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Devereux Semipalmated Sandpiper

Nick Lethaby
 

Juv in the inlet on E shore

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Shorebirds East Beach and Goleta

Mark Holmgren
 

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

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

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*** Species Summary:

- 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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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

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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Goleta CA
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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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Santa Barbara

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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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DEVEREUX AND SANDS BEACH 8-7-19

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked Devereux between 7:30-8:00 this morning and there were no shorebirds in the east bay or across the water, so I parked and walked out to Coal Oil Point and Sands Beach.  The tide was receding (loa tide about 9:30 a.m.) and there were a fair number of shorebirds on the beaches.  At Coal Oil Point, I had 1 Whimbrel and 6 Black-bellied Plovers, but not Turnstones.  Walking west along the beach, I had lots of Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, and Snowy Plovers, as well as 2 Marbled Godwits.  The flock of resting gulls on the beach included a couple of first year Heerman's gulls and a fresh-plumaged  juvenile Western Gull.  In the dry sand amonst the Plovers, I found 6 Least Sandpipers.

At the point were access from the beach to the Dune Pond was allowed, I took the path to the pond.  The water level is too high for shorebirds still, but I had a fly-over Spotted Sandpiper and a juvenile Northern Phalarope was swimming on the pond.  There were about a dozen Mallards at various times, a couple of coots, and a family of Pied-billed Grebes (3 chicks).  A single Black-crowned Night Heron was in the reeds along the far shore.  The best bird I had there was a Loggerhead shrike sitting on a dead shrub near the water's edge.  The birds had a faint buffy tone to the plumage and the bill was not very large or hooked yet, making me suspect this might be a bird hatched this year.  The question is, where?  Sorry that I forgot my camera today.  It was close enough for even my simple camera to get a pretty good photo.

Walking back along the beach, I decided to count Snowy Plovers as there seems to be a lot of them about this morning.  I came up with 46.  A final check of Coal Oil Point turned up 3 Willets.

Driving back along Slough Road, I found some small shorebirds in the rapidly drying up bay.  Scoping the lot turned up Kildeer, Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and Semi-palmated Plovers.  I also had a candidate for Semi-palmated Sandpiper, but I needed to see it a little closer up to make that call for sure.

I cruised by Area K and found that Snowy Egrets are starting to gather there.  This is another sign that the Slough pond is starting to dry up and it will be good for shorebirds soon.

Florence Sanchez



Devereux shorebirds

Glenn Kincaid
 

Presently heaps of peeps here right now, including what we believe is a Semipalmated Sandpiper and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs.

Glenn Kincaid
With Joan Lentz and Libby Patten


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Santa Barbara

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Aug 07, 2019 18:55 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/S58828467
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. 2 immatures, 1 subadult in the northwest part of the Ash Avenue basin."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 07, 2019 07:32 by Eve Martin
- 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/S58820256
- Comments: "Continuing birds, both immature with thick, stodgy bill, flattened head, and pale edging on the flight feathers. In the channel east of Franklin Creek at the far north end."

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Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Devereux shorebirds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked Devereux yesterday evening and at lunch today. There is an American Avocet around right now. Yesterday, I also saw 7 Lesser Yellowlegs and a Long-billed Dowitcher. At lunch today a single Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers, and a Wilson's Phalarope. Many of the smaller shorebirds were too distant to be accurately identified. My perception is that the larger probing shorebirds are not feeding much food here currently and birds are mostly passing through rather than sticking around.

Nick

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From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Glenn Kincaid
Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2019 11:18 AM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Devereux shorebirds

Presently heaps of peeps here right now, including what we believe is a Semipalmated Sandpiper and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs.

Glenn Kincaid
With Joan Lentz and Libby Patten


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Goleta, CA

Black-throated Gray Warbler @ Coronado Seep

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Ken Pearlman and I saw a Black-throated Gray Warbler bathing at the Coronado 'seep' this morning.  Other species seen included Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

https://flic.kr/p/2gSYZMi 

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I made a short stop by the Los Alamos Sewage treatment plant and saw just a few peeps, nothing exciting. I am just dropping this note so you all know that there is some, but not too much habitat there and is worth checking.

