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*** Species Summary:

- American Bittern (3 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Painted Redstart (7 reports)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 12:08 by Adrian O'Loghlen
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99020610
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "See photos. Medium size brown-striped heron with long neck and short legs. Continuing bird. On the edge of the reeds near the southeast shore."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 12:08 by Joe Rothstein
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99014135
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "See photos. Medium size brown-striped heron with long neck and short legs. Continuing bird. On the edge of the reeds near the southeast shore."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 10:17 by Joan Lentz
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99009100
- Comments: "A bird that's been present for awhile, last seen by Noah Gaines, I believe. Nan saw this "brown bird" and called our attention to it. The bittern had just flown from the north end of the lake to settle into the reeds at the southwest end, to the left of the dam where we stood. Had good vies thru the scope, but then the bittern took cover and I was unable to get a photo. It appeared to be an immature American Bittern, since it lacked the black patches on either side of the neck. Otherwise, it appeared to be a bird holding itself upright, with thine brown vertical stripes down the breast. Unable to describe wings, since I never saw it in flight. Shortly after the bittern landed Jeff Hanson came up just as all this was going on, tried to get a photo, failed as the bird never came out in view again, at least not for long periods of time."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 12:16 by Spencer Seale
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99007342
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen on slope south of lake."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 11:34 by Andrea Adams-Morden
- Tar Pit Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3861869,-119.5088825&ll=34.3861869,-119.5088825
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99006680
- Comments: "Merlin song id"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 15:00 by Jeff Chemnick
- Aloes in Wonderland, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4433333,-119.6816667&ll=34.4433333,-119.6816667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99015049

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 14:40 by Barbara Millett
- 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/S99017867
- Comments: "Continuing. Warbler with black head and back, bright red lower breast and belly and large white wing patch. White crescent below eye. White outer tail feathers. Very actively feeding in upper part of Calif. oak trees. Calling periodically."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 14:12 by Jenny Slaughter
- 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/S99009986
- Comments: "Continuing in the yard of the pink house."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 14:12 by Craig Murray
- 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/S99010587
- Comments: "Continuing in the yard of the pink house."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 12:18 by Barry Rowan
- 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/S99028855
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Warbler with predominately black feathering with a red belly and bold white wing coverts."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 11:20 by Armando Aispuro
- 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/S99011309
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "In oak tree within the salmon house fence but seen perfectly from east of the property still within the park boundary. Spent two hours there.

Stout warbler, dark black head and back, striking white wing bars, strong half eye-ring under eye, small white patch above eye also. Deep red/ red-orange breast, fading into grey at flanks and vent. White under-tail, stark white outer tail feathers from above while sallying. Pinkish at lower base of black bill- this may be two ticks attached, but uncertain.

Very actively foraging by a variety of styles mostly in the canopy and upper stories; sallying, bark gleening, running along branches after prey. Interested in a termite (?) nest in tree, where it was regularly displaced by a nuttal’s woodpecker. Stopping only to look for flying prey rotating its head until something is found. Not particularly interested in joining mixed flocks, but rather remained solitary.

Vocalizations: called a lot immediately upon first observation for 2 minutes. Later only occasional calls were heard especially after sallying."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2021 09:00 by Dika Golovatchoff
- 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/S99018901
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in same location in oaks near salmon house. It became obvious that it is attracted to the holes in the bark that have been drilled most likely by the Acorn Woodpeckers that are prevalent in the park. This very active bird called frequently and was seen spreading its tail. Red belly and prominent white wing bar are what makes it possible to find the bird which moves so rapidly from one perch to another."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 10:26 by Linda Callender
- 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/S99004182
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing at the north end of the park."

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Re: American Bittern @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

At approx. 12:20 pm I saw what was presumably the same Am. Bittern reported by Joan on the north shore opposite the east end of the dam.  I watched it stalk, catch and consumed a small mammal. Couldn't tell what species the mammal was however as can be seen in one of the photos at the link below, it had a long tail.

https://flic.kr/p/2mRmVxi

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Happy Canyon Rd - Winter Birding a few Horned Larks and Prairie Falcon

Peter Schneekloth
 

Took a walk along Happy Canyon Road for about a mile starting at HC X Alisos mid morning. The Mountain Bluebirds seemed to be all over the intersection, I had a great look at some Lewis's Woodpeckers and a nice mix of Raptors. The raptors included Prairie Falcon and a light and dark phase Ferruginous Hawk. I saw one Horned Lark and heard a couple others but never really got on a flock anywhere, but at least a few are around now. Entire list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99003122

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


American Bittern

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Seen at lake Los Carneros at 11am. Flew from north end to land in southwest corner in reeds.

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara


Devereux geese

Mark Holmgren
 

Seven Cackling Geese and 14 Snow Geese (I think they’re all Snow) are at the north west corner of Devereux Slough now 11:30 AM Saturday

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara



Re: Mission Hills Water Treatment Plant - no access

Nick Lethaby
 

Can't you bird it from the hillside above the ponds?


