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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 07:11 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81829656
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, still mostly in juvenile plumage."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 07:11 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81834199
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, still mostly in juvenile plumage."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:00 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81854325
- Comments: "continuing bird in juvenile plumage"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:00 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81854061
- Comments: "continuing bird in juvenile plumage"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 08:29 by Tom Beland
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4242219,-119.7503543&ll=34.4242219,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81828503
- Comments: "Continuing bird in trees near weir. Small flycatcher with white eye ring, pale gray throat and head, pale belly and pale wing bars."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 08:29 by Laurel S Luby
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4242219,-119.7503543&ll=34.4242219,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81840370
- Comments: "Continuing bird in trees near weir. Small flycatcher with white eye ring, pale gray throat and head, pale belly and pale wing bars."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 09:12 by Linus Blomqvist
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4223811,-119.8629427&ll=34.4223811,-119.8629427
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81815466
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On my feeders."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 14:45 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81848103
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Probably an Imm female very briefly seen in Honeysuckle-type shrub at footbridge over Sta. Monica Creek."

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Re: Phainopepla East Camino Cielo

Florence Sanchez
 

This is an interesting place for Phainopepla, but I have had one in the vicinity a couple of times, both times in winter.

Florence Sanchez


On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 02:13:21 PM PST, Mark Bright via groups.io <pywiack@...> wrote:


Just a quick note. Yesterday walking the fire-break above and north of East Camino Cielo west of Gibraltar Road I saw one male Phainopepla and heard another close by. Other birds were the expected chaparral birds.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Phainopepla East Camino Cielo

Mark Bright
 

Just a quick note. Yesterday walking the fire-break above and north of East Camino Cielo west of Gibraltar Road I saw one male Phainopepla and heard another close by. Other birds were the expected chaparral birds.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Re: Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk

Wim van Dam
 

Here are some 2015 photos by David Levasheff of this individual (I'm assuming):

Wim

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:30 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Hi Jay,

We've had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in that area for several years, and it has been involved in nesting events in the area. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:24 PM Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop@...> wrote:
At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara





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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #390: Dusky Flycatcher


Re: Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk

Jessie Altstatt
 

I meant to let folks know that I saw this hawk back on January 14, same general location. Good to hear that the bird is still in town. It/she is really gorgeous. 

Thanks, Jessie

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:30 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Hi Jay,

We've had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in that area for several years, and it has been involved in nesting events in the area. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:24 PM Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop@...> wrote:
At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara






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Jessica Altstatt


Re: Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk

Dave Compton
 

Hi Jay,

We've had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in that area for several years, and it has been involved in nesting events in the area. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 12:24 PM Jay “Bluejay” Bishop <bluejaybishop@...> wrote:
At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara





Leucistic Red-tailled Hawk

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 

At 11:45 Los Carneros and Hollister in Goleta, I had a really cool looking Red-tail. About one third of this birds feathers are white. The bird looks like it spent the night under a Great Blue Heron nest. Could not get a photo but if someone does I would love to see it.
Campus point was windy but not cold. No rarities to report from there but fun nonetheless. Tons to look at.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara


Around Goleta, Tuesday morning

Robert Lindsay
 

Birded several spots around Goleta this morning. Mostly both diversity and numbers of even common birds were low. Went to five different spots but only a few things of note to report.
Lake Los Carneros has at least half a dozen Tree Swallows foraging over the lake (which I noticed for the first time last Saturday - right on schedule according to Lehman).
Goleta Beach had several Mew Gulls in the only big gull flock along with about 15 Royal Tern. At the platform looking into the channels near the caretakers house, a small mud island has formed that had several Semipalmated Plovers and a Long-billed Dowitcher. Lots of Bufflehead and two Lesser Scaup here. Also at this spot, directly across the near channel was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, I'm guessing a sub-adult because no yellow was present but the plumage was quite developed. Finally, 7 Great Blue Heron nests in the Eucalyptus across from the east parking lot were occupied.
Looked for Snipe (or anything else interesting) at the Patterson Bridge and upstream along Atascadero Creek but, while birdier than elsewhere this morning, nothing of note.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Hooded Merganser

