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Mission Canyon and USCB

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked out the Museum of Natural History's Woodland loop again this morning.  It's still very active, especially where you enter the loop from Las Encinas Lane.  The big players are still Yellow-rumps, most in good breeding plumage and singing up a storm.  Black-Headed Grosbeaks have joined them and I saw at least one Western Tanager.  A Cassin's Vireo was singing in the sycamores as well.  I spent well over an hour there.

After that, I went back to UCSB to check out the Location where I had a lot of hummers yesterday as well as an odd warbler.  Today it was a much quieter place, with most of the hummers gone and the only warbler present was an orange-crowned.  The very nice Rufous Hummingbird is still sticking around there.  I decided to check out the pink-blooming eucalyptus on the Lagoon Island afterwards,  There was some hummer activity there but it was Anna's and Allen's show.  A male of each put on a nice display flight and there were a couple of female types of both species.  I also found three species of Kingbird in close proximity there, which made for a good comparison study (Cassin's, Western, and Tropical).

Florence Sanchez


Refugio Canyon

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked out Refugio Canyon this morning. The stream is flowing very well. I didn't have high expectations as there was virtually no N wind last night, but since it was the first good night for migration for 3 days, I figured there might be an arrival. I found a lot of activity mid way up the canyon where the oaks start along the road. I had multiple Nashville, Townsend's, and BT Gray Warblers, as well as a couple of each of Hammond's Flycatchers and Cassin's Vireos. I had very few migrants further up the canyon, although several Yellow Warblers were singing here. I rechecked a few of the oaks on the way back down and there were completely dead. I have think I got lucky with my timing.

Regards,

Nick, Goleta

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


West Campus Bluff trail sea watch Long-tailed Duck

Noah Gaines
 

Yesterday 4.6.20, Tom Turner posted about our productive sea watch at the W Campus Bluff trail. I just wanted to add that we saw a Long-tailed Duck in with a large group of Brant and Red-breasted Mergansers. 


Also a few Gray Whales.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA


Re: Wintering Hermit Thrush singing in San Roque Ck

Bradley Hacker
 

We've had a Hermit Thrush singing in our yard (Tecolote Cyn) every morning of the last few days around 06:20

On 3/21/2020 8:43 AM, Mark Holmgren wrote:
After taking advantage of Whole Foods' senior shopping hour, I heard a loud song of a thrush. I tracked it down to San Roque Creek a short distance upstream of its merger with Arroyo Burro Creek. This is on the S side of Whole Foods.
I can't recall ever hearing a wintering Hermit Thrush singing in SB Co.  
Recording here:

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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Re: Calliope

John Callender
 

I cleaned and restocked my hummingbird feeders today (after a regrettable interval of leaving them empty), and was rewarded by a male Calliope Hummingbird. Photos in the eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66748017

In semi-related news, Carpinteria Birdwatchers has begun holding its meetings online via Zoom meeting and YouTube livestream. The first meeting, held last Thursday, was on “Ocean Birds” and featured Dave Pereksta, Linus Blomqvist, and Anne Fraser talking about seawatches and pelagic birding. The next meeting, this coming Thursday at 4 p.m., will cover hummingbirds.

Meetings are free and open to everyone. Details on our website at:

http://www.carpwithoutcars.org/

John Callender
Carpinteria


Campus Birding

Florence Sanchez
 

I was not able to bird this morning but after lunch, I decided to check out a couple of spots on the UCSB campus that were often good for hummingbirds when I worked there.  One spot is the courtyard of the Career and Counseling Center.  There are 3 or4 Bottle brush blooming there and a pink one in particular was indeed pulling in lots of hummingbirds (and other birds) early this afternoon.  With the exception of 1 female Ann's, all the hummingbirds at that time were from the genus Selasphorus,  Most were female Rufous/Allen's, but there was also a nice Rufous male in the mix.

Also attracted to the blossoms were both House and Lesser Goldfinches, White-crowned Sparrows, Juncos, a female Western Tanager, Bushtits, and at least 2 Orange-crowned Warblers. Also present was a puzzling Warbler.  Green above, no particular wingbars, yellow below and on the face, and a few black feathers present in the throat area, sort of like the bird is getting a full black throat patch.  There was also a suggestion of black feathers on the front edge of the crown, next to where the yellow face feathers start.  The yellow face pattern was very arched over the eye, almost like yellow spectacles on a yellow background.  Though it didn't stay around long, I had fairly good looks at it and remain puzzled even after checking several references when I got home.  Closest I can come is  young Hooded Warbler; however, mites and other problems can cause plumage problems that appear black.  In addition, many birds can sport odd feathers for no apparent reason, so it could have been an odd Wilson's too.

My next stop was some blooming bottlebrush in the parking lot of the Health Center.  There was not much activity here.  A Black-headed Grosbeak was singing in the Eucalyptus to the west.

I also checked out the blooming Giant Echium next to North HAll, but turned up only an Anna's.  A single singing Yellow-rumped Warbler was in the Alder trees.

I flushed a Chipping Sparrow from the grass next to the little wetland near the old gym.

Florence Sanchez








Seabirds moving

Thomas Turner
 

The seabirds are moving. This morning was still drips and drabs, but this evening Noah Gaines and I (6 feet apart) had 2000 Brant in 2 hours.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66754354

Tom Turner

Isla Vista


Calliope

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Male in Winchester Canyon this evening

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


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- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)

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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 06, 2020 11:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Straggler late in leaving?"

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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2020 14:50 by margeNdon thornton
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66667499
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "mush smaller than the Double-Crested Cormorants, short beak, light in front, since his back was facing us at angle, it was not really possible to est the length of tail. the gular patch was not visible in the photos and we were unable to catch a clear view with the scope as most of the time was preening or head tucked."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Apr 05, 2020 10:21 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66682613
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male in the cape honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Apr 05, 2020 10:51 by David Compton
- San Jose Creek, North of Cathedral Oaks, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.456138,-119.8107304&ll=34.456138,-119.8107304
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66681560
- Comments: "Calling persistently. Poor lighting (back lit), but the bird appeared to be pretty yellow, so was presumably a female, given young males should probably have some red, now."

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Mussel Rock in the rain, no parade

Don Tate
 

I beach-walked from Guadalupe Dunes to Mussel Rock in the rain Sunday. Watched from the lee of a rock face for about an hour, best bird was a red-throated loon diving in the surf. A modest number of birds were in the lee of the point (wind from the south), but nothing special. Two black turnstones were on north end of Mussel Rock, which was all of it that could be seen from beach level.

On Saturday at least 3 steller's jays were in Tequepis Canyon in and around the big alders just above third crossing, exactly where they were last year.

Don Tate, Vandenberg Village


San Jose Creek birding

Dave Compton
 

I birded the San Jose Creek area in north Goleta this morning (5 April), covering the east side of the creek for several hundred yards downstream of N. Patterson and birding along Merida at Agana and a bit south. Best birds:

SUMMER TANAGER - all yellow female just south of N. Patterson. We sometimes get new birds popping up in early spring that are probably birds that have wintered locally and have gone undetected. I suspect this bird is in that category, rather than being an early migrant.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD - one on the west side of Merida about a half a block south from Agana. It was staying on the west side of one of the really intensely blooming bottlebrushes in this area.

Overall, not a ton of activity near N. Patterson, but there were lots of hummers in the bottlebrush trees along Merida and Agana. I also had a male Black-chinned on Agana and good looks at several male Rufous. I didn't get close to Berkeley (which is farther south), and there are usually a bunch of hummers down there as well.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


recent observations at Samarkand retirement

Phila Rogers
 

Small group of Pine Siskins continue.  In the last week a pair of Black-headed Grosbeaks have visited my feeders.  The male singing.  Phila Rogers


New yard Bird and Completed Alice Keck Park bar chart.

Noah Gaines
 

4.5.20. - This morning while watching a female Merlin on the lower riviera, I was surprised to see a COMMON LOON fly through by field of view.  New one for the yard list!  Also had a Cooper's Hawk in display flight overhead. 

Alice Keck Park, had lots of Hummingbirds, and hundreds of swallows migrating overhead.  They were difficult to make out given the overcast conditions but there were a few Barn Swallows and Vaux's Swifts in the steady stream. Also, the bar chart for the Alice Keck Park hotspot is now complete for every week of the year!


Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA


Calliope male at feeder this morning

Ron Hirst
 

First seen 8:20am along with a similar volume of Allens, Rufous, Anna's as yesterday. 
Ron Hirst, SB


Re: Swainson’s hawks - south coast

Ron Hirst
 
Edited

I had a group of 7 flying relatively low due to the cloud cover and a northerly wind, then thermalling up over the Riviera around 1pm. 2 flocks of Kingbirds totalling 18 birds flew by very low also.
Ron Hirst, SB


Calliope Hummer

Hugh Ranson
 

I've been checking out bottlebrush trees and bushes this week, mostly on Portesuello near La Cumbre Junior High in SB. I've hoped for a Calliope but have seen nothing but Rufous, up to 15-20 at a time, and a couple of Anna's. I haven't seen a definite Allen's; all the tail shots I've managed of females have belonged to Rufous.

This afternoon I checked out the lovely Arroyo Burro Open Space at the end of Alan Road (near Hendry's Beach). I only saw one hummer, and it was a male Calliope feeding on wild radish flowers.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Swainson’s hawks - south coast

Eric Culbertson <ebc101@...>
 

With the high cloud cover late this morning I decided to make a stationary count from the yard and hope something flys over. I was rewarded just before noon when two swainson’s hawks paused high overhead to soar before continuing west. I was able to watch them glide quite far before pausing again to gain some altitude, this time very deliberately veering northwest as they continued on their way. It was under similar weather conditions that I’ve had swainson’s hawks in the past here along the coast.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


Heads up for a big push of migrants today and this week!

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi Birders:
It’s insane with spring migrants outside this afternoon! They are coming through my garden like crazy: Bullock’s orioles, grosbeaks, Wilson’s warblers etc. with the rain and cloudy weather forecast for this week, later winds, it should give us a good show of spring migrating birds. Be sure you get out birding and don’t miss out on the hummingbird fun either! My bottlebrush tree is like a lollipop tree for Hummingbirds. Please excuse voice recognition, I can’t go inside to my computer yet. I’m afraid of missing the action!
Lists & pics to follow!
Joan Lentz


MErida Drive and Seawatch

Florence Sanchez
 

I spent over an hour on Merida Drive this morning, trying to coax a Calliope Hummingbird out of the bottlebrush trees.  After an hour, my neck couldn't take it any more so I headed to Campus Point for some sea-watching.  Needless to say, I did not find a Calliope, but there were plenty of other Hummingbirds and I got some nice views of Rufous males.  Also working the trees were both Bullock's and Hooded Orioles.  I checked sycamore and the creekside for warblers, but all I could turn up were lots of Yellow-rumps in all sorts of plumages and a few Orange-crowned.  At the far end of the bike bridge, I had a Western Tanager.

It was lovely at Campus Point and though the activity was still less than one would expect this time of year, I had more seabirds fly by in a little over an hour of watching than I've had there or elsewhere this spring.  Brants were on the move this morning--I had 4 flocks for a total of 85 Geese.  In addition, there were single fly-bys of 2 Pelagic Cormorants, 4 Brant's Cormorants, and a Red-throated Loon, as well as a flock of 3 Surf Scoters.  Gray whales were on the move as well.  I had 4 swim past the point and another whale was breaching in close opposite More Mesa.  I found no shorebirds on the rocks (still haven't turned up a Tattler this year) but there were Sanderlings on the beach and from time to time, they were joined by small groups of Western Sandpipers.  When I left the point, the shore at Surfer's beach had at least 50 Westerns and in their midst were 2 Dunlin.  Both species were changing into breeding plumage.

Florence Sanchez



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