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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (4 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Aug 20, 2019 08:10 by John Callender
- Carpinteria SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3923207,-119.5230103&ll=34.3923207,-119.5230103
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59130754
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Flying east, low, about 1/2 mile offshore. Wasn't at all sure of the ID when I observed it, but from the photos I think it looks pretty good for an adult male Blue-Winged Teal. I note the large blue patch on the inner part of the upper wing with a broad white border behind it, warm brown underparts contrasting with a grayish head, and in a few photos a hint of the white face crescent behind the bill."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 20, 2019 08:44 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/S59129832
- Comments: "Continuing. By bridge to nowhere in bare snags overlooking water. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 19, 2019 11:45 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/S59114075
- Comments: "Continuing bird at same tree by bridge where it has been regularly seen. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 19, 2019 11:45 by Rob Denholtz
- 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/S59116958
- Comments: "Continuing bird at same tree by bridge where it has been regularly seen. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 17, 2019 14:30 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S59117179
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing individual at this location; the bird was perched on a tangle of branches in the middle of the slough and was noticeably smaller than the Double-crested Cormorant sitting next to it; whitish border and angular gape of bill was apparent."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 19, 2019 11:45 by Rob Denholtz
- 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/S59116958
- Comments: "At turnout by bridge. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 19, 2019 11:45 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/S59114075
- Comments: "At turnout by bridge. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 17, 2019 14:30 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S59117179
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A continuing juvenile seen in the company of several juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons; darker gray upperparts, mostly dark bill, and small white spots on back and coverts distinguished it from the BCNH."

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Yellow-headed Blackbird at LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

As I was leaving LLC yesterday evening, the setting sun highlighted a bird high in the trees above the parking lot (NE corner). It was an unfamiliar bird to me, but I've check on Bird Sleuth and with another birder. I think this is a Yellow-headed Blackbird, female or immature. Photo sharpened since it was a bit blurry.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Coronado Seep

David Levasheff
 

Jeff Hanson and I stopped by the seep for 45- 60 minutes after the noon hour. We accumulated the following:

4 Wilson Warbler
3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Song Sparrow
2 Oak Titmouse
several Lesser Goldfinch Flying over
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
and I had a very brief (2 sec) look at what had the gis of a MacGillivarie's Warbler, Yellow-green under side, darker grey head, split eye arcs.

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Santa Barbara

Devereux, Area K yesterday

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:  Just to let you know that some of us are out birding, & there are lots of species to look at at both locations.  We ran into Libby Pattern, Guy Tingos, David Levasheff, and Jeff Hanson also out birding.
Yesterday, Florence Sanchez & I visited Area K first, then to Devereux.  To me, the latter is highly preferable for lighting, closeness of birds, and even numbers.  Area K does have variety, though, and more Lesser Yellowlegs.  Also, more interesting ducks.  Somebody had two Blue-winged Teal there, but I couldn’t find them.  Florence & I had a Cinnamon Teal, we thought, and a White-faced Ibis.  
Devereux’s water levels are receding slowly, so the birds are getting a little farther away for viewing.  However, still very good habitat.  The avocet continues, masses of Black-bellied Plovers and Semipalmated Plovers, lots of Western Sandpipers, some Least Sandpipers, and only one each Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, some Red-necked Phalaropes.  NO Neotropic Cormorant or Yellow-crowned Night-Heron present.
Still, we should have a look at this place every day while the mudflats are still inviting to shorebirds! 
I’m ready for fall!
Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara

White-faced Ibis

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Wednesday, Aug, 21, 2019, noon

16 White-faced Ibis briefly visited the Park before flying off towards the mountains, seemingly headed somewhere between Rancho Monte Alegre and Lake Jocelyn.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Refugio St Beach - Lucy's Warbler, continuing Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Peter Schneekloth
 

