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Hermit Warbler at Casa Dorinda

William Murdoch
 

Sitting on the ground with some YRs next to a construction area east of the hard road that runs through the grounds.


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Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara


Re: Tufted Duck is on the move

Elizabeth
 

12/31/20 at 1:10PM - Tufted Duck no longer is present (see previous report), so keep your eyes out for it.

Liz Muraoka
Santa Barbara CA

On Thu, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:12 AM Elizabeth via groups.io <lizmuraoka=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
The Tufted Duck was observed at 10:15 AM, 12/31/20, in a private pond near Atascadero Creek and Goleta Slough.  

This pond and surrounding community currently are CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, Tuftie may show up at his other favorite haunts nearby: lower Atascadero Creek, Goleta Slough (near pipe bridge), San Jose Creek south of James Fowler Rd, and the UCSB Lagoon.

It is count week for our Christmas Bird Count, so please report any birds on this list:

Good birding!

Liz Muraoka
Santa Barbara CA


Tufted Duck is on the move

Elizabeth
 

The Tufted Duck was observed at 10:15 AM, 12/31/20, in a private pond near Atascadero Creek and Goleta Slough.  

This pond and surrounding community currently are CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, Tuftie may show up at his other favorite haunts nearby: lower Atascadero Creek, Goleta Slough (near pipe bridge), San Jose Creek south of James Fowler Rd, and the UCSB Lagoon.

It is count week for our Christmas Bird Count, so please report any birds on this list:

Good birding!

Liz Muraoka
Santa Barbara CA


Cachuma CBC - Early returns 150 species, 3 new for count Condor, Nashville Warbler and Brewers Sparrow

Peter Schneekloth
 

All - A quick summary of the Cachuma CBC held Wednesday 12/30. We had a great count with 40+ birders covering the lake, lowlands and higher elevations of Figueroa Mountain area. Our initial total of 150 species gets credited to an experienced and hard working group of birders that make the count happen. The Mountain Crew had it especially tough with icy roads making it unsafe to reach some key areas and apparently it was quite windy (yet again!!) I also had a report of many Mountain Lion tracks where there had been none the day prior.

We had some real highlights with 3 birds new for the count. A CALIFORNIA CONDOR and found 15 feet from each other NASHVILLE WARBLER and BREWERS SPARROW. Another real highlight was a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE which had been seen on just one prior count. Other nice finds were GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE,  NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and CACKLING GOOSE. Largely missing were Montane species. This not due to lack of effort but the combined effect of the birds quite possibly not being there (few were found in scouting) and the very challenging conditions.

Thanks to all of the birders that make the count happen, staff at Sedgwick Reserve and Lake Cachuma, Lake Cachuma boat concessionaire and many private land owners that allow access or otherwise support the count.

Cruz, Kate, Peter
 


Re: Greater Roadrunner Help

Florence Sanchez
 

Roadrunners also frequent the avocado orchards along Farren Road just outside of Goleta.  Best way to see them is to park at the top of the first hill and then walk the road until the gate at the end.  However, I haven't run across one here in a while.  I am sure they are still there, but they are much easier to see at this location in early spring.

Florence Sanchez


On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 07:05:21 PM PST, Lori Gaskin <llgaskin@...> wrote:


I saw one on December 25 at San Marcos Foothill Preserve on the westerly slope of the west ridge bordering Cieneguitas Creek. This slope is east of the end of Cieneguitas Road. 


Lori Gaskin
Santa Barbara 

On Dec 30, 2020, at 6:09 PM, Teale Fristoe <fristoe@...> wrote:


Hello all,

With 2020 quickly coming to an end, I'm facing the very real and very terrifying prospect that I might not see a Greater Roadrunner this year. So I'm planning on dedicating tomorrow to finding one.

If you have any advice on where to look or tips for how to find these surprisingly elusive birds I'd very much appreciate it. I'm stationed in Goleta and would prefer to stay in the lowlands, but desperate times call for desperate measures and I'm willing to venture further if need be.

