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Re: “Song Thrasher” at LLC

John Callender
 

A quick followup to share some information someone was kind enough to forward to me. This appears to be a condition called “Avian Keratin Disorder”, or AKD, first described in chickadees in Alaska in the 1990s. Recent research suggests it may be caused by a virus. More information at the links below (including a link to a form for reporting birds with the condition; I’ve taken the liberty of submitting a report for this bird already based on the two eBird lists).

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/caos-ndv072516.php

https://www.usgs.gov/centers/asc/science/beak-deformities-landbirds?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

John Callender
Carpinteria

Male Vermilion Flycatcher at SMCC

John Deacon
 

There is now a bright male VEFL at Santa Maria Country Club.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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John Deacon
Orcutt

"Song Thrasher" at LLC

Barbara Goll <b37g@...>
 

I have numerous photographs of this bird and did a bit of online research on it . The bird has Avian Keratin Disorder which causes its beak to grow abnormally. You can Google the disorder to learn more about it and see photos of affected birds.   I have never posted before so I hopeI did this right.

Barbara Goll 
Goleta



Re: “Song Thrasher” at LLC

Barbara Goll <b37g@...>
 

Photo of "Song Thrasher"

Hope this helps.

Barbara Goll
Goleta



Re: "Song Thrasher" at LLC

Phila Rogers
 

Dear Birders:

Several years ago I had a male Lesser Goldfinch coming to my feeder with what appeared to be the same disorder.  I continued to see the bird for several months so I assumed that the curved bill didn't prevent the bird from eating seed.

Phila Rogers
Santa Barbara

On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:40 AM Barbara Goll via Groups.Io <b37g=VERIZON.NET@groups.io> wrote:
I have numerous photographs of this bird and did a bit of online research on it . The bird has Avian Keratin Disorder which causes its beak to grow abnormally. You can Google the disorder to learn more about it and see photos of affected birds.   I have never posted before so I hopeI did this right.

Barbara Goll 
Goleta



SBI and SCI birds and pelagics

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Thanks to the generosity of Cuyler Stapelmann's dad, Frank, we were able to visit Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz Islands from Friday through Monday. Since Frank's yacht is  significantly slower than the Island Packers boats, we spent a lot of time at sea. The pelagic birding was very poor with almost nothing seen.

We arrived at SBI at 17.00 on Friday and were able to see some birds on the island, but spent all of Saturday either birding the island or visiting Sutil Rock to check the boobies there. On SBI itself, birds of interest were a Redstart, single Magnolia and Nashville Warblers, Lapland Longspur, Clay-colored, Brewer's, Chipping, Song, and Vesper Sparrows, 13 Burrowing and 2 Long-eared Owls, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Acorn Woodpecker. A White-faced Ibis was flying around just offshore. Sutil had the usual Brown (50), Blue-footed (1), and Masked/Nazca (two adults) Boobies, all showing well.

When the the forecast marine layer did not materialize the next morning, we decided to head up to SCI and spend the morning and early afternoon pelagic birding. This was probably a bad mistake as it became apparent there was a marine layer further north around SCI, Anacapa, and the mainland that got some birds offshore. Also the pelagic birding was deadly dull. Fortunately we struck gold while still moored off SBI when Cuyler picked up an incoming passerine heading into the island. Luckily it was calling and had a distinctive long-tailed silhouette - a White Wagtail! We motored into the landing cove but saw no evidence the bird had stopped there.

In the afternoon, we went ashore at Smuggler's Cove on SCI, getting pretty wet during the landing. Birds there included a White-winged Dove, a Merlin, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. The next day we opted for a dry shore landing by visiting Prisoner's Harbor with its nice floating dock and pier. The highlight here was a Dickscissel with nice back-up being a Pacific Wren and yet another Merlin.

The crossing to SB harbor was pretty quiet with a few Black-vents, a Pinkfoot, and a couple of jaegers.

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Goleta, CA

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Goleta, CA

[CALBIRDS] White Wagtail, San Clemente Island, 15 October

Wim van Dam
 

It seems that Nick and Cuyler's White Wagtail has been refound...