Needed to be in Goleta for a few hours this AM so stopped at Coronado on the way in and Refugio on the way home. Coronado had a few common birds only. Shortly before noon I was leaving Refugio when I saw a very small pale gray bird, had it in the binocs long enough to see the Chestnut Rump, Lucy's Warbler in the creek section under the freeway. Spent about a half hour trying to refind it but never did. The juv Yellow-crowned Night Heron continued, Yellow Warblers, Western Tanagers and Belted Kingfisher were other birds of note.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I checked out the “A” Street ponds and they were way sucky.
I then drove by the formally flooded field on Black Road. All the grading appears to be done? It also looks like it will not hinder birding there when the field floods again.
The Santa Maria Sewage Works is worth checking out, there are a couple basins/lagoons that have awesome habitat. I saw 36 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 60+ Semipalmated Plovers, 250+ mixed Western and Least Sandpipers and picked out one juv Semipalmated Sandpiper, 300+ Red-necked Phalaropes and 4 Wilson’s, the Northern Shoverler Ducks are arriving in good numbers as I saw them on 3 different impoundments with numbers reaching 50 just at one location. I guess the the more notable bird for SMSW was a Ash-throated Flycatcher.
I then checked out Jack O’Connell Park in Guadalupe, way sucky.
I birded the Santa Maria River Estuary, there were lots of birds, but the only reportable bird was the continuing Reddish Egret. It was up river where John Deacon had it. I then hit up a private ranch pond and saw 29 White-faced Ibis and 250+ Trikes.

Good birding,

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Manx Shearwater (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Merlin (1 report)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) (1)
- Reported Aug 21, 2019 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59156885
- Comments: "Well seen for a few seconds in willow/cottonwood thicket near end of road. Long-tailed medium sized bird, dark above, light below. Unmistakeable conspicuous large round white spots on underside of long tail. Dove into thicket and could not be lured forth. Did not see bill. Spots on tail large (not Black-billed)."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Aug 21, 2019 07:37 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59158495
- Comments: "Small hummingbird, white below, a few specks of color on the throat,no rufous anywhere, short bill very slightly decurved, no calls or wing sounds. In very dry chaparral in same area as a male Costas was a couple of months ago. "

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Aug 20, 2019 16:30 by Bob Friedrichs
- (34.0847,-119.4960), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.084656,-119.496037&ll=34.084656,-119.496037
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59139152
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Possible Manx. Looking for input. Clean white underneath including vent and throat. Eliminated Black-vented by clean white vent and more gliding flight pattern. Eliminated Pink-footed by clean throat and vent. Back seems a bit brown for Manx but could be lighting or worn plumage."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 19, 2019 11:45 by ANDREA BRUCE
- 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/S59142833
- Comments: "Continuing bird at same tree by bridge where it has been regularly seen. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 19, 2019 11:45 by ANDREA BRUCE
- 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/S59142833
- Comments: "At turnout by bridge. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 20, 2019 18:15 by Elaine Tan
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59140985
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature. Solidly dark bill, fine streaking and shorter tail leads me to believe YCNH. 2 foraging upstream of slough mouth to begin with; 1 flew towards UCSB halfway through checklist while the other remained."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 21, 2019 11:30 by Peter Schneekloth
- 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/S59159263
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile, bird distinctly darker than a Yellow-crowned Night Heron of same age, smaller spotting, long legs. Photo attached"

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Aug 21, 2019 07:37 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59158495
- Comments: "Small falcon, heavy streaks below, no rufous in tail, powerful direct flight"

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Aug 21, 2019 11:30 by Peter Schneekloth
- 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/S59159263
- Comments: "First detected by naked eye the bird was notably small and pale gray. I was able to get the bird in my binoculars for a short but direct view and the chestnut rump was very evident."

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Santa Maria and Lompoc.

