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American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros

Marge and Don Thornton
 

Whilst checking out LLC in general, we spotted the American Bittern standing out in the reeds on the south side of the lake east of the dam. He was visible from most of the dam as he was on the point that extends into the lake.  He was in the same postion for about a half hour starting at 8:25.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


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- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 10:15 by Mark Holmgren
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82222734
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 08:40 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S82216735
- Comments: "Assuming same bird that has been seen many times before... large bill, very yellow, greenish back, etc."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 06:52 by Kurt Nguyen
- 354 Arroyo Road, Santa Barbara, California, US (34.436, -119.78), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4355307,-119.7799934&ll=34.4355307,-119.7799934
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82204060
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Vocalizing and feeding in bottlebrush tree. Small, yellowish green warbler with grey head and line through eye"

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Cassin's Kingbirds, Lompoc

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

This morning there were about 20 Cassin's Kingbirds. A smallish flock of
about 15 Cedar Waxwings joined but did not linger. European Starlings were
agitating the kingbirds to the point where the latter would flash their red
crowns at the starlings. Northern Mockingbirds were chasing each other in
and out of the ivy and up and around the houses.... also zig-zagging,
attacking and fighting in mid-air were several Cassin's Kingbirds that all
ganged up on another (it had a really juicy berry) and chased him all over
the neighborhood.... No American Robin today. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks
carrying nesting material were mobbed by some American Crows, and the
kingbirds would mob the crows in turn. No unusual kingbirds to report

Lisa Walker-Roseman


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Re: East Pinery Road

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,

I have to agree with Florence. There seems to be a shortage of RC Kinglets in our local mountains or at least the San Rafael’s and possibly the Santa Ynez range. Although, last Saturday 2-20-21 while birding up in la Sherpa ( way windy)and down the north slope of Refugio Road to the SYV I encounter a a fair number of RC Kinglets along with 2 Steller’s Jays a few singing Purple Finches, and OC Warblers. What I found strange was the juncos on the south side of Refugio were flocked up still while most of the juncos on the north side were mostly paired up. Then today I was out exploring the eastern corner of of our CBC circle checking out habitat and had noticed more RC Kinglets than expected. There were lots of singing Hutton’s Vireos, OC Warblers, more Purple Finch’s along with the other expected birds. I have spent the last 2 days bouncing around Montecito, Hope Ranch and parts of Goleta.
  I really do not have any good birds to report, I just wanted to agree with Florence.

Good birding.

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

On Feb 23, 2021, at 2:11 PM, Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:


I got back to the mountain for the first time in a month.  It was lovely up there today but not very birdy, though not quite as birdless as I found it a month ago. 

Best birds were a Northern Pygmy Owl calling from a Big Cone Spruce just below the trail on the north-facing side, and a very dark Merlin perched in a dead snag a little further on.  I heard a couple of Steller's Jays and also a singing Mountain Chickadee, but otherwise the birds were chaparral-oak woodland species, and not a lot of them.  I flushed a flock of quail, but they turned out to be California Quail, not Mountain Quail.  Two Fox sparrows came out to feed on the road on the keyhole loop.

For some reason, Ruby-crowned Kinglets don't seem to be very numerous in the mountains and foothills this year--at least I didn't find any today nor at Kinevan last week, nor on La Cumbre Peak during several visits. This strikes me as odd.  There seem to be plenty of them along the coastal strip.  Has anyone else noticed that?

Florence Sanchez
   


Gaviota RN Grebe

Nick Lethaby
 

One of the RN Grebes continued just W of Gaviota where Hollister Ranch starts this morning.

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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East Pinery Road

Florence Sanchez
 

I got back to the mountain for the first time in a month.  It was lovely up there today but not very birdy, though not quite as birdless as I found it a month ago. 

Best birds were a Northern Pygmy Owl calling from a Big Cone Spruce just below the trail on the north-facing side, and a very dark Merlin perched in a dead snag a little further on.  I heard a couple of Steller's Jays and also a singing Mountain Chickadee, but otherwise the birds were chaparral-oak woodland species, and not a lot of them.  I flushed a flock of quail, but they turned out to be California Quail, not Mountain Quail.  Two Fox sparrows came out to feed on the road on the keyhole loop.

For some reason, Ruby-crowned Kinglets don't seem to be very numerous in the mountains and foothills this year--at least I didn't find any today nor at Kinevan last week, nor on La Cumbre Peak during several visits. This strikes me as odd.  There seem to be plenty of them along the coastal strip.  Has anyone else noticed that?

