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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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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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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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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). 


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Black Swift (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (4 reports)
- Swainson's Hawk (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Plumbeous Vireo (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (2 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)
- Indigo Bunting (4 reports)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 10:39 by Noah Arthur
- (34.5107,-120.5016), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.510713,-120.501573&ll=34.510713,-120.501573
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60417014
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Unobtrusive juvenile in the willows, hanging with a Eurasian Collared-dove."

Black Swift (Cypseloides niger) (2)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 10:07 by Thomas Turner
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60402191
- Comments: "Seen by both observers. Tom's notes: seen in the same field of view with a white throated Swift. At least as big as the White-throated, but all black (banking in good light). Tail was large and square, slightly flared out as it banked. Not a lot of experience with this species, but the size + color + tail seem conclusive together. There were about a dozen swifts in the first flock we saw and I think most were Black, but I was only sure about these two."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 08:15 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60398652
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Flyover"

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 11:29 by William Kaempfer
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60404693
- Comments: "Found by Tom Turner, Maggie Sherriffs. Dark morph."

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 11:29 by Mark Holmgren
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60404409
- Comments: "Found by Tom Turner, Maggie Sherriffs. Dark morph."

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 10:07 by Thomas Turner
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60402191
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (2)
- Reported Oct 03, 2019 14:23 by Kay Regester
- 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/S60406115
- 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; “paring knife”-shaped wings (curved along the leading edge; straight in the back); wings held stiffly downward in a glide; 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 much smaller than the Red-tailed Hawks I’d been seeing, 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 dramatically 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."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 10:15 by Jamie Chavez
- VAFB--Tranquillion Mountain Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5841437,-120.5657352&ll=34.5841437,-120.5657352
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60415007
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Immature bird. It was initially identified by its log tapered wing shape. The flight feathers were darker than the underwing coverts and it had a relatively long, squared tail. Underparts were a creamy whitish color with dark smudgy streaking along the sides. It was observed for several minutes as it circled over one of the canyons, moved south, and came back up toward the ridge top again over Tranquillion Mtn. Rd. passing fairly low overhead."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 08:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60404919
- Comments: "Continuing bird documented on 9/30/19. Found in the same tree where it was originally found. Female. Pinkish lower belly and vent. Faint eyebrow. Faint streaks on whitish breast. Located in scrawny 20' pine tree between hole numbers 1 and 18 about 200 yards from #1 teebox."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 10:39 by Noah Arthur
- (34.5107,-120.5016), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.510713,-120.501573&ll=34.510713,-120.501573
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60417014
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Seen very briefly in the willows; probably moved upstream into the closed area."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 07:27 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S60404607
- Media: 1 Photo

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 07:27 by William Kaempfer
- 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/S60394890
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Picture coming"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 09:40 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/S60406006
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Immature/female type found in the mioporum hedge south of the restroom building. While pishing the bird popped out in the open but quickly disappeared. I found it a short time later creeping along the exposed, dead trunks and branches of the mioporum. Black and white striped plumage with dusky cheeks, two broad white wing bars, black streaking on the sides. Creeping along like a nuthatch. Photographed."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 10:36 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60411963
- Comments: "Photos. In willow thicket along creekbed, then moved up into and around the tall Eucalyptus east of the lower campground. "

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 11:49 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/S60401422
- Comments: "Found by another birder on top of a palm tree at the end of Coronado drive. It then flew towards the willows and disappeared. It had a blue rump and a little bit of blue on wings. The rest was dark grayish or brown."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 09:32 by Eric Hopson
- 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/S60401577
- Comments: "Fall eclipse male. "

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 09:32 by Colin Dillingham
- 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/S60405037
- Comments: "Fall male with blue rump. Lacks wing bars of Lazuli bunting. Bill conical with paler lower bill and darker upper bill. Go to end of Coronado Street and then go east 100-200 feet. Seen in sycamore tree near house with feeders and in palm tree closer to Coronado."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2019 07:58 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/S60401448
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. I caught onto the bird around 10:40 at the top of the large sycamore east of the end of Coronado Dr. It quickly disappeared but was re-found by a group of birders a while later on top of a palm in the neighborhood, and then one more time right next to the trail."

