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3 locations

Rob Hofberg
 

Hi All -

This morning I hit 3 spots:

At the Coronado Seep area there weren't a lot of birds. I did see Western tanager, 2 red-breasted nuthatches, white-breasted nuthatch, several Townsend's warblers, 2 very high-flying swifts, a kingbird, one Hutton's vireo and a chestnut-backed chickadee. There were also several yellow-rumped warblers.

On to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, hardly anything of interest except a hermit thrush.

Finally at Alice Keck Park Gardens not much there as well: orange-crowned warblers, yellow-rumped warblers, 4 cedar waxwings and a Belted Kingfisher at the pond!! That one was a shocker!

have a good birding day,

Rob Hofberg

Help with ID

Betsy Mooney
 

I birded Lake Los Carneros today. I need help IDing a small, all-yellow bird with a wide, white eye ring. It was observed on the shore of the NE corner of the lake. 

I've tried Bird Sleuth and I get a different answer for each photo. Most answers were for an Orange-crowned Warbler, but I think this bird was more yellow than that species. Any help appreciated. 


Thanks, 
Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta 

Sedgewick Reserve (restricted access) - Prairie Falcon and more

Peter Schneekloth
 

The Sedgwick Reserve bird survey group amassed 61 species on the weekly survey on Wednesday, October 2. Migrant and Winter birds continue to reappear in the valleys and foothills as expected with some of the more interesting returnees found yesterday being Vesper Sparrow, Sora, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Western Meadowlark and a Prairie Falcon. Numbers of other birds such as Say's Phoebe and White-crowned continue to rise. Summer visitors getting scarce with only a single Violet-green Swallow making an appearance. The entire list here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60298887

A look at the Falcon here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48835509547/in/dateposted-public/ 

For the Sedgwick Survey Group, 
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Help with ID

Nick Lethaby
 

Yellow Warbler

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Betsy Mooney
Sent: Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:06 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Help with ID

 

I birded Lake Los Carneros today. I need help IDing a small, all-yellow bird with a wide, white eye ring. It was observed on the shore of the NE corner of the lake. 

 

I've tried Bird Sleuth and I get a different answer for each photo. Most answers were for an Orange-crowned Warbler, but I think this bird was more yellow than that species. Any help appreciated. 

 

 

Thanks, 

Betsy Mooney

Santa Barbara/Goleta 


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Help with ID

Betsy Mooney
 

Thanks for your ID help, Barry. 

Betsy

because I’m out birding. 

On Oct 3, 2019, at 5:01 PM, Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...> wrote:

Yellow Warbler

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Betsy Mooney
Sent: Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:06 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Help with ID

 

I birded Lake Los Carneros today. I need help IDing a small, all-yellow bird with a wide, white eye ring. It was observed on the shore of the NE corner of the lake. 

 

I've tried Bird Sleuth and I get a different answer for each photo. Most answers were for an Orange-crowned Warbler, but I think this bird was more yellow than that species. Any help appreciated. 

 

 

Thanks, 

Betsy Mooney

Santa Barbara/Goleta 

La Cumbre Peak

Florence Sanchez
 

I visited the Peak this morning for the first time since late spring.  Though there were not a lot of birds, it was an interesting mix.  In the pines at the Peak, In addition to the usual chaparral birds, I had a Steller's Jay and at least 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches, along with a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Then walking east along East Camino Cielo, I picked up a Townsend's Warbler and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were moving west together.  In the same vicinity, a Fox Sparrow popped up briefly (appeared to be a Sooty Fox Sparrow).  I had another Red-breasted Nuthatch and another Yellow-rump at the communications station, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker passed overhead, flying west.  Back at the peak, I had two Purple finches and a latish Olive-sided Flycatcher.

No sign of a Townsend's Solitaire today.  No toyon berries yet, but the Madrones behind the communication station have a bumper crop of not-quite-ripe berries on them.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- Broad-winged Hawk (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (2)
- Reported Oct 03, 2019 14:23 by John Callender
- Romero Canyon Road Hawk Watch Site, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4526943,-119.5826036&ll=34.4526943,-119.5826036
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60321997
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "In the field I saw three birds that I thought were possible Broad-winged Hawks.