Florence Sanchez
   


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- American Bittern (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 16:40 by Susanne Meyer
- 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/S82188910
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Viewed from the dam looking right (East). Bittern flew in and landed in front of the reeds at the east end of the dam and remained visible for a few minutes before disappearing in the reeds."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 14:12 by Eric Wier
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9586988,-120.5904007&ll=34.9586988,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82189495
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, first reported on eBird by “Pair of Wing Nuts” on February 6th"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 08:20 by John Deacon
- Rancho Sisquoc Winery (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8403479,-120.2100313&ll=34.8403479,-120.2100313
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82159545
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Known individual. In newly plowed field north of Rancho Sisquoc overhead sign. Closely associated with a flock of WCSP. Black bib and white eyebrow bordered by black. White malar stripe. Diagnostic but unartistic photos obtained."

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thirty + Cassin's Kingbirds

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

In recent weeks, I have seen only a pair of them near my mother's home.
The other day I saw six. This morning there are more than 30 individual
birds and they are flocking around an old ivy vine that has been allowed to
grow wild. At first I thought they were eating insects. They are eating the
ivy berries! One American Robin, a Northern Mockingbird, several House
Finches, European Starlings and a single California Towhee were all
gathered back there with the kingbirds, gorging on berries. I have never
seen so many kingbirds in one location before! In Crestview Terrace,
Lompoc.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman


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- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 09:28 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S82133151
- Media: 1 Photo

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 13:43 by koan kam
- River Park, Lompoc US-CA 34.65356, -120.43471, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.653556,-120.434709&ll=34.653556,-120.434709
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82128511
- Comments: "Very small, short tail, barely visible dull green on back,mostly gray, mottled grey front. Viewed from ten feet away for approximately five minutes"

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N Shoveler courtship

MIke Egan
 

Stopping by LLC today the lake was covered with 100+ N Shovelers. As I was scanning across the lake I noticed some birds circling with heads under water. As I looked closer I saw a male and female circling, then another couple, then another. Then it hit me, it was courtship. Over 30+ couples courting simultaneously all across the lake! Quite a sight!


Ducking around.

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I went out and checked a few ponds today around the north county. I started at the two ponds located on Hwy 246 and Campbell Road just west of Buellton. These ponds are holding water pretty good since the rains. We are now up to 40 American Wigeons, 6 Cinnamon Teal a few Ring-necks and N Shovelers. The ponds along Zaca Station Road near Firestone winery had 6 Redheads, that’s pretty cool for this location. I then checked out one of my favorite private ponds in the SYV and they have drained it and removed all the reeds. This is a total bummer. This means no Tricolored Blackbirds will be nesting there this year. In the bottom of this almost dry pond was 4 Cinnamon Teal and 4 Ring-necked Ducks. This is really bad because this pond used to have a lot of ducks and rails.
I checked out another pond off of Foxen Canyon Road which “was” largest nesting colony of Trikes in the county and all the reeds have been removed only one Bufflehead and a few coots were left. I sure hope Sedgewick is ready for a nesting colony of Trikes, or they’re in real trouble up here. Well, I just checked another pond on Alisos CYN Road and this pond has been denuded as well, not good. Stopped over in Los Alamos and checked out the Los Alamos Sewage Treatment Plant on Bell Road and saw 16 Cinnamon Teal 30+ A. Wigeons, N. Shovelers, Buffleheads and some Mallards, no Gadwall yet. I also went over to Los Alamos Park, this park can be really good some days, but the good news about this park is the park host has 4 bird feeders up and there is a lot of common birds. Traveling north on S.R. 135 out of Los Alamos I checked another good pond that has nesting Trikes, they have started cutting the reeds, but by hand so it is not that bad yet and it is by some equipment. So, maybe this pond will host some Tricolored Blackbirds this year. It was cool to see 4 HOODED MERGANSERS here and 2 pairs of Cinnamon Teal and Buffleheads. The Red-winged Blackbirds have already stated setting up shop in there, so that’s cool. Holy cow!!
I just saw a Greater Roadrunner in the field at the corner of Clark and HWY 1, Roadrunners are getting pretty rare anywhere along our coast. Just checked the Tanglewood pond off of Black Road and saw about 80
N Shovelers and a light mix of ducks. This particular pond used to be the best location to see Canvasbacks, there were none today. ( it is getting real windy-hard to use a spotting scope windy) at the pond in the northwest Agg field at Black and Betteravia there were about 40
Gadwall. The wind has forced a bunch of Savannah Sparrows up into the reeds,(guessing 80) kinda cool. The Black Road
flooded fields had nothing but 2 Killdeer. The “A” Street retention ponds had 8 Green-winged Teal, 10 Ring-necked Ducks and 14 Dowitchers. The retention basin pond over on Blosser and Canal Street only had about a dozen Ring-necked ducks a few Buffleheads, another good pond for Canvasbacks, none. James May Park, no wind? No birds, just mallards, coots 2 California and one Herring Gull. Waller Park’s famed duck pond, trying to save the best for last. Well, late on Sunday afternoon might not be the best time to visit. Poor lighting, and feeding frenzy was on full speed and the rest were sleeping on the island. So, I missed Jamie’s ducks!!! I decided to check out John Deacon’s Mud Lake, this was a nice stop with moderate wind and decent ducks, 12 Ring-necked, 14 Canvasbacks. This was a nice finish to a day of pond hoping.

