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Carpinteria CBC on Saturday, December 19

John Callender
 

This year's Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2020. If you'd like to take part please fill out the sign-up form available here:
 
http://www.carpwithoutcars.org/cbc/
 
I'd like to get all the assignments done in the new few weeks, so if you're thinking of participating please fill the form out today. Thanks!
 
John Callender
Carpinteria CBC compiler
Carpinteria
 


Re: Logmein

John Callender
 

Some photos (such as they are) of the sapsucker and of the continuing Lucy's Warbler I saw in the northwest corner of the complex (while looking unsuccessfully for the Blackburnian Warbler) are in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76553590

John Callender
Carpinteria


Logmein

Nick Lethaby
 

John Callender and I were able to refind the sapsucker reported by Jim Hodgeson yesterday. It is still in the sycamores. Despite the lack of a red nape, I believe it is a female Red-nape owing to the white chin and pattern of barring on the back.

Regards,

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Curlew Sandpiper and others at Goleta Beach

Mary Thompson
 

Don Higgins and I birded Goleta Beach and Slough yesterday, 8:30 to 11 am.

Birded from stairs at lot 6 to campus lagoon and down beach toward Goleta Beach. Continuing Curlew Sandpiper seen on Goleta Beach side around 9:30 hanging out with a few Sanderlings. Size, longer legs, downturned bill, white supercilium seen well. Other shorebirds nearby- Black-bellied Plover, Marbled Godwit, Least Sandpiper.

At Goleta Slough highlight was the continuing flock of 30+ Black-Legged Stilts. Also saw Osprey, Red-tailed hawk Kingfisher, and usual assortment of water birds. At least 4 pairs of Bufflehead were also around.




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*** Species Summary:

- Sora (1 report)
- Curlew Sandpiper (3 reports)
- Short-billed Dowitcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Swamp Sparrow (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 09:00 by Rick Ridgeway
- Water Canyon and Beach Santa Rosa Is., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9908755,-120.0482941&ll=33.9908755,-120.0482941
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76494952
- Comments: "In the brackish lagoon where Water Canyon emerges on the beach. In the cattails. Long and very good look at the beak--NOT a VIRA"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 14:34 by Jeff Young
- 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/S76528978
- Comments: "Will upload pictures"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:41 by Aaron Gomperts
- 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/S76494107
- Comments: "Continuing. Foraging in the seaweed on the beach north of the steps. Will add photos later. Seen eating sand crabs."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 14:06 by Gary Peebles
- University of California - Santa Barbara, Goleta US-CA 34.40967, -119.84210, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.409672,-119.842099&ll=34.409672,-119.842099
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76519108
- Comments: "Slightly taller than a Dublin. Nice slightly curved beak with a white supercillium. It let me get quite clos after following it for over 30 min. It was twice the size of the least sandpipers and about the same size as the long billed dowitcher. When it grouped up with the Sanderling it was 15-25% bigger. The final field mark was the white rump when it flew with the Sanderlings."

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 14:34 by Jeff Young
- 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/S76528978
- Comments: "Will upload pictures"

