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Tricolored Heron Monday

Karen Bridgers
 

Hi all

The Tricolored Heron was still present at Goleta Beach this morning at
around 9:00. It was easily visible from the park bench that is just to the
east of the park office. Then it headed west behind the caretaker's house,
ending up on the west side of the entrance road.

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@msn.com


Los Carneros pond

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Saturday afternoon May 11, I had an errand that took me to Goleta, so I
stopped to check the Pond at Los Carneros and Mesa Roads to try again to
see the Moorhen and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. No luck on the latter,
but the Common Moorhen was out in plain view about 3:30 p.m. All four
pairs of Cinnamon Teal were still present, along with the two immature
Buffleheads, a pair of Gadwall, and the female Mallard with her brood of
ducklings. Of greater interest was the flock of 11 Bonaparte's Gulls
that were resting on the pond, 10 immatures and one breeding adult with
full hood. Once again, the White-tailed Kite was hunting overhead, and
a pair of Great-tailed Grackles was still hanging around.

Florence Sanchez


Migration Count at Botanic Garden

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Well, I didn't have the glorious day Ron Hirst had, but certainly it was
the best count I've had at the Garden in quite a while. Apart from a
high number of Wilson's Warblers, most of the migrating warblers had
moved on from the Garden, but I was encouraged to find more than one
individual of the following species, which have been declining at this
location: Hairy Woodpecker (3!), Huttons Vireo, and Canyon Wren. There
also were two Olive-sided Flycatchers present and one Western
Wood-Pewee. The Wood-Pewee was calling, which is perhaps an indication
that this species, which nested at the Garden during the 1970s, may do
so again. The two Olive-sided were silent and will probably move on.
OS also nested at the Garden during the 1970s but hasn't done so in more
recent times.

Evidence of successful nesting was everywhere--young Bushtits in the
flocks, an Orange-crowned Warbler feeding two recently fledged young,
juvenile Juncos follwoing the adults throughout the Garden. A female
Hooded Oriole was building a nest in the palm tree behind the desert
section, right on schedule.

The Garden is worth a walk-through at any time of year, but it is
especially nice for both birds and plants right now.

Florence Sanchez


Tricolored Heron

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

Got to Goleta Beach at 7:25 PM and saw the TRICOLORED HERON just across the
channel between the restaurant and the caretaker's house. Five minutes
later it flew into the east most blue gum out of sight near where Great Blue
Herons, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were roosting. Thanks Karen for the
call! -- Paul Keller


Tricolored Heron

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

Thanks for finding the Tricolored Heron, Ron! I saw the bird at 3:20 pm. It was not visible from Goleta Beach, so I walked the bike path east. I found the bird in San Pedro Creek. This is the creek that joins Atascadero Creek just to the north of the pipes that cross Atascadero when viewed from Goleta beach. I viewed the bird as it walked north and out of sight. I then drove along Fairview, past the airport, and saw the bird in the same channel, still walking north, from the bridge at Fairview and Fowler. This is just east of airport long-term parking. I don't think it would continue north as it would soon run out of water!

The bird looked, in my distant views, more like Sibley's painting of an adult nonbreeding bird: yellowish legs, lots of yellow around the eye, white up the center of the neck.


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EMPIDONAX?

Joe Seals <gardenguru@...>
 

Forgive the cross posting.

I spotted a difficult to identify flycatcher at
Preisker yesterday, at about 1:00, in the Alder grove
at the southwest corner of the park

My first impression is an Empidonax.

It's largish and slender for an Empidonax, clear
silver/charcoal gray, with paler throat, dirty belly,
no yellow/buff.

The tail underside is bordered by two quite WIDE edge
stripes -- each 1/4 or more of the entire width -- and
the tail end is faintly white-tipped top and bottom.
The tail is relatively long.

There's a small but obvious crest.

Looks like a GRAY or ALDER.

It could be I'm missing something obvious but I've
checked Peterson, Sibley, and DK Smithsonian.
POssibly aberrant.

Help.

Joe


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Tricolored Heron at Goleta Beach

Karen Bridgers
 

I saw the Tricolored Heron from about 1:15 to 2:15. When I first arrived, I
couldn't find it, but it eventually flew out from behind the caretaker's
house and foraged along the east side of the channel that leads back to the
bridge. Then it rounded the corner and was probably working toward
Atascadero Creek. In a few minutes, it flew back out and started foraging on
the west side of the channel.

Note that this is a small, dark bird, which can be easily missed if it's
standing in the mud.

