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Devereux and NCOS today

Dave Compton
 

Earlier today, I visited Devereux Slough and the adjacent UCSB North Campus Open Space. No sign at either location of the Neotropic Cormorant. I make no pronouncements on it's presence or absence from the area in general. We know that it does go other places, but it did seem unusual that it wouldn't be at Devereux at and just before midday.

Not much else to report. Western Sandpipers were in both places, and several Leasts were at NCOS. A lone Short-billed Dowitcher flew over NCOS. An adult and four juvenile White-tailed Kites were in a eucalyptus on the west side of Devereux Slough. Baby Cooper's Hawks were on the east side.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Re: Devereux and NCOS today

Dave Compton
 

Herb Elliott emailed me saying that he’d seen the Neotropic Cormorant during the early afternoon. So, it’s still around.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 

On Sat, Jul 13, 2019 at 5:28 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Earlier today, I visited Devereux Slough and the adjacent UCSB North Campus Open Space. No sign at either location of the Neotropic Cormorant. I make no pronouncements on it's presence or absence from the area in general. We know that it does go other places, but it did seem unusual that it wouldn't be at Devereux at and just before midday.

Not much else to report. Western Sandpipers were in both places, and several Leasts were at NCOS. A lone Short-billed Dowitcher flew over NCOS. An adult and four juvenile White-tailed Kites were in a eucalyptus on the west side of Devereux Slough. Baby Cooper's Hawks were on the east side.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Goleta breeding birds of interest

Nick Lethaby
 

This morning  I did a bit of follow up on various Say's Phoebes sightings I have had over the last couple of weeks and found two additional breeding pairs. I also checked a location I had seen an adult carrying food back to some houses a few weeks ago and found there were 4 fledglings sitting shoulder to shoulder on a window sill being fed by both parents. All this makes a total of 6 pairs of Say's Phoebes with fledged young in Goleta this year.

After drawing a blank on any BWTE broods in a dawn visit, I returned to Area K in evening and immediately found a brood of 10 ducklings. These were no bigger than the ducklings in the brood of 10 I photographed a week ago and certainly a different brood. I got better pictures as I have switched my camera to pinpoint focusing. Based on the behavior of BWTE males in the area, there should be another brood hatching in a week or so.

Regards,

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Anyone seeing NEOTROPIC CORMORANT?

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi all: with Jon Dunn missing Cormorant at Devereux! If anyone has this bird today, can u post to this list or to me? Thx heaps, Joan

Re: What's this call?

Bryan Mumford
 

Marissa-

Thanks for your reply. You must be right … everyone says so! And, the call you mention is very similar. We certainly see the Towhees at the feeder.

I guess what was most interesting to me is that these two birds come every evening and call to each other. Are they nesting? Courting? Or just catching up on the day’s events?

Bryan
San Marcos Preserve



On Jul 12, 2019, at 6:28 PM, Marissa DeVille <mdeville807@...> wrote:

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).
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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







no Neotropic Cormorant today, Area K observations, etc.

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:
Today Jon Dunn was visiting and we unsuccessfully searched for the Neotropic Cormorant at Devereux Slough. Our first stop there was from 10-11, then revisited shortly after noon, both with no luck.  See list of first visit here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58187268
We did drive by Goleta Beach, where an event was in progress and the place was overrun with people.  We didn’t go to the UCSB lagoon.
In between, we stopped briefly at the Area K overlook, where I’m still longing for the sight of Blue-winged Teal ducklings.  No luck with that, but a careful perusal for just BwTe turned up SIX males and 2 female Blue-winged Teal types (I didn’t realize that Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal are now in their own genus separated from Green-winged, so called Spatula).
Jon was headed south and driving home, so stopped at Rincon Creek and had Chestnut-backed Chickadees on both sides of the creek (Ventura County as well as Santa Barbara County), so at least he had a new Ventura county bird!
Who knew the Neotropic Cormorant could be a pain?  It was seen yesterday, and thanks to all who tried to help with this today.

Joan Lentz


Goleta Sanitary District July 15

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked out GSD this morning--still some exposed mud in the north pond but the only birds on it were about 20 Western Sandpipers, a single Least Sandpiper, and two adult Kildeer with two chicks.  I saw Stilts of all ages again and watched the adults go into full attack mode on a Western Gull that ventured onto the berm between the north and middle ponds. They were furious and relentless--finally the gull retreated back to the berm between the middle and south ponds, the normal gull lounging site.

