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Early Yellowlegs at Devereux

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi All,
I am seldom confused about Lesser vs Greater Yellowlegs, but this one has me puzzled.  Whichever it is, its early--our earliest record of a juvenile of either species.   
At noon:30 today this bird was skulking along the west shore of the Devereux Slough channel, south of the half-bridge.  It was small, but I could never get a comparison photo that included another bird.  See photos in this checklist.  Does the bill of very young birds continue to grow as it does in some other longer-billed species?  At this moment, I lean towards Greater Yellowlegs.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


Re: Reddish Egret at Mission Creek outfall

Nick Lethaby
 

Ron,

This bird is another juvenile. The bill pattern is similar to the Ocean Park bird.

Nick

On Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 11:50 AM Ron Hirst <ronhirst@...> wrote:
11-11:45 and there when I left. Adult with black & pink bill, dark legs. A birder from Coachella made me aware of the bird while I was at Bird Refuge. Ron Hirst, SB



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- Redhead (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2021 09:04 by Jamie Chavez
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve, including Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92184170
- Comments: "Continuing. Male with red head, black breast and gray sides scoped in the eastern estuary. Distance made it difficult to see any others which have been present through summer"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 21, 2021 11:22 by Libby Patten
- 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/S92163253
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing.Seen on bare branch above group of DCCO on east end of east island."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2021 11:40 by Ron Hirst
- Mission Creek outflow (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4127959,-119.6869361&ll=34.4127959,-119.6869361
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92191662
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Gray and brownish, with pink & black bill and dark legs and yellow eyes. Seems hatch year, about 6 months old. Lack of plumes and fluffy neck and location of rufousy feathering indicate hatch year. Pink & black bill unusual for hatch year."

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Re: Peregrine Falcon and Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point

Steve Ferry
 

I don’t know of any records of Peregrine Falcons preying on Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point.  But Red-tailed Hawks sometimes prey on Snowy Plover chicks.  I’ve seen it happen when I was on docent duty.

 

Steve Ferry

Goleta

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io <main@sbcobirding.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Blue
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 3:20 PM
To: sbcobirding <main@sbcobirding.groups.io>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Peregrine Falcon and Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point

 

Today an adult Peregrine Falcon was sitting in the sand approximately 20 yards behind the Snowy Plover preserve at Coal Oil Point. For most of the time, it was facing away from the Snowy Plovers and looking into the slough. It turned around toward the south just long enough for a few photos before flying off. The photos show a Snowy Plover in the foreground, but foreshortening from the telephoto lens makes the Peregrine appear much closer to the Snowy Plover than it really was. 

 

 

 

This particular bird showed no interest in the plovers. However, although they typically prefer larger prey, Peregrine Falcons are known to prey on Snowy Plovers.

 

Does anyone know of any records of Peregrine Falcons preying on Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point?

 

Thanks,

 

David Blue

Goleta, CA

 


Peregrine Falcon and Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point

David Blue
 

Today an adult Peregrine Falcon was sitting in the sand approximately 20 yards behind the Snowy Plover preserve at Coal Oil Point. For most of the time, it was facing away from the Snowy Plovers and looking into the slough. It turned around toward the south just long enough for a few photos before flying off. The photos show a Snowy Plover in the foreground, but foreshortening from the telephoto lens makes the Peregrine appear much closer to the Snowy Plover than it really was. 



This particular bird showed no interest in the plovers. However, although they typically prefer larger prey, Peregrine Falcons are known to prey on Snowy Plovers.

Does anyone know of any records of Peregrine Falcons preying on Snowy Plovers at Coal Oil Point?

Thanks,

David Blue
Goleta, CA


Re: Reddish Egret at Mission Creek outfall

Mark Bright
 

Thanks to Ron Hirst for his posting of the Reddish Egret. I was able to get to the Mission Creek outfall by 12:05 and watched the Reddish Egret there for about ten minutes while it was intimidating a Snowy Egret. The Reddish Egret then flew just east to the next City outfall just behind the Palm Park Office and Craft Center. Here I watched the Reddish Egret in the concrete hard banked section for about twenty minutes while it was foraging closely with a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron. After twenty minutes the Reddish Egret then flew further east where I could see it just landing on the beach close to the Hilton Hotel. I can't imagine it staying there long with all the beach traffic.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Reddish Egret at Mission Creek outfall

Ron Hirst
 

11-11:45 and there when I left. Adult with black & pink bill, dark legs. A birder from Coachella made me aware of the bird while I was at Bird Refuge. Ron Hirst, SB


Ocean Beach Park and Surf Beach 7-22

Florence Sanchez
 

I drove to Lompoc today to see the Reddish Egret and anything else that might be hanging around.  "Anything else" turned out to be "not much."