According to Lehman's book, this would be the first South Coast record since
1981.

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@msn.com


Re: Tricolored Heron- breeding vs. non-breeding plumage

sbtech@...
 

I understand the question about the breeding vs. non-breeding plumage and
agree the Sibley guide shows two distinct adult plumages. This bird has some
plumage characteristics of both. I agree the bill and face area is yellow and
called it a breeding bird because (A) it has a breeding plumage crest about 2
inches long behind the head and (B) it's breeding season. Maybe it will go
into high breeding plumage in a couple weeks and get the bill and leg color
for high breeding. Comments anyone who knows this heron's plumage?

Thanks, Ron
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Thanks for finding the Tricolored Heron, Ron! I saw the bird at 3:20 pm. It

was not visible from Goleta Beach, so I walked the bike path east. I found

the bird in San Pedro Creek. This is the creek that joins Atascadero Creek
just to the north of the pipes that cross Atascadero when viewed from
Goleta
beach. I viewed the bird as it walked north and out of sight. I then drove
along Fairview, past the airport, and saw the bird in the same channel,
still walking north, from the bridge at Fairview and Fowler. This is just
east of airport long-term parking. I don't think it would continue north as

it would soon run out of water!

The bird looked, in my distant views, more like Sibley's painting of an
adult nonbreeding bird: yellowish legs, lots of yellow around the eye,
white
up the center of the neck.


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Tricolored Heron, Goleta Bch., Sunday

sbtech@...
 

Hi,

There's a breeding plumage Tricolored Heron actively feeding across from the
Goleta Beach restaurant in the channel. It was there at 10am and I am going
to take a few pictures around 11:30am.

Regards, Ron Hirst


Ocean Park Birds

Paul G. Rosso <prrosso@...>
 

There was a limited mix of birds at Ocean Park today May 11th despite the
unwarranted limitation on access.
The more interesting were a single Spotted Sandpiper, a single Vaux's
Swift and a couple of lagging migrants one American Avocet and a
Bonaparte's Gull in winter plumage. Of course, there were no Snowy
Plovers sighted.

Paul Rosso

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good birds on Atascadero Creek May 11th

sbtech@...
 

My usual 4 hour birding loop between Turnpike and Ward Dr. took 6 hours today
- there were just too many birds! Highlights included American Redstart, YB
Chat, Indigo Bunting, Common Snipe, 130 Yellow Warbler, 85 Wilson's Warbler,
95 Western Tanager, 65 Warbling Vireo, 26 BH Grosbeak, 38 Hooded Oriole, 3
Nashville Warblers, 1 BT Gray Warbler, 155 Cedar Wawing, a Hairy Woodpecker,
2 No. Orioles, 3 Lazuli Buntings, more warblers, 4 species Swallows, and so
on. In one bottle brush tree were 10 Yellow Warblers. 9 out of 10 of all the
Yellow and Wilson's Warblers were males. Birds were very active all day
(unusual), many tending to the shady areas in the afternoon.

The singing Am. Redstart (splotchy 1st spring male) can best be reached from
the end of Walnut Ave. in Goleta and then go upcreek to the big bend (200
yards). Cross the creek via the boards onto a path, go left 50 yards to a
small oak forest on your left. It was in the small forest about 50 yards off
the path. The YB Chat is nearby. Instead of crossing the creek continue
around the bend 100 yards to where the creek straightens out. The Chat sang
from the dense wood just across the creek. Lots of Orioles, Tanagers,
Warblers, Kingbirds, Allen's Hummers, and more in the stretch from Walnut to
the bend. The Indigo Bunting (f) is 200 yards up Maria Ygnacio Creek from the
Patterson Bike Bridge. Just one, a dark female, and difficult to find in a
little brushy patch next to willows down in the creek. Lots of Warblers,
Tanagers, Vireos in that area and even more upcreek from there.

Regards, Ron Hirst


[BIRDWEST] Santa Barbara, CA RBA; 5/10/02

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>
 

- RBA
* California
* Santa Barbara
* May 10, 2002
* CASB0205.10
- Birds mentioned

Common Moorhen
Black Oystercatcher
Wandering Tattler
Calliope Hummingbird
Purple Martin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Blue Grosbeak
Grasshopper Sparrow
- Transcript

This is the Santa Barbara Audubon Society's rare bird report being recorded on
Friday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. If you have a rare bird sighting to report, call Karen
Bridgers at 964-1316. For those of you who are getting the transcript on the
Internet, the rare bird alert number for Santa Barbara is (805) 964-8240.