With not much else to look at, I walked down to that berm to check out the gulls and ran across a possible Herring Gull, which would be unusual for this time of year.  It was the size of the Western Gulls, bright pink feet and legs and though plumage was worn, I picked out a light gray mantle, pale tan wingtips and an almost-all white tail with just a few smudgy feathers near the tip.  I ruled out Glaucous-winged because of the bill, which was straight, lacking the prominent Gonys of G-W and Western Gull.  The bill color was pinkish with a dark tip and smudges along the culmen.

I tried to get a photo with my little snapshot camera, but it didn't come out well as I was too far away.  The only way I could get closer would have been to trespass into the restricted area, and I was not about to be the person that gets birders in trouble for doing that.

If someone local with a better camera has the time, they might mosey over and see if they can get a good photo of it.

Checked the rookery at Goleta Beach but no sign of a Neotropic Cormorant there.  Nothing much happening at Area K--still too much water.

Florence Sanchez

Banded Black Skimmer

Glenn Kincaid
 


On May 20 I photographed a banded Black Skimmer at the Mission Creek Outflow.  (ebird checklist  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56535190)

I submitted a banding report to www.reportband.gov

Today I received a notice that the Black Skimmer in question had been banded on 7/25/18 near Chula Vista in San Diego County, age listed as “too young to fly”

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara 

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Goleta birds - Tuesday evening

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked Area K and Devereux. I found one of the 10 duckling BW  Teal broods at Area K. The ducklings were bigger than my last sighting so presumably one of the two same broods.

At Devereux, I had the Neotropic Cormorant on its usual perch, the male BW Teal, and a mixed flock of Least and Western Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers. The plovers included some newly arrived adults. One of these adults had a broad breastband and seemed to show some white behind the eye. The flock flew off before I could walk round to get better looks. It might be worth checking for the possibility of a Common Ringed. I don't think I will have time tomorrow due to work commitments.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (6 reports)
- Indian Peafowl (1 report)
- Common Ground-Dove (4 reports)
- Rufous Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Sabine's Gull (4 reports)
- Townsend's Storm-Petrel (11 reports)
- Brown Booby (7 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (8 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jul 16, 2019 09:35 by Eric Hopson
- 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/S58228704
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male, associating with a female (presumably BWTE) which made a brief appearance in open water near pickleweed Islands at SW end of the Slough, before she swam back into them. Will post photos ASAP."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:37 by Kay Regester
- 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/S58182349
- Comments: "White crescent on face. White hip patch. So are all the BETE here hybrids? EBird wants me to enter BWTE/CITE. "

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 09:10 by Eric Hopson
- 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/S58177782
- Comments: "Distinctive male breeding plumage. "

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jul 13, 2019 14:27 by Sam S
- 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/S58194342
- Comments: "Male and female pair south of bridge over slough (first complete bridge inland of half-bridge). Obvious white crescent on male. Didn’t realize these were unusual here/now and didn’t photograph or scrutinize."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 15:14 by Julie Scotland
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58214992
- Comments: "A pair of teal flew over coming from the west, appeared to land in the channel immediately east of the facility. Prominent white facial crescent visible on male. I’m making an assumption that his female partner was also a BWTE. "

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 15:14 by Conor Scotland
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58214938
- Comments: "A pair of teal flew over coming from the west, appeared to land in the channel immediately east of the facility. Prominent white facial crescent visible on male. I’m making an assumption that his female partner was also a BWTE. "

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (3)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 19:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama Ag fields #2 (no public access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9599456,-119.6785985&ll=34.9599456,-119.6785985
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58187876
- Comments: "Domestic birds"

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 14:48 by logan kahle
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58210267
- Comments: "Known loc. Singing. (34.4674648, -119.9216868)"

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 08:09 by Sam S
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58200074
- Comments: "Known location for this species. One bird in avocado farm near end of public road."

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 09:33 by Conor McMahon
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188177
- Comments: "Apparently continuing. Heard only - recording."

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 13, 2019 16:35 by Scott Terrill
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58155428
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At north end of Farren Road, an established location for this species."

