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Re: Gray Catbird reported to eBird

John Callender
 

The bird is easy to see now at the same spot it was reported yesterday: feeding in lemonade berry on the east side of the parking lot just south of the steps to the pedestrian crosswalk that crosses Mission Canyon Road - near (34.4568625, -119.7092588).

John Callender
Carpinteria


Mourning Warbler

Larry Ballard
 

Same area as yesterday, currently behind the blue handicapped sign. Larry Ballard, Carpinteria CA


Ocean Park today...

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

...Lompoc, CA -- headed north after crossing at the closed mouth of the
river. Upon our return, it was open again and we had to wade through a bit.

Birding list with photos is on eBird

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75078469

Am too tired to post it.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman


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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Re: Gray Catbird reported to eBird

Florence Sanchez
 

This link works.

Scot Pipkin is a very good birder.  His report is creditable.

Florence Sanchez


On Sunday, October 18, 2020, 06:26:10 PM PDT, Scot Pipkin <scot.pipkin@...> wrote:


Hi All,
    I reported the catbird, which was fairly cooperative. I'll post pictures to ebird later tonight, but an image through my binoculars is attached. This afternoon, around 3pm, bird was vocalizing in an oak tree at the Garden entrance and flew into a lemonade berry adjacent to the pedestrian gate leading across Mission Canyon rd. It appears to have an appetite for the dried up grapes that are growing on the lemonade berry. There's also a toyon with unripe fruit in that area. Adam Searcy, Casey Richart, and Steven Gaulin were present and got good looks at the bird. Three American White Pelicans flew overhead when we were looking for the catbird. Just a reminder that the Garden is open to the general public from 10am-5pm (9am-10am is member hour) and visitors are required to wear masks. 

Best,
   Scot Pipkin
   Santa Barbara, CA

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 5:19 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Someone reported a Gray Catbird from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden parking lot today. Not a lot of detail in the report, but it sounds promising, nonetheless:


Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (11 reports)
- Curlew Sandpiper (4 reports)
- Short-billed Dowitcher (2 reports)
- Western Wood-Pewee (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Gray Catbird (3 reports)
- Mourning Warbler (10 reports)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:18 by Casey Richart
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75058189
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Small-statured Pluvialis associating with Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Whimbrel, and others. Smaller billed and more lightly built and slender than adjacent Black-bellied Plovers, with warmer plumage tones but not a terribly golden Pacific Golden-Plover. Seen in flight and with wings lifted showing pale axillaries in contrast to dark axillaries of Black-bellied Plovers."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:18 by Adam Searcy
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74961003
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Small-statured Pluvialis associating with Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Whimbrel, and others. Smaller billed and more lightly built and slender than adjacent Black-bellied Plovers, with warmer plumage tones but not a terribly golden Pacific Golden-Plover. Seen in flight and with wings lifted showing pale axillaries in contrast to dark axillaries of Black-bellied Plovers."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 09:54 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Areas A+H, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4175842,-119.8351872&ll=34.4175842,-119.8351872
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75047137
- Comments: "Adult no breeding; will download pics later"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:08 by John J. Hiles
- 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/S75057239
- Comments: "Cont."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:00 by Lucy London
- 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/S75059473
- Comments: "Met three nice birders while looking at the Curlew Sandpiper who gave me directions to the golden - plover. Was seen farther along the beach, near a tepee made out of driftwood. Got a comparison next to a Black - bellied and it was smaller and slimmer, with a little bit of a golden hue. Flew around a bend, and the tide was high so I could not follow."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 09:54 by Jessie Altstatt
- 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/S75066077
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Still associating with a Black-bellied Plover. Beautiful bird with golden wash over back and shoulders most evident when flying."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 08:33 by Andrew McGrath
- 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/S75037678
- Comments: "Continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 08:15 by Dennis Doordan
- 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/S75053426
- Comments: "From the UCSB parking lot steps I walked towards Goleta Beach Park.; spotted the bird feeding on a kelp pile"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 08:02 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75077155
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jessie Altstatt on 10/15/2020"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 11:00 by Michael Hingerty
- 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/S75057813
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Add notes & photos. Several hundred yards northeast (left) from stairs"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:00 by Neil Zhang
- 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/S75015838
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "smaller than black bellied plover with no black armpit"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:08 by John J. Hiles
- 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/S75057239
- Comments: "Cont. in second cove south of stairs. Brief view and the flew north towards staircase parking lot 6"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:00 by Lucy London
- 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/S75059473
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Was seen multiple times in a flock of sanderlings. Actively feeding, and stopped to preen a few times. Was wandering up and down the beach, but generally stayed on the half of the beach closest to the stairs. White rump while preening, and long, down curved bill."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 09:54 by Jessie Altstatt
- 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/S75066077
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 08:02 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75077155
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Observed bird along with several helpful area birders. Bird moved frequently with Sanderling flocks but spent much of the time foraging along rack piles about 300-400 yards north of Lot 6 stairs"