Santa Maria Sewage,
61 Red-necked and 37 Wilson’s Phalaropes, 21 Greater and one Lesser Yellowlegs, 100ish peeps and a few Semipalmated Plovers.

Black Road Field,
Has a little mud left and had a dozen or so peeps and a couple Semipalmated Plovers and Horned Larks.
The dirt piles were being spread out with a bulldozer on the north side of the property. Well, after looking at this location it is definitely the low spot around here and the neighboring properties have been manipulated for agricultural purposes. I really do not know the history of this location. I do hope it remains the same for future bird habitat.

Good birding.

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

Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler @ Coronado Seep

Florence Sanchez
 

I too saw the Black-throated Gray Warbler at the end of Coronado Drive this morning.  I walked down to the creek area from Newport Drive starting around 8 a.m. this morning, when it was very quiet.  It was also foggy and overcast.  After finding only a few birds, I headed up to the bluffs and walked the trails for awhile.  I was particularly interested in seeing what the fennel situation is.  There are some patches of fennel on the bluffs, the largest clumps near the western end.  At this point, it's hard to tell if they will be productive for migrants in the week ahead.  The fog gradually burned off and I returned to the Eucalypus, where I ran into Adrian and Ken.  Adrian mentioned he'd had C-B chickadees and a couple of Orange-crowned Warblers at the puddle, so I went back for another check and found the Black-throated Gray, as well as two Pacific Slope Flycatchers that had not been there earlier.  This area tends to be best when the sun is out and also at mid-morning.

The puddle at the end of Coronado Drive is the only water around--the rest of the creek is dry.

Florence Sanchez




On Thursday, August 8, 2019, 2:35:01 PM PDT, Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen@...> wrote:


Ken Pearlman and I saw a Black-throated Gray Warbler bathing at the Coronado 'seep' this morning.  Other species seen included Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

https://flic.kr/p/2gSYZMi 

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Devereux is perfect.....for the "Short-billed Western Sandpiper"!

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All: This morning was so much fun—lots of shorebirds packing in and out of Devereux as water levels are dropping. The list hasn’t been posted to eBird yet, but wanted to give you the highlights.
Every year, there’s always the search for the first Semipalmated Sandpiper, a rarity amongst our Western and Least Sandpipers, and every year I mid-identify a “short-billed Western Sandpiper”, thinking it’s a Semipalmated Sandpiper. Never mind, it’s a humbling experience, but who cares? Figuring out shorebirds when they’re this close to Slough Rd. is what it’s all about. This morning we (Libby, Glenn, and myself) thought we had a candidate, but it didn’t pass the test of taking the photos home and looking at them! Alas. Indeed, bill length is variable in Western Sandpipers, and for Semi Sand you need a short, tubular bill that’s even to the tip; our candidate had a short bill, but it tapered. It’s so amazing how you can’t tell this well in the field, but it comes out in the photos.
Other highlights were an avocet, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Wilson’s and 7 Red-necked Phalaropes, 5 or 6 Black-bellied Plovers, many Semipalmated Plovers, a dowitcher (sp.), 3 Caspian Terns, and many peeps. Of the ones we could identify close by, on the eastern side of the slough, there were about 20 Westerns and about 6 Least Sandpipers. But there were a lot of birds over on the western side, which were too far for i.d.
Happy humbling experience!!

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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adult male American Redstart at my pond this evening

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi again: I think eBird is down, or something’s going on. Wanted to post this message, so I can go from humble pie to bragging rights! Fuzzy photo to follow on eBird when it’s up.
This beautiful orange and black male was such a thrill for me! Fall is upon us!

Joan Lentz
Montecito

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Devereux

Bradley Hacker
 

The birds reported yesterday are still present and the lighting is good


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Devereux Slough

Mark Holmgren
 

Shorebirds are well dispersed here at 10:55am. Wonderful mix of adult and juvenile plumaged peeps. It seems many more juvenile Leasts have arrived since just 2 days ago. Five Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 American Avocet (here since at least 5 Aug), 9 Caspian Terns. I did not see either the Yellow-crowned N-Holmgren, M. Or the Neotropic Cormorant.

Mark HolmgrenSta Barbara

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- American Redstart (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 09, 2019 11:45 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58862284
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Juvenile in the channel leading to the beach."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 08, 2019 18:15 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58854046
- Media: 2 Photos

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