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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Greater Yellowlegs (3 reports)
- Worm-eating Warbler (3 reports)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (2)
- Reported Sep 11, 2019 18:30 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/S59701896
- Comments: "Continuing. Presumably the very last birds waiting to begin migration"

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (1)
- Reported Sep 11, 2019 11:37 by Karen Seward
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59701972
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Hanging out on beach and in marsh. Large wader with long slightly upturned bill, long yellow legs, all white belly, back wings and chest mottled white black and gray. White rump in flight. Call a very loud emphatic tew tew tew! "

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (1)
- Reported Sep 11, 2019 11:37 by Diane Bricmont
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59702033
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Hanging out on beach and in marsh. Large wader with long slightly upturned bill, long yellow legs, all white belly, back wings and chest mottled white black and gray. White rump in flight. Call a very loud emphatic tew tew tew!"

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (1)
- Reported Sep 11, 2019 11:37 by deborah grimes
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59702296
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Hanging out on beach and in marsh. Large wader with long slightly upturned bill, long yellow legs, all white belly, back wings and chest mottled white black and gray. White rump in flight. Call a very loud emphatic tew tew tew!"

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 12, 2019 09:05 by Elaine Tan
- 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/S59710383
- Comments: "Continuing since Nick Lethaby found it Sep 5, description and photos TBA"

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 12, 2019 08:40 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S59710402
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "(34.423094, -119.886368) Continuing... flew up from the ground... hung around in the trees on the West side of the path heading North (about 30-40 ft from fork) for several minutes then disappeared again... I waited a little while to see if I could get a better picture but it did not re-appear. Distinct striping on head and through eye."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 12, 2019 08:10 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S59712490
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "active in the mid canopy , light colored somewhat gray on back, buffy throat and breast, smudgy white behind the pink legs"

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Refugio Blackpoll - a few photo's

Peter Schneekloth
 

If of interest a few photos of the Blackpoll Warbler found at Refugio St Beach this morning. Seems to be missing most of its tail.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48725693897/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: North Campus OS monthly bird survey

Conor McMahon
 

To anyone who's interested, here's my personal list from the western half of the survey - the official compiler might have slightly more number-perfect counts of some species that I estimated. It definitely was a great survey!


I also went up to check on the Pismo Tern/Jaeger/Gull fest this evening a bit before sunset - still lots of Arctic Terns, Sabine's Gulls, and Parasitic Jaegers around, but apparently (according to local birders I met) markedly fewer than there have been the last several days. Still a pretty cool sight! The beach faces west though so the light is probably a lot better in the morning.

- Conor


On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 5:43 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:

 Kind of an awesome survey at NCOS this morning. The egrets (80 Snowy, 38 Great) decided to harvest the fishes here this morning, but I know there were others on Devereux Slough as well. We need simultaneous coverage. The Devereux Slough survey is tomorrow at about 11:15am.  If someone was able to cover NCOS starting around then, I think we’d come up with some very high cumulative totals. I feel like we’re beginning to realize the benefits to fish and birds of a larger, grander, more diverse ‘Greater Devereux Ecosystem’ than what we had with lower Devereux alone.


But it’s not just egrets. We carefully counted 172 Semipalmated Plovers.   Among those were 8 Snowy Plovers, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 88 Killdeer, and smaller numbers of Red-necked Phalaropes and a score of peeps. Other migrants included Willow Flycatcher, Sora and Virginia Rail, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Northern Pintail, Savannah Sparrows, and more.


My results for only the eastern half of NCOS are here:


Mark Holmgren 

Santa Barbara


Roger Millikan, 1931-2019

Wim van Dam
 

I was sad to learn that Roger Millikan died a few days ago:

When I found my first proper CBC bird (Eastern Phoebe, 2010), Roger was very helpful by getting some good photos of it on count day (saving me the stress of having to write a detailed report). It was always nice meeting Roger (a fellow academic) in the field, with his big lens, stalking birds. . 

