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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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Good birding, 

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 <nlethaby@...>
 

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,
Sarah Otterstrom <sarah@...>

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*** Species Summary:

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

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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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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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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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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