The first bird, seen at 1455, approached from well to the west. I followed it in my spotting scope as it approached head-on. As it approached, passing rapidly to the south of us, I switched to taking photos. In reviewing those photos I've concluded the bird was probably a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, and have included it in the count for that species.

The second bird did a rapid flyby at 1611. The bird glided by west to east near my eye level about 300 yards south of me. I did not see the bird until it was relatively close. In my initial binocular view I noticed strong streaking on the bird's sides that looked consistent with an immature Broad-winged Hawk. I switched to taking photos; those photos are included here. All the photos show this individual. The photos show the streaking on the sides; a relatively pale, unmarked underwing with dark wingtips; and a relatively narrow folded tail.

The third bird passed by at 1655. As with the second bird I did not see it until it was fairly close. The bird did a rapid flyby from west to east about 150 yards south of me and well below my eye level. My initial impression was of the bird's small size. It was clearly a buteo, but appeared closer in size to a Cooper's Hawk. Through binoculars I saw an all dark back without much pattern and a tail with dark bands, with the subterminal band being distinctly wider than the others. I tried to take photos but was unsuccessful, and lost the bird as it continued gliding rapidly eastward. I'm confident in the identification based on the bird's extremely small size (for a buteo) and the wide subterminal band on the tail."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 06:32 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Jalama Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5099836,-120.5014432&ll=34.5099836,-120.5014432
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60321146
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Have pics"

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Santa Barbara Audubon - October 2019 - Upcoming Events

Alexandra Loos
 

Greetings!

Please check website or Facebook page for directions, meeting time information or updates regarding our upcoming events:


October 5 Field Trip: Oso Flaco Lake

Meet at 9:00 am at the Oso Flaco Lake park entrance

We encourage you to buddy up with your fellow birders to carpool as Oso Flaco is about a 90 minute drive each way.

 

October 11 Bird Walk: Hidden Valley Park

Meet at 8:30 am, Calle de los Amigos and Torino Drive

 

October 25 Bird Walk: Rocky Nook Park

Meet at 8:30 am, 610 Mission Canyon Road

 

Join us!  Everyone from beginners to experts are welcome!

 

 

October 23 Program: New Zealand Bird Conservation

Presented by Glenn Kincaid

Farrand Hall, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Doors open 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:30 pm, join us for refreshments!

 

 



Happy Birding!

 

Alex

 

Alexandra Loos

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Yellow crowned NH

Jake Broad
 

There’s a very brave yellow crowned night heron at the carpinteria salt marsh. It’s near the bridge along the bank of the creek. It let me get very close to it.

-Jake
Santa Barbara

Botanic Garden

Florence Sanchez
 

I made a short trip to the Botanic Garden this morning.  Nothing rare, but fall activity is definitely evident.  The Garden has been invaded by a large flock of Yellow-rumps, mostly hanging around the oaks along the meadow, parking lot, and east slope.  Most if the sparrows have yet to arrive, though--I had only one White-crown.  However, Hermit Thrushes are definitely in, and a small flock of Western Bluebirds was feeding on the berries of the Summer Holly next to the meadow.  (Usually if these birds are present, they are on the east slope.) Toyon berries are not ripe yet.

Birds of interest include a Sharp-shinned Hawk flying overhead on the east slope, three Townsend's Warblers, 3 Wilson's Warblers, and 2 lingering Pacific Slope Flycatchers.  The creek is dry but two pools of water remain:  The pool just below the dam, and one just upstream from the Campbell Bridge.  The latter had the most activity.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 06:32 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Jalama Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5099836,-120.5014432&ll=34.5099836,-120.5014432
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60321146
- Media: 1 Photo

