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Goleta Shorebird spots Sunday

Nick Lethaby
 

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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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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

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

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

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

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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California Whales & Wildlife

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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

Gaviota

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I stoped by Gaviota this morning and saw a Lark Sparrow and Lazuli Bunting near campsite 35. Also seen was a Osprey circling around over the park.

I also made a quick stop by Refugio and saw 5 Elegant Terns in the Gull flock. The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is still chilling at the Creek mouth. Other birds seen were 2 Yellow Warblers, a very young Cassin’s Kingbird and the House Sparrow with the white head is still present after a couple years.

Good birding

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

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Upper Westside

Dianna Ricky
 

A beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was at our sunflower feeder, then drank from the fountain.  He was only here for a few minutes this morning.  We are located between Bel Air Knolls and Elings Park.

Dianna Ricky
Santa Barbara 

BWTE at Mud Lake in Orcutt and WIPH at Long Canyon Road

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded Mud Lake and Long Canyon Road yesterday.    Best bird was a BWTE at Mud Lake.  Since unusual this time of year and a first for this location, I ran pic by Jamie and he concurred.  Checklist is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59313069


Next I went to Long Canyon Road.  The pond at the terminus of the road had Wilson's Phalaropes and Greater Yellowlegs.  This little pond continues to surprise.  Last time I was there, a Belted Kingfisher made a brief appearance.  This pond is likely the best source of fresh water in that area.  Quietly watching the pond for 15 minutes or so yielded deer and Wild Turkey's coming down to drink along with 15 or so other avian species.

Checklist is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59299304

John Deacon
Orcutt


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Devereux and other locations

Florence Sanchez
 

I went to Devereux this morning, later than Ben Byerly was there.  No Ibis or LB Curlew, but otherwise most of the same birds were very evident.  David Levasheff and friends were also there enjoying the show.  The water has withdrawn from the area near the road, but small shorebirds were still actively using the dark  mud and were easily observed through a scope..  The majority were Semi-palmated Plovers, but there were also lots of Western Sandpipers and a lesser number of Least.  The large Black-bellied Plover flock continues in the center of the remaining water.  In their vicinity were several Dowitchers, both greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a group of three Red Knots, one of which still has good color.  (David L found another flock of 4 a little later.)

The heron family is gathering there en masse.  I counted 61 Snowies, 19 Great Egrets, 9 Great Blue Herons, and found 5 Black-crowned Night Herons in or near the roost.  Flying around the half-bridge were two Western Kingbirds and two Kingfishers.  A really great place to spend a morning.

I moved on to see if there was any shorebird habitat at Lake Los Carneros and there isn't.  Water level is too high for there to be any exposed mud at the southeast arm of the Lake.  The only shorebird seen was a Spotted Sandpiper.  A Green Heron perched in the top of a cottonwood tree for a while.

I then checked the Goleta Sanitary District, but there is still no exposed mud and thus no shorebirds except the ever-present Black-necked Stilts.  The only gulls were Westerns and 99% of the ducks were mallards.  The only exception was a single Gadwall and 5 small ducks swimming by themselves along the far shore of the middle pond.  They looked good for Teal, probably Blue-winged, but they were a bit out of range.  Best bird here was an unexpected juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron, perhaps a first sighting for this location. It was perched on the white fence between the center pond and the service road.  When a worker drove by in his cart, it flew to the berm between the center pond and the south pond.

So the best places to look for shorebirds still are Devereux and Area K.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Aug 27, 2019 09:16 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/S59314546
- Comments: "Seen with a flock of 10 other teal. These two birds showed a paler overall coloration especially on the chest, a moderately strong dark line through the eye, narrower, less spatulate bill toward the tip, dark iris."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2019 08:40 by John Deacon
- Mud Lake 4424 Via Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.873552,-120.413284&ll=34.873552,-120.413284
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59313069
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Noticeably smaller than nearby Mallards. Small black bill. White crescent beginning to show near bill and eye. No cinnamon hue noticeable."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2019 06:25 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S59306501
- Comments: "Continuing - perched at 1/2 bridge "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Aug 27, 2019 06:25 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S59306501
- Comments: "Continuing in this area. Juveniles "