Wim


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From: Justyn Stahl <justyn.stahl@...>
Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 9:04 PM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] White Wagtail, San Clemente Island, 15 October
To: <calbirds@groups.io>, LACoBirding <lacobirds@groups.io>


Upon hearing of Nick Lethaby et al.'s White Wagtail encounter at Santa Barbara Island late last night, I remarked to a few friends that perhaps Nicole Desnoyers and I would relocate it at Lemon Tank today upon our return to San Clemente Island. Well, we did. This is the first record for San Clemente Island, and well overdue in my opinion given the suite of other Siberian vagrants recorded here. 


Otherwise, it has been a rather quiet fall here to date, with other highlights being:
Greater White-fronted Goose - 17 on 29 Sep
Buller's Shearwater - 3 on 29 Sep
Cooper's Hawk - 10 October (just the 2nd documented record for SCI)
Vermilion Flycatcher - 30 Sep (5th record for SCI)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - obvious invasion year
Varied Thrush - one on 2 October
Pine Siskin - one on 9 October
Bobolink - one on 28 Sep, one on 1 Oct
Northern Waterthrush - one on 30 Sep
Black-and-white Warbler - one on 10 October
CANADA WARBLER - one on 27 September (6th record for SCI)
Summer Tanager - one on 24 September

Best,
Justyn Stahl
San Clemente Island 


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

Burrowing Owl @ NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a Burrowing Owl at North Campus Open Space this am (Wed).  It was flushed from one of the hibernacula on the north-facing slope on south side (restricted access area) of the slough by Hayden, one of the NCOS crew working in the area, and landed nearby at another hibernaculum.  This location is approximately 100 m west of the hibernaculum where one of the BUOW wintered last year.  I will try to find and report a location on the main north trail from which the hibernaculum that the current owl seems to be using can be seen.

https://flic.kr/p/2hw3iZi

Adrian O'Loghlen 
Goleta

East Pinery Road

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked East Pinery Road today for the first time this fall.  Nothing remarkable to report except that the Red-breasted Nuthatch invasion is very evident here.  I counted 26 of them from the road head to the bottom of the keyhole!

Other montane species found were 3 Steller's Jays, 2 Mountain Chickadees and a flock of 4 Mountain Quail.  I heard some Fox Sparrows, but they did not show themselves.  Otherwise, common oak woodland Birds.  I also had a gray-headed Orange-crowned Warbler.  No sign of winter finches.

The "stars" of the show were the hoards of flies which made a lovely morning rather miserable!  I will plan to visit again when we have another spat of cold nights that hopefully will kill some of them.

Florence Sanchez

Lewis Woodpeckers at Las Cruzitas

Cruz Phillips
 

We had two Lewis Woodpeckers yesterday on the dirt road 1/2 mile west of the entrance to the ranch and one Lewis Woodpecker today in the "equipment" field.    

Just had my knee replacement re-replaced a couple weeks ago, so the fall action has been watched from my couch and chair mostly.  Other than the  expected western warblers in low numbers we had a Clay-colored Sparrow and a MacGillvary's Warbler.  Vesper Sparrows have arrived in good numbers and a Burrowing Owl was seen on a post along the dirt road last night (which is early for their arrival).  

Cruz Phillips
Las Cruzitas Ranch
Santa Ynez

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey

Peter Schneekloth
 

A relatively cool morning gave way by mid morning to warm still air which seemed to subdue bird activity over much or the area we surveyed. Nonetheless we managed 47 species including both Canyon Wren and a very confiding Rock Wren along the entry road which posed for photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48910624341/in/dateposted-public/

A Rufous-crowned Sparrow also gave fantastic looks, one good looking sparrow I might add:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48910096543/in/dateposted-public/

As we were leaving a pair of Golden Eagles appeared one of which was dive upon repeatedly by a Red-tailed Hawk. Quite a show.

The entire list here: 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S60673381 

For the Sedgwick Bird Crew
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

for White-crowned

Rob Denholtz
 

There was a White-crowned Sparrow (adult) in the Carp Salt Marsh Nature Park this morning. First one I’ve seen this Fall. Also, a Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Franklin Creek, near the footbridge. They are more or less regular there lately.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

TK @ Gaviota

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I made a quick stop by Gaviota and a Tropical Kingbird was hanging out near the bridge that crosses the creek by the kiosk. It was still present when I left. Other than that, just the expected birds.

It is starting to get windy, but not bad. Good birding.