Betsy Mooney
 

I birded NCOS today with Judy Blue. There was a lone handsome male Hooded Merganser swimming east towards the bridge, where I was able to get a photo. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:18 by Jessica Lovering
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4223811,-119.8629427&ll=34.4223811,-119.8629427
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81597730
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At feeders, private property. Dove, overall grayish brown, larger than mourning dove, size more like Eurasian Collared-dove (but only had Mourning for comparison). No black markings on wings, a single black mark on side of neck. Obvious white border at bottom of the wing when perched. Photos."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:18 by Linus Blomqvist
- Storke apartments (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4223811,-119.8629427&ll=34.4223811,-119.8629427
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81597729
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At feeders, private property. Dove, overall grayish brown, larger than mourning dove, size more like Eurasian Collared-dove (but only had Mourning for comparison). No black markings on wings, a single black mark on side of neck. Obvious white border at bottom of the wing when perched. Photos (phone camera through window; still diagnostic.)"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:50 by Deann Purcell
- Arroyo Burro Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4242219,-119.7503543&ll=34.4242219,-119.7503543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81633353
- Comments: "Excellent extended close-up view of this not-shy little flycatcher at 9:40 am at the weir. Two whitish wing bars, gray back and yellowish belly, slight gray crest, whitish (maybe impartial) eye ring, small bill, pumped tail a lot."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 13:27 by Laura Lyon
- 3056 Braemar Dr, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.40692, -119.74324, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.406915,-119.743242&ll=34.406915,-119.743242
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81675150
- Comments: "I usually see Cassin’s Kingbirds, but this one looked a little bigger and had no white on the tip of it’s tail. Also, no sound came from this bird. The Cassin’s K. are quite vocal. Seems early in the year though, so I’m not sure."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (5)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 15:14 by logan kahle
- SATH fields, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.897625,-119.529673&ll=34.897625,-119.529673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81712091
- Comments: "Photos of some. Many running around. They seem to like it here"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (5)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 15:14 by Joachim Gonzalez
- SATH fields, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.897625,-119.529673&ll=34.897625,-119.529673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81712111
- Comments: "Photos of some. Many running around. They seem to like it here"

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 13:15 by Keni Miller
- 5050 Baseline Ave, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6339116,-120.0270543&ll=34.6339116,-120.0270543
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81679794
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "At bird feeder in back yard"

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Bald Eagle in Casmalia

John Deacon
 

All:

This morning at about 11:00 a.m. I had an adult Bald Eagle soaring with TUVUs and RTHAs. It was headed north towards Santa Maria when I lost sight of it. If you are around SM today, keep an eye on the sky. It would be an awesome bird to see from your yard. I’ll post pics later.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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Orcutt


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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid) (1 report)
- Eurasian Wigeon (2 reports)
- Greater Scaup (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Dusky Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Cliff Swallow (1 report)

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Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid) (Spatula discors x cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 16:26 by Michael I Christie
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81525119
- Comments: "A male swimming near the access road, on my way out. Fairly typical discors, but with facial crescent crossed by brown line, and very reduced white patch. Photos, but late and in poor light."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 11:52 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81444189
- Comments: "Bright cinnamon head with mostly gray body."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:07 by Linus Blomqvist
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81396842
- Comments: "Continuing male. Gray flanks, rufous head, and faint buffy forehead."

