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Re: Pink Sided Junco?

Dave Compton
 

Hi Don and Marge,

Thanks for posting the photos of your junco. It's important that, when people think they have a Pink-sided Junco, that they document the bird well. This form is pretty rare in our area. 

I have found that a surprising number of our juncos have mostly gray heads, but lack other features of a Pink-sided Junco. This bird's head looks pretty gray, but I am not seeing really obvious black lores. A lot of times, the birds with the grayer heads will have dark lores when you view them at certain angles, but at other angles the lores look less dark, and not black at all. Also, a Pink-sided Junco should have pretty obvious and extensive pinkish sides. You correctly note that the bird in the photos looks mostly white below, and this should not be the case with a Pink-sided Junco.

It's not a trivial ID. I've seen plenty of juncos locally that got my attention at first view, but that didn't hold up to scrutiny. I appreciate you putting up the photos so others can weigh in.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



On Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 3:53 PM Marge and Don Thornton via groups.io <thorntonmlt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
While looking at the photos from Wednesday's unsuccessful quest for the MacGillivray's Warbler at the Hollister Business Park I discovered that what I had thought was a pair of Oregn Dark-eyed Juncos was not.  One of the birds was actually quite different, with a light gray head, dark around the eyes and a mostly white underside with just the fainest was of pink under the wing.  The pictures are posted with the checklist.       https://ebird.org/checklist/S104114048.

Today we stopped by Lake Jocelyn to see the pair of Wilson's Snipe.  They were still in the little pond closest to the road.

Marge  and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


Pink Sided Junco?

Marge and Don Thornton
 

While looking at the photos from Wednesday's unsuccessful quest for the MacGillivray's Warbler at the Hollister Business Park I discovered that what I had thought was a pair of Oregn Dark-eyed Juncos was not.  One of the birds was actually quite different, with a light gray head, dark around the eyes and a mostly white underside with just the fainest was of pink under the wing.  The pictures are posted with the checklist.       https://ebird.org/checklist/S104114048.

Today we stopped by Lake Jocelyn to see the pair of Wilson's Snipe.  They were still in the little pond closest to the road.

Marge  and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


Lake Los Carneros this morning

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi all:  Brief report here:  lots of species, very few individuals.  Nothing unusual to report.  I was so happy to run into Rob Lindsay’s birding group — a great number of folks many of whom are longtime friends. So important to have these bird classes and kudos to our local teachers, Guy Tingos, Rebecca Coulter, and Rob Lindsay. This is the first time we’ve had public bird classes in ages!  We need you new birders now more than ever.
And I think I can say this has been the skimpyest winter ever for birds in Santa Barbara County.  I am only summarizing what I’ve heard from the CBC results and other birders in the field. And my own observations…. 
HOWEVER, on any given day, Santa Barbara can start to pop, and whether it’s spring migrants or refinding winterers — go birding!  Any day I go birding, I feel so much better!  Free medicine!
Joan Lentz
Montecito


Dancing Grebes at Lake Cachuma

Tom Riederer
 

I did another leisurely troll around Lake Cachuma yesterday morning.  No unusual birds spotted, other than an immature Bald Eagle.  However there were a lot of Grebes, mostly Western with a few Clark's, out in the large open area between boat launch and the dam.
There were dozens of pairs doing there "walk on water" dance.  If you've got a good camera this could be a great time to catch em in the act.
Small motor boats are for rent at the marina.  Check Windy.com to make sure it's a calm day as it can get pretty windy on the lake.
Yesterday was glass-calm gorgeous and a few fish actually cooperated as well.

tom
Tom Riederer
Santa Barbara


Glen Annie Ranch pond

Jackie Huffard
 

There were 2 male Hooded Mergansers  and 1 female  in
the pond this morning. One of the males was sunning on the raft next to the female.    Also the resident mallards and coots.  I've heard that other nearby ranches also have ponds , maybe explains their sporadic appearances.