Today, on Atascadero Creek, just west of the end of San Marcos Road, there was a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT singing at the bend. A BLUE GROSBEAK was also there today, and
at least one CALLIOPE HUMMER and one Costa's Hummer were there on Tuesday.

Yesterday, a COMMON MOORHEN was in the pond at Los Carneros and Mesa Lane, on the
west side of Los Caneros. On Tuesday, several YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were also in
the area.

Farren Road, in west Goleta, which is always good in spring, had two singing
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on Sunday, May 7, and good numbers of Lazuli Buntings, a pair of
Blue Grosbeaks, and other spring migrants. Farren Road is very narrow, so drive
carefully, pulling off the road to park. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

At the Santa Barbara Harbor on Sunday the 7th, three WANDERING TATTLERS were foraging
at the edge of the surf adjacent to the jetty.

PURPLE MARTINS have returned to Nojoqui Falls Park, where they usually nest. Look
here, or along Alisal Road near the golf course for martins through the summer. [A
VARIED THRUSH was reported in the parking lot of the park, well seen today with a
group of robins.]

[BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS have been seen several times from Goleta Point in the past 2
weeks.]

That is all the bird news for now, but, again, if you have a rare sighting to report,
call Karen Bridgers at 964-1316. Good birding in Santa Barbara County.

- End transcript


Atascadero Creek today

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

At noon today the Chat continued at the bend (just west of San Marcos Rd.) along Atascadero Creek in Goleta. Also present were a spiffy male Blue Grosbeak, Ash-throated Fly., Lazuli Buntings, Western Tanagers, and Yellow and Wilson's Warblers.

Hugh R.



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Miguelito Canyon Birds

Paul G. Rosso <prrosso@...>
 

Despite the wind, the birding was very good this morning May 10th in
Miguelito Canyon and at the Park with 50 species.
At the Park, the highlights were:
2 Olive-sided Flycatchers
3 Hermit Warblers --all Males
Lawrence Goldfinch M/F
Heard both Ash-throated Flycatcher and Western Wood Pewee there.
Saw both of these further down the canyon at 6.0 miles for the
Ash-throated Flycatcher and also there a Male and Female Blue Grosbeak
and at least 5 Male Lazuli Buntings. This is the usual place for
Grasshopper sparrows but none today.
At 8.0 miles there was the Western Wood Pewee with several Lazuli
Buntings.

Finally saw 100 Band-tailed Pigeons today, 96 on the Southside of Lompoc
and 4 at Miguelito Park.

Paul& Rita Rosso

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Chat

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

At lunchtime today there was a Chat singing at the bend (just west of San Marcos Rd.) of Atascadero Creek. The Calliope and Costa's Hummingbirds appear to have moved on. Yesterday there was a female Blue Grosbeak at the same spot. I remember that not too long ago, spring Blue Grosbeaks along the coast were noteworthy; I've seen four in the last ten days. Are they becoming more common, or is this a good year for them?

Hugh R.



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YH Blackbird, Moorhen

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

Checked the Los Carneros/Mesa Pond today and the Moorhen is still present
along with the other birds recently reported.

Cutting back to Storke Rd via the field behind the big SPS building, I found
a flock of 17 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, presumably those seen by Patrick
McNulty. They flew off towards the spot he orignially saw them.

Regards,

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Texas Instruments
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May 04 Santa Cruz Is. Trip

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

Weather cooperated for last Saturday's SBAS trip aboard the Truth to
Prisoners'. We had room for about 20 more passengers, so here's what you 20
missed. On the way to SCI, SOOTY SHEARWATERS were fairly common. Also a
couple of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS gave good looks to all. Leader Dave
Compton was perhaps the only one who saw the HARBOR PORPOISE. Near the
island we chased a blow that lead us to a male and two female ORCAS,
representing a rare sight for Santa Barbara waters. These Killer Whales
allowed for close approach. We left them behind only after the
photographers were content. Closer to Prisoners' most saw a fly-by pair of
PIGEON GUILLEMOTS. We also saw CASSIN'S AUKLETS and XANTUS'S MURRELETS.

Ashore at Prisoners' the novelty of seeing ISLAND SCRUB-JAYS soon wore off.
We also saw PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, perhaps representing the insulicola
subspecies, as well as ALLEN¹S HUMMINGBIRD. Many had scope views of a
BEWICK¹S WREN representing a subspecies restricted to the Channel Islands.
Migrants, however, made a poor showing.