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:17 by Noah Gaines
- 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/S81472373
- Comments: "One male stood out from the Lesser scaup. More rounded head (no peak behind eye) larger size and larger nail at the end of bill."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:41 by David Blue
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8837715,-120.279007&ll=34.8837715,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81484160
- Comments: "Continuing male in southernmost pond. Much larger and more elongated than the nearby Ring-necked Ducks. All white body with a black back, dark green head and thin red bill. Flew before a photo could be taken."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:07 by Sangeet Khalsa
- 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/S81408782
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen a few times sallying out from the top of the Brazilian pepper tree where it overlaps with the tules. (34.43814, -119.88345 ). Small Empid, dusky gray-olive overall with prominent white wingbars, faint yellow wash on lower belly. Perky crest popped up when perched and in alert mode. White teardrop shaped eye ring. Did not call."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:17 by Noah Gaines
- 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/S81472373
- Comments: "Kingbird with grayish head white throat yellow belly leading up to the breast and greenish back. Large bill forked tail."

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:00 by Ron Hirst
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81455693
- Comments: "Pale orange rump, orangish throat, whitish belly/chest, short squared tail, brownish upper parts. Flying above tree swallows"

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Central Coast Birding-MeWe

John Deacon
 

All:

The SBC Birding Moderators let me know that I could post this message.

I recently started a site called "Central Coast Birding" on MeWe.  I'm hoping this will be a nice site for informal discussions, sharing photos, sharing experiences and questions about birds on the Central Coast (Santa Barbara to Morro Bay).  It's meant to be fun, helpful and informative.  If you are interested, here is the link:

https://mewe.com/join/centralcoastbirding


MeWe is simply a social networking site, similar to Facebook.  I chose this platform because it was very simple when compared to other platforms.  Check it out if you want.  If you do decide to join and have suggestions for improvements, please let me know.  BTW, there are lots of other good birdwatching sites on MeWe.


John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Re: Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek

Florence Sanchez
 

I had a Western Tanager at Camino Corto open space on Wednesday, Feb. 10.  I assume it was an over-wintering bird.

Florence Sanchez


On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 03:18:23 PM PST, Phila Rogers <philajane@...> wrote:


I heard a Western Tanager in Oak Park this morning.  Isn't it too early in the season for them to be migrating?  We have many crows here at Samarkand.  Could that be why we have no Mockingbirds?  Phila Rogers

On Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM Gage Ricard <sbgager@...> wrote:
It was a rather birdy morning along Arroyo Burro Creek trail upstream from Calle de los Amigos Bridge. Highlights include a Western Tanager, flock of Cedar Waxwings, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinch among the Lesser Goldfinches. The Arroyo Willows are in bloom attracting birds and bees alike. Missed the Hammond's Flycatcher this morning, although saw it recently on February 10.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara


Re: Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek

Phila Rogers
 

I heard a Western Tanager in Oak Park this morning.  Isn't it too early in the season for them to be migrating?  We have many crows here at Samarkand.  Could that be why we have no Mockingbirds?  Phila Rogers


On Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM Gage Ricard <sbgager@...> wrote:
It was a rather birdy morning along Arroyo Burro Creek trail upstream from Calle de los Amigos Bridge. Highlights include a Western Tanager, flock of Cedar Waxwings, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinch among the Lesser Goldfinches. The Arroyo Willows are in bloom attracting birds and bees alike. Missed the Hammond's Flycatcher this morning, although saw it recently on February 10.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara


Western Tanager along Arroyo Burro Creek

Gage Ricard
 

It was a rather birdy morning along Arroyo Burro Creek trail upstream from Calle de los Amigos Bridge. Highlights include a Western Tanager, flock of Cedar Waxwings, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinch among the Lesser Goldfinches. The Arroyo Willows are in bloom attracting birds and bees alike. Missed the Hammond's Flycatcher this morning, although saw it recently on February 10.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:42 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81250648
- Comments: "Maybe continuing male seen in Santa Monica Creek with American Wigeons. Rufous head with tan forehead and crown"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 10:19 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8837715,-120.279007&ll=34.8837715,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81187935
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing male in southernmost pond about 100 yds west of Santa Maria Mesa Road. Photos."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 06:50 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/S81231446
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Medium-large brown heron with white and tan striped neck. Top of wing brown with black primaries."