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*** Species Summary:

- Mallard x Mexican Duck (hybrid) (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (1 report)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Mallard x Mexican Duck (hybrid) (Anas platyrhynchos x diazi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 16:30 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104036694
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2022 09:29 by John Deacon
- North Blosser Rd. Flood Control Pond, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.980019,-120.4508454&ll=34.980019,-120.4508454
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104036101
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing. Reddish head. White chin. Sharp demarcation from red head and neck to white/gray body. Thin bill. Photos."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2022 06:28 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/S104042710
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing photos"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2022 06:28 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/S104042710
- Comments: "Continuing N end of pond."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2022 12:30 by Marc Bierdzinski
- Casmalia area, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.847436,-120.523969&ll=34.847436,-120.523969
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104046164
- Comments: "Continuing bird as noted by David and Linda Blue on March 1. As noted, bright yellow head stood out among the other blackbirds. In bare pasture with cows grazing on east side of road."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2022 12:41 by Spencer Seale
- 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/S104047008
- Comments: "Continuing male skulking in honeysuckle hedge. Surprised to see he’s still around!"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 16:30 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104036694
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bright yellow under tail - tail bobbing"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:00 by Eunice Schroeder
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S104019045
- Comments: "Continuing bird in eucalyptus tree. Bright yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping."

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- Palm Warbler (5 reports)

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Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:58 by Linda Blue
- Casmalia Arena, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.844543,-120.525065&ll=34.844543,-120.525065
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103987021
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First reported here yesterday by Nick Lethaby. Vividly stood out from all the other blackbirds in the flock like a bright yellow light bulb with its yellow head and breast, black mask, and white patch on its wing."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:58 by David Blue
- Casmalia Arena, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.844543,-120.525065&ll=34.844543,-120.525065
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103986580
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First reported here yesterday by Nick Lethaby. Vividly stood out from all the other blackbirds in the flock like a bright yellow light bulb with its yellow head and breast, black mask, and white patch on its wing."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:00 by Kenna Hickman
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103981950
- Comments: "Continuing bird in eucalyptus tree. Bright yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:00 by Susan Forkush
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103987795
- Comments: "Continuing bird in eucalyptus tree. Bright yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:00 by Maggie Silverstein
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103983348
- Comments: "Continuing bird in eucalyptus tree. Bright yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:00 by R Dennis Ringer
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103986925
- Comments: "Continuing bird in eucalyptus tree. Bright yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2022 08:00 by Guy Tingos
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103980086
- Comments: "Continuing bird in eucalyptus tree. Bright yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping."

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Carp birding March 1

Florence Sanchez
 

Northern Waterthrush on Carp Creek again a no show for me this morning.   I noticed a female Red-breasted Merganser in the Lagoon and also that high tide continues to overrun the sand berm at the lagoon mouth.

I checked out Carp Creek at the Eighth street bridge and found a nice male Wilson's Warbler along with singing Orange-crowned Warbler and Common Yellowthroat.

Final stop was Lake Jocelyn, which had a little more water than I expected.  Best birds were a pair of Wilson's Snipe in the shallow pool closest to the road.  With one exception, waterfowl on the lake were Mallards and coots; the exception was a male Green-winged Teal.

Florence Sanchez


Re: Carpinteria Little Big Day call for participants

John Callender
 

Correction: I overlooked that the State of the Union address was happening at the same time as I'd scheduled the kick-off / Q&A Zoom meeting for the Carpinteria Little Big Day. As a result that kickoff Zoom event has been postponed 24 hours, and will now take place tomorrow (Wednesday, March 2, 2022) at 6:30 p.m.

Again, this Zoom meeting is completely optional. You can participate in the little big day without attending the Zoom meeting.

More details at: https://carpbirdwatchers.org/clbd/

Thanks!

John Callender
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Scoter (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)
- Painted Redstart (4 reports)

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White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 15:24 by George Chapman
- UCSB--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103939116
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Scoter with distinctive curly white eye-line. Distant scope view in SE of lagoon, (about here, -119.84468). White wing patches noted when fluffing out feathers."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 15:29 by Mark Hays
- 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/S103936704
- Comments: "Very flighty going from tree to tree"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 07:51 by Benjamin Byerly
- 7402 - 7418 Hollister Ave (LogMeIn Tipus), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103905835
- Comments: "Continuing on NW corner of eucs grove. In underbrush. Yellow body with blue-grey head and partial white eye ring (arcs above and below)"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 14:01 by George Chapman
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103932335
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Not on ground but in eucalyptus (about here 34.421916, -119.871689). White breast, yellow under tail, white spots at tip of under-tail. Found by filtering through yellow-rumps warblers for the warbler pumping its tail up and down."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 11:20 by Steve Hovey
- Rocky Nook Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4417606,-119.7114365&ll=34.4417606,-119.7114365
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103928637
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird with bright red belly, white wing markings, white tail edges and black on top. Seen in the oak trees in the northwest corner of the park about 50 feet up the trail that leaves the part to the north."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 08:04 by Max Laubstein
- Rocky Nook Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4417606,-119.7114365&ll=34.4417606,-119.7114365
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103909854
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First spotted by Jeremy on the SE side of the salmon colored house in the traditional location. Then flew into one of the large oaks in the driveway of the house to the west side, the flew across mission oaks road into another oak, where it provided great looks for a few minutes. Called a few times and heard singing a warbled tuweetuweetuwee two or three times

