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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Aug 06, 2019 18:10 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58804692
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. At least 2 immatures and 1 older subadult. In the Franklin Creek channel and the northwest corner of the Ash Avenue basin."

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Campus Point

Glenn Kincaid
 

A brief visit to Campus Point this morning, best birds were 4 Black Turnstone, 3 Wandering Tattler, and a Surfbird.

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Coal oil/Devereux

Bradley Hacker
 

Sands Beach: birds similar to last couple of days, but fewer. 
Dune Pond: Wilson’s phalaropes and three night herons, one of which might be Yellow Crowned—too distant.  One runner with unleashed golden retriever.
Devereux:~30 peeps in east-central shallows; check back in p.m.


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Devereaux Tuesday morning

Robert Lindsay
 

Tuesday, 8/6, 9:00-11:00 am

The first pull out had good numbers of peeps on the far, muddy shore (Semipalmated Plover, Western and Least Sandpiper). Best birds here were three Caspian Tern.

The bay east of the pull outs had one each of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.

The Neotropical Cormorant was in its usual perch at the second pull out. It flew down the channel as soon as I arrived and spent a few minutes feeding before I lost it. No Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

The beaches on either side of Coal Oil Point had numerous shorebirds. The best was a single Black Turnstone feeding in the washed up kelp by the plover reserve. Other species included Whimbrel, Willet, Least Sandpiper, Sanderling, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Snowy Plover (no young seen) and a cluster of gulls with roughly equal numbers of Western, California, and Heerman's (2 first year birds). No Least Terns again. Hope they make an appearance soon.

The Agave are blooming nicely with numerous Hooded Orioles visiting.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

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- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Vesper Sparrow (1 report)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Aug 06, 2019 06:22 by Casey Richart
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58790611
- Comments: "Adult male. Purple gorget extending down laterally. Feeding at cultivated Malva assurgentiflora."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 05, 2019 17:02 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S58787727
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "molting breast, remiges, rectrices."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 05, 2019 12:57 by Deven Kammerichs-Berke
- 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/S58775173
- Comments: "Continuing; smaller and longer-tailed than the nearby double-cresteds. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 04, 2019 08:15 by Mario Borunda
- 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/S58775697
- Comments: "Continuing bird in bare, dying tree next to parking area by Bridge. Distinct white outline around chin. Clear look through scope, about 30 feet away."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 05, 2019 17:02 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S58787727
- Comments: "In the channel well below the half bridge"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 05, 2019 12:57 by Deven Kammerichs-Berke
- 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/S58775173
- Comments: "In with the other herons & egrets at the closed pier rookery. Juvenile; darker overall, with smaller pale spotting, and an all dark bill. "

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Aug 05, 2019 11:10 by Jim Kopitzke
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58781075
- Comments: "Pure white throat and wide white moustache. Rusty shoulder patch. Plain face."

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UCSB Beaches 8-6-19

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked the UCSB beaches this morning starting at about 7:30.  Low tide was at 8:32 this morning.

There was quite a bit of activity on the east-facing beach south of the wooden stairs from the parking lot above.  While walking that stretch, I had 27 Semi-palmated Plovers, 6 Black-bellied Plovers, 2 Whimbrel, 19 Greater Yellowlegs, an unidentified sandpiper fly-by, and nearer the rocks 1 Wandering Tattler and 3 Black Turnstones.  On the rocks were another Tattler, 2 more Turnstones, and another Whimbrel.

ON the south facing beach, I had a flock of around 10 Least Sandpipers, mostly in the dry sand.  The small gull flock here was mostly WEstern Gulls, with 2 second-year Heerman's gulls as well.  A little further along, I had 2 Long-billed Curlew, 2 more Whimbrel, three Least Sandpipers, 4 Semi-palmated Plovers, 1 Willet, and 1 Western Sandpiper.

The only shorebird at the Lagoon was a single Kildeer.  There were only a few double-crested cormorants at the various roosts--no Neotropic here.