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:41 by Aaron Gomperts
- 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/S76494107
- Comments: "With MAGO north of the steps."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 10:58 by John Deacon
- A St. ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9298363,-120.4626539&ll=34.9298363,-120.4626539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76503221
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On wires west of smaller A Street Pond. Bright yellow breast. Notched tail. Lacked the gray on the breast that was evident on nearby CAKIs. Seemed loosely associated with CAKIs."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:45 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/S76516427
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird at the “Whittier” bridge, first reported this fall two months ago by Libby Patten on September 20, 2020. Distinguished from a Cassin’s Kingbird by its lighter gray head, longer and heavier black bill, greenish back, and brighter yellow belly which came higher up on the breast (and where it seemed slightly smudged with green). This bird had a notched tail that lacked the white tip of a Cassin’s Kingbird."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:00 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.42206, -119.65775, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.422058,-119.657746&ll=34.422058,-119.657746
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76529324
- Comments: "Identified by other birders; sparrow-like bird with white throat seen at and near the water’s edge on the western side of the bird refuge where there are fallen logs and dead branches."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 14:30 by Jim Moore
- 7402 - 7418 Hollister Ave (LogMeIn Tipus), 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/S76524822
- Comments: "Finally seen on the third try in the gum tree just over the fence and on the top of the fence just west of the northwest corner. A yellow breast, white belly, face and vent, with a litter darker smug on its face. It was instantly recognized and nothing like the often seen Townsend's Warblers."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:45 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/S76516427
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen immediately west of the Phelps Creek Bridge in the low vegetation on the west side of the road where it bends 90 degrees north before bending back to the west. A dull brown bird with a brown cap, a thin pale eyebrow, pale arcs above and below the eyes, and a thin bill. It had pale underparts with brown streaks, and the undertail coverts were a pale yellow. It looked like a "western" Palm Warbler, but it didn't seem to bob its tail. Then, with a clearer view, I realized that it did not even have a tail! Focusing on the rear of this bird while it was foraging on the ground, I could see that it was actually bobbing it's rear end up and down."

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Blackburnian Warbler

Jim Moore
 

Seen at 14:30 on the chain link fence and in the gum tree behind the west side of the lot in the far northwest corner.

 

Jim Moore

 

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More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

Tonight Betsy and I had 1 male Northern Harrier, 1 female Northern Harrier, 4 White-tailed Kites, 3 Barn Owls, 1 Great Horned Owl, and 1 Burrowing Owl. We did not see the Short-eared Owl.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Re: Harris's Hawk FYI

Jeff Lawton
 

Thanks Guy!

I got lots of replies to my post and suggestions that the bird I saw was probably employed as an abatement sentry bird or in training. Several people mentioned HHs used at Cottage Hospital and that falconers will often train their birds out of Elings Park.

Appreciate all the feedback!!

Jeff
Santa Barbara

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From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io <main@sbcobirding.groups.io> On Behalf Of Guy Tingos via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:33 AM
To: Local Birders <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Harris's Hawk FYI

Regardless of the identification of the bird recently reported, Harris’s Hawk is one of the most common hawks flown by falconers. It is often used to chase away gulls and crows. A Harris’s Hawk is currently being used by Cottage Hospital to keep the helipad clear. I have also seen them used as gull deterrents at the Bacara Resort and the Miramar. They are beautiful birds and not likely to be mistaken for anything else. There are frequent sightings in the County, but to my knowledge none have been accepted as naturally occurring birds.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


North County Birding

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded 5 locations in the north county this morning-  

1.  Brown Road Riparian-30 species.  All expected for this area.
2.  Guadalupe Fire Station Riparian Area-Expected species.
3.  Guadalupe Corral, TRBL Area-No Trikes, but I estimated about 200 Horned Larks in the corral area.  I couldn't pull anything unusual out of the HOLAs but lighting was not good.
4.  A Street Ponds-My intention was to simply do a drive by but I saw 3 Kingbirds in the storage area next to the house across the street from the southern most pond.  One was a Tropical and the other 2 were Cassin's.
5.  I drove through Waller Park to see if there were any unusual ducks.  There are 2 Cackling Geese in the pond closest to Orcutt Road.  Nothing else but Mallards, Domestic Geese and a single Ruddy Duck.

Checklists below:

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John Deacon
Orcutt


LogMeIn saturday morning birds

Jim Hodgson
 

Hi all,

No Blackburnian Warbler, doesn’t mean it’s not there though, there are lots of birds to go thru. Continuing however are the MacGillivray’s, Lucy’s and a Wilson’s. In the sycamore trees half way between the W. parking lot where the Lucy’s Warbler is and the grove where the Mac and the Wilson’s hang out was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It would be nice if someone else could find this bird to verify it.

Good birding,
Jim Hodgson
Santa Barbara


Recent birds

Nick Lethaby
 

Thursday I saw a female Bullock's Oriole, found by Mary Gosselin, at Lake Los Carneros. Yesterday, a check of Canada San Onofre revealed at least 14 Common Loons and 3 Horned Grebes, along with a couple of Parasitic Jaegers.

