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Re: Red Crossbill Photos

Ron Hirst
 

Thanks Dave. They are really good photos like all yours are.  I plan to go up Sunday midday to try and see the crossbills. 
Ron Hirst, SB


Re: Red Crossbill Photos

David Levasheff
 

Looks like maybe a problem with the last link, try this:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157712992431343

David
On 02/05/2020 4:55 PM, David Levasheff via Groups.Io wrote:

Sorry for the delay.. had guests

Red Crossbill pics from Tuesday AM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157712992431343/with/49494881717/

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David

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Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 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/S64156412
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- 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/S64166618
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Laura Baldwin
- 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/S64167392
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Tim Matthews
- 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/S64167707
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 11:37 by Marjorie Erickson
- 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/S64168360
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 05, 2020 10:22 by Laurel S Luby
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64156971
- Comments: "Dark upper parts with heavy streaking on underpants. Thick white eyebrow. Foraging in the pools of water, bobbing tail. Will submit photo"

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Re: Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns

Don Tate
 

Yes, look up. Happened to me in Long Cyn (trib to Apache Cyn) in 1980s. Halfway up the cyn I thought "Hey, I'm in condor country, so maybe I should look up." Result was 3 adult condors circling directly above me. 

In a related vein, it was heartening to read here that someone actually went to Coal Oil Point during a recent wind event and saw kittiwakes. (Kudos to the migration observers, though.) All you pantywaist birders have stayed home with your warm cocoa on windy days and seen nothing! Little ole me has seen fulmars, a mollymawk, and a skua (whilst overlooking a flock of beached kittiwakes) on or from shore during willawaws and coromuels. Well actually, the skua/kittiwakes sighting happened in summer and not during a wind event, so that just goes to show ya the possibilities even when the wind isn't cooperating, ha ha. During strong cold fronts, a lot of pelagics must gaze impassively upon Points Sal & Conception, but no human really knows, AFAIK. Birders, sheesh!

Don Tate


Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I birded up in Santa Maria mainly windshield birding.

My first stop was James May Park the birds of note are 7 American White Pelicans.

I then checked out the retention basin at Blosser and Canal Road and saw 2 more White Pelicans and 16 Canvasback Ducks.

The formally flooded fields on Black Road were being irrigated, but no birds.

Santa Maria Sewage had 4 Greater White-fronted Geese, 13 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 175+ Mew Gulls, 8 Glaucous-winged Gulls, 12 Herring Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls. There was also one Western Sandpiper in the mix of 80 or so Least Sandpipers.

Jack O’Connell Park, yep sucky.

The agg fields just west of Jack O’Connell Park had 2 Pacific Golden Plovers and 4 Dunlin in the flock of 119 Black-bellied Plovers that I counted one by one. It was very windy, so I’m sure I missed a few. It was Killdeerpalooza out there as well.

SMRE, is very full and the birds were well dispersed throughout the whole estuary. It was surprisingly gulless with maybe 30 at the river mouth, with one Glaucous-winged Gull in the parking lot.

Tanglewood Pond, is the fullest I have ever seen it, with the water higher than the reeds. No good ducks.

River Park in Lompoc on 2-4-20 in the Bald Cypress at the north side of the pond there was a Red-naped/Yellow-bellied type of Sapsucker. It was extremely windy and hard to get a goo look. There was a backhoe there tearing up the Sedge along the bank. I did not stay to long to watch what they were doing.

SYRE, is way full too, lots of ducks and a Peregrine Falcon was messing it all up. There was a juvenile Western/Clark’s Grebe following its parent around begging. It was very windy and difficult to bird.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
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Solvang CA


Red Crossbill Photos

David Levasheff
 

Sorry for the delay.. had guests

Red Crossbill pics from Tuesday AM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157712992431343/with/49494881717/

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David

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Re: Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns

Wim van Dam
 

That reminds me of a 2015 condor that was exploring the same SBCo region: 

You can look at the maps to see what kind of routes that individual took (over my house). 

Wim

On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 12:46 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
I have 2 observations to report with very few details.  My point in posting is to alert people to look up.  And get the tag number if you see one.  
28 Dec 2019,  one with wing tag visible was seen over West Camino Cielo not far from Hwy 154.
4 February 2020, East Camino Cielo at Fremont Trail, ""Flew right over our heads. I could see wing tag on its right wing. Never seen one before so that was pretty exciting!"  
I have no information on who made these observervations.