Please appreciate my epic redstart video. I hope it inspires.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/194735193@N02/51909974376/in/dateposted-public/" title="IMG_5322"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/51909974376_23aa950f3f_h.jpg" alt="IMG_5322" /></a>"

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 08:04 by Alex Castelein
- Rocky Nook Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4417606,-119.7114365&ll=34.4417606,-119.7114365
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103910771
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First spotted by Jeremy on the SE side of the salmon colored house in the traditional location. Then flew into one of the large oaks in the driveway of the house to the west side, the flew across mission oaks road into another oak, where it provided great looks for a few minutes. Called a few times and heard singing a warbled tuweetuweetuwee two or three times"

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2022 08:04 by Jeremy Cowan
- Rocky Nook Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4417606,-119.7114365&ll=34.4417606,-119.7114365
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103913457
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First spotted by Jeremy on the SE side of the salmon colored house in the traditional location. Then flew into one of the large oaks in the driveway of the house to the west side, the flew across mission oaks road into another oak, where it provided great looks for a few minutes. Called a few times and heard singing a warbled tuweetuweetuwee two or three times"

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Surf Beach Closing for Western Snowy Plover

John Deacon
 


Santa Ynez River Estuary Feb. 28

Florence Sanchez
 

I hadn't read Nick's post before I went today but still found a nice mix of species.  The road into Ocean Park remainsl closed to vehicles though it is no longer flooded, so I had to walk in but that provided an excellent opportunity to scope the duck flocks in various ponds and channels.  Shovelers were the dominant species (next to American Coots!), but there were also lots of American Wigeons and Gadwall, along with a few Northern Pintails, a couple of Mallards, and a pair of Cinnamon Teal.  I did not turn up any Blue-winged Teal, White-faced Ibis, or a Northern Phalarope.

In the main channel, I found both Clark's and Western Grebes, lots of Eared Grebes, a few Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads, and the best find in the estuary:  a pair of Common Goldeneyes (male and female).  I was joined by David and Linda Blue, and I believe David got a photo of them.  Heron family was scarce--only 1 each Great Blue Heron and Great Egret found.  However, sparrows were abundant in the salt marsh, including Song, Savannah (including singing Belding's form), and White-crowns; there were also lots of Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds present, along with one Great-tailed Grackle.  Gulls were almost non-existent and no swallows were seen while I was there.  A Sora sounded off twice in the marsh.

Linda spotted an Osprey near the testle that was scared off by a track maintenance vehicle, but we also had a Peregrine perched on a post on the trestle that provided great views.  The only shorebirds I found in the estuary were Greater Yellowlegs and a couple of Kildeer.

The path to the beach under the trestle was flooded, so I had to walk up the berm and across the tracks to get to the dune path to the estuary mouth and beach (last day to do this--beach closes tomorrow due to Plover nesting).  There was a modest flock of shorebirds at the estuary's edge, most of which were Black-bellied Plovers, but with them were a few each Western and Least Sandpipers and a few Sanderlings.  I tailed a bird at the very western edge of the estuary suspecting it might be a Dunlin, and it was.  Absolutely no gulls on the beach or flying overhead.

I finished up at Surf Beach, hoping to do a seawatch from the train station, but after a few minutes I realized the seas were just too rough to pick up much of anything before it disappeared behind a wave, so I called it a day.  Giant Coreopsis are blooming nicely, turning grotesque plants into something beautiful for a few weeks of the year.

Florence Sanchez


Carp Morning

Rob Denholtz
 

Monday morning, Feb. 28, 2022

Carp State Beach: imm. Glaucous-winged Gull in the lagoon (high tide had broken over the beach).
Unusually small gull flock: Western & Ring-billed . . . a dozen Royal Terns.

campground: small flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


Carpinteria Bluffs this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

All,
A gorgeous day out on the Bluffs this morning. My birding class had 40 species, including two Black Oystercatchers at the seal colony in elaborate and noisy courtship displays. They called and bowed, tails raised, moving around each other as they put on quite a show. I have never seen this before, so dug into Cornell’s Birds of the World a little to learn more. Pairs remain bonded throughout the year, so it’s possible these two were indeed preparing for the breeding season. Lehman indicates that they have not been recorded breeding very far south of Pt. Conception—it would be interesting to see how long they linger at this location. We had a good mix of other expected species; list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/email?subID=S103919329 (The pupping season at the seal colony is fully underway, with pups of all ages on the beach with the females, including some this morning with umbilical cords still attached.)