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 09:54 by Jessie Altstatt
- 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/S75066077
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Flat back while foraging"

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (2)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 08:02 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75077155
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding together in rack 300 yards north of Lot 6 stairs - flat back posture while feeding"

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 09:30 by Ron Hirst
- 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/S75059425
- Comments: "continuing bird at 6th St. on tall tree snags, vested, no eye ring"

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 16:25 by Laurel S Luby
- 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/S75027962
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing and photo attached"

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 16:06 by Mario Borunda
- 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/S75032191
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting at the top of a big sycamore near the treatment plant. Been there for days."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 08:12 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75039628
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos coming."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 15:45 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75071708
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photographed and recorded. Slate-gray bird with dark eye and black mocking-bird like bill, black cap and rusty undertail. Gave one long bout of mewing cat-like calls. Found by Scot Pipkin in parking lot shrubs. Seen eating grapes in parking lot and bathing in pond adjacent to meadow."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 15:45 by Casey Richart
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75071709
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photographed and recording. Slate gray bird with black eye and black mocking-bird like bill, black cap and rusty undertail. Gave one long bout of mewing cat-like calls. Found by Scot Pipkin in parking lot shrubs. Seen eating grapes in parking lot and bathing in pond adjacent to meadow."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 15:26 by Scot Pipkin
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75063741
- Comments: "Heard calling from the parking lot. Medium sized bird all gray above with rufous undertail coverts. Black cap."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 17:19 by Kaia Colestock
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75072277
- Comments: "Finally showed at 1752 after an hour or so of searching. Mostly looked at it through the viewfinder. It was first seen on the NW corner in hanging ivy, and moved fast along the ivy to just below a patch of lantana. Last seen here: 34.43076 -119.88948 on a large downed log covered in poison oak and ivy. Very skulky and stayed 1-5 feet above ground in the last few minutes. Closely associated with a couple of yellowthroats. Decent shots. Will upload photos later."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 14:32 by Noah Gaines
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75063081
- Comments: "Medium large warbler. Hanging out at Low in Ivy. Hard to see. Hanging out with a McGillivray’s warbler and common yellowthroat’s. Was roughly the same size as a MacGillivrays warbler. Seemed slightly larger with larger bill and shorter tail in direct comparison. Large pinkish bill. Yellow on under parts all the way up to the throat. Greenish yellow on the upper parts indistinct gray hood. Very thin white circle around eye. Hard to tell if it was broken. Pointed retrices indicate first year bird."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 13:30 by Barbara Millett
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75076896
- Comments: "Yellow throat, deeper yellow underparts and long bright yellow undertail coverts. Olive upper parts. Dull gray hood. Very thin, broken eye rings. Pinkish legs."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 13:29 by Jason Siemens
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75061577
- Comments: "Saw with everyone at Log Me In. Same bird Dave Compton found."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 13:11 by David Blue
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75076832
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Bird first found by Dave Compton and, thanks to his quick notification, at least 20 birders were present to see it. A skulking bird that stayed very low in the foliage and was sometimes on the ground. Olive green above and bright yellow below, with the yellow, though subdued, extending up onto the throat. The head was pale gray and there was a thin, nearly complete eye ring. The bill was bicolored with the lower mandible being pinkish and the upper mandible dusky. The legs were pink. This bird was missing multiple tail feathers giving it a forked-tail appearance."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 13:10 by Santiago Lupi
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75060197
- Comments: "Found by Dave Compton this morning. Seen well with many others. It had pink legs, faint eye ring, grayish head and yellow on the throat and breast. Above it was mostly and olive green color. Something I found distinctive on this particular bird was that it was missing some tail feather giving it a forked tail kind of look. It mostly hung around the purple lantanas and it moved around a lot. Great bird!!"

