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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 10, 2019 07:06 by Bradley Hacker
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58073119
- Comments: "Immature. Narrow white streaks on chest, and thin white edges to wing feathers. No white behind eye like BCNH, but bi-colored bill like BCNH. NE corner of W bridge pond. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 09, 2019 14:00 by dave haupt
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58062876
- Comments: "Continuing immature right under footbridge "

Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah (Vidua obtusa) (1)
- Reported Jul 09, 2019 18:15 by Cruz Phillips
- Road to Las Cruzitas, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6101983,-119.9741614&ll=34.6101983,-119.9741614
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58073268
- Comments: "Bird was observed from 30 to 50 feet for approximately 5 minutes with binoculars. finch sized bird with 24 inch long black streaming ribbon like tail not tapering to the end. Black back and wing. Dark iridescent Golden brown nape with black hooded head. light Tawny belly. Silvery black medium heavy bill. In flight the tail looks like a broad floating ribbon with a little black lump at the front."

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Ocean Beach on Wednesday

Florence Sanchez
 

I drove to Ocean Beach Park in Lompoc today and found conditions different there for this time of year than I can recall in recent times.  The salt marsh is essentially dry.  In years past, we have waited for the water levels to come down so that we could see shorebirds in the exposed mud between the salicornia, but that certainly isn't the case this year.  I'm guessing this is because the estuary mouth was open most of this past winter, when meant the water drained, rather than backing up.

Anyway, there was a nice assortment of birds present around the perimeter of the estuary mouth, but because of the beach closure viewing them is difficult.  As Wes mentioned, you need a good scope and then it's still hard to make fine point identification on some species.  For example, there were good-sized flocks of Western-type Sandpipers at the far end, but even at 40 power, I wasn't close enough to pull out any Semi-palms (harder than yesterday at GSD for sure).  There also was a flock of 17 Dowitchers at that end.  Many seemed to be in breeding plumage and in none of those individuals did the red on the breast and belly extend to the base of the tail.  That said, if molt has started that characteristic may be unreliable.  The flock was silent, but as I was walking back to my car, I heard a single, short "tu-tu" call from the estuary.  As there were on Yellowlegs of either species present today, the most likely candidate to make that call would have been a short-billed Dowitcher.

In addition to those species, there were Godwits, Willets, Whimbrel, Semi-palmated Plovers, Snowy Plovers and a single Black-bellied Plover present, along with several Kildeer.  Also along the far estuary edge, I found a basic-plumage Sanderling.  I suspect this bird may have over-summered.  Ducks included a few Cinnamon Teal, a female American Wigeon, and a surprise male Shoveler that looked like it was starting to come out of eclipse.  Both Western and Clark's Grebes were in the estuary as well.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Broad-Tailed Pardise Whydah at Las Cruzitas

Florence Sanchez
 

Dear Cruz, exotic or not, what a cool bird to turn up in our area!  Perhaps it was indeed this species that was found near Alisal a few months ago and called a "Fork-tailed Flycatcher."  Would love to see a phot if anyone gets one.

Florence
 

On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:57:17 PM PDT, Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io <cruzitas@...> wrote:


This one took me a while to ID.  But with the help of Wes on the phone (he got me to the family and where to look) and my Birds of West Africa by Serle, Morel and Hartwig from 1977, I can say it looks exactly like the picture of the Broad-Tailed Paradise Whydah.  Not much else to say but it is one crazy looking bird.  And flying it looks like a big fat black ribbon with a small black blob at one end going through the air.  Perched on the wire, the bill is a little more like dark blue steel than the picture and the brown around the neck is very iridescent.  Otherwise exactly like the picture.

Cruz
Las Cruzitas Ranch 
Santa Ynez, CA

Canada Geese Vandenberg Village

Don Tate
 

12 mentionable Canada Geese low over Vandenberg Village, southbound, Monday or was that Tues afternoon. 