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 10:55 by Molly Hill
- 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/S81288344
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unfortunately, I have no good photos of this bird, but I'm fairly sure of what I saw. I clearly saw a Northern Flicker as it flew into a large tree in the northern section of the park, pretty much directly north of the lake but far from the water. As it landed, I very clearly saw pure yellow tail feathers, though I didn't get a great look at its face. I tried to photograph it, but it flew off (westward, towards the shrubby area directly north of the oak and eucalyptus trees on the western side of the park) before I was able to get adequate photos. I tried to find it again, but unfortunately was not able to locate it. I'll add the photos I did get as soon as I download them."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:40 by Bernice Hilton
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81225130
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Known male this location."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 10:29 by John Callender
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81217199
- Comments: "Seen well through binoculars at about 80 feet distance but unfortunately not photographed, just east of the lower (western) gate. Relatively short, straight beak (for a thrasher), brownish gray upperparts, lighter underpants with dark streaking. Light buffy outer corners of the tail seen in flight."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:22 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4145111,-119.8673469&ll=34.4145111,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81242037
- Comments: "Initially spotted by Laurel A. in a tree on Isla Vista school grounds on the Southwestern corner of campus (just North of the fence). Oriole with a black bib, black eye line, and black cap and back. Bright male with yellowish coloration.

I departed to let some other folks birding the area now about the bird and when I returned Laurel and Trent B. stated the bird had flown into the eucalyptus in the direction of Fortuna Park. Bird was not reseen."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:46 by Bradley Hacker
- Twin Lakes Golf Course (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4384113,-119.8351425&ll=34.4384113,-119.8351425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81181103
- Comments: "Female. Faint dark eyeline, yellow head and throat, wh breast and vent, two white wing bars, yellow tail top and pale yellow underside. Responded to BuOr call. Along drainage west of golf course at storm drain on dirt road."

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Ocean Beach Park

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

It turned out to be much less windy along the N coast than forecast and gull numbers were just notmal. The only somewhat notable sighting were 2 female Common Goldeneye in the river mouth.

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Bullock's & Canon r5 mirrorless

Bradley Hacker
 

This AM I fiddled around in the creek along the west side of Twin Lakes Golf Course in a desperate search to turn up something interesting. The only things of excitement were a female Bullock's Oriole and a few Chipping Sparrows (list). Later I went to Mentor Way tipus, but have nothing to report. 

I have been using the latest Canon mirrorless camera "r5" for ~2 months and am starting to have an understanding of the pros and cons relative to the Canon 7d2. Here is a quick summary if you are considering buying the r5 or r6. 
Pros: very sharp images, much lower noise (enabling higher ISO), faster frame rate, completely silent, electronic viewfinder that shows how the image will be exposed (so no guessing exposure compensation), an awesome ability to track birds in flight even against complex backgrounds, the option to shoot in crop-sensor or full-sensor mode, and the ability to do high-quality video.
Cons: expensive, eats batteries, electronic viewfinder that is not as sharp as an optical viewfinder, overheating if you do too much video, and an inability to focus on small birds against a busy background--even in crop mode and even using a 1.4X teleconverter.
The overheating has a lot of people riled up, but I don't do too much (so far), so I don't really care.
The inability to focus on small birds against a busy background (think passerine in a tree) DOES have me riled up. In fact, I am really irritated, and you can find other people who are too. Whether Canon can solve this problem with a firmware update remains to be seen. The bottom line is: if you are thinking of buying the r5 or the r6 I would be happy to tell you more; contact me off-list.
Here's an example of the still image quality. 
Here's an example of the video(this is the first and only time I shot video).


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Good birding, 

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


Tricolored Blackbird and Redheads at Las Cruzitas (almost)

Cruz Phillips
 

I did my backyard bird count yesterday and found a Tricolored Blackbird in with the Red-winged Blackbirds.  Continuing in the yard are a Red-Breasted Sapsucker, a Phainopepla, and a White-throated Sparrow.  On the pond on the north side of the dirt road about a mile before my house were three male and one female Redhead.

Cruz
Las Cruzitas Ranch
Santa Ynez


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