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Re: Yellow warblers in odd spots

Florence Sanchez
 

Well, this is a riparian area for sure, but last week I heard a singing Yellow Warbler in the creek behind the FedEx Office on Hope Street, just south of State Street.  This urban creek does seem to pull in riparian species, but I don't recall hearing a Yellow Warbler here this late in the year.  There are some sycamores, but also a lot of Mexican Ash and Eucalyptus trees as well, and the creek banks are a tangle of weeds and some native vegetation.

Florence Sanchez


On Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:37:57 AM PDT, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


Sticking with the odd place them, I'm sure folks must've noticed one has been singing for the past couple of months from the eucalyptus behind the Environmental Health and Safety building at UCSB, which is just across the street from the Area K overlook. I heard what was almost certainly a fledgling around June 1, but never saw it. Mark and Adrian's BBS includes a breeding record from this location, which is decidedly UN-riparian, and even lacks on obvious source of moisture, which otherwise is about the only common theme I've observed among local Yellow Warbler breeding spots (which in some cases has just included irrigation of lawns and plantings). 

By the way, this year I didn't check most of the usual spots I've had this species locally. And it's getting late to make much of an odd Yellow Warbler, as the species starts to move south about now.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 9:15 PM Joan Lentz via Groups.Io <joanlentz=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wim and all: 
I agree with both views.  I’ve never heard so many Yellow Warblers everywhere.  It’s like there’s one or two wherever you go, including absolutely none traditional Yellow Warbler spots.  There’s just always one or two singing in the distance, or across the street, or wherever you are.  I cannot remember EVER hearing so many YeWas away from more traditional riparian areas.   And in the more riparian areas, the numbers seem up, to which I attribute the increased rainfall of the past winter.
May I also make a plea for those of you who want to increase your bird lists?  Get hearing aids.  You’ll think the birding is pretty dull until you can actually hear the birds again!  I love mine!
Not that Yellow Warbler is a difficult sound, but there are others, and we’re not getting good data if we can’t hear what’s there !
Good birding to all!
Joan 










On Jul 12, 2019, at 4:05 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

Re Yellow Warblers: In previous years I have had them show up in my Solvang yard in summer, post-breeding. This year, though, I have heard them throughout spring, suggesting they might be breeding nearby. So my question is: did other people have spring Yellow Warblers at locations where they are typically missing during the breeding season?

Wim 

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:57 PM Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:

All,

 

A couple of years ago, Dave Compton pointed that he was finding Yellow Warblers summering/breeding in odd habitats. Despite the refresh our wetlands have gotten this last winter, this habit seems to be persisting. I have had two birds singing all summer in eucalyptus and pepper trees along Cathedral Oaks just west of Winchester Canyon. There has been one bird in this area for 3 years now. I also had a Yellow Warbler at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens today. I would be interested if anyone else is seeing this.

 

Regards,

 

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Re: Yellow warblers in odd spots

Dave Compton
 

Sticking with the odd place them, I'm sure folks must've noticed one has been singing for the past couple of months from the eucalyptus behind the Environmental Health and Safety building at UCSB, which is just across the street from the Area K overlook. I heard what was almost certainly a fledgling around June 1, but never saw it. Mark and Adrian's BBS includes a breeding record from this location, which is decidedly UN-riparian, and even lacks on obvious source of moisture, which otherwise is about the only common theme I've observed among local Yellow Warbler breeding spots (which in some cases has just included irrigation of lawns and plantings). 