Don Tate, Vberg Vg

Goleta Sewage Plant, 7/10

Robert Lindsay
 

Following the suggestion by Florence, I checked out the Goleta Sewage Plant this morning. Saw the same assortment of peeps she had posted on the mud flat of the north pond (although the proportion of Least Sandpipers has climbed - still mostly Western). A couple of birds could have been Semipalmated Sandpipers but unless Nick is standing next to me agreeing I won't make that call. The second pond had 6 Blue-winged Teal (two male). Florence was also right about the diversity of Stilt ages in birds here. Some of them looked like they just hatched yesterday, the youngest I've ever seen. Otherwise nothing of interest. Looking forward to it picking up in the weeks ahead.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Broad-Tailed Pardise Whydah at Las Cruzitas

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Cruz,

 

Note that there has been a 4-way split of this species in recent years, so it may be tricky to pin down which one.

 

Nick

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Cruz Phillips via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 9:57 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Broad-Tailed Pardise Whydah at Las Cruzitas

 

This one took me a while to ID.  But with the help of Wes on the phone (he got me to the family and where to look) and my Birds of West Africa by Serle, Morel and Hartwig from 1977, I can say it looks exactly like the picture of the Broad-Tailed Paradise Whydah.  Not much else to say but it is one crazy looking bird.  And flying it looks like a big fat black ribbon with a small black blob at one end going through the air.  Perched on the wire, the bill is a little more like dark blue steel than the picture and the brown around the neck is very iridescent.  Otherwise exactly like the picture.

 

Cruz

Las Cruzitas Ranch 

Santa Ynez, CA


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Fledged Golden Eagle and Horned Lark

Cruz Phillips
 

Not exactly on the Ranch, but on the dirt road.  I saw one recently fledged Golden Eagle and two fledgling Horned Larks with parents today driving out at 11 am.  I have been waiting and watching the adult pair of Eagles and wondering when a juvenile, or juveniles, would appear.  The juvenile today was flying well but not 'out of the next for very long' well, so I figure it just left the nest in the last few days. I am hoping there is a second juvenile.  The Horned Larks have nested in low numbers in the grassland on the first ranch for several years.

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch
Santa Ynez

Broad-Tailed Pardise Whydah at Las Cruzitas

Cruz Phillips
 

This one took me a while to ID.  But with the help of Wes on the phone (he got me to the family and where to look) and my Birds of West Africa by Serle, Morel and Hartwig from 1977, I can say it looks exactly like the picture of the Broad-Tailed Paradise Whydah.  Not much else to say but it is one crazy looking bird.  And flying it looks like a big fat black ribbon with a small black blob at one end going through the air.  Perched on the wire, the bill is a little more like dark blue steel than the picture and the brown around the neck is very iridescent.  Otherwise exactly like the picture.

Cruz
Las Cruzitas Ranch 
Santa Ynez, CA

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*** Species Summary:

- Bell's Vireo (2 reports)

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Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) (1)
- Reported Jul 09, 2019 06:35 by dave haupt
- Santa Ynez River, Ave of the Flags bridge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6073065,-120.1937395&ll=34.6073065,-120.1937395
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58055316
- Media: 2 Photos

Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) (1)
- Reported Jul 09, 2019 06:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Ynez River, Ave of the Flags bridge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6073065,-120.1937395&ll=34.6073065,-120.1937395
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58054891
- Media: 2 Photos

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Devereux and GSD

Florence Sanchez
 

Today I went to Devereux to check for shorebirds.  The only ones in the slough itself were 4 Western Sandpipers in the northeast corner and a few Kildeer.  I walked down to Sands Beach and there had better luck.  It was low tide and on the exposed rocks and adjacent sand, I found 8 Willets, 6 black-bellied Plovers, and two groups of small shorebirds.  The first had about 20 each Western Sandpipers and Semi-palmated Plovers.  The second group had about 20 more Western Sandpipers and a few Snowy Plovers mixed in.  Up on the dry sand, there were more Snowy Plovers and there were two new chicks inside the exclosure near the estuary mouth.  Up in the drier sand working the wrack on the beach I found 6 Least Sandpipers.  Driving back out, I found there were more small shorebirds where I had seen the first Western Sandpipers in the slough.  I counted 23 this time around.  I checked the eastuary mouth area closely but there was no sign of the Reddish Egret reported here a few days ago.

