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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  The water has withdrawn from the area near the road, but small shorebirds were still actively using the dark  mud and were easily observed through a scope..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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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.

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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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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.  

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

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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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Goleta on Thursday

Robert Lindsay
 

8/29, 9:00-11:30

Began at Coronado. Fairly quiet. Warblers included Orange-crowned, Wilson's, and Common Yellowthroat. Saw my first Scaley-breasted Munia here as this invasive species continues to spread (sigh). Other birds included a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Common Flicker and Downy Woodpecker.

Checked Devereaux next where I ran into Dave Levasheff and others. Though drying out fast it was still quite birdy. A lone Avocet was seen. Six or seven Red-necked Phalarope were in the channel. There were several Yellowlegs, at least one Lesser. Black-necked Stilts have begun to repopulate here. Still lots  of Black-bellied Plover though far fewer with black undersides. Red Knots were still present though I could not locate the colorful bird that was there recently. A group of Sanderling were among the small peeps. Semipalmated Plover are still abundant along with many Western Sandpiper and lesser numbers of Least Sandpiper. Quite a few Dowitchers were around. The ones I got close enough to to identify were Short-billed. A smattering of Killdeer filled out the shorebirds present. The Neotropical Cormorant or Yellow-crowned Night Heron were not seen.

Finished at the Sewage Treatment Plant which was pretty dull. Lots of Stilts and one Spotted Sandpiper. About 30 gulls around but all were Western. About 100 ducks out on the water. One might have been a distant female Blue-winged Teal but the reset were Mallards as far as I could tell. A few Black-crowned Night Heron and GB Heron in the trees by the middle pond.

Finally, while having lunch at Goleta Beach about 1:30, a Peregrine Falcon flew over the Beachside restaurant.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

Santa Maria Valley Pacific Golden Plovers

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

We made my first stop at the “A” Street ponds, one Greater Yellowlegs only.

Black Road Flooded Fields ( BBFF) they are irrigating and there is some mud. One Baird’s Sandpiper, 2 Least one Western, one Long-billed Curlew and more Killdeer than I care to count.

Santa Maria Sewage Work,
I saw my high count of Lesser Yellowlegs today which was 8, in with the 13 Greater Yellowlegs, low numbers of Western and least Sandpipers, 70ish Red-necked and 4 Wilson’s Phalaropes, 50+ Semipalmated Plovers, One Peregrine Falcon, and one Blue Grosbeak

Jack O’Connell Park, super sucky.

The AG fields just to the west of Jack O’Connell Park has 2 Pacific Golden-Plovers in with 12 Black-bellied Plovers.

Blue Barn Pastures (trespassing?) just Horned Larks.

SMRE, had distant Sooty Shearwaters seen from the parking lot. At the estuary we saw 20 Canada Geese, Western, California and Heermann’s Gulls were in decent numbers, the only tern was a Caspian. Crazy numbers of Brown Pelicans with 6 American White Pelicans, 3 Whimbrels, one Long-billed Curlew, 6 Dowitcher sp. 2 Peregrine Falcons were eating what appeared to be a Gull. One Falcon has a silver band on its right leg. We did NOT see the Reddish Egret, and the shorebird numbers were very low for all locations birded today. The best/surprising bird in my opinion was a Large-Billed Savannah Sparrow at SMRE.

Good birding,

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

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Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (6)
- Reported Aug 23, 2019 14:20 by Marie Adams
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59351875
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Females or immatures, bill was longer and more tapered than House Finch; streaked breasts; most had yellow wash on face which does not show on photo"

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Pacific Golden-Plovers

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

These are the distant Golden Plovers, it was kinda windy and they were trying to use the irrigation pipes and furrows for shelter?

I apologize, no photos of the Large-billed Savannah Sparrow. It is to far to carry a spotting scope and a camera. I chose the spotting scope.







Good birding.

Wes Fritz
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Re: Probable Masked Booby on Sutil Rock

Bernardo Alps
 

Hi all.

Upon closer examination, Mark Stacy found a second, probable Masked Booby, in his photos. The bird we identified at great distance from Signal Peak was an adult, and the second bird in his photo is a sub-adult, most likely the same sub-adult bird seen from a closer distance in the afternoon. 

Here are the eBird checklists that contain photos of the boobies. I am convinced that they are all Masked Boobies, I am just calling them Masked/Nazca out of an overabundance of caution.


Take care,

Bernardo

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:54 PM Bernardo Alps <whalephoto@...> wrote:

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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Goleta Slough, Area K Friday morning

Mark Holmgren
 

2 Pectoral Sandpipers, min of 19 Lesser Yellowlegs, min 3 Green-winged Teal, no ibis.

Mark Holmgren
SB

Re: Goleta Slough, Area K Friday morning

Nick Lethaby
 

The 2 Pecs were present yesterday evening as well. I ended with 23 Lesser Yellowlegs.

The Red Knots, Avocet, etc. continue at Devereux.

On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 8:32 AM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
2 Pectoral Sandpipers, min of 19 Lesser Yellowlegs, min 3 Green-winged Teal, no ibis.

Mark Holmgren
SB




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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Noah Gaines
 

Around 8:30 am, I had a young Yellow-crowned Night Heron along the edge of the slough at Goleta Beach seen from the parking lot. Also an Osprey and what sounded and looked like Juv Peregrines. (I did not have binoculars)

Noah Gaines
SAnta Barbara.

Devereux this morning -- wonderful but nothing new

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Libby, Marilyn, and I ran into Barb Millett, and George and Gage, and between us we think we saw most of the birds there!  Thanks to Gage for help with the continuing TWO Red Knots, decidedly not red on these individuals, and lots of other continuing birds including the American Avocet, juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers, a couple of Greater Yellowlegs, many more peep in the distance than I could comfortably identify.  Lots of juvenile Western Sandpipers, and a few Least Sandpipers are showing well close to the road.  The more I study shorebirds, the less I like looking at them in the far distance.  Such a treat to see the juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers feeding close to Slough Rd., and even a Red-necked Phalarope (juvenile) with lovely golden traces down its back was close enough to photograph.  
This will not last!  Hurry on out there!
(No Neotropic Cormorant seen.)
Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Brown Booby (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 report)
- Common Yellowthroat (1 report)

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Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 25, 2019 15:00 by Mark Dettling
- Skunk Point, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9818874,-119.9918067&ll=33.9818874,-119.9918067
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59364980
- Comments: "Juveniles. Small flock with one Western Sandpiper. Larger than WESA. Black legs. Buffy chest. Back scaly, but buffy and without rufous."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (20) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 24, 2019 08:06 by Bernardo Alps
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59366995
- Comments: "Counted individually."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (70) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 24, 2019 15:39 by Bernardo Alps
- Unknown Location - (33.482, -119.027), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.4820294,-119.0272771&ll=33.4820294,-119.0272771
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59366974
- Comments: "Counted in groups of ten. Most birds were perched on the western end of Sutil Rock; a few were circling in flight. We approached the rock from the west, which gave a good view along the ridge where most birds were perched."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Aug 30, 2019 08:41 by Noah Gaines
- 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/S59374967
- Comments: "Along shore of estuary at end of parking lot. Juvenile night heron, slater brown/gray throughout with a darker cap and lighter underparts. with light edged coverts and flight feathers. Chartreuse legs. Separated from BCNH by Longer streaked neck. Large blunt bill with a white tip. "

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 25, 2019 by Mark Dettling
- Santa Rosa Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.963172,-120.108001&ll=33.963172,-120.108001
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59365038
- Comments: "Flying around with Barn Swallows. Brown backed. Brown wash on throat and upper chest. Seen well, and obvious that they were NRWS."

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 24, 2019 08:06 by Bernardo Alps
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59366995
- Comments: "Heard calling and seen well at a distance of less than 10 meters. Sub-adult male. A small warbler with a black mask bordered by a white line on top and a yellow chest below."

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Area K

Nick Lethaby
 

This evening a third Pectoral Sandpiper was present.

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Devereux Slough yesterday, Friday

Mark Holmgren
 

Is your spotting scope idle?  Get it out very soon, or loan it to some young birder, to get some great looks at shorebirds at Devereux Slough. Yesterday, from 11:50am to 12:15 I scoped only from the center pull out along Slough Road. Highlights from that angle were the continuing American Avocet, huge numbers of Black-bellied and especially Semipalmated plovers (nearly 200 each), a Long-billed Curlew, 3 Red Knots, 21 dowitchers of which, as Joan reported, were so close that the distinctive tertial features of the Short-billeds were easily seen on 9 of them.  Bill Crowe spotted a Red Knot at about 'mile marker' 600 on Sands Beach, which might mean we still have 4 knots remaining.

Additionally, at about 0915 hrs Bill Crowe spotted a juv Common Murre off Devereux (Sands) Beach, which several people were able to see as the captive raised Snowy Plovers were released on the beach.  Thanks to the SB Zoo for rearing those Snowy Plovers from eggs salvaged as high tides in July threatened several nests.

Mark Holmgren
SB

Devereux and Coal Oil Point

Nick Lethaby
 

There were still 5 Red Knots at Devereux early this morning. 11 Ibis flew in to rest. The beach area on a low tide was very disappointing, with no rocky shorebirds at àll. The Dune Pond is still far too deep for shorebirds.

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Goleta, CA