Again aboard the Truth, we headed east following reports of Blue Whales.
Through out the early afternoon we had repeated good looks at Xantus¹s
Murrelets including one which two birders saw that looked to be of the
hypoleucus subspecies. Chasing their tell-tale tall spouts, we came in the
midst of three BLUE WHALES, that kept us happy for most of an hour. One
birder saw a MINKE WHALE leap out of the water several hundred meters away,
never to reappear. On the way back to SEA Landing, most of us managed to
see the RHINOCERUS AULKET and the NORTHERN FULMAR as well as some remaining
BY-THE-WIND SAILERS.

Paul K.




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Los Carneros pond at noon

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

I visited the pond at Los Carneros and Mesa Roads at lunchtime today. I
found at least 8 Cinnamon Teal (in pairs!) and two immature or female
Buffleheads still present, along with Mallards and a brood of Mallard
ducklings; Great-tailed Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds, but no
Yellow-headed; Coots but no Moorhen; Cliff and Rough-winged Swallows; a
White-tailed Kite overhead and a Belted Kingfisher, but no shorebirds.
The shallow pond across the road had a Great Egret and Mallards, but not
much else. I also walked along the bluffs over the dry Area K
overlook. The drainage channel has plenty of water and the reeds along
its sides hosted at least a half-dozen roosting Black-crowned Night
Herons. Of greater interest were two male Gadwalls swimming in the
channel. About three weeks ago, there was a pair (male and female)
present, and I wonder if the duck is sitting on eggs somewhere in the
viciinity? Worth watching for ducklings in the weeks ahead.

Florence Sanchez


RFI Condors

webbie41uk <andy@...>
 

I'm going to be visiting the region at the beginning of next month
and hope to see some free-flying condors. I wonder if any other
subscribers to this list could advise me of some good places to go at
this time of year.

The SoCal ABA guide recommends Bates Canyon/McPherson Peak and
surrounding areas (I hope I've got this right - there are so many
unfamiliar site names buzzing around my head just now). Is this
information still good?

Is the track up from Cuyama Valley as bad as it sounds? Is the
skyline track that follows the top of the ridge a better for non 4-
wheel drive vehicles?

Any other tips you can share (apart from that ABA rules don't allow
anyone to count these condors for their US lists!)

Many thanks in advance.

Please reply privately if not relevant to the whole list.

Andy Webb
20 Lochside Terrace
Bridge of Don
Aberdeen AB23 8QU
Scotland
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seawatch/weekend birds #bigday

Peter Gaede
 

SB Cobirders,

Today from Goleta Point, Wes and I counted around 500 Sooty Shearwaters
migrating north between 4-5pm. Loon migration overall appears to be tapering
off, but a few Red-throateds are still passing by and Pacifics are moving
through regularly but in smaller groups. A few Brant are also still being
seen. At about 5pm, a very vocal BLACK OYSTERCATCHER flew past the point,
heading east.

This past Sunday (May 5), Wes Fritz, Mark Peterson, Jeff Davis and I birded
Santa Barbara County. We totaled 162 species for the day. Highlights were
finding most of our targeted breeding birds as well as a few unexpected
lingering individuals. The three main areas that we visited were Figueroa
Mountain, the North Coast near Lompoc, and the Santa Barbara area. A few of
our highlights were:

North County: 7 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at Ocean Beach County Park and an
AMERICAN PIPIT in the Ag. Fields just west of Lompoc on West Ocean Ave
(getting late for these two). BLUE GROSBEAK and LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH were
found along Sweeney Rd. east of Lompoc. 5+ PURPLE MARTINS were flying over
Alisal Rd. just east of Nojoqui Falls County Park.

Figueroa Mountain Area: Birding here was excellent at sunrise for both
migrants and breeding birds. The most productive spot was the small dirt
road leading up to the Lookout Station from the Pino Alto picnic area. Here
we found RED CROSSBILL, LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and all 3
nuthatches. A single HERMIT THRUSH was at Figueroa Campground. At the upper
stretches of Happy Canyon Rd., a female CALIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was visiting red
penstemon flowers alongside the roadside, and we heard a COMMON POORWILL in
this area earlier that morning.

Santa Barbara: At the harbor we found a first-summer MEW GULL and a imm.
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE among the concentrations of gulls, terns and skimmers
on the beach near the intersection of Cabrillo and Anacapa Streets. Also
near the harbor, three WANDERING TATTLERS were foraging at the edge of the
surf adjacent the jetty.

Peter Gaede