Florence Sanchez
 

Wes and I seem to hit Santa Maria about the same time but don't end up with the same birds.  Once again, I missed the Reddish Egret at the Santa Maria River and I really LOOKED!  The beach at the river mouth had a huge flock of Brown Pelicans and with them were 11 White Pelicans.  No shorebirds there today and only the usual gulls:  Western, Heerman's and California.  Birds of interest were a pair of Peregrines at the shoreline of the river mouth.  One was feeding on a shorebird.  It took off carrying the carcass when I set up my scope and dropped the prey in the water when it reached the ocean.  Later on, I found the second Peregrine in the dune scrub (different coloration), which also took off the minute I set down the scope.  For some reason, that must spell DANGER to them.  Walking back toward my car, I found the headless and crop-less carcass of the bird the first Peregrine was feeding on--it was a Long-billed Curlew from the coloration and size.  I rechecked the river where the Reddish Egret wasn't and found a few shorebirds there:  10 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Avocets, about a dozen Dowitchers all on the bank of a steep dune at water's edge, and about 6 Western and a couple of Least Sandpipers on a sandbar.

Earlier, I went to Jack O'Connell park but nothing of interest there or in nearby-fields (checking for Tri-colored Balckbirds without success).  I planned to go the SM Sewage treatment plant but drove right by it and decided not to turn around.  Big mistake from Wes's report.  Instead I went on to Ocean Park in Lompoc.

Unlike Santa Maria, which was windy, Lompoc was pleasant and only breezy, and the birding at the estuary mouth was the best I've had there all summer, in spite of the distance yo most of the birds.  Lots of shorebirds, including some large enough and close enough to identify--10 Marbled Godwits, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Willets, 2 Greater yellowlegs.  At the water's edge were the usual a little too distant peeps, but I still could get Western Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover, Snowy Plover, and Sanderling out of the group.  Two Least Sandpipers landed at the edge of the estuary near me at one point and I had more fly over.  There were several juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes swimming on the estuary.  The shorebird of the day however was a chunky bird that I was able to identify as a juvenile Red Knot--first of the year for me.

There were flocks of gulls in the water, at the water's edge, and up on the sand berm between the estuary mouth and the ocean.  All appeared to be the usual mix of Western, California, and Heerman's Gulls.  With them were a few Caspian and Royal Terns.  There were several groups of ducks both on the banks and at the estuary mouth.  Most were Mallards, but I also had a small flock of Gadwall in the mix.  And when I arrived at the lookout point, a flock of about a dozen Teal sprang into the air.  Definitely Teal due to small size, green speculum, powder-blue epaulets, but I could not determine the species.  The best duck was an unexpected female Pintail feeding along the far shore near the reeds.  The main body of the estuary had Western and Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Ducks, Great Blue Heron and both species of Egret, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Marsh Wren in the tules at the south edge.  A great day here and I encourage others to check this spot out after rather dismal conditions earlier this month.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Santa Maria and Lompoc.

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
Just to add one bird I failed to mention was an adult Ring-billed Gull at SMSW.
  Also today at Gaviota I saw a Gull that looked very much like a Herring Gull, not positive.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Aug 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

Wes and I seem to hit Santa Maria about the same time but don't end up with the same birds.  Once again, I missed the Reddish Egret at the Santa Maria River and I really LOOKED!  The beach at the river mouth had a huge flock of Brown Pelicans and with them were 11 White Pelicans.  No shorebirds there today and only the usual gulls:  Western, Heerman's and California.  Birds of interest were a pair of Peregrines at the shoreline of the river mouth.  One was feeding on a shorebird.  It took off carrying the carcass when I set up my scope and dropped the prey in the water when it reached the ocean.  Later on, I found the second Peregrine in the dune scrub (different coloration), which also took off the minute I set down the scope.  For some reason, that must spell DANGER to them.  Walking back toward my car, I found the headless and crop-less carcass of the bird the first Peregrine was feeding on--it was a Long-billed Curlew from the coloration and size.  I rechecked the river where the Reddish Egret wasn't and found a few shorebirds there:  10 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Avocets, about a dozen Dowitchers all on the bank of a steep dune at water's edge, and about 6 Western and a couple of Least Sandpipers on a sandbar.

Earlier, I went to Jack O'Connell park but nothing of interest there or in nearby-fields (checking for Tri-colored Balckbirds without success).  I planned to go the SM Sewage treatment plant but drove right by it and decided not to turn around.  Big mistake from Wes's report.  Instead I went on to Ocean Park in Lompoc.

