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Wednesday birding

Karen Bridgers
 

Went to Refugio this morning. It was quieter than last time, with only some
Wilson's Warblers and one Yellow.

Winchester Canyon was pretty quiet, although there is water in the creek.

The end of Coronado had a MacGillivray's Warbler, and 3 (or possibly more?)
Chestnut-backed Chickadees. I saw one in the willows, heard another up the
creek, and heard another in the first pine tree on Coronado.

The Lake Los Carneros parking lot, which I didn't get to until nearly noon,
had a few Wilson's Warblers and some Western Tanagers, but nothing of
interest.

Karen Bridgers


FW: SBA birds (Carp Creek Virginia's)

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

Below is a report from Dan Cooper, who birded Carp Creek and El Cap
yesterday. Dave Compton

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Cooper [mailto:dcooper1@pacbell.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 9:48 AM
To: Dave Compton (E-mail)
Subject: SBA birds


Dave,

Had a very vocal Virginia's Warbler and a YB Chat at Carpenteria Ck.
yesterday (9/10). The chat was scraping through the leaf litter like a
towhee - weird! Also there were 2 Willow Flycatchers. The place was very
birdy, which contrasted w/ El Capitan SB being very dead. Did dig up a
Hermit Warbler there w/ Orange-crowns along the ck.

Dan

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Re: [slocobirding] Re: Unusual Shearwater

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

I've seen thousands of Streaked Shearwaters in Asia including a couple of
hundred this spring. Generally speaking, as Paul Keller said, the 'white
head' is often not obvious except when head-on. On birds flying away it is
difficult to see. This feature does vary from bird to bird and some are more
obviously white-headed than others. The underboby is pure white as is most
of the underwing, making it much whiter below than a Pink-footed, which has
dusky flanks and undertail coverts. Two other useful features are a
wedge-shape tail and some dark striping on the underwing primary coverts.

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Keller [mailto:wrentit@verizon.net]
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 1:54 PM
To: Bruce & Cher Hollingworth; sbcobirding; slocobirding
Subject: [slocobirding] Re: [sbcobirding] Unusual Shearwater


On 02/09/10 01:24 PM, "Bruce & Cher Hollingworth" <hollingw@impulse.net>
wrote:

Hi all -- Since I was on the Vanguard on Saturday I'll give you my
impressions on the Streaked Shearwater. The white head stood out of course
but not so much as I'd have expected. Several of us found that we had to
look at each Pink-footed Shearwaters one at a time to pick out the one with
the light head. The flight cadence and size were similar to the pink-foots
and hence noticeably smaller and slower than what I'd expect of a Sooty
Shearwater. The upper wings and body were not even as dark as that of the
pink-foots, hence even more significantly lighter that a sooty. Hope these
recollections help. -- Paul K.

I thought that I should also post my thoughts about the unusual looking
shearwater.

Corrine & I were "sea-watching" this morning at the Santa Maria River
Mouth,
just south of the lagoon. We watched thousands of Sooty Shearwaters, all
going north today. (Saturday, they were all heading south.) Not much
else
out there besides pelicans, Western Grebes, Heerman's & Western Gulls.
About
10:30am, there was the strangest looking "pink-footed shearwater" that
I've
ever seen. It's forehead was bright white, and the head white at least to
the
back of the head. No pattern on the wings, dark on top, white-light
colored
below. It was the size of the Sooties, maybe a bit bigger, but Corrine
thought that the white may cause an illusion. I felt that the wing-beats
were
similar to the Sooties, maybe a bit faster. (It was really hauling, with
not
a lot of gliding). Not a light Fulmer, due to shape of wings, body, no
wing
pattern, & top color was close to black, not at all gray. It was easy to
track across the water, until it was too far into SLO Co.

If it isn't a mutant, the only white-headed shearwater looks like the
Streaked
Shearwater. Corrine said that someone posted recently that a Streaked
Shearwater was seen from a boat near Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, I
didn't
read that message, and both of us "emptied the trash" yesterday. So we
have
no history available.