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 12, 2019 07:54 by Anonymous eBirder
- Bates Cyn Rd 34.9173 -119.9002, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.917294,-119.900191&ll=34.917294,-119.900191
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58132447
- Comments: "Adult male with solid rufous back, white breast, full Red gorget"

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 12, 2019 07:54 by dave haupt
- Bates Cyn Rd 34.9173 -119.9002, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.917294,-119.900191&ll=34.917294,-119.900191
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58130491
- Comments: "Adult male with solid rufous back, white breast, full Red gorget "

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 10:45 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/S58207100
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "I reported a VIRA last week. I didn't realize that it was a rarity for this time of year. I returned to get a recording and ended up with 2 on the recording and I heard another in the distance."

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 10:54 by Eric Hopson
- Coal Oil Point, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4083967,-119.8797226&ll=34.4083967,-119.8797226
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58176109
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Medium sized peep with stubby -- nearly straight bill -- short neck and broad breast. Scaly pattern on back. Buffy breast. Wingtips extended beyond tail. Foraging on beach ~ 1/4 mi NW of the Point in in both wet sand (at edge of surf) as well as higher up on beach in dry sand (amongst decomposing seaweed)."

Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by David McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188387
- Comments: "Will attach pic"

Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by Tammy McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188388
- Comments: "Will attach pic"

Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by Richard Dean
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58194838
- Comments: "Will attach pic"

Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by Gaylee Dean
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58194581
- Comments: "Will attach pic"

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 10:59 by Gaylee Dean
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 11a leg, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.845234,-119.539424&ll=33.845234,-119.539424
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195072
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark median streak. Will attach pics. Leaders confirmed I’d. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 10:59 by Tammy McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 11a leg, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.845234,-119.539424&ll=33.845234,-119.539424
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188303
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark median streak. Will attach pics. Leaders confirmed I’d. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 10:59 by David McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 11a leg, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.845234,-119.539424&ll=33.845234,-119.539424
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188302
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark median streak. Will attach pics. Leaders confirmed I’d. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 13:06 by Richard Dean
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 leg 1p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.653318,-119.577248&ll=33.653318,-119.577248
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58194823
- Comments: "Bright white uppertail with no dark smudges or dark lines down the middle. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 13:06 by Tammy McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 leg 1p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.653318,-119.577248&ll=33.653318,-119.577248
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188401
- Comments: "Bright white uppertail with no dark smudges or dark lines down the middle. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 13:06 by Gaylee Dean
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 leg 1p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.653318,-119.577248&ll=33.653318,-119.577248
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58194524
- Comments: "Bright white uppertail with no dark smudges or dark lines down the middle. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 13:06 by David McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 leg 1p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.653318,-119.577248&ll=33.653318,-119.577248
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188400
- Comments: "Bright white uppertail with no dark smudges or dark lines down the middle. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by David McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188387
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark smudges or median line running through it. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by Gaylee Dean
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58194581
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark smudges or median line running through it. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by Richard Dean
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58194838
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark smudges or median line running through it. I’d by trip leaders. "

Townsend's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 12:00 by Tammy McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic Leg 12p, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.787833,-119.675689&ll=33.787833,-119.675689
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58188388
- Comments: "Bright white upper tail with no dark smudges or median line running through it. I’d by trip leaders. "