Unlike Santa Maria, which was windy, Lompoc was pleasant and only breezy, and the birding at the estuary mouth was the best I've had there all summer, in spite of the distance yo most of the birds.  Lots of shorebirds, including some large enough and close enough to identify--10 Marbled Godwits, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Willets, 2 Greater yellowlegs.  At the water's edge were the usual a little too distant peeps, but I still could get Western Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover, Snowy Plover, and Sanderling out of the group.  Two Least Sandpipers landed at the edge of the estuary near me at one point and I had more fly over.  There were several juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes swimming on the estuary.  The shorebird of the day however was a chunky bird that I was able to identify as a juvenile Red Knot--first of the year for me.

There were flocks of gulls in the water, at the water's edge, and up on the sand berm between the estuary mouth and the ocean.  All appeared to be the usual mix of Western, California, and Heerman's Gulls.  With them were a few Caspian and Royal Terns.  There were several groups of ducks both on the banks and at the estuary mouth.  Most were Mallards, but I also had a small flock of Gadwall in the mix.  And when I arrived at the lookout point, a flock of about a dozen Teal sprang into the air.  Definitely Teal due to small size, green speculum, powder-blue epaulets, but I could not determine the species.  The best duck was an unexpected female Pintail feeding along the far shore near the reeds.  The main body of the estuary had Western and Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Ducks, Great Blue Heron and both species of Egret, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Marsh Wren in the tules at the south edge.  A great day here and I encourage others to check this spot out after rather dismal conditions earlier this month.

Florence Sanchez

Solitary Sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

I had nice views of a Solitary Sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria this morning. Photos are in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59174771

A few notes about access: The lake (really an agricultural pond) is on private property, but the owner has historically been okay with birdwatchers checking it out from near the southeast corner of the lake. There is a small turnout where it is possible to park, but be careful of traffic along the road. In particular, there is a blind curve just east of the turnout which cars sometimes come around at high speed. If I want to depart westbound I make a point of leaving the turnout heading eastbound, only turning around to head back west once I've reached a spot where I can do so safely. There's a driveway a short distance up the road that works well for that.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Coronado & Devereaux, Th. AM

Robert Lindsay
 

Thursday, 8/22, 9:30-11:00 am

Started at the Coronado puddle. At least 4 Wilson's Warbler. Other birds detected included Pac-slope Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-backed Chickadee (thanks, Libby), and maybe an Orange-crowned Warbler. I am sorely tempted to do a little vegetation removal around the puddle. Can anyone comment definitively on whether or not this is a good idea?

The first pull-out at Devereaux was very birdy and excellent shorebird habitat right now as has been previously reported. While there I saw the continuing American Avocet, only one Greater Yellowlegs, roughly 15 Dowitcher (too far away to get to species), about the same number of Red-necked Phalarope, a large group of Black-bellied Plover, abundant Semipalmated Plover, lots of Least Sandpiper, and quite a few Western Sandpiper. Common long-legged waders were everywhere. A cormorant was perched in the usual spot on the Eucalyptus tree frequented by the Neotropical and was being observed by several people at the second pull-out but I did not go there to confirm. In any case, Devereaux should get lots of attention in the days ahead until the mud flat dries out.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

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- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 22, 2019 07:08 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59174771
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller than a yellowlegs and with duller legs, prominent white eye ring/spectacles, small light spots on upper parts, no tail bobbing."

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Refugio Road

Florence Sanchez
 

Today I decided to try something different and drove to the top of Refugio Pass where it meets West Camino Cielo.  I arrived just about 8 a.m.  I was curious to see if I could pick up any upslope migration there.  Results: maybe a little, nothing significant.  I walked a short way down the closed portion of Refugio Road and found a small pocket of activity.  Among the resident birds (Oak Titmouse, Hutton's Vireo, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Juncos, etc.) I found an adult male Black-throated Gray Warbler.  There was possibly one other warbler--something flew over my head and disappeared in an oak tree after giving a chip call when the BTG was still in view.  Also had a House Wren here.