Florence Sanchez

Shorebirds East Beach and Goleta

Mark Holmgren
 
Edited

Mission Creek estuary had a lot of people, not many species, but lots of big brown shorebirds:  


Area K had 2 American Avocets, a Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Virginia Rail issued a single 'grunt' sequence from the ditch below the bluff.
Devereux Slough had 1 Am. Avocet, a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was south of the half-bridge, and the Neotropic Cormorant showed its extensive molt. See pic.
IMG_2239 Neotropic Cormorant molting sm.jpg
Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Devereux Semipalmated Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Juv in the inlet on E shore

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SAnta Barbara Harbor this morning

Florence Sanchez
 

I must have missed Mark Bright by an hour or so!  I walked down to the breakwater and sandspit from Shoreline Park this morning, starting out around 7:30.  Today there was a good-sized flock of large shorebirds along with some gulls on the east end of Ledbetter Beach, as there often is this time of year.  The flock was somewhat disturbed by a couple of beach walkers and flew up the beach to a point opposite to where I was walking on the sidewalk.  I decided to cross the beach and see what I might pick out at water's edge.  

The flock moved a bit and then suddenly took to the air with alarm calls from gulls and shorebirds ringing out all around.  I saw a that large, very dark Peregrine Falcon had flown in and was going after the shorebirds.  It made contact with a Long-billed Curlew who started struggling and screeching at the top of its lungs.  I lost sight of them below the berm for a second or two--then when the Peregrine flew back into view, it had no curlew in its talons.  It wheeled and dropped back on the sand out of sight.  I crept up carefully until I could see the Peregrine. It had landed on the beach sans any prey and was just standing there.  I watched for several minutes as gulls and shorebirds came back warily to the general area.  The Peregrine started to walk around in the sand and from the way that it moved, it appeared to have a damaged leg or talon.  After about 5 minutes it took off and turned toward the water's edge, immediately scattering the gulls and shorebirds that had returned.  It took a bead on a particular Curlew and started after it, chasing it out over the sea where I lost track of both birds.  I wondered if it was the Curlew that was struck before.  Anyway, folks might keep their eyes out for this falcon--it may need to be picked up by a certified wildlife rehabilitation agency.  Slightly fuzzy photo of Peregrine is attached.

The rest of the walk was anti-climatic.  There was a nice mixed flock of gulls and pelicans on the sandspit but itwas spooked by the appearance of a dog, so I didn't get a good tally.  In it were about 30 Black Skimmers.  At the Mission Creek outfall/Lagoon, there were no terns, but the Skimmers came in and landed there, and on the banks of the lagoon were mixed flocks of gulls and shorebirds.  The gulls were mostly Western and Heerman's with a couple of California gulls mixed in; the shorebirds were 25 Willets, 22 Long-billed Curlew, and 5 Whimbrel.  Also in the gull flock was an interesting Glaucous-winged type gull--third year bird perhaps.

On the breakwater, I found only 2 Black Turnstones feeding and 1 resting breeding-plumaged Wandering Tattler.

Florence Sanchez

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

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 04, 2019 09:23 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/S58743052
- Comments: "Continuing. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 03, 2019 15:49 by Anita Sohus
- 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/S58753775
- Comments: "Continuing. Juvenile. On bare branches in bush across channel near bridge. Near BCNH. Medium grey with white spots on back (smaller than BCNH juvenile spots), sturdy dark bill, long yellow legs. No camera so no photo. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 03, 2019 15:49 by Jim Margitan
- 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/S58742710
- Comments: "Continuing. Juvenile. On bare branches in bush across channel near bridge. Near BCNH. Medium grey with white spots on back (smaller than BCNH juvenile spots), sturdy dark bill, long yellow legs. No camera so no photo. "

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Wandering Tattler and Black Turnstone SB Breakwater

Mark Bright
 

This morning at low tide along the ocean side of the harbor breakwater to the end were at least six Wandering Tattlers and about a dozen Black Turnstones.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

NCOS

Bradley Hacker
 

No shorebirds at NCOS this a.m., except for a lone Killdeer


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Re: Devereux this morning

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

This afternoon, there were two Lesser Yellowlegs on the slough (including one very close to the road) and about 80-90 peeps. Also 11 Wilson's Phalaropes. In general, Devereux gets many more birds in the afternoon.

This morning I checked the E end of El Capitan SB where there were 6 adult Wandering Tattlers and 7 Spotted Sandpipers

On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 12:48 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
I was one of a number of birders who had the idea to go to Devereux Slough in Goleta this morning. I spent a couple of hours here, probably longer than I would have had not others shown up off and on over this time. The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was in view much of the time, either in the dead branches where it frequently perches, or in the channel to the south. It appears to me this bird is getting darker on the ventral side. 

