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Devereux Tues AM

Benjamin Byerly
 

Devereux remains very birdy this morning. 

Lots of shorebirds including: red knots, godwits, lb curlew, bb plovers, peeps, both dowitchers, avocet, BN stilts. Lots of herons/egrets including both varieties of night heron. One white faced ibis. 


Ben
Goleta

Probable Masked Booby on Sutil Rock

Bernardo Alps
 

Hi all.

 

We went to Santa Barbara and Catalina Islands over the weekend aboard the Magician out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. The trip left late Friday night and we awoke at anchor at Santa Barbara Island. Normally we would have stayed a second night, but an increasing groundswell generated by tropical storm Ivo made us relocate to Parson's Landing on the northwest side of Catalina Island.

 

During a Saturday morning island hike, we surveyed Sutil Rock from Signal Peak. Mark Stacy spotted a near-adult Masked (possibly Nazca) Booby among the roughly two dozen Brown Boobies visible perched on the cliffs. The Magician got close to the rock after circumnavigating the island during our late afternoon departure. We were able to count approximately 70 Brown Boobies and got better looks at the Masked Booby. My photos show a greenish-yellow bill but I would have liked slightly better quality to be absolutely sure. 

 

On our return trip from Catalina Island Sunday afternoon, we had an adult Masked Booby fly by at about 125 meters from the boat. We came away with the impression of a yellow rather than orange bill but were not willing to rule out Nazca. Later, a post on Facebook by Gregg Gentry showed a pair of nice close-up photos of what must have been the same bird since we saw the whale watching boat nearby just before we spotted the booby coming from its direction. 

 

In conclusion, both birds are almost certainly Masked Boobies but I am reluctant to make it an absolute. 

 

The Horned Larks seem to have had a very good nesting season; there were flocks flying all over the island. We saw only a couple of straggler Pigeon Guillemots. The only two possible migrants were a Common Yellowthroat and an American Kestrel. The canyon above Parson’s Landing was very birdy but there was nothing unexpected.

 

We encountered very few seabirds during the crossings. Between Santa Barabara and Catalina Islands, we had 1 Cassin's Auklet, 1 Ashy Storm-petrel, 10 Pink-footed Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, and 3 Black-vented Shearwaters, in addition to a few dozen Western Gulls and a couple each of Double-crested Cormorants and Brown Pelicans.

 

On the crossing from Catalina to the mainland, we had 4 Pink-footed Shearwaters, 7 Black-vented Shearwaters, 2 Red-necked Phalaropes, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, and 1 California Gull, in addition to a few Western Gulls and Elegant Terns, plus 1 Royal Tern and 1 Barn Swallow.

 

The next two-day Santa Barbara Island excursion is scheduled for September 25 and 26. More information can be found at http://catalinaexplorer.com/island-expeditions.html.

Take care,

 

Bernardo

 


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Re: Gaviota - White-crowned Sparrow

Phila Rogers
 

This looks like an immature (nuttalli) white-crowned sparrow which breeds on the coast mostly north of Pt. Conception.  The wintering sparrow here is another subspecies  (Gambeli?)  Phila Rogers (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) 


On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 1:54 PM Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I walked out to the Gaviota fennel patch this morning. It is blooming nicely but no migrants found. I did find a White-crowned Sparrow on the way out which seemed out of place. I am still researching but any comments on timing, location and subspecies of the bird most welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48626111403/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Area K this morning

Florence Sanchez
 

I had a couple of errands to run in Goleta this morning, so stopped by Area K.  It was late, almost 11 a.m. and I did not expect much at that hour, but I had a good showing nonetheless, especially of the smaller shorebirds.  Among them, I had several Semi-palmated Plovers, several Western Sandpipers, 2 Least Sandpipers, and after a diligent search, I turned up the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper reported by Nick yesterday evening.  

As happened the last time I was there, something spooked the entire flock and all the birds flew out to the middle of the shallow water.  It was still too deep for the small shorebirds, so they immediately headed back to the mud northeast of the water.  However I was able to get a rough Stilt and Yellowlegs count from that activity:  about 20 Stilts, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, at least 6 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Wilson's Phalarope, and 4 Teal that sprang out of the reeds.  One of the Teal was a Cinnamon (long spatulate bill shape and traces of reddish color on head and chest).  The other three had shorter, less spatulate bills; I believe they were probably Blue-winged.  All four had  green speculums and powder blue epaulets.  A single White-faced Ibis was working the far shore.

Also of interest was a Western Kingbird working the hillside vegetation and the marsh.  There has been a Cassin's KB here quite regularly, but this was definitely a Western.

No time for Devereux today.

Florence Sanchez

Gaviota - White-crowned Sparrow

Peter Schneekloth
 

I walked out to the Gaviota fennel patch this morning. It is blooming nicely but no migrants found. I did find a White-crowned Sparrow on the way out which seemed out of place. I am still researching but any comments on timing, location and subspecies of the bird most welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48626111403/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Northern Waterthrush

Rebecca Coulter
 

Well, this is not exactly how I expected to report on land bird migration season… I just found a dead Northern Waterthrush on my back doormat, in perfect condition otherwise. It apparently hit the window under my patio overhang, which is strange, since we rarely have window strikes there. This must have happened overnight or predawn this morning. The only thing I can think of is that it dropped down into the yard in the dark and then was startled by something and hit the window. Pictures attached.

Needless to say, that would have been my best yard bird ever.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Goleta Shorebird spots Sunday

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

At Devereux this morning, 10 Red Knots continued, along with the Avocet, Lesser Yellowlegs and a dozen SB Dowitcher.

In the evening at Area K, the highlights were a juv Pectoral, 2 WF Ibis, and a very high 36 Lesser Yellowlegs.

There were no Gadwall and it seems this species becomes rare locally in late  Aug and September.

Nick

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Goleta, CA

Pintail in Carp lagoon

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Creek Lagoon (south of RR bridge), Sunday morning, Aug.25, 2019

Dull male Pintail in the lagoon.

Very quiet all up and down the creek to 8th St.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


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Carpinteria

correction

Rob Denholtz
 

When I reported YCNH’s on Carpinteria Creek I meant FRANKLIN Creek. Apologies to anyone who I sent on a wild goose chase.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Carpinteria

Solitary Sandpiper at Area K this morning.

Jim Hodgson
 

Sorry for the late posting.
Jim Hodgson
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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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

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

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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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

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- 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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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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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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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

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