At the Goleta Sanitary District, good exposed much remains in the north pond, and there were two flocks of small shorebirds on them. They were almost all Western Sandpipers with a few Kildeer mixed in.  I scanned the flocks until I was dizzy, but could not pull out a Semi-palmated Sandpiper today--just added one Least Sandpiper.  But I think this location is worth checking regularly for Semi-palms as long as the mud remains exposed.

A nice bonus at Devereux was a juvenile White-tailed Kite in a dead tree overlooking the channel near Sands beach.

Florence Sanchez

pelagic car pooling

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

I was wondering who is going on the pelagic trip this weekend especially from Goleta or further NW. I am looking to carpool.

 

Nick Lethaby

6750 Navigator Way, Suite 250

Goleta, CA 93117

 

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Re: Santa Barbara Beaches and Harbor area

Ria Marsh
 

To add to Florence’s post, I saw 6 Long-billed Curlews mid afternoon at Mission Creek.  When we returned on our way home an hour later, they were gone.
Ria Marsh, 
East Beach


On Jul 8, 2019, at 8:17 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

Today at low tide I walked form Shoreline Park to the Harbor Sandspit and back in the hope of turning up some shorebirds.  The beaches were incredibly quiet in spite of the good conditions and lack of both people and dogs.  I had only few gulls (Western and Heerman's) and didn't turn up any shorebirds until I got to the Sandspit.  There I had two Whimbrel.  Also on the spit was a good-sized flock of Brown Pelicans and more Heerman's and Western gulls.

I then drove down to the Mission Creek outfall at east beach and checked out conditions along the channel.  There I found resting on the bank 8 Willets, 1 Whimbrel, and a Long-billed Curlew and well as more Heermna's and WEstern Gulls and a flock of 23 Black 
Skimmers.

Almost all the Heerman's guls I found were adults.  The flock on the Sandspit also had two second-year birds and one dark first-year bird.  At the Mission Creek outfall, there were two dark first-year birds.

Florence Sanchez

Santa Barbara Beaches and Harbor area

Florence Sanchez
 

Today at low tide I walked form Shoreline Park to the Harbor Sandspit and back in the hope of turning up some shorebirds.  The beaches were incredibly quiet in spite of the good conditions and lack of both people and dogs.  I had only few gulls (Western and Heerman's) and didn't turn up any shorebirds until I got to the Sandspit.  There I had two Whimbrel.  Also on the spit was a good-sized flock of Brown Pelicans and more Heerman's and Western gulls.

I then drove down to the Mission Creek outfall at east beach and checked out conditions along the channel.  There I found resting on the bank 8 Willets, 1 Whimbrel, and a Long-billed Curlew and well as more Heermna's and WEstern Gulls and a flock of 23 Black 
Skimmers.

Almost all the Heerman's guls I found were adults.  The flock on the Sandspit also had two second-year birds and one dark first-year bird.  At the Mission Creek outfall, there were two dark first-year birds.

Florence Sanchez

Semipalm Sand @ Ocean Park

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
Today while birding at Ocean Park in Lompoc a Semipalmated Sandpiper was seen in with the 140 Westerns and 12 Least Sandpipers. Also seen was 3 Garbled Modwits, 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, 7 cool looking Willets, 3 very well marked Black-bellied Plovers, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, and a decent showing of Snowy Plovers, adults and juvs, 2 Long-billed Curlews, 8 Caspian Terns, 2 Least Terns and one Peregrine Falcon. Also seen was a male Cinnamon Teal, but it was not quite Cinnamon the whole way. It was feeding in and behind the tules making it hard to study. If you plan on heading there to go birding, a spotting scope is a must have tool. ( no sea watch today, sorry)
I stoped by the pond on north side of W Hwy 246 just east of Cambell Road. Here I saw 2 White-faced Ibis, 2 young Cinnamon Teal hanging out with the Gadwall and the many Mallards. 2 more juvenile Pied-billed Grebes and Coots were also seen.