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (29)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:27 by Gaylee Dean
- Sutil Rock, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.465406,-119.052964&ll=33.465406,-119.052964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195681
- Comments: "Pics with accurate count"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (29)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:27 by Richard Dean
- Sutil Rock, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.465406,-119.052964&ll=33.465406,-119.052964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195708
- Comments: "Pics with accurate count"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (29)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:27 by David McQuade
- Sutil Rock, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.465406,-119.052964&ll=33.465406,-119.052964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195114
- Comments: "Pics with accurate count"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (29)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:27 by Tammy McQuade
- Sutil Rock, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.465406,-119.052964&ll=33.465406,-119.052964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195113
- Comments: "Pics with accurate count"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (6)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:01 by Gaylee Dean
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 Leg 4pm, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.356778,-119.06167&ll=33.356778,-119.06167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195693
- Comments: "Accurate count"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (6)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:01 by Tammy McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 Leg 4pm, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.356778,-119.06167&ll=33.356778,-119.06167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195147
- Comments: "Accurate count"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (6)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 16:01 by David McQuade
- Ventura Pelagic 71419 Leg 4pm, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.356778,-119.06167&ll=33.356778,-119.06167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58195148
- Comments: "Accurate count"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 16, 2019 10:05 by Conor Scotland
- 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/S58228608
- Comments: "Continuing on snag out in lagoon, about 150m N of the half bridge. Small relative to DCCO next to it. Acutely angled gape w/ dull white fringe. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 16, 2019 09:35 by Eric Hopson
- 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/S58228704
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Noticeably smaller than DCCO which it was seen perched next to. Relatively long tail, small head and short, mostly gray, bill. Lores were gray as well. Limited Orange chin patch, with faint white boarder. Breast mostly dark brown. Initially seen perched on emergent small woody sticks with one DCCO over open at SW end of the Slough. Later it flew and landed on one of the dead eucalyptus snags (near the parking area at the closed bridge) for a few minutes before flying to and Landing at the far west end of the Slough near beach sand dunes. Will post photos later."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 18:22 by Linda Pittman
- 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/S58215565
- Comments: "Seen from pullout by half bridge. Not present when I arrived. Cormorants were actively foraging and flying back and forth. Seen on branches in slough, next to DCCO, with wings spread and preening. Smaller than DCCO, longer tail, pointy white edge to gular pouch. It appeared to be somewhat scaley and raggedy. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 15, 2019 14:10 by logan kahle
- 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/S58210336
- Comments: "!!! Assumed it had left given yesterday’s negative reports. Easily visible on a log not far from mouth in direct comparison to a DC. Was about 2/3rd the size of the dcco and more lightly built overall. Proportionately had notably longer tail and shorter neck, and the neck and tail were about equal length. The neck was thinner than the dc, and the bill was shorter. The bird was on a log for about a minute then got off and swam right into a corner and I lost it. I obtained some poor photos, but unfortunately none from when they were together on the log, so they will be of little use as documentation. Good to know its still around"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 13, 2019 18:27 by Scott Terrill
- 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/S58157970
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in the dead tree at the bridge-to-nowhere pullout. Photos by Linda Terrill."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 13, 2019 16:47 by dave haupt
- 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/S58169476
- Comments: "Continuing. First seen at half bridge then preening on south shore of slouch near beach "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 13, 2019 14:27 by Sam S
- 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/S58194342
- Comments: "Continuing from near half-bridge. Not seen right away but eventually flew in from elsewhere. tried to get on a log, shooed away by DCCO, and chose another log. There we had great side by side comparisons with another DCCO. About 1/3rd smaller. White around gape. “Scalier” appearance to back feathering. Will add photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 13, 2019 10:07 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S58160101
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported - Smaller than the near by Double-crested Cormorants with emerald green eyes and pale yellow gular (throat) pouch at base of grayish bill, white V of feathers outlines pouch. The bird was not observed in flight. The bird was with four Double Crested Cormorants on the wood snags in the center of the slough south of the bridge to “no where”."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 14, 2019 13:23 by Teale Fristoe
- 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/S58178002
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile just north of the western foot bridge. Pretty well hidden despite the small amount of foliage there. Finely streaked breast; grayish back with small white triangles and fine lines."

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UCSB BEACHES 7-17

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked the beaches around the UCSB Campus this morning, starting at 6 a.m. (low tide).  In terms of shorebirds, it was few and far between: 1 Whimbrel on the east-facing beach, another at the Lagoon outfall on the south-facing beach, 2 Semi-palmated Plovers on the south-facing beach; 1 Greater Yellowlegs (in nice breeding plumage) in the UCSB Lagoon; 1 Black Stilt in the Lagoon.  There was a modest gull flock on the east-facing beach near Campus point.  In it were Westerns, several Heerman's (mostly adults but there were three birds in dark first-year plumage too), and 2 nice clean adult California gulls.  I alos found near the steps down to the beach a gull that looked a lot like the one I saw at GSD yesterday.  I hoped to get a photo of it but the bird would not let me get too close to it so I didn't try.  I scoped it to try to get the eye color, but I was not toting my heavy (and better) Leica today so my old scope views were not satisfactory.  They eye color did appear to be dark, but I needed to be closer.

A Tree Swallow was working the beaches, something I've seen before here but it always surprises me.

Florence Sanchez

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] UCSB BEACHES 7-17

Florence Sanchez
 


OK, Nick and other folks, it was a black-NECKED Stilt as you might have guessed.  Sorry for the typo.

Florence

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 9:49:23 AM PDT, Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...> wrote:


Congrats on a first for N America (Black Stilt)!