Cher






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Re: Unusual Shearwater

Brad Schram
 

Cher and all:

I Just read my post to Cher from last night and noticed an embarassing
mistake. If you read the post below you will find yourself saying:
"Streaked Shearwater flies like a Pink-footed Shearwater; it didn't fly like
a Pink-foot, therefore it isn't a Streaked; therefore it must be a
Pink-foot." A bit of a logical impossibility, don't you think?

My thought was that, although I don't know what the bird was, given the
flight characteristics and plumage, it may have been a leucistic
Black-vented Shearwater--not Pink-foot needless to say, for reasons noted
above. Sorry for the silly error and for yet another note filling your
in-basket.

Brad
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Unusual Shearwater


Cher:

Thanks for the more detailed description of the shearwater. With white
underparts it certainly would lead one to consider Streaked Shearwater!

I've had the good fortune to see thousands of Streaked Shearwaters off
Japan. They struck me as heavier birds, stiffer in their movements, and
definitely slower in their wing-beats than Sooty Shearwaters. Their
flight
is unlike the frantically quick wing-beats of Sooties: slower wingbeats,
more like that of Pink-foots--but they seemed less agile in appearance,
stiffer. The amount of white seen on the head is variable, some appearing
very pale, others much less so.

Although the plumage you describe is intriguing, given the flight
characteristics you describe I have to think it's likely a Pink-foot with
a
leucistic patch forward.

Brad
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce & Cher Hollingworth" <hollingw@impulse.net>
To: "sbcobirding" <sbcobirding@yahoogroups.com>; "slocobirding"
<slocobirding@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 1:24 PM
Subject: [sbcobirding] Unusual Shearwater


I thought that I should also post my thoughts about the unusual looking
shearwater.

Corrine & I were "sea-watching" this morning at the Santa Maria River
Mouth, just south of the lagoon. We watched thousands of Sooty
Shearwaters,
all going north today. (Saturday, they were all heading south.) Not much
else out there besides pelicans, Western Grebes, Heerman's & Western
Gulls.
About 10:30am, there was the strangest looking "pink-footed shearwater"
that
I've ever seen. It's forehead was bright white, and the head white at
least
to the back of the head. No pattern on the wings, dark on top,
white-light
colored below. It was the size of the Sooties, maybe a bit bigger, but
Corrine thought that the white may cause an illusion. I felt that the
wing-beats were similar to the Sooties, maybe a bit faster. (It was
really
hauling, with not a lot of gliding). Not a light Fulmer, due to shape of
wings, body, no wing pattern, & top color was close to black, not at all
gray. It was easy to track across the water, until it was too far into
SLO
Co.

If it isn't a mutant, the only white-headed shearwater looks like the
Streaked Shearwater. Corrine said that someone posted recently that a
Streaked Shearwater was seen from a boat near Santa Barbara.
Unfortunately,
I didn't read that message, and both of us "emptied the trash" yesterday.
So we have no history available.

Cher






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Re: Unusual Shearwater

Brad Schram
 

Cher:

Thanks for the more detailed description of the shearwater. With white
underparts it certainly would lead one to consider Streaked Shearwater!

I've had the good fortune to see thousands of Streaked Shearwaters off
Japan. They struck me as heavier birds, stiffer in their movements, and
definitely slower in their wing-beats than Sooty Shearwaters. Their flight
is unlike the frantically quick wing-beats of Sooties: slower wingbeats,
more like that of Pink-foots--but they seemed less agile in appearance,
stiffer. The amount of white seen on the head is variable, some appearing
very pale, others much less so.

Although the plumage you describe is intriguing, given the flight
characteristics you describe I have to think it's likely a Pink-foot with a
leucistic patch forward.

Brad

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce & Cher Hollingworth" <hollingw@impulse.net>
To: "sbcobirding" <sbcobirding@yahoogroups.com>; "slocobirding"
<slocobirding@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 1:24 PM
Subject: [sbcobirding] Unusual Shearwater


I thought that I should also post my thoughts about the unusual looking
shearwater.

