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Wood duck

Rob Denholtz
 

Female on Refugio Rd. First creek crossing about 1/2 to 3/4 mile up from beach.

White Dove on Valerio Street.

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I have seen what appears to be an all white Eurasian collared dove along with a regular Eurasian collared dove on East Valerio Street above the 400 block. I'm wondering if it's a pet bird that has escaped or is it an albino Eurasian. Walking my dog I had only a smartphone with me. Any ideas?

 Dika Golovatchoff Santa Barbara

Ps, it does have a black patch on its wing seen in flight.

weekend shorebirds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked Area K and Devereux twice each on Saturday and once each today. I also checked Ocean Beach Park this morning, It was rather foggy there.

There are now large numbers (250) of Black-bellied Plovers roosting on Devereux and Semiplamated Plovers have increased to over 100. Plenty of Least and Westerns, but nothing of interest with them. A few of both yellowlegs and phalaropes continue. 3 Short-billed Dowitcher juvs finally showed up today and hopefully these will get commoner. The Avocet continues.

The eastern middle part of Area K is starting to pull in more birds. Today there were 8 Lesser and 5 Greater Yellowlegs, both species of dowitcher and phalarope, lots of peeps and stilts. It's reminding me a lot more of the Area K of the early and mid 2000s than 2017 and looks very promising. All 3 teal species remain.

Ocean Baech had many more (23) Short-billed Dowichers and (27) Greater Yellowlegs with almost 300 RN Phalaropes, along with other expected species. There were at least 14 Least Terns, including some juvs on the sandbar.

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Possible white-winged dove at Refugio SB

Benjamin Byerly
 

All,

I had a probable white-winged dove at Refugio SB. Unfortunately I was on my bicycle and sans bins. It flushed from the creek and flew towards the entrance station. Prominent white inner wings were clearly visible in flight. 


Ben
Goleta

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- Neotropic Cormorant (4 reports)
- American Bittern (2 reports)
- American Redstart (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2019 17:17 by Tim Swain
- 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/S58900763
- Comments: "**very rare: Continuing adult bird at south end of slough, first perched alone on a root in the water and later perched with DCCO in dead tree on shore. Noticeably smaller than DCCO with long tail, dusky lores, and sharp gape corner with bold white border. Pics. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2019 17:17 by David Swain
- 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/S58900764
- Comments: "**very rare: Continuing adult bird at south end of slough, first perched alone on a root in the water and later perched with DCCO in dead tree on shore. Noticeably smaller than DCCO with long tail, dusky lores, and sharp gape corner with bold white border. Pics. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2019 14:00 by Andrew Howe
- 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/S58901201
- Comments: "Continuing bird perched on a snag in the water next to a Double-crested. Much smaller and more long-tailed. Gular angled sharply and bordered in white."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2019 12:24 by Conor McMahon
- 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/S58891183
- Comments: "Continuing on snag in slough"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Aug 11, 2019 07:27 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58911131
- Comments: "Two medium-sized herons flushed by a coyote. Only had good looks at the second bird, which had light brown wings with black tips and trailing edge. Will upload photo later. "

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Aug 11, 2019 07:27 by Molly Redmond
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58911132
- Comments: "Two medium-sized herons flushed by a coyote. Only had good looks at the second bird, which had light brown wings with black tips and trailing edge. Will upload photo later. "

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 09, 2019 18:00 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/S58894776
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. See new photos below."

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2019 17:17 by David Swain
- 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/S58900764
- Comments: "**very rare: Continuing adult bird at south end of slough, first perched alone on a root in the water and later perched with DCCO in dead tree on shore. Noticeably smaller than DCCO with long tail, dusky lores, and sharp gape corner with bold white border. Pics. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2019 17:17 by Tim Swain
- 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/S58900763
- Comments: "**very rare: Continuing adult bird at south end of slough, first perched alone on a root in the water and later perched with DCCO in dead tree on shore. Noticeably smaller than DCCO with long tail, dusky lores, and sharp gape corner with bold white border. Pics. "

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Peregrine Falcon (North American) (1 report)
- Bewick's Wren (2 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 08, 2019 16:12 by Aaron Kreisberg
- 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/S58873080
- Comments: "Juvenile bird at drain culvert from Creek to Marsh adjacent to Ash Ave. Grey bird with spots, shorter bill."

Peregrine Falcon (North American) (Falco peregrinus anatum) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 06, 2019 13:35 by Rachel Bauer
- Nidever Canyon, SMI, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.041657,-120.350859&ll=34.041657,-120.350859
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58870846
- Comments: "Good views and vocalizations. Two adults harassing the ravens in Nidever Canyon."

Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 06, 2019 13:35 by Rachel Bauer
- Nidever Canyon, SMI, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.041657,-120.350859&ll=34.041657,-120.350859
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58870846
- Comments: "Bold white eyebrow"

Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 06, 2019 13:35 by Ryan Bauer
- Nidever Canyon, SMI, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.041657,-120.350859&ll=34.041657,-120.350859
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58870845
- Comments: "Bold white eyebrow"

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Devereaux Field Trip for SBAS

Robert Lindsay
 

Saturday, 8/10, 8:00-10:30 am

Led a field trip for SBAS this morning with 16 participants. The morning started off well and just got better. At the meeting spot (West end of Del Playa in Isla Vista) the Eucalyptus trees had, among the more common species, Downy Woodpecker, Western Bluebird, Oak Titmouse, Hooded Oriole and, best of all, Chestnut-backed Chickadee!

Walking the beaches around Coal Oil Point produced the usual recent assortment of shorebirds: Willet, Whimbrel, Black-bellied, Semipalmated and Snowy Plover, Least and Western Sanpiper, and Sanderling. The pleasant surprise were two young Least Tern which I had not seen here in recent visits around the Plover Reserve. Other birds of note included an Osprey fly-by and Brandt's Cormorant at sea. Very few gulls around today.

After the field trip ended, I went to the Devereaux Pull-outs briefly. Nick Lethaby and Jim Hodgeson were at the first and will give a fuller account I'm sure. Birds here included Lesser Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope, Caspian Tern and a single American Avocet among the other common birds reported lately. The Neotropical Cormorant was at its usual roost at the second pull-out and finally stayed while I got long, lingering looks.

I've also seen a lot of activity in my yard in the last 24 hours so believe a land bird push may be coming through our area now. Will report in again when I've had a chance to pinpoint what's around.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Refugio State Beach

Mark Holmgren
 

Juvenile here yesterday, 9 August, shortly before noon, in the channel between the RR tracks and the beach.

Mark Holmgren
Sta Barbara

Devereux and Area K in the afternoon

Florence Sanchez
 

I don't usually birdwatch in the afternoon, but I was able to get out today and check both Devereux and Area K.  Devereux was literally crawling with small shorebirds from one side to the other.  I found the lighting was better if I parked at the turnout by the bridge to nowhere and then walked back around the shoreline with the sun at my back.  The species I found included Western and Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Plovers and Kildeer, and both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.  There were so many shorebirds on the eastern side of the wet mudflat that I considered walking down the dune pond path and trying to scope form that side, but though I could see access points for viewing , it did not appear I could get close enough for good looks at the little guys.   Through my scope, most of the birds there seemed to be Semi-palmated Plovers.  Heat shimmer would also be a problem.

Other birds seen here were both great and Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Double-crested and Neotropic Cormorants, and a few Caspian Terns, as well as the usual ducks.

I then went over to Area K of the Goleta Slough and found the light conditions were perfect for scanning from the bluff.  Two Teal sp. took to the air just as I set up.  Clough conditions are getting good for shorebirds, with a lot of exposed mud around the edges.  There were about 8 black-necked Stilts in the middle of the pond and on the water, I found 4 juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes and a Wilson's Phalarope.  At the edge of some mid-pond vegetation, I found 1 each Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and two Dowitchers (very red underneath, appearing to extend all the way to the tail).  In the newly exposed mud on the far side, I scoped out 2 Least Sandpipers.  So I think birders should try to check this area daily as more species drop in.

I heard a Virginia Rail call once from the ditch vegetation immediately below the bluff.

Florence Sanchez

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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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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

Devereux

Bradley Hacker
 

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


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Good birding, 

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Goleta CA
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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 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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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

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
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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

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
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
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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Santa Barbara





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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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