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:40 AM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] UCSB BEACHES 7-17

 

I walked the beaches around the UCSB Campus this morning, starting at 6 a.m. (low tide).  In terms of shorebirds, it was few and far between: 1 Whimbrel on the east-facing beach, another at the Lagoon outfall on the south-facing beach, 2 Semi-palmated Plovers on the south-facing beach; 1 Greater Yellowlegs (in nice breeding plumage) in the UCSB Lagoon; 1 Black Stilt in the Lagoon.  There was a modest gull flock on the east-facing beach near Campus point.  In it were Westerns, several Heerman's (mostly adults but there were three birds in dark first-year plumage too), and 2 nice clean adult California gulls.  I alos found near the steps down to the beach a gull that looked a lot like the one I saw at GSD yesterday.  I hoped to get a photo of it but the bird would not let me get too close to it so I didn't try.  I scoped it to try to get the eye color, but I was not toting my heavy (and better) Leica today so my old scope views were not satisfactory.  They eye color did appear to be dark, but I needed to be closer.

 

A Tree Swallow was working the beaches, something I've seen before here but it always surprises me.

 

Florence Sanchez

 

Reddish Egret@Ocean Park

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Ocean Beach Park in Lompoc had one Reddish Egret, one Ruddy Turnstone, 39 Sanderlings, 100ish peeps, 7 Greater Yellowlegs, 27 Short-billed Dows, 11 Black-bellied Plovers, 2 Avocets, 2 Black-necked Stilts, 5 Least Terns, 2 Caspian Terns, Canada Geese, 37 Snowy Plovers we’re counted on a casual one pass with the spotting scope. 3 baby Nuttall’s White-crowned Sparrows and a few baby Savannah Sparrows.
A short sea watch from Surf Beach Station, yielded one Common Loon, 6 Pigeon Guillemots and 29 Common Murres.

Good birding,

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

Area K and Devereux Beach

Mark Holmgren
 

With Adrian O'Loghlen at Area K, I caught a brief glimpse of a Ruddy Duck female and her brood of 6 black chicklets.  We watched and Adrian got photos of a Great Blue Heron snatching an adolescent Coot and retiring for the serious issue of how to consume it.  I saw a brood of older teal that I could not identify as Blue-winged, but an interesting event occurred. A male BwTe attacked the brood and the female did brief battle with the male. No shorebirds here except for a Greater Yellowlegs.

There are very few shorebirds in Devereux Slough or North Campus Open Space, but Devereux Slough mouth and beach is happening!  Glenn and I saw Royal Tern, a couple of Short-billed Dowitchers, some late breeding (for this location) Snowy Plovers, and 10 other shorebird species.  

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

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- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (4)
- Reported Jul 17, 2019 08:37 by Adrian O'Loghlen
- 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/S58258727
- Comments: "3 males, 1 rather certain female tightly latched to a male. Then there is a female teal with an older brood of at least 5 that I cannot positively I’d. But a male bluing teal intruded into the brood and female and the female responded aggressively."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (4)
- Reported Jul 17, 2019 08:37 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S58258384
- Comments: "3 males, 1 rather certain female tightly latched to a male. Then there is a female teal (photo attached under Cinnamon Teal) with an older brood of at least 5 that I cannot positively I’d. But a male Blue-winged Teal intruded into the brood and female and the female responded aggressively."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2019 11:37 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/S58259418
- Comments: "Continuing, perched on snag in slough. Yellow gular coming to point in rear with white edge. No yellow over bill in front of eye."

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Red Knot @ Devereux Slough Mouth

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a Red Knot in with a flock of Black-bellied Plovers at the mouth of Devereux Slough this am (Thurs).  


There was also a Black Turnstone foraging in the kelp wrack to the east of the mouth.  Dennis Ringer first spotted what was presumably the same bird earlier in the am to the west of the slough mouth.


Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Area K and North Campus Open Space

Glenn Kincaid
 

At Area K this morning I was able to get confirming photos of a female Blue-winged Teal and ducklings, in the far NE portion of the water.  It was quite a duckling-fest there with groups of Gadwall and Mallards mixing in with the Teal.  A checklist with photo is here:



At North Campus Open Space, I met Joan Lentz and Libby Patten at the western bridge, where the continuing juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron was politely standing near juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons for educational views.  It also caught and eventually swallowed a large crayfish.  Photos in this checklist:




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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Goleta beaches Thursday afternoon

Robert Lindsay
 

7/18, 2:00-4:00 pm

Started at the Deveraux pull-outs. About 40 peeps were visible on the far shore of the top end of the main channel. About a dozen were Semipalmated Plover. The rest were likely a mix of Western and Least Sandpiper but too far to distinguish these reliably (no scope). Did not see the Neotropical Cormorant at the second pull-out.