The Reddish egret was working the westernmost end of the estuary along with a couple of Snowy Egrets.  There were almost no shorebirds working the perimeter of the estuary and there is very little shorebird habitat in general here.  My total shorebirds included 2 Great Yellowlegs, 1 Long-billed Curlew, and a Kildeer heard somewhere in the dunes.  Most of the Gull/Pelican flock was roosting out of sight on the beach behind the dunes.  I discovered this when something apparently disturbed them and they took to the air.  A few landed on the berm at the estuary mouth.  In the flock, I found Western and Heerman's Gulls with the Pelicans but nothing else.  The only Terns hanging around were a few Least Terns foraging in the estuary.  A few Double-crested Cormorants were roosting near one of the islands, and I saw Mallards and a single Ruddy Duck swimming in the water north of the railroad trestle.  There were also a couple of Western Grebes, and one of them had two chicks swimming with it.

I decided to check out Surf Beach by walking the sandy trail from Ocean Beach.  I've never done that before and while it was a bit of a trudge through soft footing, I got some good views of extensive dune vegetation in the fenced-off area.  Most of the Sand Verbena is through blooming, but patches of the yellow form were still flowering along with a few other dune plants.  Surf Beach turned out to be devoid of birds and while the overcast ceiling was pretty good, conditions did not look great for a seawatch later.  Birds in the dunes were few--mostly White-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Black Phoebes, and a single Horned Lark that showed well at the top of a dune.

I had one mystery bird--a possible American Avocet that flew over the top of the trestle toward the beach when I got out of the car.  It certainly was the right shape with long trailing legs that were not red and it had lots of white on the body.  However, it disappeared before I could get binoculars on it and I could not pick it up in the estuary when I scanned where it seemed to be heading.

Florence Sanchez


Goleta Beach blackbird

Dave Compton
 

Hi everyone,

I wanted to provide an update on the bird initially reported several days ago as a Tricolored Blackbird at Goleta Beach. Now, this is not so rare a species in the county that it would normally merit a ton of discussion on this list. But it is pretty darn rare on the south coast at this time of year. That said, a few additional people looking at various photos of the bird are not convinced it's a Red-winged Blackbird, which I firmly stated it was the other day.

There were several photos of the bird in addition to the one Dika included in her Flickr account the other day, including several posted in eBird. At the moment, those are all in eBird as "Red-winged Blackbird." Adrian O'Loghlen also photographed the bird. Because it appears to have features of both species, some of these features appear to vary by photo, and the bird is undergoing molt, the opinion of knowledgeable observers who've weighed in is that it should be considered of unknown species. Therefore, I hope those who entered the bird in eBird as a Red-winged Blackbird will change it to "Red-winged/Tricolored Blackbird." Also, it's possible this won't be the last word on this individual, if it's spotted again.

To make the change I've suggested, you'll have to select the "Add species" option in eBird, begin typing the name as I have above, and then select the option "Red-winged/Tricolored Blackbird" when it comes up.

Incidentally, characters that different people have assessed differently while looking at these photos include the tone of red in the wing, the whiteness of the patch in the wing, evidence of whether the "white" area is faded, and the shape of the bill (which should be longer and narrower in Tricolored).

This bird has provided a learning experience for some people who know a fair amount about birds. We usually think separating the males is not hard. But sometimes, doing it based on photos, even good photos, evidently can be a challenge.

Thanks,
Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



Re: Interesting shorebirds recently

Bill Crowe
 

pa:or is a male snowy plover rescued as an egg from COPR in 2019 and reared in the Santa Barbara Zoo. This bird had one brood with at least one bird fledging  this year. 

On Jul 21, 2021, at 12:35 PM, John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:

Thank you to everyone posting about what's going on with the beginning of fall migration, both on this group and in eBird. Alerted by people's reports, I've had several fun outings to local shorebird spots in the last few days.