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:58 by Libby Patten
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75072247
- Comments: "Found earlier by Dave Compton and refound by several others. Seen at north end of eucalyptus grove near entrance driveway. Primarily foraging down low in ground cover. Underparts yellow, including the throat. Gray hood. Faint eye ring. Others got photos."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:55 by John Callender
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75058555
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Dave Compton earlier today. Foraging low in the foliage (on the ground cover up to about 12 feet off the ground) on the slope at the north end of the eucalyptus grove near (34.4308475, -119.8897567)."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 12:24 by Bradley Hacker
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75056337
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Warbler. Mostly gleaning on ground and in vines/shrubs &lt;1 m above ground. Thin white eyering, gray face, slightly brownish hood, yellow and gray throat, pinkish-gray legs, yellow-green-gray uppers, yellow breast, bright lemon-yellow vent, long lemon-yellow undertail coverts, grayish-pink upper mandible and flesh-colored lower mandible. No clear supraloral line
Found by Dave C."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 10:10 by David Compton
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75066823
- Comments: "On the ivy-covered slope at the north end of the storm drain basin in the center of the complex that supports a dense grove of blue gums. The bird mostly stayed pretty low, and was often seen with an adult male MacGillivray's Warbler. It was similar to many fall MacGillivray's I see, with bright yellow on from the breast down through the under tail coverts, olive above, rather pink legs, and a bit of a hooded appearance. The hood was mostly a pale, dull gray. The gray extended to a patch on either side of the throat, but it was broken in the middle with pretty obvious yellow (not as yellow as most of the underparts) that extended up to the chin. The face was also different from MacGillivray's, in that, instead of distinct pale eye arcs, the bird had a nearly complete, narrow eye ring that had a narrow break on either side (but note that some photos show the eye ring break to be more obvious).

The tail was medium length, and looked oddly forked in the field. Also, I thought the under tail coverts were not as long as they probably should be for Mourning. But please see a photo by Bradley's Hacker in this checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75056337

A photo showing the tail cocked in this list shows a gap, not only in the center of the tail, where several feathers are missing, but also in the under tail coverts, which come to a double pronged tip, with a V shaped gap in the middle. Apparently, this bird is missing feathers in both the tail, giving it a forked look, and the under tail coverts, making them look shorter than they might. Given that, I don't see any mark against this bird. Note, however, that no calls were heard."

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Re: Gray Catbird reported to eBird

Scot Pipkin
 

Hi All,
    I reported the catbird, which was fairly cooperative. I'll post pictures to ebird later tonight, but an image through my binoculars is attached. This afternoon, around 3pm, bird was vocalizing in an oak tree at the Garden entrance and flew into a lemonade berry adjacent to the pedestrian gate leading across Mission Canyon rd. It appears to have an appetite for the dried up grapes that are growing on the lemonade berry. There's also a toyon with unripe fruit in that area. Adam Searcy, Casey Richart, and Steven Gaulin were present and got good looks at the bird. Three American White Pelicans flew overhead when we were looking for the catbird. Just a reminder that the Garden is open to the general public from 10am-5pm (9am-10am is member hour) and visitors are required to wear masks. 

Best,
   Scot Pipkin
   Santa Barbara, CA

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 5:19 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Someone reported a Gray Catbird from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden parking lot today. Not a lot of detail in the report, but it sounds promising, nonetheless:


Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Re: Gray Catbird reported to eBird

Dave Compton
 

Sorry, folks: wrong link. Here's the correct one:


Not much info there, anyway.

Dave

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 5:19 PM Dave Compton via groups.io <davcompton60=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Someone reported a Gray Catbird from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden parking lot today. Not a lot of detail in the report, but it sounds promising, nonetheless:


Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Gray Catbird reported to eBird

Dave Compton
 

Someone reported a Gray Catbird from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden parking lot today. Not a lot of detail in the report, but it sounds promising, nonetheless:


Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Re: Mourning Warbler and the LogMeIn complex

Florence Sanchez
 

Thanks, Dave.  Putting those coordinates into Google maps makes it very clear, especially in satellite view.