By the way, this year I didn't check most of the usual spots I've had this species locally. And it's getting late to make much of an odd Yellow Warbler, as the species starts to move south about now.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 9:15 PM Joan Lentz via Groups.Io <joanlentz=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wim and all: 
I agree with both views.  I’ve never heard so many Yellow Warblers everywhere.  It’s like there’s one or two wherever you go, including absolutely none traditional Yellow Warbler spots.  There’s just always one or two singing in the distance, or across the street, or wherever you are.  I cannot remember EVER hearing so many YeWas away from more traditional riparian areas.   And in the more riparian areas, the numbers seem up, to which I attribute the increased rainfall of the past winter.
May I also make a plea for those of you who want to increase your bird lists?  Get hearing aids.  You’ll think the birding is pretty dull until you can actually hear the birds again!  I love mine!
Not that Yellow Warbler is a difficult sound, but there are others, and we’re not getting good data if we can’t hear what’s there !
Good birding to all!
Joan 










On Jul 12, 2019, at 4:05 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

Re Yellow Warblers: In previous years I have had them show up in my Solvang yard in summer, post-breeding. This year, though, I have heard them throughout spring, suggesting they might be breeding nearby. So my question is: did other people have spring Yellow Warblers at locations where they are typically missing during the breeding season?

Wim 

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:57 PM Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:

All,

 

A couple of years ago, Dave Compton pointed that he was finding Yellow Warblers summering/breeding in odd habitats. Despite the refresh our wetlands have gotten this last winter, this habit seems to be persisting. I have had two birds singing all summer in eucalyptus and pepper trees along Cathedral Oaks just west of Winchester Canyon. There has been one bird in this area for 3 years now. I also had a Yellow Warbler at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens today. I would be interested if anyone else is seeing this.

 

Regards,

 

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Re: Yellow warblers in odd spots

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Wim and all: 
I agree with both views.  I’ve never heard so many Yellow Warblers everywhere.  It’s like there’s one or two wherever you go, including absolutely none traditional Yellow Warbler spots.  There’s just always one or two singing in the distance, or across the street, or wherever you are.  I cannot remember EVER hearing so many YeWas away from more traditional riparian areas.   And in the more riparian areas, the numbers seem up, to which I attribute the increased rainfall of the past winter.
May I also make a plea for those of you who want to increase your bird lists?  Get hearing aids.  You’ll think the birding is pretty dull until you can actually hear the birds again!  I love mine!
Not that Yellow Warbler is a difficult sound, but there are others, and we’re not getting good data if we can’t hear what’s there !
Good birding to all!
Joan 










On Jul 12, 2019, at 4:05 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

Re Yellow Warblers: In previous years I have had them show up in my Solvang yard in summer, post-breeding. This year, though, I have heard them throughout spring, suggesting they might be breeding nearby. So my question is: did other people have spring Yellow Warblers at locations where they are typically missing during the breeding season?

Wim 

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:57 PM Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:

All,

 

A couple of years ago, Dave Compton pointed that he was finding Yellow Warblers summering/breeding in odd habitats. Despite the refresh our wetlands have gotten this last winter, this habit seems to be persisting. I have had two birds singing all summer in eucalyptus and pepper trees along Cathedral Oaks just west of Winchester Canyon. There has been one bird in this area for 3 years now. I also had a Yellow Warbler at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens today. I would be interested if anyone else is seeing this.

 

Regards,

 

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Re: What's this call?

Marissa DeVille
 
Edited

Hello Bryan,
From my findings. I believe that the calls you are hearing are from two Spotted Towhee. This would make sense because they are birds that are commonly found in shrubs/bushes. Spotted Towhees also have rufous sides...I am not the right person to confirm this, but I think Spotted Towhee and Rufous-Sided Towhee are very similar or might be the same bird with a name change. But again I do not have the right credentials to confirm that, it is just something I have heard.

To look up the call I used to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Merlin app. I listened to the first call listed after the first three songs.
 
I hope this helps!

Marissa DeVille, Goleta at UCSB (currently in Rescue, CA).

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 5:32 PM Bryan Mumford <ng1@...> wrote:
I will attach a recording of two birds exchanging greetings. Any idea what they are? My wife says Rufous-sided Towhee, but I don’t hear this call in the samples I’ve been able to find online.

The birds are hidden in a bush and have this conversation with each other every evening at dusk.

- Bryan Mumford, near the San Marcos Preserve in Santa Barbara




Re: Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Marge and Don Thornton
 

We would like to thank those who let us know that our Nuttall's Woodpecker was just a juvenile.  The picture of a juvenile in our old Sibleys did not show the red so far forward.  Thanks again.