If you finished reading this, thank you, at least you were not riding shotgun.

Good birding.

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


North Campus Open Space

Dave Compton
 

I did a fairly quick loop around North Campus Open Space mid- to late morning today. Most notable were 11 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE seen with the flock of Canadas from Veneco Road. I assume these are the birds reported from Goleta Slough (Area K) yesterday by Ron Hirst.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Santa Ynez River at Buellton - Common Goldeneye

Peter Schneekloth
 

Amongst 61 species found in the river this morning was a nice mix of waterfowl including an unexpected Common Goldeneye along with Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal and Lesser Scaup . A Wilson's Warbler was singing away and a few migrant Swallows were seen moving down river. Full list here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82089613

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (2)
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 08:15 by Susanne Meyer
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82038872
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "In dead trees behind Eucalyptus row. Red crescent on nape. One shows yellow underwing in flight. photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 13:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc Winery (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8403479,-120.2100313&ll=34.8403479,-120.2100313
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82037767
- Comments: "Individual still in exactly the same spot (entrance gate) as when first seen in fall. First seen: Sep 20 Last seen: Dec 14 Not seen over past 2 months despite looking regularly. Still associating with Wh-Cr-Sparrow flock. Skulky. Brief snatch of song"

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Area K at UCSB. GWF Geese, RB Nuthatch

Ron Hirst
 

11 GWF Geese, a RB Nuthatch, 2 N. Harriers, and a changing diversity of waterfowl make a visit here enjoyable every day now. Try walking the fence line from the police station area to the Ocean Rd. intersection and check the oaks and reedy channels in addition to the main body of water.  ebird checklist of 37 species for today...  ebird.org/checklist/S82048382
Ron Hirst, SB


Re: Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow in Montecito

Wim van Dam
 

Thanks for bringing this up Joan. A few weeks ago several of the Pine Siskins at my Solvang feeder died because of salmonella. I also had an American Goldfinch that seemed to be infected. Obviously I took my feeders down as a result. I wonder how widespread this problem is in our county this winter. 

Wim


On Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 6:15 PM Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz@...> wrote:
Hi All:
I had the wintering Chat and a White-throated Sparrow ( been around a couple of days ) at my pond today.
When I looked closely at the chat, I saw what appears to be some sort of disfiguration to its bill.
This reminds me that I saw a disturbing post online about an outbreak of salmonella at feeders in the Central Coast area, in SF area, and in the Sierra Nevada.  It seems that Pine Siskins are especially affected, but I don’t feed siskins so am thinking this may be more widespread.
They’re suggesting we take down our seed feeders for awhile, clean them, and let this outbreak die down. https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/salmonellosis-outbreak-causing-songbird-deaths/
Very upsetting!

Good birding!
Joan Lentz


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- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Lesser Yellowlegs (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Yellow-breasted Chat (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 16:53 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/S81967687
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 08:15 by Peter Schneekloth
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81964172
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller than adjacent greater Yellowlegs with proportionally shorter bill, photo."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 08:14 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S81960919
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "1st winter female, probably the same bird seen in this area since 6 Jan 2021. White throat completely framed by thick black borders. Crown red, but no red on nape. White barring on back not aligned in nice vertical rows but more disorganized."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 07:55 by Laura Baldwin
- 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/S81971381
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird vocalizing in pepper trees near the director’s office at 0857."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 07:55 by John Callender
- 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/S81969333
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird vocalizing in pepper trees near the director’s office at 0857."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 18, 2021 10:16 by Libby Patten
- 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/S81938507
- Comments: "Pale gray empid with light belly and white eye ring. Long primary projection. Seen perched in small oak just east of creek at end of trail. Next to last wide grassy patch. Perched about six feet above ground. Continuing since first found on 1/2/21 by Gage Ricard and refound by many others."