Florence Sanchez


On Sunday, October 18, 2020, 05:13:22 PM PDT, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


Just a little more about location, for those who haven't been there. Just use the directions to get into the lot and then find the eucalyptus grove. There is only one eucalyptus grove in the entire complex. You can't mistake it. The bird is on the slope on the north side of the grove, mostly in ground cover. Coordinates:

34.43076, -119.88966.

Good luck.

Dave

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 4:08 PM Dave Compton via groups.io <davcompton60=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi folks,

A lot of people have gotten to see the Mourning Warbler this afternoon. Thanks especially to Nick Lethaby, Brad Hacker, and Adrian O'Loghlen for helping refind the bird. I think when others were around looking for the bird today, I referred to it as a female. But it may in fact be a young male. It's more hooded looking than a lot of young Mournings you'll see photos of, and the hood is more gray, including some gray on the sides of the throat. That last feature gave me some pause, but I'm told that the break in the middle of the gray, particularly considering it's yellow in that break, is fine for Mourning. The eye ring is nearly complete, with just a slight break. But it's pretty thin, and thinner than you would expect in MacGillivray's. 

As for birding this location, it's important to consider that this location is a private business complex and that it COULD be a little awkward having a bunch of people there at the same time. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from going there; just trying to make people aware. If anyone asks what you're doing, please be respectful and open about it. I don't think anyone will ask people to leave, but it could happen. If it does, then please comply. I have been asked to leave this place, but that was under a previous ownership, and before COVID-19. Nick tells me he's been there during the week this fall, and the offices don't appear to be occupied, although there are landscapers around. So, I think it should be OK.

Finally, directions, for those who haven't been there: the place is on the north side of Hollister, between the Storke/Glen Annie and Winchester Canyon exits, a bit closer to Winchester Canyon. The eucalyptus grove is directly north of the north end of Coronada St, the same street that dead ends on the south at the storm drain puddle in the butterfly grove. The two entrances to the complex are east and west of Coronado, and are well marked with "LogMeIn" signs. The bird is staying on the north slope of the basin where the eucs are (away from Hollister), in low vegetation (English ivy, etc.), often seen with an adult male MacGillivray's Warbler.

Elsewhere in the complex today, there were still some other migrants, including five or six Black-throated Gray Warblers, a couple of Yellows, and a couple of Wilson's, in the tipu trees with the many Yellow-rumpeds and sprinkling of Orange-crowneds.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Re: Mourning Warbler and the LogMeIn complex

Dave Compton
 

Just a little more about location, for those who haven't been there. Just use the directions to get into the lot and then find the eucalyptus grove. There is only one eucalyptus grove in the entire complex. You can't mistake it. The bird is on the slope on the north side of the grove, mostly in ground cover. Coordinates:

34.43076, -119.88966.

Good luck.

Dave

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 4:08 PM Dave Compton via groups.io <davcompton60=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi folks,

A lot of people have gotten to see the Mourning Warbler this afternoon. Thanks especially to Nick Lethaby, Brad Hacker, and Adrian O'Loghlen for helping refind the bird. I think when others were around looking for the bird today, I referred to it as a female. But it may in fact be a young male. It's more hooded looking than a lot of young Mournings you'll see photos of, and the hood is more gray, including some gray on the sides of the throat. That last feature gave me some pause, but I'm told that the break in the middle of the gray, particularly considering it's yellow in that break, is fine for Mourning. The eye ring is nearly complete, with just a slight break. But it's pretty thin, and thinner than you would expect in MacGillivray's. 

As for birding this location, it's important to consider that this location is a private business complex and that it COULD be a little awkward having a bunch of people there at the same time. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from going there; just trying to make people aware. If anyone asks what you're doing, please be respectful and open about it. I don't think anyone will ask people to leave, but it could happen. If it does, then please comply. I have been asked to leave this place, but that was under a previous ownership, and before COVID-19. Nick tells me he's been there during the week this fall, and the offices don't appear to be occupied, although there are landscapers around. So, I think it should be OK.