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Prothonotary

Bradley Hacker
 

There’s a prothonotary warbler on the UCSB beach working through the beach wrack 300’ north of the wooden stairs. 34.408823 119.842273


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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Correction

Bradley Hacker
 

There’s a prothonotary warbler on the UCSB beach working through the beach wrack 300’ SOUTH of the wooden stairs. 34.408823 119.842273. Continuing to move south toward campus point, and now in the rock pile that’s protecting the cliff from erosion


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Prothonotary

Bradley Hacker
 

Doesn’t seem to be present on this narrow little strip of beach any longer, and I don’t know whether it flew up the bluff onto the area around Marine science, or whether it went east across the ocean. Maybe it’s in the riprap somewhere and I just don’t see it.


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Re: Pics of today's Red-eyed Vireo

Jim Long
 

Re: Red-eyed Vireo   Did anyone else miss where and when this bird was seen or was it just me.
Jim Long 
Santa Barbara

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On Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 8:36 PM David Levasheff <levaweb@...> wrote:
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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Santa Barbara



Re: Pics of today's Red-eyed Vireo

Dave Compton
 

Hi Jim,

The vireo was found on private property in Goleta yesterday. I wish that it would've been possible to share this information with everyone. I apologize to anyone who feels excluded. But sometimes information just can't be shared.

Dave


On Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 10:24 AM Jim Long <tagdesjim@...> wrote:
Re: Red-eyed Vireo   Did anyone else miss where and when this bird was seen or was it just me.
Jim Long 
Santa Barbara

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Big thanks to Dave Compton for the find!

Pictures here:

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

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Lompoc 'rarity roundup'

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

On Sunday 8 of us got together various spots in the Lompoc/VAFB area to see how many rarities/interesting birds we might find. Unfortunately it turned out that it was more like Roundup had applied in a highly concentrated form to any rare birds present because we saw very little. Probably the best birds in public areas were a Black-and-white Warbler (Jamie Chavez) at Ocean Beach Park and a Baird’s Sandpiper (Wes Fritz) at the same location.

 

Highlights in non-public areas were a Swainson’s Hawk, a Blue Grosheak, 200+ American Goldfinches, a Wandering Tattler, and a Surfbird.

 

Nick Lethaby

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Interesting dark buteo

John Callender
 

This isn't about a bird I saw (though I wish I had). But several different people reported an unusual dark buteo yesterday, or perhaps more than one of them, and I'd be interested in hearing opinions from people about whether these are the same or different birds, and what it or they are.

Marc Better posted an eBird list from the Bates Rd. bridge (Ventura County) hotspot yesterday that included photos of a bird identified as a Zone-tailed Hawk. See:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60402876

Thomas Turner posted an eBird list from Farren Rd. with photos of a similar bird, but identified it as a Broad-winged Hawk. See:

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

Marc's list covered the time from 9:10 a.m. until 12:25 p.m.; it's not clear to me when in that span of time he took his photos. Tom's list covers from 10:07 a.m. to 11:47 a.m.; again, I'm not sure when he took his photos of the hawk. A later eBird list from Mark Holmgren and William Kaempfer reported the same bird as Thomas's (but without photos) at Ferren Rd.; that list covered the period from 11:29 a.m. until 12:53 p.m. Their list can be seen here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60404409

It seems possible to me that the same bird could have managed to get on all three lists. And (again) at least to my inexperienced eye, the photos look very similar, and even after going through a few references and staring at the photos I'm not sure what's going on.

Thoughts?

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: Interesting dark buteo

Steven Gaulin
 

Thanks to John Callender for his interesting comments. 
My opinion is that both birds were correctly identified by the original observers (Zone-tailed on Bates Road, and Broad-winged on Farren Road, both being juveniles of course). I can make out a yellow cere only the Bates Road bird. Only the Farren Road bird has dark primary tips and a light crescent in the wing linings at the base of the primaries. I see all of these observations as consistent with the original IDs.

Curious to know what others think.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Wilson's Snipe at LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

I birded LLC Monday evening until dusk. A Wilson's Snipe flew in near the NE shore of the lake. It's a new bird for me. 
Checklist with photos:

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Green-tailed Towhee

Peter Schneekloth
 

The birding was still going on when I left so will share the entire list for the weekly survey once I have it. Wanted to share we stumbled on a new bird for the reserve today a Green-tailed Towhee.

A photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48871987056/in/dateposted-public/

For the Survey Crew
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Summer Tanager at LLC

Rebecca Coulter
 

Leading a group at Lake Los Carneros this morning turned up a calling Summer Tanager around the olive tree row near Stow House that leads toward the lake. Adult female or young male, with orangey mottling all over. It called "Pi-TUK" several times. We didn't get very clear looks before it flew toward the lake after a minute or two, but it did appear to forage some on the abundant olives, so it would be worth rechecking there.

Rebecca Coulter
SB