt Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby
 

There were two broods of Cinnamon Teal back in late May, including a couple of just fledged juveniles. The latter are still around but seem to spend all their time in the channel immediately below the bluff as I only ever see them when they fly out of here. No Ruddy Duck or Blue-winged Teal broods yet. Ruddy Ducks apparently like emergent vegetation in an appropriate water depth. I am not sure that Area K has a lot of appropriate nest sites. Last year, I was surprised at the low ratio of broods to birds for Ruddy Ducks at the SYRE.

I have seen at least one pair of Cinnamon Teals prospecting  over the last 2-3 weeks at Area K along with multiple pairs of BW Teals. My guess is that we will know if there are any more broods in the next couple of weeks.



On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 7:47 AM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Like Glenn, I checked out Area K from 6:50 to 7:15. No Stilt. Common Moorhen is present and lots of babies of Grebes, coots, and the expected ducks.
Has anyone yet detected breeding evidence at Area K this year from Ruddy Duck, Blue-winged Teal, or Cinnamon Teal?

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara




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Western Sandpipers

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

The last few days i have been seeing Western Sandpipers in small numbers at Devereux and NCOS. I don't have time to check the ones on NCOS properly so if you are looking for something to do, that would be a good project the next couple of weeks.

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Tecolote Creek 30 June 2019 -- Wilson's Warbler bonanza

Mark Holmgren
 

Kind of an exciting day in Tecolote Creek bottom.  I walked a 1.3 mile section.  Most of it was bordered by residences and a small northerly portion was bordered by more intensive ag (avocados).   I found 8 singing Wilson's Warblers, 1 singing Swainson's Thrush, and 1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee.  We are, of course, well outside of either migratory period so these birds are here with the intent to breed. This would become the most dense known population of Wilson's Warblers along the South Coast.
IMG_1198 Tecolote Creek sm.jpg
Tecolote Creek

This eBird checklist shows my route and the location of the Warblers and Thrush.  

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (3 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Dusky Flycatcher (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 17:30 by Kevin Lapp
- 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/S57830171
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "probably a pair, photo"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 11:30 by Becky Turley
- 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/S57843012
- Comments: "continuing in same location. Red bill and shield, white on flanks."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 05:34 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/S57822551
- Comments: "Continuing in usual area."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 11:05 by David Compton
- Goleta Slough overlook, Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.420912,-119.8504114&ll=34.420912,-119.8504114
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57824445
- Comments: "Continuing adult"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 06:38 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/S57822497
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, in Euc just north of bridge to nowhere"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 06:30 by Becky Turley
- 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/S57842866
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing on snag near half bridge. Small, long tailed cormorant. White bordering yellow gular patch."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 08:10 by margeNdon thornton
- DevereuxSouthOverlook, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4118931,-119.876858&ll=34.4118931,-119.876858
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57820501
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "sitting in dead eucalyptus by the pullout. Small head and bill, grey upper mandible, dark lores, v-shaped boudry between bare skin and feathers, long tail."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2019 08:30 by Tom Beland
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4222616,-119.5112528&ll=34.4222616,-119.5112528
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57821204
- Comments: "eye ring, white throat, 2 ring bars"

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- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Merlin (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2019 20:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57858837
- Comments: "Small swift with flitty, whirring flight; easily distinguished from Larger White-Throated"

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2019 19:25 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57858884
- Comments: "Very surprising. Small muscular falcon flying strongly from north to south across entire hotspot. Too small for Prairie (expected here) and proportions (tail to body) very different from Kestrel which was nearby, allowing direct comparison"

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Reddish Egret

Nick Lethaby
 

Wes just found a Reddish Egret at Devereux on the island by the south end. My impression was that it was not a juvenile, but couldn't see the scapulars and coverts all that well.

No Reddish Egret

Glenn Kincaid
 

I Checked Devereux and North Campus Open Space,no Reddish Egret seen, though I did not go all the way out to the Slough Mouth.