Finally, directions, for those who haven't been there: the place is on the north side of Hollister, between the Storke/Glen Annie and Winchester Canyon exits, a bit closer to Winchester Canyon. The eucalyptus grove is directly north of the north end of Coronada St, the same street that dead ends on the south at the storm drain puddle in the butterfly grove. The two entrances to the complex are east and west of Coronado, and are well marked with "LogMeIn" signs. The bird is staying on the north slope of the basin where the eucs are (away from Hollister), in low vegetation (English ivy, etc.), often seen with an adult male MacGillivray's Warbler.

Elsewhere in the complex today, there were still some other migrants, including five or six Black-throated Gray Warblers, a couple of Yellows, and a couple of Wilson's, in the tipu trees with the many Yellow-rumpeds and sprinkling of Orange-crowneds.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Mourning Warbler and the LogMeIn complex

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

A lot of people have gotten to see the Mourning Warbler this afternoon. Thanks especially to Nick Lethaby, Brad Hacker, and Adrian O'Loghlen for helping refind the bird. I think when others were around looking for the bird today, I referred to it as a female. But it may in fact be a young male. It's more hooded looking than a lot of young Mournings you'll see photos of, and the hood is more gray, including some gray on the sides of the throat. That last feature gave me some pause, but I'm told that the break in the middle of the gray, particularly considering it's yellow in that break, is fine for Mourning. The eye ring is nearly complete, with just a slight break. But it's pretty thin, and thinner than you would expect in MacGillivray's. 

As for birding this location, it's important to consider that this location is a private business complex and that it COULD be a little awkward having a bunch of people there at the same time. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from going there; just trying to make people aware. If anyone asks what you're doing, please be respectful and open about it. I don't think anyone will ask people to leave, but it could happen. If it does, then please comply. I have been asked to leave this place, but that was under a previous ownership, and before COVID-19. Nick tells me he's been there during the week this fall, and the offices don't appear to be occupied, although there are landscapers around. So, I think it should be OK.

Finally, directions, for those who haven't been there: the place is on the north side of Hollister, between the Storke/Glen Annie and Winchester Canyon exits, a bit closer to Winchester Canyon. The eucalyptus grove is directly north of the north end of Coronada St, the same street that dead ends on the south at the storm drain puddle in the butterfly grove. The two entrances to the complex are east and west of Coronado, and are well marked with "LogMeIn" signs. The bird is staying on the north slope of the basin where the eucs are (away from Hollister), in low vegetation (English ivy, etc.), often seen with an adult male MacGillivray's Warbler.

Elsewhere in the complex today, there were still some other migrants, including five or six Black-throated Gray Warblers, a couple of Yellows, and a couple of Wilson's, in the tipu trees with the many Yellow-rumpeds and sprinkling of Orange-crowneds.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Goleta Mourning Warbler

Dave Compton
 

Now at the LogMeIn complex. Nick, Adrian, Brad, and I are here. The bird is associating with an adult male Mac at north end of euc grove in the depression in the center of the complex, in low vegetation. Female yellowthroats is the area are additional potential confusion points. The Mourning Warbler is bright yellow below, has a gray head, very narrow white eyering, and obvious yellow on throat.

Dane Compton
Santa Barbara


Carpinteria Creek Grasshopper Sparrow

John Callender
 

While walking the Carpinteria Creek creekbed this morning I flushed a small sparrow from the side of the creek near the north end of the wastewater treatment plant. The bird flew into the vegetation on the west bank of the creek and when I got it in my binoculars I was surprised to see that it was a Grasshopper Sparrow. I tried and failed to get a photo; my autofocus kept focusing on the intervening branches and a few seconds later the bird flew across the creek and I lost it.

A short while later, though, as I walked south along the concrete embankment next to the treatment plant, the bird reappeared, first in the creekbed and then flying up onto the embankment, where I had a chance to get some photos.

eBird list with photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S74958903