Mark Holmgren
West Camino Cielo


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SBCO #386: American Bittern


Look for Condors in the Santa Ynez Mtns

Mark Holmgren
 

I have 2 observations to report with very few details.  My point in posting is to alert people to look up.  And get the tag number if you see one.  
28 Dec 2019,  one with wing tag visible was seen over West Camino Cielo not far from Hwy 154.
4 February 2020, East Camino Cielo at Fremont Trail, ""Flew right over our heads. I could see wing tag on its right wing. Never seen one before so that was pretty exciting!"  
I have no information on who made these observervations.

Mark Holmgren
West Camino Cielo


Figueroa Mountain road Red Crossbills

David Levasheff
 

This am between 9:30 and 10:00 we had an estimated 47 Red Crossbills at 34.72393 -119.968405.

If you google earth this you will see a tree clump on the valley side of the road which was a perching place for the birds. You will also note (in satellite view) a trough. This had a layer of water (ice when we saw it) and the birds were flying down to an in the trough to get a drink. Three groups of birds, one about 10, one about 8 and one between 35-40. This is probably a good spot due to the water availability.

We did see a group near the large parking area just before the Road closed gate, along with a large flock of Meadowlarks and a smaller flock of Western Bluebirds.

We did not see any at E. Pinery Rd.

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News from the CBRC

James Pike
 

Birders,  

 Although the record of a potential European Golden-Plover from Devereux Slough, SBA, 21-29 Jan 2017, came within one vote of passage on its third round, it ultimately fell short of acceptance on the fourth and final round. European experts that had been consulted were uniformly supportive of the identification, but key details of structure and plumage were difficult to discern in the relatively low-quality photos that had been obtained. Further, the diagnostic white underwings weren't definitively seen or studied, a significant omission for such an important record. Thus, while most members thought the identification correct, the committee prefers better documentation accompanying a first state record. Additional details on this record can be found when the 44th report of the California Bird Records Committee is published in Western Birds later this year. Note that recent committee decisions are updated regularly on the CBRC website (www.californiabirds.org) and are available either by querying the database or by viewing the Table of Updates to Rare Birds of California.  

Jim Pike
Huntington Beach  


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*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (2 reports)
- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- American Bittern (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 15:00 by Richard Norton
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64103784
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Red head. Buffish forehead. Silver body."

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 10:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64103424
- Comments: "Male seen here since at least 21 Nov 2019"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 12:01 by Richard Norton
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4566065,-119.7259569&ll=34.4566065,-119.7259569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64099143
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Black back. Prominent black tuft. Close to western shore. By itself. Not with Ring-necked Ducks. Took a long time to find."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 15:05 by Barbara Millett
- 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/S64106713
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen from eastern end of dam in vegetation on northern shore of lake."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 13:36 by Richard Norton
- 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/S64101507
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Streaked. Long neck when extended. In reeds on eastern shore. Only visible from western shore."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 16:35 by Susanne Meyer
- 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/S64112287
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bird was in a flock of Black-Crowned Night Herons at the water's edge at the left of the observation platform"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 03, 2020 09:15 by Rebecca Coulter
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4406812,-119.7149599&ll=34.4406812,-119.7149599
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S64100289
- Comments: "Female type in oaks at west end of woodland next to creek. Continuing in this area."

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correction

Florence Sanchez
 

Mark Holmgren has correctly pointed out to me that the Solitary Sandpiper must have been at the  southWEST corner of Lake Jocelyn, not the southeast.  Even after living in Santa Barbara more than 50 years, I still get confused on which way some of our streets run.  I am sorry if this caused confusion.

Florence Sanchez


 


Solitary Sandpiper and American Bittern, Feb 3

Florence Sanchez
 

I managed to run down both these species this morning after missing them several times this year.  The Sandpiper was at the SOUTHeast end of Lake Jocelyn at little after 10 a.m. this morning.  It spent most of time I was observing in the corner and was sometimes obscured by the patches of tules, but eventually it would come back into view.  Other birds present there this morning were a continuing group of Green-winged Teal (about 20) and the male Ringnecked Duck, 2 Kildeer, and a Great Blue Heron.

I spotted the American Bittern at LLC around 11 a.m. in the tules on the north side of the lake more or less opposite the east end of the dam.  It was not at water's edge but perched halfway up in the tules.  I watched it stretch it's neck and point the bill almost straight up; then turn almost 180 degrees and back again several times.   

I check a couple of place sfor gesse, but the onlu place that I could find any was at the Sandpiper Golf Course, and they were all Canada Geese.

Florence Sanchez

(PS--no sign of the Orchard Oriole on Santa Monica Creek around 9:30, but it was very windy and virtually no land birds were out there.)