On Fri, Dec 17, 2021 at 5:41 AM Cher Hollingworth via groups.io <hollingw=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
The MHWTP in Lompoc has new management.   It is no longer birder-friendly.  
Their "insurance guy" was "just here" and said no outsiders can come into the facility.
I have been trying to get access for the CBC for a couple of weeks.   I only have a couple more hours of trying.
This is sad.    It was a nice birding place (esp Dec 2005.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc



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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Goleta, CA


Chipping Sparrow

Hugh Ranson
 

Yesterday afternoon there was a single Chipping Sparrow associating with a large White-crowned flock on the baseball fields at the Page Youth Center along Hollister Avenue. There were also several juncos in the group, one of which appeared to be a female Slate-colored.

Hugh Ranson
SB


Mission Hills Water Treatment Plant - no access

Cher Hollingworth
 

The MHWTP in Lompoc has new management.   It is no longer birder-friendly.  
Their "insurance guy" was "just here" and said no outsiders can come into the facility.
I have been trying to get access for the CBC for a couple of weeks.   I only have a couple more hours of trying.
This is sad.    It was a nice birding place (esp Dec 2005.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- American Bittern (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Harris's Sparrow (1 report)
- Painted Redstart (5 reports)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 17:30 by Noah Gaines
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98981231
- Comments: "Flyover from top of dam at dusk. Seen without bins. Large brown streaky heron. Coarse streaks, large size, and long neck rule out immature BCNH"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 12:12 by Spencer Seale
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98967278
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found yesterday by John Callender. Initially seen in middle of dried up lake bed, pumping tail. Then flew to hillside south of lake. Much lighter than the typical black phoebe, with pale throat/underside and faint yellow wash on belly."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 10:15 by Mark Holmgren
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98966848
- Comments: "Seen previously by John Callender"

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 10:15 by Mark Holmgren
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98966848
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large Zonotrichia sparrow. First detected by call that was similar to that of WcSp, but just slightly bolder and more metallic sounding. The bird was perched on a dead oak snag on the fennel-infested hillside to the S of the driveway on the S side of Lake Jocelyn. Dylan watched it fly into the weedy lake bottom and we were never able to draw it up in 25 minutes of trying. Legs pink and bill perfectly conical and pink. Throat white separated from breast by a thin black line of feathers. White breast and belly with a single central brown spot and streaks on the sides. Brown face and crown except for black horizontal barring across the crown. White wingbars. Back and wings brown on brown. Rump and long tail light brown. 1st winter bird."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 11:00 by Jeff Chemnick
- 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/S98969608
- Comments: "Foraging mid-level to upper level of Live Oaks; Bright red belly, conspicuous white wingbar; black overall with slightly erect crest and white lower eye-ring. Probing the bark and flashing its tail with conspicuous white tail feathers"

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 10:26 by John Callender
- 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/S98961122
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing at the north end of the park."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 10:10 by Susanne Meyer
- 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/S98978589
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in same location. In tall Oak Tree behind fence in front of orange house."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2021 08:49 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S98966723
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In same place at N border of Rocky Nook Park within 50m of Mission Creek."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 12:30 by Dika Golovatchoff
- 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/S98953404
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen again flying from branch to branch, sometimes seems to be climbing on trunk. Black upper parts, feet, bright red belly, prominent white wing bar, white under eye arc. Not sexually dimorphic. Long tail with white underneath. It fans its tail out possibly to attract insects."

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Re: Redstart

Florence Sanchez
 

Ditto from me--I was there a little after Guy was.  Redstart was very active, affording lots of "now you see me, now you don't" looks.  I too did not see or hear a Summer Tanager.

I checked the persimmon tree on the Museum property and  the Robins I saw there on Menday appear to have reduced the volume of fruit by at least half.  Not sure how much longer the bounty will last.  Today, the tree was patronized by Yellow-rumps and a Downy Woodpecker again.  

Florence Sanchez


On Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:51:37 AM PST, Guy Tingos via groups.io <guytingos@...> wrote:


The Painted Redstart continues this morning in the oaks behind the salmon colored house near the NE corner of Rocky Nook Park.  I neither heard nor saw the Summer Tanager.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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Santa Barbara






Harris’ Sparrow and Eastern Phoebe at Lake Jocelyn

Mark Holmgren
 

After seeing the eastern phoebe in the lake bottom, Dylan Schuyler and I found a Harris Sparrow at L. J. The sparrow perched on the fennel slope on the south side of the driveway then flew into the weedy lake bottom. It was very elusive once in the Lake bottom.  Got photos.

