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Double-cr Corm. nest, Parula Warbler, Tric. Heron, possible Great Egret nesting

Mark Holmgren <maholmgren@...>
 

On about 13 April 2002, a pair of Double-crested Cormorants built a nest in the tallest branches of a dead Eucalyptus on the lagoon ‘island’ of Campus Lagoon. Their attendance to it has been steady since then. Sometimes the female is hunkered down fairly far making it seem as though a smaller bird is with the other one. Sometimes the male actually sits on top of the rear end of the female and both are within the cup of the nest. Anyway, this is the only nesting in Santa Barbara Co. for this species at any site other than the Zoo/Andre Clark Bird Refuge area. Nesting there apparently began in summer of 2001.

On Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday, 12 May, I heard two songs of Northern Parula Warbler on the lower portion of Honda Creek about 1km from the ocean. Northern Parula Warblers have been at several locations on Honda Creek each summer since 1998, although we did not detect them there in 2001.

While looking at the Tricolored Heron (nice work, Ron!) at Goleta Beach today, 13 May at 6pm, Dave Hubbard and I looked into the Great Blue Heron rookery and noted a pair of Great Egrets together in one of the western nest structures in the rookery. At one point they were both standing on the edge of the nest; later one bird was sitting in the cup of the structure with the other still on the rim preening. They were in the structure for the full ½ hour that we observed. The standing bird showed long dorsal breeding plumes and the facial colors were yellow with beautiful lime green around the eye. If these birds are in fact breeding here, this would be the first breeding record for Santa Barbara Co. To the north, the closest breeding is, I believe, at Morro Bay; to the South, I’m not sure. Can the SLO and Ventura County folks shed some light on the breeding status of this species in their counties?
Mark


Mark Holmgren, Vice President
San Marcos Foothills Coalition
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Re: Tricolored Heron at Goleta Beach, 7PM

Chris Farmer <chrisfarmer@...>
 

At 8:26 PM -0400 13/5/02, sbtech@aol.com wrote:
The bird is still at Goleta Beach, near the caretaker house. It's probably a
1st year adult that includes some breeding plumage. It has yellow legs and
face, with the bill being yellowish - possibly becoming darker, and a 2"
crest behind the head (often flat), and some rust on the upper throat.

We went to try and find the bird at ~7:00 pm. We eventually found it down along Atascadero Creek about where the pipe crosses the inflow to the Slough (~7:15). It promptly flew back down along the waterway, towards the slough mouth. We respotted it on a sandbar near the mouth of the slough. It was very content to just sit there and preen w/some Snowy Egrets and assorted gulls. The bird was still then when we left at 7:45.

The lighting was quite good, and we got some excellent looks at the bird. Ron's conclusion fits w/my observations - pale yellow face (although not as bright as Sibley), light bill, definite crest (could see it moving in the wind and while preening), and bright yellow legs. The body plumage is what makes me think it was a first year - the back was a solid steel gray, with no trace of the tannish/rusty color shown in Sibley, but the grey coverts showed hints of rusty underneath (but not nearly as much as if it was a juvenile).

Made a quick stop at the Los Carneros and Mesa Rd pond - the Bonaparte's were still there, no sight/sound of any Yellow-headed Blackbirds.


Chris Farmer


Tricolored Heron/Great Egret

David Vander Pluym
 

On my way north and back to school I made a quick stop to check for the
Tricolored Heron at about 2 PM. I had it almost instantly. It was feeding
in the channel at Goleta Beach between the pilings and the bridge. Noticed
that it had some rusty feathers in the wing coverts though the rest of the
plumage appeared to be that of an adult. Also there I noticed a pair of
Great Egrets standing at the edge of a nest with the Great Blues. I wasn't
able to tell if they had young or eggs or what. Has there been any nesting
there before? In Lehman he mentions one nesting attempt for the county has
this changed? Also there was a Great Blue Heron fledgling stretching its
wings though it didn't quite look capable of flight.

David Vander Pluym
UCSC


Tricolored Heron at Goleta Beach, 5PM

sbtech@...
 

The bird is still at Goleta Beach, near the caretaker house. It's probably a
1st year adult that includes some breeding plumage. It has yellow legs and
face, with the bill being yellowish - possibly becoming darker, and a 2"
crest behind the head (often flat), and some rust on the upper throat.

Regards, Ron Hirst


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,

Nick Lethaby
DSP/BIOS Product Manager
Texas Instruments
(805) 562 5106
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