Rebecca Coulter
SB


Carpinteria Little Big Day call for participants

John Callender
 

Carpinteria Birdwatchers is sponsoring what I think will be a fun event: a friendly "little big day" competition in which teams see who can find the most birds in a 7-mile-diameter circle between 8 a.m. and noon. (There will also be a non-team, non-competitive category for people who want to participate less formally.) The event, which will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, is free and open to all ability levels.
 
Details about the event, including links to a signup form, the competition rules and map, and information about a kickoff/Q & A Zoom meeting that will be happening tomorrow (Tuesday, March 1, 2022) at 6:30 p.m., are on the Carpinteria Birdwatchers website at:
 
https://carpbirdwatchers.org/clbd/
 
Thanks!
 
John Callender
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (4 reports)
- Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (2 reports)
- American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid) (2 reports)
- Mallard x Mexican Duck (hybrid) (1 report)
- White-winged Scoter (4 reports)
- Common Merganser (3 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:29 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/S103850647
- Comments: "Continuing bird with American Wigeons. Red brown head with cream colored crown."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:29 by Tom Beland
- 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/S103850195
- Comments: "Continuing bird with American Wigeons. Red brown head with cream colored crown."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 26, 2022 07:55 by Lucas Gaede
- 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/S103827363
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male seen at Santa Monica x Franklin Creek. Wigeon with distinct dark reddish head and buff colored forehead/crown."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 09:45 by margeNdon thornton
- SantaMonicaCreek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4007301,-119.5295575&ll=34.4007301,-119.5295575
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103862697
- Comments: "seen briefly at the end of Santa Monica creek at the end of a long line of American Wigeons, the reddish head with light buffy center stripe quite unmistakable."

Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca strepera x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 09:31 by 🦆The Kingbirder🦉
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103842422
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Wintering bird. Photos."

Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca strepera x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 09:31 by Long-eared Owl
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103842437
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Wintering bird. Photos."

American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca americana x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 09:31 by Long-eared Owl
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103842437
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Wintering bird. Photos."

American Wigeon x Mallard (hybrid) (Mareca americana x Anas platyrhynchos) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 09:31 by 🦆The Kingbirder🦉
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103842422
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Wintering bird. Photos."