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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Red-billed Tropicbird (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2020 07:50 by Becky Turley
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64077362
- Comments: "known rarity. Tuft easily recognizable. No white shoulder spur."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (2)
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 16:22 by Linus Blomqvist
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64073062
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One adult and one juvenile seen while seawatching in very strong north-westerly winds. Juvenile (very crappy photos included) with unmistakable black M over wings, black patch on back of head, angular wings and differing flight style from the non-pelagic gulls present. I saw it fly by at fairly close range and it landed briefly on the water, which is when I took some photos with my phone through my scope. Adult passed by at rather close range, with pale plumage overall, entirely black wing tips, yellow-ish bill, and some shading behind the head. Similar to the juvenile, the flight style differed markedly from the other gulls and felt more "confident" in the very strong winds. Having seen thousands of black-legged kittiwakes elsewhere, I recognize their style and structure. I saw another dozen gulls further out that I'm fairly confident were also kittiwakes, but I'll leave the reported number to just those two that came closer and allowed positive ID."

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 09:30 by Phil Swan
- 32.2390, -123.2135, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=32.239013,-123.2135&ll=32.239013,-123.2135
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64067229
- Comments: "Not close viewing but large tern shaped bird flying at about 15-20 feet above the swell.Pure white except for striking all-black wedge on primaries.Too distant to note bill details or tail feathers. I don't know what other bird would have that characteristic wing pattern."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (12) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 10:41 by John Callender
- Ranger Peak, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.7241457,-119.9495915&ll=34.7241457,-119.9495915
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64057279
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Flock foraging and calling in a large pine just northwest of the Figueroa Mountain Road turnout at the gate for East Pinery. Saw 4 birds well; count is an estimate from when the flock all flew from the tree at once."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:45 by Tom Boucher
- Carpinteria Creek Estuary, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.3907409,-119.5198238&ll=34.3907409,-119.5198238
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64041945
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Small Thrush like bird with yellowish eye stripe and spotted belly. Tail wagging while it foraged along in the leaf litter adjacent to the creek"

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Re: Ventura posting

Kay Regester
 

Santa Barbara birders want to know our new web address, so here it is.  
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 9:41 PM Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz@...> wrote:
Thanks Marv, I’ll check with Kay. 

Rob


On Feb 1, 2020, at 4:28 PM, Marvin Kwit <kwitma@...> wrote:


Hi Rob,

I think it changed over to the group that the birders in Santa Barbara use. Kay Regester would know. 
MARV

On Feb 1, 2020, at 2:54 PM, rob <robdenholtz@...> wrote:

Hi Marv,

When I tried to post to Ventura birding today, I got this message

Your message wasn't delivered to venturacobirding@... because the address couldn't be found, or is unable to receive mail.

Do you know which address I should have been using?

Tx,

Rob

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*** Species Summary:

- Tundra Swan (1 report)
- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Common Poorwill (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red-tailed Hawk (fuertesi) (1 report)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 08:00 by Andrew McGrath
- 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/view/checklist/S64020300
- Comments: "swimming alongside mute swan"

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 10:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.8837715,-120.279007&ll=34.8837715,-120.279007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64019825
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing. Today it was in the SE pond that was packed with 126 RNDU and 23 AMWI."

Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) (1)
- Reported Feb 02, 2020 06:21 by John Callender
- De la Guerra Spring Area, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.6786805,-119.9198377&ll=34.6786805,-119.9198377
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64041058
- Comments: "Flushed from Happy Canyon Road n the predawn. Small, cryptic nightjar with buffy outer corners of its tail."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 10:28 by David Compton
- 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/view/checklist/S64011090
- Comments: "Continuing, in emergent vegetation opposite east end of dam, on north side of lake."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 08:52 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64018535
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. An adult in the Franklin Creek channel south of the footbridge, sporting a nice set of head plumes."

Red-tailed Hawk (fuertesi) (Buteo jamaicensis fuertesi) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 11:11 by Timothy Gotsick
- Mud Lake at Via Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.8732266,-120.4130104&ll=34.8732266,-120.4130104
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64010792
- Comments: "No belly band, nearly white until upper chest"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 06:15 by Barry Rowan
- 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/view/checklist/S64000135
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 06:15 by Molly Redmond
- 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/view/checklist/S64000136
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 10:17 by Libby Patten
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64032791
- Comments: "Continuing. On wire above Venoco Rd."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 11:28 by John Deacon
- Fairway Drive x A Street, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.913315,-120.46393&ll=34.913315,-120.46393
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64020778
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing rarity. Found by the pond immediately next to Fairway."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:50 by margeNdon thornton
- CarpCreekAt6th, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.3928519,-119.5168948&ll=34.3928519,-119.5168948
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64032102
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "after a long wait he came down to the water and then went back to forage in the leaves at the base of the tree. A slender warbler uniform brown on top, white under (actually a very light yellow green cast) with dense dark stripes on the breast."

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 01, 2020 09:04 by Jamie Chavez
- Rod Rodenberger Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9095678,-120.4304042&ll=34.9095678,-120.4304042
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S64008218
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This is a continuing bird found on January 25, 2020 at this location but seen poorly on that date. Although I felt the ID was correct I was hesitant to say for certain without better looks. This is my fourth attempt to find this bird. Today it was discovered in a mixed flock of mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers, a couple of Western Bluebirds, a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and White-crowned Sparrows in a corner of the Miramonte Park ball field which sits next to Rodenberger Park. It was very close to where I had seen it the previous week. Several photos were obtained. I had been chasing the flock around the park and watched as the warblers would drop to the grass to feed. This is where I eventually spotted the Pine Warbler when I saw the olive and yellow coloration which looked altogether different from adjacent Yellow-rumped Warblers. It was identified by its mostly olive-brown colored plumage, brownish back, buffy flanks, it lacked the yellow-rump and any breast streaking, it showed two whitish wing bars, and the face and upper breast were brighter yellow color and it showed a contrasting dark cheek. The tail was long and looked slightly forked. The face showed a strong eye line and a broken eye ring. The bill was long and pointed. The flock eventually flushed into the trees and then broke up where I lost it. Somehow I relocated the bird in a couple of different pines as it moved around. The best photos were taken when the bird flew into a Canary Island pine around 34.908676, -120.430698."

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North County Birds-Saturday

John Deacon
 

All:

I bounced around the North County this morning, mainly checking ponds.  

Mud Lake had the continuing Canvasbacks.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64017905

Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds had the continuing Eurasion Wigeon.  He was on the SE pond today.  This small, 1-2 acre, pond was packed with 126 Ring Necked Ducks and 23 American Wigeons, among others.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64019825

A Street Ponds have the ongoing American White Pelican and a few Green Wing Teal.

At the Fairway and A Street ponds, the Tropical Kingbird continues.  I was also pleased to find a Hooded Merganser and a female Ring Necked Duck at this location.  This little spot has turned out to be quite the gem.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64020778

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Carpinteria this morning

Jim Hodgson
 

Hi all, Northern Waterthrush, Solitary Sandpiper and the Orchard Oriole all seen in their usual places.
Jim Hodgson
Santa Barbara


Santa Maria Pine Warbler Confirmed

Jamie Chavez
 

I have attempted to find this bird four times since last Saturday and I've spent nearly 6 hours. Was it with it? I don't know- maybe, but I told myself today was my last try. As luck would have it I stumbled on the bird in a corner of Miramonte & Rodenberger Parks very close to where I had seen it last week. As Pine Warblers often do, it was feeding on the ground with Yellow-umped Warblers which is how I picked it out. There is a concrete drain in the corner of the ball field at 34.908923, -120.430676 and the birds were in this area but did move around the park and into the different trees in this corner of the ball field. 

eBird checklist with photos here:


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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


December 2019 update Lehman's BOSBC

Wim van Dam
 

Dear Santa Barbara County birders,

Paul Lehman has once again updated his "The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California" and this December 2019 edition can be freely downloaded (as an epub or pdf file) at the location:
http://www.sbcobirding.com/lehmanbosbc.html

This version now includes a map of our county. The site also contains a larger pdf of the same map, clarifying the districts and locations that BOSBC uses. 

When relying upon this resource, please use the recommended citation:
Lehman, P. E. "The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California", Revised edition, December 2019, available at http://www.sbcobirding.com/lehmanbosbc.html, 2019. Original edition: The Vertebrate Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994.

I'll end by repeating Paul's request for additional information:

Input from the birding public is eagerly sought. If you have corrections or other information that would be valuable to include in any of the species accounts, please submit it, preferably labelled "BOSBC", to sbcobirding.groups.io. But recent records from the current 'season' should be sent to county compiler Dave Compton. We will consider these data for all future updates. This electronic publication can be modified easily, and the plans are to do so on a regular basis.[...] Feel free to comment privately to Paul as well, but we encourage suggested changes to be posted publicly on the sbcobirding site, so that we can all share in this potential new information. Technical questions or remarks regarding the site and its files should be emailed to Wim van Dam.
 
Thanks Paul.



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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #386: American Bittern

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