Wim


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Re: Roger Millikan, 1931-2019

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Thank you, Wim, for calling our attention to Roger Millikan’s passing.
I just wanted to mention what a life saver he was with his beautiful photos of birds, which he would bring to my bird classes on a rainy day.
Roger had several slide shows he’d created of various local birds, and he was so generous with his work.  Many of the bird class participants benefitted from his shows, and I, as teacher, heaved a sigh of relief.  Here in Santa Barbara, we’re fair weather birders, so we were happy to sit inside at the Museum and enjoy Roger’s fine bird photos.  
He was a kind and generous man, and one of the first to really get into serious bird photography in our area.

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara


On Sep 13, 2019, at 1:15 AM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

I was sad to learn that Roger Millikan died a few days ago:

When I found my first proper CBC bird (Eastern Phoebe, 2010), Roger was very helpful by getting some good photos of it on count day (saving me the stress of having to write a detailed report). It was always nice meeting Roger (a fellow academic) in the field, with his big lens, stalking birds. . 

Wim


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

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Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Re: Roger Millikan, 1931-2019

Dave Compton
 

Thanks for letting all of us know about this, Wim. Very sad to hear this. All of my encounters with Roger were most pleasant. My experience of him was of a kind and humble person who never let his ego into birding. By the way, I found this bio of him from the UCSB Chemistry and Biochemistry Department:


I think my favorite part is that he was the co-discoverer of the molecule BO2. I guess if you've spent your life discovering molecules, you don't need birding to stoke your ego.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 1:16 AM Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:
I was sad to learn that Roger Millikan died a few days ago:

When I found my first proper CBC bird (Eastern Phoebe, 2010), Roger was very helpful by getting some good photos of it on count day (saving me the stress of having to write a detailed report). It was always nice meeting Roger (a fellow academic) in the field, with his big lens, stalking birds. . 

Wim


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 13, 2019 09:15 by Jim Howard
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59743081
- Comments: "1 individual, white crescents on wings, bordered by black. Feeding near ranger housing up slope of campground."

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Friday birds of note

David Levasheff
 

Blackburnian Warbler seen in the big eucalyptus west of the bridge at Refugio. Large numbers of Yellow Warblers would come and go.

17 White-faced Ibis came into Devereux Slough in the early afternoon. Neo-tropic Cormorant present on a log with DC Corms out from the center pullout.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was present in the Goleta Slough catching crabs.

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David Levasheff



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Re: Friday birds of note... correction

David Levasheff
 

Sorry Not Blackburnian, Blackpoll

David

On 09/14/2019 8:02 AM, David Levasheff wrote:
Blackburnian Warbler seen in the big eucalyptus west of the bridge at Refugio. Large numbers of Yellow Warblers would come and go.

17 White-faced Ibis came into Devereux Slough in the early afternoon. Neo-tropic Cormorant present on a log with DC Corms out from the center pullout.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was present in the Goleta Slough catching crabs.
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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Carp Creek waterthrush

Nick Lethaby
 

N. waterthrush near 6th Street

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

White-crowned Sparrow

Guy Tingos
 

I’ve got one in my back yard today. First I’ve seen this season.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Re: Carp Creek waterthrush

John Callender
 

The bird was still there, calling from the bank and foraging in the creekbed about 150 feet north of 6th Street, this evening at 5 p.m. Photos in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59808409

John Callender
Carpinteria

Northern Harrier

Guy Tingos
 

There was a male Northern Harrier on More Mesa this evening and 4 Wandering Tattlers on the rocky shore below.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 13, 2019 19:14 by Peter Gaede
- Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4024482,-119.7432518&ll=34.4024482,-119.7432518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59794288
- Comments: "The bird was observed flying west to east along the bluffs and beach directly overhead. Nighthawk shape and flight style, with white wing patches relatively close to wing tips. It flew leisurely with irregular wingbeats but flew in a direct path and did not appear to land. Flew towards the Wilcox property (aka Douglas Family Preserve) and out of sight."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 14, 2019 08:27 by Thomas Turner
- 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/S59793617
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Gape less than 90 degrees and bordered by white. No yellow skin above eye. Continuing bird roosting in eucalyptus near bridge to nowhere. "