By the way, we noticed a pair of White-tailed Kites attacking a Red-shouldered Hawk as it flew by the windmill behind the Stow House.  There may be a nest in that area.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca.

What's this call?

Bryan Mumford
 

I will attach a recording of two birds exchanging greetings. Any idea what they are? My wife says Rufous-sided Towhee, but I don’t hear this call in the samples I’ve been able to find online.

The birds are hidden in a bush and have this conversation with each other every evening at dusk.

- Bryan Mumford, near the San Marcos Preserve in Santa Barbara




Re: Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Marge and Don,
You have a juvenile Nuttall's Woodpecker.  If you also witnessed a connection to an adult (being fed by it, being closely tended by it, begging from it), you have documented a breeding event.
The juveniles of most local black and white woodpeckers show a forward dullish red patch on the crown and forecrown.  You can also notice the very fresh, very uniformly fresh, lax plumage of your bird.  Adult feathers are frayed, sometimes dirty, and often not as lustrous and fluffy as the plumage of their offspring.
This breeding period when fledglings are associated with parents--from May through late July--is wonderful because we can distinguish fresh young birds from worn and frayed adults. (By late July and August many adults begin their annual molt and by Sept they too look fresh and in many species they are barely distinguishable from youngins.) Along with recognition of the plumage differences between the sexes, we can look at a situation in the field between May through late July and interpret the behaviours and ecological roles of breeding birds.  This is what all of you who contribute to the Breeding Bird Study do.

Most grateful,

Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 1:51 PM Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io <thorntonmlt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
While birding Los Carneros, this morning we came across a Nuttall's Woodpecker that had a red crown very far forward on its head. This lead us to wonder if it was possibly a hybrid with a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.   Our ebird checklist has a photo.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58126201

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

Re: Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Adam Lewis (sbfledgling)
 

I had a juvy Nutall's yard bird exactly 2 years ago just like this. I live about a hundred yards north of the Stow House.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/35818221052/in/album-72157683637332614/lightbox/ and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/35818220732/in/album-72157683637332614/lightbox/

Adam lewis
Goleta

-----Original Message-----
From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io <main@sbcobirding.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Morlan
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 2:30 PM
To: thorntonmlt@...
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Marge & Don,

We have a similar bird coming to our suet. I think it's a juvenile Nuttall's.

On Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:51:53 -0700, "Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io"
<thorntonmlt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

While birding Los Carneros, this morning we came across a Nuttall's Woodpecker that had a red crown very far forward on its head. This lead us to wonder if it was possibly a hybrid with a Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Our ebird checklist has a photo.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58126201

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

Re: Yellow warblers in odd spots

Wim van Dam
 

Re Yellow Warblers: In previous years I have had them show up in my Solvang yard in summer, post-breeding. This year, though, I have heard them throughout spring, suggesting they might be breeding nearby. So my question is: did other people have spring Yellow Warblers at locations where they are typically missing during the breeding season?

Wim 

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:57 PM Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:

All,

 

A couple of years ago, Dave Compton pointed that he was finding Yellow Warblers summering/breeding in odd habitats. Despite the refresh our wetlands have gotten this last winter, this habit seems to be persisting. I have had two birds singing all summer in eucalyptus and pepper trees along Cathedral Oaks just west of Winchester Canyon. There has been one bird in this area for 3 years now. I also had a Yellow Warbler at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens today. I would be interested if anyone else is seeing this.