Corrine & I were "sea-watching" this morning at the Santa Maria River
Mouth, just south of the lagoon. We watched thousands of Sooty Shearwaters,
all going north today. (Saturday, they were all heading south.) Not much
else out there besides pelicans, Western Grebes, Heerman's & Western Gulls.
About 10:30am, there was the strangest looking "pink-footed shearwater" that
I've ever seen. It's forehead was bright white, and the head white at least
to the back of the head. No pattern on the wings, dark on top, white-light
colored below. It was the size of the Sooties, maybe a bit bigger, but
Corrine thought that the white may cause an illusion. I felt that the
wing-beats were similar to the Sooties, maybe a bit faster. (It was really
hauling, with not a lot of gliding). Not a light Fulmer, due to shape of
wings, body, no wing pattern, & top color was close to black, not at all
gray. It was easy to track across the water, until it was too far into SLO
Co.

If it isn't a mutant, the only white-headed shearwater looks like the
Streaked Shearwater. Corrine said that someone posted recently that a
Streaked Shearwater was seen from a boat near Santa Barbara. Unfortunately,
I didn't read that message, and both of us "emptied the trash" yesterday.
So we have no history available.

Cher






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Re: Unusual Shearwater

Todd McGrath
 

SBC and SLO Birders:

I would like to agree with the comments Paul made regarding Streaked
Shearwater. While somehwat variable, they often do not look noticeably more
light-headed than pink-footed. The are a grayish color on the back, and are
big-headed, big chested birds. The are in the genus Calonectris, along with
Cory's Shearwater, so they are even more bow-winged than a pink-foot. They
are very light underneath, with dark visible in the underside of the
primaries, and they have a noticeably long and wedge-shaped tail that is
dark at the tip.

There are some excellent pictures of a recent Streaked Shearwater from Fort
Bragg on the Shearwater Journeys website at www.shearwaterjourneys.com. This
bird appeared more white-headed than the bird seen last year in Monterey
Bay, but still gives some nice looks.

Streaked, like Cory's takes long, slow wingbeats, and I doubt one could flap
as fast as a Sooty. Like Brad mentioned, I have also seen about a dozen
partial albino sooties in my 150+ California boat trips, and Debi Shearwater
has photographs of several in her usual slide show.

It is certainly conceivable that a Streaked could be seen from shore,
especially if large numbers of pink-foots are near shore, so keep looking.

Todd McGrath
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Another Indigo Bunting

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

At noon today there was a female Indigo Bunting with a female Lazuli Bunting on Atascadero Creek where Gwyne Avenue ends. A Willow Flycatcher was also in the area.

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Re: Unusual Shearwater

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

On 02/09/10 01:24 PM, "Bruce & Cher Hollingworth" <hollingw@impulse.net>
wrote:

Hi all -- Since I was on the Vanguard on Saturday I'll give you my
impressions on the Streaked Shearwater. The white head stood out of course
but not so much as I'd have expected. Several of us found that we had to
look at each Pink-footed Shearwaters one at a time to pick out the one with
the light head. The flight cadence and size were similar to the pink-foots
and hence noticeably smaller and slower than what I'd expect of a Sooty
Shearwater. The upper wings and body were not even as dark as that of the
pink-foots, hence even more significantly lighter that a sooty. Hope these
recollections help. -- Paul K.

I thought that I should also post my thoughts about the unusual looking
shearwater.

Corrine & I were "sea-watching" this morning at the Santa Maria River Mouth,
just south of the lagoon. We watched thousands of Sooty Shearwaters, all
going north today. (Saturday, they were all heading south.) Not much else
out there besides pelicans, Western Grebes, Heerman's & Western Gulls. About
10:30am, there was the strangest looking "pink-footed shearwater" that I've
ever seen. It's forehead was bright white, and the head white at least to the
back of the head. No pattern on the wings, dark on top, white-light colored
below. It was the size of the Sooties, maybe a bit bigger, but Corrine
thought that the white may cause an illusion. I felt that the wing-beats were
similar to the Sooties, maybe a bit faster. (It was really hauling, with not
a lot of gliding). Not a light Fulmer, due to shape of wings, body, no wing
pattern, & top color was close to black, not at all gray. It was easy to
track across the water, until it was too far into SLO Co.

If it isn't a mutant, the only white-headed shearwater looks like the Streaked
Shearwater. Corrine said that someone posted recently that a Streaked
Shearwater was seen from a boat near Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, I didn't
read that message, and both of us "emptied the trash" yesterday. So we have
no history available.

Cher






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Unusual Shearwater

Bruce & Cher Hollingworth <hollingw@...>
 

I thought that I should also post my thoughts about the unusual looking shearwater.