I walked West Camino Cielo through two patches of shady oak woodland with a more open patch in between.  In a madrone well off the road, I had a spiffy male Western Tanager.  It flew into an oak where it was joined by a female.  In the same area was a Cassin's Vireo.  Walking back, a small yellowish green warbler flew into a dead plant and then into oaks beyond.  At first I thought it was a Orange-crowned, but the head pattern was wrong and it had wingbars.  I think it was an immature female Yellow Warbler.   Walked about 100 yards down Refugio Road but found little in the way of bird life.  It was warming up fast, so I headed back down the road.  Just after I got started, I had a Peregrine fly out and start harassing a crow.  That's six different Peregrines I've seen this month!

I ended up the morning at Refugio State Beach.  The estuary mouth is pretty full and there isn't much room or cover for bathing birds, so I don't know how it will be for migrants as fall goes on.  No action there at mid-morning.  I walked up the creek path, hoping perhaps to see the Lucy's Warbler Peter had earlier this week, but struck out on that.  However, I found 2 young Hooded Orioles, a female Western Tanager, and a gorgeous adult female Blue Grosbeak there instead.  The female was a rich, deep chestnut color with very obvious rusty wingbars and a deep charcoal bill.  She stayed in view for a long time.  The creek is shallow but running nicely in the area under the highway and there are sheltered spots for birds to drink and bathe there.  I think this is a spot to watch.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Swainson's Hawk (1 report)
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 23, 2019 10:19 by Joan Lentz
- 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/S59206668
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "See photos. Immature birds of this species have been in the area of the Nature Park for several years now. I hadn't seen one at this location or this close by previously, however."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Aug 22, 2019 17:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9350598,-119.7259998&ll=34.9350598,-119.7259998
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59188942
- Comments: "Not unusual here"

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) (1)
- Reported Aug 22, 2019 12:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Mid-town Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9363906,-120.435686&ll=34.9363906,-120.435686
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59185105
- Comments: "Sitting at a stop-light I heard the distinctive chip, and the bird obligingly popped down into view before the light changed. Obvious white wing bars and white in the tail. Very early fall arrival date for the county"

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Lake Jocelyn & Carp Salt Marsh Nature Park this morning

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Marilyn Harding & I went out to see if we could find the Solitary Sandpiper seen yesterday by John Callender at Lake Jocelyn.  No luck.  Pond still has lots of water & a few Red-necked Phalaropes.
Then to Carp Creek briefly, where we stood on the 8th St. bridge & it was so pathetically devoid of birds that we quickly left.  Great habitat there but perhaps to early in the day or ?
At Carp Marsh Nature Park, had one immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at the culvert that runs between the eastern portion of the marsh and the bigger channel.  Hadn’t seen this species at that particular location before, very close views.  Otherwise, ho-hum birding there, too.
Joan Lentz

Yelow-crowned Night Heron

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Creek, Saturday morning, Aug.24, 2019

Three juvenile YCNH’s in Carp Creek, 200 yds. north of 7th St.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

Red Knots at Devereux

Rebecca Coulter
 

This morning at Devereux Slough there are 11 Red Knots. Jim Hodgson and I pretty carefully counted them, and one small group includes a very red individual. We mostly saw them on the west side of the slough, or mid-channel, between the upper pull out and the island above the half bridge.

The Neotropic Cormorant continues, along with Lesser and Greater yellowlegs, a few Red-necked Phalarope, and other usual suspects. No Yellow-crowned Night Heron seen.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Carpinteria Creek

Dave Compton
 

Carpinteria Creek is very walkable again, this year. I birded from about 50 meters south of Carpinteria Avenue all the way to railroad bridge, walking in the creek the whole way. Just one area where I had to walk in maybe an inch of water. Pretty quite most places. The best bird was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER a little south of 6th St. Otherwise residents and common migrants that included Western Tanager, Warbler Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Wilson's, Yellow, and Orange-crowned Warbler.

I saw no night-herons here. In the past, night-herons have been south of 6th St, across from the sewage plant. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 24, 2019 09:05 by Rebecca Coulter
- 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/S59226834
- Comments: "Continuing at half bridge pull out area, and then roosting on one of the sand Islands at the south end of the slough. White border at gape now quite visible. "

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