Area K had lots of birds including over 20 very pale ducklings with two pale adult females but nothing about then suggested BW Teal. Also lots of young coots among the adults most of which are beginning to look like coots. Tree, Cliff and Norther Rough-winged Swallow were all present.

Went to Campus Point next. The beach facing Goleta Bay was birdless due to the abundance of 'campers' on shore and in the water. Best birds of the afternoon were on the outermost rock at the point: three Wandering Tattler and a Black Turnstone. The beach west of the point had two Western and one Least Sandpiper. A flock of thirteen Heermans' Gull (one first-year and one second-year, rest adults) had a single Royal Tern as company. Nothing in the Lagoon though did spot a Hooded Oriole in the pines near the south-east end of the lagoon.

Goleta Beach had lots of human visitors and very few birds. All the gulls I saw there were Western. Many Cormorants were up in the rookery but I could not find any remaining nestlings.

Ho Hum,
Rob Lindsay

Re: Goleta beaches Thursday afternoon

Wes Fritz
 

Hi Rob,
Yes, ho-hum reports are awesome! This helps our birding team “SB Birders” know where it has been birded and if it is good or bad. So, all detailed reports are extremely valuable.

Thank you for posting and good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Jul 18, 2019, at 4:17 PM, Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay@...> wrote:

7/18, 2:00-4:00 pm

Started at the Deveraux pull-outs. About 40 peeps were visible on the far shore of the top end of the main channel. About a dozen were Semipalmated Plover. The rest were likely a mix of Western and Least Sandpiper but too far to distinguish these reliably (no scope). Did not see the Neotropical Cormorant at the second pull-out.

Area K had lots of birds including over 20 very pale ducklings with two pale adult females but nothing about then suggested BW Teal. Also lots of young coots among the adults most of which are beginning to look like coots. Tree, Cliff and Norther Rough-winged Swallow were all present.

Went to Campus Point next. The beach facing Goleta Bay was birdless due to the abundance of 'campers' on shore and in the water. Best birds of the afternoon were on the outermost rock at the point: three Wandering Tattler and a Black Turnstone. The beach west of the point had two Western and one Least Sandpiper. A flock of thirteen Heermans' Gull (one first-year and one second-year, rest adults) had a single Royal Tern as company. Nothing in the Lagoon though did spot a Hooded Oriole in the pines near the south-east end of the lagoon.

Goleta Beach had lots of human visitors and very few birds. All the gulls I saw there were Western. Many Cormorants were up in the rookery but I could not find any remaining nestlings.

Ho Hum,
Rob Lindsay

Santa Barbara Sandspit and Mission Creek outfall 7-18

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked form Shoreline Park down to (and out on) the Harbor Sandspit this morning at low tide.  I didn't run into any shorebirds on Ledbetter beach until more than halfway to the harbor, when I had 4 Long-billed Curlew and 1 Whimbrel.  Then in front of the Yacht Club I had three more Curlew, 4 Whimbrels, and a single Willet.

ON the Sandspit, I picked up a couple of Curlew and 2 more Willet.  A flock of 15 Curlew also flew by headed for the beach.  No Turnstones or other rocky shore birds found on the breakwater.  Also on the spandspit was a flock of 40 Brown Pelicans, 50 Heerman's Gulls (mostly adults, 3 dark first-year birds), 20 Western Gulls, and a couple of scruffy California Gulls.

I then drove to the Mission Creek outfall.  All the birds had moved to the eastern end of the outfall area because of a city worker who was doing something to the nearby vegetation.  Also present was a volunteer picking up trash, and he had a very well-behaved dog walking with him.  I got down to where the birds were and found 9 Long-billed Curlew, 6 Whimbrels, and 4 Willets there.  With the gulls were 19 Black Skimmers.  The Gull flock had at least 100 Heerman's Gulls, as well as Western Gulls and 1 gull that looked like a worn Ring-billed.  Before I could really work through the flock, the birds spotted the dog and took off and scattered, so that was that.   The dog didn't chase them, but his very presence triggered some warning signal in the flock.

Glad to get reports of some goood birds on Campus Point--there were none there yesterday morning. 

Florence Sanchez