John Callender
Carpinteria


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eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (5 reports)
- Curlew Sandpiper (4 reports)
- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (1 report)
- Western Wood-Pewee (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 17:09 by Mike Greenfelder
- 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/S75002477
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Smaller than black belly. Continues. 400m North of stairs."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 15:46 by Linus Blomqvist
- 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/S74997477
- Comments: "Continuing. Smaller and more slender than black-bellied plover, with longer legs and smaller bill and more buffy back."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 13:46 by Karen Rusch
- 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/S74987606
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Saw it foraging on the wrack next to Sanderlings and one Black-bellied Plover. We could easily note the size difference with this bird being quite a bit smaller and more slender. It was a warmer color and the feathers appeared to have more scalloped edges."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 13:46 by Steve Rusch
- 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/S75001735
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Saw it foraging on the wrack next to Sanderlings and one Black-bellied Plover. We could easily note the size difference with this bird being quite a bit smaller and more slender. It was a warmer color and the feathers appeared to have more scalloped edges."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:30 by Susanne Meyer
- 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/S74978657
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "I saw the continuing bird and maybe a second one feeding on the kelp wrack. Took lots of photos."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 17:09 by Mike Greenfelder
- 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/S75002477
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. 200 m south of stairs."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 13:46 by Steve Rusch
- 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/S75001735
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen by us previously on 9/21. Associating with Sanderlings. This time we saw the white rump patch when it flew up. The bill could clearly be seen as downward curving. Did not get a picture this time."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 13:46 by Karen Rusch
- 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/S74987606
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen by us previously on 9/21. Associating with Sanderlings. This time we saw the white rump patch when it flew up. The bill could clearly be seen as downward curving. Did not get a picture this time."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 10:55 by Dave Jurasevich
- 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/S75008081
- Comments: "Found the bird at 10:56 AM about 150 yards N of Parking Lot 6 stairs mingling with Sanderlings, but it flew off before I could get my camera on it. Reacquired it at 11:42 AM about 0.1 miles N of stairs and again it flew off before I could get a photo, alighting on the beach wrack about 0.2 miles N of the stairs. This time however I clearly noticed its white rump as it flew away. Reacquired it for a final time at 12:08 PM about 0.25 mile N of the stairs and took many photos of the bird feeding until 12:25 PM, when it once again flew off and exposed its white rump to view. Photos to follow."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:12 by David Blue
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75013077
- Comments: "Seen flying along the west side of the lake then disappearing into the brush just beyond the reeds. A diminutive heron with a black back and crown, and buffy inner wing patches."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Oct 15, 2020 06:54 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74867650
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "One individual flying with group of Snowy Egrets. Similar in size to Snowy Egrets with shorter and thicker pale yellow bill and dark legs and feet. Overall, slightly smaller than Snowy Egrets. See photo for comparison with Snowy Egret (Cattle Egret top, Snowy Egret bottom)."

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 10:28 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/S74964622
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Light morph juvenile with pronounced dark border to otherwise light underwings, some dark streaking on sides of the breast, and a noticeable dark band near the end of the tail, with very narrow bands more proximal."

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 16:25 by Tom Beland
- 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/S75003557
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing and photo attached"

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 16:06 by Sangeet Khalsa
- 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/S75010579
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting at the top of a big sycamore near the treatment plant. Been there for days."

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:19 by John Callender
- 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/S74958903
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Flycatching from the treetops north of the wastewater treatment plant."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2020 08:00 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74914750
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2020 08:00 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74914750
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:19 by John Callender
- 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/S74958903
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Flushed from the creekbed just north of the wastewater treatment plant; later seen and photographed along the embankment next to the wastewater treatment plant."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 17:05 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75013115
- Comments: "Seen in corral area. Unmistakeable with reddish to rufous crown, white throat with side streaking, and yellowish to green back. Exhibiting behavior like other species of towhee, scraping the dirt. Smaller then a California or Spotted Towhee."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2020 15:31 by Maddie Ybarra
- Oct 16, 2020 5:02 PM
33.996, -119.715, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9955206,-119.7152662&ll=33.9955206,-119.7152662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74990400
- Comments: "Perched by the pool and drinking water from the pool. The Nature Conservancy reports the bird has been around the ranch for approximately 2 weeks."

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Hawkwatch thoughts from today

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
This morning, Marilyn Harding, Ron Hirst, and I met at the confluence of Park Ln., Bella Vista, and Mariposa, all in the foothills of Montecito.
This is the location mentioned previously where we’ve noticed raptors circling and catching thermals.  We certainly had some confirmation of the phenomenon, although nothing interesting was on tap.  We watched a bunch of Turkey Vultures, joined by some local Red-tailed Hawks (?), kettle up and then peel off and fly east following the SY mountains in an eastward direction.  
Alas, no raptors of interest on our watch.
Marilyn and I then drove round and up to the traditional Bella Vista hawk watch spot, although we positioned ourselves further west a bit so we could overlook the whole range and including Romero Cyn.  Again, we spotted another kettle of Turkey Vultures back at that same location, and they rose up, flew towards us.  A Cooper’s Hawk and some more Red-tails were flying around but they might’ve been just locals.  So, we now know that raptors may congregate at certain spots which appear more favorable for them catching thermals to speed their way in migration.

