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Re: White Pelicans on UCSB Lagoon

Kirill Shtengel
 

There is flock of about 50 white pelicans wintering in the Santa Clara river estuary in Ventura. I regularly see smaller groups flying up and down along the coast around there, with the river estuary seemingly being their base. What are the chances some of them can venture as far as Santa Barbara?


Black-and-white warbler

Eric Culbertson <ebc101@...>
 

One was along the southern edge of the tipu filled Commuter Lot at the intersection of W Carrillo St and Castillo St in Santa Barbara this afternoon.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


White Pelicans on UCSB Lagoon

Florence Sanchez
 

I don't know if these were found earlier during Christmas Count routes this morning.  I decided to walk around the Lagoon this lovely afternoon and while I was there, 3 White Pelicans flew in and settled on the Lagoon.  There was schooling activity form some small fish, which was being pursued avidly by Double Crested Cormorants and (when the school got close to shore) a big flock of Snowy Egrets (40+).  The Pelicans joined in the fishing from time to time; otherwise, they floated off together.  I got some lousy photographs if they are needed.

Florence Sanchez

(PS--On my walk down to the Farmer's Market early this morning, I encountered a group of 9 Cassin's Kingbirds sitting together on utility wires at Islay and Chapala Streets.  This seemed like a high number for this residential location.)


Eurasian Wigeon

John Deacon
 

All

There is a Eurasian Wigeon at the northern most pond at the Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds hotspot. Sorry about the lousy pic. He insists on staying on the far side.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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John Deacon
Orcutt


Yesterday: Lucy's & Orchard, T.K., White fronts & Cackling

Paul Lehman
 

On Friday the 3rd, there were two Greater White-fronted geese and one Cackling Goose in the Devereaux and NCOS area in different small groups of Canada Geese. The female-type Orchard Oriole continues in the 6700 block of Sueno Road in Isla Vista,, in the bloomimg cape honeysuckle patches. A Tropical Kingbird that is undoubtedly the same bird that Dave Compton had a while back continues along the border between Isla Vista and UCSB, not far from the student health building, and the Lucy's Warbler that he found a few days ago continues in the tipu trees along David Love Place in Goleta near the airport, where there was also a male Black-throated Gray Warbler as well.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


continuing White-throated Swifts at 154, 2020-01-03

Wim van Dam
 

Today at 2pm there were many easy-to-see-with-the-naked-eye-while-driving WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS at the 154 between the 28.00 mile marker and the Old San Marcos Rd crossing.  

Wim

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


Summer Tanager @ UCSB

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Gayle Hackamack and I found a young male Summer Tanager near the UCSB Student Health Center this am (Fri).  It was catching and consuming bees (see photos) in a tree located at the south west corner of the Health Center building.  This may be the same bird Dave Compton reported in that area at the end of November.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/104247213@N05/hASbzJ

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta 


Correction... Orchid Oriole at NCOS

Pete Wolf
 

The oriole I saw this morning was apparently a young male Orchid Oriole... chestnut coloring coming in on the chest and underside of tail... Thank you Rebecca!!! :)


Oriole (Hooded?) at NCOS and Northern Harrier

Pete Wolf
 

This morning at NCOS I found what I believe to be a Hooded Oriole... photo included in checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62966034

In addition the Northern Harrier was quite active around the Phelps Bridge area.


Baltimore Oriole

Paul Lehman
 

Thursday afternoon I had a female Baltimore Oriole of medium brightness in the Santa Ynez Apartments (student housing) near the corner of Los Carneros and El Colegio roads, immediately on the north side of Isla Vista. It is in literally the only blooming eucalyptus tree near the east end of the apartment complex, which has fine little white flowers and rough bark, so it it's the same type of eucalyptus that gets pink flowers but in this case the flowers are white, and the unit numbers here of the nearby building are 304 305 306 and 307. Near the west end of the apartment complex there are several pink-flowered eucalyptus, but that's a fair distance away.

Paul Lehman


La Cumbre Peak was dea this morning BUT. . .

Florence Sanchez
 

I found a Townsend's Solitaire in the Coulter Pines along the road about .5 miles east on ECC from the parking area at the Peak.  It was feeding actively in the pines on either side of the road and presented good views.  Note that this has been a good location for them in past years.  (Best time to look here is late morning--I saw this bird around 11 a.m.). Otherwise, birding at the Peak was REALLY dead.  In fact I didn't pull out a single bird from the pines area. There were Scrub Jays and Wrentits in the nearby chaparral.  