Corrine & I were "sea-watching" this morning at the Santa Maria River Mouth, just south of the lagoon. We watched thousands of Sooty Shearwaters, all going north today. (Saturday, they were all heading south.) Not much else out there besides pelicans, Western Grebes, Heerman's & Western Gulls. About 10:30am, there was the strangest looking "pink-footed shearwater" that I've ever seen. It's forehead was bright white, and the head white at least to the back of the head. No pattern on the wings, dark on top, white-light colored below. It was the size of the Sooties, maybe a bit bigger, but Corrine thought that the white may cause an illusion. I felt that the wing-beats were similar to the Sooties, maybe a bit faster. (It was really hauling, with not a lot of gliding). Not a light Fulmer, due to shape of wings, body, no wing pattern, & top color was close to black, not at all gray. It was easy to track across the water, until it was too far into SLO Co.

If it isn't a mutant, the only white-headed shearwater looks like the Streaked Shearwater. Corrine said that someone posted recently that a Streaked Shearwater was seen from a boat near Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, I didn't read that message, and both of us "emptied the trash" yesterday. So we have no history available.

Cher


Re: [slocobirding] Guadalupe Beach Shearwater

Brad Schram
 

Hi Corrine:

I have photos of a white-headed Sooty Shearwater I took on a Morro Bay
Audubon pelagic trip some years ago. I also have photos from that same
flock of a Sooty with more extensive white on it. We also had a
white-headed Sooty on trip out of Santa Barbara many years ago. It's
definitely a different look!

Brad


Subject: [slocobirding] Guadalupe Beach Shearwater


At 10:30 this morning, while at Guadalupe Beach, observing the steady line
of Shearwaters heading northward, a white-headed Shearwater was amongst
them
and we were able to follow it with the scope until it got too far north.
It's head was white, not grey or light, but stood out like a beacon
amongst
the other dark-headed Shearwaters. It was at least as large as the Sooty
Shearwaters, but appeared larger or "big-headed" due to the white standing
out so well.

Corrine Ardoin
Santa Maria



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Guadalupe Beach Shearwater

Corrine Ardoin <see.run2@...>
 

At 10:30 this morning, while at Guadalupe Beach, observing the steady line
of Shearwaters heading northward, a white-headed Shearwater was amongst them
and we were able to follow it with the scope until it got too far north.
It's head was white, not grey or light, but stood out like a beacon amongst
the other dark-headed Shearwaters. It was at least as large as the Sooty
Shearwaters, but appeared larger or "big-headed" due to the white standing
out so well.

Corrine Ardoin
Santa Maria


Continuing WW Dove

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

The White-winged Dove, first seen yesterday, was in my postage-stamp-of-a-front-yard again this evening.

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Monday birding

Karen Bridgers
 

I spent about an hour at Refugio this morning. There were lots of Yellow
Warblers, and some Wilson's, but not much else.

I went to the end of Coronado, which I am convinced could draw in a really
good bird. Today there were quite a few Wilson's, and two Black-throated
Grays.

I walked around Stow House. Most of the birds were in the trees in or
adjacent to the parking lot, but still only Yellows, Wilson's, and lots of
Western Tanagers.

Karen Bridgers


Indigo Bunting

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

The Indigo Bunting was still at the bend on Atascadero Creek at noon today (Monday).

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Central Coast Birding Rally

John Ayres <res0xqmd@...>
 

RALLY REGISTRATION DUE 9/20





Showcasing northern Santa Barbara County sites on the Central Coast Birding Trail, the fifth annual Central Coast Birding Rally will be held the weekend of October 4-6. A reception to acquaint visitors to the area will be held Friday evening. The Rally itself will run from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday followed by a Santa Maria style bar-b-cue with awards and an auction of birding related items and SB Co wine Saturday afternoon. On Sunday the focus will be on "the Ponds" of VAFB with a big day to see how many species can be found at this premier site on the Central Coast Birding Trail. 250 species have been recorded during the short eight year existence of the preserve including 30 species of warblers. The entire event is free to participants having been funded by La Purisima Audubon and the business community of northern Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit our web page at http://lpas.westhost.com/rally or call rally chairman John Ayres at 805-736-8312.