Thanks, and happy new year,
Teale Fristoe
Visiting from Berkeley


Re: Greater Roadrunner Help

Lori Gaskin
 

I saw one on December 25 at San Marcos Foothill Preserve on the westerly slope of the west ridge bordering Cieneguitas Creek. This slope is east of the end of Cieneguitas Road. 


Lori Gaskin
Santa Barbara 

On Dec 30, 2020, at 6:09 PM, Teale Fristoe <fristoe@...> wrote:


Hello all,

With 2020 quickly coming to an end, I'm facing the very real and very terrifying prospect that I might not see a Greater Roadrunner this year. So I'm planning on dedicating tomorrow to finding one.

If you have any advice on where to look or tips for how to find these surprisingly elusive birds I'd very much appreciate it. I'm stationed in Goleta and would prefer to stay in the lowlands, but desperate times call for desperate measures and I'm willing to venture further if need be.

Thanks, and happy new year,
Teale Fristoe
Visiting from Berkeley


Greater Roadrunner Help

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello all,

With 2020 quickly coming to an end, I'm facing the very real and very terrifying prospect that I might not see a Greater Roadrunner this year. So I'm planning on dedicating tomorrow to finding one.

If you have any advice on where to look or tips for how to find these surprisingly elusive birds I'd very much appreciate it. I'm stationed in Goleta and would prefer to stay in the lowlands, but desperate times call for desperate measures and I'm willing to venture further if need be.

Thanks, and happy new year,
Teale Fristoe
Visiting from Berkeley


no go on Lesser Balck-backed Gull

Florence Sanchez
 

I spent a lot of time at Lompoc Middle School this morning trying to tease out the LBB from about 2 dozen gulls on the gymnasium roof.  At one point, about half of the gulls came down to the athletic field to drink from the pools on the track, and I was able to find other gulls besides Western among them: 2 ring-billed, 2 immature Glaucous-winged, and an adult Herring Gull.  Eventually the gulls dispersed in small groups, some towards the dump, others toward downtown.  I rechecked throughout the morning, but only a few Westerns showed up.  No signs of gulls on Bailey Road.

Other areas were very slow this morning.  The estuary at Ocean Beach is very full but had few waterfowl.  The diminutive Brant is still hanging around and I saw a couple of Grebe do a display.  The sand berm is holding against the ferocious surf, but is very wet indicating it is getting overrun.  Nonetheless, there was a nice assortment of small shorebirds on the wet sand: Semi-palmated and Snowy Plovers, Least Sandpipers, 1 Western Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, and Black-bellied Plovers.

Miguelito Canyon Park where I ate lunch was very quiet, the only exception being a flock of about 25 Pine Siskins that flew off from the vicinity of the host's feeder.

Florence Sanchez


Cachuma CBC birding

Dave Compton
 

I had two very surprising birds on Casey Ave in the Santa Ynez Valley today, during the Cachuma CBC. A BREWER'S SPARROW and a NASHVILLE WARBLER, both in the ag fields on the north side of the road, were both winter firsts for the Santa Ynez Valley, as far as I know. The Brewer's Sparrow was in an area where other sparrows and Lesser Goldfinches were foraging, opposite 4208 Casey Ave. The Nashville was close to the road, but seen briefly, in the field opposite 4190 Casey Ave. In the same area, I saw what may have been the Brewer's Sparrow again, farther off the road. I missed the White-throated Sparrow that Mark Holmgren saw a few days ago. A CHIPPING SPARROW was on the south side of the road in that area, which is near the west end of the public part of the road.

