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Goleta Tuesday morning

Robert Lindsay
 

9/3, 7:00 - 10:30

Spring migration for landbirds is still pretty sparse. Started at Lake Los Carneros. Very little there; a few Lesser Goldfinch, a juvenile Pied-billed grebe. No birds of prey or anything else of interest.

Coronado seep had Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Oak Titmice (2) were the only birds that showed up that I have not seen there recently.

Devereaux, though drying out, is still good for shorebirds. A few Red Knots are still around. I saw several Red-necked Phalarope and Mark Holmgren said he spotted two Wilson's as well. The American Avocet is still there. The Neotropical Cormorant was around. Otherwise lots of other previously reported shorebirds.

Finished at Area K which is also drying out fast. Still a few of both species of Yellowlegs but no ducks, no unusual sandpipers, no Ibis.

Hope the dam breaks soon,
Rob Lindsay

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Devereux and Area K Tuesday morning

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

The Baird’s was still at Area K before 8 AM today.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Holmgren
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:25 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Devereux and Area K Tuesday morning

 

Devereux Slough: 4 Red Knots, 2 Wilson Phalaropes, 27 Red-necked Phalaropes, Neotropic Cormorant. No Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.

Goleta Slough, Area K:No Golden-Plover, Baird’s Sandpiper, or Pectoral Sandpipers. We saw 1 Wilson’s Phalarope, lots of Semipalmated Plovers and Killdeer, and at least 11 Lesser Yellowlegs. This wetland is drying up quickly.

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Devereux and Area K Tuesday morning

Mark Holmgren
 

Devereux Slough: 4 Red Knots, 2 Wilson Phalaropes, 27 Red-necked Phalaropes, Neotropic Cormorant. No Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.

Goleta Slough, Area K:No Golden-Plover, Baird’s Sandpiper, or Pectoral Sandpipers. We saw 1 Wilson’s Phalarope, lots of Semipalmated Plovers and Killdeer, and at least 11 Lesser Yellowlegs. This wetland is drying up quickly.


Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara

Re: Elings Park

Nick Lethaby
 

I have checked about 3 areas for passerine migrants the last few days and seen nothing. I suspect we are off to a late start this season, at least for Western migrants.


On Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 9:32 PM Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:
This afternoon (Monday), I took a look around the plateau area (paraglider take off region) of Elings Park. Habitat has never looked so good up there with lots of flowering fennel (and plenty about to flower) and thistles. Nothing exciting to report, but there were lots of birds, mostly Lesser Goldfinches. I don't think I've ever seen so many in one place. At one point, after I pished near the stone bench, I counted forty plus around me. I would estimate somewhere in the region of 100 on the plateau. Also present were good numbers of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the fennel which would seem to indicate there's plenty to eat. Now we just have to wait for the warblers. The fennel was good for Virginia's Warblers last year when it didn't look half so attractive (at least to human eyes).

Yesterday in late afternoon a flock of 20 ibis flew east over More Mesa, possibly the Devereux birds plus a few hitch-hikers.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara




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Elings Park

Hugh Ranson
 

This afternoon (Monday), I took a look around the plateau area (paraglider take off region) of Elings Park. Habitat has never looked so good up there with lots of flowering fennel (and plenty about to flower) and thistles. Nothing exciting to report, but there were lots of birds, mostly Lesser Goldfinches. I don't think I've ever seen so many in one place. At one point, after I pished near the stone bench, I counted forty plus around me. I would estimate somewhere in the region of 100 on the plateau. Also present were good numbers of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the fennel which would seem to indicate there's plenty to eat. Now we just have to wait for the warblers. The fennel was good for Virginia's Warblers last year when it didn't look half so attractive (at least to human eyes).

Yesterday in late afternoon a flock of 20 ibis flew east over More Mesa, possibly the Devereux birds plus a few hitch-hikers.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (3 reports)
- Ovenbird (1 report)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (7) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 01, 2019 18:40 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59448146
- Comments: "Continuing

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2019 08:12 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/S59471199
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller, more petite Black-bellied type of plover with golden cast to dorsal feathers. Bill slender and petite. Strong, pale supercilium outlined a discreet dark crown. Dark post-auricular spot. No more than about 2 primaries seemed to extend beyond tertials, but our views were distant. Black feathers on belly indicate this is an adult molting towards Basic plumage. Found yesterday by Nick Lethaby and re-encountered today by John Callender."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2019 08:12 by Lori Gaskin
- 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/S59471130
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Details to follow."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2019 07:11 by John Callender
- 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/S59459375
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found yesterday by Nick Lethaby. Golden wash, smallish beak."

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2019 10:51 by Mark Holmgren
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59470541
- Comments: "The dark rufous crown appeared spiky as I came upon it bathing in the storm drain at the south end of Coronado Drive. The rufous spikes were bordered by dark lines on the sides of the crown. I did not take note of the bill or the face but as it was taking off I saw that the back was uniformly olive-brown and the breast was rather heavily streaked. Seen for no more than 2 seconds and no one else saw this bird. I spent more than 45 more minutes waiting for another view of the bird but did not see it again."

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2019 10:30 by Jamie Chavez
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59463739
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This Lucy's Warbler was found in the myoporum row that parallels the RR tracks next to the park. Identified by its uniform gray coloration lacking any specific marks or features, plain looking face, pointed bill and short tail. Overall it appeared whitish below and gray on the upperparts. This small warbler was actively feeding low in the shrubs and exposed branches but rarely moved into the open for good looks. It would occasionally utter a high, thin "teep" call."

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Lucy's Warbler at Ocean Park

Jamie Chavez
 

A Lucy's Warbler was in the myoporum row behind the park restroom and south of there a short distance around 11:00 AM today. It was not particularly cooperative but I did manage a couple of photos. There was a nice mix of shorebirds across the estuary but nothing unusual. Two late-ish Least Terns continue to fish west of the train trestle.


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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Santa Maria, CA

Ovenbird at Coronado Storm Drain

Mark Holmgren
 

I got a very fleeting look at an Ovenbird in the storm drain at about noon. Also seen were Townsend’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warblers, Common yellowthroats, Wilson’s Warblers, chickadee, Hooded Oriole, and some other stuff. An additional half hour of waiting did not turn the bird up again. Description will be in an eBird checklist.

Mark Holmgren
SB

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

Pacific Golden Plover

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Adult at Area K.

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Goleta, CA

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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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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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Goleta, CA

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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

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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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

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

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

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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


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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Devereux and Coal Oil Point

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

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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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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