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (2)
- Reported Oct 04, 2019 19:00 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/S60354593
- Comments: "Several weeks after last sighting, so not clear whether these were lingering breeders or migrants. Photos to follow"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2019 11:35 by Jacob Broad
- 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/S60354887
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Shorter thicker bill than black crowned night herons. White face pattern below eye extending towards the back of the head. Observed near the edge of the creek, photographed."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2019 09:25 by Jamie Chavez
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park--from entrance to sand plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9591002,-120.6272971&ll=34.9591002,-120.6272971
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60342486
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Observed this kingbird fly catching from a power line over the pasture and dropping to the ground. It was facing away from me all of the time but I could see its forked tail, that it had a longish bill when the head was turned in profile, very yellow under parts. Distant photos taken"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Oct 04, 2019 12:15 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60351862
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A Cassin's (on top) with a Tropical Kingbird. The green back isn't a typical Cassin's feature, but the nearly black tail with a narrow white rim suggests Cassin's. A second Tropical is on the north shore of the lagoon 'island', to the west of these 2 in the photo. A third was seen on the north side of the lagoon but I'd consider this a duplicate for now."

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Coronado Dr. Indigo Bunting

Ryan Seppala
 

This morning shortly before 11:00 am I came across an INDIGO BUNTING along the trail just south of Coronado Dr. that runs east and west next to the monarch preserve. The bird was maybe 75-100 feet east along this trail from the road. It was foraging on the ground with some munias and eventually left the path. Photos will be posted on eBird soon.

Good birding,

Ryan Seppala
UCSB

SCI

Nick Lethaby
 

I visited Scorpion today and hiked to Smugglers, where I had a couple of hours to bird. I wasn't able to check the olive groves on the east side so likely missed a few birds. Best birds were a RB Nuthatch, a BT Gray, and a Lark Sparrow. A flock of warblers contained 3 different forms of OC Warbler.

Scorpion also had a Lark Sparrow and a couple of RB Nuthatches and a BH Grosbeak.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Ventura pelagic trip - 5 Oct 2019

David Pereksta
 

Tired after a full day on the ocean so here is a quick trip report for our pelagic trip today with Island Packers out of Ventura. Low winds, mild seas, and clear skies made for a great day on the water that was characterized by impressive seabird numbers and diversity. Our trip took us from the Ventura Harbor to Anacapa Island, the waters south of the northern Channel Islands west to the Santa Cruz Canyon, across the Santa Cruz Basin to the Pilgrim Bank, and then back to Ventura. Other than a few slow spots we had numbers of birds spread throughout the day with the following highlights:

Brown Booby on the Anacapa Arch - our only booby of the day
Craveri's Murrelets - 32 plus a number of "sps" that were likely Craveri's
Scripps's Murrelet - 1 very unseasonal bird that gave extended views near the boat
Cassin's Auklets - several including at least one cooperative bird near the boat
South Polar Skua - at least 7; most giving great views
Parasitic, Pomarine, and Long-tailed Jaegers
Buller's Shearwaters - two elusive individuals among the larger Pink-footed flocks
Pink-footed Shearwater - 500+ including several sizable flocks south of the islands
Sooty Shearwater - scattered individuals among the Pink-footed flocks
Black-vented Shearwater - 600+ in the Santa Barbara Channel
Black Storm-Petrel - 500+ including several large flocks
Ashy Storm-Petrel - scattered individuals
Leach's Storm-Petrel - one bird seen by only a few people
Northern Fulmar - only one all day
Sabine's Gull - only one all day
Red-necked Phalarope - modest numbers; surprisingly no Reds

One odd looking shearwater passed the boat that may have been a Wedge-tailed Shearwater, but it was gone quickly and not refound. Had to let that one go.

Thanks to Island Packers for another great trip...we hope to have more scheduled in 2020.