Mallard x Mexican Duck (hybrid) (Anas platyrhynchos x diazi) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 07:45 by Steve Hovey
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103838671
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird with one male and one female Mallard in the shrubs where the Whittier pond runoff joins the NCOS channel"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 14:17 by Steve Colwell
- UCSB--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103867990
- Comments: "Continuing"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 13:40 by Steve Hovey
- UCSB--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103873612
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird swimming with large flock of Lesser Scaup; White patches on both wings."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 10:26 by David Compton
- UCSB--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103849903
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing young male. Large, mostly blackish duck with white secondary patch, small whitish area around eye on otherwise black head, and some pale mottling on breast. Facial profile showed long sloping line of forehead and bill, which was mostly dark with a small pale area toward the distal end."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:09 by Jeremy Cowan
- UCSB--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103840425
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing on the lagoon. Floating in the center of the lagoon on the southern side at about (34.4072477, -119.8447094), viewed from just south of the portable offices at the picnic table (34.4076421, -119.8438668). Photos"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:29 by Tom Beland
- 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/S103850195
- Comments: "Red brown crested head, white chin and breast. Clear line between red neck and breast."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:29 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/S103850647
- Comments: "Red brown crested head, white chin and breast. Clear line between red neck and breast."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:10 by Susanne Meyer
- Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park (limited access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4242396,-119.8238146&ll=34.4242396,-119.8238146
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103882780
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing female, hanging out with Mallards"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 17:05 by Carmen Galaz-García
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103883367
- Comments: "Medium-sized bird, light brown above with dark primary coverts. Pale below, with a black ‘comma’ near wing wrist and two black stripes on wing tips. Seen around 6:20 (sunset was at 5:53) through binoculars. It was doing short flights close to the ground and perching on both sticks and bushes."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 17:05 by Kate Reed
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103883368
- Comments: "Medium-sized bird, light brown above with dark primary coverts. Pale below, with a black ‘comma’ near wing wrist and two black stripes on wing tips. Seen around 6:20 (sunset was at 5:53) through binoculars. It was doing short flights close to the ground and perching on both sticks and bushes."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 26, 2022 20:19 by Sophie Cameron
- 93460, Santa Ynez US-CA 34.60955, -120.06612, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.609551,-120.066122&ll=34.609551,-120.066122
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103801280
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "female. Medium sized woodpecker with red crown and nape, white patch on throat. Seen gripping limbs of a pepper tree and gave two very squeaky calls."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:09 by Jeremy Cowan
- UCSB--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103840425
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen in a dead cypress at (34.4079744, -119.8495018), flushed by cyclists and flew across the lagoon heading north towards the Manzanita residence halls. Photos"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 12:11 by Benjamin Byerly
- Village at Los Carneros Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4351481,-119.8612975&ll=34.4351481,-119.8612975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103850105
- Comments: "Continuing sparrow - rufous cap with grey body and olive green wings/tail. Foraging in the brush by the first gravel turn off towards the grassy area when heading NW from Cortona. (34.4349148, -119.8613565)"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 16:03 by Steven Gaulin
- 2656 Montrose Place Santa Barbara CA, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4516365,-119.71582&ll=34.4516365,-119.71582
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103868578
- Comments: "Unambiguous adult male. Orange head, breast, belly, and rump; black throat, wings, and tail; white shoulder."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2022 16:27 by Mario Borunda
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103863812
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen very briefly on the SE edge of the creek, directly across from the treatment facility. Brown above with yellow wash on flanks and undertail coverts, bobbing tail. Disappeared quickly into the dense willows. We waited for about 10-15 minutes to see if it would re-emerge but no luck."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2022 16:27 by Sangeet Khalsa
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103862666
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen very briefly on the SE edge of the creek, directly across from the treatment facility. From the side/rear angle of view we were able to observe the brown coloration above with yellow wash on flanks and undertail coverts, and the tail-bobbing behavior. It disappeared quickly into the dense willows. We waited for about 10-15 minutes to see if it would re-emerge but no luck."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 15:15 by Steve Hovey
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103873904
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird with pronounced yellow rump. Some yellow color in the breast. Hunting in a lerpy eucalyptus with House Finches, Western Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2022 08:48 by Deann Purcell
- 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=34.4198459,-119.8792197&ll=34.4198459,-119.8792197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S103844883
- Comments: "Continuing in eucalyptus next to gazebo at 9:20am. In a group of about 20 yellow-rumped warblers. Observed again in the same tree at 11:15am."

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North coast birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Today I birded Casmalia, Guadalupe, and the Santa Ynez River Estuary. I did a quick distant scan of the Santa Maria River mouth and beach and it was so birdless, I didn't spend any more time there.

At Casmalia, I had 7 YH Blackbirds in a flock of 105 Tricolored Blackbirds at a dairy. I had a couple of Ferruginous Hawks around Guadalupe, but raptor numbers seem down here this winter. I saw the 3 male Vermilion Flycatchers at Jack O'Connell Park.

At the Santa Ynez River Mouth, there were plenty of dabbling ducks (over 750). Best birds were an alternate male RN Phalarope, a WF ibis, a BW Teal, 14 Pintail, and 10 Whitefronted Geese. I had a Merlin along Ocean Avenue while driving into Lompoc.

Regards,

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Palm Warbler at NCOS

Steve Hovey
 

Continuing bird! Finally found it!! Hoping around and waging its tail in the southern-most lerpy euc just inside the green construction fence to the south of the new parking lot. Singing its happy song.

-Steve


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Steve Hovey


Campus Lagoon 27 February 2022

Dave Compton
 

I walked around Campus Lagoon at UCSB today. The young male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was not around when I arrived at the east end of the lagoon, but made a sudden appearance around 10:45am, with the scaup flock. An AMERICAN AVOCET was along the shore in the southwest corner of the lagoon around noon, near a nice size flock of Willets and some Long-billed Dowitchers.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


LogMeIn and Village at Los Carneros OS

Benjamin Byerly
 

Good afternoon,

I dipped on the MacGillivray’s at former LogMeIn but did turn up the wintering Green-Tailed Towhee at Village at Los Carneros open space.

GT Towhee at (34.4349148, -119.8613565)


Best,
Ben
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Benjamin L. Byerly

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