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Re: Devereux and other locations

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I birded a couple of Florence’s stops today also, but a couple hours after her according to the register book at GSD. I missed the YCNH but, I did see some Night-Herons in the pine tree, but I did not look at them. At GSD I saw one Green-winged Teal, one Red-necked Phalarope and a couple California Gulls, one looked very young and Cinnamony. Also seen was a Peregrine Falcon milling around over the lagoons.
  Goleta Beach was pretty slow, I expected to see the falcon perched up on its favorite snag, nope.
  Area K was pretty good. I counted 21 White-faced Ibis, which means there could have been more. All of the other reported birds were seen.
  I did not visit Devereux Slough, it seems to be getting covered pretty well lately.

I want to thank everybody that posts to this list-serve. It saves me and many other birders valuable time that travel to these locations.

Thank you and good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Aug 27, 2019, at 4:14 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

I went to Devereux this morning, later than Ben Byerly was there.  No Ibis or LB Curlew, but otherwise most of the same birds were very evident.  David Levasheff and friends were also there enjoying the show.  The water has withdrawn from the area near the road, but small shorebirds were still actively using the dark  mud and were easily observed through a scope..  The majority were Semi-palmated Plovers, but there were also lots of Western Sandpipers and a lesser number of Least.  The large Black-bellied Plover flock continues in the center of the remaining water.  In their vicinity were several Dowitchers, both greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a group of three Red Knots, one of which still has good color.  (David L found another flock of 4 a little later.)

The heron family is gathering there en masse.  I counted 61 Snowies, 19 Great Egrets, 9 Great Blue Herons, and found 5 Black-crowned Night Herons in or near the roost.  Flying around the half-bridge were two Western Kingbirds and two Kingfishers.  A really great place to spend a morning.

I moved on to see if there was any shorebird habitat at Lake Los Carneros and there isn't.  Water level is too high for there to be any exposed mud at the southeast arm of the Lake.  The only shorebird seen was a Spotted Sandpiper.  A Green Heron perched in the top of a cottonwood tree for a while.

I then checked the Goleta Sanitary District, but there is still no exposed mud and thus no shorebirds except the ever-present Black-necked Stilts.  The only gulls were Westerns and 99% of the ducks were mallards.  The only exception was a single Gadwall and 5 small ducks swimming by themselves along the far shore of the middle pond.  They looked good for Teal, probably Blue-winged, but they were a bit out of range.  Best bird here was an unexpected juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron, perhaps a first sighting for this location. It was perched on the white fence between the center pond and the service road.  When a worker drove by in his cart, it flew to the berm between the center pond and the south pond.

So the best places to look for shorebirds still are Devereux and Area K.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Devereux and other locations

David Levasheff
 

After Florence departed, a single White-faced ibis showed up in the Black-bellied plover flock. 

Shortly thereafter I spotted the Neotropic Cormorant our in the water tugging on some organic matter in the water, it was close to two DC Cormorants. 

I then spotted a Cooper’s hawk in the bare tree at the south pullout and the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in the foliage of the tree behind the Coop. 

Coronado seep was good, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Wilson’s, Yellow, Black-throated Gray & Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Downey & Hairy Woodpeckers, Western Tanager, Hooded Oriole, Bushtit, Lesser Goldfinch, Allen’s Hummer, Song Sparrow, Calif Towhee all made a showing. 

David

On Aug 27, 2019, at 16:14, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

I went to Devereux this morning, later than Ben Byerly was there.  No Ibis or LB Curlew, but otherwise most of the same birds were very evident.  David Levasheff and friends were also there enjoying the show.  The water has withdrawn from the area near the road, but small shorebirds were still actively using the dark  mud and were easily observed through a scope..  The majority were Semi-palmated Plovers, but there were also lots of Western Sandpipers and a lesser number of Least.  The large Black-bellied Plover flock continues in the center of the remaining water.  In their vicinity were several Dowitchers, both greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a group of three Red Knots, one of which still has good color.  (David L found another flock of 4 a little later.)