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

Re: Burrowing Owl @ NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Ken Pearlman and I checked out possible viewing spots along the northern trail for the NCOS Burrowing Owl yesterday (Wed) afternoon.  The owl was at the same location as in the am.   Best spot to view it was at the west end of Phelps Bridge (most westerly bridge).  Look towards the ridge-line to the south and pan to the west until you see a large pile of concrete blocks (top left hand corner in the photo).  Below this is another smaller pile of blocks – the owl is circled in the photo.  Best to use a scope.  Ken confirmed that the owl was at the same location as shown in the photo this morning (Thurs).



Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

raptors Foxen Canyon Rd, 2019-10-17

Wim van Dam
 

At Golden Gate Raptor Observatory they're still seeing Broad-winged Hawks and last Monday they had two Rough-legged Hawks, so this afternoon I decided to check out Foxen Canyon Rd to see if there was some raptor action. 

Conditions were far from ideal as it was incredibly windy, but despite that I had: 3 TURKEY VULTURE, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, at least 9 RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK, 2 AMERICAN KESTREL, and several raptor sp. that were too far away to identify. Not bad for less than an hour. 

Wim


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

Santa Ynez Valley - Raptors galore including Bald and Golden Eagle

Peter Schneekloth
 

Cruising around the valley on the way home from a lecture at Sedgwick I had Golden Eagle, two Bald Eagles one of which is tagged, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and 10-15 Red-tailed Hawks. I don't want to give exact locations some of the birds may be sensitive. I didn't notice until I got home but one of the Bald Eagles is tagged with blue wing tags, no. 63. I can submit to Bird Banding lab but if anyone knows where the birds may have been tagged and a way to reach out directly let me know. If I learn anything about the bird I will share.

Looks at both the Golden and the duo of Bald Eagles here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48920131258/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: Santa Ynez Valley - Raptors galore including Bald and Golden Eagle

Wim van Dam
 

That seems to be A-63, which is a male that fledged on May 30, 2016 at Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island:
 

Wim


On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 1:56 PM Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Cruising around the valley on the way home from a lecture at Sedgwick I had Golden Eagle, two Bald Eagles one of which is tagged, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and 10-15 Red-tailed Hawks. I don't want to give exact locations some of the birds may be sensitive. I didn't notice until I got home but one of the Bald Eagles is tagged with blue wing tags, no. 63. I can submit to Bird Banding lab but if anyone knows where the birds may have been tagged and a way to reach out directly let me know. If I learn anything about the bird I will share.

Looks at both the Golden and the duo of Bald Eagles here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48920131258/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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

Gaviota

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I birded around Gaviota State Beach for about one hour.  It was 76 degrees and the wind was not too bad.
  The best bird was a female type Lazuli Bunting in the mixed flock of sparrows. The number of sparrows have increase since yesterday, or I missed a bunch of birds.
  The Tropical Kingbird was not seen today. Although, a near tailless Cassin’s Kingbird and a Greater Roadrunner were hanging out around the campground.

Good birding,

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

Pac Wren on Kinevan Rd

Mark Holmgren
 

Mid-day birding on Kinevan Rd produced a Pacific Wren.
Between West Camino Cielo and Kinevan Ranch there is only one remaining puddle in the creek channel.  The wren was near there at 34.50540 -119.81791. 
Otherwise birding was slow.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Re: Gaviota

Jamie Chavez
 

I must have just missed Wes. I was at Gaviota for about 1 hour 40 minutes this morning. I didn't have much of interest but an Osprey made a pass high overhead while I was there.

I then stopped at Refugio where I most certainly had the same "near tailless Cassin's Kingbird" there. How many can there be in the area? It flew into the snags around the eucalyptus trees next to the RR tracks, then headed west. Probably to Gaviota. There were many Yellow-rumped warblers around the trees, on the ground, and in the willows at the bridge, but no other warblers of note. I had White-throated Swifts and a Northern harrier flew over. Tailless Kingbird photo is here:

Jaime Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 2:34 PM Wes Fritz via Groups.Io <wes-fritz=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
SB Birders,
I birded around Gaviota State Beach for about one hour.  It was 76 degrees and the wind was not too bad.
  The best bird was a female type Lazuli Bunting in the mixed flock of sparrows. The number of sparrows have increase since yesterday, or I missed a bunch of birds.
  The Tropical Kingbird was not seen today. Although, a near tailless Cassin’s Kingbird and a Greater Roadrunner were hanging out around the campground.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805-895-0685
Solvang CA.



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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA