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Re: Sunday birding and redgums v. tipus

Adam Searcy
 

My experiences with Tipus vs. Eucalyptus match what Dave and others have reported so far this fall. I’ll add a plug for one other species: I’ve had decent numbers of birds coming to any fruiting Ficus trees that i’ve visited this fall, specifically Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla), but any fig with fruits may be worth a check. This included the large figs in Pershing Park and the large IHOP fig at State and Valerio. Nothing rare yet, but I’ve see  plenty of Western Tanagers, Western Bluebirds, and Yellow, Audubon’s, Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers foraging in figs in the past week and a half—plenty of bugs are coming to the ripe/rotting fruits (attracting warblers) and the fruits themselves were being eaten by tanagers. It’s worth checking any large fruiting Moreton Bay figs through the fall and winter if fruits persist. 

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
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On Sep 27, 2020, at 15:16, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


I birded a number of spots with infested exotic trees in Santa Barbara this morning, splitting my time between a couple of recent hotspots with lerpy redgums and several places with Tipuana tipus. It made for a weird morning of birding, since this program can take you face to face with the growing COVID homeless problem while touring some of the least natural bird habitats. Up front, I'll say I didn't have any new rarities today.

La Mesa Park was the most natural place I visited, and all you have to contend with there are daily groups of people working out or doing yoga. I had TWO BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, one at the location where Hugh reported two yesterday (south end of the lawn) and one along Shoreline Dr on Washington School property, about 50m east of the park. Nothing else of real note here, as Hugh mentioned, but there are a ton of birds in this area. Very much worth the stop. Those eucs at Washington School were particularly good when I was there.

The other redgum spot I visited was New Chase Palm Park. As Adam and Ron have mentioned, that one tree just east of the creek draws a lot of birds. I would add that Ron and I saw a lot of birds coming to the creek on the north side of the railroad tracks, as well as using a small lerpy euc there. This spot at the creek is worth a visit, if you aren't concerned about the homeless people along the tracks.

NOT so birdy were my tipu stops: Ortega St between De la Vina and Castillo, Cota commuter lot, Carrillo commuter lot, and Alice Keck Park garden. The Carrillo commuter lot had the most birds (still not many). but it's pretty sad to see that a homeless camp of 8 or 10 people has sprung up on the 101 side of the fence, since the beginning of COVID. The people living in their vehicles are pretty entrenched here, too, with few commuters around.

Paul Lehman noted in a post to the San Diego list that this is a great year for lerpy eucs (I'd say, specifically, redgums), and not so good for tipus, with some exceptions. Obviously, the LogMeIn tipus are an exception. But other tipu locations are pretty slow at the moment. This would also include the large area of tipus in the office complex along Mentor Dr.. Paul entreated people to check out lerpy eucs wherever they can find them. I think that could be a productive approach for the next several weeks.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Sunday birding and redgums v. tipus

Dave Compton
 

I birded a number of spots with infested exotic trees in Santa Barbara this morning, splitting my time between a couple of recent hotspots with lerpy redgums and several places with Tipuana tipus. It made for a weird morning of birding, since this program can take you face to face with the growing COVID homeless problem while touring some of the least natural bird habitats. Up front, I'll say I didn't have any new rarities today.

La Mesa Park was the most natural place I visited, and all you have to contend with there are daily groups of people working out or doing yoga. I had TWO BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, one at the location where Hugh reported two yesterday (south end of the lawn) and one along Shoreline Dr on Washington School property, about 50m east of the park. Nothing else of real note here, as Hugh mentioned, but there are a ton of birds in this area. Very much worth the stop. Those eucs at Washington School were particularly good when I was there.

The other redgum spot I visited was New Chase Palm Park. As Adam and Ron have mentioned, that one tree just east of the creek draws a lot of birds. I would add that Ron and I saw a lot of birds coming to the creek on the north side of the railroad tracks, as well as using a small lerpy euc there. This spot at the creek is worth a visit, if you aren't concerned about the homeless people along the tracks.

NOT so birdy were my tipu stops: Ortega St between De la Vina and Castillo, Cota commuter lot, Carrillo commuter lot, and Alice Keck Park garden. The Carrillo commuter lot had the most birds (still not many). but it's pretty sad to see that a homeless camp of 8 or 10 people has sprung up on the 101 side of the fence, since the beginning of COVID. The people living in their vehicles are pretty entrenched here, too, with few commuters around.

Paul Lehman noted in a post to the San Diego list that this is a great year for lerpy eucs (I'd say, specifically, redgums), and not so good for tipus, with some exceptions. Obviously, the LogMeIn tipus are an exception. But other tipu locations are pretty slow at the moment. This would also include the large area of tipus in the office complex along Mentor Dr.. Paul entreated people to check out lerpy eucs wherever they can find them. I think that could be a productive approach for the next several weeks.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Ventura Pelagic Trip with Island Packers - October 3, 2020

David Pereksta
 

Hi All

This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering an 11-hour deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Saturday October 3 and we still have some tickets available. This trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. The waters around the northern Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented, Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon), and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is also a good time of year for South Polar Skua (we had seven last year), Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips to Santa Barbara Island have seen a Blue-footed Booby among the large numbers of Brown Boobies there and we intend to visit the island on this trip. The Blue-footed bred with a Brown Booby and I saw a hybrid fledgling there earlier in September. There is also a potential for sought-after species like Cooks' Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, and Craveri's Murrelet. The last few years have been exceptional for Craveri's Murrelet off southern California so our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We saw approximately 32 Craveri's Murrelets on this trip last year!  In addition, a multi-day trip I led out of San Diego a few weeks ago had Nazca Boobies on four consecutive days. Remember that this trip in 2018 had all five North American boobies in a single day!  We will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where birds and other marine life may be present.

While I would normally go on more about the birds we might see, I am going to focus on safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we plan to run the trip to minimize risk to everyone on board. First, we are running at a reduced capacity to ensure that passengers can sit/stand 6 feet apart. Masks/face coverings are REQUIRED at all times while on the boat. If you do not believe in wearing masks for some political, religious, or other reason, then this is not the trip for you. The exception is to eat or drink. We ask that when you are eating or drinking to distance one's self 6 feet away from other people not in your party. When eating and drinking remove your mask only sparingly, replacing it between drinks, or bites of food (use your best judgement). We also suggest bringing a few spare masks as you may want to put on a fresh one after several hours. Make sure you can comfortably wear the mask for extended periods of time. In addition, all the tables and handrails will be disinfected before boarding and the restrooms will be disinfected on regularly scheduled intervals. The handrails along the perimeter of the boat are marked at 6-foot intervals to help maintain social distancing while aboard.

The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful. In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!

Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com by clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $170 per adult.

Hope to see you at sea!

Dave Pereksta
Ventura




La Mesa Blackpoll, etc

Hugh Ranson
 

At least one of the Blackpolls was still present this morning. It was in with a warbler flock in eucs on either side of Shoreline Drive, just south of the park itself. Other birds in the park included Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Black-throated Gray Warbler. Elings Park had 2 Golden-crowned and 1 White-crowned Sparrow, and there was a Lincoln's Sparrow in my yard.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Re: Laguna Creek in Chase Palm/same birds today

Ron Hirst
 

9-11am Sun. had same type and quantity of birds as Sat., minus Nashville and Townsends, plus W. Tanager, Bushtits, Munias, and Starlings.
Ron Hirst


Ocean Park Birding

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

In Lompoc. Around 8 AM ... Elegant, Royal and Caspian Terns. California
and Western Gulls, (scanned the three flocks near the mouth for the LBBG
to no avail).... Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, a
single Snowy Plover, Marbled Godwits. An Osprey was perched on the north
side of the trestle. In the estuary on the east side of the trestle,
Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Song and Savannah Sparrows, House
Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, Bewick's Wren, California Thrasher, Red-winged
and Brewer's Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Anna's Hummingbird, Common
Yellowthroat. Heading back to Lompoc, I spotted a Cassin's Kingbird on a
wire across from NASA.


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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Riviera Theater parking lot

Rob Hofberg
 

The two tall lerpy eucs in the parking lot at the Riviera Theater are teeming with warblers right now. Yellow-rumored, yellow, Wilson’s. Also Western Tanagers and bushtits.

Robert Hofberg 


Carp Morning

Rob Denholtz
 


Sunday morning, Sep 27, 2020

Four 1Y Yellow-crowned Night Herons near the Franklin Creek footbridge.

White-tailed Kite and Osprey foraging over Basins 1&2.

3 Blue-winged Teal in Santa Monica Creek.

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Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


Sat AM birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I started at Winchester One. There were a decent number of birds, but best was a Hermit and a BT Gray. I moved on to Logmein where there were really good numbers of warbler in the tipus, mostly Yellows and Wilson's. Highlight was a Chestnut-sided as well as 3 BT Grays.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Re: Dunlin v. Curlew Sandpiper

Florence Sanchez
 

These excellent photos are an excellent comparison of overall color pattern and of bill shape and contour.  Newer birders should study them well.  Thank you for posting  them Mark!

Florence Sanchez




On Saturday, September 26, 2020, 03:21:54 PM PDT, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:


I was lucky enough to get photos of the Curlew Sandpiper next to a Dunlin. I found the comparison interesting.

Mark Holmgren 
San Marcos Pass


Curlew Sandpiper

Ria Marsh
 

It was still there at 3:45 pm today north of the stairs pretty much where Mark saw it.
Ria Marsh


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Curlew Sandpiper (8 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (2 reports)
- Lucy's Warbler (3 reports)
- American Redstart (2 reports)
- Blackpoll Warbler (2 reports)

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Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 09:19 by Karl Frank
- Goleta Beach Park, Goleta US-CA 34.41711, -119.82745, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.417114,-119.827451&ll=34.417114,-119.827451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74082319
- Comments: "Saw with a couple from Green Valley AZ with about 15-20 sanderlings in the surf zone. Fuzzy pictures coming. This was 100 yards south of the UCSB lot 6 stairs at 9:50 am The flock flew north out of sight shortly thereafter. White supercilium, decurved beak"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 12:50 by Lori Gaskin
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74095442
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Shown here with Dunlin on its right."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 12:50 by Mark Holmgren
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74094218
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Shown here with Dunlin on its right."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 12:40 by Jackson Mesick
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74091563
- Comments: "Previously reported. In with sanderlings a bit more than a third of a mile north from the lot 6 staircase. Approximately the same size as nearby sanderlings, but noticeably longer legged and thus standing above them. Long uniformly decurved Bill. Photos taken."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 07:10 by Robert Thoren
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74079492
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile. Seen with LESA north of the lot six stairs. Cleaner breast and scaly back, more slender body and longer billed than Dunlin. Stronger supercilium."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 18:00 by Jacob Broad
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74060311
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Scaly patterned back with nice contrast against belly, long black legs, smooth long curved bill, white eyebrow, showed strong white rump in flight."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 10:00 by Conor McMahon
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74052157
- Comments: "Continuing a few hundred yards north of Lot 6 stairwell, resting on kelp wrack with a group of Black Turnstones."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 07:00 by John Robinson
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74060652
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen with three other birders. With Sanderlings about 50 yards north of stairs. Browner and larger than sanderlings. Slimmer than sanderlings. Decurved Bill. White rump seen in flight."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 07:08 by Bradley Hacker
- San Miguelito Road at Sudden Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.5748893,-120.516743&ll=34.5748893,-120.516743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74092743
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Spizella. Gray nape; buffy supercilium"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 08:55 by David Compton
- 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/checklist/S74083875
- Comments: "Clearly a Northern based on yellowish under parts, relatively quick tail bob, evenly narrow supercilium, and lack of salmon wash on flanks."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 13:07 by Susanne Meyer
- Bella Vista OSP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.438363,-119.8836064&ll=34.438363,-119.8836064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74056548
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird In the willows at the northern end of the park, where previously seen by margeNdonthornton. Photos provided"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 12:25 by Teale Fristoe
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74091163
- Comments: "Dull yellow warbler with eye line and white belly and undertail coverts. Continuing in big euc. Photos."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 09:12 by David Compton
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74054771
- Comments: "Relatively dull individual with yellow limited to throat, upper breast, and faint wash on sides. Otherwise, dingy white below--lower breast, belly, under tail coverts. Olive green above, pronounced dark line through eye and pale supercilious resulting in a pronounced face pattern, very pointed warbler bill, dark legs."

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 12:25 by Teale Fristoe
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74091163
- Comments: "Only seen briefly once despite much effort. Small gray warbler with weak eye ring."

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 08:18 by Andrew McGrath
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74079614
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Warbler in big Euc just south of railroad bridge. All gray with eye ring and slightly warmer (cream?) breast"

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 09:12 by David Compton
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74054771
- Comments: "Short-tailed, small gray warbler feeding high in the eucalyptus. Plain face with dark eye, no obvious colors below. Tail relatively short. Did not see upper parts."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 13:07 by Susanne Meyer
- Bella Vista OSP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.438363,-119.8836064&ll=34.438363,-119.8836064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74056548
- Comments: "When looking for the American Redstart a bit earlier in the day, David Compton pointed me to the treetops above the picnic tables. I left and returned with my camera and was lucky finding the bird in this exact location. A small bird, mostly black with striking orange sides and some white. It was moving fast from branch to branch in the thicket of the treetop and I did not manage to capture a decent photo."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2020 11:42 by David Compton
- Bella Vista OSP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.438363,-119.8836064&ll=34.438363,-119.8836064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74054643
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Blackish head and breast with bright orange on sides of breast, and otherwise whitish under parts. Long tail for warbler, with orange patches on either side at base."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 10:19 by Lori Gaskin
- La Mesa Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.3980724,-119.7229957&ll=34.3980724,-119.7229957
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74084095
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Wood warbler with wing bars and white tail spots. Yellowish anterior becoming whitish posterior. Gently streaked sides. Greenish supercilium."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 10:19 by Mark Holmgren
- La Mesa Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.3980724,-119.7229957&ll=34.3980724,-119.7229957
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74094152
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Wood warbler with wing bars and white tail spots. Yellowish anterior becoming whitish posterior. Gently streaked sides. Greenish supercilium."

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Laguna Creek in Chase Palm Park

Ron Hirst
 

Abundant warblers in lerpy eucs and creekside cottonwoods. Best birds were a Nashville Warbler, 2 BT Gray, 18 Yellow Warblers, 8 Wilson's Warblers, 2 Townsends, 8 OC Warblers, 2 YR Warblers, 3 Warbling Vireos and a Pac Slope Flycatcher and W. Wood Pewee. 
Ron Hirst, SB 


Dunlin v. Curlew Sandpiper

Mark Holmgren
 

I was lucky enough to get photos of the Curlew Sandpiper next to a Dunlin. I found the comparison interesting.

Mark Holmgren 
San Marcos Pass


ADMIN - Reminder: Group Message Photo Attachment Policy

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

I wanted to post a reminder about the use of photo attachments in outgoing messages. In July 2018 we sent email out to the group announcing that we were opening up the photo attachment function through the new Groups.io account so participants could take advantage of this feature for the purpose of adding photo documentation when reporting rarities, and so novices could on occasion reach out to the large audience to ask for identification help for something they are having difficulty with. The latter is also a benefit to the many readers who would like to know the answer to an ID question posed by a beginner. What we've seen in recent months, however, is excessive use of the photo attachment feature with multiple images sometimes being included in a message. Many of these are not of the rare bird-type mentioned above. This feature is turned "on" which means Groups.io allows the attachments through and these images are maintained in the archive with the original message. Because there is a limited storage issue with Groups.io we need to use this sparingly. We want sbcobirding to be a permanent record of the birding and birds in our community. This becomes difficult to do if we run out of storage space for the historical photos. Please steer away from using sbcobirding as a site for sharing pictures in the form of a personal photo album. I wanted to include the original message from 2018 below as a reminder because there are probably many people who are not aware of this or have simply forgotten the "rule." Please visit the links included below:

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RULES FOR POSTING: 
IMPORTANT - Please read and follow the Participation Rules found HERE to participate unmoderated in this group
  
 
  • Photo attachments will be permitted only for documenting rarities or when needing help with identification. Photo files will be resized automatically by Groups.io due to limited account space. Owners may delete photos at any time at their discretion. Please see the Photo Attachment Policy message here: https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/message/27129  

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It is perfectly acceptable to include a link to your personal photo sites such as Flickr, SmugMug, or similar, and readers can visit if they choose to. It is also a common practice to attach eBird checklist links in your message so others can be directed to a full list of birds you observed, many of which contain photos. Moderators do have the ability to delete these photos from the message archive which we have done, but this is extra work we would rather not do unless it is absolutely necessary so we are asking for your assistance. As always, thank you for being a part of this group. It continues to be a valuable resource because of your interest and participation.

Moderator

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Saturday birding, 9-26

Dave Compton
 

I birded Carpinteria Creek this morning and didn't encountere a lot of migrants, if you don't count the White-crowned Sparrows that showed up in numbers south of 6th St. Best birds were at the very end of my walk. About 50m downstream of Carpinteria Creek, I got brief looks at what was PROBABLY A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER. Unfortunately, I didn't see all the field marks that make me comfortable with this ID, and I was unable to refind the bird. I did see a nice block gray head with neat white eye ring and what appeared to be dark but brown wings. Ron Hirst reported this species a week ago, but I'm not sure where. So it's possible this was the bird he saw. It was perched on a downed tree over the creek when I saw it.

Walking back down creek, I kicked up a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH that I somehow missed when I was walking up creek. It's been a while since one was reported here, so I'm inclined to think this is a new bird. It was about 50m upstream of 8th St.

Later I drove to Ellwood and visited the LogMeIn tipus and birded the trees in the central and western parts of the complex. Plenty of migrants here, but five of us who were here during my visit couldn't relocate the Chestnut-sided Warbler. However, I did see what appeared to be a very SURPRISING EARLY "GRAY-HEADED" JUNCO at the western extreme of the complex. Most records for this species in southern California are from November or later, and the earliest previous date in Santa Barbara County is 20 October. I do see that there's a San Diego County record from 25 September. But I think this is still exceptionally early. Any update on this bird would be appreciated.

Dave Compton


La Mesa Park, part 2

Hugh Ranson
 

I went back to the park this afternoon but it was hot, and bird activity was way down. I could not find the Blackpoll Warblers. I did, however, see a Nashville Warbler, a Fox Sparrow (sooty), and a Lazuli Bunting. A Black-chinned Hummer in my yard just now is getting late.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Curlew Sandpiper present

Mark Holmgren
 

On the west beach of Goleta Bay , N of the UCSB Lot 6 staircase, MUCH closer to Goleta Beach County Park than to the staircase. At 34.41458 -119.83843. At 1:33pm. Lots of snoozing.

Mark


Black-throated Gray Warbler, Miguelito Canyon Park

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Thanks to Peter, I was able to see and photograph a beautiful male
Black-throated Gray Warbler in the oaks at Miguelito Canyon Park this
morning. It makes the third time ever for me to see this species. Second
and third were in that very park. First time was in Fort Bragg, CA at
MacKerricher State Park's Lake Cleone. They are such lovely little warblers
and so hard to photograph!

Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc)

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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler

Hugh Ranson
 

2 Blackpolls At la Mesa Park. South end of lawn in Lerpy euc. 

Hugh r
Sb



On Sat, Sep 26, 2020 at 08:55 AM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:
one at the west end of the Logmein tipus.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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