The heron family is gathering there en masse.  I counted 61 Snowies, 19 Great Egrets, 9 Great Blue Herons, and found 5 Black-crowned Night Herons in or near the roost.  Flying around the half-bridge were two Western Kingbirds and two Kingfishers.  A really great place to spend a morning.

I moved on to see if there was any shorebird habitat at Lake Los Carneros and there isn't.  Water level is too high for there to be any exposed mud at the southeast arm of the Lake.  The only shorebird seen was a Spotted Sandpiper.  A Green Heron perched in the top of a cottonwood tree for a while.

I then checked the Goleta Sanitary District, but there is still no exposed mud and thus no shorebirds except the ever-present Black-necked Stilts.  The only gulls were Westerns and 99% of the ducks were mallards.  The only exception was a single Gadwall and 5 small ducks swimming by themselves along the far shore of the middle pond.  They looked good for Teal, probably Blue-winged, but they were a bit out of range.  Best bird here was an unexpected juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron, perhaps a first sighting for this location. It was perched on the white fence between the center pond and the service road.  When a worker drove by in his cart, it flew to the berm between the center pond and the south pond.

So the best places to look for shorebirds still are Devereux and Area K.

Florence Sanchez


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Santa Barbara

Goleta Slough, Area K

Mark Holmgren
 

From 9 to 10:40 this morning, Tuesday, Area K had the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, 23 White-faced Ibis, 7 dowitchers issuing only the calls of Short-billed, at least 17 Lesser Yellowlegs, and at least 19 kingbirds many of which were Western Kingbirds. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher adult was tending 2 fledglings along Mesa Rd is quite a late breeding record.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59314546


Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass area

Re: Goleta Slough, Area K

Ron Hirst
 

Area K seems much better in the morning. At 12:30pm there were no kingbirds and far fewer yellowlegs.  The day before also had fewer birds at 12:30. I missed the Pec Sandpiper and Ibis on both days too.
Ron Hirst, SB

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough, Area K

Nick Lethaby
 

Evening is good too. The birds sleep a lot at midday and afternoon.

On Aug 28, 2019 7:30 AM, Ron Hirst <ronhirst@...> wrote:
Area K seems much better in the morning. At 12:30pm there were no kingbirds and far fewer yellowlegs.  The day before also had fewer birds at 12:30. I missed the Pec Sandpiper and Ibis on both days too.
Ron Hirst, SB

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Goleta, CA

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Goleta Slough, Area K

Wes Fritz
 

Agreed, I went in the late afternoon. The lighting is good too.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Aug 28, 2019, at 11:01 AM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:

Evening is good too. The birds sleep a lot at midday and afternoon.

On Aug 28, 2019 7:30 AM, Ron Hirst <ronhirst@...> wrote:
Area K seems much better in the morning. At 12:30pm there were no kingbirds and far fewer yellowlegs.  The day before also had fewer birds at 12:30. I missed the Pec Sandpiper and Ibis on both days too.
Ron Hirst, SB

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Goleta, CA

Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak Upper Westside

Dianna Ricky
 

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak returned to our sunflower feeders several times yesterday and has been seen again today.  Here’s a photo.  

image1.jpeg

Dianna Ricky
Santa Barbara

On Aug 27, 2019, at 11:20 AM, Dianna Ricky via Groups.Io <diannaricky@...> wrote:

A beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was at our sunflower feeder, then drank from the fountain.  He was only here for a few minutes this morning.  We are located between Bel Air Knolls and Elings Park.

Dianna Ricky
Santa Barbara 

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*** Species Summary:

- Herring Gull (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2019 17:38 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Harbor--Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098907,-119.6858793&ll=34.4098907,-119.6858793
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59319109
- Comments: "漂鸟?"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (4)
- Reported Aug 27, 2019 18:13 by Mario Borunda
- 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/S59322980
- Comments: "All juveniles. "

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (2)
- Reported Aug 28, 2019 06:00 by John Callender
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59330173
- Comments: "One Immature with long white supercilium, one adult with black throat. Photos to come."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2019 17:34 by John Callender
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59321550
- Comments: "Immature. White supercilium extending well behind the eye. Photos to come."

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