 

Regards,

 

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (5 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2019 17:30 by Gary 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/S58118942
- Comments: "Continuing male"

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2019 17:30 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/S58112074
- Comments: "Continuing male"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2019 07:22 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/S58122390
- Comments: "Sitting on usual perch next to DC Cormorant, then chased off by Cooper's hawk."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2019 17:30 by Gary 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/S58118942
- Comments: "Continuing near half bridge "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2019 17:30 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/S58112074
- Comments: "Continuing near half bridge "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 11, 2019 11:00 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/S58106409
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, although I hadn't observed it at its usual perch: a dead snag of Eucalyptus that overhangs the slough down at the south end of Devereux. You can easily see it by parking at the "bridge to nowhere" parking spot. Even this close to the bird, if you aren't aware of its small size, you might pass it off as another "double-crested cormorant". The photos aren't especially good, but you can see the faint white outline around the orange in the lower mandible area, although not well. No orange in he loral area, the way a Double-crest would have. Long tail is noticeable immediately, especially when perched in a tree like this, not so easily seen when the bird is on a log in the water."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 11, 2019 10:20 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/S58106413
- Media: 1 Photo

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2019 06:38 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S58117948
- Comments: "Immature, recently reported in the area. At western bridge. Flew in from North, landed breifly, then flew off towards Devereux Slough. Appeared taller and lankier than nearby immature Black-crowned Night-heron, with darker and more stout bill."

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Yellow warblers in odd spots

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

A couple of years ago, Dave Compton pointed that he was finding Yellow Warblers summering/breeding in odd habitats. Despite the refresh our wetlands have gotten this last winter, this habit seems to be persisting. I have had two birds singing all summer in eucalyptus and pepper trees along Cathedral Oaks just west of Winchester Canyon. There has been one bird in this area for 3 years now. I also had a Yellow Warbler at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens today. I would be interested if anyone else is seeing this.

 

Regards,

 

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Although I haven’t checked any books, I would agree with Joe Morlan. A number of species (Great Spotted and Hairy Woodpecker, for example) have juveniles that show red/yellow coloration that reaches more forward on the crown than adults. I am thinking Nuttall’s might be similar in this respect.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 1:52 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

 

While birding Los Carneros, this morning we came across a Nuttall's Woodpecker that had a red crown very far forward on its head. This lead us to wonder if it was possibly a hybrid with a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.   Our ebird checklist has a photo.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58126201

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Re: Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Joe Morlan
 

Marge & Don,

We have a similar bird coming to our suet. I think it's a juvenile
Nuttall's.

On Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:51:53 -0700, "Marge and Don Thornton via Groups.Io"
<thorntonmlt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

While birding Los Carneros, this morning we came across a Nuttall's Woodpecker that had a red crown very far forward on its head. This lead us to wonder if it was possibly a hybrid with a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.   Our ebird checklist has a photo.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58126201

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

Neotropic Cormorant

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi all:
My friend and former SB resident, Jon Dunn, will be visiting Saturday night. He would like to see the Neotropic Cormorant on Sunday morning. If any of you happen to see the bird AWAY from its usual perch in the Eucalyptus trees at the the south end of Devereux, please let me know. Otherwise, this could be one of the easiest county birds he ever gets!
Thanks to all,

Good birding!
Joan Lentz

Unusual Nuttall's Woodpecker

Marge and Don Thornton
 

While birding Los Carneros, this morning we came across a Nuttall's Woodpecker that had a red crown very far forward on its head. This lead us to wonder if it was possibly a hybrid with a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.   Our ebird checklist has a photo.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58126201

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Rincon Creek this morning

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Wow. That's a great find on the chickadees.

On Jul 11, 2019 6:24 PM, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
My friend from Oregon, Dave Haupt, has been going afield with me for the last few days.  We had a nice day walking the bottom of Rincon Creek this morning where we birded 0.1 mile downstream of the Bates bridge (in blue on the attached aerial photo) and 0.57 miles upstream of the Bates bridge (in red). Two checklists resulted.  We did not distinguish birds seen in SB vs Ventura county.

We found a single silent Swainson's Thrush 45 meters downstream of the Bates Rd bridge and a Yellow-breasted Chat about 1/3 mile upstream of the bridge.  No Wilson's Warblers were detected.  These three species are old denizens (like in the 1980s to the early 2000s) of this section of Rincon Creek.