Early Rough-legged Hawk

markbrown1848 <gavkbrown@...>
 

Gavan and I were at the flood control ponds on A Street in Santa
Maria(x-street Betteravia)watching Red-necked Phalaropes and a
Lesser Yellowleg when a long winged black Buteo flew over with a
Turkey Vulture. I got excited because I had a "one that got away"
Zone-tailed Hawk/dark morph Rough-legged Hawk ten years ago in
Orcutt. The hawk started hovering, kiting in the wind. It had too
much white near the ends of the wings for a Zone-tailed. And then it
flew atop a street light pole near us and the bill appeared very
small in comparison to a Red-tail or Ferruginous. I believe this to
be a dark morph adult male Rough-legged Hawk. Lehman describes this
species as "Very rare and irregular fall transient and winter
visitors to the Santa Maria Valley". In Garrett & Dunn Birds of So.
Cal. they state Rough-legged Hawks are generally present from mid
October through March, with an earliest date of September 11th. So
this is very early. We also saw a male, female and juvenile Northern
Harrier at Laguna Sanitation, migrants or possibly having bred
nearby???
Mark Brown
Santa Maria


Inland (well, sort of) Western Gull

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

While checking out the Butterflies at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden (yes,
the Cloudless Sulphurs were still there, thanks Nick) I saw a Western Gull
perched atop a lopped off star-pine at Garden and Micheltorena continuously
from about 1:30 to 4:00.
--
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White-winged Dove

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

Upon arriving home from Ralphs with armloads of groceries, I looked out of the window to be pleasantly surprised by the sight of a White-winged Dove sitting atop the bird feeder some 15 feet away. Got some nice full frame video footage, which my children were not at all interested in. That's yard bird #90. I live at 1918 Robbins Street in the Westside of Santa Barbara, not a place you'd expect a WWD. I've had some good birds over the 5 years we've lived here: RB Grosbeak, Chat, and Bell's Vireo. What will #91 be? Snowy Egret, perhaps?

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Manx Shearwater Flyby at SM River mouth

Brad Schram
 

A MANX SHEARWATER flew by me while scoping the Sooties going by offshore at the SM River mouth this morning (9-8) about 8:30 AM. Having called it a Manx I now must say that I did not see the facial pattern well and so cannot comment on fine facial markings which clinch Manx (especially the pale forehead mark). Brief description follows:

A Black-vented Shearwater in size and flight characteristics. It was very dark slaty-brown to blackish above, uniformly. It was uniformly white below, especially including the undertail coverts. It did not have the white from the undertail coverts lapping up onto the top edge of the rump as I have seen some of these birds do. The rump/undertail coverts demarcation was analogous to that of a Tree Swallow, except for a small dip of dark from the back onto the flanks immediately behind the wing. All I could see on the head was the fact that the entire throat was white, simply a continuation of the uniform white of the underparts while the face was the dark dorsal color . The demarcation from sides of neck to throat may have had some gradation of dark to light, from below the cheek to upper throat the demarcation was distinct. The udnerwing gave the appearance of being totally, starkly white with only an edge of the dark dorsal color.

The bird cruised into my 'scope view in the near foreground while I was scoping the sparse line of shearwaters 4-500 yards offshore. The Manx was probably about 200 yards from me at first, within the line of outside breakers. It swung out to sea at a quartering angle from me, thus the inability to see the face well.

Other birds seen offshore there included a POMARINE JAEGER and more than one sighting of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER. Every now and then small flocks of ELEGANT TERNS flew by, always heading down coast.

A flock of 87 SNOWY PLOVERS was on the sand near the parking lot.

Brad Schram


Sunday birds

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

Peter Gaede and I did some Goleta birding this morning. We birded Atascadero
Creek from the S-curve upstream to Turnpike. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was the
only bird of note. It was 50-60 meters downstream of the bike bridge, near
Turnpike. We heard two buntings calling at the S-curve, but could not get
glimpses of the birds.

Devereux Slough was pretty dead. At Devereux Creek, at the end of Coronoda
Dr., there is a rather birdy spot where lots of water remains in the willows
(just at the end of Coronado). At least two CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES were
in this general area.

Dave Compton