At the large communications station to the west, birding was also slow.  I had a few chaparral birds, including a single Sooty Fox Sparrow.  Unusual for this location was a single American Robin.  I heard a Hairy Woodpecker's call in the pines as I left this spot.

Florence Sanchez


Ross's, Yellow, Western, Goldeneye

Paul Lehman
 

A morning of birding on Thursday unfortunately produced only a few minor birds of note. A new Yellow Warbler is along the railroad tracks behind the Hilton hotel and Chase Palm Park. That area actually has a fair number of birds and blooming trees although obviously it lacks a certain aesthetic. A Western Tanager was along Cliff Drive just east of Hope Ranch, there's a female-type Common Goldeneye on Laguna Blanca, and unfortunately outside the count circle there's a Ross's Goose grazing with the coots at the pond in front of the clubhouse at Sandpiper Golf course, where also hooded merganser. Still at least two yellow-crowned night-herons roosting with the black crowneds at Goleta Beach Park.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


eBird -- Lake Los Carneros Park -- Jan 2, 2020

Betsy Mooney
 

Lake Los Carneros Park
Jan 2, 2020
11:58 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.6 Build 18

1 American Bittern -- Continuing at SW corner. Look past second safety sign on fence into green reeds.

Number of Taxa: 1


Sent from my iPhone because I’m out birding.


American Bittern & Pine Siskins at LLC

Pete Wolf
 

Ran over this morning for a quick trip to see if I could find the bittern... I did... South West Cove.

In addition on the way out just West of La Patera road on the North side of the path I saw three Pine Siskins briefly before they flew down into the brush when a couple people walked by.


Casual Carp Birding

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park and Reserve, 6:30 AM, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

Did some naked-eye birding on my walk this morning. Continuing Eared Grebe in Franklin Creek. WT Kite hovering over Basin 1, earlier over Linden Ave. field. No. Harrier seen for third time in a week over the Reserve (restricted area). Also, flushed a merganser sp. along the dirt road in the Reserve. An Am. Kestral has found a preferred perch along Sandyland Cove Road and has been there reliably on the past several mornings. An unusual number of Black Phoebes (8-ish) seen all along the trails in the Salt Marsh.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


1/1/2020 birds: Alice Keck Park; Bird Refuge

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I walk through Alice Keck Park at least once a day with my lab but today I returned to bird a bit.  I observed a  dark-eyed Junco female, Song Sparrow, and two Yellow-rumped Warblers in the area around the tipu trees and a Townsend's Warbler and a couple of Lesser Goldfinches bathing in the large fountain behind the Unity church (across Arrellaga st.).  In the afternoon I birded the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.  Noticeable in their absence were herons, egrets, stilts, and cormorants.  There were abundant shovelers, ruddy ducks, coots, and gulls.  I found many bushtits, house finches, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a kingbird, and the regular common yellowthroat presented itself very briefly near the 3rd breeding platform.  I spent some time looking for the yellow warbler that Libby Patten had reported and found it in the exact location she described.  It was mostly in low shrubbery adjacent to bike path leading south from the parking lot.  That area had a lot of bottlebrush that was attracting anna's and allen's hummingbirds. I posted a few photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/


Carpinteria

Rob Denholtz
 

Carp Salt Marsh, 3:30 PM, Wednesday, Jan.1, 2020

Eared Grebe continues in Franklin Creek. No.Harrier spotted ranging low over Basin !.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


Black-throated Gray Warbler

Hugh Ranson
 

A male in tipus outside Panda Express in La Cumbre shopping center.

A female Black-and-white Warbler continues in Bohnett Park.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Orchard, hooded, and Nashville

Paul Lehman
 

On January 1st, there's a female type orchard oriole in the large cape honeysuckle hedge that forms the western boundary of the Isla Vista Parks property directly across the street from Tipi Village in the 6700 block of Sueno Road in Isla Vista. A returning Nashville warbler probably for several years now is in the tipus behind 6509 pardall road. Earlier this morning I had a hooded Oriole on private property in montecito.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: White Pelicans

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,

Just to add to Rob’s report, there was one A. White Pelican at River Park in Lompoc today.

Good birding,

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

On Jan 1, 2020, at 1:48 PM, Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:


Right now there is a flock of about 25 white pelicans soaring and circling over the area of the top of Micheltorena and near California street in the lower Riviera
Really beautiful!

Rob Hofberg