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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
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA

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

Nesting Brown Boobies on Sutil Rock, Santa Barbara Island

Glenn Kincaid
 

Saw this article in the Ventura paper.  The first I have seen of this news, perhaps I have missed earlier reports.

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/special-reports/outdoors/2019/08/30/brown-booby-chick-spotted-channel-islands-national-park-first-time/2165756001/?cid=facebook_Ventura_County_Star&fbclid=IwAR2nP1lDzD8oC5pznjje0PYKbEnbZDEk0WCfviqWAm_WkzPaVCxD_oVfIMU

Glenn Kincaid
Castle Valley Ut


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Santa Barbara

Willow Flycatcher

Hugh Ranson
 

There was Willow Flycatcher in the south-east corner of Lake Los Carneros this afternoon. There were also two Soras nearby, and on the lake were two Blue-winged and two Cinnamon Teal.

For those with an interest in odonates, there was a male Twelve-spotted Skimmer at the lake. The first county record was of a male and female at the lake last year, and there was another there earlier this month. It's possible that this is a species that might colonize as the Red-tailed Pennant has appeared to have done (four males at the lake this afternoon).

Back to birds: this morning I heard what I'm reasonably confident was the chatter of a Baltimore Oriole at my West side home, but I didn't get a visual on the bird.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara island 9/25-9/26

Carl Mayhugh
 

Hi all,

There’s been a lot of interest in the nesting Brown Boobies at Santa Barbara island.

We’re taking some researchers out to Santa Barbara island and we have extra spots onboard.

The plan will be to depart 11pm on 9/24, wake up for breakfast at the island, and enjoy 9/25 & 9/26 hiking, birding, and also optional tours of the island on an inflatable.

We plan on departing the island about noon on the 26th, head offshore for dome birding at Osborn Bank, then bird all the way home.

It’s a rugged and remote island, not often visited. The landing is not for everybody, but for those with a spirit of adventure it is well worth the effort.

Spaces are available on our website: catalinaexplorer.com

Good food, drinks, and an air-conditioned bunk are included.

Thanks,
Capt. Carl
My personal cell: 949-292-3364

CatalinaExplorer.com

Refugio St Beach - Cassin's Vireo, Townsend's Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

Walked around Refugio State Beach and the upper creek crossings this AM. Best birds were a Cassin's Vireo and Townsends Warbler at the second creek crossing.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Shrike at LLC

David Levasheff
 

Today around 10:30 there was a Loggerhead Shrike at LLC on the evergreens North of the east end of the lake, just west of the Hanson/Kerns bench.

Not much else to report.

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Santa Barbara

Belted Kingfisher lower Riviera

Noah Gaines
 

This morning, I heard a Belted Kingfisher calling several times during my walk around the lower riviera. Last week, I also heard one fly over Alice Keck Park.

Before these observations, I have only detected one in the neighborhood, a bird that stayed at Alice Keck for a day.

Noah Gaines
SB CA

Sunday birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

At Ocean Beach Park, the highlights were a Prairie Falcon and singles of Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, and Least Tern. 

At Devereux, 6 Red Knot, 15 WF ibis were the highlights.

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- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Cattle Egret (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (11)
- Reported Aug 31, 2019 16:55 by Casey Richart
- 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/S59437629
- Comments: "Counted by ones. One adult and many full-sized HYs"

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (11)
- Reported Aug 31, 2019 16:55 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S59437628
- Comments: "Counted by ones. One adult and many full-sized HYs"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Aug 30, 2019 17:00 by Mark Brown
- Jim May Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9755971,-120.424962&ll=34.9755971,-120.424962
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59438544
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "smaller and stockier than Snowy Egret "hunched all white egret""

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Pacific Golden Plover

Nick Lethaby
 

Adult at Area K.

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Goleta, CA

Area K Monday am

Mark Holmgren
 

John Callender spotted the Pacific Golden-Plover found yesterday by Nick L. He also found a juv Baird’s Sandpiper. So far no Pectoral Sandpipers or ibises.

Mark Holmgren
SB