Bumped into Florence Sanchez, she said she had checked Goleta Beach, UCSB, and Area K with no luck either.

There were 24 Western Sandpipers Devereux.

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Reddish Egret

Noah Gaines
 

I am watching a reddish Egret at the mission creek outflow right now. Nice habitat here.

Noah Gaines
SB CA

Re: Reddish Egret

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Not currently being seen at mission creek outflow

Cuyler
SB

On Jul 3, 2019, at 10:14 AM, Noah Gaines <Noahgaines@...> wrote:

I am watching a reddish Egret at the mission creek outflow right now. Nice habitat here.

Noah Gaines
SB CA


Shorebirds

Florence Sanchez
 

With a very favorable low tide early this morning, I set out on a quest to see what shorebirds may have returned.  I started with the UCSB beaches, but they were pretty quiet.  All told I picked up two whimbrels, 2 Willets (in different stages of alternate plumage) and 1 Kildeer (in the UCSB Lagoon).  I then went over to Goleta Beach, paying particular attention to the estuary mouth, but I picked up no shorebirds there.  Area K also was devoid of shorebirds, including the Wilson's Phalaropes I found here last week.  I then checked out Devereux, looking for both shorebirds and the Reddish Egret reported yesterday.  Struck out here (missed the Western Sandpipers on the far side that Glenn Kincaid found earlier).  Then on to North Campus open space, where all I could turn up was a single Kildeer.

Finally, I went to the Goleta Sewage treatment plant.  Good news is that the north pond has a fair amount of exposed mud.  If it stays that way, it will be worth checking for shorebirds in the weeks ahead.  Today the stars here were multiple Black-necked Stilts of all ages and sizes, and a single silent Dowitcher sp. that flew around the north pond and lit on some equipment on the far side, completely back-lit and unidentifiable as to species.

There are very favorable minus low tides early in the morning for the next couple of days, so I suggest getting out and checking the beaches as this time of year, the shorebird menu changes daily. 

The only gulls I turned up were Western, with the exception of a few Heerman's on the UCSB beaches.  One of them was a first-year bird.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Shorebirds

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi Florence
yesterday evening a flock of about 25 Willets landed on the beach just west of the pier where it is fenced off. They departed 15 minutes later heading west I think, I have pictures, and thought they were Godwits, but when they flew the photos showed they had lots of black and white wing patches.
One Whimbrel was also in the fenced off fireworks area, thankfully dog and beach walker free for the moment.
cheers
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- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 02, 2019 13:38 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/S57877360
- Comments: "Continuing male"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2019 15:20 by Dika Golovatchoff
- 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/S57889625
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Of 3 cormorants perched on dead euc the one on right was markedly smaller, having a longer tail. After a few minutes two of them flew off including the neo. It is starting to show white around bill. Juvenile bird that has been present at this location for an extended period."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 02, 2019 14:30 by Kevin Lapp
- 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/S57876584
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "on dead snag next to bridge"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 02, 2019 13:38 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/S57877360
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, first in middle of slough, then at half-bridge."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2019 19:11 by Kevin Lapp
- 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/S57880742
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen from the beach at 7:15 in the southern end of the slough. Appeared smaller than great egret, bigger than snowy egret. feeding. gray blue body, neck was tinged a bit rusty. Bill was black on end, then pale. black legs. At 8:20, as I finished circling the slough, I saw it flying north up the slough and settle 50 yards shy of the road that crossed the water. photo."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 03, 2019 09:01 by Noah Gaines
- Mission Creek outflow (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4127959,-119.6869361&ll=34.4127959,-119.6869361
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57892259
- Comments: "Larger Heron than nearby snowy Egret. Mauve overall. With cinnamon on head and base of neck and at the end of the scraps. Dark Bill. Slate blue flight feathers and legs . Light iris. Active feeding style. Dancing and canopy feeding. "

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2019 08:30 by Bruce Reitherman
- Baron Ranch Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5001925,-120.1296674&ll=34.5001925,-120.1296674
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57875434
- Comments: "Seen briefly, in flight, darting along edge of oak woods/chaparral, with riparian woodland nearby. Small, slim-hipped, fast flight, quick wing beats; sharply square tail. Possibly a juvenile, but did not get good look at underside. Barely the size of a kestrel."

