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Ovenbird at Santa Cruz Scorpion

Kirill Shtengel
 

Last night I came back from an overnight trip to Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion). 
The highlight of the trip birding-wise was an OVENBIRD foraging on the ground near campsite 7 (lower camping) last morning. The photos can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/185115796@N02. There appears to be something around the birds' beak, but I can't quite figure out what it might be. 
The camping had quite a few birds in general, but nothing too striking otherwise. I saw at least 3 fox sparrows (that is 3 at once, the total number of sightings was higher, but it's hard to say whether I saw the same birds on several occasions). This is not the first time I see fox sparrows there: I saw them 2 weeks ago as well as last year at about the same time - they could be wintering there.
The number of island jays seems to have exploded over the last couple of years; they are seemingly everywhere at and near the campground and I distinctly remember putting an effort into finding my first one a few years back.
I also had a very close Peregrine overfly at the Cavern Point, I suspect they are resident there; this is not the first time I see them at that location.
On the pelagic side, not too much to report: a fairly large number of black-vented shearwaters in the channel, which were surprisingly close to the shore on the way back to Ventura, so I would not be too surprised by the possibility of their sightings from the shore. I also had a pair of pink-footed shearwaters and two jaegers; one pomarine and one likely parasitic.

Kirill Shtengel
Oxnard

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Kirill Shtengel

Black-and-White Warbler Coronado Seep

Mark Bright
 

Monday 21, afternoon a female Black-and-White Warbler came to the Coronado Seep. Otherwise Red-breasted Nuthatches were frequent as well as the usual Townsend's Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Townsend's Warbler at the seep.

A short while later at the Goleta Slough outlet Adrian O'Loghlen and I watched a female Surf Scoter paddle up the slough and then up the Atascadero Creek arm and out of sight. I had never seen a Surf Scoter inside the slough before.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Lake Los Carneros work

Betsy Mooney
 

Fyi: Signs are up at Lake Los Carneros stating work is being done on the dam this week (M-F). I'm don't know exactly what this work entails, but it will probably affect birding. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Re: Burrowing Owl @ NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

I re-found the NCOS Owl this am (Sun) after a number of people reported not being able to locate it.  It was at a different location than previously reported at a site about 100 m east of the original location and down at the base of the slope (see photo).  It was difficult to spot and I wasn't certain this was the bird until I saw it move. Again the best spot to see it is from the west side of Phelps Bridge looking almost directly south.  The photo shows some landmarks you can use to help find it - provided it hasn't move to yet another hibernaculum!



Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Ocean Park - Clay-colored Sparrow and Cackling Geese

Peter Schneekloth
 

Took a quick visit to Ocean Park where a small flock of 6 Cackling Geese and a Clay-colored Sparrow were the best birds. I first saw the sparrow near the rest room building and noted the smaller size, it took quite a while to finally get good looks. Dave Compton came along and was able to aid with confirmation on the sparrow ID. I went up to Miguelito Park where it was quite windy so no birds of real interest.

A look Sparrow here and you can scroll to the geese if of interest:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48931280966/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Broad-winged Hawk

David Pereksta
 

Hi All

Todd McGrath and I just drove through Santa Barbara and we had a Broad-winged Hawk circling low over the 101 about a half-mile east of the Winchester Canyon Road exit.

Dave Pereksta
Ventura

Pine Siskin!

Guy Tingos
 

We’ve got 2 Pine Siskin at our feeders this morning. Great to see them back after being absent last year.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

NCOS AM 10/18/19

Steven Gaulin
 

Today I birded the northern boundary of NCOS with Michelle Brown and Dan Conroy-Beam, our primary quarry being Burrowing Owl. Despite locating the described BUOW locality, we failed, though there was significant human activity in the immediate area which may have been relevant.

More interestingly, we saw and heard a Marsh Wren at the recommended BUOW viewing point, and a vocalizing Tropical Kingbird at Whitter Pond, the easternmost pond N. of the main East-West trail. Based on voice, there was also a likely second MAWR at the Whittier Pond.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

Green-tailed Towhee

Guy Tingos
 

Early this evening, Betsy spotted a Green-tailed Towhee in our back yard! That’s yard bird #136 for us and a bird high on my wish list for here (between Turnpike and Patterson Roads, just below Cathedral Oaks).

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

Pac Wren on Kinevan Rd

Mark Holmgren
 

(And now with the correct eBird checklist shown below.)
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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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