Date   
North County

Florence Sanchez
 

I took a trip to the Santa Maria area this morning hoping to beat the heat of Santa Barbara's microclimate.  My first stop was Jim May Park, a place I've never stopped at.  Where there was nothing remarkable there, the walk on the paved path around the main pond was very pleasant.  The heron family was well-represented with 18 Great Egrets, 4 Snowy Egrets, 3 Great Blue Herons, and 1 Green Heron in the lower pond.  With the exception of a few Ruddy Ducks, all I could make out of the other ducks were Mallards.  A few Coot and a Pied-billed Grebe were also present.  There were 3 Wilson's Phalaropes on the pond along with a juvenile REd-necked.  There were two groups of American Avocets--one of 6 birds and another of three.  I also found a few Kildeer, 2 Greater Yellowlegs,  3 Least Sandpipers, 1 Dowitcher Sp., and a Spotted Sandpiper on the bank.  There wereseveral Barn Swallows overhead and the Crows picked up on a roosting adult Red-shouldered Hawk in a eucalyptus tree.  Both Redwinged Blackbirds and Great-tailed Grackles were present in good numbers.

From there I headed to Jack O'Connell Park, which was dull as dishwater.  I found 3 Kildeer in the ball field.  I walked up on the berm to look into the ponds of the wastewater treatment plant, where I found several Red-necked Phalaropes swimming and 3 Least Sandpipers around the edge.  I checked the nearby ag fields for Tri-colored Blackbirds and came up with a few on a fence.  Then my scope-tripod assembly fell apart and that was it for birding today.  Though it was quiet today, I think it's important to check the Park whenever possible as it's the time of year the Golden Plovers and Snipe start to show up.

Florence Sanchez

Goleta wetlands

Nick Lethaby
 

All,
At Area K this evening, I saw a Pectoral and 2 Baird's in addition to the continuing Pacific Golden-Plover. At Devereux, 3 Red Knots continued while 3 Forster's Terns were the first I have seen this fall. 3 Back Turnstones were unusual on the slough itself.

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Goleta, CA

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Goleta, CA

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*** Species Summary:

- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Horned Lark (8 reports)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2019 18:38 by Casey Richart
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59522128
- Comments: "Adult male. Dark purple gorget flaring. Green dorsally. Same locality as last report, along ridge just S of Island View."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2019 17:07 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59521800
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature foraging in the muddy channel near the picnic bench at the south end of the causeway, near the entrance lagoon. First time I’ve seen one there."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2019 17:07 by World Shorebirds Day
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59524463
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature foraging in the muddy channel near the picnic bench at the south end of the causeway, near the entrance lagoon. First time I’ve seen one there."

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (1)
- Reported Aug 30, 2019 13:28 by Linda Pittman
- 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/S59382753

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (1)
- Reported Aug 30, 2019 13:28 by Michele Swartout
- 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/S59382752

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (1)
- Reported Aug 30, 2019 17:40 by Michele Swartout
- Foothill Rd. (SBA), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.897477,-119.506247&ll=34.897477,-119.506247
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59386746

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (1)
- Reported Aug 30, 2019 17:40 by Linda Pittman
- Foothill Rd. (SBA), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.897477,-119.506247&ll=34.897477,-119.506247
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59386745

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (2)
- Reported Sep 01, 2019 09:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8986359,-119.653557&ll=34.8986359,-119.653557
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59435132

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (50)
- Reported Sep 01, 2019 10:45 by John Callender
- San Miguelito Road at Sudden Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5748893,-120.516743&ll=34.5748893,-120.516743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59442448

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2019 07:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59490445

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (2)
- Reported Sep 01, 2019 18:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59448169

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Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I made a few stops in north county today. I pretty much followed Florence’s stops, but a little later in the day. My first stop was at the Los Alamos Sewage Works. No birds to report and all the habitat is dried up.

James May Park,
24 Great Egrets, 6 Snowy’s, 2 Green Herons, 8 American Avocets, one Spotted, a dozen or so of Phalaropes, 5 least Sandpipers and a few Greater Yellowlegs. One of the Great-tailed Grackles has a couple primaries that are white, kinda cool.
  The reeds and willows near the observation deck has been flailed, so that island of habitat is now gone. It will be interesting how this will work out for wintering birds. Also, the water level is dropping and looks like it could be good.

At the retention pond just north of Robert F. Grogan Park near Blosser and Rancho Verde was completely void of birds, really just one Coot and a TV. 

Jack O’Connell Park pretty much has been sucky for the last month. I checked the agriculture fields for the Plover flock and could not find it. Although, the Savannah Sparrows are arriving and I saw close to 10 Sparrows. I also saw 300+ Tricolored Blackbirds.

The Santa Maria Sewage Works looked great but it only had a couple hundred Phalaropes, several Yellowlegs ( no count, they were flying all over the place) very few Sandpipers and two menacing Peregrine Falcons.

I checked out the Black Road Flooded Field, which was just a little damp but not very good. I checked it again a couple hours later and all the irrigation pipes were gone. Amazing how things can change in a couple hours.

Tanglewood Pond, only a couple ducks, very dead.

Yesterday, Wednesday 9-4-19. I birded down in Lompoc and it was foggy off and on and made birding a little challenging. The best birds were 2 Baird’s Sandpipers. The birds of note were a downy Western Grebe Chick, or at least it was being cared for by Western Grebes. A Clark’s Grebe was still on a nest.

The pond on Hwy 246 and Campbell Road had 7 Wilson’s and 4 Red-necked Phalaropes, and couple Least Sandpipers. This seems strange as I drove past it late Tuesday afternoon and it had a lot of birds on it.

Good birding,

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

Birding LLC Thursday morning

Betsy Mooney
 

It's been relatively quiet at Lake Los Carneros, but on Thursday morning I had good birding. At first it was only finches, doves, acorn woodpeckers, and crows. But then I spied an American Kestrel--they're back! I followed the directions that David shared to find the Loggerhead Shrike. I also observed two Green Herons, a Sora, and Virginia Rail (the rail is a first for me).


Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Re: Elings Park

Peter Gaede
 

This morning there was a Grasshopper Sparrow in the tall grass and fennel east of the stone bench. Also a Yellow-breasted Chat in the large Deodar Cedar overhanging the park boundary at the end of Calle Montilla.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


On 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

Re: Elings Park

Mark Bright
 

Darn, got up to that cedar tree Peter mentioned twenty minutes after his post. But couldn't find the Yellow-breasted Chat. After a few minutes a Cooper's Hawk did swoop into and land in that same cedar flushing and scattering most of the birds in the vicinity. There was a White-breasted Nuthatch in the bottlebrush tree across the street and a California Thrasher nearby in the park. Also couldn't find the Grasshopper Sparrow close to the stone bench, I did see a Savannah Sparrow there.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Horned Larks ag fields W of Lompoc Aug 18

Don Tate
 

Horned Larks in ag fields W of Lompoc Aug 18, a few seen at close range, but I didn't give it a thought. None in juv plumage noted at a lazy glance. Could be a future side jaunt for birders en route to SYRE in boring summertime. 

And speaking of another of Lehman's W Co District C "local" species, I mentioned a couple of Swainson's Thrush earlier this summer. Then in the next 3 days I drove on LaSalle Cyn Rd and heard 2, drove Miguelito Cyn Rd and also heard 2. Maybe it's dedicated birders that are rare and local out here, sorry for not being one.

At least 2 band tailed pigeons were at Miguelito Park Aug 30, seasonally unreported re Lehman.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg

Gaviota Beach Eastern Kingbird

Jamie Chavez
 

Early this morning I very briefly had an EASTERN KINGBIRD at Gaviota SP. First on on the brushy slope under the RR trestle, then it flew over to the small group of tamarisks near the base of the pier. I lost it in fairly short order and could not relocate it. Peter S. walked up only minutes after it left and together we could not find it after combing the campground. I also stopped at Refugio and El Capitan but have nothing of interest to report except a Willow Flycatcher at the creek mouth at El Cap. Very little sign of fall migration at these three stops today.

Back-lit and out-of-focus Eastern Kingbird photos here:


Good birding,

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Eastern Kingbird (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 08:00 by Tom Beland
- 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/S59554870
- Comments: "white stripe, red eye, shorter bill"

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 07:12 by Jamie Chavez
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59552415
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark-backed kingbird with white throat and contrasting blackish head. The bird was all white below and it showed a pale terminal band on the dark tail. At one point it appeared to squabble with a Black Phoebe and uttered short call notes which is how I initially noticed it. It was originally found on the brushy slope under the train trestle, then flew to the top of the small clump of tamarisk trees at the base of the pier. It flew off and I was unable to relocate it. Poor back-lit photos were obtained"

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September breeding records since 2000

Mark Holmgren
 

Which species breed towards the end of the breeding season?  

September breeding records set the outer limits of the breeding season for several species.  Below is a list of September records since 2000 in the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study.

 

Please give us your observations of parental caredependent youngfamily groups togetherfood deliveriesand nestlings in the nest.  You might even notice nest building or attendance at a nest.  All may constitute evidence of breeding.


Submit records here: https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

Its easiest to get the coordinates of your record before submitting.  I find Mapper.acme.com most helpful; others prefer Google Maps, Google Earth, or Apple Maps.

 

Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen

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California Quail            7

Scaly-breasted Munia   5

Acorn Woodpecker       3

Band-tailed Pigeon       2

Lesser Goldfinch          2

White-tailed Kite          2

Barn Swallow               1

Great Blue Heron         1

Hooded Oriole             1

N. Mockingbird           1

Pied-billed Grebe        1

Spotted Towhee           1

Yellow Warbler           1

House Sparrow           1

 

Breeding events that began in late August may be continuing into Sept for several additional species.

To view the entire BBS in Google Fusion Table, go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj

We are grateful to the sponsors of the project: UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society (SBAS).   

Worm-eating Warbler again

Nick Lethaby
 

Same area in Ellwood. Much better looks.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Bird Refuge in Montecito

George Roland
 

Finally......some birds other than the usual riff-raff are showing up at the Bird Refuge in Montecito. Yesterday there was a Short-billed Dowitcher at "Mallard Beach" ( i.e.at the parking lot). It was still there this morning (Saturday). In addition this morning I found a Cassin's Kingbird, a Spotted Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. A few Northern Shovelers have returned. There is now a small island of sand/mud off the viewing platform nearest the zoo that is maybe providing some shorebird possibilities.

The Dowitcher is easily approached and is a pretty cool study of the basic (winter) plumage in these birds. As far as I can tell from my photos, it is in complete fresh  basic plumage with no trace of juvenile or adult feathering. It gives the typical rapid coocoocoo alarm call of Short-billed Dowitcher if disturbed.

Bird 0n...George Roland, Montecito.

Possible Blackpoll Warbler @ Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Yesterday morning (Fri) I photoed what a consensus of local bird experts believe is a Blackpoll Warbler in the same area where Nick saw the Worm-eating Warbler.  I will post the photos later today.

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Elings Park Bobolink

Peter Gaede
 

Lucas Gaede and I found a Bobolink this morning. It was up top approximately 150 yards east of the stone bench. Look for a large concentration of feeding Lesser Goldfinches in the fennel and tall grass. Access point either from the end of Calle Montilla or Calle Andalucia. The Grasshopper sparrow was in this same general area yesterday.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara

Blackpoll Warbler @ Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Here's a link to a couple of photos of the Blackpoll Warbler I saw at Ellwood yesterday (Fri) am.  The bright pink feet, a diagnostic feature of this warbler, can be clearly seen in one of the photos.

https://flic.kr/p/2hc1E1h://flic.kr/p/2hc1E1h

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

White-wiinged Dove

Larry Ballard
 

One was feeding in the parking lot at La Cumbre Feed on Calle Real this morning.
Larry

Negative reports

Hugh Ranson
 

Peggy Grossman, Peggy and Jeff Hanson, and I scoured Elings Park late this afternoon but could not refind this morning's Bobolink. I followed a skulky sparrow for a while that I believe was a Vesper.

This morning I birded Bohnett Park on the Westside but didn't see much.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Horned Lark (2 reports)
- Bobolink (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (2 reports)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (6)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 18:45 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/S59568554
- Comments: "Continuing. Arrived precisely at the moment of sunset. Did not feed above the pond, but high over the riverbed. Only stayed a few minutes"

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (60)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:00 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/S59581773

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (20)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 07:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59581720

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:35 by Peter Gaede
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59582018
- Comments: "With large goldfinch flock feeding in tall grass and fennel approximately 150 yards east of the stone bench (about half way between stone bench and Calle Andalucia entrance to park). Flushed from ground to top of fennel for extended looks. Non-breeding plumage: overall buff-orange with a relatively bright yellow wash at the throat and upper breast. Plain orange face, dark line extending past the eye, and a contrasting dark crown. Patterned back and wings. Flew up and called once, then went back down a short distance away to the ground into dense grass and fennel."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 11:59 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/S59588500
- Comments: "I saw it well but only for a few seconds. It was brown and Buffy with a large bill and black stripes on its head. Seen at it’s usual spot."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 09:20 by Thomas Turner
- 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/S59580692
- Comments: "Drab, buffy warbler with three black stripes on head. Seen with Dave Levasheff, who has photos. Continuing bird found by Nick L and redound by Bill Murdoch. Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/4id2gGb6toHvqKaaA"

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Re: Worm-eating Warbler again

John Callender
 

I looked for the bird for a few hours after 4 p.m. today, staying mostly at the location where it was observed earlier today by several observers (roughly 34.423044, -119.886429). At one point I saw a good candidate directly overhead. I didn't get a conclusive view through binoculars, but I saw enough to make me think there was a good chance, and switched to trying to get photos. My first sequence of shots was badly out-of-focus, but the second showed most of the underside of the bird (alas, not including the crown). Based mostly on the dark smudging on the undertail coverts I'm hopeful the photos are sufficient to identify the bird, but I'd be grateful if people more familiar with the species would be willing to take a look and let me know what they think.

Photos are in the eBird list below. Thanks!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59595409

John Callender
Carpinteria