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Chestnut-backed Chickadee in S. County

Karen Bridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

Hi all

This morning (Sat.) Jim Hodgson was looking for the Painted Bunting (no luck
there) and found a Chestnut-backed Chickadee in the same location, about 150
yards above the check dam near the end of Ward Drive. Take Ward Drive south
off of Hollister and drive to the end. Walk upcreek and you'll see the dam
immediately.

Nothing else of note that I'm aware of, although there are lots of Osprey
being seen along the coast right now. No need to call me on those. Thanks!

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...

Re: San Ysidro Dippers

Kathleen L. Whitney <kwhit@...>
 

This morning (September 5) Jim Greaves and I went to San Ysidro Creek in
search of the Dipper(s) and finally found one sub-adult about 1/4 mile
downstream of the pool where the others have apparently been observed.
This bird had a pinkish bill and pale grey spotting on the throat and upper
breast area (therefore we presumed HY status) but sang quietly to itself as
it preened and bobbed for about 5-10 minutes as we observed from the trail.
This bird was not easy to detect, so be patient and tenacious!
Kathleen




At 16:08 1.9.1999 -0700, you wrote:
Cher Hollingworth and I went back down to Montecito again this a.m. to look
for the Dipper, this time paying special attention to detail so that we
could help direct other birders to the spot. Thanks to very detailed
verbal instructions that I received from Liz Mason yesterday, we had no
trouble finding the area today. We did, by the way, find the adult Dipper
(we finally got a visual on it at 1115---it was still quite overcast at the
time), but failed to find any juveniles. The Dipper was singing almost
constantly and calling intermittently, sounding as if he would go up the
opposite bank at times before returning to the water. This a.m. he was
working the area around the actual swimming hole (vs the boulder downstream
from it), sitting on rocks around the edges, and working up the little
waterfall above the pool and then back down again. We got a long terrific
look at him just standing there on one leg stretching his wings and
blinking his little eyes with his bright white eyelids flashing. Cool bird!!

At any rate, I have just a little more detail to add to Rebecca's
instructions listed below.... After you park the car, walk up the hill
following the signs that point to the 'trail' and walk around a chain link
gate and onto the dirt road. You will have to pass around a SECOND chain
link gate before you come to the correct trail marker. The proper trail
marker is the ONLY ONE on the right side of the road, and is the FIRST one
that you'll come to AFTER going around the 2nd gate. It is a wooden sign
that merely says "trail". Follow that trail up the hill to the right as
Rebecca says, with the creek remaining on your left as you go up the hill.
In case you are uncertain about identifying the actual swimming hole....
As you come ABREAST of the pool, the trail suddenly looks as if someone has
roughly paved it with concrete using horizontal striations to increase
footing (you can't miss this part if you watch where you're walking).
There the trail makes a switchback (the very first switchback that you'll
encounter) to the right, and then to the left. If you happen to get onto
the concrete part then you've gone just a few steps too far, and you'll
need to turn around and go back to the dirt part of the trail. Once off of
the concrete, walk the few paces back over to the edge of the creek and
look down to see the pool.

I hope this helps....

Good luck birders!

Becky Hoban
bhoban@...

At 08:18 AM 9/1/99 -0800, you wrote:
Here's what I can offer to anyone having difficulty finding this place
(Monday
was MY first time on this trail--any Montecito regulars out there might be
able
to enlighten further):

The first part of the trail is a wide dirt road, and is marked with several
signposts indicating San Ysidro and other spur trails. At one point, the
road
veers left, and crosses over the creek, but the trail itself narrows and
continues up the right side of the creek and is clearly marked with a sign
that
says "Trail." Follow it. You'll go through some fairly dense oak/bay
woodland,
and will climb a little away from the creek, but you'll keep dropping
down to
within sight of it. Stay to the right of the creek, and follow the trail.
Just
before you come to the swimming hole, you'll pass a sheer rock face on the
right
side of the trail. You're almost there. I checked a trail guide last night
at the
bookstore that says the swimming hole is about 1.5 miles from the
trailhead. You
can't miss the pool--it's deeper than any other you've seen so far along
the way,
and is a natural spot for a dip (not to mention a couple of dippers, which
were
right there above it).

Good luck.
Rebecca Coulter
impact2@...

Becky Hoban wrote:

Hi All,

We went down there to see the Dippers this a.m. and located the creek and
the trail without a problem. Once on the trail however, we failed to find
the "swimming hole". We saw the other trail markers and ignored them
sticking to what seemed to be the main (widest part) trail. We went
around
the gate at the trailhead, but eventually came to another chain link gate
that we had to walk around. Eventually, we found that the creek crossed
the road and we had to step over it. We estimate that we hiked well
over a
mile until the trail (the wide trail) went left up a steep hill and moved
away from the creek. Is it before that 2nd gate??? Before the little
creek crossing??? Also, are there any landmarks that actually indicate
where the swimming hole is??? We didn't see anything that looked large
enough for a swimming hole, but on the way back down the trail tried to
check out every quiet pool and large boulder with bird droppings on it to
see if that qualified as a possible swimming hole.

Any further help would be greatly appreciated...!! (We did find 2 very
nice Canyon Wrens, though! :-)

thanks!
Becky Hoban
bhoban@...

At 12:08 PM 8/31/99 -0700, you wrote:
Maybe even more specific. For those that don't know, some subscribers are
from
outside Santa Barbara County (thanks to you all). Perhaps noting the
nearest
city or town would be helpful. There are members to this group from SLO
Co,
Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez Valley, the south coast (and places in
between),
and Ventura Co. I think it helps if we can be as specific as possible-
assume
that someone might come from out of town to see a good bird and is not
familiar
with the location.

Jamie Chavez
jcwings@...

Rebecca Fagan Coulter wrote:

Karen B. had indicated it in her message yesterday, but people may
not have
seen that. Here are the directions to San Ysidro Creek:

101 to San Ysidro Road
N. on San Ysidro to East Valley Road
Right on East Valley Road to Park Lane
Left on Park Lane to the fork: East and West Park Lane
Take West Park Lane, drive to top of road, park in area on left.
Trail begins at the chain link fence.

There are a few trails up there that intersect; keep to the San Ysidro
Creek
trail. The swimming hole is just over a mile up (according to my very
shaky
distance estimate--if anyone else can be more specific that would be
great!).

Rebecca
impact2@...

Mike Stiles wrote:

Hi
Just a suggestion, but it would be helpful, especially for us
out-of-town
birders, if locations were a little more specific. I don't know
where San
Ysidro Creek is, for example.

Thanks
Mike Stiles
mstiles@...

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Re: Painted Bunting

Kathleen L. Whitney <kwhit@...>
 

Dave Compton and I failed to find the Painted Bunting on Atascadero Creek
on Saturday afternoon. Mark Holmgren, Melissa and Helene were also birding
the area and did not see it either. We did find 2 Indigo Buntings (one
adult and one HY male), several Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings by the
score, Nutmeg Mannakins (sp?) and the usual Atascadero Creek rif-raf.
Wilson's Warblers that we spotted were not of the same subspecies that we
have found at the Atascadero Creek MAPS site during the nesting season.

At 07:17 2.9.1999 -0700, you wrote:

The female Painted Bunting on Atascadero Creek west of Patterson Avenue
was seen again Wednesday afternoon around 5:30. It was with Blue
Grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings about 150 meters upcreek from the small
check dam near the end of Ward Drive.

Guy Tingos
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San Ysidro Dippers

bhoban@...
 

Cher and Bruce Hollingworth report that the Dippers remain in the
vicintity of the swimming hole on San Ysidro Creek. They report seeing
one adult and one juvenile bird this morning Sat. Sept 4.

Becky Hoban
bhoban@...

Buller's Shearwaters off Gaviota Area, Etc.

Robert A. Hamilton <robbham@...>
 

Hi Barbarians,

As you may have seen recently in the News Press, I'm just back from a
few weeks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I'm still just recovering
from the shock of re-entry to "civilization" and wading through 237
e-mails, more than a couple concerning Curlew Sandpipers (I'd vote for
the two-bird theory unless photos show otherwise) and American Dippers!
I'll be putting together some information on my trip -- part scientific
expedition (trawling to determine how much surface plankton in the open
ocean consists of tiny bits of plastic debris -- looks like about half
-- yikes!) and part birding adventure (seven lifers including four
Pterodroma -- a Baird's Sandpiper collected 1,000 miles offshore and an
adult Red-footed Booby several hundred miles offshore were interesting
oddities).

Approaching Point Conception from the open ocean on the morning of
Saturday 4 September, we experienced exceptionally calm weather and
overcast skies, with hundreds of Sooty Shearwaters zipping about. As we
turned eastward and steamed slowly past Gaviota, approximately 3-4 miles
off the coast, we started picking up Buller's Shearwaters sitting on the
water and soaring around near our boat. I counted five between Gaviota
and Refugio, and would expect that some were visible from promontories
in this area. It was a county bird for me, and Lehman 1994 lists only 16
records, just two of which were seen from shore. East of Refugio the
seabird numbers really dropped off, and waters in the Coal Oil Point
area were disgustingly oily as ever. I was also interested to see a
flock of 20 Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying south and calling a
half mile off Campus Point. Good birding to y'all, and send a Curlew
Sandpiper down to Orange County, por favor!

-Robb Hamilton
Trabuco Canyon
robbham@...

Pelagic-ing

Kurt Radamaker <kurtrad@...>
 

Hi Robb,

Sounds like an interesting trip, I'm envios. I have been craving pelagics
since I left the west, Florida waters are a virtual desert. I finally
couldn't take it anymore and took a pelagic out of North Carolina last
week-end. I got four lifers, Greater Shearwater, Black-capped Petrel,
Band-rumped Storm Petrel and White-faced Storm Petrel, the wfsp was only
the fourth ever for Brian Patteson.

I will be roaming the west sometime in October, and will likely make it to
Baja for a week or so. Hopefully we'll have time to hook up.

Kurt

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert A. Hamilton [SMTP:robbham@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 05, 1999 3:59 PM
To: Santa Barbara County Birding
Subject: [sbcobirding] Buller's Shearwaters off Gaviota Area, Etc.

Hi Barbarians,

As you may have seen recently in the News Press, I'm just back from a
few weeks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I'm still just recovering
from the shock of re-entry to "civilization" and wading through 237
e-mails, more than a couple concerning Curlew Sandpipers (I'd vote for
the two-bird theory unless photos show otherwise) and American Dippers!
I'll be putting together some information on my trip -- part scientific
expedition (trawling to determine how much surface plankton in the open
ocean consists of tiny bits of plastic debris -- looks like about half
-- yikes!) and part birding adventure (seven lifers including four
Pterodroma -- a Baird's Sandpiper collected 1,000 miles offshore and an
adult Red-footed Booby several hundred miles offshore were interesting
oddities).

Approaching Point Conception from the open ocean on the morning of
Saturday 4 September, we experienced exceptionally calm weather and
overcast skies, with hundreds of Sooty Shearwaters zipping about. As we
turned eastward and steamed slowly past Gaviota, approximately 3-4 miles
off the coast, we started picking up Buller's Shearwaters sitting on the
water and soaring around near our boat. I counted five between Gaviota
and Refugio, and would expect that some were visible from promontories
in this area. It was a county bird for me, and Lehman 1994 lists only 16
records, just two of which were seen from shore. East of Refugio the
seabird numbers really dropped off, and waters in the Coal Oil Point
area were disgustingly oily as ever. I was also interested to see a
flock of 20 Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying south and calling a
half mile off Campus Point. Good birding to y'all, and send a Curlew
Sandpiper down to Orange County, por favor!

-Robb Hamilton
Trabuco Canyon
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Re: Pelagic-ing

Kurt Radamaker <kurtrad@...>
 

Oops didn't intend for my last message to hit the entire list

Pardon

Kurt

Steller's jays near dippers

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

Don't forget the other birds - but there are also other birds of note.
Kathleen and I saw 2 STELLER'S JAYS less than a quarter mile above the
Dipper spot on Sunday (5 Sept 99). These are significant because we have
very few sightings on south slope of Santa Ynez range. In addition, they
have bred at lower than expected elevations along the Santa Ynez River at
Gibraltar Reservoir, and several summered this year in the river bottom
willow-cottonwood forest near the spruce where Cold Springs Trail crosses
the river.

Dippers

GPveg@...
 

I will be in Santa Barbara on Thursday, any hope that the dippers will still
be there?

Pat W.

Re: Painted Bunting

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Looked for Painted Bunting on Sunday, Sept. 5, no luck. Present were an
Osprey and Sora, plus a couple of empids, and not much else. No sign of
Chestnut-backed Chickadee or Manikins.

Florence Sanchez

On Sat, 4 Sep 1999, Kathleen L. Whitney wrote:

Dave Compton and I failed to find the Painted Bunting on Atascadero Creek
on Saturday afternoon. Mark Holmgren, Melissa and Helene were also birding
the area and did not see it either. We did find 2 Indigo Buntings (one
adult and one HY male), several Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings by the
score, Nutmeg Mannakins (sp?) and the usual Atascadero Creek rif-raf.
Wilson's Warblers that we spotted were not of the same subspecies that we
have found at the Atascadero Creek MAPS site during the nesting season.


At 07:17 2.9.1999 -0700, you wrote:

The female Painted Bunting on Atascadero Creek west of Patterson Avenue
was seen again Wednesday afternoon around 5:30. It was with Blue
Grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings about 150 meters upcreek from the small
check dam near the end of Ward Drive.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA
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Wed., Sept. 29

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

COME HELP SAVE JOAN LENTZ'S (VOLUNTEER) JOB!

Hey birders! You wouldn't want me without a (volunteer) job would you???
A very important journal, "North American Birds" formerly "Field Notes",
has been in some financial trouble lately and we need your help! As you
know, I am the county reporter for S. B. County--keeping track of the
ornithological comings and goings--which get sent to "North American Birds"
four times a year. Wouldn't it be horrible if there was nowhere all those
bird records could be stored? Wouldn't it be sad if a magazine that has
kept track of North American ornithology for a hundred years would cease to
exist?
On Wednesday, September 29, at the S. B. Museum of Natural History Jon
Dunn and Kimball Garrett are DONATING their time to give us a fun evening
to benefit "North American Birds", published by American Birding Assoc. and
the Nat'l. Audubon Society.
We're going to begin by having wine, cheese and crackers, and desserts by
the creek at 6:30 pm. Bring your new NGS guides to get autographs and the
Warbler book as well. Lots of socializing.
Then, at 7:30 pm in the Bird Habitat Hall, Jon and Kimball will be
lecturing and showing slides on warblers in migration--old favorites as
well as wish-list types--just in time for fall.
Admission is $25 per person at the door and ALL OF IT GOES TO BENEFIT
"North American Birds". PLEASE join us and HELP SAVE MY JOB!!!

Mist netting/banding in September & October

Paloma Nieto <palomanieto@...>
 

Anyone interested, the following are the dates I have scheduled for mist netting/banding for September & October:

Chorro Flats:  Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Oct. 30
Oso Flaco:  Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Oct. 29

I'll be there between 7 AM and 12 noon.  Everyone is welcome to watch and/or participate.

Paloma.


Paloma Nieto
Wildlife Biologist
palomanieto@...
(805) 929-5377

-- "He whose ear is untrained to hear the harmonious discord of the birds travels alone when he might have company."

Bobolink, Brewer's Sparrow

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

Some nice birds at Atascadero Creek yesterday evening. I saw a Bobolink and
a Brewer's Sparrow in the S curve about midway between Turnpike and Walnut
on Atascadero Creek, just before sunset. This is in the area with no willows
along the south bank of the creek, so you don't need boots. Exept for this
one spot, it was pretty dead from Patterson nearly to Turnpike.

Dave Compton
dcompton@...

Re: Bobolink, Brewer's Sparrow

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

Sorry, I should've said there are no willows along the NORTH bank of the
creek--the bike path side.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Compton [SMTP:DCompton@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 1999 9:02 AM
To: 'sbcobirding@...'
Subject: [sbcobirding] Bobolink, Brewer's Sparrow

Some nice birds at Atascadero Creek yesterday evening. I saw a Bobolink
and
a Brewer's Sparrow in the S curve about midway between Turnpike and Walnut
on Atascadero Creek, just before sunset. This is in the area with no
willows
along the south bank of the creek, so you don't need boots. Exept for this
one spot, it was pretty dead from Patterson nearly to Turnpike.

Dave Compton
dcompton@...

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Ibis

William Murdoch <murdoch@...>
 

At about 4:30 today, Fri, an ibis sitting with 2 snowy egrets on the
telephone wire above the creek at the end of Walnut Lane. 20 mins later
circled over the S-bend in the creek along with (presumably the same) 2 egrets.

It had 2 small white patches/tufts on its head. Does this tell you anything
about id? Presumably it is wh-faced, but I can't tell.

Bill Murdoch

Devereux Trip

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

Hi all -- Don't forget to stop by after work at 5:30 PM tomorrow (Thursday)
for a birding trip around Devereux Slough. Ron Hirst <sbtech@...> leads
us and will also bring us up to speed on the current threats to this slough.
-- Paul K., SBAS Field Trips

Re: Ibis

Rebecca Fagan Coulter
 

On Wednesday 9/8 at about 5:30 pm, Betsy Moles and I saw an ibis feeding in the
same area on Atascadero Creek (near the s-curve) with one Snowy Egret. I didn't
notice any white tufts on the head, but could see a very faint eye marking, though
it was barely visible. The two birds stuck together, moving up and down the creek
feeding. I would say White-faced Ibis; according to Peterson, immature and winter
adults lack bright eye mark, and winter adults often have white speckling about
the head.

Rebecca Coulter
impact2@...

William Murdoch wrote:

At about 4:30 today, Fri, an ibis sitting with 2 snowy egrets on the
telephone wire above the creek at the end of Walnut Lane. 20 mins later
circled over the S-bend in the creek along with (presumably the same) 2 egrets.

It had 2 small white patches/tufts on its head. Does this tell you anything
about id? Presumably it is wh-faced, but I can't tell.

Bill Murdoch

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Goleta sewage plant

Dave Compton <DCompton@...>
 

The Goleta sewage plant remains a pretty birdy spot, and a good place to go
for anyone interested in looking at shorebirds in the Santa Barbara area.
Nothing better today than one Pectoral Sandpiper and one Lesser Yellowlegs,
but good numbers overall, including 250+ peeps. Worth keeping an eye on
still.

Dave Compton
dcompton@...

Willow Flycatcher

bhoban@...
 

Hi All, This morning Cher, Terry and I went back to Montecito to let
Terry get a look at the Dipper. We found the juvenile calling and
working the creek above and below the swimming hole. On the fire road
on the way back to the parking area we found a Willow Flycatcher
calling "whit/weet". He was not singing, however. To locate the spot
from the parking area, hike up the fire road through the 2nd chain link
gate. Watch for the fire road to branch off on the right side of the
road forming a sharp u-turn (a "Y" in the road) up the hill. (To get
to the Dipper you would continue straight on up the road parellel to
the creek, but this is a good landmark for the flycatcher.) At that
junction, we saw the bird feeding in a dead tree with some horizontal
branches directly across the creek. He was busily feeding and easy to
spot at about 1130 this morning.
Becky Hoban
bhoban@...

Brewers Sparrow update

GeorgeR244@...
 

Hi all...Maxine and I found the Brewer's Sparrow on Atascadero Creek today
(Thursday) at about 4:45 pm. We first saw it in the bushes between the bike
path and the creek about one hundred yards upstream from the s-bend between
Turnpike and Patterson roads. Then it flew downstream to the immediate
vicinity of the s-bend. There are still easy-to-see Blue Grosbeaks and Lazuli
Buyntings working the reeds in the creek and a large crowd of goldfinches.

George Roland
georger244@...