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 10:20 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln 34.43397 -119.63497, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.433973,-119.634974&ll=34.433973,-119.634974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81970116
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen a month ago. First see in fall. Concerned at appearance of growth at end of bill on this bird. Tried to get it visible in a photo."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 19, 2021 09:32 by Kurt Nguyen
- 5098 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, California, US (34.455, -119.801), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4550927,-119.8007315&ll=34.4550927,-119.8007315
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81940541
- Comments: "Immature male with red spot on chest, thick bill, striped eyebrow, brownish overall. Digiscoped photos to follow"

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Horned Larks at Happy Canyon Road

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

This morning (Fri) Gayle and I saw 4 Horned Larks in the field at the south-east corner of the junction of Happy Canyon and Alisos Roads.  They were fairly close to the road and could be easily ID'ed using just binoculars. 
Photos at; https://flic.kr/p/2kDgnbm

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Yellow-breasted Chat, White-throated Sparrow in Montecito

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
I had the wintering Chat and a White-throated Sparrow ( been around a couple of days ) at my pond today.
When I looked closely at the chat, I saw what appears to be some sort of disfiguration to its bill.
This reminds me that I saw a disturbing post online about an outbreak of salmonella at feeders in the Central Coast area, in SF area, and in the Sierra Nevada.  It seems that Pine Siskins are especially affected, but I don’t feed siskins so am thinking this may be more widespread.
They’re suggesting we take down our seed feeders for awhile, clean them, and let this outbreak die down. https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/salmonellosis-outbreak-causing-songbird-deaths/
Very upsetting!

Good birding!
Joan Lentz


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Heermann's Gull (1 report)
- Black-vented Shearwater (3 reports)
- Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (2 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- Common Yellowthroat (2 reports)

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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917697
- Comments: "Second-year bird. Flew past east side of island during high winds in early evening. Small gull with small black bill, white below with bold black "M" above, dark tail tip, and dark partial collar on back and sides of neck."

Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 07:15 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917867
- Comments: "Second-year. Flew in to the large gull flock on lee side of island. Chocolate brown with some pale feathering on back and wing panel, small bill peach at base with dark tip."

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (5)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917949
- Comments: "Small fast flapping black and white shearwaters"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 07:15 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917867
- Comments: "Fast flapping small dark brown above and white below"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (25)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917697
- Comments: "Small fast-flapping shearwaters, dark brown above and white below. Flying north ca. 0.75 to 1.5 km off east side of island"

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81918183
- Comments: "Continuing. Chunky sparrow, upperparts brownish with some gray on face, wings plain brown, some reddish tones in tail, belly to throat white with triangular brownish spots, bill yellowish with dusky top. Photographed on 12 Feb."

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917697
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near ranger station. Chunky sparrow, upperparts brownish with some gray on face, wings plain brown, some reddish tones in tail, belly to throat white with triangular brownish spots, bill yellowish with dusky top. Photographed."

Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (Junco hyemalis caniceps)
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 12:00 by Howard Friedman
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81916261
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Gray body with black eye line and rusty shoulder"

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81918273
- Comments: "Small sparrow with finely streaked breast underlain by buff, buffy malar and eyering, gray supercilium and dark brown cap. Back gray and brown streaked, wings brownish. Seen in Coreopsis above house."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 17, 2021 15:15 by Becky Turley
- Stakeout Tennessee Warbler, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4350313,-119.7798186&ll=34.4350313,-119.7798186
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81913811
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in bottlebrush tree. Flew into the south side of southern tree as previously reported. Vocalizing. Gray head, supercilium, pale yellow wash on throat and sides, mostly whitish, greenish wings, white undertail."

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81918183
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Second SBI winter record. Male. Small warbler hopping around low veg near house/greenhouse giving familiar calls. Olive green above with black mask bordered by white above and yellow below on throat and upper breast turning to olive below breast on underparts. (Photographed through window.)"

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81917949
- Comments: "Second SBI winter record. Male. Small warbler hopping around low veg near house/greenhouse giving familiar calls. Olive green above with black mask bordered by white above and yellow below on throat and upper breast turning to olive below breast on underparts. (Photographed on 15 Feb.)"

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