On Sunday I visited Guadalupe Dunes County Park and the Santa Maria River estuary, where the highlights were a weird-sounding (to me) vocalization from a shorebird flying overhead; I snapped some quick photos that, on subsequent review, showed the first red knot I've seen this year. There was also a banded snowy plover with what appeared to be an injured left foot; I corresponded with the good people at snpl_bandreporting@..., who let me know it was a bird originally banded as a chick at Salinas River State Beach in 2011; they're considering trying to capture the bird to see if removing the bands is called for. Photos in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S91942139

On Tuesday morning I visited Coal Oil Point. I was hoping to see some of the newly released rescue snowy plovers from the Santa Barbara Zoo, and I wasn't disappointed; I saw more banded juvenile snowy plovers than I ever have before, and in fact didn't have room in the 10-photos-per-species limit in eBird to post all the banded birds I saw. Photos of the ones I did have room for, including a shot of a banded adult plover I've seen before (pa:or) acting aggressive toward one of the juveniles (py:vw) are in this list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S92041810

Finally, this morning I checked out Campus Point, where the highlights were a wandering tattler east of the point and the continuing ruddy turnstone (another first of the year for me) at the point itself. Photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S92084554

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Enid Osborn
 

Hi Florence. Thanks for great pics of the gorgeous Yellow-headed Blackbird. We headed out there yesterday afternoon and saw Redwinged and Tri-colored Blackbirds, and Cowbirds near the RR and west parking lot opening, but no Yellow-headed Blackbird. My husband Jay went back out this a.m., still no dice. Cormorants in those bare eucs across the slough--a stunning sight. 
 
Enid Osborn
 

On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:11 AM, Florence Sanchez via groups.io
<sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:
 
Dear Dave,
 
I assume you are referring to the "Tri-colored Blackbird" mentioned in some posts and not the Yellow-headed Blackbird?
 
Florence
 
 
On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 09:21:48 AM PDT, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
 
 
Hi Dika and everyone,
 
The blackbird in the photo, and in several other photos posted to eBird there yesterday, is a Red-winged Blackbird. The yellow on males often fades considerably this time of year. 
 
Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 1:39 PM Dika Golovatchoff <digolov@...> wrote:
I arrived at Goleta Beach just as Florence Sanchez was leaving. Her summary was much more complete than mine.  Likewise I did not find the Reddish Egret reported yesterday but did get closer up views of the Yellow-headed Blackbird, which for me is a "life bird." (First posted this morning by David Blue.)  I was surprised to find Mike Bush there - a very good friend of mine who had come down from Los Osos (SLO county).  
 
The Yellow-headed Blackbird was very active among the Red-winged Blackbirds and what I also believe was a Tri-colored Blackbird.  Also some of what appeared to be Brown-headed Cowbirds.  A brilliant male (showing white wing bars)  came quite close to me.  Some photos at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/
 
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Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Rob Hofberg
 

I'm a bit confused.
the only Blackbirds I saw in Dika's post was this : https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

Rob Hofberg


Goleta Beach Bufflehead

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

We've been seeing an increasingly diverse set of reports on the sex and age of a single Bufflehead at Goleta Beach recently. The reports date back to late June (first seen by Deann Purcell, I believe), when everyone was seeing what was obviously a male. This checklist has photos from the first day it was seen:


However, it has been molting since it first arrived, and by 9 July was looking very different, as shown in the photo in the checklist below:


But as recently as two days ago, from the right angle, you would never doubt this bird was a male, as shown in this checklist:


However, from another angle, it might look less like our classic image of male. See the photo taken yesterday in this list:


This is a rare bird here at this time of year, and of course it's unlikely an obvious male was here early in the season, then departed, and was replaced by another Bufflehead. Yet reports have been of an adult male, an immature male, and a female. Clearly, these reports are all of the same bird, now in eclipse plumage. Note that, even in it's current, female-like plumage, it's more contrasting than a female, and is more gray in places where a female should look duller gray or brownish. Not sure of the exact age, but it's safe to call it an adult. For certain, it's not a hatch year bird, anyway. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara  



Interesting shorebirds recently

John Callender
 

Thank you to everyone posting about what's going on with the beginning of fall migration, both on this group and in eBird. Alerted by people's reports, I've had several fun outings to local shorebird spots in the last few days.