Mark Holmgren 
San Marcos Pass


Eastern Phoebe

Larry Ballard
 

West end of Lake Jocelyn, in the dried fennel stalks on the south side of the paved driveway. Larry Ballard


Redstart

Guy Tingos
 

The Painted Redstart continues this morning in the oaks behind the salmon colored house near the NE corner of Rocky Nook Park. I neither heard nor saw the Summer Tanager.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Phalarope (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (3 reports)
- Swamp Sparrow (2 reports)
- Painted Redstart (3 reports)

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Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 13:30 by Elain Hotovec
- V-berg Ocean Beach Pk, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6905608,-120.5997335&ll=34.6905608,-120.5997335
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98935720
- Media: 2 Photos

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 08:30 by Mary Suydam
- 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/S98928404
- Comments: "Whittier Pond"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 16:38 by Libby Patten
- 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/S98939793
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted and identified by Mark Bright. Flew low to the ground near south-central area of the mesa. Dark brown above, very pale underparts. Long wings. At one point swooped down and aggressively interacted with a large bird on the ground that appears likely to be a Northern Harrier, but too distant to be sure. Owl then flew and perched for a while on a bush. Photos by Mark Bright."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 16:38 by Mark Bright
- 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/S98940003
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted and identified by Mark Bright. Flew low to the ground near south-central area of the mesa. Dark brown above, very pale underparts. Long wings. At one point swooped down and aggressively interacted with a large bird on the ground that appears likely to be a Northern Harrier, but too distant to be sure. Owl then flew and perched for a while on a bush. Photos by Mark Bright."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 14:17 by Linda Blue
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98934930
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First found earlier by John. Callender. It was foraging in the weeds in the center of the mostly dry lakebed. Though it blended in well with the weeds, its pale underparts (tinged with yellow) made it easier to pick out from a distance. This bird was brown above with weak wingbars, and had a dark face. It constantly wagged its dark tail."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 14:17 by David Blue
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98934929
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First found earlier by John. Callender. It was foraging in the weeds in the center of the mostly dry lakebed. Though it blended in well with the weeds, its pale underparts (tinged with yellow) made it easier to pick out from a distance. This bird was brown above with weak wingbars, and had a dark face. It constantly wagged its dark tail."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 12:58 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S98931442
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small flycatcher, gray above, lighter below, with a faint yellow wash on the lower belly. Dark mask. Frequent tail pumping. Foraging in the weedy, puddled-filled floor of the lakebed. At one point the bird flew over and perched on the wooden railing bordering the driveway south of the lake. I suspect this is the same bird that wintered in this location last year."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 07:28 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/S98936154
- Comments: "Continuing bird at north end of pond. Photos."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 07:28 by Guy Tingos
- 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/S98932602
- Comments: "Continuing bird at north end of pond. Photos."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 12:55 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S98935751
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Black above, red breast, white wing patch, white arc under the eye. Flitting around the Oak to the east of the salmon colored house."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2021 09:08 by Lori Gaskin
- 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/S98922259
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Striking red chest contrasting with black back. Prominent white patches on wings and lower thin white eye ring. White tail edges. Landing in oaks to the n/ne of fence on private property. Frenetic movements this morning. Viewed from 34.444625, -119.709706."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1)
- Reported Dec 12, 2021 12:44 by Libby Patten
- 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/S98935099
- Comments: "Continuing. In same location as originally found behind salmon-colored house at north end of park."

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NCOS and Rocky Nook 12/15

Dika Golovatchoff
 

A female Hooded Merganser and Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Whittier Pond (NCOS), which looks better after some rain - then back to Rocky Nook for better looks at the Painted Redstart, but no Summer Tanager seen. With such a large park it is odd that this little warbler chooses to stay in such a small area of park.


Townsend's Solitaire at La Cumbre Peak . . .

Mark Holmgren
 

. . . and little else.  One Solitaire was seen in 2 places between La Cumbre Peak and 1/2 mile east of there.  
Much less snow there than I expected.  And no snow on East Camino Cielo below about 3800 ft elevation.  Also, the San Rafael Mtns were sparsely covered with snow, not blanketed.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Eastern Phoebe at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

An Eastern Phoebe was flying above the puddle-filled lakebed of Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria this afternoon. I suspect this may be the same bird that wintered in this location last year. Photos in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S98931442

John Callender
Carpinteria


Summer Tanager

Larry Ballard
 

Seen at the Painted Redstart location in Rocky Nook Park, along with the redstart. Larry Ballard


keeping track of CBC circles while in the field

Wim van Dam
 

For those of you who want to check if they are within their CBC circle while birding, the following phone trick could be useful. 

Assuming that you have Google Maps on your phone and you allow your phone to keep track of your location, go to the following link on your phone: 

This should give you the option to open the CBC circles map in Google Maps, which then should also show you where you are at the moment. (It's crucial that you use Google Maps for this, and not your standard browser, which won't show your position.) This works on my iPhone, I hope it works for you as well.

Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA  

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #391: Island Scrub-Jay


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- Painted Redstart (2 reports)

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Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 14, 2021 14:14 by Conor McMahon
- 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/S98896247
- Comments: "Continuing in oaks near black fence and salmon-walled house, around 34.4445887, -119.7098110. Very active warbler with red belly, black upperparts, white wing patches and white eye arcs.
Seen, heard, got a few bad digiscoped videos. Very cooperative for about five minutes."

Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 13, 2021 07:30 by Lynn Scarlett
- 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/S98864932
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard repeatedly from 3 different private gardens (N, W, E) before finally briefly seen visiting location where normally observed. Easier to find by sound than sight. Extremely active and vagile."

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