Other highlights include: Western Wood-Pewees (7 total in 2 downstream territories, and 5 individuals in 4 territories upstream).  Chestnut-backed Chickadees were well-entrenched both downstream and upstream of the Bates bridge. As many as 12 were seen in 5 distinct areas. 

In relatively short supply were Yellow Warbler (5 total), Warbling Vireo (2 or 4 total upstream only), and Bullock's Oriole (1 family).

 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58096559.   downstream of Bates bridge

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58107230.   upstream of Bates bridge

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Rincon Creek this morning

Mark Holmgren
 

My friend from Oregon, Dave Haupt, has been going afield with me for the last few days.  We had a nice day walking the bottom of Rincon Creek this morning where we birded 0.1 mile downstream of the Bates bridge (in blue on the attached aerial photo) and 0.57 miles upstream of the Bates bridge (in red). Two checklists resulted.  We did not distinguish birds seen in SB vs Ventura county.

We found a single silent Swainson's Thrush 45 meters downstream of the Bates Rd bridge and a Yellow-breasted Chat about 1/3 mile upstream of the bridge.  No Wilson's Warblers were detected.  These three species are old denizens (like in the 1980s to the early 2000s) of this section of Rincon Creek.

Other highlights include: Western Wood-Pewees (7 total in 2 downstream territories, and 5 individuals in 4 territories upstream).  Chestnut-backed Chickadees were well-entrenched both downstream and upstream of the Bates bridge. As many as 12 were seen in 5 distinct areas. 

In relatively short supply were Yellow Warbler (5 total), Warbling Vireo (2 or 4 total upstream only), and Bullock's Oriole (1 family).

 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58096559.   downstream of Bates bridge

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58107230.   upstream of Bates bridge

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

GSD and other birding spots

Florence Sanchez
 

Joan Lentz and I went to The Goleta Sanitary district this morning, where we found several species on the exposed mud in the North pond.  As in my previous visit, there were lots of Western Sandpipers there along with a few Least.  With them today was a nice Wilson's Phalarope and three Dowitchers.  Kildeer were also present there and we had two chicks.  

We puzzled over the silent Dows for some time.  As they moved around, we got fair looks at most of the plumage, but of course would like to have had them closer.  However, all three birds were in breeding plumage.  One showed much more red on the underside, going almost all the way to tail end of the body.  On the other two birds, the red stopped much sooner.  This could indicate one was a long-billed Dow and the other two were short-billed; however, the flanks on all the birds appeared to be barred as well as spotted.  So . . .

It appeared to me that the water level was slightly higher than my previous visit, so I urge birders to get out there as much as possible in the next few days while the exposed muck lasts.

At area K, we had no shorebirds and no Blue-winged Teal but enjoyed seeing chicks of other species, especially Pied-billed Grebes.

At Devereux, it was pretty quiet, but we found three western Sandpipers on the far shore opposite the first pullout, along with three Kildeer, and there were several individuals of the Heron family in various places.  The Neotropic Cormorant also continues in its favorite tree.

Florence Sanchez

Osprey at Lake Los Carneros this morning

Betsy Mooney
 

Not a rare bird, but I haven't seen an Osprey at Lake Los Carneros in a long time. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Re: Ocean Beach on Wednesday

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
Just to add to Florence’s great bird report. I also birded Ocean Beach Park today also, but arrived around 1:00pm with hopes that the marine layer had lifted a little more than it did.
  The only birds to add are 2 Redheads, 6 Cinnamon Teal that appeared to be youngsters, the Northern Shoveler eye is starting to turn yellow, it was a warm brown overall and starting to get some color in the speculum and shoulder patch. 3 Least Terns, 8 Caspian Terns. And the Clark’s Grebes were hanging out on West of the train trestle were hanging out in the reed bed and acting like they were building a nest? There still is over 100 peeps hanging out and I believe the Semipalmated Sandpiper is still present. Everything looked right, but as Florence mentions a good scope is a must.
  I was unable to do any seawatching today due to poor conditions.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Jul 10, 2019, at 2:10 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

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