Shorebird numbers were disappointing, with only about 40 peeps (about 60% Western and 40% Least) and a few other common species. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS dropped in briefly, south of the northern turnout, and took off to the east somewhere. Several broods of Gadwall young were present, but only adult Mallards, as far as I could tell. Seems to be a theme in the area this year. Also of interest were two GREAT BLUE HERON NESTLINGS in a nest at the top of the more southerly nesting tree on the west side of the slough. I have not checked our data on this subject, but wouldn't be surprised if this is the latest date we have locally for nestlings. 

There were 8 or 9 night-herons hanging around, by the way, but no Yellow-crowneds. I did not check NCOS to see if any were there.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



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Devereux this morning

Dave Compton
 

I was one of a number of birders who had the idea to go to Devereux Slough in Goleta this morning. I spent a couple of hours here, probably longer than I would have had not others shown up off and on over this time. The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was in view much of the time, either in the dead branches where it frequently perches, or in the channel to the south. It appears to me this bird is getting darker on the ventral side. 

Shorebird numbers were disappointing, with only about 40 peeps (about 60% Western and 40% Least) and a few other common species. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS dropped in briefly, south of the northern turnout, and took off to the east somewhere. Several broods of Gadwall young were present, but only adult Mallards, as far as I could tell. Seems to be a theme in the area this year. Also of interest were two GREAT BLUE HERON NESTLINGS in a nest at the top of the more southerly nesting tree on the west side of the slough. I have not checked our data on this subject, but wouldn't be surprised if this is the latest date we have locally for nestlings. 

There were 8 or 9 night-herons hanging around, by the way, but no Yellow-crowneds. I did not check NCOS to see if any were there.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2019 09:56 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58727403
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. In the marsh park basin (along Ash Avenue) near the culvert connecting to the Franklin Creek channel. Subadult; noticeably older than the individual I saw near here a few days ago (i.e., this was a second individual)."

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Re: Booby in the Channel and July 14th Pelagic recap

Wim van Dam
 

Thanks Joel. For those of you, like me, who can not see the photos using Safari: switching to Chrome might help. 

Wim 

On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 10:53 PM Joel Barrett <joelbsalty@...> wrote:
Hi all,
Today I saw what looks to be an immature Nazca Booby a few miles off the coast of Ventura. If you are not familiar with my website you can check out the blog post with pictures here/there.

Also I put up a recap of the July 14th pelagic that ran out of Ventura. You can see that here:

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SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Devereux yesterday, and Bird Watch article

Hugh Ranson
 


Late yesterday I saw a  continuing juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the half bridge. There were 7 Wilson's Phalaropes on the slough along with decent numbers of Least and Western Sandpipers.

For those of you who take the Santa Barbara News-Press or who find alternative ways to read Saturday's Bird Watch column, some news: all freelance writers have been told their articles are on hold for three months. I don't know anything more than this.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

Booby in the Channel and July 14th Pelagic recap

Joel Barrett
 

Hi all,
Today I saw what looks to be an immature Nazca Booby a few miles off the coast of Ventura. If you are not familiar with my website you can check out the blog post with pictures here/there.

Also I put up a recap of the July 14th pelagic that ran out of Ventura. You can see that here:

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Long Canyon and Sisquoc

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded Long Canyon Road this morning.  This Long Canyon Road intersects with Cat Canyon Road in the Sisquoc area.   This area was very birdy with the majority of birds crowded around the small pond at the northern terminus of the road.  Thirty six species were identified.  Highlights were Wild Turkey with young, large numbers of California Quail with young and a Goldfinch trifecta.  I also stumbled on my first Greater Roadrunner of the year.  Checklist is here: 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58727161

After I left Long Canyon, I headed towards Sisquoc.  At the Terracore GWP Lease entrance off Palmer Road, I spotted a large congregation of Yellow Billed Magpies.  There were 37 in the field west of Palmer Road.  While marveling at the congregation of Magpies, I noticed, not 1 but 3 Golden Eagles flying overhead.  There were two juveniles and one adult.  Checklist is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58727549


John Deacon
Orcutt

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Summer Tanager

Mark Bright
 

Summer Tanager was on the Jesusita Trail this afternoon. High up in sycamore tree about 30 feet above creek with flowing water very close to Moreno Ranch. I took a photo which was confirmed by Hugh Ranson.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara