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Re: White-tailed Kite at Lake los Carneros

Mark Holmgren
 

Thanks for these photos, Barbara.  A few reports of single Kites are showing up recently.
This bird seems to be a juvenile--hatched weeks or months ago.  

Aging is done better with a dorsal view, but this bird shows no flight feather wear 
(suggesting all the feathers are new), no differential flight feather wear 
(suggesting that all the feathers emerged at the same time (this happens only early in 
the life of a raptor)), dusky edges to the tail feathers, and a dark iris.  Hence, it's a young bird.
  
As we know locally, Kites evict their young at the time the adults begin preparations 
for a second brood.  Those young then wander who knows where.  Individuals showing 
up on our turf at this time are likely young evictees from other areas rather than adults 
that might have bred here in the past.

It's worth mentioning that Mississippi Kites are single brooded, and presumably do not 
need to push their first brood out and away.  But, the Santa Barbara County records of 
Mississippi Kites occur around this time of year (late May and June).  

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


On Sat, Jun 18, 2022 at 9:31 AM Barbara Goll <bobbie3744@...> wrote:
Hi, All,

Yesterday I saw a White-tailed Kite hunting above the meadows on the east side near La Patera. It never came down. Just moved around the area. Photos here.  https://flic.kr/p/2nsCasK

Barbara Goll
Goleta


White-tailed Kite at Lake los Carneros

Barbara Goll
 

Hi, All,

Yesterday I saw a White-tailed Kite hunting above the meadows on the east side near La Patera. It never came down. Just moved around the area. Photos here.  https://flic.kr/p/2nsCasK

Barbara Goll
Goleta


No shorebirds on UCSB beaches June 17

Florence Sanchez
 

 I walked the beaches early this morning at very low tide and found only a few gulls.  It was a great time for a meditative walk, but not much else.  There were 4 Black-necked Stilts in a tidal overflow pool next to the Campus Point access road and a Kildeer family (2 adults, 2 fledged chicks) in the northwest corner of the UCSB Lagoon.  The Lagoon was devoid of any waterfowl.

Florence Sanchez


Coal Oil Point and Sands Beach June 16

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked the beach here this morning to take advantage of a very low tide.  I found a lot more bird activity here than my visit a week ago, though I think these were all non-breeding, over-summering birds.  My totals were 24 Long-billed Curlews, 2 Whimbrels, 4 Marbled Godwits, 8 Black-bellied Plovers, 12 Semi-palmated Plovers, 1 Kildeer, and multiple Snowy Plovers.  There were 16 Heerman's Gulls on the beach, including 2 adults, one bird getting its white head, and the rest all dark first-year birds.  I counted about a dozen Western Gulls and 3 scruffy California Gulls as well.  Two Royal Terns were resting on the beach.

Last night's high tide washed up against the bluffs and overran the front part of the Snowy Plover enclosure.  Docents were out looking for abandoned nests with eggs that they might possibly be able to save.  I was told that some of the Plovers are now nesting further upstream as a result of the frequent overruns.  This is likely to be a permanent porblem as sea levels continue to rise.

Florence Sanchez


Refugio Road and Quiota Creek

Florence Sanchez
 

On Monday, I went back to Quiota Creek and found the birding situation to be much the same as before--activity and singing winding down along the creek and several instances of parents feeding young fledglings.  When I finished my walk, I saw a couple of hikers start up hill on the unpaved road, and so I decided to walk for a couple of hundred yards to see what it was like.  I found that there was a lot of activity and viewing was good because I was looking into the trees, rather than up at them.

So today I hiked the road up the hill from the parking area.  Starting about 6:30, I found it  was a steady uphill climb, leveling a little in places, and not too steep.  The most bird activity was along the lower section, from the start until the section of read that is still paved ends.  It was fairly shady here, which was nice.  After that, the vegetation opened up, there was less shade, and activity was less.  I figure I hiked about 2.5 miles by 9 a.m. and felt good enough to continue, but it was getting warm and the flies were out so I headed back down.

Most abundant birds by far were the singing Purple Finches and Warbling Vireos.  I saw or heard them along the entire route.  I heard a Steller's Jay in the canyon below the first big switchback.  Yellow Warblers were singing in several places.

This would be a great hike earlier in the spring and I've put it on my list to do in the future. It's 5.4 miles (per Google Maps) from where I started to Refugio Pass at the top, and a good way to do the hike would be to get dropped off at the top and hike down to the bottom to be picked up.

Flowers:  For the most part, everything is done or going, but there still is Bush Moneyflower blooming and also red-flowered Keckiella.  I found one small patch of Foothill Pentemon and a single yellow Mariposa Lily right at the roadside (quite late).

Florence Sanchez


Madulce and Big Pine

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all,

This past weekend I spent some time up in the San Rafael Mountains in the vicinity of Madulce Peak and Big Pine Mountain. I started at Cox Flat and hiked up Santa Barbara Canyon to Madulce Campground where I spent the first night. The next day I hiked the Madulce Trail via the north slope of Madulce Peak to Alamar Saddle where I spent the next two nights. On the mornings of the third and fourth days I birded the Big Pine Mountain area between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, before heading back to Cox Flat. This takes you through a variety of habitats from chaparral and riparian/oak forests at mid to high altitudes, to the main draw of this area - the very high elevation pine forest surrounding Big Pine Mountain.

This is a pretty strenuous hike - I walked about 46 miles with 56 pounds on my back and with over 3000 ft of elevation gain, but it was totally worth it both for the experience of the vast wilderness up there and the birds unique to that area. All in all I had a blast and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind some challenging hiking. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to access the area since the Forest Service gates are closed many miles before Big Pine Mountain, so what I did, in spite of its rather strenuous nature, is probably one of the easiest ways to reach the area.

The absolute highlights of the trip were the birds that, within the county, pretty much only exist around Big Pine Mountain: Flammulated Owl, White-headed Woodpecker, and Dusky Flycatcher. But I also had lots of fun birds that are found more at higher elevations including in pine forest, like Olive-sided Flycatcher (14 in total), Mountain Chickadee (31), Golden-crowned Kinglets (2; they are rare breeders in the county), Red-breasted Nuthatch (2), Pygmy Nuthatch (13), Brown Creeper (12), Lawrence's Goldfinch (10, not necessarily a high-altitude species but common up there), Chipping Sparrow (2), Black-chinned Sparrow (8), Fox Sparrow (2), Bell's Sparrow (5, of both subspecies - canescens in Santa Barbara Canyon and belli at higher altitude), Black-throated Gray Warbler (14), Western Tanager (10), Common Poorwill (4), and Northern Pygmy-Owl (4). The only obvious misses were Cassin's Finch and Red-breasted Sapsucker.

A bonus was a singing male Indigo Bunting on the north slope of Big Pine Mountain.

I tried my best to collect data for the Breeding Bird Study, with a total of 15 or so records, including evidence for breeding Western Tanager, Brown Creeper, Bell's Sparrow, Mountain Quail, and Chipping Sparrow.

You can see my eBird trip report here: https://ebird.org/tripreport/63453. Note that some of the totals are misleading since I birded one of the areas twice, so there could be double counting.

Linus

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Goleta


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- American Bittern (1 report)
- Flammulated Owl (1 report)
- Dusky Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Golden-crowned Kinglet (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (1 report)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Jun 14, 2022 06:30 by Surfliner 450
- 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/S112967037
- Comments: "Spotted on bank of lake. Flew away."

Flammulated Owl (Psiloscops flammeolus) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 20:00 by Linus Blomqvist
- Between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6984181,-119.6338667&ll=34.6984181,-119.6338667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112956093
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Presumably same bird also heard calling in the morning of the same day around the same spot."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Jun 13, 2022 06:30 by Linus Blomqvist
- Between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6984181,-119.6338667&ll=34.6984181,-119.6338667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112960467
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "One singing. Two-part song with one upslurred and one downslurred part. Voice a bit reminiscent of White Wagtail. Will upload recording of song."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (4)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 05:30 by Linus Blomqvist
- Between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6984181,-119.6338667&ll=34.6984181,-119.6338667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112958429
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "One heard singing, one seen and not heard, and two seen and heard. Empid with grey upperparts, eyering, and slight yellow wash on belly. Expected at this location. Will upload recording of calls."

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) (2)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 05:30 by Linus Blomqvist
- Between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6984181,-119.6338667&ll=34.6984181,-119.6338667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112958429
- Comments: "Kinglet with stark face/head pattern: white eyebrow and black lateral crown stripe."

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (2)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 05:30 by Linus Blomqvist
- Between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6984181,-119.6338667&ll=34.6984181,-119.6338667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112958429
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "Large sparrow with rather big conical bill, dark above, streaked below, reddish tail. Will upload recording of song. The first recording was incidental but I think it's Fox Sparrow?"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Jun 13, 2022 06:30 by Linus Blomqvist
- Between Alamar Saddle and Big Pine Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6984181,-119.6338667&ll=34.6984181,-119.6338667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112960467
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Bunting with deep azure blue plumage, blackish shade on face, and slight brown on wing. No reddish/chestnut-colored wingbands. Bill didn't strike me as very big."

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Carpinteria Creek Park - late Wilson's Warbler

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:  I found that one of my favorite places to go birding in Carp has been made into a pretty pocket park!  There’s very limited parking, but if you have a handicapped sticker, you luck out.  We used to be able to access this place by driving west once we exited and drove over the bridge to the north side of Bailard Rd.  You keep on going on the frontage road west until you reach a place near the entrance to the mobile home park there.  You can go down a walkway that takes you to the edge of Carp Creek, or you can linger in the little park which has great trees, grass (parks evidently get water for grass, I’ve noticed) & it’s a pleasant place for birding especially in the fall, I would imagine.  Too bad no water in creek.
My list is paltry, but it was fun to discover a new spot, & you’re right next to the riparian growth so you can walk beside the creek even though you can’t cross it.       Joan Lentz, Montecito



Kinevan Road June 14

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked the road fairly early this morning and found there is still lots of bird activity, with singing by Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, Purple Finches, and House Wrens topping the list.  I did not hear the Hermit Thrush this morning as I have on previous visits but a Solitary Vireo was singing near road marker 13.

There is only a little water left in the creek (retention pools) and i saw that another large oak has come down, this one hear the entrance driveway for the red-and-white houses. Age and drought are taking their toll.

Florence Sanchez


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- Northern Pintail (1 report)
- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (3 reports)
- American Redstart (1 report)

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Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 16:29 by Lori Gaskin
- 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/S112827701
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Observed along the shoreline at the parking lot."

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (5)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 10:00 by Cachuma Lake
- 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/S112805826
- Comments: "5 adults in Cachuma Bay in breeding plumage"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 11:10 by Joan Lentz
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112809203
- Comments: "Heard fragment of song. Just the opening rather low note that starts out the upward spiral of song. So, incomplete song, but we both know that Hermit Thrush song well. Libby has coords."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 11:02 by Libby Patten
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112811305
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard singing up from hill on south side of Kinevan at +034.506861° / -119.824348."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 11:02 by Joan Lentz
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112813628
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard singing up from hill on south side of Kinevan at +034.506861° / -119.824348.
Heard fragment of song. Just the opening rather low note that starts out the upward spiral of song. So, incomplete song, but we both know that Hermit Thrush song well. Libby has coords."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2022 08:05 by Jared heinerich
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112773061
- Comments: "Juvi redstart in willow thicket by bench"

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Scott's Oriole

Cher Hollingworth
 

I birded Cuyama valley, Santa Barbara Canyon, a bit of Rainbow Canyon, 
Ballinger Canyon and Quatal Canyon yesterday.

Santa Barbara Canyon had a singing Scott's Oriole.    There are nesting White-throated Swifts in a fossil-falls in Rainbow Cyn.
I drove to Big Pine Mtn Rd, then turned around for the other canyons.

It became hot quickly.   By the time I got to Ballinger, only House Finches were evident.

Birds were the usual residents, like Ash-throated Flycatcher, Scrub-Jay, Phainopepla, No. Flicker, Cliff Swallows
and a lot of Cal Quail.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jun 11, 2022 10:24 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S112717320
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "behind the ranger station"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Jun 10, 2022 12:03 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/S112698136
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one immature. Immature starting to show some adult markings but may still have a year or two to reach full adult plumage. On south bank of slough at east end of parking lot."

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New Cuyama Cassin's Kingbirds

Jamie Chavez
 

While working my way east to spend the day up on Mt. Pinos I stopped at Richardson Park in New Cuyama where I found a pair of Cassin's Kingbirds in the two pines across the street from the Sheriff's Office. This species is rare (but not unheard of) in the New Cuyama area, and the fact that there were two together in June is suggestive of breeding, but I saw no evidence of this today. I heard two birds vocalizing around these pine trees and I discovered a family of Red-tailed Hawks being mobbed by several birds which included these two Cassin's Kingbirds. Lehman lists Cassin's Kingbird as a very rare or casual transient in District M and V. One of the issues we see in eBird are claims of Cassin's Kingbird from the New Cuyama area without any documentation whatsoever. These reports almost certainly pertain to Western Kingbird which is abundant this time of year. However, if you do see Cassin's in the eastern part of the county at any time of the year be sure to properly document it.


Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Santa Maria, CA


sub- adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Goleta Beach

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 
Edited

Hi All:
Apologies to all.  Libby Patten was able to photograph the bird at Goleta Beach today that I thought was a juvenile.  It is NOT.  It looks like one of those immatures that could be of various ages, but certainly not a juvenile, and no cause to think it might have fledged nearby, alas.  So far, we don’t seem to have any proof of breeding in SB county and I was rushing it.  Probably would take place first at Carp Salt Marsh anyway.
Thanks to all who sent photos and advice.  And, yes, I am well aware of the colony already there at Goleta Beach—some  of which are beautiful adults, but other ages, too.
Joan 


Re: help with juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Barbara Goll
 

Joan, Lisa, Adam, Dave, All,

I have seen juvenile and adult Yellow-crowned Night Herons at Goleta Slough. I have some photos taken in August 2021 that you can see here https://flic.kr/ps/3X1Y6B

The photo of the adult was taken near the viewing platform at the west end of Goleta Beach, and the photo of the juvenile was taken near the viewing platform at the east end of the Slough. 

Barbara Goll
Goleta

On Fri, Jun 10, 2022 at 11:54 AM Adam Lewis (sbfledgling) <aj.lewis@...> wrote:
Joan, Lisa,

For comparison, I photographed an adult in Costa Rica.  Here's the photo... https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/8351012818/in/album-72157632445772428/ 

Cheers!
Adam

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From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io <main@sbcobirding.groups.io> On Behalf Of Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:51 PM
To: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz@...>
Cc: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] help with juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Hi, Joan,

I've seen Yellow-crowned Night Herons there last year. The bird in the photos you have on eBird looks to be adult - juveniles would be streaked brown and have a dark bill with reddish-orange eyes. (Juvenile Black-crowned's have black bills with a yellow wash on them.)

I hope this helps!

Lisa


On 2022-06-09 8:32 pm, Joan Lentz (cox.net address) wrote:
> Hi All:
>  I was birding at Goleta Beach this morning and saw what looked like a
> very juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.  I wondered if we’d ever had
> them known to breed closer than Pt. Mugu?  Would they be breeding at
> Goleta Beach?  Alas, I came away without my camera today, but my
> caregiver snapped some photos with her phone.
>  Perhaps somebody can tell me if this is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
> or not?
>  Good news:  no dead or sick Brown Pelicans this morning.
>  Lists here:
>  Thanks,   Joan Lentz
>  Montecito
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S112549053
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S112546315
>


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Fort Bragg, CA (In Lompoc for the duration)












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- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Black-vented Shearwater (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2022 07:58 by Jessie Altstatt
- 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/S112551470
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Together In outer Cachuma Bay"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (1)
- Reported Jun 09, 2022 10:17 by Brittain Davis
- Santa Barbara Channel--Santa Cruz Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.1697721,-119.7605896&ll=34.1697721,-119.7605896
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S112546986
- Comments: "Saw white underneath. Looked right to me."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 09, 2022 12:05 by Joan Lentz
- 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/S112549053
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This bird was a dirty dark gray all over, with a deep cheek patch that forms a bit of a circle between the bird's head and it's long neck. I have never seen quite such a newly fledged Yellow-crowned, but i believe it may have been hatched at Goleta Beach. It appears too young to have migrated from anywhere else. Would like other opinions on this. Alas, my camera wasn't with me, but Stella got some shots on her phone, which I include;"

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Nojoqui Falls Park Today

Glenn Kincaid
 

On our weekly visit to Nojoqui Falls Park today, Adrian O’Loghlen and I observed a similar level of Purple Martin activity to last week, with 7 or perhaps 8 active nesting cavities. There was also a brief visit by a pair of Purple Martins to the large Sycamore tree approximately .25 miles up Alisal Road from the park, but we are not yet convinced there is breeding activity at this site.

A Red-shouldered Hawk landed atop one of the Purple Martin nesting trees, which elicited a strong response from the Martins; they quickly "encouraged" the hawk to move along.

Other interesting sighting was the pair of Steller’s Jays - immature and adult (presumably the same as last week).

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


White-faced Ibis at Sandpiper Golf Club

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

Of minor note, the above species was at the golf club pond, and could be seen from the usual spot next to the parking lot. Also, a family of Gadwall chicks with a female may be the first breeding record for this species at this location. Previous south coast records in the public BBS database are in the Goleta Slough, Campus Lagoon, and Devereux Slough areas only. Lehman (2022) also mentions Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch and several ranch ponds in/near Goleta. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Re: help with juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Adam Lewis (sbfledgling)
 

Joan, Lisa,

For comparison, I photographed an adult in Costa Rica. Here's the photo... https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbfledgling/8351012818/in/album-72157632445772428/

Cheers!
Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io <main@sbcobirding.groups.io> On Behalf Of Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:51 PM
To: Joan Lentz (cox.net address) <joanlentz@...>
Cc: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] help with juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Hi, Joan,

I've seen Yellow-crowned Night Herons there last year. The bird in the photos you have on eBird looks to be adult - juveniles would be streaked brown and have a dark bill with reddish-orange eyes. (Juvenile Black-crowned's have black bills with a yellow wash on them.)

I hope this helps!

Lisa


On 2022-06-09 8:32 pm, Joan Lentz (cox.net address) wrote:
Hi All:
I was birding at Goleta Beach this morning and saw what looked like a
very juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. I wondered if we’d ever had
them known to breed closer than Pt. Mugu? Would they be breeding at
Goleta Beach? Alas, I came away without my camera today, but my
caregiver snapped some photos with her phone.
Perhaps somebody can tell me if this is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
or not?
Good news: no dead or sick Brown Pelicans this morning.
Lists here:
Thanks, Joan Lentz
Montecito

https://ebird.org/checklist/S112549053

https://ebird.org/checklist/S112546315

--
Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (In Lompoc for the duration)


Re: help with juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, Joan,

I've seen Yellow-crowned Night Herons there last year. The bird in the photos you have on eBird looks to be adult - juveniles would be streaked brown and have a dark bill with reddish-orange eyes. (Juvenile Black-crowned's have black bills with a yellow wash on them.)

I hope this helps!

Lisa

On 2022-06-09 8:32 pm, Joan Lentz (cox.net address) wrote:
Hi All:
I was birding at Goleta Beach this morning and saw what looked like a
very juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. I wondered if we’d ever
had them known to breed closer than Pt. Mugu? Would they be breeding
at Goleta Beach? Alas, I came away without my camera today, but my
caregiver snapped some photos with her phone.
Perhaps somebody can tell me if this is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
or not?
Good news: no dead or sick Brown Pelicans this morning.
Lists here:
Thanks, Joan Lentz
Montecito
https://ebird.org/checklist/S112549053
https://ebird.org/checklist/S112546315
--
Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (In Lompoc for the duration)

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