Dave Pereksta
Ventura

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*** Species Summary:

- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (14)
- Reported Oct 05, 2019 15:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Foxen Canyon Rd (south of Zaca Canyon Rd. crossing), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.710196,-120.127521&ll=34.710196,-120.127521
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60382979
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos from malfunctioning camera still show distinctive crane shape. Group was flying south at head height"

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1)
- Reported Oct 05, 2019 15:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Foxen Canyon Rd (south of Zaca Canyon Rd. crossing), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.710196,-120.127521&ll=34.710196,-120.127521
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60382979
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small Buteo came along ridge at head height, then circled overhead in thermal. Dark-tipped pointed wings, heavily barred tail"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 05, 2019 15:32 by Ryan Seppala
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60376334
- Comments: "Heard rapid pip-pip-pip-pip song north of San Nicolas and found it at the top of a tree. Could see yellow extending to upper breast."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2019 07:55 by Ryan Seppala
- 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/S60373551
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Along the path just south of Coronado Dr. maybe 100 ft east of the street. Looks like a molting male. Associating with Scaly-breasted Munias and acting quite wary, never letting me get close for better photos. Heard buzz call a couple of times. After a minute or two the bird flushed towards Coronado Dr. and swerved to the right and out of sight."

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migration, you have to love it

Wim van Dam
 

In an earlier post I claimed that I had recorded Canada Goose migrating at night over my Solvang backyard on September 28. It didn't sound quite right for Canada Goose though, and after asking around several people pointed out to me that--instead--I had recorded a flock of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. Most likely these birds departed from their staging areas near Sacramento and were on their way to their wintering ground in Mexico (see: https://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/03/distribution-of-greater-white-fronted-goose-subspecies/). 

Listening back to my recording from that night (Sep 27/28), I must have had, in total, hundreds of them going south, but it's of course hard to reach a number based on sound only. Quiz: how many geese do people estimate are in this single flock of 76 seconds?

Thanks go to Curtis Marantz, Marshall Iliff, Gary Allport and David Irons who identified these calls for me. 

Wim

PS: The past three days the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory counted 6+9+8 Broad-winged Hawks, so we can still expect to see these this fall



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

Broad-winged Hawk and Black Swifts

Thomas Turner
 

Maggie, Wren and I went for a late morning walk on Farren Road today. There were lots of swifts, and we both think we saw Black Swifts among Vaux’s and White-Throated. See the link below for my notes about the swifts.

Lots of soaring raptors too: One Broad-Winged, at least three Harriers, two Kites, Vultures, 3 Red-Tailed, and 3 Coopers Hawks (the Coopers were all up high soaring with the other hawks).

My camera gear / photo skills were sufficient for the hawk but not the swifts:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60402191


Tom

Goleta

White-winged Dove and Plumbeous Vireo at Jalama

Noah Arthur
 

Juvenile WHITE-WINGED DOVE and briefly-seen PLUMBEOUS VIREO in the willows at Jalama Beach this morning. Will post more details and photos later.

Noah Arthur (Oakland/Ventura) 

Pics of today's Red-eyed Vireo

David Levasheff
 

Big thanks to Dave Compton for the find!

Pictures here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157711225132126

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Jalama White-winged and Plumbeous photos; Alice Keck MacGillivray's

Noah Arthur
 

I only had about an hour at Jalama Beach this morning, but saw and photo'ed a PLUMBEOUS VIREO and juvenile WHITE-WINGED DOVE in my first few minutes in the willows. The vireo appeared very briefly in the willows near the "Wildlife Habitat -- Keep Out" sign and wasn't seen again; it probably foraged upstream into the closed area. The dove was in the westernmost clump of willows, sitting quietly low down in the tangle, near a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE. It eventually hopped down and wandered along the ground deeper into the tangle, acting like the secretive White-tipped Doves I saw in Texas last summer. On the way back to the car I came across a juvenile CACKLING GOOSE near one of the shower buildings in the campground; this was a very unhappy, thin, and lethargic bird and probably not long for this world unless somebody feeds/helps it consistently in the coming days. There were surprisingly few common migrants around given the number of rarities, with the only warblers being a small handful of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. 

Photos of all these birds here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60417014

Late in the evening I birded Alice Keck Park and found a few migrants, including a WILSON'S WARBLER,  a few COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER foraging in and near a paloverde tree in the north end of the park (near the intersection of Garden and Arrellaga). 


Noah Arthur (Oakland/Ventura)
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510-967-2179