This morning I decided to check out Ellwood for birds. I had a 1W male Hooded Oriole near the end of Palo Alto. There was a singing and calling Bullock's in the same area. A check of Goleta Beach and Atascadero Creek turned up continuing Brant, Horned Grebe, and 2 YC Night-Herons. Mew Gulls have now arrived in numbers.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


recent yard stuff

Larry Ballard
 

A late Warbling Vireo yesterday, an adult male Bullock's Oriole today, Great Horned Owl duet one night last week. 
Larry Ballard
Carpinteria


Harris's Hawk FYI

Guy Tingos
 

Regardless of the identification of the bird recently reported, Harris’s Hawk is one of the most common hawks flown by falconers. It is often used to chase away gulls and crows. A Harris’s Hawk is currently being used by Cottage Hospital to keep the helipad clear. I have also seen them used as gull deterrents at the Bacara Resort and the Miramar. They are beautiful birds and not likely to be mistaken for anything else. There are frequent sightings in the County, but to my knowledge none have been accepted as naturally occurring birds.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Curlew Sandpiper (4 reports)
- Short-billed Dowitcher (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (2 reports)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- Northern Parula (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (1 report)

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Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 13:39 by mario balitbit
- 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/S76465438
- Comments: "I am feeling quite lucky that this individual stuck around this long for some great looks and study. Same story as most over the bast few months. Feeding strictly with the SANDs but would often get separated from the flock and stand awkwardly alone for a few seconds. Distinctly taller than a DUNL and bigger build in head and body than a STSA. Will add those photos when I get back to NoCA this week."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:34 by Nancy Christensen
- 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/S76469380
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Elegant sandpiper - longer neck, legs and bill than a Dunlin would have. Pale supercillium. Decurved bill. White eyering. Slightly dusky breast and neck. Feathers on back have pale edges giving it a slightly scaled appearance. Fed by inserting bill full length into the sand. Initially seen quite near the staircase. Sanderling flock worked down beach quite a way then came back towards the stairs."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:34 by Russ Christensen
- 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/S76470027
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Elegant sandpiper - longer neck, legs snd bill than a Dunlin would have. Pale supercillium. Slightly dusky breast and neck. Feathers on back have pale edges giving it a slightly scaled appearance. Fed by inserting bill full length into the sand."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 13:24 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S76465884
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, photos"

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 13:24 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S76465884
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, photos"

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 18, 2020 14:59 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S76465861
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Reported yesterday, photos"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 16:40 by Guy Tingos
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76441847
- Comments: "Tawny overall, wings with dark carpal mark and light area above. Fairly regular at this location."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 09:00 by Ron Hirst
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76459487
- Comments: "continuing near 2nd view platform"

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (3)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 06:17 by Evan Buck
- Catway Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7400291,-119.9961305&ll=34.7400291,-119.9961305
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76467300
- Comments: "Flyovers: two-note, slurred calls. Very unlike HOFI/PUFI. Audio recording if necessary (seems to be appropriate habitat for this species)."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 09:00 by Ron Hirst
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76459487
- Comments: "continuing at extreme south corner of Refuge"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 09:20 by Mario Borunda
- Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.41852, -119.66366, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.418525,-119.663659&ll=34.418525,-119.663659
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76443654
- Comments: "Sited at west end of the refuge near the zoo. In dense vegetation and dead tree debris. Moved between base of reeds and long, partially submerged tree trunk. Continuous and active - foraging in the mud. Followed ~30 minutes before having brief but unobstructed view. Small bird with grey middle stripe on crown and rufous stripes on either side. White throat, yellowish/ buff malar. Dark rufous wings."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 10:12 by Jay Bishop
- 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/S76456724
- Comments: "Make. Black throat,"

Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 16:30 by Jessie Altstatt
- Goleta, 102 Orange Ave, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.43729,-119.82857&ll=34.43729,-119.82857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76475450
- Comments: "continuing"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 15:20 by Craig Murray
- 7410 Hollister Ave, Goleta US-CA (34.4307,-119.8895), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.430695,-119.889496&ll=34.430695,-119.889496
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76468749
- Comments: "Continuing adult on ground in blue gum eucalyptus grove."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 16:30 by Jessie Altstatt
- Goleta, 102 Orange Ave, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.43729,-119.82857&ll=34.43729,-119.82857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76475450
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing male"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 09:00 by Dennis Doordan
- LogMeIn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4305583,-119.8914814&ll=34.4305583,-119.8914814
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76455081
- Comments: "Actively foraging in the Tipu trees in the parking lot at the northwest corner of the LogMeIn office park. Pale yellow throat with dark ear coverts not as crisply defined as the Townsend Warbler which was also present."

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Re: Harris Hawk

Ron Hirst
 

Hi Jeff,  I suppose it's possible although a Harris's Hawk would be noticeably larger than a crow, and the fairly common, and crow-sized, Red-shouldered Hawk would exhibit many of the characteristics you mention. The first key item I was looking for in your description that would make a boldly red shouldered hawk, with a (very) broad white band at the base of the tail, much more likely to be a Harris's Hawk is the following, excerpted from Birds of the World  "Plumage coloration is bold and diagnostic--mostly chocolate brown to almost sooty blackish".  and  "Juvenile Harris's Hawk is similar to adult, except that breast and belly are streaked with cream or buffy coloration, and chestnut of legs is barred with cream. ... rufous patches typically are reduced and dullish."   Ron Hirst, SB


Harris Hawk

Jeff Lawton
 

I’m pretty sure I spotted a Harris Hawk here in west Santa Barbara on Friday 20 Nov at 3PM.  I saw him twice, maybe a juvenal based on size.  First time, I saw a large crow chasing a bird that was about the same size.   I thought that was odd, but could tell the chase-ee flew like a hawk.   Later I heard some hawk calls, so I got out the glasses and spotted a small hawk with stunning red shoulders (above and below) and a very bright white band on the tail.  In flight, the red wasn’t rusty, it was RED!  Saw the red shoulders and white tail in flight twice, but was never close enough to see anything else.  All observations were from at least 50 meters to 250 meters.

 

Jeff Lawton

Santa Barbara


Hooeded Oriole Carp Creek

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 
Edited

Hello All,
Had a Hooded Oriole at 10:40 on Carpinteria Creek in the big round conifer on the east side of the yellow school. I heard this bird singing and chattering before I saw it.  No Chat but did hear the N Waterthrush. Also Glaucous-winged Gull and Common Goldeneye at the beach end. 

Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara


Common Goldeneye at Carpinteria Creek

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Gayle Hackamack and I had great closeup views of a female Common Goldeneye at the mouth of Carpinteria Creek this am (Fri).  There was not much else of note except for 3 male Green-winged Teal and a couple of female Buffleheads.  We also saw a Red-tailed Hawk fly low over the water with a Coot dangling from its talons.  Further up the creek near the fire gate entrance to the condos, there were several American Goldfinch bathing in a pool.  We did not see the N. Waterthrush or the YB Chat. 

Photos of the Goldeneye at,
https://flic.kr/p/2k8FYZm

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


E. Pinery Road - Northern Pygmy Owl

Peter Schneekloth
 

I took a walk out E Pinery Road, Figueroa Mountain, in hopes of some Fox Sparrows and whatever winter montane visitors might be around. Much of the walk was very quiet but I stirred up some activity at the parking area including a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee and two Townsends Warblers. Well down the trail I was searching for Fox Sparrows, found a few, and also had a visit from a Northern Pygmy Owl. The Fox Sparrows whet crazy when it showed up, many more present than I would have estimated. Looks at both the Owl and an agitated Fox Sparrow looking right at the Owl here: 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/50625582738/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


SWAMP SPARROW

Florence Sanchez
 

That pesky Swamp Sparrow at the far south end of the Bird Refuge finally showed for me and Mark Bright at 9:55 this morning.  As usual, it was foraging around the trunk of the downed palm tree and nearby Myoporum bush, and not in view for long.  I left after seeing it, but Mark was still there, hoping for a better view so he could get a photo.

Florence Sanchez



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