A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was along Edison St, in the long stretch between Roblar and Baseline, in a pepper tree and an oak in front of Gallun Farms, south of the signed entrance. A VESPER SPARROW was with Savannahs and Yellow-rumped Warblers along Roblar, near where it ends in the east at Mora.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Cachuma Campground and Lompoc on Wednesday

Robert Lindsay
 

Birded the eastern part of Cachuma Campground and Jackrabbit Flat this morning for the Cachuma CBC. Stunning absence of waterfowl. No ducks seen from shore at either location. On land, while diversity was fair, numbers of individuals seemed low. Odd to be there with no campers. The only human active area was around the marina. Birds it was nice to see were two White Pelican at Jackrabbit Flats, 2 Raven fly-overs, and a Merlin on top of the pine in front of the visitor center. Best birds were 2 White-Throated Sparrow, one beneath the palm trees 30 yards east of the visitor center, the other feeding in camp site 443. Otherwise only common, expected species.

Went from there to Lompoc Valley Middle School arriving a little after noon in time to see the last 5 gulls (California) leaving the campus. Drove from there down to Ocean Park. There was a large group of California Gulls in the water about 200 yards up from the trestle. Only ducks were Ruddys and a pair of American Wigeon. There was also a single Brant in the water near the observation station. Went next to the observation spot under the trestle and right away had an interesting gull on the nearest stretch of beach across the water to the south. It let me look at it for a couple of minutes before it took off for the ocean disappearing behind the dunes and not returning during the 15 minutes I waited. I would appreciate help with this bird. (Obviously I want it to be the Lesser Black-Backed but I'm not sure, much less certain, it was.) This gull was large but had no identifiable individuals next to it so I can't really say how large. It was bigger than the California gulls it flew off with. It had a dark back which was all dark when it took flight. The head was light but not snowy white and too far away to see any mottling detail even with the scope. The bill was mostly black but had some light coloring near the base. Most intriguing were the legs. They seemed yellow, definite not pink. I would appreciate hearing from those of you who have seen the LBBG. I'll count it only if this description matches the bird you've seen. Otherwise, I'll just figure my brain is manufacturing field marks that weren't there in my eagerness to get another county bird. Thanks for any help you can give.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Weds birding

Nick Lethaby
 

After some ineffective birding, I ended up at Logmein where I saw Nashville and Lucy's Warblers and a Western Tanager, all continuing I believe.

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


golden plover?

Don Tate
 

I think I mighta saw some kinda golden plover from the bluffs just W of Isla Vista Tues around 9 AM with a high tide, definately not a black-armpit plover unless it was a real skinny one, or a coot. But I feel more comfterbal ID'ing 3 black-something stilts that were not the plover too. 

Don Tate



Re: Tennessee Warbler still there

Patrick McNulty
 


I saw the Tennessee Warbler again on the sunny (south) side of the right-hand (southern) bottlebrush tree from 7:50 to 8:00 am. this morning.  One week ago (Dec22) he was also visible intermittently from 8:15 to 8:35.  

Moving every two or three seconds to another spot maybe a foot away, usually hidden partly by the foliage.  Good looks at the whole bird at once were brief and infrequent.

A lot of kinglets around to trip your eye's motion sensors.

Patrick McNulty
Santa Barbara
mcnulty at gte dot net


-----Original Message-----
From: Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 10:57 am
Subject: [sbcobirding] Tennessee Warbler still there

This morning the Tennessee Warbler was still present at Arroyo/ Nueces in Goleta. I haven't missed it when I have been by at 7:45 AM, but have not found it at any other times. Early in the morning it is very vocal and quite easy to locate in the two bottlebrush trees.

I visited the Las Alturas pines area on the Riviera over the weekend. In the past this has been good for montane birds, but there are fewer pines now and it was eerily quiet up there. I also poked around upper Franceschi Park without seeing much. Orpet Park has a couple of Fox Sparrows.

I've noticed that many of the large white-flowering eucs are starting to bloom early this year--in response to the lack of rain?