Good birding,

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2019 12:45 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/S58010595
- Comments: "Adult male, sharp white facial crescent "

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (3)
- Reported Jul 08, 2019 07:05 by Peter Gaede
- El Capitan Ranch--Calle Ecuestre (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4730449,-119.9927247&ll=34.4730449,-119.9927247
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58033756
- Comments: "All singing birds."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported Jul 06, 2019 10:40 by John Deacon
- Vandenberg AFB--Triangle Pond, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7845304,-120.5407548&ll=34.7845304,-120.5407548
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58015738
- Comments: "Heard diagnostic "grunt" call 3 times."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2019 14:11 by Kevin Lapp
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58009633
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile at West bridge. Photo"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2019 12:30 by margeNdon thornton
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58008000
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Of the two juvenile night-herons on either side of the bridge, this was smaller, more grey, had only a little yellow on the heavy beak, and the white triangles on the feather tips were small."

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2019 17:00 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/S57957386
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing male"

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (3)
- Reported Jul 07, 2019 12:54 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S58007722
- Comments: "Three drakes visible at once "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2019 11:17 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/S58004015
- Comments: "Continuing, perching in dead tree near south pullout"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 05, 2019 10:15 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/S57984222
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing on snag near half bridge."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2019 08:05 by David Levasheff
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58003381
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Just north of the west bridge with/arguing with a Black-Crowned Night Heron. Down on the rocks waiting for food."

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Goleta Slough teal, Neotrop, etc.

Dave Compton
 

Ben Byerly, Larry Ballard, and I spent some time looking for the group of Blue-winged Teal young that Nick reported yesterday at Goleta Slough (Area K). After a long search of the northeast corner, we moved farther west, where Ben spotted a group of teal young following a female through the Salicornia on the far (north) side of Area K. The adult was visible off and on, the young were in view less often. The adult looked to me like a female Blue-winged Teal. Note: after describing the young to Nick and looking at his photos, I think these were different birds, meaning they looked slightly older than the birds Nick found. I hope people will continue to try to get photographic evidence of young here. Well-documented breeding by Blue-winged Teal is exceedingly rare in coastal southern California. I wish I had more to show, in terms of photos, from our efforts. Adults of both species were present during our observations. 

No sign of the gallinule today. 

Afterward, I went to Devereux Slough. The Neotropical Cormorant perched on a dead tree near the south pullout. Two more Blue-winged Teal were here. Numbers of Least and Western Sandpiper were similar to those Nick reported here yesterday.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

SYRE

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Nothing much to add to what Dave reported yesterday. 2 each of White-faced Ibis and Eared Grebe.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at NCOS

David Levasheff
 

This AM at the west bridge in the water area to the north of the bridge there was a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. It had a bit of a tiff with a BCNH at that location but they stayed out of each others way mostly. It was on the rocks foraging.

Also had a Lark Sparrow on one of the tall tree stumps across the way to the south in front of the Oil tank as viewed from the path south from where Scrips Crescent Street ends.

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Blue-winged Teal brood at Area K

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

This evening I had a female BW Teal with 10 ducklings in far NE corner of Area K. I got poor photos since I haven't worked out how to use my new camera yet and it has a horrible multipoint focus feature which seems to guarantee nothing is actually in focus. It would be great if someone can try to get a decent picture. Early morning or evening seems to be best. I had 8 Gadwall broods including one with an amazing 19 ducklings that is definitely just a single brood.

There were 27 Western and 3 Least Sandpipers at Devereux.

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