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 12, 2019 09:30 by Peter Gaede
- 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/S59794575
- Comments: "Continuing; seen with several others in the general location where originally found. The bird was foraging in a Eucalyptus tree approximately 20 high. Seen only briefly, but at relatively close range. Warbler with overall buff orange tones, striped head pattern."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Sep 14, 2019 16:21 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59808409
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported earlier today by Nick Lethaby. In the creekbed about 150 feet north of 6th Street. Brown above, heavily streaked below, constant tail-pumping as it foraged on the banks of the creek. Loud “pink” calls."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 14, 2019 08:35 by David Compton
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59795696
- Comments: "Continuing tailless individual"

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Ocean Beach

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked Ocean Beach this evening. Highlights were a Baird's Sandpiper, a Red Knot, 7 WF Ibis and 16 Avocets. No terns present.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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South Coast Saturday, 14 September

Dave Compton
 

Few highlights other than the continuing tailless  Blackpoll Warbler at Refugio State Beach. A flock of 60 Royal Terns at the same location was pretty unusual for the date. Few other migrant at this location other than 6 or 7 Yellow Warblers. Incidentally, the Blackpoll stayed in the lone red gum just west of the creek. I never saw it from the bridge.

In Goleta, around the parking lot at Lake Los Carneros and at Stowe Grove, no migrants at all could be found in the red gums. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Kinevan Rd--Black-and-white Warbler

Mark Holmgren
 

A Black-and-white Warbler was in maples along San Jose Creek on Kinevan Rd this morning.  Also present were 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches -- one on Kinevan and another was heard at a pond near West Camino Cielo Rd.
Photos are in this eBird checklist:

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Ocean Park - Brewers Sparrows, continuing Lucy's Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

Two sparrows seen at Ocean Park look good for Brewers. Small sparrows, streaked crown with only minimal central crown stripe, white eye-ring, streaked neck and low contrast face and bird overall. Any thoughts on the ID certainly welcomed, photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48739042321/in/dateposted-public/ 

Also brief glimpses of a very pale bird likely the Lucy's Warbler reported a few weeks ago.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Greater Yellowlegs (1 report)
- Herring Gull (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Sep 15, 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/S59841719
- Comments: "Single bird. Presumably one of the last individuals lingering on the breeding grounds"

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 11, 2019 11:37 by BRANT Nature Tours
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59811543
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Hanging out on beach and in marsh. Large wader with long slightly upturned bill, long yellow legs, all white belly, back wings and chest mottled white black and gray. White rump in flight. Call a very loud emphatic tew tew tew! "

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) (1)
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 15:01 by Benjamin Byerly
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59837373
- Comments: "Pale gray back, bright yellow eyes "

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 09:16 by Mark Holmgren
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59829533
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird was at the only point where the creek has a bit of a bend. This point is 2/3 of the way between the 2 bridges. In the 5 min I spent with the bird it preferred Big-toothed Maple."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 15:01 by Benjamin Byerly
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59837373
- Comments: "Continuing tail-less bird. Two white wing bars, pale yellow breast with white belly/vent. In large tree west of stone bridge. "

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Santa Cruz Island today

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I took the boat to Scorpion today and my wife and I hiked over to Smagglers Cove.
The hike took over 4 hours round trip and I didn't have much time to bird. In the fig patch in Scorpion Campground, I saw a YB Chat, a Hooded Oriole, and a couple of BH Grosbeaks. There was a RB Nuthatch in the Cypress Trees by the visitor center.

I had just about 25 minutes to bird around Smugglers Cove. I saw a Hooded Oriole, Western Tanager, 3 Lark and one WC Sparrow. There were more fig trees here, as well as walnut trees and a lemon tree. I had no time to check the extensive olive groves here, although a number of trees had fruit.

The hike in between produced a couple of Peregrines and a Vesper Sparrow. Island Scrub Jays were scattered all over the area and I saw 3 Island Loggerhead Shrikes.
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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Goleta, CA