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Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I have been getting some birding in here and there, but mostly speed birding.

Today I started at Mud Lake in Orcutt, not much to report. Just baby ducks, grebes and Coots. This place has awesome potential and is always worth a drive by. One note about this location is that it is fenced and all your birding must be done over the 5 foot high fence, not a problem, it’s dog-less!!!
I then had to go up to SLO for a few hours, but did stop by a beach just north of Dinosaur Caves Park/ Margo Dodd Park, and the latter mentioned parks. In just a few minutes I counted 345 Heermann’s Gulls with white and gray heads and a fair number of 2nd cycle birds. Also of note or point, the Western Gulls are totally going off with a bunch of baby Gulls. Some feathered and some very young still in downy feathers. They are doing exceptionally well this year, which completely confuses me about Bernardo Alps statement and Ken H. echoing about the Gull nesting situation on Santa Barbara Island. I am assuming Bernardo has been on the island during nesting season many times in the past to post this statement? Anyway, the Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants are doing very well. I am not so sure about the Pigeon Guillemots. The numbers seem to be waning over the years, possibly too much kayak traffic. This location is awesome for photographing our local cliff nesting seabirds. I bird this location numerous times a year.( I apologize it is in SLO, not SBA)
I also made a stop by the Santa Maria Sewage works and saw 6 Cinnamon Teal ducklings nearly completely feathered. The two drake Cinnamon Teal we’re still courting the three hens with bobbing their heads and following the females, so they may be attempting a second brood. Also seen was 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Wilson’s Phalaropes, and 31 Western Sandpipers and a bunch of baby ducks, Killdeer, BN Stilts, Song Sparrows.
I then checked out Jack O’Connell Park, but the dogs were having a great time running wild, no birds.
I made my way over to SMRE, which is getting very full and should blow out in a couple weeks. Here I saw 8 Least Terns over the main lagoon and two were foraging up the estuary next to the road, it was pretty cool. Also of note was a female Harrier hunting around the estuary. I did not count the gulls, it was very windy with sand hitting my car that sounded like rain. All the expected birds present and were viewed from the windshield. I checked out 3 Tricolored Blackbirds colonies on my way home. Only one was still active with some Juveniles posted up for their parent to bring some food. While watching this I saw a Ruddy Duck with 8 freshly hatched ducklings and 3 baby Pied-billed Grebes tussling over a large crayfish and then about 20 Trikes came flying in and dropping directly into their nests while the other juvs across the farm pond were still waiting for their food delivery.
On a less happy note, I counted 11 Road kill Barn owls on the north bound 101 between Goleta and Santa Maria. A few weeks ago I counted 17 Road kill Barn Owls. I know this is kinda sad, but this means we had a great year for successful nesting Barn Owls and I hope only a small percent have been struck by cars. A few years ago during our drought the Barn Owl fatalities were much lower. I am guessing many of these owls are young and are dispersing from other nesting localities and some are from our local nesting boxes along the freeway.

Happy 4th and good birding.

Wes Fritz
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Western Tanager on San Antonio Creek Trail

Mark Holmgren
 

On SA Creek Trail this morning a Western Tanager male was singing at 34.46154 -119.77564. This is at about 2/3 of the trek upstream from the upper Tucker’s Grove parking lot to the trail’s end at Hwy 154. It is perhaps 100-200m downstream of the debris dam.  
Otherwise, not too much of interest. 1 or 2 White-tailed Kites were detected.
Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara