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Arctic Tern at COPR yesterday

Nick Lethaby
 

I just saw a ebird alert of a "Common Tern" from yesterday at Coal Oil Point, which is, in fact, an Arctic Tern. Not sure if it is still around. It was sitting on the beach.

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Tern (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (1)
- Reported Aug 14, 2019 11:00 by Bill Crowe
- 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/S59016928
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On beach. Appeared to be exhausted. In breeding plumage"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 18:25 by Christopher Kibler
- 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/S59020407
- Comments: "Continuing. It was not there when I arrived, but it flew in and perched in a tree next to the bridge to nowhere. The bird had pale lores unlike DCCO, which has yellow lores. The bird was smaller than the DCCOs sitting nearby, and its tail was proportionally longer than the DCCO tails."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 10:53 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/S59018785
- Comments: "Continuing "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 16, 2019 08:25 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S59028904
- Comments: "Small cormorant with paint white skin behind mandible"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 10:53 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/S59018785
- Comments: "Continuing "

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Tern (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (1)
- Reported Aug 14, 2019 11:00 by Bill Crowe
- 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/S59016928
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On beach. Appeared to be exhausted. In breeding plumage"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 18:25 by Christopher Kibler
- 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/S59020407
- Comments: "Continuing. It was not there when I arrived, but it flew in and perched in a tree next to the bridge to nowhere. The bird had pale lores unlike DCCO, which has yellow lores. The bird was smaller than the DCCOs sitting nearby, and its tail was proportionally longer than the DCCO tails."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 10:53 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/S59018785
- Comments: "Continuing "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 16, 2019 08:25 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S59028904
- Comments: "Small cormorant with paint white skin behind mandible"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 10:53 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/S59018785
- Comments: "Continuing "

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Least Terns Sands Beach

Bradley Hacker
 

Ten Least Terns on Sands Beach this AM, at least 4 of which were wearing juvenile attire--tawny caps and pale wings. One Black Turnstone + the usual collection. Many tens of egrets, herons and cormorants fishing the S tip of Devereux Slough.
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University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630 
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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 14, 2019 17:00 by Ana Cole
- 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/S59001397
- Media: 1 Photo

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 14, 2019 17:00 by Brian Genge
- 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/S59001166
- Media: 1 Photo

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 15, 2019 11:02 by Caleb Centanni
- 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/S59012839
- Comments: "(Rare): photo: cont. juv bird : thanks to local birding pair who pointed it out to us: we had seen it but assumed juv BCNH since it was near an adult BCNH and also YCNH rare here : the birdman let us look at it and photo it through his scope , pointed out the vertical white lines of the feathers instead of just white dots : also we noted darker bill instead of yellowish "

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SB Harbor and Mission Creek

Robert Lindsay
 

Thursday, 8/15, 9:00-10:30 am

Started at the SB Harbor Breakwater. Lots of shorebirds: Willet, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, one Black-bellied plover, and 12 Black Turnstone all on the beach west of the base of the breakwater. 3 Juvenile Long-billed Curlew had me baffled until I could look at reference materials. The bill is so much smaller than on adults, nearly identical to those of Whimbrels. I'm surprised that I had not seen this before as the species is quite familiar. I got a very poor quality photo with my cell phone which I will post later if I can improve the image.

The Mission Creek outfall was also rich in large shorebirds of the same species seen earlier this morning (except no turnstone). There were also 30 Black Skimmers here. Both sites had lots of gulls but all the same 3 species that have been around lately (Western, California, and Heerman's). I looked hard, in vain, for Ring-billed. I know it's too early for Mew or Glaucous-winged or Thayer's, but I don't recall Ring-billed arriving so much later than the other common species. Always so much to learn.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

Least Terns at Devereux

Thomas Turner
 

There were 2 Least Terns at the Devereux slough mouth this AM. The one I saw well was a juvenile.

The slough was full of small and medium shore birds; the most I have seen there this season. One quick spotting scope pass didn’t reveal anything great, but that isn’t saying much. I did see Lesser Yellowlegs, an Avocet, lots of Dowitcher, Wilson’s and Red-Necked Phalarope, and tons of peeps.

Tom Turner

Goleta

El Capitan SB

Bradley Hacker
 

7 Spotted Sandpipers and one Wandering Tattler constitute the entire shorebird population today. Still water running in the creek though, for the first time in many years. 


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Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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*** Species Summary:

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

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (5)
- Reported Aug 13, 2019 13:32 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/S58972635
- Comments: "2 in ditch"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 13, 2019 17:51 by Christopher Kibler
- 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/S58978858
- Comments: "Continuing at slough, perched in trees at overlook by bridge to nowhere. Smaller than adjacent DCCO, without yellow in lores and with white border to base of bill. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 13, 2019 17:51 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/S58978074
- Comments: "Continuing at slough, perched in trees at overlook by bridge to nowhere. Smaller than adjacent DCCO, without yellow in lores and with white border to base of bill. "

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Refugio St Beach - continuing Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Wandering Tattlers

Peter Schneekloth
 

I stopped at Refugio this morning and found the continuing Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48533273951/in/dateposted-public/

From there I walked out the Aniso Trail towards Gaviota and found a nice collection of shore birds on a beach including Snowy and Semipalmated Plover, Wandering Tattlers, Western and Least Sandpipers, Willet and Killdeer. Link to full list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58965312 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Area K today at 1:30-2:30p

Mark Holmgren
 

5 each Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal
1 Green-winged Teal
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
1 Wilson's and 5 Red-necked Phalaropes
3 Greater and 8 Lesser Yellowlegs
40 White-faced Ibis
Dispersers or Migrants were Bullock's Orioles, Wilson Warbler, and Black-headed Grosbeak

Mark Holmgren
Goleta

Area K and Devereux

Florence Sanchez
 

I birded both locations this morning.  Did not find Teal or Ibis at Area K this morning but had a nice assortment of shorebirds:
both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers, Western and Least Sandpipers, Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes.

At Devereux, conditions were great for birding.  There must have been at least 75 Semi-palmated Plovers south of the first pull-out along with a few Kildeer.  There were both Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers present (calls of LB, golden pattern on tertials of juvenile SB), some hanging out in a small ditch right next to the road.  I had only a couple each of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.  There were about a dozen Red-necked phalaropes swimming near the far side of the estuary.  An American Avocet was feeding well out, indicating how shallow the water is even in the middle of the estuary.  A lot of the Egrets flew to the roost while I was there--I counted 27 in all, along with 8 Great Egrets and 6 Great Blue Heron.  I also had 2 Black-crowned Night Herons in different places, but no Yellow-crowned and no Neotropic Cormorant.

A really good way to view the Devereux birds is to park up at the half bridge and walk back along the road, stopping at several points where there is wide enough shoulder to set up a scope safely.  Eventually, you will reach a solid paved spot over the top of a drainage pipe and that is a prime spot right now.  As the water recedes, the birds will move farther out but right now it's good.

Florence Sanchez

Area K and Devereux

Nick Lethaby
 

There were 32 WF Ibis at Area K along with 10 Lesser Yellowlegs and 6 SB Dowitcher. A new family of BW Teal had 3 tiny doomed ducklings.

Devereux was very foggy but had all the continuing recent shorebird species including at least a few SB Dowitcher.


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

oops

Robert Lindsay
 

I need to amend my post from earlier today. There was a SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the beach east of UCSB, not a Solitary Sandpiper.

Sorry,
Rob Lindsay

Late Breeders

Marge and Don Thornton
 

While we haven't observed the nests, we do watch the adults feeding the young at the feeders and the Hooded Orioles in are back yard are working on feeding either a late second clutch or early third clutch this week.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca.