On Sunday I visited Guadalupe Dunes County Park and the Santa Maria River estuary, where the highlights were a weird-sounding (to me) vocalization from a shorebird flying overhead; I snapped some quick photos that, on subsequent review, showed the first red knot I've seen this year. There was also a banded snowy plover with what appeared to be an injured left foot; I corresponded with the good people at snpl_bandreporting@..., who let me know it was a bird originally banded as a chick at Salinas River State Beach in 2011; they're considering trying to capture the bird to see if removing the bands is called for. Photos in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S91942139

On Tuesday morning I visited Coal Oil Point. I was hoping to see some of the newly released rescue snowy plovers from the Santa Barbara Zoo, and I wasn't disappointed; I saw more banded juvenile snowy plovers than I ever have before, and in fact didn't have room in the 10-photos-per-species limit in eBird to post all the banded birds I saw. Photos of the ones I did have room for, including a shot of a banded adult plover I've seen before (pa:or) acting aggressive toward one of the juveniles (py:vw) are in this list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S92041810

Finally, this morning I checked out Campus Point, where the highlights were a wandering tattler east of the point and the continuing ruddy turnstone (another first of the year for me) at the point itself. Photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S92084554

John Callender
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (3 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2021 09:08 by Deann Purcell
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92096041
- Comments: "(1) immature male sitting on bank west of the footbridge adjacent to the airport. Dark head and back with lighter gray chest. White patch at ear and on shoulder."

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 10:52 by Libby Patten
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92062164
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female. Continuing. On western part of channel above entry bridge."

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 07:30 by Dennis Doordan
- Goleta Beach Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4168585,-119.8322153&ll=34.4168585,-119.8322153
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92050032
- Comments: "Swimming slowly in the creek that runs along the north side parking lot west of the Moffet Drive entry into the park."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 10:46 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S92064237
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Small cormorant, yellow-orange around base of bill but not extending up around eyes, bordered by strip of white. Perched on bare branch above a group of Double-crested Cormorants. Photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 10:46 by Mike Bush
- 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/S92073773
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Small cormorant, yellow around base of bill but not extending up around eyes, bordered by strip of white. Perched on bare branch above a group of Double-crested Cormorants. Photos."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 17:15 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S92068607
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Mike Bush, using a scope, spotted a large dark-colored egret on opposite side of lagoon (after walking west beneath train trestle). Bird exhibited pacing behavior of Reddish Egret. Purply-blue body, pinkish-blue neck and head, with a bright pink patch at top base of neck, pink base of bill that stretched halfway up bill, dark otherwise toward tip. Seen at 5:45 p.m. Photos."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 17:15 by Mike Bush
- 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/S92073747
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Mike Bush, using a scope, spotted a large dark-colored egret on opposite side of lagoon (after walking west beneath train trestle). Bird exhibited pacing behavior of Reddish Egret. Purply-blue body, pinkish-blue neck and head, with a bright pink patch at top base of neck, pink base of bill that stretched halfway up bill, dark otherwise toward tip. Seen at 5:45 p.m. Photos."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 14:22 by Mike Bush
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92073759
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Close to adult plumage dark heron. White streak on cheek, dark bill. Flew into creek portion of slough while we were atop bridge surveying for herons. Photos."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 14:22 by Nick Belardes
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92063949
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Close to adult plumage dark heron. White streak on cheek, dark bill. Flew into creek portion of slough while we were atop bridge surveying for herons. Photos."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2021 10:18 by Lori Gaskin
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92062151
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Prominent white/dark facial pattern with white cheek."

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Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Dave Compton
 

Thanks, Florence. Yes, I'm referring to the bird reported as a Tricolored Blackbird. All photos I've seen of a Tricolored Blackbird at this location in the past couple of days are actually of a male Red-winged Blackbird. This is a common mistake at this time of year.

No mistaking that Yellow-headed, which is a really nice find here at this time of year.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:11 AM Florence Sanchez <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:
Dear Dave,

I assume you are referring to the "Tri-colored Blackbird" mentioned in some posts and not the Yellow-headed Blackbird?

