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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

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

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

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.

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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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- 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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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

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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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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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.




  
                                   
                               
                               

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

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

 

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Stilt Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

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

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 

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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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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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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

Yellow-billed Magpie near lower Refugio Rd

Mark Holmgren
 

I'm posting for Dave Robertson who has entertained a Yellow-billed Magpie for 3 days on Calle Real a stone's throw east of Refugio Rd.  The bird is present this morning. 

Mark Holmgren on behalf of Dave

El Capitan Cyn Yellow-breasted Chat

Mark Holmgren
 

I hiked north of the El Capitan Ranch Glamping Project and found a really nice trail.  Though this trail was a bit above the riparian, one can look down on it and the side canyons were wet and lush and in recovery from fire.  In one of the side canyons was a single singing Yellow-breasted Chat at 487 feet elevation and 1.8 miles N of the creek mouth, photo attached. This species is rare between Goleta and Gaviota.  I think this is State Park property upstream of El Cap Ranch.

Some interesting things about this canyon were the lack or scarcity of Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, Hooded Orioles, and Wood-Pewees.  When I did detect Hooded Orioles it was upstream of the El Cap Ranch, N of all the planted Palms in the camping zone.  Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats were more common on the hillsides and in the side canyon than in the riparian.  There was plenty of breeding activity.

I recommend this hiking trail.  It would be nice to be able to drive to the north end of the tourist ranch, then begin hiking from there.

El Cap Cyn 28 June 2019.jpg
Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara
IMG_1152 Yellow-breasted Chat sm.jpg
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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2019 20:00 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/S57749209
- Comments: "continuing, roosting in same tree as DC Cormorants by the fenced-off bridge; smaller in size than DCCO"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2019 14:29 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/S57742839
- Comments: "continuing, in a dead tree at the fenced-off little bridge on the west side of the slough. White edging around lower part of triangular gape, lores lacked yellow."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2019 08:35 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S57744298
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Immature present since 31 May 2019. It was perched in the dead eucalyptus above the dirt parking area by the "bridge to nowhere". Feathering at gape formed small triangle, no yellow in lores, longish tail. No Double-crested Cormorants nearby for direct comparison. (photos)"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2019 08:35 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S57750218
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Immature present since 31 May 2019. It was perched in the dead eucalyptus above the dirt parking area by the "bridge to nowhere". Feathering at gape formed small triangle, no yellow in lores, longish tail. No Double-crested Cormorants nearby for direct comparison. (photos)"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2019 08:35 by Tom Edell
- 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/S57743167
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Immature present since 31 May 2019. It was perched in the dead eucalyptus above the dirt parking area by the "bridge to nowhere". Feathering at gape formed small triangle, no yellow in lores, longish tail. No Double-crested Cormorants nearby for direct comparison. (photos)"

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Continuing Willow Flycatcher and Bell's Vireo SY River

Peter Schneekloth
 

I took a morning stroll through the River Bed and was able to hear both the Southwest Willow Flycatcher and the Bell's Vireo. The Vireo moved around quite a bit and was heard well across the river to the south and north of me over by the golf course. At one point it perched briefly overhead for a few photo's.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48145812272/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: rescued Common Murre Goleta Beach outlet

Jamie Chavez
 

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your report. Common Murre is rare in early summer but not unheard of. When you turn the corner at Pt. Conception things can be very different. Your question about eBird gives me the opportunity to mention that eBird protocol states that only living birds should be submitted in checklists. Occasionally birders will enter a deceased bird not knowing the rules. In your situation, it is perfectly acceptable to submit this in a checklist because the bird was alive and you would be documenting an uncommon June sighting. Let's hope it gets well and can be released soon.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 11:22 PM Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
There are reports that there are a lot of pelagic birds seen beached weak or dead this summer all up and down the coast, along with  Bernardo's previous mention  here of the probable nesting failures of other pelagic seabirds elsewhere.
This afternoon at Goleta Beach at 4pm I saw a gull attack a bit of kelp that tried to stab back at it, and since I never have seen black and white kelp act that way, I beetled on down to the estuary outlet at Goleta Beach to investigate. 
    A nice young woman had already rescued the very exhausted Common Murre from the gull and was only to happy to send it on with me to the Wildlife Care Network, which I did.
The nice people there said they have seen quite a few this year but few or none lately, that they would get a feeding tube in it and fix it up and release it...so that one was lucky enough to wash up at the feet of the nice young person. 
It's a big coastline and not all are so lucky.
This one was all black head and chin and back.
I had seen them before offshore but this was my first Common Murre rescue....and another good excuse for you birders to beachwalk.
Good luck to that Murre, the oldest one was reported on the Pacific Coast to be 27 years old.
Audubon map shows it south to Pt Conception, All About/Cornell says 'rare' south of PtC.
Should this be an ebird report?
thanks and cheers
Ken Hoesterey

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rescued Common Murre Goleta Beach outlet

Ken Hoesterey
 

There are reports that there are a lot of pelagic birds seen beached weak or dead this summer all up and down the coast, along with  Bernardo's previous mention  here of the probable nesting failures of other pelagic seabirds elsewhere.
This afternoon at Goleta Beach at 4pm I saw a gull attack a bit of kelp that tried to stab back at it, and since I never have seen black and white kelp act that way, I beetled on down to the estuary outlet at Goleta Beach to investigate. 
    A nice young woman had already rescued the very exhausted Common Murre from the gull and was only to happy to send it on with me to the Wildlife Care Network, which I did.
The nice people there said they have seen quite a few this year but few or none lately, that they would get a feeding tube in it and fix it up and release it...so that one was lucky enough to wash up at the feet of the nice young person. 
It's a big coastline and not all are so lucky.
This one was all black head and chin and back.
I had seen them before offshore but this was my first Common Murre rescue....and another good excuse for you birders to beachwalk.
Good luck to that Murre, the oldest one was reported on the Pacific Coast to be 27 years old.
Audubon map shows it south to Pt Conception, All About/Cornell says 'rare' south of PtC.
Should this be an ebird report?
thanks and cheers
Ken Hoesterey