Carpinteria Beach

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Beach, Early morning, August 13, 2019

Plenty of Willets, several Whimbrels, 2 LB Curlew and a few Sanderlings. 300-bird gull flock, Western and Heermann’s equally represented with a couple dozen CA Gulls thrown in for good measure. Reassuring number (60) of Brown Pelicans in a long skein. Several each Snowy and Great Egrets in the Carp Creek lagoon, which is not reaching the ocean this morning at low tide.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

Campus Point, Sewage Treatment Plant

Robert Lindsay
 

Tuesday, 8/13, 8:00-9:15 am

Walked from Goleta Beach to Campus Point this morning. Fairly birdy. Lots of Semipalmated Plovers and Western Sandpipers, a few Least Sandpipers. Greater Yellowlegs were numerous (12) but no Lesser seen. Lots of single individuals in other species: Whimbrel, Spotted Sandpiper, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler. A Caspian Tern flew by. All three usual (for this time of year) gull species present (Western, California, Heerman's). Lagoon was basically empty on this end.

Made a quick stop at the Sewage Treatment Plant hoping for early fall arrivals. No luck. Very little exposed mud in the top pool and almost no shorebirds. Lots of Black-necked Stilt and a single Solitary Sandpiper along with a flock of Western Gulls. Abundant female and young Mallards but I couldn't find any other ducks. Looking forward to things picking up soon.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

Late Breeding Birds

Mark Holmgren
 
Edited

Below is a list of those species that we’ve detected breeding between 15 August and 30 September in the last three years.  Before looking at the list, what do you think some of those late-breeding species might be?

 

The more contributions we receive, the better the results of all sorts of questions reflect what’s actually happening in nature in Santa Barbara County.

 

Submit at:  

https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

 








Species

Total 'late' records in the BBS 2016-18

Scaly-breasted Munia

6

Western Grebe

3

Lesser Goldfinch

3

Band-tailed Pigeon

3

Clark’s Grebe

3

Eurasian Collared-Dove

2

No. Mockingbird

2

Acorn Woodpecker

2

Calif. Quail

2

Acorn Woodpecker

1

Hooded Oriole

1

Red-tailed Hawk

1

Ruddy Duck

1

Barn Swallow

1

Brandt’s Cormorant

1

House Sparrow

1

White-tailed Kite

1


Here's the result of the Google Fusion Table manipulation performed to get this output for 2016 only.

Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj. In either Table mode or Map mode, set filters for Date and Common Name. Don't forget to click Find after setting each filter.

Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Long Canyon Road, Northern SBC

John Deacon
 
Edited

Peter Schneekloth and I birded Long Canyon Road today.  We saw 31, mostly expected species.  The highlight was 4 White Tailed Kites.  Earlier this year, I reported a pair of WTKI breeding.  Apparently they were successful.  At least one, likely two, of the WTKIs we observed today were juveniles.  Checklist is attached.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58947496

On the way out, we saw this beauty crossing the road.  We stopped long enough for a few pics, and to escort him safely across the road.



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John Deacon
Orcutt

Help locate Least Bell's vireo

Sarah Otterstrom
 

You can help endangered birds in Santa Barbara County. We are asking skilled local birders for help in locating and documenting endangered Least Bell’s vireos (Vireo bellii pusillus) in the Los Padres National Forest in the final weeks of 2019 season.

Documented observations can be shared to eBird following these guidelines https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird or they can be shared directly with the Ventura-based conservation non-profit Paso Pacifico using the email sarah@... or phone 805-643-7044. The organization will organize reports and then share results with forest managers.

As a bonus, Paso Pacifico will send the first five observers a signed copy of “A Guide to the Birds of Nicaragua”, but observations must have location and photographs or audio recording. Observations must be within the Los Padres National Forest Santa Barbara, Mount Pinos, or Ojai Ranger Districts and they must occur in areas open to the public.

Thank you all for your participation and support for the Last Bell’s vireo!
Sincerely,
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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Aug 12, 2019 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8837715,-120.279007&ll=34.8837715,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58945693
- Comments: "Female type. Greyer tones, with smaller bill than cinnamon teal"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 11, 2019 14:39 by Noah Gaines
- 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/S58944923
- Comments: "Young bird Roosting with BCNH by bridge to no where. Longer legs smaller spots, thicker Bill. "

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