Florence


On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 09:21:48 AM PDT, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


Hi Dika and everyone,

The blackbird in the photo, and in several other photos posted to eBird there yesterday, is a Red-winged Blackbird. The yellow on males often fades considerably this time of year. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 1:39 PM Dika Golovatchoff <digolov@...> wrote:
I arrived at Goleta Beach just as Florence Sanchez was leaving. Her summary was much more complete than mine.  Likewise I did not find the Reddish Egret reported yesterday but did get closer up views of the Yellow-headed Blackbird, which for me is a "life bird." (First posted this morning by David Blue.)  I was surprised to find Mike Bush there - a very good friend of mine who had come down from Los Osos (SLO county).  

The Yellow-headed Blackbird was very active among the Red-winged Blackbirds and what I also believe was a Tri-colored Blackbird.  Also some of what appeared to be Brown-headed Cowbirds.  A brilliant male (showing white wing bars)  came quite close to me.  Some photos at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

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Dull morning for shorebirds

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked a couple of places I haven't been to recently and enjoyed the exercise, but didn't get much more than that out of either.

My first stop was the beach at the Ritz-Carleton in Goleta (Haskell's Beach to old-timers).  I walked east to the point where I had walked from the West on Monday and back again.  This beach usually has only a few shorebirds, and all that I could turn up today were a fly-by flock of about 15 Long-billed Curlews and a half-dozen Kildeer in the small estuary just east of the hotel.  Many years ago we had a Reddish  Egret there, but any hopes that our Goleta Beach RE might be present were dashed.  Other Herons were there:  A Great Blue Heron, 1 Great Egret, 3 Snowy Egrets with more perched back along the stream in some willows.  The cormorant rookery is full of birds but binoculars could turn up only Brandt's Corms, nothing rarer.  A few Western Gulls on the water, and that was it.

I then checked out NCOS, which is very dry and had no shorebirds except for 1 Kildeer.

Florence Sanchez


Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Florence Sanchez
 

Dear Dave,

I assume you are referring to the "Tri-colored Blackbird" mentioned in some posts and not the Yellow-headed Blackbird?

Florence


On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 09:21:48 AM PDT, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


Hi Dika and everyone,

The blackbird in the photo, and in several other photos posted to eBird there yesterday, is a Red-winged Blackbird. The yellow on males often fades considerably this time of year. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 1:39 PM Dika Golovatchoff <digolov@...> wrote:
I arrived at Goleta Beach just as Florence Sanchez was leaving. Her summary was much more complete than mine.  Likewise I did not find the Reddish Egret reported yesterday but did get closer up views of the Yellow-headed Blackbird, which for me is a "life bird." (First posted this morning by David Blue.)  I was surprised to find Mike Bush there - a very good friend of mine who had come down from Los Osos (SLO county).  

The Yellow-headed Blackbird was very active among the Red-winged Blackbirds and what I also believe was a Tri-colored Blackbird.  Also some of what appeared to be Brown-headed Cowbirds.  A brilliant male (showing white wing bars)  came quite close to me.  Some photos at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

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Cormorant and Night Herons

Guy Tingos
 

The Neotropic Cormorant continues at the east end of the eastmost island at the Bird Refuge. 3 Yellow-crowned Night Herons were at Goleta Beach west of the entrance road.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Dave Compton
 

Hi Dika and everyone,

The blackbird in the photo, and in several other photos posted to eBird there yesterday, is a Red-winged Blackbird. The yellow on males often fades considerably this time of year. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 1:39 PM Dika Golovatchoff <digolov@...> wrote:
I arrived at Goleta Beach just as Florence Sanchez was leaving. Her summary was much more complete than mine.  Likewise I did not find the Reddish Egret reported yesterday but did get closer up views of the Yellow-headed Blackbird, which for me is a "life bird." (First posted this morning by David Blue.)  I was surprised to find Mike Bush there - a very good friend of mine who had come down from Los Osos (SLO county).  

The Yellow-headed Blackbird was very active among the Red-winged Blackbirds and what I also believe was a Tri-colored Blackbird.  Also some of what appeared to be Brown-headed Cowbirds.  A brilliant male (showing white wing bars)  came quite close to me.  Some photos at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

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