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Western Tanager

Hugh Ranson
 

A Western Tanager was near Bohnett Park this afternoon. Alas, I have dipped on the Warbling Vireo on my last two visits to the park.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Re: Snow report for Cachuma CBC

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,

I just came down the mountain too and the rangers were turning cars around before you could reach Ranger Peak. It is rather windy up there above 3,000 so dress appropriately if you go.
  I did help a City Slicker family, they had a infant in their car and it was getting late. I failed to mention very poor driving etiquette and lack of knowledge of who has the right away going up hill. It’s kinda a mess up there.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

On Dec 29, 2020, at 1:57 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:


I just got back from an interesting drive through the San Rafael Mountains. Those of you who will be birding there for the Cachuma CBC should note the following as there is a fair amount of snow at the moment and a lot of people. Driving clockwise everything is fine along Figueroa Mountain Rd up to the gate just west of Ranger Peak. Surprisingly the gate was open but various cars were struggling with the snow on the narrow road just west of Ranger Peak. I had to put my car in reverse as in front of me drivers were getting stuck and had to be dug out. Because of this reversal I can't comment on the condition at Ranger Peak itself and east thereof. 

For those heading for the mountains tomorrow: you probably should bring a four wheel drive and put a shovel in the trunk. I'm guessing that you should be okay with a Subaru, but there is a lot of traffic above the snow line so you might have to help some city slicker. 

I had a GOLDEN EAGLE near Midland School. 

Good luck.

Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #389: Cassin's Finch


Goleta Beach this morning

Robert Lindsay
 

Tuesday, 12,29
Went to Goleta Beach this morning during a very high tide. As a result, not much around. Most of the shorebirds were clustered in the small remaining beaches on east campus and too far away to study. At the mouth of the slough (east parking lot) were 41 Black-necked Stilt. Only birds of interest here were two young Glaucous-winged Gulls. The beach at the other end of the park had more gull flocks with 7 different species (Western, California, Ring-billed, Heerman's, Glaucous-winged -2 more, Mew Gulls - 2, and a single Bonaparte's). There were also a dozen or more Royal Tern. Very few ducks around (Mallard, Ruddy, and Bufflehead). A single adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron was among the many Black-crowned Night Herons in the channel below the caretaker residence.

Nothing else worth mentioning,
Rob Lindsay


Eastern Phoebe at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

Nancy Baron contacted me today about an interesting flycatcher she'd seen at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria. Later I met her there and got some looks at the bird, which turned out to be an Eastern Phoebe. It was hanging around in the area of a termite emergence about 2/3 of the way west along the split rail fence from the road, on the south side of the dry lakebed. Later the bird moved into the dry lakebed, and then into the willows on the north side of the lakebed. Poor photos in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78226414

John Callender
Carpinteria


SB CBC count week begins tomorrow

Rebecca Coulter
 

Birders,
CBC count week is three days before and three days after count day, which for Santa Barbara is January 2. Count week begins tomorrow and ends on Tuesday January 5. Please keep track of sightings and let us know if you observe any of the species I listed on my previous post about the CBC, or any other unusual species. If we miss something on count day but see it during count week, it gets added to our database as being present at the time (but not added to our species total for count day).

Thanks!
Rebecca Coulter
SB CBC Compiler


NCOS and Devereux

Nick Lethaby
 

The Eurasian Wigeon is a now at NCOS along woth 14 Redheads. The Canada Goose flock dropped in early on with the 7 Cackling Goose. Ducks on Devereux included a Cinnamon and a few GW Teal.

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Snow report for Cachuma CBC

Wim van Dam
 

I just got back from an interesting drive through the San Rafael Mountains. Those of you who will be birding there for the Cachuma CBC should note the following as there is a fair amount of snow at the moment and a lot of people. Driving clockwise everything is fine along Figueroa Mountain Rd up to the gate just west of Ranger Peak. Surprisingly the gate was open but various cars were struggling with the snow on the narrow road just west of Ranger Peak. I had to put my car in reverse as in front of me drivers were getting stuck and had to be dug out. Because of this reversal I can't comment on the condition at Ranger Peak itself and east thereof. 

For those heading for the mountains tomorrow: you probably should bring a four wheel drive and put a shovel in the trunk. I'm guessing that you should be okay with a Subaru, but there is a lot of traffic above the snow line so you might have to help some city slicker. 

I had a GOLDEN EAGLE near Midland School. 

Good luck.

Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #389: Cassin's Finch

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