Good birding,

Joan Lentz


Broad-winged Hawk, etc., Saturday, 17 October

Dave Compton
 

At 10:45 or 10:50am, I saw a juvenile, light morph BROAD-WINGED HAWK soaring just north of Bella Vista Open Space in northwest Goleta. Not a lot else happening there. A Red-breasted Nuthatch, however, was the first I've seen for a while.

Earlier, I birded El Capitan State Beach, which had a lot of the year-round and winter residents, but a single Wilson's Warbler was the only apparent migrant. There were many campers cramped into the lower campground, and not a mask in sight.

Stowe House was very birdy, with tons of Yellow-rumpeds feeding on the lawn, and a bunch in the redgums at the parking lot, but nothing of great interest (I didn't get to the lake to see the bittern).

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Re: EBird Checklist 10/17/20 Ocean Park, Lompoc

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I saw a Surf Scoter in the river yesterday morning. Did not see any
mergansers



On Sat, 17 Oct 2020 14:27:15 -0700, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@gmail.com>
wrote:
All,
I was at Ocean Park a little later in the morning. I had a Surf Scoter
and an RB Merganser in the river along with different numbers of the
same ducks Lisa reported. The river has blocked now and is filling up
with the high tides sloshing over the bar.
On Sat, Oct 17, 2020 at 1:07 PM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
wrote:
My checklist, which also shows a flock of 16 Cackling Geese flying
overhead, is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S74974970 [2]

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg

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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Re: EBird Checklist 10/17/20 Ocean Park, Lompoc

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I was at Ocean Park a little later in the morning. I had a Surf Scoter and an RB Merganser in the river along with different numbers of the same ducks Lisa reported. The river has blocked now and is filling up with the high tides sloshing over the bar.

On Sat, Oct 17, 2020 at 1:07 PM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather@...> wrote:
My checklist, which also shows a flock of 16 Cackling Geese flying
overhead, is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S74974970\

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg


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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)







--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Upper Santa Ynez

Bradley Hacker
 

This AM I drove to the east end of E Camino Cielo at Romero Saddle--plenty of Common Poorwills on the way--where the USFS gate is still closed. I rode my bike down the dirt road to the S Ynez River crossing west of Jameson Lake and looked pretty hard for 2:45 hr, hoping there might be something interesting. There were no interesting birds, but I did see the largest bear I've ever seen in the county. Bear tracks everywhere, so if bearspotting excites you, this might be a good spot. ebird list

The USFS still has the multi-year-old post on their website that the dirt road from Romero Saddle to the S Ynez River is closed to winter storm damage, but my vision is apparently really bad because no storm damage was evident to me. Would be nice to get vehicle access to this area again.
-- 
Brad Hacker
Goleta

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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


Re: Scaly-breasted Munias Ocean Park Lompoc

John Callender
 

A great resource for questions like this is Paul Lehman's book, The Birds of Santa Barbara County. The latest edition can be obtained here:

http://sbcobirding.com/lehmanbosbc.html

In the latest edition (June 2020) he describes the increasing occurrence of Scaly-breasted Munia along the county's south coast starting around 2000. (I see or hear them frequently these days when birding near Carpinteria.) Of the north coast, including the area of Ocean Beach Park, he writes:

> Until late 2014, munias were still thought absent from the North Coast, even though appropriate habitat exists and the species was found locally to the north in San Luis Obispo County. Finally, on 26 October 2014, 2 were found in Santa Maria. The high count in the Santa Maria Valley was only up to 4 present at Jim May Park in Santa Maria from 9 September–14+ November 2015 until 27 were seen in Santa Maria 25 November 2019. Farther south, 5 birds were in Vandenberg Village 5 January 2015, and the first record for the Santa Ynez River mouth area came on 31 October 2015 (4).

John Callender
Carpinteria

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